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Shirck Orthodontics Blog

How to Make Your Smile Shine: 5 Easy Steps

August 2, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shirck Orthodontics @ 3:33 pm

Everyone seems to think the teeth don’t matter for some reason or the other, but they’re one of the most important parts of the face for more than one reason. The most important one being how they make every smile look better. Without a gleaming set of teeth, smiles don’t really look the same and probably don’t even leave the same impression. But access to dental care is a luxury, and sometimes when you’re struggling with your mental health you can let yourself go a bit. If there was a way to catch up with all that lost dental care, we’re sure you’d jump on it in a moment. Keep reading this article though, and you’ll find out about not one but five different things you can do to keep those teeth gleaming.


3 Bad Habits That Can Make Your Child’s Teeth Crooked!

July 31, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 2:27 pm
young boy sucking their thumb

A basic (and some would say endless) part of parenthood is helping your child form good habits as well as break bad ones. Don’t put your elbows on the table. Wait until someone is finished to start talking. Put your phone/tablet down when I’m speaking to you…the list goes on and on. However, a few habits can actually throw off the alignment of your child’s teeth if they persist for too long, so breaking them as soon as possible is important. Here are the top 3 habits that could make your child’s teeth crooked.


Should You Brush or Floss First?

July 28, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 11:15 am
picture of toothbrush and floss next to one another

There are a few questions that have followed humanity throughout the millennia, like, “Did the chicken or the egg come first?” or “What is the secret to world peace?” While the global community will be searching for answers to those for a long time to come, we’re happy to address another query that comes up with our patients all the time, “Should I brush or floss my teeth first?” Daily oral hygiene is important for everyone, but especially those who are undergoing orthodontic treatment. So, does it matter which one you do first, or is the order not that important? Read on to find out!


My Child’s Baby Teeth Aren’t Falling Out…What Should I Do?

July 20, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 12:31 pm
little girl with missing teeth

Once someone becomes a parent, the word “milestone” becomes very important. A child’s early development is typically monitored by observing when they reach certain milestones, like when they roll over on their own the first time, sit up, start talking, etc. Another big one is when their baby teeth start falling out. This can happen at different times and at different rates, but what if it seems like some of your child’s baby teeth just won’t fall out? Should you be worried? What should you do? A children’s orthodontist shares everything you need to know about this situation in today’s blog.


4 Proven Ways to Make Sure Your Child’s Teeth Come in Straight

July 16, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 1:18 pm
young girl with slightly crooked teeth outside

Every parent wants their child to grow up to have perfectly straight and healthy teeth. Of course, there are a lot of things that can prevent this from happening, including factors like extra teeth, large teeth, spaces, or an underdeveloped jaw. If you start to notice some crookedness or crowding in your child’s smile, you don’t have to just hope nature fixes the problem. There are a few proven things you can do, and we’re going to share 4 of the most effective ones in today’s blog.


Are My Child’s Braces Causing Their Swollen Gums?

July 8, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 2:57 pm
young girl with swollen gums getting braces examined

Your child walks up to you with an expression you recognize all too well. Something’s wrong. They tell you their mouth feels sore, and after taking a quick look, you immediately notice that they have red, swollen gums. They got braces not too long ago, so are they causing this problem, or is something else going on? What can you do to help your little one feel better? This is a common issue, and thankfully, the causes aren’t too serious, and the solutions are very simple in most cases.


Celebrity Smile: Your Step By Step Guide to Porcelain Veneers

July 2, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shirck Orthodontics @ 5:56 pm

In cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers are recognized as one of the aesthetic treatments that can give patients the smile they dream of. We are sure you have stumbled upon smile transformation pictures on social media! This procedure is gaining in popularity mainly because of the reduced number of sessions needed, the fact that it is a pain-free dental procedure but also and above all because it is minimally invasive and therefore requires only minimal preparation (removal of dental substance). Porcelain veneers can resolve a wide range of problems, ranging from slight positional alterations to change in the shape, size and color of the teeth. They can also allow closing the gaps between teeth and embellishment by regulating the shape of worn and chipped ones. It is important to mention here that misalignments and gaps can also be solved by orthodontic treatment, the latter being the least invasive treatment there is.


Braces Survival Kit: Never Leave the House without These Items If Your Child Has Braces

June 30, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 12:38 pm
young boy with braces wearing red backpack

Every parent with a young child has a “to-go” bag that they bring with them whenever they leave the house. It typically includes things like snacks, band-aids, tissues, hand sanitizer, and many other items “just in case.” If your child has braces, there are a few items they should never leave the house without, and below, you’ll find the basics of a braces survival kit that will give you peace of mind every time they grab it.


Answers to 5 Rarely Asked Invisalign Questions

June 29, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 12:32 pm
closeup of hand holding Invisalign tray

You’ll find the answers to some of the most common questions about Invisalign on our site, but as you can imagine, we can’t fit every question people have about this treatment on a single page. Otherwise, you would be scrolling forever! Fortunately, in today’s blog, we’re going to respond to some of the less popular frequently asked questions about Invisalign so you can have all the information you need before deciding whether or not it’s right for you.


Invisalign Can Help You Excel at These 3 Jobs

June 9, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 11:47 am
female realtor talking to couple in house

There are several reasons why someone would want to straighten their teeth with Invisalign. It can give a person more confidence, improve their appearance, and even fix longstanding oral health issues, all while they avoid the look and feel of metal braces. Often overlooked, however, is how it can affect someone’s job performance. If you work in one of these 3 professions, Invisalign can not only give you a more attractive smile, but it also has the potential to help your bottom line!

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