Would you let your dry-cleaner cut your hair?

An odd title is it not? It does however provoke some thought. I am sure you agree that you would not let your dry-cleaner cut your hair or would you ask your dermatologist to deliver your child. It may sound like an exaggeration but there is a point to make. It is essential that prospective patients do their due-dilligence when …

Experience Counts

If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Proper orthodontic treatment cannot be learned in a single course offered on a week-end. The public is bombarded with the modern version of the snake-oil salesperson on a daily basis. All manner of get-healthy-quick and straighten-your-teeth-in-weeks schemes abound. No matter what you are doing, whether it be renovating your …

Get Some Sleep!

As outlined in previous posts about sleep, this is another excellent article about the benefits of getting your required hours. Again, avoid caffeine late into the day as well as any phone/computer screens at least 1-2 hours before bed is critical. These are good habits especially for teens to start to learn early. Grinding/clenching of your teeth occurs when you …

The Importance of Sleeping Well

Issues surrounding poor sleep habits are very popular in the media. People are being diagnosed with sleep apnea (episodes at night where external breathing is suspended) at accelerated rates. A physician prescribed sleep-study is key. This issue is now found to be very common in younger patients. This can affect how orthodontics is performed. In many adult patients, orthodontic treatment …

Design Award

Thanks again to JoeArchtiect for their excellent work and for winning an award from the IIDA (International Interior Design Association). My goal was to create a space that was environmentally friendly. We have made efforts to reduce water/power usage and are close to becoming almost completely paperless! It was also important to create a space that facilitated our goal of …

Discomfort=Growth

My patient Alex just posted this great new video about achieving your goals. I just placed SPEED lingual braces for the lower teeth (braces behind the teeth). Alex is a very motivating and successful young entrepreneur who has great messages about work and life. It is necessary to embrace the struggles along the way to any success. It makes the …

Could Your TMJ Problems Really Be Something Else?

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is an umbrella term to describe chronic and acute pain generally relating to the¬†temporomandibular joint. This joint can often become inflamed, displaced (the interposing disk) or injured. TMD can result in extreme cases of facial pain leading to disruptions of normal, facial functioning. As in life, things are not always what they seem! TMD is a …

Tension and Your Teeth: Parafunction & Bruxism

Have you ever been woken up by the dull crunch of your own gnashing teeth? Did you simply shrug it off only to find that, come morning, you had an awful pain in your jaw? You could be suffering from Bruxism, or teeth grinding. Bruxism is a form of Occlusal Parafunction, which is a term given to oral behaviours that …