Whether you use a power or manual toothbrush or interdental brush; rubber tip or dental floss, or water pik; mouthrinse, each of these oral hygiene products have instructions to follow for the best results.
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.)
A 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 help 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!”
The American Association of Orthodontists and your favorite Dover Orthodontist Dr. Stephanie Steckel offer these tips to keep your teeth safe from decay, and protect your braces or aligners during Halloween season:
- Avoid sticky situations-Say boo to hard sticky crunchy or chewy foods or candy! Say yes to soft chocolates. peanut butter cups, or melt in your mouth treats.
- Keep it clean-Enjoy your treats AND brush and floss really well after you do! Use your brushes we’ve given you. Ask us for some new brushes and floss at your next appointment and we are happy to oblige!
- Orthodontists like Dr. Steckel have spent time planning your treatment so you get the best results. Take care of your metal or clear braces, Invisalign, Teen Invisalign and they will work for you!
- At Orthodontics on Silver Lake, we love October and National Orthodontic Health Month- stop in or call us at 302-672-7776, or check us out at www.doverorthodontics.com
The CDC estimates the prevalence of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is one in 88 live births (one in 56 boys and one in 256 girls). These patients are at greater risk for oral problems, due to behavior and communication issues, personal neglect, avoidance of social contact, and medication side effects.
A recent article* (reference available on request) discussed applying the Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) – a learning method used to help these patients build “socially useful repertoires”, and “reduce socially problematic ones.”
One way to implement this method is by using a Picture Activity Schedule – a series of pictures showing the procedures to learn.
A study to test the effectiveness of this method was carried out at Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism. Each child’s baseline results were compared with his or her post-ABA results. Patients were shown pictures of the planned procedures twice a day for 2 weeks.
After 2 weeks of ABA training, 13 completed all steps (more than before), 2 completed some and the same student failed to complete any of the steps. The students also showed significantly faster completion times after picture training.
At OSL, we have also implemented this concept, and we are thrilled with outcomes to-date:
1. We use videos demonstrating the planned procedure with all of our patients as a way to prepare for a successful appointment, or
2. We ask the non-ASD sibling to go first for the records with the ASD sibling watching his or her sibling
3. We show the patient a picture of what the next step is to communicate to the patient in the chair.
Our focus on great smiles at OSL in Dover, DE includes protecting our lips, especially in the summer! When you put on the sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) also put on some lip balm with SPF. Why?
2. The sun’s UV rays can result in the formation of wrinkles around the lips which is a sign of premature aging and sun damage.
3. Lip cancer represented 50% of all oral cancers with 81% of new cases occurring on the lower lip, according to researchers at the University of Western Australia.
4. Prevalence is 3 times greater in men than women.
5. Only 37% of us who use sunscreen also use lip balm, according to a University of Texas Medical Branch survey of beach-goers.
6. Dr. Steckel’s plastic surgery colleagues recommend a UV lip balm with an SPF of 31, that contain transparent zinc oxide (like the white stuff you see on the lifeguards’ noses at the beach, but clear) and moisturizers. Make sure you use it everyday, even when it’s cloudy!
Wishing you all a fabulous summer from your friends at Orthodontics on Silver Lake!
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 well 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
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 permanent 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.
When 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!