Thursday, October 29, 2015

How (And Why) To Become A Fabulous Listener
Listening is a bit like intelligence—most everyone thinks they’re above average, even though that’s impossible.
And listening is a skill you want to be great at. A recent study conducted at George Washington University showed that listening can influence up to 40% of a leader’s job performance.
“The word listen contains the same letters as the word silent.” –Alfred Brendel
There’s so much talking happening at work that opportunities to listen well abound. We talk to provide feedback, explain instructions, and communicate deadlines. Beyond the spoken words, there’s invaluable information to be deciphered through tone of voice, body language, and what isn’t said.
In other words, failing to keep your ears (and eyes) open could leave you out of the game.
Most people believe that their listening skills are where they need to be, even though they aren’t. A study at Wright State University surveyed more than 8,000 people from different verticals, and almost all rated themselves as listening as well as or better than their co-workers. We know intuitively that many of them are wrong.
Effective listening is something that can absolutely be learned and mastered. Even if you find attentive listening difficult and, in certain situations, boring or unpleasant, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. You just have to know what to work on. The straightforward strategies that follow will get you there.
Focus. The biggest mistake most people make when it comes to listening is they’re so focused on what they’re going to say next or how what the other person is saying is going to affect them that they fail to hear what’s being said. The words come through loud and clear, but the meaning is lost. Focusing may seem like a simple suggestion, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. Your thoughts can be incredibly distracting.
Put away your phone. It’s impossible to listen well and monitor your phone at the same time. Nothing turns people off like a mid-conversation text message or even a quick glance at your phone. When you commit to a conversation, focus all your energy on the conversation. You will find that conversations are more enjoyable and effective when you immerse yourself in them.
Ask good questions. People like to know you’re listening, and something as simple as a clarification question shows not only that you are listening but that you also care about what they’re saying. You’ll be surprised how much respect and appreciation you gain just by asking good questions. In addition to verifying what you’ve heard, you should ask questions that seek more information. Examples of probing questions are “What happened next?” and “Why did he say that?” The key is to make certain that your questions really do add to your understanding of the speaker's words, rather than deflecting the conversation to a different topic.
Practice reflective listening. Psychologist Carl Rogers used the term “reflective listening” to describe the listening strategy of paraphrasing the meaning of what’s being said in order to make certain you’ve interpreted the speaker’s words correctly. By doing this, you give the speaker the opportunity to clarify what she meant to say. When you practice reflective listening, don’t simply repeat the speaker’s words to her. Use your own words to show that you’ve absorbed the information.
Use positive body language. Becoming cognizant of your gestures, expressions, and tone of voice (and making certain they’re positive) will draw people to you like ants to a picnic. Using an enthusiastic tone, uncrossing your arms, maintaining eye contact, and leaning towards the speaker are all forms of positive body language employed by great listeners. Positive body language can make all the difference in a conversation.
Don’t pass judgment. If you want to be a good listener, you must be open-minded. Being open-minded makes you approachable and interesting to others. No one wants to have a conversation with someone who has already formed an opinion and is not willing to listen. Having an open mind is crucial in the workplace, where approachability means access to new ideas and help. To eliminate preconceived notions and judgment, you need to see the world through other people’s eyes. This doesn’t require that you believe what they believe or condone their behavior; it simply means that you quit passing judgment long enough to truly understand what they are saying.
Keep your mouth shut. If you’re not checking for understanding or asking a probing question, you shouldn’t be talking. Not only does thinking about what you’re going to say next take your attention away from the speaker, hijacking the conversation shows that you think you have something more important to say. This means that you shouldn’t jump in with solutions to the speaker’s problems. It’s human nature to want to help people, especially when it’s someone you care about, but what a lot of us don’t realize is that when we jump in with advice or a solution, we’re shutting the other person down. It’s essentially a more socially acceptable way of saying, “Okay, I’ve got it. You can stop now!” The effect is the same.
Bringing It All Together
Life is busy, and it seems to whirl by faster every day. We all try to do a million things at once, and sometimes it works out. But active, effective listening isn’t something you can do on the fly. It requires a conscious effort.

 –Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Dr. Travis Bradberry

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Hood River Office

     Stevenson Orthodontics will be seeing patients in Hood River soon in our new satellite practice. We are excited for this new adventure.  We are waiting for permit approval and then construction will begin.  We hope to be in the new office by December 2015. 
     The office interior space was designed by Dean Design Studio who also did the remodel of our Gresham office.  The office features a design influenced by the wind surfing and wine industry of Hood River.  The following are renderings of our new space.

  




Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Stevenson Orthodontics is Coming to Hood River

We are pleased to announce the expansion of Stevenson Orthodontics into the Heights area of Hood River.  This will offer greater opportunity to be of service to residents of Hood River, White Salmon, The Dalles, and other Gorge communities.

Our new office will be located at:  

1625 Woods Court
Hood River, Oregon


We are moving into a newly built medical building one block east of Walgreen's and Dutch Brothers off Pacific Avenue.  Our target completion date is Late 2015 at which time we will start seeing patients in the new office.

We are excited for this expansion in our efforts to better serve you and your family closer to home. Because we will not be occupying the new office until later this year due to the construction, we will still be seeing patients in the Gresham office.

We hope that it will now be easier for you to refer your friends and family to our office.  Since summer is the busy time for young people to start their treatment prior to the start of school in the fall, we will still schedule the consultation and appliance placement in the Gresham office.

To help your referred friends prior to our locating in Hood River, we will be offering gas cards to help with their travel expenses to the Gresham office for their complimentary examinations and the placement of the braces or Invisalign aligners.  We will also offer you a gas card for having referred someone to our office!

Thank you for your loyalty to our Gresham practice these past several years!  We look forward to serving you in Hood River.


                                                         

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Frame Your Smile with Stevenson Orthodontics and Smile Esthetics





As any beautiful piece of art is enhanced by its frame, so is the Smile enhanced by the surrounding frame of the facial structures.  Smile Esthetics looks at the "total" package of the Smile---teeth, gum tissue, lips, muscle pull, drape of the skin, and bony structures of the upper and lower jaw bones including the cheek bones.

Once the teeth esthetics is complete with orthodontic treatment and, if needed, any cosmetic dentistry, one needs to start looking at the "frame" surrounding the beautiful teeth.

Our practice is involved with helping "frame" the smile and working with the peri-oral tissues to enhance the Smile.  We offer treatments that include gum tissue lasering, dermal fillers, and Botox injections in helping these peri-oral tissues "frame" the smile.

Laser Treatment of the Gum Tissue

Sometimes our gum tissue height is not symmetrical and as we smile or we might have excessive gum tissue in an area that does not quite look right.  A diode laser is used to "trim" the gum tissues to
even out their heights creating a  more confident smile.

Botox Injections

Botox injections are also used to help reduce a "gummy" smile where the muscle pull of the upper lip is too strong causing too much display of gum tissue.  By injecting Botox into specific muscles, these muscles do not pull as strong limiting the amount of gum tissue showing while smiling.

Botox injections are also used to even out asymmetric or uneven muscular pull that may cause the smile to look "crooked."

The aging process can have an effect of creating a "down-turning" of the corners of the mouth. Injecting into specific peri-oral depressor muscles will help decrease the aging look of a permanent frown.

Dermal Fillers:

Dermal fillers are used in the peri-oral tissues where the aging process has created a loss of fat pads that help keep the peri-oral skin elevated.  We know that as we age the length of the upper lip increases and the loss of fat pads in the cheek areas causes a "droopiness."  This droopiness hides the smile and does not allow a more youthful display of the teeth.  Adding dermal filler to these areas can help keep the frame of the smile elevated.

Dermal fillers in the lips can help reduce the gum tissue display as well as help create a more youthful "frame" around the teeth.

As a member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, Dr. Stevenson has acquired over 30 hours of continuing education with hands-on experience to help our patients show off their Smile the best way possible!  Feel free to call for a complimentary Smile Esthetics consultation!








Thursday, February 26, 2015

SPEED YOUR ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT!

       Dr. Stevenson is pleased to offer his patients AcceleDent which is a medical device used for accelerating tooth movement.  It is a device that is held in the mouth for twenty minutes a day.  It creates a calming stimulation by the use of vibration.  This stimulation aids in bone remodeling.  Bone remodeling is how teeth move through bone.
      Vibration of the bone has been studied since the mid-1980’s to heal bone fractures and to treat osteoporosis.  This procedure has been used to increase the rate of fracture healing and bone density in long  bones.  Now it is available for orthodontic use.
     AcceleDent builds on the clinical benefits of vibration and applies SoftPulse Technology to help safely speed the rate of tooth movement. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Adults and Braces

 


 Why are more adults getting braces?


As braces have become less bulky and visible in recent years, more and more adults are wearing them, for a variety of reasons. Some adults want to correct problems with their teeth or jaws before they cause serious or further damage. Others want to feel better about their appearance by addressing longstanding cosmetic concerns. Keep in mind that even "cosmetic" problems can cause real damage over time. Teeth and jaws that are not aligned properly can lead to premature wear and tear, advanced tooth decay and gum disease, dentures or other reconstructive solutions and even more extensive surgery to correct serious problems.*
New techniques and the advent of clear braces means that adults are increasingly turning to braces to correct the following:
  • Gaps between teeth (spacing)
  • Teeth that push against one another (crowding)
  • Crooked teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
How do I know if adult braces are right for me?
If you think you might benefit from braces, feel free to call Dr. Stevenson,  an orthodontist specially trained to fix problems with teeth that are not aligned properly. No referral is necessary and the consultation is complementary. Dr. Stevenson will take photos of your teeth and one x-ray to see the underlying bone structure. From the photos and x-ray Dr. Stevenson will determine your needs.  Based on what he finds, a treatment plan will be recommended. Dr. Stevenson will let you know if you may be a candidate for Invisalign as well.    
*Colgate Health Resource Center

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

10 Things Parents Need to Know About Invisalign Teen

1.  WHAT IS INVISALIGN TEEN?
Invisalign Teen is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teens teeth without the restrictions that come with metal braces. Rather than wires
and brackets, Invisalign® uses a series of clear, removable aligners that have been custom-made for your teens teeth. Your teen simply wears them over their teeth and changes them out for a new
set of aligners every two weeks. Little by little, your teens teeth gradually shift into place, achieving
that confident smile.

2. IS INVISALIGN AS EFFECTIVE AS TRADITIONAL BRACES?
Yes. When worn according to the recommendations of an experienced Invisalign-trained orthodontist, Invisalign Teen can be as effective as traditional braces for the most common teeth-straightening issues. Invisalign can effectively treat mild to severe cases, including underbite, overbite, overcrowding and gaps between teeth. The chances are verhigh your teen will be a great candidate for Invisalign. 

3. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PRACTICAL ADVANTAGES OF INVISALIGN TEEN OVER TRADITIONAL BRACES?
If youve had braces yourself, you already know the issues associated with metal wires and brackets. With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, so your teen can play sports without the worry of beinhit in the mouth by a ball, which can cause real damage in braces. They can also continue playing musical instruments properly, without braces getting in the way. With braces, there is a long list of foods your teen shouldnt eat, from popcorn to apples and raw carrots. With Invisalign, there are no such restrictions. The removable aligners make it easy to brush and floss normally to maintain proper oral hygiene.

4. ARE THERE ANY EMOTIONAL CONCERNS TO CONSIDER? 
Research¹ showthat moms underestimate the extent to which teens feel self-conscious about crooked teeth, and usinbraces as a solution can oftemake this lack of confidence even worse. But with Invisalign Teen, no one needs to know your teen is straightening their teeth, removing a potential source of real anxiety for them and giving them the confidence to be themselves in front of everyone.

5. WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR INVISALIGN TEEN?
Invisalign can be used for teens who have erupting or erupted permanent dentitionthis includes most teenagers.

6. HOW LONG DOES INVISALIGN TEEN TREATMENT TAKE?
The average treatment time is about the same as with traditional braces, but the actual length of your teens treatment depends on the severity of their condition and can only be determined by Dr. Stevenson.

7.  HOW MUCH DOES INVISALIGN COST? 
Invisalign Teen costs about the same as traditional braces.  Also, check your dental insurance plan--orthodontic treatment with Invisalign Teen is covered by many dental insurance policies.  We offer interest free, financial plans, eliminating the need for any lump-sum payment.

8.  DOES MY TEEN HAVE TO WEAR INVISALIGN ALL THE TIME?  
Invisalign Teen is most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day and changed every two weeks.  Clinical study data show that teens wear their aligners on average for just under 21 hours per day, exactly as recommended.  Plus, Invisalign Teen has a built-in assurance check; each aligner has blue indicators that fade over time when used as directed, so the orthodontist can track compliance. 

9. WHAT HAPPENS IF AN ALIGNER GETS LOST?
Not to worry--Invisalign Teen offers six replacement aligners for free!  In the event that an aligner is lost, you should inform our office right away.

10.  HOW MUCH TIME WILL BE SPENT VISITING THE ORTHODONTIST?
Invisalign Teen often requires less time with your orthodontist than traditional braces do.  There are no adjustments to make, no broken wires to fix.  After the initial appointment, follow-up appointments are usually scheduled for every 8 to 10 weeks.





Parents, Learn More About Invisalign Teen. http://www.invisalign.com/braces-for-adults-and- teens/parents


¹Source: Hall & Partners Quant Survey, April 2008

²November 2010 Invisalign Patient Survey. See Invisalign.com. Costs can vary by geography and complexity of treatment plan.

³Source: oralb.com/embraceit/how-much-do-braces-cost

4Source: Effectiveness of a Compliance Indicator for Clear Aligners by Orhan C. Tuncay DMD, S. Jay Bowman DMD, Jonathan L. Nicozisis DM