A Lost Retainer.. True Stories

Need a laugh?  A new retainer?

We understand mistakes happen.  That's why we have this binder full of awesome stories written by our patients.  Here at Aszkler Orthodontics, Dr. Rob will replace a patient's first lost retainer.  Our patients must first write a short essay telling us how they lost their retainer.  Some are creative, (a zombie took it!) and some are totally honest (I threw it out at lunch!)  Sometimes our patients blame their mom, a little brother, or even their dog.

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Here's a sneak peak at one of the stories!  Check out the binder at your next appointment!

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Aszkler Orthodontics gets Spooky!

Halloween Fun!

Everyday is fun at our office and Halloween isn't an exception! This year the staff dressed as the characters from "Alice in Wonderland."  The day was filled with a lot of laughs, a few tricks, and even some treats from one of our patients!  We were so happy to receive emails from parents with pictures of their family's Halloween fun.  We even got to see some costumes in person during their visits to our office.  We truly have the best patients! 

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Dr.  Rob even let us girls pick out his Halloween costume!  We aren't so sure he will let us next year.

Dr.  Rob even let us girls pick out his Halloween costume!  We aren't so sure he will let us next year.

Deband Day!

We love Deband Day!

Deband Day is a whole day we devote once a month to our patients getting their braces off.  We know this is a special day for our patients, and we like to make them feel incredible!  So what do we do on Deband Day?  We have yummy snacks, party music, and an overall party atmosphere.  Patients come in with braces, but leave with smooth, shiny, beautiful teeth, and a bag full of goodies they haven't been able to enjoy in quite some time!

                                     We also have a Deband filter!!

                                     We also have a Deband filter!!

Healthy Smiles Program

Do you want to win an Amazon gift card?  If the answer is yes, all you have to do is have your dentist fill out this form and you will be entered to win!  All patients starting treatment will receive two of these as you should be visiting your dentist for a cleaning twice a year.  After your visit, have someone in the office fill this form out, bring it to your next orthodontic appointment, and we will put you into our drawing!  We choose a winner every August and February.  We want to reward you for staying healthy!

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Buzzy Booth

Welcome, Buzzy Booth!

Here at Aszkler Orthodontics we have had so much fun with our new selfie photo booth, Buzzy Booth!  Grab your mom, grandpa, a friend, or even Dr. Rob, choose a filter and say CHEESE!  Not only can you text this to your phone, you can post it to your social media account!

Here are some easy steps to follow for Buzzy Booth:         

1.  Select a filter from the right side of the screen.                                                                     

2.  Select photo or video and get ready! 

3.  Send your photo or video to Facebook, Twitter, by text message or email by clicking on one of the icons on the left!       

 4.  Make sure to share your photo or video on your social media accounts and tag us, Aszkler Orthodontics!

 Check out the fun!

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I completed my treatment!!!

I can not be happier with my final results!  Dr. Rob is a perfectionist that is for sure!

I would do this journey over again if it ever came to that.... that's how easy and enjoyable it was! 

All the time and and effort I put into my end of the work was well worth it!

A big shout out to all the amazing assistants for making my journey all that better!

Feeling Excited!

I am half way through treatment, can you believe it!!! 

One of the changes that I have always wanted to make was to widen my smile, which I didn't think was possible.  But it is!!!  I was so focused on straightening my bottom teeth that I didn't even take notice at how my upper teeth did widen.  Take a look at the before and after picture below.  The top picture was taken in October and the bottom picture was taken in January.  I am so thrilled!!!

Refinement Appointment

Hello all!  Hope you are all enjoying my Invisalign thus far.  I know I sure am! This week I reached another milestone in my treatment, I completed 16 trays put of 17. It was time for my refinement appointment!  Dr. Rob took off my Invisalign attachments and re-scanned my teeth for new trays!  

For those of you that are unfamiliar with all the details of Invisalign, attachments are small tooth colored buttons of material that are bonded onto teeth during Invisalign treatment. Their purpose is to provide additional “grip” for the aligners so that more difficult or complex tooth movements are possible. They can be used on any number of teeth, depending on the preferences of your Orthodontist and how a certain needs to move. Some lucky people have none, and some have a lot.

I am relieved and excited to report however, that it is really not that bad to get the attachments off. Yes, there is a little of the same sensation of vibration as when getting a filling done, as the attachment is filed off, but because it is on the outside of your tooth and the file is not in contact with any of your tooth’s own structure. The vibrations do not travel through your head in the same way it would when getting a filling drilled. Also, the removal of each attachment seemed to take no more that 15-20 seconds of filing, compared to the 30 minutes to an hour that one can experience when having a larger filling done. So although there was some vibration it had barely started before it finished.

After the initial filing was completed, Dr. Rob switched to a smaller polisher and ran it across the tooth’s surface where the attachment had been just to remove any last traces of the attachment- and it was finished! The whole process of removing my attachments was over in less than five minutes, start to finish.  My only complaint would be the air that was effecting the sensitivity of some teeth. But I just took deep breathes and before I could react to the sensitivity it was over. 

Check out my attachment free smile below! 

This appointment also consisted of having new progress photos taken in addition to a new intra oral scan of my teeth.  These photos and scan will be sent to Invisalign to have them make my new set of trays.  I will for sure keep you posted on my next appointment. At this next appointment, Dr. Rob will place new attachments…. So stay tuned on their new location…

 

Exciting news regarding Invisalign!

So back in the day, Dr. Rob used to have to take goopy impressions for all Invisalign patients.  But we are happy to announce that Invisalign now accepts our digital intra-oral scan impressions! With the old impressions, it used to take 6 weeks for the trays to be available for patients.  But with the digital 3Shape scanner, we now receive Invisalign trays with in 2 weeks! Yahoooooooo!!!!! 

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IPR appointment

My appointment went great today!  I have to continue concentrating on biting my bite tabs by my laterals, they were not tracking to well today.  Our assistant Lori said that the laterals are the most challenging to track.  Failing to track means that the teeth stop following the aligners.

At today's appointment I had some IPR done in between my upper and lower central incisors. IPR= Tooth shaving between the teeth. SEE picture below!

I was given tray #11 out of #17. So by the sounds of it you would think I only have 6 more weeks of trays left then I am done with my Invisalign Treatment.  But I want to note that Dr. Rob is a perfectionist.  He warned me that at my next appointment he will take a look at every tooth and if they are not where he wants them he will do whats called "Invisalign Refinement" for the next appointment.  

Even with good aligner wear throughout your treatment, most teeth may move super well, but some may get left a little behind.  Refinements help take care of the usually minor discrepancies, and are usually normal with everyones treatment.

*** Just keep in mind there is always the possibility of refinements.***

 

Stay tuned and lets see how the next appointment goes! 

Tray #10 out of #17

So it was the morning of " Tray changing day"  I put in my top trays and noticed immediate discomfort with my upper tray.  Look in photos below.  It is the section of the tray that has some of the tray cut out/designed differently to hold in elastics (rubber bands).  I was shocked when I saw this. I placed the trays on my upper teeth and unfortunately the newly designed tray was cutting both sides of my upper inside lip.  NOT FUN... I gave it a whole day before mentioning anything to Dr. Rob.  ( Look at the 4th tooth from the back)

( Look at the 5th tooth from the back)

I was not a happy camper.  They were really cutting up the inside of my lips.  Dr. Rob told me that he has Invisalign design these trays to help hold elastics.  Elastics are to be worn to help fix certain bites.  But Dr. Rob came to my rescue.....

I was not a happy camper.  They were really cutting up the inside of my lips.  Dr. Rob told me that he has Invisalign design these trays to help hold elastics.  Elastics are to be worn to help fix certain bites.  But Dr. Rob came to my rescue.....

He made my day a whole lot brighter... He trimmed the tray to smooth down the area that was scratching my lip.  I felt an immediate difference.  

He made my day a whole lot brighter... He trimmed the tray to smooth down the area that was scratching my lip.  I felt an immediate difference.  

I am a much happier patient!!  Please note- if you are ever in discomfort with your trays, braces or appliances... please always know that Dr. Rob will do what he can to make the transition a happier one! 

I am a much happier patient!!  Please note- if you are ever in discomfort with your trays, braces or appliances... please always know that Dr. Rob will do what he can to make the transition a happier one! 

Check out my movement!

The first photo is of my lower teeth on 9/27/16 

The second photo is of my lower teeth on 11/23/16 

Reminder- Those bumps on my teeth pictured in the second photo are my attachments!

It is so great to see movement!!!

Thumbs down today for my adjustment appointment

Hello everyone!  Well first and foremost I came to my appointment on November 3rd without my trays in.... I wore them all day, but as soon as I sat in the chair I threw them in the garbage because I was so anxious to get my new trays, and the previous trays were slightly stained from drinking coffee with them in.  So, Dr. Rob was not able to check my previous trays and see how they were tracking.  When he put in my new trays he could tell right off the bat that I was not using my bite tabs as well or as often as I should have.  I have to be honest, I have been lazy with them, and sometimes I chew on them too long where it gives me a headache and that leads me to just taking a few days off from chewing them.  What I should do is literally only chew them for 20 minutes a day.  I think I learned my lesson today!  I am getting super excited because I can so tell the difference in the movement of my teeth.  Its so exciting to see the next set of trays and see how each tray becomes straighter and straighter!!

Clean teeth move FASTER then not so clean teeth!

You will hear Dr. Rob and his assistant preach that, "Clean teeth move faster then not so clean teeth."  Proper hygiene is crucial when in orthodontic treatment.

Taking good care of your Invisalign is essential for avoiding complications while they are on. You will end up with great-looking teeth once they're off, if you maintain up keep with keeping your teeth and trays clean.

No matter how much money and time you've already invested in your Invisalign, proper- oral care is still the key to walking away with a beautiful, healthy smile.

Doing great and feeling great!

I just started switching my trays every week wear instead of every two weeks.  I am now a month or so into treatment and I am getting excited because I am starting to see minor movement take place with my teeth.  The attachments do not bother me at all any more either!  I am looking forward to what another month of wear will do to my teeth!  I still have a lot more months to go, but its exciting to see the change! 

Oh no... the feeling you get when you realize you can't keep your Invisalign trays in because you eat too much during the day...

Yep that would be me folks!  I tend to graze during the day on snacks and what not.  The only thing is I can not keep my trays in while I eat, therefore they are not in my mouth as often as they should be, therefore they are not straightening my teeth as often as they should be.... therefore I need to cut down on snacking so much.  So if any of you out there are looking to drop a quick ten pounds, come in for a complementary consult and get started on your Invisalign treatment today!!!

Family Bonding with Invisalign

The fun part about having Invisalign is teaching my 5 and 6 year old about it, and why it's important to have straight teeth with a healthy clean smile as well as a confident smile.  They are always asking question about dental health.  They are very intrigued and I love it!  Enjoy the pictures below of my daughter who is my at home Dental Assistant! She helps place my trays on my teeth and loves to help clean my trays too!  She keeps asking me when she is going to get scrubs to wear and a name tag.  Stay tuned... I might just surprise her with some this weekend!

Life with attachments

 

  • Well It has been a solid week since I had my attachments placed. I literally bite the inside of my cheeks for the first 4 days.  It was not pretty.  Once when having dinner with my sister, she could hear the crunch that happened when I bit my lip from across the table.  I wanted to cry and rip off my attachments, I hated eating at this point.  I felt afraid to ever take my aligners out in fear that I would bite my cheeks.  I religiously gargled with warm salt water and hydrogen peroxide to help aid in the healing of my missing chunks! ( sorry if this sounds so graphic) Once day 5 approached my mouth seemed to have healed nicely.  My mouth was now getting used to eating with the attachments.  I am now enjoying my Invisalign like I was hoping too!  It was a great feeling.  I am usually not one to complain, I typically adapt to change and routine fast, and was a little taken back by my negative thoughts towards my attachments.  I never hear any of our patients complain about their attachments which also concerned me.  I thought, am I the only one who hates these.  But I'm telling you, literally after 4 days, I AM ENJOYING THESE and they have NOT become a big deal! 

  • See sample below of me enjoying my Invisalign smile and the new snap chat filter!  Yes people, Aszkler Orthodontics is on Snapchat, follow us at - Aszklerortho