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Thinking About Mail-In Orthodontics? Read This First!

Wouldn’t you love to simply take a selfie, and/or impression of your teeth Young man wearing clear braces.or get your teeth scanned, and receive aligners that straighten your teeth in a few months without even leaving your home? Sounds too good to be true, huh?

This is exactly the type of convenience offered and advertised with direct-to-consumer orthodontics. Companies like SmileDirectClub, Smilelove, SnapCorrect, etc. are appealing because they address the concern most people have about orthodontics: time. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) advises you to take a step back and look at the overall picture before considering the latest alternative to straighten your teeth. Read More

The Truth About Mail Order Orthodontics

Would you consider undergoing orthodontic treatment to improve your smile without ever having to step foot inside an orthodontic or dental office? In the last couple years, there has been a significant increase in the purchase of mail order orthodontics and at-home teeth straightening kits, especially with teens. What’s the hook? It is advertised as a more cost-effective and convenient way to achieve a better smile. Watch this video!

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Is Your Vegan Diet Good for Your Teeth While Wearing Braces?

Vegan Diet and Braces Austin TXWhile we’ve all heard that milk is great for building strong bones and teeth, not everyone drinks milk. Although more Americans are becoming proactive about taking care of their overall health, many of us have dietary preferences that exclude dairy products.

Both calcium and vitamin D are essential to your oral health, but are you getting enough calcium? At the orthodontic office of Mary Kay Becher DDS MS, we understand that some of us simply cannot consume foods rich in calcium, like milk, due to lactose intolerance and dairy allergies…even when wearing braces. We also understand that others choose vegan or vegetarian lifestyles that eliminate certain food groups, increasing the risk for calcium and vitamin D deficiency.Read More

Announcing “My Dad Is So Rad” Winner Raelen

We were truly moved by all the entries in our “My Dad is So Rad” contest. It is great that our patients have such loving father figures in their lives.

Our winner is Raelen, who wowed us with some truly kind words about her father, Richard. Richard raises triplets as a single dad and – through good times and rough times – there is lots of love in their household. Thanks for your submission, Raelen!

Richard’s prize is a Mobile Auto detailing certificate! His car will be spick and span for the family’s next trip to Six Flags amusement park! Congrats, Richard!

We wish all our patients a safe and happy summer. Don’t forget to check our Contests page for more fun events and chances to win prizes.

Orthodontic Treatment For Children

Orthodontic Treatment Austin TXMost parents understand the importance of starting children young with an at-home oral care routine. While children start their dental care routine in their toddler years, do you know the best age to start them with orthodontic treatment? Some parents choose to wait until all of their child’s permanent teeth have come in, but what is the real answer? Lucky Number 7

At the orthodontic office of Mary Kay Becher DDS PA, we suggest bringing your child in for an orthodontic evaluation at age seven. We recommend this age because the first molars come in around this time. While your child will have a mix of adult and baby teeth, our staff can identify any abnormalities or problems in the near future. These problems can include crowding, deep bites and open bites.

In some cases, early treatment can help regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, reduce the threat of impacted permanent teeth, eliminate the need for extractions and resolve speech problems. When caught early and quickly treated, many patients do not need orthodontic treatment later in life, saving them both time and money.

How Soon Will Treatment Begin?

Keep in mind that while you can have your child evaluated for early orthodontic treatment, the treatment itself may not begin for another few years after the exam has been performed. Depending on our findings, treatment can start as soon as one year later and as late as five years after the examination.

Early Treatment Benefits

Taking a proactive approach to your child’s oral health could prevent physical and emotional trauma as they mature. Kids can be cruel and children with misaligned teeth can experience poor oral hygiene and a lot of teasing from peers.

It is important to note that not every treatment plan is the same. Dr. Mary Kay Becher DDS PA works with each patient to develop a custom plan for treatment based on their needs. If treatment is not yet necessary, patients are placed on our orthodontic supervisory program in order to monitor progress.

Is your child’s seventh birthday coming up? If you suspect that your child may need an evaluation, contact our office to schedule your complimentary consultation. The sooner we meet, the better our chances of ensuring your child has a healthy smile and even brighter future.

Announcing Our Selfie Smile Contest

Summer’s not fun if it’s not full of smiles! If you’re a Grade-A selfie taker, snap a pic of your self and send it to Dr. Becher and her staff for the chance to win a prize.

Our “Self Smile Contest” runs June 14th through August 31st! Snap a creative selfie while you have fun in the sun and upload it to our contest page here.

Dr. Becher will create galleries for the finalists in three categories for final online voting:

*Funniest Selfie
*Most Colorful Selfie
*Most Unusual Self

The winner with the most votes in each category receives a Brookstone Big Blue Party™ Indoor-Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker for you to jam to your favorite songs wherever the remainder of summer takes you. Voting for the category finalists ends September 10th.

Check out our Contests page for more information. We hope everyone has a safe and happy summer. Let’s see those selfies!!