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Coronavirus Precautions Update from Dr. Crise

March 16, 2020

Smiles Hollywood Families:

Our office will be implementing new precautions to help combat the spread of germs in our office.  While our office is being cleaned and disinfected diligently, we are also trying to keep the amount of people in our office low.  We are still seeing patients, but as the CDC and health organizations have advised the public, we are implementing “safe” social distancing.

  • We are asking that you please minimize the number of people who accompany the patient to be seen. We know that this may be difficult for families with multiple children, but please call our office if you have questions or concerns.
  • We are encouraging families to wait in their cars during their child’s appointment to minimize the amount of people in our waiting area. We can call or text you when your child is ready to be checked out.
  • We also ask that if you, your child, or the family member accompanying the patient has a cough of any kind, please reschedule the appointment even if the cough is due to seasonal allergies. There will be no exceptions to this.
  • Sadly, we will not be shaking hands or giving hugs. We are sorry and disappointed by this, but we have been asked to implement this policy for public safety.

Thank you for being patient with our office and cooperating with these new procedures for the health and safety of everyone who enters our office.  Our office is constantly monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the CDC, ADA and the AAO for any further precautions that should be taken to ensure the health and welfare of our entire Smiles Family.

Please watch for further updates by email and subscribe to our Smiles Hollywood Orthodontics YouTube channel for later updates as things change.


Stephanie Crise, DDS,MS

Do It Yourself Orthodontic Aligners

January 16, 2020

Most fads won’t hurt you – bell bottom pants, avocado toast, the water bottle flip challenge – but using Do It Yourself (DIY) orthodontic aligner treatment just might.

Many people have heard about DIY orthodontic aligners and how easy it is to straighten teeth with no appointments for a lower price.  It is human nature to want to follow the easiest path.  But sometimes easiest isn’t always best.

The American Dental Association has taken a firm stance against companies who provide “mail order” aligners for teeth.  Their concern is for the safety and health of patients’ teeth.  One of the most popular DIY companies protects themselves by having customers self-certify their dental condition and sign documentation to hold the company harmless for any negative consequences that may occur.

Unbeknownst to many customers, when they agree to the program, they are agreeing to waive rights to any kind of recourse in the event of a negative outcome or circumstance.

Of course, there are customers who report success from such mail order orthodontic aligners, but a quick Internet search will alert the public to issues with aligners that don’t fit correctly, cut into the gums, or aligners that cause serious problems for a person’s bite including loss of gum tissue, root problems and even tooth loss.  Many customers of DIY orthodontic aligners end up in a local orthodontist’s office to fix such problems.

Ultimately, DIY aligners are not appreciably less expensive than going to an orthodontist when you factor in the peace of mind you get from knowing a professional orthodontist is overseeing your treatment.  Typically a patient only has to visit the orthodontist every 8-10 weeks for aligner treatment.

We recommend avoiding do-it-yourself orthodontics and come see us at Smiles Hollywood Orthodontics instead!  Call us for a free consultation!  972-529-9700

Phase One Orthodontics for Kids

June 24, 2019

There is no doubt that regrets in life are hard to take. But when that regret involves your child, it’s doubly hard. Dr. Stephanie Crise has watched this scenario play out more than once in her career and clearly remembers the one with a mom in tears.

She recalls, “A mom brought her little girl to us who was about 9 years old at the time. We examined her and found that the child had a significant need for overbite correction. Mom was advised that early Phase I treatment was recommended to correct the problem.”

However, the family’s dentist convinced them such treatment was not necessary until the child was older. Sure enough, the girl returned to our orthodontist office when she was around 12 years of age, ready for full braces (which is called Phase II treatment). The jaw issue was still present but the difference now was that the window of opportunity had closed in which it could be taken care of with orthodontics alone. A child’s skeleton has fused by this time in his/her development and therefore jaw surgery was now the only way to treat the problem successfully.

This is when the mom’s tears began. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children be evaluated by a pediatric orthodontist between the ages of 7 and 8 and this story illustrates the reason for that. Many children may not need early treatment, however it is important to monitor them as they grow. For others, early orthodontic treatment can make all the difference including keeping them out of the operating room! Orthodontic treatment is about more than just straightening teeth for a beautiful smile.

It can be necessary for overbite or underbite correction, for proper biting and chewing, to correct habits like thumb-sucking and tongue thrusting, to encourage clear speech, as well as making sure there is a good path for incoming permanent teeth. Smiles Hollywood Orthodontics does not charge for the first evaluation of children at this pivotal age of 7 or 8. Isn’t it easier to have the peace of mind that your child’s mouth and jaw are developing properly rather than to have regrets later? Visit us at SmilesHollywood.com.

summer braces

April 29, 2019

Ah, summer!  Lazy days, fun in the pool, longer days of sunshine and… orthodontic appointments?  Yes!  Summer is a great time to get children started on orthodontic treatment to improve their smiles!

If your child hasn’t seen an orthodontist before, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have a first visit between the ages of 7 and 8 years old.  This visit will just be checking teeth alignment, jaw position and if necessary, discussing how to straighten teeth when the time is right.

For those who already know braces are needed, take advantage of kids being out of school and free from classes, homework and all those extracurricular activities that can make scheduling a challenge during the school year.

Summer is also the perfect time for kids to get used to wearing braces since there are a few things they’ll need to adapt to:  Eating a braces-friendly diet, learning braces care like proper brushing and flossing techniques, feeling comfortable with having braces on their teeth, and gaining confidence about wearing braces.

Call us at 972-529-9700 to book your child’s Smiles Hollywood teeth audition today!

should you brush your tongue?

March 11, 2019

Did you know that your tongue is like a giant trampoline for the more than 500 species of bacteria living in your mouth, and your bloodstream carries that bacteria throughout the whole body!?  For that reason, there is an obvious connection between your oral health and your overall health.

I had two options for this post… I could’ve included a picture of a mouth with actual bacterial damage or this pretty picture with colorful fake germs.  I went with this one because frankly, real germs are GROSS and are anything but a pretty picture.

Daily brushing and flossing is important but don’t forget to brush your tongue too before you put down the toothbrush.  Shutting down as much of that bacteria as you can will help your mouth AND your body.

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