Frequently Asked Questions About Braces

When your child loses that first tooth, it’s a milestone and excitement for everyone! The tooth fairy comes and your child is eager for the next tooth to start wiggling. But when the permanent teeth come in, it’s not always a celebration. That is because there could be issues with crowding or poorly positioned teeth. There can be many reasons for tooth alignment problems; genetics, thumb sucking, or it could be caused by injury. What is the best solution? Braces.
Over the past few decades, braces have become the norm. Anywhere from 50 to 70% of Americans will wear braces in their lifetime. But many questions surround this investment. From topics such as how we approach treatment, braces, early age orthodontic treatment, adult orthodontics, to Invisalign treatments and products, we would like to help you understand it all. Here are some frequently asked questions we receive often at Robinson and Ries Orthodontics and we would like to help set the record straight.

What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry, focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.

How Do I Get Started?
The first steps first. Contact us! With your initial inquiry we can set you up for a FREE initial exam. Simply, call and set the appointment and complete a Health History form. Your Health History Form will help us better serve your dental needs, as we can specify detailed and appropriate recommendations. This form aids in ensuring the best care for you throughout the course of your treatment.

What Should I Expect During My First Orthodontic Appointment?
Our team believes that each person’s needs and expectations about orthodontics can be different. Because of these differences, it is imperative that each patient is treated based on their specific circumstance. This is why we take great pride in making sure that you have a customized treatment that you deserve.
Upon arrival for your first visit. You will be greeted by a Treatment Coordinator. She will show you around our office, and review your health history. In addition to these two things she will ask you about your main concerns about your smile. This can help us customize the right treatment that meets not only your needs, but also your desires. We will take digital photos and a digital panoramic X-ray before Dr. Robinson and Dr. Ries conduct a thorough examination to determine the basic nature of your problem.
If treatment is recommended, we will be glad to:

  • Discuss your individual needs
  • Explain your treatment options
  • Provide you with a written treatment plan and treatment timeline estimate
  • Inform you of the available fee and payment options and help you with your insurance

I know Orthodontics Can Be Expensive, What Options Do I Have For Payment Plans?
The smile of your life is more affordable than you might think. Although fees vary according to the complexity and time involved in each individual case, a personalized payment plan can be arranged with no interest or carrying charge. When you have your initial complimentary consultation, our Treatment Coordinators will discuss and assist you with the options listed below. They will work with you to select the option works best with your monthly budget.

What’s the best age to visit the orthodontist?
Everyone of all ages are welcome and encouraged to visit the orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first visit around the age of seven, however orthodontic treatment isn’t just for Children and Teens. One in every five orthodontic patients are over the age of 21. So anytime, any age is a great time to visit the orthodontist. We love helping you look and feel better about your smile no matter the age.

Will my braces interfere with my school activities like sports, playing and instrument, or singing?
Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.

For more information about Robinson and Ries Orthodontics, visit Call us with any further questions or to schedule your free consultation at (573) 446-0700.


Manual Vs. Electric Toothbrushes

The Good Old-Fashioned Hand Brushing Or Modern Day Electric Toothbrush… Which Is Better?

Electric vs HandheldThe effectiveness of cleaning your teeth with a manual toothbrush compared to an electric toothbrush is commonly debated today. There’s an assumption that the modern day electric replacement is far superior to the good old-fashioned manual toothbrush.

The reality is that it’s essential to brush your teeth – and whether you’re using a manual toothbrush or an electric option, the important factor is completing a thorough, two-minute brush at least once every day. So whatever toothbrush you choose to use isn’t important because it’s the brushing itself that counts.

In saying this, there are some pros and cons to consider when making the decision to use a manual or electronic toothbrush. Here’s a rundown of how different toothbrush types can enhance your dental routine:

The Humble Manual Toothbrush: More For Less!

  • Manual toothbrushes will thoroughly clean your tongue and inside cheeks when you’re doing your two minute routine brush. The circular headed electric toothbrushes perform poorly at cleaning your tongue. However, some do come with tongue cleaners.
  • Manual toothbrushes are more flexible. Unlike electric toothbrushes with tightly compacted bristles, manual toothbrushes are so easy to manoeuvre around your mouth. Their flexible bristles can bend back far enough to reach those stubborn teeth at the back hiding food.
  • They’re easy to travel with. How many times have you travelled with an electric toothbrush thinking it was fully charged, but it was actually dead? And without a charger, you had to rely on using the complimentary hotel toothbrush – or even had to run to the corner store where you ended up buying a cheap manual toothbrush anyway.
  • Manual toothbrushes come in a much larger variety. They’re available in soft, medium and hard bristles with a small, standard or larger head. Now if you’re an adult with a tiny mouth, you’re going to need a lot of luck finding a small head on an electric toothbrush that doesn’t have Disney prints all over it. 

The Electric Toothbrush: Quality Benefits!

  • Advanced electric toothbrushes include an automatic timer in their design, which makes it easier for users to know when their two minute brush is complete. This ensures a proper clean is achieved to maintain oral hygiene.
  • You get what you pay for. While the popularity surrounding electric toothbrushes have made them readily available, dentists recommend that you spend money to get a quality product. ORAL B electric toothbrushes supersede the cheapie supermarket ones that don’t offer any real benefits.
  • An electric toothbrush is very ideal for people who suffer from arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and any other painful or movement-restricting conditions. Since the electric toothbrush’s rotating head does all the work, the user is exempt from constantly applying effort with their wrists and hands; making dental care a much easier task.

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Staff Spotlight: Renee

Renee KammerichRenee Kammerich has been with Robinson and Ries Orthodontics since 2002 and does so much for the office. Her role as an orthodontic assistant includes taking diagnostic records for your braces or Invisalign treatment, working as lab technician extraordinaire and even assisting chair side. Renee says, “I love the variation of my job from working with the people hands on to working in the lab. I think Robinson and Ries Orthodontics is the most fun orthodontics office in Missouri! We produce the most beautiful smiles.” She makes an extra effort to get people comfortable with coming to the office by letting them know what to expect and giving them extra care.

She graduated cosmetology school in 1993 and then wanted to become an orthodontic assistant. She says, “I love to see how smiles change lives. I get to see the transformations from the beginning to the end. For some people who never smile and try to hide their teeth this change is truly a blessing.”

Renee currently lives in Pilot Grove with her family. She is married to a wonderful, hard-working union carpenter. Together they have three beautiful kids: Haley – 19 years old, Harlie – 8 years old and Hawkins – 5 years old. In her free time, Renee likes to garden, spend time with her family and take care of all her farm critters. She also still loves to dabble in cosmetology with hair, skin and nails.