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Concerned About Your Tongue Placement?

April 11th, 2022

Despite popular opinion, the internet might not have all the answers…especially when it comes to your facial structure. The new online do-it-yourself facial restructuring trend known as mewing (which, by the way, is not a medical term) suggests that tongue placement can define your jawline. While proper tongue alignment could alter your facial structure, theres much more to it.

Facial restructuring is a complex process. It that involves changes in jaw bones, facial bones and soft tissue. The natural resting position of your tongue is an important clue to whats going on in your mouth. It could lead to tongue thrusting, or the tongue can even push teeth out of alignment causing bite problems or speech and swallowing problems.  That is why a consultation with an orthodontic specialist is so important —to get you all the information, the proper diagnosis and all your treatment options.

What should you do if youre concerned about your tongues resting position? Consult with Dr. Holt who can evaluate your tongue position. Orthodontists are trained in understanding the structure of your teeth, jaw bones and facial bones. They can also properly evaluate how changing one part of the mouth may impact other parts—for example, how the natural resting position of your tongue may be affecting your speech or causing bite problems.

Trust an AAO orthodontist. Orthodontists are the only dental specialists who have additional education and training focused exclusively on the movement of teeth, jawbones, facial bones, and soft tissue–3,700 hours of specialized training to be exact. They understand growth and development and are also called dentofacial orthopedists.

Before considering a DIY treatment, patients should consider the potential irreversible and expensive damage if not done correctly.

Fun Facts About Dr. Gary Holt!

April 10th, 2022

Check out all of these fun facts about Dr. Holt.....Did you know that when he was younger he had bangs, highlights, a perm and even tried dreadlocks - fortunately not all at the same time!

Get to Know Dr. Jena Hong

April 4th, 2022

We are so excited to have Dr. Jena on our team! Take a look at the fun facts and get to know Dr. Jena a little better!

More Adults Than Ever Before

March 3rd, 2022

It’s a new year, you have made your resolutions, and on the top of your list is looking (and feeling) healthy!  As a part of looking healthy you may be curious about straightening your teeth. You are not alone,  according to a recent study conducted by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), adult (18 years+) patients now outweigh teens/kids in treatment.

A common misperception is that you may be too old for orthodontic treatment or your situation is too difficult but this is NOT the case. The deciding factor on whether a patient is a good candidate for treatment is the health of their teeth and gums, NOT their age.

An in-person consultation is the best way for you to get the proper diagnosis and treatment plan which will be customized just for you. You get to meet the board certified doctor and ask questions, review treatment plans, discuss pros and cons of different treatment plans, and design a plan that works for you.  In short, when you come to Holt Orthodontics you will love the personalized and customized treatment plan.  Also, being actively monitored by a board certified orthodontic specialist throughout your treatment will help to ensure that your treatment goes smoothly.  Along the way you will see either Dr Holt and Dr Jena  and have the opportunity to discuss the progress, ask questions, and modify the treatment plan as needed.  You will see Dr Holt or Dr Jena at every visit—that is a HUGE benefit.  You have a board certified doctor working diligently to ensure the best possible outcome at every visit.   

Your health history and habits should be discussed with the doctor so that you receive the best treatment possible.

Items to think about when meeting with an Dr Holt or Dr Jena:

  • Fillings
  • Missing Teeth
  • Misshapen or worn teeth
  • Dental disease
  • Periodontal disease
  • Medications
  • Habits like smoking, clenching or grinding teeth, or tongue thrusting

All of these items can affect the outcome of your treatment.  Plus, for some adults to reach optimal dental health, your dentist and orthodontist will work in partnership and may need to call in other dental specialists such as oral surgeons, periodontists, and endodontists.    Dr. Holt and Dr. Jena work closely with many of the area’s top dentists to design the most ideal treatment plan for you.  In fact, when dentists are looking for an orthodontist, they choose Holt Orthodontics.  

In short, NO, you are never too old for orthodontic treatment as long as you have healthy teeth and gums. Orthodontists are experts in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics – properly aligned teeth and jaws – and possess the skills and experience to give you your best smile. The best way to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile at any age is to seek out treatment with Holt Orthodontics.