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What is going on at Showtime Orthodontic Arts in November

November 13th, 2015

This will be the first lighting of the doves for Showtime Orthodontic Arts of The Woodlands Texas

Many of our patients have recommended for us to attend Lighting of the Doves. We have looked into it and have decided that we are going to be there! If you have never been it is a great opening to the holidays in The Woodlands.

Here is a little information about the event

The 33rd Annual Lighting of the Doves (LOD) & 9th Annual International Winter On The Waterway (iWOW) Festival 2015 is a great way for the whole family to get in the Christmas spirit with an exciting day of festivities including live music and entertainment, vendor and exhibitor booths, children's games and activities, awesome giveaways, snow play areas, snow slide, delicious international foods, balloon artist, inflatables, mesmerizing fireworks show, strolling entertainers, Santa's special arrival in his decorated sleigh on The Woodlands Waterway, and so much more!
The 9th Annual International Winter On The Waterway (iWOW) Festival 2015 will celebrate the cultural diversity within The Woodlands community with festive and interactive booths, featuring the different holiday traditions throughout the world. Guests will enjoy authentic, international foods, arts and crafts, music, entertainment, and don't forget to visit the iWOW World of Holiday Trees.
Admission is free and open to the public. Stop by Town Green Park on Saturday, November 21 between 3:00 and 9:00 p.m. for the popular Lighting of the Doves and iWOW Festival to celebrate the holidays!
We hope to see you there!

Trick or Treat Trail Here We Come!

October 3rd, 2015

We had so much fun, we decided to do it again! Last year we met so many great people in our community, that we decided to do it again!! If you are looking for something fun and free to do on Sunday, October 25th, come check out the Trick or Treat Trail produced by The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau at The Town Park along The Woodlands Waterway. Come on down, dress up and check out our super cool booth! This is a great way for kids to have fun and participate in safe Trick or Treating. Make sure you bring your camera because there are photo opportunities around every corner. Of course our Showtime Orthodontic Arts team will be in full costume. We can’t wait to see you!

The top ten questions to ask your Orthodontist, to make sure they are board certified like Dr. Jeff Shao of Showtime Orthodontic Arts of The Woodlands TX.

September 11th, 2015

Becoming a board certified Orthodontist is not mandatory, it is a decision that a orthodontist makes on a voluntary basis. Dr. Jeff Shao is fully committed to his patients and understands the importance of providing his patients with the highest level of care.

What it takes to become board certified orthodontist

A board certified orthodontist is an orthodontist who has voluntarily gone through hundreds of additional hours of preparation to demonstrate their judgment, skills and knowledge required for providing the highest level of patient care.   They have achieved board certification through the American Board of Orthodontics, the only orthodontic specialty board recognized by the American Dental Association and in affiliation with the American Association of Orthodontists.

What to Ask Before You Choose Your Orthodontist

Top Ten Questions:
Finding the right orthodontist is a big decision. Knowing the right questions to ask will help you make a well informed decision.

1.  From which accredited Dental School did you graduate and where did you complete your Orthodontic Residency Program?

2.  Do you only perform orthodontic treatment, or do you also offer general dentistry services such as root canals, cavity filings and extractions?

3.  Do you follow a specific Standard of Care as outlined in the American Association of Orthodontists Clinical Practice Guidelines when developing treatment plans/options? Please explain that process.

4.  What is the scope of the proposed treatment plan and possible consequences if we do not choose to move forward with one of these options now?

5.  Do you personally do all of the work on your patients (bend the wires, attach brackets, etc.) or will some of the work be completed by other associates? If so, what is their level of expertise?

6.  What are the practice office hours?

7.  How are treatment costs determined and what billing options will be made available to me? What insurance plans to you accept?

8.  What should be expected as far as post-treatment follow up?

9.  Do you provide patient references?

10.  Are you board certified by The American Board of Orthodontics?

Verify the Certification of a member of ABO at the address below

Orthodontist vs. General Dentist

July 26th, 2015

We have come to realize that there are a lot of misunderstandings about the difference between a General Dentist and an Orthodontist. Unfortunately there are many general dentists out there that will say that they specialize in Orthodontics. To put it simply, it’s education and experience. All orthodontist complete the same education as a general dentist, attending a 3 to 4 year dental school.

After graduation the dentists may apply to an American Dental Association approved, university-affiliated program. Over 400 dentists apply and less then 7 will be accepted. In San Antonio Texas where Dr. Shao attended the program, only 4 will make it to the orthodontic residence program. In Houston, 6 will make it into the program. The orthodontic Residency program is 2-3 years of hands-on clinical experience. These residencies dedicate between 4,000 to 6,000 hours of working on patients that have various types of cases. When the residents graduates they have earned the well respected title of orthodontist.

Only 25% of Orthodontist decided to take the next rigorous step to be come a board certified orthodontist. This is this is the highest achievement possible.

When you have a choice, choose a board certified specialist!

If you would like to know more about what it means to be a board certified orthodontist and you are near The Woodlands Texas. Please stop in and Dr. Shao would be more than happy to talk with you. If you want to know if the orthodontist you are seeing is board certified check the link below! You deserve a beautiful smile!

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