Thursday, March 24, 2011

Meet the Team: Dr. Robert N. Pickron

Dr. Robert N. Pickron CEO

Dr. Robert N. Pickron received his undergraduate education at the University of Florida and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Emory University School of Dentistry in 1964. After extensive training in orthodontics and facial growth at the University of Alabama, he received his certificate of orthodontic specialty in 1967.

Dr. Pickron has practiced orthodontics exclusively for 40 years and is CEO of Pickron Orthodontic Care, a practice with 23 offices and 10 associates. He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics in 1975. He is an active member of the Georgia Dental Association, the American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists.

Dr. Pickron recently lectured at Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia on Managing the Orthodontic Practice. He has served as Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts, a past member of the board of Big Brothers - Big Sisters of Atlanta and the Gwinnett Council on Child Abuse.

Born in Tampa, Florida in 1941, Dr. Pickron now resides in Duluth. He and his wife, Jade, have three children and three grandchildren. He enjoys traveling, snow boarding, kite surfing, fishing, golf and weight training.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Brushing With Braces


While the end result of orthodontic care is a more beautiful smile, you will notice that it is much harder to keep teeth clean while wearing braces. Because food compacts in the brackets and between the teeth, it is important to brush and floss. If plaque remains on the teeth for any length of time, it will leave a permanent white scar on the surface. So brushing after meals should become a regular part of your daily routine.

Use a soft toothbrush with firm pressure and brush at a 45-degree angle to the tooth. Brush in small circles above and below the brackets. Braces are good for your teeth, but hard on your toothbrush. It will wear out faster because of your appliances, so be sure to replace it whenever the bristles start to fray. A water pick can also be very helpful, but cannot remove the sticky plaque that adheres to teeth. We recommend Sonicare toothbrushes, which are very effective in removing food particles and plaque. And don’t forget to floss…every day!

Brush After Every Meal:

  • Use a toothbrush with a small amount of toothpaste.
  • Use circular, vibrating motions around the gumline for about 10 seconds on each tooth.
  • Brush every tooth slowly.
  • Brush the lower teeth up and the upper teeth down.
  • Also brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth.

Floss Nightly After Brushing to Remove the Plaque Brushing Misses:

  • Carefully pull waxed floss between wire and braces.
  • Floss carefully around the braces.
  • Floss carefully around the gum area.
  • Floss around each tooth.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Will getting braces hurt?

When your orthodontist recommends that you get braces as an adult, one thing that does not often come up – and a question that potential patients seem to avoid asking – is “will wearing braces hurt?”

What Braces Do

Braces are not only for crooked teeth, they can help to treat overbites, gaps between a person’s teeth, an overbite or overcrowding of the teeth and even certain breathing problems that are associated with jaw positioning. But no matter what the actual problem is, the fact remains that braces use technology that promote the restructuring of the bones (both teeth and jaw). Acting as a compressor, braces put continual pressure on a person’s teeth in order to correct the problem. Orthodontists routinely adjust and tighten the braces’ components in order to help achieve the desired results. In the process, teeth loosen and move and bones have to re-grow to support the tooth in its new location. Unfortunately, discomfort is a part of this process.

How Much Will It Hurt?

The good news is that most of the pain associated with braces is not the same as the pain that you receive in an injury. Having braces put on your teeth initially is not a process that many people are accustomed to, and while it can seem odd, the placing of the braces is generally not painful nor uncomfortable. The time when many patients experience discomfort is typically following adjustments.

Each time the orthodontist tightens or makes adjustments to your braces, your jaw and gums will feel discomfort for a few days as the gums and bones shift to allow the teeth into their new position, but the discomfort is not incapacitating. In fact, most orthodontic patients get used to it fairly quickly.

Then why do People Make Such a Fuss?

The stories of “pain” that are associated with wearing braces may have something to do with the fact that braces can have certain side effects on your mouth and gums. If you get hit in the mouth while wearing braces, some of the wires can cut into your gums. It can also be annoying if food particles get stuck under your braces and you can’t get them out with regular brushing. If, however, the patient pays attention to the directions given by the orthodontist for the care of their teeth while wearing braces the miscellaneous discomfort associated with the wearing of braces can be minimized, if not avoided altogether.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Pickron’s experts offer practical tips for growing your orthodontic practice in today’s tough economy

With today’s tough economy, many entrepreneurs face numerous challenges in maintaining business success. Owners of orthodontic practices are no exception. They are all looking for that competitive edge.

The newly formed Pickron Resource Group is there to lend its expertise. Composed of the executive team of Pickron Orthodontic Care, the largest privately owned orthodontic practice in the Southeast. Pickron Resource Group understands the need for continuous process and quality improvement to succeed in today’s business economy. The resource group, led by Dr. Robert Pickron, has more than 40 years experience in managing, marketing and growing an orthodontic practice.

The Pickron Resource Group is uniquely qualified to assist organizations in assessing business practices and enhancing clinical processes.

· Strategic planning for stability and growth and expansion

· Practice assessments and systems reviews

· Assessment of accounting and accounts receivable practices and policies

· Human resources, policy review and development and compensation evaluation

· Orthodontist recruitment

· One and two day STAR training programs

· Evaluation and assessment of Information Technology needs

“Every STAR (Systems That Assure Results) training program includes a body of information that will increase your know-how in specific areas in support of your orthodontic practice,” Dr. Pickron said. “You’ll learn from our team’s proven techniques and approaches as we guide you to success.”

Training programs are available in a classroom setting with other orthodontic professionals or solely for a practice’s team either at Pickron’s Resource Center or on site.

For more information visit Pickron Resource Group, or call 770-408-1122.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Welcome Pickron Orthodontics Blog

Welcome to the Pickron Orthodontics blog ! We've recently installed new ways to stay connected to our office- Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and our very own blog! Visit us by clicking the icons at the top right of our page.
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Dr. Pickron