Orthodontic Associates of Mercer Island sponsored the 2012 Youth Theater Northwest’s “Feast Among Friends” fundraising dinner on March 24th. Dr. McNeill had a great time participating in “The Mystery of Youth Theatre” murder mystery performance and seeing so many patients, parents, and friends of OAMI. Dr. McNeill and Dr. McCulloch agree that YTN is a valuable asset for our community and are pleased to support the creative programs it offers to the youth of Mercer Island and surrounding communities.
Winter is here and we are all headed up to the mountains for fun in the snow! Did you know that damage to the mouth and teeth is one of the most common injuries sustained in skiing and snowboarding accidents? We see many children, and even some adults, who have broken one or more front teeth or had a tooth “knocked out” when skiing or snowboarding. When this happens there is a lot of discomfort and in some cases a lifetime of expense to repair the damage and ensure future dental health.
Using a sports mouthguard when skiing and snowboarding can help save your teeth from traumatic injury should an accident happen. Each mouthguard is custom-made from soft, comfortable, clear material and is thin enough that you can breathe and speak normally with it in place. If you, or members of your family, would like to learn more about having sports mouthguards made, call us at 206 232 9600 or contact your family dentist. Why wait for an accident to happen?
Lack of adequate space for the developing adult teeth is one of the most common orthodontic problems we see in youngsters. The reason? Tooth size and jaw size are inherited independently. So, to put it simply, it is possible to inherit large teeth and small jaws. In part this is due to evolution. As the human brain has increased in size, the face, including the upper and lower jaws, has decreased in size. (Just picture the difference between a gorilla and your favorite movie star!) But the number and size of the teeth have not decreased. This mismatch also explains why so many people have no space for wisdom teeth and have to have them removed.
Early detection of dental crowding often affords the opportunity to expand the jaws and thus gain enough space to allow all the teeth to come in to place. If crowding is not dealt with until all the permanent teeth are erupted it is much more likely that some teeth will have to be removed since expansion is less effective at that time. This is one of the major reasons the American Association of Orthodontists recommends an initial orthodontic evaluation at age seven or eight.
So the bad news is that crowding of the teeth is a common occurrence. The good news is that, provided it is addressed in preadolescence, it can generally be resolved without resorting to removal of any teeth!
This Halloween, trick-or-treaters can bring all of their UNOPENED Halloween candy to Orthodontic Associates of Mercer Island to receive 50 points on their Patient Rewards Card.
Visiting the dentist twice a year and brushing daily are great preventative measures, but doing away with excess sweets altogether would really give your teeth a healthy boost.
Global sugar consumption for kids increases about 2% annually and currently sits at 50 million tons per year, which means that parents need to be sure their kids teeth are being cared for more than ever. In some cases, the wrong types of candy can lead to broken teeth and damaged braces.
Candy will be collected from our patients at Orthodontic Associates of Mercer Island the day after Halloween only from 5 – 7 p.m. The candy must be unopened.
The candy will be sent to OPERATION GRATITUDE in Van Nuys, CA. They will make individual Holiday packages for our troops & ship them overseas to our soldiers stationed in war zones. What a great way to brighten the day of an American soldier and help to keep your orthodontic treatment on schedule! Visit them on the web at www.opgratitude.com.
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Many treats can cause havoc for trick-or-treaters with braces. These treats can potentially cause damage that may prolong treatment. This is why the AAO is providing tips for trick-or-treaters undergoing orthodontic treatment. Learn about which treats are friendlier to braces and which ones should be avoided. A few sweets can be okay occasionally, provided that the orthodontic patient remembers to brush and floss after eating. Below are guidelines for orthodontic patients so that they can enjoy the holiday and still be on pace to achieve their healthy, beautiful smiles.
In general, orthodontic patients should look for foods that are soft and easy to chew.
- Soft, melt-in-your-mouth chocolates
- Peanut butter cups
- Milk shakes
- Peeled, thinly sliced apples
- Ice cream
TREATS TO AVOID
In general, orthodontic patients should avoid treats that are sticky, hard, chewy or crunchy.
- Nuts (including candies that contain nuts)
- Licorice, jelly beans or taffy
- Hard pretzels
- Candy corn
- Popcorn (including unpopped kernels)
- Taco chips
The AAO encourages orthodontic patients to consult with their orthodontist if they have specific questions or concerns pertaining to the types of foods that they should avoid.
- Dr. Bill McNeill
Orthodontic Associates of Mercer Island – Dr. Bill McNeill, Dr. Kara McCulloch & their staff have been awarded “Talk of the Town 2011″ for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction!
Dr. McCulloch will be representing our practice at the Invisalign® Ortho Forum September 8 – 10, 2011. This interactive seminar assures that we have the most up-to-date information and the experience and expertise that is essential in providing high quality Invisalign® orthodontic treatment.
Eighty percent of the residents surveyed across five Puget Sound area counties said that they prefer to support environmentally-minded businesses, like EnviroStars. Certified businesses are recognized with a 2- to 5 – Star rating. Orthodontic Associates of Mercer Island has received and maintained a 5 star rating from EnviroStars over the past 4 years, certifying our practice as a “green business”. We are pleased to support Mercer Island, Seattle, Bellevue, and surrounding communities in our commitment to be environmentally responsible.
Sure, you can play sports with braces on your teeth. In fact, if you are hit in the mouth, the braces may actually protect your teeth and roots from injury. Unfortunately, if you are hit in the mouth, your lips and cheeks will most likely have some sort of tissue trauma (swelling, abrasion, or bruising). If you are injured, you should call your orthodontist (and/or dentist) so that the injury can be evaluated and X-rays taken if necessary to ensure that the roots of your teeth have not been damaged. In serious facial injuries, braces are sometimes placed onto the teeth to stabilize tooth position and allow healing of supporting bone. When playing contact sports, it is a good idea to wear a mouth-guard to protect your lips and cheeks from the braces. Be safe and have fun!
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