How did Orthodontics Develop?

Orthodontics is defined as any technique designed to shift crooked teeth and bites into their proper positions. Though orthodontics may seem relatively modern, the fact is that its roots tie back to ancient Egypt. Archeologists have discovered crude metal bands around the bite of Egyptian mummies. It is thought that... Read more »

The Benefits of Orthodontics

Orthodontics was founded to improve the appearance and alignment of a misaligned bite. If you are considering getting orthodontic work, here’s how it might help your smile: - Orthodontics can space out crowded teeth so they are more evenly placed. - Orthodontics can bring together teeth with gaps so they... Read more »

Options for Correcting Minor Malocclusions

Braces are often thought to correct considerable dental alignment issues. This sometimes means that people with minor malocclusions think they don’t really need them. Did you know, however, that minor problems can have more serious implications over time? For example, two or more teeth may rub against one another gradually,... Read more »

Why You May Need a Hawley Retainer

Did you know that your mouth will require a retainer once your braces are removed? Why is that, exactly? Well, as you may know, your braces are designed to correct the alignment of your teeth. Once they come, off, however, your teeth will still have some leftover tension hanging around... Read more »

The Basics of TMJ Disorder

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joints. These refer to the joints that connect the upper and lower jaw to the head. A TMJ disorder is a condition in which these joints become damaged and cause chronic pain. The pain often manifests as a constant dull ache close to the temple or... Read more »

A Quality Mouth Guard Can Reduce Your Chances of Suffering Athletic Dental Trauma

Many sports come with the risk of suffering bodily injury. While this is especially true for contact sports like football, boxing, and lacrosse, even non-contact sports can cause harm. If there is an increased risk of suffering a blow to the face most schools and athletic associations will require the... Read more »

The Steps Involved in Orthodontic Treatment With Braces

Are you about to align your teeth with braces in North Bend, Washington? If so, good for you! Dr. Kirby Nelson and our orthodontic team are excited that you are finally working toward the smile of your dreams. To help you know what to expect when you align your smile,... Read more »

What Can I Expect After My Braces Are Removed?

If the day you remove your braces is quickly approaching, good for you! You are almost to your perfect smile. During your final appointment, Dr. Kirby Nelson will remove the hardware from your smile and will also care for your teeth a little further. First, your orthodontist will deeply clean... Read more »

Uncorrected Alignment Issues in Your Bite Pattern Can Put Your Teeth at Increased Risk of Dental Fracture

As you age, it’s possible for minute changes to occur in the structure of your jaw. In time, it can alter the alignment and position of some of your teeth. This is even more likely to occur if you’ve lost one or more teeth. As this happens, the unnatural angle... Read more »

Do You Treat Your TMJs with TLC?

Do you treat your TMJs with tender loving care? Your TMJs, also called your temporomandibular joints, are those joints in your jaw that play a crucial role in your mouth’s capacity to open and close. Symptoms that they may be damaged include: -popping noises from your jaw -the incapacity to... Read more »