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Age 7 is the Magic Number for an Orthodontic Check-Up

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Many parents assume they must wait until their child has all of his or her permanent teeth to see Dr. Darren Loew or Dr. Carla Banduci for a consultation, only to discover treatment would have been much easier if started earlier. Did you know the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic check-up no later than age seven?

That’s right—seven.

Ok, so what’s so great about age seven, you ask? Enough permanent teeth have arrived for Drs. Loew and Banduci to make a determination about whether any problems are present. The first molars have come in, providing an opportunity to check for malocclusion, or “bad bite.” Also, the incisors have begun to come in, and problems such as crowding, deep bites and open bites can be detected.

Orthodontic evaluation at an early age provides one of two positive outcomes: For some, early identification or problems will lead to easier or shorter orthodontic treatment in the future. For others, a healthy prognosis will provide immediate peace of mind.

Early evaluation, of course, may signal a need for early treatment. For some children, early treatment can prevent physical and emotional trauma. Aside from spurring on years of harmful teasing, misaligned teeth are also prone to injury and are detrimental to good oral hygiene. So, if your child is nearing his or her seventh birthday, give us a call at Loew Orthodontics to schedule an appointment.

Loew Orthodontics, Taking Steps to Reduce Our Environmental Impact

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

We are living in an age with a renewed commitment to conservation, and are frequently reminded to recycle, reduce and reuse. Today is Earth Day, and we thought this would a great time to discuss the things that Loew Orthodontics does to conserve our natural resources and the environment.

Did you know that we offer patients account access 24 hours a day, seven days a week? Our office has convenient and secure online services with Sesame 24-7™. Patients can also receive appointment reminders through email or text messages. Since this information is submitted electronically, we eliminate the use of large amounts of paper and printing materials.

Dr. Darren Loew, Dr. Carla Banduci, and our team would love to hear how you minimize your impact on the environment. Leave us a comment below or you can also visit our Facebook page and post something on our wall.

Happy Earth Day!

At Loew Orthodontics, what puts you at ease?

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Dr. Darren Loew, Dr. Carla Banduci and team understand not everyone enjoys visiting their orthodontist. But we strive to bring you the best and most comforting experience at each visit.

We’d like to know: What is it about Loew Orthodontics that makes you comfortable or puts you at ease? Is it something about our pleasant office environment? Our friendly staff, Dr. Loew or Dr. Banduci?

Let us know by posting here, on our Facebook page, or by giving us a call!

Dr. Loew in action! James gets his BRACES off!

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

In this video, Flemington and Annandale orthodontist, Dr. Darren Loew, takes the braces off of James, a Loew Orthodontics patient.

As you will see from the video, getting your braces removed consists of:
- Removing the brackets
- Buzzing the glue off and polishing the teeth
- Flossing the teeth
- Choosing the flavor for retainer impressions
- Taking impressions for the retainer
- And finally, the BRACES OFF Graduation with Dr. Loew!!

Congratulations on your NEW smile James!

-Drs. Darren Loew, Carla Banduci, and staff

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