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A Night Out with Braces

Braces can be sharp and restrictive. This makes the dating scene seem daunting and heightens nerves all around. Never fear! There’s no reason your orthodontic treatment should hamper your romantic life. Whether you’re a teen or an adult, dating with braces is possible and still just as fun. Here are a few of our tips and suggestions for a painless date night! 

 

Dates to Avoid with Braces

You CAN feel beautiful and have a successful date night with braces. Also, you can always pack a toothbrush if you want to be super prepared. For a successful and embarrassment-free dating experience with braces, we advise you to stick to soft foods you know won’t get caught in your brackets and teeth. 

Popular dates like a movie, the mall, or a local summer carnival have lots of foods that aren’t braces-friendly. When you’re out for a romantic night nothing kills the mood like a bracket popping off, so. Best avoid foods on the list of problem snacks your orthodontist gives you. Things like popcorn, chewy candy, or hard pizza and cookies are a recipe for disaster rather than a fun date. 

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Announcing Our “Spring Puzzle” Contest Winner!

Congrats to our patient who emerged victorious in our “Spring Puzzle” online puzzle contest!

Our winner completed the puzzle and gained entry into the pool for the prize drawing, where her name was randomly selected to receive 2 tickets to Cedar Point Amusement Park. Congrats again to our winner! Thank you to all our patients who enter the contest!

Do Braces Cause Canker Sores?

Canker sores are flat white sores that appear in your mouth and can last for a week or more. What causes these small mouth ulcers is unknown. Canker sores aren’t a serious issue, but they aren’t the most comfortable.  However, they are quite easy to prevent, especially once you understand what triggers them.

 

In This Post, We’ll Cover

  • Do Braces Cause Canker Sores?
  • What Causes Canker Sores?
  • Preventing Canker Sores
  • How to Get Rid of Canker Sores

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Invisalign Myths

When a dentist or orthodontist recommends getting braces or moving forward with orthodontic treatment, many people are scared or apprehensive. Braces are grounds for embarrassment for the self-conscious teen and the up-and-coming professional. Having a mouth full of metal to clean, eat, and live around can be daunting. But, many patients may overlook Invisalign when searching for orthodontic treatment, the nearly invisible alternative to braces. Some people may write this treatment option off due to price or success rate – but luckily both are just Invisalign myths! 

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Am I Too Old for Braces?

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, one in four patients is an adult. With so many options available in modern orthodontics, there’s no reason to put off a beautiful smile. There are many treatment options available to reduce treatment time. 

With all the effort put towards eating right, staying fit, and otherwise taking care of themselves, there is no reason why adults should not have beautiful teeth! There are many benefits to getting braces at any age. Everyone wants a straight and gorgeous smile and the positives do not stop with appearance. When teeth are crowded or badly positioned, it can lead to serious problems in the future. A poor bite can affect the function of the teeth and can even lead to tooth loss and gum disease. 

Don’t wait any longer for the smile you deserve! There is no better time than the present to schedule a complimentary exam. 

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Why You Should Catch Some Rays During Orthodontic Treatment

Getting outside in the sun is important for our health and wellbeing for many reasons! However, did you know it can actually help the health of your teeth as well? A little sunshine has been found to improve mood, our immune functions, and catalyzes vitamin D production in our bodies. Keep reading for some advice on how sunshine can help your teeth from Dr. Laurie McNamara McClatchey and Dr. James A. McNamara at McNamara Orthodontics.

While in braces, healthy teeth and gums are of vital importance. Vitamin D actually helps to support oral health in two ways:

  • It helps our bodies to absorb and utilize calcium

Vitamin D has several major functions. One of its major functions is moderating other vitamins and minerals – including calcium. Calcium is crucial because it fortifies our teeth and supports jaw and bone strength. Several studies have shown greater cavity risk for people who live in regions with little sunlight – sometimes as much as double the risk.

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