An architect of smiles, John A. Benkovich, III, DDS, MS of Chester’s Benkovich Orthodontics loves nothing more than to unveil beautiful, functional smiles for his patients.
“What that does immediately for the patients is just phenomenal,” he says. “They are so gratified when looking in the mirror for the first time with an ear-to-ear grin.”
Dr. Benkovich says working with younger patients is especially rewarding. “When you’ve been working over the last few years, watching them blossom through their normal growth process and you get to be part of unveiling that beautiful smile,” he says, “that’s the wind that really fills your sails.”
Orthodontic treatment not only serves aesthetic purposes but also improves the patient’s bite thus reducing the chance of tooth wear, gum recession and jaw joint problems. While adults make up about 35 percent of Dr. Benkovich’s practice, the remaining patients are youths.
For that reason, he and his staff strive to create a fun, kid-friendly office atmosphere from providing games in the waiting room for patients and siblings, to holding fun contests such as an annual postcard contest awarding prizes for the most postcards turned in by one patient. “In this way, we get to participate in what our families are doing out of the office,” he explains.
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children be seen by an orthodontist by age 7. Typically, the initial exam, including a diagnostic x-ray, confirms that it is safe to wait on any possible orthodontic treatment. While Dr. Benkovich says he prefers to wait until ages 11 through 13, there are times when it might be prudent to commence early treatment such as if teeth are impacted. That’s when early detection is crucial.
According to Dr. Benkovich, new research has shown that many times, early treatments can be delayed while still producing the same aesthetical and functional outcome. “The real expertise is being able to select who can wait and who cannot,” says Dr. Benkovich. “We have an excellent track record in making those determinations.”
Research also indicates delaying treatment can shorten its duration. “If you don’t have to spend an extra three years in the orthodontist office, wouldn’t you like to know?” he asks.
Additionally, improvements to appliances such as smaller brackets and Invisalign have minimized the appearance and discomfort of braces. To keep up with the ever-changing field of orthodontics, Dr. Benkovich and his staff complete two to three times more than the continued education requirements set by the Maryland State Dental Association.
Dr. Benkovich’s interest in orthodontics goes back to the age of 15 when he was an orthodontic patient himself. Throughout his years of education including earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University, graduating from the University of Maryland Dental School, and his orthodontic residency at the University of Louisville, nothing deterred him from pursuing that field. He even conducted original research for which he earned a Master’s degree in Oral Biology.
Not only does Dr. Benkovich utilize state-of-the-art equipment in the office, he also uses all methods of media to aid with communicating with and educating his patients including email newsletters, Facebook, Twitter, etc. “You definitely need cooperative, educated patients for success,” says Dr. Benkovich, “and it’s a team process – the patients, myself and the staff.”
For more information about Benkovich Orthodontics, visit www.drbenkovich.com, or call 410-643-4499 to schedule a complete complimentary clinical exam.