Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New Year, New Smile

New Year! New Smile! New You!


It is a new year and time for new beginnings. Many of us make New Year's resolutions to with the intention of improving our lives. Put Coghlan Orthodontics on the list. This is a wonderful time to take the first steps to a new smile. We offer many options to improve your smile and give you more confidence for the coming year. Even if you think that traditional braces may not be the route for you we have a variety of options for you including Invisalign, braces, or removable retainers. Our new patient exams are complimentary, so do not hesitate to call and schedule an appointment today at 812-332-9269. Let us be a part of your New Year and your New Smile.

Here are a few of our New Year's Resolutions for a Healthy Smile:

  • Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables ~ Eating well is important for your dental health!
  • Quit Smoking or Using Other Tobacco Products ~ Tobacco use can can cause tooth discolaration, cavities, gum disease, oral and lung cancer, gum recession and tooth loss!
  • Limit Your Alcohol Intake ~ Excessive alcohol intake may also contribute to increased gum recession!
  • Brush at Least Twice a Day & Floss at Least Once a Day ~ Without proper brushing & flossing, you may develop red, swollen, bleeding gums, which will lead to gum disease!
  • See Your Dentist for Regular Checkups ~ By visiting your dentist at least twice a year, you can prevent any dental health problems before they cause discomfort and expensive treatment!  

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Be Thankful!

On the fourth Thursday of November, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day!  November is a month for Giving Thanks!  Giving thanks takes practice, however, we can get better at it over time.  November is a month to make gratitude our discipline; take things with gratitude & don't take things for granted. 

Here are a few simple ways to give "Thanks" (not only for November, but all year long):

  • Be grateful
  • Thank others for what they do
  • Pray
  • Give a sincere thank you
  • Volunteer
  • Give a genuine smile or a heartfelt hug
  • Be kind & lend a helping hand
  • Pay it forward
  • Give praise
  • Share what you have with others
  • Give compliments

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

CAUTION! Halloween Treats Ahead

Halloween Treats

Don't be TRICKED into eating the forbidden TREATS

Halloween is a time for many to indulge in scrumptious treats, although with braces or an orthodontic appliance one must be cautious. Eating incorrect foods can cause breakage of your brackets or appliances and can extend your overall treatment time. Don't be TRICKED into eating the forbidden TREATS.  Here are some examples of treats that are excessively sticky or chewy and should be avoided:  Tootsie Rolls,Taffy, Starburst, Gummies, Bubble Gum,Twizzlers, Skittles, and Caramels, however Sugarless Gum is allowed.

We also encourage avoiding hard candies, such as Jolly Ranchers, Suckers, and Caramel Apples as they will stick to your brackets or appliances and can also cause breakage.

So please be safe while Trick or Treating this year and be selective when choosing  treats to eat!

For alternative treats and Halloween recipes visit our Coghlan Orthodontics Pinterst page:

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Orthodontic Health Month

October is National Orthodontic Health Month


In honor of National Orthodontic Health Month we are having a month long celebration!
We are going to provide you with guidelines on appropriate Halloween treats, recipes for alternatives to the sticky, chewy treats, coloring contest, costume photos, guess the candy corn contest, and special treats for all!!

Print off a copy of our coloring page and bring it with you to your next appointment to be entered in our contest. There are three age groups: 3-7, 8-11, and 12+ with prizes awarded to each winner.

Come in to the office, visit us on our Facebook page:
and follow us on Pinterest:
to join in all of the fun all month long!!

Monday, October 5, 2015

We are seeing PINK

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We are seeing PINK!!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness and early detection of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, families and individuals to get involved.

We are raising awareness this month by wearing pink gloves in our office. A portion of the proceeds from the purchase goes to fund breast cancer research and outreach programs. 

So let's take a moment to support those who are battling and to remember those who have lost their courageous battle with the disease. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Observation Crew

                                   Observation Crew


Not sure if your child is ready for braces?

It is recommended by the American Association of Orthodontics that every child have an orthodontic evaluation around the age of seven.  Although an evaluation is important, many children do not require treatment at this age.  Therefore, we at Coghlan Orthodontics have created an observation program especially for these patients.  Our office will continue to monitor your growth and reevaluate you periodically at no charge.  When Dr. Kevin determines that you could benefit from the orthodontic process, only then will you begin treatment. To schedule your free orthodontic evaluation please call our office at 812-332-9269.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Join our Team!! Hoosiers Outrun Cancer 2015

Please join our team!!
Coghlan Orthodontics is participating in Hoosiers Outrun Cancer on September 26,2015 and we are inviting you to join our team. This is our 5th year participating in the walk/run and this year we are excited to announce that we are also a corporate sponser. Look for our colorful signs and banner along the zig zag portion of the race.

This year we are celebrating our honorary patient, Cole Winnefeld, brother  to our patient Lauren. He was diagnosed in April 2009 with Neuroblastoma and recently lost his battle. Coghlan Orthodontics is dontating $10 to the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where Cole was treated, for every participant that joins our team. 

Lauren and Cole Winnefeld

Not able to join us that day? Don’t worry, you can still sign up to be a spirit participant and $10 will still be donated in honor of Cole and your support will continue to help others battling cancer.

To sign up to join our team, click on the link below: 

  • Agree to the HOC waiver
  • Select "Join a team"
  • Select "Coghlan Orthodontics" from the drop down menu

For more information on donating to Sloane Kettering Cancer Center in honor of Cole, click on the link below:

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea
          Approximately 25 million adults in the U.S. have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which can cause them to stop breathing hundreds of times a night for anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute. OSA is a chronic condition that occurs when our muscles relax during sleep, allowing soft tissue to collapse and block the airway. As a result, repeated breathing pauses occur, which reduce your oxygen levels. These breathing pauses are followed by brief awakenings that disturb your sleep. Common signs of OSA include snoring and gasping or choking sound during sleep. Like snoring, OSA is more common in men, but can occur in women too, especially during and after menopause. Untreated OSA raises your risk for serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, chronic acid reflux, and erectile dysfunction.

How is OSA diagnosed?
          A doctor must determine if your snoring is a sign that you have OSA. A physician who is a sleep specialist can provide you with a complete sleep evaluation. This may involve either an overnight sleep study at a sleep center or a home sleep apnea test. The sleep doctor will interpret the data from your sleep study to make a diagnosis.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
          Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the traditional medical treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. CPAP requires a mask, over the nose and mouth, connected to a hose that blows air to it from a constantly running machine. Although CPAP is effective in treating OSA, many patients find it uncomfortable, noisy, and difficult to travel with.

Oral Appliance Therapy
          Oral appliance therapy (OAT) is another treatment for obstructive sleep apnea and can be an effective alternative treatment to CPAP. Administered by a dentist, oral appliance therapy uses a custom-fit “mouth guard-like” device worn only during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway. The type of appliance is best chosen after an examination and consultation with a dental specialist.
Did you know there are thousands of dentists trained to help treat and manage your snoring and sleep apnea? The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) is an association of dentists who help patients control obstructive sleep apnea and snoring through the use of oral appliance therapy (OAT). If you have trouble tolerating Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and need an effective alternative for living with sleep apnea, call us to today to schedule an appointment and learn more about how OAT can help you get a good night’s rest.
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Epworth Sleepiness Scale
          The following is an Epworth Sleepiness Scale which can be used to assess daytime sleepiness. This can be helpful in determining if an individual is attaining adequate amounts of restful sleep.
How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to felling just tired? This refers to your usual way of life in recent times. Even if you haven’t done some of these things recently try to work out how they would have affected you.

Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation:
                                                0 = would never doze or sleep
                                                1 = slight chance of dozing or sleeping
                                                2 = moderate chance of dozing or sleeping
                                                3 = high chance of dozing or sleeping

It is important that you answer each question as best you can.

Sitting and reading_________________________________________ 0   1   2   3
Watching TV_____________________________________________  0   1   2   3
Sitting, inactive in a public place (e.g. a theatre or a meeting)______ 0   1   2   3
As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break______________ 0   1   2   3
Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit_____0   1   2   3
Sitting and talking to someone_______________________________ 0   1   2   3
Sitting quietly after a lunch without alcohol______________________0   1   2   3
In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic                             0   1   2   3
Total Epworth Score_______

Understanding your score
0-10     Normal range in healthy adults
11-14   Mild sleepiness
15-17  Moderate sleepiness
18 or higher  Severe sleepiness
If you scored 11 or higher consider seeing a sleep medicine specialist to diagnose and treat the cause of your sleepiness.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Summer Vacation

July is here and a summer vacation may be in your future. Whether traveling across the world, across the country, or across the street vacation is a wonderful time to relax, rest, and reconnect with family.
        Our tips for an excellent summer trip:                                        
        •    Use plenty of sunscreen
        •    Laugh
        •    Take lots of photos
        •     Relax                           
        •     Eat yummy food

Our office family is also going on vacation, we will be closed starting Monday July 6th and will return to the office on Tuesday July 14th. If you have any question or problems during this time you can call our office at 812-332-9269 and leave a message. If you have an emergency please contact your general dentist for assistance.
Please share your vacation photos with us on our Facebook page to earn extra $$Coghlan Cash$$.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Fathers are Special!!

On Father's day this year I want to thank all the dads who make a difference in their children's lives. We love to see fathers taking an active role in the lives of their kids. We see dads everyday in our office that have a positive influence on our patients. They are involved and it shows.  Having a father understand the treatment  aids us by actively encouraging compliance with treatment.  A little fatherly persuasion is always helpful in obtaining a successful treatment outcome. Of course it only works when the relationship is developed over many years, with a lot of love and sacrifice. This bond is a wonderful thing that cannot be bought or demanded, but earned with great time and effort.  A great father is certainly not perfect, but their love and devotion to their children is never questioned.

I can honestly say that I have been blessed with the gift of a wonderful father. He has taught me so much that I could never catalogue all the lessons; If I was wiser as a child I would have. It would be an excellent manual on how to be a father, a book we are never given.  Lessons like these are learned through experience and are often felt in the heart not analyzed in the mind. He showed me I can do anything. Never be afraid to attempt things, if you are prepared and put the effort in to it, you will be successful. I may not get the outcome that I desired but I would be better off.  No experience is a bad experience unless you let it be. He instilled a tremendous work ethic in me that began in 8th grade when I cleaned the office on the weekends, continued with working in the lab in high school and college, to finally treating patients after finishing my orthodontic training. Every task no matter how small was important and if you did the work you owned the outcome. His wealth of orthodontic experience was a tremendous advantage for me when I joined the practice as a new graduate in 1989. I was amazed by how little I knew when I arrived after 6 years of dental/orthodontic school. He certainly has been the biggest influence on making me the clinician I am today. Most importantly he showed me how to treat people and not just straighten teeth. To place the patient first, serve them and treat them as you would want to be treated. We are partners with a common goal. If your service to them is the driving force in your practice then you will sleep well at night. 

I will finish with a big thank you to  all the fathers out there doing their best. Keep the focus on the right sight and I hope you sleep well at night!

Dr. Kevin

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Make an Investment in YOU!!


A confident, radiant smile is within your reach!  Your smile is one of the most important things you can invest in-nothing else can make you feel as good about yourself as having a beautiful smile.  Not only can properly positioned teeth improve your smile, they will also enhance your facial appearance and improve your self-esteem and self-confidence.  What more could you want?

The one thing that you are probably asking now though is...How much will this cost me?  There are many factors that determine the cost of your Orthodontic/Invisalign/Accelerated Orthodontic treatment:  how complex the issues you want corrected are; how long your treatment plan will take, and the specific treatment details required, as prescribed by Dr. Kevin.  We want you to be able to have this amazing treatment, so we offer a variety of payment plans designed to make treatment affordable for your needs. 


  • A courtesy discount is applied to treatment paid in full by cash, check, or credit card
  • In-office, no interest, monthly payment plan
  • Payment plans using your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flex Plans
  • Visa, MasterCard, and Discover cards accepted
  • Most insurance plans accepted
  • Affordable payment options with CareCredit

There are many differences between traditional Orthodontics and Invisalign-pros and cons for both.  However, in our office, you pay for a beautiful, healthy smile, not the way you get there.  So our traditional Orthodontic treatment and Invisalign treatment cost the same.  We want you to make the decision that is best for your lifestyle and teeth, so call us today at 812-332-9269 for your free consultation to discuss what treatment options are best for you!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

What to eat to keep your teeth

What to eat to keep your teeth

Today’s nutritional approaches to oral health go beyond “don’t eat sugar.”

Good nutrition “Adequate nutrition is important in disease prevention, and nutritional counseling is becoming an increasingly important tactic in preventive dentistry,” says Ken Sutherland, DDS, senior dental consultant at Delta Dental. “The quality and consistency of foods, their nutritional composition and the combinations in which they are eaten can affect oral health, including the likelihood of tooth decay,” he adds.
Ongoing research indicates that antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts may strengthen immunity and improve the body’s ability to fight bacteria and inflammation, all of which can help protect the teeth and gums. And some foods and dietary habits even have distinct effects on the mouth’s ability to handle cavity-causing bacteria attacks.
For example:
  • Calcium-fortified juices, milk and other dairy products are rich in calcium and vitamin D and help promote healthy teeth and bones, reducing the risk for tooth loss. Adding powdered milk to cooked dishes helps those who don’t like milk or cheese to get some of the calcium needed to protect teeth and jawbones.
  • Cheese unleashes a burst of calcium that mixes with plaque and sticks to the teeth, protecting them from the acid that causes decay and helping to rebuild tooth enamel on the spot.
  • Crisp fruits and raw vegetables, like apples, carrots and celery, help clean plaque from teeth and freshen breath.
  • Antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin C, and other nutrients from fruits and vegetables help protect gums and other tissues from cell damage and bacterial infection.
  • Recent studies indicate that fresh cranberries interrupt the bonding of oral bacteria before they can form damaging plaque.
  • Folic acid promotes a healthy mouth and supports cell growth throughout the entire body. This member of the B vitamin family is found in green leafy vegetables and brewer’s yeast.
You may already know that cavity-causing organisms feed on the sugar in foods such as soda, chocolate milk and candies and convert it to acid, which attacks tooth enamel and causes tooth decay.
  • But did you know that acidic foods and drinks can wear away your enamel, leaving your teeth sensitive, cracked and discolored?

Timing is everything

A diet that promotes good oral health is not just about the foods you eat or avoid — when and how you eat them is equally important.
  • Foods that take a long time to chew or that you hold in your mouth (such as cough drops) can damage teeth as they retain sugar in the mouth longer than do other foods.
  • Instead of snacking on sugary, carbohydrate-rich or acidic foods throughout the day, eat these foods just during meal times in order to minimize the amount of time teeth are exposed to acid. In addition, the body produces more saliva to help digest larger meals, which washes away more food and helps neutralize harmful acids before they can attack teeth.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Get Excited about AcceleDent!!

We are now providers of AcceleDent!!!

AcceleDent Aura from OrthoAccel is a simple-to-use, hands-free device designed for faster orthodontic treatment. AcceleDent Aura uses SoftPulse Technology® to speed up tooth movement. It does this by generating small vibrations, called micropulses, to gently accelerate the movement of your teeth as they are guided by your orthodontics. These micropulses can also help make your orthodontics more comfortable. 
To find out more information about how you can shorten your orthodontic treatment time, contact our office at 812-332-9269 to schedule an appointment.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Staff Appreciation Week!!

Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week!!

June 1-5 is Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week! We invite you to share your appreciation for our staff during your next appointment! #OSAW15 Why do you appreciate our staff? In recognition of Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week, June 1-5, please share a comment on this post with your thoughts or a positive story about your interaction with our staff. #OSAW15 Here’s wishing a happy Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week to our entire staff! Thank you for all you do to provide excellent care for our patients. #OSAW15

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Summer is almost here!!

Summer is almost here!!  For many, summer is the BEST time to get your braces or invisalign treatment started.  Free from the busy school year schedule, summer is the perfect time to get a jump start on orthodontic treatment.  This also allows the patients to adjust to their braces before returning to school and let's them start the new school year with a new smile.  Call us today at 812-332-9269 to schedule your FREE consultation!!

Thursday, May 7, 2015



Thursday May 7, 2015
Welcome to Coghlan Orthodontics new blog!! Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog. Please check back often for weekly updates on fun and exciting events happening at our office, important and interesting information about orthodontics and the dental industry, and the latest news about our practice.
Feel free to leave a comment or question for our doctor and staff – we hope this will be a valuable resource for our patients, their families, and friends!