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Zoom Your Way to a Beautiful Smile

April 5th, 2021

At Grace Kerr Orthodontics we’ve noticed a trend over the past year: more and more adults looking to straighten their teeth with orthodontics. Adults have always been interested in having a great smile but we think there’s a reason for this sharp increase in requests: Zoom. 

Think about it, pre-Covid you’d finish your morning routine at the mirror and then you wouldn’t see yourself again until it was time for your bedtime routine - other than the occasional trip to the bathroom or to take a fun selfie. Now that we’re on Zoom and FaceTime for all our meetings (sometimes even if you’re back at the office) and virtual gatherings, we’re busy staring at ourselves, and our smiles, ALL DAY LONG! 

No wonder more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment. And it’s not just any orthodontic treatment they’re after - clear aligners are the most highly sought. Clear aligners are the way to go for adult orthodontic treatment. Not only do they take less time than traditional braces, but they’re virtually invisible! Plus, we can treat only the elements of your smile that are most important to you.

Get that new smile before we go maskless again!

Here’s how it works: we start with a 3D scan of your teeth and then Dr. Grace Kerr uses our 3D imaging technology to map out a unique treatment plan and create custom aligners to guide your teeth along their journey. It will be important that you wear your aligners 22 hours per day - and since we’re all home more often these days, good hygiene will be easier to attain. 

We know there are a lot of direct to consumer options out there - here’s why we think it’s important to seek orthodontic care at a local practice: Orthodontists MOVE BONES IN YOUR FACE. Your teeth are bones! Without proper x-rays (we do 3D ones!) you could cause serious damage to your jaw, bite and smile. A local orthodontist, like Dr. Kerr, has spent years studying in dental school and then additional years of education to gain an Orthodontic specialty degree. Dr. Grace Kerr has also been treating patients in the Indianapolis area for many years; she is trusted by thousands of families in our community. 

You’ve figured out your Zoom background, it’s time to focus on the foreground.

If you’ve been staring at your smile wishing it was straighter, don’t waste another minute. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation - yes, free! We can’t wait to meet you and help you achieve the smile of your dreams. 

Stickables, The Newest Accessory to Your Child’s Smile

January 4th, 2021

If you’re a parent of a 6-9 year old, you’re going to want to know about Stickables. They’re the newest release by Invisalign - the leading manufacturer of clear orthodontic aligners - and your kiddo is going to be interested. 

While many parents come to our practice with teens, we (and the American Association of Orthodontics) actually advocate having your child seen by age 7. Why? At this early age, a trained orthodontic eye can spot development and, in certain cases, begin treatment that will ease and shorten your child’s overall need for orthodontic work. 

But, getting back to the point: What are Stickables??? Stickables are fun stickers that are specifically designed to decorate your child’s Invisalign aligners. They’re non-toxic, totally safe, and super fun! Below are some of the reasons we at, Grace Kerr Orthodontics, love them too: 

  • Our youngest patients can have fun customizing their aligners to show off their treatment and new smile
  • Stickables give kids a sense of control and autonomy in their treatment
  • They allow you, the parent, to embrace your kid’s unique style - strengthening your relationship during the difficult tween years and increasing their self-confidence.
  • Less commitment - more style. 
  • Remember the fun of picking your bracket colors for Christmas only to wish they were something new come January? Stickables can swap out with each aligner - 2 weeks tops! 
  • And, unlike colored bands on brackets, your child can swap out their designs on their own, as often as they’d like! 
  • Harder to lose - not quite invisible means these aligners are less likely to get tossed in a napkin at the lunch table and subsequently trashed.
  • Translation for grown-ups: less money spent on replacement aligners
  • Bottom line: Invisalign stickables makes wearing aligners fun!

At Grace Kerr Orthodontics, we are always working to create a fun environment where we build real relationships with our patients and their families. Your child’s self confidence along with a healthy smile are of utmost importance - it's one of the reasons we love Stickables. 

If your child is approaching their 7th birthday (or if it’s already passed) and their smile is begging for some stickables style - contact our practice. We offer complimentary consultations - virtually or in-person - and will build a customized treatment plan based on your child’s needs. 

We can’t wait to meet you! 

Thanksgiving in North America

November 25th, 2020

Thanksgiving marks the start to the holidays; a season filled with feasting, indulging, and spending time with family and friends are always special. Thanksgiving is a holiday meant for giving thanks, and while this may seem like such a natural celebration, the United States is only one of a handful of countries to officially celebrate with a holiday.

Unlike many holidays, Thanksgiving is a secular holiday, and it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States. In Canada, it is celebrated on the second Monday of October, which is, oddly enough, much closer to a time when harvests were likely gathered. In addition to the different dates, the origins of the celebration also share different roots.

Thanksgiving in the United States

Giving thanks for a bountiful harvest are not new, but the modern day holiday in the US can be traced to a celebration at Plymouth in Massachusetts in 1621. This feast of thanksgiving was inspired by a good harvest, and the tradition was simply continued on. At first, the colony at Plymouth didn't have enough food to feed everyone present, but the Native Americans helped by providing seeds and teaching them how to fish, and they soon began to be able to hold a feast worthy of the name. The tradition spread, and by the 1660s, most of New England was hosting a Thanksgiving feast in honor of the harvest.

Canadian Thanksgiving

An explorer of early Canada named Martin Frobisher is accredited for the first Canadian Thanksgiving. He survived the arduous journey from England through harsh weather conditions and rough terrain, and after his last voyage from Europe to present-day Nunavut, he held a formal ceremony to give thanks for his survival and good fortune. As time passed and more settlers arrived, a feast was added to what quickly became a yearly tradition. Another explorer, Samuel de Champlain, is linked to the first actual Thanksgiving celebration in honor of a successful harvest; settlers who arrived with him in New France celebrated the harvest with a bountiful feast.

A Modern Thanksgiving

Today, Thanksgiving is traditionally celebrated with the best of Americana. From feasts and football games to getting ready for the start of the Christmas shopping season, Thanksgiving means roasted turkey, pumpkin pie, and green bean casserole. No matter how you celebrate this momentous day, pause for a moment to give thanks for your friends, family, and all the bounties you’ve received. Happy Thanksgiving from Grace Kerr Orthodontics!

Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen®

November 18th, 2020

There are so many adults and teens in our Cincinnati office who would love to have their teeth straightened but that are unwilling to go through the long and unsightly process of traditional metal braces. Well, that's where Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® come to the rescue; the most advanced clear aligner systems in the world!

There are several reasons why, if you're considering getting braces, you should consider Invisalign too. Here are some of them:

  • You can eat whatever food you'd like, without worrying about it getting caught in wires or breaking brackets.
  • Most people won't even know you're wearing them!
  • If you need to, you can remove your aligners at any time.
  • The removable aligners let you brush and floss as you normally would, making for better overall oral health.
  • Since they are made of a smooth BPA-free plastic, Invisalign aligners are simply more comfortable to wear than traditional braces. No metal means no more roughed up gums or irritated tongue!
  • You'll need to visit our Cincinnati office less often — only once every six weeks or so.
  • With Invisalign Teen, you’ll receive up to six replacements for lost or broken aligners.

Before you get started with treatment, you’ll have a consultation with Drs. Kerr and Levy to see if Invisalign or Invisalign Teen is right for you. If your case is a good fit, then you’ll have X-rays, pictures, and impressions of your teeth taken. That information will be used to make the 3D models of your teeth that let Drs. Kerr and Levy see how they will move throughout the entire treatment and approximately how long it will take.

After that, you’ll receive your aligners based on the treatment plan we recommend. You’ll get a new set of aligners every two weeks. Then all you need to do is wear your aligners 22 hours a day and you’ll be on your way to a straighter healthier smile. Don’t hesitate to a member of our Cincinnati team for more information about Invisalign!

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