The recommendation by the American Association of Orthodontists is that every child should have an evaluation by an orthodontic specialist by age 7 or 8, even though there often is not an immediate need for treatment. The primary objective of the appointment is to screen for developmental issues such as missing, impacted, or ankylosed permanent teeth which do not always show up on the typical check-up x-rays taken by your general dentist. These developmental problems, if not recognized early enough, can create long-term problems and create a need for more complicated solutions.
We also evaluate which primary teeth your child has lost and which of the permanent teeth have come in. It helps the permanent teeth come in straighter if the primary teeth are lost at the right time and in the right order. Sometimes something as simple as the orthodontist asking your general dentist to remove a baby tooth early can also significantly help guide the permanent teeth into a better location. In most cases, the general dentist will not do this without a request from an orthodontic specialist.
Another objective of the appointment is to guide your family as to the most optimal time to begin treatment. We believe that identifying this optimal time will provide the best results in the shortest time.
We will schedule visits for your child to monitor their growth and development and together make the decision that’s best for your child.
Many of our patients consider the beginning of a new year a time to not only reflect on the year before, but also to set personal goals for the upcoming year. How are you planning to improve your health and happiness in 2016? Improving your smile with orthodontic treatment is one way to make changes that will have a positive impact on both your physical appearance and your overall health. Orthodontic treatment can really have a positive impact on your self-confidence too; when your smile comes easily and without hesitation, it can make everything you do seem easier! And when your teeth are aligned and crowding removed, then it’s much easier to brush and floss and keep things clean and healthy.
It’s important that goals you set are reasonable and attainable, and that they improve your overall quality of life—for example, did you know that flossing every day is the very best way to prevent periodontal, or gum disease during and after your orthodontic treatment? Using a straw when drinking sugary beverages can also help prevent cavities while you’re wearing braces and really anytime. There are many small steps that you can take to prevent cavities, oral infections and bad breath. Ask the team at Snow Orthodontics for help as well as your general dentist.
If your goal is to attain a great-looking healthy smile, Snow Orthodontics would love to help! Please give us a call and schedule your free initial consultation. We look forward to working with you and your family for a better you in 2016!
As we approach “Thanksgiving eve”, we think of the many gifts we have in our lives; most importantly the people who are our family and the patients who we now call friends. We are grateful each and every day for the trust you have given us and the smiles we have shared. We are blessed beyond all measure and wish many blessings on you and yours.
Happy Thanksgiving from Dr. Snow and the Team at Snow Orthodontics!
Here are some thoughts by writer Melody Beattie that we felt were a good inspiration for the holiday:
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
It turns problems into gifts, failures into successes, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events.
It can turn an existence into a real life, and disconnected situations into important and beneficial lessons. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
• Melody Beattie •
Make sure you do not miss out on valuable tax savings with your 2015 Flex Spending plan. This is a use it or lose it situation! The average amount forfeited annually from unused Flex or HSA accounts is between $75 and $500. This is money that has been deducted pre-tax from your income, so plan to use it before year’s end. What better way to use your balance remaining than an investment in your smile?
Schedule a new patient exam now and you can start braces or Invisalign before the end of the year. You can also get an estimated cost for your expenses in 2016 so you can set up your plan for next year to maximize your benefit.
When all the gifts are opened and the holiday decorations put away, there will still be pictures of you and your loved ones for everyone to see. Are you hiding your smile? A new smile is a gift that lasts forever and your beautiful smile can stand out in photographs for years to come, if you get started today.
For many of our patients rubber bands are a part of treatment that is important for bite correction. Your bite is the foundation of a beautiful Snow smile, so if we’ve given you rubber bands to wear, they’re important to getting great results.
When we start rubber bands (sometimes called elastics), one of our team members will give you detailed instructions about how to wear them. If there is anything you don’t understand, please ask! We will either have you wearing them 24/7, or just when sleeping. If you’re wearing them all the time, this means ALL THE TIME EXCEPT WHEN YOU ARE EATING OR BRUSHING YOUR TEETH. You can easily drink with rubber bands in, so please don’t take them out to drink! Some of our patients find that slipping their rubber bands on their finger while they’re eating serves as a reminder to put them back in. Just remember that consistency with your rubber bands is the key to success; the more consistent you are with wear, the sooner the teeth will be in the correct position!
Sometimes we find that someone is not wearing their rubber bands because their teeth hurt. When you first start wearing them, your teeth might be sore, so we recommend using the same pain medicine you would use for a headache. But keep wearing them! Starting and stopping elastics will only make your teeth hurt more and prolong your time in rubber bands! After wearing your elastics consistently for a couple days, you’ll be pain-free! This is definitely a time when it pays to “just do it!” and you’ll be on your way to a beautiful smile and healthy bite without braces! So, learn to love your rubber bands!