What is an Orthodontist?

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Orthodontics is a specialty field in dentistry. An orthodontist must complete an additional three years of education after becoming a dentist. They gain clinical experience because they are required to complete a residency program. The responsibilities of an orthodontist include the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The exact services provided are dependent on the individual orthodontist.

A general dentist often refers patients to an orthodontist due to their advanced education, training, expertise, and skill regarding specific dental issues. Orthodontists are regulated by the American Association of Orthodontists to ensure the practitioner is well educated in both bio mechanics and oral biology. To help prevent irregularities in the teeth and jaws, children should consult with an orthodontist when they are seven years old.

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Are Braces for Adults Worth the Trouble?

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When most people think of orthodontic work, they picture a teenager with a full set of metal braces smiling in their school picture. This classic image is often what deters adults from going for orthodontic work themselves.

In many cases, your parents might not have had the funds to get braces for you or you might have had extensive orthodontic work done only to stop maintaining the results and now feel like you can benefit from going back for braces. You might be wondering, “Are braces still worth it as an adult?” and the simple answer is, yes.

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I have a severe underbite and don’t want surgery. What should I do?

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I have a severe underbite and don’t want surgery. What should I do?

An underbite is a type of fouled alignment that can be strictly dental or a more serious problem that involves the jaw. One of the most frequently asked questions by people who have underbites is, “Is it possible to fix my severe underbite without going through surgery?” Such prospects and patients also make comments such as, “I m afraid of surgery. Are there any other ways to fix my severe underbite?” The following text provides some answers to those questions and some additional information about underbite treatment.

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Is It Possible to Close the Gaps Where I Lost Two Teeth?

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Perhaps you’re missing teeth for one reason or another. It may have even come from a root canal. You might be asking yourself, “How can I close the gaps if I have two missing teeth?” You actually have a few possibilities available to you, but you should understand the risks and the benefits before you take on any of them. This will help you to decide which one is the right choice for you.

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What Does an Ideal Bite Look Like?

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Having teeth that are straight will not only allow you to have a perfect smile but can also help you keep your teeth and gums healthy. Even if you think that your teeth are straight when you look at them in the mirror, there’s still a possibility that there are small bite issues present in your mouth. Crooked or misaligned teeth could eventually cause such issues as the chipping and cracking of one or more of your teeth, both of which are issues that could become detrimental to your health if left untreated. If you’re wondering such questions as “what should a perfect teeth look like?” or “how should I know if I have the proper bite alignment?”, the following should answer all of these questions and more.

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What Happens Immediately after Removal of Braces?

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You’ve made it through your course of orthodontic treatment with braces. Whether it’s been two years or more, it is such a liberating feeling when those metal brackets and wires finally are removed. You can truly enjoy your beautiful smile with teeth that are properly aligned now that there is nothing to block the view of your pearly whites. You might think that your journey is over, but there is more to come before you can say that your orthodontic work is complete. Your orthodontist will be your guide, pointing you in the right direction as you think about what to do next.

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What Are the [Pros and Cons] of Hawley Retainer?

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When an orthodontic treatment has been completed, it is common for a Hawley retainer to be fitted and used. If you are unfamiliar or new to orthodontic work, then you may be wondering what is Hawley retainer? Knowing more about this retainer along with listening to your orthodontist will help you in deciding if this is the right retainer for you or your family.

What Is Hawley Retainer?

A Hawley retainer is a piece that is placed inside of your mouth after orthodontic treatment has been completed. The retainer will help to keep your teeth in place in order to keep the high quality work that has been done. It can also help in completing any minor movements that may need to be done.

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How Can Invisalign Help Straighten Teeth and Boost Self-Confidence


How Can Invisalign Help Straighten Teeth and Boost Self-Confidence

Do you find yourself wondering if people are noticing your teeth when you talk? Have you found that you don’t show your teeth when you smile? Are you struggling to be happy with your smile when you do see your teeth in photos?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you have probably thought about working with an orthodontia provider, discovering how you can straighten your teeth, and deciding whether this is the right choice. Straightening teeth as an adult is an important decision – it will require a significant time and monetary investment, and for many adults, they may question whether it is worth it in the long-term, especially given the inconveniences that traditional metal braces can present. Fortunately, you have other options. One of these options, Invisalign, is a modern alternative to traditional orthodontics. If you’re wondering if this treatment option is right for you, read below for more information about how it can help you achieve the perfect smile you’ve been dreaming about!

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Knowing What To Expect

One of the many benefits of Invisalign is that your orthodontic treatment is mapped in a computer software system. After your orthodontist takes impressions of your teeth, they are sent to the company for analysis. Soon after, the company will send your provider a treatment plan that includes the length of treatment, any attachments or filing that will need to be completed and when, and a clear model of what your teeth will look like when the treatment concludes. When you start your treatment, you will be able to meet with your provider and learn these results – you’ll know exactly what to expect.

The Low Maintenance Option

Unlike the traditional metal alternative, the trays used in this option are plastic molds designed to fit over your teeth and slowly adjust your smile over time. Upkeep and maintenance are extremely easy – you simply remove the trays when you want to eat or drink, brush your teeth, and place them back in when you are done. Traditional braces may require the insertion and removal of rubber bands, careful food removal of bits that get stuck, and restrictions on what you can eat. Since you can remove the plastic trays when needed, you can maintain your diet without worry!

Discrete Treatment

While metal orthodontia is increasingly used by adult patients, they are extremely noticeable. Even though getting your teeth straightened is a rewarding process, you probably don’t want your orthodontic wear to be the first thing others see in your smile! The trays used in this treatment offer patients the ability to straighten their teeth without others knowing that they are doing so. The plastic is clear and, as the name suggests, is nearly invisible – you’ll be able to complete your treatment without worrying if your smile is distracting others.

Comfort of Treatment

When patients choose a traditional orthodontic option, they must be prepared for the discomfort that they will experience throughout the treatment. In addition to soreness at each tightening, many patients have pain at other times due to the metal attachments on their teeth rubbing against the interior of their mouth. One of the many benefits of using a tray-based option is that discomfort is minimal. Although many patients report a feeling of “tightness” when they first switch to a new set of trays, it usually passes within just a couple of days, making this treatment one of the most pain-free orthodontic options.

Cost & Results

Although traditional options are the best for some patients, more and more patients are turning to tray-based treatment, even for very complicated cases. Patients that choose this alternative can expect a treatment lasting for as little as six months and up to two years – generally, a faster treatment plan than you’d expect with metal braces. Additionally, one of the many myths of this treatment choice is cost of Invisalign – that it is far more expensive than traditional options. Since treatment time is usually less, the price is typically similar to or less than metal options. The smile you can have will be just as beautiful and cost-effective as other orthodontic choices. Not only can you improve your smile, but you will find your confidence when smiling and talking vastly improved.

Ready To Take The First Step?

If you want to learn more about whether or not Invisalign is the right choice for you, your first step is to contact an orthodontist for an assessment of your case. Your orthodontist can provide you with information about all options for orthodontic treatment, review whether or not you will be a good candidate for a tray-based option, and provide a length and cost of treatment time. You’ll have the opportunity to ask additional questions that can vary from provider to provider: How often will I need to come in for a tray check? What will my payment options be? Who can I contact if I have a question in between appointments?

Contact Us to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

If you live in Minnesota, then you can have an expert examination from a knowledgeable orthodontist at McDermott Orthodontics. Dr. Michael McDermott offers appointments at several facilities, including:

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

Dr. McDermott has been caring for adults, teenagers and children for 15 years, making sure to provide customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Invisalign – clear plastic aligners for teenagers and adults
• Braces – ceramic, metal and Damon
• Retainers – worn after orthodontic treatment ends

For patients who want to reduce their treatment time, we recommend using the AcceleDent Aura system at home for 20 minutes each night. Schedule an appointment today.

How Can Invisalign Help Straighten Teeth and Boost Self-Confidence

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

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How to [Floss] Your Permanent Retainer

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Anyone who understands what wearing braces for years has experienced the pain that it brings and the hardship it poses when it comes to cleaning the teeth. Apart from the pain, there are other embarrassing moments that come up when you wear braces. For instance, you might find yourself smiling to your friends, and your brackets and wires are full of food. If you have experienced some of these embarrassing moments, you know that the journey with the braces to the point of removing them cannot be for anything less than a perfect smile. This investment has to be taken care of after braces have been removed using retainers, for the teeth to maintain their correct position. Retainers start their work at this phase. The most common retainers being used are permanent retainers. There are other temporary retainers, but what is a permanent retainer and what is it used for?

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Why Do I Need Teeth Removed for My [Braces]?

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Let’s say you’re new to the orthodontia world. Straight teeth are the goal for your child, which normally includes braces and retainers for most patients. However, your appointment also includes a talk about tooth extraction. You then ask how many teeth should be removed before getting braces. The answer to this question is unique to every patient. Dive deeper into the orthodontia world so that you can learn why tooth extraction is necessary in specific cases.  Read more…