Kids sports injuries-German Orthodontics-Beavercreek OHWhat sport do you think causes the most dental injuries with kids? If you guessed football… you are right.

The ADA estimated that faceguards and mouth guards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and college football alone. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry states the children between the ages of 7-11 are the most susceptible to injury. When all is said and done, it is up to parents to ensure their kids are protected during practices and games at a younger age and train their kids of the importance of wearing #mouth guards when they are older and on their own.

At German Orthodontics our goal is to ensure parents and patients are well informed when it comes to the importance of wearing a mouth guard during any type of contact sport to protect their beautiful smile over a lifetime. Once adult teeth erupt, there are no second chances. Wearing a #mouth guard can make the difference between losing or fracturing a tooth which requires a lifetime of #dental repair or owning your own pearly white smile.Read more on The Truth about Kids and Dental Sports Injuries…

boy-with-braces-smilingBraces are great, but in reality, no one wants to spend more time wearing them than is absolutely necessary.  When you take the lead, your smile can be straight in record time by carefully following a few simple instructions. We promise you’ll see results!

While rules aren’t always thrilling, if you follow these suggestions, your treatment time will be shortened. You’ll be braces free in no time with a fantastic smile!

Eat the right foods! Following the diet we have prescribed is very important. Popping hard, sugary candy into your mouth is really not worth an emergency situation.  Dealing with pain and discomfort from a broken wire or bracket is no fun, and it halts the straightening process while you wait for repairs. Avoiding snacks that we have advised against will keep your braces in place and your straightening on schedule!

Make good choices! Use special care when choosing snacks, meals, and activities. Always ask yourself, “Is this safe?” If you use caution, your braces will endure.

Treat your braces with special care! If you participate in sports, a mouthguard is an investment. Always clean your braces thoroughly but delicately. There are products we can recommend that make brushing and flossing simpler. Braces are fragile! Treat them with consideration, and they’ll keep working just as they should.

Wear your rubber bands or other appliances! Rubber bands play an essential part and have a very important job to do! Wear them as directed, and your teeth will straighten just as they are supposed to. Following directions for other appliances is also a must for avoiding a lengthy treatment time.

Always come to your appointments! Checking your progress is a must! There are important procedures that need to take place regularly to make sure that your teeth are moving as they should. Although we realize rescheduling is sometimes necessary, it is best to adhere to your appointment schedule so that treatment time is not delayed.

Our team wants to be your partner during the time you are wearing your braces! We want to assist you in achieving speedy results! Please contact us with your questions and concerns. We are always available for tips and personalized advice on the care of your braces. Let’s make this a wonderful, swift journey to a spectacular smile!

Life as we know it at German Orthodontics, both professionally in the delivery of orthodontic care and personally in our lives, is changing at the blink of an eye. It is both an exciting and intimidating age we live in and it amazes Dr. Daniel German and our team every day. If we are here today, where will we be one, two, or even ten years down the road with all the advances in technology that affect all aspects of our lives?

Below is a video that highlights the changing world around us this year that we would like to share with you.

At German Orthodontics, we are up to the challenge and work hard to maintain our highest standards for quality orthodontic treatment and delivery of service to our patients!

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unnamed (2)For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Sound familiar? Envision Newton’s third law of motion as a tug-of-war. One group may be bigger and stronger, but the instant the force strikes that rope that pulls one group over the line, there is an equal and opposite force acting on the winning group. This is all fun and laughs at a family reunion, but this law of motion can irritate orthodontic treatment.

For example, in the case of a patient’s overbite, we can commonly remove some teeth and shift the front teeth into that new available space. If the force needed to migrate the front teeth back is applied to the back teeth alone, those back teeth will also move forward, which is where Newton’s law is evident. Of course, we want to avoid that scenario. Headgear has been used in the past to anchor the back teeth in place, but full-time headgear wear is undesirable these days for many reasons.

The FDA approved in 2005 the use of Temporary Anchorage Devices (TAD’s) in the United States. German and Asian orthodontists had been using these for close to ten years. Orthodontists and other dental experts were perusing professional journals full of case studies and articles outlining the success of TADs, and the idea was gaining momentum in the U.S. Only one manufacturer offered a TAD at the annual product show in 2005, but in only one year, that number had grown to 19 suppliers. The TAD took the U.S. market by storm, being implemented very quickly into modern orthodontic practice.

TADs are also known as mini-screws, min-implants, and micro-implants. They are small, approximately 6-10 millimeters long, and look like an earring resting on the gums when in place. They are composed of biologically inert materials that have no effect on the body. They are non-corrosive, and will not be rejected. They are specially designed to be compatible with bone, as well as soft tissue.

Placement of the TAD is very easy, and typically a topical and small dose of anesthetic is placed on the soft tissue. The bone feels not pain, so once the soft tissue is numbed, the procedure is completely painless and insertion takes less than a minute.

The TAD provides a secured object used to push, pull, lift, or intrude teeth that need to be straightened. TAD care is low maintenance, including routine brushing and sometimes a chlorhexidine mouthwash is prescribed. Very few complications are reported if gums are kept healthy.

TAD removal is easier than implementation. Since there is already a breach of the soft tissue and no pain associated with simply unscrewing it, it is a very simple procedure. A topical may be applied beforehand if there is any swelling or soreness.

Since TADs are immobile, they can be used to move teeth in directions and to certain degrees previously unattainable. They may not completely avoid a prognosis for jaw surgery or extractions for all patients, but in many cases they can diminish treatment significantly.