Dr. Rodney Hillam
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Idaho Falls, ID
What is the Difference Between an Orthodontist and a Dentist?
Learn about the distinct roles of dentists and orthodontists. Hillam Orthodontics breaks down the key differences, helping you make informed decisions about your oral health.
The Importance of Regular Orthodontic Check-Ups
Discover the critical role of regular orthodontic check-ups in your smile journey. From early detection to maintaining your radiant results, Hillam Orthodontics emphasizes the lasting benefits of consistent visits.
What Happens After Braces? The Next Steps in Orthodontic Care
Discover the essential steps post-braces to maintain your perfect smile. From retainers to oral hygiene, Hillam Orthodontics guides you on the journey after braces, ensuring long-lasting results.
Fixing a Class II Bite: Diagnosis, Treatment, & Prevention
A Class II bite, also known as an overbite or retrognathic profile, can have a significant impact on your dental health and overall well-being. In this blog post, we will explore the diagnosis, treatment options, and prevention methods for fixing a Class II bite.
The Timeline for Braces: How Long Can You Expect to Wear Them?
When it comes to braces, understanding the timeline for treatment is crucial. Many factors can influence how long you'll need to wear braces, from the severity of your dental issues to your age and compliance with treatment.
Correcting a Class III Bite: Treatment Options & Procedures
In this blog post, we will explore the causes, diagnosis, and available treatment options for correcting a Class III bite. Whether you're dealing with a genetic predisposition or jaw growth discrepancies, understanding the available non-surgical and surgical procedures is essential.
How Orthodontic Care Relates to Restorative Dentistry
Orthodontists are dental professionals who specialize in straightening your teeth. They can help you with jaw alignment, bite problems, and misaligned or crowded teeth.
Increasing Your Airway with the MARPE Palate Expander
A narrow maxilla bone doesn’t only create crowding within the mouth, but can also impact facial structure, create an obstructed nasal passage, and cause obstructive sleep apnea.
Teeth erupt into the mouth when they’re developed and there is room. Most adult teeth push out the baby tooth’s roots and then take their place. On rare occasions, the tooth cannot come in completely due to lack of space; this is called an impacted tooth.
Debunked Myths About Braces
Many people hold off on orthodontic treatment because they’re concerned about what they’ve heard. Luckily, many of the negative connotations around braces and orthodontic treatment are myths! Here are a few of the more common myths about braces broken down and debunked.
How Do Braces Work?
How do braces transform crooked teeth into beautiful smiles? Pressure. Braces or Invisalign keep your teeth under constant pressure making them move.
Why do Orthodontists Take X-rays?
An orthodontist can tell a lot about your jaw and teeth just when you smile. But, there’s a lot more than meets the eye underneath the surface of your teeth and gums.
Should My Child Stop Using a Pacifier?
While using pacifiers or sucking on fingers is normal for babies and young children, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that parents should wean their children from non-nutritive sucking by age 3.
How to Solve Airway Problems with Orthodontic Care
Breathing problems are fairly common, but they can be difficult to diagnose. A person's breathing problems can be caused by a variety of factors, including dental issues.
Everything You Need to Know About Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)
Although braces themselves apply forces to teeth to modify their alignment, they only work well in patients who have solid support around the roots of their teeth. In other patients, TADs can be used to provide additional support until the desired tooth movement has been achieved.
Common Bite Problems in Adults and Children: Malocclusions
As children develop, their teeth and facial bones develop their “bite.” When a bite is not considered perfect, meaning anything other than the teeth lining up and resting together when the mouth is closed, is considered a malocclusion.
Do I Need to Wear My Retainer?
Wearing a retainer is actually the most important part of your orthodontic treatment. If you don’t wear it as instructed, your teeth will possibly drift; making all of your previous orthodontic treatment pointless.
What’s The Best Age to See An Orthodontist?
If your child is around 7 years old, it’s time for orthodontic x-rays and a quick exam. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children be screened by an orthodontist at age 7.
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