SMILE…It’s Kadar Orthodontics: Celebrating 20 Years of Awesome Smiles
A smile is said to be a person’s best accessory. The Academy of General Dentistry reports that 40 percent of people say a smile is the first thing noticed by others. An amazing smile can do wonders for a person’s self-esteem, especially for teenagers going through that awkward stage of life. For Dr. Thomas Kadar, owner of Kadar Orthodontics in Sewell, his childhood experience with crooked teeth inspired him to become an orthodontist. Kadar explains, “My goal is to make our patients’ orthodontic experience as efficient and comfortable as possible.”
Kadar has dedicated his life to being the best in his field. In 1990, he began practicing dentistry after graduation from Georgetown University with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. He earned his Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) at Temple University by specializing in orthodontics for two additional years. He is a board-certified orthodontist and a preferred provider for both the Damon System and Invisalign/InvisalignTeen.
“There are many different philosophies in the dental community about the best age to start braces,” says Kadar. “There is no limitation on the upper age, as long as your teeth are healthy. Our oldest patient to date was 91 when they started treatment. On the younger side of the spectrum, it is recommended that the initial orthodontic visit be done at age 7 so we can check for anything unusual like crowding, spacing, overbite or underbite.” Kadar prefers to monitor these things until just the right time for each patient to begin treatment. “Our goal is for our patients to have a beautiful smile with a healthy bite in the least amount of time.” Typical treatment time for Kadar patients is only 14-18 months.
“Many people have misconceptions about orthodontists,” says Kadar. “Getting braces doesn’t hurt. We don’t use needles for anything we do. In addition, the technology of orthodontics has changed dramatically since we were kids.” He points out that gone are the days of suffering through those icky, gag-inducing impressions of teeth. Now, OrthoCAD scanning technology (pictured above) allows Kadar Orthodontics to create a digital 3-D model of a patient’s teeth, which also means the records can be stored electronically.
Technology has also evolved to make wearing braces more comfortable, efficient and discreet. Kadar is a certified Damon System orthodontist and he uses this system to eliminate the need for elastic ties (the colored ties you see on traditional braces), so there’s less friction and pressure. In addition, the use of special “memory” wires results in fewer adjustments and fewer appointments throughout the year. “By using gentler, more biologically sensible forces, the Damon System assures improved tooth position and better facial harmony,” Kadar says.
Some patients—especially teens and adults who are concerned about the aesthetics of braces—are ideal candidates for Invisalign, a series of clear, custom-molded plastic aligners that gently and gradually move your teeth into the correct position. The aligners are comfortable, removable and virtually undetectable. According to Kadar, “Invisalign offers straight teeth without anyone knowing you’re being treated.”
To motivate patients even more, Kadar encourages participation in the Kadar Kash Klub Rewards program. Kadar notes, “this allows patients to earn points for everyday things like good oral hygiene, being on time for appointments, referring friends and family, as well as ‘liking’ us on Facebook or following us on Twitter.” Points can then be redeemed for awards and prizes.
Kadar Orthodontics strives to maintain a friendly environment that puts patients and their parents at ease. From the very first visit, parents are included in the whole evaluation process. “We discuss all options and costs and do not move forward until parents are comfortable. We encourage parents to sit near their child during visits so they can understand the treatment progression.” The Kadar team knows how valuable a patient’s time is and works diligently to keep the appointment schedule on track. “One of my pet peeves is waiting around for appointments in other doctor’s offices,” says Kadar. “It makes people frustrated to wait. So, we strive to run efficiently so we’ll be on time. And, we all do our part to make appointments fun and enjoyable.”
“Our newest team member, Dr. Fayth Johnston, has really brought a fresh perspective to our office,” says Kadar. “She has a great personality and shares my philosophy. It’s nice to have her viewpoint on our cases. Our clinical coordinators are licensed, certified and registered dental assistants. All Kadar team members are annually trained in CPR and OSHA and each one reflects the enthusiasm, attention to detail and caring concern patients appreciate.”
After more than 20 years of practice, Kadar attributes his success to his patients and their families. To say “Thank you,” Kadar Orthodontics sponsors sports teams and performing arts programs, and offers college scholarships. Kadar Orthodontics also participates in family-oriented charities such as Mothers Matter, Robins’ Nest and Smiles Change Lives.
For Kadar, nothing compares to the moment when a patient first sees their new smile after their braces are removed. “When they look in the mirror and say, ‘Wow!’ … that makes my day,” says Kadar. “It’s really why I come to work every day.”
485 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road, Sewell
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Published (and copyrighted) in the Art of Living Well pull-out section of Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 12 (February, 2013).
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