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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.

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!

Our Favorite Memories Of Our Dads

June 14th, 2018

DADS PUT IN SO MUCH work to keep their families afloat day in and day out. And that’s why we love them so much! Father’s Day gives us a special day to honor and celebrate all the dads we know, love, and care about. So we’ve taken the time to gather some of our favorite stories about our dads and stories about what it’s like being a dad from the dads themselves!

 

Our Favorite Memories Of Our Dads

My fondest memories are the driving adventures we had. We've driven through a giant redwood, visited the Monterey aquarium, fed elephants at the San Diego zoo, and stood on the steps of the state capitol (we didn't live in Sacramento at that time). This definitely fed my love for travel and photography. - Lisa

 

One of my favorite memories has to be graduating from with my undergrad degree which happened to fall on Father's Day. It was the best present I could ever give to us both. - Abi

 

I have many great memories with my dad so it's hard to choose just one. I often got to help my dad with special home improvement projects and here you see him letting me help paint the deck. - Michele

 

I miss sharing great memories with my dad who passed away in 2005. This is my favorite photo of he and I riding ATV's in the sand dunes at Pismo Beach, CA. - Erica

 

Stories From The Dads On Our Team

What I enjoy about being a Dad is: When I get home everyday and walk into the door from work and get greeted with my boys saying hey Dad I missed you today and I love you so much with great Big Smiles On they’re faces and asking me so what are we gonna do now Dad? - Anthony

 

My life revolves around my family. I feel like raising my children is my highest calling. Nothing is better than having fun with my kids! Here I am with my girls Emme, Ava, and Mae before a daddy-daughter event. - Dr. Sanders

 

Everyone Has A Story To Tell

The stories are different with each family, and as much as we love our own stories about the dads in our lives, we want to hear yours too! If you have a special memory of your dad or of being a dad or of some other dad who has made a big impact in your life, we want to hear all about it, so let us know in the comments!

Have a wonderful Father’s Day this weekend dads! You deserve it!

Are You Ready To Chalk The Doc?

June 12th, 2018

ARE YOU EXCITED to chalk the doc? We are! We like to have fun in our practice, and with your participation, we’re going to help Dr. Sanders welcome in summer with an explosion of color!

This month, when you come to our office, you’ll have a chance to help us fill up a sticker chart so we can chalk the doc! If we get the chart completed we will be chalking Dr. Sanders at the end of the month on Thursday June 28th at 3:30pm. This event will be LIVE on Facebook and any patients that participated in the contest are able to join in on the FUN and help us chalk the doc!  

During your next visit, not only will you be able to get us closer to chalking the doc, but you will be entered to win a prize! We are giving one lucky winner 4 FREE MOVIE PASSES to enjoy a feature hit this summer.

Participating Is Easy!

Step 1: Take a picture with a fun social sign and put a sticker on the campaign poster, bringing us closer to our goal.
Step 2: Post the photo to Facebook, tag our location and including our hashtag #CHALKTHEDOC
Step 3: Receive a raffle entry to win a prize!

Share Your Photo And Enter To Win 4 FREE MOVIE PASSES!

Please note: your post with a photo must be set to public in order to be counted. Entries will be counted up until Thursday June 28th at 3pm. The chalking will be directly afterwards and a winner will be selected also at that time. We will announce the winner on our Facebook LIVE post. Be sure to tune in! If we don't receive a response within 3 days from our chosen winner, a new one will be selected. WELCOME TO SUMMER!!

Visit our Facebook page for more information and updates!

The ULTIMATE Summer Adventure!

June 7th, 2018

#FlatDrMatt needs a vacation! Take him with YOU!

Begins: June 18th, 2018 Ends: August 18th, 2018

Where are your adventures taking you this summer? Are you going to surf the pipeline in Oahu? Hiking the Andes Mountains? Maybe you’ll be poolside right in your own backyard! Wherever you go, Flat Dr. Matt needs a travel buddy! Can you take him with you? This summer, when you include Flat Dr. Matt in your social posts, you enter to win our ultimate summer prize!!

HERE IS HOW TO ENTER:

1. Come in to Sunrise Orthodontics OR Placerville Orthodontics and    pick up a flat  Dr. Matt popsicle stick picture.  You can also download flat Dr. Matt here:

Flat Dr Matt

2. Take a picture with flat Dr. Matt on your adventures. Be creative, or as boring as you want, he just wants company! ⠀

3. Post your photo on our Facebook wall, or on Instagram (be sure to tag @sunriseortho + @placervilleortho). Not on Social Media? That’s ok! Please email your photo to us at contest@sunriseorthodontics.com.

4. You are now entered! But, one last rule! The most important of all… ENJOY YOUR SUMMER ADVENTURES!

BONUS ENTRY GIVEN WHEN YOU use THE HASHTAG #FlatDrMatt ON YOUR SOCIAL POSTS

Deadline for entering the contest is on 8/18/18 at 11:59 PST. Winner will be announced on Monday August 20th! HAVE FUN!

WWW.SUNRISEORTHODONTICS.COM

contest@sunriseorthodontics.com

 

 

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