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June 2015

Preparing for Orthodontic Treatment

By |June 1st, 2015|blog|

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy! The days are longer, and everyone is vacationing to melt away stress. It’s the best time of year to relax and get happy, no matter what age you are, and it’s important to start from the inside. You’ve been eating less salt and getting in your daily cardio, which are excellent ways to relieve stress and get healthy. But don’t forget to get happy! Are you smiling without a [...]

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May 2015

Don’t Be a Soda Jerk!

By |May 15th, 2015|blog|

As school ends and summer begins, it can be easy to lose discipline with our diets. And when you’re wearing braces, you already know to avoid crunchy and chewy foods, but it’s also important to be mindful about beverages. Whether you say soda or pop, it’s all sugary carbonation. And while we may enjoy this treat, it’s not the best for your teeth! “Why,” you ask? It’s pretty simple. We all know that humans need [...]

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March 2015

How to Keep Your New Invisalign® Smile!

By |March 17th, 2015|blog|

You’ve worked really hard to achieve your ideal smile! You followed doctor’s orders, worn your Invisalign clear aligners as instructed, cared for your teeth, and now you have a megawatt smile. Congratulations on this achievement! However, to keep your smile in tip-top shape, keep these things in mind when continuing your new and improved oral care routine. Retainers When your orthodontist determines that you have completed your Invisalign treatment, you aren’t done. Many patients will [...]

Braces-Friendly Breakfasts!

By |March 2nd, 2015|blog|

Kids can be picky, and this quirk often occurs at mealtime. How many times has your child tried to feed their greens to the dog waiting anxiously under the table? If that ever-elusive “recommended daily allowance” of fruits and vegetables is a chore, our orthodontist and team understand that. Add braces to that equation, and it could become even more of a headache. But never fear! Our orthodontist has some healthy suggestions so your child [...]

February 2015

Does Orthodontia Affect Overall Body Health?

By |February 16th, 2015|blog|

Over the last several years, research has shown that there is a correlation between orthodontic treatment and whole body health. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, scientists have discovered that people with gum disease are more likely to develop heart disease or suffer blood sugar irregularity than people without gum disease. While researchers continue to find relationships between oral health and whole body health, it has not yet been determined if [...]

Let the Journey Begin!

By |February 2nd, 2015|blog|

Most of our patients are excited to get braces because they know that a beautiful smile awaits. But we certainly understand the anticipation that comes with waiting to get them off. Depending on your individual circumstances, treatment may take up to two years or more, and we know that time can seem infinite. Having a system in place for counting down the days (or minutes!) will help you keep your eye on the prize. Just [...]

January 2015

Happy New Year!

By |January 2nd, 2015|blog|

At this time of year, we are all reflecting over the previous year’s triumphs (and learning from our not so triumphant moments!), and we are all racking our brains to chart a new course for healthier living. And no matter how long those good intentions last, it’s certainly never a bad idea to be thinking about adopting a healthier lifestyle, especially after the sugar consumption that most likely ensued during the holiday season. Why not [...]

December 2014

‘Tis the Season!

By |December 18th, 2014|blog|

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and the first day of Winter is just around the corner! We are in the thick of the holiday season, and that typically means eating larger meals, accompanied by endless snacking. No matter which holiday you celebrate, we all have certain treats and snacks we associate with this time of year. But orthodontic patients need to remember to adhere to the list of what they can and can’t eat, paying [...]

Orthognathic Surgery

By |December 1st, 2014|blog|

Orthognathic surgery is sometimes needed in conjunction with orthodontic treatment. It is used to correct a wide variety of abnormalities of a patient’s jaw and teeth. The primary purpose is to correct functional problems, but it may also significantly improve the patient’s appearance. Some common reasons for orthognathic surgery are: Unbalanced facial appearance Protruding jaw Open bite (upper and lower teeth don’t overlap properly) Excessive wear of the teeth Difficulty chewing or biting Chronic mouth [...]

November 2014

Helpful Tips & Tricks!

By |November 14th, 2014|blog|

Give Yourself Time to Settle in! If you notice that your teeth and mouth are sore when you first get your braces, this is perfectly normal. As frustrating as this can be, don’t be discouraged because we promise your mouth will not be sore forever! To alleviate pain, try dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Gargle and swish for a couple of minutes, and remember not to swallow the saltwater. [...]

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