The 2018 Best of Omaha contest voting began July 1, 2017. Thanks to our fabulous patients, Weber Orthodontics has been a Winner in the contest the past three years. Dr. Weber and his team are so grateful for everyone’s votes, and hope you will get out the vote again this year.
If you like our services, we would appreciate you voting for us! It’s so simple. Just visit www.BestofOmaha.com/75440 to vote for Dr. Weber as Best Orthodontist in Omaha. Our practice’s Quick Vote Code is 75440. You have until August 20, 2017 to cast your vote.
Thank you again for showing your appreciation for our practice. We strive every day to provide the best, most comfortable, fun orthodontic care possible, which is what what sets us apart.
True orthodontic emergencies are rare, but when they occur we are available to you (day or night). As a general rule, you should call our office when you experience severe pain or have a painful appliance problem you can’t take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem.
In the event of an after-hours need, you can call or text our on-call phone at (402) 680-8392.
What to Do if You Have a Loose, Broken or Poking Orthodontic Appliance
You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to solve many problems yourself temporarily until you can get to our office.
If there is a loose piece that you can remove, put it in a plastic bag or envelope and bring it with you to your next appointment.
If your braces are poking you, put soft wax on the piece that’s sticking out.
If the wire has slid to one side, you can pull it back to the other side with needle-nosed pliers, replacing it in the tube on the back tooth.
After alleviating your discomfort, it is very important that you still call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions to your treatment plan.
Additional Remedies for Orthodontic Problems
The lips, cheeks, and tongue may become irritated for one to two weeks as they learn a new posture and become accustomed to the surface of the braces or retainer. If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part.
If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it if needed for comfort. If the bracket or band can be removed easily, place it in an envelope and save it to bring to your next appointment.
Using a pair of tweezers or needle-nosed pliers, try to put your wire back into place. It is okay to use a piece of floss to tie the wire into place: tie the floss around the bracket in place of the missing colored o-ring. If you cannot put the wire into a comfortable position, and covering the end with wax doesn’t help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If the end of the wire is still sharp place wax on it.
Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it so that it is no longer poking.
When you have braces, it’s very important to make sure you are brushing and flossing properly after every meal in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your orthodontic treatment. If you need help choosing the right toothbrush, toothpaste or dental floss, we will be happy to help you make the proper selection.
Brushing with Braces Instructions
Step 1: Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.
Step 2: Brush gently in a circular motion.
Step 3: Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.
Step 4: Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.
Flossing with Braces Instructions
Step 1: Using a piece of floss about 18 inches long, carefully thread the end between braces and wire. You may find a floss threader helpful.
Weber Orthodontics honored Elkhorn Valley View Middle School math teacher Barb Baumert as this year’s Weber Orthodontics 2017 Teacher of the Year during an all school assembly last Friday, May 19. A student at the school nominated Mrs. Baumert, who is retiring this year, to be awarded for her positive influence and lasting impact on students during her decades as an educator. The school’s principle, Chad Soupir, announced the award, reading the winning essay aloud.
“We are committed to recognizing educators that have a positive impact on our community, and Mrs. Baumert exudes those characteristics,” said Dr. Weber. “This essay stood out of the more than 300 entries, because despite what the Baumert family has been through, she has clearly remained a great motivator for her students. It is an honor to recognize Mrs. Baumert for her contributions over the years.”
The nominating student wrote that Mrs. Baumert “told me that I deserve to be happy and should stop doubting myself” after he received a perfect score on a test. He went on to say the teacher is the reason why he has followed his dreams, and her encouragement gave him more self-confidence.
The contest was a first for Weber Orthodontics. Dr. Tom Weber constantly strives to give back to the surrounding communities by holding contests, drives and appreciation events. Schools play an important part in the practice’s success, since they must frequently excuse students for appointments.
There are many common bite problems that can be solved with orthodontic treatment. Proper teeth and jaw alignment go far beyond improving a patient’s aesthetic appearance. Correcting malocclusion, or an incorrect bite, improves oral and digestive health, while reducing jaw and mouth pain. If you or your child has one of the problems listed here, Contact Us or schedule your complimentary initial exam to learn about your options for treatment.
Ideal Bite – Front
Properly aligned teeth with centered midlines and slight overbite.
Ideal Bite – Side
Teeth mesh together at proper position with slight overbite.
Teeth overlapping due to small dental arch and/or teeth position.
Gaps between teeth due to small teeth or protrusion of teeth.
Upper front teeth positioned too far in front of lower front teeth.
Lower front teeth or jaw positioned too far in front of upper teeth.
Upper front teeth vertically overlaps excessively over lower teeth.
Upper and lower teeth do not overlap. Often caused by thumb habit.
Teeth are blocked out and unable to erupt normally.
Sticking tongue between teeth may lead to an open bite.
Narrow Upper Jaw
Upper jaw too narrow and sits on the inside of the lower jaw.