• Trenton Call: (734) 675.1170 | Fax: (734) 675.0688
  • Wyandotte Call: (734) 282.4100 | Fax: (734) 282.5420


Thumb Sucking. When should I be concerned?

thumb sucking


Thumb sucking is very common with infants and babies. It allows them to soothe and comfort themselves. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says “ for young babies, it is a way to make contact with and learn about the world”. More than three-quarters of infants suck their thumbs or fingers.


When Should I Be Concerned?

Most children begin to stop sucking their thumbs and fingers before the age of 4. However some children will continue to do it when they are tired or when they may be experiencing anxiety or stress. Once a child begins school they usually stop due to being teased but if it continues we recommend you get a consultation with your general dentist for an evaluation.


Depending on the amount of time the child is sucking their thumb or fingers and how aggressive they may be will determine if you should be concerned. With aggressive sucking your child’s palate, the roof of the mouth, may begin to affect their bite as well as the growth of their jaw bones. Resulting in long term problems.


When Should I Get A Professional Opinion?

It is very important that your child begins getting dental check ups and cleanings from your general dentist or a pediatric dentist once the baby teeth begin coming in. They will start to watch for any issues your child may have due to sucking their thumb or fingers.


Once your child begins to get their permanent teeth it's time to get an exam from an Orthodontist. Early detection of problems will significantly change the amount of time your child will stay in orthodontic treatment. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends your child see an orthodontist no later than age 7 or as early as age 3.


What Can I Do To Help My Child Stop Sucking Their Thumb?

Using positive reinforcement when you notice they are not doing it. Creating a reward chart at home with rewards once they hit a number of days. Have your child participate by putting a star on the chart for every day they are thumb or finger free. You can purchase thumb emoji’s on Amazon along with more positive emoji’s. Make it a fun and positive experience.

Try and figure out what triggers it.Give positive encouragement.

Dr. Lupini offers free orthodontic exams. Treatment may or may not be required at that time. If Dr. Lupini determines that your child is not ready for early treatment, he will recommend follow-up visits to evaluate growth and development, then determine the appropriate time to begin treatment.


For more suggestions on how to help your child stop sucking their thumb or fingers checkout Web MD, Mayo Clinic, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry or the American Dental Association’s websites.

Stop in or call one of our downriver offices.


Trenton 1954 West Rd., Trenton  MI 48183 or call us at 734-675-1170.Wyandotte 1605 Fort St., Wyandotte  MI 48192 or call us at 734-282-4100.


We serve the Downriver Community and its surrounding communities. Trenton, Wyandotte, Taylor, Detroit, Riverview, Southgate, Romulus, Lincoln Park, Brownstown, Woodhaven, Grosse Ile, Gibraltar, Flat Rock, Gibraltar, Carleton and Monroe.


Is Adult Braces for Me?

adult braces

Orthodontic Treatment for adults is becoming more and more common. In fact, the number of adults getting braces has climbed more than 40% since 2012. More adults are realizing that orthodontic treatment is not just for kids. Orthodontics can help improve the aesthetics and health of a smile at any age. You are never too old to correct crooked teeth and misaligned jaws. Correcting your bite will create a balanced mouth and a healthy bite. Reducing your risk of gum disease. Chronic periodontitis affects 47.2% of adults in the U.S. in addition to the clinical benefits adults are wanting to invest in a beautiful healthy smile.

adult braces

Common reasons adults choose to get braces:

·         Enhanced self-confidence

·         Improved occlusal (bite) function & less chance for enamel chipping & wear patterns.

·         Crossbite Correction

·         Increased oral hygiene efficiency & therefore reduced chance for gingivitis & decay

·         Reduced risk of injury to protruding front teeth

·         Aid in optimizing other dental treatment

·        Guidance of teeth into more favorable positions.

Orthodontic treatment does not always have to be metal. With today’s technology we are able to offer several different options. Dr. Lupini offers invisible clear braces, ceramic braces and clear aligners (Invisalign® alternatives). Ceramic braces use brackets that may be white or clear and are made from high-quality ceramics that are stronger and look more natural and less obvious to others.

If you’ve been thing about getting that perfect smile, we would love to have you visit us for a free exam. If you would like to understand the differences in treatment visit our website and read our blog on metal, ceramic and clear aligners. You can also visit the American Association of Orthodontics website for more information. If you have any questions please feel free to call one of our 2 offices.

Wyandotte Location 734-282-4100  or our Trenton Location 734-675-1170.

Serving the Metro Detroit area.

Metal, Clear and Ceramic Braces. What's the Difference?

What is the difference between metal, clear and ceramic braces? Here is a breakdown of the different options you may have when deciding to get your teeth straightened.

Metal Braces

When you think about braces these are the traditional braces that come to mind. They are visible metal brackets and wires. These brackets are made of high quality stainless steel or titanium. Today’s brackets are much smaller and less noticeable than the brackets us adults remember as children. Metal braces may be recommended based on the patient’s needs. Metal braces work better in some cases of overcrowding and severe alignment issues.


Ceramic Braces

Dr. Lupini uses the highest-quality ceramic braces for children’s and adult braces. These are much smaller when compared to previous designs. Also, most wires used contain titanium and titanium alloys, which allow for more continuous (gentle) forces placed on the teeth and actually produce more efficient and shorter treatments. These same wires are available with a tooth-colored coating to help them blend in when used with ceramic/tooth-colored braces.



Invisible Aligners/Clear Aligners (Invisalign® and Alternatives)

Clear aligner therapy involves a series of trays that are made with computer-imaging technology. Invisible clear aligners address mild teeth misalignment (malocclusion). Aligners must be worn 22 hours every day to ensure that tooth movement progresses properly. Your teeth will move slowly as you sequentially replace aligners about every two to four weeks. Composite-bonded attachments help aligner retention and facilitate certain tooth movements. Interproximal reduction, or removal of enamel between the teeth, is a common requirement during clear aligner treatment. The treatment time an number of aligners depend on the severity of the malocclusion. Complex tooth movements usually require the addition of fixed appliances or dental braces.

While clear aligner options (like Invisalign) and clear retainers appeal to many adults for esthetic reasons, traditional braces are still far more accurate and effective at straightening crooked teeth, especially for patients with more severe malocclusion. They also give Dr. Lupini finer adjustment control as your teeth begin moving and throughout your treatment period.

clear aligners

Getting your teeth straightened is a major decision, but the rewards can last a lifetime. Dr. Lupini and the staff at True Orthodontics are here to help you with any questions you may have. Check out our other blog on fitting braces into your life.

Please feel free to contact one of our locations.

Wyandotte location 734-282-4100  1605 Fort St., Wyandotte, MI 48192

Trenton location 734-675-1170  1954 West Rd., Trenton MI 48192

Visit us on the web at www.TrueOrthodontics.com or email us at frontdesk@trueortho.com

True Orthodontics serves all of the downriver communities including but not limited to Trenton, Grosse Ile, Woodhaven, Riverview, Wyandotte, Melvindale, Ecorse, River Rouge, Detroit, Taylor, Westland, Garden City, Allen Park, Dearborn, Dearborn Hts, Romulus, Huron Township, Flat Rock, Monroe, Gibraltar, Brownstown, Southgate and surrounding communities.

Orthodontic Emergencies

orthodontic emergencies

A true orthodontic emergency can happen at any time. We encourage you to call our office if you are experienceing an emergency. Even when the office is closed we encourage you to. We always have an on call assistant who can answer your call and help you through your emergency or even meet you at one of our offices.

Mouth Sores

Mouth sores are not uncommon when you are starting your orthodontic treatment. This is not something you need to worry about. Mix a glass of warm water with a teaspoon of table salt and mix well. Rinse your mouth out several times a day until the sore is gone. If it lasts more than a couple days be sure to call the office. Although it is not uncommon, Dr. Lupini does not want you to suffer with sores more than a few days.

You can also go to your local pharmacy and purchase Peroxyl from Colgate. Peroxyl is an alcohol-free mouth sore rinse that promotes healing of oral irritations.

Lost Separators

A lost separator is not an emergency. It happens. Be sure to call our office on the next business day first thing in the morning. Sometimes we can have you come in first thing in the morning and place a new separator and have you to come back in the afternoon to complete your treatment.

Loose or Broken Bracket

broken bracket

Sometimes your bracket may become loose or broken over time. If this happens you can leave it alone as long as it is not hurting. Call the office on the next business day and let the receptionist know you will need a longer appointment next visit to have it put back on.

If you experience pain place a piece of wax over the bracket and call our office to speak with our on call assistant.

Loose or Poking Wire

poking wire

Call our office for immediate assistance if you are in pain and unable to fix any of these problems. If you have a loose wire that has come out of the bracket get a pair of tweezers and try and place it back in place. If you are not able to place it back in its place you can get a pair of nail clippers and clip the wire to the next bracket that is attached.

If your wire is poking your tissue try using the end of a pencil eraser and bend it away from your tissue. If you can reach it you can also use nail clippers and clip it.

When in doubt wax it! This should be able to blunt the end of the wire until you can come in and have us fix it for you.


Although emergencies are rare they can happen. Here at True Orthodontics we are here to make your orthodontic experience as comfortable as possible.  Please don’t hesitate to call one of our downriver locations. Wyandotte  734-282-4100 or Trenton  734-675-1170.

Serving the downriver communities.

What's in My Mouth?

During your orthodontic treatment you may have different types of appliances that correct the alignment of your teeth and jaw. While many of these dental appliances look similar they each do different functions to your teeth and jaw. Here is a breakdown of each appliance we may use during your treatment.



Orthodontic separators (commonly known as spacers) are rubber bands. Spacers are placed between the molars at the second orthodontic appointment, before molar bands are applied. These spacers create space between the teeth so we can place the molar bands. We try to schedule this appointment 1-2 days before your placement of molar bands appointment.

Molar Bands

Molar bands are thin metal rings which are placed on teeth for securing orthodontic attachments and appliances.

Palatal Expander


The benefit of receiving orthodontic treatment in childhood is the ability to take advantage of your child’s natural growth process to treat or even prevent malocclusions otherwise known as a bad bite. Using a palatal expander can do just that.

Palatal expanders create more space in a child’s mouth by gradually widening the upper jaw. Successful palatal expansion treatment is done before the child’s growth plate or midpalatal suture fuses – usually between ages 14 and 16.

Bite Plate  

A bite plate is designed to correct a deep bite (this occurs when the upper front teeth overlap the bottom front teeth an excessive amount). The removable, upper retainer has a special bite ramp built into the front to be worn all day and night.


The metal wire that is attached to the brackets and used to move the teeth. There are many different sizes that will be used during treatment.


The small metal, ceramic, or plastic attachment bonded to each tooth with a tooth-colored adhesive. The bracket has a slot that the orthodontic wire fits into.


Also known as rubber bands. During certain stages of treatment, small elastics or rubber bands are worn to provide individual tooth movement or jaw alignment. These elastics attach to an upper and a lower bracket.



A fixed or removable appliance worn after braces are removed or aligner therapy is complete. A retainer is fitted to upper and or lower teeth to hold them in their finished positions. When worn as prescribed, retainers are the best tool available to minimize unwanted tooth movement after active treatment ends.

Mouth Guard


A removable device used to protect the teeth and mouth from injury caused by sporting activities. The use of a mouth guard is especially important for orthodontic patients.  We have many color choices.

Clear Aligners


Clear removable appliances that are used to straighten teeth.


Are you worried you might have to wear headgear? Don’t worry you won’t! Dr. Lupini uses the latest technology that allows the movement of teeth and jaw without using bulky and uncomfortable headgear.

Please feel free to ask Dr. Lupini or the staff here at True Orthdontics any questions you may have regarding your treatment. Our office serves the downriver community.

Serving Trenton, Wyandotte, Taylor, Gibraltar, Riverview, Carleton, Brownstown, Grosse Ile, Southgate, Lincoln Park, Ecorse, River Rouge, Romulus, Flat Rock, Monroe, New Boston, and Huron Township.

For more information visit our website at wwwTrueOrthodontics.com and the  American Association of Orthodontics.

Meet Our New Patient Care Administrator Dalia

We would like to introduce you to our new Patient Care Administrator Dalia. Dalia has over 20 years of experience in the dental field. She began her career as an assistant for 14 years where she enjoyed working side by side with the doctor. The past 6 years she worked as a receptionist. She speaks both english and spanish fluently. Dalia always wants to learn new things and help patients understand treatment needed.

Dalia is looking forward to helping our patients from the beginning to the end of their orthodontic treatment. She likes that our office works as a team and places our patients as our top priority.


Dalia was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area and has lived in the downriver area for over 18 years. She has 2 children, 1 grandchild and has been married over 30 years. She spends most of her time with her family and close friends. She has a dog named Leddy and a cat named cheetah. They are both very spoiled. She has an eye for decorating and loves to help with projects.


The next time you’re in the office be sure to meet her and welcome her to our office.

Oh The Places Dr. Lupini Will GO!

Flat Stanley has been around since 1964. It is a children’s book series written by different authors that recounts the adventures of Stanley Lambchop who survives being crushed by a falling bulletin board. In 1995 Dale Hubert, a third grade school teacher, created the Flat Stanley Project. The Flat Stanley project was meant to facilitate letter-writing by students to each other as they documented where Flat Stanley has been. Students would treat Flat Stanley like a guest in their classroom for a couple days and write in a journal all the adventures Flat Stanley had in their class. The journal and Flat Stanley would then be sent to another school.

With that concept in mind we would like you to take Dr. Lupini on an adventure. Beginning on August 1st and running till September 30th   2018 we will have Flat Dr. Lupini’s available for pick up in both Trenton and Wyandotte’s office. Snap a photo on your last day of summer vacation, first days of school, maybe even a picture with your new teacher. Be creative! Share it with us on Instagram @TrueOrthodonitcsTrenton or @TrueOrthodonticsWyandotte and you could win $100.00 gift card. Choose from X-BOX Live, PS Store, Google Play, Apple App Store or I-Tunes.

Finalists will be chosen based on creativity, composition and use of city landmarks. Be sure to have your smiling faces in the photo. You may enter as many times as you’d like. The more times you post the better your odds are of winning.

We can’t wait to see what you’ve got up your sleeve.Oh The Places Dr. Lupini Will Go!! 

5 Steps to Brushing

Dental Hygiene is extremely important while wearing braces. If you neglect this area of care during your orthodontic treatment you may be surprised at how your smile looks once your orthodontist removes your brackets. 

Here are 5 tips in brushing that will be sure to have your smile beautiful.

1  If your wearing rubber bands please be sure to remove them before you begin. Start with your toothbrush angled at a 45 degree angle making sure to brush your gums as well as the tooth.

    Brush in small circular motion.  Make sure your brushing above and below your wire. 


 2 Brush the back of your teeth as well as the biting surface. Don’t forget the backside of your front teeth.


    3 Use an interproximal brush to get underneath the wire in-between the brackets.


  4 Floss between all teeth daily.   



 5 Spend 30 seconds on the top and bottom of each side. Be sure to see your Dentist twice a year for your dental cleanings and exam. 

    Here is a great video you can watch from the American Association of Orthodontics.




Fitting Braces Into Your Life

When you’re wearing braces, there are a few things you’ll have to adjust to get the optimal results in the shortest amount of time. If you have any questions about the “do’s and don’ts of living with braces, feel free to ask our team here at True Orthodontics, PC.


When you have braces, there are a few types of foods that can damage your brackets and bend your wires, leading you to more appointments and longer treatment times. By simply avoiding sticky, chewy, crunchy, and hard foods, as well as foods like corn on the cob, your orthodontic experience will be smoother and will help prevent unnecessary emergency visits. 


Maintaining a clean mouth takes focused attention, more so when you are undergoing orthodontic care. You’ll never believe the amount of food that can get lodged between your braces when you eat. Plaque buildup as a result of poor brushing and flossing habits can cause bad breath, or worse, tooth decay! It is so important to brush your teeth after every meal and floss every day. It may seem like a hassle, but it will all be worth it in the end! Make sure you continue your yearly cleaning appointments at your general dental office. 


Protecting your smile if you play sports is essential when you have braces, and mouth guards are an ideal solution to protecting your teeth and gums from injury. Some mouth guards work better than others when you’re wearing braces, so check with our team first. We can advise you on the right mouth guard if you plan on participating in any kind of contact sport.

Following these tips throughout your treatment will help ensure you get the results you want from your treatment in a timely manner. If you have any questions, please give our office a call. We are here to help.


Wyandotte (734)282-4100 1605 Fort St., Wyandotte, MI 48192

Trenton (734)675-1170 1954 West Rd.,Trenton, MI 48183


Why is Summer the Best Time to get Braces?

When you think about summer I’m sure you’re not thinking about braces. But you should. Here are 3 reasons why you should start your orthodontic treatment during the summer.


In the fall, winter and spring it can be hard to find the time to schedule your appointments. When you begin your treatment you may have to see the orthodontist a couple times in the first month and those appointments may take a little longer. Scheduling around school, homework and after school activities can make this more difficult to do. 

Getting Adjusted

After your child has gotten their braces on they will need to go through an adjustment period. With our new technology we are able to minimalize tenderness. However with young gums and teeth some discomfort may occur the first couple days. Under your supervision you can help make them feel more comfortable. Your child will also have to adjust to eating with braces. This can be a challenge the first few weeks. Learning what you can and can not have is easier when you have many choices to choose from at home. Your son or daughter will need to get used to oral hygiene with braces. Establishing good oral hygiene is very important during the first few weeks. Being at home gives them enough time to figure out exactly how to keep their teeth clean and healthy.


Summer brings a lot of great foods. While it can be hard getting adjusted to eating with braces, summertime foods are the best. Watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, strawberries, raspberries, corn (off the cob), hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, popsicles, fresh salads and pasta’s make choosing your food easier with braces. Remember to stay away from sticky, hard and crunchy foods.

Once school starts in the fall you and your child will be ready. Your appointments at the orthodontist will be quicker. Your child will be acclimated to having them and will be professionals at choosing the right foods. 

Of course, this isn’t to say your child will be ready for braces during the summer. But making that first appointment can be done and you will have a better understanding of what is needed for your child. Dr. John Lupini DDS, MS and True Orthodontics, PC welcomes all new patients with a free exam. If Dr. Lupini determines that your child is not ready for treatment, he will recommend follow-up visits to evaluate growth and development and then determine the appropriate time to begin.

When you want orthodontics done right, call True Orthodontics, PC or visit us online at www.TrueOrthdontics.com. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Your Smile… Our Passion


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Established 1955

John Lupini, DDS, MS, is the director of True Orthodontics, which specializes in early orthodontic treatment, teeth straightening, Invisalign alternatives, and treats children and adults. True Orthodontics serves all of the downriver communities including but not limited to Southeastern Michigan, Wayne County, Monroe County, Macomb County, Oakland County, Downriver, Trenton, Grosse Ile, Woodhaven, Trenton, Riverview, Wyandotte, Melvindale, Ecorse, River Rouge, Detroit, Taylor, Westland, Garden City, Lincoln Park, Allen Park, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Romulus, Belleville, Huron Township, Van Buren Township, Flat Rock, Rockwood, Gibraltar, Brownstown, Monroe, Frenchtown, Newport, Carleton, Southgate and surrounding communities.