Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Fluoride is your Friend

There are so many ways you protect your teeth throughout your orthodontic treatment. You brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly and protect your mouth and appliances from being damaged. But did you know there is another, often forgotten about, way to keep your teeth clean and healthy during your treatment? Fluoride – a mineral that helps prevent cavities and tooth decay – can help keep your teeth strong! Fluoride comes in two varieties, topical and systemic. Topical fluoride is applied directly to the tooth. Topical fluoride includes toothpastes and mouth rinses. Systemic fluorides are swallowed in the form of a dietary supplement. Dentists and orthodontists use in-office fluoride treatments to help protect the oral health of adults and children undergoing orthodontic procedures.

Fluoride used in the orthodontists office is often times a stronger concentration than in toothpaste or mouthwash, but is available at some drug stores or a pharmacy (ask your doctor how to purchase professional strength fluoride). A fluoride treatment typically takes just a few minutes. After the treatment patients may be asked not to rinse, eat or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride. Depending on your oral health or doctor’s recommendation, you may be required to have a fluoride treatment every three, six or 12 months. Your doctor may also prescribe a fluoride product such as mouthwashes, gels or antibacterial rinses for at-home treatment.

When choosing your own fluoride product be sure to check for the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of acceptance. Products marked with the ADA seal of approval have been carefully examined and have met the criteria of the ADA for safety and effectiveness. Take care of your teeth, and smile bright!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Is Invisalign Really Customized for Each Patient?

Yes! Invisalign is completely customized, and that’s part of what makes it work. If you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment, the first thing we do is to take an impression of your teeth as they are now and digitize it. Using special software, we look at this current positioning and compare it to the ideal placement of your teeth – in other words, exactly where we want them to end up.

Next we use special software to map out the exact path your teeth will take from now through the end of your treatment. Based on this precise prescription, a set of custom aligners are created specially for your teeth. Throughout the course of treatment, you wear these clear, removable aligners one at a time, each one moving your teeth closer and closer to their final, perfectly aligned position. And since the aligners are virtually invisible, nobody will even know you have "braces!"

If you have questions about Invisalign, or would like to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment, give us a call at 801-452-7155; or visit our web site to schedule an appointment!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Did you know...

DID YOU KNOW...................

It is very important to continue your regular visits to your family dentist during your orthodontic treatment with Dr. Pobanz! It also makes it a lot easier on your dental hygienist when your arch wires are removed prior to your cleaning appointment! In order to secure a spot for this appointment in our schedule please call our office 4 weeks in advance. We coordinate with the dental offices all the time. You simply see us right before your dentist appointment to remove your arch wires and then we schedule you the same day after your dentist appointment to replace your arch wires! The trick is getting on our schedule and it is hard to do the next day. This is also a great opportunity to earn extra pesos by seeing your dentist on a regular basis! Just call us and we would be happy to help you schedule an appointment.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Upcoming Events: Adult Contest / Pobanz Halloween Costumes

The next adult appointment card contest is a gift certificate to Texas Roadhouse Steak House in Ogden! Enjoy great food and entertainment! Simply bring your appointment cards in to your appointment and if you are on time or early, your card will be entered to win. Contest ends September 30th. Good Luck!

In the past we have had our patients vote on what Dr. Pobanz and his team will dress up like for Halloween. Well it's that time of year again when we need to start thinking about COSTUMES and we want YOUR HELP! Look for the costume ballots when you come into our office in August and September and you can place your vote or add one of your own ideas! Thanks for your help!

Here are some photos of previous costume contests!

Our Contest Winners!


OUR WINNERS!!! The Best Brusher award for May was Chris S. and in June the winner was Jennifer D. Great job on having clean and healthy teeth and enjoy your $20 gift card!!

Riley R. won Speed Street passes for 4 for winning the Pin the Smile on Dr. John contest! Have fun Riley!!

Congratulations to Nelli H.!! She was the winner of the adult appointment card contest and will be going on a Great Salt Lake Dinner Cruise!

The Pobanz Window Sticker contest has come to an end. It was fun to see the window stickers on our patient's vehicles around town! A special thanks to all who participated. The prize for this contest was four passes to Raging Waters in Salt Lake and one night stay at Little America. The winner was Taylor G. Congratulations Taylor, have fun at Raging Waters!

Annie S. gets to take the awesome mountain bike home for referring one of her friends who became a patient! The next referral prize will be a cool snow board to be given away the end of December 2008. To win, just refer your friends and family in to see Dr. Pobanz and if they become a patient both of you will be entered to win!

For those of you who are new to our practice or who are not familiar with our monthly contests please see the Office Fun section of our website. It will inform you of our monthly contests and also the current Fun Contests we have going on.
To show appreciation to our faithful parents who work so hard to get our patients to and from their appointments, we are adding a contest category to our monthly drawings! We will draw an extra appointment card out of the jar and give that patient's parent a gift card. So Kids, don't forget your appointment cards, this is a great way to say thanks to your parents!!