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Orthodontic Mythbusters #2

MYTH: The Best Time to Begin Orthodontic Treatment is the Same for Everybody…

FACT: Dr. Steckel and the American Association of Orthodontists’ (AAO) recommend that a child should receive his or her first orthodontic evaluation by age 7 years. For some young children, NOT ALL, early orthodontic treatment can reduce the time spent in braces and possibly eliminate the need for future tooth extractions. A thorough evaluation can help determine if treatment would be beneficial for the child now or when to start in the future. These days, braces aren’t just for kids, and Invisalign isn’t just for adults!
 
Fun Bonus– Our new patients will have a great time at their first visit with Dr. Steckel and our OSL team.
 
While starting orthodontic treatment at a young age can be very beneficial in many ways, it is never too late to achieve a healthy, straight and beautiful smile!

Individualized Treatment Based on Evidence 

At Orthodontics on Silver Lake, we believe in evidence-based treatment, meaning that we follow clinical evidence to identify the best treatment options and techniques available for every patient. For each patient we see, we provide a clear explanation of his or her specific orthodontic needs, detailed information about the patient’s options, and expert guidance in making the right decisions.

It’s Never Too Late for Orthodontic Treatment- if you have healthy teeth and gums, and an interest in improving your smile. Call Anna or Annabel today at OSL at (302)672-7776 or visit us at doverorthodontics.com to find out more. 

photo credit: Columbia Pictures

 

ORTHODONTIC MYTHBUSTERS #1

ORTHODONTIC MYTHBUSTERS #1

MYTH: Orthodontists run behind schedule and keep you waiting for your appointment.

FACT:  There can be orthodontic emergencies that change and slow the schedule. However, those should be few and far between.

OSL patients in Dover, DE can rely on us to see them at their appointment time IF

They arrive 5 mins before their appointment to brush their teeth, and then we’ll get started for their planned adjustment.

In fact, patients and parents frequently compliment us at OSL and appreciate our efforts to see them on time!  #betteratthelake #teamosl

IF our patients cannot arrive on time, then we ask them to communicate this change as soon as possible so we can find an appointment option to accommodate them.

A recent study of orthodontic patients showed that those patients with good oral hygiene and shorter treatment times had better attendance at appointments than those who did not brush well and/or who had longer treatment plans.*

So -if you’re a good brusher, and you are ready to start your orthodontic treatment with Invisalign®, then call Team OSL at (302)672-7776, doverorthodontics.com

 

 

*Ref: “Factors affecting patients’ adherence to orthodontic appointments” Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2016 Mar;149(3):319-24. doi: 10.1016/j.ajodo.2015.07.040.

Why are younger patients ages 8-10 seen by Dr. Steckel at OSL?

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Facts about early treatment options for 8-10 year olds:

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  • A typical 8-10 year old may still have 12 baby teeth
  • Sometimes the baby teeth are stuck and can interfere with the permanent teeth erupting on schedule
  • Sometimes the permanent teeth erupt into the wrong path or position
  • Your family dentist may rely on an orthodontist, such as Dr. Steckel, to check these developmental problems

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  • Interceptive Orthodontics may be recommended by Dr. Steckel in Dover, DE for your 8-10 year old after she reviews the diagnostic records
  • This is different than braces, because it is planned to correct a developmental problem with your preteen’s teeth

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  • Interceptive treatment can involve an expander, partial braces, space maintainers, or other treatment methods which Dr. Steckel and Team OSL will review with you during your complimentary consulation
  • Call today for your Preteen’s smile evaluation at 302-672-7776 or visit us at www.doverorthodontics.com

 

 

 

See below for a great example of how Dr. Steckel helped a happy pre-teen with his smile:

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Have a White Christmas!

We at Orthodontics on Silver Lake (OSL) wish our patients and their friends and families a fantastic holiday this year!

All through the year, we answer questions in the office about teeth whitening. It’s important to remember that what we do everyday has an impact on the color of our teeth, so

  •  Always remember to brush 2 minutes twice per day and floss daily
  • Avoid dark beverages, or brush whenever you can after drinking them (this includes sodas, sports drinks, wines, etc.)

teeth-whiteningA recent meta analysis of home-applied teeth whitening products, similar to those we have available for our Dover, Smyrna, and Kent county patients, showed that 73% of people who whiten their teeth will experience a whitening that is 2 shades lighter than the placebo group. 20% of people will experience a whitening effect that is 5 shades lighter. Retreatment for 50% of people may be necessary in 6 months, to maintain this effect.  (Niederman R. et al. “Effectiveness of dentist-prescribed, home-applied tooth whitening. A meta analysis”).

We offer 2 types of whitening products at OSL, and the results have been consistently good for our patients. Even those with braces can whiten their teeth while their braces are working to create their new smile! Our Teen Invisalign and Adult Invisalign patients follow a slightly different procedure, with consistent results as seen in the meta analysis. It helps that we at Orthodontics on Silver Lake have used this whitening product ourselves, so we can better hermeyhelp you have a successful experience. Call us today at 302-672-7776 to find out more about this cosmetic service we offer.

AND remember Dr. Steckel’s and Hermey’s advice: “Be nice-not naughty-to your teeth!”

 

DIY Orthodontics?

About half of adults use the internet to access information regarding their health decisions. However, not all of this information is accurate, or easy to understand. Some information has the potential to be dangerous. There are Youtube videos describing the use of rubber bands, paperclips and other household items for “Do it Yourself” (DIY) orthodontics. (1) PastedGraphic-1

Many authors of orthodontic topics, such as oral hygiene with braces, or treatment with Invisalign are orthodontists. Dr. Steckel publishes this monthly blog on our website to provide accurate, easy to understand, and relevant answers to common questions.

Her sources for these blog topics are the current literature, and clinical experiences in her practice. Please see previous OSL blog posts on February 2015, and May 2014 as examples.

The concern with DIY is the risks of unintended consequences, and gum tissue not being healthy enough for orthodontic treatment. The risks include loss of teeth, damage to gum tissue, and the need for expensive restorative treatment to replace the damaged teeth.

You do not need a referral from your dentist to make an appointment with Dr. Steckel. At your first appointment, she will determine the health of your gums and teeth, and help you choose which orthodontic option will benefit you. Orthodontic treatment can transform your smile, and the foundation for this is healthy gums and good oral hygiene!

(1) A.J. Zak; Orthodontic Products, April-May 2015 pgs. 70-74

Question: What is Clear, Comfortable, and Virtually Invisible?

Question: What is Clear, Comfortable, and Virtually Invisible?
Answer: Invisalign is!
More and more patients at OSL are achieving their orthodontic goals with Invisalign. Dr. Steckel is happy to provide this opportunity for her patients to realize their goals
with this ever-advancing technique.
Advantages for Invisalign:
1. Easier brushing and flossing, less dietary restrictions, no “wire pokes”.
2. Comfortable to wear, and not obvious to most people that you have the aligners on
What patients need to know: It will change your daily routine to some extent. You need to wear them 22 hrs per day to complete treatment on schedule.
Disadvantages of Invisalign:
1. Being consistent with your aligner schedule is very important, or the treatment can take longer or not work.
2. Some patients still need braces on some of their teeth to get the best results. This can be determined at your initial appointment with Dr. Steckel.
A patient is shown below who recently finished Invisalign treatment, and then was able to have restoration with his dentist to complete his perfect smile.
Both he and his dentist were happy with the results achieved:
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“Brush up” on Your Knowledge for Children’s Dental Health Month

Children’s Dental Health Month is a great time to “brush up” on dental health knowledge. It is important to brush two times a day, using small circles, for two full minutes. Watch the video below to see how.

A trip to the orthodontist can also be an important part of dental health. Teeth that are aligned properly look and feel good. The ability to speak, chew, and bite, as wellCDHM as good dental health can all be dependent on properly aligned teeth.

If your child’s teeth are not properly aligned, it can lead to dental problems. A check-up, no later than age 7, will help Dr. Steckel provide treatment at the right time in your child’s developmental process. Call us to schedule your child for his or her first orthodontic appointment today! 302-672-7776

When is the Best Time To Begin Orthodontic Treatment?

Our orthodontist, Dr. Stephanie Steckel agrees with the American Association of Orthodontists’ (AAO) recommendation that a child should receive his or her first orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. By the time a child reaches this age, several aao_logopermanent teeth have erupted, allowing orthodontists to identify possible problems. For some young children, early treatment can reduce the time spent in braces and possibly eliminate the need for future tooth extractions. Even though many children do not need treatment when they are young, a thorough evaluation can help determine if treatment would be beneficial for the child’s dental future.

 

missingtoothWhen Dr. Steckel has the opportunity to see patients at an early age, she can correct small problems before they become larger, more expensive ones. Early orthodontic intervention may consist of the patient wearing removable or fixed appliances to allow for proper jaw growth and improved tooth spacing.

 

 

 

It’s Never Too Late for Orthodontic Treatment

 

While starting orthodontic treatment at a young age can be very beneficial in many ways, it is never too late to achieve a healthy, straight and beautiful smile! These days, braces aren’t just for kids, and many of the patients we see at our Dover orthodontic practice are adults. Adults now have many choices when it comes to wearing braces. We offer several different types of braces including metal braces, clear ceramic braces, In-Ovation self-ligating braces and Invisalign, which is a very discreet way to improve one’s smile. Many of the adults we treat opt for clear braces or Invisalign as both are very low-profile in nature.

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Individualized Treatment Based on Evidence

 

At Orthodontics on Silver Lake, we believe in evidence-based treatment, meaning that we follow clinical evidence to identify the best treatment options and techniques available for every patient. For each patient we see, we provide a clear explanation of his or her specific orthodontic needs, detailed information about the patient’s options, and expert guidance in making the right decisions.

 

Another reason to get orthodontic treatment as an adolescent

Whether fixed braces or Invisalign (R), most patients will have a stage in their treatment where elastics or rubber bands are worn for optimum results.
imgres One recent Case Report in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (AJO-DO) August 2014, Vol. 146, Issue 2, pages 227-237) showed the power of consistent elastic wear with upper jaw expansion in a growing patient. This treatment could not be done with an adult due to limited treatment options available when growth is not happening.
Elastics align the top teeth to properly fit with the bottom teeth, to fix cross-bites, and to finalize the patient’s treatment results. And, (as they did for the patient above) they can play a role in effecting a jaw correction in a cooperative, growing patient.
A literature review comparing treatment effects of different overbite (“Class II”) correcting appliances showed the results are similar when Elastics are compared with Herbst or imgres2Forsus (R) appliances. Using Elastics with Teen Invisalign can also minimize the side-effects seen with these Class II appliances. The elastics are worn full-time and are a light-type elastic. (AlignTech, March 25, 2014: Common Sense Class II Invisalign Teen Treatment; Barry J. Glaser DMD)
NOTE: These results are comparable ONLY in growing patients, not adults. The changes seen in Teen patients are a combination tooth changes (63%) and skeletal changes(37%).
Which type of appliance is most effective? It depends on the individual situation!  We are seeing  excellent results with our motivated Dover Air Base patients!  Call us for a consultation and Dr. Steckel will meet with you and your child to review options before we begin treatment.
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Whether girl or guy- our patients at Orthodontics on Silver lake are rewarded with great results for their “super” efforts with Elastics!

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Summer Drinks For A Healthy Mouth

Refreshments To Keep Your Teeth And You Happy This Summer

In our last blog, we learned something pretty surprising about oral health – consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages are a stronger risk factor for dental decay than snack food OR poor oral health. That means that just maintaining good oral hygiene is not enough to protect your teeth from the corrosive effects of sugar-sweetened drinks. Why? Sugar is food for the bacteria that naturally live in your mouth, and when they break down sugar they release harmful acids that can eat away at the enamel and structure of your teeth.

So for this blog, we’re giving you a couple summer refreshment ideas that are great for cooling off and keeping your teeth happy and healthy!

Alternatively Sweetened Homemade Lemonade


Everyone loves lemonade. The sound of ice clinking in a big glass pitcher, the distinctive summer sunshine color, and that classic sweet & sour taste all just say summer. But there’s danger lying in that glass – most lemonade is absolutely loaded down with sugar to counteract the tang of the lemon juice. And that sugar, combined with the citric acid from the lemons, spell disaster for your teeth, leading to cavities, tooth decay, and possibly a fortune in reparative dentistry.

But have no fear! You can still enjoy this timeless summer treat. Skip the store-bought stuff, where you have no control over the ingredients, and make your own – it only takes about a half an hour. Instead of cane sugar, try sweetening the lemonade with honey, coconut nectar, coconut sugar, or xylitol.

Milk

It turns out it’s not just good for cereal – milk has also been shown to contribute to the strength and health of your teeth. Milk is high in calcium, and while we all know calcium is great for bones, calcium also helps to protect your mouth from periodontal disease. You need Vitamin D to absorb all that calcium, though, so be sure to pair your milk with vitamin D rich foods! Or try the ultimate vitamin D producer – sunshine. Your body can produce almost a week’s worth of vitamin D with just a half hour of exposure to direct sunlight.

Water

Last but certainly not least, water is really the ultimate tooth-health elixir. Not only is it refreshing, vital to our survival, and thirst-quenching, but water actually does a lot to promote oral health. Water washes away bits of food debris and acid that accumulate in your mouth, reducing the corrosive agents acting on your teeth. What’s more, water helps to regulate the amount of saliva in your mouth. Saliva contains proteins and minerals that counteract tooth-eating acids, making it a number one protector for your teeth. If you want to mix things up a bit, try adding some sliced strawberries, lemons, mint, or cucumbers to your water pitcher to give it a refreshing essence!

Your Local Dover, DE Orthodontist

Although all of these delicious summer refreshments are good for your teeth, they certainly won’t move them anywhere! At Orthodontics On Silverlake, we are committed to providing you the very best in orthodontic care, including Invisalign, In-Ovation, and traditional metal braces. Dr. Steckel and our team of highly trained orthodontic specialists will work with you to craft a smile that is healthy, straight, and beautiful. To make an appointment, simply use our online formor give us a call at our Dover, DE
practice. And check back soon for the next entries on our blog – more fun stuff to come!

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