From the Desk of Dr. Deyton

May 31, 2017
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Our patients know that their visits to our office may sometimes include a cameo appearance by one of our office cats, Houdini (“Hou” for short) and Gracie, who live and play in the grassy area next to the Deyton Dentistry office building. From many of the rooms in the office, you can see the cats as they walk over to check their food bowls or stretch out for a nap near their cold-weather shelter. According to some patients, spotting Gracie or Houdini just outside the window is the highlight of their visit!

Previously, I shared the story of Gracie’s Big Adventure. This next story is the answer to a common question from our patients—“How did Houdini get her name?”

Houdini’s story takes place a few years after I first met Mama Cat, who liked to hang out on the sidewalk near the back door of the office. After we had caught and spayed Gracie and Mama Cat, there was only one kitten left that needed to get fixed. A friend had let us borrow a Havahart humane trap, and we’d tried several times to entice the last kitten into that trap. Instead, we’d managed to catch everything BUT the kitten: a badger, a woodchuck, raccoons... you name it.

One day I was in the office late, waiting to see if that elusive kitten would finally go into the trap. Earlier that day, I had emptied the food dishes and then placed one dish of food in the Havahart trap, hoping that she’d be hungry enough to go for it. To my surprise, it worked! I heard a ruckus outside, and when I went out, she was running back and forth in the trap, trying to get out. I quickly put the trap in the back of the car and put a sheet over it, hoping that would calm her down. We’d made an early appointment for the next day to have this cat fixed. It was a very cool night, and I thought it might disturb this cat even more to be moved into our garage and then moved back into the car in the morning, so I left the trap in the back of the car overnight with the intent of taking this cat straight to the vet in a few hours. So my wife Jo got up early the next morning and decided to check on the cat. When she looked in the trap, it was empty!

This kitten had managed to escape from the trap somehow, but we thought she must still be somewhere in the car. Jo was looking all around in the trap and in the car and around the car, and I was really concerned. I finally decided that I would drive to the office and just park and open everything up, and if the cat was in there, she would hear the other cats and jump out of the car. I didn’t actually see her jump out, but we did spot her near the back door of the office later. We think what happened is that the back of the cage was loose enough so that she could squeeze out. Honestly, we’re not even totally sure that she actually made it into the car in the first place! Clearly, this cat was a magician. So we named her Houdini... but “Hou” for short.

Next time you are at our office for a visit, see if you can spot Hou or Gracie hanging around. If it’s their dinnertime, you might even see me sneaking out back to deliver their food! 


May 22, 2017
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One of the unique features of our office is the view from the dental chair. If you’re lucky, during your appointment you may catch a glimpse of one of our office cats, Gracie or Houdini. They live and play in the grassy area right outside the staff entrance to the Deyton Dentistry office, and the cats’ feeding station and cold-weather shelter are visible from several of the rooms in the office. You might see Houdini (we call her “Hou” for short) or Gracie ambling past the window or taking a nap in one of the chairs by their food bowls. Last week our staff even celebrated their birthday—with a cake and everything!

Patients often ask us how the cats got their names, especially Houdini. That’s a story that starts several years ago. Sometimes I stay at the office after hours to work on things like writing articles for publication, and in the spring or fall when the weather is nice, I might leave the back door open to enjoy the weather. One day, I noticed a gray long-haired tuxedo cat there at the open door, and she kept coming around to visit. She clearly belonged to someone, as she seemed well taken care of and wasn’t scared of people. She would never let me pet her, but she would lie on the sidewalk just outside the door while I was working, and if I walked out the back door she would follow me around.

We noticed that this cat was very clearly pregnant, but couldn’t find who she belonged too. She kept hanging around the office and we started calling her “Mama Cat” and making sure she had food and water. After she had her litter, we found homes for most of the kittens, and not having found her owners, we tried to capture her to have her spayed, but Mama Cat was elusive. Two of the kittens from that first litter, Tux and Fluffy, came home to live with us. But before we knew it, Mama Cat was pregnant again. As with the first litter, we found homes for all but two of the kittens, which the office ended up adopting.  

When they were old enough, we attempted to trap the kittens along with Mama Cat to have them spayed. The first kitten that we were able to catch, we named Gracie.

The day we got her fixed, we had brought her into the consulting room to recuperate from her surgery, thinking she would be safe in there with the door closed. But when we came back in to check on her, we couldn’t find her anywhere. If you’ve been to our office, you know that our consulting room is small, with nowhere for a cat to go. I went into the room and closed the door, and after sitting silently for a couple of minutes, I heard a little “mew.” It turned out that she had crawled into the back of a console table and managed to wedge herself behind a drawer where we couldn’t reach her.

Normally we would have just taken out the drawer, but this console was built in such a way that the drawers couldn’t be removed. We ended up taking everything off the table and everything out of all the drawers and turning the table upside down, and yet STILL she refused to come out from behind the drawer. In the meantime, while all of this was going on, Mama Cat had been walking around the building meowing and looking for Gracie.

Finally, we had the bright idea to open the back door so that Gracie would hear Mama Cat meowing and go outside to join her—and, sure enough, it worked! Gracie ran to Mama Cat and it was truly a mother and child reunion. They were inseparable for the rest of the night.

Tune in next time to hear the story of how Houdini got her name!

Call us for an appointment: (816) 587-6444 (or just come over to visit with the cats.)



(Gracie enjoying the sun this winter)

April 11, 2017
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Many of us hear the word “orthodontics” and immediately think of having a mouthful of metal. Whether you had braces as a teenager or have always wished for straight teeth, you will be happy to learn that new technology makes it possible to use clear removable aligners instead of traditional metal braces. Invisalign offers nearly invisible polyurethane aligners that you wear almost all the time but can be removed when you’re eating and brushing (and for significant social occasions).

Here are some of the reasons why Invisalign is the orthodontic treatment of choice for many adults:

  • It’s discreet. Your orthodontic treatment is your business. With Invisalign, most people won’t notice you are wearing the aligners.
  • It’s more comfortable. Unlike traditional metal braces that can cause sore spots in your mouth, Invisalign is made from a flexible plastic material that isn’t irritating.
  • It lets you eat normally. Remember all those foods that kids with braces had to avoid? Invisalign allows you to enjoy your normal diet because you remove the aligners before eating.
  • It helps prevent teeth grinding. As a bonus, the clear aligners act as nightguards that help protect your teeth from wear.

Are you ready to learn more about how Invisalign can give you a beautiful new smile? Give our office a call anytime at (816) 587-6444 so that we can answer your questions, or feel free to email me directly at

April 06, 2017
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Many of us once suffered the discomfort and embarrassment of metal braces. Fortunately, for today’s teens there is a better option! Invisalign is a comfortable and nearly invisible way to straighten teeth. Like traditional braces, these clear aligners work gradually to shift the alignment of teeth—but unlike braces, Invisalign is barely noticeable, not to mention easy to maintain. This technology even lets teens eat what they want, since they remove the aligners before eating or drinking.

Clear aligners aren’t a new technology; adults have been using them for more than a decade now. But until recently, Invisalign was not typically recommended for teens. There were two reasons for this:

  • First, there was a concern that teens might not comply with the instructions to wear the aligners for 22 hours a day (basically any time they were not eating, drinking, or brushing). This issue has now been addressed by the use of built-in “compliance indicators” on the aligners. These indicators are colored dots that gradually fade with use, so that it’s obvious whether or not the aligners have been worn as instructed.
  • The second concern that kept teens from using Invisalign initially was the fact that teens often still have some permanent teeth coming in. It was thought that the planned movement of the teeth using aligners would be disturbed by the appearance of new permanent teeth. Fortunately, Invisalign aligners designed especially for teens are now available. These special aligners come with built-in “eruption tabs” to hold space for newly appearing permanent teeth.

So, is Invisalign treatment the right option for your teen?

It depends on the type of orthodontic treatment that’s needed, but we are finding that clear aligners are very popular with eligible teens! These thin plastic devices are custom-made and designed to be worn in a graduated series to shift teeth slightly with each aligner. This system avoids the issues associated with traditional metal braces, such as sore spots in the mouth from poking wires and trouble keeping teeth clean. And, of course, teens feel more confident because the Invisalign system is much less noticeable to others than metal braces.

If you’d like to find out whether your teen is eligible for Invisalign, please give our office a call at (816) 587-6444 so that we can address your questions. You can also email me directly anytime at


April 01, 2017
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Invisalign is a comfortable and nearly invisible way to straighten your teeth without using the metal braces that many of us associate with an awkward adolescence. These days, adults (and some teens) who want to gain great smiles by aligning their teeth very often choose Invisalign, which involves wearing custom-made removable aligners in a progression over several months. This process causes your teeth to gradually move into optimal alignment.

Here are some of the reasons why so many people choose Invisalign over traditional metal braces:

  • Increased comfort. Unlike metal braces, Invisalign doesn’t contain any uncomfortable wires to poke the inside of your mouth or lip. Instead, you simply wear a clear, custom-fitted aligner directly over your own teeth anytime that you’re not eating, drinking, or brushing.
  • More natural look. Having metal braces cemented to your teeth is pretty hard to hide, and many adults might feel embarrassed by them. In contrast, Invisalign offers practically invisible teeth-straightening. Most people won’t notice your aligners at all—it’s that subtle!
  • Freedom to eat and drink what you want. If you had friends with braces in younger days, you might remember that they were restricted from eating many kinds of foods that might damage the hardware—pretty much anything that’s sticky, chewy, or crunchy. But with Invisalign, you remove the aligners anytime you are eating, so you can eat the same types of foods that you normally do.
  • Ability to brush and floss normally. Traditional braces make it difficult to practice good dental hygiene. Invisalign makes it easy to continue caring for your teeth as you always do. Simply remove the aligners before brushing and flossing.

If you’re wondering whether Invisalign is right for you, please feel free to call me at (816) 587-6444 email me directly at with your questions. I am always happy to consult with you about your needs.


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