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The Top 10 Myths About Metal Braces—Debunked!

February 3, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 2:43 pm
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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.


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.


The Surprise Benefits of Modern-Day Orthodontics

January 22, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 1:28 pm
teen girl with braces smiling

Needless to say, the world is evolving faster than ever before. In the 90s and early 00s, for example, only the very rich had cellphones, and now, everyone is practically given a smartphone in the crib that is hundreds of times more powerful than those old devices. Thankfully, this type of progress can be seen in orthodontics as well. Modern-day orthodontics is truly amazing, and an orthodontist in Powell is here to share a few of the latest advancements you might have missed.


5 Things Every Parent Should Know About Orthodontics

January 15, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 12:46 pm
young girl with braces taking a selfie

Parenthood is complicated. In order to raise a happy and healthy child, you have to stay on top of their diet, sleep schedule, schoolwork, social circle…the list goes on. Another important item on this list is oral health, which for children often involves orthodontics. There are a lot of misconceptions about this type of treatment, but your children’s orthodontist in Westerville is here to bust 5 common myths.


Does Your Child Need a Mouthguard?

January 10, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 1:52 pm
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For most parents, watching their child play sports is a very emotional experience. Firstly, it’s exciting to see your little one be active and have fun, but it’s also a bit nerve-wracking, as every parent inherently worries about their child’s safety. Sports-related dental injuries are extremely common for children, and while a bruised lip or broken tooth is certainly a big problem, it can quickly become much more complicated if your child has braces. Thankfully, these kinds of issues can mostly be avoided by wearing a sportsguard…but does your child really need one? And if they do, how can you get one that will fit over their orthodontics?


Will Dental Insurance Cover My Child’s Orthodontic Treatment?

January 3, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 1:02 pm
young girl with braces in dental office

One of the biggest concerns parents usually have when they learn that their child needs braces has nothing to do with the treatment itself, but rather its potential cost. It’s no secret that orthodontic care can be quite expensive, but can you use dental insurance to help pay for it? Is the coverage different for braces versus Invisalign? How can you save if you don’t have insurance? Today, an orthodontist in Powell answers all of these questions and more.


Veneers vs. Braces: Which One is Right For You?

December 29, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 12:25 pm
young woman thinking about veneers vs. braces

Porcelain veneers and braces are two of the most popular treatments for people who want to fix their misaligned teeth and achieve a more attractive smile. They have helped countless people, but which one would be best for you? They can both deliver beautiful, lasting results, but in very different ways. Today, your orthodontist in Westerville puts them head-to-head so you can decide and get one step closer to your ideal look.


6 Gorgeous Celebrities Who Have Gotten Orthodontics

December 22, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 2:13 pm
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When you watch a movie or TV show, it’s easy to think that everyone you see on screen was born with perfect teeth, but this is hardly ever the case. Countless celebrities have gotten orthodontics over the years to achieve their eye-catching smiles, and in today’s blog, we’re going to reveal just a few of them. Remember, you can get the exact same treatments these famous faces did right here at Shirck Orthodontics in Powell!


The Benefits of Getting Braces During COVID-19

December 12, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 12:24 pm
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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the world to dramatically slow down in 2020, as fewer people than ever are traveling, going to restaurants, or seeing movies in theaters. But, curiously, one statistic that has noticeably increased is the number of adults starting braces. Why is this the case? An orthodontist in Powell explains why COVID-19 has encouraged so many people to start orthodontic treatment and why this might be the right time for you to do the same.


Can I Get Invisalign or Braces If I Have Gum Disease?

December 4, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 1:23 pm
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Here’s a statistic to start your day: according to the CDC, roughly 50% of the American adult population has some form of gum disease. So, suffice it to say, we see a lot of patients with gum disease here at Shirck Orthodontics. Many of them are surprised when we tell them that they need to have the condition treated before they can start braces or Invisalign. Getting rid of gum disease is essential ahead of any orthodontic treatment, and today, your orthodontist in Westerville explains why.

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