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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.

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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.

National Teddy Bear Day Contest

September 17th, 2020

In case you missed it, we posted a contest on our Facebook Page celebrating National Teddy Bear Day. Today we are announcing the correct answers to the contest and the winner of the $50 gift card to Build-A-Bear Workshop!

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger - National Teddy Bear Day GIVEAWAY

Each team member wrote a short story about their beloved animal/doll:

Robin:

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger - National Teddy Bear Day GIVEAWAY
Old Josh was a gift to my sister when she born. I was 2 years old at the time, but I loved him and thought he was mine. A couple years later we started fighting over him, so my parents went out and bought a second teddy bear for my sister. She wanted to name hers Josh, too; therefore, I got Old Josh and she got New Josh.

Lindsey: 

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger - National Teddy Bear Day GIVEAWAY
My mom gave me the Precious Moments rabbit as an infant. I always kept it on my shelf in my room and then stored it away until we moved to our new house and now my daughter, Adalynn, sleeps with it at night. I also received a blanket from my grandmother when I was an infant. I slept with it every night until I was 5 or 6 years old; then I lost it and couldn’t find it anywhere! My mom found it between my bed and wall but didn’t tell me until I was in high school.

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger - National Teddy Bear Day GIVEAWAY

Kristy:

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger - National Teddy Bear Day GIVEAWAY
I got this doll from Santa on my first Christmas, because it looked like me. Now it looks a little scary! LOL!! Even though it is a bit frightening, my 3 year old daughter still plays with it. HA!

Rhonda:

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger - National Teddy Bear Day GIVEAWAY
I will be the first to admit that it’s absolutely absurd that I still have this bear. I have no memories of growing-up with him and I asked my older sisters for help in providing an emotional attachment. My sister with the best memory made-up a story that his name was Domino and he was “loved and loved.”  His music box still plays, but he’s shedding hair. He’s certainly not something that my children want to inherit, so I don’t think that “Domino” will be returning to the top of the memory cabinet.

Becca: 

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger - National Teddy Bear Day GIVEAWAY
My bear was gifted to me in 3rd grade right before my bestie moved to California. I call him Mr. Bear (real original, right?!). It’s called a "wish bear" and on his foot it says "courage". It was intended to help me when I missed her. <3 I still sleep with him when I’m sick and my son, Emmitt, likes to steal him sometimes too because he's almost as big as him!

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger - National Teddy Bear Day GIVEAWAY

Katie: 

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger - National Teddy Bear Day GIVEAWAY
Oh, sweet Benji. I watched the movie Benji when I was 8 years old and wanted my own. He was gifted to me, but I can't remember from whom. He was my constant companion for years and as you can see he's well loved! I still have him all these years later and don't see that changing anytime soon.


Now onto the part you are waiting for! The random winner of the contest is JAMI PLATT!! Please contact our office (by Friday, September 25, 2020) to make arrangements to collect your prize!

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger - National Teddy Bear Day GIVEAWAY

We have monthly Facebook contests lined up for the remainder of the year, so be sure to like and follow our Facebook Page so you don't miss out!

You're Never Too Old for Braces

August 19th, 2020

I was overjoyed to have straight teeth as a teen and to never need orthodontics. Then during my first year of college, my lower central teeth started to overlap slightly. I easily hid those crooked teeth behind my lip for 40 years and only my hygienist knew my secret.

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger

About 2 years ago, I noticed that my lower teeth were starting to shift more. I commented about it within the office and someone told me that is was an “age” thing.  “Great!  Just one more reminder that I’m growing old. Even though I’ve worked with Dr. Aron for almost 14 years, I’d never seriously considered fixing my 2 lower teeth until it started to look like a traffic jam and they became extremely difficult to keep clean.

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I decided that “if” I was going to have braces, I was going to do it right. I had an old filling that my dental office had wanted to restore for some time, but the time was never right for me. So….it was time to take care of that tooth. I was able to get it restored prior to the COVID shutdown and then waited for my semi-annual cleaning appointment. At that appointment, the dentist looked at my lower central teeth and sarcastically asked if I knew a good orthodontist. Hmmm….

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger Adult Orthodontics

I jumped in with both feet. Within 2 weeks of the cleaning, I had photos and x-rays, met with Dr. Aron for my treatment plan, and got upper and lower braces (I’ll go into more detail on that process in my next post). I have to admit that when I stood-up from the clinic chair and ran my tongue over my teeth, I questioned, “What have I done?”  Oh well, I’m not turning-back now.

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger Adult Orthodontics

Here’s the best thing that’s happened in the first week of having braces: I don’t feel the need to snack anymore. If you snack, then you brush your teeth and I don’t need to brush my teeth several more times a day….5 times a day is enough for me. I’ve actually lost a few pounds from not snacking; if I can “kill 2 birds with 1 stone” (straight teeth and lose some weight) that will be even better.

If you’ve ever considered having braces, there’s no better time than now! Contact our office and we can have you on your journey to a “Genuine Smile” within the next few weeks.

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