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Dr. James Wade Logeman, DDS

Orthodontist

Dr. James Logeman practices Orthodontics in Mason, OH. Comprehensive orthodontic treatment includes metal wires that are inserted into orthodontic brackets, which can be made from stainless steel or a more aesthetic ceramic material. The wires interact with the brackets to move teeth into desired positions. Being advanced in the field, Dr. Logeman may also use Invisalign or other aligner trays that have been designed to align a patients? smile. As an orthodontist, Dr. Logeman must recognize various characteristics of a malocclusion or dentofacial deformity, define the nature of the problem, including the etiology if possible, and design a treatment strategy based on the specific needs and desires of the patient.
Dr. James Wade Logeman, DDS
  • Mason, OH
  • Accepting new patients

Is Invisalign as good as braces?

If the Invisalign provider knows what he/she is doing, and understands the product thoroughly...Invisalign is every bit as good as braces. In many cases, Invisalign is faster READ MORE
If the Invisalign provider knows what he/she is doing, and understands the product thoroughly...Invisalign is every bit as good as braces. In many cases, Invisalign is faster and more efficient than braces!

Is Invisalign painful?

I definitely would not use the word 'painful'. I will just say that with each aligner change (which is typically weekly), your teeth will feel mild pressure to the extent that READ MORE
I definitely would not use the word 'painful'. I will just say that with each aligner change (which is typically weekly), your teeth will feel mild pressure to the extent that they may be tender for 2-3 days, and then subsides. When you feel this mild pressure and tenderness, you will know that they are working to straighten your teeth and give you the result you're wanting. So, it's no pain...just mild pressure! Patients LOVE it...especially when they see the steady progress!!!

Will my teeth be yellow after braces?

Hello! Unless oral hygiene is neglected, the color, shade, and brightness of your teeth won't change. However, if good brushing and flossing habits are not maintained, then READ MORE
Hello!

Unless oral hygiene is neglected, the color, shade, and brightness of your teeth won't change. However, if good brushing and flossing habits are not maintained, then staining can occur. It does become a little more difficult to keep the teeth clean and plaque free when you have braces on...as a rule of thumb, I tell my patients to brush three times a day, and for three minutes each time. If you get in that habit, there will never be any staining or discoloration.
Hope this helps!

How long do braces take for crowded teeth?

The extent of crowding, and the degree of difficulty of a case influences a patient's treatment time. It would be impossible for ANY orthodontist to answer this question without READ MORE
The extent of crowding, and the degree of difficulty of a case influences a patient's treatment time. It would be impossible for ANY orthodontist to answer this question without seeing the patient. It could be anything from a few months to a couple years depending on the amount of crowding or spacing, posterior occlusion, skeletal imbalances, anterior relation, overbite/openbite, etc. Comprehensive orthodontic treatment is not just about straightening the teeth for optimal esthetics...it is also about getting the upper an lower teeth to fit properly together for optimal function, and so that they won't wear down prematurely over time.

When can I stop wearing my retainers?

The stability of the teeth varies greatly from patient to patient...and it is 'stability' that dictates how long teeth must be retained. Some corrections such as space closure, READ MORE
The stability of the teeth varies greatly from patient to patient...and it is 'stability' that dictates how long teeth must be retained. Some corrections such as space closure, rotations, overbite are notorious for relapsing...and need longer retention time. Therefore, optimal retention time varies from patient to patient.

Can you straighten your teeth if you have implants?

Implants cannot be moved orthodontically, however as long as the implant(s) are in favorable position, the other teeth can be aligned. Each case must be evaluated individually READ MORE
Implants cannot be moved orthodontically, however as long as the implant(s) are in favorable position, the other teeth can be aligned. Each case must be evaluated individually in order to determine if orthodontics are a possibility...whether a patient has implants or not.

Is it normal to leave Invisalign in all the time?

Hello!
In order for Invisalign to work optimally, the aligners should be worn all the time except mealtime, and while brushing your teeth...so 20-22 hrs out of 24 is best.

Do ceramic braces break easily?

Yes. Some clear brackets are susceptible to breakage/fracturing. Often, it's the result of the dietary habits of the patient. If they eat hard, crunchy foods (which are on the READ MORE
Yes. Some clear brackets are susceptible to breakage/fracturing. Often, it's the result of the dietary habits of the patient. If they eat hard, crunchy foods (which are on the foods to avoid list) like hard candy, ice, unpopped popcorn kernels, etc., then yes, the brackets can fracture. However, if the patient is careful with what they're eating and stays away from those types of foods, then it's rare to have a clear bracket break on you.

Is removing teeth necessary for braces?

It's not always necessary to remove any teeth for orthodontic treatment, but sometimes due to either the occlusion (the bite), or the amount of crowding there is, sometimes extracting READ MORE
It's not always necessary to remove any teeth for orthodontic treatment, but sometimes due to either the occlusion (the bite), or the amount of crowding there is, sometimes extracting a tooth (or teeth) is the best way to go!

Can braces make teeth become loose?

Actually, yes...orthodontic tooth movement temporarily widens the periodontal ligament space between the root of the tooth and the bone, causing the tooth to feel 'loose'. Once READ MORE
Actually, yes...orthodontic tooth movement temporarily widens the periodontal ligament space between the root of the tooth and the bone, causing the tooth to feel 'loose'. Once teeth are moved into ideal position, and held there for an adequate amount of time, the ligament space 'firms' back up, and the teeth regain normal physiologic mobility.

Can I have braces for 6 months?

The duration (time in braces) is completely dependent on the complexity of the case. There are some cases in which the problems are so minor, that they can be done with braces READ MORE
The duration (time in braces) is completely dependent on the complexity of the case. There are some cases in which the problems are so minor, that they can be done with braces (or Invisalign) in 6 months or less...others obviously take longer due to more major problems. Other factors come into play such as frequency of adjustments, missed appointments, etc. There are some minor alignment cases that can be done with a removable aligner retainer in as little as a month! It mainly depends on how complex the problems are.

Can a child with sensitive gums get braces or Invisalign?

The answer would depend on what the cause for the sensitivity is. If the reason for the sensitive gums is poor hygiene, then it wouldn't be a good idea to put braces on AT LEAST READ MORE
The answer would depend on what the cause for the sensitivity is. If the reason for the sensitive gums is poor hygiene, then it wouldn't be a good idea to put braces on AT LEAST until oral hygiene habits are improved...otherwise it could become a nightmare with decay and decalcification and/or periodontal problems. Also, depending on how many primary teeth are still present (most 10 year olds still have several), it may be a little too early to start with braces anyway unless you want the braces to be on months and months longer than necessary because you're waiting for the eruption of the last permanent teeth! I like to wait until most of the adult teeth have erupted so the braces don't have to be on longer than necessary.

Does an overbite get worse with age?

The answer is YES, overbites DO have a tendency to deepen with time. A lot of that depends on the type of occlusion/malocclusion present.

Can I drink water after putting in Invisalign?

Yes! You can absolutely drink water with your aligners on. What's NOT such a good idea is drinking anything sugary, and letting that sugar 'bathe' underneath the aligners! That READ MORE
Yes! You can absolutely drink water with your aligners on. What's NOT such a good idea is drinking anything sugary, and letting that sugar 'bathe' underneath the aligners! That could be asking for decay trouble! Just water is NO problem!

How do you floss with braces?

The most common way is to use a floss threader...it has a ‘stiff’ end that allows you to get the floss under the wire so you can floss. You can get floss threaders at any drug READ MORE
The most common way is to use a floss threader...it has a ‘stiff’ end that allows you to get the floss under the wire so you can floss. You can get floss threaders at any drug store or grocery store, like Kroger’s.

What can I do to help my child understand why they need braces?

I would tell her that, although it may not seem all that important, or necessary to her right now...beautiful teeth and a healthy bite will become more important and meaningful READ MORE
I would tell her that, although it may not seem all that important, or necessary to her right now...beautiful teeth and a healthy bite will become more important and meaningful as youi get older....and she might as well take care of it now (get it behind her while she's still young), especially if her parents (you) are willing to pay for it!
The teeth/smile is one of the first things you notice about a person. Orthodontics is important not only for esthetics, but also for function!

A part of my tooth that should be in the gums is visibly out. What can be done to treat it?

I would need either a picture of the tooth or more information in order to answer that question properly. It could be anything from gum recession to periodontal issues, to a bite READ MORE
I would need either a picture of the tooth or more information in order to answer that question properly. It could be anything from gum recession to periodontal issues, to a bite issue.
If it's a gum (or periodontal) issue, it can likely be treated with a grafting procedure. If it's a problem with the bite, or the tooth has moved out of position, then it can likely be treated orthodontically.

Hope this helps!!

Is there any replacement for braces to get the perfect smile?

In many cases, clear aligners can give you the smile/result you want, however, not everyone is an ideal candidate for them! The best thing to do is to go to an orthodontist who READ MORE
In many cases, clear aligners can give you the smile/result you want, however, not everyone is an ideal candidate for them! The best thing to do is to go to an orthodontist who also does Invisalign (or clear aligners) and get his opinion. Sometimes, depending on the complexity of the case, braces are the preferred method of treatment!

Can thumbsucking cause changes in the shape of the teeth?

Thumbsucking cannot change the shape of the actual teeth, but it can DEFINITELY change the shape of the dental arches! It can cause the maxilla (upper jaw) to narrow/constrict...it READ MORE
Thumbsucking cannot change the shape of the actual teeth, but it can DEFINITELY change the shape of the dental arches! It can cause the maxilla (upper jaw) to narrow/constrict...it can cause the upper incisors to protrude (tip) forward...and can cause the lower teeth to move lingually (toward the tongue).

My son's permanent teeth are growing crooked. What should I do?

Make an appointment with an orthodontist to get an exam/consultation. He will assess the problem(s), and determine if any interceptive treatment might be necessary at this time...or READ MORE
Make an appointment with an orthodontist to get an exam/consultation. He will assess the problem(s), and determine if any interceptive treatment might be necessary at this time...or treatment can wait until it's time for braces when all or at least most of the permanent teeth are in.