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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign is the invisible alternative to traditional braces for adults and teens, and Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS has seen Invisalign transform smiles for patients of all ages.  Invisalign is recommended to correct mild to moderate spacing or crowding of the teeth.  Any severe misalignment may require another method, so always consult your dentist.  An Invisalign treatment plan consists of a series of clear, removable plastic aligners that are custom-made for your teeth, and a typical treatment plan can be completed in less than a year.


To straighten your teeth with Invisalign, we begin with an examination. A dentist can determine if Invisalign will be effective in achieving the smile you want. Impressions or scans 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.  The aligners should be worn at least 20 hours a day. You should remove the aligners to eat, and to brush and floss.


To learn more about Invisalign and all the services provided 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.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Night Guards for Bruxism

Bruxism is the term for any regular grinding of the teeth or clenching of the jaw.  Chronic teeth grinders often end up needing crowns, bridges, root canals and implants. In severe cases tooth loss can occur, and partial or complete dentures may be needed.  Some teeth grinders only grind their teeth while they sleep at night and may not be aware of it.  Waking up with a stiff or sore jaw could be a sign you are grinding your teeth at night and shouldn’t be ignored.  Nocturnal bruxism can be caused by underlying medical conditions such as sleep apnea. For a proper diagnosis, visit Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS for a consultation.


A custom night guard is the best way to protect your teeth from the negative effects of teeth grinding.  We provide patients with custom night guards by first taking an impression of the mouth.  This impression is used to fit a custom product that protects the grinding surfaces of the teeth and aligns the jaw, which also helps improve sleep.  Night guards are durable and with proper care can last 10 years!


To learn more about night guards and all the services we provide at our 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.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Orthodontic Treatment for Adults

Let’s just say that you had braces as a kid and you may not have followed the proper aftercare, such as wearing a retainer. This has likely caused your teeth to shift and now as an adult, you are regretting your lack of commitment. Fortunately, at the practice of Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS, we offer orthodontic options for adults such as Invisalign.


It’s never too late to get an education and it’s never too late to straighten your smile. Teeth shift as you get older and some people’s teeth shift more than others. If you’ve received orthodontic treatment in the past and didn’t wear your retainer for the recommended amount of time, your teeth will shift and return to their natural position. Other adults get braces because they’ve always had crooked or crowded teeth, overbites, and underbites or incorrect jaw position. To discuss your treatment options with us, give us a call or schedule a consultation.


If you have questions or concerns regarding orthodontic treatment, 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.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

I-CAT Technology

A dental 3D scan allows clinicians to view dental anatomy from different angles. A 3D scan can help gain a better view of bone structures, such as adjacent root positions, in order to locate canals and root fractures, as well as provide the ability to more accurately measure anatomical structures. Here at the practice of Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS utilizes the i-CAT Cone Beam 3D Dental Imaging System for orthodontic treatment.


The i-CAT 3D Cone Beam Imaging system is a fast, simple and completely painless procedure. Patients sit in a chair for a single 10-second scan and from that scan Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS quickly see computer-generated views of the bones of the face, the teeth, and other details from any angle in 3D and in color. The patient benefits from less radiation as well as the comfortable, open environment. Aside from the physical comfort of this system, Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS can share a visual diagnosis with patients, making them more comfortable with their treatment plan and actively participate in their care.


If you have questions or concerns regarding orthodontic treatment or technology, 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.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

What is TMD?

The temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw bone (mandible) to the temporal bones in your skull, in front of each ear.  A general term for any problem or issue with this joint is temporomandibular disorder, or TMD.  Dr. Gregory Ross can help patients prevent and recover from negative effects of TMD.


Patients that grind or clench their teeth often end up with a sore jaw.  Other patients experience injuries with facial trauma that cause jaw pain, or result in the patient feeling their jaw gets stuck or ‘locks’ in either an open or closed position.  A custom night guard keeps the jaw in a neutral position during sleep, and this helps many patients find relief from TMD symptoms.  For any pain, your dentist may recommend an over-the-counter painkiller or warm and cold compresses.  To prevent further discomfort, you may be assigned stretches for your jaw. 


Whatever your symptoms, you don’t have to suffer with discomfort in your jaw.  To learn more about TMD and the 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.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Thank You For Your Testimonials

At the orthodontic practice of Dr. Gregory Ross, our staff appreciates feedback because it teaches us how to improve as a team. Our staff would not only like to thank Yezibel for this 5-star review, but would like to thank her for being an excellent patient. If you recently experienced exceptional service from our office, please let us know!  


“This is such a great place for you or your children to get their dental needs met. It is a friendly and safe place for all ages. Everyone that works there will take care of all of your satisfactions. They let you pick fun colors each and every time you visit them. They are so very gentle, and within a few months I was already seeing a major difference in my teeth! Highly recommended to anyone even thinking about getting their teeth straightened.” – Yezibel S.


If you would like to leave a testimonial or are interested in learning more about the 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.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Overbite Complications

Overbites are identified when the upper teeth protrude over the lower teeth. Medically referred to as malocclusion, an overbite can often cause problems in the jaw joint, such as temporomandibular joint disorder, crooked teeth, and a crowded mouth. The most common treatment method for an overbite is orthodontics. Fortunately, Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS has a variety of teeth-straightening methods to choose from.


The most common cause of an overbite is the shape and/or size of the jaw or the teeth. Perhaps there is too much room in the jaw, or maybe there isn’t enough. Overbites can occur at any age. If left untreated, an overbite could cause significant health complications such as jaw pain, tooth decay, sleep apnea, difficulty speaking, and or trouble with fully opening or closing the mouth. If these symptoms sound all too familiar, consider orthodontic treatment.


If you have questions or concerns regarding orthodontic treatment, 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.

Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign is the invisible alternative to traditional braces for adults and teens, and Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS has seen Invisalign transform ...