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Orthodontic Health Month

October is National Orthodontic Health Month!
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recognizes October as a time to raise awareness of the benefits of orthodontic treatment. The AAO is the largest, oldest professional association for orthodontists in North America,
and is comprised of more than 16,000 members (which includes Dr. Angolkar).
In a month full of hard, sticky, crunchy, and chewy treats, it’s more important than ever to encourage patients to be kind to their teeth during treatment.
As always, remember to brush and floss after consuming sugary foods. Exposing your teeth to sweets increases your risk of cavities, and allowing it to sit there can
lead to decalcification, the loss of calcium from the teeth.
 If you can’t keep yourself away from the sugar, opt for softer candy such as peanut butter cups or other melt-in-your-mouth treats.

Social Media

Attention fellow Social Media Users!

Did you know that we are a part of all kinds of Social Media sites?  Looking for a helpful article to aid in gaining knowledge about braces?  Start following us on Pinterest!  It is an excellent site that allows us to share with you interesting facts in a unique way.

How many of you are using Twitter?  I bet not enough!  This one is AMAZING for getting condensed, quick information about anything under the sun.  We Tweet helpful articles, cool photos, and interesting facts about our office that you will find helpful!

If you are not our friend as of yet on Facebook, we would love to get to know you through this interactive, fun site.  Almost every day we post on Facebook about braces, our office, our staff, and our doctors.  Check us out today!
We have also recently added a channel on You Tube that we hope to make a go-to place to find helpful videos in your journey to getting braces, all the way to getting them removed.  Feel free to send in your own videos about your experience with braces!
See you online!

Review us on Yelp!

The greatest compliment we could ever receive is a referral or a positive review from you!

Yelp. com allows you to let us know how we are doing!  If there is something that you would like to rave about our office we would love to hear about it!!  Taking the time to help us spread the word helps other families and patients in need of orthodontics.  More and more people are turning to these review sites for helpful tips on local businesses and we have just updated our listing with them.  Simply visit Yelp.com and search Angolkar4Smiles Orthodontics and select which office you are a patient at, write a few lines to us and you are done!

A Promise to Keep You Smiling!

Our Purpose…

Dr. Raj Angolkar and his professional staff are committed to maintaining the highest standards in orthodontic care for both children and adults.

We are committed to excellence, both in our orthodontic results and in the creation of an environment that is warm, friendly, and fun.  When you leave our office, we want you to feel better about yourself for having been here.  We dedicate our time, skills and energy to this objective.

Knowledge…

Our friendly and professional staff is trained to assist you in answering any questions you may have about orthodontic treatment.  We keep you informed throughout your treatment about what procedures are necessary and why they are needed.

We Promise to:

~Always make you feel welcome.
~Always give you the highest quality orthodontic care.
~Always respond promptly to any need or questions you may have.
~Always give you a service that will make you smile forever.

Brace Friendly Recipe

Three-Cheese Macaroni Extravaganza
Ingredients:

2 cups uncooked macaroni noodles
Water for boiling noodles
(optional: 1 or 2 onions, chopped)
(optional: 1or 2 Tablespoons margarine for sauteing onions)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (fresh is best, but the canned type works too)
1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded mild or sharp cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup bread crumbs or dry stove top stuffing

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium pot, boil macaroni in water until you can just cut it with the side of a fork; drain and set aside.  In a medium saucepan, saute the onions in the margarine until they are clear and tender.  In a 3-quart greased casserole, stir together the macaroni and milk.  Sprinkle with the cheeses and onion, then stir it all together.  Sprinkle the bread crumbs on top.  Cover and bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees.  Serves six to eight.  From “The Braces Cookbook: Recipes You and Your Orthodontist Will Love” by Pamela and Brenda Waterman.  www.bracescookbook.com

What are the different types of braces?

We get many frequently asked questions and many of you are wondering about the different types of braces that we offer at our practice.

Metal braces are the most popular with kids and teenagers. They love using different colors of ligature ties. These braces are much smaller than ever before.

Translucent clear ceramic braces are the most popular with adults. You have to be very close to someone to be able to see them. Yet, because they are a ceramic material, they are more fragile and have some limitations. The Angolkar4Smiles team will discuss these choices of braces at the consultation appointment.

 

The Invisalign system is becoming a very popular method of orthodontic treatment for adults who are candidates. The Invisalign system consists of a series of clear orthodontic appliances called aligners that allow you to straighten your teeth without having to wear traditional braces. Each set of custom-made aligners is worn for about two weeks and moves the teeth in small steps to the desired final position. However all orthodontic patients are not candidates for this treatment option. For more information about the Invisalign system, please call Angolkar4Smiles to make an appointment for a complimentary exam to see if you are a candidate for this exciting new system.

Your First Visit

What to Expect at your Initial Exam

COMPLIMENTARY CONSULT WITH X-RAYS:

Our objective is to make sure your visits with us will be pleasant and informative. Your first visit consists of a complimentary examination with orthodontic x-rays and a discussion of potential treatment options. We take orthodontic x-rays on all patients before the initial consultation. These x-rays help us to evaluate the orthodontic needs of the patient thoroughly and are an important step in the path to get a beautiful smile.

FINANCIALS:

Our Financial coordinator will discuss the financial options after the Doctor has finished the consultation and gone over the treatment options, Generally, orthodontic treatment fees are financed by the practice with no interest and affordable monthly payments over a period of two years.
Our office has a unique financial model whereby we offer an option of “NO DOWN PAYMENT” to most of our patients. We strongly feel that braces should be made affordable to all.
Financial and Consent forms are signed once the treatment recommendations and financial plan are accepted and you are ready to start the process to get that dazzling smile.

ORTHODONTIC RECORDS

The next step involves taking Orthodontic records of the patient. These consist of impression of teeth to make study models and digital photographs.
There is a fee for this step, however, our office offers a 50% discount if the records are done on the same day as the initial consultation. This saves time for the patient as well as our office and expedites the process of starting the orthodontic treatment.
THIS FIRST VISIT TAKES APPROXIMATELY 90 MINUTES, SO ALLOW ENOUGH TIME SO THAT WE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH MOST COMPREHENSIVE CONSULTATION.
Appointments to put the braces on are scheduled as soon as possible after the above steps are completed.

Emergencies that can occur with braces

Brace Yourself… here comes an emergency!

Braces are delicate and must be taken care of in order to prevent damage to them. Always be careful with what you eat and your activities to keep from breaking any of your appliances. Sometimes, however, things happen and something breaks. It is important to know what to do. The following are some of the common problems that occur and what to do about them.

1. Broken Bracket

If you have a loose band or bracket and it is still attached to the wire, leave it in place. If it is uncomfortable, place wax on it, if it comes out completely, wrap the brace or band in tissue and bring it to your next appointment.

2. Loose Wire

If your wire comes loose, try to place the wire back in place with tweezers. If this is not possible, clip the wire with fingernail clippers behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If there is any discomfort, place wax on it.
Sometimes a wire tie can get loose and poke the inside of your mouth. If it does, then gently tuck the wire back in place with a blunt object like a pencil eraser or Popsicle stick. When you can’t nudge it back, then cover the end with a piece of wax until you can get to your orthodontist’s office.

3. Losing a color off your braces

If you lose one of the colored rubber bands on your braces, all you need to do is notify your orthodontist at your next visit. Unless it becomes uncomfortable, you do not need to see your orthodontist before your next scheduled appointment.

4. Soreness and Irritation

For any soreness after an adjustment or any time while wearing your appliances, take aspirin, Tylenol, or Advil.
Sometimes your appliances can cause irritations on your tongue, cheeks, lips, or gums. Rinsing your mouth with salt water can help to heal the irritation and wax can be used to cover the appliance causing the irritation.

4. Lost Appliance or Retainer

When you lose any appliance or your retainer, call your orthodontist’s office as soon as you can so that treatment will not be delayed for too long.

It is important to pay attention to the condition of your appliances and take immediate action when there is a problem. That way your treatment time can be kept to a minimum and you will be smiling with beautiful teeth as soon as possible.
Paying attention and doing your part will bring great rewards with a sparkling smile. This includes the essentials of brushing and flossing every day, eating a balanced diet, and visiting your dentist regularly.


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