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SkylandSmiles by Dr. Joseph H. Lohner becomes Skylands Orthodontics!

February 3rd, 2021

SkylandSmiles by Dr. Joseph H. Lohner becomes Skylands Orthodontics!

We're thrilled to reveal our new logo and name now that Dr. Krystian Jarosz has taken over the practice.

A Message From Dr. Joseph Lohner: Welcome to Dr. Krystian Jarosz

January 21st, 2021

To everything there is a season…

It is with mixed emotions that I share with you my retirement from SkylandSmiles Orthodontics. Know that this decision, one of the hardest of my professional life, was not taken lightly.  It came with much thought and soul-searching.  However, I’m looking forward to this next chapter, which will allow me to spend more time with family and to focus on endeavors close to my heart.

I was able to make this decision because I will be leaving my patients in the eminently qualified hands of Dr. Krystian Jarosz.  Dr. Krystian is an incredibly talented patient-focused orthodontist.  In fact, in 2016 he was selected as the #1 orthodontic postgraduate resident in America by the prestigious Journal of Clinical Orthodontics, the same journal in which my thesis was published.  We are both graduates of Rutgers (formerly University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ) orthodontic postgraduate program.  We have both been recognized by NJ Monthly Magazine as “Top Docs” over the years and we are both Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics.  Dr. Krystian stays on the forefront, always looking at new techniques and technology to enhance the overall patient experience. Importantly, his work ethic and philosophy align perfectly with mine.  Above all, we agree that kindness and respect are the cornerstones of patient care.

Dr. Krystian was born in Poland and immigrated with his family to the United States as an adolescent.  He and his wife Maria have a daughter and a son, Hanna and Henryk.  During his free time Dr. Krystian enjoys spending time with his family and friends as well as playing tennis and soccer, and fishing.

Dr. Krystian and I will be working closely together to ensure a seamless transition of every patient’s treatment plan.  I will be available for your questions and will serve as a resource both to you and to him.

Practicing orthodontics in Sussex County has been beyond rewarding.  I have been lucky to build such wonderful relationships with my patients and their families in over 30 years of practice and know those friendships will remain long into the future.  Every day has offered a new opportunity to create beautiful and healthy smiles and build confidence.  Dr. Krystian feels the same way, so I leave knowing that the practice will continue in great hands.

Warmly and with a smile,

Dr. Joseph H. Lohner


¿Se acerca el séptimo cumpleaños? ¡Es hora de una visita al ortodoncista!

November 2nd, 2020

¿Se acerca el séptimo cumpleaños? ¡Es hora de una visita al ortodoncista!

Muchos padres asocian los tratamientos ortodónticos con los años de la adolescencia, pero usted se sorprenderá al saber que el mejor momento para que su pequeño tenga su primera visita con el ortodoncista es alrededor de su séptimo cumpleaños. Lo sabemos, lo sabemos: todavía están corriendo por los parques y definitivamente no exhiben ningún comportamiento de pre-adolescente (¡Al menos deseamos que sea así por su bien!!). Dicho esto, la Asociación Americana de Ortodoncia recomienda que los niños sean vistos por un ortodoncista por primera vez a los siete años y en SkylandSmiles de Dr. Joseph Lohner, estamos absolutamente de acuerdo.

¿Por qué a los siete años?

A los 7 años, la boca de su hijo ha madurado lo suficiente como para que un ortodoncista  capacitado pueda detectar problemas actuales y futuros. A esta edad, podemos hacer correcciones que ayudarán a guiar sus maxilas y dientes a una posición más adecuada para lograr una mejor sonrisa en el futuro. 

Son muchos los beneficios de comenzar un tratamiento de ortodoncia en la niñez; estos incluyen un tiempo de tratamiento más corto, menos dientes permanentes impactados y una menor posibilidad de necesitar extraer dientes. Eso es porque con la ortodoncia temprana podemos:

  • Guiar los dientes temprano a las posiciones deseadas
  • Guiar el crecimiento de las maxilas
  • Minimizar el apiñamiento / creando espacio para los dientes que están erupcionando
  • Corregir los resultados de los hábitos orales como chuparse el pulgar y el dedo

En SkylandSmiles, pensamos en ortodoncia temprana como una solución que se realiza en dos fases. 

  • La primera fase trabaja con su hijo pequeño creando espacio para sus dientes permanentes
  • La segunda fase comienza una vez que los dientes permanentes están presentes 

Si me recomiendan la ortodoncia temprana para mi hijo, ¿significa eso que no necesitará tratamiento ortodóntico cuando sea adolescente?

El tratamiento temprano (fase 1) puede iniciar la corrección de problemas significativos, prevenir el desarrollo de problemas adicionales y simplificar el tratamiento futuro, pero a menudo, aún es necesario un tratamiento adicional. Dicho esto, los niños que se han sometido a un tratamiento de ortodoncia temprana generalmente usan aparatos ortodónticos o alineadores transparentes durante un período de tiempo más corto en la adolescencia que aquellos que no se han sometido a una intervención temprana. Esto les facilita la vida a ellos y a usted, ya que sus horarios se vuelven cada vez más ocupados.

Si le traigo a mi hijo a los 7 años, ¿definitivamente se le va a recomendar una ortodoncia temprana?

¡No! Cada niño es diferente y personalizamos los planes de tratamiento para cada individuo. El tratamiento temprano no necesariamente beneficia a todos los niños. Ciertos tipos de problemas de ortodoncia pueden corregirse más fácil y eficientemente en la adolescencia cuando han salido todos los dientes permanentes. Algunos problemas de ortodoncia esquelética no deben abordarse hasta que el crecimiento esté más avanzado o completo. El Dr. Joseph Lohner desarrolla un plan de tratamiento personalizado basado en las necesidades individuales de cada niño.

Para crear un plan de tratamiento personalizado para su hijo, ¡necesitamos verlo!

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Seventh Birthday Approaching? Time For a Visit to the Orthodontist!

November 2nd, 2020

Seventh Birthday Approaching? Time For a Visit to the Orthodontist!

Many parents associate braces and orthodontics with their teen years but you may be surprised to learn that the best time for your little one to have their first orthodontic visit is around their 7th birthday. We know, we know - they’re still running around the jungle gym and definitely not exhibiting any tween behavior (at least we hope not for your sake!). That said, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends children be seen by an orthodontist at age seven and we at SkylandSmiles by Dr. Joseph Lohner absolutely agree. 

Why by age seven?

By age 7, your child’s mouth has matured enough for a trained orthodontic eye to spot current and future issues. We can then make corrections that will help guide their jaw and teeth into a healthier place for an easier straight smile later on. 

There are many benefits to starting orthodontic treatment as a child; these include shorter treatment time, fewer impacted permanent teeth and reduced chance of needing to remove teeth. That’s because with early orthodontics we can:

  • Guide teeth into desired positions early 
  • Guide jaw growth
  • Minimize crowding/creating room for erupting teeth
  • Correct the results of oral habits like thumb and finger sucking 

At SkylandSmiles, we think of early orthodontics as a two phase solution. 

  • Phase 1 works with your young child to make space for his or her permanent teeth. 
  • Phase 2 begins once those teeth have arrived. 

If you recommend early orthodontics for my child, does that mean they won’t need braces as a teen? 

Early treatment (phase 1) can begin the correction of significant problems, prevent additional problems from developing, and simplify future treatment, but oftentimes, additional treatment is still necessary. That said, children who have undergone early orthodontic treatment typically wear braces or clear aligners for a shorter period of time in the teen years than those who have not undergone early intervention. This makes life easier for both them, and you, as both of your schedules get busier and busier.

If I bring my child to you at age 7 are you definitely going to recommend early orthodontics? 

Nope! Every child is different and we customize every treatment plan to the individual. Early treatment does not necessarily benefit all children. Certain types of orthodontic problems can be more easily and efficiently corrected in the teen years when all permanent teeth have come in; some skeletal orthodontic problems should not be addressed until growth is more advanced or complete. Dr. Joseph Lohner develops a customized treatment plan based on each individual child’s needs.

In order to create a custom treatment plan for your child, we need to see you! 

Call us today to schedule a free consultation - we can start virtually (just click the button on the side of your screen) or in person - your choice!  We can’t wait to meet you and your child!

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