Thursday, November 29, 2012

Permanent or Removable?

When it is time to remove your braces you are sure to  be very excited! Once the braces are removed it's time for retainers. It is important to know your new smile must be held in place, because the teeth naturally want to move back. You may have the option to choose between two kinds of retainers; removable or permanent. There are certain circumstances in which one is more beneficial than the other. It is always wise to know the options and benefits regarding your treatment.

Removable retainers offer the advantage of easy use. These are worn full time when the appliances are first removed. However, you will be able to enjoy some time with no appliances in your mouth. In some cases when there is a need to have the correction held constantly. A removable retainer must be worn responsibly, as instructed, to prevent relapse. Another major benefit to a removable retainer, is the ability to remove it to clean your teeth.

Permanent retainers work well for individuals who desire less maintenance. Once the permanent retainer is placed there is no need to worry about daily retainer schedules. Because teeth tend to shift as we age, a permanent retainer is typically a better long-term solution. One draw back for some patients is the extra effort of cleaning around a permanent retainer, which can sometimes become a "food trap" and does take a little more time to keep clean.

Some offices use a combination of the two; for example a removable retainer on the top, and a permanent one for the lower teeth. The lower teeth have a higher rate of relapse, so it is pertinent that they be held in place at all times. The most important thing to remember is that wearing your retainer as directed, is extremely important. Our doctors will recommend the retainers that are best for your situation. If you have any questions about retainers or the options that may be available to you, please contact anyone of our Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics team members.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Riley Cancer Center Prom - May 2013

The Riley Cancer Center Prom is scheduled in May 2013. Many children battling cancer do not have the opportunity to participate in normal childhood activities, such as dances and proms. The Riley Prom is an evening set aside to forget about things like surgery and chemotherapy, and celebrate life with friends and family. Each patient is provided with a new party outfit, complete with accessories, to wear that night. Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics is collecting gently used items such as dresses, tuxedos, shoes and accessories for this event. We will be collecting items until January 17, 2013, for this event. If you have any items that you would like to donate to this wonderful cause, please feel free to drop them off at Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics. Please contact any one of our Sondhi-Biggs team members for more information.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

How to start the process....

Are you considering orthodontic treatment? Your first step in the process is to schedule an orthodontic consultation, following which orthodontic records may be recommended. After our doctors review your x-rays and photographs, a treatment plan will be determined and shared with you at an upcoming conference appointment.

Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics wants you to be educated and comfortable during your orthodontic treatment. Questions that will be answered during your consultation/conference appointments include:
  • What different options do I have such as braces, Invisalign or retainers?
  • What type of preparation is needed to begin the process?
  • How long I will be in treatment?
  • What foods do I need to stay away from?
  • What is the estimated cost of my orthodontic treatment?
Our Sondhi-Biggs team is prepared to answer all your questions and prepare you for the next steps ahead. Feel free to contact any one of our team members with any questions you may have about your treatment. Just one more example why Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics is "Smiles Above The Rest."

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Email Reminders

Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics recently updated our computer management software. There are several updated features within this software, as touched on previously in our Blogs. In the process of converting our software, our Email/Text reminders have taken a little longer to convert. Please be aware that you may not receive the reminder as you would expect. We are doing our best to address this situation, and apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. Thank you for your patience as we go through this process.