Most people are familiar with the Invisalign system, an easy and nearly invisible way to straighten teeth. But did you know there is an Invisalign Express system for simple changes? If you have had braces in the past but things have moved or shifted slightly, you may be a candidate! If there are minor corrections […]
If you think you are suffering from bruxism, Dr. Miller can make you a dental guard or a splint to protect your teeth.
A dental guard or splint can reduce tooth abrasion. Dental guards are typically made of plastic and fit over some or all of upper and lower teeth. The guard protects the teeth […]
Bruxism is when you clench or grind your teeth. Some bruxism activity is rhythmic with bite force pulses of tenths of a second (chewing), and some have longer bite force pulses of 1 to 30 seconds (clenching). It is an oral activity that occurs in most humans at some time in their lives.
In most […]
Did you know there are different kinds of brackets? Although all metal brackets may look the same, there are some key differences to look for when choosing the correct bracket for your treatment.
One of the most significant differences from conventional dental braces is the absence of elastic ligature, also called ties or O-rings. In conventional […]
Welcome back to malocclusions! Here are the different classifications of occlusions, or bites, and what they mean:
Class I: Neutrocclusion. Here the molar relationship of the bite is normal but the other teeth have problems like spacing, crowding, over or under eruption.
Class II: Distocclusion (retrognathism, overjet). In this situation, the upper molars are placed not in […]
You might hear Dr. Miller talk about malocclusion during your orthodontic consultation or appointment. Malocclusion is a misalignment of teeth or incorrect relation between the teeth and the two arches. Most people have some degree of malocclusion, but often it is not serious enough to require treatment. People with severe malocclusion may require orthodontic treatment […]
After you get your braces off, you have a couple options for retainers. One is called an Essix retainer and wraps all around your teeth. It looks like a clear plastic tray and is virtually invisible to see on your teeth. The Essix retainer can also double as a bleaching tray.
Once your get your […]
As your braces are hard at work creating a beautiful smile, sometimes they can causes mild discomfort. Here are some great tips to keep your teeth and mouth happy!
True orthodontic emergencies are very rare. Many problems that arise you may be able to temporarily fix until your next appointment.
Poking Wire: Using a pencil eraser, push […]
Here are some more terms to look for and what they mean:
Spacing- spacing means large visible gaps between the teeth. This could occur because of unusually narrow teeth or missing teeth
Deep bite- in a deep bite, the upper front teeth cover most or all of the lower front teeth. An untreated deep bite may cause […]
Ever wonder what the different terms for your teeth are? During an initial exam, Dr. Miller will assess your smile and will talk to you about a treatment plan that can fix different orthodontic problems. Here are some terms to look out for:
Overbite- an overbite is when the upper teeth are too far in front […]