Blog Archive

When Should My Child Start Orthodontic Care? Oct 1st, 2021

As a parent, you want to ensure your child’s oral health is the best it can be. If you suspect your child’s bite may not be in alignment or if their teeth look like they’re coming in crooked, you want to head off any serious problems. So when is the...

The Many Advantages of Digital Technology for Your Oral Health Sep 6th, 2021

Digital dental technology makes your treatment as fast, comfortable, and safe as possible. For that reason, our team at Reese Orthodontics in New Hope and Chanhassen, Minnesota, has made a commitment to update our practice with the latest advances in dental technology.  Accordingly, Dr. Karen Reese has invested in and...

Do Clear Aligners Work as Well as Braces? Aug 13th, 2021

Today’s orthodontics have come a long way in the past few decades. Now you have choices that weren’t available in the past. Reese Orthodontics in New Hope and Chanhassen, Minnesota, has fitted hundreds of adults and children with braces and clear aligners. How do you decide between the two? The...

Myths and Facts About Headgear Jul 4th, 2021

Your child is going to be fitted with braces, and they might need to wear headgear as well. They may not be thrilled about it, but a visit with Dr. Karen Reese helps them understand why it’s needed.  Reese Orthodontics in New Hope and Chanhassen, Minnesota, provides compassionate, caring orthodontic...

Are You a Candidate for Accelerated Orthodontics? Jun 23rd, 2021

You’re an adult seeking orthodontic treatment you never received as a child. Perhaps your overbite has always bothered you, or maybe your teeth are crooked and crowded, making cleaning difficult as well as detracting from your facial appearance. You’ve decided now is the time to get your teeth straightened. You...

How Your Bite Impacts Your Health May 13th, 2021

Have you always been dissatisfied with your appearance because your teeth are misaligned? The technical term is malocclusion. Perhaps the issue is with your child’s teeth. You notice that your loved one may have protruding teeth, upper teeth that are inside of the lower teeth instead of outside, or another...

How Digital Technology Improves Your Orthodontic Treatment Apr 19th, 2021

Today’s orthodontic patients benefit greatly from the new digital imaging technology which is changing and improving dental and orthodontic practice. The technology reduces patient time in the dental chair and makes treatment more comfortable.  Dr. Karen Reese, orthodontic specialist with Reese Orthodontics in New Hope and Chanhassen, Minnesota, has invested...

3 Types of Growth-Modifying Appliances Mar 17th, 2021

You love your child’s big, bright smile. You may have noticed that their smile is extra large because the upper teeth and jaw are more pronounced than the lower jaw. When the upper set of teeth move too far forward over the lower teeth, your child has an overbite. If...

Invisalign for Your Teen Feb 16th, 2021

Just as your teen’s social life is beginning to bloom, they need orthodontic treatment to straighten their teeth and/or correct their bad bite. Teens often dread the thought of getting metal braces. With today’s modern dental technology, there’s a good chance they’ll be able to wear clear aligners rather than...

5 Conditions That Benefit From Orthodontic Surgery Jan 18th, 2021

Are you unhappy with your smile and the appearance of your jawline? Perhaps you don’t have a noticeable jawline because of a weak chin. Maybe the problem is a severe underbite where your lower jaw comes forward and protrudes over your upper jaw, causing your face to look deformed.  Some...

Orthodontics: Beyond Teeth Alignment Dec 10th, 2020

You’re looking into orthodontia, most likely because you want to improve the appearance of your smile and gain rows of beautiful, straight teeth that nature didn’t give you. Perhaps you’re considering braces or clear aligners for your child or tween who is the recipient of your genetics when it comes...

How to Care for Your Braces Nov 12th, 2020

No matter what type of braces you wear, it’s more important than ever that you practice good dental hygiene and take care of your braces while they do their job.  Reese Orthodontics in New Hope and Chanhassen, Minnesota, wants you to have the best possible outcome from your orthodontic treatment....

Choosing an Orthodontist vs a Dentist for Orthodontics Oct 1st, 2020

Approximately four million Americans wear braces or some other orthodontic device. If you're one of them, you might be wondering why your dentist refers you to an orthodontist for treatment. A general dentist, with training in orthodontics, can help. But that doesn't mean they're the best option. You wouldn't go...

What Is the Best Age to Begin Orthodontic Treatment? Sep 4th, 2020

Did you know you can correct your crooked teeth and misaligned bite at any age? You may think orthodontic treatment is meant for grade-schoolers and junior high students. But The American Association of Orthodontists says one in five people who wear braces are more than 18-years-old. Adult skull bones may...

Start Treatment Faster With Same-Day Aligners Aug 17th, 2020

Clear aligners are an increasingly popular option for patients of all ages who want the benefits of straight teeth and a beautiful smile, but without the hassles (and super-visibility) of traditional metal bands and brackets. As popular as aligners are, there’s one downside to having them: You need to wait...

The Digital Side of Our Dental Business Jul 17th, 2020

At any given time, about 4 million Americans have orthodontic braces, and millions more have had other orthodontic treatments like clear aligners to give them straight, beautiful smiles. Most people aren’t born with perfectly straight teeth, and the latest advances in orthodontic technology mean you have more options than ever...

Can I Have a Virtual Consultation? Jun 30th, 2020

If you’re unhappy with your smile, you may have been thinking about an orthodontic consult. An orthodontist specializes in straightening smiles for an even, pleasant appearance and improved oral health. However, since the COVID-19 pandemic started, you might have been putting off getting your consultation. At Reese Orthodontics, with locations...

What You Need to Know About Growth Modification Treatment with Expanders May 18th, 2020

Did you know that starting orthodontic treatments at an early age can help optimize the results and make later treatments easier? At Reese Orthodontics in New Hope and Chanhassen, Minnesota, Dr. Karen Reese treats children as young as age 7 with specialized orthodontic care.  Early orthodontic care helps Dr. Reese...

Straight Teeth in Less Time: Is Accelerated Orthodontics Right for You? Apr 15th, 2020

Patience may be a virtue, but it’s hard to wait for the perfect smile. At Reese Orthodontics, we understand how frustrating it can be to want to improve your smile and the health of your teeth but feel worried about how long the treatment will take.  Now there’s good news...

Start On Your Dream Smile With A Virtual Orthodontics Assessment! Mar 1st, 2020

Even under the best circumstances, it can be difficult to fit orthodontic appointments into your family’s busy schedule. Now more than ever with the COVID-19 pandemic, visiting the office in person may not be possible.    At Reese Orthodontics in New Hope and Chanhassen, Minnesota, Karen Reese, DDS, MS, and...

Is There a Right Age to Get Braces? Feb 3rd, 2020

Many people assume that early adolescence is the best time for orthodontic intervention. After all, you’re more likely to spot braces on a pre-teen or teenage smile than you are to see them on a younger child or an adult.   But even if adolescence is an ideal time for braces,...

Why It’s Important To See An Orthodontic Specialist Jan 15th, 2020

Sure, straight teeth give you something to really smile about, but they also set the stage for great dental health. If you or your child could benefit from straighter teeth, you have everything to gain by going to someone who specializes in the art and science of moving teeth. At...