Understanding Tongue Thrust

Did you know that 'tongue thrust' is a dysfunctional muscle pattern and constitutes a myofunctional disorder? Tongue thrust is defined as tongue protruding anteriorly or laterally when swallowing, during speech and when tongue is resting. The tongue should normally move upward against the roof of the mouth to form a seal so swallowing can occur. With a tongue thrust, the tongue moved between upper and lower front teeth. Over time this muscle pattern can lead to a narrow and V-shaped upper arch, cause the front teeth to tilt forward too much, and can contribute to the development of an open bite...

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Can I Use My HSA or FSA for Orthodontic Treatment?

At Orchard of Smiles Orthodontics, our team frequently gets asked the questions regarding financial options for orthodontic treatment. Outside of insurance benefits, we recommend exploring HSA and FSA alternatives. Health Saving Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) are frequently offered by your employer, and allow you to set funds aside for qualifying health care expenses for yourself, your spouse and your dependents...

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Orthodontic Tips for Spooktacular Halloween

It’s October and the beautiful fall season is in full swing. Autumn breeze is in the air, picturesque fall color leaves are falling, pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice lattes seem to be everywhere and of course it's Halloween time! For Orchard of Smiles Orthodontics and other orthodontists, October is also a month to recognize their patients' beautiful, healthy smiles in honor of National Orthodontic Health Month. This is a perfect time to review a few helpful orthodontic tips from our office and the AAO to embrace the Halloween season fully...

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Back to School....with Braces

It's hard to believe that another amazing summer vacation is slipping away. With the school year approaching, our team at Orchard of Smiles Orthodontics wanted to give some pointers for returning back to school with braces or other orthodontic appliances to mitigate the transition. Here are some pointers to keep your orthodontic appliances in great shape and your teeth healthy throughout the academic year..

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