Teeth Matter

From our teenage years on, we have just one set of teeth to last us a lifetime. Unfortunately, lost teeth are a far-too-common sports injury. That’s one of the reasons that the sports mouthguard is as essential as warming up and stretching. The American Dental Association reports that athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth if they’re not wearing a mouth guard. *Not only does it protect the teeth by dissipating the force of direct contact, it also protects the tongue, lips and cheek lining.

*American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Play is safe: Prevent Childhood injuries on the Field with Simple Sports Safety Precautions, April 2, 2012

Factors Affecting the Success of Orthodontic Treatment

A recent study from the American Journal of Orthodontics has found that the adherence to orthodontic follow-up visits is strongly correlated to a successful outcome. Patients who neglected orthodontic appointments during active treatment were likely to prolong their treatment durations, as a result, they might experience more harmful side effects. O’Neill Orthodontics has several appointing strategies to help you stay on track viagra generika online bestellen.

Are All Orthodontists Board-Certified?


All orthodontists must be licensed to practice, but at this time only 1 in 3 Orthodontists have continued on to complete Board Certification. 

The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) certification process signifies a unique achievement – a significant step beyond the two to three years of advanced education required for a dentist to become a specialist in orthodontics.  The process requires the orthodontist to demonstrate actual accomplishments in patient care with detailed case reports on the treatment provided for a broad range of patient problems.  Board certification is a voluntary achievement that all orthodontists do not choose to pursue.  In order to become board certified by the ABO, an individual orthodontist is thoroughly interviewed by a highly respected panel of examiners to demonstrate their orthodontic knowledge, clinical skills, and judgment preis viagra 100.

Timely Tips for a Spooktacular Smile This Halloween

Halloween need not be a scary time for teeth. O’Neill Orthodontics want to help you keep your smile bright.

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) offers these tips to keep teeth safe from decay, and protect braces, aligners and other orthodontic “appliances” during the Halloween season.

Avoid sticky situations if you are having orthodontic treatment. Say “boo” to hard, sticky, crunchy or chewy candy and snacks such as caramel, gummies, licorice, taffy, bubblegum (even the sugarless kind) and jelly beans. Also steer away from nuts, taco chips and popcorn (especially unpopped kernels).

Tasty alternatives include soft chocolates, peanut butter cups or other melt-in-your-mouth varieties.

If you do indulge in sweets, do so in moderation. Avoid the temptation to grab another handful from the bowl filled with candy. Parents may want to limit the time during which children can eat Halloween candy, whether they are in orthodontic treatment or not.

Brushing and flossing are more important than ever during the Halloween season, when teeth may be more exposed to cavity-causing treats. Orthodontic patients should be especially vigilant about brushing and flossing after eating sugary or starchy foods.

October is National Orthodontic Health Month, celebrated by orthodontists throughout North America. Orthodontists receive an additional two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those with this education may call themselves “orthodontists” and only orthodontists may be members of the AAO. For more information about orthodontics or orthodontists, visit

American Board of Orthodontics

Why choose a board certified orthodontist? Orthodontists understand the complicated treatment of growth and development and how it relates to facial form. Dr. O’Neill treats issues related to the jaw and the bite, not just the teeth.

Dr. Nancy O’Neill is a board certified orthodontist. She is committed to the highest level of patient care including a comprehensive treatment approach to making sure the quality of her work is at its best. To be a board certified orthodontist, he or she must renew their certification every 10 years to demonstrate their continued commitment to lifelong learning and excellence in orthodontia. The reason why an orthodontist spends additional years in training is to learn and perfect their ability in the specialty of orthodontics. A general dentist is ideal for providing regular oral health checkups, much like your family doctor. However, they do not share the same extensive education required of an orthodontist.

iTero Scanning

As of March 2015, iTero scans have been used in more than 1.3 million iTero orthodontic scans, including more than 600,000 Invisalign® scans. Here at O’Neill Orthodontics we use the scanner to help deliver a dental impression without the “goop” or gagging associated with conventional impressions. This state-of-the-art technology allows Dr. O’Neill to take highly accurate digital, 3D images of your teeth, or a digital dental impression.