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Welcome, Dr. Patel!

August 27th, 2019

Drs. Ahl and O'Connor are pleased to announce that Dr. Sita Patel will be joining the AO team! She will be working side by side with both Drs. Ahl and O’Connor in our Dover, Milford, and Lewes locations. We are excited to welcome Dr. Patel, as she shares our passion for excellence in patient care!

Dr. Patel is a Delaware native, graduating from Caesar Rodney High School. After finishing her undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, she studied dentistry at Temple University Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry in Philadelphia.

She completed her orthodontic residency at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania where she earned her Master of Science in Orthodontics and certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. While there, she was exposed to various treatment methods to allow her to create the best result for each patient. Dr. Patel is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics and Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontics.

Dr. Patel lives in Middletown with her husband, Kunal, where she enjoys cooking new cuisines, reading, travelling, and playing tennis.

Please help us in welcoming Dr. Patel to the AO Family! 

What’s Stopping You From Getting Braces?

January 2nd, 2019

MANY adults mistakenly believe that they missed their chance to get braces because they didn’t have them as teenagers. However, the number of adult orthodontic patients has risen dramatically over the last few decades, and today we’re going to debunk all of your excuses for not getting braces and show you why orthodontic treatment is still a wonderful option for adults with dental alignment issues.

“It’s Too Late; My Teeth Won’t Move”
It may be preferable to start young for orthodontic treatment, but there is no age limit to getting a straighter smile. We can help determine the best treatment for your circumstances. One advantage that adult orthodontic patients have over teens is the self-discipline that comes with maturity; adults will often be better at following instructions for their treatment, which means it will go much smoother.

Check out how much this woman’s teeth moved in one year with adult braces!

“I’ll Be Fine If I Keep My Crooked Teeth”
If you’ve been living with crooked teeth your whole life, you might think there’s no point in getting orthodontic treatment. But having straight teeth isn’t just about appearances — it’s also about improved oral and overall health. Straight teeth are easier to clean and make it easier to speak, chew, and even breathe effectively, whereas crooked teeth cause difficulties in all of these areas and can grow more crooked over time.

“Having Braces Will Make Me Look Unprofessional”
Some adults who would like straighter teeth may still hesitate to seek orthodontic treatment because they worry that spending a year or longer in braces could impact their personal lives or careers by making them look immature or unprofessional. Luckily, there are several low-profile orthodontic treatment options for patients who don’t want to broadcast their treatment to the world, such as invisible aligners and clear ceramic braces. With these, you can straighten your teeth without anyone noticing your hardware!

“Orthodontic Treatment Is Expensive”
Orthodontic treatment can certainly cost more than a regular dental appointment, but it’s also an investment in your future, saving you from the expenses of problems that come with crooked teeth or a bad bite. If you aren’t sure you can fit braces into your budget, schedule a consultation with us. Together, we can find the best and most affordable option for you.

Leave Your Braces Excuses In 2018
This year is nearly over, and what better way to welcome the next one than by leaving your braces excuses behind and getting on the path to a healthier, straighter smile? We can’t wait to help you get the smile you deserve!

Don’t let excuses keep you from your dream smile!

Top image used under CC0 Public Domain license. Image cropped and modified from original. The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions. Ahl and O'Connor Orthodontics provides top-quality orthodontic care in Kent and Sussex counties with offices located in Dover, Milford, and Lewes, Delaware.

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