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What’s Involved In Re-opening Spaces?

Here’s what you need to know… Removable appliances made of wire and acrylic are worn all the time (except for meals) for several months. These appliances are slowly activated to move the crowns of the teeth apart where the spaces are to be re-opened. The roots of the teeth are still close together, however, after […]

Functional Challenges

The functional challenges for patients who have had teeth extracted or pulled back in their face (extraction/retraction treatment) range from developing headaches, neck aches, clicking and/or locking in the temporomandibular joints (TMJ’s), pain or a full feeling in or around the ears, ringing in the ears. Some even complain of difficulty breathing or sleeping, fatigue, […]

Esthetic Challenges

Many patients who have had teeth extracted or pulled back in their face (extraction/retraction orthodontic treatment) notice unfavorable changes in their faces which they attribute to the treatment.  Esthetic Challenges of E.R.R.S.™ include such changes as a flattening of the cheeks, caving in and/or thinning of the lips, lines around the mouth, a narrower smile, […]

Emotional Challenges

Patients who are dealing with esthetic and/or functional issues related to E.R.R.S.™ not infrequently develop emotional challenges. The longer the duration of these issues the more likely patients are to develop emotional problems. Emotional problems we often see are guilt for having agreed to the treatment in the first place, a sense of loss of […]

Re-Opening Extraction Spaces How Long Does It Take?

Removable appliances can create the space between the crowns in 4-6 months. To move the roots apart for implants and broaden the dental arches to a more esthetic smile complete to the corners of the mouth, it takes from 6-12 months with fixed braces. For most patients a total treatment time of 12-18 months is […]

An Overview of E.R.R.S.™

An Overview of E.R.R.S.™ Dr. Hang has been reopening previous orthodontic extraction spaces for nearly thirty years. He recognized a very common thread of symptoms for many of these patients. What are the Symptoms of E.R.R.S.™ Symptoms include (but are not limited to) 1) flattening, caving-in, and/or lengthening of the lower face 2) TMJ problems, […]