Do wisdom teeth cause crowding?

The relationship between wisdom teeth and crowding of the lower front teeth has been debated for many years, and it is still debated to this day.

Most of the debate stems from observations former patients have of shifting following braces.  While it seems to make logical sense that a wisdom tooth angled towards the other teeth would have a pushing and crowding tendency, there is evidence that this may not in fact be completely true (J Am Dent Assoc 123;8:75-79). Continue reading

Sports Safety with Braces

What Every Parent, Coach and Athlete Should Know About Sports Safety
A child’s mouth and face can easily be injured if the correct precautions and equipment aren’t used during organized sports. In fact, sports-related injuries are the leading cause of emergency room visits in 12- to 17-year-olds according to the Center for Disease Control. Continue reading

Can you have a tongue piercing while getting jaw surgery?

The short answer is “no.” Jaw surgery requires a general anaesthetic. When you go under anaesthetic for surgery, you are required to remove all jewellery, including jewellery in and around your mouth, such as lip rings and tongue piercings. In fact, you’re not even allowed to wear makeup into surgery – the rules are very strict. Continue reading

Braces And Discomfort And How To Avoid It

Unfortunately, every person who wears braces is going to experience some discomfort. The worst pain usually happens after the braces have first been put on and then, to a lesser extent, each month after the braces are tightened. Your mouth feels uncomfortable because your teeth are going to be loose (so that they can move). It’s also uncomfortable because your teeth are a lot weaker than they used to be. This is the reason that the foods you would eat regularly can cause so much pain when you try to eat them after your braces have been put on. Continue reading