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Why Your At-Home Aligners Aren’t Working

September 21, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 12:05 pm
a bunch of clear aligners

Chances are that you’ve seen a commercial for at-home clear aligners, and based on the ads, this type of orthodontic treatment sounds too good to be true. You can get straight teeth without having to wear braces or visit a dental office?! As you can imagine, this caused thousands to sign up, but unfortunately, it really was too good to be true. A quick online search will take you to thousands of negative reviews (and a few lawsuits) from unsatisfied customers. One of the most consistent issues is that the aligners simply aren’t working, and here are the top 3 reasons why.

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Get to Know Your Orthodontist: Dr. Soorya Srinivasan

September 17, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 12:24 pm

Before you commit to getting orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child at Shirck Orthodontics, you’d probably like to know a bit about the dentist who will be providing the care, right? That’s why we recently sat down with our own Dr. Soorya Srinivasan (“Dr. Soo”). If you want to know about her training and where she went to school, you can read her bio here, but if you’d like to know more about her as a person, be sure to check out today’s blog!

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Can Orthodontics Cause Sleep Apnea?

September 7, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 1:17 pm
little girl sleeping

You were probably introduced to orthodontics as a child, seeing friends and classmates in braces while still in elementary school. Maybe you had braces yourself. Because orthodontics has been around for so long, you’d think there wouldn’t be any controversy associated with it, but unfortunately, that’s not the case. There are a number of health blogs, “gurus”, and even doctors who worry that orthodontic treatment can cause someone to develop sleep apnea. Are they onto something, or is this claim something you can just ignore?

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4 Back-to-School Tips for Invisalign Teens

August 11, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 12:16 pm
young boy at school with Invisalign TEEN

Summer is wrapping up, and that means the first day of school will be here before you know it. Whatever your child’s daily routine has been for the past few months, it’s about to change dramatically, which could spell trouble if they have Invisalign. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to ensure that your teen’s treatment stays on track this school year so they achieve their straight smile right on time. Here are 4 simple back-to-school tips for your Invisalign teen.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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