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Read This Before Ordering Orthodontic Treatment Online

July 17th, 2019


These days you can do almost anything with the click of a button. Order school supplies. Get a ride across town. Watch your favorite movie.  Order food delivery. It seems like every day there’s a newer and easier way to do almost everything. We’ve been programmed to accept that anything can be ordered online and delivered right to your front door. However, at Dr. Joseph Lohner’s Skyland Smiles Orthodontics, there is one thing that we believe has no easy replacement: orthodontic treatment. There is no match for a trained, experienced professional when it comes to your dental health. 

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) agrees. They recently issued a Consumer Alert listing key questions to ask about direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies. You can download a print-friendly version here.

The issue is that many direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies do not involve the in-person evaluation and/or in-person supervision of your treatment we provide at Dr. Lohner’s Skyland Smiles Orthodontics. This type of supervision is important because there is more to creating a healthy, beautiful smile than moving the visible portions of your teeth. If not done correctly any dental work can lead to potentially irreversible and expensive damage such as tooth and gum loss, changes to your facial profile, and other issues.  

An orthodontist like Dr. Joseph Lohner has many tools in his arsenal to help create your beautiful smile - Invisalign is just one of them. It’s important to have a fully qualified and certified orthodontist involved when making any changes to your teeth.

The Top 8 Questions To Ask

The AAO advises that when researching orthodontic treatment (including treatment models from direct-to-consumer companies like SmileDirectClub, Candid Co., Smilelove, SnapCorrect, Orthly, etc), you should consider many key questions, some of which include:

  1. As part of your treatment, are comprehensive diagnostic records like x-rays taken before your treatment?
  2. As part of your treatment fee, do you receive any in-person visits to a dentist’s or orthodontist’s office during your treatment?
  3. Is only one treatment type offered (such as invisible aligners or a certain appliance)?
  4. What are the possible risks (financial, health, etc.) associated with your orthodontic treatment?
  5. Who is responsible for detecting any issues that may occur during your orthodontic treatment? Is it you? If it is a doctor not associated with your treatment, who pays for those check-ups?
  6. If an emergency arises, does the company have a dentist or orthodontist in your area that you can see in-person? If not, who would cover the costs associated with seeing a dentist or orthodontist in your area?
  7. If you have a dispute involving your orthodontic treatment, how is it handled?
  8. Does the treatment model comply with the dental laws in your state? To check your state’s dental laws, click https://www.aaoinfo.org/state-laws-and-regulations. Information for your state dental board can be found at https://www.aaoinfo.org/aao/state-dental-board-info.

Where You Receive Your Health Care Is A Very Important Personal Decision

Remember that orthodontic treatment is not a product or device – it is a professional, medical service. Dr. Joseph Lohner earned his dental degree at the University of Maryland and completed his orthodontic residency at Rutgers University. He has 30 years of experience providing high quality orthodontic treatment to his patients which means he has been helping people achieve their perfect smile for a long time now!

Before making any decision about orthodontic treatment, consider doing some research and having an in-person consultation with Dr. Lohner at Skyland Smiles Orthodontics. Our friendly team is waiting to answer any of your questions and start you or your child on a path to a gorgeous smile!

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How To Know If Your Child Needs Orthodontics

March 22nd, 2019

There isn’t a specific age at which children should start undergoing orthodontic treatment. However at around seven years old, your child will have grown out enough permanent teeth and the jaw is developed enough to tell if there are any current issues... or any on the horizon.

There are many benefits to getting orthodontic treatment as a child, including shorter treatment time, fewer impacted permanent teeth and reduced chance of needing to remove teeth because we:

  • Guide teeth into desired positions early
  • Minimize crowding/creating room for erupting teeth
  • Guide jaw growth to achieve a more balanced facial profile and lip drape which is best treated while growth is occurring
  • Correct the results of oral habits like thumb and finger sucking

Are there any signs I should look for?

Yes, definitely! Here are some of the signs to keep in mind:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting into food
  • Grinding and/or clenching of teeth
  • Mouth breathing
  •  Speech difficulties
  • Thumb or other finger sucking habit
  • Crowding, misplacement, or blocking of teeth
  • Jaw shifts or jaw noises like popping
  • Protruding teeth
  • Biting the inside of his or her cheek
  • Teeth meet abnormally or do not meet at all
  • Jaw and teeth do not appear to be proportionate to the face

Keep in mind that these signs do not guarantee that your child needs treatment, but they may indicate that an orthodontic evaluation may be a good idea.

Do some of these signs look familiar to you?

Have no fear, your child will be in good hands With Dr. Joseph Lohner! He is no stranger to the latest technology so you can be sure that he is up to date on the newest trends in orthodontics.

Think your child may need an orthodontic evaluation?

Give us a call and make an appointment for a consultation. We can be reached at (973) 729 9923 or (973) 764 2266. At Joseph Lohner Orthodontics, early treatment can help give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for more self esteem as they go through their teenage years and through adulthood.

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How Orthodontic Patients Can Avoid a Sticky Situation this Halloween

October 12th, 2018

Five orthodontic-friendly recommendations from Dr. Lohner

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!

Here are five timely tips to help protect braces, aligners and other orthodontic “appliances” while protecting teeth from decay.

  1. 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).
  2. Choose “spooktacularly” soft foods. Opt for soft chocolates, peppermint patties, peanut butter cups or other melt-in-your-mouth varieties.
  3. 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.
  4. Set yourself up for success. Keep acceptable treats on hand to substitute for “off limits” candies for trick-or-treating.
  5. 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 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!

Besides straight teeth, what are the benefits of braces?

July 25th, 2018

Everyone wants a naturally aligned and beautiful smile, and it is no secret that orthodontic braces and aligners can help deliver one.  However, there are greater benefits to wearing braces than just having straight teeth.  You’ll gain many oral health benefits in addition to the cosmetic ones.

Crooked or crowded teeth may overlap each other and create tight spaces. This may make it very difficult to brush and floss effectively, allowing bacteria and plaque to build up, eventually leading to tooth decay and gum disease.  With orthodontic treatment, your teeth will become properly aligned and spaced, allowing for more effective brushing.

Your teeth play an essential role in speech.  When they are out of line or lean too far forward or backward, it can affect your speaking patterns and possibly cause embarrassment and frustration. Braces can readjust the positioning of the teeth to allow for clearer, more professional speech.

Bone and gum tissue begin to erode when there are no teeth to support.  This is also true for poorly aligned teeth that leave gaps and spaces or place too much pressure on the jawbone due to a bad bite. With proper alignment, the bones and tissues are less likely to erode and can continue to support the teeth.

Your teeth play an important role in digestion.  Before food ever enters your stomach, it has been partially digested by the teeth.  If teeth are severely out of line, however, they may not play their role in breaking down food as effectively as they should. With braces, your teeth will be straightened into optimal alignment for eating and chewing.

Call us at 973-764-2266 or 973-729-9923 to schedule your free consultation and get started on a beautiful and healthy smile today!

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