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How to Get Rid of “Buck Teeth”

March 30, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 4:33 pm
a young boy with buck teeth

There is a term that is often used in our office, though you’ll never hear a team member at Shirck Orthodontics say it: “buck teeth.” Our patients and parents use it to refer to upper front teeth that obviously stick out, somewhat similar to a beaver. In addition to aesthetic concerns, buck teeth can also cause all sorts of oral health problems and even make dental injuries more likely, so it’s very important to have them straightened sooner rather than later. Why are the teeth sticking out in the first place? What is the best way to fix them? Find out more in today’s blog from your orthodontist in Westerville.

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Can You Fix Crooked Teeth Without Braces?

March 28, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 12:27 pm
hand holding an Invisalign tray

For decades, if a person needed to straighten their teeth, the only way was with traditional metal braces. Now, however, there are more options than ever, allowing people to achieve their ideal smiles without having to wear noticeable brackets and wires. In today’s blog, a Westerville orthodontist discusses some of the most popular ways to fix crooked teeth that do NOT involve braces.

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How to Prevent Teeth Staining with Braces

March 21, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 11:51 am
teenage girl smiling with braces

The day someone’s braces come off is always a special one. Nothing makes the team at Shirck Orthodontics happier than seeing a patient light up when they look at their new smile for the first time. The only thing that could spoil this moment is if the teeth are stained, with the area that was covered by brackets being a different color than the enamel around it. While this issue is easily treatable, most people would prefer to avoid it in the first place, and you can do exactly that with these tips from your orthodontist in Westerville.

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Overlapping Teeth: Why They Exist & How to Fix Them

March 17, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 11:45 am
closeup of a child with overlapping teeth

Ideally, each of the teeth should stand right next to each other to form a beautifully straight smile, but for many people, a few can actually crisscross. Overlapping teeth are extremely common, and we see them all the time here at Shirck Orthodontics. This issue can negatively affect both the appearance as well as the health of the smile, but fortunately, your orthodontist in Westerville can offer a proven solution. What causes the teeth to overlap in the first place? How can they be treated? Read on to find the answers to these questions and more.

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How Crowded Teeth Can Cause Headaches

March 6, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 3:25 pm
young woman enjoying headache relief thanks to orthodontist in Newark

Millions of Americans develop headaches every single day, and often, the underlying cause is believed to be stress or low blood-sugar. However, an often overlooked source of head pain is crooked teeth. Fortunately, for many people, this means that by straightening their teeth, they can find the lasting relief they deserve. How does this work? Could braces or Invisalign put a stop to your chronic headaches? An orthodontist in Newark explains this phenomenon in today’s blog.

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How Invisalign Can Boost Your Dating Life As Well As Your Smile

March 2, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 7:58 pm
people going on an online date

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the world to slow down in a lot of ways, but not when it comes to dating! After everyone was forced to isolate for a few months, memberships on sites like Match, OkCupid, eHarmony, and Tinder surged as people sought ways to connect virtually. Of course, having a straight and confident smile is one of the best things you can bring on any date, but what if your teeth are noticeably crooked? You don’t want the first thing that the other person notices about you to be a mouthful of braces, right? Thankfully, Invisalign can help you enhance your smile and make the right first impression at the same time. Read on below as we share more about the benefits of dating with Invisalign.

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How Long Do Retainers Last?

February 13, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 1:51 pm
set of removeable retainers

For people using braces or Invisalign to straighten their teeth, retainers provide an easy way to ensure their results will last for a lifetime. But every retainer needs to be replaced at some point–how often should this be done? How can you help a retainer last as long as possible? We answer both of these questions and more in today’s blog!

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Child with Braces? Take Their Oral Hygiene to the Next Level with These 3 Tips

February 9, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 2:43 pm
young boy with braces holding a flosser and toothbrush

Despite being the shortest month of the year, a lot is going on in February! It’s the home of Valentine’s Day, Black History Month, and it’s also Children’s Dental Health Month. In this spirit, the team at Shirck Orthodontics is going to share 3 essential tips that parents and children with braces need to follow in order to keep their teeth healthy and their treatment on track.

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The Top 10 Myths About Metal Braces—Debunked!

February 3, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 2:43 pm
bowling ball of truth mowing down myth pins

Metal braces have been around for a long, long time. In fact, a version of them has even been discovered on the teeth of mummies from Ancient Egypt! So, of course, a lot of myths have popped up around them over the years. Many of them may discourage someone from getting a treatment they could greatly benefit from, so today, we’re going to bust the top 10 braces myths.

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Why Children Are Visiting the Orthodontist Sooner

January 28, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 1:52 pm
young girl with braces

Orthodontics used to be considered a rite of passage for teenagers, but now, children as young as 8 are starting braces. Why has this shift occurred? Are children’s teeth getting worse and requiring attention sooner? Parents can breathe easy, because this isn’t the case. The truth is that early-age orthodontics offers several, long-lasting benefits as opposed to waiting, and a children’s orthodontist in Westerville is happy to discuss a few.

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