For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontic treatment. But for Dr. Carlyn Phucas at Carlyn Phucas Orthodontics, the correct function of your bite is far more important.
A malocclusion, or bad bite, can cause serious problems over a lifetime if left untreated. Loss of tooth structure, TMJ problems and even bone loss can occur if a malocclusion is not corrected before permanent damage occurs.
When it comes to the challenges and complexities of orthodontic treatment, most people prefer a specialist who is well-trained and experienced. You can depend on Carlyn Phucas Orthodontics in Marlton and Turnersville, NJ for the best of both worlds: a well-functioning bite and the smile of your life!
October means something a little different to our team at Carlyn Phucas Orthodontics because this is National Orthodontic Health Month. During October, orthodontic offices all over the country work together to promote their services and inform the community about the important work we do. Our goal is to draw attention to the fact that everyone needs to be evaluated for orthodontic treatment. You are never too young or too old if your bite or smile needs correction.
American Association of Orthodontics recommends that parents start early and all kids be evaluated 7 – 8 years of age. During the growing years of 7 – 10, kids undergo a major growth spurt that goes hand in hand with the eruptive pattern of their teeth and development of jaws.Read More
Dr. Carlyn Phucas and the Carlyn Phucas Orthodontics team want to dispel an urban legend about chewing gum: if you swallow a wad of gum, it does not sit in your stomach for seven years. In most cases, actually, not even seven days. While it is true that gum is not meant to be swallowed, it passes harmlessly through the digestive system and is excreted in the same manner as everything else we eat.
There is some truth to the myth, however: chewing gum is not digested. It contains resins, sometimes natural and sometimes synthetic, which our bodies cannot break down. Gum is simply passed along our digestive tract.
In rare cases, excessive amounts of swallowed gum can lead to constipation and intestinal blockage in young children. But parents need not be alarmed. Young children are not more susceptible to complications involving swallowed gum; young children are simply the only people who might swallow enough gum to cause digestive problems. Kids often forget or may not understand that gum is for chewing and not swallowing.
DO YOU THINK you or someone you love might be in need of orthodontic treatment? Are you dealing with a lot of teeth crowding or a bad bite? Well, the first thing to do is schedule an initial orthodontic consultation! This crucial appointment will set the stage for any future treatment, but what exactly is it and what should you do to prepare?
Every smile starts with a complimentary initial orthodontic consultation!
Your complimentary consultation at Carlyn Phucas Orthodontics will give you the opportunity to meet our team, as well as, learn more about orthodontics, receive a complete initial exam, and find out which treatment options will best meet your needs. During your complimentary consultation, Dr. Phucas will:
Review your dental and medical history forms.
Provide a complete oral exam, with X-rays, to determine if treatment is necessary.
Help you create a customized treatment plan.
Discuss all financial information, insurance options, and payment plans.
During your complimentary consultation, we will explain everything that you will need to know about your orthodontic treatment, so that you can choose what’s best for you – no strings attached.
What happens after the initial consultation?
Once you choose to receive orthodontic treatment, we will help you schedule an appointment to get started depending on the treatment option you have selected. At your first treatment appointment, Dr. Phucas may place your orthodontic appliances, or make impressions of your teeth if you selected Invisalign treatment.
Visiting the orthodontist every 4-8 weeks is an important part of your orthodontic treatment. Our practice will work with you to make sure that your appointments are scheduled around your busy schedule; so that you will spend less time in the dental chair, and more time enjoying the things you love to do.
We understand that “life happens,” so if you’re running late or need to reschedule, please let us know, and we will do everything we can to accommodate you. When you’re ready to schedule your first appointment, call our practice; we’re looking forward to working with you.
Schedule Your Consultation Today at one of our Orthodontic Offices conveniently located in Marlton (856) 985-9400 and Turnersville (856) 228-6633.
If you still have questions about what an initial consultation is like, just call us and ask! We can’t wait to see you and begin getting your smile on track to the healthy, straight smile you deserve!
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.