It’s here! At long last… Smile-tastic! 2.0… the updated app. I am really excited about it!
Week In Review: 9-28-16
It’s been a very exciting week, as you might imagine! The release of the Smile-tastic! App has been met with a great deal of enthusiasm from both parents and patients. I am very excited by the possibility that this could really turn our patients around on elastic wear and lead to shorter treatment times! Don’t forget to let us know once you have downloaded the app so we can follow your progress! [Read more…] about App, App Baby!
Once upon a time, the majority of patients seeking orthodontic treatment were adolescents. Today, one in five patients is an adult! Adult orthodontic treatment is here to stay! Multiple treatment options exist including traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, and clear acrylic tray aligners (ClearCorrect). How do you know which option is right for you? The first step is to visit a qualified orthodontist. He or she will perform a thorough exam, take diagnostic records, and review all your treatment options with you. Be clear about describing your goals in seeking orthodontic care, this will help your orthodontist create the bestÂ treatment plan for your individual needs. [Read more…] about Can Adults Get Braces? Absolutely!
I know, it sounds like you’ve been sentenced to solitary confinement in a maximum security prison, but it’s only retainers we’re talking about here..
What are retainers all about?
Retainers are designed to keep your teeth stable after the braces are removed.
Why do I need them?
Teeth are programmed to move forward throughout the course of your life, leading to a return of crowding.
How long do I need them?
That would be the “for life” part. [Read more…] about Retainers for Life!
Stay away from DIY orthodontics
There are a lot of DIY videos these days on everything from jewelry making to furniture painting… unfortunately you may also run across some for DIY orthodontics. It seems very tempting to take care of things on your own and avoid those pesky braces, but let me explain why this is notÂrecommended. [Read more…] about Leave the Tooth Movement to the Experts
Month two with our ClearCorrect Superstar, Melissa S.
The good news is that the answer to that question is almost never. Now don’t get me wrong, things can happen that require attention, but in most instances, what is required is a modification to your next visit, not an immediate trip to the office.
The wires and brackets that make up your braces may occasionally loosen or break. Typically we see this in cases when foods that are hard or sticky have been eaten, or sports related injuries have occurred. If this happens, the first thing to remember is, DON’T PANIC! Broken brackets and wires happen from time to time. We understand this and are prepared to address it. In most instances, your next regularly scheduled appointment can be moved to accommodate the repair, it would simply need to be rescheduled to provide sufficientÂ time for the correction. [Read more…] about Orthodontic Emergencies… When Should I Panic?
I just completed the ClearCorrect Advanced Webinar presented by Dr. Ken Fischer and it occurred to me that not all of my patients know what ClearCorrect is, or even that I offer it as one of my treatment options.
What is ClearCorrect?
It is a system of clear aligners (trays) used in sequence to straighten the teeth over a period of 12-24 months dependent on the severity of the case. [Read more…] about What is ClearCorrect?