mouthguards

Mouthguards: Protecting Your Smile

Mouthguards can keep your teeth and gums as well as your jaw protected from injury. If you play sports or other physical activities, Olson Orthodontics strongly recommends that you purchase a mouthguard to keep your teeth and orthodontic appliances safe.

Staying Safe While Staying Active

Many of our patients, especially those who are still in school and active on sports teams, continue to participate in extracurricular activities throughout treatment. Whether you’re in braces or Invisalign, protect your mouth from unexpected injuries with a mouthguard.

In addition to injuring your teeth, gums, and jaw, playing sports also increases your risk of damaging your braces. In most minor cases, you can make repairs at home. However, some severe injuries may damage your appliances beyond repair. If this happens, you may need to pay additional fees to replace your broken appliances.

If you experience a serious injury to your mouth or orthodontic appliance, call our office immediately. Delaying a repair appointment can cause long-term damage to your teeth, gums, and jaw, and may lengthen your overall treatment time. This can also cause an increase in costs to your treatment plan. While we will do everything we can to work with your family’s budget, we must charge for certain broken and damaged appliances. If you have any questions about payments or mouthguards, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Choosing the Right Mouthguard for You

While there are different types available, the most effective option is a custom-made mouthguard. We can ensure they fit the size of your mouth and cover your teeth properly. If you’re interested in a mouthguard but want to learn more about the types we offer and the estimated costs, contact our office! We can help recommend one that will work best with your daily routine and activities.

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Parent & Patient Review

Patient Review: Leslie C.

"Little to no wait for appointment and friendly staff." - Leslie C.

THANK YOU

Thank you for leaving us this review! We know that you are fitting us into your busy schedule, so we do our very best to stay on schedule with our appointments every day. We appreciate you taking the time out of your day to leave us a review!

Our doctors and staff hold themselves to a higher standard of professionalism and excellence. We strive to ensure each patient receives the quality care and treatment they deserve. So we are thrilled to hear your experience has met your standards of quality and professionalism.

Most of all, we want all of our patients to know that they are a valuable part of the family here at Olson Orthodontics and their opinions and feelings are very important to us. That is why we encourage all patients to review their experience with our office.

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Teeth Straightening

Teeth Straightening: What to Expect

Teeth straightening is an exciting journey—an investment that can truly change your life! Now that you’ve decided to see an orthodontist, you’re probably wondering what happens next. When are you getting braces? What is the first appointment like? First, contact us to request an appointment. A member of our team will contact you soon to verify your appointment and get you in our schedule.

So, what happens at the first appointment?

Your First Visit

During your initial consultation, Dr. Olson will complete a thorough exam of your teeth, gums, and jaw to determine what treatment will work best for you. During this comprehensive evaluation of your smile, she will note any alignment and bite issues to come up with your customized treatment plan. Throughout the visit, you will also get to meet our staff and get a tour of the office. After the exam, Dr. Olson will take any photos and x-rays necessary for complete diagnosis of orthodontic issues.

Invisalign®

At Olson Orthodontics, we are proud to offer multiple types of braces, including Invisalign. However, depending on your treatment needs, you may not be the best candidate for Invisalign. Some patients may benefit more from traditional metal braces or more invasive treatment options like orthognathic surgery. In any case, Dr. Olson will recommend the best treatment that will work as comfortably and quickly as possible.

Fees and Payments

When the exam is complete, you will meet with Dr. Olson to discuss your appliances, the estimated length of your treatment, and all costs and payment plans. We have multiple payment options and are happy to work within your budget. We will also submit insurance claims on your behalf to help make your treatment as easy as possible for you.

Are you ready to get started? Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation and get a healthy smile for life!

Summer Buddy Tees

Buddy Tees

This Summer

Olson Orthodontics wants to give a t-shirt to you AND A FRIEND! Come in to get our limited supply of buddy tees! They'll make you smile, and they're complimentary to each other when you wear them next to a friend.

How do these tees work? It's as easy as 1, 2, 3:

1. Come into the Olson Orthodontics office to pick up two tees - one for you and one for a friend.
2. Get together with your friend, wear your tees, and take a picture in them together. Together you will "smile"...or at least spell the word!!
3. Share your buddy tee picture to our Facebook or Instagram page. Be sure to also use #OlsonBraces.

Dr. Olson and the staff at Olson Orthodontics want to see what you and your friend are doing this summer! Take a picture where ever you are, we just want you to "smile".

If you have questions about these tees, feel free to contact our office today. We are happy to answer any questions you may have!

patient review - Cindy V

Parent & Patient Review

Patient Review: Cindy V.

"Courtesy of all staff. We feel welcome. All of our questions always get answered." - Cindy V.

THANK YOU

Thank you for leaving us this review! Our hope is that every patient, no matter the age, is engaged and invested in their treatment. By keeping the patient and their parent(s) informed along the way, we try to allow everyone to have a wonderful braces experience in our office.

Our doctors and staff hold themselves to a higher standard of professionalism and excellence. We strive to ensure each patient receives the quality care and treatment they deserve. So we are thrilled to hear your experience has met your standards of quality and professionalism.

Most of all, we want all of our patients to know that they are a valuable part of the family here at Olson Orthodontics and their opinions and feelings are very important to us. That is why we encourage all patients to review their experience with our office.

REVIEW US

If you are a patient, we want to hear from you! Leave a review on our Yelp or Google+ pages!

Meet Jamie

Meet Jamie

Jamie is one of our new team members at Olson Orthodontics! We are glad to have her join us. Below is a little bit of information all about JAMIE!

What led you to your current role?

I have worked in the dental field for 15 years both in general practices and in orthodontics. I heard that Dr. Lauren was looking for a new team member, and I had heard wonderful things about her and her office so I reached out to her and here I am. I’m very grateful to be a part of her amazing team.

Where are you from? If not O’Fallon what brought you here?

I was born and raised in Jacksonville, Illinois. I moved Belleville with my husband in 2002. He was from Salem, Illinois, and Belleville was kind of right in the middle of both of our families.

Did you have braces? For how long? Did you have clear or colored rubber bands? Head gear? Did you really use the floss threaders like you’re supposed to?

I did wear braces for about a year. I was an adult so I was really good about my elastics and flossing.

What job could you never do?

I could never do anything that involved heights or snakes. Nope. 😊

If Olson Orthodontics didn’t exist and you needed a totally different career, what would be another dream job?

If Olson Orthodontics was not around, I would love to run a little bakery.

What’s the last book you read? Movie you watched?

The last book I read was 10% Happier, and the last movie I watched was Black Panther.

What was your first concert? Best concert?

The best concert I was at was Pearl Jam at Wrigley Field! It was an amazing night!

What celebrity has the best teeth?

There are way too many celebrities with beautiful teeth to pick just one.

About what are you most proud of Olson Orthodontics?

Everyone that works here is so nice and so caring. It really feels like a family.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?

We don’t currently have any pets. Hopefully, that will change one day.

If you want to surprise someone, what do you tell them about yourself?

Either that I have tattoos or that I have 2 boys that are 10 years apart in age.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a teacher when I was young. I use to play school all the time.

What do you think is the best advance for orthodontics in recent years? 

I think the best advances in orthodontics in recent years would probably be clear brackets. It gives people who are embarrassed about metal braces the opportunity to get braces and enjoy how they really blend in with their teeth and smile.

team members - Leah

Meet Leah

Leah is one of our new team members at Olson Orthodontics! We are glad to have her join us. Below is a little bit of information all about Leah!

What led you to your current role?

I wanted to see what the orthodontic life was all about. I was previously in general dentistry for the past 5 years and now ortho for a year.

Where are you from? If not O’Fallon what brought you here?

I’m originally from Oklahoma, but my family decided to move to O'Fallon, IL when I was 9.

Did you have braces? For how long? Did you have clear or colored rubber bands? Head gear? Did you really use the floss threaders like you’re supposed to?

Yes. For 2 years. Colored rubber bands, of course! I did not have headgear. Unfortunately, I did not use the floss threaders like I was suppose to.

What job could you never do?

Construction.

If Olson Orthodontics didn’t exist and you needed a totally different career, what would be another dream job?

Death investigator.

What’s the last book you read? Movie you watched?

Last book was Three by Ted Dekker. Last movie was The Weekend Of with Adam Sandler.

What was your first concert? Best concert?

My first concert was Winter jam with Toby Mac and Hawk Nelson. The best concert was Tim McGraw.

What celebrity has the best teeth?

Demi Moore

About what are you most proud of Olson Orthodontics?

How it is like a family. I feel like this is my home away from home and everybody is so very kind, I actually enjoy coming into work everyday.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?

No pets.

If you want to surprise someone, what do you tell them about yourself?

I use to help my old boss go to the St. Louis morgue and identify the bodies with dental records, and I use to race dirt bikes.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Crime scene investigator

What do you think is the best advance for orthodontics in recent years? 

Digital X-rays, 3D image scan, ceramic braces.

retainers after braces

Retainers after Braces: Clean Retainers

Getting retainers after braces can ensure your teeth remain in their prescribed positions after you complete orthodontic treatment. At Olson Orthodontics, we believe braces are an investment, but this only applies if you remain committed to the retention phase—always wearing a retainer after your braces come off.

Cleaning Your Teeth Retainer

While continuing to wear your retainer is important, keeping retainers clean is also crucial to your oral health. Bacteria can form on your retainer 24 hours a day, but proper sanitation can help keep your teeth and gums healthy. We advise you to regularly clean your orthodontic retainer if you want to keep it and your mouth in mint condition for as long as you can.

Below are some facts and tips about retainers and your oral hygiene.

  • Clean your retainer immediately after removing it to keep food and drinks from hardening onto the surface.
  • Use a little bit of mild soap and brush the retainer with a toothbrush—not the same one you brush your teeth with—to clean it properly.
  • Remove any hard, white calcium spots with over-the-counter denture cleaning tablets. You may be able to find cleaning tablets made specifically for retainers, but they can cost more than denture cleaners.
  • Avoid putting your retainer in the dishwasher or boiling on the stove or in the microwave. Extremely hot temperatures can warp the material. If this happens, your retainer may not fit correctly. (Keep in mind that your first retainer is included in your orthodontic treatment, but you must pay for additional retainers separately.)

Healthy Smiles for Life

No matter what, wear your retainer every day. We want your beautiful smile to last you your whole life! If you have questions about the retention phase or need a new retainer, contact our office today.

braces for adults

Braces for Adults

Braces for adults have become increasingly popular over the years. In fact, many of our patients are adults seeking orthodontic treatment. If you’ve always wanted to correct your smile, you’re not alone! Join the many adult patients who have changed their smile and increased their self-confidence.

At Olson Orthodontics, we love getting to help our adult patients get the smile they’ve always wanted. If you had braces as a child and need to realign teeth that have shifted, or if it’s your first time seeking orthodontic treatment, we can help!

What We Offer

Our treatment options include traditional metal braces, self-ligating braces, and even clear braces and aligners. While pretty much all of our adult patients prefer clear braces like Invisalign®, this may not be the right treatment for you. To find out if you’re a candidate for Invisalign, schedule your consultation today! We can evaluate your teeth and gums to determine if your smile will work best with clear aligners or more traditional braces options.

Why Adult Braces?

When it comes to adults with braces, the earlier you start treatment, the better. In addition to a straight smile, orthodontic treatment has various health benefits. By improving alignment issues, we can give your teeth more space, which makes it easier to brush and floss each surface of every tooth. In turn, this can greatly reduce your chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease. Plus, if you suffer from jaw pain, orthodontic treatment can help alleviate TMD/TMJ headaches and pain. But perhaps the best benefit of all is the increased self-confidence you will feel from having a healthier, straighter smile.

Are you ready to make a change for the better? It’s time to start your orthodontic journey. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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Parent & Patient Review

Patient Review: David E.

"Convenient scheduling and polite, respectful staff. Always provides necessary info to make appropriate decisions." - David E.

THANK YOU

Thank you for leaving us this review! Our hope is that every patient, no matter the age, is engaged and invested in their treatment. By keeping the patient and their parent(s) informed along the way, we try to allow everyone to have a wonderful braces experience in our office.

Our doctors and staff hold themselves to a higher standard of professionalism and excellence. We strive to ensure each patient receives the quality care and treatment they deserve. So we are thrilled to hear your experience has met your standards of quality and professionalism.

Most of all, we want all of our patients to know that they are a valuable part of the family here at Olson Orthodontics and their opinions and feelings are very important to us. That is why we encourage all patients to review their experience with our office.

REVIEW US

If you are a patient, we want to hear from you! Leave a review on our Yelp or Google+ pages!