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To My Dear Patients and Families

December 1st, 2017

It is with a variety of emotions that I am announcing my retirement as of January 1, 2018. Dr. Reese will become the sole orthodontist here at Peninsula Orthodontics.

Dr. Reese joined our practice in August and since his arrival, we have been able to draw upon his vast experience and offer some fresh perspectives on contemporary orthodontic treatment. Since that time, he has had the opportunity to meet our patients and become familiar with their treatment plans, allowing for a seamless transition.

Dr. Reese is a retired Colonel with over fifteen years of experience as an orthodontist and is board certified, an accomplishment only thirty percent of orthodontic specialists have attained. He has also trained with surgeons and has a vast experience with more complex adult pre-restorative treatment and orthognathic surgery should those options ever be indicated.

Dr. Reese is committed to our goal of providing contemporary 3-D guided orthodontic treatment utilizing iCAT Cone Beam CT imaging and a virtually impressionless experience for our patients with our iTero intraoral scanner.

In closing, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all of those who have been a part of my professional life for the nearly 30 years that I have been in practice. I am so fortunate to have been a member of our dental community, and it’s been both an honor and a privilege to have served as your orthodontist. I have every confidence that Dr. Reese will continue our tradition of compassionate care with integrity and quality at the core of all treatment. Please feel free to contact Dr. Reese with any questions or concerns you may have.

Sincerely and truly yours,

Vicki Ross

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.

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