Brace Yourself Blog

The Many Uses of Vinegar

Jan 13

One day as I was browsing Pinterest, I came along a post that said you could clean your grimy shower head with vinegar, and it would come out looking like new! I thought that I had nothing to lose and I gave it a try. I was AMAZED at how clean and shiny my shower head was, it honestly looked brand new. After trying that experiment, I went on to find things that I could use vinegar for. Here is a list of my experiments so far…. Shower Head – Tie a bagger of white distilled vinegar around your shower head and leave it sit over night. Remove the bad and rinse with water. Retainers – Calcium build up on retainers can be soaked in ½ vinegar and ½ water for about 20 minutes. After soaking scrub with toothbrush. Windows – 2 cups of water, ¼ cup white distilled vinegar,…

Mind, Body, and Soul

Jan 7

                Recently, I have been viewing life through a different lens. It has dawned upon me that one’s soul is pure. Pure love — and it is eternal and unchangeable. Your soul always wants the best for you, and for you to want the best for all others.                 Probably our greatest gift on Earth is our mind.  We have been blessed with the ability to think and to choose what to do.  When we choose to think and act with love for ourselves and for others, our soul is fulfilled.  This explains why I love being an orthodontist.  Stay with me now! I help my patients to love the way they view themselves.  This builds their self-esteem and love for themselves.  Then, filled with love, they share that with others and make this a better world. Now, our Body is really a vehicle for our mind and soul.  A…

The Words

Dec 20

Kathryn Stockett’s book The Help has many themes some of which include race, the importance of literature and writing, and society and class.  However another important theme, loving others, is explored through the relationship between Aibileen and Mae Mobley.   Mae Mobley is the two year old daughter of Elizabeth and Raleigh Leefolt.  Aibileen Clark is the maid who takes care of her.  Mae Mobley is neglected and physically and verbally abused by her mother Elizabeth. When Mae Mobley starts to believe these things are her own fault, Aibileen feels compelled to change the girl’s mind.  She tries to instill in the little girl a sense of self-worth by asking Mae Mobley to remember three things, “You is kind.  You is smart.  You is important.”  Abileen realizes that she has the power to influence this young child’s future by teaching her love, kindness and equality. Those three sentences have had a…

Great Dental Christmas Gifts

Dec 6

Only three more weeks till Christmas! Can you believe it? Ok, so gifts for your dental health might now be the first thing that comes to mind, but here are a few… Sonicare- toothbrushes for ages 12 and up definitely improve one’s dental health (Sonicare even makes a spin brush for children younger than 12). Protective clear anti-grinding appliance for prevention of tooth wear. Invisalign for teens and adults – amazing technology that really works! Whitening pens for ages 12 and up. Convenient, portable, and very effective. Results within two weeks. Great stocking stuffers. Botox and derma fillers – get rid of those creases and wrinkles ahead of the holidays. Of course – orthodontics! Great for self esteem for all! A fresh dental cleaning from your dentist – fresh breath and gleaming teeth to all. Happy shopping!

The Truth About Invisalign

Oct 18

Just What Is Invisalign? Invisalign® is a brand of clear removable aligners developed by Align Technology in 1998. Clear removable aligners have been used for decades as “retainers” at the end of orthodontic treatment to hold the teeth in their new positions.  Invisalign® provides software and technology that allows a patient’s crooked and misplaced teeth to move in stages.  Each stage is a new set of aligners.  Typically, patients are required to wear their aligners for 22 hours a day and only remove them for meals and tooth brushing. The aligners are changed every 2 weeks with each set gradually moving your teeth into the prescribed place as planned by your Orthodontist. Can Invisalign® Really Move the Teeth as Effectively as Braces?  Yes, absolutely! Since the inception of Align Technology in 1998, more and more orthodontists have been using aligners to treat many different types of cases.   Invisalign®, like…

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