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Fun Halloween Costume Ideas for Braces

Katy Perry with braces
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It’s that time of year again! Halloween is just around the corner and we at Mary Kay Becher DDS PA are here to get you ready. For those currently in braces, you may be wondering how you can stand out with your costume without letting your orthodontic treatment get in the way. Fear not! Here are five fun costume ideas you can try that make the most of your braces.

Darla from Finding Nemo

This character from the classic kid’s movie, Finding Nemo, is often what comes to mind when people think of costumes featuring braces. Darla’s enthusiasm for animals (often times too intense) and full face of metal made her one of the most memorable characters in the movie.

To achieve this look, find a purple sweater, white button down shirt, plaid skirt, plastic bag filled with water and fish and, most importantly, add freckles and something that resembles headgear to your face.Read More

Spread the Word – October is National Orthodontic Health Month

October means something a little different to our team at october health monthMary Kay Becher DDS PA because this is National Orthodontic Health Month. During October, orthodontic offices all over the country work together to promote their services and inform the community about the important work we do. Our goal is to draw attention to the fact that everyone needs to be evaluated for orthodontic treatment. You are never too young or too old if your bite or smile needs correction.

American Association of Orthodontics recommends that parents start early and all kids be evaluated 7 – 8 years of age. During the growing years of 7 – 10, kids undergo a major growth spurt that goes hand in hand with the eruptive pattern of their teeth and development of jaws.Read More

It’s Time for Our Halloween Candy Buy Back

It’s time for one of our most anticipated events at Dr. Becher’s office – our Halloween Candy Buy-Back!

Sticky sweets treats are a scary site for braces, so we’re asking our patients to donate their Halloween candy in care packages to America’s men and women in the armed services as part of Operation Gratitude.

How it Works

On Halloween night, go Trick-Or-Treating! Bring in your candy to our office during regular business hours the following week. We will be giving patients $1.00 for every pound of candy they donate. Last year, we sent 2,500 pounds of candy to our troops! We challenge YOU to help us set a new record this year! We thank you and our troops thank you too.

Check out a slideshow of last year’s candy haul on our Contests & Events page! We hope everyone has a safe and exciting Halloween!

Announcing Our “Selfie Smile Contest” Winners

We were astounded by all the smiling faces we saw during our “Selfie Smile Contest,” which ran from June 14th to August 31st!

We had three categories patients could submit a photo for: Funniest Selfie, Most Colorful Selfie, and Most Unusual Selfie. We selected finalists for a gallery for each category and let you – our voting public – have your say.

Congratulations to our winners!

*Funniest Selfie – Ariana
*Most Colorful Selfie – Madeline
*Most Unusual Selfie – Tiffany

Each winner is now the owner of a Brookstone Bluetooth Speaker, and they can enjoy their favorite tunes wherever and whenever they want … even as they brush and floss!

Thanks to everyone who submitted selfie entries for this contest. We will have more fun events as we head into the holiday season, keep your eyes to our Contests page.

Smile-Selfie-Winners-for-Blog Mary Kay Becher DDS in Austin TX

6 Fun Apps To Improve Your Oral Hygiene

We use our smartphones for almost everything in our lives. wireless connecting sonic toothbrush with smart phone app. Modern home technology conceptFrom setting alarms to wake up, to tracking our workouts, calories and calendars, we keep our phones close to us at all times. That being said, it comes as no surprise that our phones can be used to help improve our oral hygiene as well. To help establish or improve your daily routine during orthodontic treatment, Dr. Mary Kay Becher D.D.S. P.A. in Austin, TX is sharing a few apps here are a few apps you can try.

Brush DJ

Are you brushing your teeth for a long enough time? Brush DJ plays two minutes of music from your own library of songs so you can keep track of the time. Taking it even further, the app also includes a visual display to show you where to brush. A custom reminders feature helps keep you on track of things like replacing your toothbrush and upcoming orthodontic appointments. Read More

5 Tips for Going Back to School with Braces

Bummed out that summer is almost over? A multi-ethnic group of teenage girls are smiling and taking a selfie together on their cell phones.At the orthodontic office of Dr. Mary Kay Becher D.D.S. P.A. in Austin TX , we feel this is a great time of year to revisit the basics of caring for your teeth during orthodontic treatment. Starting a healthy routine at the beginning of the school year will go a long way towards achieving a beautiful, healthy smile. When done right, good oral care maintenance could lead you all the way to next summer and beyond.

Here are five helpful reminders to kick off the fall session with clean teeth and a happy mouth:

  1.       Follow the 2×2 Rule
  2.       Avoid Crunchy and Sticky Foods
  3.       Drink Lots of Water
  4.       Plan Your Meals and Snacks
  5.       Bring a Braces Care Kit

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