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Do athletic mouthguards help protect my child from tooth and/or brain injury?

Posted by Keith B. Wong, DDS, MS, 10/15/2013

First, let me point out that many types of mouthguards are available—from thin, loosely-fitting generic models to precision-fit, pressure-laminated custom units.  Regarding tooth protection, most mouthguards offer some benefit; however, the better-fitting, thicker mouthguards are able to absorb and diffuse the impact energy of a given collision leading to greater protection from tooth injury. Regarding … read the full article

How long does Invisalign treatment take, and am I, or is my child, a good candidate?

Posted by Keith B. Wong, DDS, MS, 8/10/2013

In our practice, Invisalign and traditional treatment with brackets and wires require similar treatment lengths; the total time being dependent upon case complexity.  The key to efficient and excellent treatment with Invisalign is the clinical understanding of Invisalign mechanics, which differ greatly from wire and bracket mechanics.  Most patients, adult and teen, can be effectively … read the full article

My child has an “overbite.” How is that corrected?

Posted by Keith B. Wong, DDS, MS, 8/9/2013

The term overbite is typically used to describe what is referred to by orthodontists as overjet.  This is excessive distance between the upper and lower incisors in a horizontal direction with the upper teeth forward of the lower.  This finding can describe a number of situations.  For example, the same overjet may result from protrusion … read the full article

When should I take my child to an orthodontist?

Posted by Keith B. Wong, DDS, MS, 8/8/2013

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children be screened orthodontically at age seven.  Sometimes the reaction to this is one of surprise (“Isn’t that young?”) or suspicion (“Orthodontists can’t wait to get your money.”).  There are, however, very sound reasons for this recommendation.  The intent of the age seven screening is to confirm … read the full article

I bite my tongue: can that be changed?

Posted by Keith B. Wong, DDS, MS, 7/31/2013

If you repeatedly bite your tongue or cheek, you may have malocclusion of the dentition that is contributing to this painful situation.  Typically, the shapes of the tooth surfaces facing the tongue (lingual) and cheeks (buccal) are such that, when the teeth are positioned correctly, the tongue and cheeks are guided safely away from the … read the full article

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