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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! 

 

Limited Treatment; Minor Fixes, Major Benefits

June 8th, 2020

Many adults had braces in the past and lost the straight smile they once had. Many other adults have simply never been happy with their smile. Maybe you’ve never considered orthodontics as an adult because you can’t imagine wearing metal braces to client meetings; maybe it’s because it’s a big time and financial commitment to undergo years of braces as an adult. 

Whichever boat you fall into, we have good news! My team and I don’t want any roadblocks in the way of you having a beautiful smile… or having it back again. 

That’s why we’re offering a Limited Treatment option to the adults of our community where my team and I will address only the elements of your smile that are most important to you. That means shorter treatment times and reduced fees. 

Our practice, Hickman Orthodontics, is an Invisalign provider with tons of experience...which means that your treatment will be virtually undetectable.

People won’t notice you’re wearing them

Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners to straighten teeth. And, unlike traditional braces that you might have had as a kid, Invisalign aligners are removable. You take them out briefly when you eat or brush your teeth - that means no food caught between brackets; no flashbacks to the middle school cafeteria for you. Most of the time your aligners will stay in so they can do the work of moving your teeth. The good thing is that they are virtually invisible so people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.

Sometimes the most minor fix is just what you need

While we do offer full orthodontic treatment for adults at our practice, we find that many just don’t want to make that commitment. Whether it’s financial or time restraints, Limited Treatment is a great option. 

Together we will figure out which elements of your smile are most important to you. We’ll agree on a course of treatment to fix only those areas, and we’ll set an estimated timeline. Because of the limited nature of the adjustments we are able to improve your smile in a much shorter timeframe than for those looking for full orthodontic treatment. 

You’re not alone

Adults are getting braces more than ever before. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) says that adults are getting orthodontic treatment in record numbers, and not all of them for the first time either. Not only that, patients are reporting that after treatment they feel better about themselves and their social lives. Most would recommend seeking out treatment for other adults. Major benefits! 

See an Expert

There are many services out there claiming they can mail you aligners and fix your teeth. We strongly believe that even the smallest changes to your mouth should be done under the in-person care of a trained and certified orthodontist, and the AAO agrees. Dr. Todd Hickman has extensive schooling in both dentistry and orthodontics (obtaining a degree for Doctor of Dental Surgery with high distinction in 1996, as well as his Certificate of Orthodontics in 1998) as well as specific training in treatment with Invisalign. 

Make sure you know who it is that is making changes in your mouth. What looks like a small fix could domino into major issues without a trained orthodontist looking at the full picture. 

At Hickman Orthodontics we have treated hundreds of teens and adults with Invisalign. We know what we’re doing and we’ve treated cases that are both difficult (Full Treatment) and simpler (Limited Treatment). Our team strives for clinical excellence in a friendly and welcoming environment. We appreciate that you have a busy schedule and will make sure to have you in and out as quickly as possible - time is important to us! …. It’s one of the reasons why we offer Limited Treatment.

It gets even better. 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. That means fewer in-person visits, more efficiency, and texts from me with feedback on your progress. Socially distant - check! 

Sounds like this is for you? 

We are welcoming new patients and you can get started with just $250 down and $149/month for 20 months. Click below to schedule a complimentary consultation at our Indianapolis office or get started from the comfort of your home with our new virtual consultations

Hickman Orthodontics Welcoming Back Patients

April 29th, 2020

Dear Patients of Hickman Orthodontics,

We are happy to welcome you back to the office starting 04.27.2020 as we reopen under the guidelines of the governor’s office. Hygiene and safety have always been a priority at our office and we will be taking additional measures to ensure the safety of our patients and staff during this time. 

Here are a few of our current in office changes and guidelines:

  • Any patient experiencing flu-like symptoms or fever, feeling sick or that has been exposed to anyone suspected to have been exposed to COVID-19, please reschedule your appointment and please do not enter the office.
  • When coming in for an appointment, we ask that you wait at our door for one of our staff members to come check you in for your appointment. Parents/Guardians will be asked to fill out a questionnaire and sign a consent form then return to their car. We will take your temperature and have you wash your hands before bringing you directly to the treatment area.
  • For new patients under 18, one parent may accompany the patient into the office. 
  • Our tooth brushing stations are closed for now. Please brush your teeth thoroughly before coming to your appointment.
  • For additional safety, we have installed an RGF Air Purification System. The REME HALO is proactive and sends ionized aggressive advanced oxidizers into the room to destroy pollutants at the source, in the air and on surfaces, before they can reach our patients and staff.

Finally, for your convenience and safety, we will continue to offer virtual appointments for exams, observations appointments and retainer checks.

Our staff and patients are our family, and we are doing everything we can to keep our family safe. We thank you for your understanding and patience and look forward to seeing you again very soon!

Dr. Todd Hickman at Hickman Orthodontics

 

We're going virtual!

March 27th, 2020

Dear Patients of Hickman Orthodontics,

In order to ensure the safety of our patients, our team and the community at large during the COVID-19 outbreak, we are adapting the way that we provide orthodontic treatment. What this means for you:

  • Regular appointments for our existing orthodontic patients will be done virtually, by videoconference (either FaceTime or Skype)
  • All new consultations will be conducted virtually! If you or a family member have been considering orthodontics - we will meet you where you are.
    Simply click here to start: https://bit.ly/2UpNPA1
  • We will implement curbside pick-up for additional aligners 
  • Our office will be in contact with all Invisalign patients in order to supply them necessary trays
  • For all emergencies, please call (317) 888-7807

We will reach out shortly if you have an upcoming appointment to discuss the best option for your family. 

Please know that we remain committed to the importance of your healthcare, comfort and safety. We will continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) updates, and will communicate further based on the expert advice of government departments, public health authorities and healthcare professionals.

We promise to keep you updated through this dynamic situation, and we look forward to continuing to make you smile!

Yours virtually,

Dr. Todd Hickman