We have so many exciting things planned for our Fall Festival event. We’ve been busy planning, sampling food and shopping for great prizes. It is going to be a great event and we hope to see you there.
For those who have never attended the event we have games, contests, great food and we will be giving also give away FREE braces. Be sure to register early as spaces are limited and we do expect to sell out.
Register now at:
If you’ve already registered don’t forget to print out your
registration confirmation email and bring in your new or gently used clothing items for our Salvation Army Clothes Drive.
Have a great month and we look forward to seeing you for your next appointment.
Dr. O El-Hillal & Dr. Saavedra
What Is Phase 1 Treatment and When Should My Child See An Orthodontist?
We are often surprised when we see a new patient and they don’t realize that there are two phases of orthodontic treatment called Phase 1 and Phase 2. Now most people are familiar with Phase 2 treatment as it is the general treatment used on children aged 12 and above as well as adults.
Phase 2 treatment is when we are correcting the smile and teeth alignment in adult teeth, where as Phase 1 is when we are taking preventative measures to correct future problems we are predicting based on our treatment assessment. For example, in Phase 1 we may have a patient aged 7 or above wear a retainer to maintain space between teeth to allow adult teeth to come down.
Phase 1 treatment is generally used as a preventative measure and often reduces the treatment time required during Phase 2 Treatment. By using Phase 1 treatment you can avoid extractions and jaw surgery later on in life by addressing the problems while growth is still occurring.
When Should My Child Start Treatment?
This is a common question from parents. Dr. O and Dr. Saavedra recommend that any child aged 7 or above has an orthodontic consultation. In the consultation we will take X-Rays and photos and the doctors will do an extensive chairside exam. It’s during this consultation that the Drs would make recommendations on whether your child is ready for orthodontic treatment.
In many cases, no treatment will be recommended at the time and we will schedule to see the patient in 6 months time to see if there has been any change in the way the teeth and mouth are developing.
If you have a child aged 7 or above, schedule them an initial
complimentary consultation by calling us at 623-227-0813.
The Importance of Good Oral Hygiene While Wearing Braces
Often we are asked how often you should brush your teeth, floss or rinse your mouth while in treatment. It’s a great question because oral hygiene is extremely important, especially during treatment.
Dr. O and Dr. Saavedra recommend that you brush at least twice a day, floss once a day and wash your mouth after each meal. This way you can be sure to remove any food or build up from your teeth and in your mouth.
Without this kind of recommended care you can actually extend the time that you need to be in braces. In addition to that it can lead to demineralization of teeth, gingivitis, tartar build up and in extreme scenarios we may even need to cease treatment until your oral hygiene improves.
All of this is avoidable though with proper care. In addition to brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and rinsing after each meal we recommend you also visit the general dentist at least every 6 months.
Of The Month
What Is Your Name? Marlena
What Do You Do At E&S Orthodontics?
Back Office Assistant
What Is Your Favorite Song?
Sam Hunt – “Make You Miss Me”
What Is Your Favorite Movie? Elf
How Long Have You Worked at E&S Orthodontics?
2months (3 if externship counts) 🙂
Are There Any Qoutes You Love Or Live By?
“Better an oops than a what if”
Patient Of The Month
Become Patient of the Month! Ask us how?
Patient of the month is chosen based on oral hygiene; keep your teeth at an above average or excellent standard of cleanliness and you will have a chance to win.
This month we honor Jamaican Romero Please give us a call to schedule pick up of your gift. Winners will be highlighted in the newsletter, their picture will be framed in the front office and they will receive a grab bag gift courtesy of Dr. O and Dr. Wil.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
Life Is Short, So Smile While You Still Have Teeth!
– Source Unknown
Thank you to everyone who entered into
the Docs-On-A-Stick Contest. The docs
travelled to some wonderful destinations.
The winners of our 3 $100 Visa Gift Cards are:
Christopher Lee Cunningham
Continue to join in the fun on social media with our weekly Facebook Freebie!
Braces Friendly Recipe of the Month
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 Tablespoons water
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine shortening, sugar, water and vanilla using an electric mixer. Beat until smooth. Add eggs and mix until blended. Mix flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder slowly into shortening mixture, using low then medium speed.
- Drop 2 tablespoons of batter onto ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake for 9 minutes at 375 degrees.
- Makes about three dozen.
- Store in a covered container to keep the softness.