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Orthodontic Treatment: One Phase Or Two?

young girl with braces and younger sisterDid you know that orthodontic treatment is not just for teens and adults? In fact, the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends that by the age of 7, children should have an initial orthodontic consultation. These comprehensive consultations determine whether or not a child’s teeth are developing properly or if early orthodontic treatment is or will be needed in the future.

Phase 1 vs Phase 2 Orthodontics

The typical process for Phase 1 orthodontic treatment involves a patient being fitted for their appliance (braces for example) which is worn until their teeth move into their proper positions. Some patients may require extractions or surgery prior to beginning treatment. Once the teeth are properly aligned, the patient wears a retainer to keep the teeth from shifting back. Read More

Announcing Our “Great Patient Raffle”

Listen to this! We’re holding our “Great Patient Raffle” and challenging our patients to show us they’re truly team players when it comes to their orthodontic treatment. From now until May 30th, patients can earn raffle tickets for exhibiting the best practices recommended by Dr. Becher and her team.

Ways to Earn Raffle Tickets

  • Be on time for your appointment
  • No broken or failed brackets or appliances
  • Clean teeth and healthy gums during your appointment! (Have you been flossing?)
  • Wear appliances and elastics as instructed

One lucky name will be randomly drawn from the raffle on Thursday, May 30th  to win a pair of Apple Air Pods! The more ways you demonstrate you’re a great patient, the more raffle tickets you get! Learn more on our Contest page here.

Good luck to all our patients who enter! We look forward to seeing your smiles soon!

Your Favorite Late Night Snack Could Lead to Tooth Loss

girl eating popcorn and using laptopIt’s 11 pm and, while you should be in bed, you’re standing in front of the fridge trying to decide a snack of choice before calling it a night. You know this isn’t the best life choice for your waistline, but did you know that it’s also bad for your oral health – especially your braces. Your orthodontic treatment increases the potential to leave food behind on the teeth after eating.

Late Night Snacking Can Lead to Tooth Loss

A 2010 study in Denmark discovered a relationship between midnight snacking and tooth loss. Over a six-year period, a group of over 2,000 adults (8% labeled “nocturnal eaters”) were found to have significantly increased their chances of tooth loss from repeated midnight snacking. Read More

What is the Value of Orthodontic Treatment?

woman getting her braces examinedDid you know that orthodontic treatment is more than just straightening teeth? The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) states, “The goal of orthodontic treatment is a beautiful smile and a good bite—meaning straight teeth that mesh well with the teeth in the opposite jaw and look great.” A straighter smile isn’t only good for aesthetics, it can also make it easier for you to bite, chew and even speak.

Cost vs. Value

Compared to the drastic increase in the price of a house or car in the last 20 years, you will get more value with orthodontic treatment as it typically lasts longer than most people keep a car or even the same house. With proper oral hygiene, the beautiful new smile you achieve with Mary Kay Becher DDS PA can last a lifetime at an unbelievable value. Read More

Could Your Diabetes Effect Your Orthodontic Treatment?

checking blood sugar with fingerAlthough diabetes has become a fairly common disease in most recent years, it is still very serious and should be managed properly to avoid damaging effects on the body. These damaging effects include threats to your oral that can greatly influence your orthodontic treatment.

Diabetes and Gum Disease

The connection between diabetes and periodontal disease is closer than most people think. Did you know that those with diabetes are two times more likely to develop gum disease? For this reason, it is important for people with diabetes to understand its effects and practice good oral hygiene before, during and after orthodontic treatment.Read More

Is Juicing Bad for Your Teeth?

dropping fruit into blenderAt the start of every new year, most of us begin to reevaluate our waistlines and opt for a healthier lifestyle. With the growing popularity of juicing in recent years, more of our patients have been turning to this diet as a means of increasing their fruit and vegetable intake. While blending veggies, fruits, and other nutrients together can be very beneficial for overall health, do you really know the effects on your oral health?

The Effects of Juicing on the Teeth

When you consume a fruit and vegetable drink, you’re exposing your teeth to the acids that come from these foods as well. Over time, these acids can cause staining and erosion damage to your teeth. Many people notice that their teeth feel sticky or rough after juicing for more than a couple of days. Thankfully, Dr. Mary Kay Becher has a few easy tips to help maintain great oral health while drinking yourself to a better you. Read More