When something is off with the alignment of your jaw, you feel it. The condition known as TMJ/TMD, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction, can leave its sufferers experiencing chronic headaches, facial and ear pain, not to mention difficulty eating and speaking. At Shirck Orthodontics, Dr. Shirck is happy to offer patients who may be dealing with TMJ/TMD a state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment tool — the TruDenta system. Keep reading to learn more about TMJ/TMD therapy for Pataskala, New Albany and Westerville, and how TruDenta works to relieve your pain.
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December 8, 2015
Invisalign™ clear braces are an orthodontic solution that utilizes an alignment tray system. Using a series of clear plastic aligners, Invisalign gradually shifts teeth into place with gentle pressure. For many years, Invisalign has been the go-to adult orthodontic option, and we’re proud to be a premier provider for Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. Shirck Orthodontics is dedicated to offering patients excellent treatment options, but even more importantly, we’re dedicated to our patients. Building relationships based on trust and respect with patients, dentistry peers, and our communities, is our top priority. Invisalign from Shirck Orthodontics is different because it comes with our superior care, state-of-the-art practice, and budget-friendly pricing. If you’ve considered Invisalign, stop thinking, and call Shirck Orthodontics to schedule your Invisalign consultation today!
November 30, 2015
Want a straighter smile but can’t commit to numerous, frequent orthodontist visits? Interested in finding out how to improve your child’s developing smile? Want an orthodontic option that allows you to retain your professional image? Shirck Orthodontics offers all of this and more for children, teens, and adults in the Columbus area. Best of all, our competitive pricing and complimentary consultations make our office one of the most affordable in the area without sacrificing care or attention to detail.
October 30, 2015
Did you ever think you could have as much fun picking out your braces as you have choosing clothes, shoes, jewelry, and other items that showcase your personal style? Shirck Orthodontics has great news, thanks to WildSmiles brackets, your braces can showcase your personality while they shift your smile into picture-perfect alignment. Recent studies showed that more than 3 million young adults in the US wear braces, but your braces don’t have to look just like every other braces wearer. WildSmiles brackets come in six fun shapes you can mix and match to make your smile unlike any other. Want to see what your smile could look like with WildSmiles brackets? Check out your options in the WildSmiles design studio.
September 11, 2015
Are you tired of your crooked, gapped, or crowded smile, but can’t help preferring this to the alternative mouth full of metal? Have you considered going incognito? At Shirck Orthodontics, our dental team helps patients near Newark straighten their teeth without impacting their appearance. We offer several types of cosmetic orthodontic options including Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, and clear or tooth-colored traditional braces, but for truly imperceptible smile alignment, we recommend the incognito braces Newark residents prefer — lingual braces. Call our Pataskala, New Albany, and Westerville offices to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Shirck today.
August 19, 2015
Now that your child has braces, you want to make sure he or she is taking excellent care of them. But as you, a parent, know all too well, children tend to cut corners when it comes to their oral health–but brushing is as important as ever with braces, when bacteria has a lot of opportunity to build up in those tricky nooks and crannies. Help your child prevent tooth decay–read your orthodontist’s top five tips for brushing those braces, and a bonus tip for advice on brushing the retainer!
July 13, 2015
Finding an orthodontist isn’t as cut and dried as it may seem. Every website, billboard, and television advertisement proclaims a new best orthodontist. You may be familiar with a long running New York City joke about the “best” cup of coffee, and wading through advertisements and websites for orthodontists can feel like searching for the actual best cup of coffee in a slew of “best” cups of coffee. At Shirck Orthodontics, we believe that Dr. Jeffery Shirck and his team truly provide the best orthodontic care in Columbus, OH, but we think you should be the judge of that. That’s why we’re letting you in on the secrets to finding the right orthodontist for you. If you want to find out more about Shirck Orthodontics and the top-notch services we provide, call to schedule a consultation today.
May 30, 2015
Traditionally, braces have been the standard for getting the perfect smile you have always wanted. Chances are you or someone you know has had braces before. Braces are one way to correct your teeth. Thankfully, orthodontic technology has come a long way and Shirck Orthodontics in Pataskala, OH, New Albandy, OH, and Westerville OH, is proud to offer several types of braces for our patients.
Traditional braces have been the go-to among countless families. They use metal brackets and wires to reposition teeth. Periodically, braces must be tightened in order to keep everything in line. As they are tightened, teeth are loosened and then moved into their correct position. Initial soreness is uniform for all patients but it fades in time. The longer you wear traditional braces, the easier it is to deal with any slight discomfort.
Lingual braces are similar to traditional braces, only backwards. Custom-made brackets are affixed to the inside of your teeth instead of the outside. These customized brackets will reduce the potential for scratching of the tongue as well as any other discomfort. Any type of case can be treated and the best part is you don’t have to wear trays in your mouth for 22 hours a day. Also, just like Invisalign, lingual braces are not noticeable to anyone. You and Dr. Shirck are the only ones who will know you have braces. How cool is that?
For adults who want a straighter smile but don’t want any metal in their mouths, Invisalign is the preferred choice. It delivers fantastic results using clear, custom-made aligners minus the brackets and wires. Clear trays move your teeth into position gradually, until they’ve reached their preferred position. Every patient has different needs, but most often treatment takes between 9 and 15 months with around 18-30 trays that are used. Unlike with traditional braces where food particles are constantly stuck in and around brackets, each Invisalign tray is removable. Pictures, special occasions, chowing down on your favorite grub – whatever the case, removable trays give you freedom.
Clear braces offer the pinpoint correctness of traditional braces, but with a twist: brackets are clear and ceramic. They blend in with your teeth for a level of discreetness that’s comforting. While the clear braces themselves do not stain, the clear ties that hold in the wire are susceptible to stains. These ties are changed out during each appointment.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Speak with our staff to set up an appointment at our Pataskala, OH, New Albandy, OH, or Westerville OH, offices. We welcome all patients located in and around the area including Blacklick, Jersey, Harlem, Gahanna, Flint, Galena and beyond. Give your smile the care it deserves!
March 10, 2015
Orthodontics treatment isn’t what it used to be. Today, we have more treatment choices than ever before. You can seamlessly straighten your teeth without changing your eating habits or lifestyle. One of the many great modern orthodontic options offered by Dr. Shirck is treatment with Invisalign clear braces. Invisalign clear braces can correct a wide range of orthodontic issues, including minor tooth movements and more complex cases. Whatever your orthodontic concern, the result is a new, more confident smile, that you can proudly show the world. Make your Invisalign clear braces consultation appointment with Dr. Shirck today. Shirck Orthodontics has three convenient office locations in New Albany, Pataskala, and Westerville, OH that proudly serve patients throughout Sunbury, Alexandria, Granville, Johnstown, Newark, Reynoldsburg, Blacklick, and the surrounding communities.
How Do Invisalign Clear Braces Straighten Teeth?
Before your Invisalign treatment plan can be created, Dr. Shirck will take detailed impressions of your teeth to make sure that they can be straightened using the Invisalign treatment system. Once the appropriate treatment is confirmed, a customized plan will be developed. Dr. Shirck will show you the projected series of movements your teeth will undergo, so that you will be able to see exactly how your teeth are expected to look at the end of your Invisalign treatment before it even begins. Dr. Shirck will send the treatment plan to the Invisalign labs, where your custom clear braces are specially fabricated. You will receive, wear, and exchange a new set of braces every few weeks with quick progress checks with Dr. Shirck about every six weeks until your treatment is complete.
Why Choose Invisalign Clear Braces?
- The clear braces are easily removable for brushing, flossing, and eating.
- You can view your results before you even start treatment.
- No painful brackets or wires.
- No painful adjustment appointments.
- Complete your treatment discretely.
The time it will actually take you to complete Invisalign clear braces treatment will vary depending on the complexity of your malocclusion issues. But of course, Dr. Shirck will be able to determine if Invisalign is well suited to your individual situation and goals, before you move forward with treatment. To get started, all you have to do is make an appointment for an Invisalign clear braces consultation with Dr. Shirck today. Shirck Orthodontics is trusted by families throughout Pataskala, New Albany, and Westerville, OH and the nearby communities of Sunbury, Alexandria, Granville, Johnstown, Newark, Reynoldsburg, and Blacklick.
February 10, 2015
When should you start to be concerned about your child’s smile? The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have a pediatric orthodontic screening by age 7. When your child turns 7, their teeth and jaws have developed enough to see if there will be any serious orthodontic problems in their future. In most cases, treatment is not actually necessary at age 7, but it will give you and their dentist time to monitor their development and decide on the best path of treatment. You can make an appointment for the pediatric orthodontic screening your child needs with Dr. Shirck today. Shirck Orthodontic’s three convenient locations deliver quality care daily throughout New Albany, OH, Pataskala, Westerville, Sunbury, New Albany, Alexandria, Granville, Johnstown, Newark, Reynoldsburg, Blacklick, and the surrounding communities.
What Is Pediatric Orthodontics Treatment?
Pediatric orthodontists consider more than just how your child’s smile looks. Dr. Shirck will examine the movement and growth of the jaw and use panoramic x-rays to look at tooth roots. Dr. Shirck will also check for impacted, missing, and overcrowded teeth. If orthodontic treatment is needed, Dr. Shirck will be able to provide many treatment choices and a variety of orthodontic appliance types including metals, ceramics and plastics, with removable or bonded brackets.
Does Your Child Need Pediatric Orthodontic Treatment?
Issues arising from crowding, thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, premature loss of baby teeth, or poor breathing caused by enlarged adenoids or tonsils can all contribute to the need for pediatric orthodontic treatment. There are also hereditary factors like: extra teeth, large teeth, missing teeth, and wide spacing or small jaws. If you notice any of the following warning signs, you should make an immediate pediatric orthodontic screening appointment for your child:
- Off-schedule loss of baby teeth
- Chewing problems
- Mouth breathing
- Prolonged and persistent thumb sucking
- Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
- Jaw noises
- Teeth that don’t fit together properly
- Jaws and teeth that are disproportionate
- Crowded front teeth after age seven
Studies have shown that many pediatric orthodontic problems are more easily corrected when the patient’s skeleton is still developing. By correcting pediatric orthodontic problems at a young age, Dr. Shirck can better prepare the mouth for the eventual eruption of adult teeth. Pediatric orthodontic treatment will gently administer a constant force in carefully controlled directions, to slowly move teeth into proper alignment. Don’t take chances with your child’s smile. Make a pediatric orthodontic appointment with Dr. Shirck today. Shirck Orthodontics has three locations located conveniently to serve all of New Albany, OH, Pataskala, Westerville, Sunbury, New Albany, Alexandria, Granville, Johnstown, Newark, Reynoldsburg, Blacklick, and the neighboring areas.
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