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.

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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.

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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

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Dr. Lauren Hood-Olson Career Fair Day

Dr. Lauren Hood-Olson and the 8th Grade Career Exploration Fair

Dr. Lauren Hood-Olson has proudly participated in the 8th Grade Career Exploration Fair for four years in a row. This year’s fair was held on May 2, 2018 and showcased over 70 working professionals from around the O’Fallon-Shiloh area. Hundreds of 8th graders from nearby public and private schools were able to attend and talk to those experienced in different professions. The fair gives students the opportunity to hear about different types of careers to help them create career goals early in life. Dr. Lauren loved getting to share her experiences with so many students.

Becoming an Orthodontist

The path to becoming an orthodontist requires many years of hard work and dedication. So how did Dr. Lauren get where she is today?

Dr. Lauren Hood-Olson's Path to Orthodontics

Dr. Lauren graduated valedictorian of her high school. Then, she attended Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville, where she was awarded the Chancellor Scholarship. In addition, she received one of two positions for early acceptance into the School of Dental Medicine.

After graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree, Dr. Lauren was recognized with the highest overall GPA for the department of science. She went on to complete her doctorate of dental medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton, IL. She again graduated summa cum laude—the only doctor in her class to earn that honor.

Dr. Lauren practiced in the metro-east area for many years before deciding to join Dr. Satrom in 2013 and went on to purchase his practice.

If you or your child would like to hear more about Dr. Lauren’s experience in the field of orthodontics, just ask! Dr. Lauren would love to answer any questions you may have. If your soon-to-be 8th grader would like to attend next year’s career fair, look out for more information in the spring.

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

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Meet Sarah

Sarah 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 SARAH!

What led you to your current role?

I worked for 2 years at a general dentist office, before finally deciding it wasn't for me. I knew I wanted to stay in some type of healthcare profession so that I'd be able to help people. So, I figured hey! why not braces!? That's when I stepped into the orthodontic field about a year ago.

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

I was born and raised in good Ol' Belle-Vegas!

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?

Lucky for me, I not only got to enjoy the luxury of braces just once, but TWICE! I first had braces in high school for about 2 years. I used both clear and colored elastics depending on my mood, what I was doing, and where I was going. I absolutely hated floss threaders. After throwing away my retainers in the trash a few different times, I gave up on the idea. Fast forward to my second year of being in the dental field, I noticed how my teeth had shifted, and I became very picky and understanding about the importance of straight teeth, retainers, and oral health. That's when I decided on round two of braces!

What job could you never do?

Embalmer. Sewage Person. Surgeon.

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

Doggy Daycare/Pet Sitter, stay at home mom-preneur

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

The last movie I watched was Peter Rabbit during family movie night.

What was your first concert? Best concert?

My first concert ever was Aaron Carter & Dream Street. The best concert I've ever been to was Carrie Underwood. Hands down!!!!

What celebrity has the best teeth?

Carrie Underwood has a phenomenal smile and teeth!

About what are you most proud of Olson Orthodontics?

How family oriented the practice is, along with the most welcoming, vibrant, outgoing, and fun team.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?

I have 3 dogs(Ella-Great Dane, Dixie-Weimaraner, & Lola- German Short-haired Pointer) fish, and a rabbit(Eliza) with my Fiance. I also have 3 dogs(Riley, Madeline, & Pippy, ALL Bloodhounds) at my parents house. Surprisingly I've also had pet ducks, and ferrets as well!

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

I own a mud truck that I used to take out to mudding events to get a little dirty from time to time.

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

I wanted to be a WWF Diva! (Now its called WWE)

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

Scanning!!!! I've never heard of a single person who absolutely loves getting impressions done.

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Parent & Patient Review

Patient Review: Natalie H.

"Very pleasant atmosphere and professional staff who are very engaging to my teenage sons. Very prompt with appointments." - Natalie H.

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!

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Meet Bethany!

Bethany 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 BETHANY!

What led you to your current role?

After having been given the privilege to get to know Dr. Olson and her family, my Mom thought her office would be a great working environment. We asked if Dr. Olson was ever in need of some “behind the scenes” work. That led to me working at the office with sterilization and random jobs that need to be done.

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

I was born in Guatemala and was adopted into my forever family when I was eight months old. I have lived in the O’Fallon area ever since.

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 have braces for a year and a half. Thankfully, I just had to have basic treatment. My favorite part about braces was picking out different colors and using the colorful rubber bands. I was very careful and flossed my teeth every day. Honestly :)

What job could you never do?

I could never be a math teacher. I hate math!

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

I’m still in high school. I have one year until I’m finished, but I’m hoping to work in the dental field. If orthodontics didn’t exist, I would probably look into the nursing field or go to cosmetology school.

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

The last book I read was King Henry 5th, the play written by Shakespeare. It was part of my school so I was forced to read it. The last movie I enjoyed at the theater was The Miracle Season. It was a fantastic movie.

What was your first concert? Best concert?

Winter Jam!

What celebrity has the best teeth?

Dylan Schneider

About what are you most proud of Olson Orthodontics?

The people that work here. They are all so kind and fun to be around. Also, we get patients in and out of the office very quickly because of our proficiency.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?

Our family has three pets. A dog named Asher and two cats named Lilly and Odyssey.

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

I was adopted, and I have three siblings that were also adopted.

Did you watch Downtown Abbey? If so, who is your favorite character?

No, I have never seen it before.

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

I’m only 17 but when I was younger I wanted to be a vet.

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

I would have to go with Invisalign. It seems like many people are choosing Invisalign, instead of regular wire braces, including my grandma who has wanted braces for forever.

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.

REVIEW US

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