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Pumpkin Carving Contest!

October 1st, 2014

October is a great month!  October is National Orthodontic Health month and what better way to celebrate than with a pumpkin carving contest?!  (Besides eating gobs of braces friendly pumpkin pie of course…)

Smileworks Orthodontics’ 1st annual pumpkin carving contest starts today!

Pumpkin carving contest rules:

1) Pumpkins must be dental or orthodontic themed
2) To submit an entry, take a picture of you and your pumpkin and post it on Facebook either through your account or your parent’s account. BE SURE to tag our office otherwise we will not receive your entry.
3) All entries must be submitted by midnight October 31st.

We will announce the winner on Monday November 3rd. May the odds be ever in your favor!

 

Mouth guards for Fall Sports!

September 11th, 2014

Fall sports are here and sports mouth guards are in full demand!  If your child plays sports such as football, softball, baseball, and volleyball (or any other contact sport for that matter!) please don’t forget the importance of a mouth guard. Mouth guardsprotect not only the braces, but your child’s lips, cheeks and teeth as well.

If you chose to buy a sports mouth guard at the sporting goods store please make sure it is the right one for braces & orthodontic appliances. The packaging will indicate that its an “orthodontic” mouth guard or that it’s “for braces.”

You can also purchase a sports mouth guard from our office (that is specifically for orthodontic patients) for $9.99 + tax and it comes with a dental warranty. Please feel free to stop by the office and pick one up if you choose.

Good luck with the sports season and we wish you the best!!

Back to School Already?!

August 16th, 2014

It’s hard to believe that school is starting soon!  If your child recently had a consultation with us, you’ll probably want to take advantage of the next few weeks to get them scheduled before school starts.

If your kids are on their way to school this year with braces and/or appliances, please remember to pack them with the necessities needed to ensure a braces-friendly day of school.  As always, we’ve prepared some tips!:

Make sure your child has:

* an extra toothbrush
* floss & floss threader
* toothpaste
* wax
* retainer or appliance case
* Smileworks Orthodontics bracelet (in case the nurse needs to call for advice on a poking wire or other situation)

We wish you and your children the best with the start of another school year and hope it’s a great one for everybody!

Happy Independence Day!!

July 3rd, 2014

The fourth of July is such an important date in our history!  Nowadays we like to celebrate with barbecues, fireworks, parades, and hot dogs.  Tons and tons of hot dogs!!  Did you know that it is estimated that 150 million hot dogs will be eaten on 4th of July this year?!  Holy fireworks batman, that’s a lot of hot dogs!

So, even though it is national hot dog month, we’d like to take a minute to share with you some healthier, ahem, we mean wiser and more scrumptious foods for this wonderful occasion!  All, of course, braces friendly…

Watermelon, mmmmm watermelon:

Blueberries, sweet sweet blueberries:

Raspberries, deliciously juicy raspberries:

Ice cream!:

Yogurt, smooth creamy deliciousness:

However, we understand the need for a juicy hot dog every now and then; and no one should have to go hot dog-less on the biggest hot dog eating day of the year.  So if you really feel like having one, research has shown that the healthiest hot dog you can buy in your local grocery store is Oscar Mayer’s Low-fat extra lean turkey franks!

Enjoy and have a great 4th of July!!

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