May 17

Sip All Day… Get Tooth Decay

  As it turns out, it’s not the sugar in soda that eats away at tooth enamel – it’s the acids, which are used as flavoring agents. That’s why diet and regular soft drinks do equal amounts of damage. What’s more, light-colored sodas, such as lemon-lime varieties, can be more destructive than colas. Sipping Read More

Apr 2

Tongue Thrust

A tongue thrust can result in an inefficient swallowing pattern or affect the position of a person’s teeth. A tongue thrust may be present at birth but not diagnosed until seven or eight years of age. Infants and toddlers with tongue thrust can have breast-feeding problems, colic, refuse foods that are hard to chew and Read More

Mar 5

Continuing Education

Some of you may know that becoming an orthodontist requires an additional 11 years of schooling AFTER high school, but the studying doesn’t stop there! Offering the latest innovations and state-of-the-art care in our office means that we can’t rest on our laurels. Dr. Anderson, Dr. Moopen and the staff regularly attend educational courses to Read More

Dec 11

What Causes Orthodontic Problems?

Problems occur when the jaws and teeth do not meet right. This is called malocclusion (mal means “badly” and occlude means “to close”). ~A skeletal malocclusion occurs when one jaw doesn’t line up with the other, or when the jaws are too big or too small for the teeth. ~A dental malocclusion occurs when the Read More

Nov 6

Retainers Are Forever!

Did you know? Retainers are forever! Once braces are removed, the retention phase of treatment begins. Directions for wearing the retainer should be followed and , if lost or broken, should be replaced immediately. Even years after your treatment is done, your retainers are your insurance that nothing has changed. Use your retainer once in Read More

Oct 14

Yearbook Photo with Dr. Anderson & Dr. Moopen

Mark your calendar!! All students (former and current patients)! Dates for the yearbook photo with the doctors are right around the corner. Can’t wait to see all of your smiling faces! ~Boone High School (Fri., Nov.  14th, 9am) ~Cornerstone Charter Academy (Fri., Nov. 14th, right after school) ~Lake Nona High School (Fri., Nov. 7th, 11:30)

Sep 18

What Exactly is a TAD?

TAD stands for temporary anchorage device and it allows us to do things we’ve never been able to do before. TADs allows us to solve some problems with conservative treatment that used to require surgery. Before TADs, orthodontists simply had no good way to intrude teeth. Also, we couldn’t move molars forward to close spaces Read More

Jul 1

Straight Talk On Malocclusions

When you have a malocclusion, it means your teeth, lips and/or jaws don’t line up the way they should. As a result, your teeth may be crooked, your bite may not work correctly and your jaws may look unbalanced. There are two general causes of malocclusion or facial disharmonies.

May 1

When’s The Right Time For An Orthodontic Checkup?

Identifying developing bite problems early and starting treatment may help prevent or intercept serious problems from developing, allowing later treatment to be shorter and less complicated.