September 25th, 2017
It's back-to-school time, and that means the school nurses have their hands full. To make their job a little easier, Bel Air Orthodontics recently visited schools throughout Harford County to make sure that nurses are prepared to handle orthodontic emergencies during the school day. Our complimentary kits provide school nurses with much needed dental supplies such as orthodontic wax, floss, toothbrushes and paste, along with a Nurse's Guide which is filled with helpful tips and emergency care information.
With some minor intervention and guidance from the school nurse, many of our patients with minor emergencies such as broken brackets, loose and/or poking wires can return to class and finish out their school day. So if you're not sure how to handle an orthodontic emergency while at school, stop by the nurse's office. They've got the know-how and supplies to help you out thanks to the team at Bel Air Orthodontics.
Since some orthodontic emergencies may require repair by your orthodontist, Dr. Godwin also recommends that you contact our office as soon as possible so that we can address your concerns and/or schedule an appointment.
September 13th, 2017
Staying on track with your appointment scheduling is important to the success of your orthodontic treatment. Now that schools are back in session, Dr. Godwin would like to remind all of our patients about the importance of scheduling appointments in advance. With school, clubs, sports and family responsibilities to consider, we know that it can be challenging to find time to visit your orthodontist. After-school appointments are typically filled a month in advance, so remember to plan ahead and schedule your next appointment before leaving the office.
While some orthodontic procedures have special time requirements that may conflict with work or school, we'll do our best to find an appointment time that is convenient for you. For more information on appointment scheduling, visit our website at www.belairortho.com/appointment-scheduling. As always, please remember to give us advance notice if you're unable to make your regularly-scheduled appointment. Early notification allows us to offer your reserved time slot to other patients and permits us to effectively accommodate everyone with busy schedules.
Access Your Appointment Information 24/7
Did you know that patients at Bel Air Orthodontics have access to their appointment information 24 hours a day, seven days a week? From our website's Patient Portal, you can look up your appointments, access your account details, and establish email and/or text reminder preferences with a click of a mouse. If you haven't already signed up for this convenient service, contact our office today to set up your online account login.
We hope you enjoyed the lazy days of summer. Have a great school year!
March 28th, 2016
Impressions Just Got Easier Thanks To Our Latest Technology . . . The iTero Scanner
Bel Air Orthodontics is always looking for ways to provide our patients with the latest cutting-edge technology. With that in mind, we’re excited to announce that our practice is now using the iTero Element Digital Impression Scanner. This technology makes it possible to create digital impressions in just a few minutes, without the need for messy putties or the gooey discomfort associated with other traditional impression techniques.
The iTero Element Scanner ensures a more accurate impression from the first appointment, resulting in a more efficient and comfortable experience for our patients. Digital impressions also give us the benefit of seeing the teeth instantly in 3D, so that patients can watch first hand as their model is generated on screen. From this scan, we create digital study models, formulate an orthodontic treatment plan, and generate Invisalign® aligners and other orthodontic appliances.
How Does The iTero Scanner Work?
The iTero Element scanner digitally captures the structure of the teeth and gums at 6,000 frames per second using break-through optical technology. The scanner is a small, hand-held wand that is connected to a portable computer screen. The scanner is simply held over the teeth, where it quickly and comfortably scans all sides to create a 3-D image that is digitally saved. The scanned image is instantaneously displayed on the computer screen, improving communication during the consultation and treatment process.
Ultimately, this new technology makes the all-important impression process quick, convenient, precise and comfortable. With the iTero Element digital scanner, we hope to make a great first “impression” with our patients!
To learn more, visit www.itero.com or watch their latest video.
August 28th, 2014
Summer’s winding down and soon your calendars will be filled with school activities, fall sports events and family responsibilities. Though your calendars may be full, the team at Bel Air Orthodontics would like to remind everyone about the importance of maintaining your orthodontic appointments.
Access Your Account - Any Day, Any Time, Anywhere!
Staying on track with your appointments is important to the success of your orthodontic treatment. At Bel Air Orthodontics, we’re doing our best to make that easy for you. Did you know that patients at our office have access to their appointment information 24 hours a day, seven days a week? From our website’s Patient Portal, you can look up your appointments, access your account details, and establish email and/or text reminder preferences with a touch of the screen or a click of the mouse. If you haven’t already signed up for this convenient service, contact our office today for information on how to set up your online account.
To Stay On Track - Plan Ahead
To stay on track with your treatment, remember to plan ahead and schedule your next appointment before leaving the office. After-school appointments are typically filled a month in advance, so scheduling ahead will help you find a day and time that best suits your needs. While some orthodontic procedures have special time requirements, we’ll do our very best to find an appointment time that is convenient for you. As always, please remember to give us advanced notice if you’re unable to make your regularly-scheduled appointment. Early notification allows us to offer your reserved time slot to other patients and permits us to effectively accommodate your busy schedule.
Visit Our New Mobile Optimized Website and Patient Portal
If you haven’t visited our Patient Portal recently, you may be pleasantly surprised. Our website has been updated and optimized for all use on all mobile devices, making it more accessible and easier to navigate. If you have any questions regarding the online patient portal or appointment scheduling, feel free to give us a call.
June 17th, 2014
Dr. Godwin was recently recognized by Baltimore Magazine in its selection of "Top Dentists" for 2014. Annually, Baltimore Magazine surveys more than 2,000 dentist in Baltimore and five surrounding counties to find out where they would send a member of their own family for dental treatment. The dentists who got the most nods from their peers are the ones who made the Titans of Teeth list.
Dr. Godwin was honored to be nominated by his peers as one of Harford County's top orthodontists for the fifth consecutive year. For the complete list of this year's "Top Dentists", which are categorized by dental specialty, pick up a copy of the June issue of Baltimore Magazine.
July 11th, 2013
If you have been thinking about orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth or correct jaw alignment, your first step is a visit to our office for an orthodontic consultation. During the initial consultation, Dr. Godwin will address your questions, concerns, and talk about a treatment plan that would best suit your case.
Because we want you to feel prepared and in charge of your orthodontic treatment decisions, consider the following questions when you visit for your initial consultation:
- If I do need some adjustments to my teeth, what options will I have besides braces?
- What kind of preparation is needed to get braces?
- What are the factors that determine how long I have to wear braces?
- How long will my treatment last, and how often do I visit you for orthodontic adjustments?
- Who will be involved in the orthodontic care? Who can I expect to see during my adjustment visits?
- How will braces affect my lifestyle? Foods I can eat? Activities I can participate in?
- Can I expect any discomfort when getting braces?
- What is the correct expectation in terms of outcome?
- How much will my orthodontic care cost?
Your initial orthodontic consultation may just be the first step in relieving concerns about the appearance of your smile or discomfort you are experiencing. Going in with the right questions will help you to understand the entire process, the state-of-the-art treatment options available to you, and prepare you do do your part for your own dental health, ultimately leaving you with a great smile!
For more information on what to expect during your initial consultation, visit our website at www.belairortho.com/your-first-visit. To schedule a complimentary initial consultation, contact us at email@example.com or call our scheduling coordinators at 410-838-2244.
June 10th, 2013
Building relationships and staying connected with our community and our patients is important to the team at Bel Air Orthodontics. With that in mind, we recently joined the millions of others on Facebook. It's a great way for you to stay current on the latest news about our practice, so we invite you to Like Us on Facebook.
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April 25th, 2013
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