August 2010 Archives

Wearing braces is like a train rideA glowing smile is a destination much sought after by our patients at Cool Smiles Orthodontics, and luckily they don’t have to make the journey on their own. With the right travel plan and a talented orthodontist conducting, braces are the ticket to perfect teeth. Thinking of braces in terms of a train ride can help to explain how they work, lessen anxiety about how braces function, and illustrate the importance of staying on the right track.

The brackets of the braces are the equivalent of the cars of a train, and the track that they follow is the archwire. Once the brackets are placed on the teeth and the archwire is properly adjusted to create a path to great teeth, all that remains for our train is fuel to move in the right direction.

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Poor Brushing during Orthodontic treatmentThere are many ways you protect your teeth during your orthodontic treatment at Coolsmiles. Dr. Leon and Dr. David recommend you brush your teeth after meals and snacks, floss regularly, and protect your mouth and appliances from being damaged by watching foods you eat and wearing a mouth guard during contact sports . But did you know about fluoride to keep your teeth sparkling and healthy during orthodontic treatment to protect against tooth decay and white marks around your braces during treatment?

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Escalating College TuitionI read an interesting article in the NY Times about the escalating costs of a college education.  Mark Taylor is the chairman of Religion at Columbia University and warns of the impending meltdown of our higher education system. 

At the current rate, the cost of a four-year undergraduate degree will be over $500,000 by 2028.  With reductions in government subsidies and rapid increases in tuition, the public colleges may be just as unaffordable as the private ones.  Add this to the fact that financial aid is decreasing resulting in more borrowing for students and families.  As we enter a global economy and competition for jobs increases, it has never been more important to produce highly educated students. 

So what’s the answer? 

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