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James Olsen, DDS Blog

March 10, 2023

Invisalign Aligner Not Fitting Correctly? Here are 3 Helpful Tips!

a woman trying to make her aligner fit better

How people choose to straighten their teeth with orthodontics has changed a lot in the past few years. It’s estimated that while 4 million Americans have traditional braces, 11 million are undergoing Invisalign treatment. Obviously, the comfort, convenience, and discretion that come with the removable clear aligners are major benefits that can cause patients to opt for this revolutionary orthodontic. However, while they do offer unparalleled flexibility, sometimes you may find some difficulty getting your aligner to sit correctly onto your teeth. Here’s what to know about how aligners should fit and some easy solutions!


February 19, 2023

Can Braces Fix a TMJ Disorder?

Gloved hand pointing to TMJYour temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are located on either side of your face. They connect your jaw to your skull, allowing you to open and close your mouth. Your TMJs let you make many movements vital for your quality of life, like chewing, talking, and yawning. However, injury, inflammation, and other issues can cause the joint to function incorrectly. Many factors can increase your risk of a TMJ disorder, like an unbalanced bite. Although braces can fix the problem, there are other solutions to stop TMJ pain


February 10, 2023

Can I Get Invisalign If I Have Bruxism?

Woman with dental pain from bruxismDo you grind or clench your teeth? The habit can take a toll on your dental health and quality of life, but that may not be the only reason you aren’t happy with your smile. Crooked, gapped, and overcrowded teeth can be embarrassing, but you can have a straight smile using the clear choice in orthodontics. No brackets or wires are used with Invisalign. Instead, clear aligners are worn over your teeth to move them, but what if you have bruxism? Even if you grind your teeth, Invisalign can be the solution you need to revamp your pearly whites. 


January 25, 2023

Will Invisalign Affect Your Speech?

a person talking with friends

One of the best benefits of Invisalign treatment is that you’ll be able to forgo cumbersome, uncomfortable metal brackets and wires for smooth, sleek trays. While you’ll get to enjoy the convenience of discretion throughout your treatment, there may be some adjustments that you’ll need to make, like practicing talking with your trays in your mouth so you don’t have a lisp or slur. Read on to learn how Invisalign can affect your speech and some helpful tips to overcome this adjustment process.


January 19, 2023

Can Children Have TMJ Disorder?

a teen holding their jaw in pain

TMJ disorder is a common condition known to cause a variety of symptoms, including clicking and popping sounds when opening and closing the mouth and lockjaw. Many people associate this condition with adults because it’s often triggered by stress related to teeth grinding and underlying orthodontic issues. However, it’s also common in children. According to a study published in the North American Journal of Medical Sciences in 2014, TMD has a high prevalence in children and teens experiencing emotional stress. Read on to learn the warning signs to look out for in your little one and how to find help.


December 23, 2022

The Truth Behind 5 TMJ Disorder Myths

Dentist holding up a little black card that says “TMJ disorder”

Millions of Americans suffer from TMJ disorder in one form or another. Despite this, there are still many misconceptions about the condition floating around. It’s important to have all the facts so that you can get the effective TMJ treatment you need as soon as possible. Below are 5 common TMJ myths and the truth behind each one of them.


December 5, 2022

3 Ways You Can Get Your Invisalign Treatment Off Track

a woman at the dentist getting Invisalign treatment

Modern times have allowed people to conveniently attain many of the things they want—including their dream smile! Invisalign treatment changed the game for those who didn’t want to wear traditional metal braces. With their clear, removable aligners, the process toward straighter teeth is discreet, comfortable, and effective. Yet, it does require that you stick to your treatment plan so your teeth can move into their desired position. Here are three things to avoid with Invisalign to stay on track with your treatment!


November 30, 2022

Can Invisalign Help with TMJ Disorder?

woman putting on Invisalign tray

Invisalign is an internationally recognized name, and people primarily know it as a more subtle, comfortable, and flexible alternative to metal braces. While most get it to help with problems like crooked, crowded, and gapped teeth, it can also be a viable solution for those dealing with a TMJ disorder. How? Using the same method it does to create beautifully straight smiles, Invisalign is also able to fix the underlying cause of many patients’ chronic jaw and head pain.


October 23, 2022

How Invisalign Works, Step by Step

Young woman holding her Invisalign tray

Invisalign has surged in popularity in recent years due to the results it’s able to produce. Aligners are discreet and require no major change in diet. For these reasons, it’s a great choice for anyone who doesn’t want it to be obvious they’re having their teeth straightened. If you’re interested, here’s a guide that will let you know what to expect from every step of the Invisalign treatment process.


October 6, 2022

The Surprising Connection Between Arthritis and TMD

Older man in Ann Arbor touching jaw in pain

As you may already know, arthritis is the swelling and tenderness of one or more joints. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 24% of all adults, or 58.5 million people, are affected by arthritis. Many people think of this common condition as primarily affecting knees, elbows, and wrists. However, arthritis can also affect the joint that connects your jaw to your head. An Ann Arbor dentist breaks down the various ways arthritis is linked to temporomandibular joint disorder below.

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