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Shirck Orthodontics Blog

Does Your Child Need a Mouthguard?

January 10, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 1:52 pm
young girl playing basketball

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
woman surrounded by photographers on red carpet

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
woman wearing mask while grocery shopping

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
bald man in red shirt thinking about something

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.


The Keys to Stress-Free Travel with Invisalign

November 28, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 4:04 pm
young man packing a suitcase

The holidays are in full swing, and for many people, this means they will be traveling in the near future. Travel, whether by air or car, is always a little stressful, and this is especially true given current events. Hitting the road can be even more complicated if you’re using Invisalign in Westerville, but the team at Shirck Orthodontics has thought ahead for you. Here are 4 tips that will make traveling with Invisalign nice and easy so you have one less thing to worry about!


“What Happens if I Don’t Get Braces?”

November 24, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 3:21 pm
young woman with braces wearing beanie

One of the first questions many people ask when their dentist or orthodontist tells them that they need braces is, “What if I don’t get braces?” This is perfectly understandable, as many people think that straightening their teeth will only make their smile look better. While this is certainly the case, there are many, many ways someone can benefit from orthodontics beyond cosmetics, and in fact, avoiding treatment can often lead to much bigger problems down the road. Read on below to learn about some of the issues that can develop if you avoid getting braces in Westerville.


Top 5 FAQs About Clear/Ceramic Braces

November 19, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 1:22 pm
young woman with clear braces

It might sound strange to say, but now is the best time to be alive if you have crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth. Why? Because patients have so many effective options for straightening them! While the most popular tend to be metal braces or Invisalign, an often-overlooked treatment is clear/ceramic braces in Westerville. These offer a few unique benefits that you just can’t get with other treatments, and to help you learn a little more about them, the team at Shirck Orthodontics has answered some of our most popular questions about them below!


Your Invisalign Holiday Survival Guide

November 10, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeffrey Shirck @ 4:04 pm
young smiling woman holding Invisalign tray

For many people, the holiday season is a time where their daily routine goes out the window thanks to various parties, trips, and get-togethers with family. Of course, 2020 has already disrupted normal life for most of us! The holidays still present some unique challenges if you’re currently using Invisalign, and it’s easy for many patients to get off track because of all the festivities. Thankfully, Shirck Orthodontics has you covered with our Invisalign Holiday Survival Guide. Here are 4 essential tips to ensure nothing throws off your journey toward a straighter smile.  

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