• Fun Facts for the Fourth

    June 28th, 2013

    The Fourth of July is a great time to get together with friends and family members for BBQ, games, fireworks, and other celebrations in honor of our country’s independence. While your fellow revelers eat hot dogs and wave flags, you can impress them by sharing these fascinating facts and historical tidbits about some of our country’s traditions and symbols from the team at Orthodontic Specialists.

    The Statue of Liberty

    With a torch in one hand and a tablet in the other, the Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic and recognizable symbols of our country. However, as recognizable as certain parts of the statue are, not many people know that broken shackles, which represent oppression and tyranny, are lying at Lady Liberty’s feet. According to the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, the copper-plated lady weighs in at a whopping 450,000 tons and has been holding her torch up for more than 125 years, which must make for some impressive arm muscles.

    Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

    Since 1916, people have been flocking to Coney Island on the Fourth of July to witness what some people call the “superbowl of competitive eating.” Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest challenges competitors to devour as many hot dogs as they can in just ten minutes, with the current record holder swallowing a whopping 68 hot dogs back in 2009! If you’d like to witness this bizarre and frenzied eating competition but you won’t be anywhere near Coney Island on the fourth, don’t worry. ESPN has been broadcasting this popular event for several years, so you can watch from the comfort of your couch while you eat a reasonably portioned meal.

    The History Behind Fireworks

    Viewing the nighttime fireworks display is exciting way to finish off the fourth. Many people know that these brilliant displays probably originated with the Chinese. However, according to History.com, many historians also believe that fireworks were stumbled upon when the Chinese roasted bamboo sticks over fires and watched them explode. After many years of roasting the sticks, a group of alchemists created an early form of gunpowder, which they stuffed into the bamboo sticks to create an even more powerful explosion, paving the way for the today’s modern fireworks.

    Whether you’re planning on visiting the Statue of Liberty, watching fireworks in Kenwood, West Chester, Eastgate, Florence or Norwood, OH, or even participating in a hot dog eating contest, Dr. Kevin Ison, Dr. David Eichel, Dr. Rodney Stigall, Dr. Matthew Pagnotto and our team hope you have a safe and fun-filled holiday. Happy Fourth of July!

  • Thanks to Invisalign®, you can have a perfect smile without metal wires or brackets!

    June 21st, 2013

    At Orthodontic Specialists, we know that image is everything. For many people, the thought of having metal brackets and wires attached to their teeth for two or more years may be more than enough to reconsider orthodontic treatment.

    If you’ve been considering straightening your teeth but are apprehensive about metal wires and brackets getting in the way of your smile, Invisalign treatment at Orthodontic Specialists may be a great solution.Using special software, we look at the current positioning of your teeth and compare it to the way your teeth should look. Then, as your treatment begins, Invisalign straightens teeth through a series of clear, custom-fit removable aligners, and does so in a way that is discreet and hardly noticeable.

    If you have questions about Invisalign, or would like to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment at our Kenwood, West Chester, Eastgate, Florence or Norwood, OH office, please give us a call to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Kevin Ison or Dr. David Eichel.

  • How do you accommodate a child with special needs?

    June 14th, 2013

    Patients with special needs, conditions and disabilities deserve a team of professionals who are experienced and willing to work with them to create a comfortable, relaxing environment. We warmly embrace special needs patients in our office, and as a result, have enjoyed their unique talents and gifts. Some of our most amazing and compliant patients are special needs patients. We are careful with each patient and always make sure that the parents and patient are well-informed on the treatment and progress. If your child is initially skeptical about orthodontics or even just plain scared, we recommend that you bring them in once a month until your child feels comfortable with Dr. Kevin Ison, Dr. David Eichel, our staff, and our office environment. By seeing your child monthly we are building a relationship with them, ensuring their comfort.

    We encourage you to ask any questions while you are in our Kenwood, West Chester, Eastgate, Florence or Norwood, OH office. You can also give us a call if you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin Ison or Dr. David Eichel. We look forward to serving your family!

  • Smile! June Marks National Smile Month

    June 07th, 2013

    Can you believe it’s already June? Today, Dr. Kevin Ison, Dr. David Eichel and our team at Orthodontic Specialists thought we’d tell you June is National Smile Month, and a good time to remind all our patients to practice good oral hygiene while you are wearing braces!

    Below are a few simple steps you can take to improve your oral health so that you may celebrate National Smile Month for many, many years to come:

    • Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
    • Floss every day to clean between your teeth
    • Reduce your intake of sugary foods and drinks
    • Visit your dentist every six months, or as recommended

    If you have questions about any of these tips, we encourage you to give us a call at 513-772-6500, ask our team during your next adjustment visit at our Kenwood, West Chester, Eastgate, Florence or Norwood, OH office, or ask us on Facebook!