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What is a Maxillary Expander?

Palatal expander, expander, maxillary expander are all names for the same orthodontic appliance. Have you heard your child’s friends talk about needing one of these? Are you wondering if your child will too? A maxillary expander is used to widen a child’s arch before the growth plate in the roof of the mouth is fused. […]

Herbst Appliance & Airways

What do you need to know about the Herbst appliance? Using a cephalometric x-ray (the one that takes images from the side of the head (see fig 1), an orthodontist can properly diagnose whether the orthodontic issue is skeletal or dental in nature. If the issue is skeletal, the only way to properly address and […]

Wisdom Teeth Evaluation and Removal

It is commonly thought that having your wisdom teeth removed by an oral surgeon is done in order to prevent crowding of your teeth. While that is one reason and possible benefit of having them removed that is not the only reason wisdom teeth removal should be considered. If wisdom teeth partially come in and […]

Should you See an Orthodontist or a Dentist

When it comes to caring for your oral health there are various types of doctors and surgeons available. People are often confused as to what each doctor does. Many people think orthodontists only straighten teeth, but even if your teeth are straight you may have jaw and bite concerns. Today we want to answer the […]

What Is Invisalign and Is It For You

You have probably heard of Invisalign, but do you know what it is? Invisalign is a series of custom made aligners used to gradually and gently move your teeth into place. Typically aligners are changed approximately every two weeks. You will receive several sets of custom made aligners at each of your visits, which occur […]

Adults and Braces

Do you wish your smile was a little different each time you look in the mirror? Did you have braces as a teenager, but as you’ve gotten older you notice your teeth are not as straight as they used to be? Maybe you never had braces and you would like to do something about some […]

Is Nail Biting Bad for You?

The short answer is yes. At some point in your life you have probably heard someone say “Stop biting your nails. It is not good for you.” Maybe it was said to you or someone you know. Did it make you wonder why it wasn’t good for you to bite your nails? Before we talk […]

Why Early Intervention?

In the 1990’s The American Association of Orthodontics began recommending orthodontic consultations for children at age seven because most children have lost several baby teeth by this point and permanent teeth are beginning to come in. At age seven, potential problems can be identified and steps can be taken to minimize the development of bigger […]

When Should You Visit an Orthdontist

One of the most common questions we get asked is, “When should my child visit an orthodontist?”  This is a great question, because for most of us the age has changed since we were children. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends your child have a orthodontic consultation by age seven. This is most likely much earlier […]

Can Sports and Energy Drinks Damage Your Teeth?

The short answer is yes, they can. Dr. Reagin thinks exercising and taking care of your overall health is important, but wants his patients to think twice about consuming large amounts of sports and energy drinks when exercising. They can damage both your teeth enamel and your waistline with the acid and added sugar each […]