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Beverages and your Teeth

August 14th, 2020

Before you grab something to drink-- stop and think about your teeth! Coffee and tea can stain your teeth. Soft drinks, sports drinks, juice, and vitamin waters often contain a lot of sugar and acid. Diet or “sugar free” sodas contain acid that also harms your enamel. Sugar and acid  weaken the enamel and can result in  tooth decay and cavities.

What can you do to reduce tooth decay? Drink soda, sport drinks, juice, and flavored waters in moderation. After drinking sweet beverages, be sure to brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water to dilute the sugar.

Water is an even better choice. It has no sugar, no acid, and no calories. In many communities the tap water has fluoride to help strengthen your teeth. Plus, if you use a refillable water bottle you are helping to protect the environment.

Remember: healthy teeth require healthy food and beverage choices, regular brushing and flossing, and regular checkups with your dentist. The reward is a beautiful, cavity free smile!

Be sure to ask Dr. Douglas Barden and his team if you have any questions. Follow Barden Orthodontics on Facebook or Twitter to get more tips and helpful orthodontic information.

Tips for Choosing an Orthodontist

July 17th, 2020

It’s time for Braces!  Are you wondering how to decide on the Doctor who will provide the treatment?

Starting orthodontic treatment is a big decision. One thing you will need to decide is who will be your orthodontic provider.  Did you know that all orthodontists are first trained as dentists, but, only 6% of dentists are orthodontists? An orthodontist is a dentist who has completed an additional 2 to 3 years of education specifically about diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontists receive special training in the skills needed for tooth movement (orthodontics) and guide facial development (dentofacial orthopedics).

Here are some things to ask when considering an orthodontist:

  • Did the Doctor receive additional training specific to orthodontics?
  • Does the Doctor specialize in orthodontic treatment or is this a small part of their dental practice?
  • Does the Doctor continue to get training in the newest treatment methods?
  • Is the Doctor a member of the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), which requires members to be highly trained in orthodontics to meet specific standards of education and experience?
  • After your initial consultation, did the Doctor clearly answer your questions and provide you with a treatment plan that you feel comfortable?

Dr. Douglas Barden completed his Doctorate in Dental Surgery (DDS) at Marquette University in Milwaukee WI. He then also completed a year of general residency at Marquette University, and then an additional 2 years of orthodontic residency at Marquette University resulting in a Master of Science (MS) and a certificate in Orthodontics. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics and is currently President of the Wisconsin Society of Orthodontics.

Dr. Barden is passionate about continuing his education to provide his patients with the best treatment options. He regularly attends orthodontic conferences and continuing education lectures. His office utilizes the newest, state-of-the-art equipment to provide the most effective treatment possible. This includes an itero element scanner so there are no goopy impressions and a digital x-ray machine that takes quick and safe x-rays.

We are proud that Dr. Douglas Barden’s skills have been consistently recognized by dental professionals in the Milwaukee area and he is listed as a TOP Dentist in the field of Orthodontics by Milwaukee Magazine.

 Dr. Douglas Barden offers free initial consultations as he wants patients to feel comfortable with the treatment plan.  Contact us to set up an appointment  414-962-1281. We look forward to welcoming you to our Whitefish Bay, WI office!

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Barden Orthodontics and Treatment during COVID-19

June 29th, 2020

We understand that people are concerned about virus spread during the COVID-19 pandemic. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety and health.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice. Our infection control processes ensure that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new guidance that may be issued.

We have taken additional, preventive steps to ensure the health of patients and staff. You will see some changes when it is time for your next appointment.

Changes in the office:

  • Our clinical staff will be using N95 or KN95 respirator masks and face shields in addition to the usual personal protective equipment.
  • Multi-stage air purifiers have been ordered from Surgically Clean Air. These purifiers remove particles and destroy small particles in the air, including viruses.
  • You may notice that our reception area looks different. There are Plexiglas shields in place at the reception desk and social distancing reminder stickers. For now, the waiting room will no longer offer magazines, beverages, or the use of arcade games.
  • We have increased routine cleaning and disinfection of the waiting room and common, high touch areas (door handles, etc).
  • Any orthodontic procedures that create significant aerosols will be avoided.
  • Appointments will be scheduled to allow for social distancing and reduce waiting time for patients. That might mean fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • Rather than schedule future appointments while in the office, we will contact you by phone to set up your next appointment.
  • We will continue to offer virtual appointments via the SmileSnap and Zoom (accessible via http://www.bardenortho.com/).

For your appointment:

  • Prior to the day of the appointment, our office will email you two forms (COVID-19 Supplemental Informed Consent and Supplemental Health Questionnaire). Please have the forms completed by the patient or guardian prior to coming to the appointment.
  • Please brush and floss prior to your appointment. The tooth brushing station will be closed following recommendation by the AAO.
  • To minimize use of the waiting room, please call us at 414-962-1281 when you have arrived at our building. We will let you know if we are ready for your appointment. If not, we will ask you to wait outside, or in your car, and we will text when we are ready.
  • We ask that only the patient, and a maximum of one guardian, come to the appointment to reduce the number of people in the office.
  • Someone from our office will greet you at the door and take your temperature using a touchless thermometer. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will have their appointment rescheduled for a later date.
  • Please wear a cloth mask or face covering as you enter the building.
  • Please use the hand sanitizer available when you enter the office.

We look forward to seeing you and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our office.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty.

Sincerely,

Dr. Doug Barden and the Barden Orthodontics Team

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Teledentistry Appointments Available

April 14th, 2020

We are now offering teledentistry visits to help monitor the progress of treatment and offer new patients a FREE online assessment from the comfort of their own homes. We remain committed to your dental health.

  • Go to https://www.bardenortho.com/virtual-visits
  • Click on Get Started for a free, 5 minute online consultation. Please follow the directions and answer the patient questions.
  • You will be instructed to take pictures of your teeth using a cell phone. Most people will benefit from someone else taking the pictures instead of using selfies.
  • If you are wearing retainers or aligners, please try to take the pictures with the appliances in the patient’s mouth.
  • Next, you will be asked a few more questions. If you are having problems or concerns, please fill that out under “What is your biggest concern regarding your teeth?”
  • Once you have finished filling out the information Dr. Barden will review the pictures and concerns and get back to you shortly.

If you have questions or problems, you can send an email to info@bardenortho.com or call us at 414-962-1281.

Learn about Barden Orthodontics commitment to patient health and our efforts to maintain a safe environment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Stay safe and healthy!

Dr. Doug Barden and the Barden Orthodontics Team

updated August 2, 2020 to provide most recent office information.