Back to school… that wonderful, horrible time of the year! So much is new… teachers, friends, schools, etc., that sometimes keeping other routines on track, especially when you have braces, can be a challenge.💻📚😆 [Read more…] about Back to School with Braces
Let’s face it, motivating adolescents to do something they don’t want to do is an uphill battle in the best of circumstances, but when we’re talking about orthodontic treatment, the stakes are higher.
In a study published in the April issue of American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, the authors concluded that “adolescents’ use of wireless mobile technology can be harnessed to improve toothbrushing efficacy and motivation.” They also noted previous reports of “increasing integration of digital technologies into personalized health care, as well as the use of mobile phone applications, especially in adolescents.”
Adolescents’ Use of Mobile Technology Can Be Used to Improve Motivation
After you have started orthodontic treatment, the next thing to come along may be elastics, and learning to form a good elastic habit. Yes, the dreaded elastics! Elastics should not be dreaded, rather they should be celebrated. Elastics are a HUGE factor in not only achieving the treatment goals set by your orthodontist, they are they are also the key to finishing your treatment on time.
ELASTICS ARE THE KEY TO FINISHING YOUR TREATMENT ON TIME!
What’s new at Remington Orthodontics?
New Years Resolutions are always a nice way to make a fresh start in the new year and 2018 is off to a great start for Remington Orthodontics! We are excited to share all of our new treatment tools with our patient family.
Our Smile-tastic! App
I developed an app for my patients called Smile-tastic!. It is designed to help my elastic wearing patients form a consistent elastic wear pattern. Download it from the app stores, get my fun elastic reminders, and get your braces off faster! [Read more…] about New Years Resolutions
It’s here! At long last… Smile-tastic! 2.0… the updated app. I am really excited about it!
What is one of the most important things a patient can do to ensure that their treatment progresses in a timely manner and reaches the goals for treatment that have been set… WEAR THEIR ELASTICS!
What is one of the most challenging things for patients to remember to do when they also have to be responsible for going to school, doing their homework, studying for tests, practicing their sport, hanging out with their friends, living their life… WEAR THEIR ELASTICS!
What’s a concerned orthodontist to do???
About six months ago, I was thinking about some of the challenges faced by orthodontists on a daily basis. Naturally, there are cases in which the teeth don’t move the way you expect them to, cases where teeth are missing or impacted, and cases with severe crowding of the teeth, all of which can challenge your diagnostic and treatment planning skills, but thankfully, although we do see these things, they are not typically daily issues. It occurred to me that if I could put my finger on the one thing that keeps me up late at night it would be… drum roll please… patients who do not consistently wear their elastics.