August 29th, 2016
Summer has come and gone, school is back in full swing and we are getting excited and getting ready to move to our new Studebaker Orthodontics home. Our contractor, Mike Newhouse and his team from HM General Contractors along with Dr. Studebaker and his team have been working non stop to create a wonderful new office that we are hoping would feel more like an extension of home to our patients, parents, colleagues and friends.
Our new office will be located at 6525 FM 2920 Road, just 400 yards west of our current location. We have scheduled our move for the week of September 19th thru the 23th and we are hoping to be back to tend to our amazing patients and families Monday, September 26th. We wanted to share some of our construction pictures so you can have a sneak peek of our new Studebaker Orthodontics home. We can't wait to share our new office with you all and to provide a new setting where we can continue creating memories, having fun, developing friendships and meeting new people while crafting healthy, functional and amazing looking smiles. See you all soon!
February 17th, 2016
We are excited to announce that the construction of the future home of Studebaker Orthodontics is underway. The construction is scheduled to be ready by Summer 2016. Dr. Studebaker and his team are excited to provide a new office to the wonderful families that have that graciously entrusted in us their orthodontic needs and we are blessed that we can provide a more comfortable and ample space with special amenities that will make our families feel welcome. We will keep you updated on the progress of our new office, which could not have taken place without your support. We want to thank you for making our journey of providing beautiful smiles such a rewarding experience and we look forward to making this new home an extension of yours.
December 19th, 2014
You've made an investment on spending money on getting braces, so why not keep your teeth in good health while undergoing orthodontic treatment? Dr. Robert Studebaker and our team at Studebaker Orthodontics will tell you it is just as important to develop a regular hygiene routine while you're wearing braces as you did before proceeding with treatment.
Flossing is essential to the health of your teeth and gums when you're wearing braces. Because braces may hold food, sugars and liquids upon eating, it is very important to keep on top of your brushing and flossing, as well as visiting our office for regular adjustments.
While we know it's tough enough to get kids to floss daily without braces, that battle becomes even tougher when braces are involved. Remember that by not flossing, you will become more prone to cavities and gum disease during your treatment.
When flossing, remember to gently massage your gums in between the teeth. You will find that flossing with braces takes extra time, as you will have to weave the floss through each bracket. When flossing, there should be no signs of blood. If you see blood, you are not flossing enough or properly.
Using an electric toothbrush is also a good idea to massage your gums before or after flossing as electric toothbrushes can help remove any harmful bacteria that are lingering in your mouth. And don't forget to add a mouthwash to your routine to break up any bacteria that has formed. A good mouthwash will help keep your teeth and gums in good shape during your treatment.
If you have any questions about flossing or your orthodontic treatment at Studebaker Orthodontics please don't hesitate to give us a call or during your next adjustment appointment!
December 12th, 2014
Although teeth seem to be solidly fixed in their sockets (at least they don’t wobble when we chew!), all teeth can easily be moved if Dr. Robert Studebaker and our staff attach brackets and wires to them called braces. In the past, all braces were made of stainless steel, but today’s advanced dental technology gives people the option of wearing transparent, acrylic mouth trays called Invisalign®, or relying on traditional metal braces for correcting malocclusions.
Brackets, Slots, and Arch Wires – Oh My!
When light pressure is consistently exerted on teeth, they will gradually move in the direction of the force. For example, affixing brackets to front teeth and threading a flexible, metal wire through tiny slots on the front of the brackets allows the orthodontist to tighten this arch wire enough to initiate desired movement of teeth. Generally, orthodontic patients visit Studebaker Orthodontics once a month to have this wire tightened to keep teeth moving in the desired direction.
Tissues surrounding the teeth that experience pressure from arch wires will slowly (and, for the most part, painlessly) stretch, and allow the socket to enlarge so the tooth and its root become looser temporarily. This allows the root to move without causing bleeding or pain. Once Dr. Robert Studebaker and our staff are satisfied with the repositioning of teeth, we will remove the braces and let bone material fill in the socket so that teeth are solidified into their new (and straighter) positions.
Clear Braces vs. Traditional Braces
Both types of orthodontic corrective devices move teeth in the same manner: by applying a continual force against teeth. Clear aligners, like Invisalign, are mouth trays made of hard acrylic material that people wear for at least 23 hours a day. Unlike metal braces, Invisalign can be removed for eating and brushing purposes and the aligners are nearly invisible because of their transparency.
Invisalign aligners are usually reserved for people with gaps between their teeth or whose teeth are only slightly crooked. Traditional metal braces are often necessary when severe malocclusion exists and requires more pressure than Invisalign offers.