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Orthodontics Blog

March 31, 2020

Dr. Duevel shares some helpful orthodontic tips and answers questions about ongoing orthodontic care during the temporary office closure in this short video. Luckily, there are very few orthodontic emergency situations. If you are experiencing severe pain or an injury, we are here to help. Just give us a call to determine the best course of action for your specific situation. And as always, if you have any questions or concerns about your orthodontic treatment, feel free to call or email us at

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March 30, 2020

COVID 19 Office Closure and Invisalign To help patients with Invisalign, Dr. Duevel from Great River Orthodontics in Minnesota answers some commonly asked questions in this short video. During the COVID-19 temporary closure, we are here to support your ongoing Invisalign treatment as much as possible. While we are unable to schedule physical appointments, we are available to provide virtual care to help monitor your treatment and address questions you may have. Please call or email us at (for Great River Orthodontics in Wisconsin, email to connect if you have questions or concerns.    

March 17, 2020

Dear Patients, Families, and Friends, Our entire team at Great River Orthodontics wants to safeguard the health of our patients and their families, our employees, and the community as a whole against COVID-19. Therefore, in alignment with CDC, ADA, and AAO guidance to postpone non-emergency dental procedures, our offices are temporarily closed. While we expect to resume normal operations on Monday, April 6, we will continue to carefully monitor the ever-changing situation as well as state and national guidance. If you currently have an appointment scheduled prior to April 6, that appointment is canceled. Once we determine when we will be reopening, we will connect with you to reschedule your appointment. Members of our team are available to answer phone calls if you have questions or concerns about your treatment or if you require emergency orthodontic care. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience, support, flexibility, and understanding during this highly unusual time. Sincerely, Great River Orthodontics  

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January 1, 2020
October 18, 2017

father with baby in arms standing next to mother holding baby's handAt Great River Orthodontics, it’s our mission to offer efficient and effective services that help our patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. As part of this commitment, we’re always happy to share information on how you and your family can maintain great dental and oral health. For example, for all those soon-to-be parents out there, did you know that there are steps you can take during pregnancy to ensure your child develops healthy teeth? Many people don’t realize that even though a newborn’s teeth aren’t visible, they still exist beneath the gums. Children’s primary (baby) teeth actually start forming during the sixth week of pregnancy and mineralize during the third or fourth month of pregnancy. As such, proper dental care should start even before a baby is born.

Eating Right for Your Child

Like everything else that has to do with your baby’s physical development before birth, your child’s teeth depend on how well you take care of your own body. Developing teeth require the intake of several key nutrients in order to grow properly. If your body doesn

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September 13, 2017

A closeup of a child sleepingMost people don’t associate teeth with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD). However, a 2012 study revealed that many children who are diagnosed with ADHD don’t really have the condition. Rather, their behavioral problems are actually due to sleep-related breathing disorders (SRBD), such as sleep apnea. The study, published by the journal Pediatrics, followed more than 11,000 children for six years, beginning from when they were 6 months old. The children who had SRBD were 40 to100 percent more likely than those without breathing issues to develop behavioral problems resembling ADHD by the age of 7. It makes sense, then, to consider whether interrupted sleep might be the primary issue at work. A well-rested individual, young or old, can function much better on a good night’s sleep. But a lack of rest affects different people in different ways. Sleepy adults tend to act sluggishly, while sleep-deprived children are more likely to become hyperactive, uncooperative, and unable to focus – just like kids with ADHD.

How Can I Identify Sleep Apnea?

Sleep-related breathing disorders, including sleep apnea, a

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September 5, 2017

closeup of woman smiling at cameraThe dedicated orthodontists of Great River Orthodontics provide a wide range of high quality orthodontic services to patients of all ages in our friendly and comfortable La Crosse, Holmen, West Salem, and Onalaska office environments. Corrective jaw surgery or orthognathic surgery, is one of the many services we offer. During this procedure, the jaws are moved into more optimal positions for function, resulting in a healthier bite and more attractive smile. Because moving the jaws also moves the teeth, this surgery is usually performed in conjunction with orthodontic treatment to ensure the teeth are properly positioned after surgery. People who’ve undergone jaw surgery enjoy many benefits, including an improved ability to chew, speak, and breathe. This surgery can also dramatically enhance your facial appearance.

Who May Need Jaw Surgery?

While your orthodontist can correct many teeth and bite problems, more extreme issues related to the alignment of the jaws may require corrective jaw surgery to remedy. Serious jaw misalignment problems can come about through injury or congenital defects. Most commonly, though, misalignment results from the upper and lower ja

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August 5, 2017

a closeup of a pair of invisalign teethAt Great River Orthodontics, we are passionate about helping our patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. As part of this commitment, we’re constantly working to make orthodontic treatment more convenient and more effective for our patients. While traditional metal braces are still a popular form of treatment we offer at our La Crosse, Holmen, West Salem, and Onalaska, WI offices, there’s a revolutionary alternative that’s helping people achieve a beautiful smile without the need for metalwork: Invisalign!

A Clear Way to a Beautiful Smile

Invisalign is a revolutionary alternative to braces that does away with metal wires, brackets, and bands. Invisalign relies on a series of clear, removable plastic trays that fit directly onto the dental arch to straighten teeth. These trays are called aligners, and they carry a number of advantages over traditional metal braces:

  • Virtually Invisible: Invisalign aligners are made from a see-through plastic material, so they’re virtually invisible when worn. This means no one has to know you’re straig

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