• Connect with the Braces Brigade!

    December 29th, 2010

    At Eichel Orthodontics, our patients want to get as much out of their treatment as possible. That includes asking a lot of questions and making sure they take care of both their appliances and oral health.

    Would you like to learn more about what to expect during orthodontic treatment, from someone with firsthand experience? Well, our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recently developed the Braces Brigade blog, where past, present, as well as future orthodontic patients from coast to coast document their (or their child’s) orthodontic journeys. The blog will serve as a source of guidance for others as the patients undergo orthodontic care.

    Our team at Eichel Orthodontics encourages you to visit the Braces Brigade blog to read these great and informative blogs—who knows, maybe you’ll learn a thing or two! As always, don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions about the Braces Brigade or your own orthodontic treatment with Dr. Eichel!

  • BRACES 101

    December 22nd, 2010

    If you sustain any damage to your braces and need to call Eichel Orthodontics, we can help you more effectively if you can tell us exactly which piece is in trouble! Here’s a handy diagram and corresponding list of all the parts that make up your braces.

    Elastic Tie: Tiny rubber band that fits around the bracket to hold the archwire in place.

    Archwire: The main wire that acts as a track to guide the teeth along. It’s changed periodically throughout treatment, as teeth move to their new positions.

    Loop in Archwire: Frequently used for closing space left by an extraction. Many archwires don’t have a loop.

    Bracket: Small attachment that holds the archwire in place. Most often, a bracket is cemented directly onto the tooth’s surface, eliminating the need for a band.

    Headgear Tube: Round, hollow attachment on the back bands. The inner bow of the headgear fits into it.

    Coil Spring: Fits between brackets and over archwire to open space between teeth.

    Tie Wire:
    Fine wire that is twisted around the bracket to hold the archwire in place.

    Band: A thin ring of metal fitted around a tooth and cemented in place. The band provides a way to attach the brackets to the tooth.

    Hook: Welded or removable arm to which elastics (rubber bands) are attached.

    Elastic (Rubber Band): Small rubber band that is hooked between different points on the appliance to provide pressure to move the teeth.

    Hope this helps and Happy Holidays! Give us a call if you have any questions.

  • Cold Weather Safety Tips From Dr. Eichel

    December 17th, 2010

    The holiday season is here, but with it also comes unpredictable weather. This week, Dr. Eichel and team would like to share a few winter safety tips that we found on the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry website. These tips include everything from what to wear outdoors to tips for winter snow sports. Enjoy!

    • Older babies and young children should generally be dressed in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions
    • Several thin clothing layers will keep an infant or child dry and warm. Warm boots, gloves, mittens, and a hat are necessities!
    • A cold air humidifier, saline nose drops, and petrolatum will help a child that suffers from winter nosebleeds.
    • It is important for children to wash their hands frequently, and to use the bend of their elbow if they need to sneeze or cough to prevent the spread of colds and flu.
    • Never ski or snowboard alone. Adults should supervise young children participating in winter sports.
    • When sledding, it is preferable to separate young children from older children, and to avoid crowded areas.
    • The AAP recommends that children under age 16 not operate snowmobiles and that children under age 6 never ride on snowmobiles.

    We hope that these tips help keep you and your loved ones safe and sound this winter season. Please give us a call if you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule your next appointment at Eichel Orthodontics.

  • The importance of retainers, from Dr. Eichel

    December 08th, 2010

    If you recently completed treatment at Eichel Orthodontics, we’d like to congratulate you! Now that your braces have been removed, Dr. Eichel will provide—or has provided you—with retainers. After braces are removed, teeth can shift out of position if they are not stabilized. Retainers, however, always provide that stabilization. They are designed to hold teeth in their corrected, ideal positions until the bones and gums adapt to the treatment changes. Wearing retainers exactly as instructed by Dr. Eichel is the best insurance that the treatment improvements last for a lifetime.

    To learn more about the advantages of wearing retainers after your orthodontic treatment with Dr. Eichel, please read this helpful article about retainers from KidsHealth or give us a call!

  • Eichel Orthodontics invites patients to participate in our 2nd Annual Food & Coat Drive

    December 07th, 2010

    Help Eichel Orthodontics support our Cincinnati community. We encourage patients to donate coats and non-perishable food items to our 2nd Annual Coat & Food Drive. Participating patients will be given EXTRA raffle tickets at their appointment .

    Raffle tickets:

    1. Ticket for canned goods and non-perishable items
    2. Tickets for coats, hats, boots, and gloves

    The Coat & Food Drive ends Dec. 15, so don’t delay in helping out our local community! As always, don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule your next orthodontic appointment.

  • Ask Dr. Eichel: Can Invisalign® benefit my oral health?

    December 03rd, 2010

    When considering treatment options, patients often ask us how Invisalign treatment is so different than traditional braces. Well, there are more reasons to smile about Invisalign with Eichel Orthodontics than you may know.  Invisalign is a series of removable aligners that are nearly invisible, and besides straightening your teeth, can improve your oral health. Here’s how:

    Healthy gums: Straight teeth allow a close fit for gums. This lessens the gum stress that is caused by crowded or widely spaced teeth, thus also reducing red and swollen gums.

    Easy cleaning: Invisalign is removable, therefore brushing and flossing is easier and you are able to maintain a healthy mouth. These habits are vital to avoiding tooth decay, plaque and even gum disease.

    Improved speech and chewing: Properly-aligned teeth don’t have the discomfort or compound speech impediments that can be caused by crowded teeth or a deteriorating jawbone.

    If you have any questions about Invisalign, just ask Dr. Eichel the next time you’re in for an appointment. Or, you may post your question on our Facebook page! You can also read this article for more information on Invisalign and your oral health.