June 19th, 2012
True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can't take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment with our office.
You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you get in to see us…
The following solutions may help you relieve your discomfort:
Poking Wire: Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.
Loose Bracket or Band: If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out entirely, wrap the bracket with a tissue.
Loose Wire: Using a tweezers, try to place your wire back into place. If doing this and using wax does not help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If your discomfort cont
November 15th, 2011
It’s fall here at Hilgers Orthodontics, a time when all across the country, the leaves begin to change colors and the air becomes crisp.
Today we wanted to ask you, our wonderful patients, "How are you spending your time this fall?" Our team would love to hear about your favorite places for eating, shopping, and entertainment within the Goodyear area. We are interested in learning about what makes your community “yours.”
Feel free to post your responses on our Facebook page, or give us a call!
April 29th, 2011
Did you know that back in 2002, Tom Cruise had braces? During this time, he was 40 years old and filmed Minority Report, Austin Powers in Goldmember and the Last Samurai. Check out his smile in Jerry Maguire, Rain Man or The Firm and compare to the post-braces Tom Cruise in Valkyrie or Tropic Thunder. The fact is, movie stars need to look their best for the silver screen, and it wouldn't be possible without orthodontists like Dr. Hilgers.
In fact, lots of Hollywood stars have had orthodontic treatment. Check out this slideshow of famous faces with braces. If you’ve thought about getting the permafect smile you’ve always wanted, please give Hilgers Orthodontics a call.
December 23rd, 2009
Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have put together a helpful list that outlines when you should call Dr. Hilgers. Here are some early warning signs indicating it’s time to check in with us:
1. Early or late loss of baby teeth
2. Difficulty of chewing or biting
3. Mouth breathing
4. Finger sucking or other oral habits
5. Crowding, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
6. Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or retrude
7. Speech difficulty
8. Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
9. Protruding teeth
10. Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
11. Facial imbalance or asymmetry
12. Grinding or clenching of teeth
Do any of these warning signs fit you? If so, give us a call as soon as possible!
Hope this helps,
August 7th, 2009
Its summer here at Hilgers Orthodontics, a season full of vacations, adventures and great memories. Whether you are headed to a barbeque, a camping trip, or just having fun in the sun, we want to hear about it! Leave a comment on our blog and tell us about your summer!
-From Hilgers Orthodontics
July 8th, 2009
Dr. Hilgers is known as a trusted, friendly, and experienced orthodontist serving the Goodyear, Arizona area. Take a look at what patients have said about him!
The staff at the office is outstanding. Dr. Hilgers along with his staff seem to genuinely care about their patients. So far, our experience with everyone involved has gone above and beyond our expectations. ~ Jennifer T.
I was very pleased with the office staff, and with Dr. Hilgers. I am new to the area and it was a pleasant and extremely friendly experience. ~ Bonnie K.
The whole visit is made to feel comfortable and easy. The staff is and Dr. Hilgers are all easy to talk to and make my child feel at ease. ~ Stacey W.
I love the sincere care given by Dr. Hilgers and the entire staff. It's like visiting family every time I am there. The service, technology and results are awesome, not to mention it being a fun experience. Thank you! ~ Catherine M.
June 15th, 2009
At Hilgers Orthodontics, we are committed to providing the most up-to-date orthodontic treatments for our Goodyear patients. That is one reason that we were featured in the May issue of the Doctor of Dentistry Magazine.
The orthodontic and dental fields constantly make great advances. It takes an expert like Dr. Hilgers to be able to stay on top of the latest discoveries and determine how to best apply them. One way that we accomplish such a great feat is through digital technology. Not only do digital x-rays provide a low dose of radiation and are better for the environment, but Dr. Hilgers gains instant access to their results. With High-Def televisions throughout the office, clear and concise pictures of your orthodontic process are readily available. If your treatment requires lab work, we have an adjoining full-service lab attached to our practice. Knowing how important and unique this is, we provide our lab services to other dental professionals in the community.
We offer a host of products ranging from Damon System braces, to Clarity, Micro Twin, and Invisalign. Because Dr. Hilgers does not contract with any of these providers, his only vested interest is to find the best treatment plan to fit your individual needs.
As if this weren't enough, state-of-the-art patient management systems provide text message or email appointment reminders, and a custom dashboard for patients to watch their progress.
We would love to show you the great things our practice has to offer, so stop by today and see for yourself why Hilgers Orthodontics is a great place to be.
June 7th, 2009
Dr. Hilgers was featured on the cover of Doctor of Dentistry magazine! The magazine featured Hilgers Orthodontics because of our unique approach to orthodontics combining a proven record of excellence with a fun and enthusiastic environment. Because the article isn't available online, we want to share with you some of the more exciting points covered!
The thing that first stands out about Hilgers Orthodontics, is our Mardi Gras-themed office. The waiting room and hallways are adorned with Mardi Gras colors and decorations. We even have a Mardi Gras token program. We give out tokens for good oral hygiene and making it to your appointments on time. You can exchange your tokens for gift certificates or save them up for an ipod!
When it is time for your braces to come off, we throw you a party! Everyone in the office participates in balloons, music, dancing, clapping, and celebrating your accomplishment!
We want you to enjoy coming to our office, so we have a full-sized free arcade! Anyone can play! The arcade includes two x-boxes and 8 arcade games. This is especially great for parents or siblings hanging out while we look at your teeth. If you are not into the gaming mood, we offer a range of Blu-Ray movies on our HDTV. Plus, we have free wi-fi! Can it get any better than this?
Stay tuned next week to hear more about what makes Hilgers Orthodontics the best around. If you want to read the full article from the Doctor of Dentistry magazine, stop by our office.
May 15th, 2009
Hilgers Orthodontics wants to know, where does all that soda pop go?
On average, the typical person consumes over 50 gallons of soda pop per year! The amount of acid and sugar found in a can of soda can cause serious tooth decay and lead to cavities, gum disease, and even tooth loss!
We at Hilgers Orthodontics know that you don’t want to lose your teeth, so take the soda pop quiz, presented by the Minnesota Dental Association, and learn more about how to keep your smile healthy.
It’s a fun interactive quiz, so enjoy! From Hilgers Orthodontics.
May 8th, 2009
At Hilgers Orthodontics, we do everything we can to make sure you receive superior orthodontic treatment and enjoy the journey towards earning your new smile.
Every time you come and see us, you have a chance to earn tokens. When you are done with your appointment the assistant will give you a slip of paper that has the tokens you earned. You can earn five tokens if you have maintained your appliances and your brushing earns an A! You can't earn partial credit, so make sure you brush well in between your Hilgers Orthodontics appointments.
If you receive tokens for the visit, bring the slip up to the front desk when making your next appointment. The front desk will give you the tokens for that day.
You can cash them in that day, or save them for next time!
When cashing in your tokens please make sure you look at the new updated token list. There are many new items on it!
Good luck and happy brushing from Hilgers Orthodontics.
April 30th, 2009
At Hilgers Orthodontics, we have an exciting new contest going on!
Come to our office and look at the board of International Landmarks. Name them all and enter your name in a drawing for an exciting prize!
Come to our office for more information!
Good Luck from Hilgers Orthodontics!