teeth grinding

Teeth Grinding and Your Smile

Teeth grinding can be a real pain—pun intended! It’s a fairly common problem in patients of any age. In some instances, it can be caused by stress and may go away on its own when you’re no longer stressed. Other times, the cause is a bad bite. Regardless of why you grind your teeth, it can be difficult to fix by yourself.

Do You Grind Your Teeth?

One way to tell if you’re grinding your teeth is a sore jaw when you wake up. You may also experience a dull, constant headache from the pressure you put on your jaw. If you don’t receive treatment, your teeth may wear down over time, causing you to lose teeth.

A Mouthguard Can Help.

At Olson Orthodontics, we can provide a mouthguard that fits your individual smile to protect your teeth from the effects of teeth grinding while you sleep. If a bad bite is causing the grinding, Dr. Olson can examine your jaw as well as the teeth to determine the best course of action. In many cases, we can treat a bad bite with braces alone.

How Can You Reduce Teeth Grinding?

While a mouthguard and orthodontic treatment can fix the physical symptoms, reducing your stress levels may help reduce how often you grind your teeth. We recommend avoiding alcohol and caffeine when possible and practicing relaxation techniques, such as yoga or meditation. If you find yourself grinding your teeth throughout the day, try putting your tongue between your teeth. This will stop you from putting pressure on your jaw, and over time it can help you to train yourself to relax your jaw muscles.

For more information on teeth grinding or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!

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Parent & Patient Review

Patient Review: Philip S.

"Friendly service. Always willing to work with us and provided a lot of help. Text reminders of appointments were great." - Philip S.

THANK YOU

We are alway thankful when our patients let us know how we are doing in the office. We love our patients and hope they feel like family every time they walk through the door!

Our doctors and staff hold themselves to a higher standard of professionalism and excellence. We strive to ensure each patient receives the quality care and treatment they deserve. So we are thrilled to hear your experience has met your standards of quality and professionalism.

Most of all, we want all of our patients to know that they are a valuable part of the family here at Olson Orthodontics and their opinions and feelings are very important to us. That is why we encourage all patients to review their experience with our office.

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Patient Review

Parent & Patient Review

Patient Review: Miracle

"We love you (Dr. Lauren) and all the staff. It is a comfortable environment. We feel welcome!" - Miracle

THANK YOU

We cannot express how thankful we are for this patient review! Everyone here at Olson Orthodontics wants to be sure all of our patients feel right at home in our office!

Our doctors and staff hold themselves to a higher standard of professionalism and excellence. We strive to ensure each patient receives the quality care and treatment they deserve. So we are thrilled to hear your experience has met your standards of quality and professionalism.

Most of all, we want all of our patients to know that they are a valuable part of the family here at Olson Orthodontics and their opinions and feelings are very important to us. That is why we encourage all patients to review their experience with our office.

REVIEW US

If you are a patient, we want to hear from you! Leave a review on our Yelp or Google+ pages!

rubber bands

Rubber Bands are Essential to Your Treatment

Your rubber bands are a necessary part of your orthodontic appliance. If we include them in your treatment plan, we recommend that you wear them at all times except when brushing your teeth or eating meals.

Why Wear Rubber Bands?

Some patients may incorrectly think their bands aren’t essential to their treatment success. Let’s take a look at the different parts of braces so you understand their functions:

  • Brackets: small, metal squares that adhere to your teeth
  • Archwire: metal wires that join the brackets together to help move teeth
  • Ligatures: parts that hold the archwire in place between orthodontic visits
  • Rubber Bands: elastic bands connecting the brackets and hooks

Typically, the elastic bands connect the top and bottom brackets to adjust the position of the teeth and jaw. While you may not realize it, the bands play an important role in how quickly your treatment progresses. If you decide not to wear them, you will compromise your treatment time and possibly add to the cost of your treatment.

If you have any questions or concerns about your braces, contact our office today!

Parent & Patient Review

Patient Review: Britney K.

"You guys are so beautiful! And SO nice! But I forgot your names...haha! Thanks for doing this for me! I'll look amazing because of you. Thanks!" - Britney K.

THANK YOU

Thank you for leaving us such a great review! We love to hear from our patients and/or their parents about their experiences in our office. We can not wait to see your brand new beautiful smile!

Our doctors and staff hold themselves to a higher standard of professionalism and excellence. We strive to ensure each patient receives the quality care and treatment they deserve. So we are thrilled to hear your experience has met your standards of quality and professionalism.

Most of all, we want all of our patients to know that they are a valuable part of the family here at Olson Orthodontics and their opinions and feelings are very important to us. That is why we encourage all patients to review their experience with our office.

Review Us

If you are a patient, we want to hear from you! Leave a review on our Yelp or Google+ pages!

Retainers

What should I do if I lost or broke my retainer?

Retainers are required after orthodontic treatment to help keep your teeth from moving back to their original positions. So you must wear your retainer every day!

To keep your retainer in good shape, avoid:

  • Using a toothpick to clean out food caught in the retainer.
  • Biting into hard foods like apples, carrots, and candy.
  • Biting on finger nails, which flexes the teeth.
  • Chewing ice.
  • Pulling too hard on the retainer when flossing.
  • Grinding or clenching your teeth.

Always store your retainer in its case when it’s not in your mouth. If you lose or break your retainer, contact our office immediately for a replacement. Note that we do charge a fee for a new retainer.

Patient & Parent Review

Patient Review: Wendy J.

"This is a good place to get your teeth cared for. A good environment and staff is polite. They are very professional." - Wendy J.

THANK YOU

Thank you for the positive feedback and kind words.Because we are committed to providing the best care possible, the staff at Olson Orthodontics loves hearing from happy patients and parents!

Our doctors and staff hold themselves to a higher standard of professionalism and excellence. We strive to ensure each patient receives the quality care and treatment they deserve. So we are thrilled to hear your experience has met your standards of quality and professionalism.

Most of all, we want all of our patients to know that they are a valuable part of the family here at Olson Orthodontics and their opinions and feelings are very important to us. That is why we encourage all patients to review their experience with our office.

Review Us

If you are a patient, we want to hear from you! Leave a review on our Yelp or Google+ pages!

Am I a candidate for Invisalign®?

Am I a candidate for Invisalign®?

Have you been researching Invisalign® but aren’t sure if you’re a good candidate?

Do you have…

  • Wide spaces in between your teeth?
  • Crowded teeth?
  • Mild crossbite or overbite?

Then Invisalign® may be the right treatment for you!

How much does Invisalign® cost?

Orthodontic treatment is unique to each individual, so the price of Invisalign® treatment is different for everyone. At your appointment, we will sit down and discuss all costs with you after your Invisalign® consultation.

Call us to schedule your evaluation today!

Patient Reviews

Read what our patients have to say about Olson Orthodontics!

"From the moment I walked into Olson Orthodontics, I didn't feel like a patient, I felt like a friend. My initial consultation was thorough and I was completely clear on what to expect when I began my Invisalign..." - Mary, RN

 

Thank you for the Review, Mary! We love hearing about our patient's experiences! We treat each patient like family because  at Olson Orthodontics, you ARE family!

We want to ensure that your experience with us is as pleasant as possible, and reviews help us do that! If you haven't already, please consider leaving a review of your own on Yelp or Google! Your reviews provide valuable feedback that we use to ensure we continue to meet the high standards of excellence we have set for ourselves here at Olson Orthodontics.

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Am I a Candidate for Invisalign

Am I a Candidate for Invisalign

Have you been researching Invisalign® but aren’t sure if you’re a good candidate?

Do you have…

  • Wide spaces in between your teeth?
  • Crowded teeth?
  • Mild crossbite or overbite?

Then Invisalign® may be the right treatment for you!

How much does Invisalign® cost?

Orthodontic treatment is unique to each individual, so the price of Invisalign® treatment is different for everyone. At your appointment, we will sit down and discuss all costs with you after your Invisalign® consultation.

Call us to schedule your evaluation today!