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When to Start Kids Braces?

Most of my Portland patients ask me when to start braces for their kids.  I have been practicing orthodontics in Portland since 1995 and so I have seen many of my pediatric dental patients grow up from infancy through their teens.

Some orthodontists recommend treating crooked teeth or teeth that do not occlude (bite together properly) in two phases or treatment steps.  The first phase usually starts around second or third grade and a second phase around sixth grade.

Most of my Portland patients ask me when to start braces for their kids.  I have been practicing orthodontics in Portland since 1995 and so I have seen many of my pediatric dental patients grow up from infancy through their teens. Some orthodontists recommend treating...

Flossing Braces

Keeping braces clean is so important to moving teeth that it bears repeating.  Keeping braces clean is so important to moving teeth.

Why is it important you ask?  To completely correct a badly positioned tooth, the tooth must slide the brace along the wire in the brace only a few millimeters.

That is NOT very far!  Two years to move something the thickness of a pencil!

Keeping braces clean is so important to moving teeth that it bears repeating.  Keeping braces clean is so important to moving teeth. Why is it important you ask?  To completely correct a badly positioned tooth, the tooth must slide the brace along the wire in the...

Spotty Teeth

Many kids or their parents ask me about spots they see on teeth.

There are several different types of spots found on teeth:

  • white spots
  • chalky yellow spots
  • chalky brown spots
  • dark brown spots
  • black spots

Each of these have different causes but most have similar treatment: Treatment is either leaving it, polishing off the surface of the tooth or placing a filling of some sort.

White spots can be caused by:

Many kids or their parents ask me about spots they see on teeth. There are several different types of spots found on teeth: white spots chalky yellow spots chalky brown spots dark brown spots black spots Each of these have different causes but most have similar...

Bleaching Kids Teeth

A friend in Clackamas recently asked me why his son’s new permanent teeth were so yellow.  I asked him to come down to my Oregon City office to see if they needed bleaching.

What I found was two normally colored permanent teeth growing up between normal blue-white-colored primary teeth.  Many parents get concerned when they see the contrast in color but it this is perfectly normal.

A friend in Clackamas recently asked me why his son’s new permanent teeth were so yellow.  I asked him to come down to my Oregon City office to see if they needed bleaching. What I found was two normally colored permanent teeth growing up between normal...