We know that back to school is a busy time. It’s full of extra errands, list-making and all kinds details that need our attention. Remarkably, it’s also a really busy time at our orthodontic offices. I think that’s because orthodontic treatment takes fewer appointments today than ever, with 6 to 8 weeks between appointments, so by having an appointment right before school starts, kids won’t need another adjustment until they’re settled in and life’s busyness has settled down a bit.
If you’re already a part of the Snow Orthodontics family of patients, you know we try really hard to work around busy schedules. It’s not possible for everyone’s appointments to be scheduled after school hours, but we do work with parents to make sure kids miss as little school time as possible while they’re getting their new smiles. Plus, the added confidence that comes with a Snow Orthodontics Smile makes it all worthwhile.
We admit it. Last week we spent even more time looking at teeth than we normally do. That’s because it was Shark Week on the Discovery Channel – and talk about teeth! Some of those incredible animals have row upon row of teeth. And, for that one week, it seems like everyone is as big a tooth nerd as we are here at Snow Orthodontics. After all, we’re focused on teeth all day, every day.
Many of the kids who come to us for treatment talk about their “shark tooth”. This is a canine tooth that needs a little help to come down into the right position with the rest of the teeth. It’s a common problem that we fix all the time with braces, but sometimes the issues that need the most attention are the ones that aren’t so obvious. That’s one of the reasons we offer complimentary consultations to everyone. It’s a great way to see how Snow Orthodontics can help with the obvious stuff…and the important stuff that isn’t so obvious.
Photo found on Pinterest:-).
Did you know that just thinking about something that makes you smile can actually lower your blood pressure and improve your overall health? Pretty cool, huh?!
In this busy age of computers, cell phones, working non-stop we forget that something as simple as a memory can sooth the stresses of the day away like an hour at the spa. For us, thinking about the great relationships we have with our patients here at Snow Orthodontics is all it takes. And right now, just looking at the fun entries in our Where In The World Contest on Facebook is bringing lots of smiles to members of our team.
Our patients are like family, only without any of the stress and tension that sometimes comes with actual relatives:-). We can think of so many awesome moments with patients, and they all make us smile. And the really neat thing is how often we hear that we make you smile too.
We know that not all memories are positive, but we’re really glad to know the ones we share together can bring a smile…and maybe even help us all live a little longer and enjoy life a little more.
I remember one time (yeah, right:-), when I was about to go into an important meeting and one of my fingernails was chipped. I didn’t have any clippers or a file, so I used the only tool I had – my teeth – to give it a quick trim. Have you ever done that? Did you know that doing that could turn your chipped nail into a chipped tooth? It’s true.
Chewing on anything too hard (like ice or hard candy), anything too chewy (like gummies and caramels), or playing sports without a mouth guard can damage your teeth. Even drinking sugary drinks, wine and things with a lot of citric acid can damage your teeth. I’m not saying you can’t eat and drink those things, but be careful when you do, and clean your teeth well afterwards. Interesting thing though – it’s best to wait a few minutes after drinking something sugary before you brush, because you can actually brush the damaging stuff right into your enamel if you don’t give your saliva a chance to work its magic first. And remember, pencils and pens are for writing – not for chewing:-).
If you want to keep your teeth healthy and strong so that they will continue to do their real job of keeping you alive (eating) and making you look good (smiling) it is important to take good care of them.
Memorial Day is a big deal at Snow Orthodontics. I think that’s probably because close to 70% of our patients are in school and it’s the unofficial kickoff to summer. Memorial weekend is a chance for us all to get outdoors for a parade, to plant new things in the garden and enjoy some family time. It’s also when we get our Where In The World Are You & Your Toothbrush contest going. But it’s also a chance for us to honor men and women who gave their lives for freedom and country.
One thing is for sure. Memorial Day Weekend is a chance to take out your phone and capture some great memories. These days we see a lot of those on our Snow Orthodontics Facebook Page. We love that and hope you’ll share some great Snow Smile photos with us as you’re out enjoying all the great things we get to enjoy in and around the valley. You can post them right on our Facebook page or tag us in your Instagram posts using #SnowOrtho.
If you don’t already have a Snow Orthodontics Smile, give us a call. If you choose Invisalign® you’ll be able to eat everything at the picnic. If you choose braces, you’ll probably want to cut the corn off the cob:-).