Spring has (almost) sprung!

Dr. Jones has a very green thumb.  For the past several years he has grown vegetables from seed and given them to patients, parents, friends, and neighbors.

Below are images of the production phase:

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So, don’t be surprised if you visit the office during the next few weeks and see cups of little, developing plants on a table by the door.

Please take some plants and enjoy!

 

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New DVO location in Corona de Tucson!

Previously, Desert Vista Orthodontics was entirely in Cochise County.  We still have our primary office in Sierra Vista.  However, we are now seeing  patients in Corona de Tucson.  We will see patients at the Corona Dental office, which is 7 miles south of the I-10, near the intersection of Sahuarita and Houghton Roads.

To improve access to care in Tucson we are making braces more affordable.  Our current fees:   $3500 if we finance your treatment interest free.  If you pay in full when braces are placed the fee is $3000.   Click here to see map.

 
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Please schedule your free consultation today!  520-732-8631.

Find Desert Vista Orthodontics on Facebook here and our web site here.

When to straighten? Now or later?

There’s no perfect time for braces.  However, generally speaking, younger is better & much more convenient than older.

A few reasons are:  Kids tend to be more resilient than adults.  Adults’ lives are more chaotic and busy.  Kids also have fewer fillings, crowns, implants, periodontal issues, etc.

So, if you’re wondering if Johnny is ready for braces, please stop by for a consult.  If Johnny has all his permanent teeth (most 12 year olds do) then it may be the easiest time for him to do braces.

Or if you’re an adult yourself there’s no better day than today.  For some of you adults you may need to muster the courage to put braces back on or use clear aligners.  But once you’re ready and get started you’ll realize braces (or aligners) as an adult is easier than ever.  Straightening teeth has been proven to be one of life’s best investments!

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Really? Why do I need to wear rubber bands?

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Wires and braces straighten the teeth.  But wires and braces don’t do much for the bite. Instead, rubber bands or elastics move the teeth to allow a good bite.  In other words, rubber bands interdigitate the bite.

Most Americans have an overbite that requires rubber bands worn one way: to move upper teeth back.  A smaller group of Americans have an underbite that require rubber bands worn the opposite way:  to move lower teeth backward.

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So, regardless where your teeth are — underbite or the more common overbite — please follow instructions for rubber band wear from your orthodontist.  Only this cooperation allows efficient correction of your bite.  In fact, how long you’re in braces depends more on your cooperation with rubber bands than any other factor.

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If you’re not sure, go ahead and wear the rubber bands 23/7.  Sometimes you’ll be asked to only wear rubber bands at night, but most of the time we need you to wear rubber bands 90-95% of the time (only remove during meals) to achieve an ideal and timely result!

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A great outcome finished on time or early is a win-win situation that will not only make you smile.  Your parents and the orthodontic team will also be grinning ear to ear!  So, let’s hear it for rubber bands!!!