Drs. Simon | Haerian | Ludwig Orthodontics

Ortho, dentistry, and artistry come together to form your perfect smile

André Haerian, DDS, MS, FRCDc, PhD.,|Jennifer R. Ludwig, DDS, MS,|Eugene S. Simon, DDS, MS

Sylvania
6407 Monroe Street
Sylvania, OH 43560

(419)-882-1017

Lambertville
7928 Secor Road
Lambertville, MI 48144

(734)-854-6221

Maumee
4359 Keystone Drive, Suite 200
Maumee, OH 43537

(419)-887-1247

Our Blog

How to Avoid Delays During Your Orthodontic Treatment

October 21st, 2014

Our patients at Drs. Simon, Haerian and Ludwig Orthodontics hate the thought of delaying their treatments and often ask us what they can do in between their adjustment visits to help. Today, Drs. Eugene S. Simon, H.A. Haerian, and Jennifer Ludwig and our team thought we would provide some tips on how you can stay on track in regards to your treatment plan time.

The first thing we want you to do is keep your adjustment appointments. Each visit with Drs. Eugene S. Simon, H.A. Haerian, and Jennifer Ludwig is carefully planned to move your teeth a specific way in a certain time frame. It’s important to note that missing an appointment can add weeks or months to your treatment time.

Next, we want you to let Drs. Eugene S. Simon, H.A. Haerian, and Jennifer Ludwig and our team know right away if your experience any problems with your braces or appliances. A missing wire, rubber band, or broken bracket can delay treatment time, so we ask that you please give us a call right away to report any issues rather than waiting until your next visit.

Make sure you wear your rubber bands as prescribed by Drs. Eugene S. Simon, H.A. Haerian, and Jennifer Ludwig. Most, if not all, of our patients will need to wear elastics or rubber bands at some point during their treatment. Not wearing the bands or elastics, or not wearing them enough, can slow down your treatment time. Rubber bands are critical in aligning your bite and are important for the bite-fixing phase of your treatment.

Finally, we want you to maintain good oral hygiene, just as you did before your treatment began. In addition to flossing regularly, we encourage you to brush your teeth several times a day. Not brushing will allow sugar to wear away the cement on the braces, making them less effective in moving your teeth, as well as elevate your risk of developing cavities or tooth decay, which will inevitably delay treatment time.

If you have any questions about any of these tips, or if you have any general questions about your treatment, please give us a call at our convenient Sylvania, Lambertville, or Maumee, OH office, or ask Drs. Eugene S. Simon, H.A. Haerian, and Jennifer Ludwig during your next adjustment visit!

What is early intervention?

October 14th, 2014

Many developing orthodontic problems can be intercepted and corrected if diagnosed and treated at an early age. Drs. Eugene S. Simon, H.A. Haerian, and Jennifer Ludwig and our team at Drs. Simon, Haerian and Ludwig Orthodontics recommend children have their first orthodontic evaluation no later than age seven, or younger if the front four permanent teeth have replaced the baby teeth. Early treatment, also known as interceptive treatment or Phase I treatment, provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Early intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later.

If your child is showing these signs, it may be time to think about early orthodontic treatment:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth (your child should typically start losing teeth around age five or six, and will have all their permanent teeth in around age 12 to 13)
  • Difficulty chewing and/or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Sucking his or her thumb
  • Speech impediment
  • Protruding teeth (the top teeth and the bottom teeth extend away from each other)
  • Crowded front teeth
  • Teeth that don't come together in a normal manner or even at all

Early intervention will greatly reduce the severity of your child’s case, and therefore reduce the length of treatment time and cost for a second phase of treatment when all of his or her permanent teeth have erupted. An evaluation at our Sylvania, Lambertville, or Maumee, OH office will determine if your child’s dental and skeletal growth is proceeding properly or if interceptive treatment is needed. Many times, a more severe problem can be corrected using sophisticated removable appliances instead of traditional orthodontic treatment.

To schedule a consultation for your child to visit with Drs. Eugene S. Simon, H.A. Haerian, and Jennifer Ludwig, please give us a call! We will provide your child with an initial exam, and discuss with you the best steps to take toward caring for your child's smile.

What's on your fall reading list?

October 7th, 2014

How better to spend the fall months than inside by the fireplace with a warm cup of cider and a book in hand? Drs. Eugene S. Simon, H.A. Haerian, and Jennifer Ludwig and our team at Drs. Simon, Haerian and Ludwig Orthodontics encourage you to warm up your mind this fall season with a few great books. Sure it may be easy to put off reading when balancing a hectic schedule, but reading is vital to brain development. Besides, reading is always a blast!

This week, we thought we’d ask what you or your child are reading this fall. Do you have any suggestions for must-read books this year? Out of ideas for great fall reads? Ask us for suggestions, and we would be happy to provide a few. You may also ask a local librarian here in Sylvania, Lambertville, or Maumee, OH for some ideas.

Happy reading! Be sure to share with us your fall picks or your all-time favorites below or on our Facebook page!

Braces-Friendly Recipe: Lunch

September 30th, 2014

Getting braces comes with a lot of rules. No sticky candies, watch out for popcorn, and steer clear of chips. These rules leave many braces-wearers wondering what they can still eat without hurting their teeth or their expensive orthodontic appliances. Fortunately, constructing a braces-friendly lunch is straightforward once you know which foods to avoid.

Foods to Avoid When Wearing Braces

There are a few food categories to avoid when you have braces. Sticky foods also stick to the metal in your braces, and can potentially break wires or individual braces. For example: bubblegum, candy bars, caramel, licorice, fruit roll-ups, and Starbursts should be avoided. Many of these foods also contain high levels of sugar, which can cause plaque build-up if not brushed away properly.

Also, be wary of hard foods that can harm your orthodontic appliances. Avoid eating hard taco shells, chips, Rice Crispy treats, hard candy, beef jerky, and popcorn. Some healthy foods, such as carrots, apples, corn on the cob, and nuts, are hard on braces. To eat these foods safely, cut them into smaller pieces before eating.

Remember that certain habits may be harmful to your braces. For example, crunching on ice cubes may be a reflexive response when you’re enjoying a cold beverage, but this can significantly harm your braces and extend treatment time. To stay on the safe side, Drs. Eugene S. Simon, H.A. Haerian, and Jennifer Ludwig and our team at Drs. Simon, Haerian and Ludwig Orthodontics recommend you drink beverages without ice or add crushed ice whenever possible.

Lunch Recipe

Even with braces, it’s easy to enjoy a healthy, nutritious lunch. For example, make a panini on whole wheat bread with slices of turkey deli meat, a piece of Swiss cheese, and tomato slices. Spread 1 tbsp. of mustard or mayonnaise on the bread before toasting the sandwich in a panini grill. Serve the panini with ½ c. low-fat cottage cheese and a sliced pear or apple for a balanced meal. Then grab a pudding cup or some JELLO for dessert. Wash it all down with water containing a lemon wedge or all-natural fruit juice. Make sure to brush your teeth or rinse with mouthwash after lunch to wash away sugars and food residue that can get trapped in braces and cause decay.

If you have any questions about what you can and can’t eat with braces during your treatment at Drs. Simon, Haerian and Ludwig Orthodontics, be sure to ask our team during your next appointment at our Sylvania, Lambertville, or Maumee, OH office!

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