Explicitly follow your orthodontist’s instructions on how to activate your expander.
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.
It’s easy to tell if your child may need to see the orthodontist.
Let’s show you how you can see for yourself!
Here are some of the things to look for (clockwise):
1. Check to see if there is an over bite.
2. Is there a cross bite, also known as a “scissor” bite next to the molars?
3. Check for a large gap in between the two front teeth.
4. Are the teeth crowded or crooked?
5. Check to see if there is an under bite.
These are a few of the signs orthodontics may be needed to help improve a smile. If you suspect a problem or have a question, make an appointment to be on the safe side!
Do you have questions or comments? Let us know! 🙂
Many of you who know me have known I love to travel! Lately, that passion has taken me to a whole new hemisphere, New Zealand!
“Why New Zealand?” is a question I get asked a lot. This video was the start of the “Journey Down Under”. Afterwards, I started my practice, Mendieta Orthodontics. I have always enjoyed traveling and I took every break in school or work to take a trip somewhere new to experience new cultures and make new friends. It also made me appreciate what I had here in America. Being out of my comfort zone also made me see things from different perspectives.
On a trip to Mexico, our plane crash landed! Thank God we all survived! As you might expect, all of us survivors became best friends throughout the whole ordeal. The pilot had mentioned a place called Perth which I had never heard of and had no idea where it was on the map! After surviving that plane crash I told myself at some point after dental school I would live and work overseas with Perth in mind. As it turned out I made it “Down under” but instead of Perth, Australia I landed in New Zealand!
Enjoy the video:)
Dr. Edgar Mendieta
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.
We know how tough things are out there. Many of our patients are having a hard time making ends meet. We decided to participate in a way that demonstrates our commitment to our community and our skills and benefits our community!
We are going to participate in the 1st Annual Dentistry from the Heart in Columbus, Ohio! On the 21st of October head over to 3421 South Blvd. 43204 to get Free fillings, extractions, or cleanings for Adults!
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