Monday, August 8, 2016

Back to School!

It's that time of year again!
Summer is almost over and school is officially back!
BUT, just because you are going back to school doesn't 
mean you should forget about your Orthodontic Care!

Here is a list of supplies we recommend 
to keep at school if you have braces:

Travel toothbrush
Floss and floss threaders
Interdental brushes
Retainer Case

And a couple things to remember:
*NEVER take an appliance out and put in a napkin!
*ALWAYS have your retainer case!
(If you need one, stop by our office...They're FREE)!
*ALWAYS WEAR your appliance at school, if that's what Dr. Kevin told you to do!!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Let's talk about AcceleDent

We all want our teeth to move fast during orthodontic treatment with as little pain as possible.  This is the aim of AcceleDent.  These effects are stated on the homepage of

“Through the use of gentle mini pulses, called SoftPulse technology, bone remodelling is accelerated, allowing teeth to move up to 50% faster”.
“Faster tooth movement may decrease the duration of your orthodontic treatment and may help make your orthodontics more comfortable”.
Many patients are concerned with the cost of AcceleDent.
  • Is it worth the cost?
  • Why is there a wide range of prices from $700-$1400?
  • What is the difference between Orthodontists who are Diamond (Top Provider), Platinum (Premier Plus Provider), Gold (Premier Provider), Silver (Preferred Provider) & Providers?
  • Is there a difference in the product?
AcceleDent has Provider Levels:  Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver, & Provider.  These Provider Levels are based on the number of AcceleDent devices carried (purchased) by the practices.  The price difference will vary from Orthodontist to Orthodontist based on the volumes of devices purchased in a single sales order.  

There are published studies by clinical scientists supporting the use of AcceleDent, and those who prefer to take a more cautious approach.  Our office will continue to be a Provider of AcceleDent, but we want to encourage our patients to read the evidence published and decide for themselves if AcceleDent is the device for them.  

Below are links to some published studies.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Did You Know?

Did You Know?  

Here are some interesting and fun facts about teeth and dentistry: 

  • Dr. Edward Angle is the "father" of modern orthodontics.
  • Dr. Charles Tweed was the first certified orthodontist in the U.S.

  • Over three million miles of dental floss is purchased in North America each year.
  • The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva (spit) in a lifetime. That is enough saliva to fill 2 swimming pools.
  • Snails are very small but they have thousands of tiny teeth all lined up in rows.
  • An elephant's tooth can weigh over 6 pounds. That is heavier than a jug of milk!
  • Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the human body.
  • Dogs have 42 teeth while cats have 30 teeth.
  • Giraffes have 32 used to chew and grind food; their teeth are positioned at the back of their skull instead of the front of their mouths.
  • 78% of Americans have had at least one cavity by the age of 17.
  • More than 300 types of bacteria make up dental plaque!!
  • More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.
  • Like fingerprints, tooth prints are unique to each individual.
  • The average woman smiles 62 times a day; the average man smiles about 8 times a day!
  • The Blue Whale is the largest mammal on earth, but it eats only tiny shrimp because it has no teeth!
  • Ancient Greeks used pumice, talc, alabaster, coral powder or iron rust as toothpaste!
  • In 1866, Lucy Beaman Hobbs became the first licensed female dentist.
  • In 1986, the winner of the National Spelling Bee won by spelling "ODONTALGIA" (which means toothache)!
  • Kids laugh around 400 times a day, adults just 15 times a day!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Smile, Everyday!

Smile, everyday!  Smile, and you could live longer!  Studies have shown that smiling has positive benefits for both your physical and mental health; that smiling releases endorphins and serotonin – which will naturally help to reduce inflammation and pain.  In fact, smiling is a powerful immune booster and mood stabilizer.   Happy people live longer! 

Here are 10 reasons why you should SMILE everyday:

  1. Smiling relieves stress
  2. Smiling makes us look younger
  3. Smiling elevates our mood
  4. Smiling helps us stay positive
  5. Smiling makes us attractive
  6. Smiling is contagious
  7. Smiling lowers our blood pressure
  8. Smiling makes us feel good
  9. Smiling boosts our immune system
  10. Smiling makes us seem successful

A research team led by Elizabeth Lawrence of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill published a study documenting, the happier you are, the better your chances of living a longer life.  Happiness appears to be inversely related to perceived stress and may protect against illness through better immune response.  

Bottom line, keep smiling – it’s good for you.  And if you are looking to improve your smile, call us at 812-332-9269 or 800-595-9269 to schedule your Complimentary Consultation and Create your Healthy Hoosier Smile! :)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Safeguarding Your Smile! :)

In our office, we are ALL about safeguarding your smile, and keeping our patients' smiles healthy!  We believe in providing the highest-quality of care to our patients and we are committed to using the highest-quality treatment options to ensure healthy smiles.  That's why we use Opal Seal.  

Opal Seal is an advanced bond enhancing primer from Opal Orthodontics and is much like the protective dental sealant used by your general dentist, acting as a barrier to plaque.   It is used to prepare the teeth before we put your braces on and has the ability to deliver a constant, safe, low dose of fluoride to the enamel throughout your orthodontic treatment.  Along with excellent oral hygiene, Opal Seal will effectively improve your enamel health.

Here are 5 important ways Opal Seal helps to safeguard healthy smiles:

  • Fluoride Releasing
  • Maintaining Enamel Hardness
  • Nonporous Barrier between plaque and enamel
  • Esthetic Appearance since it is nearly invisible
  • Fluorescence with a black light, which makes it easy to see during routine checkups

We encourage all of our patients to ask questions about how to keep your teeth clean and your mouth healthy during your orthodontic treatment.  We want to protect against decalcification (unsightly, white stains from poor oral hygiene) marks and Safeguard your Smile!! :)