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Grace Kerr Orthodontics Welcoming Back Patients

May 14th, 2020

Dear Patients of Grace Kerr Orthodontics,

We are happy to welcome you back to the office starting May 18th as we reopen under the guidelines of the Ohio State Dental Board and Center for Disease Control! Please know we are working very hard to reschedule all of our patients. We ask that you wait for us to call you to make a new appointment at this time. Hygiene and safety have always been a priority at our office, and we will be taking additional measures to ensure the safety of our patients and staff during this time.

Here are a few of our current in office changes and guidelines:

  • Our office hours have changed. We will now be open Monday-Thursday 8am-3pm and Friday 8am-2pm. We will be staggering patient appointments to reduce the number of people in the office and to maintain social distancing.
  • Any patient experiencing flu-like symptoms or fever, feeling sick or that has been exposed to anyone suspected to have been exposed to COVID-19, please reschedule your appointment and please do not enter the office.
  • Anyone entering the office will be asked to fill out a health questionnaire and have their temperature taken.
  • When arriving for your appointment, we ask that you text our office (513-533-4200) with the patient’s name and car make/color. Our parking lot will be our new waiting room!
  • For your safety and the safety of our other patients, we strongly prefer for anyone accompanying a patient to wait in the car during the exam unless the patient is under 6 years old. Caregivers and guardians assisting patients with special needs are welcome to accompany the patient to the treatment area.
  • For new patients or patients with consults under 18, one parent/guardian may accompany the patient into the office.
  • We ask that all patients/guardians wear a facial covering. If you do not have one, we will provide one.
  • If you are unable to make your appointment, please give us a 24-hour notice or there will be a $75 no show charge.
  • Our tooth brushing stations are closed for now. Please brush your teeth thoroughly before coming to your appointment.
  • To avoid any spreading of the virus, we have added a dedicated separate room for any intervention that might involve aerosol. We will be installing an Extraoral Dental Suction System in order to reduce aerosols within that room.
  • For additional safety, we have installed Extreme Microbial Technology which is a proven proactive solution for management of potentially harmful pathogens and VOCs in the air and on surfaces. It also reduces up to 99.9% of bacteria, mold, mildews and fungi continuously.

Finally, for your convenience and safety, we will continue to offer virtual appointments and consultations.

Our staff and patients are our family, and we are doing everything we can to keep our family safe. We thank you for your understanding and patience and look forward to seeing you again very soon!

Dr. Grace Kerr and Team

Things You Should Never Use Your Braces For

May 13th, 2020

When you get your braces, Drs. Kerr and Levy and our staff will also give you a list of foods you should not eat and things you should not do. Pay particular attention to these items to keep your teeth and braces safe.

Charms belong on bracelets. While you can decorate your braces with colored bands, hanging a charm off them is a bad idea. If you bite down on the charm, you could damage your braces or your teeth. You could also swallow your jewelry.

Never use your teeth as a bottle opener. This is just as important when you are wearing braces. While braces straighten your teeth, your teeth are moving in the process. That makes them weaker, and the metal in the braces does not make them invincible. Invest in a bottle opener; you can buy one for a few dollars, which is much less expensive than having to replace your braces.

Contrary to what you might think, your braces are not designed to work as a radio. There are tales of people who have picked up radio signals from dental fillings or braces. While this is remotely possible, attaching an antenna to your mouth is just not a good idea. You will get better quality music from a radio.

On the other hand, you can still kiss someone while wearing braces. In fact, even if both of you wear braces, the chances of your getting locked together are almost negligible. However, to avoid cutting your partner’s lips, kiss with caution.

If you have any questions about taking care of your braces, please ask Drs. Kerr and Levy and our staff. We want you to get the best results from your treatment without needless delays.

May is National Teen Self-Esteem Month!

May 6th, 2020

The month of May has the unique distinction of being National Teen Self-Esteem Month. What does that mean?

National Teen Self-Esteem Month was created to raise public awareness about how low self-esteem can negatively affect teens. Especially during May, parents and guardians of teens are asked to be positive role models. If teens can receive positive re-enforcement and their negative images of themselves are improved, then their self-esteem has a better chance of developing in a positive direction.

Drs. Kerr and Levy and our team at Grace Kerr Orthodontics know there are a lot of young adults living in America are struggling with depressed self-images. These can affect all aspects of their everyday lives. Some evidence shows learning abilities and increased risk of eating disorders can originate in a teen’s low self-esteem. It can also lead to abuse of drugs and thoughts of suicide. Dating violence among high school teens is now more common than previously thought.

What can be done to help?

So what can adults do specifically to help their teens? The National Teen Self-Esteem Facebook page offers a variety of suggestions and positive messages for teens and parents alike. Of all the pages your teen “likes” on social media, perhaps he or she should include this page. Some of the tips offered include:

  1. When you stumble, get right back up.
  2. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else.
  3. Do things that make you feel good about yourself.
  4. Open yourself up to compliments.

Another great way to build self-esteem is to have a beautiful, health smile, and that’s where our team at Grace Kerr Orthodontics come in! Whether your teen is due for a simple cleaning, could benefit from cosmetic treatments, or needs orthodontic care, we can help bestow a confident smile he or she will be proud to show off.

Overall, a more positive approach to life will help us all. It is a very important trait to instill in our teens. As parents, a big part of our responsibility is to show our children there is always another day and bumps in the road are just that. We need to help guide their self-esteem and reinforce their positive traits. We can help them recognize the value of who they are.

We should make our children’s self esteem a priority — not just in May, but throughout the year. Let National Teen Self-Esteem Month serve as the impetus for new levels of self-esteem.

For more information on this topic, or to schedule an appointment with Drs. Kerr and Levy, please give us a call at our convenient Cincinnati office!

Myths of Orthodontics

April 29th, 2020

The stereotypical braces wearer – in middle school, with a mouth full of metal brackets – has led to numerous myths about orthodontics that discourage many people from getting the dental care they need. Drs. Kerr and Levy and our staff would like to put some of these myths to rest.

Myth 1: Orthodontic treatment is for kids. Although teenagers often visit the orthodontist to get braces, adults represent a growing proportion of orthodontic patients. Whether you’re eight or 80, a consultation with an orthodontist can identify problems with your teeth, jaws, or bite that can be corrected by orthodontic interventions.

Myth 2: Traditional, metal braces are my only option. Advances in orthodontic technology have rendered improved braces and other orthodontic appliances that are much less noticeable than the braces of yesteryear. Ask Drs. Kerr and Levy about Invisalign® braces and other options that make sense for your situation.

Myth 3: Orthodontic treatment is only helpful for crooked teeth. Sure, a crooked smile is a common reason that patients seek orthodontic care. However, orthodontic interventions help with a range of dental health problems. From missing teeth to overbite to jaw misalignment, your orthodontist can help with many problems associated with the teeth, gums, and jaws.

Myth 4: Orthodontic treatment is too expensive. As with any medical procedure, orthodontics can be pricey. However, our Cincinnati team works with patients to find payment plans, insurance coverage, or other payment options that reduce the financial burden.

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