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***COVID-19 / Coronavirus Update***
To Our Valued Patients at Robinson Orthodontics,
On the evening of March 18, 2020, Governor Kate Brown announced a temporary Order/Mandate requiring all Oregon hospitals, outpatient clinics, and health care providers, (including veterinarians, dentists and orthodontists) to immediately cease performing all non-emergency procedures. We do not yet know how long this order will remain in effect, but we will update this notice and contact our patients directly once the restrictive order has been removed by the governor.
In compliance with this temporary order, Robinson Orthodontics will only be able to see patients who are experieng an orthodontic emergency. This includes:
•  Orthodontic-related pain that cannot be comforted with wax or over-the-counter pain relievers, Clipping or adjustment of an orthodontic wire or appliance that is piercing or ulcerating the mucosa.
•  Trauma to the mouth and/or braces that requires urgent attention.
•  Any orthodontic occurrence/situation that you feel could lead to a significant negative outcome if left untreated.
If you are uncertain whether or not your situation is an orthodontic emergency, please contact me directly at (541) 295-0667. I have received guidance from the Oregon Board of Dentistry to evaluate each patient on a case-by-case basis for emergency care, and I will make certain that you are cared for appropriately.
Our team at Robinson Orthodontics will proactively be reaching out to our patients who have scheduled appointments and assist them with rescheduling at a future date.
This is a challenging time for everyone in our community and throughout our country and the world. We appreciate your understanding and are grateful for your support and cooperation. Please stay healthy and safe!
Dr. Jon N. Robinson, DM

Early Orthodontics

girl with braces who was treated at Robinson Orthodontics When you think of someone who needs to see an orthodontist, you probably picture a teenager, or maybe a preteen. While many who are in middle or high school need to change their smiles, issues can start a lot earlier than that. Here at Robinson Orthodontics, we have some patients who are as young as six or seven years old. If your pediatric dentist has recommended that your young child come to see us for an appointment, remember that it is not uncommon. With some issues, the earlier we start treatment, the better the chance that your child will have a beautiful smile for his or her entire life.

What You Need to Know About Early Orthodontics

A child does not need to have all of his or her adult teeth to need our services. Here is what you should know about early orthodontics.

First, let us take a moment to explain what orthodontics is. Orthodontics is a dental specialty that deals with irregularities in the teeth, jaw, or other facial areas. Yes, we are the ones whom you will see for braces, but there is more to it than that.

By the time a child reaches the age of six or seven, we will have a good idea of what is going on with his or her teeth. We can tell if the child has a bite problem, for example. We will also have an idea of how the teeth are going to come in. This is a case where we would like to treat the problem before it has a chance to get worse.

One of the common things that we will treat a young child is a bite problem. An overbite or an underbite is just going to get worse as he or she grows. That is why it is important to treat the bite problem while your child is still young.

A young child might still be a thumb sucker, which is not good for the teeth. Another habit many young children have is pushing their teeth with their tongues. These will both affect the way that the adult teeth will come in, and these habits need to stop. We can help.

We can also help with a protruding jaw, adult teeth that have not come in properly, crowding in the jaw, and other issues. These things will get worse as your child gets older.

Often orthodontics will take place in two steps. We will start to treat your child at a young age so that the problems do not get worse. When your child is a bit older, and all of the adult teeth are in, we will continue with the second step of the treatment.

Here at Robinson Orthodontics, we want to make sure that your child will have a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile. Call (541) 441-8288 to make an appointment. We know that you will have questions and that your child might be a little bit scared. We would like to answer your questions and show your child that there is nothing to be afraid of.

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