Tag: orthodontics

It’s Still Time For Vacation And … Braces

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


Untitled-10The lazy days of summer are beginning to wind down, and we parents are confronted with getting our children ready for the upcoming school year. This is the time where we seem to cram a last-minute vacation into our schedule while trying to purchase new wardrobes and school supplies for our children. As a parent, I have discovered that the summer break does not seem to be as relaxing a time as it used to be. There are camps to attend, vacations to plan – which, if you are like me, you will need a vacation FROM the vacation – and this year for me, high school sports practices. With all of this near-constant activity and planning, is there anything else we as parents need to do to ease the transition into the school year?

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Smiles Improve Your health In More Ways Than You Know

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



I am sure that many of you have seen the advertisement campaign that the American Association of Orthodontists has been running on television over the past few years.  “My Life, My Smile, My Orthodontist” is a consumer awareness program which aims to educate the public about the benefits of orthodontic treatment.  So why all the hubbub?  Why is it so important for us to have perfect smiles?  Dentistry aims to promote and preserve healthy teeth and gums – we get this.  Toothaches are no fun.  Premature tooth loss due to gum disease is no spring stroll through the park.  But straight teeth – what’s the big deal?  Is a perfect smile THAT important? Read more →

Help! I’m Suffering from…Adolescence!

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



It’s 7:30 a.m., and I’m braving the morning traffic and the cold weather as I weave my way through West Knoxville. Next to me, in the passenger seat, is a young lady who seems intently focused on something outside her window. Or so I would like to think. In reality, it is probably more that she simply doesn’t want to focus on any interaction with me. The music she has selected for our listening pleasure is something which seems to have been created if Nine Inch Nails and Evanescence had a sonic love child and unleashed it upon the unsuspecting public. I can feel the angst and torment radiating off this person in waves. I attempt to engage in light banter, but the monosyllabic responses accentuated with the occasional grunts leaves me frustrated. The silence is almost worse. Read more →

Short-Term Headache. Long-Term Benefit.

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



Life-altering decisions can occur at any point in one’s life – during childhood, during adolescence, or during adulthood. We have to make decisions about what is right and what is wrong. We decide about whom we choose to associate or befriend. We choose what career we might wish to pursue or what college we might wish to attend. As we get older, we decide who might wish to choose for a spouse and whether or not to have children.

Sometimes, these decisions are with the idea that a positive outcome will result. Many times, the positive outcome might not seem evident. When a decision is being made which has a profound effect on one’s life (or many lives), the road to achieving that ultimate positive outcome may be fraught with speed bumps or potholes. These challenges serve to strengthen us, and most of the time, we learn that they justify the decision we made. Read more →

Addressing One’s Values in Orthodontics

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



An orthodontist not only has the task of producing beautiful smiles, but occasionally he or she has to act as a counselor for parents who are concerned about their child’s teeth. It has not been uncommon to have a parent say to me, “Oh, I need to bring my child to you for you to look at him/her. The teeth are really a mess.” Such a statement braces me for the worst (no pun intended), but more often than not, when I clinically examine the patient, the malocclusion (a condition whereby a person’s teeth do not line up properly when coming together) is nowhere near as bad as originally presented. When I have told the parents this, I witness this collective sigh of relief – especially if I tell them no teeth need to be extracted or jaw surgery is not required. Read more →

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 →