What should I ask during my orthodontic consultation?

  • What should I ask during my orthodontic consultation?

    July 26th, 2013

    If you have been thinking about undergoing orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth or correct jaw alignment, the first step is scheduling an orthodontic consultation at Orthodontic Specialists. During the consultation we will actively listen to your concerns and address all of your questions, as well as discuss a treatment options that would best suit you or your child’s situation.

    Here are the top five questions that most patients want answered during their initial orthodontic consultation:

    • Can I benefit from orthodontic treatment, and if so, how long will it take?
    • How frequently will my appointments be scheduled?
    • Can I expect any pain when getting braces? (Ask Dr. Kevin Ison or Dr. David Eichel about the ways we address pain management).
    • Will I need to have teeth extracted, headgear, expansion appliance, etc.?
    • How much will it cost and what payment options do you offer?

    Visit our website for more answers to your questions prior to your initial consultation. Dr. Kevin Ison, Dr. David Eichel and our team at Orthodontic Specialists are happy to answer all your questions and concerns, and excited to explain all aspects of your treatment plan, as well as the expected outcome. We believe your orthodontic experience should be comfortable, hassle-free, and most importantly, leave you with the smile you’ve always wanted.

  • How Long After My Braces Come Off Should I Wear My Retainer?

    July 19th, 2013

    Braces are an investment in your smile. When your teeth reach a desired straightness, you’ll have a beautiful smile, but it’s important to keep it that way! You can accomplish this with a retainer provided by Orthodontic Specialists.

    A retainer is a small, custom-fit device that reinforces the new position of your teeth after your braces are removed. But for many patients, especially the youngest ones, wearing a retainer may seem like an annoyance. So exactly how long after your braces come off should you wear your retainer?

    Graduation of Wear Time

    When we remove your braces Dr. Kevin Ison and Dr. David Eichel will evaluate the condition of the bone structure surrounding your teeth and determine how well it is adjusting to the new position of your teeth. For the first few months, we may require you to wear your retainer both day and night, except during meal times and for brushing and flossing.

    As the bone and gum tissues adjust to your new smile, we may determine that you need to wear your retainer only at night. After about one year of wearing the retainer every night, you may be able to take a couple of nights off each week.

    However, we do not recommend ever stopping permanently. To best secure the position of the teeth, especially through future extractions and oral health changes, wearing your retainer a few nights a week will be necessary for many years.


    If you are concerned about your appearance when you wear a retainer, there are many that can be worn discreetly. You could choose a clear plastic one that is less obvious during the months immediately following removal of your braces. When you change to night wear only, clear wire retainers are available for minimal visibility as well.

    Another option is a lingual retainer. It is placed on the back sides of your teeth so no one will ever know it is there! Lingual retainers are also permanent, so there’s no risk of losing them.

    Remember, wearing your retainer is an investment in your smile. If you fail to wear it consistently, the tissues that support your teeth will be unsupported, and you may begin to experience noticeable shifting. You’ve worked hard to get that beautiful smile — your retainer will let you keep it! Remember to call our Kenwood, West Chester, Eastgate, Florence or Norwood, OH office if you have any questions about your retainer!

  • How do I know if I need braces?

    July 12th, 2013

    Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have put together a helpful list that outlines when you should call Dr. Kevin Ison and Dr. David Eichel to schedule an initial consultation. Here are 12 warning signs indicating it’s time to check in with us:

    1. Early or late loss of baby teeth

    2. Teeth that meet in an abnormal way

    3. Mouth breathing

    4. Finger sucking or other oral habits

    5. Crowding, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth

    6. Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude, or recede

    7. Speech difficulty

    8. Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth

    9. Protruding teeth

    10. Difficulty of chewing or biting

    11. Facial imbalance or asymmetry

    12. Grinding or clenching of teeth

    Do any of these warning signs fit you? If so, give us a call at 513-772-6500 as soon as possible! Dr. Kevin Ison, Dr. David Eichel, and our staff know orthodontic emergencies are never convenient or timely. If you are a patient of record, we are committed to your oral health and are available to you.

  • Tell us about your summer!

    July 05th, 2013

    The dog days of summer are upon us, and what better time for Dr. Kevin Ison, Dr. David Eichel, Dr. Rodney Stigall, Dr. Matthew Pagnotto and our team to ask our patients about their summer! Whether you visited our nation’s capital, went on a camping trip or just stayed in Kenwood, West Chester, Eastgate, Florence or Norwood, OH and relaxed, we want to know how you’re all spending your summer! Please feel free to share your summer plans and experiences with us below or on our Facebook page as summer rolls on!