• Am I Too Old for Braces?

    March 26th, 2012

    Orthodontic treatment for adults is becoming more and more common. In fact, the number of adults getting braces has actually climbed 24 percent since 1996! More adults than ever are realizing that orthodontic treatment is not just for kids, and can help improve the aesthetics and health of a smile of any age! In society where appearance matters and can help make the difference between getting a job or a promotion, adults are choosing wisely to invest in orthodontic treatment.

    Some of the most common reasons our adult patients come to us considering orthodontic treatment include:

    • Teeth that are crowded or spaced apart, sometimes as a result of tooth decay or gum disease
    • Pain or pressure from crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw
    • A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly

    Most of all though, adult patients come to our office seeking a healthier mouth and a more confident smile! Orthodontic treatment at our office can be successful at any age, and adults especially can appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile.

    As an adult patient, we recognize that you have different needs than our younger patients, and we will work with you to ensure you receive the most appropriate treatment and that your needs are met with understanding and respect from us.

    If you’ve been thinking about getting that perfect smile, we would love to have you visit for a consultation. We understand you have a busy schedule, and will work with you to find a time that is convenient for you. Please visit our website or give our office a call to schedule your appointment today!

  • What do rubber bands do?

    March 19th, 2012

    Rubber bands, or elastics, can be an integral aspect of orthodontic care,
    so if Dr. Kevin Ison and Dr. David Eichel have prescribed elastics as a part of your treatment, it’s important to follow the directions fully. Elastics help to align your bite or cause teeth to move in different directions and straighten more quickly. We will instruct you how to hook one end to an upper bracket and the other end to a lower bracket so the rubber band goes vertically or diagonally from one bracket to another. The tension of the rubber band produces pressure on the bracket, which causes the teeth to move and straighten. This tension is also sufficient to correct an overbite or an under bite in the jaw.

    If rubber bands are a part of your treatment plan, there are a few things to keep in mind. With rubber bands, you won’t be able to open your mouth fully, so they will have to be removed when you eat and reapplied after meal time. Many times, rubber bands are only needed at night, so you won’t need to worry about eating with them. Also, if you try to open your mouth too wide, your rubber bands might snap – so be careful!

    Failure to wear your elastics full time or as instructed can lengthen your treatment time and may make it more difficult to achieve an optimal result. But don’t worry; your time in elastics will be well worth it when you see your beautiful, new smile.

  • Connect with us on Facebook!

    March 12th, 2012

    We will be rolling out our new Facebook Timeline page soon and would love for you to check it out!

    You’ll find all the useful information that was there before, but now in a fun, new layout. When you Like us on Facebook, you’ll be able to check out photos of our office, find out about new events and contests, or you can even leave a note about how much you enjoyed your visit at our office. We love hearing your feedback to make our practice serve you and your family even better. To make life even easier, if you “Like” us on Facebook, you’ll automatically receive updates from our office right on your own news feed!

    See you on Facebook!

  • Which questions should I ask during my orthodontic consultation?

    March 07th, 2012

    When you visit Orthodontic Specialists for your orthodontic consultation, you’ll probably have a lot of questions. We want you to be prepared for your appointment and feel in charge of your orthodontic treatment decisions, so keep these questions in mind to ask when you come in for your appointment:

    • How long will I have to wear braces?
    • Will getting braces hurt?
    • Will I have to wear additional appliances to correct jaw problems while I have braces?
    • What can I eat when I have braces?
    • Are there certain things, like playing sports or playing an instrument, which I won’t be able to do?
    • How can I make sure my teeth stay clean and healthy while I have braces?
    • How often will I need to come in for appointments?
    • How much will my orthodontic treatment cost?

    Orthodontic Specialists is here to answer all your questions and concerns, and we’re happy to explain all aspects of your treatment plan and expected outcome. Your orthodontic experience should be comfortable, hassle-free, and most importantly, leave you smiling!

  • The Clear Benefits of Invisalign

    March 01st, 2012

    Invisalign clear aligners can be a great option for improving the look of your smile. At Orthodontic Specialists, we have lots of experience using this technology to give our patients the straight, beautiful smile they’ve always wanted. Plus, because it’s so convenient, Invisalign won’t interfere with your daily life.

    • Invisalign aligners are clear, discrete and effective at moving your teeth into their ideal positions.
    • You don’t need to change your eating habits, because your aligners can be easily removed.
    • Invisalign aligners are made of comfortable, smooth plastic, so you don’t have to worry about taking care of metal brackets.
    • Invisalign aligners make daily oral hygiene easier, reducing the risk of possible problems.
    • Invisalign treatment is covered by most insurance providers, just like traditional braces.

    A straight smile makes you look great, but it also can help you keep the rest of your mouth healthy. Correctly aligned teeth can decrease health issues that can be caused by an improper bite, speech or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, and increased wear on the tooth enamel.

    Invisalign can be used by teens and adults, so whether you want to improve your own smile or need more information about your teen’s orthodontic options, contact our office to learn more.