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What’s the difference between Invisalign and Smile Direct Club? - August 7, 2018

What’s the difference between Invisalign and Smile Direct Club?

Just like any other industry where competition spurs product choices, there are other companies besides Invisalign now providing clear aligner therapy for orthodontics. One name that often comes up is Smile Direct Club. While the company seeks to fill a need for a... Read More

The orthodontic movement toward Invisalign - July 25, 2018

The orthodontic movement toward Invisalign

Every generation or so, there is new technology that comes along and changes the landscape of an industry. Uber has transformed our transportation mode, electronic funds transfer has changed how we do banking, and social media is changing the way we communicate. In... Read More

Can I get braces if I’m pregnant? - July 10, 2018

Can I get braces if I’m pregnant?

Although the list of items that pregnant women should avoid is often extensive, one thing they do not need to worry about is orthodontics during pregnancy. I assure expectant mothers that Invisalign and traditional braces do not pose any risks. The only issue is that... Read More

Is my child mature enough for Invisalign? - June 22, 2018

Is my child mature enough for Invisalign?

When parents ask me if their child is mature enough for Invisalign, the answer usually is a resounding, yes. In my orthodontic practice, 90 percent of patients are compliant when it comes to wearing Invisalign for the recommended time each day. And, in fact, it is... Read More

Can I start Invisalign less than a year before my wedding? - June 11, 2018

Can I start Invisalign less than a year before my wedding?

When it comes to straightening teeth, there is a lot you can accomplish in one year. And though treatment time often extends past one year in more complex cases, a reasonable improvement is easily attained in a shorter timeframe. For patients who come to me with... Read More

Long Distance Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment Monitoring - March 26, 2018

Long Distance Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment Monitoring

By Dr. John WhiteSmiles by White These days, there seems to be an app for just about everything. You can check the weather forecast, get traffic updates when driving, split a restaurant bill with friends and even determine when it’s a good time to sprint... Read More

The AcceleDent medical device improves orthodontic treatment - March 8, 2018

The AcceleDent medical device improves orthodontic treatment

By Dr. John WhiteSmiles by White Even before the first traditional brace is put on, or the first aligner tray fitted, most of my patients are looking forward to the day their teeth straightening process is complete. Although the timeframe for wearing braces... Read More

Do I really need to wear a retainer after braces? - February 19, 2018

Do I really need to wear a retainer after braces?

By Dr. John WhiteSmiles by White Named for the doctor who invented it in the early 1900s, the Hawley retainer was the appliance of choice and used for generations (including when I was a child) to prevent teeth from shifting after undergoing orthodontic treatment... Read More

Why I never stop learning about Invisalign - February 5, 2018

Why I never stop learning about Invisalign

By Dr. John WhiteSmiles by White As English singer-songwriter Phil Collins once so eloquently wrote, “In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.” For those of us who are more right-brained and tend to be more artistic like musicians, we... Read More

Invisalign think tank produces dramatic results - January 23, 2018

Invisalign think tank produces dramatic results

By Dr. John WhiteSmiles by White When you think of study groups, what usually comes to mind are high school and college students gathered at the library, reviewing materials together before an exam. I have been in private practice for over three... Read More

Adding a “pontic” tooth during Invisalign treatment - January 10, 2018

Adding a “pontic” tooth during Invisalign treatment

By Dr. John WhiteSmiles by White When I am straightening a patient’s teeth with Invisalign and he or she is congenitally missing a permanent tooth, or, perhaps, has a front tooth that was accidentally knocked out by an errant hockey puck or soccer ball etc., I can... Read More

Why the best orthodontic solutions require a personal, professional approach - December 26, 2017

Why the best orthodontic solutions require a personal, professional approach

By Dr. John White Smiles by White One company emerging in the marketplace has a similar concept to Invisalign – aligning teeth with clear removable aligners. Though, instead of visiting a dentist’s or orthodontist’s office to get diagnostic... Read More

What if my child is missing teeth? - December 18, 2017

What if my child is missing teeth?

By Dr. John WhiteSmiles by White Parents often come into my office worried that their child is missing a tooth or teeth. I always reassure them that it is not uncommon to be missing a bicuspid or two or a lateral incisor (the tooth just off center in the... Read More

What shape are your gums? - November 10, 2017

What shape are your gums?

Orthodontists wield a laser to contour patients' gums and create the frame for beautiful teeth. Often times when wearing braces, patients get an overgrowth of the gum tissue due to poor hygiene, an allergy to nickel or excessive breathing through the mouth, which dries out... Read More

The art of moving teeth with Invisalign - October 20, 2017

The art of moving teeth with Invisalign

Just like an artist uses a paintbrush to create a piece of art, an orthodontist uses traditional braces or Invisalign to create a beautiful, healthy smile. You may think orthodontists are just techies, but we also have a creative side. And when combined with... Read More

How to stop a child from sucking his or her thumb - October 2, 2017

How to stop a child from sucking his or her thumb

There are enough things for parents to worry about nowadays besides their infant sucking a thumb. I tell parents it is okay for infants and toddlers to soothe themselves by sucking a thumb. In fact, some ultrasounds show that babies suck on fingers in the womb during... Read More

Dental CT scan allows for better orthodontic diagnosis - September 8, 2017

Dental CT scan allows for better orthodontic diagnosis

By Dr. John White,Smiles by White In my practice I use cone beam computed tomography, also known as a dental CAT scan, which allows for more advanced diagnosis and improved treatment planning. This data is used to reconstruct three-dimensional (3-D) images... Read More

How are Invisalign braces made? - August 31, 2017

How are Invisalign braces made?

By Dr. John White,Smiles by White As an Align software beta tester and a Tier 7 / Top one percent Invisalign provider, I have had the unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Invisalign at the Costa Rica computer design lab and... Read More

How to seat your new clear aligners - August 7, 2017

How to seat your new clear aligners

By Dr. John White Smiles by White It’s not often orthodontists encourage their patients to chew gum. However, in one instance it can be beneficial by helping to seat, or set fully in to place, clear aligners. When wearing clear... Read More

What is a dental cone beam image? - July 21, 2017

What is a dental cone beam image?

I have built my practice on the philosophy that the better technology you have, the better care you can provide your patients. To that end, I continually invest in the most advanced dental technology available. The dental technology available for the... Read More

Braces have gone high tech - July 7, 2017

Braces have gone high tech

Just like the music industry has gone digital, so, too, has the dental field. But unlike music, where playing vinyl records still may be alluring for some, there is no reason to go back to old dental technology. I take pride in staying at the forefront of... Read More

Treating palatally impacted cuspids - June 20, 2017

Treating palatally impacted cuspids

Most children do not grow up to have a perfectly aligned smile. More typically, teeth erupt in a less than ideal fashion. Impacted teeth in patients can present challenging dental needs beyond merely correcting misalignment. “Impacted” basically means that a... Read More

When to treat jaw alignment issues in children - June 13, 2017

When to treat jaw alignment issues in children

When it comes to jaw alignment issues, I tell parents that treatment is not always necessary at a young age, but it is important to get evaluated early.A common problem I see in teenagers and adults is that their upper and lower jaws do not line up properly, from front to... Read More

What is the best way to treat sleep apnea? - May 30, 2017

What is the best way to treat sleep apnea?

By Dr. John White, owner of Smiles by White When restful sleep turns into noisy snoring, there usually is not cause for alarm. But for the more than 18 million Americans who suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, (loud snoring is a major symptom), it can deprive... Read More

Are lingual braces the best option? - April 17, 2017

Are lingual braces the best option?

By Dr. John WhiteSmiles by White The words “invisible braces” usually brings to mind Invisalign—and for good reason. This innovative technology is backed by more than four million treated patients and a lot of media coverage. But before... Read More

Braces 101: Do I really need an expander? - April 14, 2017

Braces 101: Do I really need an expander?

By Dr. John White Owner, Smiles by White Here’s the skinny on expanders. There are ways to widen the upper dental arch without using an expander, but often a cemented palatal expander is the best solution. Sometimes the upper... Read More

How young is too young for orthodontic treatment? - March 27, 2017

How young is too young for orthodontic treatment?

By Dr. John White Owner, Smiles by White Every child hits milestones at a different pace. Some babies take that first step as young as eight months old, while others can take up to a year-and-a-half to start walking. Some kids start reading... Read More

How to spend less time wearing braces - March 20, 2017

How to spend less time wearing braces

While most of my patients are too young to remember the hit song “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys, the title fittingly describes the technology used to help cut down on the treatment time associated with traditional braces and Invisalign clear aligners therapy... Read More

Rubber bands and orthodontics - February 28, 2017

Rubber bands and orthodontics

While there are differences between traditional braces and Invisalign clear aligners therapy, there are many similarities too. One of the similarities is that we use elastics, or rubber bands, to move a group of teeth relative to another group of teeth. The most... Read More

Could in-office 3D printing replace Invisalign? - February 13, 2017

Could in-office 3D printing replace Invisalign?

by Dr. John White While 3D printing may seem like a recent manufacturing trend, Align Technology—the manufacturers of Invisalign—pioneered 3D printing technology in healthcare several decades ago, when it created a process that uses 3D printing to make clear... Read More

Is Clear Correct taking a bite out of the Invisalign market? - January 24, 2017

Is Clear Correct taking a bite out of the Invisalign market?

By Dr. John White The orthodontics industry is no different from other marketplaces, where smaller companies emerge to compete with industry leaders. Just look at all of the athletic shoe companies springing into the market to compete against Nike and local roasters... Read More

Will future dental work affect the results of my orthodontic treatment? - December 27, 2016

Will future dental work affect the results of my orthodontic treatment?

By Dr. John White Any time a dentist changes the size, shape or position of even a single tooth, it can affect the entire mouth. If you get dental work that is “oversized,” it can cause the jaw to change position and force the other teeth to adapt to... Read More

After the braces: Keeping teeth straight - December 14, 2016

After the braces: Keeping teeth straight

By Dr. John White I wish I didn’t have to temper my patients’ enthusiasm the day they get their braces off by reminding them that straightening the teeth is only half the battle—the other is keeping them straight. The simple truth is tissue has... Read More

What is Invisalign Express? - November 23, 2016

What is Invisalign Express?

Given the choice, who wouldn’t want to wear braces or clear aligners for the shortest time possible? For the best results, however, shorter doesn’t equal better or even necessarily as good. This also holds true for Invisalign Express. Marketed to people with minor... Read More

Invisalign Express vs. traditional Invisalign - November 22, 2016

Invisalign Express vs. traditional Invisalign

By Dr. John White Braces by White While Invisalign Express uses the same concept and high-quality plastic material as traditional Invisalign to straighten teeth, there are some differences to note. Who Qualifies? I use the... Read More

What happens after Invisalign treatment? - September 28, 2016

What happens after Invisalign treatment?

By Dr. John White, Owner of Braces by White Just as your teeth gradually move to the desired straight position when using Invisalign clear aligners, they can also start moving after treatment—usually with undesired results. I... Read More

Wisdom Teeth Eruption - September 8, 2016

Wisdom Teeth Eruption

By Dr. John White There are a lot of old wives’ tales that never seem to get debunked—even with all the research and facts available today. One I often hear is that if you have braces to straighten your teeth but don’t get your wisdom teeth... Read More

Why are my teeth crooked? - August 15, 2016

Why are my teeth crooked?

Let’s get it straight: Crooked teeth are actually the norm. If you have perfectly straight teeth, most likely you have had braces, because a very small percentage of people have teeth that come in naturally aligned. More than just aesthetics, the... Read More

SmartClip Brackets - August 1, 2016

SmartClip Brackets

In orthodontics, for generations, we have been trying to come up with a brace with less friction because that was the Holy Grail— a way to hold the wires in place to get control of the teeth. Friction, however, is not always bad as there are times you want more... Read More

Real orthodontic answers - July 18, 2016

Real orthodontic answers

During an orthodontic consultation, I thoroughly explain the options, discuss the desired results and outline how we can best obtain a beautiful, healthy smile. There are, however, always some questions patients may wonder about but do not ask... Read More

Is headgear still a thing? - July 4, 2016

Is headgear still a thing?

For patients with an underbite, there are different orthodontic appliances that can be used to correct the bite. If interceptive orthodontic care is started before a child reaches puberty, reverse pull headgear (also known as a facemask) is an effective treatment option... Read More

Get it Straight: Busting myths about orthodontics - June 20, 2016

Get it Straight: Busting myths about orthodontics

I not only spend my days straightening teeth, but also correcting a lot of misconceptions I hear when it comes to orthodontics. Here are my top five myth-busters: Myth: Orthodontics is only for children and teens. Fact: Nationwide, one out of three patients... Read More

How does Invisalign work? - June 6, 2016

How does Invisalign work?

With the growing popularity of Invisalign, more orthodontists and dentists are offering clear aligner therapy. While many of them dabble in this modern approach to straightening teeth, I specialize in Invisalign and have a hand (or, more specifically, a computer mouse) in... Read More

Do Braces Hurt? - May 26, 2016

Do Braces Hurt?

Patients often feel anxious when getting braces, so I try to put them at ease by telling them that the orthodontic force levels are one-tenth of what they were 20 years ago, and only one to two percent of the force that was used when I had braces in the 1970s. The... Read More

Bad overbites get the Herbst appliance - May 16, 2016

Bad overbites get the Herbst appliance

By Dr. John White, owner of Braces by White While it isn’t new technology (it was invented by German orthodontist Dr. Emil Herbst in 1909), the Herbst appliance is my go-to treatment for patients with bad overbites and recessive chins. Used alone, or... Read More

Am I too old for braces? - April 18, 2016

Am I too old for braces?

By Dr. John White,Braces by White It used to be that when a bride or groom got engaged, in an effort to sport picture-perfect smiles they would both get braces prior to the big day. These days grandma might also get braces, so she can have a radiant smile,... Read More

What not to eat, if you have braces - April 5, 2016

What not to eat, if you have braces

By Dr. John White,Braces by White Even with all the advancements in dental technology, those same Jolly Rancher hard candies we bought at the candy store decades ago and the saltwater taffy we ate every time we went to the amusement park still can damage braces... Read More

Do you hate to smile? - March 21, 2016

Do you hate to smile?

By Dr. John WhiteBraces by White I have always believed that a smile is one of the greatest forms of communication. One of the most rewarding aspects of being an orthodontist is my ability to help patients attain brilliant, confident smiles. Patients who do not... Read More

Do I really need a retainer? - March 7, 2016

Do I really need a retainer?

By Dr. John WhiteBraces by White Patients are always beaming with joy the day they get their braces off, but I have to temper their excitement by reminding them that straightening teeth is only half the battle; the other is keeping them straight. That’s why... Read More

Do your teeth line up with your face? - February 16, 2016

Do your teeth line up with your face?

By Dr. John White Facial asymmetry is more common than you might think. In fact, it is the norm. More than half of the population has a lack of facial symmetry, with approximately 60 percent having minor and 15-20 percent moderate to severe asymmetry. Just one look... Read More

What color are your braces? - February 4, 2016

What color are your braces?

By Dr. John WhiteBraces by White You want your braces to match your school colors? We can find the right color combination to show off your school spirit. You want them to match your outfit for an upcoming dance recital? We can make your braces accessorize... Read More

What’s the cost difference between traditional braces and Invisalign? - January 21, 2016

What’s the cost difference between traditional braces and Invisalign?

By Dr. John White While many orthodontists and corporate dental groups charge more to treat patients with Invisalign clear aligners, I offer both Invisalign and traditional braces for the same fee. This allows patients to choose which treatment they prefer,... Read More

How do orthodontists bond braces to teeth? - January 11, 2016

How do orthodontists bond braces to teeth?

By Dr. John White Braces by White With ever-evolving technology, the process of attaching braces to the teeth has changed over the decades since the introduction of materials that allow orthodontists to bond braces directly to the enamel... Read More

What’s the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist? - December 23, 2015

What’s the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?

By Dr. John White Orthodontics was the first recognized specialty within dentistry and focuses on diagnosing and treating malocclusion and/or poor alignment of the teeth and jaws. If someone says that he or she is a specialist in or part of a practice... Read More

Clear Retainer - December 7, 2015

Clear Retainer

When you get your braces removed, it does not signal the end of your orthodontic treatment but rather the beginning of the retainer stage. Teeth will move slightly after braces come off unless they are stabilized with a retainer, which is a passive appliance that holds... Read More

How early should my child see an orthodontist? - November 17, 2015

How early should my child see an orthodontist?

By Dr. John WhiteOwner, Braces by White When parents ask me at what age their child should see an orthodontist, I tell them that early evaluation is important; early treatment is a decision. The majority of kids will not need interceptive treatment at an early age,... Read More

Braces basics: How to brush properly - November 2, 2015

Braces basics: How to brush properly

By Dr. John White, Owner of Braces by White When you have braces, brushing your teeth takes longer and it is technique sensitive. Time I recommend that patients spend two to three minutes brushing to make sure their teeth are clean. Think of brushing... Read More

The straight scoop: Choosing between traditional braces and Invisalign - October 16, 2015

The straight scoop: Choosing between traditional braces and Invisalign

By Dr. John White, Owner, Braces by White Although you can’t call it the age-old question, since Invisalign has only been on the market since 1999, how to decide between traditional braces and Invisalign clear aligners is definitely the most-asked question... Read More

Does My Child Need a Palatal Expander? - October 12, 2015

Does My Child Need a Palatal Expander?

By Dr. John White, Braces by White Some dentists and orthodontists pull teeth to make room in a child’s crowded mouth, but I have long preferred the use of palatal expanders as a less invasive method. Palatal expanders widen the upper arch, creating more room for teeth... Read More