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Incognito Braces Vs. Invisalign
10/01/2018
Gone are the days of needing to wear traditional braces in order to achieve the smile of your dreams. At the office of Drs. Najem & Lehky, we are dedicated to providing our patients in Fairlawn, Cortland, and Akron, OH with orthodontic treatment designed to fit their unique needs, preferences, and lifestyles. Thanks to incredible advancements in orthodontic technology, we are able to offer a wide range of treatment options to give you the smile you deserve. Two of the most popular options, especially among teenagers and adults, are Incognito braces and Invisalign®.
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How to Care for Sensitive Teeth
09/03/2018
Unfortunately, many of us are familiar with the unpleasant experience of not being able to eat our favorite foods or drink our favorite beverages due to tooth pain and sensitivity. Typically caused when the nerve endings are exposed, this hypersensitivity is most often experienced when consuming foods and drinks that are particularly cold, hot, acidic, or sticky. The good news is that a visit to your local Akron, OH orthodontist can help you identify the cause of your discomfort and find a solution.
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Summer Braces Care Guide
08/24/2018
When schools are closed over the summer season, kids feel like they have all the freedom in the world, which is completely understandable! If your child will be wearing metal during the summer months, it’s very important that you encourage them to continue to take good care of his/her braces (and teeth) so you don’t run into any problems that can derail orthodontic treatment. Below are a few tips our orthodontists have put together to help take good care of your braces while you’re out enjoying the warm weather!
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Benefits of Invisalign
06/04/2018
When it comes to orthodontic treatment, Invisalign has quickly become one of the most popular ways to improve your smile and oral health. Made with clear polyurethane plastic, the clear aligners are basically invisible, making them a great treatment option for teens and adults. Plus, they’re much more convenient and comfortable than both traditional metal braces and ceramic braces.
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Mouthwash vs. Flossing
04/29/2018
We've all been told to brush and floss on a daily basis, and some of us have our family dentist or orthodontist recommending mouthwash as well. From this, questions may arise. Don’t flossing and mouthwash do essentially the same thing by cleaning between the gaps in between your teeth? Can you use mouthwash instead of flossing?
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Why Do Braces Need Elastic Bands?
04/29/2018
Have you ever looked at someone with braces up close? You may have noticed that some patients wear rubber bands, that run between upper and lower brackets, connecting the upper and lower jaws. Many of our new and prospective patients ask about rubber bands, and why they’re needed during treatment. As your local Akron orthodontic provider, we’re happy to answer this question!
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How to Choose an Orthodontist
02/13/2018
Finding the best orthodontist practice to handle the care and treatment of your smile may seem daunting. Orthodontic treatment takes time, so you need to be certain that the doctor and staff you choose makes you feel comfortable and confident. Your orthodontic experience is one that you’ll likely remember for the rest of your life, so make sure it’s something to smile about! Check out Drs. Najem & Lehky Orthodontics’ helpful suggestions for finding the best orthodontist for you below!
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Using Your Flexible Spending Account on Orthodontic Treatment
01/02/2018
For many employees, open enrollment happens at the end of the year, and some may opt for a Flexible Savings Account to use on healthcare expenses. Although it may be too late to use this money in 2017, it’s never too early to start planning for 2018! At Drs. Najem & Lehky Orthodontics, we want our current and potential patients to know about the option of using their savings on orthodontic treatment. You’ll find more information below.
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Why You Should Consider Braces in the New Year
12/18/2017
If one of your New Year’s resolution is to improve your smile, orthodontic treatment is a step in the right direction. A beautiful smile gives you more than something to flash for the camera. It’s a confidence-booster for all situations, as well as an easy way to improve your oral and overall health.
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Using Your FSA On Orthodontic Treatment
12/18/2017
Although it may be too late to use this money in 2017, it’s never too early to start planning for 2018! At Drs. Najem & Lehky Orthodontics, we want our current and potential patients to know about the option of using their savings on orthodontic treatment. You’ll find more information below.
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The Importance of Mouthguards
11/21/2017
When our patients are in braces we recommend wearing a mouth guard. A blow to the mouth can result in the braces being imbedded into the lips and checks and fractured roots. While the braces will likely save the teeth from being knocked out due to the fact that everything is wired together, serious injury can still happen.
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National Orthodontic Health Month
10/18/2017
Achieving a beautiful smile is far from the only reason to pursue orthodontic treatment. At Drs. Najem & Lehky Orthodontics, we want our patients to know that completing treatment, whether it’s with braces or Invisalign, can play a positive role in your overall health too. With National Orthodontic Health Month starting this October ,our Akron orthodontists wanted to provide a rundown on the importance of pursuing treatment, and the benefits it provides.
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Benefits of Late Summertime Orthodontics
08/24/2017
We’re on the tail end of summer, but families are still enjoying quality free time and great weather before school starts again. At Najem & Lehky Orthodontics, we welcome new patients to our Fairlawn and Cortland offices through August and September.
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About the Charcoal Teeth Whitening Craze
06/13/2017
After completing treatment, whether it’s braces or Invisalign, many of our patients want to have their teeth whitened. After all, it’s never a bad idea to fine-tune your new straight smile so you can look your absolute best! We’ve been getting tons of questions about charcoal teeth whitening, which involves brushing the teeth with an activated charcoal mixture that looks like a pitch-black, fine powder.
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Smile-Friendly Summer Snacks
05/17/2017
No matter what type of orthodontic treatment your child is undergoing, it's important to keep their teeth healthy during the summer. Drs. Najem & Lehky Orthodontics want to make sure you have some snack ideas that are not only healthy, but are also great for your children’s teeth. Check out some of our fun recipes below, and let us know if you gave them a try!
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Are Lingual Braces Right For You?
04/19/2017
A straight, beautiful smile is a boon to confidence and self-esteem in nearly every situation, personal and professional – and more people are discovering that treatment braces isn't limited to adolescence. In fact, we can move healthy teeth at any age, and many adult professionals in Akron are deciding to improve their smile through orthodontic treatment. However, braces can be an inconvenience in adult life, and many adults feel self-conscious about their appearance during treatment. Treatments like Invisalign offer a discreet alternative, but they're still not entirely invisible. There's one orthodontic treatment, however, that's truly invisible.
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DIY Braces: Back Again!
04/19/2017
In instructional videos, shared photos, and stories all over the web, we've noticed the return of a disturbing trend: DIY braces. There are reports of people using rubber bands, fishing line, paper clips, and a variety of other methods to attempt to straighten their teeth at home using household materials. We’ve written on this topic before, but the team at Najem & Lehky Orthodontics wants to reiterate that not only are DIY braces ineffective, they're incredibly dangerous, and they can do irreparable harm to your teeth.
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The Importance of National Children's Dental Health Month
02/21/2017
Did you know that February is National Children's Dental Health Month? According to the ADA,Drs. Najem & Lehky Orthodontics' article American Dental Association, along with the ADA Foundation, their campaign slogan for February 2017 is "Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile."
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Advancements in Orthodontic Technology
02/09/2017
At Drs. Najem & Lehky Orthodontics, we strive to be your premier choice when you’re looking for an orthodontist in or around Akron, Fairlawn, Cortland, and Warren, OH. We’re proud to offer a wide range of high-quality orthodontic treatments, including 3M mini twin metal braces, Incognito braces and Invisalign. One of the reasons why we’re able to provide a number of different orthodontic procedures and treatments is because of our dedication to state-of-the-art technology. As a leader in cutting-edge technology, we’d like to take the time to discuss some of the most important orthodontic technological advances over the years.
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Things to Do in Akron this February
02/09/2017
When you’re looking for an orthodontist around Akron, Fairlawn, or Cortland, Drs. Wade Najem & Lisa Lehky provide unmatched expertise for patients. Our dedicated team is committed to orthodontic advances in technology and treatment methods, in order to give all our patients in the area the ability to attain the smile of their dreams. We’ve grown to love Northeast Ohio and all it has to offer, and want to go above and beyond in providing you with both orthodontic care and fun ways to get involved in the community. Here’s just a glimpse of all the fun activities that are happening this upcoming month.
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Tips For Handling The Holidays With Braces
12/20/2016
The holiday season is here, and while we know everyone is looking forward to some well-deserved time spent relaxing and reconnecting with loved ones, things are a little more complicated for those wearing braces. While delicious, many of the foods and snacks we love to enjoy during the holidays can pose a serious threat to braces. To help you make it through the holidays without harming your braces, here are a few guidelines for how to keep your braces safe during the holidays.
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Halloween With Braces
10/12/2016
At Najem & Lehky Orthodontics, we don’t just strive to provide the best in high-quality treatments – we want to be your source for your every orthodontic need in Northeastern Ohio. We realize that for patients who are adjusting to braces, each day brings about the possibility of new worries or concerns. As Halloween comes around, one of these pressing matters that may pop up is…yep, candy!
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Upcoming Events You Can't Miss
08/18/2016
The end of summer may be approaching, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! In between getting your children ready for school, and bringing them in for their scheduled appointments, we also want to provide you with some fun opportunities to enjoy all of what Ohio has to offer. Check out some events that are coming up, and bring the entire family to create unforgettable memories!
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Our Spot The Dot Contest!
05/07/2016
We’ve been proud to serve the Fairlawn and Cortland areas as your local orthodontists and now we’re excited to announce we’re running a Spot the Dot contest to give you the chance to win $50 gifts cards and a grand prize of free braces for a bright smile that’s truly priceless!
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Tips for Packing Braces-Friendly Lunches
05/07/2016
When we give our patients braces, we warn them against certain foods, that can cause damage or break your appliances like hard, chewy, gooey and crunchy foods. If you're a teen or an adult who packs your lunch for school or work, it's important to pack foods that are braces-friendly. The last thing you want to happen is to have to make an emergency appointment with your Fairlawn & Cortland orthodontist because you ate something you shouldn't have. Here are a few tips for packing braces-friendly lunches so that doesn't happen to you.
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Do Braces Hurt?
04/05/2016
One of the most commonly asked questions we hear from potential patients who are considering orthodontic treatment is “Do braces hurt?”. Therefore, we'd like to cover this topic here because it is important to us that our patients understand everything there is to know about wearing Fairlawn and Cortland OH braces.
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Foods That Stain Your Teeth
03/04/2016
There's nothing that looks better than a beautiful white and vibrant smile! If you're seeing your Fairlawn OH orthodontist to correct an orthodontic problem you have, you know that once you're finished wearing braces that your new smile is going to look amazing. Naturally, you will feel confident when around other people because of how great your smile looks. However, if you eat certain foods regularly, your new straight smile may not be as white and bright as you'd like because some foods (and drinks) strain teeth.
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