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Monday September 1st, 2014

Say cheese! Ever wonder why we’re told to smile in photos? It’s a fact that we look more attractive when we’re smiling. According to a study done by the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 95% of American adults think that an attractive smile makes one more appealing. Studies published in “Psychology Today” had a panel look at full length photos of people smiling and with a neutral expression. Consistently, the person in the smiling photos was thought to be more attractive, confident, conscientious and more stable than the person without the smile. So doesn’t it make sense, if you’re in the job market, to enter with a great smile? And since smiling reduces stress, that’s another added benefit that shows right on your face!

If you want doors to open for you, one of the best things you can is enter with a smile on your face. Orthodontics can help you do just that; whether it’s with Invisalign or braces, getting those teeth lined up can have a huge impact. And don’t forget to make ’em white. A bright white smile will really make them notice you.
Keep smiling!

-Dr. Gib Snow

Did you know that by age seven, your child’s mouth has grown enough and has enough sound structure to know how it will develop as the permanent teeth start to emerge? That’s why the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic evaluation around age 7.

The Orthodontists at Snow Orthodontics perform many orthodontic evaluations on young children, and our staff is trained to detect any problems, such as crowding, deep bites, and open bites. Although orthodontic treatment will not usually start until years later, the orthodontic evaluation is instrumental in determining whether your child has any problems with the jaw and teeth early when they are still easy to treat. This can prevent the need to extract permanent teeth later, as well as prevent other growth related problems. Earlier treatment can also cost less to correct a potential problem than delayed treatment.

The benefits of an Orthodontic evaluation or consultation by an Orthodontist include:
• A better prognosis for how the permanent teeth will develop
• The ability to correct any habits that may be the cause of development problems, such as thumb sucking or tongue pushing
• Correcting bite problems like an open bite, cross bite or deep bite
• Lowering the risk of damage to any protruding teeth
• Creating a more pleasing and functional arrangement of teeth, lips and face
• Alleviating future, and possibly more invasive, dental correction

Snow Orthodontics provides a no cost initial evaluation. It’s easy to schedule by calling one of our convenient offices.

Friday August 1st, 2014

The other day we finished orthodontic treatment for a “young lady” who has celebrated her birthday more than 70 times and it was a tremendous celebration. There were tears in her eyes when she talked about how the changes in her smile made her feel. It made me think about the many people who feel they’re too old for orthodontic treatment, or that they don’t deserve the benefits of a great smile in the second half of their life.

Are you one of them? Maybe you didn’t have braces when you were a child or teenager, and have for years been self-conscious about your smile. Or maybe, as you’ve gotten older, your teeth have shifted and your bite is now uncomfortable or unattractive. Did you have braces as a teen and neglect wearing your retainer causing your teeth to take a trip down memory lane to their former state? Whatever the reason for your less-than-perfect smile and bite, it’s never too late to have the smile you want. The physical, psychological and health benefits are worth it!

The advances in technology in recent years have given us a number of great options for orthodontic treatment for adults. Not only do we have a treatment type that will suit your look and lifestyle, but we’re now able to provide treatment that is faster and more comfortable than ever before.

Invisalign is one of the options that’s great for adults who want an aesthetic and comfortable orthodontic solution. Dr. Snow has been designated by Align Technology, the makers of Invisalign, as a Top 1% Elite Preferred Provider. That designation means that you can have Invisalign treatment from an orthodontic team with lots of Invisalign experience. Our experience can make your experience better.

Give us a call to schedule your complimentary initial exam. And enjoy the benefits of a beautiful healthy smile for life.

Looking for something to do this summer? Check out the exhibit at MOAH in Lancaster where they are celebrating the anniversary of the film “Endless Summer” with multiple exhibitions dedicated to summer!

“Selections from a Wave Warrior” is an exhibit dedicated to surfing legend and artist Herbie Fletcher. This very cool exhibit features large sculptural collages of surfboards that were collected at surfing competitions. Broken and recycled (have you ever broken a surfboard? Ouch…), these collages are a fun way to experience the variety of designs that have ridden the waves.

There are lots of vintage surfboards to see, so you can take in the evolution of the surfboard as the technology developed. There’s also some historic photography and films where you can experience the culture of the surfing community from years ago up until present. Check out all the exhibit rooms. There’s much to highlight the best of summer, the power of the ocean and the determination of those who seek to master the power of the waves.

Take a break from the outdoors and enjoy this tribute to summer at the Museum of History and Art at 665 West Lancaster BLVD (Corner of Ehrlich Ave. and Lancaster BLVD). It’s only 5 minutes from our Lancaster office.

The exhibits are free and the air is cool. Oh, and don’t miss the vintage pinball machine exhibit!

The end of summer brings with it a lot of change. The less strict routine of the summer allows everyone time to relax, and set aside the pressure of having to be somewhere on time multiple times during the day. Summer also often brings a chance to explore new things; whether it’s a new skill or hobby, a new experience or a new place, summer often affords the freedom to do things differently. There’s so much to do in the Antelope Valley, I hope that some of your time this summer has been spent locally, exploring the towns and cities and all they have to offer. So now everyone is back to school, and the routine has started. It’s great to start back to school, start to read new books, and meet new friends. For parents, the routine of the school year is often a welcome change. When managing a family, a routine can provide a different kind of relaxation. Routine allows us to operate within a structure where decisions do not have to be made constantly. That routine allows us to make the majority of the decisions once, and then go with the flow. At Snow Orthodontics our routines are based on years of experience. Having established routines helps us to be efficient while at the same time giving us the ability to have fun with our patients. We can enjoy our time with you, because the routine allows us to focus on you. We bet the same is true to you at home. When you have a system for getting things done, there’s free time to relax and enjoy. We hope you enjoy the first month of back to school. It’s fun to start again, and get back to routine.

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