Dr. Snow's Blog

Thursday May 5th, 2016

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and at Snow Orthodontics, we’re hoping yours is filled with smiles. We treat patients of all ages. A lot of them are teens and those teens would never make it to their appointments without a little help from Mom. So here’s to you, Mom. We’ve designed our 8 orthodontic offices to be equally comfortable for kids and for adults. From our fresh brewed coffee bars to free wi-fi and more.

As an elite, top 1% provider of Invisalign we’ve put an amazing Snow Smile on more Moms than anyone in the area. Mom’s love the way Invisalign helps them get the smile they’ve always wanted, and lots of them choose to get Invisalign right around the time their kids are finished up with braces. This mother’s day, go out of your way to make your mom smile – and make sure she knows we love our patients’ moms, but we love our mom’s who are patients too!

Friday April 1st, 2016

If you are of a certain age – or you have children of a certain age…it’s that time of year again. It’s wedding season! Whether you are part of the wedding party or a guest; wedding season can be one of the best times or one of the worst times of your life. If you are part of the wedding party then you know there are going to be a lot of different activities; wedding shower, bachelorette/bachelor party, rehearsals, shopping with the bride or groom, rehearsal dinner and finally the big event. There’s a great deal of preparation and planning that go into helping make this a special day for you, your friend or family member. Many of us begin thinking about loosing that extra 5 or 10 pounds, getting fit or growing out that botched hair cut but we don’t think about our smile and the hundreds of pictures that we will be a part of. The event may only last a few days, but those photos last forever.

In just a few short months you can make some dramatic changes to your smile – and we can help. Schedule a complimentary consultation and find out what your options are – and how quickly your smile can change. We have a number of virtually invisible options to choose from too, so you’ll be camera-ready right from the start – and you’ll be ready to smile down the aisle on the big day.

Tuesday March 1st, 2016

One of the things I love about orthodontics is that it is an ever-evolving field. Because I want our patients to have the best care and results possible, I spend lots of time researching the newest technology and techniques to find those that would be a benefit for our patients.

Often we have a prospective patient who has their desire for orthodontics tied to a specific goal like a wedding, a prom, or a big birthday… We offer a technology that can be combined with braces or Invisalign treatment that will accelerate treatment and get you to your beautiful Snow Orthodontics smile faster than ever before.

This exciting technology is called AcceleDent. AcceleDent is a device that is placed in the mouth once a day for twenty minutes. Its SoftPulse Technology releases a safe and effective light force pulse that transmits through the roots of your teeth to the surrounding bone socket. This helps accelerate the cellular response and speeds the rate with which your teeth can move. When used in conjunction with orthodontics, AcceleDent has been clinically proven to move teeth up to 50% faster. And an added bonus is that it seems to relieve the discomfort experienced sometimes during orthodontic treatment.

Whether you’ve got a special event coming up, or just would like to start living your life with a beautiful smile sooner, AcceleDent along with braces or Invisalign might be the way to go. Give us a call at any of our offices in Lancaster, Palmdale, Ridgecrest, Encino, Phelan, Agoura Hills, or Tehachapi offices and schedule your no cost initial

Monday February 1st, 2016

Around the time you are finishing high school you might start to hear discussion of your wisdom teeth (third molars) and whether they should be extracted. It seems like it’s pretty common at this stage of life, but is it necessary to have the wisdom teeth removed? In some cases, yes, but it isn’t always the case. And in a few cases, the wisdom teeth never developed so it’s not a consideration at all! So let’s talk a little about wisdom teeth and give you some basic info.

The “third molars” become visible on an X-ray between 10 and 15 years of age and become a concern to your dentist and orthodontist just about the time you are finishing high school. So what’s the big deal? Wisdom teeth have been blamed for causing teeth to get crooked after braces are removed. Not true! Teeth can shift if retainers are not worn, but studies have shown that teeth shifting are not caused by the wisdom teeth, so it’s not a reason to have them removed. There are other problems that can be created that give us a legitimate reason to want them removed.

One of the most common reasons to have the wisdom teeth out is that they are difficult to care for. It is hard to clean the area effectively so the chance of gum disease and cavities is greater. If decay occurs, it is difficult for the dentist to fix as well. And even if there is sufficient space for them, because of the risk of gum disease and decay, it might be suggested that you have them removed.

Another reason for taking out the wisdom teeth is that there is just not enough room. If there isn’t enough room for the tooth to erupt, the teeth stay in the bone totally or partially. Both full and partial impaction can have negative side effects. If the teeth are fully impacted, there is a chance that a cyst can form around the tooth, causing damage to the bone, nerves, and the other teeth. If the tooth is partially impacted, there is a greater chance for infection and decay to occur.

The bottom line is that we recommend making an informed decision about the wisdom teeth rather than just letting nature take its course. Having the wisdom teeth removed around age 17-18 might be easiest for both the patient and the oral surgeon since the roots are not fully formed. We’re happy to discuss the situation with you and help you with your decision.

Friday January 1st, 2016

The recommendation by the American Association of Orthodontists is that every child should have an evaluation by an orthodontic specialist by age 7 or 8, even though there often is not an immediate need for treatment. The primary objective of the appointment is to screen for developmental issues such as missing, impacted, or ankylosed permanent teeth which do not always show up on the typical check-up x-rays taken by your general dentist. These developmental problems, if not recognized early enough, can create long-term problems and create a need for more complicated solutions.

We also evaluate which primary teeth your child has lost and which of the permanent teeth have come in. It helps the permanent teeth come in straighter if the primary teeth are lost at the right time and in the right order. Sometimes something as simple as the orthodontist asking your general dentist to remove a baby tooth early can also significantly help guide the permanent teeth into a better location. In most cases, the general dentist will not do this without a request from an orthodontic specialist.

Another objective of the appointment is to guide your family as to the most optimal time to begin treatment. We believe that identifying this optimal time will provide the best results in the shortest time.
We will schedule visits for your child to monitor their growth and development and together make the decision that’s best for your child.