Orthodontics and Sleep Apnea

What is sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a serious disorder where you repeatedly stop breathing for periods during sleep. There are two main forms: central sleep apnea, where the brain is not properly controlling breathing, and obstructive sleep apnea, where the airway is temporarily closed off  or restricted due to relaxed soft tissues in the […]

Two people smiling to show how Invisalign straightens your smile discreetly

How Does Aligner Technology Work?

What is aligner technology? Aligner technology is an alternative to orthodontic braces. Invisalign is one example of this technology. They are clear, thin plastic shells that move teeth in small increments when worn consistently. Instead of braces that are attached to the teeth, aligners are removable, and are changed at intervals of 7-14 days. They […]

Impacted upper canines and self-correction

Treatment for Impacted Teeth – Upper Canines

We often hear about impacted teeth, but most patients are not sure what it really means. We will discuss what an impacted upper canine is, why treatment is important, and treatment options available to correct it. What’s an impacted upper canine? An impacted canine is essentially one that is oriented so that it cannot erupt […]

Invisalign clear aligners alternative to braces

“I’ve Been Told I’m Not A Candidate For Invisalign”

How Invisalign Works: Invisalign is an alternative to braces that uses a series of plastic aligners to move teeth. We start with a virtual model of your teeth, and then program individual movements, in small increments, until an ideal virtual bite is achieved. We then plan what is called “overtreatment”, which exaggerates certain movements to […]

clear aligners before cosmetic bonding

How Clear Aligners Can Enhance Dental Treatment

Clear aligners: what role do they play in cosmetic dental treatment? Please observe the above picture. Notice that the second upper tooth to the patient’s right, the lateral incisor, is positioned behind the lower teeth, in “crossbite”. I drew an orange line showing the gum levels of the two middle teeth, the central incisors. Ideally […]

Space: the final frontier

Space: The Final Frontier In Children’s Orthodontics

Space: a key consideration in a child’s developing bite. Space refers to the amount of room available for teeth in each jaw. When there’s too little, we refer to that as crowding or as an arch length deficiency. This can be deceiving when kids are losing primary teeth and are in the process of having new permanent teeth […]

Take a selfie, then use the Brace Yourself app to preview yourself with braces.

How Would I Look With Braces?

Have you ever wondered what you would look like with braces? Are your kids nervous about going to the orthodontist because they can’t envision their new smiles? Sometimes being worried about how we’ll look in braces can hold us back from taking that first step. Well, never fear, there truly is “an app for that!” Whether you’re considering braces for your […]

Dr. Schur with patient during initial orthodontic evaluation visit.

About Your Initial Orthodontic Evaluation Visit

The purpose of the initial orthodontic evaluation appointment is to: Get to know the orthodontic team and for them to get to know you. Learn whether orthodontic treatment would be beneficial, and if so, how. Learn about potential treatment options, treatment duration, and cost. Determine whether you are comfortable with the orthodontist, the staff, practice culture and atmosphere, and […]