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3 Quick Tips to Avoid Orthodontic Injuries This Thanksgiving

November 20, 2019

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Thanksgiving dinner Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away, which means before you know it, you and your loved ones will be sitting at a table topped with an unimaginable amount of delicious food. From turkey to stuffing to yams to cranberry sauce to pumpkin pie and more, everyone has their particular item that they look forward to this time of year. Of course, for people with braces, Thanksgiving poses a few potential risks for damaging their appliance, which is a quick way to ruin even the best meal. Fortunately, your orthodontist in Powell has 3 simple tips to help people stay safe on Turkey Day. (more…)

Do the Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed Before Getting Braces?

November 18, 2019

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young girl with braces A common concern many parents have about their child getting braces revolves around their wisdom teeth. Wouldn’t it be smart to wait until the wisdom teeth come in, have them removed, and then begin braces? While this might seem to make a lot of sense, in most cases, an orthodontist in Powell will recommend that a child start braces before their wisdom teeth are removed. This can lead to a much smoother experience for the child, the parent, and it can make treatment much shorter and less complicated overall. How so? Read on to learn why waiting is not always the best approach when it comes to orthodontics.   (more…)

What to Expect at Your First Visit to Shirck Orthodontics

November 10, 2019

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young ortho patient When a patient starts their orthodontic journey with us, we want them to feel welcome and comfortable from the moment they step into our office. We also strive to make things as easy as possible, which is why we offer FREE initial consultations here at Shirck Orthodontics. If your child needs braces, or you’re thinking about getting Invisalign for yourself, here’s what you can expect at your first visit to your orthodontist in Powell. (more…)

4 Easy Ways to Relieve Discomfort From Tightened Braces

November 4, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shirck Orthodontics @ 5:34 pm

happy child with braces After your child’s braces come off, their teeth will be straighter, healthier, and they’ll instantly have a boosted sense of confidence the moment they see their brand new smile in the mirror. Of course, until then, their braces need to be tightened regularly to ensure they’re moving the teeth correctly. This usually causes a little oral soreness and tenderness that can last for a few days, but thankfully, there are a few easy ways your child can get the relief they need at home. Here are 4 quick tips from an orthodontist in Powell on how to deal with braces pain. (more…)

5 Foods You Should Avoid While Wearing Braces

October 29, 2019

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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…)

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