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Top 5 Ways to Keep Teeth Straight After Braces: A Mom’s Guide

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Everyone who wears braces knows it takes extra care and patience to reach a beautiful result and get those braces off. Then, the minimal effort to keep the teeth straight after braces protects the investment in a great smile to help it last a lifetime.

Here are the top 5 points to remember:

1) Start with expert care. Work with a university trained orthodontic specialist, who knows the details of providing a longest-lasting result.

2) Avoid quick fixes. If treatment has a brief time limit there may not be time to provide the procedures that help your teeth stay straight.

3) Avoid partial corrections. These can allow teeth to shift easily after treatment. If considering clear aligners, be sure to ask your orthodontist what compromises in stability of the teeth might undermine the long-term result, and be ready to deal with these.

4) Use stability techniques. Expert orthodontic care with a specialist can use a variety of extra procedures to help keep teeth straight. This involves special hidden shaping of teeth, select extra correction, and certain gum procedures to name a few.

5) Stay committed to your retainers! Follow all your orthodontist’s recommendations for retainers and how to properly use them. The wide variety of fixed and removable retainers has to be carefully considered and used just as instructed by your orthodontic specialist.

Follow these guidelines for your orthodontic care and you’ll enjoy your healthy, bright beautiful smile for your entire lifetime! That’s something to really smile about! Feel free to ask Dr. Bert more about how to save money on braces with Raleigh Orthodontics. You can call 919-847-6364, or visit www.raleighorthodontics.com.



 

Summer with Raleigh Orthodontics!

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Summer is in full swing! Enjoy the essentials of summer with the team at Raleigh Orthodontics.

Free ice cream on us! Enjoy a complimentary frosty delight every time you visit us at Raleigh Orthodontics now through September. Ready your bellies for Ice Cream Sandwiches, Nutty-Buddy Cones and Fudgesicles!

Hawaiian Theme Day. Dress to impress in your best Hawaiian themed attire. Dr. Bert has his Hawaiian shirt ready to go! Join is for a day of fun: a Hula-hoop Contest, ice cream, and a relaxing atmosphere.

Calling all hula-hoop pros!  During our Hawaiian Theme days we’ll be sporting HULA HOOP CONTESTS! Do you think you have what it takes to hula-hoop over 5 minutes? We want to see! Everyone who hula-hoops over 5 minutes can spin our wheel and win a Hawaiian prize or a Kodak instant camera!

Participate in our Hawaiian Theme Days on:

Creedmoor: August 4th

Raleigh: August 11th

Louisburg: August 16th

We’re looking forward to seeing all of our patients and friends in our community this summer. Let’s make summer 2016 one to remember! Oh, and STAY COOL! 

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The Raleigh Orthodontics Hawaiian Days: Everyone’s invited!

Screen Shot 2016-07-03 at 9.31.26 PMAloha! For those who love Hawaiian beauty and fun, a luau is a gathering of family, friends, and the community to enjoy great food, great company, and great times. The Raleigh Orthodontics team is ready to have a luau for you this August!

Dress to impress in your best Hawaiian themed attire. Dr. Bert has his Hawaiian shirt ready to go! Join is for a day of fun: a Hula-hoop Contest, ice cream, and a relaxing atmosphere.

Calling all hula-hoop pros! During our Hawaiian Theme days we’ll be sporting HULA HOOP CONTESTS! Do you think you have what it takes to hula-hoop over 5 minutes? We want to see! Everyone who hula-hoops over 5 minutes can spin our wheel and win a Hawaiian prize or an instant camera!

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Participate in our Hawaiian Theme Days on:

Creedmoor: August 4th

Raleigh: August 11th

Louisburg: August 16th

See you in August!

What’s the Best Age for Braces? Part 2

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In Part 1, we introduced 7 principles of braces that support our goal of providing quality orthodontic care to all of our patients. All of these principles relate to selecting the best timing of braces. We’d like to avoid starting braces too early, making the patient wear braces longer than necessary, or starting treatment too late, which could lead to missing an opportunity to achieve the best result possible.

As you may have previously read in Part 1, these are the 7 principles that support quality braces care:

1) Make treatment as simple as possible and still get the best result obtainable.

2) Treat to minimize irreversible problems.

3) If a current problem can cause other problems, keep that from happening, when reasonable.

4) Provide treatment that maximizes stability.

5) Consider the benefits to the patient of achieving a beautiful smile as soon as reasonable.

6) Avoid treatment that suffers from delays.

7) Minimize treatment costs in money and time.

In part 1, we discussed principles 1 through 3. Let’s now review the remaining principles:

Principle 4: Provide treatment that maximizes stability.

Teeth can have a tendency to move back toward where they came from. If teeth can be prevented from becoming very crooked, they will have less of a tendency to move back after they have been aligned. If a patient can be prevented from growing into a severe problem there will be less of a tendency for the problem to return. Providing the right care at the right time can ensure major benefits in this area. Knowing how to do this requires expert knowledge and experience. After braces, retainers are always used to protect the correction while the bone and soft tissues around the teeth are getting used to the new positions. Proper use of the various kinds of retainers is very important in providing stability of the orthodontic correction.

Principle 5: Consider the benefits of the patient achieving a beautiful smile as soon as reasonable.

If a young child, say ages 7-10, has very protruding or crooked upper front teeth and is suffering from a social stigma or reduced self-esteem from this problem, correcting this early can be a meaningful improvement in the young person’s quality of life. An early phase of orthodontic care should be considered in this situation. Parents can be alerted to these problems when they notice upper front teeth that are a distraction to their child’s appearance or hear about other kids bothering their child about their looks.

6) Avoid treatment that suffers from delays.

Careful comprehensive analysis of an orthodontic problem is necessary to properly plan the timing of braces. If there are certain problems that can’t be treated right away, those problems can delay the progress of care and unnecessarily lengthen the treatment time for the patient. Typically, in this area are teeth that are late to form and erupt, thus having to wait on them before further braces progress can be seen. Knowing how to identify these potential problems is very important to keeping the timing of braces just right.

7) Minimize treatment costs in money and time.

Timing of braces for great efficiency saves appointment visits and also reduces the amount of time patients and parents have to spend getting to and at appointments. Also, fewer appointments reduce the doctor’s cost of providing care! When the best age for braces is carefully selected, reducing time costs for patients and financial costs for the doctor ‘s care can be kept down. Knowing how to do this while still providing the highest quality care requires expert skills and knowledge that an orthodontist can provide for you and your child.

With these 7 principles at work, patients can receive the highest quality orthodontic care with the least expense in time and money. Structuring the optimum timing of braces by starting not too early and not too late for the specific patient’s problem allows all of this to happen. Expert orthodontic skill, care and judgment allow determining the best age for braces and provides the patient with the highest quality orthodontic care.

The Right Time For Braces, Part 1

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The average age to wear braces is about 12 years old, but that’s not necessarily the best time to start braces. Why? Orthodontic problems vary a huge amount. From slightly crooked or spaced teeth, to severely protruding teeth (buck teeth), to major bite problems (lower jaw too far forward or too far back), to a bite that causes the jaw to grow to the side, to delayed eruption of teeth, just to name a few! Each of the many variety of problems effects the best time to start braces, some as early as age 7 or 8, and others as late as 18 or 19! Orthodontic problems can be divided into two types: those needing treatment in two steps (an early step and a later step) or those best treated in one step. Each of these steps has an optimum time to start depending on the details of the particular patient’s bite problem. It is important to know how to tell the difference between a problem needing two steps vs. one needing only one step.
Quality Braces Care: 
Proper timing of braces greatly effects the quality of the care. If you start too early, the patient can wear braces longer than necessary. If you start too late, the patient might not receive the best result. Both lower the quality of orthodontic care. There are 7 principles that guide selecting the best time for braces:
1) Make treatment as simple as possible and still get the best result obtainable.
2) Treat to minimize irreversible problems.
3) If a current problem can cause other problems, keep that from happening, when reasonable.
4) Provide treatment that maximizes stability.
5) Consider the benefits to the patient of achieving a beautiful smile as soon as reasonable.
6) Avoid treatment that suffers from delays.
7) Minimize treatment costs in money and time.
Principle 1: Simplicity with the best result.
Sometimes there is more than one way to achieve the best result. The orthodontist has to know a wide variety of ways to make braces work so he or she can pick the simplest way for that patient to receive the best result. Broad, expert knowledge is important here!
Principle 2: Don’t allow irreversible problems if at all possible. 
Sometimes there is a bite problem that if allowed to persist will become partly or fully irreversible. It’s very important to know how to recognize these, also requiring expert knowledge, experience, and to know how to treat these early enough to avoid an irreversible condition. Bites that cause the jaw to grow to one side are an example and have to be caught very early to avoid irreversible growth problems.
Principle 3: Don’t let one problem cause other significant problems. 
Some bite problems can over time cause other problems, making the bite problem harder to get an excellent result. The best age for braces seeks that we have the highest degree of predictability and that we will obtain an excellent result. Not allowing a problem to compound many times makes a difference. With a severe overbite, for example, the upper front teeth go way down over the lower front teeth and can interfere with proper development and alignment of the lower teeth or impede growth of the lower jaw. Selecting these cases properly, with expert knowledge and experience, improves the quality of the result.
In “What is the Best Age for Braces? Part 2” we will look at the remaining principles and end wrapping it all up in how proper timing for braces, derived from expert knowledge and experience, supports providing braces for a lifetime of beautiful smiles. Stay tuned!

Orthodontics Guide For Moms: What is the best age for braces?

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I often get the question: “What is the best age for braces?” To answer it, here are some general guidelines when trying to decide when you should consult an orthodontist about straightening your kiddos’ pearly whites:

The average age to wear braces is about 12 years old. However, this does not necessarily mean that your child will get braces right away. It simply means that after a consult, I will be able to identify any problems that may exist and determine the best time to start any needed treatment. Orthodontic problems vary, depending on tooth position, jaw growth, or a combination. Each of the many problems that can be present affects the best time to start braces– some as early as age 7 or 8, and others as late as 18 or 19!

To help you identify when it’s time to see an orthodontist for a consult, here are 3 signs to look for:

  • Over-jet, Crowding and Spacing: Front teeth that stick out too much (overjet), are crowded, or are spaced.
  • Overbite: Bites where the lower front teeth are near or biting the roof of the mouth.
  • Crossbite: Trickier to see, but very important, bites where any upper teeth hit behind or inside the lower teeth. This is known as crossbite, which can harm the teeth and cause the lower jaw to grow to one side.

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Additionally, here are 2 tips for timing of braces:

1) Start braces early enough so the alignment or bite problem doesn’t become more complicated to treat. Let’s not let a problem worsen so that getting a great result might not happen.

2) Delay treatment until the braces can be on the shortest period of time and still get a complete and beautiful result.

By timing braces correctly, the patient gets the best result the easiest way. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends the first orthodontic consult at age 7, when the first set of permanent molars are in and the new incisors are showing up. Then, we follow young patients every 6-12 months to make sure the new teeth come in properly and to time the braces for the very best and easiest result.

Moms come to us as orthodontic experts to evaluate these features and many other ones harder to see to be sure braces treatment starts on time. This ensures that their youngsters wind up with a beautiful smile for a lifetime, and get it the easiest, most cost-effective way possible. With an early orthodontic evaluation, you’ll be giving your child the best opportunity for a healthy, straight, glowing smile. Feel free to ask me more about the best age for braces for your child. You can call 919-847-6364, or visit raleighorthodontics.com.

Thanks for taking such great care of your kids!

 

When Is The Best Age For Your Child’s First Orthodontic Visit?

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Dr. Bert Kelling

Dr. Bert Kelling of Raleigh Orthodontics believes there is much more to taking care of your children’s teeth than teaching them how to brush and taking them to the dentist. Most parents realize that getting their children to brush thoroughly and floss, as well as getting their teeth professionally cleaned, are key elements of modern preventive oral care, but beyond that, is there anything else you should be doing?

Many families may not fully appreciate the importance of getting their children examined by an orthodontic specialist at an early age, in addition to their regular dental check-ups. While many parents think that such an exam is only about getting braces for their children’s teeth, there is really much more to this type of dentistry than meets the eye.

Raleigh Orthodontics is a specialty practice that focuses on the physical alignment of the teeth and jaws and promotes this in harmony with a healthy bite, comfortable chewing muscles and smooth functioning jaw joints. While the main methods of an orthodontist are braces, retainers, and a variety of other appliances-the goal of this orthodontic specialist is much more than just creating a pretty smile.

Orthodontic techniques, such as braces and expanders, are principally designed to correct problems that prevent proper eating, sleeping, and speaking or may hold you back from a bright, beautiful smile. The fact is that when your teeth or jaws are not lined up correctly, it will impact how you chew, talk, sleep, -and yes-smile.

Orthodontic treatment most frequently corrects crowded or spaced teeth, overbites, and cross bites. Some are just tooth related and some have to do with jaw growth. Any one of these problems can lead to headaches, poor chewing, snoring, and even pronounced susceptibility to decay from teeth that are difficult to reach while brushing. Expert orthodontic care will help you have a beautiful, healthy smile for a lifetime. For this, the timing of the first orthodontic evaluation is important.

What’s the best age for an Orthodontic evaluation? Even for parents who are aware of the importance of braces and orthodontic care, the question of when their children should first begin such treatment can be confusing. Some parents may consider waiting until their children begin to exhibit crooked teeth, have lost all their baby teeth, or complain of tooth positioning problems, but should they act much sooner?

Dr. Bert Kelling and most orthodontists agree that a child’s first orthodontic exam should be provided by an orthodontic specialist sometime around their 7th birthday. This enables the orthodontist to spot issues requiring treatment early, and to set up effective treatment to address them, before more complicated problems arise.

Based on his exam and findings, Dr. Bert Kelling can recommend anything from no treatment at all, to the use of expanders, or various braces. The goal of each of these procedures is to get the teeth to line up correctly to create a healthy environment for the eruption of future teeth and to harmonize upper to lower jaw growth. This allows for effective, comfortable eating and healthy jaw alignment.

Proper orthodontic care for your children starts early, but pays dividends by catching potentially complicated and costly problems before they develop. And the fact that orthodontic treatment results in gorgeous smiles is an added—and very welcome bonus.

Raleigh Orthodontics

At Raleigh Orthodontics, we take great smiles personally. Dr. Bert and his Raleigh Orthodontics team are committed to providing you expert customized Orthodontic care personally designed by Dr. Bert and delivered at each visit by Dr. Bert and his highly experienced team.

Raleigh Orthodontics

Dr. Bert Kelling
Board Certified Orthodontist

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When is Best Age for Your Child’s First Orthodontic Visit?

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Dr. Bert Kelling

Dr. Bert Kelling, of Raleigh Orthodontics believes there is much more to taking care of your children’s teeth than teaching them how to brush, and taking them to the dentist. Most parents realize that getting their children to begin brushing and flossing, as well as getting their teeth professionally cleaned, are key elements of modern preventive oral hygiene, but beyond that, is there anything else you should be doing?

What many families don’t fully appreciate is the importance of getting their children examined by an orthodontist at an early age, in addition to their regular dental check-up. While many parents think that such an exam is only about getting braces for their children’s teeth, there is really much more to this type of dentistry than meets the eye.

Raleigh Orthodontics

Raleigh Orthodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the physical alignment of the teeth and jaw. And while the main tools of an orthodontist are braces, retainers, and a number of other mechanisms – the goal of this dental specialist is much more than just creating a pretty smile.

Orthodontic techniques, such as braces and expanders, are principally designed to correct problems that prevent proper eating, sleeping, and speaking. The fact is that when your teeth or jaws are not lined up correctly, this can impact how they chew, talk, sleep – and yes – smile.

The conditions that orthodontists look to correct most frequently include overcrowded teeth, overbites, underbites and cross bites. Some are tooth related and some have to do with jaw growth. Any one of these problems, can lead to headaches, poor mastication, snoring, and even pronounced susceptibility to decay from teeth that are difficult to reach while brushing.

When to Begin Orthodontic Exams
Even for parents who are aware of the importance of braces and orthodontic care, the question of when their children should first begin such treatment still causes a good deal of confusion. Should parents wait until their children begin to exhibit conditions such as crooked teeth, or complain of tooth positioning problems – or should they act much sooner?

Dr. Bert Kelling and most orthodontists agree that a child’s first exam should occur sometime around their 7th birthday. This enables the orthodontist to spot issues requiring treatment early, and to set up an effective treatment routine to address them.

Based on his exam and findings, Dr. Bert Kelling can recommend anything from no treatment at all, to the use of expanders, or braces. The goal of each of these procedures is to get the teeth to line up correctly and create a healthy environment for the eruption of future teeth. This allows for both comfortable eating, and healthy jaw alignment.

Proper orthodontic care for your children starts early, but pays dividends by catching potential costly problems before they develop. And the fact that orthodontic treatments like braces and retainers also result in gorgeous smiles, is an added – and very welcome bonus.

At Raleigh Orthodontics, we take great smiles personally. Dr Bert and his Raleigh Orthodontics team are committed to providing you expert customized Orthodontic care personally designed by Dr. Bert and delivered at each visit by Dr. Bert and his highly experienced team. Call today for a free consultation. 919-847-6364

Raleigh Orthodontics

Dr. Bert Kelling
Board Certified Orthodontist
Raleigh Orthodontics

Win an iPad Mini – Raleigh Orthodontics Cutest Pet Contest

Raleigh Orthodontics Cutest Pet Contest

cutest IconSubmit a cute photo of you and a cute pet to our Facebook contest and invite your friends and family to vote for it! The five entries with the most votes will be our finalists. Our team will choose the winner from the finalists, who will receive…

An iPad mini!!!!

The contest is running on our Facebook page, but we have three ways to enter:
1) Click here to visit our Facebook page and enter or vote
2) Email your photo to info@drbert.net
3) Enter your photo directly from your smartphone:

–On Twitter, tweet your photo with hashtag #raleighorthopet
–On Instagram, post your photo with hashtag #raleighorthopet
*Don’t  forget to include both your and your pet’s name!

Once you enter your photo, ask your family and friends to vote for yours. Don’t have a pet? No worries, you can enter a friends pet as long as you appear in the photo!

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Cutest Pet Contest Overview

Win an iPad mini courtesy of Raleigh Orthodontics!! Simply submit a cute photo of you and a cute pet to our Facebook contest and invite your friends and family to vote for it! The five entries with the most votes will be our finalists. Our team will choose the winner from the finalists.

Eligibility
To enter, you must be a patient of Raleigh Orthodontics.
Multiple Entries and Votes per Person
You may submit multiple entries but only one vote per person will be counted.

Content
Questionable content will not be considered. We retain sole discretion as to what constitutes appropriate content.

Rights
By entering the contest, entrants agree to have their submitted name displayed on our website and used by us for any purpose, at any time, without any fee or other form of compensation.

Disqualification
Entrants will be disqualified immediately if it is determined that he/she created or participated in a Facebook Vote Exchange Group or other voting exchange, or if the photo is not authentic. In addition, we reserve the right to disqualify users, without notice, and for any reason.