McKinney Orthodontics and Braces Blog

The latest in Orthodontics, Orthodontic Technology and Braces are discussed by McKinney Orthodontist, Dr. Jennifer Buchanan.

Early Orthodontic Screening

Dr. Jennifer Buchanan - Thursday, September 01, 2016
Early Orthodontic Screening


The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have an orthodontic screening no later than age 7. Early orthodontic screening can lead to the detection of dental and jaw growth problems that require interceptive treatment. Timely intervention may achieve results that are unattainable once the face and jaws have finished growing.

Not all orthodontic problems are caused by crooked teeth. Improper jaw development can lead to an unbalanced bite as well as facial disharmony. An underdeveloped lower jaw produces buck-teeth or an overbite and an overdeveloped lower jaw results in an under bite. Properly timed treatment with special orthodontic appliances can control the growth of the jaws and establish alignment in rapidly growing younger patients. Delaying treatment may result in the need for more invasive procedures to correct the problem.

Scientific research supports the important role of oral and facial esthetics in the psycho-social development of children. Children with crooked teeth or jaw imbalances often feel self-conscious. They are hesitant to talk with friends or teachers. They often cover their mouths when laughing or close their mouths when being photographed. When children feel confident about the way they look, they feel better about themselves-and their whole outlook on life can improve.


Orthodontic Survival Kit - Orthodontist McKinney TX

Dr. Jennifer Buchanan - Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Orthodontic Survival Kit - Orthodontist McKinney TX
  1. 1. Toothbrush & Toothpaste – Yes, we know this is a little bit of a hassle but make sure you brush and floss after lunch to keep your smile healthy. Oral hygiene is always important but it’s ESPECIALLY important when you have braces. 
  2. 2. WaterPik - if you have a portable one take it with you 
  3. 3. Mirror – We recommend keeping a compact mirror in your locker and/or backpack so you can check out your braces if something feels funny. 
  4. 4. Wax – Keep a case of wax in your backpack in case you have a pokey wire or any cheek irritation. 
  5. 5. Rubber Bands – Don’t get behind on your treatment! Make sure you have spare rubber bands in case one breaks at school and to replace after lunch. 
  6. 6. Retainer Case – We see it ALL the time…Where did my retainer go? I had it on my lunch tray…Whoops! It’s in the trash! Avoid having to dig through trash and the added expenses of new retainers. Keep your retainer in a retainer case whenever it’s not in your mouth! 
  7. 7. Mouth Guard – If you play contact sports, make sure you wear your mouth guard to protect your teeth and braces. Studies have shown that athletes are 60 times more likely to damage teeth when NOT wearing a mouth guard!

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