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Parts of Braces/Orthodontic Appliances

April 29th, 2015

When a patient or parent calls our office to discuss something that is bothering one of our patients, it is important for them to know the different parts of braces so that we can understand their situation clearly. For instance, if a parent calls in and tells us that her son is at school and his braces are hurting, we need to know what exactly is bothering him to see if it’s normal or if the issue needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.  There is a certain amount of soreness expected after getting braces and after each adjustment.  However, if something is poking, rubbing, broken, or hurting, we can better diagnose the issue if you provide us with the location in the mouth as well as what is bothering them.

Braces consist of several different parts that work together to move teeth. Here is a picture of the basic parts of braces:

The diagram above should help you identify what is bothering the patient. The other important aspect to identify when addressing a problem is where it is located. The problem can either be with the upper teeth or the lower teeth. And it will either be on the left side of the mouth or the right side of the mouth. When identifying left/right, be sure to identify it from the patient’s perspective; not from the perspective of looking at the patient.

So, the next time you or your child has an orthodontic problem and you need to call in to the office, be sure to know what the problem is and where it is so that we can get straight to the source and take care of you in a quick and efficient manner.

Spring is here :)!

April 7th, 2015

We are welcoming this warm spring weather with open arms!

Insurances, Flexible Spending & Health Savings Accounts:
Along with the new year comes a lot of new insurance plans, health savings plans, and flexible spending plans. By now patients should be well aware of any insurance changes and should have received new insurance cards, if you have changed insurance or received a new card please call the office as soon as possible as to not affect or delay the processing of claims. As always, if you have any questions regarding insurances, payment plans, flexible spending or health savings accounts please feel free to call the office…we are here to help!

It’s Tax Season!:
Please notify us if you need an itemized receipt for your 2014 orthodontic expenses.

Hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful spring weather and smiling their faces off!

Pumpkin Carving Contest!

October 1st, 2014

October is a great month!  October is National Orthodontic Health month and what better way to celebrate than with a pumpkin carving contest?!  (Besides eating gobs of braces friendly pumpkin pie of course…)

Smileworks Orthodontics’ 1st annual pumpkin carving contest starts today!

Pumpkin carving contest rules:

1) Pumpkins must be dental or orthodontic themed
2) To submit an entry, take a picture of you and your pumpkin and post it on Facebook either through your account or your parent’s account. BE SURE to tag our office otherwise we will not receive your entry.
3) All entries must be submitted by midnight October 31st.

We will announce the winner on Monday November 3rd. May the odds be ever in your favor!

 

Mouth guards for Fall Sports!

September 11th, 2014

Fall sports are here and sports mouth guards are in full demand!  If your child plays sports such as football, softball, baseball, and volleyball (or any other contact sport for that matter!) please don’t forget the importance of a mouth guard. Mouth guardsprotect not only the braces, but your child’s lips, cheeks and teeth as well.

If you chose to buy a sports mouth guard at the sporting goods store please make sure it is the right one for braces & orthodontic appliances. The packaging will indicate that its an “orthodontic” mouth guard or that it’s “for braces.”

You can also purchase a sports mouth guard from our office (that is specifically for orthodontic patients) for $9.99 + tax and it comes with a dental warranty. Please feel free to stop by the office and pick one up if you choose.

Good luck with the sports season and we wish you the best!!

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