Lakeshore Orthodontics is dedicated to providing your family with the very best orthodontic care in a supportive and caring manner. We believe our office should be a friendly, welcoming environment that patients enjoy visiting. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak and the severity of the situation, we feel it is necessary to make changes to ensure the safety of our patients and team. The office may appear different, but our mission remains the same.
How to Care For Your Braces
You’ll definitely want to avoid crunchy, sticky, chewy, and hard foods, but before long you’ll be eating all your favorite foods again. As long as you’re wearing braces, you will need to protect and keep them clean.
Decalcification is the irreversible white staining that occurs on teeth that have not been cared for properly. Drinking sugary beverages while in braces can contribute to this process, so make sure to rinse with water or brush after drinking sports drinks, milk, flavored water, energy drinks, or soda.
Dealing with Discomfort
If you notice that your teeth are more wiggly than usual, this is expected. However, if you are concerned that a tooth is too wiggly, please call our office to address your concerns.
In general, discomfort can be treated with an over-the-counter pain medication and dental wax.
If payment is made in full at the onset of treatment, we offer a discount.
Discounts are given for additional family members who begin treatment.
For your convenience we accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover.
If you have insurance, we will help you determine your coverage and file the paperwork with your insurance company. A payment plan can be arranged for any remaining balance. Our team will assist you in filing your claim and handling any insurance questions on your behalf. If at any time during treatment you have changes to your coverage, please let us know.
We have a military discount available for active or retired military patients & their family.
It’s very important that you see Dr. Charnley & Dr. Beard regularly, as he carefully monitors your progress and oral hygiene to ensure your results are ideal. If you delay or miss appointments, you may extend the treatment time.
If you are unable to keep your appointment, please notify us as soon as possible. Rescheduling can be difficult because most appointments will be made 5 to 6 weeks in advance. If you do need to cancel your appointment due to an emergency or contagious illness, we will do our best to reschedule you in a timely manner.
When rescheduling, prime appointment slots (between 7:30-8:30 and 2:30-4:00) are typically unavailable.
You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to solve many problems yourself temporarily until you can get to our office. Please see our PDF to walk you through some quick, temporary repairs.
After alleviating your discomfort, it is very important that you still call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem. You will want to save any loose brackets or wires and bring them in with you for your repair.
In the event of an emergency, please immediately call our office number 616-842-8820. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions to your treatment plan and lengthening your care.
Congratulations on your new beautiful smile! Here’s your next step: Retainers.
Retainers are designed to hold your teeth in their corrected position throughout your lifetime. Unfortunately, our teeth continue to move over time whether you had braces or not, and if you want to continue to benefit from your beautiful smile it needs to be held that way. Luckily as the bone structure around the roots of the teeth firm up, the amount per day you will need to wear the retainers will reduce. Eventually, wearing your retainers one night per week is usually adequate to prevent the slow movement from the the bite forces.
The most important things to remember are:
- Your retainers are only effective if they are in your mouth! Wear them 16-24 hours per day or as directed by Dr. Charnley & Dr. Beard (Nights are not enough). Take them out when eating and brushing. You do not need to wear your retainers to school and/or work.
- Seat retainers using your fingers. Do not bite into position. Do not remove with your tongue.
- Keep them clean! Your retainers may be cleaned with a toothbrush and toothpaste and warm water. You don’t need to soak them in water when you aren’t wearing. Do not boil the retainer to clean.
- You may use clear denture cleaner or orthodontic appliance cleaner, such as Kleenite, Retainer Brite, etc., which you can purchase at your local store. We recommend this once a month or every other month. Only leave it in the solution for 5 mins (despite packaging instructions).
- Remove retainers to eat or to brush. Do not chew gum while wearing retainers.
- Keep them in your retainer case when they’re not in your mouth. Retainers are pretty easy to lose track of if they aren’t in their case, and pets really like them. If you lose your retainer, or it no longer fits, please call our office.
- There will be a charge to replace damaged or lost retainers.
- Please bring your retainers to your appointments.
Please ask us about our retainer for life program.
If you have any questions, please call our office at 616-842-8820.