Dr. Tadej's Blog
What is the best age for a first consultation with an orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends age 7.
That does not mean all 7 year olds will need braces. Orthodontists are trained to spot subtle problems with the bite, jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. Early treatment can prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and can make treatment at a later age shorter, and less costly for some patients. In some cases, the orthodontist will be able to achieve results that may not be possible one the face and jaws have finished growing.
Waiting until all the permanent teeth have come in, or until facial growth is nearly complete, can make correction of some problems more difficult.
While your child’s teeth may appear straight to you, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect with specialized x-rays. Of course, the check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine, and that is comforting news! We have a Kids Club where we monitor growth and development, coordinate with the family dentist, and stay ahead of any developing problems. If there is any treatment needed, kids have gotten to know us, and are comfortable in our care and office. Others graduate from our Kids Club not needing braces. Kids Club is a complimentary program as a service to the Dentists we work with, and the patients we serve.
Consultations are complimentary for any patients referred by their family dentist, patients and family in our practice, or our community involvement.
Dr. Gerald P. Tadej
You do not need a referral from a General Dentist to see me for a Consultation. These are some of the things parents ask me most about:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Protruding teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Spaces between teeth
- Grinding or worn teeth
- Difficulty chewing
- Finger or thumb sucking habits
- Speech problems
- Facial imbalance or asymmetry
We offer complimentary consultations at Tadej Orthodontics. We also have our "Club Tadej" program, where kids that have come in for a consultation, but aren't ready for braces yet come to visit us every 6 months. I monitor growth and development, and the permanent teeth coming in. This is a great way to stay ahead of any developing dental problems, and plan for any necessary treamtment at the right age. This also lets us get to know each patient, and their family, so that we can take the very best care of every single one, and have some fun along the way!
"We are a team of energetic and caring individuals who impact the quality of people's lives through excellent orthodontic care. It is with Integrity, Passion and Pride that we are committed to our patients and each other. We make dreams come true by creating Beautiful Smiles!"
Dr. Gerald P. Tadej, Bakersfield, CA
We are proud to announce our Assistants, Kari, Kim, Lisa, Vanessa, and Julie have recently completed courses and testing with the State of California to achieve the highest level of license for Orthodontic Assistants in the State. This prestigious license is in addition to their Registered Dental Assistant licenses to make them “RDA, OA’s”. There are only about 250 of them in The State of California, and 5 of them right here in Bakersfield at Tadej Orthodontics!
We are Smiles Apart !!
Dr. Gerald P. Tadej
Is all Invisalign Treatment the same? No…Just like with braces, how well your smile looks and teeth fit after treatment depends on who plans and supervises your orthodontic treatment - their training and experience. Invisalign aligners can be ordered by all Dentists. They send molds of the patient’s teeth into the lab & a technician there produces a prescription to straighten & align the front teeth. The prescription part of the advanced treatment planning process is where the difference is. I take digital 3D images, that create a 3D model that is sent to the Invisalign lab. This is a comfortable and quick alternative to goopy impressions. I then work closely with a dedicated orthodontic technician at Invisalign to specifically design the movements for each tooth and every aspect of your bite as well. This attention to detail is a critical part of Invisalign treatment success. The series of aligners are then made for you and only you. Wearing them will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements pre-planned for you.
This year, the makers of Invisalign have designated me to be the highest level provider - an Elite Provider. This is due to my experience and continuing education, and this advanced technology has made my job really fun!
Gerald Tadej DDS MS, Bakersfield, CA
Fall is "Open Enrollment" time for many Employers in Bakersfield. It is a great time to plan for Orthodontics, with many companies offering a benefit for orthodontic expenses. Most orthodontic benefits are the same whether you go "in" or "out" of network. It is typically a lifetime orthodontic benefit that will be paid regardless of network. Even if our practice is not on your insurance companies "List", it does not mean you cannot choose us to be your orthodontic provider. We are able to accept all valid forms of dental insurance, and will work closely with you obtaining your benefits, and ensure you receive the maximum benefit available through your plan.
On my staff, my Financial Coordinator, with me since 2000, has the experience to ensure you are taken care of. She does all of the paperwork for you. She is happy to answer any questions you may have about your insurance coverage, and also check into your benefit for you. She often surprises our patients and parents by finding maximum benefits they were not aware of. She has a lot of experience with planning and using your Flexible Spending accounts to cover orthodontics as well.
Happy Fall and Keep Smiling!
Dr. Gerald Tadej, Bakersfield CA
One of my favorite things about being an orthodontist is seeing the change that happens both inside and outside a person when we create a healthy, beautiful new smile. I also love the way the technology in our profession is always changing and how it allows us to make treatment more comfortable and efficient than ever before! It's an ever-changing landscape and it makes every year better than the last. A while ago I decided that it was time to implement some changes here too, and I’m happy to share with you our new look!
Today we're launching our new website and our new blog and I wanted to take a moment to share my excitement with you. We’re also launching a new look with our logo: a fresh bold look with the graphic and the colors, the change to Tadej Orthodontics from just my name, and the addition of “Smiles Apart”. We really like what that says about the work that we do for you.
Our blog won't be just about us or even all about your dental health. It will feature stories about our patients and interesting facts about everything from orthodontics to life in Bakersfield and the surrounding area.
If you're one of our patients and you have a fun, informative or interesting story about your smile, life with braces or something going on in our area that you think our friends and patient family would be interested in, be sure to let us know. You can shoot us an email or give us a call.
Here’s to Smiles Apart,
Taking care of the oral health of our younger patients in Bakersfield, in Kern County!
Tadej Orthodontics wants to help make sure that children everywhere can have a smile that they can be proud of, which is why we’re so excited that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. While you might already be perfectly aware of how important good oral hygiene is, your child might not. February is the perfect month for you to teach them about oral hygiene while we educate you about Children’s Dental Health Month.
Why is Children’s Dental Health So Important?
Tooth decay is a prevalent chronic disease, even though it’s a disease that can be prevented. Nearly 50 percent of children who are between two and 11 have had cavities in their baby teeth. Even though the overall occurrence of tooth decay has decreased in the last several decades, the occurrence has actually increased in preschool children.
Our team, and our tooth fairy spend February visiting many schools to teach about good oral hygiene, healthy foods and braces.
During National Children’s Dental Health Month, parents and children are encouraged to brush their teeth together twice a day for two minutes each time. Parents are further urged to read for twenty minutes a day about oral health, the tooth fairy, visits to the dentist and orthodontist.
By teaching kids about the importance of dental health early, you’re sure to set a good foundation that will stay with them and their teeth for the rest of their lives.
Dr. Gerald Tadej specializes in quality orthodontic care and braces for children in and around Bakersfield, Taft, Tehachapi, Delano, Shafter and Wasco in Kern County California.
The weather is cooling own and Halloween is right around the corner. But did you know that it's also National Orthodontic Health Month? National Orthodontic Health Month is to raise awareness of good oral health – straight teeth and a healthy bite! It is also a time when we make our patients wearing braces aware that it is scary to eat a lot of the treats around, because they can break braces off, and delay your orthodontic treatment.
Halloween Can Be a Spooky Time for Your Teeth
During the Halloween season, there are many snack temptations, which should be avoided if you're wearing braces, Invisalign clear aligners or another type of orthodontic appliance. This is because snacks that are chewy, crunchy, hard and sticky can damage your braces. The below treats should be avoided, as these hard snacks can easily damage or break your braces:
- caramel or candy apples
- hard or chewy candies
- jaw breaker
- jolly ranchers
- taco chips
- un-popped kernels of popcorn
What You Can Enjoy During the Haunting Halloween Season
While the list of the snacks you should avoid eating when you're wearing braces may seem long, there are some snacks you can enjoy which include soft chocolates, peanut butter cups, ice cream, popsicles and pudding. We'd like to remind our patients and their parents that sweet snacks should be consumed with some moderation. While it may be tempting to grab another handful of treats from your Halloween bag or bowl, try to resist the temptation, as too much sugar is not good for your teeth or your body. Parents should consider limiting the time they allow their children to eat Halloween candy regardless if they're in orthodontic treatment or not.
Brush and Floss Your Ghoulish Grin Well
Brushing and flossing your teeth well is more important than ever during the Halloween season. This is because your teeth may be more exposed to cavity-causing sweet snacks during this time of the year. When you're wearing braces, it's important to spend a few minutes extra brushing and flossing your teeth to be sure you thoroughly clean those hard-to-reach areas around your brackets and wires. We wish all of our patients in Bakersfield, Tehachapi and the rest of Kern County a hauntingly, happy Halloween and want our patients wearing braces to have just as much fun as their friends who aren't in orthodontic treatment! If you have any questions about what foods you should avoid and what you can enjoy while wearing braces, give us a call, as we're always available to speak with you!
Dr. Gerald Tadejand his friendly staff believe that kids should feel relaxed and comfortable when they come to our Bakersfield orthodontic office. Every child should enjoy their orthodontic visits with Dr. Tadej who is by the way, an outstanding orthodontist who's great with kids because he's a father of three himself! While the team at our Kern County orthodontic practice takes our work very seriously, we pride ourselves on delivering orthodontic treatment in a fun way that kids love!
Tadej Orthodontics Kids Club
Our Kids Club is for our young patients that Dr. Tadej feels are not ready to begin orthodontic treatment or braces. Just as you see your general dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups, Dr. Tadej believes that children can benefit from regular orthodontic check-ups. These check-ups enable our orthodontist to monitor and measure facial growth. They also help ensure that baby teeth come out on time and that permanent teeth are able to grow into proper position (to minimize more extensive and lengthy treatment at a later age). When your child becomes a member of our Kids Club, he or she will get a Kids Club Smiles Reward Card that can be used to earn points that are redeemable for some really awesome prizes.
Some of the things your child can do to earn additional points are:
• Come on time for scheduled appointments
• Brushing teeth after every meal and flossing at least once per day
• Visiting your regular dentist 2 times a year for check-ups and cleanings and then bringing us a certificate signed by your dentist or hygienist • Referring friends and family to our office for an examination
• Liking us on Facebook
Our young patients (and their parents) love our Kids Club and we're sure your child will too! We treat all of our young patients like family when they come to our practice! If you are in Bakersfield, Tehachapi or the surrounding communities of Kern County and would you'd like to learn more about our Kids Club or wish to schedule an appointment for your child's next visit, give us a call at (661) 322-2263. We're always happy to answer your questions and look forward to seeing you and your child soon!
Young people of all ages are heading back to the classroom to begin the brand new school year! That's why the team at Tadej Orthodontics, your leading Bakersfield, Tehachapi and Kern County orthodontist office would like to remind our young patients and their parents about how important it is to wear a mouth guard when participating in sports of all types.
Mouth Guards: For Contact and Non-Contact Sports of All Types
Regardless if you spend your free time on the basketball court, soccer field or love skateboarding and biking, injuries to your face in and can do great harm to your teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue. But when you're wearing a properly fitted mouth guard, you can protect your teeth and smile. It's common to see mouth guards being worn in football, lacrosse, ice hockey and boxing but mouth guards also protect teeth when playing non-contact sports such as gymnastics. It's a wise idea to wear a mouth guard anytime you're taking part in an activity that may pose a risk of injury to the mouth.
Mouth Guards for Braces
When you're wearing braces on your teeth and you're active in sports, it's important that you wear a braces from damage and injury. Just one blow to the face could damage the brackets on your braces as well as do injury to your cheeks, lips and teeth. There are mouth guards made just for people with braces. While you can find these for sale locally at some pharmacies, Dr. Tadej provides them to all of our patients at no charge!
Custom Mouth Guards Provide the Best Protection
Dr. Tadej agrees that a custom mouth guard provides superior protection against injury to the mouth and teeth. A smart investment after orthodontic treatment is to have your dentist select and make the right mouth guard for you. A good quality mouth guard will be easy to clean and it won't restrict your speech or breathing. It can cost thousands of dollars to treat a sport-related dental injury which makes wearing a custom mouth guard a very good investment. When you're wearing a quality mouth guard during both practice sessions and real games you will be providing your teeth, gums, lips and tongue with a high level of protection against blows to the face and mouth regardless if you're playing fast-pitch softball or lacrosse. Our Kern County orthodontic team's main concern is the welfare and health of our patients. There is a growing awareness among youngsters and their parents about just how important it is to wear mouth guards when being active in sports of all types. We hope that our school-aged patients and their parents will come to view their mouth guards as important pieces of sporting equipment that can go far in preventing injuries of which many can be very serious.
We wish all our school-aged patients the best of luck in the upcoming 2013-14 school year! Have fun and play safe!