At the offices of J Bunkers and S Phelan Orthodontics, we want each of our patients to have a smile like a masterpiece! For more than 30 years, Dr. Jeffrey Bunkers, Dr. Sheila Phelan, and our team have been providing high-quality orthodontic treatment in a state-of-the-art facility. You can trust our experience and expertise to give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.
Our doctors use the newest and most effective orthodontic treatments to ensure positive treatment outcomes. You can take advantage of self-ligating metal braces, clear braces, or Invisalign® and other clear aligners. Both doctors have experience in treating complex cases such as interventional and surgical orthodontics. Getting a beautiful and healthy smile has never been easier!
Our friendly orthodontists and staff want to make your time with us as comfortable as possible. We look forward to working with you and your family! Contact our Perrysburg or Oregon offices to schedule your complimentary consultation with an orthodontist and learn about all your orthodontic treatment options.
J Bunkers Orthodontics FAQ
Meet Dr. Jeffrey Bunkers
I’ve been working in the field of orthodontics for over 30 years and I never get tired of meeting unique individuals every day. They all have different backgrounds, cultures, and dreams. Everyone is original and that makes my day really fun. I learn so much from each and every one of them and do my best to give them the masterpiece smiles they’ve always wanted. Education and Continuing Education.
Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Nebraska School of Dentistry
Orthodontic certificate – University of Kentucky
One of my proudest achievements is that I’ve always been on the leading edge of orthodontic technology. I strive to employ all the latest technology that helps to make orthodontic treatment comfortable and efficient for my patients.Professional Memberships
Outside the Office
- American Dental Association
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Ohio Dental Association
- Ohio Association of Orthodontists
- Toledo Dental Society
I am a native of Omaha, Nebraska, and now reside in Perrysburg with my wife Lynda, and our daughters, Katie and Gabrielle. We also have two very cute Havanese dogs named Hollywood and Desi Arnez, an adorable Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise named Oscar, a blue and gold Macaw named Jimmy Buffet, and two parakeets. I love art and reading, boating on the Great Lakes, traveling to remote places around the world, and scuba diving.
Meet Dr. Sheila Phelan
Dr. Sheila Phelan (FAY-len), is a native of Michigan and was raised near Ann Arbor. She attended The University of Michigan for her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and another in International Studies. She caught the travel bug when she was given the opportunity to live in Italy for a couple of months during her studies. Dr. Phelan also served as a radio sports broadcaster for the Michigan football team, something she realizes is a touchy subject being in Ohio – so be sure to ask her about it when you come to the office.
After completing her Bachelor of Science degree, Dr. Phelan moved to Richmond, Virginia where she completed a Certificate in Advanced Biomedical Studies. She was then accepted into dental school at Virginia Commonwealth University. In Richmond, she was a food blogger and enjoyed eating her way through the city (as affordably as possible, given her student status). She is an avid cook and baker and her faculty in Richmond frequently reaped the benefits of her stress baking.
After dental school, Dr. Phelan opted to attend a 2 year expedited orthodontic program at The University of Iowa, earning both her certificate to practice orthodontics and a Masters in the field. Her thesis research on surgical versus non-surgical correction of Class II malocclusions was published in the European Journal of Orthodontics. Less than 2 months after graduating, she travelled to St. Louis to partake in the optional Orthodontic Board Certification process, becoming one of the youngest orthodontists to pass this examination.
Having been learning away from home for many years, Dr. Phelan says the best lesson she has learned is that family comes in all shapes and sizes, and she credits her crew as being her guiding force.
During her last year of dental school, Dr. Phelan met her now-husband, Tim, a native of Baltimore, MD. The job search brought them here to Toledo and to our practice.
What's the best age to visit the orthodontist?
If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great age to see the orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven; however, orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens, with about one in every five orthodontic patients being over the age of 21. Whether you're considering treatment for yourself or for a child, any time is a good time to visit the orthodontist.
How can I take care of my teeth if I'm wearing braces or a retainer?
ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day. Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your orthodontist or family dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities! If you take out your retainer to eat, make sure you brush your teeth, floss, and remember to keep it safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken. Keep your retainer clean, too, by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also soak it in denture cleaner as instructed by your orthodontist. Do not put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher. During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar, which increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly cavities. Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes), or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, taffy, etc.). Be sure to schedule your routine checkups with your family dentist. It is recommended that you continue to visit the dentist every six months.
What are braces?
Braces are used by your orthodontist to help you improve the look and feel of your smile. There are several different types of braces to choose from, including:
Traditional metal braces
If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?
The amount of time spent in braces will vary depending on the individual patient, because every smile responds differently to treatment. Treatment times can take anywhere between six and 30 months, but most standard treatments take about 22 months.