Tag: American Association of Orthodontists

Retainers…Are you kidding me??!!

by Jeffrey Eberting, D.M.D., M.S.


July2013-EbertingYou have gotten to the end of your orthodontic treatment.  You have tolerated two years of metal brackets cemented to your teeth.  You have endured the week’s discomfort after each appointment that your wires have been “tightened”.  YOU HAVE NOT BEEN ALLOWED TO CHEW GUM THIS WHOLE TIME!!!  You see the light at the end of tunnel and are happy to have these things off.

So what’s this nonsense about retainers?

Some patients and their families view this phase of treatment as the quintessential buzz kill.  “We’re supposed to be done with treatment!  Why do I have to wear retainers?  Are you kidding me??!!”  The idea of having to wear and take care of a piece of plastic for up to two additional years can seem like more treatment than one originally set out to have.  As always, however, there is a rationale behind the madness… Read more →

Summertime orthodontic emergencies

Some “home remedies” when you’re away from home

by Jeffrey Eberting, D.M.D., M.S.






June2013-EbertingAs the song from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” goes: “Summertime, and the living is easy.”  Well, sometimes it is not so easy when you have a family member in orthodontic treatment, are on vacation, and have a wire poking into his or her cheek.  How are you supposed to handle these emergencies?  I will give you some tips to help you through those trying times. Read more →

Why early orthodontic treatment?

Braces aren’t just for teens

by Jeffrey Eberting, D.M.D., M.S.

EbertingMay2013You’re with your eight-year old at his or her semi-annual dental check-up, and the dentist casually comments, “You should probably make an appointment with the orthodontist for an evaluation.”  You think, “What?!  But my child is only eight years old!  What on Earth would the orthodontist need to do to my child when there are so many baby teeth present?” Read more →