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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!

Protect Your Braces While Playing Sports

blog-featured-image-mouthguards-for-bracesGetting braces doesn’t mean giving up the sports you love! Luckily, braces will not keep you from any sport or physical activity. However, the price you pay for a beautiful smile is taking a little extra care of your mouth while undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Play Safe, Play All Season

In general, it is not uncommon for an athlete to experience injuries to the mouth and jaw area. Ever taken a soccer ball to the face? A fixed orthodontic appliance, such as braces, does increase your risk of oral injuries. Common oral injuries include lacerations to the cheeks, lips, and tongue, chipped or broken teeth, TMJ, and root fractures.

Have no fear, you can easily protect your teeth, mouth, and braces while playing sports by investing in a mouthguard. While it is suggested that braces patients invest in an orthodontic model, a basic mouthguard will provide more protection than nothing at all.Read More

Announcing Our Pet Photo Contest Winner

Photogenic, four-legged family members came at us fast and furious during our “Pet Photo Contest,” which took place May 2nd through July 31st.

Our winner is Sophie, who sent in a picture of her black lab playing in the snow! It’s a cool photo… literally! (Let’s hang on to summer weather for a few more weeks though!)

Sophie’s prize is two tickets to Cedar Point amusement park. Congratulations!

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Thank you to all our patients who submitted pet photos for this contest. We can tell by the submissions you treat your pets with love and care!

Summer’s coming to an end, but we’re excited for some terrific events we have coming up during the fall months. Keep an eye to our Contests page.

How to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth in Braces

blog-featured-image-sweet-tooth-with-bracesYou’re in between meals and craving something sweet, but you just started orthodontic treatment and know that many of your favorite foods should now be avoided. Is there anything sweet you can eat? The short answer is yes!  Dr. Laurie McNamara, Dr. James A. McNamara and the staff at McNamara Orthodontics are here to explain the truth about sugar and how to satisfy your sweet tooth without damaging your braces.

The Truth About Sugar

Sugar is one of the leading causes of tooth decay and is off-limits during orthodontic treatment to keep the teeth healthy and strong. Whether you’re in braces or not, it is important to note that candy made of lots of sugar should always be avoided, especially during orthodontic treatment. Failure to do so could mean more dental work after your braces come off.

There is a common misconception that the type of sugar that you consume makes a difference in the overall effect on the teeth. This idea is false – texture and concentration matter immensely. The stickier the candy the more minutes it sits on your teeth the more likely the teeth are to decay or decal off, causing permanent stains. If eating a high sugar content food, the faster they are cleaned off the teeth by saliva, water or a toothbrush, the less risk there is. Once braces are on, sugar has many places to hide and the longer it’s left to sit on the teeth and braces, the more damage it causes.Read More

How to Survive Summer BBQ Season with Braces

blog-featured-image-summer-bbq-with-bracesSummer is here! That means outdoor barbecues with family and friends will be abundant. Whether celebrating a national holiday, graduation or attending a simple gathering, summer barbecues are a common summertime activity meant for everyone to enjoy. So how do you survive a summer BBQ while wearing braces? Fear not, we’ll break down the foods you should avoid and the foods you can enjoy while undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Foods to Avoid During a BBQ

Orthodontists Dr. Laurie McNamara and Dr. James A. McNamara at McNamara Orthodontics recommends avoiding the following common barbecue foods:Read More

Rubber Bands for Braces, Explained.

blog-featured-image-elastics-for-bracesWhether you’ve had orthodontic treatment or not, you’ve seen people wearing elastics or rubber bands as part of the process. But do you know what they’re used for? To help give you a better idea of why rubber bands are used with metal or clear braces, we’ll explain what they are, why they’re used, and how to take care of them during treatment.

What are Rubber Bands?

In short, rubber bands are used to help move your teeth along the archwire to aid in tooth movement for your particular treatment plan. There are many different ways to wear rubber bands and how long you wear them is determined by your orthodontist. The orthodontists of McNamara Orthodontics will instruct you on exactly how to wear your rubber bands and when and how often to change them based on your personalized treatment plan. Since your rubber bands lose their elasticity with use, patients are normally instructed to replace them at least once a day, especially after eating and brushing. Read More