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Dental Tips for Valentine’s Day

Smile bright this Valentine's day

Smile bright this Valentine's day

When 83% of people surveyed believe teeth are more important traits than hair and eyes AND that the smile is the facial feature 50% of people notice first (AAP Survey) your Valentine’s day tip begins with your smile:)

With so much emphasis on your smile, lets go through a simple check list you can do for yourself and your Valentine to make it the best!

If you have a crooked tooth or a noticeable space in between your teeth, visit your orthodontist to get them straightened.  You can have your choice of treatment from Invisalign, ceramic, or traditional braces.  Your smile may not be ready overnight but it will make a world of difference in your confidence for the rest of your life!

Brush your teeth!  Bad breath or halitosis is what 32% of Americans cite as the least attractive trait of their co-workers.  Bad breath can cause others to avoid you.  If your friends and co-workers have to take a step back or often hold their breath when you speak to them, its time to take out that soft bristled tooth brush and mouthwash!  Do this at least 3 times a day or after every meal.  Flossing once a day will keep food out from in between your teeth.  Click for an instructional video at the bottom of Mendieta Orthodontics website.

Those of you who smoke should know tobacco causes bad breath and stains your teeth.  This leads us to our next tip.  If you smoke, drink coffee, or tea chances are you could use some whitening.  There are lots of different ways to go about it.  Since Valentine’s day is so close, you may not be able to see your dentist for a whitening appointment.  Try the over the counter (OTC) whitening gels which call for two applications per day and can take up to 14 days to achieve optimal results.  Generally, the best whitening you can get is from your dentist who can use a higher concentration of the gel in combination with whitening trays.  The results can be dramatic even after one sitting.  A word of caution, with either OTC or in-office whitening, tooth sensitivity after or during the procedure can occur.

Straight, white teeth, and fresh breath is sure to give you a spring of confidence so Cupid can work his magic this Valentine’s day for you and your sweetheart.  Have fun out there!Image

Vacation? Have braces? Just remember to…

Keeping your teeth/braces clean does not stop even when you are on vacation. Whether it’s to another state or overseas, here is what you should do and remember to take.

Keep your teeth clean even when on vacation

Tooth bugs never sleep, even when on vacation

1. Have fun on your vacation!  That’s the most important part.  Make sure you bring lots of fun pics back to show your orthodontist.  Dr. Mendieta loves it when patients show him your neat photos!

2. Tell your orthodontist of your travel plans so they can make arrangements for your next appointment when you return.  Certain procedures like debonding need to be scheduled at shorter intervals.

3. Add the office email and phone number to your contacts, just in case you have an emergency.

4. Take extra wax, in case some pinching/poking occurs.

5. Take a travel kit with a small tube of paste, mouth wash, floss, and a tooth brush case.  Remember, airports will not allow large size liquid containers as carry-on items.  In the odd chance you get a free meal on a domestic flight, you are prepared to brush:)

6. If a bracket falls off make sure you email or call your orthodontist right away! Dr. Mendieta gives his patients advice when they call.

7. Take Advil with you in case your teeth start to hurt or bother you!

8. Don’t forget your rubber bands, it’s a long flight and a good time to wear them!

Keep your teeth clean even when on vacation

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9. Have fun and remember to be at your next appointment when you arrive back home ready to show Dr. Mendieta your pictures:)

Dentistry from the Heart

Last week we had an amazing showing at the Dentistry from the Heart event. It all started at 6am for a morning huddle to assign stations to take care of such procedures like diagnosis, checks, extractions, and fillings. At 7am the line outside the office that had formed was let inside for the beginning of hundreds of free fillings, extractions, and cleanings.

A special thank you to Drs. York and Elam for putting it together and all of the participants.  Including OSU dental students and GC for materials and sponsorship.

Dr. Mendieta
MendietaOrthodontics.com

Dentistry from the Heart Oct 2011

Dentistry from the Heart plaque presented to Dr. Mendieta

There are dental options…

We know how important your smiles is even in tough times.  Those who have low household income, few resources and no dental insurance or Medicaid have options. Send us a message (MendietaOrthodontics.com) we can help link you with a dentist in Columbus that has agreed to help those in need at reduced fees….

Ohio Partnership To Improve Oral health through access to Need Services (O.P.T.I.O.N.S)

Dr. Mendieta

What is an orthodontist?

"Yo si hablo Espanol"- Dr. Mendieta

Dr. Mendieta and patients love to have fun!

An orthodontist has 2-3 years of specialized education beyond dental school and is a specialist at straightening teeth and insuring proper form and function.  This is a brief description of what the American Association of Orthodontists website reads.  Let me put it into more practical terms.  We relate dental structures to the jaws and then in turn relate the jaws to the cranio-facial structures of the patient.  There are a number of ways to analyze these dimensions which make the specialty challenging and fun.  In addition to analyzing them we as Orthodontist make the diagnosis and put in a plan to achieve and optimum aesthetics, function, and balance.  This takes a years to master.  An Orthodontist will only practice Orthodontics which is why many agree to see a specialist in Orthodontics when a patient merits treatment for “braces”.

To get back to the American Association of Orthodontists take on it:

Orthodontists receive more formal education than dentists to specialize in straightening teeth. Like dentists, orthodontists graduate from dental school. Then, to be an orthodontist, it takes an additional two to three academic years of education in an accredited orthodontic residency program. Orthodontists are dentistry’s specialists in straightening teeth and aligning jaws to create optimal function and form. Orthodontists only practice orthodontics. They treat hundreds of patients a year, drawing on tried-and-true and new orthodontic appliance technologies to get patients to the best results. Orthodontists have knowledge of the full range of orthodontic appliance “tools”—including braces, clear aligners and other orthodontic devices. They know what to use and when because they work with these tools every day. Orthodontists build on their knowledge of orthodontics through on-going continuing education in orthodontic technology and practice.

I hope this helps!

Dr. Mendieta

www.MendietaOrthodonics.com