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The Origins of Orthodontia

June 4, 2015

You know that braces straighten teeth, correct bites and help align the jaw but did you know that the science of orthodontia dates back to Hippocrates? That’s right there’s a history behind those brackets and wires. If you really want to appreciate your treatment plan, check out this – very – brief history of orthodontia.

Ancient Times — Aulus Corneilus Celsus recorded the first treatment of crooked teeth by, “finger pressure.” Remains of Ancient Romans have been found, teeth bound with gold wire. Some mummies have even been discovered with metal bands wrapped around their teeth. Historians believe they closed tooth gaps with a cord made of animal intestines.

18th Century – Pierre Fauchard, a French dentist, is credited with inventing orthodontia in his book, “The Surgeon Dentist.” His device was an iron arch called a, “Bandeau,” essentially an early palate expander. His successor, Louis Bourdet, perfected the, “Bandeau,” and began extracting teeth to assuage crowding.

19th Century – in 1819 Orthodontia became a science with the dawn of the wire crib. Several dentists began creating instruments that, in effect, laid the groundwork for modern braces. In 1843 gum elastics came on the scene and followed up by rubber bands in 1850. And, finally in 1880 a dentist named J.N. Farrar was the first orthodontist to suggest that using mild force over a period of time was the best way to correct crooked teeth.

20th Century – In 1901, the first school of orthodontics and the American Society of Orthodontia were founded. And, classification systems for the crookedness of teeth were put into place. The practice took off from there, and allowed for orthodontia to become a bon a fide science.

Today –Patients can choose from traditional, clear, and lingual braces. You don’t even need metal to straighten your smile or correct bite thanks to Invisalign. And, as technology advances the possibilities of orthodontics are limitless.

Orthodontia has sure come a long way from, “Finger pressure,” “Bandeaus” and animal intestines holding teeth together. It makes us all grateful we’ve got choices and Tylenol.





Orthodontic Emergency Checklist

May 20, 2015

Having braces alters your lifestyle. For the most part the goal of having a straight, healthy smile makes the slight discomfort of not chewing gum, or eating candy apples an easy choice. Sometimes, however, orthodontic mishaps do happen and can severely affect your treatment. Here at Ortega Orthodontics, we’re ready to fix any of your problems. Should you run into an orthodontic emergency, here’s what you should do:

Broken Bracket: A broken bracket is a common nuisance that should be fixed as soon as possible. Teeth can shift adding time to your treatment, and discomfort in your mouth. If the bracket is still on the wire, leave it there until your appointment. If it falls off completely, hold onto it and bring it in.

Broken Wire: Broken wires are extremely uncomfortable and need to be put back in place. If left out of place they can cut the inside of your mouth and cause extreme discomfort. Even worse, a broken archwire can derail an entire treatment and will be scheduled immediately for repair.

The Non-Emergency
Scraping and Scratching: When you first get your braces, it takes time to adapt to the feeling in your mouth. They are abrasive, but you’ll get used to them. This is not an emergency. Apply wax over the brackets to ease the discomfort.

If you have any questions about orthodontic emergencies, or would like to know more about when you need to schedule an emergency visit, don’t hesitate to call!

What’s an Orthodontist Anyway?

May 7, 2015

At Ortega Orthodontics we’re proud to have not one, but two experienced orthodontists under our roof. When we heard that recent research revealed that less than 6% of consumers either don’t know or don’t see the difference between orthodontists and dentists, we knew that we had to set things straight here on our blog.

In order to become orthodontists, both Dr. Holland and Dr. Schellhase first needed to become dentists. Only after becoming a general dentist can a doctor go on to become an orthodontist. General dentists check your general oral health, fix your cavities, and clean your teeth. Becoming an orthodontist requires additional education, making orthodontists specialists in both aligning jaws and straightening teeth.

Still have questions about the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist? Don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation here at your Jacksonville orthodontist office and find the answers you’re looking for! We look forward to giving you answers you can smile about!

Smile – It’s Tax Day!

April 15, 2015

As you likely already know, today is April 15th – tax day. For many, tax time is an opportunity to formulate a game plan for financial health for the next year. Have you considered using a tax refund to help fund your oral health? The team at Ortega Orthodontics can help! Whether you are counting on a tax refund check or not, many families here in Jacksonville, Florida have contemplated orthodontic treatment for themselves or a member of their family and now is the perfect time to take action.

Orthodontic treatment can take a variety of forms – including traditional braces, clear (ceramic) brackets, Invisalign, and more. Treatment lengths and options vary based upon the unique needs and goals of the patient, and the doctors here at Ortega are available to help assess your particular needs and draw up a plan tailor-made for you!

While orthodontic treatment is an investment, the dividends include a straighter smile, improved oral health, and less stress on your bite. So don’t delay and make an appointment for a consultation today. By tax time next year, you could be well on your way to experiencing the most rewarding return of all– a whole new smile!

Spring Into Your New Smile

April 1, 2015

Spring is officially in full bloom here in Jacksonville, and at Ortega Orthodontics we couldn’t be more excited to see what the new season will bring! If you’ve been considering seeking orthodontic treatment, there’s no better time than now!

Are you ready for a fresh beginning? When you choose to improve your smile through braces, that’s exactly what you’ll get! Achieving a straighter smile will boost your self-confidence, impacting just about every part of your life. So if you’re committed to giving your smile the fresh start that it deserves, were committed to giving it to you! Don’t waste another moment considering orthodontic treatment; Dr. Holland and Dr. Schellhase are ready to give you the smile you’ve been waiting for!

Remember, the sooner you decide to get your braces on, the sooner they will be off and you will be rocking a beautiful new smile! If you’re ready to improve the aesthetics and health of your smile this season, look no further than Ortega Orthodontics. We look forward to seeing you this spring!

Retain Your Retainer for Years to Come!

March 19, 2015

At Ortega Orthodontics we love to share in the experience when our patients get their braces off and see the smile they’ve always wanted. While braces are a major component of orthodontics, they’re certainly not the only component. When it comes to your smile, your retainer is your best friend.

After your braces are removed, your orthodontist in Jacksonville will fabricate a retainer for you to wear for as long as possible. When cared for, these appliances can last you for a lifetime, ensuring a long lasting smile. Your retainer should be properly stored in its case at all times when not in your mouth. Keep the retainer in a safe location, hidden away from pets and children. Wearing your retainer more often actually protects it from these everyday threats.

Whether you’re just getting your braces on, on or you’re just getting your braces off, we’re excited for your new smile! Contact your orthodontist in Jacksonville today with any questions about wearing or storing your braces. We look forward to helping you achieve a lifelong healthy smile!

Be Confident in Your Adult Treatment!

March 9, 2015

Have you considered how your life would change with orthodontic treatment? You might not be a teenager anymore and that’s ok! As your Jacksonville orthodontist we can move your healthy teeth at any age. There are several treatment options that you can choose from depending on the specific needs of your oral health.

While adolescence is a popular time for treatment because it is a time of growth, it is not the only window for treatment. As an adult, you can be confident in your decision to improve your smile once and for all! There are several different treatment options to choose from depending on the needs of your teeth and bite, several much less noticeable than traditional braces. These treatments include Invisalign, lingual braces, and ceramic braces.

At Ortega Orthodontics we enjoy treating smiles of all ages. When you’re ready to feel great about your smile, look no further than your Jacksonville orthodontist. We look forward to giving you something to truly smile about!

Happy National Children’s Dental Health Month!

February 19, 2015

Did you know that each February marks National Children’s Dental Health Month? While our patients are typically in their adolescence and beyond, we proudly offer early treatment as well.

As your resource for braces in Jacksonville, FL, we’d like to take a moment to acknowledge our youngest patients and their dental health. Each February the American Dental Association sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month in order to raise awareness about the importance of practicing proper dental health early on. Teaching children from a young age how to correctly brush and floss their teeth is vital to helping them achieve a life-long healthy smile. The 2015 slogan, “Defeat Monster Mouth” is a fun way to engage kids in their oral health.

If you have any questions about seeking orthodontic treatment for your children, don’t hesitate to contact your resource for braces in Jacksonville, FL. At Ortega Orthodontics we proudly offer complimentary exams for our youngest patients. We look forward to helping you and/or your children achieve a straighter, healthier smile.

Proud Sponsor of the Ortega River Run

February 4, 2015

As your Jacksonville orthodontist we are exceedingly proud to serve our Jacksonville community on a daily basis. At Ortega Orthodontics we are happy to share that we will be serving as a sponsor of the upcoming Ortega River Run. We couldn’t be more excited to take part in this historic local event!

The 37th Annual Ortega River Run is taking place Saturday, February 28th, 2015. There will be a one-mile fun run beginning at 8 am and the five-mile run/walk beginning at 8:30 am. The races will both start and finish at St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School. Registration for this highly anticipated event is taking place now. This local tradition includes a historic course that takes participants over bridges and along streets lined with beautiful trees.

At Ortega Orthodontics we hope to see your smiling faces at the 37th Annual Ortega River Run for a wonderful Saturday morning event! Contact your Jacksonville orthodontist today to schedule a consultation about straightening your smile.

Benefits of Invisalign in Jacksonville

January 22, 2015

Are you interested in improving the aesthetics of your smile by closing small gaps or correcting minor crowding in your teeth? Invisalign is a state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment method, intended to straighten teeth when no jaw correction is required. Invisalign offers a very different orthodontic treatment experience over traditional braces.

Should you be a candidate for Invisalign, there are several benefits to choosing Invisalign:

  • The clear aligners are close to invisible
  • The aligners are smooth and comfortable
  • The aligners are easily removed for eating and cleaning
  • There are no food limitations
  • Invisalign requires shorter appointments
  • There is a longer period of time between required appointments

At Ortega Orthodontics we take pride in serving as your resource for Invisalign in Jacksonville. If you’re interested in a slight tweak of your smile, then we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Holland to discuss your available treatment options.

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