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Thankful For Our Staff!

November 1st, 2017

At this time of year, we'd like to reflect back on how fortunate we are. We constantly hear from our patients that they love our staff members. Here at Peninsula Orthodontics we take immense pride in this compliment and strive every day to make each encounter with you, whether in person or by phone, pleasant, informative and efficient.

Our practice functions much like any well-oiled health care office. We are a group of caring people who work hand-in-hand with each other! Our employees have five distinct job titles and their roles are critical to the success of our practice.

Your first encounter in our office is with KIM, our Receptionist/Scheduling Coordinator. Her job is to greet patients and schedule their next appointments, maintain our patient database and maintaining the overall professionalism and positive energy in the waiting room.

As a new patient, you will meet with SANDY, our Treatment Coordinator. She coordinates your treatment and appointments as they pertain to Dr. Reese's recommended treatment plan. She also handles relevant correspondence with other dental professionals and is also responsible for your financial account.

If you are fortunate enough to have insurance that covers all or a portion of your treatment, EMILY, our Insurance Coordinator, is responsible for filing the claim with your insurance company and collecting payments from them. Emily also has the fun job of being our SNC (Social Networking Coordinator) and is responsible for all the fun posts on Facebook and Instagram!

Then there are those wonderful, caring and fun Orthodontic Assistants… CATHY, ANNE, KELSEY, SHONDA and SONYA. Their job is to assist our doctors with your treatment. They help with appliance placement and removal, take photographs, Cone Beam CT scans and intraoral scans. They also place your newly adjusted wires under our doctor's direction. In addition, behind the scenes they sterilize instruments, order supplies and maintain the cleanliness of the treatment area. They also maintain patient bulletin boards and contests. By the completion of your treatment, these ladies will feel like family as they get to know you and your family throughout your treatment.

Thank you to the best staff anywhere and for taking such wonderful care of our patients!

Orthodontic Health Month

October 1st, 2017

October is National Orthodontic Health Month! This is a specific time of year where we here at Peninsula Orthodontics like to remind you what Orthodontic treatment does and the positive impact it has on one’s self-esteem and long-term dental health.

National Orthodontic Health Month is a good time to not only talk about Halloween candy but of course your teeth as well. Here are some things to keep in mind!

  • Straight teeth not only look good, they also create a good bite. When upper and lower teeth fit, it's easier to bite, chew and speak.
  • A great smile helps you feel better and more confident. It can literally change how people see you – at work and in your personal life.
  • There are many other forms of Orthodontic treatments available than just traditional braces. Options include Clear Braces, Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. Believe it or not, some minor problems can be fixed with something as simple as retainers!
  • Orthodontic treatment is a medical procedure requiring expert supervision. Orthodontists are experts and your smile deserves a specialist.

Celebrate National Orthodontic Health Month by getting a healthy, beautiful smile.  Schedule your appointment today!

Alternatives to Having Teeth Removed for Braces

September 1st, 2017

Many patients are concerned about having teeth extracted in order to get the smile they’re looking for. You can relax because this procedure is not necessary for most of our patients! Depending on your specific problems and your individualized treatment plan, tooth extraction may be one alternative to consider when the final outcome is a beautiful smile and ideal bite. So, why are extractions sometimes recommended and what are the alternatives?

The primary reason for tooth extraction is severe crowding. When there isn't enough space for all the teeth, extraction may be used to create space so the rest of the teeth can be moved into the correct position. Extractions are also recommended when the size of your jaws don’t match up or in the case of severe protrusion. Alternatives to extraction include…

Moving Molars Back
This procedure is commonly done in younger patients in order to create more room for the front teeth. Because these patients are still growing, it’s relatively easy to accomplish with braces or devices such as headgear. In adults, this can be more difficult because they are no longer growing.

Arch Expansion
This is commonly done, and it is highly successful in younger patients. Extensive expansion however can come with risks. If retainers aren't worn long enough, the teeth and bones can very easily move back into their old positions. Also, because this procedure moves the roots of the teeth outwards, this creates a thinner layer of bone over the roots which could lead to receding gums later in life.

Jaw Surgery
When a patient has a severe overjet or underbite, having surgery to move the lower jaw forward or backward can be an alternative to removing teeth to correct the problem. However, most patients choose to have a couple of teeth removed rather than to go through this extensive surgical procedure.

Tooth Reshaping
This is more commonly done for adults, especially those who have lower crowding or whose teeth have become misshapen over time. A small amount of enamel is removed from the edges of the teeth. Removing fractions of a millimeter from several teeth can create spacing to eliminate crowding while leaving plenty of strong enamel on the teeth so that they are resistant to cavities and sensitivity.

Mouth Guards and Orthodontics Are a Perfect Match!

August 15th, 2017

April is National Facial Protection Month. With spring comes an increase in outdoor activities and a greater chance of damaging those pearly whites. Here at Peninsula Orthodontics we know a lot of our patients are active and play sports and we want to remind you about the importance of taking a few precautions to preserve your teeth and be protected from facial injuries. One of the most important pieces of sports equipment you can wear is a mouth guard.
What are mouth guards?

Mouth guards are a flexible, removable device made of soft plastic. They are adapted to fit comfortably with the shape of the upper and/or lower teeth.

Why are mouth guards and orthodontics a match?
A blow to the face could chip a tooth, damage the brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances. The mouth guard will protect your teeth from impact and most instances prevent damages from occurring. A mouth guard also provides a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips, limiting the risk of soft tissue injuries. Research shows us that most oral injuries occur when athletes are not wearing mouth protection.

How to choose a mouth guard that’s right for you while in orthodontic treatment?
You want to choose a mouth guard that comes pre-formed, ready to wear. Be sure to avoid mouth guards that custom form to your teeth as these will resist any tooth movements we are trying to achieve during your orthodontic treatment. If you do choose a custom form, please remember to place orthodontic wax over your braces before shaping your new mouth guard.

If you forget to block your braces with wax before placing you custom mouth guard, your may find yourself needing to come into the office to have it removed by us like our patient did!

Some tips for caring for your mouth guard
• Rinse before and after each use or brush with a toothbrush and tooth paste.
• Transport a mouth guard in a sturdy container to help keep clean.
• Check for wear and tear to see if it needs replacing.
• Never share your mouth guard!!

A mouth guard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment. By using it and other forms of facial protection like helmets, protective eyewear and face shields, you will avoid serious oral injuries with or without braces.

The next time you’re in for an appointment, we encourage you to let us know if you’re playing or planning to play any sports. We can produce or provide a mouth guard that will work best for you.