Whitefish Bay

A Beautiful Smile Requires a Great Partnership

November 6th, 2020

A Healthy Smile requires a Partnership between You, your Orthodontist, and your Dentist

Dr. Douglas Barden is an orthodontist who specializes in the movement of teeth and dentofacial development. Orthodontists complete an additional 2 to 3 years of training after having completed dental school (DDS). As an Orthodontist, Dr. Barden provides the expertise to straighten your teeth and align your jaws.

While in Dr. Barden’s care he will work in close cooperation with you and your family dentist to ensure the development of a healthy, beautiful smile.  Your dentist will continue to monitor that your teeth and gums stay clean and healthy. Dental hygiene is especially important during orthodontic treatment as it can be more difficult to keep teeth clean while in braces.

What is the patient’s role?

  • It is essential that patients (you!) follow your dentist’s instructions on how to keep your teeth clean and visit every six months for a dental cleaning (or more often as instructed).
  • You must also follow Dr. Barden’s instructions and wear your appliances and bands as instructed so that your teeth and jaws move in the way desired and on schedule.
  • It is important that you avoid hard and sticky foods that can damage your orthodontic appliances. Broken brackets and bent wires will slow down treatment progress.

If you have questions be sure to ask Dr. Douglas Barden or his staff in their Whitefish Bay, WI office.

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Top Tips for a Healthy Smile

October 16th, 2020

You have chosen to get orthodontic treatment because you value having a beautiful, healthy smile. Dr. Douglas Barden and his team are working with you to improve your teeth positioning and jaw alignment. It is also important that you have excellent dental hygiene to keep your teeth clean and cavity free.

Dr. Barden's Top Tips for a Healthy Smile!

  • Follow all instructions about wearing your appliances and rubber bands.
  • Follow the 2-2 rule. Brush your teeth 2 times a day, for 2 minutes each time. Use a timer to make sure you don’t cut the time short.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss everyday.
  • Rinse with a mouthwash designed to show missed food particles. This way you are sure to get everything clean and improve your brushing skills!
  • Visit your dentist for an exam and cleaning every 6 months (or as directed by your dentist).
  • Limit sugary foods and snacks to special treats.

Remember to ask Dr. Barden and his orthodontic team if you have any questions about what you can do to keep your teeth healthy to ensure a smile that you will love for a lifetime!

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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 Instagram 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 are being used in our waiting room and all treatment rooms. These purifiers remove particles and destroy small particles in the air, including viruses.
  • 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.
  •  We are using new tools that reduce aerosols.
  • The door to our office is "touchless entry". Wave at the sensor and the door opens for you! Convenient and reduces a common touch surface.
  • Appointments will be scheduled to allow for social distancing and reduce waiting time for patients. That might mean fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

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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Celebrating 7 Years of Barden Orthodontics!

May 10th, 2019

This month we celebrate 7 years of Barden Orthodontics in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. We love working with the many wonderful patients and excellent area dentists. We love what we do here – creating beautiful smiles with amazing people!

On our anniversary we want to celebrate some of our accomplishments and highlight what sets Barden Orthodontics apart from other orthodontic offices:

  • Dr. Barden was named a 2019 TOP ORTHODONTIST by Milwaukee Magazine. This honor is based on reviews from dental professionals in the community. We are so proud to have received this distinction that recognizes Dr. Barden’s expertise.
  • Dr. Barden is President-elect of the Wisconsin Society of Orthodontics. He has previously served as vice president, treasurer, and trustee to the organization. Service to the community is an important part of Dr. Barden’s professional commitment.
  • Our new, state-of-the-art office utilizes the newest technology. This provides patients with the most efficient and advanced care available. The digital x-ray is low radiation and provides an immediate x-ray for use during the appointment. Our iTero element scanner means no goopy, messy impressions!
  • Barden Orthodontics is FAMILY FRIENDLY and was designed to be fun and relaxing. Patients and their families can enjoy complementary gourmet coffee, wi-fi, and of course our very popular GAME ROOM and PHOTO BOOTH! We love seeing patients and their families enjoying their time together in the waiting room. Patients tell us that coming to an orthodontic appointment is a lot of fun at Barden Orthodontics!
  • The TEAM at Barden Orthodontics is the best! From the smile you receive at the front desk to the encouragement and gentle care from the assistants, we treat our patients like our own family.
  • Dr. Barden is proud to live and work in this wonderful community. He is honored to be a business sponsor for numerous community events and various area organizations.

Dr. Barden and his team want to thank you for your support. We love being part of the amazing Whitefish Bay and Milwaukee Northshore Community. We look forward to many more years serving the area and creating beautiful, healthy smiles!

“Braces Friendly” Winter Dinner

February 8th, 2019

“What’s for dinner?” Are you looking for a healthy dinner recipe that is also “braces friendly”? In the wintertime, a Barden family favorite is this easy, slow cooker beef stew. It’s packed with healthy vegetables and everything cooks soft, so you don’t need to worry about breaking wires or brackets. Even people with sore teeth can enjoy this meal! The recipe is easy to make and can be adjusted to include vegetables that your family loves!

Easy slow cooker beef stew
2 lbs beef stew meat
¼ cup flour
Salt and pepper to taste
1 clove minced garlic
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 onion chopped
2 cups beef broth
3 diced potatoes
4 sliced carrots
1 cup peas

Directions
Place meat in slow cooker and stir in the flour. Add the other ingredients. Cook on low for 10-12 hours or high for 4-6 hours. If desired, or needed, you can thicken the stew with tomato paste. ENJOY!

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Resolutions for a Beautiful Smile

January 3rd, 2019

The start of the year is a great time to renew your commitment to maintaining your beautiful, healthy smile with great dental hygiene.

You have chosen to get orthodontic treatment because you value having a beautiful, healthy smile.  Dr. Barden and his team are working with you to improve your teeth positioning and jaw alignment.  To ensure a beautiful smile you will also need to do your part -- it is important that you follow all instructions about wearing your appliances and rubber bands. It is also important that you have excellent dental hygiene to keep your teeth clean and cavity free.  Below are some of our top tips for a healthy smile!

New Year's Resolutions for a Healthy Smile

  • Follow the 2-2 rule.  Brush your teeth 2 times a day for 2 minutes each time. Use a timer to make sure you don’t cut the time short.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss, or use an interdental brush, to clean in between your teeth. Floss every day!
  • Rinse with a mouthwash designed to show missed food particles.  This way you are sure to get everything clean and improve your brushing skills!
  • Visit your dentist for an exam and cleaning every 6 months, or more regularly as directed by the doctor.
  • Choose healthy foods and beverages.  Limit sugary foods and snacks to special treats and then brush after eating!

Remember to ask Dr. Barden and his team if you have any questions about what you can do to keep your teeth healthy and clean to ensure a smile that you will love for a lifetime!

Everyone at Barden Orthodontics wishes you the best in the New Year. We hope this year is filled with lots of love, good cheer, and happy, healthy smiles!

Brace Friendly, Garden Chili Recipe

October 5th, 2018

Fall is a great time for fresh, healthy vegetables. Whether you grow them in your garden or get them at a local farmer’s market, they are tasty and full of vitamins that are essential for healthy teeth. Are you looking for a delicious healthy recipe that uses garden vegetables and is “brace friendly” food? Below is a Barden family favorite recipe. It is perfect for a cool fall day and since the veggies are cooked soft they won’t damage your brackets or wires.

Easy Garden Vegetarian Chili

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
5 cloves of minced garlic
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 cups juicy chopped fresh tomatoes
1 cup chopped bell pepper
1 cup chopped zucchini
1 cup corn kernels
1 can kidney beans
2 cups water or vegetable stock
tomato paste as needed to thicken as preferred
salt and pepper to preference

Directions
Heat oil in pot. Add onion, garlic, chili powder and cumin. Sauté until onion is soft. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Bring to boil and then simmer over low until vegetables are soft. Enjoy!

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Healthy Summertime Snack Recipe

August 5th, 2018

Looking for a healthy summertime snack that is sure to please your child who is wearing braces? We recommend smoothies! Packed with healthy fruits (and even vegetables) a smoothie is a tasty cool treat, can feel good when teeth are sore, and is sure to make everyone happy.

We are happy to share a Barden family favorite smoothie recipe.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
1 banana
1 cup milk
½ cup vanilla or plain yogurt
2 tablespoons peanut butter (try sunflower seed butter if allergic to peanuts!)
1 cup of ice cubes

Directions: Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

When making smoothies you can get creative with fruits and find the combination that you like the best!

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