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New Normal, New Smile!

July 9th, 2021

At Hickman Orthodontics we’ve noticed a trend over the past year: more and more people are looking to straighten their teeth with orthodontics. Adults have always been interested in having a great smile but we think there’s a reason for this sharp increase in requests: they are looking to the future and ready to navigate the new normal with a new smile. As we  return to our pre-covid (mask-less) routines again, many are seeking a Zoom-ready smile while they work from home while others who are heading back to the office are seeking that new and beautiful smile that they’ve always wanted for their grand return!

It’s not just any orthodontic treatment they’re after - Invisalign is the most highly sought. Invisalign Clear Aligners are the way to go for adult orthodontic treatment. Not only do they take less time than traditional braces, but they’re virtually invisible! Plus, we can treat only the elements of your smile that are most important to you.

Get that new smile!

Here’s how it works: we start with a 3D scan of your teeth and then Dr. Todd Hickman uses our 3D imaging technology to map out a unique treatment plan and create custom aligners to guide your teeth along their journey. It will be important that you wear your aligners 22 hours per day - and since we’re all home more often these days, good hygiene will be easier to attain. 

We know there are a lot of direct to consumer options out there - here’s why we think it’s important to seek orthodontic care at a local practice: Orthodontists MOVE BONES IN YOUR FACE. Your teeth are bones! Without proper x-rays (we do 3D ones!) you could cause serious damage to your jaw, bite and smile. A local orthodontist, like Dr. Todd  has spent years studying in dental school and then additional years of education to gain an Orthodontic specialty degree. Dr. Hickman is board-certified by the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) and is trusted by thousands of families in our community. 

Ready for a NEW smile?

If you’ve been staring at your smile wishing it was straighter, don’t waste another minute. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation - yes, free! We can’t wait to meet you and help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Come by and meet our highly skilled and well trained staff, or call us at (317) 888-7807 to schedule a free consultation or, click here to schedule a virtual consultation!

Everything You Need to Know about Invisalign First

March 10th, 2021

Invisalign® First brings all of the great benefits of Invisalign® clear aligners to kids aged 6 to 10. In the hands of a skilled orthodontist, Invisalign® First can be the cornerstone of your little one’s early orthodontic treatment plan. In this article, we give you the rundown on everything you need to know about Phase 1 treatment, the benefits of Invisalign® and how Invisalign® First is an option specially designed for growing children.

Phase 1 and the 7 and up Club 

While most people associate preteens and teens with braces, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends having your child seen by an experienced orthodontist around their 7th birthday. At this age an Orthodontist can identify any orthodontic problems and get ahead of moderate and severe issues that can become a bigger problem down the line. This is referred to as Phase 1 treatment or early interceptive treatment and is performed before all of a child’s permanent teeth have erupted. Phase 1 Treatment commonly addresses: 

  • Regulating arch width for developing teeth
  • Overcrowding 
  • Protruding teeth
  • Crossbites
  • Airway Obstruction 

How Does Invisalign® First Differ from regular Invisalign®

Invisalign® First utilizes the same advanced technology as regular Invisalign® so you can count on the same high level quality people have come to expect from this top clear aligner brand. At the same time, Invisalign® First clear aligners expand on key innovations and have been specifically designed for growing patients.  The Invisalign® First aligners were created exclusively for younger patients with shorter tooth crowns and what the company calls its Eruption Compensation feature that makes it possible to treat erupting or changing dentition. This means that Invisalign® First can accommodate baby teeth falling out and new teeth coming in.

The Clear Advantage

Many adults are familiar with the advantages of Invisalign® Clear aligners but it’s important to remember that your little one can enjoy many of these great perks too! Here are some of our top reasons our patients love Invisalign®: 

  • Virtually Invisible® (great for even the most bashful kids)
  • Easy to remove: makes eating, brushing and flossing easy!
  • Comfortable Design:  no rubbing from brackets or poking from wires

Contact us today!

Call us today at (317) 888-7807 to schedule a free consultation - we can start virtually or in person - your choice! 

Invisalign & DM - The Perfect Pair for Orthodontics During Social Distancing

December 9th, 2020

We live in strange times - gestures once taken for granted - handshakes, hugs, fist bumps - are now taboo; even our smiles are often hidden behind masks. But that doesn’t mean no one is seeing your smile. COVID-19 has meant socially distancing ourselves but it has also meant a boom in social media. Humans are social creatures and we’ve found new and creative ways to connect even while apart. 

More selfies, virtual school, virtual meetings, and video chats are happening than ever before, which means we are even more up close and personal with our smiles. We all want to feel confident on screen - teens and adults alike. Self confidence is a huge factor in teen development and Invisalign has been found to increase teen confidence both during treatment and once they’ve achieved the smile they always wanted. 

There is no reason to wait on getting the smile of your dreams for you or your child; and at Hickman Orthodontics, we have combined the technology of Invisalign and Dental Monitoring, to make sure you are as safe as possible while achieving that smile. 

Why is Invisalign a great choice right now?  

While we are all allowed out and about again, fears are still running high. We still need to be careful about what we touch, where we spend our time, and with whom. Invisalign allows for a more socially distanced approach to orthodontics, while still making sure you get the expertise of a trained and specialized orthodontist like Dr. Hickman. To get started, we use a 3D scanner to take images of your teeth and bone structure in order to map out a customized treatment plan and to build custom aligners that will help straighten your smile - invisibly. That means less time in your (or your child’s) mouth to get started. 

Once your treatment plan is put in place, you will receive clear aligners to wear 22 hours a day - no skimping or treatment will take longer! We will want to see you for appointments, just like with braces, but with Invisalign we can space those appointments further out! And, with our special Dental Monitoring technology, we can even schedule virtual appointments via your SmartPhone! If we don’t see anything unexpected, we will give you instructions to move forward - no need to come into the office. Socially distant - check! 

In order to further minimize your time at our practice - gosh we miss seeing our patients all the time but we know it's safer - we have implemented curbside pick up for aligners. During your treatment, you will receive a few batches of clear Invisalign aligners at a time. We then gauge your progress at appointments (in person or virtual) and move to the next set - if all is going well, you can just pick them up curbside! 

While we’d rather see each and every one of our patients all the time, we are doing our part to flatten the curve and keep everyone healthy and safe. Invisalign, paired with virtual appointments on your smartphone via Dental Monitoring, allows us to help you attain the smile of your dreams in the safest way possible - it’s the clear choice. Not just any practice can do this, at Hickman Orthodontics we have the expertise with both orthodontics and technology to help you get that smile. Our fun and friendly office may look a bit different than it used to, but we’re still cooking up ways to make you feel the love while you’re here! 

There is so much that we’re depriving ourselves of these days, don’t let the smile of your dreams be one of those things. We have flexible financing and low down payments.

Call us today at (317) 888-7807 to schedule a free consultation - we can start virtually or in person - your choice! 

Invisalign - The Invisibility Cloak of Orthodontics

September 8th, 2020

In the current climate of COVID-19 we all wish we could step into a fantasy world and to tell the truth, apparating into Hogwarts sounds pretty good right now (ok, ok, Hermione, we know we can’t apparate in)! While we can’t really escape the reality of the times - reading Harry Potter is a good way to distract ourselves; and as we were doing so recently, we realized all the ways that the advances of  Invisalign Technology are like the advances in the wizarding world! 

Just as Harry doesn’t know that the wizarding world exists at the beginning of the books, many patients come to us not knowing about Invisalign. So, just as Hagrid gives Harry a crash course, we’re going to do the same for you! Follow us to Diagon Alley, Hogwarts and beyond…

What is Invisalign? - The Invisibility Cloak of Orthodontics

Rather than using metal brackets and wires, at Hickman Orthodontics we can offer clear aligners that can gently and effectively move your teeth towards the smile of your dreams! Just like Harry’s invisibility cloak, Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible - these aligners are produced from a  patented flexible plastic material that was invented exclusively for Invisalign by biomechanical engineers who probably work in the Department of Mysteries. This stuff is that complex.

Transfiguration 101

Professor McGonagall would tell you that you need to understand the object you’re starting with before transforming it into something else. With Invisalign, Dr. Todd Hickman will use our high tech 3D scanning system to understand exactly where the bones in your mouth are at this point so that he can map out a plan for your finished smile and build custom fitted aligners for your journey. Our handheld scanner takes high resolution interactive images of your teeth in 3D at a rate of 6,000 images per second. Even Mr. Ollivander would be impressed with this wand! 

Divination with Professors Trelawney and Firenze

While only a few have the inner eye, with lots of study (4 years of dental school and an additional 2 years of orthodontic study) a trained orthodontist can map out a customized treatment plan to ensure you have the smile of your dreams at the end of your orthodontic journey. With many years of experience and hundreds of cases treated with Invisalign, you can be sure you’re in competent hands with Dr. Todd. Know who your orthodontist is before you start treatment - you don’t want someone playing card tricks, a true seer is necessary. 

Bubble Head Charms

Sorry, we’ve got to talk about the pandemic again...Wouldn’t it be great if we all could just walk around with a bubble head charm? Well that certainly seems more comfortable than all the PPE we’re wearing these days, but we’re not complaining! At Hickman Orthodontics we have taken every precaution to ensure your safety and the safety of our team. From changing our patient workflow to enhanced PPE, Madam Pomfrey would be proud.

When to start? Welcome to Hogwarts! 

Harry receives his Hogwarts acceptance letter on his 11th birthday but we accept orthodontic patients of all ages: adults, teens, even kids as young as 7! So, are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment? Contact us today to find out! 

We offer complimentary consultations both in-person and virtually. So pick up your broomstick and fly over or use some floo powder to speak with us virtually through the fire... er computer. We can’t wait to meet you!