Top 3 Best Drinks For Your Teeth

green and herbal teasIn a previous post, we discussed some of the drinks that have a negative effect on the teeth. This included soda, fruit juices, and coffee. While it may seem like water is your only beverage option, fear not. There are a few drinks still available to quench your thirst without affecting your orthodontic treatment.


Not only can it help build strong bones, but milk is a great source of calcium. Calcium helps to repair and maintain tooth enamel to keep your teeth strong. Lactose intolerant? Don’t worry. Calcium-fortified soy milk is a great alternative to getting the same benefits as regular milk. However, it is important to keep in mind that milk also contains sugar which, if left on the teeth for too long, can cause tooth decay.Read More

Announcing the Winner of Seek & Find Contest

We asked our patients to put their sharp eagle-eyes to use for our “Seek & Find” Contest, which ran from January 23rd to April 22nd. We hid tiny graphics of flip-flops on the pages of our website and asked our clients to give their best guestimate of a total tally.

Our winner was selected randomly from a drawing of all entries that guessed the correct number of hidden flip-flops (there were seven).

Her prize is a $100 iTunes gift card! Congratulations!

We’re ready for spring and excited to announce our popular Pet Photo contest. Scamper, swim or fly over to our contest page for more information!

Spring Break Seek & Find Contest Winner McNamara Orthodontics

Announcing Our “Pet Photo Contest!”

Snap a pic of your pet preening, and you could win 2 tickets to Cedar Point!

McNamara Orthodontics announces our “Pet Photo Contest,” running from May 2nd through July 31st!

Capture a “purrr-fect” snapshot of your family cat, dog, fish, gerbil, bird or snake and submit the photo through our contest page. The staff will select their favorite to receive the prize of two tickets to Cedar Point!

We are limiting one entry per patient. To enter your photo and view contest information and rules, click here.

We look forward to seeing your furry four-legged family members! Best of luck to all we enter. We hope all our patients and their families are excited about spring!

What To Ask At An Orthodontic Consultation

Dentist and patient looking at a dental x-ray.Orthodontic consultations are often times a complimentary introduction for orthodontists, like Dr. James A. “Jim” McNamara and Dr. Laurie McNamara, to get to know you and your oral health concerns. The best thing you can do to make the most of your consultation is to prepare a list of questions beforehand. To help you get started, we’ve come up with a list of common questions answered during our complimentary smile exams.

How Long Will My Treatment Take?

It is important to first note that orthodontic treatment is not a “one size fits all” approach to straightening teeth. At McNamara Orthodontics, we develop orthodontic treatment plans based on the individual needs of each patient to ensure they get the best results. Be sure to ask the orthodontist for an estimate of how long your treatment will take as the length may vary depending on how complex your situation is. Read More

Orthodontic Treatment: One Phase Or Two?

preteen girl with braces holding drinkDid you know that orthodontic treatment is not just for teens and adults? In fact, the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends that by the age of 7, children should have an initial orthodontic consultation. These comprehensive consultations determine whether or not a child’s teeth are developing properly or if early orthodontic treatment is or will be needed in the future.

Phase 1 vs Phase 2 Orthodontics

The typical process for Phase 1 orthodontic treatment involves a patient being fitted for their appliance (braces for example) which is worn until their teeth move into their proper positions. Some patients may require extractions or surgery prior to beginning treatment. Once the teeth are properly aligned, the patient wears a retainer to keep the teeth from shifting back. Read More

Are You Too Old for Braces?

adult woman with braces at doctors appointmentWhen you think of braces, who do you picture wearing them? If you’re like most Americans, children and teens come to mind. If you’re unhappy with your smile, you probably think you missed your chance for straight teeth, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Thanks to advances in technology, orthodontic treatment for adults has become more common while producing excellent results. So much so, The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) found that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 18.

With Age Comes New Changes

As we age, our bodies change. This is especially true for our teeth. For a variety of reasons, including injury, tooth loss, teeth grinding, loss of enamel, or natural growth, our teeth begin to shift towards the front of our mouths as we age. As a result, our teeth can become crooked and overcrowded. In some cases, patients may experience jaw pain or have difficulty properly cleaning their teeth. Read More