What is an overbite?

September 19th, 2017

is a familiar word to many people regardless of whether or not they have had braces. Overbite is a word that is used to describe how much your teeth overlap each other. It is often described as percentage - the percentage of your lower front teeth that are covered by your upper front teeth - and an ideal overbite should be around 25%.

When a person does not have overlap (no overbite) of their front teeth and the teeth do not contact, it is called an open bite. Open bites will make chewing more difficult. It may be esthetically displeasing in some cases, and can also make the proper pronunciation of certain words very difficult.
When a person has too much overbite, it is called a deep bite. A deep bite can cause damage to the gums behind your top teeth as well as premature wear and tear on the edges of your front teeth.
Whether you have too little or too much overbite, orthodontics is the answer! An overbite can be corrected with braces or Invisalign. After examining your teeth, your orthodontist will determine and explain your individual treatment plan for correcting your overbite. There is no limit to the age at which an overbite can be corrected, however it may be beneficial to correct it earlier than later to prevent damage to your teeth, gums, and bone.

Time for another "GUESS WHO" challenge! Last month's employee was..... Brandy!!


Here's hints for this month's "GUESS WHO":

  1. Her favorite color is purple.
  2. She has two dogs.
  3. She was born in Las Vegas.
  4. She loves riding horses

How long will I have to wear braces?

August 2nd, 2017

The #1 question asked at new patient exams is; "How long will my braces be on?". The main factor influencing how long you'll be in treatment is the severity of your case and the type of skeletal and dental issues that need to be addressed. The American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics reports that nationwide the average time in braces is 20 months.

A person with mild crowding or spacing might only need braces for a year, followed by a retainer. However, someone with severe crowding might be in treatment for much longer. Since orthodontics isn't a "one-size-fits-all" deal and everyone's mouths are unique, it will vary from patient to patient. While we can't give you an exact length of time, we are very good at predicting approximately how long your treatment will take. Additionally we can talk about factors that influence the duration of your braces or Invisalign treatment.

At Klar Voorhees Orthodontics, we offer Suresmile. Suresmile is cutting-edge orthodontic technology that can significantly decrease treatment time. Suresmile utilizes 3D digital diagnostics and treatment simulation in conjunction with robotically-adjusted memory-alloy archwires for more precise and efficient tooth movement which results in shorter treatment times.

Since orthodontic treatment is individualized for each patient, we recommend you come in for a complimentary evaluation so we can assess your needs specifically.


Time for another "GUESS WHO" challenge! Last month's employee was..... CHRISTINE!! (Front Desk)

Here's hints for this month's "GUESS WHO":

  1. She was born in Norfolk, VA.
  2. She has three children.
  3. She loves trying new restaurants.
  4. She enjoys cooking.
  5. Her favorite color is black.

How to retain your KVO smile!

June 29th, 2017

Imagine the most exciting day in your teen life: the day you get your braces off. It's a total right of passage. I know what you're thinking... "I can't wait to see my smile and I'm so glad to be done with orthodontic visits!" However, some of the most important orthodontic appointments come AFTER the braces are off: your retention visits. Here's why!

All of us KVO want you to keep that perfect smile you worked so hard to achieve, for life. That's where retainers come in and save the day. Retainers are meant to keep your teeth the way they look the day your braces came off. The following list is our recommendation on appropriate retainer wear:

  • First two months post braces retainers should be worn 22 hours a day.
  • The next 8-10 months, the retainers should be worn nightly.
  • After a year, we recommend wearing your retainer 3-5 times a week... forever!

Proper maintenance of your retainers is just as important as wearing them. Please remember the following tips:

  • Brush your retainer to keep it clean on a regular basis.
  • NEVER leave your retainer in a hot environment. (See the photo below of a retainer left in the car!)
  • If it's not "in your face", it should be in the case.
  • Your teeth have memory in the form of a ligament underneath the gums and bone.  Once we stop moving teeth, they want to return to their previous position.  Initially the retainer is worn while the bone heals and becomes stable; just as you would wear a cast over a broken bone.  Once the bone has healed (a couple of months later), you should be able to wear your retainer less.  Each person is going to have a different level of stability and different retainer needs.  Some people may only require minimal wear to maintain their new smile.  Other people may require more diligent wear to maintain their orthodontic results.  This is why we continue to monitor you even AFTER the braces come off.


Introducing our "GUESS WHO" challenge! Every month on the blog we are going to give you 5 facts about one of our staff members. See if you can "GUESS WHO"?!

  1. Her favorite colors are black and blue.
  2. She rides a motorcycle for fun.
  3. She has 1 daughter.
  4. She has 1 cat.
  5. She was born in Brooklyn, NY.

Think you know who she is? We will reveal the staff member in our August blog. Stay tuned!

Avoiding Soft Drink Tooth Decay

June 14th, 2017


It is well known that soft drinks can be harmful to your teeth. Whether you’ve seen a video of a tooth dissolving in a glass of coke, or you’ve heard the term ‘Mountain Dew Mouth’ before, many people are aiming for safer ways to quench their thirst!


Cavities are caused by acid destroying enamel and underlying tooth structures.

The acid can come from the soft drink itself.

The acid can come as a byproduct of the sugars on your teeth.

The longer it sits there, the more damage it does!

How acidic are these drinks?

pH of water             = 7 (NEUTRAL pH)

pH of battery acid  = 1 (VERY ACIDIC)

pH of soda  = 2.5!!!!!!!!!!


Surprisingly, some drinks that appear to be healthy, can actually be quite acidic. They may not contain the sugars that other drinks contain, but they can be just as dangerous if left on the teeth for too long.






The safest thing to drink for refreshment is water, however if you are going to have a drink that is either acidic or sugary, make sure you take the time to brush if possible, and at least rinse your mouth to decrease the chance of developing cavities or white spots!

For more information on soft drink tooth decay, see our flyer below!

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