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Meet Our New Patient Care Administrator Dalia

We would like to introduce you to our new Patient Care Administrator Dalia. Dalia has over 20 years of experience in the dental field. She began her career as an assistant for 14 years where she enjoyed working side by side with the doctor. The past 6 years she worked as a receptionist. She speaks both english and spanish fluently. Dalia always wants to learn new things and help patients understand treatment needed.

Dalia is looking forward to helping our patients from the beginning to the end of their orthodontic treatment. She likes that our office works as a team and places our patients as our top priority.

 

Dalia was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area and has lived in the downriver area for over 18 years. She has 2 children, 1 grandchild and has been married over 30 years. She spends most of her time with her family and close friends. She has a dog named Leddy and a cat named cheetah. They are both very spoiled. She has an eye for decorating and loves to help with projects.

 

The next time you’re in the office be sure to meet her and welcome her to our office.

Oh The Places Dr. Lupini Will GO!

Flat Stanley has been around since 1964. It is a children’s book series written by different authors that recounts the adventures of Stanley Lambchop who survives being crushed by a falling bulletin board. In 1995 Dale Hubert, a third grade school teacher, created the Flat Stanley Project. The Flat Stanley project was meant to facilitate letter-writing by students to each other as they documented where Flat Stanley has been. Students would treat Flat Stanley like a guest in their classroom for a couple days and write in a journal all the adventures Flat Stanley had in their class. The journal and Flat Stanley would then be sent to another school.

With that concept in mind we would like you to take Dr. Lupini on an adventure. Beginning on August 1st and running till September 30th   2018 we will have Flat Dr. Lupini’s available for pick up in both Trenton and Wyandotte’s office. Snap a photo on your last day of summer vacation, first days of school, maybe even a picture with your new teacher. Be creative! Share it with us on Instagram @TrueOrthodonitcsTrenton or @TrueOrthodonticsWyandotte and you could win $100.00 gift card. Choose from X-BOX Live, PS Store, Google Play, Apple App Store or I-Tunes.

Finalists will be chosen based on creativity, composition and use of city landmarks. Be sure to have your smiling faces in the photo. You may enter as many times as you’d like. The more times you post the better your odds are of winning.

We can’t wait to see what you’ve got up your sleeve.Oh The Places Dr. Lupini Will Go!! 

5 Steps to Brushing

Dental Hygiene is extremely important while wearing braces. If you neglect this area of care during your orthodontic treatment you may be surprised at how your smile looks once your orthodontist removes your brackets. 

Here are 5 tips in brushing that will be sure to have your smile beautiful.

1  If your wearing rubber bands please be sure to remove them before you begin. Start with your toothbrush angled at a 45 degree angle making sure to brush your gums as well as the tooth.

    Brush in small circular motion.  Make sure your brushing above and below your wire. 

                                         

 2 Brush the back of your teeth as well as the biting surface. Don’t forget the backside of your front teeth.

                                              

    3 Use an interproximal brush to get underneath the wire in-between the brackets.

                                

  4 Floss between all teeth daily.   

            

 

 5 Spend 30 seconds on the top and bottom of each side. Be sure to see your Dentist twice a year for your dental cleanings and exam. 

    Here is a great video you can watch from the American Association of Orthodontics.

    https://youtu.be/obuCKwrlfbM

 

 

Fitting Braces Into Your Life

When you’re wearing braces, there are a few things you’ll have to adjust to get the optimal results in the shortest amount of time. If you have any questions about the “do’s and don’ts of living with braces, feel free to ask our team here at True Orthodontics, PC.

Eating

When you have braces, there are a few types of foods that can damage your brackets and bend your wires, leading you to more appointments and longer treatment times. By simply avoiding sticky, chewy, crunchy, and hard foods, as well as foods like corn on the cob, your orthodontic experience will be smoother and will help prevent unnecessary emergency visits. 

Cleaning

Maintaining a clean mouth takes focused attention, more so when you are undergoing orthodontic care. You’ll never believe the amount of food that can get lodged between your braces when you eat. Plaque buildup as a result of poor brushing and flossing habits can cause bad breath, or worse, tooth decay! It is so important to brush your teeth after every meal and floss every day. It may seem like a hassle, but it will all be worth it in the end! Make sure you continue your yearly cleaning appointments at your general dental office. 

Sports

Protecting your smile if you play sports is essential when you have braces, and mouth guards are an ideal solution to protecting your teeth and gums from injury. Some mouth guards work better than others when you’re wearing braces, so check with our team first. We can advise you on the right mouth guard if you plan on participating in any kind of contact sport.

Following these tips throughout your treatment will help ensure you get the results you want from your treatment in a timely manner. If you have any questions, please give our office a call. We are here to help.

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Wyandotte (734)282-4100 1605 Fort St., Wyandotte, MI 48192

Trenton (734)675-1170 1954 West Rd.,Trenton, MI 48183

 

Why is Summer the Best Time to get Braces?

When you think about summer I’m sure you’re not thinking about braces. But you should. Here are 3 reasons why you should start your orthodontic treatment during the summer.

 Time 

In the fall, winter and spring it can be hard to find the time to schedule your appointments. When you begin your treatment you may have to see the orthodontist a couple times in the first month and those appointments may take a little longer. Scheduling around school, homework and after school activities can make this more difficult to do. 

Getting Adjusted

After your child has gotten their braces on they will need to go through an adjustment period. With our new technology we are able to minimalize tenderness. However with young gums and teeth some discomfort may occur the first couple days. Under your supervision you can help make them feel more comfortable. Your child will also have to adjust to eating with braces. This can be a challenge the first few weeks. Learning what you can and can not have is easier when you have many choices to choose from at home. Your son or daughter will need to get used to oral hygiene with braces. Establishing good oral hygiene is very important during the first few weeks. Being at home gives them enough time to figure out exactly how to keep their teeth clean and healthy.

Food

Summer brings a lot of great foods. While it can be hard getting adjusted to eating with braces, summertime foods are the best. Watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, strawberries, raspberries, corn (off the cob), hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, popsicles, fresh salads and pasta’s make choosing your food easier with braces. Remember to stay away from sticky, hard and crunchy foods.

Once school starts in the fall you and your child will be ready. Your appointments at the orthodontist will be quicker. Your child will be acclimated to having them and will be professionals at choosing the right foods. 

Of course, this isn’t to say your child will be ready for braces during the summer. But making that first appointment can be done and you will have a better understanding of what is needed for your child. Dr. John Lupini DDS, MS and True Orthodontics, PC welcomes all new patients with a free exam. If Dr. Lupini determines that your child is not ready for treatment, he will recommend follow-up visits to evaluate growth and development and then determine the appropriate time to begin.

When you want orthodontics done right, call True Orthodontics, PC or visit us online at www.TrueOrthdontics.com. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Your Smile… Our Passion

 

Bracket Fashion

For a lot of orthodontic patients choosing the right color is everything. Choosing the correct color is like making a fashion statement with their mouths. Colors are really heating up! From soft pastels that coordinate with a wardrobe to bright hues for celebrating holidays or expressing school spirit, the colors appear on the elastic ties that bind the wires to the brackets. These ties are changed at each monthly appointment.

While colors for braces are fun, the fun serves a serious purpose, notes Dr. John Lupini DDS, MS, an orthodontist in Wyandotte and Trenton Michigan for over 20 years, and a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). Enthusiastic patients are more apt to follow instructions on oral hygiene and diet. Good cooperation can yield results that meet everyone’s expectations.

“When patients are involved in their treatment, they may take better care of their braces. That helps patient and doctor to reach treatment goals and produce a healthy, beautiful smile,” emphasizes Dr. Lupini.

Colors are a hit with countless braces-wearers. “We make sure we have an ample supply of appropriate colors on hand for upcoming holidays, “says Dr. Lupini.

Patients can celebrate every time they smile, year-round: red and white for Valentine’s Day; green for St. Patrick’s Day; red, white and blue for July 4th; orange and black for Halloween; green and red for Christmas-or blue and white for Hanukah, or black, red and green for Kwanzaa.

Adults, too, are known to choose different colors when they have their braces adjusted. For a sports fanatic, it’s a unique way to express loyalty to college or pro teams. Some patients prefer to be less obvious about their orthodontic treatment. They have a variety of options including tooth-colored brackets; self-ligating brackets, which do not require ties to join the wire to the bracket; or clear removable trays.

Thanks to today’s technology, the materials orthodontist use to move teeth can range from obvious to almost imperceptible,” notes Dr. Lupini.

For more information, visit Dr. Lupini and True Orthodontics website, www.TrueOrthdontics.com, or call/visit us at one of our locations in Wyandotte (734)282-4100 1605 Fort St., Wyandotte, MI 48192 or Trenton (734)675-1170 1954 West Rd., Trenton, MI 48183. Find Dr. John Lupini, DDS, MS on American Association of Orthodontist website. Dr. Lupini is also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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John Lupini, DDS, MS, is the director of True Orthodontics, which specializes in early orthodontic treatment, teeth straightening, Invisalign alternatives, and treats children and adults. True Orthodontics serves all of the downriver communities including but not limited to Southeastern Michigan, Wayne County, Monroe County, Macomb County, Oakland County, Downriver, Trenton, Grosse Ile, Woodhaven, Trenton, Riverview, Wyandotte, Melvindale, Ecorse, River Rouge, Detroit, Taylor, Westland, Garden City, Lincoln Park, Allen Park, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Romulus, Belleville, Huron Township, Van Buren Township, Flat Rock, Rockwood, Gibraltar, Brownstown, Monroe, Frenchtown, Newport, Carleton, Southgate and surrounding communities.