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Make 2015 the Year of Your Smile

January 7, 2015

At Ortega Orthodontics we are looking forward to a wonderful year of creating healthy smiles and happy patients. If you’ve considered seeking orthodontic treatment in the past, there’s no better time than the present.

Do you experience difficulty chewing or discomfort when talking or eating? Do you find yourself hiding your smile because of crowded or crooked teeth? Do you want to improve your appearance and boost your confidence? With the help of your Jacksonville orthodontist, you can! Make 2015 the year that you take the first step towards achieving a healthier smile. It’s never too late to restore your confidence and get back to smiling in your day-to-day life. You won’t believe what you’ve been missing!

If you’re interested in receiving state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment right here in Jacksonville, look no further than your Ortega Orthodontics. As your Jacksonville orthodontist we look forward to giving you the smile of a lifetime during the year of 2015.

When Should Your Child Have an Orthodontic Evaluation?

December 17, 2014

Did you know that the American Association of Orthodontists recommend for your child to see an orthodontist by the time they reach the age of seven? While that might come as a surprise to you, don’t be alarmed as these early evaluations don’t typically result in early treatment.

Early evaluations are performed in order to establish a solid foundation for healthy growth and development. By the age of seven, your child’s permanent teeth have likely erupted and developmental issues can be identified. With an early evaluation, we are able to determine a likely timeline of development and treatment options. Jawbone growth, bite, and facial development are just some areas Dr. Holland and Schellhase will focus on during these early exams.

There are never any fees for an early exam here at your Jacksonville orthodontist. If you are curious about whether your young child would benefit from an early orthodontic evaluation, please contact our office today to schedule your initial visit.

Need to Know Info Regarding Your Orthodontic Appliance

December 3, 2014

As your orthodontist in Jacksonville, FL we truly enjoy improving the function and aesthetics of your smile through orthodontic treatment. Throughout your treatment process, you might have a few concerns regarding your orthodontic appliance.

While we make every effort to ensure your orthodontic treatment process is as seamless and as comfortable as possible, there are times that you might require a little guidance from your orthodontist in Jacksonville, FL. Here is some emergency info regarding the scenarios you might find yourself facing throughout your treatment:

  • Soreness or discomfort. You might experience soreness or discomfort after getting your braces on and following routine adjustments. Over-the-counter pain relievers, warm washcloths, and wax will help relieve your discomfort.
  • Loose or broken bracket. If you experience a loose or broken bracket, please contact our office as soon as possible. If the bracket is loose and remains attached to the wire, leave it in place until your visit and place wax in order to ease your discomfort. If the bracket comes completely off, slide it off and make sure to bring it with you to your next appointment.
  • Loose, poking, or broken wire. Wires can poke into your cheek and cause discomfort. You might be able to redirect the wire yourself by using your toothbrush or other device. If you’re unable to bend the wire yourself, please contact our office for an appointment.

Should you have any questions about your appliance throughout your treatment process, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. We look forward to seeing your smile at your next appointment!

Happy Thanksgiving from Everyone at Ortega Orthodontics

November 26, 2014

Smile—it’s Thanksgiving! There’s nothing more smile-worthy than a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, so take out those rubber bands and get feasting! As your Jacksonville orthodontist we hope that you are able to enjoy all of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes in the company of your family and friends.

At Ortega Orthodontics we are thankful for all of our patients, and we truly hope that you are able to spend the upcoming holiday weekend celebrating with your family and friends. Luckily most of Thanksgiving Day meal staples are safe to eat with your braces including turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry, casseroles, and dinner rolls. Craving some corn? Simply cut it off of the cob. And don’t forget the pumpkin pie!

As your Jacksonville orthodontist we are thankful for each and every one of our patients. Should you experience any problems with your braces over the holiday weekend, please feel free to call our office for assistance. Our entire staff wishes you and your family a happy Thanksgiving weekend!

How Your Smile Can Benefit from Lingual Braces

November 12, 2014

As your Orthodontist in Jacksonville, FL, we understand how important options are to our patients. If you are looking for alternatives to traditional braces then look no further than Ortega Orthodontics.

We are glad to offer several different orthodontic treatment options, depending on both your needs and preferences. If your smile needs more than the small amount of adjustments Invisalign can provide, then consider lingual braces. Lingual braces are also known as Incognito. These braces are placed on the inside of your teeth and are not noticeable in plain sight. Incognito braces are the perfect option for someone requiring orthodontic treatment without compromising your current smile. No one will know you are undergoing orthodontic treatment unless you tell them!

As your Orthodontist in Jacksonville, FL, we look forward to providing you with exceptional treatment. If you are interested in learning whether your smile can benefit from lingual braces, please contact our staff today to schedule your initial consultation. We look forward to giving you a smile to be proud of!


Looking for Invisalign Jacksonville FL? Look No Further Than Ortega

October 22, 2014

At Ortega Orthodontics we are proud to be your Invisalign Jacksonville FL resource. If your smile could use some minor adjustments then consider speaking with Dr. Holland or Dr. Schellhase about the option of Invisalign orthodontic treatment.

If your smile is in need of a little tweaking, then Invisalign may be the option for you. Invisalign offers a nearly invisible form of orthodontic treatment for straighter teeth. The clear, plastic aligners replace the wires, brackets and bands of traditional braces and allow for a more comfortable and convenient treatment process. Invisalign provides shorter and less frequent visits to the office. You will wear a set of aligners for approximately two weeks before discarding and putting in the next set. Another benefit of Invisalign is that the aligners are removable, eliminating food restrictions during treatment.

If you’re interested in straightening your teeth with Invisalign technology, please contact the Ortega Orthodontics office today. We look forward to making your teeth something to smile about.

Comfortable Treatment at Your Jacksonville Orthodontist

October 8, 2014

As your Jacksonville orthodontist, we aim to provide all of our patients with an enjoyable, comfortable patient experience during each office visit. If you’re looking to improve your bite, smile and your life—look no further than Ortega Orthodontics.

We pride ourselves on providing an overall positive experience for each and every patient at each and every appointment. At Ortega Orthodontics we realize that most people don’t look forward to a dental visit, therefore we strive to make your orthodontic treatment with us as comfortable and as enjoyable as possible. Our modern, spacious office located in Jacksonville is designed to promote comfort for our patients and their families. Our experienced and friendly doctors and staff are dedicated to providing exceptionally beautiful and healthy smiles.

As your resource for Jacksonville braces, our staff looks forward to showing you just how enjoyable orthodontic treatment can be. If you’re interested in a straighter, healthier smile, please contact the staff at Ortega Orthodontics today to schedule your initial consultation. Check out a tour of the office here.

Retention, Retention, Retention!

September 24, 2014

As your resource for orthodontic treatment in the Jacksonville area, we are happy to help our patients achieve the brilliant smiles they’ve always dreamt of. While braces are capable of straightening your teeth, the entire orthodontic treatment process is not complete without the retention phase.

At Ortega Orthodontics the beginning phase of orthodontic treatment typically requires years of wearing braces. Though this stage is essential to achieving a straight and healthy smile, it is not the last step of the process. Following the initial phase of braces, the retention phase will begin. During the retention phase patients are required to take on responsibility for wearing his or her retainer daily. The retention phase usually lasts approximately one year and retainers must be worn at least 22 hours a day. In order to achieve a long lasting straight smile, it is imperative to wear your retainer for as long as your doctor recommends.

As your resource for healthy, straight teeth in Jacksonville, Florida we look forward to helping you realize the beautiful, radiant smile you deserve. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

Straight Teeth Equal a Healthy Smile

September 10, 2014

At Ortega Orthodontics we know that a straight smile is a healthy smile. If you have been considering seeking orthodontic treatment but haven’t been able to justify straightening your teeth for aesthetic purposes—then think again. As your resource for braces in Jacksonville, we can help you understand the benefits of investing in a healthy smile.

The results of orthodontic treatment will not only improve the aesthetics of your smile and boost your confidence level, but it will also benefit the condition of your overall oral health. Orthodontic treatment can straighten crowded teeth and allow more effective cleaning. It can also help improve your bite, which will help ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth.

As your resource for orthodontics in Jacksonville, Florida we look forward to improving your smile. When your smile looks good you not only feel good but your mouth is healthier too. Contact our office today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Holland or Dr. Schellhase.


Healthy Smiles Are Not Just for Kids!

August 27, 2014

Healthy smiles are not just for kids! As your resource for orthodontics in Jacksonville, Florida we provide treatments for both adolescents and adults.

If you’ve been putting off seeking orthodontic treatment for years, there’s no better time than now. With the advancements in orthodontics, more and more adults are seeking treatment each day. There are more options than ever for image conscious adults that need a slight tweak to their smile. These less noticeable choices include appliances like Invisalign®, clear brackets, and lingual braces. Do you have a teen currently receiving orthodontic treatment? A popular time for adult treatment is during their children’s treatment as it is convenient to schedule appointments together. If your child is currently undergoing treatment with Ortega Orthodontics, contact our office to inquire about your consultation before your child’s next visit.

It’s never too late to improve both the aesthetics and function of your smile. If you’re interested in seeking treatment contact our office at Ortega Orthodontics to schedule your initial consultation.

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