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Dr. Lauren Olson: In the News with Carrollton Bank

Have you seen Dr. Olson on the Carrollton Bank commercial?

Dr. Lauren has been recently featured in one of Carrollton Bank's commercials. It was a unique experience in that during filming of the commercial, she and Laura just sat at a table and talked for 30 minutes. It was not scripted or had any per-set guidelines other than to just sit there and talk!

Dr. Lauren Olson has been with Carrollton Bank for over seven years and she has served on the Advisory Board for the O'Fallon Branch for the last three years. She still attends the board meetings as an alumni member. Dr. Lauren loves her relationship with the bank, and the personal service that her banker, Laura Beckman, provides has been terrific!

To Dr. Lauren, Carrollton Bank feels much like her own business. It is based off one on one interactions, a family friendly atmosphere where you are known and respected, and most of all friendly employees that are ready to serve and make your experience a great one!

Haven't seen the commercial yet and want to watch it?

Check out the commercial by watching the video below or by clicking this link: Just Call Laura

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7ddbPSdaG4
Dr. Lauren Olson Commercial with Carrollton Bank

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The Shades of Summer Contest 2019

Want to win an Amazon gift card AND a gift card to I Scream, U Scream ice cream shop this summer?

The Olson Orthodontics new summer 2019 contest has begun! Here is how to enter:

  1. Put on your #OlsonBraces sunnies
  2. Take a selfie in the office photo booth
  3. Check in to our office on Facebook and post the picture (We can post it for you if you would like.)
  4. That's it! You are entered into the contest!

Every selfie post will get an entry into a drawing for an Amazon gift card and a gift card to the local ice cream shop,"I Scream U Scream". Be sure to use our props in the office, including Ringo the Flamingo! This summer contest lasts until August! Good luck to all!

Timely Treatment You Can Trust

Timely Treatment You Can Trust

"Appointments were always on time" –Jeff M

Thank you for reviewing Olson Orthodontics! 

We understand the value of your time. That’s why it means so much to us for you to pause your busy schedule to leave a review!

We know that you are working to fit orthodontic visits into your already busy schedule. That is why the Olson Orthodontics team works so hard to stay on schedule with our appointments each day!

Efficiency is Key

Patient visits are usually scheduled for once a month so we can effectively monitor the treatment process. Thanks to our efficient services, we finish the majority of all treatment plans on or before the predicted date. On the rare occasion when we need to extend the length of a patient’s treatment, we always discuss the reasons why and the necessary changes with the patient.

Need braces in O’Fallon?

Are you a parent looking for a children’s orthodontist in O’Fallon? Or are you researching adult braces options for you? Then you’ve come to the right place! Olson Orthodontics loves working with children and adults of all ages. Our goal is to see your new smile transform your life, bringing you a healthy bite and increased confidence.

Want to know more?

Be sure to check out the types of treatment we provide and contact our office with any questions. We are happy to help!
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Adult Braces

Adult Orthodontic Options

Adult braces are more popular than ever before. Did you have braces as a child and your teeth have shifted? Or have you always been self-conscious about your smile and want to start treatment? You’re not alone. Many of our patients at Olson Orthodontics are adults.

Types of Adult Braces

We offer multiple types of braces to suit every orthodontic need. Whether you’re looking for traditional metal braces or invisible braces, we have different options to choose from.

Invisalign®

Dr. Lauren specializes in Invisalign clear aligners for practically invisible braces. Invisalign comes in sets of upper and lower aligners that you replace each week. Each set moves your teeth little by little until they’ve reached the desired positions. Adult patients love clear aligners because they are so convenient. During treatment, you can remove your aligners before meals, which means you can eat whatever you like! We will send you home with multiple sets, so office visits are minimal. Patients also report less soreness than with traditional metal braces.

Traditional Braces

Our traditional braces are efficient and comfortable, unlike braces of the past. In addition to standard metal brackets, we also offer self-ligating, rose gold, and clear braces options. Self-ligating braces come without elastic bands or ties. Instead, they use clips to quickly yet gently move teeth into position. Our clear braces also allow you to more discreetly complete treatment.

Acceledent®

To make treatment even faster, we also use Acceledent. This device uses a strong yet slight vibration to stimulate the teeth to move. We’ve been able to help patients complete their treatment 50% faster than ever before!

Contact Us

If you’re an adult looking to start orthodontic treatment, Call our office today for your initial evaluation. We can assess your orthodontic needs and determine the best treatment option for you. We look forward to giving you the smile you’ve always wanted!

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Parent’s Review

Parent Review: Marie B.

"You ladies are the complete package!! Truly from the first appointment to billing, to communication, to the care and skill in Lindsey's time here... awesome!" - Marie B.

Thank you for Reviewing our office!

Thank you for leaving a review of our team, Marie! We are honored to be trusted with the care of your daughter's smile and excited to be able to provide the complete package care your both deserve! We understand that your orthodontic journey is a big commitment, and we are passionate about being there to help every step of the way.

What Makes Us Different

At Olson Orthodontics, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of professionalism. From our front desk team, to our financial coordinator, to our orthodontic specialist, we are committed to ensuring that you receive the complete package care you deserve.

Our patients are family at Olson Orthodontics! Ensuring your needs are met and and opinions are heard is an essential part of making sure we continue to provide the best care possible for our orthodontic family. That is why we encourage every patient to leave a review of our office and tell us about their Olson Orthodontic experience.

REVIEW US

If you are a patient or parent of an Olson Orthodontic patient, we want to hear from you! Please take a moment to leave a review on our Yelp or Google page. And be sure to connect with us on Facebook to stay up to date on our latest news and offers!

Not an Olson Orthodontic Patient?

Are you considering braces and wonder if Olson Orthodontics is right for you?
We know you have valid concerns!

“Is this orthodontist the right one for me?” “How much do braces cost?” “How much does Invisalign® cost?” “When will I finish treatment?”

Our warm, friendly staff is available to help answer your questions! Call our office today!

We would love the opportunity to create your perfect smile! Schedule your free consultation today!

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Ring in the Holidays with Braces-Friendly Recipes

Looking for a braces-friendly holiday recipe? Look no further! The holiday season has arrived, which means holiday parties are coming up fast. If you or your child just got braces, you may be wondering what you can eat this holiday season. But don’t worry! We’ve compiled a few orthodontic-approved recipes that are sure to keep your mouth and your appliances happy.

Texas Hash

If biting into a tough, chewy serving of turkey or ham doesn’t sound appealing with your braces, Texas Hash makes a good alternative with plenty of protein and flavor.

Ingredients

  • tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef, 80/20
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup long grain white rice
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, optional and not shown in our photo

Instructions

  1. Using a skillet with a tight-fitting cover, heat olive oil over medium high.
  2. Add onion, peppers, garlic, ground beef, dry mustard, chili powder, salt and pepper. Sauté until ground beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef as you cook.
  3. Add rice and cook for two minutes letting rice absorb liquid.
  4. Add tomato paste and cook for one minute.
  5. Add canned tomatoes with juice, water and Worcestershire sauce. Stir, cover and simmer for 20 minutes covered.
  6. After 20 minutes, remove lid and fluff the mixture then serve. If the mixture is to wet, cook for another few minutes with lid off.
  7. If you are using the cheese, sprinkle on top for last few minutes of cooking time with lid on.

Slow Cooker Buttery Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a holiday dinner staple. Try livening up your typical mashed potatoes with this delicious recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds red potatoes, washed and chopped into 2-inch pieces (you don't need to peel them)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley (or 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried or fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Add chopped potatoes to a greased slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 2 – 3 hours or on low or 5 – 6 hours on low.
  2. When potatoes are cooked and fork-tender, add all remaining ingredients (let the butter melt for a couple of minutes). Use a hand mixer or a masher to mash the potatoes. Serve warm.

Gingerbread Smoothie

To give sore mouths the treat they deserve, try this lightly sweet smoothie.

Ingredients

  • 1 generous cup milk I use unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or molasses
  • 1 small chilled apple chopped (use a sweet variety, or swap for a small frozen banana)
  • 1 cup scoop vanilla protein powder or 1/3 vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Ground cloves
  • 1-2 cups ice
  • Whipped cream or crumbled gingersnaps optional garnishes

Instructions
Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

Contact Us

If you need any help with what foods to eat while you’re in braces, contact us at any time. On behalf of all of us at Olson Orthodontics, have a happy holiday season!

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Real Patient Review

Patient Review: Howard L.

"Customer service. Easy scheduling of follow up appointments. Great dental care." - Howard L.

Thank you for Reviewing our office!

Thank you for leaving a review of your experience at Olson Orthodontics, Howard! We know that great care starts with exceptional customer service and we are committed to ensuring that every patient feels comfortable, welcome, and at home at Olson Orthodontics! We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review, and we are honored to be trusted with the care of your smile!

What Sets Us Apart

At Olson Orthodontics, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of professionalism and Our doctors and team hold themselves to the highest standards of professionalism and excellence. We strive to ensure each patient receives the quality care and treatment they deserve.

We want all of our patients to know that they are a valuable part of the family here at Olson Orthodontics and their feelings and opinions are an essential part of ensuring we continue to provide the best care possible for our orthodontic family. 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 page! And be sure to connect with us on Facebook to stay up to date on our latest news and offers!

Invisalign

Invisalign® FAQ

Invisalign is a system of clear aligners that slowly move your teeth without the look of traditional braces. If you’re looking for an alternative to braces that’s just as effective, Invisalign may be a great option for you. We hope the following frequently asked questions will help you get some answers on this popular new treatment type.

How does it work?

First, we will take impressions of your teeth a scan of your teeth and send them it off to a lab to create multiple sets of aligners. Each set is custom-made to adjust your teeth little by little gradually each week. You’ll replace your upper and lower aligners on the same day every week until your teeth move to their final positions.

How long is my treatment time?

Most patients finish treatment in nine 9 to 15 18 months. However, it’s important to note that your exact treatment time will vary depending on the severity of your needs and the health of your teeth and gums. When you come to our office for an evaluation, we can give you a better idea of your treatment length.

When should I wear my aligners?

To have a successful treatment, you must wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours every day. You need to remove your aligners to eat and drink anything other than cold-to-lukewarm water, as well as when you brush and floss your teeth. Be sure to put your aligners back in as soon as you’re done eating or cleaning your teeth to wear them for as close to the recommended hours as possible.

How am I supposed to clean my aligners?

Every morning and night, you should brush your aligners with a soft toothbrush and rinse them in lukewarm water. Be sure to keep your aligners away from hot water, as this can warp the material. If possible, we also recommend brushing after meals. It’s a good idea to keep a travel toothbrush and toothpaste on hand while you’re out of the house to brush more easily during the day. We have a product called Eversmile that is a great cleaner for your aligners, also.

Do I have to wear a retainer?

Yes. After treatment is complete, we will provide you with a retainer to wear to keep your teeth from moving back to their original positions. We strongly encourage patients to wear their retainer for as long as we prescribe. If teeth begin to move back, you risk increasing your treatment costs and extending your treatment length.

What is the cost of Invisalign?

The overall cost of Invisalign can range from patient to patient. Some dental health plans include orthodontic coverage, while others may not. During your initial consultation we can assess your smile and determine your exact treatment plan and insurance benefits to give you a cost estimate.

When can I start?

If you’re interested in starting Invisalign treatment, contact our office to schedule a consultation. Dr. Olson can evaluate your orthodontic needs and help determine if Invisalign is right for you. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Parent & Patient Review

Patient Review: Sherrie B.

"Friendly staff makes Bryson feel comfortable." - Sherrie B.

Thank you for leaving a review!

Thank you for leaving a review of our team, Sherri! We strive to ensure that every patient feel comfortable, welcome, and at home at Olson orthodontics! We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review! And we thank you for choosing to trust us with the care of Bryson's smile!

Our doctors and team 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.

We want all of our patients to know that they are a valuable part of the family here at Olson Orthodontics and their feelings and opinions are an essential part of ensuring we continue to provide the best care possible for our orthodontic family. 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 page!

National Orthodontic Health Month

National Orthodontic Health Month

National Orthodontic Health Month starts in October! As you sip pumpkin spice lattes and bundle up in fall sweaters, remember that now is a great time to start orthodontic treatment.

All month long, we’ll be celebrating orthodontic health and sharing the benefits of investing in your smile. Here are just a few reasons why you should start orthodontic treatment today!

Prevent Cavities

Overcrowded teeth can cause a myriad of problems. Without enough space between each tooth, you may find it difficult to properly brush and floss all surfaces. Spaces in between teeth can also become problematic, as they lead to overcrowding in other areas. By straightening your teeth, we can help prevent cavities from forming and improve your oral health.

Solve Bite Issues

If you or your child suffers from a misaligned bite, it can become hard to do simple tasks like chewing, speaking, or even just closing your mouth completely. With orthodontic treatment, we can improve your bite and help the teeth and jaws to correctly fit together. If left untreated, overbites, underbites, crossbites, and openbites can get worse later in life and require additional treatment. Even patients with sleep apnea may see a decrease in snoring and other symptoms thanks to orthodontic treatment.

Reduce TMJ Symptoms

Do you wake up with jaw soreness and dull headaches? You may suffer from TMJ disorder, which can cause you to grind your teeth while you sleep. With orthodontic treatment, we can help eliminate your symptoms and give you a healthy bite.

Improve Self-Confidence

Have you ever felt embarrassed about your smile? We can help! With a healthy, aligned bite and straight teeth, you can feel confident in your smile for the first time ever! We truly believe that orthodontic treatment is a great investment in your overall happiness and well-being.

If you’re ready to get started, contact us to schedule your consultation!