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***COVID-19 / Coronavirus Update***
To Our Valued Patients at Robinson Orthodontics,
On the evening of March 18, 2020, Governor Kate Brown announced a temporary Order/Mandate requiring all Oregon hospitals, outpatient clinics, and health care providers, (including veterinarians, dentists and orthodontists) to immediately cease performing all non-emergency procedures. We do not yet know how long this order will remain in effect, but we will update this notice and contact our patients directly once the restrictive order has been removed by the governor.
In compliance with this temporary order, Robinson Orthodontics will only be able to see patients who are experieng an orthodontic emergency. This includes:
•  Orthodontic-related pain that cannot be comforted with wax or over-the-counter pain relievers, Clipping or adjustment of an orthodontic wire or appliance that is piercing or ulcerating the mucosa.
•  Trauma to the mouth and/or braces that requires urgent attention.
•  Any orthodontic occurrence/situation that you feel could lead to a significant negative outcome if left untreated.
If you are uncertain whether or not your situation is an orthodontic emergency, please contact me directly at (541) 295-0667. I have received guidance from the Oregon Board of Dentistry to evaluate each patient on a case-by-case basis for emergency care, and I will make certain that you are cared for appropriately.
Our team at Robinson Orthodontics will proactively be reaching out to our patients who have scheduled appointments and assist them with rescheduling at a future date.
This is a challenging time for everyone in our community and throughout our country and the world. We appreciate your understanding and are grateful for your support and cooperation. Please stay healthy and safe!
Dr. Jon N. Robinson, DM

How do Braces Work?

girl with braces at Robinson Orthodontics You know doubt know a little bit about braces. You know that they are a dental appliance that is placed on the teeth. You realize that braces are supposed to straighten teeth. You also probably know that you will need to see an orthodontist to get them. How exactly do braces straighten teeth? If that is something that you are not sure about, we here at Robinson Orthodontics have your back.

A Brief Explanation of How Braces Work

Braces are considered a dental appliance, which means that they are a tool that is used to help your teeth. Here is how they work. This is a brief explanation; there is more to it than what you will read here.

Braces are made up of brackets and wire. A bonding adhesive will hold the braces to the teeth. The o-ring will keep everything in place. Braces are made to slowly move the teeth into the desired position. That is why they need to be left on for so long. The average length that traditional metal braces will need to be worn is two years.

One of the most important parts of making sure that the braces are doing their job is the monthly trip to our office. We will check the braces and make sure that everything is in order. We will also make any adjustments that might be needed. An important part of the monthly visit is that we will tighten the braces. That will make sure that a slight adjustment will be made so that your teeth will straighten properly. We will also remove wires and replace them with others. This is also how we will adjust the braces so that they will continue to straighten the teeth.

After the braces have come off of the teeth, we will often recommend that a retainer is worn. This will only need to be worn for a certain number of hours each day, and it often can be worn at night. The retainer will help to keep your teeth straight and steady after they have been moving for so long.

A newer type of braces is known as Invisalign®. These are not for severe straightening. With Invisalign, you will be fitted with clear aligners instead of metal braces. You will wear the aligners for most of the day, taking them off only to eat or to brush. Every two weeks, you will change the aligner. The aligner will do the same thing that traditional metal braces do. It will slowly start to push your teeth into the desired position. Many adults prefer Invisalign over traditional metal braces because it is not obvious.

If you need braces, we will be happy to further explain to you how they work and what you can expect. Here at Robinson Orthodontics, we want you to understand what is going on every step of the way. Call (541) 441-8288 to set up an appointment and so that we can go over your options. We will answer all of your questions as well.

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