Thursday, December 18, 2014

Every Relationship Takes Work

...and the relationship between you and your Braces is no different.

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You and your braces will become besties over the upcoming months.  There will be some bad days, but there will be good days too. And if you stick with it and work through those bad days, the good days will be that much better. 

To prevent any ill feelings between you and your braces we recommend...

  • Avoiding sticky or hard foods. You don’t want to do anything that could cause your bestie harm. And even though it may seem like the best foods are the foods that are sticky and/or hard…sticky or hard foods can break a bracket or wire. 
  • Chewing with your back teeth. Taking a large bite of food with your front teeth can leave your braces vulnerable to damage. Cut large foods into pieces and use your back teeth to chew. 
  • Flossing. We know that it can be a pain to floss around your braces…your braces may even fight you on it.  But flossing is the best way to prevent gum disease and other oral health problems. If you find flossing with braces difficult, don’t give up on it. There are tools that can help. Ask us about Floss Threaders. Floss Threaders definitely make flossing with braces much easier. 
  • Smoothing things over. When you first get your braces, sore spots may develop on your cheeks. To protect your cheeks, place wax on the bracket or wire. Rinsing with warm salt water several times a day is also very soothing to your gum and cheek tissues. Don’t worry…the soreness from your braces won’t last long, so try your best not to get mad at your braces.  
You and your braces will go through a lot together. When all is said and done, you’ll smile at yourself in the mirror one day, remembering your braces fondly and you'll know that the relationship was totally worth it.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

My Life With Braces: Frosty's Untold Story

It's a little known fact...but a fact none the less. 
Frosty the Snowman wore braces (as pictured below).

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We all know that Frosty is a jolly happy soul, but what we didn't know is that he wasn't always that way. Growing up, Frosty felt very self-conscious about his smile. He never smiled in photos and always put his hand over his mouth when he talked. And forget about selfies...Frosty didn't dare take a selfie for fear a being made fun of by the other snowmen in his town.

But that all changed the day his mom took him for an initial consultation at his local orthodontic office. "It was made very clear to me, that I could have the smile I always dreamed of, in a short amount of time with high-tech, light-force brackets and wires that create less pressure and are more comfortable...Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity." 

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Shortly after his initial consultation, the orthodontist placed Damon Brackets on Frosty's teeth. "Treatment time went by so fast, and I had fewer appointments due to the Damon System's innovative technology", says Frosty. "This was important to me as I have a very busy schedule and can really only go outdoors four months out of the year."

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Today, Frosty is the jolly happy soul with two eyes made out of coal that we have all come to know and love...and he owes it all to his orthodontist and Damon System Braces.

If you have always dreamed of smiling with confidence, schedule you initial consultation with Dr. Lenz today. Dr. Lenz and his team specialize in the Damon System and will work with you to achieve a magical smile!