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When you were a kid about to get braces, you probably have memories of messy impressions taken of your teeth for a model.
At our offices, we have said goodbye to messy, awkward impressions when starting treatment, and have gone digital!
All three of our orthodontic offices located in Oklahoma City and Edmond, OK are equipped with the new iTero Intraoral Scanner.
When using the iTero scanner, we create a 3D digital model with a slender hand-held scanner that captures all angles of your teeth when scanning it over your teeth.
We use this scanner for braces and Invisalign patients making it a quick and comfortable experience.
Through the scanner's program, we are able to show orthodontic patients a simulated outcome of what their final treatment will look like.
To schedule a free orthodontic consultation at any of our convenient locations in the OKC metro, please visit the contact page or call us today at (405) 947-1526.
Maintaining good oral health during orthodontic treatment is especially important for kids because dental decay is one of the most common childhood diseases. We have outlined several ways for kids in braces or Invisalign to stay healthy and the importance of following good oral hygiene.
6 Ways to Keep Kids Teeth Healthy During Orthodontic Treatment:
1. Avoid pop, sugary drinks, like Gatorade, Dr. Pepper and Coke, and candy. If you do eat or drink these items, we recommend brushing your teeth afterwards.
Sugary foods increase plaque build up on your teeth, and plaque is especially more difficult to remove when wearing braces.
2. Keep regularly scheduled dental cleanings with your dentist every 4 months.
When wearing orthodontic appliances, it is even more important to make sure your teeth stay clean. Your dental hygienist can help get in those nooks and crannies that you might be missing.
3. Brush your teeth 2-3 times per day for 3-5 minutes each time.
4. Floss your teeth at least once a day.
5. Use a flouride treatment to protect your teeth from cavities.
6. Keep a travel toothbrush and toothpaste in your backpack at school to keep teeth clean after lunch.
What Would Happen if Kids Didn't Keep up with Their Oral Hygiene?
If teeth are not kept healthy during braces or Invisalign treatment, they have a higher chance of developing cavities, scars can form on their teeth around the braces brackets, gum swelling could occur, and teeth movement could slow down in response.
What Exactly Does Flossing Do?
Flossing helps remove plaque and foods from between teeth in areas that brushing cannot reach.
Why is a Flouride Treatment Important?
We recommend you use flouride daily, because fluoride gives your teeth extra protection from damage and cavities. It also helps build enamel on your teeth, which can be decreased with certain foods.
We recommend choosing a flouride treatment mouth rinse or paste, such as Gel-Kam, which is available in our office or in stores.
As a top 10 provider of Invisalign Teen aligners in the nation, we wanted to show you a peek inside one of our Invisalign Teen patient's lives and what her journey is like with clear, removable braces.
Meet 14 year old Brynne. In the morning, Brynne wakes up from wearing her Invisalign aligners all night and pops them out to eat breakfast then brush her teeth before she heads on to school.
"I chose Invisalign over braces because they are clear and it makes your smile prettier during treatment," she said. "And I can floss and brush normally, and I don't have to worry about getting food stuck in them like braces."
Once Brynne gets to school and is surrounded by her friends, the invisible aligners are fitted comfortably in her mouth till lunch time.
At lunch, she removes them from her top and bottom teeth to store them in a little case while she eats. Then she secures them back in her mouth for the rest of the afternoon.
"Wearing in Invisalign retainers is super easy. You get used to having them in your mouth and forget they are even there," Brynne said.
Brynne said that her favorite thing about Invisalign is that people can't even tell she is wearing them.
"When my friends figure out that I am wearing Invisalign, they are jealous and say that they wish they could have gotten Invisalign," she said.
At dinner time, Brynne takes a break from her aligners to eat dinner with her family.
With Invisalign aligners, teens don't have to worry about what they are eating, like braces. They can simply enjoy all types of foods, just like normal.
At the end of the day, Brynne pops in her comfortable, barely-there aligners to settle down for a dreamy sleep.
"Invisalign has given me a beautiful smile without all of the inconveniences of wearing braces," Brynne said.
Orthodontic Associates' patients can now download a free app available for iPhone and Android devices to view upcoming appointments, you and your family's treatment plans, x-rays, make payments and more!
Below we have outlined how to download and use the app:
1. Open your smartphone's app store, and type "Orthodontic Associates" into the search bar.
2. Download the free app onto your device.
3. Open the app, and you will see the home welcome page.
*Some versions of the app may vary depending on your smartphone device.
4. In the upper right-hand corner, click on the three, small vertical gray squares to log in as a patient.
5. Click "register" to log in to the app for the first time. After you complete first time registration, you will click "log in" from here on out to get into the app.
Only responsible parties can register initially for the app. Then, a responsible party can assigned individual app log ins for patients they are responsible for.
When registering, you must use the exact name, email and cell phone # associated with the responsible party's account in our system.
If you do not have your cell phone on file with us, please call our front desk to ask them to add it to the responsible party's name in your account.
Trouble registering? Try these tips:
- Put parentheses around the cell phone's area code and a space between the parentheses and the main number. Like this: (405) 567-3567
- Capitalize your first and last name.
- Use the exact name we have on file for the responsible party. In some instances, we have the responsible party listed as "Mark and Susan Smith." In this instance, try first name: Mark and Susan" last name: Smith
- Make sure you are typing in all data exactly as we have it in our system. If you don't know, call our front desk.
- If this still does not work, please call our front desk so that we can help you further.
*if you have issues at this point, stop and call our office to make sure your cell phone number and email is in our patient system.
6. After you have created your log in information, click on "Settings." In "Settings," you can manage appointment reminders on your phone, view your family member's accounts, if you are the responsible party, and assign individual app log ins to other patients in your family.
7. To assigned your family members or kids their own log in to the app, go to "Settings," and click on the name of the patient.
Enter his or her email, click "Change," and then enter a password and click "Change."
You will need to tell the patient his log in information, then he can use the app to view treatment plans, photos, upcoming appointments and more.
*Only responsible parties can view financial information and make payments.
8. On the left-hand side of the screen, click on the vertical, gray lines to open your menu options.
9. Under the menu, you can:
- Contact us directly
- Refer your friends and family to our office in exchange for reward points (This feature will be enabled soon)
- Read more about our offices if you are a new patient
- View your past and upcoming appointments, and confirm your future appointments
- View your financial information and make a payment
- View your treatment plan
- View your patient reward points and prizes that we offer at our offices (this feature is coming soon!)
- View short video clips about orthodontic treatment
- View your photos, scans and x-rays throughout treatment
10. To make payments through the app, first call our office to save your credit card information in our system.
Then go back to the app and click on "Finance" under the main menu. Under "Financial Summary," click on the patients name who needs a payment made.
Follow the prompts to make a quick and easy payment right from your smartphone!
We hope this app is a benefit for you and your family! Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns!
October is National Orthodontic Health Month. And each October, thousands of kids have one thing on their mind: Halloween candy! For orthodontists, the Halloween season is all about helping patients avoid potentially sticky situations.
October is the perfect time of year to learn about orthodontic health and how an orthodontist helps patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. Besides, everyone knows that Halloween candy can give any orthodontist a scare!
Orthodontic Associates, with offices in Oklahoma City and Edmond, offers these five timely tips to help protect braces, aligners and other orthodontic “appliances” while protecting teeth from decay.
- Let sticky foods RIP. If it’s hard, sticky, chewy or crunchy, stay away! Avoid caramel, taffy, bubblegum, licorice, gummies or any snack that can damage brackets or wires. Also, be sure to say “boo” to hard-shelled peanut candies, nuts or nut-filled candies, taco chips and popcorn (especially unpopped kernels).
- Choose “spooktacularly” soft foods. Opt for soft chocolates, peppermint patties, peanut butter cups or other melt-in-your-mouth varieties.
- Dare to take extra care. Sweets can cause cavities, which is why brushing and flossing are even more important than ever during the Halloween season. Orthodontic patients should be especially vigilant about brushing and flossing immediately after eating sugary or starchy foods.
- Set yourself up for success. Orthodontic Associates encourages parents to keep acceptable treats on hand to substitute for “off limits” candies for trick-or-treating. Parents can also find free, Halloween-themed recipes such as Quirky Quesadillas for Halloween, Delightfully Devilish Deviled Eggs, Mummy Pizza Biscuits, Spooky Spider Web Bean dip and others, on the American Association of Orthodontists’ website at https://www.mylifemysmile.org/recipes.
- Commit to oral health. Deciding to avoid hard and chewy sweets before the Halloween season increases your rate of success – and reduces the likelihood that you’ll break wires.
“We want kids to have fun on Halloween,” says Dr. Sparks. “And there’s no need to feel left out. Patients are free to enjoy acceptable treats in moderation. The payoff is a healthy, beautiful smile. It’s always worth it in the end!”
1. You are afraid to smile a full smile
If your teeth are crooked enough to keep you from flashing a full, beautiful smile to friends, family and co-workers, then you might consider seeing an orthodontist.
Orthodontic help can greatly boost your confidence. And confidence can take you long way in life - your career, dating life, etc.
2. The way your top and bottom teeth come together just don't look right
Your bite is the way your teeth come together when you close your mouth. A bad bite can cause many dental problems. And for some, eating and chewing can be difficult or even painful.
If you aren't sure if you have a good bite or not, take a look at our bite page that explains all the different types of bites.
3. You want to be healthier
Badly crooked teeth and a poor bite can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. When teeth are not properly aligned and straight, it is difficult for a toothbrush to reach the teeth and keep them clean. And dental health affects your whole body health.
If you are interested in orthodontic services or just have some questions for our doctors, we invite you to schedule a FREE consultation at either our Oklahoma City or Edmond offices by called (405) 947-1526.
Invisalign ranks Orthodontic Associates as a Top 1 Percent Provider for Invisalign treatment and a Top 10 Provider for Invisalign Teen treatment out of 9,000 orthodontists nationally. But as a patient you might be wondering, what does all that mean?
Simply put, it means that we treat the highest amount of Invisalign patients, adults and teens, each year as a private practice and are considered by Invisalign among the most experienced orthodontists in the country.
Just like any skill, you must practice to get better. The more patients we treat as a team, the better we get and the more we learn.
We are the only practice in the state of Oklahoma that is ranked as a Top 1 Percent Provider for Invisalign treatment. We have treated over 1,500 Invisalign patients, which is the most in the state of Oklahoma for a privately-owned practice.
And as a practice with five doctors who work as a team, we treat more patients and collaboratively learn from each other every day. We are proud of the knowledge we share to better the confidence and smiles in our community.
Contact us today to set up your first free appointment to see if you are a candidate for Invisalign. Can't wait to meet you!
In honor of National Gum Care Awareness Month, we interviewed Dr. Brian Amy here in Oklahoma City about the importance of gum care for your health, especially during orthodontic treatment.
Why do orthodontic patients need to pay extra attention to their gums?
One of the biggest difficulties with braces is the inability to maintain normal oral hygiene, like brushing and flossing, in order to keep things clean. With brackets and wires, your gums and teeth require more attention than normal to stay clean.
The gums and teeth react differently to orthodontic therapy, but they both suffer when not kept clean. The gums can have an overreaction to any additional plaque and bacteria and may become inflamed and bulbous. This causes them to increase in size and can actually cover the brackets, making teeth movement and gaining access to the wires difficult. In extreme cases, surgical intervention is the only option.
Why is gum care important throughout life?
Taking care of your teeth and gums prolongs the use of them into old age.
Also, the health of your gums are directly connected to your heart and cardiovascular health. It is very common to find specific oral bacteria embedded in the arterial plaques that surround the heart as well as the carotid arteries. These plaques containing detrimental bacteria do cause destruction of the valves in the heart as well as invasion through the vessels to destroy surrounding tissues.
If you simply do basic maintenance of your teeth and gums, the time spent and the cost of treatment, over the lifetime of the patient, is significantly less than if you don’t take care of yourself.
What do you recommend for gum care for braces patients and Invisalign patients?
The regular dental maintenance still stand the test of time. Brush, floss and get regular checkups.
Sometimes certain patients will need extra help or find benefit from other dental aides. For example, sometimes the addition of a WaterPik is beneficial. In some cases, patients may use a mouth rinse to help with the managing of plaque and bacteria.
The best thing for everyone, regardless if they have orthodontic care or not, is to go to their dentist more frequently, and get their teeth cleaned professionally.
As a child, teen or adult who is in orthodontic treatment, whether you are in braces or Invisalign, going to the Oklahoma State Fair can be difficult. There are so many yummy foods, smells and treats that you want to snack on for hours on end. But, some foods must be avoided. So, how do you deal with it?
For patients wearing braces, the following foods should be avoided:
- caramel apples
- corn on the cob
- salt water taffy
- excessive soda
- anything hard and sticky
Yes, these foods are yummy, but they may harm your braces and the health of your teeth. These foods will be waiting for you next year - we promise!
If you wear Invisalign aligners, you can essentially enjoy all of the fair food. But you must take a few precautions first:
- Please make sure that you bring a case or a secure place to keep your Invisalign aligners.
- Don’t wrap your aligners up in a paper towel as they may accidentally get thrown away.
- And if it’s hot outside, do not leave your trays in your car - this may ruin them.
The good news is that all patients can enjoy the Indian tacos, funnel cakes, pizza on a stick, chicken on a stick, turkey legs, deep fried Oreos or bacon, and corn dogs.
Be sure to post photos of your #oasmiles on social media and tag us so that we can see how much fun you are having at the fair this year!
When spinal meningitis destroyed the seeds of her front teeth at 13 months old causing her to never grow adult teeth, Terra Close was afraid to smile growing up and was the brunt of many jokes at school. With modern orthodontic care, Terra now has a full smile for the first time in her life.
On her way to a healthier smile, Terra currently wears braces to straighten her teeth and make room for tooth implants in the near future. Until then, we attached false teeth to the braces wires to fill in the gaps where she is missing adult teeth.
"I cried when Dr. Power told me he could fill in the gaps," Terra said. "I had no idea of the possibilities I had. After not having a full smile for over 20 years, I was amazed!"
"To be physically making changes to a person’s smile esthetics and causing them to be more confident in smiling is one of the greatest joys of our profession," Dr. Justin Power said. "We aren’t just about fixing teeth and creating healthy bites. We have the opportunity to change people’s lives in a positive way. And that warms our hearts."
As a local cosmetologist, a confident smile goes a long way when interacting with clients.
"My confidence as a beauty professional has improved, and I feel like I can be seen as a reliable source in my profession," she says. "When interacting with clients, I smile more, and I find myself being more talkative."
Although treatment is still in the works, we are so happy to have already made such an impact on Terra's life. We are so excited to see the end result.
"After having past bad experiences with dental professionals, it took a lot to go into the OA office for the initial consultation, but everyone in the office was so nice and welcoming," she said. "The whole team of Orthodontists and the assistants have been helpful to me with explaining things, being friendly, and genuinely happy to be part of my journey."
Local singer songwriter Gentry Counce recently came to our practice complaining of jaw pain and discomfort. Diagnosed with TMJ issues, it was difficult for her to enjoy her passion in life, singing and making music.
To ease the discomfort and to align her jaw better, we placed a splint in her mouth and aesthetically pleasing modern braces.
"With orthodontic treatment, my pain has subsided, and I am able to sing better for my listeners," Gentry said.
"Before my consultation with Orthodontic Associates, I started to have severe jaw pain to where I was unable to perform," Gentry said. "I was able to start booking myself again during my treatment, because the splint that they gave me worked. I am so glad I can sing with ease, my bite is now corrected, and I did not have to have surgery."
"I've gotten so much support in Oklahoma," Gentry said. "I have been able to blossom here."
You can watch her recent music video titled "Powerful" on YouTube. No doubt Gentry is proud to flash her big, beautiful smile regardless of braces in her music video and everywhere she goes.
We are so proud of you Gentry, and glad we could make a different in your life!
(Photo and music video by Anthony Pego)
When Tyler Conrady proposed to Rashell last year, Rashell knew she wanted to make some tweaks to her smile in preparation for their wedding day. And she chose Invisalign, clear, removable aligners, to straighten her teeth during their engagement and wedding.
"I never felt like I needed to wait to get engaged or married, because I felt confident enough to go through Invisalign treatment without it negatively affecting how I looked on my wedding day," Rashell said. "I never had to worry about smiling for pictures or being in the spotlight while my teeth are being straightened."
After seeing what a difference Invisalign aligners made with Tyler's smile a couple years earlier, Rashell was convinced the road to straighten her teeth during a time when all eyes are on her would be a positive one.
"I'd tell anyone to go with Invisalign aligners, because of the flexibility to easily pop them out and eat whatever you want," Tyler said.
Rashell felt confident to wear the Invisalign aligners to her bridal showers and in her engagement photos.
"I didn't even know Rashell was wearing her Invisalign aligners when I was taking their engagement photos until she told me," said Kelsi Thompson of Kelsi Laine Photography, the Conrady's wedding photographer.
On their wedding day in April 2016, Rashell confidently wore her Invisalign aligners all day long showing a big smile to every guest.
We are so glad we were able to provide Rashell with a confident and comfortable orthodontic option for the most important time in her life. "I'm so glad I don't have to look back on photos with metal braces," she said. "Photos are forever."
Photos by Kelsi Laine Photography
Even orthodontists have a less than perfect smile and need a little help. Dr. Ryan Theobald, our newest orthodontist to join the team, decided to start Invisalign treatment for a healthier and more confident smile.
"I really wanted to connect with patients and know what they are going through," he says.
In addition to wanting to empathize with a patient's experience, Dr. Theobald also wanted to correct his bite in a comfortable and no hassle option.
"I really like the fact they are virtually invisible," Dr. Theobald says. "People always say they can’t tell I have them in. In addition, they are very comfortable to wear, and I can eat anything I want."
Dr. Theobald, who joined our practice this past spring, comes from a dental background and deep-rooted interest in the technology behind dentistry and orthodontics. His father, Dr. John Theobald, is a local and well-respected dentist located out of Midwest City.
"With our iTero scanner, the scan of my teeth was seamless, easy and kept me from needing to take messy impressions," Dr. Theobald says. "The ability to see my teeth in three dimensions and plan the tooth movement accordingly is awesome."
Recently, we celebrated Dr. John Archer's 20th anniversary as an orthodontist at Orthodontic Associates with a big potluck lunch, hugs and many kind words.
In 20 years, Dr. Archer has learned a lot, grown as an orthodontist and is now starting to see the children of kids he treated earlier in his career.
"I enjoy building relationships with our patients and their families as much as I enjoy the challenge of treatment planning, treatment, and creating beautiful, healthy smiles," says Dr. Archer. "I love seeing our patients out in the community."
Dr. Archer also enjoys the relationships he has built with our staff.
"It is very rewarding to walk through the office and realize that our practice is a positive blessing to many of our staff, " he says. "Knowing that a staff member cares about us as doctors and feels ownership in the practice is very rewarding. The company culture here is actually more rewarding than financial gain."
In the nearly 30 years that Orthodontic Associates has been serving the Oklahoma community, our doctors have always had a heart for increasing education - especially in the dental industry serving as mentors and teachers.
"I have enjoyed seeing students interested in dentistry or orthodontics shadow the doctors and work at our office on their way to beginning their dental education," Dr. Archer says.
Known for his jolly and easy-to-approach temperament around the office, Dr. Archer is respected and loved staff, students and patients.
"This is the perfect career for me and my personality," Dr. Archer says. "I cannot imagine doing anything else."
In the Spring, we asked our patients to submit photos of their smiles in their everyday life for a chance to be published in our annual calendar and win cash prizes. The winners have been chosen, and the calendars are now here!
We received so many amazing photos of our patient's smiles. Three lucky winners won cash prizes, some were chosen to be published in our calendar and others we will share with you throughout the year on social media.
We welcome you to come by one of our offices to grab a free photo calendar and enjoy our patient's smiles year round!
And we encourage all of our patients to be proud of their smile, because you never know the impact it can have on someone's life.
Listed below are our top three winners of our photo contest:
First Place Winner
Second Place Winner
Tyler and Rashell Conrady
Photo by Kelsi Laine Photography
Third Place Winner
Now Treated the Most Invisalign Cases in the State of Oklahoma
We are so excited to announce that we have reached a state record and treated over 1,500 orthodontic patients with Invisalign, a clear, removable alternative to braces.
“In a world of social media images, I no longer hide behind the camera, even while wearing my Invisalign aligners,” says current patient Jeannie Russell, who chose to use Invisalign treatment after seeing how convenient and rewarding it was for her teen daughter. “My smile is bigger and brighter because I chose to do this for myself.”
Invisalign ranks us as an Elite Top 1 Percent Provider of Invisalign, which means we treat the highest level of case experiences annually and are among the most experienced orthodontists in the United States. Invisalign also ranks us as a Top 10 Provider of Invisalign Teen out of 9,000 orthodontists nationally.
“We feel so honored to have impacted the lives so many Oklahomans,” said Dr. Brian Amy. “Both adults and teens love this cutting edge option to obtain a confident, beautiful smile.”
Developed for a better Invisalign patient experience, we also house four iTero Element Intraoral Scanners at both of our locationss in Oklahoma City and Edmond. Instead of taking messy, awkward impressions of teeth, the iTero scanner uses a wand inside the mouth to take a quick, high-definition scan of patient’s teeth for real-time visualization and to show patients what their perfected smile will look like.
“I cannot say enough about the orthodontists and staff at Orthodontic Associates,” says Russell. “They are not only excellent with patient care, the customer service and atmosphere is the best I have ever experienced. I am always greeted by name with a smile and I feel like I visiting with friends.”
One of the most common questions we hear new patients ask is if treatment will be painful. We want to calm your anxieties by diving into what exactly might cause discomfort and what will be painless.
Will it hurt when you put my braces on?
No. When you first arrive, we clean your teeth and dry the surface so that the brackets will stick to each tooth. Then, we squirt a tiny piece of glue on each tooth and place each bracket on the tooth very gently, like a sticker.
Will it hurt during treatment when I'm wearing my braces or Invisalign aligners?
Whether you are wearing braces or Invisalign retainers, both cause slight discomfort to some degree throughout treatment, because your teeth are slowly moving overtime - like breaking in a new pair of shoes.
Braces can cause more initial discomfort the first 2-3 days after we put them on and after each follow up visit to have them adjusted.
And each time you switch out your Invisalign trays there will be minor discomfort the first fews days.
We encourage patients to take over-the-counter pain relievers for discomfort. We also provide you with a "chewy," which is a small, flexible piece you can chew on to relieve discomfort.
(see a photo of a "chewy" below)
Overall, you will be able to function normally to go to school, work, play or take care of kids. If you ever experience severe pain or discomfort, please call us at (405) 947-1526 so we can help you. :)
Too often we underestimate the power of a smile and the impact it can have on the everyday, ordinary people you pass at the grocery store, the bank or sitting in the waiting room at the doctor's office.
A smile to the tired, stressed out mom says, "I see you, you're doing a good job and you're going to be ok."
A smile to a teenager says, "I notice you. You are important and valuable."
Here at Orthodontic Associates we love smiles. And as a service-focused practice, a smile shows that we care, and we are listening to your concerns.
Not only do we love to give our patients beautiful smiles to increase their confidence in themselves, we also encourage you to love your smile because of the difference it could make in someone's day.
Share your smiles on social media, tag @oasmiles and use the hashtag #loveyoursmile. We love seeing our patient's smiles!
2016 is an exciting year for Orthodontic Associates with a new, fresh look, the addition of Dr. Ryan Theobald and his expertise to our practice, and the opening of a third office in east Edmond, Okla., later this year. With this year's modern developments, one thing remains the same: our unwavering dedication to serve and care for our patients from the bottom of our hearts.
For over 20 years, we have been working with kids, teens and adults throughout Oklahoma to improve their smiles and oral health. We love what we do, and it never gets old seeing patient's lives changed and confidence soar.
"For teens, we treat while they’re growing. This means their before and after pictures can be amazing. They start as awkward teens with crooked teeth and then finish as a young adult with increased confidence and beautiful smiles," says Dr. Amy.
Our board-certified doctors work together as a team to create patient treatment plans, consult one another for advice and best practices, and truly love playing a small role in making a difference in someone's life.
"Watching adults come out of their shell when they realize how beautiful their smile can be is very rewarding," says Dr. Theobald.