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Should My Mouthguard Be Custom or Store Bought?

blog-featured-image-custom-store-bought-mouthguardsAnyone participating in a sport should wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth. This is especially important for anyone undergoing orthodontic treatment. Braces and wires can damage the mouth if you receive a ball to the face.

Many people ask whether it is necessary to invest in a custom-fit mouthguard or will an over-the-counter one work just as well. To help you make the best decision for your situation, Dr. Laurie McNamara and Dr. James A. McNamara at McNamara Orthodontics has information about each mouthguard. Read More

6 Orthodontic Tips for a Sensitive Gag Reflex

blog-featured-image-gag-reflex-orthodontic-treatmentHaving a sensitive gag reflex is nothing to be embarrassed about. Additionally, it is not something that should deter you from seeking orthodontic treatment. Those with a sensitive gag reflex can get frustrated, but it is certainly something that can be worked with while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists, like Dr. Laurie McNamara and Dr. James A. McNamara at McNamara Orthodontics, are trained professionals that can help care for and achieve a beautiful smile. Below are some tips to help patients with a sensitive gag reflex.Read More

Surviving Date Night with Braces

blog-featured-image-date-night-with-bracesDate night can be a nerve-wracking experience. From what to wear, where to go, what to talk about, the numerous variables of date night can wreak havoc on what should be a fun experience. You don’t want your braces to be another source of worry on this evening, and they don’t have to be!

With a few simple tips from Dr. Laurie McNamara and Dr. James A. McNamara at McNamara Orthodontics, you can flash your beautiful smile at your date as many times as you want without being worried about leftovers being hidden in your brackets.

At a Nice Restaurant – Stick to Soft Foods

While mood lighting can help hide a lot of things, it can’t get rid of food in your teeth. Stick to soft, tender foods so you can smile with confidence all night long. Pasta, mashed potatoes, soups, and other softer options are easy to eat and are less likely to have little bits that stick around in wires and brackets. Read More

Are Your Braces Triggering Your Canker Sores?

blog-featured-image-braces_and-canker-soresA few weeks into orthodontic treatment, you notice a tingling or burning sensation in your mouth. A few days later, canker sores appear. Fortunately, canker sores are not often a serious issue, but they sure can be annoying! These small ulcers can pop up in your mouth and on the inside of your lips and take days to heal. However, they are quite easy to prevent, especially once you understand what triggers them!

Braces and Canker Sores

The unfortunate news is that braces can contribute to canker sores. This mainly happens in patients that are already prone to canker sores. They may experience an increase in sores because the mouth is adjusting to a big change when beginning orthodontic treatment. Braces can irritate oral tissue, which leaves it vulnerable to tiny lesions to form, such as canker sores.

Luckily, avoiding possible triggers and practicing good oral hygiene can help you to avoid or lessen the instances of canker sores.Read More

4 Dieting Tips to Keep Your Smile Healthy

blog-featured-image-tips-for-healthy-smileJust like the rest of your body, your mouth and teeth need to be well-nourished and taken care of in order to keep your smile radiant. Orthodontists Dr. Laurie McNamara and Dr. James A. McNamara at McNamara Orthodontics has four tips for keeping the beautiful and healthy smile you deserve!

Brush and Floss

The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes with a soft-bristled brush. It also recommends flossing daily in between teeth to keep plaque at bay. Flossing, while boring and annoying, is pertinent to oral health. Did you know not flossing is linked to heart disease? YIKES!Read More

Announcing Our “Seasons Game Contest”

Seasons Game Click Here to Play to Win $100 Amazon Gift Card McNamara Orthodontics

The leaves are changing, the air is chillier, and that means it’s time for the “Seasons Game” Contest with McNamara Orthodontics. “Fall” into this challenging online tile-matching puzzle game for your chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card (great for your Christmas shopping – it will be here before you know it!)

How to Play the Seasons Game

  • The objective of the game is to reach the “Autumn Leaves” tile by combining previous tiles.
  • Use your computer keyboard arrows to move up or down, left or right to slide the matching tiles together.
  • When two matching tiles (such as two trees, two suns, etc) are slid together, they will change to the next tile in the Legend. With each move, a new tile will appear.
  • Reach the “Autumn Leaves” tile and an “Enter Contest” button will appear above the game board. You’re now entered in the drawing for the Amazon gift card.
  • If all sixteen tiles on your board become filled with no matching images side by side – GAME OVER!

This popular contest runs September 3rd through November 22nd. Visit our Contests Page to play. Best of luck to all who enter!