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Breast Cancer Awareness

October 28th, 2020

Inspiring genuine smiles is something we are passionate about, but did you know that finding a cure for breast cancer is another passion of ours? According to breastcancer.org: "about 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime". Our team has been affected by breast cancer in many ways; Dr. Aron's mom passed away after a long battle with breast cancer in 2007. And we've had a few team members who have battled breast cancer as well, including one of our current treatment coordinators, Dee.

Today Dee wants to share her story with all of you:

"9 years ago I turned the BIG 4-0. My OBGYN, who I will ALWAYS be thankful for as he truly saved my life, suggested I get a baseline mammogram. Please note: I had a breast reduction 18 months prior to this and NOTHING was found in that breast tissue. I have NO family history of breast cancer, had NO current lumps or symptoms, but he said, “lets get one” so I complied…..

First, I received a phone call about a "suspicious area” and they needed a more detailed mammogram. Then a second phone call saying a biopsy was needed. Then the third phone call, the ever dreaded phone call, saying my OBGYN would like to meet with my husband and me to discuss the results of the biopsy. Basically I knew right then...I had breast cancer. We met with my OBGYN a few days later, and honestly I have no idea what the conversation was. All I kept hearing was “YOU. HAVE. BREAST. CANCER”. A very aggressive form of breast cancer. One that if left go, I likely wouldn’t be here today….

February 8, 2012 the journey began…

  • I had a bilateral mastectomy, tissue expanders placed and a port for chemo.

  • 8 rounds of chemotherapy followed by a year of an additional chemotherapy. I lost all my hair, my eyelashes and my eyebrows….basically I lost my self esteem.

  • Breast augmentation (ironic due to me already having a reduction. Needless to say I was not my plastic surgeon’s “typical” patient!).
  • Partial hysterectomy with NO hormone therapy since my cancer was Her2 /PR/ER+ (basically hormone fueled).

In the end though, I WON, and I NEVER let cancer define me…

So please, I urge you…GET YOUR MAMMOGRAM, do NOT put it off!!"


Thank you, Dee, for sharing your journey with us! You are such a warrior and we are so proud of how bravely you fought this battle!


For many years now, our office has been helping to find a cure for breast cancer by donating to breast cancer research.

• Each October, we offer a chance for our patients to help in the fight by choosing to do all pink ties on their braces. We donate $1 to breast cancer research for each patient who chooses to do so.

• We offered to donate $1 to breast cancer research for each "like" on this Facebook post!

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger - Breast Cancer Awareness

Needless to say Dr. Aron had to wear a tutu! You can see the video HERE.

• Our team has participated in breast cancer walks for over fifteen years.

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger - Breast Cancer Awareness

• Dr. Aron's wife, Robin, has participated in the Vera Bradley Classic Tennis Tournament.


It is our hope that a cure is found very soon for this disease, but until that moment comes, we will continue to support the researchers in finding a cure.

Travel to Spain

October 15th, 2020

One my favorite things about being an orthodontist is the various opportunities for continuing education. Continuing education insures that my professional skills are up to date and keeps me constantly learning and growing. There are several local, regional, national and international professional groups that I am affiliated with, and these groups offer a variety of educational opportunities throughout the year.

I regularly attend monthly meetings of a local dental society in Warsaw, Indiana. I also attend the annual meetings of the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists [GLAO] and the American Association of Orthodontists [AAO]. These meetings move around the US from year to year and provide an opportunity to meet and study with orthodontists all over the country. I also attend meetings of the World Federation of Orthodontists [WFO] and once every five years there is an International Orthodontic Congress. This year's International Congress was scheduled to be held in Yokohama Japan, but it was canceled due to COVID-19.

I have great relationships with several orthodontic manufacturers with worldwide distribution and they often have meetings outside the US. Forestadent is an international company that manufactures our braces and many of our wires. Each year Forestadent holds a symposium, and the location of that meeting moves all around the world. The 2019 symposium was held in Malaga, Spain.

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

Malaga is located in an area of Spain called Andalucia, specifically a long stretch of shoreline called the Costa Del Sol. This area lies along the southwestern coast of Spain and is just a few short miles above the northern tip of Africa. Morocco is only a 30 minute ferry ride from Port Tarifa, Spain, so it is very easy to travel from the Costa Del Sol area to North Africa and back for a day trip. My wife, Robin, and I were blessed to be able to attend last year’s Forestadent Symposium and had a great time touring Spain and North Africa.

We arrived in Malaga three days before the Forestadent Symposium, so there would be time for us to go sight-seeing, and take in the beauty of the Costa Del Sol.

DAY ONE: we did a hike called the Caminito Del Rey  (translated the King’s Little Path). This hike was formerly known as the world's deadliest path. It has recently been made safe for tourists and provides some of the loveliest vistas we’ve ever experienced.

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

DAY TWO: we took a day trip to Tangier, Morocco. We took a bus from Malaga to Port Tarifa and along the way we got a glimpse of the Rock of Gibralter! Then we ferried over from Tarifa to Tangier and explored the ancient North African city. We saw a place called Hercules Cave.

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

We rode camels along the beach.

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

We walked through the Kasbah market place in the ancient “medina” area of the city.

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

We had lunch in a local restaurant, and we were even entertained by a snake charmer. The snake charmer is an interesting story! We were enjoying lunch and the next thing we knew a basket was set down next to Robin. When the lid came off we quickly realized a LARGE snake was inside and Robin literally jumped out of her seat! It is an experience we will not forget!

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

DAY THREE: We stayed in Malaga and explored the lovely city. There is an ancient fortress, and a Moorish castle atop the cliffs of the beautiful coastal city. We climbed on the walls of the fortress and explored the rooms and gardens of the Alcazaba Castle.  These two ancient (10th to 15th century) structures overlook the coast and the beauty of Malaga below.

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

The rest of the trip I spent in lectures and attending the evening dinners and events that Forestadent had planned for the attendees. There were excellent programs of research and clinical technique presented by some of the most famous researchers and clinicians in the world. New technologies and the use of 3D imaging and printing were the major focus of last year’s program.

Robin and other spouses of symposium attendees continued to shuttle back and forth from the hotel each day exploring southern Spain. They took a day trip to the Alhambra, one of the world’s most beautiful Moorish Palaces.

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

The next day they traveled to the beautiful city of Ronda. Ronda is situated around a mountainous gorge and has views and gardens that are breathtaking.

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

There is a bridge that connects the two sides of the El Tajo Gorge and can be walked easily. This city is one of the most visited sights in all of Andelusia.

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

These memories of the people of Spain, the Andelusian food and culture, and time spent learning and growing with friends will always hold a special place in our hearts!

Continuing to Keep Our Patients, Parents, and Our Team Safe

October 9th, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and official guidelines, it became necessary for us to implement a number of more time-consuming protocols including additional health questionnaires, temperature screening, increased sanitation of the facilities, social distancing, and a limit to the number of people in the office, just to name a few. This necessitated that we evaluate our previous practice of inviting parents into the clinic for every orthodontic appointment. We thoroughly enjoy building relationships with the entire family and are happy to be at a point where we are able to loosen some of our restrictions. We will be adding additional seating in our waiting areas (the coffee and games will remain out of service) and implementing the following guidelines for when parents will be invited into the clinic. For the safety of you and our team and the efficiency of our clinic, we ask that you please respect these requests and recommendations on when and how your presence can provide the best quality outcome, the most efficient utilization of time, and for us to keep sanitation protocols in place.


Appointment Type “A”

20 to 30 minute appointments

No parent will need to join the patient in the clinic; a clinic tech will come to the parking lot or reception area or call you to communicate pertinent information at the end of the appointment. For our adult patients, we ask that you leave other family members at home or under supervision in the reception area or parking lot.


Appointment Type “B”

30 to 80 minute appointments

Depending upon the type of appointment, for parents, you will be invited to join your child in the clinic at either the start or at the end of the appointment to receive instructions and details of upcoming appointments. For the bulk of the appointment, you can remain in your car or the reception area to relax.


With only the patient in the clinic during types A and B, it will accelerate the clinical process and doctor and technician efficiency. It will help us to maintain an on-time schedule and shorten appointment times. As a parent, it will shorten your time in the office and in some cases; you will be able to run other errands while your child is in the office.


Appointment Type “C”

Procedures involving local anesthetic (i.e. extractions of primary teeth, lasers, temporary anchorage device placements, etc.)

For parents, your presence chairside during these appointments should be dictated by individual patient needs, considering all levels of anxiety, patient age and maturity. We have found that some highly anxious patients do best in the absence of parents. We have also noticed that some feel grounded and secure when a parent is present. We will guide you on what we feel is best.

Many type C appointments dovetail with a type A or B appointment. Instructions will be given at the completion of the C portion. It is encouraged that after instructions are given, the parent return to the car or to the reception area to wait for the completion of the type A or B portion of the appointment.


Based on the recommended protocol for our practice, it is best for the entire family, other patients and our team that the number of persons in the clinic is minimized. If at all possible, siblings and children of adult patients should not be present during any part of an appointment.

The front desk and/or clinic techs will inform you of the appointment type and your recommended involvement at each visit. We will never deny you the right and obligation as a parent to be present during any portion of the orthodontic process. However, we do ask again that you respect our recommendations on when and how your presence can provide the best quality outcome, the most efficient utilization of time, and the safety precautions to keep everyone healthy. These measures are tailored to current circumstances and could be modified as health risk and state regulations continue to change.

Thank You, Dr. Aron Dellinger and the OSS Team

You're Never Too Old for Braces PART II

October 1st, 2020

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…you are never too old for braces!

In my last post, I explained why I decided to get braces at a point in my life when I should be making decisions about retirement. Since I never had orthodontic treatment as a teenager, I really had no idea of what I would experience as a patient. I want to share my “start appointment” observations with you in this post.

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger Adult Orthodontics

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger Adult Orthodontics

If you had braces more than 5 years ago, you will recall that the first step in treatment was to take start models or in other words “impressions”. Impressions involve arch-shaped trays of “goop” that form around your teeth and must remain in place for a minute or two. If you’re a gagger, these impressions can be difficult and to be honest, the thought of taking impressions probably kept me from having braces earlier. Fortunately, in the age of technology, we have the ability to take scans of your teeth with an intra-oral camera to create a digital model for the start records. Yah-rah! I didn’t need impressions!!!

Once my scan was completed, I had separators placed between my molars. I have several dental crowns and orthodontic brackets don’t adhere well to crowns; as a result those teeth needed to be banded (see picture below). The separators are very small elastic loops that are put in place for 1 to 2 weeks to create the room for the metal bands. I had a total of 8 separators and immediately could feel the pressure between my molars. Shortly after my separators were put in place, I went out for lunch. I had an ortho-compliant lunch of a hamburger and salad; but the grinding action of the molars caused one of my separators to break. Over the next several days, I broke several more and learned the importance of soft foods and chewing with my front teeth while I had the separators.

Within the next week, there was enough space in between my molars to place those bands. For a proper fit, you need the smallest band possible that will still slide down over the molars, so it’s a process of trial and error. The process also includes patient participation to help bite the bands into place. Once the clinic tech has determined the best fitting band and you’ve “bit” it into place, they have to remove the band in order to apply adhesive and then you bite it into place again. At the same appointment, orthodontic brackets were placed on my other teeth (clear ones on the top and metal on the bottom) and I got 2 wires in my upper brackets and just 1 wire in the lower. As soon as several teeth in the lower arch start moving into place, I’ll be able to get a second wire there as well.

There’s some icky tastes involved in this process and an extended period with your mouth held open, but I was surprised to say “no pain.” Even though there was “no pain”, there was some discomfort when I ate and an immediate need to change my food preferences. Soft foods…pulled pork, mashed cauliflower, and smoothies became regulars on my menu. It was difficult to grind with my molars; don’t even think about trying pork chops or steak. I’m glad to say that in less than a week the discomfort subsided and I was able to return some “harder” foods to my diet, especially if they were cut in small pieces.

With my braces in place, I started to document my progress on a daily basis. (If someone were to find my phone and look at the pictures, they’d surely wonder) It’s kind of like starting a diet and you step on the scales every day hoping to see 10 pounds melt away; I’ve learned that the small changes are more visible when you look at them on a weekly basis. Let me just say, my teeth are moving!!!

In my next post, I’ll share some of the tips and tricks that I’ve learned very quickly. Just remember, you’re never too old to have the genuine smile you’ve always dreamed about. Contact our office to start your journey.

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