Missing Teeth  

18 Oct
Missing Teeth

Roughly 3-5% of the population is missing a tooth. The tooth is absent because it never formed. If you walk down the street and pass twenty people, one of the people you pass will naturally be missing a tooth. The most common tooth to be missing is a third molar (no big deal) however, the […]

Reasons For Orthodontic Treatment For Children & Adults

13 Oct
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Most people look in the mirror and recognize that something is wrong with their smile. The arrangement of the teeth is off. The problem with this diagnosis is that they are not exactly sure of the reason. Sometimes the tooth that they find irksome may be the only correct tooth in the bite. Other times, […]

Surgery with Orthodontics

27 Sep
An illustration of patient with smaller lower jaw creating a discrepancy between the upper front teeth and lower front teeth. This patient’s problem requires jaw surgery to correct the discrepancy. The blue line indicates where the lower jaw should line up.

Most times a Herbst appliance will be sufficient to correct differences in jaw growth. In a few patients, the facial bones grow in so differently that a Herbst appliance or regular orthodontics are not enough to correct the bite. In order to achieve a functional bite the bones have to be realigned. Disparate facial bones […]

The Herbst Appliance

27 Sep
An illustration showing a Herbst appliance and the difference (blue line) between the upper and lower teeth (incisors). This appliance is designed to move the lower jaw forward.

In some patients the lower jaw is small and needs assistance to match with the upper jaw. A Herbst (lower jaw advancing) appliance may be the additional help needed. Elastics sometimes are not enough to make the needed correction to the tooth alignment. A Herbst appliance is typically worn 8 months.  

Adolescent

27 Sep
A photograph of a young lady with crowding of the upper and lower teeth showing teeth erupting off the bony ridge of the arch.

A photograph of a young lady with crowding of the upper and lower teeth showing teeth erupting off the bony ridge of the arch. A photograph of a young lady with crowding of the upper and lower teeth showing teeth erupting off the bony ridge of the arch.