Dr. Gary Brigham

Orthodontics
Cave Creek, AZ
53 years experience male

Locations

Office

Cave Creek, AZ

Address

7100 E Cave Creek Rd Ste 169, null, Cave Creek, AZ
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My office hours

Thursday: 12pm - 5:00pm
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Brigham Orthodontics

Scottsdale, AZ

About

Bio

Dr. Brigham is an Elite Premier Provider of Invisalign, which places him in the top 1% of all Invisalign providers in the world. For the past four years he has lectured across the United States to orthodontists and dentists on all aspects of Invisalign treatment.In addition to his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and Orthodontic Specialty Certification, Dr. Brigham earned a Master of Science degree in Immunology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. For his research, he was awarded the Harry Sicher Award from the American Association of Orthodontics. Due to his unique background and education, Dr. Gary Brigham specializes in all fields and phases of orthodontic treatment. He has practiced in Scottsdale, Arizona since 1985, and is a past and present member of numerous professi

Specialties
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Orthodontics

Doctor Q&A

131 Answers
2 Agrees
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Very: Most orthodontic cases can be improved with invisalign, but this is predicated on the experience of the practitioner. However, the effectiveness of t... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
It depends: The time in which you will notice change during the course of your invisalign treatment will depend upon the degree of difficulty of your case and the... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Infection: Puss pockets represent local areas of inflammation and infection. When these problems are localized in the jaw, they may indicate either tooth (dental... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Treatment delay: When a bracket is no longer attached to the tooth, it can shift away from the rest of the arch, and result in unnecessarily increased treatment time. ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Possible, not common: In cases where the patient has been meticulous with their hygiene and follow through with dental appointments, decalcifications and decay caused by p... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
A surgical approach: Ivro means intraoral vertical ramus osteotomy. The term intraoral means that the surgical approach will be inside the mouth. Vertical describes the di... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Not quite everyone: Most everyone is a potentially acceptable candidate for orthodontic treatment where they can receive significant health and aesthetic benefits. Howeve... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Need a professional: There is no safe way for you to remove orthodontic adhesive by yourself. Only a dentist or orthodontist is qualified and has the correct instruments t... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
NTI not a retainer: An nti appliance is normally used in patients with symptoms of tmd, and by virtue of it preventing back tooth contact, can shut down facial muscle ac... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
A few: Invisalign is not effective if it is not worn according to the company requirements of 21-22 hours per day, so patient cooperation in following this i... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Everything changes: Just as all the tissues of the body change with age, so do the teeth shift in response to the changes. These age-related changes can be augmented by e... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Ask an orthodontist: An orthodontic specialist is in the best position to answer this question. Most orthodontists offer complimentary examinations so that they can answer... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Absolutely: If you have concerns regarding the cosmetic appearance of your teeth, them share them immediately with your orthodontist. He will answer your question... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
The coordinator: Every orthodontic practice has an experienced treatment coordinator that is capable of addressing most of your problems and concerns that are typical ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Treatment can work: The use of thick rectangular wires, a part of all orthodontic fixed appliance (braces) treatment, can normally provide the torque necessary to upright... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Two possibilities: The most likely possibility is displacement of the disc that creates a mechanical blocking(locking) of the normal opening path of the condyle(jaw join... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Not exactly: Although invisalign is an exceptional appliance, it cannot be used on everyone. There are specific conditions/situations where use of the appliance al... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Ask your dentist: A clear retainer will not cause craze lines on teeth, but excessive grinding and /or clenching can produce adverse loads on teeth that can result in d... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Almost always.: Braces are not a cure for malocclusion, but rather a treatment. Normally, orthodontic treatment reaches an acceptable and pleasing conclusion. However... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
In small ways: Functional appliances have limited effects. Research has indicated that it restrains the growth of the upper jaw, much like the effect of a headgear, ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Depends on position: If correction involves a simple tipping motion to correct the position, then a retainer can correct it. If the tooth is significantly rotated and /or ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
May be best for you: Your orthodontist may have determined that either correction of your overbite would require jaw surgery ( and the risk/benefit ratio is not favorable... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Consult your dentist: Rough edges on any part of a retainer may cause sore spots on the gums. As the tongue interacts with these spots, canker sores can naturally arise. Th... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Whiten with caution: Although many patients do put whitening gel in their trays, patients often overload the tray, resulting in the excess gel being forced up into their g... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
More problems: Your orthodontist has given you instructions in the wear and care of your appliances including elastics(rubber bands) because they are an integral par... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Call your doctor: Whether or not the expander is fixed or removable, you should call your doctor immediately. If the expander is fixed in the mouth, portions of it can ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Ice cream is fine: What interferes with fixed orthodontic treatment(braces) is hard, sticky foods, attempts to bite into some hard frozen ice treats would also be includ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
An edge to edge bite: The absence of either an overbite(normal or excessive) or an underbite describes an edge to edge relationship of the incisors. This relationship can b... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
You need help: Your symptoms can be due to a variety of causes from sunburn and cold weather to allergies, yeast infections, eczema, or neuropathy(a neurological dis... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
It's possible: Any trauma to the lower jaw runs the risk of fracture, depending upon the individual size and shape of the jaw and teeth. More often, trauma results i... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Wax is safe: Orthodontic relief wax contains no hazardous ingredients as defined by osha. It's physical state is solid at 77 degrees f, and melts at 175 degrees f.... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
You shouldn't: Palatal expanders are carefully fitted in the mouth. If the appliance has become dislodged, it can be distorted or partially broken. Your doctor is in... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Invisalign is safe: Invisalign is one of the most gentle orthodontic treatments available, because it fits the tooth like a glove, thus distributing the forces moe evenly... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Consult your doctor: There are varying degrees of underbite. Some are dental in nature and can be treated with orthodontic braces alone. Others are bony in nature and requ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
It's possible: Nightguards, by virtue of the fact that their plastic covers the chewing surfaces of the teeth, can 'deprogram' the muscles of your lower jaw that may... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Call your doctor now: Skipping aligners can result in untracking of teeth in the aligners. If aligner wear is continued without reevaluation, teeth can be moved further out... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
New technology: Newer technologically advanced orthodontic wires no longer require replacement at every orthodontic appointment as they continue to effect lighter, mo... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Medication will work: If the pain you experience is related to tooth movement, then tylenol (acetaminophen) should alleviate the discomfort without interfering with tooth m... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Need a new retainer: In most cases, dentists are able to match the original anatomy of a tooth when fabricating a crown so that the invisalign retainer fits. However, this... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
No worries polishing: Bite collapse is a term that generally refers to loss of vertical dimension (facial support) due to loss of posterior permanent teeth that have not be... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Treatment Length: How long you will wear your braces depends upon the difficulty of your case (determined by your doctor), and the degree of cooperation that you bring... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Ask your doctor: Your orthodontist is in the best position to evaluate where you are in treatment with respect to the treatment goals, and can therefore give you a bet... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Ask your doctor: Orthodontists create space for crowded teeth by expansion of dental arches, uprighting or tipping teeth, recontouring teeth, or tooth extractions. In ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Need evaluation: Having an underbite 'sometimes' may indicate that your lower jaw is not comfortable in its current arc of closure, which can result in a forward postu... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Do your homework: In the hands of professionals experienced in those treatment modalities, both should be equally effective. Invisalign has an advantage by virtue of th... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Never: The heated water from the dishwasher alone is enough to distort the aligners and render them ineffective. Invisalign provides wriiten instructions as ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Ask your doctor: The best choice of treatment modality depends upon the degree of difficulty of your case, the degree of cooperation of the patient (especially with in... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Not for all cases: The success of invisalign treatment is dependent upon the degree of difficulty of the case as well as the expertise that the doctor has in using the a... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Definitely: Wearing braces without professional supervision can result in tooth damage, gum and bone loss that can lead to tooth loss, and even more serious probl... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Needs adjustment: Space maintainers need professional supervision and occasional adjustment. If not, the wire can become embedded in the gum tissues, causing swelling a... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Mar 22, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
HealthTap member
Dec 16, 2012
Dr. Brigham is an exceptional orthodontist. His bedside manner is better than any other doctors that I have met. Dr. Brigham makes me feel like he's known me forever. He's extremely knowledgable, cari...Read More
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Jan 13, 2014
I am so grateful that Dr. Brigham is so detail oriented. He's such a kind, and caring person. I could tell that his interest truly is whatever is best for the patient. I have even personally recommend...Read More
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine
Graduated 1976MD

Medical/Graduate school

Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine
Graduated 1976MD

Medical/Graduate school

Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine
Graduated 1974MD

Medical/Graduate school

Case Western Reserve University
Graduated 1970MD

Residency

Center for Craniofacial Anomalies
Completed 1978

Awards

Phoenix Top 100 Dentist, Phoenix Magazine
Everyday Hero Award, Align Technology
Certificate of Recognition, top 100 Invisalign Providers, Align Technology

Affiliations

Brigham Orthodontics
Private Practice
Chicago College of Naprapthy
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