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Shirck Orthodontics Blog

5 Foods You Should Avoid While Wearing Braces

October 29, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shirck Orthodontics @ 1:41 pm


Even though modern-day braces are stronger and sturdier than ever, there are still certain foods patients should avoid so they don’t accidentally damage their appliance. Doing so can lead to discomfort and potentially lengthen the treatment process, which nobody wants! Thankfully, the list of “off limit” foods is relatively short, and skipping out on them temporarily will go a long way in helping someone achieve a perfectly straight smile as quickly as possible!


Does My Child Need a Referral to See an Orthodontist?

October 25, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shirck Orthodontics @ 5:38 pm

young child visiting an orthodontist Normally, parents are the first people to recognize an issue with their child’s teeth and jaws. Perhaps their front teeth stick out a little too far, or maybe there are obvious gaps. Most parents assume their child’s dentist will tell them to visit an orthodontist if the problem calls for treatment, but this isn’t always the case. Fortunately, the answer to, “Does my child need a referral to see an orthodontist?” is “Nope!” If you’re concerned about anything with the alignment of your child’s teeth, you can take them to see a specialist right away. (more…)

7 Orthodontic Facts Every Patient Should Know Before Treatment

October 11, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shirck Orthodontics @ 1:42 pm

smiling girl with braces If you’re thinking about straightening your teeth, a question you may type into a search engine might be “What should I know before getting orthodontic treatment?” Thankfully, we have you covered in today’s blog! Below, you’ll find 7 of the most common questions orthodontists around the country receive every day along with their answers. After reading this, you should have all the information you need before scheduling your first appointment. (more…)

Why It’s So Important to Wear Your Retainer!

October 8, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shirck Orthodontics @ 5:57 pm

retainersIf you’re currently wearing braces or using Invisalign to straighten your teeth, then you probably can’t wait to see your fresh new smile. But, it’s important after the appliance comes off that you follow your orthodontist’s instructions, namely, you’ll be asked to wear a retainer. Retainers are an essential part of almost every orthodontic treatment you can imagine, and they will ensure that your beautiful smile will stay that way for a lifetime to come! Why are retainers so important, you ask? You’ll find out in today’s blog. (more…)

Why Invisalign is Better Than At-Home Aligners

October 4, 2019

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orthodontic tray In recent years, many companies have sprung up that promise they can help someone get Invisalign-quality results without them ever having to step foot in a dental office. You simply take an impression of your own teeth at home, mail it off, and you eventually receive a clear aligner treatment that will straighten your smile over the course of a few months. Sounds easy, right? Unfortunately, this approach comes with a lot of drawbacks. Today, we reveal why Invisalign is better than at-home aligners. (more…)

Incredible Leadership Opportunity for Local High School Students!

September 27, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shirck Orthodontics @ 6:12 pm

boy & girl of the year fundraiser Did you know that 1.3 MILLION Americans are currently living or are in remission from leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma? September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month, a time that’s intended to bring attention to the countless patients and families dealing with these diseases so that everyone can lend a helping hand. At Shirck Orthodontics, we’re big supporters of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the world’s largest volunteer, non-profit health agency dedicated to the study and treatment of blood cancers. This cause hits really close to home because our own Operations Manager, Zhenia, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2005, and the LLS provided a ton of support during her treatment. To give back, we sponsor their big local fundraiser every year in which two lucky high school students have a chance to directly help those in need. To learn more about this opportunity, read on below! (more…)

Learn About Our 0% Interest Payment Plans

September 20, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shirck Orthodontics @ 6:12 pm

young girl with braces If your child has crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, then orthodontics can offer a ton of benefits beyond simply improving the appearance of their smile. Not only can straightening their teeth boost their confidence, but it can also improve their ability to eat, speak, and even breathe comfortably. There is just one stumbling block many people worry about: finances. Orthodontics, whether you’re talking about traditional braces or Invisalign, can be a sizeable investment for any family, especially for those who don’t have dental insurance. Fortunately, here at Shirck Orthodontics, we strive to make top-quality orthodontic care affordable for every single family, which is why we’re happy to offer a variety of flexible payment plans. Not only that, but many feature 0% interest! To learn more, keep reading. (more…)

Why Do Some Invisalign Cases Require Attachments?

September 17, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shirck Orthodontics @ 6:12 pm

woman with Invisalign and attachmentsAfter feeling self-conscious about your crooked teeth for years, you’ve finally decided to do something about them. Thankfully, you’re no longer limited to just getting braces to straighten your teeth. These days, many adults choose Invisalign because it’s discreet, comfortable, and extremely effective. Many assume they’ll just be wearing clear plastic trays for the next few months, but then they’re surprised when their orthodontist says that they need to have small attachments placed onto their teeth. So, this begs the question, “Why are attachments needed sometimes for Invisalign?” Today, you’ll find the answer to this question and more…just keep reading! (more…)

What Are Phase 1 & Phase 2 Orthodontics?

September 10, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shirck Orthodontics @ 6:11 pm

young boy with bracesIf your child has noticeably crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, you, like most parents, probably assume they just need to get braces. While this approach is used with many children, sometimes, an orthodontist will utilize a more sophisticated method involving what is called Phase 1 & Phase 2 Orthodontics. What is the difference between the phases? Will your child need just one or both? When should the treatment begin? Below, you’ll find the answers to these questions and more in today’s blog. (more…)

Why Your Child Might Need a Tooth Extraction Before Getting Braces

September 3, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shirck Orthodontics @ 6:11 pm

young boy with braces Many parents are very surprised when their child’s orthodontist says that they need to have a tooth extracted before treatment can begin. The common question is simply, “Why?” Most people assume that braces are just placed onto the teeth as is, but this isn’t the case for many patients. If you have a child in need of braces, will an extraction be necessary beforehand? What will this accomplish? Will this make the treatment last significantly longer? These are all great questions, and as you read on, you’ll find the answers to them and many more. (more…)

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