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James Olsen, DDS Blog

March 28, 2024

Reasons to Have Your Overbite Corrected

Close up of Invisalign over teethFew people have straight teeth or perfect bites naturally. Misaligned teeth can influence your self-esteem and dental health, but those aren’t the only concerns. Alignment issues can also affect your bite, which is the relationship between your upper and lower arches when your mouth is closed. If your jaws don’t fit together correctly, it can affect your appearance and oral functions. An overbite is a common problem that occurs when the upper teeth overlap the lower arch. If you’ve been putting off getting braces, here are a few reasons to fix your overbite, sooner rather than later.

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February 29, 2024

Your Guide to Dating with Invisalign

Woman inserting clear alignerIf your teeth are misaligned, it’s easy to have insecurities about your smile. Not only can your confidence suffer, but alignment issues can also affect your romantic life. According to a popular dating site, 57% of users prefer a possible mate with straight teeth. Invisalign can fix your bite and alignment with no brackets or wires. Here’s how you can give your dating life and confidence a boost with clear aligners.

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January 12, 2024

How Can Bad Posture Cause Jaw Pain?

Man has jaw pain

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJ, can result in headaches, clicking or popping noises during chewing, or pain when yawning. While many people deal with jaw pain or TMJ disorders, few of them probably realize how poor posture can contribute to the problem. Unfortunately, a sedentary lifestyle and a desk job can take their toll on someone’s skeleton, but there are things you can do to prevent TMJ issues from happening. Here’s how poor posture can cause jaw pain as well as what you can do to prevent it.

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December 21, 2023

The Do’s and Don’ts of Invisalign

person holding Invisalign

For those in search of a subtle alternative to conventional braces, Invisalign emerges as a commendable option. Diverging from traditional metal brackets, Invisalign presents transparent aligner trays that seamlessly conform to your teeth, gradually realigning them. The key to the effectiveness of this treatment lies in the meticulous care of your Invisalign trays. If you find yourself uncertain about the essential maintenance, read on to explore the dos and don’ts that will assist you in preserving your trays in prime condition!

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December 8, 2023

Understanding a Locked or Stiff Jaw: Causes, Implications, and Care

someone holding their jaw and wincing

Experiencing a locked or stiff jaw can be disconcerting, as it often brings discomfort and disrupts everyday activities such as talking and eating. This condition can stem from various causes. By understanding the factors contributing to a stiff jaw and learning effective care strategies, you can alleviate discomfort and take proactive steps to prevent further issues. So, keep reading to learn more about causes and treatment options.

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November 28, 2023

TMJ Awareness Month: Is Your Jaw Healthy?

Woman touching her jaw, wearing pained expression

TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, is a common problem that can adversely affect your oral health and your quality of life. It occurs when the temporomandibular joint (TMJ, which connects your lower jaw to the rest of your skull) is injured or stressed. Do you have this condition? November is TMJ Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to assess your jaw health and seek appropriate care if necessary.

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November 23, 2023

How To: Enjoy the Holiday Season with Invisalign

Woman smiling while receiving present at home

Whether you’re going out of town for the holidays or staying home, the hustle and bustle that comes with the last few weeks of the year can be overwhelming. That’s why it’s so important that you are proactive about staying on-track with your Invisalign treatment! Otherwise, you can add weeks or months to your timeline, postponing your results even further. Don’t worry – there are a few simple steps that will help you enjoy the holiday season with Invisalign. Read on to learn what they are!

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October 13, 2023

5 Facts About Invisalign You Should Know Before You Begin

An Invisalign kit with multiple aligners

Many people are finding Invisalign to be the superior method for straightening teeth. They’re discreet and allow you to eat whatever you want. This makes it easier to keep your lifestyle and continue to be social, even while undergoing orthodontic treatment. If you’ve been thinking about starting Invisalign, you might want to know some big things about it first.

Continue reading to learn more about Invisalign and what you can expect from the treatment.

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October 6, 2023

Could a TMJ Disorder Be Causing Your Eye Pain?

Man with significant pain in his eye

If you have been experiencing any pain around or behind your eyes, you likely want to know what the underlying cause is. You may be surprised to learn that the source of your discomfort could very well lie in your jaw. Oftentimes, eye pain is linked to a TMJ disorder; here is what you need to know about the relationship between these two conditions.

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September 12, 2023

What Is the Link Between TMD and Tinnitus?

Frowning older woman with tinnitus

Ringing in the ears, also called tinnitus, is an annoying problem. It could even become so distracting that it affects your mental health and quality of life. Some individuals with this condition become so downhearted that they commit suicide. While some cases of tinnitus are, sadly, untreatable, other cases are reversible via treatment for TMJ disorder (TMD). What exactly is the link between TMD and tinnitus? This blog post explains.

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