Heller Orthodontics Blog

The History of Braces
10/01/2018
Getting braces is almost like a rite of passage in today’s day and age. Now that we have the technology and the innovation to improve orthodontic health, why would someone pass up the opportunity? But how did braces become such a popular and effective method? Our orthodontists at Heller Orthodontics value brace’s past and prioritize the current innovations available to serve you and your smile.
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4 Habits to Teach Kids for Dental Hygiene
07/02/2018
Oral hygiene is the key to a healthy, beautiful smile, and the best way to help your child gain lifelong oral hygiene habits is to start young. By teaching your child good routines around oral hygiene at an early age, you build a foundation that will benefit them throughout life – and learning oral hygiene doesn't have to be hard! At Heller Orthodontics, we strive to be a comprehensive resource for oral and orthodontic health for patients throughout Bethesda, Laurel, and North Potomac, MD. Here are our top 4 habits to teach your children for better dental hygiene.
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Going On Vacation With Braces
06/11/2018
Even when you’re kicking back and relaxing on vacation, it’s important to remember that your braces are still hard at work moving your teeth and giving you a perfect smile. Unfortunately, vacation can actually put that perfect smile at risk or extend the time you need to complete your treatment. How do you prevent all of that? Just follow this guide to caring for your braces while you’re on vacation, from your local Bethesda,Chevy Chase, and Laurel smile experts here at Heller Orthodontics.
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Five Hygiene Tips for Braces
Five Hygiene Tips for Braces
05/23/2018
At Heller Orthodontics, we're proud to help patients throughout the Laurel and Bethesda, MD areas achieve a beautiful new smile through orthodontic treatment – but achieving that new smile takes more than just the care we provide in-office. In addition to visiting your Laurel orthodontist, you'll need to take good care of your teeth and braces during treatment. To help you do that, we've compiled five simple tips that can help you take better care of your braces & maintain strong oral hygiene!
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Braces & Tooth Erosion
02/15/2018
As your providers of Laurel and Bethesda orthodontics, we at Heller Orthodontics want all our patients to have the knowledge and information needed to ensure a lifelong, healthy smile. That’s why we’re always endeavor to educate our patients about proper oral hygiene and other useful tips regarding their dental care. Without great daily oral care, you may end up suffering from a number of problematic oral conditions, especially while you’re wearing braces. One such example is tooth erosion. Your orthodontist in Laurel and Bethesda has provided the basics below.
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Invisalign Tips
12/12/2017
As your home for high-quality Laurel and Bethesda orthodontics, including Invisalign, we at Heller Orthodontics want to do all that we can to make our patients’ orthodontic treatments proceed as smoothly as possible. That’s why we’re glad to give you this list of important tips for you to take into consideration when you’re undergoing our Laurel and Bethesda Invisalign treatment.
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Do Orthodontic Braces and Invisalign Hurt?
12/12/2017
At Heller Orthodontics, we’re proud to be your premier choice when you’re looking for Bethesda and Laurel Invisalign, braces, or any other orthodontics. We do all we can to make sure that our patients have the most convenient and comfortable orthodontic treatment possible. We focus on providing exceptional orthodontic care. When you come to your Bethesda and Laurel orthodontist, we want you to know that you’ll be in good – and completely safe – hands! We mention this because one of the most common questions that we get from our patients is about whether braces hurt.
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Braces-Friendly Treats for the Summer
07/19/2017
When you’re looking for a Laurel and Bethesda orthodontist, we at Heller Orthodontics strive to be your premier choice. With our wide variety of orthodontic treatments, from Invisalign to braces, we’re sure to have just the right treatment that’ll help you get the smile of your dreams. If you happen to be wearing braces though, you’ll quickly realize that there are foods that you can’t eat during this treatment. While this is unfortunate, we’d like to make your time a little easier and give you some tips on foods you can and can’t eat while you’re wearing braces.
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Our Laurel Location
06/21/2017
As your source for North Potomac, Bethesda, and Laurel orthodontics, we at Heller Orthodontics are proud to offer you some of the very finest when it comes to orthodontic care. While we take pride in our efficient orthodontic treatments, such as Invisalign, one of the reasons why we’re such a trusted choice in the community is because of our state-of-the-art facilities. We’d like to share with you a little bit about what you’ll find when you choose Heller Orthodontics as your Laurel orthodontist.
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Tips For Curing Nail Biting Habit
03/21/2017
At Heller Orthodontics, it’s our aim to provide you with the best in orthodontics, from braces to Invisalign, in order to assist you in attaining the perfect smile. As your trusted Bethesda and Laurel orthodontist, we want to help you with all aspects of your smile, including the removal of bad oral habits such as nail and cuticle biting. Nail biting is a common habit for many people – and one that can lead to bruxism, the unintentional grinding of the teeth.
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When Your Retainer Doesn’t Fit Anymore | Heller Orthodontics
01/17/2017
There may be a time when you put in your retainer and it doesn’t quite fit anymore. Orthodontic retainers are devices that keep your teeth as straight as possible. There is not a retainer out their that can prevent all tooth movement, even the ones that are permanently glued to your teeth allow some movement. The ultimate goal of retainers is to make sure that they keep this movement to a minimum.
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What Is Good Oral Hygiene?
11/16/2016
Heller Orthodontics is proud to be your premier choice when you’re in search of an orthodontist in and around Bethesda, Laurel, and Kensington, MD. We offer a wide variety of orthodontic treatments such as braces and Invisalign in order to make sure that all our patients achieve the healthy and straight smile they desire. We always make it a point to promote great oral hygiene for our patients and we want to give you a few extra tips on how to maintain it.
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October is National Orthodontic Health Month
09/26/2016
While most people are excited that Halloween is this month, the team at Heller Orthodontics is busy celebrating National Orthodontic Health Month! Sponsored by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), Orthodontic Health Month is designated to bring awareness to the importance of oral health. This is also the time of year where the hard work and dedication of orthodontists and dentists throughout the nation are recognized.
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Top Reasons to Get Invisalign
06/27/2016
At Heller Orthodontics, we make it our mission to provide the best orthodontic care for all of our patients in and around the Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and Laurel, Maryland areas. We recognize that each patient is unique and has different needs, which is why we offer a number of different orthodontic treatments in order to best serve each patient. One of these treatments is Invisalign, the alternative to braces. Here are some reasons why you might want to choose Invisalign over traditional braces.
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Are DIY Braces A Good Idea?
05/10/2016
While there are DIY projects online that are nothing short of brilliant, DIY braces is not one of them! The Internet has made life so much easier and more convenient. Today we can find all types of information and do-yourself-solutions to many common everyday problems. However, with the good comes the bad. There are websites and videos on the web that tell people how to make their own orthodontic braces using elastic ties, dental floss, or a 3-D printer.
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What Makes a Good Candidate for Invisalign?
03/28/2016
While traditional metal braces are still the most popular form of treatment we offer, Invisalign is quickly becoming one of the most well known treatments on the market - and with little wonder.
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Heller Orthodontics Hosts Open House For New Bethesda Office
03/11/2016
On the evening of February 18, Heller Orthodontics hosted an open house to thank many of those involved in the creation of our beautiful new Bethesda office and showcase the office to many of our referring doctors. We were happy to have Susan Kaye and Mark Boyce from Transwestern join us. Susan and Mark are the duo responsible for finding us this great spot. We were also delighted to have Ed Asher and Nadia Saah from Moore and Associates join us.
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Should I Use Mouthwash?
01/14/2016
Who doesn't love that refreshing feeling that comes from a swig of mouthwash? Using a mouthwash can be beneficial in many ways, and in today’s world there are several brands to choose from. Most brands say that using a mouth rise can eliminate plaque and wash away bacteria like no other. Read on as we explore the truths of mouthwash.
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Work, Play, Recharge
01/07/2016
At Heller Orthodontics, our goal is to make each visit to our practice as productive and comfortable as possible. Your time spent in our reception area is important to us. We provide a wide variety of current magazines, the Washington Post, and free Wi-Fi in both the Bethesda and Laurel offices. In addition...
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Caring for Your Smile While Wearing Invisalign
12/08/2015
At Heller Orthodontics, it's our mission to help you achieve the healthiest, most beautiful smile possible - and while the treatments we perform in-office are critical to that goal, what you do at home is equally important. Invisalign is quickly becoming one of our most popular treatment methods, so for this blog, we'll be giving you some tips on caring for your smile while wearing Invisalign.
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Heller Orthodontics Office Move Update
10/30/2015
The first coat of paint is on most of the walls and the lights are on in our new Bethesda location! We are still on track for a December 1st opening. Many of you have asked about parking. There will be a reserved space for us in the surface lot and there many be several more free spaces available there, especially in the late afternoon.
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A Friendly Notice From Dr. Heller
10/21/2015
Everyone knows taking good care of your mouth helps keep your breath fresh and your gums protected. But did you know that if you’re not brushing and flossing the right way, you could be at serious risk for gum disease?
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Heller Orthodontics Makes A Move To Bethesda Towers
10/20/2015
We are excited to announce that Heller Orthodontics will be moving to a beautiful new office (with windows!). We are relocating to Bethesda Towers, directly across from BCC High School on the street level. We will be closed in Bethesda the week of Thanksgiving and hope to be open in the new location by Tuesday, December 1st. Should you need to be seen during that week, the Laurel office will be open on Tuesday, November 24th.
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National Orthodontic Health Month In Laurel & Bethesda!
09/30/2015
Every year, the American Association of Orthodontics recognizes October as National Orthodontic Health Month. While most of the country's kids are gearing up for Halloween and the steady influx of sugary, sticky candy, we at Heller Orthodontics want to remind our patients of the importance of avoiding treats that could damage their braces or appliances.
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Importance of Nightly Brushing
09/08/2015
At Heller Orthodontics, we strongly encourage our patients to maintain a strong oral hygiene program at home, but we also realize you are human. While you surely have the best of intentions, we understand that sometimes things just fall through - and that's normal. Everyone has a slip-up every now and then, and occasionally skipping your nighttime brushing routine won’t do much harm. But making a habit of it can have some dangerous consequences.
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Why Choose An Orthodontist?
08/10/2015
This is a question that Dr. Heller is asked all the time, commonly followed up with - what's the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist? The answer lies in the training, experience, and value that an orthodontist brings to the table.
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Give Dad Another Reason to Smile!
07/31/2015
A great father makes all the difference in a child’s life. He emulates strength, support, discipline, and tenacity. With Father’s Day approaching us, on Sunday June 21st, mothers and kids can always use more gift ideas to show their appreciation and love towards their heroic fathers.
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