Monday, September 28, 2020

Does My Child Need Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment?

Bunn Orthodontic Group

Dr. Bunn can successfully correct most orthodontic problems regardless of the patient’s age. But that does not mean that the orthodontic treatment starting age does not matter. As with any decisions regarding health care, it is best to act when time is on your side.

Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process that involves facial and jaw changes along with straightening teeth.  As a child grows, both the upper jaw and lower jaw will grow in three dimensions. This growth will decide the final positioning of the mid and lower face. Sometimes, the upper and lower jaws will grow at different rates and create alignment issues.

Two-phase orthodontics starts with interceptive treatment. Such treatment usually occurs between the ages of seven and ten in order to make more space for developing teeth, shift teeth, or manipulate growth. The goal of interceptive treatment is to take advantage of growth potential and to catch an orthodontic problem before it gets out of hand.

Once a majority of the adult teeth have erupted, the second phase can begin. This most commonly occurs at the age of 12 or 13. The goal of Phase II treatment is to achieve ideal alignment and bite relationships with all of the permanent teeth.

Dr. Beverley Bunn recommends scheduling your child’s first orthodontic consultation around the age of 7. Even if you think your child’s smile is perfect, early diagnosis and treatment can have a lasting improvement on the function of their teeth and their overall appearance.

Not every child requires Phase I treatment. If you are interested in learning more about Two-Phase Orthodontics, contact our San Antonio orthodontic office to schedule an initial consultation for your child.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Amazing Smiles For Life

Bunn Orthodontic Group
 

It’s time to celebrate! You’ve just gotten your taken braces off and your smile looks awesome!

If you want to keep that super straight, amazing smile you're going to need to make sure you wear your retainer...your retainer is the final phase in correcting your smile.

We know you know this…the braces come of, the retainer goes on. But we can’t stress it enough. If you don’t wear your retainer as prescribed, your teeth are going to move out of alignment and back into their original, crooked places…just as if you never even had braces at all. 

Here’s something you may not know…your teeth aren't set rigidly into your jawbone like you might think. They are held in place by bands of fibrous tissue called the periodontal ligaments. After your teeth have been moved into their ideal position by your braces and/or other orthodontic appliances, it takes time for the periodontal ligaments to adjust. When you’re not wearing your retainer, pressure from your lips and tongue can cause your teeth to shift. Even if your teeth and smile don’t look like they have moved, that doesn’t mean they haven’t. If you go without wearing your retainer for long periods of time, your teeth will continue to move until misalignment is visibly noticeable, and that crooked smile you thought was a thing of the past is back again.  

The retention phase of your treatment begins as soon as your braces are removed and lasts about two years. So, please wear your retainer as prescribed by Dr. Beverley Bunn, otherwise your nice straight teeth won’t be nice and straight for long. And we know you didn’t go through orthodontic treatment just for the fun of it. 

If you have any questions about the retention phrase of your orthodontic treatment, please don't hesitate to contact our San Antonio office. A member of our friendly and knowledge team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Providing Safe Orthodontic Care

Bunn Orthodontic Group

The last few months have been a little stressful due to the unprecedented and rapidly changing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic. We know you might feel a little apprehensive about starting your orthodontic treatment, but we want you to know that the entire team at Bunn Orthodontic Group has taken great care to ensure your safety.

Whether you’re thinking that right now might not the best time to start orthodontic treatment or that if you start treatment you will likely be stuck with cancelled appointments…don’t worry, the Bunn Orthodontic Group has taken the crucial measures required to reduce infection, we have found innovative ways to provide you with excellent orthodontic care, and we will support you at every stage of your orthodontic treatment.

What Our Office is Doing

  • We are screening our team members daily for signs and symptoms of respiratory illness as well as taking each team member’s temperature.
  • We continue to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects both our patients and our team members.
  • We continue to adhere to the proper protocols for sterilizing, disinfecting, and cleaning of all instruments and equipment involved in patient care.
  • We are constantly disinfecting surfaces that are commonly used by anyone entering the office.
  • We continue to minimize the production of procedures that produce aerosols as well as work hard to reduce the amount of aerosols produced during certain procedures.

With the Bunn Orthodontic Group by your side, you can be confident about starting any necessary orthodontic treatment. From the initial consultation to the day your braces come off, your orthodontic treatment will be a smooth, simple, and safe process.

The Bunn Orthodontic Group is open to see all patients and is currently accepting new patients. Contact our San Antonio office to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Beverley J. Bunn today!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Choice is Clear with Invisalign


Invisalign

“The Choice is Clear.” You may have heard this slogan many times in the past…but what does it mean in terms of orthodontic care?

Typically when we think orthodontics, we think traditional metal braces. And while technology has made many advances in traditional braces…there are more options for achieving the smile you have always dreamed of.

The Invisalign System straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. Not only is Invisalign effective, but the aligners are nearly invisible and can be worn without detection. This eliminates the anxiety or low self-confidence that usually come with traditional metal braces.

Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using custom-made aligners created for you and only you. These aligners are smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements Dr. Beverley J. Bunn has planned out for you.

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners can be removed instantly and easily.  You can take them out without compromising your treatment. Because you can remove the aligners at your leisure, you don’t have to avoid any foods like patients with traditional braces do.  Invisalign makes it easy to eat whatever you want, whenever you want. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete.

More adults are seeking orthodontic treatment, and it's not hard to figure out why. Appliances that are barely noticeable have been developed to give adults more discreet choices when it comes to orthodontic treatment. With the Invisalign System, you’ll achieve a great smile with little disruption in your daily life.

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment for you or your teen, please call our San Antonio Orthodontic Office to learn how you can benefit from Invisalign! Request a consultation today…initial consultations at the Bunn Orthodontic Group are always free!

Did you know…
Only an orthodontist who has been trained and certified by Align Technology can diagnose and treat using Invisalign. Invisalign is not intended for children and is not appropriate for every adult. Only an orthodontist, like Dr. Bunn, can determine if this treatment is an effective option for you.

Monday, May 11, 2020

We’re Back!


Bunn Orthodontic Group
The Bunn Orthodontic Group is open to see all patients 
and is accepting new patients.

Our office has always followed the strictest sterilization and disinfection guidelines provided by OSHA and the CDC. We have always disinfected the rooms after each patient, sterilized all instruments, and wiped down common surfaces. But we did use our downtime to plan ahead for the safest possible environment we can provide for both our patients and staff.

During our time away from the office, our team has been taking a great deal of continuing education courses, staying in contact through weekly virtual meetings, and making plans to get back to work. Even though procedures and protocols may be different, the excellent care you have come to expect from our office will never change!

If you have any questions about our re-opening procedures and the steps we have taken to ensure our patients safety please do not hesitate to call San Antonio office at (210) 921-9191. Our friendly and knowledgeable team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.