Hybrid Appliances

WHAT ARE HYBRID APPLIANCES? Hybrid appliances in a very general sense are just two different orthodontic appliances used in conjunction (at the same time) or serially (one after the other).  This scenario tends to be fairly common in orthodontics.  A common situation will find an orthodontist doing expansion as well as aligning teeth (braces and[…]

Can my dentist treat me for my orthodontic problems?

Occasionally, someone will discover that they or their child have developed an orthodontic problem.  Their dentist may offer to correct the problem for them.  That same patient may turn to an orthodontist and ask “Can my dentist treat me for my orthodontic problem too?”  The simple answer is …absolutely Yes. The longer answer is a[…]

Invisalign vs Braces Which is Better?

As fixed appliances (aka Braces) have been around for more than a century, they appear to be a known quantity in the world of orthodontics.  Invisalign ( introduced around 1999/2000) is a relative newcomer.  Sometimes, patients want to know “which of these appliances is better”?  The answer is…  …”it depends”. The question of “which appliance[…]

When should my child see an Orthodontist?

The decision of when my child should learn to surf is pretty open-ended.  The question of “when should my child see an orthodontist” is a little more complicated and the answer is … it depends. Because an orthodontist doesn’t know what kinds of skeletal issues may be developing or whether there are extra teeth present or[…]