All You Need to Know About Wearing Retainers

All orthodontic treatment eventually comes to an end, and when you have a set of nice, straight teeth, you will definitely need to wear a retainer. As an experienced orthodontist in Hammond, our staff at Maldonado Orthodontics have decades of experience in retainer wear and placement. We put together this guide to answer any questions […]

Braces on Adults: Reasons Why – And When Is It Too Late?


Braces frequently help teenagers fix their smiles and enjoy excellent oral health for years to come. But what about those of us who are past the age to be middle school baseball studs or high school homecoming queens? It’s never too late to get the beautiful smile you deserve, and there are many reasons for […]

Invisalign® vs. 3M Clarity Aligners

For many years, Orthodontists only had one tool to align your teeth, braces. Orthodontists and patients had no other choice. With the creation of clear aligners, that all changed. Invisalign® was the first company to introduce a clear aligner to the market, and it changed orthodontics forever. This new treatment gave orthodontists and patients a […]

What’s a Board Certified Orthodontist?

A board certified orthodontist is an orthodontist who has voluntarily gone through the process of demonstrating their judgement, skills and knowledge to their orthodontic peers in order to ultimately provide the highest level of patient care.   They have achieved board certification through the American Board of Orthodontics, the only orthodontic specialty board recognized by the […]

Once We Reopen – Is It Safe to Go?

When the time comes for our office to reopen, you may be wondering what precautions Maldonado Orthodontics is taking to ensure your safety. During the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, the safety of patients and staff continues to be a top priority: Before, during and after treatment: When it comes to preventing the spread of disease, […]

COVID-19 Update

Given the outbreak of COVID-19, all dentists in Louisiana have been given a mandate by the Louisiana Department of Health to postpone any non-emergency appointments through at least April 16. You can be assured that this decision was not made lightly but was made to protect patients, staff and families. We have been contacting our […]

How not to fix a gap

The December 2018 issue of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics reports on an 8-year-old boy in Greece who had a gap between his two permanent front teeth. According to that article, his parents did not consult an orthodontist. Instead, taking matters into their own hands, they used a tiny rubber band to […]

uh-oh, i thought Having Straight front teeth was enough!

Looks Can Be Deceiving Be wary of techniques which purportedly straighten only your front teeth in some pre-determined length of time. Things are not always as they appear. We all know people who from the outside look healthy, but who internally are battling a chronic illness. Likewise, you may be interested to learn that even […]