Share Your Smile with the World 2017

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Your child’s smile is a gift to share with friends, teachers, family members and the entire world. The best part about braces is that they teach you to share your smile with everyone you love. And when your child smiles, you smile. Your orthodontist can help your child learn to share their smile again, even if they’ve been hiding it because of crooked teeth.

  • Smiling truly is a gift that will foster friendships for your child’s entire life!
  • Your child deserves the best and brightest smile, and we can help them achieve it.



A Happy Smile Inspires Confidence

Before braces, your child may feel shy or unsure about smiling in front of people. Thankfully your orthodontist can help get your child smiling again.

  • A big, confident smile is a gift for everyone you meet. Nothing brightens up the day like a smile.
  • To share your smile is to give a gift of peace and happiness to all your friends and family, and will leave a true impact.


Smiling is a Priceless Gift

  • Smiling is a gift that comes from the heart, and will help your child build relationships for their entire life.
  • If they learn to smile with confidence right now at an early age, they’ll keep smiling for the rest of their life.


Call us today to set up your appointment! 

  • Get started on your journey to a happy smile. Your child’s future is priceless, and our orthodontist will work with you to make their dreams come true. Your child deserves to share their smile with the world because it’s a priceless gift! Call our Centerville office at (937) 433-0830 or our Fairborn office at (937) 878-1561 or click here to book an appointment in either one of our practices.


King Orthodontics
6460 Far Hills Ave
OH 45459
Phone:(937) 433-0830


Share Your Smile with the World 2017

Relief From Braces Discomfort 2017


According to Harvard Health Publications, today’s orthodontic patients come from all ages and walks of life. One out of every five people wearing braces right now is aged 19 or older.

While some call this “America’s obsession with a perfect smile,” here at King Orthodontics, we view it a little bit differently. After all, what is the closest major organ to the teeth and gums? The brain! The next closest? The heart.

In other words, good oral health is paramount to good health, period. The straighter and more optimally aligned your teeth and jaw become, the easier time you will have brushing, flossing and maintaining excellent oral hygiene. WebMD minces no words in linking periodontal (gum) disease to heart disease.

The good news is, people are definitely sitting up and taking notice. Many are making the commitment to see an orthodontist for treatment, braving minor discomforts in return for major health rewards. In this article, learn to alleviate any discomfort you may experience after you have your hardware installed and after each adjustment appointment.

Do Braces Hurt?

If we had to analyze all of the questions patients ask us and pick the one we hear the most, the lucky winner would likely be this one. As a species, we prefer life to be pain-free whenever possible, and orthodontic care is no exception.
Yet if you ask someone who has had orthodontic treatment how painful it actually was, you probably wouldn’t even hear the word “pain” used. More likely, you would hear words like “discomfort,” “soreness” or “tenderness.”
The process of having your teeth straightened and properly aligned for the best oral health definitely requires some movement of the teeth themselves. This movement is accomplished incrementally in very small steps using sensitive cutting-edge orthodontic methods. But it is movement nonetheless, and at first, your teeth may kick up a bit of resistance with some soreness or tenderness. Happily, this goes away after the first few days of having your hardware put in place. For adjustments (which are done to keep teeth moving in the right direction), any discomfort usually fades within a day.

The Two Main Types of Orthodontic Discomfort

There are two main categories of discomfort that can crop up during orthodontic treatment. The first type is referenced here in the previous section. This type of discomfort relates to having the hardware installed or adjusted as needed during treatment. The second type can arise when the hardware gets compromised. This is usually because the patient eats the wrong food or there is an unplanned incident that impacts the hardware.

For example, let’s say you’ve been wearing your hardware for a month or two and all is going well. But then one day, without even thinking about it, you absent-mindedly crunch down on a big ice cube in your drink. Your arch-wire pops out and stabs you in the gums. Or let’s say you are playing basketball after school. You jump up to make a basket, but on the way down you land wrong on your ankle and down you go, banging your mouth into the floor and dislodging a bracket, which digs into the sensitive tissue on the inside of your mouth.

Luckily, these types of incidents tend to be few and far between. They can be easily managed by making careful food and beverage choices and wearing mouthguard as needed during athletic events.

Managing the Discomfort During Treatment

Regardless of the type of discomfort, you may experience during your treatment, there is a way to manage it effectively right at home or on the go to experience relief as quickly as possible.

  • General minor aches and pains.For pain, we recommend taking over-the-counter pain relievers (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, et al). These medications are available without a prescription and can handle minor soreness and swelling. Ice packs can also ease any soreness or tenderness that arises and give you fast relief. Use of ice packs can be alternated with the use of pain relievers with great effectiveness.


  • Hardware-related aches and pains.Depending on the type of hardware you are wearing, there are different orthodontic-specific helps that can come to your rescue. One of the most popular is also one of the simplest – orthodontic wax. This gentle, pliable, neutral wax can be used in a couple of ways, either to temporarily hold together a displaced or dislodged bit of hardware or wiring or to shield the sensitive mouth tissues from sharp hardware edges.


  • Sanitizing and healing.For faster healing after injuries, mouth abrasions or hardware adjustments, using a warm salt water gargle in addition to your regular oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing can help your teeth, gums and tissues rally and feel better quite quickly. As a side bonus, warm salt water is a very effective sanitizing agent to fight off infection. Also, it can neutralize germs and bacteria and keep you healthier during your treatment.

When to Call Your Orthodontist

While minor post-installation or post-adjustment discomfort is completely normal. This is something most patients experience, we recognize that every patient’s pain tolerance is different. In other words, what really bothers one patient might not even phase another patient. What matters most to us is to effectively manage your treatment for maximum comfort throughout your course of care.

So if you feel like you are really uncomfortable after you have your hardware installed or after you have come in for an adjustment appointment, don’t hesitate to call our office. We can recommend additional helps to alleviate any pain you may be feeling and give you recommendations for customized relief. Also, if you ever have an experience where your hardware gets damaged or dislodged, you can use the orthodontic wax as a temporary fix, but then you should call our office right away to schedule an appointment to be seen.

This is critical because your hardware is positioned “just so” to give you optimal teeth straightening and alignment results. So if something has moved or come loose, we need to correct it as soon as possible to keep your treatment on track.

Two Extra Emergency Helps

First, we highly recommend the iBracesHelp app, which is a great resource for information. Second, we maintain an answering service for after-hours emergency calls. If you are having an orthodontic emergency, call our office and the answering service will put you in touch with one of our orthodontists right away.

About King Orthodontics

Dr. Jack’s son Sam who is joining the family practice. Today, Drs King and King are proudly carrying on the family tradition by offering each and every patient “the smile of their life!” To schedule a consultation, call our office at (937)433-0830 (Centerville) or (937)878-1561 (Fairborn) or visit us online to learn more.

King Orthodontics
6460 Far Hills Ave
OH 45459
Phone: (937) 433-0830

 Relief From Braces Discomfort 2017 

Tooth Extraction Side Effects Checklist 2017



This is a question that many people ask themselves when a dentist notifies them that they need to have some of their teeth removed. They fear that they might ruin the aesthetics of their face. Though this might happen, the effect is rarely visible, especially if it is done by a professional. The dentist will have to study the structure of the teeth and the jaws really carefully.

They have to know which teeth are on the vital points of the jaw, and which ones offer support to the facial features. They will try and gauge how best to remove the teeth so that they cannot affect the facial structure. Here are some of the more serious medical issues that come up as a result of removing teeth.

  • Infection – This is messy. Bacteria or food in the hole left by the extraction will become infected. The area of extraction naturally swells, but too much is a sign of infection, also bleeding gums and fever can occur. Consult the dentist immediately.
  • Jaw Pain – Inflammation is normal but it does lead to other issues. Post-anesthetic discomfort and the inability to open your mouth wide are common.
  • Nerve damage – Sometimes the nerves are damaged during the removal process. Numbness is apparent for up to three months after the extraction and on rare occasions permanent.
  • Fracture – This is more common the older aged patients and is due to there being to much pressure applied during the extraction.
  • Dry socket – This is a serious issue. Caused by a blood clot dislodging or failing to form completely. This is a painful problem and can only be treated by a dentist and should be done so in quick time.



Aesthetic Issues

  • Wrinkles – This happens is the reduction in the jaw due to the missing teeth. Once there is a reduction, the skin will tend to sag and begin to develop wrinkles. Luckily, there are some firming and anti-ageing creams that will settle this.
  • The appearance of my face – If many teeth are removed, there is a noticeable shrinking of the face, especially if only one region of the face shrinks, which will end up damaging the asymmetry of the face.
  • Will my teeth drift – When one of the teeth is pulled out, there will be a gap left. If the tooth was a molar or a premolar, there will be a slight pressure on the teeth, especially when it comes to chewing. Some of the teeth will succumb to the pressure and begin to drift towards the gap.

Check First

Also, enquire whether it is really necessary to have the teeth removed. You might need to have a second and even third opinion regarding this. If removal is the only way, options to take care of the facial structure once the teeth are removed, such as reconstructive surgery are discussed.


Schedule a consultation with today to start towards a stunning smile. When you live in Ohio, it is easy to visit King Orthodontics. We have two facilities that are located in:

  • Fairborn
  • Centerville

We offer a complimentary consultation after completing an examination with modern medical images. You can schedule an appointment with either:

  • Dr. Jack King
  • Dr. Sam King

Our patients might need to wear orthodontic devices such as:

  • Plastic Invisalign aligners created for adults and children
  • Metal bracket and wire braces which are primarily worn by children
  • Color-matching ceramic brackets that are not noticeable in your mouth
  • Retainers that are worn when orthodontic treatment is almost completed

Call us at 937-433-0830 today to or contact us on-line to schedule your first appointment.

King Orthodontics
400 East Dayton
Yellow Springs Road
OH 45324
Phone: (937) 878-1561

Tooth Extraction Side Effects Checklist 2017

Introducing Self-Ligating Braces 2017

Understanding How Self-Ligating Braces Work

Having your teeth straightened is an essential part of achieving a healthy and beautiful smile. There is a wide range of teeth straightening options available to you or your children. The most modern of which are self-ligating braces. This type of orthodontic application comes with its own unique advantages that may make it the preferable option for you. Understanding how these appliances work will provide you with the information necessary to make an informed purchase decision.

What Are Self-Ligating Braces?

As opposed to metal brackets, this system uses special orthodontic hardware in an attempt to more accurately straighten your teeth. When using traditional teeth straightening methods, the appliance consists of three components, a brace, archwire, and tie. This appliance eliminates the need for a tie to keep the archwire in place and is a more comfortable alternative to standard metal brackets.

How This Appliance Works

With this newer system, the elastic or metal ties are completely eliminated, making for a much more aesthetically appealing look. Instead, a movable component is installed that allows for the re-positioning of your teeth without the need for manual tightening. The movable component requires far fewer adjustments throughout the course of your treatment. This also reduces the number of visits required to make to the orthodontist. Instead, these wires are always moving as your teeth move.

There are three aspects of these braces that set them apart from other solutions. For one, the elastic ties on standard orthodontic appliances have a tendency to build up plaque and be particularly irritating at times. By eliminating the usage of ties, you can more readily keep your teeth clean and healthy. The wires are also of a premium design and will assist in moving your teeth quicker than alternatives. It’s a treatment that’s comfortable.

The sliding mechanism reduces basic friction and binding. You or your child won’t feel much of anything when adjustments are made. Given that they don’t need to be manually adjusted on a regular basis, your teeth should be straightened quicker than with standard metal appliances. Archwires are held together with the inclusion of ties. The standard movement of your teeth can feel awkward and stilted at times.  With self-ligating appliances, your teeth move freely without the feeling that they are being held back by ties as the wires move automatically. This also makes the brackets and wires easy to clean.

Benefits for Selecting This Appliance

There are a wide array of notable benefits to using this teeth straightening method when compared to other options.

  • The usage of a movable component lessens the need for manual adjustments. This means that your child won’t have to visit the orthodontist as often. This also reduces the amount of time that you will need to wear the appliance before your teeth have moved into the optimal position.
  • Treatment with this appliance is almost six months shorter on average compared to traditional methods. In general, you should visit the orthodontist around seven times less than you would with traditional methods.
  • You’ll also benefit from fantastic results when compared to similar teeth straightening options. This method can read your facial proportions as your teeth, smile, and your bite align. This extra detail will ensure that your smile is beautiful and natural.

Given that this solution doesn’t require the use of ties, you won’t need to go through the regular tightening of the ties. This can lead to some pain and discomfort. This is also a huge benefit to your teeth and their surrounding tissues, as regular tightening of the ties and wires can cause some issues with the overall durability of your teeth.



The Goodness Continues

  • Unlike traditional metal brackets, you also have the option of selecting a clear form of this solution, which means that they are practically invisible to others around you. This allows for a boost in confidence and will make you more comfortable when spending time with friends and family. It also provides you with the means of having a beautiful smile even during the teeth-straightening period.
  • This type of orthodontic appliance is gentle enough to the teeth that there’s less of a chance for relapse following the conclusion of the treatment. With some types of teeth straightening methods, your teeth could actually move slightly back to their original positions.
  • When having your teeth straightened with aligners or similar solutions, it’s possible that you could suffer from a slight speech impediment. This is extremely unlikely with these brackets. The elimination of ties and proper placement on the teeth make them less intrusive with your speech than you might expect.
  • When using ties around the brackets, it’s much easier for food to become trapped in the bracket. This can be difficult to clean. The removal of ties means food no longer gets trapped and you can be confident that they are clean when you finish eating.


While the components used with this system are high quality and of a premium nature, the costs are comparable to more traditional solutions. This means that you won’t need to break the bank to receive the added benefits of this method. This type of appliance works well at treating even severe crowding issues, as well as misaligned teeth and an improper bite.

You cannot remove the brackets during treatment. This ensures that they will properly move your teeth into their desired position. Another slight benefit of using this system is that the brackets tend to be somewhat smaller than the ones used with traditional options. They are typically less bothersome or noticeable.

If you would like to have your teeth straightened and wish to know more about the procedures involved in doing so, contact King Orthodontics today to schedule your initial consultation.


King Orthodontics
6460 Far Hills Ave
OH 45459
Phone: (937) 433-0830

Introducing Self-Ligating Braces 2017

17 Face Muscles to Smile 2017

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Frowning Constantly Can Lead to Ugly Marionette Lines

If your face and neck feel tired at the end of the day, then maybe it is because you were frowning instead of smiling for the majority of the time. Scientists know that you use 43 muscles to frown but only 17 muscles to smile. When you are frowning a lot, your face muscles will begin to sag, creating what cosmetic surgeons refer to as marionette lines between the corners of your mouth and nose. It is better to smile more, but if you have gaps between your teeth, then smiling leads to embarrassment. However, children, teenagers and adults can visit an orthodontist to improve their smile.

Orthodontic Treatment Can Repair Your Teeth to Create an Attractive Smile

By undergoing orthodontic treatment with either braces or aligners, you can fix your teeth in six months to four years. Adults and teenagers are able to wear aligners for their mild malocclusions, and these plastic orthodontic devices are easy to wear and take care of on a daily basis. A computer software program will create multiple sets of aligners in slightly different configurations. After wearing one set of aligners for two weeks, you will switch to the next pair of aligners.

Use Your Face Muscles to Smile Instead of Frowning

At King Orthodontics in Dayton, Ohio, you can have an expert examination from an orthodontist. We have two locations where you can visit, including:

• Centerville – 937-433-0830
• Fairborn – 937-878-1571

It is possible to have a complimentary consultation to learn more about these orthodontic treatments:

• Self-ligating braces
• Invisalign aligners
• Clear braces
• Retainers
• Orthodontic surgery

We are able to create customized orthodontic devices by using a top-of-the-line 3-D X-ray machine. By having your teeth straightened, you can improve the bone structure of your face along with your smile in order to have a stronger bite.


King Orthodontics
6460 Far Hills Ave
OH 45459
Phone: (937) 433-0830

17 Face Muscles to Smile 2017

Mouth Ulcers Remedy Checklist 2017

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Although using braces improves your oral health, appearance, and comfort, they can also cause temporary mouth ulcers at some point in time. Mouth ulcers appear on the lips or inner cheeks as a result of constant friction between the affected parts of your mouth and metal brackets. Fortunately, there are various ways to resolve this particular issue. Below is a comprehensive look at what you should do if you happen to get mouth ulcers during treatment. Included is how to stop the pain, prevent the development of mouth ulcers, and avoid infection.


Prevent the Development or Worsening of Mouth Ulcers

According to a leading orthodontist, having preventive options is beneficial regardless of whether or not you have already developed mouth ulcers. Some of the things listed below block the brackets from making contact with your lips and inner cheeks while others make your mouth less prone to irritation or reduce abrasion.


Use Orthodontic Wax

Applying and removing this unique wax is relatively easy. In the same way as soft beeswax, orthodontic wax is mostly available in sticks that allow you to break off bits in the required size. All you need to do is pull off a portion, warm it between your fingers, and then press it onto the abrasive brackets. You will feel the difference immediately. As opposed to rough brackets, you will end up enjoying a smooth and entirely comfortable surface. The wax also stands up to saliva because it is waterproof, which means it won’t break down quickly. However, you need to ensure you check the wax on a regular basis, replace it whenever necessary, and remove it before you brush or floss.


Stay Hydrated

If you don’t take adequate amounts of water, your saliva will diminish. Having a dry mouth worsens abrasion since it basically means that the inner cheeks and brackets will be less slippery. Apart from keeping you hydrated, sipping water on a regular basis stimulates the production of saliva. The antibacterial effect of saliva helps to keep infections from developing in ulcers that could be appearing.


Use Silicone Covers

In the same manner as orthodontic wax, silicone covers keep the brackets from making contact with your lips and inner cheeks. Silicone is bound to last a lot longer since it doesn’t break down over time. As you may well now, wax breaks down over time. However, the brackets have to be completely dry before you can apply silicone covers, which you might find inconveniencing.


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Use Antiseptic Rinses

In just the same way as salt water, antiseptic rinses kill bacteria living in the mouth even though they are not nearly as cheap as salt water.


Try Rinses and Gels

Apart from forming a barrier over mouth ulcers, some products can also relieve discomfort. The barrier formed can last for more than a few hours depending on the type of rinse or gel. You will most likely find one if not more of these products at local drugstores.


Stop the Pain Caused by Ulcers

Although you should expect some discomfort, especially after wire tightening, uncontrolled ulcers can cause long-lasting pains during treatment. However, you can restore comfort and make your entire experience with braces a lot easier by taking certain steps. The solutions include systemic and topical pain relief options.


Avoid Certain Foods

A mouth ulcer is bound to hurt much more if it makes contact with something sour or spicy. You should, therefore, avoid spicy and sour foods if you have any active ulcer in your mouth. Although you may not suspect it, a significant number of foods and beverages contain high amounts of acid, including tomatoes, soda, and coffee. Remembering this fact is of vital importance.


Take Over-the-counter Pain Relievers

Many over-the-counter pain relievers are as effective at fighting the pains caused by mouth ulcers as they are at relieving headaches. Because of their anti-inflammatory effects, using these drugs also helps to speed up the healing process. As such, your mouth ulcers might heal quicker if you take over-the-counter pain relievers.


Use Topical Pain Relievers

A variety of products capable of relieving the pain caused by mouth ulcers once rubbed onto gums are currently available in drugstores. Although an orthodontist will use topical anesthesia to rub the gums before a procedure, you can source a product that acts in a similar manner from drugstores. While this solution has the potential to work surprisingly well for hours, maintaining the effects requires re-application.


Avoid Infection

Because a mouth ulcer is literally an open wound, it is prone to infection, and you will most likely experience increased levels of pain if it becomes infected, which lets you know what is happening. Although infections tend to go away on their own, they can become serious issues if they worsen. This highlights the need to take one of the following approaches immediately you notice a developing ulcer.


Rinse with Salt Water

Rinsing with salt water often works just as well for mouth ulcers as it does for sore throats. Salt is known to kill bacteria by dehydrating them. However, you will have to perform salt water rinses several times a day for them to be most effective. Mix a cup of warm water and half a teaspoon of salt to make a powerful rinse. In addition, salt water has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling, which is bound to make you a lot more comfortable if you have mouth ulcers.


Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is essential since it keeps bad bacteria from overgrowing in the mouth, especially if you are using braces since they often collect bacteria and food particles around the brackets. You can always get a floss threading tool if you find it hard to thread floss around. In addition, brushing after every meal during treatment minimizes the risk of infection even further.

You can use the methods listed above to quickly address a problematic mouth ulcer during treatment. In addition, you can get personalized advice from a professional orthodontist about how to prevent and treat this issue. Contact King Orthodontics at your earliest convenience and learn more about how to stay comfortable and healthy during treatment.


King Orthodontics
6460 Far Hills Ave
OH 45459
Phone: (937) 433-0830

Mouth Ulcer Remedy Checklist 2017



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Will having teeth removed ruin my face?



Teeth extraction. There are many reasons a person could need to have many a tooth extracted. Although the most common reasons are because of decay or breakage, some of the other reasons include new teeth being blocked from growing in properly, ivories that need to be removed in preparation for orthodontic treatment, gum disease affecting the teeth’s bone structures and supporting tissues, cosmetic reasons and the installation of dentures. Whatever their reason is for having them removed, there are millions of people who share one common concern. These people are worried the appearance of their face will be ruined due to the extraction process.

Teeth Removal FAQ

Is it possible my appearance could change if I have multiple teeth removed?

Yes. There is the possibility that your face could experience a slight change upon completion of your orthodontic treatment for the removal of permanent fangs. It is important for people to understand that if any changes in your facial appearance do occur, they will be extremely minor. In fact, most people experience changes that are so small they are not able to be easily seen. So if you are worried that you will end up looking like the Elephant Man after your orthodontic procedure, you can now put those fears to bed for good. It is simply not going to happen.

Are teeth only removed if it is necessary?

If your orthodontist suggests that you have some of your teeth removed, he or she is not doing so on a whim. The extraction of teeth is a serious matter and should never be taken lightly. Your orthodontist understands this, so if a recommendation to extract teeth has been made, you obviously have a situation which is serious enough to make your orthodontist believe that extraction is the only course of action. A dental professional’s first priority is to attempt to save the teeth. This is sometimes not possible and extraction is called for. A lack of space in the mouth is a frequent cause for the removal of teeth. Models, pictures and x-rays will all be thoroughly studied before the decision to extract your teeth is made.

Will teeth removal preserve your profile?

A highly trained orthodontist will do everything in his or her power to make sure your appearance does not change after your procedure. The removal of teeth is a procedure that can not be reversed. Therefore, extra care must be taken before this course of action is decided upon. Your orthodontist will first try to come up with an alternative plan that will allow him or her to save every one of your teeth. The position of your lips, the size of your teeth and the size of your jaws are all important details that will be considered as part of the decision making process. If you have a profile you are happy with, your orthodontist will do their best to preserve it.

Can your face can still change if you don’t have teeth removed?

While it is possible that you will experience minor facial changes if you have teeth removed, these changes will undoubtedly be much more noticeable if you do not have the teeth removed when it is recommended. When a person’s teeth are crowded at a moderate or severe level, the teeth in the front will gradually be pushed forward as the arches start their alignment. Along with the front teeth, the overlying lips will also begin to make their slow journey forward. When this happens, the person will often end up with buck teeth. This will frequently result in a person having difficulty closing their lips. In a case like this, the person’s appearance is much worse than if the teeth had been removed.

Can your appearance be improved by having teeth extracted?

While the perception is that the extraction of teeth will only hurt a person’s appearance, the truth is that it is often improved in many cases. When teeth are removed from the side and braces are used to push the front teeth back, a person will no longer have buck teeth that protrude and look unappealing. There is another advantage to having this procedure performed. By pushing the front teeth back in the mouth, the lips will be able to close in a way that appears attractive and natural. This will help the profile of the patient to be improved.

Can teeth removal fight the aging process?

There are many people who believe they should avoid having any of their ivory removed at all costs. While a tooth should never be removed for a frivolous reason, it is important to remember that your orthodontist only has your best interest at heart. He or she would never make the recommendation to extract your teeth unless they thought it was going to help your appearance and orthodontic treatment in the long run. There is one other important thing you should keep in mind as you go along your orthodontic journey. A trained orthodontist will know all of the changes that naturally happen in a person’s face as they age. Because of this, they will be able to predict these changes before they happen and formulate a treatment plan to effectively combat them.



When you live in Ohio, it is easy to visit King Orthodontics. we have two facilities that are located in:

• Fairborn
• Centerville

We offer a complimentary consultation after completing an examination with modern medical images. You can schedule an appointment with either:

• Dr. Jack King
• Dr. Sam King

Our patients might need to wear orthodontic devices such as:

• Plastic Invisalign aligners created for adults and children
• Metal bracket and wire braces primarily worn by children
• Color-matching ceramic brackets that are not noticeable in your mouth
• Retainers that are worn when orthodontic treatment is almost completed

Call us at 937-433-0830 today to schedule your first appointment.

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

Will having teeth removed ruin my face?


Repair Teeth Before Orthodontist Checklist

orthodontistOrthodontist visit? If you have crooked, overcrowded, or otherwise misaligned teeth, braces are obviously an appropriate corrective option. But what if your concerns go beyond teeth that are crooked or oddly spaced? Do you need to have all of your teeth repaired prior to orthodontic treatment? In most cases, the answer is no. Orthodontists used specialized tools to solve a variety of dental concerns, so in most cases, the repairs can be made as a part of the ongoing treatment process. However, there are a few steps that should be taken to effectively prepare for your orthodontic treatment. Knowing what needs to be taken care of beforehand as well as what is involved in this type of treatment will help you receive more effective treatment as well as be more satisfied with the process along the way.

Preparing for Braces

You’ll need to see your regular dentist for a check-up and cleaning, before getting your new appliances affixed,. This procedure will allow you dentist to assess the condition of your oral health and determine if you have any progressive decay or gum problems. These are two conditions that must be remedied prior to beginning your orthodontic treatment.

It is important that you have any cavities filled or other forms of decay treated prior to the beginning of your treatment. Doing so will help prevent further spread of decay and bacteria in your mouth. Plus it will deter issues with bonding the brackets to your teeth. If there is active decay in any of your teeth,  the new appliances attached to your teeth will exacerbate the issue and cause additional concerns.

Likewise, if you have any gum disease or other problems, it is important that this is treated prior to beginning with your orthodontist. This type of issue can leave your gums sensitive and more susceptible to infection. So it is necessary to treat issues with the gums prior to any steps of the orthodontic treatment.

Following a routine check-up with your dentist that results with a clean bill of oral health, you can begin treatment with your orthodontist. It is crucial to maintain regular appointments with your dentist for cleanings even throughout your orthodontic treatment as this will help you avoid cavities and other breakdowns of your oral health.

Steps in Orthodontist Treatment

Knowing what to expect as you begin treatment will help you better prepare for each appointment. You will then feel more comfortable and confident as you begin the process. Your provider will explain what should occur at each appointment, but this timeline provides a rough overview of each of the steps of your treatment.

First Visit – Photos, impressions, and x-rays will be taken of your teeth to create plaster study molds. Your provider will plan your treatment using these records. At this point, determinations will be made if you need any permanent teeth removed if here is not enough space for all of them in your mouth.

Second Visit – In this visit, your orthodontist will explain the specific steps in your treatment as well as what type of appliances are suitable for your condition. Before your appliances are installed, separators will be placed between your molars to create enough room for the molar bands used in traditional treatment. You’ll typically have these bands for a week.

Third and Fourth Visits – These visits are extremely important as this is when your brands and brackets are bonded to your teeth. This is a careful process that will typically take longer than any of your adjustments.

Subsequent Visits – After your brackets and bands have been installed, you’ll have an adjustment every 4 to 8 weeks. These appointments will involve changing the wires, adding springs, and swapping the elastics and other accessories attached to your appliance.


Accessories are an important component of your orthodontic treatment. Elastics achieve proper alignment between your upper and lower teeth. A facemask, headgear, or biteplate can be used when you have a fixed appliance. Your provider will explain exactly how to use each accessory. It is important that you follow his or her instructions. Failure to use your accessories correctly can slow or even reverse the progress of your treatment.

Deband Appointment – Once your treatment is complete, you’ll have a deband appointment to remove your appliances. Your provider will also remove the cement from your teeth and polish them at this appointment. Likewise, new molds of your teeth will be made to fashion retainers. Even after your active treatment is complete, you’ll need to wear your retainers. The ensures your teeth remain in their new position.

Length of Treatment

While the length of treatment varies, a normal treatment period is roughly 2 to 3 years. You’ll need to make time every 4 to 8 weeks to have an adjustment if you want your treatment to progress in a timely fashion.

Caring for Your New Appliances

Effective oral hygiene practices are vital when you have braces and other accessories. Having these appliances makes cleaning your teeth more difficult to clean. Be sure to brush your teeth following each snack and meal. This will reduce your risk of developing decay and gum disease.

Also, you will want to avoid eating hard food and biting directly into foods that may dislodge your brackets and bands or damage your wires. You should avoid eating hard foods, like nuts, raw vegetables, and some fruits. Also, avoid foods that are high in sugar or that are sticky and stick in your teeth.

You will adjust to your new appliances over time. You may experience some chafing or rubbing initially. Likewise, your teeth and gums will feel sore for a few days after each treatment. This is normal so expect it.

A straight beautiful smile follows your orthodontic treatment. Your provider will determine exactly what needs to be done for your teeth. In most cases, prior repair of teeth is not necessary as your treatment should include rearranging, straightening, and realigning teeth. In some cases, minor repair outside of orthodontic treatment is necessary to remove staining or remove teeth that are causing overcrowding. Call (937) 433-0830 today to schedule your complimentary orthodontic consultation and determine your first step of treatment today.

King Orthodontics
6460 Far Hills Ave
OH 45459
Phone: (937) 433-0830

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How to Overcome Your Fear of Having Braces


How to Overcome Your Fear of Having Braces

Anyone who has worn braces will tell you that orthodontic treatment was worth it. Around 4 million Americans have some type of orthodontia, and one-fourth of them are adults. Straight teeth and a winning smile are confidence boosters at any age. Aside from enhancing appearance, treatment has a number of additional health benefits:

• Brushing and flossing are easier and more effective.
• Kids and adults alike have extra motivation for maintaining their smiles with better oral hygiene.
• The risk of developing cavities, gum disease or jaw problems is reduced.
• Correcting misaligned teeth helps prevent chips and other damage.
• Chewing problems, headaches and other complications caused by tightly packed teeth are avoided.
• Correcting problems as soon as possible reduces the cost of future care.

The outcomes of orthodontia are clearly positive. Still, it’s not unusual for patients to be apprehensive before treatment.

Maybe you’re a mom considering treatment for yourself. All things considered, maybe you just want to put your child at ease. In either case, fear about wearing braces can be alleviated with better information. Below are some commonly asked questions that will help you prepare.

Does it hurt? Is anesthesia necessary?

Fear of pain is completely understandable, and it would be unrealistic to say that orthodontia is 100 percent painless. If the orthodontist senses anxiety or panic about installation, he or she may use anesthesia. However, it is rarely needed.

Most soreness occurs in the few days after fitting and installation of the hardware. Consequently the adjustment of a retainer or other appliance might take a day or two to get used to as well.

A few mouth sores usually spring up, but they heal quickly and are nothing to worry about. These can be caused by the brackets rubbing against tissue or by accidentally biting the inside of your cheek. Chewing and talking will seem clumsy at first, but you’ll quickly adjust. As a result mouth tissue will become less sensitive, and you’ll stop getting sores.

Here are some tips for coping with minor pain:

• Use ibuprofen or another over-the-counter pain remedy one hour before the appointment. Afterward, take as directed until the pain subsides.
• Eat soft foods for a couple of days. Scrambled eggs, soups, mashed potatoes, and smoothies are a few suggestions. Avoid acidic foods and drinks like fish, processed items, sodas and orange juice.
• Ask your orthodontist to recommend a wax product or soothing ointment.

I hate feeling out of control. How will I know what’s going on inside my mouth?

That’s a valid concern. It’s difficult to lie on your back for an hour or two without being able to see anything.

Do your best to relax. Your doctor is a professional who has done this many times. As a result, he’ll thoroughly explain the procedure before he begins, but here’s the typical installation process for most kinds of hardware:

• In the first place, he’ll thoroughly clean and dry your teeth and mouth.
• Bonding glue will be applied to your teeth. It may not taste very good, but it’s harmless.
• The bands and brackets that will hold the archwire in place will be affixed to the glue. The archwire will then be placed in the brackets.
• He’ll finish up with elastic bands that hold everything in place.

Is metal the only option?

No, due to advanced technology and new materials, patients have more choices than ever. Clear, Invisalign and Invisalign Teen are popular varieties for people who are especially concerned with their looks. The appearance of metal appliances has also been improved over the years, and you can even choose from several colors.

The orthodontist will go over the pros and cons of each option. It’s important to trust his recommendation; the wrong approach could result in discomfort or in treatment taking longer.

Patients who are self-conscious about their appearance, particularly kids, can take comfort in knowing that they’re not alone. Leafing through any middle school yearbook will give you an idea of how many kids are in the process of getting their teeth straightened. Also, the embarrassment of having permanently crooked teeth far exceeds that of wearing braces for a year or two.


Will I have bad breath during treatment?

None of the materials used cause bad breath however. The only reason for a foul odor is disease or poor hygiene. It’s more important than ever to brush regularly, use a mouth rinse and use specially designed floss. Having routine checkups will ensure that your teeth and gums are in good shape. Furthermore a number of new products on the market were created with orthodontic patients in mind.

Will food get caught in the appliances?

Yes, but food gets caught between teeth to begin with. Again, brushing and flossing often will keep the hardware clean. When brushing is impossible at work or school, swishing water around in the mouth during and after meals is helpful.

Focus on that day in the future when all the gaps in your teeth will be closed. Less food will get trapped, and romantic, candlelit dinners will be less terrifying.

I’m afraid that treatment will take years. What’s the typical time frame?

Every patient is different. The duration of treatment will depend on the severity of your problems. For most people, treatment lasts a year or two. You’ll start seeing a difference sooner than you think. A retainer or other appliance may be recommended long term. It’s wise to trust the expert and not attempt to rush the process.

How will I afford it?

Most insurance plans have a coverage amount set aside for orthodontics. Thus the co-payments are designed to be affordable for families. Any investment you make will pay off.

At King Orthodontics in Centerville, Ohio, we respect your questions. Our caring, professional staff can fully inform you about our many treatment options and guide you to a good decision.

Don’t let fear stand in the way of a winning smile. Visit our website at to schedule a consultation.

King Orthodontics
6460 Far Hills Ave
OH 45459
Phone: (937) 433-0830

How to Overcome Your Fear of Having Braces