Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Bivins Orthodontics Story


BIVINS ORTHODONTICS

School’s out, braces on

by Kelli Tatum


Dr. Todd Bivins, DDS, MS

Dr. Todd Bivins, DDS, MS

It’s finally summer! Hot sun, cool shade and time for the beach and pool. The last thing one might think of doing during summer break is getting braces, but orthodontist Dr. Todd Bivins says it’s actually the perfect time.

“There is so much hustle and bustle in the fall with kids’ activities,” he says, “but summertime is pretty laid back and a great time to get braces. Once school arrives, the patient is already used to wearing them, giving them one less thing to think about.”

Orthodontics has changed a lot in the last 10 years. Treatments are faster and more efficient while bulky brackets and uncomfortable head gear are things of the past. “Everything is different,” Dr. Bivins explains. “Brackets are smaller and work smarter. Wires are smoother and more forgiving.”


“Dr. Bivins was so nice and warm
that the kids loved him from the get-go.
They truly felt at home with him.
When we were considering other doctors,
he was the clear choice.
No other office that we visited has the warmth
and friendliness we have found in here.”

—Liz Windhorst



 Patients are also younger these days.  Both the American Dental Assocation and the American Association of Orthodontics recommend seeing patients at a much younger age for their first orthodontic evaluations.

“Unless there are other issues going on—like pacifier use or finger sucking changing the shape of the jaw and disrupting normal tooth growth—most of our kids come in for a free orthodontic evaluation around the age of seven,” Dr. Bivins says. “Though most kids won’t go into treatment for several more years, early intervention is key. It gives the doctor an idea of what’s going on so that planning for the future can begin. Orthodontics used to be a reactive solution, but now it’s very proactive. Kids can have their braces off before entering high school. That certainly wasn’t the case 20 years ago.”

Bivins Orthodontics has changed with the times, offering the latest in orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages. One of the newer options is the use of Propel—a procedure that lessens the already reduced time in braces.

“I had a patient who was moving out of state and we had about an eight month window in which to work,” Dr. Bivins recalls. “We got her smile perfected in that small period of time with the help of Propel. It’s a virtually pain free process that requires no down time. It’s used in conjunction with braces. After just one treatment, teeth move at a speed of two times faster than with braces alone. It’s not something for everyone,” he continues, “but when time is of the essence and we need to speed up the process for whatever reason, we can. I remember one of my first cases, where I called the patient that evening to see how she was doing. She was out with friends at dinner and felt great.”



 By using a 3-D digital scanner, Invisalign patients can avoid uncomfortable and messy impressions <BR>and can see results in detail, thanks to state-of-the-art  technology

By using a 3-D digital scanner, Invisalign patients can avoid uncomfortable and messy impressions
and can see results in detail, thanks to state-of-the-art technology


Another change from older practices is the use of a digital 3-D scanner for impressions. The patient no longer has to feel anxiety over having a mouth full of thick impression material. Everything is done with a camera that scans the teeth to create an impression from which aligners are made using Invisalign. Using plastic trays to move teeth, Invisalign is an option that a lot of adults prefer over traditional braces. “We have teenagers using Invisalign, too,” Dr. Bivins adds. “It’s different from the traditional process and it’s a popular option.”

Whether using traditional braces or Invisalign, Dr. Bivins says that the average length of time for wearing braces is usually between a year and a half to two years. “There’s a misconception that you will be in braces forever,” he explains, “but that’s just not true anymore.”

The one thing that Dr. Bivins believes will never change, though, is using a retainer. 

“You’ve committed your time and finances to a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime, but if you want it to last, you have to wear your retainer,” he insists. “Wearing a retainer to bed at night is a small price to pay for keeping your smile looking wonderful for years.”

Liz Windhorst is experiencing braces for the third time, but not just on herself. She not only wears braces, but her children have them on as well. “I have one in clear braces, one in regular braces, I’m in braces, and another just got hers off and is in a retainer,” she explains with a laugh. “Dr. Bivins was so nice and warm that the kids loved him from the get-go. They truly felt at home with him. When we were considering other doctors, he was the clear choice. No other  office that we visited has the warmth and friendliness we have found in here. We never have to wait long to be seen and I can walk in at a moments notice if I have a problem.” Liz believes Dr. Bivins’ ability to personalize a plan for each of her kids has made them feel important. “None of my kids or I were scared about the process because Dr. Bivins took us through it step by step,” she continues. “Having a beautiful smile will help with their confidence as they mature. We are so happy to have Dr. Bivins in our lives.”


“Orthodontics used to be a reactive solution,
but now it’s very proactive.
Kids can have their braces off before entering high school.
That certainly wasn’t the case 20 years ago.”

—Dr. Todd Bivins



Although Bivins Orthodontics has been in the business of improving smiles for over 20 years, the practice has but one office in the Mt. Pleasant corridor of Great Bridge in Chesapeake—a  situation that Dr. Bivins himself wouldn’t dream of changing.

“My staff is exceptional,” he explains, “but we wouldn’t be able to provide the services that we do if we had offices all over Hampton Roads. As a business, it might make sense to have multiple locations,but as a community provider, this is our place. We feel so much a part of this community. We are all a family here.”




Bivins Orthodontics

220 Mt. Pleasant Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

757-546-3888

 



http://www.bivinsorthodontics.com