Do it Yourself Orthodontists…

Did you know that Smile Direct club was started in 2013 by four businessmen from Nashville, TN? Smile Direct club offers simple orthodontic treatment – limited to the front 6 teeth for mild crowding or spacing. The patient completes an online questionnaire and buys a $95 impression kit. They take their own impression and take 7 photographs of their teeth at different angles. The doctors who are employed by SDC submit the treatment plan to Align technology to make the aligners which are then mailed to the patient.  The patient then orders retainers as well which are made by Align. Did you know that Align is the company that makes Invisalign? Here are the issues with SDC treated patients. The patient assumes responsibility for errors in impression taking. It takes a lot of training and practice to be able to take an error free impression. Impressions are less accurate than…

Referral Program

Starting January 16th we will be changing our rewards program. As always, we want to thank you for sending your family and friends to our office. Please see below how the program has changed. We are looking forward to implementing this program and giving out some awesome prizes!  When you refer any non-family member to our office (and they start active treatment*) you will be rewarded two ways: A $25 gift card to a retailer of your choice. A chance to enter the grand prize drawing.  The grand prize is a Fuji Film Instax 70 Camera. There will be two winners, one per office location. *Active treatment is considered traditional braces or Invisalign.

Brace Friendly Recipe

Try this delicious Pumpkin Pie Smoothie recipe, a great treat especially for patients with braces on!  For more Orthodontic-Friendly holiday recipes that will make you smile go to Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (8 8-ounce servings)  1-15 ounce can of pure pumpkin  ¾ cup whole milk  ¼ cup half and half  1 cup vanilla yogurt  ¼ cup of brown sugar, or more if you like it sweeter  ½ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice  1 cup ice  Whipped cream and crumbled graham crackers for topping Combine pumpkin, milk, half and half, yogurt, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice in blender. Blend until mixture is smooth. Add ice and blend again. Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream and crumbled graham crackers.      

Find our elf Tinsel Contest

It’s the final week before Santa comes and our elf TINSEL is here watching all of our patients! To help celebrate Tinsel being in our office we are having a contest for one week only! Here’s the rules: 1. Find Tinsel in our office 2. Take your picture with Tinsel (remember to not touch him) 3. Have mom or dad “CHECK-IN” to our office and post the picture with you and TINSEL! 4. We will be notified when you check in and enter you into the contest! *NO appointment necessary* One winner will be randomly chosen on Friday December 23rd. Winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

Are Dentists and Orthodontists the Same?


When it comes to getting your teeth straightened, you need to know the difference between dentists and orthodontists. It’s important to know that all orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists. This is because the dentistry profession, like medicine, is divided into primary care dentists and specialists. All dentists attend college, usually for four years, then attend another four years of dental school. In dental school, they are taught the basics of several procedures, and learn to clean teeth, diagnose cavities and oral diseases, and do crowns, bridges, root canals, and silver and tooth-colored fillings. They also learn to perform a number of surgical procedures, make complete and partial removable dentures, and much more. Once they graduate from dental school and pass their clinical exams, they earn their licenses to practice as dentists. At this time, these dentists are called general dentists, general practitioners, GPs, or primary care…