Tooth Decay – New Approaches To Repairing

Tooth decay…Did you know that for over a century dentists removed both healthy and diseased portions of tooth structure when treating patients as a preventative measure to avoid future decay? However, in the 1970s, new treatment options emerged, in the dental field known as “Minimally Invasive Dentistry” (MID) attempts to preserve as much of the Read More

Oral Hygiene – What Is It?

Oral Hygiene … Okay, we all know what oral means and the definition of hygiene is “conditions or practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease, especially through cleanliness”. Therefore it means taking care of your mouth and teeth. All dentists and Orthodontists like those at Southern Maine Orthodontics recommend being attentive to your teeth Read More

Dental Abscess – How And Why

A dental abscess, or tooth abscess, is an accumulation of pus that forms inside the teeth or gums. The abscess typically originates from a bacterial infection, often one that has accumulated in the soft pulp of the tooth. Bacteria exist in plaque, a by-product of food, saliva and bacteria in the mouth which sticks to Read More

Can Orthodontics Improve Speech Disorders?

Did you know that the alignment of your teeth can affect your speech? One of the first things people notice about you is your smile and how we communicate when talking. If you have issues speaking clearly, orthodontics can help! Lisping, whistling or slurring, and mispronunciation of words with “s” and “t” are the most Read More

Extraction Of Wisdom Teeth

Along with Lily Allen, Paris Hilton, and Emile Hirsch, Ariana Grande has become the most recent pop diva to share her personal dental experience on Instagram after removal of wisdom teeth. The caption read, “Peace out, final three wisdom teeth. It’s been real.” Who knows if “wisdom teeth removal” will continue to be a trending Read More

Problems When Grinding Teeth

Teeth grinding and clenching is a very common problem and it has been found that 70% of people clench or grind their teeth as a result of stress and anxiety. The involuntary or habitual grinding of teeth is known as “bruxism” and it typically occurs during sleep. Besides stress, bruxism can negatively impact the body Read More

5 Tips On Cleaning Your Retainers

Whether you are wearing orthodontic retainers during treatment or after your braces or Invisalign are completed at Southern Maine Orthodontics, over time… your retainers or aligners can discolor and look gross. You brush and floss daily, so adding cleaning your retainers to your daily routine is just another step to maintaining good oral hygiene habits. Read More

Consider Invisalign Teen

Invisalign Teen – A Smart Alternative for Teens and Parents Does your teen need braces? Are they worried about how they will look and feel? Are you worried about the cost and co-operation during sensitive Teen years? A great option for everyone is to choose Invisalign Teen, a revolutionary alternative to straighten teeth which offers Read More

Teen Esteem

Teen Esteem…Every patient has their own reasons for deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment. For adolescents and teens, an image has always been a key factor in social integration and in today’s beauty conscious society, a beautiful smile is high on their list of priorities. According to NBC TODAY – “Selfie Esteem” give teens a confidence Read More

Busting Invisalign Myths

Busting Invisalign Myths…It can be a scary experience when you are given a referral to see an orthodontist or considering improving your smile. Braces are grounds for embarrassment for the self-conscious teen and the up-and-coming professional. Having a mouth full of metal to clean around, eat around, and live around can be daunting. The option Read More

Use Care When Selecting Your Toothbrush

Most people believe that a toothbrush is a toothbrush and that there really is no difference between them. Unfortunately, many people also underestimate the importance of good oral hygiene and the critical role it plays in your overall health. This is particularly true during orthodontic treatment. The Team at the orthodontic office of Lisa P. Read More

Understanding Invisalign

Invisalign…When it comes to taking care of your teeth and long-term dental health, a little knowledge goes a long way. The sooner you take care of orthodontic problems such as crowding, spacing, overjets, underbites, and crossbites… the better the chances of keeping your teeth and smile throughout your lifetime. Did you know the average life Read More