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Shirck Orthodontics Blog

What is Orthodontic Headgear? Will My Child Need It?

July 22, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shirck Orthodontics @ 6:44 pm

young girl with headgearYou’ve probably seen people wearing braces your entire life, but from time to time, you may have spotted a larger, more complicated orthodontic device with thicker wires that extend outside of the mouth and go around the chin or back of the head. This type of appliance is generally referred to as “headgear,” and for many patients (almost always children), it’s able to reliably correct certain alignment issues in the teeth and jaws that can’t be handled with braces in Powell alone. If your child already needs braces, how can you know if headgear will be necessary as well? You can learn more about this type of treatment by reading on below. (more…)

DIY Orthodontics vs. Your Orthodontist in Powell

July 18, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shirck Orthodontics @ 3:35 pm

woman thinking with scales On the surface, it sounds too good to be true. For adults looking to straighten their teeth, some businesses, or “clubs,” claim they can help you get everything you need through the mail without having to step foot in a dental office. You simply take impressions of your teeth, send them off, and a few weeks later, you receive a set of clear aligners to wear. Even better, these clubs guarantee results in about six months, and they usually cost less than being treated by an orthodontist. Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Unfortunately, while this might all sound great on paper, here are just a few of the things you’ll miss out on by not visiting an orthodontist in Powell. (more…)

3 Reasons Why Summer Is the Best Time to Start Braces in Powell

July 13, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shirck Orthodontics @ 3:36 pm

young girl with braces in pool Summer is the perfect time for your child to sit back, relax, sleep in, and…get braces? While visiting the orthodontist might not have been on your child’s “To Do” list this season, the summer months are actually the best time for them to start braces in Powell, and your child will actually appreciate it even if they resist at first. Here are just a few reasons why you should begin your child’s journey to a straighter smile before school starts: (more…)

Can Dental Insurance Be Used to Cover Braces in Powell?

July 9, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shirck Orthodontics @ 3:35 pm

dental insurance formWell, you knew this day was coming, but that doesn’t mean it was any less surprising: your child’s dentist has said they need braces, and the sooner they can start, the better. For many parents, this makes them instantly worry about finances, because while orthodontics is a worthy investment, it can still be a sizeable one. But thankfully, like 60% of the country, you have dental insurance, and it should help you pay for braces in Powell, right? The answer is “it depends,” but fortunately, there are multiple alternatives that can make orthodontics more affordable even if your insurance won’t. (more…)

What Causes the Teeth to Shift?

July 2, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shirck Orthodontics @ 3:35 pm

slightly crooked teethAfter spending a few extra minutes in the mirror this morning, you discover an uncomfortable truth: your teeth have shifted. You’re starting to notice crowding that definitely wasn’t there before. This can happen to people even if they had braces as a child, but the question most have in this situation is simply, “Why?” Today, an orthodontist in Powell reveals what can cause your teeth to shift, how it can be reversed, and what you can do to ensure your smile stays in place as the years go by. (more…)

How to Avoid Teeth Stains While Wearing Braces/Invisalign

June 5, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shirck Orthodontics @ 6:47 pm

smiling girl with braces For many patients, one of the most exciting days of their lives is when their orthodontic treatment ends. Whether they’re getting braces off or taking out their last Invisalign tray, most can’t wait to see what their new smile looks like. You can imagine how deflated people must feel if they discover they have developed stained teeth during treatment. While this is a risk with any type of orthodontic care, there are a few simple and proven ways to keep your smile bright so that big day won’t be spoiled. According to your orthodontist in Powell, all you need to do is: (more…)

How to Quickly Find the Best Orthodontist in Powell

April 30, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shirck Orthodontics @ 4:14 pm

smiling mother and child with braces Whether your child’s dentist says they need braces or you’re interested in straightening your own teeth with Invisalign, you now find yourself in need of an orthodontist in Powell. Looking for one should be easy enough thanks to the internet, right? Not really. Typing “orthodontist in Powell” right now will give you about 850,000 results(!), and absolutely no one has time to look through all those websites. So, how can you sift through the seemingly endless results to find the perfect orthodontist for you and your family? Instead of reading everything on a website, simply focus your attention on these 4 key things… (more…)

Can Dental Insurance Cover Adult Braces? Powell Orthodontist: Yes!

April 22, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shirck Orthodontics @ 3:07 pm

woman holding Invisalign tray Millions of adults around the world have already used Invisalign to straighten their crooked teeth and obtain the beautiful smiles they’ve always wanted, and you’d like to become one of them. There is just one catch, however—orthodontic care can be quite expensive, and you likely won’t be able to pay for it all on your own. Thankfully, that’s what dental insurance is for, right? More and more plans are now offering coverage for adult orthodontics, and even if you already have a plan that doesn’t have benefits for this type of treatment, there are other options your Powell orthodontist can show you that will make your care much more affordable. (more…)

Need Your Teeth Straightened AGAIN? Invisalign in Powell Can Help!

March 20, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shirck Orthodontics @ 11:55 am

woman wearing Invisalign You had braces as a child, and like 50% of all orthodontic patients, you weren’t exactly diligent about wearing your retainer afterward. Now as an adult, you’ve noticed that your teeth have shifted, and the absolute LAST thing you want to do is get braces again. Thankfully, orthodontics has advanced quite a bit over the decades. If your smile is in need of an “update,” you can get Invisalign in Powell to straighten your teeth in the most discreet and comfortable way possible. With it, only you and your orthodontist will know you’re undergoing treatment! (more…)

Faceoff: SmileDirectClub vs. Invisalign in Westerville

February 28, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 1:03 pm

hand holding a clear aligner If you’re an adult or teen who wants to straighten your teeth, now is the best time to be alive. You’re no longer constricted to only getting metal braces, as sleek and discreet clear aligner treatments have become easily available and been shown to deliver reliable results. Of course, you have choice in this realm as well, primarily between SmileDirectClub and Invisalign in Westerville. How are they different, and which one would be best for you? We put them side by side in today’s blog so you can make a confident decision. (more…)

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