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What are the advantages of Damon® Smile?

July 22nd, 2014

At Ashby Orthodontics, we are pleased to offer our patients Damon Smile braces, which allow your teeth to move more comfortably and easily than traditional braces. Thanks to this innovative system, achieving your perfect smile will be faster and easier than you ever thought possible! Here's how:

Better Results in Less Time

With Damon Smile, Drs. John Ashby, Glenn Owens and Howard Dorfman and our team can achieve great results and finish your treatment faster. Depending on your case, of course, this may mean a savings of many months. After reviewing your specific needs, we will be able to provide you with a treatment plan.

Simplified Procedures

Damon braces are very precise and effective. In fact, with this system, Drs. John Ashby, Glenn Owens and Howard Dorfman and team can reduce the need for many of the time-consuming and complicated procedures that are used with traditional braces.

Fewer Visits to Ashby Orthodontics

Because Damon braces work more efficiently, fewer adjustments at our Virginia Beach, Norfolk, or Chesapeake, VA office are needed. The result? Your adjustment appointments will be quicker and fewer in number.

Greater Comfort

Due to the unique design of this new braces system, we can move your teeth into their correct position with much less discomfort than is experienced with traditional braces. Also, Damon braces are small, comfortable, and easy to keep clean.

If you have been thinking about straightening your smile, visit us at Ashby Orthodontics for an assessment to see if Damon Smile is right for you! Give us a call today at our convenient Virginia Beach, Norfolk, or Chesapeake, VA office!

What causes crooked teeth?

July 15th, 2014

Crooked teeth, more correctly called malocclusions, have reached epidemic proportions in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, approximately 80 percent of American teenagers are currently undergoing orthodontic treatment. Although advances in orthodontic devices and increased availability of such devices explain part of this increase, it still means there are a lot of crooked teeth in the world.

The theories about what is causing so many crooked teeth range from the ridiculous to the scientific. For years, oral health professionals believed that crooked teeth were an evolutionary result of the change in Western diets from raw, wild foods to soft, processed foods. That theory has since been debunked.

The truth is that crooked teeth can be caused by a number of things. Crooked teeth can be an inherited trait. Parents with crooked teeth and malformed jaws are more likely to have children with malocclusions. Ill-fitting or poorly-executed dental restorations, such as fillings and crowns, can also cause teeth to become crooked. Baby teeth that fall out early, gingivitis, and even a jaw that is too small to accommodate all of a person’s adult teeth are additional causes of crooked teeth. In addition, thumb sucking and the use of a pacifier for too long can contribute to crooked teeth.

What to do about crooked teeth

Fortunately, modern orthodontics offers a number of solutions for crooked teeth. Traditional metal braces are the most popular, though our Virginia Beach, Norfolk, or Chesapeake, VA office provides a number of clear, aesthetic options as well. If you’re tired of hiding your smile because of crooked teeth, contact Drs. John Ashby, Glenn Owens and Howard Dorfman and our team at Ashby Orthodontics and set up an appointment. We’ll have you showing off your straight pearly whites in no time!

Ashby Orthodontics in the Community

July 9th, 2014

This past June, and for the second year in a row, Ashby Orthodontics was proud to support the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD) through their annual CHKD Run/Walk for the Kids, starting in Town Point Park in Norfolk, VA. Because fitness runs in the family, the Run/Walk for the Kids is a community-wide project designed to encourage exercise and healthy lifestyles in families and children. All the funds raised by the event support CHKD and its special programs for children.

This year’s theme was “Everyone is a Hero at CHKD” so participants were asked to wear their best super hero cape design. It was great to see the capes and costumes on participants, both big and small! We even saw Dr. Ashby’s name on a child’s cape as one of their heroes!

Dr. Ashby and our team love the wonderful sense of community that comes out of supporting such a great cause like CHKD. The children from CHKD are so brave, and the teams representing many of them makes you realize that it really is possible to make a difference in the world.

About Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters

CHKD is the only facility of its kind in Virginia and serves the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and northeastern North Carolina. The not-for-profit hospital never turns any child away. Last year, children made more than 500,000 visits to CHKD caregivers as inpatients and outpatients for routine and complex illnesses, injuries, and chronic conditions.

In recent years, funds raised by the CHKD Run/Walk for the Kids have been used to purchase a highly-sophisticated pediatric ambulance that brings children from all over the region to CHKD, ventilators for the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, medical cribs for use throughout the hospital, and a high-tech therapy pool for use in physical therapy and rehabilitation. The organization also supports two important initiatives on an ongoing basis: the hospital's child abuse program and nursing scholarship program.

Dreaming of a stunning smile without using braces?

July 8th, 2014

Most of us aren’t born with a red carpet smile. And if you’ve thought about straightening your teeth but are apprehensive about doing so with traditional orthodontic treatment, Drs. John Ashby, Glenn Owens and Howard Dorfman and our team at Ashby Orthodontics want you to know there is another option – Invisalign®!

Invisalign is an ideal solution for most adults looking for a less noticeable way to achieve a better smile. In fact, Invisalign has increasingly become a very popular choice for adults looking for a more comfortable, convenient and cosmetically-appealing treatment for straightening their teeth.

Our team at Ashby Orthodontics is proud to offer Invisalign, which uses a series of invisible, removable and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing, which allows you to smile more during treatment, as well as after. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are also removable, so you can eat and drink what you want; brushing and flossing is easier with Invisalign than with traditional braces.

Invisalign’s aligners are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during your treatment. And no metal and wires usually means you spend less time at our office getting adjustments. Invisalign also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start, so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete!

A consultation with Drs. John Ashby, Glenn Owens and Howard Dorfman can determine if Invisalign is right for you. We encourage you to give us a call at our friendly Virginia Beach, Norfolk, or Chesapeake, VA office if you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign or if you are ready to visit us for an initial consultation! We look forward to seeing you!