Wednesday, August 22, 2012

More parents, kids getting orthodontic treatment together

By Rabia Mughal, Contributing Editor
While orthodontic treatment has typically been linked to adolescence, more and more adults are seeking corrective treatment to achieve that perfect smile. In fact, there is a growing trend of parents and their children undergoing orthodontic treatment together, according to the British Lingual Orthodontic Society (BLOS).
According to a BLOS news release, orthodontists historically report seeing members of the same family, and those specialists who have stayed in the same neighborhood for many years have likely treated the teenage children and even grandchildren of their first patients. What's different today is that treatment is accessible for all ages.

Is the U.S. seeing a similar trend?

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) told that it is not formally tracking the practice of parents and children having orthodontic treatment at the same time.

"However, I can tell you anecdotally that this is a long-standing practice," said John Buzzatto, DMD, president of the AAO. "I am also aware of grandparents/grandchildren having orthodontic treatment together."

There are a number of reasons behind this trend, he added. Some parents or grandparents appreciate the convenience of combined appointments with the orthodontist, particularly for adults who must take time off from work. In addition, some adults think that since their child is going anyway, it could be an opportunity to take care of their own problem at the same time.

"There truly are so many options for adult orthodontic treatment, and adults are often eager for an assessment of their own problems and how they might be treated when they bring their children to an orthodontist," Dr. Buzzatto said.

Powerful role models

Adults make excellent orthodontic patients because they are motivated and highly compliant, and they can be powerful role models for their children and grandchildren throughout treatment, Dr. Buzzatto noted.

And for many adults who have treatment with their children or grandchildren, they enjoy and appreciate the shared experience, he added. Also, it can be a time-saver if adjustment appointments for both patients are scheduled at the same time.

Many BLOS members are seeing this trend, according to Baz Parmar, BDS, chairman of BLOS. "It's the lingual braces which make the difference as they can be kept secret and can be worn by people of all ages," he stated in the press release.

However, Dr. Buzzatto pointed out that orthodontic appliances in general are much less conspicuous than they used to be, even compared with appliances in use when he was new to practice in the early 1980s. It is possible that the trend of less noticeable appliances may have been driven by adults' wishes to have treatment but who wanted their treatment to be as discreet as possible, he noted.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Feb 2012 - National Children's Dental Health Month

Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. NCDHM messages and materials have reached millions of people in communities across the country.  Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
The 2012 National Children's Dental Health Month campaign brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, health care providers and others to promote the benefits of good oral health to children and adults, caregivers, teachers, and many others.

Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for orthodontic screening? By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, Dr. Chenin can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.

What are the advantages of interceptive orthodontic treatment?
  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces
  • Enhanced self image
  • Higher self confidence
  • Easier speaking and phonetics
  • Improved chewing, mastication, and digestion
  • Correct harmful oral habits
  • Proper balance of lips & gums
  • Easier oral hygiene
  • Improves growth and development of facial structures

Monday, May 30, 2011

2011 Annual Patient Appreciation Party!

Each year we take the opportunity to thank our patients, families, friends, for their support.  We invite dental professionals and their families from other offices to be a part of this fabulous event each year so they can enjoy the fun with their patients as well.  We have made it a tradition to have a themed party near the end of the school year to celebrate.  This past year we a 1980’s Rock and Roll Themed Ice Skating Party!!!  It was a like a blast from the past.  Dr. Steve dressed us as a Punk Rocker and Dr. Dave dressed as Michael Jackson’s Thriller.  With a hundreds of friends and family that came dressed up, we enjoyed food and drinks with hot chocolate, cupcakes, and other treats.  There were tons of great raffle prizes and everyone was surprised with winning extra Chenin Change!!!! 

We Hope to see you again next year…stay tuned for details!!!
Dr. Steve and Dr. Dave Chenin

Friday, May 20, 2011


We are proud that Chenin Orthodontics is the first AND only orthodontic office in Nevada that is an Official Provider of Under Armour High Performance Mouthgaurds. Almost 80% of dental emergency room injuries involve kids and young adults. We support "Moms For Mouthguards" and "Play it Safe" which are campaigns endorsed by the American Association of Orthodontists to increase awareness for the prevention of dental injuries.
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Friday, September 24, 2010

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Dr. Chenin’s Office

  1. Chenin Orthodontics provides personable care in a friendly, enjoyable environment.
  2. Our doctors use high-tech braces & space aged wires developed by NASA that shorten treatment time, increase patient comfort, and lesson the need for extractions.
  3. Oral Health is a priority – every patient receives a Sonicare® or Electric Toothbrush.  Also, receive prizes for good oral hygiene & achievements, and awesome monthly contests.
  4. Flexible hours and we are always available for questions.
  5. Enjoy the most advanced orthodontic care with techniques that our doctors received worldwide recognition--including being honored with the recent cover of the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics.
  6. State-of-the-art sterilization and safety procedures.
  7. Ultra-low radiation digital X-rays, computer analysis and 3D imaging software for thorough diagnosis and treatment planning.
  8. Benefit from the experience of two Invisalign Premiere Providers with over a decade of Invisalign experience--more than any practice in Nevada. Cosmetic orthodontic treatment options also include In-Ovation Clear Braces.
  9. We promise to help you maximize your insurance benefit and offer very affordable payment options.
  10. Wonderful doctors with over 40 combined years of clinical orthodontic experience, a fantastic team with over 115 combined years of experience, and one of the first offices in Nevada to have two doctors who are Board Certified Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics. Dr. Stephen T. Chenin and Dr. David A. Chenin have both been named Top Orthodontists in the community by Las Vegas Life Magazine and GVH Magazine. This is one of the only offices in Nevada to have both doctors named with this honor.