You don’t necessarily have to wait for a child’s molars to come in before seeing an Orthodontist! The American Association of Orthodontists suggest that children be seen at age 7 regardless of how many permanent teeth have erupted. Give us a call and we’ll monitor your child’s teeth and jaw development for you at no cost!
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Forcing yourself to smile for 30 seconds releases chemicals that can change your mood. So, set your timer and see if it works for you today.
Just because you did not have orthodontic treatment as a child, it is not too late! On average, 25-30% of patients in orthodontic treatment are adults. Give us a call and schedule a consultation. Your journey to a beautiful smile could start today!
OCTOBER! It’s our month to celebrate! The month of October is National Orthodontic Health Month. We feel very blessed to work in this wonderful profession and we send a special thank you to all the patients we have had the opportunity to make “SMILE” since we’ve been in business. Please help us celebrate by telling your friends or family who could benefit from orthodontic treatment to come in for an evaluation, and be sure they tell us that you sent them. Happy NOHM!
Elastics should be worn exactly as the doctor prescribes. Follow the doctor’s instructions and we’ll get the movement we need to help you reach your deband date on time! Remember that you can always drop by our office during business hours if you need additional elastics.
Biting your nails is a habit you should break for many reasons. Not only is it harmful to the hands and nails (and doesn’t really look very nice), but it can do a number on your teeth. Nail biting can cause the teeth to shift or break and can also splinter the tooth enamel. Invest in a nail file and save your teeth!
Thank you for voting us Best Orthodontic Office four years in a row in Sheboygan County!
If you think your time for a straighter smile has long passed, think again. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, about one in five orthodontic patients is an adult. Many adult patients are in their 50s, 60s and 70s. That means kids, parents and grandparents can all reap the benefits of a straighter smile through orthodontic treatment.
Today is Sunglasses Day! No, we did not make this up. Sunglasses Day was started to educate people on how very important sunglass wear is to eyes. Healthcare professionals recommend sunglasses to protect your eyes from ultraviolet radiation (UV) and blue light, which can cause several different serious eye problems. So, grab a fabulous pair to wear today!
Did you know that your teeth have a memory? If you don’t follow your retention instructions and wear your retainer as prescribed, teeth can move. Don’t let all your hard work go to waste. Keep your beautiful new smile for a lifetime with proper retainer wear.
Help us welcome two new assistants, Sarah and Eliza! They both graduated from Dental Assisting School this past May.
Are you guilty of not wearing your rubber bands? We hope not, because NOT wearing them as prescribed can definitely slow down treatment. And, we know you want your braces to come off on schedule. Let us know if you have any problems with rubber band compliance – we’ll help!
Every smile we create is different but perfect, just like every patient!
If you are still considering your career options, look no further! Curious about the difference in becoming a Dentist and becoming an Orthodontist? Dentists and Orthodontists will have similar educational backgrounds. Both must get a bachelor’s degree and then complete a four-year doctoral program at a Dental School. At this point, to become an orthodontist, the dentist must then serve a two- or three-year residency in orthodontics at an American Dental Association approved, university-affiliated program. Ideally, an orthodontist will be certified by the American Board of Orthodontics, the only orthodontic specialty board recognized by the American Dental Association.
During National Children’s Dental Health Month, we want to remind you that the American Association of Orthodontists suggest that children should be seen by an Orthodontist by the age of seven. Not every orthodontic problem can be corrected at age seven, but most problems can be identified. Tell all your friends that we are happy to monitor any child’s jaw growth and tooth development every 6 months until we determine if orthodontic treatment would be beneficial or not. Call us for a complimentary appointment today!
A New Year reminder of the importance of having your regular 6-month dental cleanings while in Orthodontic treatment. Your Dentist and Dental Hygienist play a very important role in your treatment at our practice. Be sure that you have your next cleaning already scheduled!
Some days we all need a little help with putting on a happy face!
So many of our patients will be traveling to Grandma’s house for the holidays that we thought it might be a good time to remind you again of a few travel safety tips for your braces!
Here are a few items you should be certain to have on hand in addition to your trusty toothbrush:
- Rubber Bands (if prescribed to wear)
- Tylenol or Ibuprofen
- Floss & Threaders
- Proxy Brush
Here are a few repair tips as well:
- Loose Band or Bracket: Leave it in place and put wax on it.
- Loose Wire: Try to put it back in place with tweezers. If you are not able to re-insert the wire, clip it using nail clippers behind the last tooth to which it is attached. Use wax if necessary.
- Poking Wire: Try to push it down using an eraser or use wax.
- Loose Appliance: Place wax on the appliance to keep it intact.
- Sore Teeth: Use warm salt water rinses & take Tylenol or Ibuprofen as recommended.
(If you have a problem while you are away, please call our office when you return home so we can determine if a repair appointment is necessary.) Tell Grandma we said hello, and have a Happy Holiday!
Everybody knows that regularly brushing their teeth is an essential part of a good oral hygiene routine. It’s good to be thorough, but brushing too hard can actually do more harm than good. Excessive or high-pressure brushing can irritate the gums and erode the enamel, potentially leading to increased sensitivity and even cavities. The solution? Try to be a bit gentler on your teeth when you brush, and look for a soft-bristled toothbrush approved by the ADA (American Dental Association).
Going back to school with braces will be a new experience for many of you. The good news is that you are certainly not alone. A lot of patients prefer to get their braces on during the summer months. Just look around and you will see many new smiles under construction at your school!
Here are a few tips to help you transition into the school year while staying on target with your orthodontic treatment goals:
- Remember to avoid crunchy and chewy foods at lunch. Also, be sure to cut questionable food into small bite size pieces and chew very carefully with your back teeth.
- Take a couple of minutes after lunch to brush your teeth to be certain you don’t have food trapped in your braces.
- Scheduling your adjustment appointments in advance will improve your chances of getting after school appointments.
- If you are wearing rubber bands, be sure you have them with you and stay on the schedule we have given you.
- If you are wearing a retainer, be sure to bring your retainer case to school. That is one of the most common places that patients lose their retainers!
- As tempting as it is in class and while studying, avoid chewing on pencils or even holding them between the teeth as it can place a large amount of pressure on the teeth. This can cause teeth to shift or crack, and can break your brackets!
With school ending, thoughts turn to vacation time, so we always like to share this little reminder with you. Wherever your summer travels take you, don’t forget to pack for your braces. Here are a few items you should be certain to have on hand in addition to your toothbrush:
• Rubber Bands (if prescribed to wear)
• Tylenol or Ibuprofen
• Floss & Threaders
• Proxy Brush
Repair Tips for Travel: The following is intended to provide general information regarding how you might treat some of the more common orthodontic emergencies while traveling.
• Loose Band or Bracket: Leave it in place and try to put wax on it.
• Loose Wire: Try to put it back in place with tweezers. If you are not able to re-insert the wire, clip it using nail clippers behind the last tooth to which it is attached. Use wax if necessary.
• Poking Wire: Try to push it down using an eraser or use wax.
• Loose Appliance: Place wax on the appliance to keep it intact.
• Sore Teeth: Use warm salt water rinses & take Tylenol or Ibuprofen as recommended.
If you do have an issue while you’re away, be sure to phone us when you get back to determine if we need to see you. Happy travels!
We are prepared for National Sunglasses Day!
Sunglasses are fun and stylish, but they are also very important to eyes. Healthcare professionals recommend sunglasses to protect your eyes from ultraviolet radiation (UV) and blue light, which can cause several different serious eye problems. So grab a fabulous pair to wear today. They pair really nicely with a great big smile!
“Everyone fell in love with her over 13 years ago in Finding Nemo, and now she has her very own movie, Finding Dory. Since this is sure to be a movie classic, we just had to create a contest for it. Be sure to enter the next time you are in for an appointment or when you’re in the neighborhood. We’re giving away a Finding Dory package including two movie tickets!
It is that time of the year again!
Time to vote for The Best of Sheboygan County.
We appreciate your votes!
“We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.” – Francis A. Walker
On this MEMORIAL DAY we send out special thoughts to families who have lost loved ones while serving in the military. We thank them for their service and bravery!
Hi, I’m Lou Ann. I’ve been with Dr. Magestro for 17 years. It is such a privilege to work in this field. I enjoying meeting and working with patients of all ages. It is so rewarding seeing their beautiful smiles after treatment. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends, walking and gardening.
I joined Dr. Magestro and his team in May 2015. I enjoy seeing our patient’s excitement to start treatment and more so, when they get their brackets off.
In my spare time, I like spending time with my family and friends, including our dog, sporting events and baking.
I’ve worked for Dr. Magestro for 4 years. I then decided to become a stay at home mom for 7 years. Since I enjoyed being a part of the Magestro Team, I decided to come back to work. I am married to an amazing guy. We have two wonderful children. I enjoy spending time with my family and playing volleyball.
My name is Laurie, I came to Magestro Orthodontics office 9 years ago. As an office assistant duties include assisting the office manager and the receptionist, as well as filing insurance claims, gathering information from our new patients. Setting up the patient contests, posting on Facebook, and the website are additional fun duties. Before joining this team, I had an adventure with opening a small business, with business partners, in the town of Sheboygan. I married my high school sweetheart and we have three children, three grandchildren and two puppies. When not at work, I enjoy our growing family and taking care our home.
Hello! I’m Jen. I have been working at Magestro Orthodontics for 10 years. Meeting new patients is the best part of my job. Outside of work I enjoy motorcycling and bowling. I have FIVE “300” games! Lessons anyone?!
Hi, my name is Anne. I joined Dr. Magestro’s clinical staff last year. Orthodontics is such a rewarding field to be a part of. I love seeing the beautiful smiles after treatment is completed. In my spare time, my husband and I enjoy hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and just being outside enjoying nature.
I’ve been an assistant at Dr. Magestro’s office for 28 years. My awesome husband and I have two married daughters and four energetic grandsons. I love gardening and spending time with family and friends. Helping patients attain a beautiful smile is the best part of my job. ~ Nancy
I have many years of experience in the orthodontic field. My duties are varied, from being in the lab, assisting with patients and acting as receptionist in our Plymouth office. It is a pleasure to work with all of our patients in different capacities. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, biking, and reading.
My name is Cherith Touw, I am 21 years old and am currently attending college for Dental Hygiene. I started as an assistant at Magestro Orthodontics in June of 2013. A few of my hobbies include snowboarding, art, and piano. I absolutely love what I do, the Dental Field is the place for me!
Keeping your teeth clean and healthy takes work. Adding braces to the question just makes the process that much more difficult! Have no fear, Magestro Orthodontics is here! Try a few of these helpful tips that will keep your mouth clean and healthy:
- Use wax floss. This is stronger than unwaxed floss and less likely to shred when flossing with braces.
- Use longer floss. A foot and a half (or about 18 inches) should be used to get into all of the nooks and crannies.
- Use a floss threader. This will make your job much easier when getting the floss under your wires.
- Brush your teeth after every meal or snack. If you are unable to brush a good alternative is to rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.
- Use a sonic toothbrush. It works better than manual toothbrushes.
For more teeth cleaning advice, “like” Magestro Orthodontics on Facebook.
For new braces wearers, eating certain foods can cause unnecessary pain. Magestro Orthodontics wants to help you feel more comfortable with our 5 braces-friendly tips:
1: Eat smaller bites. Cut up your food into smaller pieces that are easy to chew.
2: Eat softer foods. The first couple of days, stick to liquid-based foods like yogurt, pudding and soup. Or soft foods like mashed potatoes or cooked vegetables.
3: Change your meat intake. Steak and ribs may not be a good idea, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop eating meat. Switch to hot dogs, lunch meat or seafood.
4: Avoid sugars and starches. Bacteria feeds on sugar and starch, creating plaque. If plaque builds up around your brackets, it could cause cavities or permanent stains.
5: Be gentle with your teeth. They may be tired, sore and achy — but give them a “breakey”!
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Have you ever wondered what the differences are between Orthodontists and Dentists? They each do something a little different but have one thing in common: they both work hard to keep your teeth healthy and looking good!
What is a Dentist? They are your primary dental care provider, managing your overall oral heath, diagnoses and treating your teeth. Examples: cleanings, gum care, root canals, fillings, crowns, bridges, veneers, etc. Dentists complete a 4-year bachelor degree (in chemistry, biology, physics) and then an additional 2-to-3 years in dental school.
What is an Orthodontist? Orthodontists practice in an area of dentistry that specializes in preventing, treating and diagnosing dental and facial issues — like straightening crooked teeth. An Orthodontist must complete their dentistry degree first (same as a family dentist) and then an additional 2-to-3 years of graduate training in an orthodontics program. That could be up to 10 years of schooling!
There are 9 other dentistry-related fields: Dental Public Heath Clinics, Endodonstist, Oral- and- Maxillofacial Radiologist, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathologist, Oral- and- Maxillofacial Surgeon, Pedodontist, Periodontist, Prosthodontist. While they are all viewing your teeth from different angles, there’s one thing they agree on: healthy teeth!
If you’re having a hard time deciding whether or not you should have a specific thing to eat, ask yourself these three questions:
1. Is it chewy?
2. Is it hard?
3. Is it full of sugar?
If the answer to any of these is “yes,” then you won’t exactly be smiling bright come the new year. Here is our list of holiday foods braces wearers may face — both naughty and nice. Stick to the Nice List and your teeth will have a Happy Holiday!
- Bubble gum
- Cranberries/cranberry sauce
- Peanut brittle
- Candy Canes
- Alcohol (high in sugar mixes)
- Soft veggies
- Mashed potatoes
- Deviled eggs
- Coffee cake
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Can’t get used to the idea of getting braces? Magestro Orthodontics is making this a more pleasant experience with the Empower System brackets that are made right here in Sheboygan, Wisconsin by American Orthodontics Corporation. Empower braces come in clear and metal brackets and allow your orthodontist to tailor your treatment to your specific case. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, more than one million adults, and many more teens, in North America have braces. But they’re not all the same. Here are four great reasons by Empower by American Orthodontics is superior to others in the field.
1.) They are designed around comfort. The edges of each bracket are rounded and sculpted for a smoother surface to avoid sores and cuts in your mouth.
2.) Quick and easy adjustments. In the past, small ligature ties held the main arch wire in place. However, self-ligating Emplower clips offer slow but steady tension, speeding up your appointments with minimal discomfort and shortening your overall treatment time.
3.) Stronger braces. The Empower System eliminates the need for rubber ties. The clips are made out of heat-treated chromium which does not stain or get worn down.
4.) They blend beautifully and there is no staining. Empower System Clear brackets are made up of extremely stable ceramic materials and they will hardly be noticed!
At Magestro Orthodontics, we’re all about happy, healthy smiles, and teaching patients about proper oral care during orthodontic treatment is the first step to that goal. Here are five simple things to do to keep your smile in tip-top shape for the day you get those braces off! [via WebMD]
First, and most importantly, make sure that you brush your teeth regularly. Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste is vital to a healthy mouth. Make sure you softly brush all the surfaces of your teeth.
Next, be sure to floss daily. Flossing every day 1). clears away plaque before it can cause damage and 2). can also clean plaque at the gum line, where plaque is known to hide.
Third, make regular appointments with your dentist (no skipping!). Even if you brush and floss daily, you’re still at risk for plaque. Over time, plaque hardens on the teeth and turns into tartar. Dentist visits every 6 months will lower your chance of getting cavities or losing your teeth while wearing braces.
Fourth, make sure to eat your fruits and veggies! Believe it or not, many fruits and vegetables play a key role in keeping plaque off our teeth. These include apples, carrots, cucumbers and many others. When you eat these types of fruits and veggies just be sure to cut them up into bite sized pieces to avoid breaking off brackets on your braces.
And last but not least, before you reach for that candy bar or can of soda, remember to not give in to your sweet tooth. Consuming beverages and junk food with high sugar content allows sugar to stick to our teeth. The bacteria, then, becomes plaque, which turns into acid and damages your teeth.
Remembering (and doing!) these five things will keep your mouth as healthy and happy as it can be during your orthodontic treatment with Dr. Magestro. Happy smiles!
A big thanks to everyone who came out to Magestro Orthodontics Patient Appreciation Day! Many games were bowled, laughs were shared, and prizes were won!!
Selecting an experienced, compatible orthodontist and staff for your family’s needs is vital to the long-term success of orthodontic treatment. Dr. Magestro has served patients in Sheboygan County with two convenient offices in Sheboygan and Plymouth. He is assisted by a well-trained and caring staff, many of whom have given ten to thirty years of service.
As a graduate of the Marquette University School of Dentistry, Dr. Magestro also received a Masters of Science in Orthodontics from Marquette. Prior to his move to Sheboygan, he served in the United States Army Dental Corps for two years. With active membership in local, state and national professional organizations, he also is past president of the Wisconsin Society of Orthodontists and the Sheboygan County Dental Society.
Throughout his orthodontic career, Dr. Magestro has supported many community organizations and continues to do so. He has raised four children who have all attended Sheboygan-area public schools.
Our goal is to treat patients and parents with the highest standard of care and respect during each and every visit. As a staple in this community, we encourage you to ask your friends and neighbors about our practice. Then, give our office a call to schedule your complimentary initial exam.