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By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
December 14, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
NBCStarDeliversaMessageaboutthePerfectSmile

Sometimes it seems that appearances count for everything—especially in Hollywood. But just recently, Lonnie Chaviz, the 10-year-old actor who plays young Randall on the hit TV show This Is Us, delivered a powerful message about accepting differences in body image. And the whole issue was triggered by negative social media comments about his smile.

Lonnie has a noticeable diastema—that is, a gap between his two front teeth; this condition is commonly seen in children, but is less common in adults. There are plenty of celebrities who aren’t bothered by the excess space between their front teeth, such as Michael Strahan, Lauren Hutton and Vanessa Paradis. However, there are also many people who choose to close the gap for cosmetic or functional reasons.

Unfortunately, Lonnie had been on the receiving end of unkind comments about the appearance of his smile. But instead of getting angry, the young actor posted a thoughtful reply via Instagram video, in which he said: “I could get my gap fixed. Braces can fix this, but like, can you fix your heart, though?”

Lonnie is raising an important point: Making fun of how someone looks shows a terrible lack of compassion. Besides, each person’s smile is uniquely their own, and getting it “fixed” is a matter of personal choice. It’s true that in most circumstances, if the gap between the front teeth doesn’t shrink as you age and you decide you want to close it, orthodontic appliances like braces can do the job. Sometimes, a too-big gap can make it more difficult to eat and to pronounce some words. In other situations, it’s simply a question of aesthetics—some like it; others would prefer to live without it.

There’s a flip side to this issue as well. When teeth need to be replaced, many people opt to have their smile restored just the way it was, rather than in some “ideal” manner. That could mean that their dentures are specially fabricated with a space between the front teeth, or the crowns of their dental implants are spaced farther apart than they normally would be. For these folks, the “imperfection” is so much a part of their unique identity that changing it just seems wrong.

So if you’re satisfied with the way your smile looks, all you need to do is keep up with daily brushing and flossing, and come in for regular checkups and cleanings to keep it healthy and bright. If you’re unsatisfied, ask us how we could help make it better. And if you need tooth replacement, be sure to talk to us about all of your options—teeth that are regular and “Hollywood white;” teeth that are natural-looking, with minor variations in color and spacing; and teeth that look just like the smile you’ve always had.

Because when it comes to your smile, we couldn’t agree more with what Lonnie Chaviz said at the end of his video: “Be who you want to be. Do what you want to do. Do you. Be you. Believe in yourself.”

If you have questions about cosmetic dentistry, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Magic of Orthodontics.”

By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
January 22, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics  

Different Types of Mouth BracesHow orthodontic treatment from your dentists in Port Orchard, WA, can improve your smile

If you are embarrassed by rotated or poorly-positioned teeth, it’s time to straighten your smile. Additionally, if you are having jaw pain due to poor jaw alignment, straightening your smile may help. In fact, there are many ways a straight smile will help you, along with a number of methods to achieve that improved alignment. Keep reading to find out more, and call Drs. Ronald L. Schoepflin and Scott Smith at Schoepflin Dental Excellence in Port Orchard, WA, for your own orthodontic treatment!

 

The Benefits of Orthodontics

So, why do you need a straight smile? A straight smile can help you look more attractive, is easier to keep clean, and can help prevent jaw problems including TMJ issues. You can achieve a straight smile even if you have:

  • An underbite or overbite
  • A crossbite or open bite
  • Rotated, twisted, or poorly-aligned teeth
  • Crowding, overlapping, or gaps between your teeth

At Schoepflin Dental Excellence you can also choose from a variety of materials for your braces including:

  • Metal brackets and wires, which are the conventional method of straightening your smile
  • Clear brackets and tooth-colored wires, which are less noticeable than metal
  • Lingual braces, which are cemented on to the tongue-side surfaces of your teeth, making them the least noticeable type of braces

You can also choose an orthodontic treatment which uses clear plastic trays, instead of brackets and wires. This system, known as Invisalign, uses aligners (trays) made of clear, smooth plastic which are virtually invisible to the people around you. Treatment is comfortable and user-friendly, for you can remove the aligners when brushing and flossing, as well as when eating all of the foods that you love (there are no dietary restrictions with this option). Invisalign treatment is complete at 9 to 15 months.

 

Interested? Give us a Call!

You deserve a straight, beautiful smile and now it’s quicker and easier to achieve than you have ever thought possible. No matter what your age is, you can still have a straight, attractive smile thanks to modern orthodontic treatment. Whether you are interested in braces or Invisalign, your dentists at Schoepflin Dental Excellence can help. Call Drs. Ronald L. Schoepflin and Scott Smith at Schoepflin Dental Excellence in Port Orchard, Washington today to find out more! Our number is (360) 871-2959.

By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
March 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics  

Braces are a powerful dental tool which can give your smile a straighter, more beautiful appearance while at the same time correcting thebraces jaw’s bite issues to improve the teeth’s functionality. However, biting the bullet and committing to orthodontic care can seem like a big decision to make. Luckily, your orthodontist is an expert in diagnosing bite problems and administering orthodontic care to ensure that you have a healthy smile you feel proud to show off. Find out more about braces and the signs you may need them with Dr. Ronald Schoepflin at Schoepflin Dental Excellence in Port Orchard, WA.

Do I need braces? 
If you have ever wished for a straighter smile, you may benefit from orthodontic care. In some cases, other, less invasive procedures like bonding or veneers may be able to correct minor misalignments. Crowded teeth or gapped teeth can also benefit from orthodontic care. However, braces do more than correct misaligned teeth. They also focus on bite issues like overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite. Braces make it easier to clean the teeth by eliminating the small spaces between crowded or overlapped teeth, helping to decrease the chances of teeth decay and gum disease.

What are my orthodontic options? 
Traditional metal braces are the most common kind of orthodontic care. This method uses permanently attached metal brackets and wires to move the teeth into their final positions. However, other types of braces are gaining popularity. Lingual braces attach to the back of the teeth to fully hide from view. Clear aligner trays also allow patients to straighten their teeth discreetly, using a series of trays worn one after another to move the teeth. Ceramic braces are similar to traditional metal braces but use tooth-colored brackets and wires.

Orthodontic Care in Port Orchard, WA
For more information on braces in the Port Orchard, WA area, please contact Dr. Schoepflin at Schoepflin Dental Excellence. Your journey to a new smile can start today with a simple phone call. Call (360) 871-2959 to schedule your consultation for braces today!

By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
December 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics  
UnderstandingtheAgingProcessLeadstoMoreEffectiveOrthodontics

If you’ve ever looked at younger photos of yourself, you’re sure to notice differences with your present appearance. Of course, your basic features might appear much the same. But maybe your lips seemed a little thicker back then, or your nose a bit less prominent.

This is because your facial features don’t stop growing when you reach adulthood—they continue to change throughout your life. For example, lips reach their maximum thickness by around age 14 for girls or age 16 for boys; they’ll remain at that level of thickness for a few years before gradually thinning throughout adulthood. The nose will also continue to grow, becoming more prominent especially as changes in the lower part of the face can make the chin appear shorter.

Although each of us ages at different rates and in different ways, these general physical trends are somewhat predictable. That’s why we can use the knowledge of how our facial physiology changes with age to fine tune orthodontic or other cosmetic dental treatments. The most optimum approach is to consider treatment in the early stages of bite development during childhood or early adolescence.

This means we’re doing more than correcting a patient’s current bite: we’re also taking into account how tooth movement now might affect the jaw and facial structures later in life. By incorporating our understanding of age-related changes into our treatment we might be able to provide some hedge against the effects of aging.

This approach starts with early comprehensive dental care, preferably before a child’s first birthday, and an orthodontic evaluation at around age 6 to assess bite development. It may also be necessary to initiate interceptive treatment at an early age to lessen or even eliminate a growing bite problem to help ease the extent of future treatment. And if a bite requires correction, early evaluation can help create a timetable for effective treatment in later years.

Taking this approach can correct problems now affecting both dental health and appearance. But by acknowledging the aging process in our treatments, we can build the foundation for a beautiful smile well into the future.

If you would like more information on keeping an attractive smile throughout your life, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
January 31, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics  

Having crooked or overlapping teeth can cause serious issues for your smile but braces can help.braces

Are you looking for a way to fix that gap between your teeth? Do you hate how crowded your teeth have become? Do you wish your teeth were less crooked and more even? If so, you certainly aren’t alone. Both children and adults are turning to our Port Orchard, WA, dentist, Dr. Ronald Schoepflin, to get braces. Find out the many advantages to getting orthodontic treatment.

A more attractive smile

This is one of the more obvious benefits but one that shouldn’t go ignored. After all, being able to get a straighter smile and get rid of gaps between teeth and crookedness can go a long way to improving your appearance. Since a smile is often one of the first features someone notices about you, knowing you have a gorgeous smile will certainly improve your appearance.

You’ll feel more confident

This brings us to our next point: confidence. Anyone with spacing issues, malocclusions (“bad bites”) or crowding will tell you that they feel embarrassed by their smile. Of course, the moment those braces come off and your smile is even and straighter you’ll instantly feel a boost to your self-esteem. You won’t have to worry about needing to hide your smile from those around you.

You’ll reduce your risk for decay

Since teeth that are crowded or overlapping often make it more challenging to clean properly our Port Orchard general dentist finds that having these issues puts patients at an increased likelihood for developing cavities. Even the very best brushers and flossers won’t be able to get around these hard-to-reach areas. In this case, the best way to combat this is to get braces to fix these issues and make cleaning teeth much easier.

You’ll be less likely to deal with dental injuries

If you have a severe overbite or underbite then there may be unnecessary pressure being placed on some of your teeth. As a result, you are more likely to deal with chipped, cracked or fractured teeth. To prevent this dental damage all you have to do is get braces. There are so many different types of braces available, from traditional metal braces to clear brackets to nearly invisible removable aligners. How you straighten your smile is up to you.

If you want to find out whether braces are indeed the ideal treatment for your smile then it’s time you called Schoepflin Dental Excellence in Port Orchard, WA, for a consultation.