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How Orthodontic Patients Can Avoid a Sticky Situation this Halloween

Oct 17

Five orthodontic-friendly recommendations from McSURDY and PAVLOW Orthodontists October is National Orthodontic Health Month. And each October, thousands of kids have one thing on their mind: Halloween candy!  For orthodontists, the Halloween season is all about helping patients avoid potentially sticky situations. October is the perfect time of year to learn about orthodontic health and how an orthodontist helps patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. Besides, everyone knows that Halloween candy can give any orthodontist a scare! Here are five timely tips to help protect braces, aligners and other orthodontic “appliances” while protecting teeth from decay. Let sticky foods RIP. If it’s hard, sticky, chewy or crunchy, stay away! Avoid caramel, taffy, bubblegum, licorice, gummies or any snack that can damage brackets or wires. Also, be sure to say “boo” to hard-shelled peanut candies, nuts or nut-filled candies, taco chips and popcorn (especially un-popped kernels). Choose “spooktacularly” soft foods. Opt for soft…

2017 Flex Dollars

Oct 12

NOW is the time to use your 2017 Flex Dollars  on your current or new Orthodontic Treatment Don’t let your 2017 FSA (flex) money go to waste! You could lose your money if you don’t spend it by December 31st. Check with your company’s HR administrator as you may be able to apply your FSA dollars to your current orthodontic treatment. It is also time to start planning ahead for your 2018 FSA. Reduce your out of pocket expenses on your orthodontic treatment by enrolling in your company’s FSA program and apply the pre-tax dollars towards your new smile. Remember FSA funds can be used on both traditional braces as well as Invisalign treatment. Call our office today to set up a consultation for your or your family member at 610-489-6032.  

National Orthodontic Health Month

Oct 10

In honor of National Orthodontic Health Month, our office is giving away 1  Oral-B Vitality tooth brush every Friday through the month of October. Simply leave a comment with your favorite BRACE FRIENDLY  (this means nothing sticky or chewy) on our Facebook page and you are entered into the raffle! Winner must come into the office to pick up their prize. One entry per person. Say “BOO!” to sticky, gooey Halloween treats. Say “Yes!” to keeping your smile clean and healthy. Be sure to floss and brush after any sweet treat.

Maintaining Your Post-Invisible Aligner Smile

Oct 5

Invisible aligners have become an attractive alternative to braces in recent years. Being able to get all the benefits of braces with such a low-profile appliance that can be removed for brushing, flossing, and eating can make the orthodontic process far more palatable. But what’s next after you’ve progressed through every aligner tray and your teeth are perfectly aligned? What will it take to maintain the smile you’ve always wanted? Wear Retainers As Recommended In some cases, the final invisible aligner tray can be used initially as a full-time retainer and eventually as a nighttime one after the patient’s teeth are correctly aligned. In others, a separate retainer will be recommended, and those tend to be sturdier. No matter what type of retainer you end up with, be sure to follow the care instructions in order to keep it clean and effective as long as possible. The reason it’s important to use retainers after…

Refer a Friend Giveaway

Sep 18

Do you LOVE McSurdy & Pavlow Orthodontics? Do you want to own your very own Amazon Echo Dot? Well, you’re in luck! How to enter: Refer any non-family member to our office from now until December 28th, 2017. If they begin active* treatment from now until December 28th, 2017 you will be entered into the raffle for the Amazon Echo Dot. Active treatment is someone who has never been to our office before. Patient must start with braces or Invisalign treatment. Once the new patient starts treatment, the referring friend will be entered into the drawing. The more you refer the more entries you will receive. Make sure your friend mentions your name when they call or come into the office.                    

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