Hello one and all… don’t forget to stop at the front desk when you come for your next appointment (or just drop in to say hello) to enter our new contest. Patty has chosen an especially tricky one this time… how many coffee stirring sticks are in the jar?
I hope everyone’s holidays were spent celebrating with friends and family! Everyone we saw today seemed to have enjoyed their time off, but was pretty tired after a full day back to school, work, etc.
Bella B. celebrated today by getting her braces on! Is there any better way??? [Read more…] about Happy New Year!
This month’s posts will be about bringing gratitude into our lives. Right about now, Thanksgiving seems like a distant memory while Christmas and Hannukah are looming large. During these crazy times I urge everyone to practice gratitude. As it states in the Harvard Mental Health Letter, “expressing thanks may be one of the simplest ways to feel better.”
I am very grateful for my orthodontic family. This family is made up of my team, our patients, and their families. Let’s start with my team. [Read more…] about Gratitude
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!
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.
We live in the selfie age. Selfies of our toes on the beach. Selfies with our BFF’s. Selfies with our pets. What could be next? Dr. Lance T. Vernon at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine suggests that it could be tooth brushing! A study by Dr. Vernon indicates that using your smartphone to make a video of your brushing technique could improve the skill with which one brushes. As an orthodontist, I am in complete agreement with Dr. Vernon when he states that “dentists and patients (need to) focus more on prevention, rather than on fixing problems once they occur”. On the day that the braces are removed, I want to see both a beautiful AND a healthy smile that is not marred by decalcification (white or dark) marks on the teeth caused by poor brushing. If selfies are a way to prevent that, I am all for it! Say cheese!