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The 3 Keys to Total Smile Creation & Management at OSL

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By Dr. Stephanie Steckel

1.  We Know The Value Of A Good First Impression

At OSL, we know our patients! Our patients are seen on time for their scheduled appointment, and 98% complete their treatment on time or early.

We spend the time to do a complete orthodontic evaluation, and cosmetic treatment planning up front.

Dr. Steckel customizes each plan, and gives regular progress updates to patients and their guardians.

Everybody wants a red carpet smile!

2.  We Know The Evidence:

According to the research studies in “Evidence-Based Orthodontics,”* some malocclusions or “bad bites” are best treated early (ages 7-9 years) and some are best treated later (ages 11-13 years). Oral habits such as thumb-sucking are best stopped early before they permanently alter the teeth position, and a habitguard appliance can help. Retainers are important to maintain the results after treatment. At OSL, Dr. Steckel customizes your retainers to your longterm needs. Studies show that patients are most satisfied with overjet/overbite improvements, straighter teeth, comfortable appliances, and appointments that fit their schedule.

* “Evidence-Based Orthodontics” (Ref: Huang, Richmond, Vig 2011, Wiley-Blackwell) 

3.  We Know The Best Time To Start 

For 7-10 year old patients – appearance concerns? Ask Dr. Steckel about combining phases of treatment to save time and money.

Tweens and teens – are all the teeth present? Impactions? Ask Dr. Steckel about reducing the risk of canine impactions by 80%.

Adults – never had treatment OR had treatment and want to re-create a smile they’ve always wanted.

For everybody – periodontal status? Oral hygiene status? Clenching/grinding? Oral habits? Oral piercings? Time commitments?

Drs. Steckel, Rafetto and Fiss and Team ARO-OSL are here to serve your orthodontic smile needs in New Castle and Kent County, Delaware. We are experienced traditional braces, early treatment and Teen and Adult Invisalign providers.

Dr. Stephanie Steckel is a diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics, and started her Dover orthodontic practice in 1995. She is a graduate of UCLA School of Dentistry, and she completed her postdoctoral specialty education at the Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta, Georgia. At Orthodontics on Silver Lake (OSL) in Dover, she and her OSL team provide excellent orthodontic experiences and results for her patients. The science behind orthodontic treatment continues to evolve, in many cases resulting in greater comfort and predictability for our patients. Dr. Steckel’s experience as a general dentist prior to specializing means more coordinated care with your family dentist. Our OSL team is also proud to support the local community in numerous educational, sports and volunteer activities.


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We are excited to announce OSL is now a part of Alpine and Rafetto Orthodontics (ARO)! These amazing doctors are working together to create healthy bites and beautiful lasting smiles. Our patients will continue to see Dr. Steckel along with Dr. Rafetto and Dr. Fiss at our Silver Lake location. The ARO Team now has 3 practices in 3 locations to provide more access and coverage. We are confident you’ll enjoy meeting Dr. Rafetto and Dr. Fiss. #OSLsmiles #ARO

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