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What should I ask during my orthodontic consultation?

February 28th, 2018

If you have been thinking about undergoing orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth or correct jaw alignment, the first step is scheduling a FREE Orthodontic Consultation or doing a FREE Virtual Consultation at ‘Smile Solutions’. During the consultation we will actively listen to your concerns and address all of your questions, as well as discuss a treatment options that would best suit you or your child’s situation.

Here are the top five questions that most patients want answered during their initial orthodontic consultation:

  • Can I benefit from orthodontic treatment, and if so, how long will it take?
  • How frequently will my appointments be scheduled?
  • Can I expect any discomfort when getting braces? (Ask Dr. Mark Eckler, Dr. Shane Black or Dr. Derek Leung about the ways we address this).
  • Will I need to have teeth extracted, headgear, expansion appliance, etc.?
  • How much will it cost and what payment options do you offer?

Visit our website www.smilenow.com for more answers to your questions prior to your initial consultation. Dr. Gordon Eckler, Dr. Mark Eckler and Dr. Shane Black and our team at Smile Solutions are happy to answer all your questions and concerns, and are excited to explain all aspects of your treatment plan, as well as the expected outcome. We believe your orthodontic experience should be comfortable, hassle-free, and most importantly, leave you with the smile you’ve always wanted.

“Dentists, Orthodontists … What’s the Difference?”

January 29th, 2018

Dentists, Orthodontists, they’re all the same right?” We hear our patients asking this question as they wonder about the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist. Before becoming an orthodontist Drs. Mark Eckler, Shane Black and Derek Leung completed dental school and earned a dental degree, just like your dentist.

After dental school however, Drs. Eckler, Black & Leung decided they wanted to specialize in orthodontics. So they stayed in school for a few more years and became experts in orthodontics, which focuses on tooth and jaw alignment and bite problems like overbites and under bites.  It took each of them 10 years of university to be Orthodontic Specialists but more importantly Drs. Eckler, Black & Leung have treated over 25,000 patients.

Isn’t it nice to know there are orthodontic experts here at Drs. Eckler, Black & Leung Orthodontists and the ‘Smile Solutions’ Orthodontic Team to help you through any type of treatment your teeth, jaw and gums might need?


Season’s Greetings from Drs. Eckler and Black Orthodontists!

December 10th, 2017


In this season given to tidings of comfort and joy, and as our team at Drs. Eckler and Black Orthodontists reflect on the year that was, we’d like to ask you, our wonderful patients: What do you love about the holidays this year? Being with your loved ones? A clean slate for 2012? Opening presents by the fireplace? All the delicious food? Also, what gift are you most looking forward to getting this year?

We’d love if you shared with us all the things you love about the holidays. Stay warm, and don’t forget to stay away from those sweets!

Happy Holidays from Drs. Eckler & Black and all of us at Drs. Eckler and Black Orthodontists!

Are you wearing your mouthguard?

November 10th, 2017

With fall sports close to wrapping up and winter sports right around the corner, many patients here at Dr. Eckler & Black Orthodontists will once again pick up the ball, bring the cleats out of seasonal retirement and hit the fields for the return of sports action! During this time, however, Drs. Eckler and Black and our team urge our young athletes to play it safe when out on the field. Here are a few ways to ensure your mouth’s safety this fall and winter, courtesy of our friends at the Canadian Association of Orthodontists:

1. Wear mouth guards for contact sports such as basketball, wrestling and hockey
2. Wear a helmet
3. Wear protective eyewear
4. Wear a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin
5. Be alert, even as a spectator

We hope that helps. Drs. Eckler and Black will both tell you protective gear is vital for anyone engaging in tooth or mouth-threatening activities. If you have any further questions about any of these tips, please contact our office or ask us on Facebook. Stay safe!

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