• Is Invisalign Teen® right for me?

    April 26th, 2013

    At Orthodontic Specialists, we know that for most teens, the thought of having metal brackets and wires attached to their teeth for a period of time may be more than enough to delay orthodontic treatment. But thanks to innovations in technology and the recent wave of celebrities undergoing treatment, the days of “metal mouth” are all but gone. Teens today have more options than ever before, including high-tech, removable option called Invisalign Teen.

    Invisalign Teen is a method of straightening your teenager’s teeth using a series of clear, almost invisible, removable aligners. Invisalign combines the treatment plan recommended by Dr. Kevin Ison and Dr. David Eichel with proprietary 3-D, computer-generated software to move your teenager’s teeth in very precise increments. Invisalign Teen is designed with “compliance indicators” that fade from dark to light during a period of time and let your child know when to change trays. And because we know kids tend to be forgetful sometimes, each aligner comes with replacement aligners in case the original aligner ends up lost or broken.

    If you would like to schedule an initial consultation to talk with Dr. Kevin Ison or Dr. David Eichel to find out if Invisalign Teen is right for your child, we invite you to give us a call at 513-772-6500.

  • Make Every Day Earth Day

    April 19th, 2013

    During the early days of the environmental awareness movement, those who demonstrated against pollution, toxic chemicals, and the general public health were known as hippies. The early 1970s were a time of change, and assertions that we needed to pay more attention to the Earth’s atmosphere were generally dismissed. But within a couple decades, it had become clear that the previous generation was right; the citizens of the world needed to become more environmentally conscious.

    Many people feel that they can’t make a difference if they don’t do something big. But caring for the environment doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing concept. In fact, the little things you do can add up to make a great impact, especially in our community. Here are a few ways you can help the environment on Earth Day, April 22nd and all year around.

    Four Small Ways to be Environmentally Friendly

    • Recycle Your Textiles. Nearly 21 million tons of textiles are added to American landfills each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Donating your unwanted clothing to a secondhand store or an organization that repurposes fabric helps cut down on solid waste and conserves natural resources.
    • Reduce Usage of Disposables. Plastic bottles and bags, disposable diapers and other things we can use and toss out are convenient, but they’re not necessary. Simply choosing to replace one of type of disposable with a reusable product can help you cut down on waste that has a large negative impact on our environment.
    • Conserve Water. If everyone in the United States turned off the water while brushing their teeth, more than 1.5 million gallons of water could be conserved. Turn the water on long enough to wet your toothbrush for brushing and rinsing, and then immediately turn the water off again.
    • Turn Off the Lights. Flip the light switch to “Off” if you’re going to leave a particular room for 15 minutes or more. This will conserve energy on incandescent light bulbs and cut down on cooling costs.

    It’s not necessary to be an activist or install solar panels all over your home to help the environment. Although you can do these things, the little everyday measures make a big difference in helping to conserve energy and the environment, while reducing your carbon footprint. Our team at Orthodontic Specialists wants to remind you to celebrate Earth Day and help the environment, knowing that it will benefit your and your children’s generation.

  • This holiday season, give the gift of a “clearly” amazing smile!

    April 12th, 2013

    Hey moms and dads! Focusing on your kids’ teeth and oral health so much that you’re neglecting your own? If you’ve been thinking about having your own set of perfectly-aligned teeth, Dr. Kevin Ison, Dr. David Eichel and our staff are glad to help!

    We are specially trained to offer an adult-friendly option for straightening teeth called Invisalign®. Invisalign consists of a set of clear aligners that are to be worn all day and night, except for meals, brushing, and flossing, to make eating and cleaning a snap!

    Because they’re clear, your teeth will become straighter, and no one will know it but you! Please give us a call at 513-772-6500 to set up an initial orthodontic consultation this holiday season, so we can discuss the specifics of your treatment.

    Happy Holidays!

  • Play it Safe this Spring

    April 05th, 2013

    It’s springtime and it’s again time to remind our patients at Orthodontic Specialists to protect their faces and pearly whites while out on the field playing sports. According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, children, high-school athletes and adults have more than 5,000,000 teeth knocked out in sporting events annually.

    If you are planning on participating in spring sports, it’s imperative to have a proper-fitting mouthguard. Mouthguards can prevent chipped or broken teeth, lip and cheek injuries, jaw fractures, mouth lacerations and even concussions.

    Having a mouthguard can make the difference between losing your teeth or not, and because many of our patients who play high school sports have jaws that are still growing, last year’s mouthguard may no longer fit as it should. Dr. Kevin Ison, Dr. David Eichel and our team at Orthodontic Specialists can fit you for a new guard.

    To learn more about mouthguards or for general questions about your treatment please give us a call at 513-772-6500!