What is the Value of Orthodontic Treatment?

woman getting braces examinedDid you know that orthodontic treatment is more than just straightening teeth? The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) states, “The goal of orthodontic treatment is a beautiful smile and a good bite—meaning straight teeth that mesh well with the teeth in the opposite jaw and look great.” A straighter smile isn’t only good for aesthetics, it can also make it easier for you to bite, chew and even speak.

Cost vs. Value

Compared to the drastic increase in the price of a house or car in the last 20 years, you will get more value with orthodontic treatment as it typically lasts longer than most people keep a car or even the same house. With proper oral hygiene, the beautiful new smile you achieve with the orthodontists at McNamara Orthodontics can last a lifetime at an unbelievable value. Read More

Braces, Late Night Snacks, And Your Oral Health

woman eating snacks in front of the open fridgeIt’s 11 pm and, while you should be in bed, you’re standing in front of the fridge trying to decide a snack of choice before calling it a night. You know this isn’t the best life choice for your waistline, but did you know that it’s also bad for your oral health – especially your braces. Your orthodontic treatment increases the potential to leave food behind on the teeth after eating.

Late Night Snacking Can Lead to Tooth Loss

A 2010 study in Denmark discovered a relationship between midnight snacking and tooth loss. Over a six-year period, a group of over 2,000 adults (8% labeled “nocturnal eaters”) were found to have significantly increased their chances of tooth loss from repeated midnight snacking. Read More

Announcing Our Holiday Movie Trivia Winner

Our patients impressed us with their thorough knowledge of classic Christmas flicks. From October 17th through December 17th, we challenged patients to complete a tricky multiple-choice movie quiz. Those with perfect scores were then placed in a random drawing.

Congratulations to our winner. Her prize is a $50 Target gift card!

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. Keep your eye to our Contest page for more chances to win prizes as we head into 2019!

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Diabetes and Orthodontics: What You Need to Know

girl smiling holding blood sugar monitorAlthough diabetes has become a fairly common disease in most recent years, it is still very serious and should be managed properly to avoid damaging effects to the body. These damaging effects include threats to your oral that can greatly influence your orthodontic treatment.

Diabetes and Gum Disease

The connection between diabetes and periodontal disease is closer than most people think. Did you know that those with diabetes are two times more likely to develop gum disease? For this reason, it is important for people with diabetes to understand its effects and practice good oral hygiene before, during and after orthodontic treatment.Read More

Is Juicing Bad for Your Teeth?

pouring green juice into a glassAt the start of every new year, most of us begin to reevaluate our waistlines and opt for a healthier lifestyle. With the growing popularity of juicing in recent years, more of our patients have been turning to this diet as a means of increasing their fruit and vegetable intake. While blending veggies, fruits, and other nutrients together can be very beneficial for overall health, do you really know the effects on your oral health?

The Effects of Juicing on the Teeth

When you consume a fruit and vegetable drink, you’re exposing your teeth to the acids that come from these foods as well. Over time, these acids can cause staining and erosion damage to your teeth. Many people notice that their teeth feel sticky or rough after juicing for more than a couple of days. Thankfully, the orthodontists at McNamara Orthodontics has a few easy tips to help maintain great oral health while drinking yourself to a better you. Read More

Announcing Our Spring Break “Seek & Find Contest”

What are your plans for Spring Break? Whether you’re traveling or taking it easy at home, you could be snagging new music, movies, TV shows or podcasts to enjoy with a $100 iTunes gift card. Just enter our “Spring Break Seek & Find Contest!”

Our minds are on warmer weather during these winter months, and we’ve hidden tiny graphics of flip-flop sandals on certain pages of our website. Search our page top to bottom and enter a guess of how many you find! All entries with correct guesses will be added to a raffle, where one lucky name will be drawn for the gift card.

So, find those flip-flops! Check out our contest page for more information.