orthodontic benefits

Orthodontic Benefits

Orthodontics benefit not only your smile and confidence but also your oral health. If you’re wondering whether you should get orthodontic treatment, the proof is in the results. Below are just a few of the reasons why orthodontic treatment can change your life.

Why Braces?

Protruding or misaligned teeth can cause you to have a bad bite, which can result in a range of problems from difficulty chewing and speaking to headaches and TMJ. At Olson Orthodontics, we can determine the perfect position for your bite to improve your life on a daily basis. Imagine being able to speak and eat with ease and a life free from pain. We can make that life a reality!

Another common problem comes from crowding. Crowded teeth can be severe enough to affect your bite as well and make teeth hard to clean. Even minor teeth crowding can increase your risk of gingivitis and lead to gum disease if not treated early on. Orthodontic treatment can reduce crowding and make it easier to clean hard-to-reach plaque. This can give you a healthier, whiter smile for life.

Braces also have an aesthetic benefit because they improve the look of your smile. No matter what your age, a beautiful, straight smile can increase your self-confidence and truly change your life.

Don’t put your new smile on hold any longer. Request an appointment today!

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Parent & Patient Review

Patient Review: Lynn C.

"Everyone is friendly. Feels like the staff knows my child as a person and not just another patient." —Lynn C.

THANK YOU

Thank you for leaving us this review! We strive to let each patient and their parent(s) feel more like family when they walk through our doors than just another patient. We love that you were able to experience this 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.

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Orthodontic Emergencies

Orthodontic emergencies can happen when you least expect them. If you experience an orthodontic emergency, whether it’s a broken appliance or constant pain, we can help!

If you bite into hard, chewy food and break your appliance or injure yourself after a hard fall or other jarring impact, contact our office immediately. A broken appliance can result in further injury to your mouth and a longer, more costly treatment. We can find a time to fit you into our schedule and fix your appliance.

If you have an emergency outside of our office hours, call us at (618) 624-0800 and listen to the instructions on our voicemail.

Preventing Orthodontic Emergencies

So, is there any way to prevent orthodontic emergencies from even happening? Thankfully, the answer is yes! Here are some tips to keep your appliances in great shape and your smile happy throughout treatment.

Stick to Soft Foods.

Chewy, sticky, crunchy, and hard food can break your braces. Try to only eat soft foods and take smaller bites. If your braces break while you’re eating, you will need to schedule an appointment with us to get them fixed. Note that you may incur additional orthodontic fees.

Protect Teeth with a Mouthguard.

Do you or your child play sports? If so, it’s crucial to protect the teeth and braces from injury using a mouthguard. At your next visit, let us know if you need a mouthguard. We can help you choose the right one for your smile.

Remember to Brush and Floss.

No matter what, always brush and floss every day. If you can, brush every time after you eat. If food gets stuck in your appliances and teeth, plaque can form. This can lead to gum disease later on.

For detailed information on fixing a broken appliance, check out how to handle common orthodontic problems at home.

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Parent & Patient Review

Patient Review: June C.

"I think that the best part was your professionalism and care for your patients. You went the extra mile to ensure that Sarah would be completely happy with her smile! Thanks so much for all you did!" --June C.

THANK YOU

We are alway thankful when our patients let us know how we are doing in the office. Thank you for sharing you and Sarah's experience with her braces. We are THRILLED to hear about the amazing new smile that Sarah now has!

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!

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Teeth Grinding and Your Smile

Teeth grinding can be a real pain—pun intended! It’s a fairly common problem in patients of any age. In some instances, it can be caused by stress and may go away on its own when you’re no longer stressed. Other times, the cause is a bad bite. Regardless of why you grind your teeth, it can be difficult to fix by yourself.

Do You Grind Your Teeth?

One way to tell if you’re grinding your teeth is a sore jaw when you wake up. You may also experience a dull, constant headache from the pressure you put on your jaw. If you don’t receive treatment, your teeth may wear down over time, causing you to lose teeth.

A Mouthguard Can Help.

At Olson Orthodontics, we can provide a mouthguard that fits your individual smile to protect your teeth from the effects of teeth grinding while you sleep. If a bad bite is causing the grinding, Dr. Olson can examine your jaw as well as the teeth to determine the best course of action. In many cases, we can treat a bad bite with braces alone.

How Can You Reduce Teeth Grinding?

While a mouthguard and orthodontic treatment can fix the physical symptoms, reducing your stress levels may help reduce how often you grind your teeth. We recommend avoiding alcohol and caffeine when possible and practicing relaxation techniques, such as yoga or meditation. If you find yourself grinding your teeth throughout the day, try putting your tongue between your teeth. This will stop you from putting pressure on your jaw, and over time it can help you to train yourself to relax your jaw muscles.

For more information on teeth grinding or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!

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Parent & Patient Review

Patient Review: Philip S.

"Friendly service. Always willing to work with us and provided a lot of help. Text reminders of appointments were great." - Philip S.

THANK YOU

We are alway thankful when our patients let us know how we are doing in the office. We love our patients and hope they feel like family every time they walk through the door!

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!

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Parent & Patient Review

Patient Review: Miracle

"We love you (Dr. Lauren) and all the staff. It is a comfortable environment. We feel welcome!" - Miracle

THANK YOU

We cannot express how thankful we are for this patient review! Everyone here at Olson Orthodontics wants to be sure all of our patients feel right at home 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!

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Rubber Bands are Essential to Your Treatment

Your rubber bands are a necessary part of your orthodontic appliance. If we include them in your treatment plan, we recommend that you wear them at all times except when brushing your teeth or eating meals.

Why Wear Rubber Bands?

Some patients may incorrectly think their bands aren’t essential to their treatment success. Let’s take a look at the different parts of braces so you understand their functions:

  • Brackets: small, metal squares that adhere to your teeth
  • Archwire: metal wires that join the brackets together to help move teeth
  • Ligatures: parts that hold the archwire in place between orthodontic visits
  • Rubber Bands: elastic bands connecting the brackets and hooks

Typically, the elastic bands connect the top and bottom brackets to adjust the position of the teeth and jaw. While you may not realize it, the bands play an important role in how quickly your treatment progresses. If you decide not to wear them, you will compromise your treatment time and possibly add to the cost of your treatment.

If you have any questions or concerns about your braces, contact our office today!

Parent & Patient Review

Patient Review: Britney K.

"You guys are so beautiful! And SO nice! But I forgot your names...haha! Thanks for doing this for me! I'll look amazing because of you. Thanks!" - Britney K.

THANK YOU

Thank you for leaving us such a great review! We love to hear from our patients and/or their parents about their experiences in our office. We can not wait to see your brand new beautiful smile!

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!

Retainers

What should I do if I lost or broke my retainer?

Retainers are required after orthodontic treatment to help keep your teeth from moving back to their original positions. So you must wear your retainer every day!

To keep your retainer in good shape, avoid:

  • Using a toothpick to clean out food caught in the retainer.
  • Biting into hard foods like apples, carrots, and candy.
  • Biting on finger nails, which flexes the teeth.
  • Chewing ice.
  • Pulling too hard on the retainer when flossing.
  • Grinding or clenching your teeth.

Always store your retainer in its case when it’s not in your mouth. If you lose or break your retainer, contact our office immediately for a replacement. Note that we do charge a fee for a new retainer.