Ortho Mythbusters #3 :

 

 

MYTH: Patients LOVE their retainers

FACT: Patients are happier with straight teeth

 

 

 

We are passionate about excellent results!

Retainers are planned for our patients to reduce the the chance of relapse after orthodontic treatment. Alpine & Rafetto Orthodontics (ARO) – formerly OSL- provide retainers based on the doctors’ recommendations, and original diagnosis of the case. Our patients like their teeth to stay as straight as possible. Stability post-treatment is based on 4 factors: periodontal, occlusal, soft-tissue, and growth.*

Fixed retainers: Maintain your result better, and are difficult to lose.

We review instructions on wear and care the day the retainers are placed. Our ARO-OSL doctors lecture to local hygienists so they know how to help you keep your retainers intact as long as possible.

Removable retainers: Are made to fit well and we instruct on proper wear and care. This retainer can be lost at school, at a friend’s house, a restaurant… We go over ways to avoid this!

One study showed 86% of patients will experience various amounts of relapse if they do not wear retainers.

So LOVE your retainer, wear and care for it, and enjoy your orthodontic results!

*Evidence-Based Orthodontics,” Huang, Richmond, Vig, Wiley-Blackwell 2011
** Relapse and the Need for Permanent Fixed Retention,” Durbin,D. JCO Volume XXXV No.12 2001

 

Make Space, Reduce Treatment Time and Keep Your Teeth!

Orthodontic treatment enhances the attractiveness of your smile, and one way Dr. Steckel can create space for your teeth to straighten is using IPR (=Interproximal Reduction) to “slenderize” your teeth. This procedure also reduces the development of “black triangles” between the teeth-which happens commonly with adult patients.
A research study was carried out to assess dental health after IPR. 43 consecutively treated patients ages 19-71 years of age who had IPR done 4-6 years previously were examined for dental decay. None of them reported sensitivity to temperature after the procedure, and the difference in decay development between the treated (2.5%) and untreated teeth (2.4%) was not significant.*
*Ref: Zachrisson B., et al; AJODO Vol 139, January 2011, Issue 1, pgs. 90-98
IPR can be used with fixed braces or Invisalign or Teen Invisalign treatment. The photo below shows one example of IPR:
In summary, IPR is a quick, easy, and low risk procedure with the benefits of saving time and your teeth.
Call us at (302)672-7776 in Dover, DE to schedule a consult when you’re ready to start on the road to your new smile!

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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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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