Yearly Archives: 2013

Oral Care and Its Effects on Your Health

Did you know that the health of your mouth, teeth and gums can directly affect your overall health? Many people do not realize that oral health provides clues about overall health and that mouth, teeth and gum issues can affect

Adults Report Healthy, Beautiful Smiles Can Change Lives

Results of a recent study conducted by the American Association of Orthodontists shows that most adults say that they’ve experienced improvements in their interpersonal relationships and careers after they’ve undergone orthodontic treatment. Three-quarters of those surveyed said that they have

National Orthodontic Health Month and Halloween Candy

October is National Orthodontic Health Month, and orthodontists and dental professionals around the country strive during this time to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining good oral health. Halloween is a time of year when candy and other snacks

OrthoAccel is Proud to Announce a New U.S. Patent for AcceleDent®

New Patent The OrthoAccel® Technologies Inc. team is very excited to announce a recently issued patent for our AcceleDent technology that helps accelerate orthodontic treatment up to 50 percent. This important patent from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States

National Smile Week Fun Facts

Ten fun facts that will encourage you to show your pearly whites! 1. Forcing yourself to smile can boost your mood. Psychologists have found that you can instantly lift your spirits by forcing yourself to smile. 2. Smiling boosts your

10 Fun Facts about Teeth

We all know our teeth are important for eating, talking, and smiling, but most often we overlook how cool teeth can be. Read these ten fun facts to learn how special your teeth are! According to the American Academy of

237 Years of Freedom is a Lot to Smile About

My high school mascot is a Patriot, but well before and even as a child I closely associated myself with patriotism, Americana and things “Made in U.S.A.” As we celebrate Independence Day, my mind wanders 237 years back to the

It’s Never Too Late for a Perfect Smile

In today’s world, adults deal with an infinite amount of choices and decisions, but most agree that a beautiful smile is well worth the time and investment. With new technology, getting the smile you always wanted is entirely within reach;

Celebrities with Braces

Flipping through the pages of a magazine, it’s difficult not to notice the flawless smiles on every page.  It seems as if celebrities were born with perfect teeth; however, you might be surprised that many of these stars have used

Tips for Eating with Braces

I personally have never worn orthodontic braces, but I have had the experience of witnessing family members adapt to a life with braces.  My wife and I are now looking at the prospect of having our son in braces for

A Patient’s Active Role in Orthodontic Treatment

Taking an active role in wearing braces really comes down to one word:  compliance! Let’s start with a dictionary.  Merriam-Webster defines compliance as conformity of behavior toward achieving objectives.  Compliance can mean many things to an orthodontic patient, but let’s

3 Braces Basics

There’s no denying that wearing braces requires a lifestyle adjustment. Every person is different and so every person will adjust in his or her own way, but there are some fundamentals that can assist everyone who opts for braces.  

How Do Braces Work?

Everybody’s heard of Isaac Newton. And while you can associate his work with hard stuff such as calculus (he invented it), his main accomplishments had to do with providing proof for stuff most of us take for granted. For example,

In the Past, How Did People Care for Their Teeth?

There’s a still-famous French play from the 1700s called Candide. In it the character Dr. Pangloss exclaims, “Surely this is the best of all possible worlds.” When it comes to dental hygiene however, it’s certain most of us would agree

Why Do Some People Have Crooked Teeth?

The short answer:  heredity. Just as you inherit other characteristics of your parents (she has her father’s eyes), you inherit genetic instructions that determine physical aspects such as the size and shape of your jaw. Sometimes people with narrow jaws

Fun Facts About Your Teeth

The first teeth were outside the mouth. Paleontologists (people who study fossils) have presented evidence that the first teeth were specialized scales, appearing on shark-like fish around 400 million years ago. These pointy scales were positioned around the lips, where

Five Helpful and Healthy Hints For Wearing Braces

Congratulations! By opting for braces, you’re on your way to a picture-perfect smile. Let’s touch on a few important practices that will make that journey pleasant and effective. Talk freely to your orthodontist. He or she is fully dedicated to

A Brief History of Orthodontics

Results from a recent survey conducted by the online dating service Match.com reveal that, upon meeting, the first things people notice about one another are grammar and teeth. While we don’t know how much grammar was a factor to the