Words of Wisdom No.10: “Conceal With Color“

Words of Wisdom No.10: “Conceal With Color“

Words of Wisdom No.10: “Conceal With Color“

What lies behind that splash of color that radiates from a person? What lies behind a smile? Every person has an element of beauty and mystery, which is highlighted by things like a smile. This is something that the orthodontists at Dr. Papandreas Orthodontics understand and have dedicated their lives to.

Your smile and satisfaction matters to us.

Life would be so much easier if healthy smiles could be gained by simply wishing for them, but life is not like that. Some people have to work for that Hollywood smile, but that is okay because this is not something you have to do alone.

Orthodontic issues like some of the following are things that Dr. Papandreas and his team of specialists can help you with:

  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Bite problems

Many people make the mistake of assuming that these issues only affect appearance, but the truth is that they can do a lot more. For example, some of these problems can make it hard for some people to speak correctly.

Bite problems could also put a strain on your digestive system because you are unable to chew food properly. This could make it hard for your body to absorb necessary nutrients among other things.

Misaligned teeth could lead to issues like cavities or even gum disease. Clearly, these problems are precursors to more serious ailments, but you can avoid all of this with the the team at Dr. Papandreas Orthodontics. One solution is braces, which should help you deal with even the most severe oral issues. Those who do not want braces can use Invisalign, which is practically invisible. Invisalign uses two aligners that can be removed when eating, so they do not cause too much disruption in your day-to-day life.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

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14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585

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What Makes a Good Orthodontist

what makes a good orthodontistWhat Makes a Good Orthodontist

An orthodontist can become a significant temporary partner for good oral health with an impact that lasts a lifetime. For this reason, the importance of choosing the right orthodontist for your care needs cannot be emphasized enough.

Whether you are new to your current geographic area or have resided there for many years, this guide will offer helpful suggestions for what makes a good orthodontist and how to choose an orthodontic professional to provide your family with care.

Make a List of Questions to Screen Orthodontists

Sometimes all you really need is a recommendation from a trusted friend or colleague. But if you don’t have that, or you prefer to do your own research, the best way to begin is to make a list of questions.

You should plan to screen at least three to five area orthodontists and compare your answers between all candidates to arrive at your final choice. By using a standard list of questions, you can see how each professional compares in the areas most important to you.

Here are some questions that you may wish to ask or use to brainstorm your own questions list:

  • How long have you been practicing orthodontia?
  • Do you treat adults only or patients of all ages?
  • What types of treatment do you offer (i.e. braces, Invisalign, Damon, etc.)
  • Do you accept the dental insurance I have (if applicable)?
  • Do you work with an orthodontic team or do you do all the treatment work yourself?
  • How does your office handle orthodontic emergencies/after hours care needs?
  • Can you provide a list of current/past patient references?
  • How are tween/teen appointments scheduled and do you have early/late appointments to accommodate school and extra-curricular activities?

Tour the Orthodontic Office

Your orthodontist will be working inside your mouth – it is hard to get any more up close and personal than that! So of course you want to ensure it will be the most comfortable and welcoming experience possible for you and any family members who need care.

A great way to get a feel for what the practice is like is to take a tour of the orthodontist’s office clinic.

You can see for yourself what the ambience is like, if there is a play area for kids waiting to be seen, how welcoming and friendly the front office staff is, if the environment looks clean and professional and other signs that tell you this is a place where you can get excellent care.

Make a Consultation to Meet the Orthodontist

During your consultation, you can sit down with the orthodontist to discuss care options, treatment methods and timelines for yourself and any additional family members who need treatment.

The importance of taking the time for this step cannot be understated. A “good” orthodontist can have all the right degrees, a wonderful office environment, a wealth of practice experience and expertise in all the latest cutting edge orthodontic methods, but if you don’t feel a sense of trust and connection with that practitioner, it still may not be the right fit for you and your family.


During your consultation, you and any other family members needing care can be examined and you can discuss treatment goals and options. If you want to pursue a particular method of care, you can also find out if you are a good candidate for that method and how long treatment is likely to take.

If you will be bringing your children, tweens or teens, you will also want to ensure the orthodontist has a good “bedside manner” to work with younger patients, who may be less naturally patient while being treated. The right orthodontist can turn orthodontic treatment into a fun and memorable experience for young patients – so much so that they may even choose a future career in orthodontics for themselves!

Ask About Cost, Insurance and Financing Options

Finally, it is important to look at how the orthodontist’s office handles charges, invoicing and payments. Will they file with your insurance on your behalf or do you have to pay out of pocket up front and apply for reimbursement?

Do some treatment methods cost more than others? Are there ways to shorten treatment time and thus the costs of treatment? Do they offer any types of special financing, discounts for whole-family or multiple patient care, payment plans or sliding scale treatment costs?

For some families, these special accommodations can not only make affording orthodontic care easier, but can actually make the difference between being able to receive care or going without. An orthodontic practice that is gracious and as accommodating as possible in this area is one worth earning your business and also referring to others.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

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14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585

 

Nothing shakes the smiling heart – Santish Kalwar

Nothing shakes the smiling heart - Santish Kalwar

Nothing shakes the smiling heart – Santish Kalwar

Do you know that your smile is like a ray of sunshine in another person’s day? Think about the people you feel are most attractive or who you enjoy encountering over the course of a day. Chances are their smile is one of the main features you notice and appreciate about those individuals. If your smile could use some work to become more noteworthy and uplifting, consider getting an orthodontic consultation, which includes the following steps.

First, you will be scheduled for an initial consultation.

At this appointment, the orthodontic staff will discuss your interest and concern in having your teeth adjusted and corrected. They will explain what their practice offers, and you will meet with the orthodontist to discuss treatment options in more detail.

Next, you will be given evaluative tests and x-rays.

After an oral examination, your mouth will be x-rayed to determine the scope of the problems and to identify other issues that may need to be addressed as well. These findings will be compared with any information, notes, or x-rays sent by a referring dentist, if applicable. Other tests or evaluations may be ordered, such as a periodontal exam, to evaluate potential contributing issues.

Third, you will be offered a corrective plan of treatment.

Upon completion and review of the tests, the orthodontist will present a plan of treatment to address the issues. This will include an estimated timeline, which is subject to change based on variable conditions, and the braces that will be used to correct various issues with the teeth. Invisalign, a type of braces that is near invisible to observers, may be explained as an option, along with other types of treatment, as well.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

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14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585

Metal Braces on teeth

Are Teeth or Jaws the Problem When Teeth are Crowded?

Common problems

A common problem we see every day at Papandreas Orthodontics is crowding of teeth. This problem is often accompanied by protruding or “buck teeth”. Crowding can give the appearance the teeth are oversized or too big for the size of the jaws. However, this is not always correct. Often, it is not a tooth problem, but because the size of the jaws is too small or narrow to accommodate the teeth.

Before and After Crowding Rochester NY

 

Orthodontic improvements

Throughout the years, orthodontists have approached this issue in different ways. In the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, the most common practice was to remove permanent teeth to make room. Dr. Samuel Papandreas recognizes that tooth extractions may not be necessary with many crowded jaw situations. The removal of permanent teeth may result in a lack of lip support or reduction of a patient’s profile. While the reduced profile may be acceptable in younger years, the reduction becomes more pronounced with the aging process and less flattering as they grow older. For this reason, correct treatment diagnosis when considering tooth removals is critical to the outcome of a good long term result.

Due to these aesthetic considerations, extensive research, and technological advancements in the field of orthodontics, many orthodontists have altered their view on how best to deal with crowded situations. Today, a non-extraction therapy is preferred rather than extracting permanent teeth in most treatment plans for children and adolescents. Instead, the treatment focus is on encouraging jaw growth to properly house all the teeth and is most successful when children and adolescents are still growing and developing.

This type of treatment usually is based on the use of specialized appliances and newly designed braces which can move teeth further and faster than traditional braces of old. Successful non-extraction therapy results in a more pleasing long-term facial balance and improved bites. It is recommended that children be checked out by an orthodontist by age 7 or 8 to find out if they are a candidate for this type of treatment.

For more information contact our office for a complimentary orthodontic consultation. Dr. Papandreas and the Papandreas Orthodontics Team will be happy to help you determine if your child would benefit from this type of orthodontic treatment.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

Are Teeth or Jaws the Problem When Teeth are Crowded?

What’s the Difference Between an Orthodontist and a Dentist?

Papandreas Orthodontics

Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that involves the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. An orthodontist is highly-skilled at using various techniques to bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment.

Orthodontist v's Dentist - Happy child undergoing orthodontic dental treatment- bracesCorrecting bites, occlusion, and crooked teeth is orthodontist Samuel Papandreas‘ specialty. As an Elite Preferred Invisalign Provider, Dr. Papandreas’ mission is to provide superior speciality Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics for each one of his patients within a nurturing setting.

But you may hate the idea of wearing bulky-looking metal braces! Choosing Invisalign is a great solution if this your concern. Not only are these teeth appliances virtually undetectable, they’re also removable. As a result, you can eat and drink as well as brush and floss at leisure during treatment.

Dr. Papandreas also offers iBraces, which are installed behind your teeth and away from onlookers’ view. Each patient’s iBraces are 100% customizable, which results in effective, efficient tooth movement. iBraces are ideal for athletes who play contact sports, adult professionals, musicians who play wind instruments, or individuals concerned about the effect braces would have on the front of their teeth.

Making a Decision

Choosing the right orthodontist is an important decision. The Papandreas Orthodontics website is designed to make this decision easier. We encourage you to browse our online office to find the right treatment method for you. Take a few minutes to read our patients’ testimonials, and read about our philosophy, state-of-the-art services and expert staff. We can schedule a free orthodontic consultation to:

• Diagnose your dental issue(s)
• Explain your treatment options and answer your questions
• Empower you to successfully reach your goals once a treatment option is chosen

 

 

Dr. Papandreas falls within the top 1 percent of Invisalign providers in North America, for expertise and experience. His practice offers braces and Invisalign for kids, teens and adults in the North Royalton and Brunswick, OH area including Brecksville, Broadview Heights, Brunswick, Independence, Middleburg Heights, Parma Heights, Parma, and Strongsville.

Contact us by phone North Royalton: 440-582-8585Brunswick: 330-558-9092, fill out our online request form today or in person at a practice.

14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
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3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212

What’s the Difference Between an Orthodontist and a Dentist?

Smile Quote

A Kind Heart is a Foundation of Gladness, Making Everything in its Vicinity Freshen into Smiles!

Smile Quote

Quality Orthodontic Care

Since the smile quote that a kind heart can make everyone smile is indeed true, it’s important to make sure your teeth look straight, neat and healthy every time you open your mouth. If you’re searching for reputable Brunswick and North Royalton orthodontic treatment for your child, or for you, there’s no better choice around than Papandreas Orthodontics, a practice that’s headed by Dr. Samuel Papandreas.

Orthodontic Treatments

Our practice caters to a variety of orthodontic needs. We correct issues with teeth spacing, to start with. We also manage overbites, underbites, open bites, excessive crowding of the teeth and lost lateral incisors. Some of the treatment options we offer include traditional braces, Invisalign and retainers. Non-braces treatment options are also available here at Papandreas Orthodontics. Assistance with tooth alignment issues doesn’t always have to involve the use of braces. Some young patients receive non-braces treatment for problems that relate to permanent teeth crowding, for example.

Practice Staff

When you’re searching for orthodontic treatment in the Brunswick and North Royalton areas, our practice will never disappoint you. Dr. Papandreas, first and foremost, is a highly experienced and knowledgeable orthodontic professional who received his DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree from Loyola University, Chicago. He was the valedictorian of his class. Apart from Dr. Papandreas, the rest of the staff at our practice are also extremely professional, helpful, welcoming and courteous. You’ll feel right at home as soon as you walk into our office. Our staff includes both senior new patient coordinator Betsy, and clinic coordinator Kristine. Both of these professionals always go out of their way to make things convenient and pleasant for all of our patients.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics Today

If you’re in need of a dependable orthodontic practice in Brunswick or North Royalton, call our office today to make an appointment.

Papandreas Orthodontics
14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
Tel: 440-582-8585
Fax: 440-582-8311
https://drpapandreas.com/

A Kind Heart is a Foundation of Gladness, Making Everything in its Vicinity Freshen into Smiles!

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