Dr. Elrod is a board certified orthodontist and has been practicing orthodontics for over 35 years. Cosmetic alignment has been an interesting and challenging part of patient treatment over the years and is becoming more and more popular. There have been some unusual options, like braces behind the teeth and even gold braces. The options he has grown to trust and use routinely are cosmetic braces that blend with your enamel and the Invisalign product.
Invisalign is a great product and proves to be an almost invisible way to have your teeth straightened. However, there are several limitations to this product since it is made of a plastic material.
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The consultation includes:
- Full set of diagnostic photographs of your teeth and facial features
- Tour of our office
- Thorough exam by Dr Elrod
- Detailed outline of treatment options
- Estimation of treatment time
- Financial quote for treatment selected
- Insurance information
- Payment options
- Professional letter including photographs to your General Dentist, sharing the plans of treatment as proposed.
Dr. Elrod has been practicing orthodontics for more than 35 years and loves helping kids, teens and adults gain confidence by improving their smiles. If you’re ready to learn more, give us a call at816-373-6006, or visit Elrod Orthodontics on facebook!
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Smiles with Style
With The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 release on November 15th, the fan base at Elrod Orthodontics wanted to do a little detective work on the bright smile of Mr. Edward Cullen. We have heard rumors about Robert Pattinson having orthodontic work done, but wanted to find out the truth.
Making the Cast
Pattinson’s teeth transformation began before the filming of the first movie. The directors of Twilight wanted Pattinson’s smile to be perfected before the film was shot and thus asked him to have orthodontic work done. Pattinson openly admits that he thought his smile was fine before the film, but in Hollywood perfection is everything!
The Toothy Twilight Zone
What type of braces did the British star sport? The plan was to have Pattinson wear Invisalign aligners. But during the process, Pattinson decided that he didn’t want to continue with the orthodontic work and quit using the aligners. This, unfortunately for Pattinson, lead him to encounter major relapse to his teeth later down the road. An experience he now regrets.
How to Avoid Regrets
While you may not notice Pattinson’s toothy dilemma up close and personal in Breaking Dawn Part 2, there are several things we can learn from Pattinson’s decision and regrets.
If you or your parents are considering braces for you, make sure it is something you are willing to commit to. Braces do take a lot of work, but the results are well worth it in the end. Also remember you are not alone. There are thousands of other pre-teens, teens and adults who wear braces, and wear them proudly!
The great news is that braces do not last forever! And if you are committed to following your orthodontist’s directions, then your smile will be well worth it in the end!
Results are the Key
Once you go through your full treatment you will be amazed at the difference your braces have made! Having a beautiful smile can transform not only the way you look, but can also do wonders for your self-esteem! And, we bet that when it is all said and done, you will know that all the time you put in was well worth the finished product, a beautiful smile!
Unfortunately for Pattinson things did not turn out how he hoped or planned. He did not “own his braces” and he did not follow through on his treatment, leaving him with poor results and worse problems in the end.
This week when you are at the midnight showing of Breaking Dawn 2 and you are wanting that bag of popcorn you know you shouldn’t eat, just remember that your efforts will generate great rewards when your braces come off!
Today we’re featuring one of our amazing team members in our “Elrod Orthodontics Staff Spotlight.” Meet Deanna (Dee) James, the Scheduling Coordinator at Elrod Orthodontics. Dee has a bright smile and loves greeting and interacting with all of Dr. Elrod’s patients!
Dee James @ Elrod Orthodontics
Name: Deanna (Dee) James
What is your role at Elrod Orthodontics? I am the scheduling coordinator.
How long have you worked in orthodontics? Almost 29 years. I have been working at Elrod Orthodontics for over 19 of those years!
What type of schooling or certification did you receive? No certification is required for my job, but I’ve had experience in every area of the orthodontic office before working at Elrod Orthodontics, including working chair side and up front in the reception area.
What do you like about working at Elrod Orthodontics? I love seeing the kids mature and gain self-confidence as their smile improves.
Have you ever had orthodontic work done? Yes, I’ve had full treatment as an adult before working for Dr. Elrod. I wore braces for two years, seven months and 29 days to be exact!
What is your favorite braces band color? Purple
What is the best part about working with the staff at Elrod Orthodontics? The camaraderie is the best part about working at Elrod Orthodontics. The women here are my extended family. We love each other and are a team!
Do you have any funny stories to share from the office? One year we went to Austin, TX for some computer training. There was a pool and hot tub on the roof of our hotel. We spent an evening in the hot tub which turned my blonde hair green! The hotel had to send me to their beauty shop to get it out. That Christmas I anonymously received a set of frog button covers and a poem entitled “A Froggy Night in Austin.” To this day no one has ever admitted writing that poem!!
What are you known for at the office? My ability to spell. Everyone seems to come to me if they need help spelling and Lori has nicknamed me Miss Speller.
Today we’re featuring one of our amazing team members in our “Elrod Orthodontics Staff Spotlight.” Meet Tabitha, the orthodontic assistant at Elrod Orthodontics. Tabitha is full of energy and can make any patient smile!
Tabitha @ Elrod Orthodontics
What is your role at Elrod Orthodontics? I am an expanded function orthodontic assistant. I assist Dr. E in performing orthodontic procedures.
How long have you worked in the orthodontic profession? I have worked in dentistry for 11 years. The first five years I worked in General Dentistry and have worked the last six years in orthodontics. All six of those years at Elrod Orthodontics.
What type of schooling or certification did you receive? Directly after graduating high school I started a 14 month dental assisting program at Concorde Career Institute. I also completed the Missouri Basic Examination along with the completion of the Expanded Functions Duties.
What do you like about working at Elrod Orthodontics? I really like being a part of the patients’ transformation, being able to experience the joy the patients now have with their new smile!
What is the best part about working with the staff at Elrod Orthodontics? The staff is amazing!! Everyone works extremely hard and works well with one another. The staff is dedicated to making sure the patients are well-informed and that they enjoy their treatment in our office.
Have you ever had orthodontic work done? Yes, I’ve had braces by Dr. Elrod. I did not receive braces as a child, but had them done when I was an adult. I wore Damon Braces for one year and nine months.
What was your favorite braces band color? Coral and Teal!
Do you have any funny stories to share from the office? Yes, during my first year at Elrod Orthodontics I mentioned to Dr. E that he now has two people in the office with a PhD. He looked confused trying to figure out who else in the office had a PhD. I then told him that it was me because I had a Pleasant Hill Diploma. Dr. E definitely got a chuckle out of that story.
How would other staff members describe you? The staff knows me as the country girl. I love riding four-wheelers and listening to old country music!
Today we’re featuring one of our amazing team members in our “Elrod Orthodontics Staff Spotlight.” Meet Patti Herzog, the records technician at Elrod Orthodontics. Patti is a veteran staff member at Elrod Orthodontics and shares great words of wisdom!
Patti Herzog @ Elrod Orthodontics
Name: Patti Herzog
What is your role at Elrod Orthodontics? I am the records technician. This means I handle all diagnostic workups, x-rays, photos and impressions. I also trace cephalometric film to help Dr. Elrod diagnose cases.
How long have you worked in the orthodontic profession? A long time! I was in general dentistry for 12 years and 25 of my 28 years in orthodontics have been with Dr. Elrod.
What type of training did you receive? In 1971 I graduated from a dental assisting college program and became a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) in the state of Michigan. During that time I got formal training and licensing to perform expanded functions and take dental x-rays I am also a Certified Orthodontist Assistant (COA).
What do you like about working in orthodontics? It is new every day. I do the same functions every day but, each patient is different and each approach used on patients is also different. I see the patients at the beginning and at the very end so I am able to really see the transformation first-hand.
I handle the before and after photos. It is very fulfilling to see the results and the change in people. Sometimes people do not even want to smile for their first photo, and by their final photo they are smiling big.
Have you had any orthodontic work done? Yes, Dr. Elrod was my orthodontist as well as my sons, Jeff and Scott. We were in braces at the same time! Family photos were fun!
I have compassion and understanding for my patients because I have experienced braces first hand.
Since you have gone through the process, what is one piece of encouragement you can give to new patients? Sometimes new patients feel like wearing braces will last forever. Most patients wear braces for two years. My encouragement to them would be that two years is going to come and go whether we want it to or not, and that wearing braces during that time will result in a great smile the rest of their life! It is all about the perspective you have during the process!
What is the best part about working with the other staff at Elrod Orthodontics? We truly are like a family. We share each others joys and happiness. We offer support and love in times of pain and sorrow. Our faith unites us.
What is one thing patients might not know about you? I love to cook! In the office my nickname is “Patti-Cake” because I love baking cakes! The staff is always asking me to bring in a Patti-Cake for office celebrations.
Today we’re featuring one of our amazing team members in our “Elrod Orthodontics Staff Spotlight.” Meet Sherri Walker, an orthodontic assistant at Elrod Orthodontics. Sherri is spunky, quick-witted and will keep you entertained!
Sherri Walker @ Elrod Orthodontics
Name: Sherri Walker
What is your role at Elrod Orthodontics? My responsibilities include training and managing the clinical team along with assisting Dr. Elrod with patient care.
What type of education is required to be an orthodontic clinical technician? I was required to have two years of orthodontic experience before I could take the DANB certification examination and the Missouri expanded functions certification for orthodontics.
How long have you worked in this profession? I started working in general dentistry in 1982. I then moved to pedodontics and that is where I got my taste for orthodontics. I have been with Dr. Elrod for over 22 years. I love it here!
Have you ever had orthodontic work done? Yes, I wanted to know what our patients went through. So Dr. Elrod agreed to do some refinement work and I wore braces for six months. It was great to be able to experience what our patients experience first-hand.
What do you like best about working in the orthodontic profession? I love making those smiles! I really do, it is fun! When some patients come in they are shy or even introverted, but to watch them blossom as they grow with their new smile is really fun to watch.
Last month when we interviewed Jennifer Arnzen she mentioned turning the office into Twilight junkies, have you made the office fans of anything in particular? Bulldogs. Yep, I am the one who has educated the office about the world of bulldogs.
I show bulldogs, so everyone comes to me for their dog questions like, “My dog sneezed, what can I do?” (Laughs).
Do you own a bulldog? Yes, her name is Sassy and she is six years old.
Finally, what do you love about Elrod Orthodontics? I love the office and the people I work with. I love working with the kids, they keep me young. I’ve even attended our patients’ plays and sporting events. I don’t have any biological children, so all of our patients are like my kids. We see some for over two years and we definitely form a bond!
Today we’re featuring one of our amazing team members in our “Elrod Orthodontics Staff Spotlight.” First up, meet Jennifer Arnzen, the office manager at Elrod Orthodontics.
Jennifer Arnzen @ Elrod Orthodontics
Name: Jennifer Arnzen
How long have you worked in the Orthodontic industry? Eleven years as of April 11th. All eleven at Elrod Orthodontics.
What is your role at Elrod Orthodontics? Honestly, I do it all! My official title is Office Manager/Financial Coordinator. I handle all patient accounts, insurance and payroll. I am the office go-to girl. I do everything from buying office supplies to ordering airplane tickets for my co-workers. I love my job and wouldn’t change it!
What do you like best about working in the Orthodontic Industry? The biggest thing is seeing the transformation in our patients. A lot of children come in with low self-esteem because they have crooked teeth. Some rarely smile and others may not even want to talk or are really shy because they don’t want people seeing their teeth. It is truly amazing what orthodontic work can do to bring children and adults out of their shell. And to see them when the work is done, with that beautiful smile is just amazing.
Have you had orthodontic work done? Yes! I was actually the first person to get Invisalign at our office. It was pretty easy because you are just wearing teeth liners. But, you have to remember to keep them in all the time.
One tip for new patients: As the Financial Coordinator, I always remind people that all our new patient exams are free. Which is great, especially for people looking for a second opinion. I always tell them, “If you have doubt, get another opinion. It can’t hurt anything, because it is free!”
One thing about the office patients might not know? I have turned 90 percent of the office into Twilight junkies. When the third movie, Eclipse, came out, that Friday after the office closed, the staff watched the first two movies in the office theater. Then we all went and saw Eclipse together. We couldn’t convince Dr. Elrod to go, but the rest of us had fun! For Breaking Dawn we all ate dinner at the office and then went to the theater and watched it together!
Our office staff is very close. Everyone loves each other and cares for each other. We are more than just co-workers at Elrod Ortho, we are family!
These days children are not the only ones getting braces. Adults now make up 25 percent of all orthodontic patients. With new orthodontic advancements and helpful payment plans, it is not uncommon to see more adults with braces.
Why Get Braces?
One commonly asked questions I hear is: Am I too old to have braces? The answer is simple, no. In fact, I just read a great article talking about how now, more than ever, adults are getting braces. Unfortunately, many adults need braces but may not even realize it.
Most people think that cosmetics are the main reason adults get braces. While cosmetics do play a big role, the truth is many adults who think their teeth are straight may still need braces. People who suffer from migraines caused by teeth grinding or other jaw alignment issues are more than likely in need of braces too. As we age, our teeth continue to shift and that shifting can cause serious headaches. A growing number of adults are finding that having braces eliminates these migraines allowing them to get more rest at night and function better during the day.
As I mentioned, cosmetics do play a big role for adults choosing braces. A lot of patients had parents who were unable to afford braces for them when they were growing up. Now that they are adults and can afford it themselves, they are taking advantage of the power in a beautiful smile. Some also find that when they were younger, their teeth were straight, but as they have aged, their teeth have moved creating crowding or overlapping in their front teeth.
Trends in Adult Braces
The trend in adult braces has really taken off since the introduction of clear brackets. Many adults, even if they could afford it, chose not to get braces because the metal wire systems were painfully obvious. Over the last couple of decades however, advancements in orthodontics have allowed adults to feel more comfortable in the teeth straightening processes.
The most used system chosen by my adult patients is Invisalign. With Invisalign motto being “A clear alternative to braces,” it is easy to understand why adults have moved toward this system.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a system that uses clear aligners to shift your teeth, leaving out wires and brackets. Thus, the reason it is so popular among adults. Virtually invisible, the aligners function to move your teeth a minimal amount at a time. Overtime these minimal movements shift the entire structure of your teeth to give you the desired proper alignment.
What is even better about the aligners is that they are removable, meaning that you take them out when you eat, brush and floss your teeth. This also allows you to avoid worrying about getting anything stuck inside wire brackets.
It is never too late to get braces. And with easy systems like Invisalign, now is the best time to look into the possibility. A great smile is always worth the investment no matter what the age.
Choosing the right band color for your braces makes wearing them more enjoyable. With so many different color options and combinations, you can make your band color unique to your own personality.
The rubber bands used in braces are more than just a fashion accessory. Rubber bands play a vital role in holding the wire bracket in place. The wire helps shift the teeth and provides proper control and placement for the braces. Whether you’re an adult or a student – choosing the right band color is important for everyone!
Adult Colors for Braces
Headaches caused by grinding teeth and improper jaw alignment usually push adults to consider braces. Or, some adults never wore braces as a youth, and want more confidence in their smile. Some adults choose to go with the Invisalign braces system which is an alternative to wire braces. But there are still plenty of adults that use the wire system, better know as the Damon System. For older adults, the color trends tend to be more neutral. Gray, navy and smoke are popular because they blend in well with the braces. To make teeth look whiter, some adults ask for bands that are in the yellow color family.
Youth Braces Band Colors
One of the favorite parts of having braces for my younger crowd is getting to be more edgy in their color choice. This part of the visit is usually their favorite. I have found that the younger the child, the louder the colors! I often find though that girls are a little more particular in choosing colors than boys. With a wide array of colors to choose from such as screaming pink to midnight glow, youth who have braces use band color to express their unique personalities.
Occasions for Braces Colors
There are many different ways to decide on a braces band color. I find that most people base their color choice on whatever occasion is coming up. Here are some examples:
- Seasonal themes
- School colors
- Favorite sports teams
- Big events such as dances, weddings, and parties
Combinations of Colors
The great thing about band colors is that there are so many different color combinations to pick from. For instance, if you are basing your color on a holiday, such as the 4th of July, try mixing in red, white and blue. Band color combinations are fun because you can change them easily on your next visit. Be sure to check with your orthodontist on how often you can change your color. Some offices let you change the color every visit and some every other.
Want to see what colors would look best on your braces? Try this free band color chooser and make some combinations for yourself! Don’t be afraid to be yourself, even when it comes to the color of your braces.