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Fleming Orthodontics is devoted to providing patients of all ages with the highest quality of orthodontic care in a friendly, comfortable environment. Dr. Patty Fleming and her team strive to create an atmosphere with an emphasis on delivering customer service beyond expectations.

DIY braces…WHAT?

As you may have seen on YouTube or in the news, there is a disturbing trend called “DIY braces”.  People are watching YouTube videos on how to close gaps between their teeth using household items such as hair band elastics and paper clips. There are even companies where you can take a do it yourself impression and mail it in for “custom” in home braces… DON’T DO THIS! In order to have a great orthodontic result it is very important to have a board certified orthodontist such as, Dr. Fleming, perform a comprehensive initial exam and monitor your results throughout your treatment. During these exams,  she will diagnose and monitor the straightening of your teeth as well as the health of your teeth and gums. DIY braces or simply closing a small gap between your 2 front teeth seems like a good idea until something goes terribly wrong. This form of “in home” orthodontics can cause permanent damage such as mouth sores, tooth decay, damage to your roots and even loss of teeth. Doesn’t sound so good now, does it?

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) has issued a consumer warning about using elastics for at-home dental work. Part of their warning states:

“DIY” at-home treatments without orthodontic supervision, such as attempts to close gaps with rubber bands or paper clips, significantly increase the chances of irreparable harm. Orthodontic treatment is a complex medical procedure, and there is no “one size fits all” approach. Treatment is customized for each patient, taking into account all relevant information.”

At Fleming orthodontics we are dedicated to health of your teeth and gums, so if you are considering braces or invisalign please contact our office for your complimentary exam and a personalized treatment plan just for you! We look forward to hearing from you and your family.


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What is Hyperdontia?

Have you ever heard of people having “extra” teeth? The medical term for this condition is called Hyperdontia. You may also hear us call the extra teeth “supernumerary teeth”. Normally a child is born with 20 primary teeth and 32 adult teeth. Primary teeth are the first set of teeth that erupt and typically erupt between birth and age of 36 months. Permanent teeth then take the place of the primary teeth and are usually fully-erupted 21 years of age.

The cause of hyperdontia is not clear however, it is thought to be genetics. Hyperdontia affects between 1 and 4 percent of the population in the US, most cases are limited to a single tooth.

So, what is the best way to deal with hyperdontia? It really depends on the case. The treatment plan Dr. Fleming suggests will vary according to the potential problem posed by the supernumerary teeth, as well as their type. Orthodontic treatment certainly may help, but extraction of the extra tooth can also be a good option. We recommend a child receive an oral evaluation no later than the age of 7. This will help us to determine if your child has hyperdontia and the proper course of action.

If you suspect you or your child may be suffering from hyperdontia, please give Fleming Orthodontics a call to schedule a complimentary appointment.

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What is a Midline in Orthodontics?

Each day we use a lot of terms and you may wonder “what language are they speaking?” A common one is “midline.” What is a midline in the dental world, and what does it have to do with orthodontic treatment?

The dental midline is the line between your two upper front teeth and your two lower front teeth, and it plays a significant role in orthodontic treatment. The dental midlines of your upper and lower jaws should align with the middle of your face. When this doesn’t happen, the condition is called a “deviated” midline. This is an asymmetry issue and causes your back bite from fitting properly.

One of the most famous faces that had a deviated midline for years is actor Tom Cruise. In this photo you can notice how far his midline is off. When he got braces for his children their orthodontist suggested braces for him to correct this issue. We can do the same for you!

Some of the most common causes of deviated midline are: early loss of baby teeth, missing adult teeth, or severe crowding. The best plan of action is to have and orthodontic evaluation if you have any concerns.

Dr. Fleming has several ways of addressing this issue. With a complimentary consultation she will be able to diagnose this condition and take the necessary steps to correct and prevent further issues. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Getting our blog on…

Blog21Hello everyone! Thank you for clicking on our new blog! We will write about interesting things you may want/ need to know or fun/ helpful facts. We hope that you leave our blog learning something new! Let us know if there is anything you want us to blog about and we will try to make that happen. You can do this by leaving a comment, or going to our Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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Welcome to our Blog

Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog. Please check back often for weekly updates on fun and exciting events happening at our office, important and interesting information about our orthodontics and the dental industry, and the latest news about our practice.

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