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Are you visiting the dentist during your orthodontic treatment?

October 14th, 2016

If you’re brushing your teeth twice a day during your orthodontic treatment, Dr. Carpinello and Dr. Jarosh-Wolfe and our team think that’s wonderful! But, don’t forget that it’s also important for you to visit your general dentist every six months, or as recommended, in addition to brushing your teeth and flossing. (And visiting Carpinello Orthodontics for regular adjustments, of course.)

Dental checkups are crucial for maintaining good oral health. Your general dentist can check for problems that might not be seen or felt, detect cavities and early signs of tooth decay, as well as catch and treat oral health problems early. During an oral exam, your dentist can also check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. Checkups will also include a thorough teeth cleaning and polishing.

If you have not been to the dentist in the last six months, let us know during your next adjustment visit and we will provide a few great references in the Drexel Hill, Edgmont, and Newtown Square PA area!

Year-End Insurance Reminder

October 7th, 2016

Now that October is upon us, Dr. Carpinello and Dr. Jarosh-Wolfe and our team at Carpinello Orthodontics wanted to send you a friendly reminder to schedule your orthodontic appointment prior to the end of the year to take full advantage of any flex spend, health savings, or insurance benefits that you may have.

The end of the year is always a busy time so make your appointment now so you don’t lose your available benefits! Give us a call today!

At what age should my child have an orthodontic evaluation?

September 30th, 2016

You may have noticed that kids seem to be getting braces and other orthodontic care a lot earlier these days. There was a time, only a decade or two ago, when braces were mainly seen on teenagers, but that is beginning to change. If you’re wondering when to bring your child to our Drexel Hill, Edgmont, and Newtown Square PA office for an orthodontic evaluation, the answer actually has several parts.

The Telltale Signs

If your child has a very crowded set of adult teeth coming in, or if the permanent front teeth came in very early, these are signs that your child should see Dr. Carpinello and Dr. Jarosh-Wolfe, regardless of age.

The Dental Age

Barring signs of trouble or early adult teeth as mentioned above, the time that your child needs to be seen for initial orthodontic evaluation depends not so much upon your child’s actual age, but on what is known as a “dental age.”

The dental age of the patient might be entirely different from his or her actual chronological age; for example, an eight-year-old could have a dental age of 13. It is part of Dr. Carpinello and Dr. Jarosh-Wolfe and our staff’s job to determine the dental age and then make appropriate recommendations for the resolution of orthodontic issues if they are emerging.

The Official Recommended Age

The American Association of Orthodontists officially recommends that kids should see an orthodontist for the first time between the ages of seven and nine. Even if the child does not have all his or her permanent teeth, the teeth growth pattern can usually be predicted quite effectively by an orthodontist.

This allows for a proactive response to emerging problems, and this is the reason that some younger children are now getting orthodontic devices earlier in life. If a young child has serious orthodontic issues emerging, Dr. Carpinello and Dr. Jarosh-Wolfe can usually address the problems immediately and then follow up with another round of treatment when the child has all the adult teeth.

Is orthodontic treatment just for straightening teeth?

September 23rd, 2016

A lot of patients ask us why Dr. Carpinello and Dr. Jarosh-Wolfe and our team at Carpinello Orthodontics work tirelessly to give our patients straight teeth. Of course it’s nice to have a smile full of evenly-aligned teeth, but did you know that straightening your teeth can keep them healthier as well? Straight teeth lead to better oral hygiene, increasing your chances of keeping your own natural teeth for a lifetime!

Straight teeth are also less prone to decay, because they collect less plaque, that sticky colorless substance that forms on our teeth. When you visit Carpinello Orthodontics for your initial consultation, Dr. Carpinello and Dr. Jarosh-Wolfe will examine all aspects of your teeth, face, smile, and jaw.

If you’re wondering whether your teeth might cause problems because they are out of alignment, please give us a call to set up an initial orthodontic consultation at our convenient Drexel Hill, Edgmont, and Newtown Square PA office. Dr. Carpinello and Dr. Jarosh-Wolfe can help you decide whether or not you will benefit from orthodontic treatment.

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