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Friday, September 22, 2017

Impacted Canines

One of the most common problems Dr. Gregory Ross treats in his Forest Lake and Hudson offices is impacted canines. The canines (also called cuspids or eye-teeth) of the upper jaw have a tendency to get stuck and advanced orthodontic work is needed to guide them into place.


The canines occupy the part of the jaw arch with the greatest change in rate of curvature. As such, they are important for stabilizing the other teeth, in addition to their function piercing food. As children undergo x-rays at their bi-annual check-ups, one of the things their dentists will look for is whether the canines will have room to erupt fully.


If a canine does not have enough surface area for a bracket to be attached to, more may need to be exposed by cutting away gum tissue. Once a bracket is attached, it may be connected to the other brackets with a loop-shaped wire called a ballista spring or with a short chain. This is so that pressure can be exerted on the canine without disproportionately affecting the other teeth. While there are many orthodontic procedures that benefit adults, only children have maxillary bones that are soft enough to be adaptable to guided canine eruption.


To learn more about Ross Orthodontics, visit SmilesbyRoss.com. Offices are located in Forest Lake, Minnesota and Hudson, Wisconsin.


 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Why Malocclusions are Common

So many people have undergone orthodontic treatment that it’s reasonable to wonder why everybody seems to need it. While some orthodontic work is cosmetic, most people have such bad malocclusions that their ability to clean their teeth and their long-term health would be jeopardized without significant correction. But rather than being an accident of nature, this is a trade-off of civilization.


Anthropologists have found that people who live traditional lifestyles and ancient people had much better dental health and rarely had badly misaligned teeth. However, as people adopted agriculture, the size of their jaws shrank, while their teeth remained the same size. Scientists found that this pattern held throughout the world. It seems that children who grow up eating soft cereal products, such as bread and rice, never develop the large jaws necessary to hold all thirty-two adult-sized teeth. The stress of chewing tough root vegetables and large strips of meat is necessary to build up bone, as well as muscle mass. As a result, modern people need not only often need orthodontic correction, but wisdom tooth removal and sleep apnea treatments, as well.


To learn more about Ross Orthodontics, visit SmilesbyRoss.com. Offices are located in Forest Lake, Minnesota and Hudson, Wisconsin.


 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Invisalign

Ross Orthodontics makes an Invisalign smile possible for everyone. Invisalign is the invisible alternative to traditional braces recommended for both adults and teens who want to straighten their smile. An Invisalign treatment consists of a series of clear, removable plastic aligners that are custom-made for your teeth. 

To straighten your teeth with Invisalign, we begin with an examination.  The Invisalign treatment is appropriate for almost anyone, and a dentist can determine if Invisalign will be effective in achieving the smile you want. Impressions of your teeth are used to create a full set of aligners customized to your teeth and your treatment plan. 

Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks, depending on your individual treatment plan. To get the best results, they should be worn at least 20 hours a day. You should remove the aligners to eat and to brush and floss. A typical treatment plan is completed in less than a year.

An Invisalign treatment can change your smile and your life. To learn about all the services provided by Ross Orthodontics, visit www.smilesbyross.com for more information. To schedule an appointment at the Forest Lake, MN practice, call 651-464-6988

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Straight Teeth are Healthy Teeth

Misaligned teeth can put a damper on a person’s self-esteem and can impact daily functions like eating and speaking. Additionally, crooked teeth can make it much harder to maintain proper oral hygiene because of those hard to reach places. Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS has a variety of orthodontic options for patients to restore their confidence and improve the status of their oral health.


Teeth that are misaligned, crowded, or too widely spaced increase a person’s risk of gum disease. This is because when teeth are crooked, extra pressure is placed on just a few teeth when the forces of chewing should be equally distributed between all of the teeth. When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit like a glove around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against periodontal disease. Straight teeth are also helpful in improving digestion because misaligned teeth cannot properly break down food.


If you have questions regarding our orthodontic options, please give us a call. To learn about services we provide at the practice, visit www.smilesbyross.comfor more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS call our Forest Lake, MN location at 651-464-6988 or our Hudson, WI location at 715-808-8379.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Orthodontics before Implants?

A common problem for adults considering orthodontic work is whether to get it ahead of their other treatments. While every case is different, it is generally better to get orthodontic work done before receiving implants.


Consider what an implant is: a titanium screw which fuses with the jaw bone over a period of several months. Orthodontics involves moving teeth through the jaw bone, but implants do not have living ligaments and will not respond to pressure as living teeth do. The probably will not move at all. If an implant does migrate, it has to be removed and discarded as a failure or treated with guided bone regeneration.


It is also likely that, before receiving orthodontic treatment, the patient will not even have room for an implant. But does all this mean that a person who already has implants has no hope for correcting a misaligned bite? Not necessarily; other teeth can still be moved, and an implant-supported tooth can be a useful anchor for wires. If the patient only needs cosmetic orthodontic work, the amount the living teeth need to be moved may be too negligible to be affected by the location of an implant-supported crown.


To learn more about Ross Orthodontics, visit SmilesbyRoss.com. Offices are located in Forest Lake, Minnesota and Hudson, Wisconsin.


 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Why Not to Do Your Own Orthodontics

One of the most dangerous trends in oral health over the past few years has been the rise of do-it-yourself orthodontics. While online sources are full of tips on how to save time and money with home remedies for malocclusions, most of this advice will actually cause extreme damage to the patient’s teeth and require much greater expense to fix.


Guiding the movement of teeth through the jawbone is a delicate art. It takes time for the bone to dissolve and rebuild itself, which is why dentists control the rate at which they dispense aligners to Invisalign patients. People who 3D-print their own aligners so they can move their teeth at what they think is a better pace risk permanently compromising the strength of their bone structure, resulting in teeth that are loose, migrate back to their original position, or fall out entirely.


People unsatisfied with their bites should also avoid using household objects as orthodontic wires. Teeth contain living tissue which can be killed if the teeth are bound tightly with a rubber band or strand of floss, for example. Without orthodontic brackets, such materials can also slide into the wearer’s gum pockets, where they will remain until they can be removed by a professional dentist. Orthodontics are complex medical treatments with lifelong benefits for the patient when done properly, but disastrous results when done without oversight.


To learn more about Ross Orthodontics, visit SmilesbyRoss.com. Offices are located in Forest Lake, Minnesota and Hudson, Wisconsin.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Braces and Rubber Bands

Rubber bands, or elastics, are an important part of orthodontic treatment. There are several parts to braces, most of which we’re sure Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS has already explained, but rubber bands usually aren’t suggested until the final stages of orthodontic treatment. Not every patient who gets braces will need them, but if you do, here’s what to expect.


Interarch rubber bands are used to adjust bite and jaw position. The patient is in charge of placement; therefore a little self-discipline is necessary. There are many different types and sizes of elastics. The one you will need depends on the status of your malocclusion. Not every patient who receives braces will need rubber bands as it depends on your existing jaw alignment.


If you have questions or concerns about orthodontic options, please give us a call. To learn about services we provide at the practice, visit www.smilesbyross.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS call our Forest Lake, MN location at 651-464-6988 or our Hudson, WI location at 715-808-8379.

Impacted Canines

One of the most common problems Dr. Gregory Ross treats in his Forest Lake and Hudson offices is impacted canines. The canines (also called ...