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My Bottom and Top Teeth Are Not Aligned. Can Braces Help Align My Jaws?

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Looking in the mirror and seeing not aligned teeth in your mouth or in the mouth of your kids can prove unsettling. Fortunately, Orthodontists are available to help your family deal with these struggles and to learn how braces align jaws.

What an Orthodontist Does

When you see alignment issues with your bottom and top teeth, you may think of going to a regular dentist. However, a dentist is different from an orthodontist. Orthodontists are dental professionals focus specifically on braces. They can work with you to select the right type of braces. For example, some people will need traditional braces; others will be candidates for Invisalign or braces behind the teeth. Working with an orthodontist helps to determine the best plan.
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Should I Consider More Treatment If I’m Not Happy After My Braces Are Removed?

LAST UPDATED: JULY 31, 2017

Most people expect to have a flawlessly straight smile as soon as their orthodontic equipment comes off, but sadly, this does not always happen. Despite the best work of any orthodontist, it is not always possible to predict the precise outcome of teeth straightening procedures. This can lead to your smile still being slightly crooked after orthodontic devices are removed. There are a few different options available for you if you realize that you still are not happy with your teeth after your orthodontic devices are removed.

FAQ

What You Should Do If Your Teeth Aren’t Straight Enough

The first thing you should do if your teeth seem a little crooked still is talk to your orthodontist. Orthodontists want their patients to be happy with their results, so they will be willing to work with you and find a solution for your issues. Though it is quite rare, it is possible that your braces were removed too soon. So if the results are not quite what they should be, you may need to spend a little while longer with orthodontic appliances in your mouth. In some cases, traditional metal orthodontics can be reinstalled, but this is not always recommended if you just need a few minor changes.

How to Fix the Issue Without Getting Braces Put on Again

After spending so long waiting for your orthodonture to be removed, it is understandably upsetting to not be happy with the results. Many people realize that they do not want to have to go around with metal on their teeth anymore. Fortunately, there are a lot of other available methods for straightening teeth. Invisalign is a popular option because it consists of clear, plastic trays that realign teeth without being very visible. Some people are put off by the cost of Invisalign because you have to get multiple, custom-molded trays, but if you just need to straighten your smile a tiny bit more, it is very affordable. There are also headgear options that you can wear each night while you sleep to gradually shift your teeth a little farther. These devices can help to make a slow change if you just want your teeth to be slightly moved.

Cosmetic Dentistry Options

Sometimes, a person may think that they are unsatisfied because their smile is not straight enough, but this is not always the actual reason. A lot of discontent can actually be due to subtle color differences and abnormal tooth shapes in your mouth. If your smile still seems less than perfect even when your teeth are completely aligned, you may want to consider one of these cosmetic dentistry options:

Tooth Whitening

After wearing orthodontics for so long, some patients suffer from uneven staining on their teeth. You can schedule a tooth whitening appointment with a cosmetic dentistry office to lighten your teeth and remove stains. When your smile is sparkling and white, you might realize that your teeth do not actually need to be straighter.

Veneers

Sometimes, the cosmetic issue is not actually due to crooked teeth. It may be caused by teeth that are an unusual shape or size. This can be solved by affixing a thin yet durable veneer over the surface of the tooth. Veneers can be custom made to blend in with the rest of your teeth while making your smile look more regular.

Bonding

A single chipped or worn tooth might be making your smile look off even though your orthodontic procedures were successful. You can get a tooth colored material bonded to a slightly chipped tooth so that your overall smile looks more even and aesthetic.

How to Deal With Teeth That Seem to Be Getting Crooked Again

Another common issue happens when a patient is initially pleased with the result and then starts to think that their teeth are still too crooked. Most people assume that the orthodontics did not actually work, but what is truly happening is that their teeth are shifting. After orthodontics are removed, it takes a little time for the teeth to become firmly situated in the correct position. Therefore, it is very important to wear retainers or other types of orthodontic appliances that may be prescribed by your orthodontist for the correct amount of time. Not only will this prevent your teeth from getting crooked, but it can also help to correct minor shifts and movements among your teeth.

Contact McDermott Orthodontics to Learn More About Treatment for Adults

In Minnesota, you can visit McDermott Orthodontics to learn more about the orthodontic treatments that are designed for adults. Dr. Michael McDermott offers services to patients living in these areas:

• Delano – 763-972-4444
• Pequot Lake – 218-568-5600
• Brainerd – 218-829-1630
• Baxter – 218-829-1630

At McDermott Orthodontics, our patients can receive treatment with these orthodontic devices:

• Damon system – self-ligating devices
• Clear devices – made with clear brackets
• Invisalign aligners – suitable for adults
• Ceramic devices – made with color-matching brackets

With our top-of-the-line diagnostic equipment, we can determine how to improve the positions of your teeth with a few months or several years of orthodontic treatment. To learn more about orthodontic braces, schedule an appointment today.

Should I Consider More Treatment If I’m Not Happy After My Braces Are Removed?

McDermott Orthodontist
708 Elm Ave. E.
Delano, MN
55328
TEL: 763-972-4444

Overbite

What Happens to Your Lips When You Get Braces to Fix Your Overbite?

 

Everyone will eventually have to visit the dentist at some point in their lives. It is a good idea to get any potential problems looked at and corrected as early as possible. Getting braces used to be a big ordeal, but in recent years there have been incredible advances in orthodontic procedures and equipment. This article will go over common problems that can be correct by braces, as well as traditional braces and alternative options.

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Overcrowding

How to Fix Minor Overcrowding of Teeth Without Braces or Invisalign?

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Everyone, no matter their age, wants to have teeth that are straight and beautiful. An even smile can boost your confidence and make you feel as though anything is possible. Unfortunately, many people suffer from some kind of issue within their teeth that causes overcrowding, an overbite, an underbite, or any number of other problems. While some of these issues can be directly tackled with the usage of braces and Invisalign, these orthodontic solutions are typically reserved for people who suffer from substantial overcrowding or a large overbite. The key to fixing overcrowding teeth depends on the extent of the crowding. If the crowding you’re experiencing is minimal, it’s possible that you’ll be able to fix this overcrowding without Invisalign or braces.

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It only takes a split second to smile and forget, yet to someone that needed it, it can last a lifetime. ― Steve Maraboli

A smile is easy to give and costs no money

Everyone can do it. It’s a gift that feels as good to the giver as it does to the person who receives it. A smile from a stranger warms the heart and is universally understood all over the world. Sometimes it really makes someone’s day go from sad to happy with the simple movement of some facial muscles.

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[Learn More] How Widely Spaced Teeth Impacts Your Overall Health

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A perfect smile is always in fashion

It is common for gaps between the teeth to develop at every stage in life. For young children, this could simply mean that a child’s jaw has outgrown their baby teeth, and it will self-correct as the adult teeth come in. However, older teens and adults with widely spaced teeth will need to be more concerned. This is because widely spaced teeth do not just represent a potential issue with your appearance, they could also be signs of developing health problems or represent an actual threat to your health. Therefore, it is always best to talk to an orthodontist about the underlying causes for your widely spaced teeth along with how having gaps in your smile could contribute to these health issues.

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No one is too poor to give a smile – a gift, often, of greater consequence than any sum of money ― Vironika Tugaleva

If you are on the low end of the spectrum when it comes to cash, you may feel that you do not have anything to give anyone. You may skip trying to donate to positive causes because you feel like your funds are just a drop in the bucket. You may shy away from trying to offer people assistance because you are poor. A wise person once said that no one is too poor to give a smile. That person was correct. In fact, a smile is often the only thing that some of us can afford to give, but that’s okay. Here’s why:

Smiles Are the Richest Gifts

A smile can stretch a thousand miles and last a hundred years for a person who is depressed, defeated, beaten or even physically ill. That smile that you lay on that person after you come from your visit to the orthodontist may just be the only smile that person has seen in a long time. That may provide that hurting person with just enough courage, inspiration and motivation to keep on living and thriving even though life sends him or her curve balls every day. The smile is more powerful than you could ever imagine. An orthodontist can help you make it even more powerful.

Schedule an Appointment for Teeth Correction

The specialist can give you Invisalign, braces, veneers or any other solution that can bring your smile up a grade. Once you get your braces or Invisalign, you will be more inclined to smile and help the people who truly need to see it from you. Schedule an appointment today and give someone a precious gift.

No one is too poor to give a smile – a gift, often, of greater consequence than any sum of money ― Vironika Tugaleva

MCDERMOTT ORTHODONTICS

13046 Falcon Drive
Baxter, MN 56425

Phone: 218-829-1630

Can retainers fix a slight shift of teeth after braces?

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LAST UPDATED: JUNE 28, 2017
It’s the moment of the big reveal. After all the time and expense, the braces are finally coming off. All parties involved including mom, the orthodontist and the fortunate subject of teeth straightening are anxious to see this ideal smile without the hardware, and what a beautiful smile it is! So, what is with this retainer, and why does it have to be worn every day after all this time spent in wires and brackets?

FAQ

Why Do I Have to Use a Retainer?

In the same way that teeth are able to be “straightened” or moved through the use of wires and brackets, movement may continue once they are removed. There are a few reasons why teeth will move or shift such as:

Age – braces do not alter a person’s genetic instructions, which simply means if you are still growing, there will be more tooth movement.
Oral Habits – such as nail biting, thumb sucking, clenching of teeth or teeth grinding exert pressure that can possibly move teeth.
Normal Wear – causing movement as teeth come together or adjust to the bite.

It does seem confusing, doesn’t it? After all, teeth are solid, and they are very hard. They are part of the jaw bone, are they not? The idea that they move around seems impossible. That is why it is important to understand how movement of the teeth occurs in the mouth.

How Can Teeth Shift?

While the jaw is made of bone and teeth have such hard enamel, in reality, there is a system of muscle and bone as well as the gums all of which adjust to the re-positioning of teeth. Straightening the teeth with braces relies on gradual movement. The fact that the movement occurs over time is what makes it seem imperceptible.

Teeth naturally shift as bone continues to grow. Orthodontists provide retainers as a vital part of oral treatment once brackets come off. Failure to comply with doctor’s orders as to when and how to wear a retainer could result in the teeth returning to their original positions. This would be an unfortunate waste of expense and belittle the endurance demonstrated by the person who had to wear the wires and brackets.

What Exactly Does the Retainer Do?

Orthodontists evaluate the alignment of the teeth with either an X-ray or by taking a bite impression after brackets are removed. Teeth naturally shift as we grow into adulthood and as we age. The retainer is an orthodontic device individually fashioned to fit the bite. Whether fixed or removable, wearing a retainer is a safeguard used for maintaining the alignment of corrected teeth.

There are three types of retainers:

A fixed retainer is permanently bonded across the back teeth. They are not visually detectable by others and can be worn indefinitely. One disadvantage is how they make flossing a bit difficult. These can only be removed by the orthodontist.
Hawley retainers are the most commonly used removable devices made with a metal wire that runs across the front teeth and fits over the back teeth. The wire is also attached to a fitted acrylic piece that is shaped to fit the roof of the mouth. They are adjustable, durable and easy to clean. They are visibly noticeable, however, and tend to affect the speech initially.
Clear plastic retainers are vacuum-formed trays modeled for a custom fit and have a near invisible appearance. The Invisalign brand of retainers are custom made using state-of-the-art technology. They are made using an impression or 3-D digital scan of the teeth producing a precise, comfortable fit. Another advantage is their durability. They use a proprietary material that is 30 percent stronger than other plastic trays, which reduces the susceptibility of cracking or breaking.

Invisalign aligners are also used to straighten teeth but without the wires and brackets. They are removable making it easier to eat and maintain proper oral hygiene without the interference of the typical hardware. They are also smoother and more comfortable to wear than conventional teeth straightening devices that rub or press against the inside of the mouth.

Contact McDermott Orthodontics to Learn More About Treatment for Adults

In Minnesota, you can visit McDermott Orthodontics to learn more about the orthodontic treatments that are designed for adults. Dr. Michael McDermott offers services to patients living in these areas:

• Delano – 763-972-4444
• Pequot Lake – 218-568-5600
• Brainerd – 218-829-1630
• Baxter – 218-829-1630

At McDermott Orthodontics, our patients can receive treatment with these orthodontic devices:

• Damon system – self-ligating devices
• Clear devices – made with clear brackets
• Invisalign aligners – suitable for adults
• Ceramic devices – made with color-matching brackets

With our top-of-the-line diagnostic equipment, we can determine how to improve the positions of your teeth with a few months or several years of orthodontic treatment. To learn more about orthodontic braces, schedule an appointment today.

Can retainers fix a slight shift of teeth after braces?

McDermott Orthodontist
708 Elm Ave. E.
Delano, MN
55328
TEL: 763-972-4444

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McDermott Orthodontics – The Internet is Undeniable

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The Internet is Undeniable

Baxter, MN – McDermott Orthodontics, a company specializing in Invisalign services in Baxter, has partnered with a web design agency to produce a brand new website meant to meet the demands of the modern age. The website will be mobile responsive and feature opportunities for the practice to take their marketing.

“The internet is undeniable,” said Michael McDermott, the owner of the orthodontics practice in Baxter. “I believe that adapting is the key to our success, and this new web design is exactly that – adapting to the times. Once everything is up and running, I think it is going to really reflect on our services and how much we care about each patient at my practice.”

Launch

The website launch will feature many different topics, including why orthodontists should be seen along with informational articles relating to various services that the McDermott Orthodontics practice will be offering to people in and around the greater area of Baxter. The company will follow a similar strategy that tens of thousands of small businesses are now utilizing successfully across the United States and elsewhere in the world.

That strategy is called content marketing. Content marketing is the process of writing intriguing, informational articles designed to educate a reader on a product or a service before selling them or offering any kind of pitch.

This method of sales and marketing has become extremely effective online and is now being translated handsomely into the offline world as well. In addition, McDermott Orthodontics has decided to go with a mobile responsive design with adaptive elements to capture the more than 60% of web surfers that now utilize the Internet from the convenience of their smartphones.

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Trends

The trends with smartphones are expected to continue to rise over the coming years. Already many web companies have positioned themselves realizing that mobile traffic is the future. A few months ago Google even updated their algorithm to prefer ranking websites that are mobile responsive over websites that are not yet optimized for smartphones.

McDermott Orthodontics is looking to take advantage of this over their competitors as well by having a well-optimized site that will look visually appealing regardless of which device the site appears on.

The website will be launching in conjunction with this content marketing campaign and the two will build upon each other.

McDermott Orthodontics

A practice specializing in Invisalign amongst other orthodontic services, it has been practicing and serving patients in the greater Baxter MN area. Michael McDermott is the owner and practitioner of the office and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a doctorate in dental surgery, graduating with the highest distinction. The practice is now growing and serving a number of clients in the area.

McDermott Orthodontics – The Internet is Undeniable

McDermott Orthodontics
13046 Falcon Drive
Baxter, MN 56425
Phone: 218-829-1630

 

 

 

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“Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life.” – Yoko Ono.

Smile in the Mirror

That’s a great quote. It speaks of positivity and how a simple act, repeated over time, can have monumental effects. However, if your smile isn’t quite where you want it to be, it can be difficult to muster up the necessary enthusiasm. That’s where an orthodontist can help.

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