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What To Ask At Your Orthodontic Consultation

January 15th, 2019

THE INITIAL ORTHODONTIC consultation is a critical step in your orthodontic treatment process. One of the best things you can do to prepare is to think about the kinds of questions you want to ask at your visit. We have expert treatment coordinators who guide each consultation for Dr. Sanders and will assist with all of your questions. Here are just a few to get you started.

How Long Will My Treatment Take?

Every patient has their own specific orthodontic needs, which means their treatment will be unique. Make sure to ask for an estimate on long your own treatment will take and what factors influence that timeline. The length and complexity of your treatment will also determine how much it costs.

How Do I Brush And Floss Around My Braces?

We sometimes take brushing and flossing our teeth for granted when we don’t have braces. It’s a fairly simple process to clean all of our teeth’s surfaces and get in between with a string of floss. With braces, it can be trickier, because there are many more places for pieces of food to get stuck, which also happen to be harder to reach with braces in the way. That’s why it’s important to ask for advice on how to keep your teeth clean with the braces on!

What Foods Should I Avoid?

You may have heard of the banned foods list orthodontic patients have to follow, and there’s a good reason for that. Having braces can make it difficult or impossible to eat certain types of food comfortably, and some foods can actually put the appliance in danger of breaking. Make sure you leave your consultation knowing which foods you should leave off your grocery list during your orthodontic treatment.

What Do I Do If Something Breaks?

Accidents happen to everyone, including orthodontic patients. A bracket may come loose or break, an archwire may snap, or any number of other complications could come up. It’s a good idea to get some early advice on what to do in those kinds of situations so that you’ll be ready for them.

What Options Do I Have For My Treatment?

Because everyone’s teeth and situations are different, there is no one-size-fits-all solution in orthodontic treatment. Ask Dr. Sanders if traditional braces are the most effective option for you, or if you might do better with a different approach, such as invisible aligners.

How Can I Help My Teeth Move Into Place On Schedule?

Many factors besides the starting position of the teeth can impact the speed of orthodontic treatment, including the actions of the patient! Depending on what you do, your treatment can either finish on time or become delayed, so make sure you have a clear idea of what you need to do to stay on track!

Having questions is no reason to postpone your orthodontic treatment!

Come See Us With These And All Your Other Questions!

Here at our practice, we can’t wait to start working with you on helping you reach your healthy, straight smile goals, and the first step is making sure all your questions are answered. If you haven’t already scheduled your initial consultation, give us a call today!

We love giving our patients more reasons to smile!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

3 Orthodontic Tips For Cold And Flu Season

December 28th, 2018

WHEN THE COLD AND FLU SEASON STRIKES, your teeth and braces are probably the last things you’re thinking about as you reach for another tissue! But there ARE some things related to that cold or flu that can affect your oral health.

Since tooth decay and gum disease can be especially risky during orthodontic treatment, we want you to be conscious of these three things:

Tip 1: Avoid Dry Mouth By Staying Hydrated

Dry mouth increases cavity risk. Most colds come with a giant side order of stuffy nose. We respond by breathing through our mouths! Doing so, combined with decreased saliva production during sleep, makes our mouths more vulnerable to harmful bacteria.

Tip 2: Keep The Bad Stuff Off Your Teeth

  • Are you sucking on cough drops all day? Most are loaded with sugar. Opt for sugar-free cough drops if possible. AND, be sure not to bite down on those super-hard drops.
  • Cough syrup is loaded with sugar too. If you take cough syrup, rinse your mouth out before going back to bed.
  • Stomach acid is hard on teeth. Sorry to bring this up, but if you’re throwing up, keep your teeth rinsed and clean.

Tip 3: No Matter How Tired…

We know it’s tough when you’re sick, but don’t skip your normal brushing/flossing routine just because you’re feeling really tired. Your oral health while you’re in braces is just too important to neglect.

A Few More Practical Tips For Staying Healthy

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Stay healthy this flu season! Remember to sneeze into your elbow and wash your hands often to keep viruses from spreading. If you have any more questions about measures you should take for your orthodontic treatment during cold and flu season, let us know! We want to ensure your treatment stays on track, even if the flu pays a visit to your home this year.

If you’re sick, get feeling better soon! And thanks for your trust in our orthodontic practice.

 

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

What We’re Thankful For

November 21st, 2018

EACH YEAR, THANKSGIVING is a wonderful time for us all to reflect on all the things we’re grateful for in our lives, and that’s exactly what we’ve done at our practice. Here are some of the things our team members feel particularly grateful for this Thanksgiving season.

What We’re Most Thankful For

Chelsea our Money Wizard

"My family and I have a pie making tradition every year during the Holidays. On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving we all get together and make pies for the Salvation Army annual Thanksgiving Dinner. One year we worked all night and made over 200 pies! "

 

Lisa our Front Office Dynamo

"I am thankful for family get-togethers that make it a great excuse for me to try out new recipes! My husband Brian is always on board to try to new things and we love to share them with our family."

 

 Abi our Queen Of Behind The Scenes

"I'm most thankful for my HOME this year because it's my first time having my own home. I can't imagine all the people that lost everything in the fires this year. Bruno my Frenchie represents my home because we've been together through many transitions this year. At the end of the day, who and what your home is comprised of is the most important. :-)

 

 Erica our McMomager

"I have so many things to be thankful for it's really hard to only talk about just one. While nothing can compare to the gratitude I have for my family and for my faith in Jesus I am super grateful for all the people that I get to meet and connect with in life. I get to meet so many wonderful families at the office, and outside of work I get to meet tons more when I do photography sessions! It overwhelms me at times with the kindness and generosity I feel from others. During the holidays for the last 8-9 years I have met with many families to photograph them for their annual holiday greeting cards, or milestone memories. It's been so fun to get to know all of them and be a part of their traditions."

 

Dr. Sanders the ROCK STAR DOC!

My life revolves around my family! To me there is no greater blessing than the love I have for them and the memories we get to make together. I'm so grateful I am in a profession that allows me to maximize the time I get to spend with my beautiful wife Joyce and our energetic five kids! I'm especially thankful for each of them!

 

We’re Thankful For You!

Along with everything that we could possibly be thankful for, we’re also thankful for all of our amazing patients! We’re thankful for the happiness and fun you bring to our practice, and we love seeing you! We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Thank you for being wonderful patients!

 

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

It’s Time To Put On Pink!

October 2nd, 2018

OCTOBER IS HERE, and that means it’s time to Put on Pink for breast cancer awareness! With your help, our practice will be raising funds to support breast cancer research.

Breast Cancer Statistics

With one in eight being diagnosed during their lifetime, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. By the end of the year, it’s estimated that over 260,000 more women will have been diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States alone, and over 40,000 women will have succumbed to the disease.

Although it’s more rare, men are sometimes diagnosed with breast cancer as well, with an estimated 2,550 cases being diagnosed this year.

On a more personal level, several of our own staff members have even lost loved ones to cancer, while others of us have watched dear friends battle against it when the odds didn't always seem favorable. While difficult to talk about we feel it an important topic to raise awareness and show our support for.

Medical Advancements Bring Hope

The diagnosis and death statistics for breast cancer are still far too high, but thanks to improvements in early detection, advancements in treatment, and increased awareness, survival rates been going up steadily since 1989.

We Donate When You Put On Pink!

When our patients show support for breast cancer research, so can we! There are three different ways you can participate in this campaign!

Option 1: Follow our social media accounts.

Option 2: Check in on Facebook at our practice.

Option 3: Post a photo or story from our practice!

For each interaction, we will make a contribution to breast cancer research! You can do just one of them or you can do all three!

For each new Facebook or Instagram "LIKE" we will donate $1.00. For each check in on Facebook at our practice we will donate $1.00. For each photo or story shared from our practice we will donate $2.00. There is no limit to the number of times you can participate! Be creative with your posts! Some good photos would be a selfie with Dr. Sanders, a photo with any staff member, or a picture of your shoes while you sit in the dental chair even lol! Our campaign will run through October 31st and our donations will be made to the American Cancer Society on November 1st.

We Can Make A Difference Together!

We’re excited about this opportunity to work with you, our wonderful patients and friends, to raise awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

As your trusted, lifelong health partner, we’re determined to do anything we can to keep you and your loved ones as healthy as possible. If you have questions about breast cancer, feel free to reach out to us and we’ll be able to direct you to the information and resources you need. And don’t forget…

Put On Pink to show your support!

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