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6 Fun Smartphone Apps To Improve Your Oral Hygiene

We use our smartphones for almost everything in our lives. wireless connecting sonic toothbrush with smart phone app. Modern home technology conceptFrom setting alarms to wake up, to tracking our workouts, calories and calendars, we keep our phones close to us at all times. That being said, it comes as no surprise that our phones can be used to help improve our oral hygiene as well. To help establish or improve your daily routine during orthodontic treatment, McNamara Orthodontics is sharing a few apps here are a few apps you can try.

Brush DJ

Are you brushing your teeth for a long enough time? Brush DJ plays two minutes of music from your own library of songs so you can keep track of the time. Taking it even further, the app also includes a visual display to show you where to brush. A custom reminders feature helps keep you on track of things like replacing your toothbrush and upcoming orthodontic appointments. Read More

5 Tips for Going Back to School with Braces

McNamara Orthodontics Ann Arbor MI - Back to School with Braces Tips

Bummed out that summer is almost over? At McNamara Orthodontics in Ann Arbor, MI, we feel this is a great time of year to revisit the basics of caring for your teeth during orthodontic treatment. Starting a healthy routine at the beginning of the school year will go a long way towards achieving a beautiful, healthy smile. When done right, good oral care maintenance could lead you all the way to next summer and beyond.

Here are five helpful reminders to kick off the fall session with clean teeth and a happy mouth:

  1. Follow the 2×2 Rule
  2. Avoid Crunchy and Sticky Foods
  3. Drink Lots of Water
  4. Plan Your Meals and Snacks
  5. Bring a Braces Care Kit

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Thinking About Mail-In Orthodontics? Read This First!

Wouldn’t you love to simply take a selfie, and/or impression of your teeth Young man wearing clear braces.or get your teeth scanned, and receive aligners that straighten your teeth in a few months without even leaving your home? Sounds too good to be true, huh?

This is exactly the type of convenience offered and advertised with direct-to-consumer orthodontics. Companies like SmileDirectClub, Smilelove, SnapCorrect, etc. are appealing because they address the concern most people have about orthodontics: time. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) advises you to take a step back and look at the overall picture before considering the latest alternative to straighten your teeth. Read More

Announcing Cedar Point Contest Winner Tannah!

Congratulations McNamara Orthodontics’ patient Tannah H! Tannah is the winner of our “Cedar Point Ticket Search” Contest, scoring two tickets to “America’s Rockin’ Roller Coast.”

We hid ticket graphics in a photo from Cedar Point. Tannah correctly identify the number of hidden tickets in the picture, and was then randomly selected from a drawing of finalists as the winner! We’re sure she will have a blast!

Summer may be coming to a close, but there’s still plenty of fun and chances to win great prizes at McNamara Orthodontics. Keep your eyes glued to our Contests page.

Are You Cleaning Your Braces with the Right Toothbrush?

You’re just starting orthodontic treatment and it’s time to brush your teeth. Young woman smiling cleaning and brushing teeth with braces using toothbrushDo you brush with a manual or electric toothbrush? The truth is that either type of toothbrush does an effective job of cleaning the teeth. For those of you not convinced, we’ve listed some features and benefits of each so you can decide for yourself.

Benefits of Using a Manual Toothbrush

  • It’s simple, affordable and easy to find.
  • Changing your brush every 3 months doesn’t hurt your pockets.
  • Depending on the type of brush and your brushing method, manual toothbrushes could be softer on the tooth enamel and gums.

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Announcing Our Crazy Corn Maze Puzzle Contest

There’s still plenty of summer left, but come fall you’ll find the McNamara Orthodontic staff at one of their favorite spots – DeBuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Belleville, MI.

We have your chance to win a $100 gift card to DeBuck’s! Just piece together a tricky puzzle of a corn maze correctly, and you’ll be entered into the drawing to win the gift certificate.

This contest runs from July 30th through October 1st. More information can be found here.

We hope all our patients and their families had an enjoyable summer! School starts soon!