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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.

www.TrueOrthodontics.com

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.

How to Find the Right Orthodontist for Kids with Special Needs

Keep these tips in mind when you're shopping around for braces.

1. Look for Experience in Treating Patients with Special Needs

Your number one priority should be finding a dentist who has a history of providing orthodontics for special needs patients. If they have experience, they'll be much more aware of the unique requirements for kids with special needs and how to cater to them. This means that during your consultation and treatment, everything will be much easier and more comfortable for you and your child.

2. Ask What Specialized Qualifications and Training They Have

The right orthodontist should have completed a specialized course in treating children with special needs. This proves that they have the necessary skills to provide what you're looking for. Most dentists will display their certificates proudly on the wall at their clinic, but you can also see them listed on their websites. Be sure to look for them at each clinic you visit. If you don't see any, you can always ask them yourself.

3. Choose Someone with a Range of Treatment Options

Traditional braces aren't suitable for every patient. That's why a good orthodontist should offer a range of different treatments. For children with special needs, a variety of treatments is crucial. This is because they can have very specific requirements. For example, patients with cerebral palsy may find standard braces uncomfortable. The wires and brackets can be a distraction, which can cause anxiety. Some patients have been known to dig or tug at them in an attempt to remove them. In these cases, clear aligners are a much more suitable option. They are much less invasive and simply fit over the teeth without the need for painful wires. They can also be removed when eating and brushing, which means it's much easier to maintain an oral hygiene routine. For patients with downs syndrome, aligners like these may not be suitable. This is because their cases tend to be more complicated. Their specific dental problems are usually best treated with traditional braces.

4. Have In-Depth Consultations

A good orthodontist will provide an in-depth consultation, during which they can learn about the individual needs of your child They should then guide you through all of the treatment options they provide, advising you on the best plan of action. In doing so, they'll explain how each one will affect the routines of both the patient and the caregiver. This means you'll be well-equipped to make a decision you can be confident in. Once you're able to do that, they'll talk you through the treatment plan you can expect to go through, what it will involve, and how much it will cost. During the course of the treatment, extra care will have to be taken to maintain oral hygiene. They'll walk you through the steps you'll have to take in order to do that. If an orthodontist doesn't provide enough detail or attention during your consultation, it won't bode well for your child's treatment. In this case, it's best to look elsewhere.

5. Read the Reviews

Find out what kind of experience previous clients have had. A great orthodontist will have a track record of providing great service to patients, and their online reviews should reflect that. Any negative ones will let you know which clinics to steer clear of, so you can save your time by crossing them off your list.

6. Ask Other Parents

If you can't find enough information on reviews and testimonial sites, check out some online forums for other parents of children with special needs. These sites and online communities can be excellent resources for support and advice. If you post a question, you're likely to find someone who's already had orthodontic treatment for their child. They might be able to recommend a clinic for you to try out or give you some tips on how to find an orthodontist you can trust.

7. Browse Before and After Pictures

To get an idea of how an orthodontist can change your child's smile, look at the before and after gallery on their website. This will show you what kind of cases they're used to treating and what results they can achieve. If possible, look for before pictures that are similar to your child's case.

8. Look for a Personalized Service

Every patient is different, not only in their dental requirements but in their personalities, too. Look for an orthodontist who caters to the individual needs, anxieties, and fears that your child has. That way, every visit will be as smooth as possible.

Meet True Orthodontics

At True Orthodontics, we're dedicated to providing excellent service to all our patients. We understand that children with special needs require extra care when they visit the dentist. You can be confident that your child will be treated with the respect and compassion they deserve, so they can feel at ease in the dentist's chair. Read more about Dr. Lupini to find out why he's a great orthodontist for kids with special needs

Important Questions to Ask Your Child's Orthodontist About Braces

 When your child's orthodontist recommends braces for your child, it's understandable that your little one will have questions. To help them understand what is going to happen, there are some important questions to ask your child's orthodontist first.

Most people are fine with seeing a dentist a couple of times a year. But some people might need to have special services provided by orthodontic care specialists. These specialists are in demand when someone has an overbite, an under-bite, a cross-bite or they need their teeth aligned to fix any crowding or spacing issues. These doctors are known as Orthodontists, and they spend an additional 2 to 3 years after dental school to treat orthodontic problems. This means you're going to have to spend a little extra money and make more trips to the office. If you're going to be making this investment of time and money, you want to make sure you're making the right decision. We’ve compiled a few questions to ask your child's orthodontist to help you make that decision.

 What is Your Experience?

It's important to know what orthodontic program your child's orthodontist has attended. This can help you make a decision to find the right specialist. Some universities offer a 2 year certificate in orthodontics while others offer a more comprehensive 3 year post doctorate master degree in orthodontics. It is also important to know how many years of practical experience they have. Dr. Lupini attended the University of Michigan for his DDS degree (graduating top in his class) and his post-doctorate MS degree in orthodontics. Dr. Lupini has over 20 years of private practice experience. He also has experience teaching in the graduate orthodontic department at University of Michigan. Ask if they're members of the AAO because only dentists who have completed the required training can join. Use the AAO website to look for certified orthodontists in your area and to check on those doctors' experience. If you know anyone who wears braces, don't be afraid to ask them for recommendations as well.

What Are Your Hours?

You most likely have a busy family. No one can afford to miss a lot of class or work. It's a good idea to find an orthodontist who will be regularly available during the week and even after hours in case of an emergency. Many orthodontists have children as their main base of clientele, so they should have hours that work around their needs. Finding a specialist that will work around your schedule will make sure that there isn't anything that will interfere with your appointment. It also makes sure that you and your family get the care you need. Dr. Lupini lives locally and offers more appointment times than other orthodontists who have other distant offices and commute.

 What Are My Options?

 Ask questions about what options are available to you. Your child might be unhappy about having braces on their teeth and you are worried about how they will feel. Luckily, traditional braces aren't the only choice you have. There are less visible tooth-colored braces as an option as well. Additionally, there are clear aligners that could work.

 How Long Will it Take?

 This is the question on every child's mind. "How long will I need to wear these things?” The length of treatment is usually about two years. However, this can be longer in some cases. Make sure that you also ask your orthodontist how often they want to see your child. When you know how many times a year you have to visit your doctor will help your child understand the process and the progress they are making. No matter what your agreement is, your teen will have to take care of their teeth in order to make this process go smoothly. Ask your orthodontist if they recommend a fluoride rinse for added protection.

 Will There Be Tooth Extraction?

There are some instances where patients might need to have a teeth extracted in order to make room for their new smile. It's not common, but it is sometimes a necessary part of the process. Ask your orthodontist for an explanation for why your tooth will need to be extracted and whether or not there are less invasive options on the table.

 Will There be Pain?

There is technology available today that makes braces more comfortable than ever before. However, your teeth are moving, which means there will be a level of discomfort associated with that. With each visit, the braces will get tighter. However, the pain usually goes away within a few days.

 What About a Retainer?

 As we age, our teeth shift. In many cases, a permanent retainer will be necessary after braces. You don't want the teeth you just straightened out to shift out of position.

 What is the Cost?

 Cost is still the most important part of talking to your child's orthodontist about braces. There are different costs associated with different orthodontists, and sometimes that price difference doesn't mean a change in the quality of care. If there are some quotes that are a lot lower or higher than others, take a second to ask them why. Find out if you will have to pay out of pocket if the treatment takes longer than anticipated, or if you will be charged an extra fee for each visit as well as the cost of the braces themselves. Before you start, you should know whether or not they accept your insurance and get a breakdown of how much you will be paying for the cost of the braces and retainers after braces. The more you are informed, the less likely it is that you will be surprised by your bill later on. Here at True Orthodontics, PC we offer GUARANTEED financing with an affordable monthly payment.

 Questions to Ask Your Child's Orthodontist

The decision to fit your child for braces isn't an easy one, but it can be the decision that gives them the confidence to smile again. But before you rush into the office, make sure you write down these questions to ask your child's orthodontist! If your child needs to pay a visit to the orthodontist, contact us today !

Vacation Tips with Braces

 

Vacation Tips with Braces

Planning to go on vacation? Don’t let braces stop you from enjoying your vacation. Being prepared ahead of time can help you should an emergency happen. We have put together a list of items that may come in handy while you’re on vacation.

·    Travel Toothbrush

·     Flosspick, Platypus Flossers  or other interdental cleaners.

·     Orthodontic wax to help with discomfort from protruding wires.

·      A small mirror for examining any possible issues in your mouth.

·     Toe nail clippers. Just in case you need to clip a wire.

·       A water bottle or a mini bottle of mouth rinse.  

Placing these items in a small cosmetic bag can help keep them at reach when needed quickly.

If you happen to be on vacation and experience problems reaching our office, we suggest going online and searching for orthodontic practices in your area. Most orthodontist will lend a helping hand to another orthodontic patient and get him or her out of pain or discomfort.

Always remember not to eat the following:

·        Chewy, sticky, or gummy food

·        Apples, pears, and other whole fruits. Always cut your fruit into wedges before eating.

·        Bagels and hard breads and rolls

·        Corn on the cob

·        Hard candies, cookies or pretzels

·        All nuts and hard candies.

Foods you can enjoy on these warm sunny days:

·        Ice cream

·        Frozen yogurt

·        Smoothies

·        Popsicles

·        Fruits

·        Pudding

·        Jell-O

·        Pretzels

·        S’mores

·        Chocolate without nuts

Lastly, if you are wearing clear aligners and happen to lose your trays call our office as soon as possible. We may be able to reorder your trays so they are ready for you when you return.

Always feel free to call one of our Downriver offices. Serving Downriver Michigan, Wyandotte, Trenton, Grosse Ile, Lincoln Park, Taylor, Gibraltar, Southgate, Brownstown, Rockwood, Woodhaven, Riverview, Romulus, Allen Park, and Flat Rock.

Your Smile…Our Passion

Dental Braces for Adults

 Although the optimum ages for receiving braces are between 7 and 14, adults can wear braces, too.

 Bite and chewing problems, gum problems, pain in the ears and head, speaking problems and tooth decay could result from jaw disorders, malocclusion, and over- and underbites, which need correction.

 Due to their more flexible growing teeth, children's dental problems are easier to correct, but adults have better compliance. Dental extraction for adults may be needed prior to treatment.

Wearing braces for adults may take 18 to 36 months, which is longer than it does for children. They may also need post-treatment retainers to prevent recurrence.

Before receiving braces, an adequate dental evaluation is necessary. There are several kinds of braces to choose from. The most common are metal braces, which are made of high-grade stainless steel and attached to the front teeth. Like metal braces, clear ceramic braces blend with the color of the teeth. Lingual braces are attached to the back of the teeth, so they are concealed from view. Invisible braces are clear, custom-made removable braces that can be used to correct mild spacing problems.

To avoid dental caries, regular teeth-brushing, flossing and dental checkups are essential.

This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your healthcare professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment

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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.