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Orthodontics Part 3: Orthognathic Surgical Treatment

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Hereditary (genetic) factors directly influence growth and development of the upper and lower jaws SEPARATELY. The skull is one bone, and the mandible (lower jaw) is an entirely separate bone, derived from a different hereditary source. Sometimes growth between the two jaws does not match due to a mismatch of these two hereditary growth factors. There can be variances in widths in growths of the jaws.

When the lower jaw is SHORT in relation to the upper jaw, relative protrusion of the upper front teeth is the result. The upper front teeth are usually in correction positions in relation to the upper jaw and face. The problem is that the lower jaw is short by comparison, and has always been short since embryonic development started. One jaw has not grown more or less than the other jaw. The relative balance between the two jaws was never correct.

When the lower jaw is too LONG in relation to the upper jaw, “underbite” is the result. If the upper jaw has not grown ENOUGH in length and width, underbite is still the result, but for a different reason.

Surgical correction of the relative imbalances of growth between the jaws is necessary to be combined with orthodontic treatment because there isn’t sufficient bone to move the teeth in one jaw enough to match the other jaw.

Usually, braces are worn for a period of twelve months prior to orthognathic surgery to adjust the teeth so they will fit together, upper and lower, when the surgical correction of the jaws is done. The braces are used to help stabilize the healing bone following surgery. Also, it is usually necessary to wear braces six to eight months following orthodontic surgery to adjust the teeth to match properly.

The next step is to visit an orthognathic surgeon, an oral surgeon who has had specialized training in surgery of the jaws. The surgeon’s office will file insurance for the recommended care. Placement of braces will follow insurance approval and/or the proper financial arrangements made for the complete treatment, surgery plus braces.

We know you have a choice when choosing a dentist or orthodontist in Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Moore, Yukon, Norman, Tulsa, Dallas, Edmond, Highland Village, and Phoenix and we thank you for making Dental Depot your partner in good oral health!

Your Friend,
Smiley O’Riley®

The Clown Conductor

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Hi everyone, it’s your friend Smiley O’Riley! I want to take this opportunity to tell you a bit about what it is that I actually do. I have the best job in the world! I get to hang out with kids in the Dental Depots! Along with office visits I also participate in parades, appear at health fairs, make balloons at the Oklahoma State Fair, appear in commercials, and anything else needing the face of Dental Depot. All of the duties I have mentioned so far are very important, but it all takes a back seat to the main job of Smiley O’Riley, which is community outreach. Our communities have been so good to us; we like to give back whenever we can. I have the great pleasure of getting to go to the local elementary schools, churches, and daycares to teach and remind the kiddos about good dental hygiene. In my 30 minute show I use fun, silliness, and group interaction to talk about things like brushing at least twice a day, flossing every day, and trying to eat as healthy as possible. Another huge part of the outreach is the goodie bag that we provide for every student who attends my show; which includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, fun games, and a coupon for a
free spin brush!

You can also see me on my YouTube channel “DentalDepot1978” and learn how to make some of the balloon art that I make for the kids.

If you would like to book an appearance for your school, church, daycare, or other community event you can simply see the Smiley request form on http://www.dentaldepot.net/?page_id=205
or just call James, Troy, or Ron at 405-945-8941.

We know you have a choice when choosing a dentist or orthodontist in Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Moore, Yukon, Norman, Tulsa, Dallas, Edmond, Highland Village, and Phoenix and we thank you for making Dental Depot your partner in good oral health!

Your Friend,

Smiley O’Riley®

 

Dental Sealants

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

The most common chronic childhood disease in the United States today is tooth decay. The good news is that it is preventable. Combined with a good oral hygiene regimen, sealants have been shown to reduce tooth decay by more than 70%.
“51% of children between the ages of 6 to 11 years old have caries (cavities) in one or more of their primary teeth.” –National Health and Nutrition Examination

Sealants Can Shield Teeth from Decay

It is sometimes hard to remove food and plaque from the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, even with frequent brushing. Dental sealants are safe plastic-like materials that are painted onto the chewing surfaces of the molars or premolars. Sealants act as a protective barrier to help “seal out” germs and food that cause tooth decay.

Since tooth decay is most likely to occur shortly after teeth come into the mouth, children make great candidates for dental sealants. Because the teeth most at risk are permanent molars, we strongly recommend sealants be placed on these teeth as soon as they come in.

Sealants are Easy to Apply, Safe, and Painless

Sealants are durable and can last years before a replacement is needed. They not only help prevent tooth decay, they also help avoid restorative dental procedures in the future. Dental sealants have been used safely for more than 30 years.
Talk to your friendly Dental Depot dentist as part of your child’s overall oral care. Only you and your dentist can determine what is right for your child.

We know you have a choice when choosing a dentist or orthodontist in Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Moore, Yukon, Tulsa, Dallas, Edmond, Highland Village, and Phoenix and we thank you for making Dental Depot your partner in good oral health!

Your Friend,
Smiley O’Riley®