September 23rd, 2022
This 2022 Fall Season we are excited to continue Ekim Orthodontics with our amazing team! We welcomed new team members: Kerri, Linda, Jamie, Shannon and Jodi! Their enthusiastic, caring nature and years of experience has been a wonderful and complimentary fit to our treatment philosophy and team culture. We are honored to have such an amazing team of day brighteners and smile makers! We also celebrated the retirement of three long term team members with many special memories. We congratulate Ruth, Fran and Jody for their amazing orthodontic careers, most of which was with Ekim Orthodontics for 15+ years. And although they are “retired”, you will still see them at the office, visiting us and supporting us at community events. We are so grateful for our Ekim Orthodontics family.
June 24th, 2022
Braces are a time tested successful orthodontic method of aligning teeth and correcting bite contacts. To optimize a patient's results and keep the teeth and gums healthy, additional oral hygiene practices are needed during orthodontic treatment using braces. Brushing additional angles with your toothbrush and long enough is important to understand. Flossing and other methods to clean around hooks and ties are modified as well. In addition, a waterpik can also help keep the gums and enamel healthy. It is also very important to continue with regular dental cleanings at your general dentist office and with your hygenist since your orthodontist works with your general dental office team to maintain your dental health. One more tip is to use a daily fluoride mouthwash to reduce the risk of white markings or cavities. These recommendations, techniques and accessories are also reviewed once your orthodontic adventure begins at our office!
May 3rd, 2022
Team Ekim Orthodontics is lucky and proud to be your trusted community orthodontic office for so many years. We look forward to many more years of making a difference in people’s lives through daily kindness and smile transformations.
March 31st, 2022
Crowding can present generalized throughout the arch, localized to a particular region in the arch form, and also vary from upper to lower arch. Some factors to consider in crowding evaluation of the developing dentition are size of teeth, arch shape, supporting bone and tissues, arch symmetry, order of eruption, direction of erupting teeth, and rotational position of teeth. Once the crowding assessment is determined, then this information is applied to other factors to best manage the crowding for each patient. These additional factors include: chronological age, dental eruption schedule, jaw growth pattern, family history, impaction risk, and anterior functional arrangement (overjet, overbite, coordination). With this assessment, orthodontic treatment options, timing recommendations, and risks/benefits of a phase I treatment or waiting for more growth and eruption of teeth can be advised.