Dear patients and families,

As many of you were aware, I was scheduled to have hip surgery last March but unfortunately, it was cancelled due to COVID-19.

I was operated on August 26 but unfortunately experienced a setback very soon after the procedure resulting in a totally dislocated left hip, not fun!

A second procedure was necessary August 31st . I am limited to non-weight bearing on my left side until later November. This makes working not possible.

We have hired a temporary orthodontist by the name of Dr. Niky Smith. Dr. Smith lives in Lake Oswego and has 18 years’ experience as an orthodontist. I have met with her and she is very pleasant, bright and has a positive outlook on life and orthodontics as do I! She is also trained well at the university of Washington, a great program. I feel fortunate to have found Dr. Smith. We share similar treatment philosophies. She had her own private practice for 12 years in the bay area. She practices now on temporary needs like mine.

I will be back as soon as possible and look forward to it. Also, I’ll be available to consult remotely on any patient.

A temporary bump in the road that will quickly pass.

Sincerely and Best Regards,

Dr. Bickler

1625 East 12th Street
The Dalles, OR 97058

(541) 298-4072
Fax: (541) 298-6912

Types of Appliances


elastics (rubber bands)

Elastics (Rubber Bands)

Wearing elastics (or rubber bands) improves the fit of your upper and lower teeth. Wear rubber bands as instructed, and remember that the rubber bands work far more efficiently if they're worn as prescribed.

 

forsus

Forsus™

The Forsus Fatigue Resistant Device is an alternative to headgear which promotes growth in adolescents, helping to eliminate excessive overbites, improve the fit of teeth, and possibly prevent the need for jaw surgery.

 

headgear

Headgear

Headgear is used to treat patients whose teeth are in an overbite, with the upper jaw forward of the lower jaw, or an underbite with the lower jaw forward of the upper jaw. Headgear gently "pulls" on your teeth to restrict further forward growth of your upper teeth and jaw.

 

palatal expander

Palatal Expander

The palatal expander "expands" (or widens) your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. Your orthodontist will instruct you about when and how to adjust your expander. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months to solidify the expansion and to prevent regression.

 

positioner

Positioners

Positioners complete the final tooth movements in your orthodontic treatment. With your full cooperation, you should only need to wear the positioner appliance for four to eight weeks.

 

retainers

Retainers

Retainers may be removable or fixed. They hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after your teeth have been straightened. Your orthodontist will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and about the duration of the wear. Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent regression of your treatment.

 

separator

Separators or Spacers

Separators are little rubber doughnuts that may be placed between your teeth to push them apart so that orthodontic bands may be placed during your next appointment. The separators will be removed before we place the bands. Separators do not mix well with sticky foods, toothpicks, or floss.

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