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How to Protect Your Child's Teeth While Playing Sports

September 14th, 2018

A new school year has begun, and with that, sports season is just around the corner. As the buzz of club try- outs, evaluations, selecting teams and practice/games schedules begins, it is important to not forget about safety!

Proper Equipment
When participating in sports, safety equipment should be at the top of the list when it comes to an athlete’s uniform. Helmets are typically required when playing sports such as football, baseball, softball, etc. But are mouth guards a part of the standard equipment? The American Association of Orthodontist found that 84% of children playing an organized sport do not wear a mouth guard because they are not required to do so. This is very concerning because athletes who do not wear a mouth guard are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth. If your child is playing in any of the following sports, it is recommended by the American Dental Association that they wear a mouth guard: football, basketball, lacrosse, gymnastics, martial arts, roller hockey, skateboarding, soccer, volleyball and even surfing! We will take it a step further and say that players involved in baseball and softball should wear a mouth guard, as well. Any time there is a chance for contact to the face by the ground, another player or a ball, a mouth guard should be worn.

Injuries
While wearing a mouth guard is not a sure proof way of preventing all dental injuries, it certainly helps reduce the potential severity of the injury. Approximately, 50% of sports injuries are directly to the mouth and many require professional treatment to minimize long term complications.

  • Tooth fracture/Tooth loss
    One of the most common dental injuries that occurs in sports. When a tooth cracks or is knocked out due to impact with the ground or a hard ball, it is imperative to seek medical treatment in order to try and preserve the tooth. Wearing a mouth guard will significantly lower the chances of cracking a tooth or having one knocked out completely. Treating these injuries can be very costly for the parent and uncomfortable for the child.
  • Splitting of the Lip/Tongue
    This occurs quite frequently when a player does not wear a mouth guard. They take a stumble, make hard contact with another player or have a ball hit them directly in the mouth, causing one or more of their teeth to puncture their tongue or lip. Again, a mouth guard can significantly reduce the risk of this injury.

Types of Mouth Guards

  • Ready Made/Boil and Bite
    These are the most common mouth guards because they are the least expensive. While they do not offer the same protection as a mouth guard that is made by a dentist or orthodontist, it is still better than wearing nothing.
  • Custom Made Mouth Guards
    These mouth guards are more expensive than the OTC mouth guards, but they offer the best protection. They are customized by a doctor or professional technician to ensure a proper fit and are the best option for players with braces or dental implants.

Proper Handling of the Mouth Guard

It is crucial to explain to your child the proper positioning of the mouth guard. We understand it is very common for players to complain that a mouth guard is uncomfortable or bulky and not want to wear it. To ensure the effectiveness of the mouth guard, the player needs to leave the mouth guard in place while in action and not chew on it. The mouth guard cannot do its job if is being treated like a piece of gum.

Once the game or practice is over, the mouth guard should be washed with a non alcohol mouth wash or brushed with toothpaste and a toothbrush. Gently dry the mouth guard and store in a dry case. Never leave the mouth guard loose in a gym bag or store damp, as it can collect loads of bacteria and germs.

Ultimately, it is impossible to guarantee an injury free sports season but there are steps that can be taken to lessen the chances. It is our sincere hope that parents and coaches will do everything in their power to provide proper safety equipment for all sporting participants. Please let us know if we can help in any way!

We wish everyone a safe and fun sports season! Remember, protect those teeth!

Does Your Child Have Difficulty Concentrating?

August 10th, 2018

If so, it may not be a lack of interest of boredom but something important YOU as a parent can help with.

Here are some crucial facts about SCHOOL AGE SCREENING FOR SLEEP PROBLEMS IN YOUTH.

 

 

Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) problem causes:

  • Obstructive: Large adenoids / tonsils or tongue displaced back into an airway.
  • Environmental: Allergies or chronic sinusitis.
  • Genetic: Mismatched, narrow jaws.
  • Anatomic/structural: Misaligned jaws or airway dysplasia.

Here are important symptoms to watch for with your child:

  • Mouth breathing, loud snoring, tossing and turning, gasping and choking during sleep.
  • Attention difficulties, unpredictable behavior, mood disorders at school, even depression can be caused by a lack of restful sleep.
  • Bed-wetting, sleep-walking, diminished growth, hormonal problems, metabolic problems and narrow dental arch problems are common.

Obstructive sleep apnea increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Insufficient sleep in the youngster’s formative years is associated with metabolic, cognitive and emotional behavioral effects. Pediatric sleep-disordered breathing is a growing area of interest and kids can fall through the diagnostic cracks when this is not recognized and managed.

25% of ADHD problems are children deprived of restful sleep and thus behavioral problems.

Sleep-disordered breathing in the first five years of life is associated with 40 – 60% greater chance of special educational needs by age 8.

PARENTAL AWARENESS

The American Association of Pediatrics “Practice Parameters” recently stated that all children should be screened for snoring because of the 70% overlap of snoring and sleep apnea. The numbers are staggering.

Sleep-disordered breathing is under diagnosed, and often clinicians take a wait and see approach. Invasive interventions are needed to correct the problem later. Your child suffers lessened quality of life, behavioral and/or learning challenges unless helped to restore normal breathing and sleep.

A simple questionnaire and selective 3-D images of a child’s airway helps identify restrictions. Facial orthopedics can help to open the airway, with teamwork by medical and dental sleep specialists for related treatments to optimize the airway and sleep quality.
Patients may benefit from a home sleep study, or see an Ear/Nose/Throat (ENT) doctor if tonsils or adenoids need to be removed. Simple allergy medications may work for some. A common approach may be simple upper jaw orthopedic expansion to correct a narrow jaw, or lower jaw lengthening with widening of the dental arches. Within weeks / months the child typically rests better and awakens normally.

Studies show a strong association between pediatric sleep disorders and childhood obesity. Weight management, oral appliances, or positive airway pressure therapy are very effective treatments.

Bruxism (teeth grinding) occurs during restless sleep and causes primary teeth to become worn – a direct connection with sleep-disordered breathing. Also, sleep-deprived kids may have a lisp caused by inadequate tongue space and poor teeth alignment, chronic dark circles under the eyes, difficulty waking up in the morning, irritability, fidgety behavior, mouth breathing and recurrent episodes of nasal congestion.

DO THE RIGHT THING TO HELP EACH CHILD

Clinicians and parents can do harm by doing nothing. The key factors are recognizing and preventing airway problems and breathing conditions when your child is young.

Everyone feels, performs and behaves our best when well rested.

Contact Jupiter Orthodontics for simple screening and proper guidelines for your child.

Dr. Roy King, Board Certified Facial Orthopedics/Orthodontics, Jupiter Orthodontics
www.Jupiter-Orthodontics.com

How to Attain Straight Teeth ASAP

July 13th, 2018

Once you have decided to seek orthodontic treatment and the braces have been applied, your next question is probably “how soon can the braces come off?” We understand that a straight, beautiful smile is the number one goal but the second goal is achieving that smile quickly. In this post, we have listed a few suggestions to help you work with your orthodontist to achieve fantastic results as quickly as possible.

Follow the Orthodontist’s Instructions
Dr. King carefully charts out every patient’s treatment plan/timeline. At each appointment, he will give instructions on how to continue to move the teeth into perfect formation. It is important to make and keep your appointments in order for your progress to be closely monitored. Trust the expert, not following the instructions given can lead to a major setback in creating the smile of your dreams!

Eating Healthy and Safe Foods
Following a diet that is low in excessive sugar will help prevent plaque buildup in the mouth. If excessive tooth decay or gum disease occurs during orthodontic treatment, the braces may have to be removed in order to address the problem properly. Furthermore, make sure that you avoid foods that could damage the brackets or wires. Crunchy, sticky or hard foods/candy can knock wires loose or break brackets. When this happens, it is not only uncomfortable, but the braces are unable to work properly. Still, accidents happen and if you experience a loose wire or bracket, call the office and we will fix it for you.

Wear Your Rubber Bands
Wearing rubber bands helps to accomplish tooth movement and not wearing them can cause a need for additional months in braces. We understand that it is annoying to take them in and out when you eat, but being consistent with your rubber bands will keep your progress on track. A small inconvenience for a beautiful end result…

Protecting Your Braces
If you or your child plays sports, wearing a mouth guard will help prevent braces from being damaged. It can also lessen the likelihood of injury to you or your child. Another potential hazard for your braces is mindlessly chewing on pencils, pens or any other non-food item. It is important to be aware of what is put into the mouth. Believe it or not, aggressive brushing can also damage braces and the wires. Be sure to clean the teeth properly. Any member of Dr. King’s team would be happy to show you proper brushing technique, if you need a reminder.

Be Patient
Lastly, be patient with the process. A beautiful smile is not attained overnight. It takes time and precision. As treatment nears the end, it is very common for patients to want to quit or to become frustrated. Dr. King has almost 40 years of experience and has every patient’s best interest as his top priority. If at any point, you have questions or want further explanation, feel free to ask. Orthodontic treatment is a partnership between the orthodontist and patient. Both parties have a role to play in order to achieve the best possible results.

Considering Direct-To-Consumer Orthodontics??

June 15th, 2018

There are several direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies on the market right now and they love to make their treatment sound convenient, cheap and effective.  What people may not realize is that they are often times treated as consumers and not patients.  For example, in some instances direct-to-consumer companies do not involve an in-person evaluation and/or in-person supervision.  Being seen in an office by an actual licensed orthodontist is imperative because there is more to creating a beautiful and healthy smile than just shifting some teeth.  Orthodontic treatment, if not done correctly could lead to irreversible tooth and gum loss, bite changes and other expensive damage.  Ask yourself this question:  What other transforming medical procedure would you undergo without being evaluated and supervised before, during and after IN PERSON by a doctor?  You want to be treated as a patient not a consumer.

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) believes you should do your due diligence when selecting an orthodontist and/or method of orthodontics.  Below are several questions for you to ask while you are researching direct-to-consumer orthodontic treatment.

  1. As part of your orthodontic treatment fee, do you receive any in-person visits to a licensed orthodontist’s office during your treatment?
    • If YES:
      • How many?
      • What occurs during these visits?
      • What credentials does the doctor have?
      • What do other patients have to say about the treatment they received?
    • If NO:
      • Are you comfortable receiving orthodontic treatment without any in-person visits from a licensed orthodontist?

 

  1. As part of your treatment, are comprehensive diagnostic records like x-rays taken before your treatment?

 

  1. If an emergency arises, does the company have an orthodontist in your area that you can see in-person?

 

  1. How do you know if your gums and teeth are healthy enough to start orthodontic treatment? Who makes that decision?

 

  1. Is only one treatment type offered (such as invisible aligners or a certain appliance)?
    • YES- how will you determine that it is the best treatment option for you?
    • NO- who will help you determine what the best course of treatment is?

 

  1. Who can you speak with at the online orthodontic company about your treatment, financial aspects, dental health and the potential risks involved with your treatment?

 

  1. Who is responsible for monitoring and evaluating your course of treatment? Is it you?

 

  1. Does the treatment model comply with the dental laws in your state?

 

We hope that you have found this information helpful.  Please keep in mind that orthodontic treatment is not a product you are purchasing but a medical service that is best handled by a medical professional.  If you seek treatment from an orthodontist who is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, you can rest assured that they have spent many years in a post-doctoral residency program.  To find an AAO orthodontist near you, click here: https://www.aaoinfo.org/

WONDERING IF YOU NEED TO SEE YOUR DENTIST?

December 20th, 2016

So, you just got your braces on and you’re wondering if you need to visit your general dentist since you’re seeing Dr. King every other month. Patients often ask if they need to see their dentist while in orthodontic treatment.  The answer is an emphatic yes.

There are a few crucial reasons why you should keep up with your regular dental visits while coming in for your orthodontic adjustments at Jupiter Orthodontics.

There are a few crucial reasons why you should keep up with your regular dental visits while coming in for your regular adjustments at Jupiter Orthodontics.

  • There is no room for tarter and plaque in your mouth while you undergo orthodontic treatment so it is important to visit your dentist regularly.
  • Having braces provides additional nooks and crannies where food particles and bacteria can hide. Eventually, plaque and tartar can form around your brackets, bands or other appliances which can lead to cavities. Having your teeth professionally cleaned can help ensure most, if not all, plaque and tartar is removed. Even if you are undergoing clear aligner treatment, dental checkups and cleanings are equally as important.
  • The next reason to visit a dentist is to help protect your teeth from decalcification, or the loss of calcium in your teeth.  A potentially serious condition in which white spots on your tooth surfaces, decalcification is irreversible and if left untreated, can lead to cavities.  Decalcification is preventable; patients who cut down on sugary sweets and acidic foods, practice good oral hygiene, and visit their dentist regularly can help prevent decalcification.
  • The final reason we recommend visiting your dentist while you have braces is this: cavities can prolong your treatment. If you are interested in completing your orthodontic treatment on time and without delay (and we know you are) you should visit your dentist every six months which will go a long way toward making that a realistic goal. Your dentist can provide fluoride treatments or other treatments that strengthen your teeth and protect them from cavities.

Dr. King encourages you to visit your dentist which will help ensure your teeth look their best once your braces come off.   Straight teeth are beautiful but healthy teeth are an absolute necessity.

LET'S GET THIS STRAIGHT

September 28th, 2016

You and your braces have to have a good relationship while you're spending time together.  As is the case with all good friends it’s important to get that relationship off to a good start.  If you want to avoid the rocky times there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind.

The first thing in the order of importance is properly caring for your teeth and braces.  FLOSS!  It’s a must.  Yes, we agree it’s a bit more difficult, in fact a pain to floss around your braces but it’s the best prevention.  You want to prevent gum disease and oral health problems and flossing is the place to start.  A few minutes each day will stave off significant dental health issues when the braces come off.

Second, you’ll want to avoid foods and treats that are not brace friendly.   While it may seem impossible to forgo caramel, gum, pretzels and all the other favorite items in your snacking repertoire we assure you it is not! A clash between hard candy and a bracket or wire will be won by the candy and might result in an additional trip to the orthodontist office.  While Dr. King is fun to see, the extra trip should be avoided for the sake of your braces.  Avoid those food/snack items altogether.

Thirdly, you may need to adjust your eating habits.   You’ll want to chew with your back teeth and avoid taking large bites with your front teeth.  Taking large bites can leave your braces vulnerable to damage.  It is best to cut larger items into smaller pieces and chew with your back teeth.  While corn on the cob has small kernels this is one food item you’ll want to keep for a post brace treat!  Cut it off the cob to enjoy it while you are wearing braces.

Fourth, it’s important to remember to wear your rubber bands.  Rubber bands and all other orthodontic appliances may seem trial some at first but failing to work diligently with them can increase the length of your treatment time by months.   You don't want to do that no matter how much you enjoy seeing everyone at Jupiter Orthodontics!

If you have any questions feel free to review information on www.Jupiter-Orthodontics.com or call us at 561-747-5766 and we'll be happy to answer them for you.  Dr. King's patients are the best part of our day!

COMMON QUESTIONS; SIMPLE ANSWERS

July 6th, 2016

Orthodontics may seem complicated to you but rest assured that when you are here at Jupiter Orthodontics with Dr. King, you are in the right place.  It is important that you feel at ease throughout the orthodontic process.  When you visit Jupiter-Orthodontics.com you will find a plethora of information and likely many answers to your own questions.   Here are just a few questions most people ask.

1.  WHAT IS THE BEST AGE FOR MY CHILD TO BE EVALUATED?

While each individual has differing needs it is best to have a child evaluated by the age of seven or eight when misalignment or crowding becomes evident.   Your dentist will likely be the first to identify the need for orthodontics and refer you to a qualified orthodontist.

Treatment which begins at the early stages of emerging issues will likely result in shorter treatment time and often be less expensive, making it a wise decision.   Dr. King offers an observation program to monitor your child’s progress adding no additional expense if they are not ready to begin treatment immediately.  Feel free to call Dr. King’s office and ask for more information. 561-747-5766

2.  HOW DO I KNOW WHICH BRACES ARE RIGHT FOR ME OR MY CHILD?

Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about it.  Dr. King knows precisely what will be the best treatment for you as an adult or your child.   Dr. King works with the Damon System which is state of the art.  This system utilizes tie-less brackets thus reducing the amount of pressure placed on each tooth and requiring fewer adjustments.

No matter what your individual needs are Dr. King will be able to diagnose exactly what will be the best treatment for you whether it is traditional braces, ceramic braces or Invisalign.

3.  IS ORTHODONTICS JUST FOR ESTHETICS?

Absolutely not.   While some may have minor alignment issues and just want the smile they have always dreamed of, misalignment of teeth can also lead to more serious problems.   Crowding can affect your overall oral hygiene and your health because you may not be able to brush and floss places which harbor bacteria and can cause infection.

4.  CAN I HAVE MY DENTIST PLACE BRACES OR INVISALIGN?

While many dental offices may offer orthodontic treatment and it may seem convenient for you but it is not one stop shopping.   A dentist may receive a few days training while an orthodontist receives two years of orthodontic training for a total of eleven years.  Additionally, an orthodontist spends a lifetime of continuing education keeping abreast of current concepts and technology.   After completing dental training Dr. King went on to specialize in the art of orthodontics.  As you can see, this is training dentists do not have.

For complete accuracy and pristine results the wisest choice is to come to see Dr. King at Jupiter Orthodontics for cutting edge orthodontic technology.  You’ll be happy you did when you see the amazing results!   Your appointment is ready, we just need for you to call and give us your name!

January 19th, 2016

Dr. King is proud to serve Jupiter, Tequesta, Palm Beach Gardens and the surrounding community by providing top-notch orthodontic treatment.

What exactly does orthodontics do for adults and especially kids? In actuality, orthodontic treatment provides positive lifelong effects that go beyond having a better smile.  You’ll love having increased self-confidence at work, more assurance at school and a more socialized life.  It is kind of hard to summarize all that you will take away from such treatment in just one blog post!

As we age it is a little harder to move stubborn adult teeth so it is wise to make sure children’s treatment occurs during the best possible window of opportunity.  Wondering how you’ll know when the time is right?  We are certain that you will take steps to find out what their oral health needs will be as they continue to grow and we will give you some direction toward that end.

You Can’t Really Self-Diagnose This One

Knowing concerned parents as I do, I am sure you will have some thoughts on the matter of getting braces for your children. In some cases, the problems are hard to miss such as irregular loss of baby teeth, popping jaws and overcrowded teeth. An additional predictor is if your child is experiencing noticeable problems with bite.

With this said you’ll want Dr. King’s professional direction regarding what your child’s specific needs are and a diagnosis for treatment.  Come in for your complimentary examination and consultation to begin a plan of action for correcting any problems that may exist.

Age Matters

By the age of seven or eight you can begin to address orthodontic issues for your child.   At this point, your child’s jawbones are still soft and easily manipulated. That makes this the perfect time to treat any facial imbalances or development problems in children.

If your child needs braces, there are multiple options for you in terms of treatment. Dr. King will always find the scenario that best suits your needs, expectations, and budget. And speaking of budget, we have some great financing options available.

If you are ready to learn more about the orthodontic options for yourself or your child, be sure to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. King at Jupiter Orthodontics.   561-747-5766

OCTOBER - NATIONAL ORTHODONTIC MONTH

October 5th, 2015

What does the month of October mean to you?  For people in south Florida, October is when we get to wear those sweaters or jackets and scarves we’ve been waiting to wear.  You start watching for those cold fronts to come in and an occasional bon fire out back.  It is a welcomed respite from the hot Florida sun.

October means something a little different to our team at Jupiter Orthodontics because this is National Orthodontic Health Month.

National Orthodontic Health Month is an awareness campaign created cooperatively by orthodontists and other dental health professionals.  During this month, we make a special effort to promote dental health and orthodontic health in particular.  This is a great time to get your orthodontic questions answered by Dr. King and to learn more about exactly what an orthodontist can do for you and your family.   If you’ve never been to an orthodontist before, you might not know what to expect.

Meeting Dr. King and his staff in the relaxed atmosphere here in his office can be especially helpful for any young orthodontic patients in your family.  It is also a great way to find out how comfortable you can be during your appointments.

Healthy teeth and gums are an important part of the orthodontic process.   Dr. King works hand in hand with your dentist to make certain your teeth are in good health.  Visiting your dentist through the orthodontic process is essential to keep your teeth healthy and achieve the outcome you have dreamed about.   We look forward to seeing you and your family this October right here at Jupiter Orthodontics!

SCHOOL IS AROUND THE CORNER AND SO ARE TEAM SPORTS

August 4th, 2015

All kinds of summer activities keep the young and the eh hem, not so young among us busy outdoors.   Dr. King is an avid supporter of JTAA Sports Teams and has sponsored teams from the time he opened his practice.  (Come see his JTAA wall of Fame!)  There are soccer teams, softball, baseball, football, you name it and it’s a pastime for someone!  One question Dr. King is asked regularly is “Can my child safely play sports even though he/she is wearing braces?” The answer is YES; you can wear braces and play sports.  It’s important to remember that this also applies to active adults who like to go mountain biking or join a ‘friendly’ game of football with the guys.

YOUR SMILE IS COUNTING ON YOU

Like anything worth doing, it’s worth doing it right.  You simply have to hold to your orthodontic treatment plan and protect your smile.  There is no need to feel that you’ll be limited in your involvement with sports because you are wearing braces.  In Dr. King’s office you’ll notice a supply board and one of the items you’ll find there is and ORTHODONTIC MOUTH GUARD which is recommended for use during sports to prevent potential injury.  Shockdoctor.com  Using the proper mouth guard you can participate in just about any sport even though you are wearing braces.

A typical mouthguard for someone who is not wearing braces is made of hard plastic and if you were to get hit in the mouth, serious damage could be done.  Likely you will find that the non – orthodontic mouthguard won’t fit as well as an orthodontic mouthguard will.

If the worst should happen and you get hurt while playing sports give Dr. King a call right away and he will be able to tell if you need an emergency appointment.   At your next appointment special attention will be given to anything that may be broken, bent or requires repair or readjustment.  You are in good hands with Dr. King.  If you have any further questions feel free to go to the website and use the “Ask a question” selection or call the office. 561-747-5766

Does Six Month Smiles Really Move Teeth Faster Than Regular Braces?

June 2nd, 2015

  • Dentists offering Six Month Smiles cannot move teeth faster than orthodontists
  • The braces used in Six Month Smiles are the same as those used by orthodontists
  • Treatment time is shorter with Six Month Smiles because typically only the front teeth are moved
  • Six Month Smiles is not less expensive than conventional braces

I have recently had several patients who have asked me about ads they’re hearing on the radio and TV about a “new” orthodontic technique that can straighten teeth in only six months and do it cheaper than regular braces. What is this “new” technology? Can it really move teeth faster? Is it safe? And is it really cheaper than braces from an orthodontist?

There are several “short-term orthodontic” companies that offer primary care dentists two-day courses in straightening teeth and then provide them with the marketing and dental supplies necessary to begin offering braces immediately upon leaving the seminar. Two of the most popular companies are Six Month Smiles and PowerProx Six Month Braces. The demand for these products has been huge because on the surface they offer patients what they want, shorter treatment time for less money. What is this new technology and does it really move teeth faster?

There is nothing new about the braces used in short-term orthodontics. Some doctors use clear or tooth colored braces. Others may offer short-term treatment using good old fashioned silver brackets. The braces used by dentists offering reduced treatment time are exactly the same as those used by orthodontists. There is nothing in the design of these brackets or wires that moves the teeth any faster. The rate at which teeth move is limited by natural processes in the bone and ligaments around the teeth and all doctors play by the same biological rules. While there are some additional procedures (like Propel, AcceleDent, and Wilkodontics) that have been shown to increase the rate of tooth movement, the speed at which the teeth will move during Six Month Smiles or PowerProx treatment is exactly the same as conventional orthodontic treatment no matter which brand of brackets or wires are being used. If the rate of tooth movement is the same, how can they get the same orthodontic result in only six months?

The answer lies in the phrase “same orthodontic result.” Providers of short-term orthodontics will tell you, if they are following the guidelines given at their seminar, that the reason their treatment is shorter is because they are shooting for a different end result. As a specialist, I am trained not only to align the front teeth (the “social six”), but also to correct crowding, protrusion, open bites, deep bites, cross bites, over bites, under bites, impacted teeth, extra teeth, missing teeth, etc. Straightening the teeth in front that people see is generally achievable in the first six months of treatment no matter who provides the treatment. It is the correction of the above-listed bite issues that requires the extra time. The braces are on the teeth a shorter time with short-term orthodontics because the dentist merely aligns the front teeth and then takes the braces off without addressing the other problems. In other words, the treatment isn’t faster, it is just shorter because it is intentionally terminated before treatment is complete. But what if you only want your front teeth straight? Is this treatment approach healthy?

Every smile is different. There are some patients that can be treated in six months or less and the results are just fine. These patients usually start with only mild crowding or spacing. These patients have a bite at the start that is fairly normal. If the problems are mild, then six months is plenty of time… and the fees should reflect the shorter treatment time. If you have crowding, an open bite, a deep bite, an over bite, or bite issues in the back, merely aligning the front teeth in six months may leave you feeling things are worse after treatment than they were before. Crowded teeth will flare forward if merely aligned. Small overbites may become big overbites. Open bites may open further. Problems with the occlusion may actually get worse if the braces change the bite and then the teeth are left in that position. I’ve seen cases where six months of treatment gave a decent result. I’ve also retreated patients who were unhappy with their protrusive teeth and a bite that wasn’t corrected by the “short-term treatment” they received elsewhere. The key is having the training and experience to recognize if a case really is “simple.”

Finally, is short-term orthodontics really cheaper? Patients who have come to me for second opinions have disclosed that their quote for six months of treatment was about 75% of what I quoted them for full treatment. This sounds less expensive at first, but if the treatment I provide takes from 12 to 18 months and fixes everything, paying 75% of my fee to get only the front teeth straightened is actually more expensive. For example, imagine that you get two quotes for painting your home. If one painter quotes you $4000 to paint the entire house and a second offers to paint just the front side that is visible from the street for $3000, which one is actually cheaper? Additionally, if you are not happy with your final result, you’ll have to pay a real orthodontist to put your braces back on and finish the case.

My dad taught me that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Orthodontists are specialists with two to three years additional training beyond dental school in straightening your teeth. Does it make sense that a dentist with only a two-day course can straighten your teeth faster than a specialist? Your smile and bite are a complex system. You only get one set of teeth. Shouldn’t you do your homework and make sure you get the right treatment the first time?

NOTE: The author, Dr. Greg Jorgensen, is a board-certified orthodontist who is in the private practice of orthodontics in Rio Rancho, New Mexico (a suburb on the Westside of Albuquerque). He was trained at BYU, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Iowa in the United States. Dr. Jorgensen’s 25 years of specialty practice and 10,000 finished cases qualify him an expert in two-phase treatment, extraction and non-extraction therapy, functional orthodontics, clear aligners (Invisalign), and multiple bracket systems (including conventional braces, Damon and other self-ligating brackets, Suresmile, and lingual braces). This blog is for informational purposes only and is designed to help consumers understand currently accepted orthodontic concepts. It is not a venue for debating alternative treatment theories. Dr. Jorgensen is licensed to diagnose and treat patients only in the state of New Mexico. He cannot diagnose cases described in comments nor can he select treatment plans for readers. Because he has over 25,000 readers each month, it is impossible for him respond to all questions. Please read all of the comments associated with each article as most of the questions he receives each week have been asked and answered previously. The opinions expressed here are protected by copyright laws and can only be used with written permission from the author.

See more at: http://www.gregjorgensen.com/blog/2015/05/does-six-month-smiles-really-move-teeth-faster-than-regular-braces/#sthash.xNtiMSAc.dpuf

THE DAMON SMILE

February 1st, 2015

The Damon Smile

Damon Smile braces are the most popular and consistently used orthodontic treatment at Jupiter Orthodontics.  With Damon rackets you'll experience more comfortable and hygienic treatment/patients prefer this over all other available braces.  Damon Smile does not have ligatures or modules.   Especially popular is the fact that less office visits are required!

Why Damon is different

The number one reason many patients prefer Damon Smile is because they are available in clear for a IMG_20150112_112849more aesthetically pleasing smile while in treatment. Also, you’ll be happy to know, patients who wear Damon Smile braces will have less discomfort because less force is applied. Particularly notable is that most often there is no need to extract teeth to make room in the patient’s mouth.

Typically oral hygiene can be a problem for many teens wearing braces. However, with the reduction of modules to trap bacteria in, your teeth are able to stay cleaner.

Treatment time

With the advanced Damon technology teeth are straightened faster with less pain and the treatment time is considerable less. That is another reason Dr. King prefers Damon over other types of treatment. Treatment time will of course vary from patient to patient depending on what your individual needs are, so you need to make an appointment with Dr. King to evaluate what will benefit you the most.

Overall Success

Patients are very happy with Damon Smile. With less irritation, less treatment time, as well as better-looking aesthetics, patients love all of the bonuses that come along with this type of treatment. Call our office and set up your complimentary consultation appointment with Dr. King to see how well this popular option will work for you.

MY ORTHODONTIST WANTS TO REMOVE HEALTHY TEETH

January 6th, 2015

One objection some patients have with orthodontic treatment is that they just don’t want to have “healthy teeth” removed. Are there alternatives to removing healthy teeth?

There are several reasons why an orthodontist would prescribe the removal of permanent teeth in a treatment plan. The most common are crowding, overbite, protrusive teeth, and asymmetries. In theory it may be possible to treat all orthodontic problems without removing teeth; however orthodontists must consider the overall picture when making that determination.

Some variables might be:

  1. The length of treatment.
  2. Treatment efficiency.
  3. Condition of the teeth.
  4. Patient compliance.
  5. Cost (keeping the teeth may increase treatment time).

There are situations where the best outcome cannot be achieved with a full set of teeth and extractions are unavoidable. Eliminating severe crowding or dental protrusion in both arches for example, usually require the removal of teeth. When it is unavoidable, healthy teeth that are removed are ‘sacrificed’ (giving up something good to get something better) so that bigger problems can be corrected.

Three examples of giving up healthy teeth to achieve better results include:

  1. Making room to avoid pushing them out of the bone or cause gum recession.
  2. Creating space to move front teeth back so the lips can close more naturally.
  3. Allowing the top teeth to be moved back to correct an overbite preventing the need for surgery.

Yes, a healthy tooth may have to be removed, but the results are usually more desirable overall. As an orthodontist, I truly care about preserving healthy teeth. It is important to identify ALL of the problems that exist, evaluate every available option, and then formulate a plan providing the maximum benefit. Typically, I can provide treatment without removing teeth, which is my personal preference and if I can remove unhealthy teeth instead of healthy ones, I’ll do that for sure. In the end your customized treatment plan based on my years of training and expertise will give you a result that is much healthier than before your treatment began.

Call my office and Ashley or Mollie will schedule your free evaluation which will solidify your decision to have treatment at Jupiter Orthodontics in which you will have complete confidence.

WINNING THE CHALLENGE OF BRUSHING WITH BRACES

December 15th, 2014

It is definitely a challenge to brush well while wearing braces. Dr. King thought you would appreciate some tips that will help you keep your teeth clean so that they will look even more amazing when the braces come off.

  • First, use a soft toothbrush. The most important place to keep clean during orthodontic treatment is above your braces (between the braces and the gums). It is impossible to brush the enamel surface without contacting the gums with the bristles. Hard or medium brushes could damage the gums and should be avoided.
  • Second, start brushing using a wet toothbrush, no toothpaste. Toothpaste does contain ingredients that are important for the health of your teeth, but the foam it creates makes it hard to see what you are doing. After you have done a thorough job brushing, THEN you can add a small amount of toothpaste so that you can take advantage of the fluoride, whiteners, abrasives (yes abrasives!), and breath fresheners that are in the paste.
  • Third, scrubbing does a decent job on the surface of the braces, but that action will not remove plaque and food that are caught under the wires and brackets. Using your wet tooth brush, begin removing debris by using a picking motion. The bristles act like little toothpicks reaching the smallest hiding places in your orthodontic appliances
  • Four, spend at least two FULL minutes brushing your teeth. You should spend at least 30 seconds on each side of your teeth. (Upper right and left/lower right and left) You may think that you already do this, but time yourself and you’ll find that you, (like most people) are brushing an average of only 30 seconds for your entire mouth!
  • Five, the best toothpaste to use is the one the patient likes and encourages them to brush for a full two minutes. Research shows that the most important variables when it comes to good oral hygiene is the TIME SPENT and the technique used and not the brand of toothpaste. Most toothpastes have fluoride which is the most important ingredient.
  • Six, when you are done brushing in the morning, go ahead and rinse your mouth after brushing. Before bed however, spit but DO NOT RINSE. Research shows that teeth receive just as much fluoride by not rinsing as they do when you apply an expensive fluoride supplement.
  • Seven, I am a big fan of any technology that encourages my patients to spend more time brushing.  Electric toothbrushes do a good job supplementing the manual movements of the toothbrush bristles over the teeth. Some brushes that vibrate have been shown to clean a little better than those that rotate. Again, I endorse any brush that makes my patients brush longer than they would otherwisetest.

DO BRACES CAUSE WHITE SPOTS ON TEETH?

November 4th, 2014

Having braces removed is such an exciting event for all my patients and I am happy to say that White spot lesionsrarely do any of my patients have white spots after the braces come off.

The white spot lesions (demineralization/calcification) are caused by dental plaque, which is the same thing that causes cavities.  The white, chalky marks form on the teeth when acids from the plaque remove  minerals  from  the  tooth  which  causes  it  to reflect light differently.   Typically  these  spots  will  be seen between the gums and brackets  where  it  is  more  difficult  to  brush  when  wearing braces.  The good news is that braces DO NOT cause these spots on the teeth;  however  they  do  make  it  more difficult  to remove the plaque which is the real problem.

Yes, there are ways to prevent these white lesions. Plaque removal is the ONLY sure way to prevent them. You’ll find that starting with your first visit to my office the importance of removing plaque is stressed and you will be encouraged to give careful attention to your oral hygiene. There are expensive products that can be used but nothing can replace good oral hygiene when it comes to preventing white spot lesions.

If you do have white spots on your teeth after braces, the first step to take is to be diligent with keeping your teeth clean and allow the normal oral fluids to bathe your teeth for six months. Experts advise AGAINST applying extra fluoride during this healing period as it may seal the surface of the lesion and prevent re-mineralization below the surface. After six months, low concentration over-the-counter fluoride rinses and remineralization pastes (like Recaldent and MI Paste) can then be applied.
When it is all said and done, white spot lesions are caused by plaque. Coating your teeth with extra fluoride or sealing your teeth with the newest products may help some, but the best solution happens with your toothbrush, toothpaste and a little water! The daily, regular removal of plaque will keep dental plaque off of your teeth and white spot lesions will never ruin your deband celebration!
Feel free to call the office or go to Jupiter-Orthodontics.com and use the “ASK A QUESTION” button on the home page.

Invisalign® Smiles Are Here!

September 3rd, 2014

Adult patients seeking orthodontic treatment usually fall into one of two categories; those who did not undergo BLACK MALE  GREAT FACEorthodontic treatment as a child or those who had braces at one point but stopped wearing retainers for one reason or another.

At Jupiter Orthodontics, Dr. King is happy to offer a variety of treatment options to straighten our patients’ teeth. Dr. King and his team believe it’s never to late to straighten your teeth. We currently have many adult patients who are undergoing treatment. In fact, did you know that roughly 30 percent of all orthodontic patients these days are adults?

Invisalign® is a great treatment option for adults. The Invisalign® aligners are easy to wear and are not visible to most people. Plus, Invisalign® clear aligners are removable, so there are no restrictions on what you can eat during treatment.  When considering Invisalign®, adults should determine if they can be diligent about wearing the aligners at all times and make them part of their lifestyle for the duration of treatment.

If you have been thinking about having a beautiful smile created just for you, please give us a call for your initial consultation or go online and send an appointment request.  Dr. King and our team welcome children, teens, and adults alike. Call us today for an appointment!

SEE YOUR DENTIST

August 11th, 2014

YOU HAVE BRACES!  You’re so excited about fixing your smile and having a great confident smile!  We are happy for you and will enjoy taking this journey with you.   Dr. King is on the job and he has some important tips for you while you are on your way to that rock star smile!

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Dr. King knows you’re diligent about keeping your teeth healthy by brushing and flossing.  However, now that you have those hard-working braces in place you may be prevented from easily cleaning your teeth.   You’re going to find it necessary to give a little extra attention to preventing tooth decay while wearing your braces.   You definitely do not want to allow sugary substances to wear away the cement on the braces reducing the effectiveness of moving your teeth.  That might mean longer treatment time and we know you are in a hurry to show off that new smile!

You’ll need to use a proxy brush which is shaped like a long triangle which can easily remove food particles from hard to reach places around your braces.   You might also want to use a WaterPik, with its pressurized water pulse to get your teeth and braces really clean.

Most importantly what Dr. King wants to help you really understand is how important it is to see your family dentist every 3 to 6 months.  Once braces are in place it is more important than ever to have your teeth cleaned regularly and have your dentist check for problems that may not be seen or felt, find early signs of tooth decay or any starting problems before they become big issues for you.

Your dentist is a very large part of your orthodontic treatment because healthy teeth are essential during this process.  And don’t forget, when you see your dentist during the summer months there are incentive rewards when you get back to Jupiter Orthodontics and tell us about it!

July 9th, 2014

THE TRAVELING TEETH

Laura’s* story begins with a gorgeous new smile when her braces were removed.   “At last the smile I’ve always wanted!”  Unfortunately, Laura decided NOT to wear her retainer after a while.  “It was a hassle,” Laura complained.  She stopped wearing it and months later when she decided to try her retainer again it was so painful that she couldn’t wear it.  “My teeth felt like someone was squeezing them with pliers.”

Laura also decided not to go back for her checkups, “After all, I don’t wear braces anymore so I don’t need to see the orthodontist.”  Her doctor would most certainly have been able to see the damage and correct it.  But Laura waited far too long and when she became really unhappy with the deterioration of that great smile she went to the orthodontist once again.

Back in braces Laura learned that teeth have a memory and will travel back to their original position if not retained.  Dr. King encourages all of his patients to wear their retainers so that the smile they dreamed of doesn’t become a nightmare in the future.  The best advice to follow is to wear your retainers for as long as you want to keep your incredible smile!

*Name has been changed

IS $4,500 A LOT OF MONEY?

May 21st, 2014

Who wouldn’t want to receive $4,500 dollars?  That is a lot of one dollar bills!   Yup, that is a high number.  The scary part is that in one year that is the number of accidents caused by texting and using electronic devices while driving.

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Dr. King is so concerned about his patients that he felt the need to help young and older alike to understand that the safety of their friends as well as themselves are at risk when you text and drive.

DID YOU KNOW?

  •  11 TEENAGERS A DAY ARE KILLED when texting while driving. (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.)
  •  You are 23 times more likely to crash when texting while driving. (National Transportation  Safety Admin)
  •  Driving and texting is six times more dangerous than driving drunk. (National Traffic Safety Admin)

Even if YOU are not killed in an accident think about how will you will feel if your friend is killed while you are texting them. Be safe and keep your friends safe.

Dr. King is urgently encouraging everyone NOT to text and drive.

SURGERY ALTERNATIVES

March 19th, 2014

       THERE IS NO SMILE DR. KING CAN'T TAME

Have you been told that you or your child has a problem that will need surgery in order to correct your bite? In the recent past there have been great advances made on how to avoid surgery.  Whether you have an openbite, underbite or overbite there may be a newer approach using non surgical orthodontics. The new approach consists of using bone plates, mini implants or M.E.A.W. (Multiloop edgewise archwire therapyOrthodontic has taken a huge shift from surgery to non surgery.

The procedure itself is an extremely complicated technique for an orthodontist to utilize. For the benefit of my patients I have included the MEAW technique as one of my treatment options. There is only one other orthodontist in all of South Florida who includes this option.  It is my privilege to be able to offer my patients a non-invasive alternative to surgery.   http://www.jupiter-orthodontics.com/treatment-options.php 

Feel free to come in and meet the team!  You can make an appointment now; just click here http://www.jupiter-orthodontics.com/appointment-request.php.  You can even fill your forms out online . https://patient-01.sesamecommunications.com/hhf/users/hhf_form.cgi?username=rkking

Who is who???

December 3rd, 2013

One of the most common questions about dentists vs. orthodontists is, “Dentists and orthodontists are all the same, right?”  Well, not exactly!

A general dentist is your primary dental care provider who diagnoses, treats and manages your overall oral healthcare needs, including gum care, root canals, fillings, crowns, veneers and bridges.

Orthodontists, such as Dr. Roy King,  are focused on diagnosis, prevention, interception, and treatment of malocclusion, or what we call “bad bite,” of the teeth.  Orthodontists focus on tooth and jaw alignment and bite problems such as overbites and underbites, and are responsible for straightening teeth via bands, wires, braces, and other fixed or removable corrective treatment options.  Orthodontists treat adults as well as children.

Before becoming an orthodontist, doctors such as Dr. Roy King start out in dental school and earn a dental degree, just like your general dentist.   After dental school, those doctors who decide they are interested in the orthodontic field, stay in school for a few more years and become experts in orthodontia.

Dr. King is an expert in orthodontic care and will help you through any type of treatment your teeth and jaw might need?   To schedule your initial appointment at our office, please give us a call today!   561-747-5766

EARLY BIRD MENU FOR ORTHODONTICS!

October 22nd, 2013

Much like ‘The Early Bird’ & ‘Being first in line’ there are definite and distinct advantages to having an orthodontic evaluation sooner than later.  If the good advice of the American Association of Orthodontics is followed children will visit an orthodontist by the time they are seven.   Here are some reasons to put an early visit on the Orthodontic menu.

PARENTS MENU

  1. Serving up an early diagnosis will greatly reduce the severity of your child’s case.
  2. A good portion of prudent intervention will guide growth & development preventing serious problems later. 
  3. The length of treatment will correspondingly be reduced and commensurately, the expense.
  4. Early discovery of issues allows greater opportunity for more effective treatment.

KIDS MENU

  1. START st the right time!  FINISH with less appointments!
  2. You want straight teeth but don’t want braces – when you start at the right time, treatment time is shorter! Woo Hoo!
  3. DO IT RIGHT!  When you do what the doctor orders your teeth respond quickly getting you to dessert faster!
  4. Wear your retainers & you won’t have to wear braces again when you are older.

DESSERT MENU

  1. All the yummy things you couldn’t have while you wore braces!

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SMILE IT FORWARD

August 26th, 2013

Police officer Mark Borsboom was caught doing a simple, good deed - tying an elderly man's shoelace for him.  As he was standing near the exit an elderly gentleman approached the police officer.  The man had no feeling in his hands as a result of a health issue.  He had a long way to walk to meet his son and his shoelace had come loose.

ALL GOOD DEEDS COME BACK TO YOU.He asked the office if he would mind tying his shoe for him.   Officer Borsboom said, "I didn't think anything of it - I said 'sure' and tied his shoelace".   Such kindness is needed throughout the world on a much larger scale.

Dr. King has created a program to encourage the same kindness.  The 'Smile it Forward’ program allows Dr. King to provide FREE treatment to underprivileged children in the community.  For every ten children that start treatment in his office, Dr. King will select one child from a referral base which he receives from area dentists and sometimes teachers regarding kids
who need help and could never afford it.

While a beautiful smile is a priceless gift, for some young ones the much needed treatment is medically necessary for proper chewing and at times improper jaw alignment.

This means that a minimum of two patients per month will receive free treatment because Dr. King chooses to 'Smile it Forward' helping children he has never met.  If you would like to know more about SMILE IT FORWARD feel free to call the office and we will be happy to explain further how it works.

Come in and join the Jupiter Orthodontics family practice for beautiful smiles and happy people!

We can't wait to meet you!

BULLYS ARE WEAK

July 2nd, 2013

Did you know that a bully actually NEEDS you in order to feel important?  Without a victim a bully is just a kid.  YOU CAN TAKE CHARGE of yourself and destroy a bully’s power.  Here are some suggestions that can help. 

a)      Bully’s look for someone who looks timid, so make it a point to walk tall & show confidence so you don’t become a target.  Avoid them if you can and show a positive and assertive attitude when you walk to or attend class.  Ask your parent how to have strong and assertive body language.

b)      Walking away from a bully can succeed!  If you see the bully in the hallway, leave with confidence as you remain calm, keep your head held high and veer around the bully.  Refuse to be a target.  Your strength is his kryptonite.  Again, ask your parent to help you practice this at home.

c)       Set your boundaries clearly if you cannot leave a situation.  Hold your anger back because bullies need that to feel strong.  If provoked, you could put your hands up if front of you, palms open and outward.  Then with a strong, confident voice say STOP and try to veer away.  TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR SPACE.

d)     Use your voice. If a bully tries to touch you, pull away and in a REALLY loud voice say “NO!  STOP IT.”  Bully’s feed on your fear and if you don’t show it to them they have nothing to work with. 

e)      Remember to talk to someone who can help you.  Your parents and teachers are there to help – but they have to know that you need help. 

Have you ever had to take out the trash at home?  It is the same thing with the words of a bully.  Just realize their words are trash and you can throw them away.  Be strong, walk tall, wear a huge smile and have confidence that YOU are the person that matters.

STEPPING OUTSIDE THE BOX

May 28th, 2013

  NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope took this picture of Mars on June 26, 2001.

  AND NOW… there is a new project called Mars One and its objective is for humansto inhabit Mars.  Imagine that!

Chris Hadfield, former commander of the International Space Station who just returned to Earth after five months in space (whew!) has shown interest in living on Mars.   He earned a glider pilot scholarship at age 15 because his dream to be an astronaut started from childhood.

The mission, a private venture by the Dutch non-profit organization Mars One, aims to send a crew to the Red Planet in 2022 (TIME NEWSFEED.COM)  The project is under way and nearly 80,000 people have applied for the ride!  Whether or not the program will be a success remains to be seen.  What CAN be seen is that amazing things start with a thought.  The lesson for you is this; don’t be afraid to step outside “your box” with your ideas because you never know what you can do until you try. 

Dr. King encourages everyone, no matter what your age, to reach your full potential.  Sometimes that starts with just an idea and a smile so don’t be afraid to step outside the box & follow your dreams.    You have more to offer than you probably even know.   Dreams are the stuff reality is made of!                    

THE TRAVELING TEETH

March 19th, 2013

Laura’s* story begins with a gorgeous new smile when her braces were removed.   “At last the smile I’ve always wanted!”  Unfortunately, Laura decided NOT to wear her retainer after a while.  “It was a hassle,” Laura complained.  She stopped wearing it and months later when she decided to try her retainer again it was so painful that she couldn’t wear it.  “My teeth felt like someone was squeezing them with pliers.”

Laura also decided not to go back for her checkups, “After all, I don’t wear braces anymore so I don’t need to see the orthodontist.”  Her doctor would most certainly have been able to see the damage and correct it.  But Laura waited far too long and when she became really unhappy with the deterioration of that great smile she went to the orthodontist once again.

 Back in braces Laura learned that teeth have a memory and will travel back to their original position if not retained.  Dr. King encourages all of his patients to wear their retainers so that the smile they dreamed of doesn’t become a nightmare in the future.  The best advice to follow is to wear your retainers for as long as you want to keep your incredible smile! 

*Name has been changed

YOU THINK YOU DON'T HAVE TALENT?????

November 13th, 2012

You may have talent you don’t even know about yet.  Seth has begun an amazing business which came from something he enjoyed doing!  Taking pictures of DOGS underwater.  "Not in a gazillion years would I have thought that taking underwater dog photos would bring such attention," said Casteel.  Seth knew he was going to continue pursuing his passion for dog and cat photography. 

He began by offering personal portraiture sessions of pets to a nationally renowned figure in the field of photography.  Before he knew it – the offers came rolling in!

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 "He hit on something unique," says art gallery director Sue Powell and that is what Dr. King is saying to you.  Everyone has a personal talent, so be unique, don’t be afraid and pursue the things you love doing.  Your success in life is tied up with who you are and having the determination to GO FOR IT.

SEPTEMBER BACK TO SCHOOL

September 25th, 2012

This is an example of why      Dr. King will provide a free mouth guard for any student who participates in a contact sports program.  He has seen firsthand the damage that can occur from a sports injury and wants to make sure you are protected.  The mouth guard protects not only the teeth buy the lips and cheeks as well.  So remember to pop that mouth guard in and keep your smile protected.  The ADA has endorses the preventive value of orofacial protectors, including helmets, faceguards and mouth protectors.

What an orthodontist can do to decrease our "carbon footprint."

July 17th, 2012

GOING GREEN BECAUSE IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO...

In 2002 the need to consider our environment prompted me to get on board in my office just as I had in my home.  Pioneering the way my practice, Jupiter Orthodontics, was the first Palm Beach orthodontic office to go paperless by using computers at each treatment chair.  This step was not only environmentally green but protected my patients from any bacterial contamination resulting from the handling of paper charts.

 Another option to take care of my patients and the environment was through a complete conversion from conventional x-rays to direct digital x-rays, which decreases the carbon footprint and decreases ionizing radiation by 85%.

 As the internet became a way of life I embraced Face book as another avenue of communication rather than marketing.  Here was an opportunity to keep my patients informed regarding important events that affect my office. (i.e.: Hurricane closures, changes in schedules, contests, annual patient parties, etc)  As we all know, small incremental changes will result in large beneficial effects.  This is all about how we can achieve the same or better results using less energy and resources.

Non-Surgical Orthodontics

May 29th, 2012

Have you been told that you or your child will need surgery in order to correct your bite?   Cutting edge technology reveals non surgery alternatives whether you have an openbite, underbite or overbite.  There is a newer approach using bone plates, mini implants or M.E.A.W.  Orthodontic has taken a huge shift from surgery to non surgery.  Dr. King is one of only two orthodontists in south Florida proficient using the M.E.A.W. technique.

GOOD TO KNOW!!!

April 20th, 2012

Good oral hygiene linking to good health was known as far back as A.D 23-79.  It’s no secret that caring for your teeth is an affordable way to keep healthy teeth.  Excellent hygiene is your first defense against costly dental treatment later in life. 

Orthodontics is an investment in happiness.  A gorgeous smile worth sharing comes along with that investment!  Thirty percent of Dr. King's patients are adults over the age of thirty five & our oldest patient is over 80... So yes, orthodontics is for everyone.   Dr. King is fighting this relentless economy with you and for that reason adjustments have been made so treatment will fit YOUR family budget. 

Call 747-5766 and Ashley will set up your free exam, consultation and panoramic x-ray.  If you have questions please contact us for a prompt reply.

Remember, selecting your orthodontist for a lifelong smile is like buying jewelry.   You want solid gold not just gold overlay.  Check out our "WHAT TO ASK AN ORTHODONTIST"  page for questions to ask when making this important decision.   Dr. King provides these questions for you because no patient should have to return for re-treatment.  Getting it right the first time…THAT is what Dr. King does.

Some facts about dental hygiene and orthodontics for you to enjoy and learn from:

• The first mechanical treatment for correcting malaligned teeth was suggested by Gaius Plinius Secundus (A.D 23-79).

• The cement that attaches the braces to the teeth is now made with a special fluoride-releasing substance.

• Famous orthodontic patients include: Tom Cruise, Kathryn Heigle, Hale Irwin, Cher, Diana Ross, Phyllis Diller, Chelsea Clinton, Whoopi Goldberg, Daisy Fuentes, Fay Dunaway, and Brandi.

• Wires activated by body heat used in today’s braces originally were developed by NASA for use in the space program.

• Besides alleviating or preventing physical health problems, orthodontics   can improve self-esteem while treatment aligns teeth, jaws and lips.

A BEAUTIFUL SMILE AT EVERY AGE!

January 20th, 2012

At Jupiter Orthodontics, Dr. King understands that image is important.  For that reason Dr. King assures folks of every age that there is no need to put off orthodontics.   You have no doubt heard of Invisalign and the great results achieved with these removable clear trays.

If you’ve been considering straightening your teeth but are apprehensive about wearing braces, Invisalign at Jupiter Orthodontics is your solution. Invisalign straightens teeth through a series of clear, custom-fit removable aligners.  No one knows the are there but you, so go ahead, SMILE!

Knowing a tough economy  might inhibit the process, he gave thought to several possibilities that will help.  Dr. King has put in place affordable, custom financing options to accommodate every budget.  Check out our "Ask a question" option on our home page.  Go ahead and ask Dr. King the questions you need answers to.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

THINGS TO BE THANKFUL FOR

November 24th, 2011

   Working  with  the  school district of Palm  Beach County is a  privilege.    It takes a village to raise a child and there are limitless ways  to  reach  out  and  do so.    Working  with CHOICE AND CAREER OPTIONS has allowed many students to work along with Dr. King and his staff in his office.  What better way to nurture the abilities of young minds who are interested in the orthodontic field than to show them first hand.

Many interns have spent valuable time learning about orthodontics with Dr. King.  Education begins much earlier where Dr. King is concerned.  He goes to our local schools and teaches kids from kindergarten up about the benefits of excellent dental hygiene.  It’s quite probable that your child has even benefited from the dental and orthodontic supplies that are regularly delivered to their schools. 

Teamwork and education!  It’s what great communities are made of!

OCTOBER IS NATIONAL ORTHODONTIC HEALTH MONTH

October 26th, 2011

Happy October! For those who don’t know, it's National Orthodontic Health month.   This month-long event is organized by our good friends at the American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO.

Don't forget about Dr. King's candy buyback program through our local schools.  November 1st - 4th from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m.  For every pound of candy brought in, students will receive $1 and Dr. King will donate $1 to their participating school.

Dr. King realizes that this is a great opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of oral hygiene.  So candy up, but remember there are many treats that are not brace friendly and Dr. King is here to help you maneuver through your treat dilemmas.  Based on recommendations from the AAO here are items you'll want to avoid:

• Caramel
• Nuts
• Popcorn (including un-popped kernels)
• Taffy
• Jelly beans
• Hard pretzels
• Licorice
• Bubblegum
• Ice

If you damage your braces, just give Dr. King a call immediately. Small problems can be solved easily. Loose brackets or wires can usually be made more comfortable by applying some wax until you are able to come into our office.

Back to School with BRACES!

September 13th, 2011

Dr. King knows a new school year brings a lot of stress for many kids.  If you are headed back to school and are wearing braces for the first time, some patients might feel a bit self conscious.  It’s ok!  It takes just a few days to adjust physically and emotionally to the look and feel of braces.  The good news is that you don’t need to put a bag over your head because support and understanding from family and friends goes a long way during those first few weeks while you adapt.

  • Starting a new school year brings with it many things to deal with.  New classes, new teachers, new friends and new academic challenges which can be overwhelming!  So Dr. King wanted to share with all of his patients some suggestions to enjoy their time in school and succeed the upcoming school year.

 

 

 

1.  Get  plenty of sleep every night.  Eight  hours is recommended.

2.  Eat a healthy breakfast; it’s the most important meal of the day.

3.  Pack a  healthy lunch or make healthy choices when selecting your school  lunch.  Avoid the vending machine and limit the junk food intake!

4.  Stay active.  Go outside & get some exercise – take a walk or ride your bike – you’ll feel great!

5.  Ask  for help.  When you are having a  hard time understanding a concept, ask your teacher, your parents or your friends for guidance.

6.  Have a positive attitude and keep that amazing smile on your face!

Dr. King and our entire team wish for you all a great and productive year!

Taking the Gold - Business Partner of the Year

June 20th, 2011

    When it comes to helping kids in the  community Dr. King takes the GOLD!  There are many annual awards but the Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award is unique and very special. 

 Dr. Roy K. King won the GOLD level award at the 23rd Annual Commissioner’s Award program.  School Superintendent Dr. Art Johnson recognized the Business Partners for the major contributions they make to our schools and students every day.  Notable about the award is that this recognition reached the state level which is truly an honor.  

 Mr. Jimmy Peterkin (District Business Partnership Coordinator) wrote congratulating Dr. King stating, “On behalf of the School District of Palm Beach County, congratulations on being selected as a recipient of the 23rd Annual Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award. The award recognizes those businesses throughout the state that have shown an outstanding commitment to improving education by partnering with schools in their communities.

 Once again, congratulations, and thank you for making a difference in the lives of Palm Beach County students. “

 Dr. King considers it a privilege and will continue to help your children in your community for years to come.

WHY USE AN ORTHODONTIST TO STRAIGHTEN YOUR TEETH?

June 17th, 2011

Frequently I am asked that question, usually with the follow up question; “What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?”

Orthodontists are highly trained specialists who receive 2-3 years additional education after dental school.   The additional education an orthodontist receives concentrates on growth and development regarding the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of all types of malocclusions and jaw growth discrepancies.  This extra training is necessary when becoming a specialist in a specific area of treatment.

An orthodontist specializes in straightening teeth, correcting facial profiles and creating beautiful smiles. They treat hundreds of new cases each year while a general dentist may see only a few orthodontic cases.  An orthodontist’s combination of specialized training and experience means the orthodontist is better able to make an accurate diagnosis, especially in severe and complicated cases.

Finally, there is the issue of value and affordability.  Often patients are surprised to find that orthodontic fees are usually the same as a general dentist.  An orthodontist and their expertly trained staff are equipped to devote all their efforts and attention towards orthodontics.  So while fees are nearly the same, the specialist possesses a significantly higher level expertise and experience.

You will agree that when you decide to improve your smile, the smart choice is to select someone who shares your passion and has trained specifically to provide you with just that smile!

Welcome to Our Blog!

May 11th, 2011

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