May 2011 Archives

Benefits of a beautiful smileThere are many reasons why people want straight teeth. Not the least of these is the fact that crooked teeth are not the most attractive feature. While a nicely aligned smile can be the part of your looks that pulls everything else together, a crooked smile can draw attention away from an otherwise striking appearance. A great smile is vital to your self-confidence, which in turn can improve your outlook on life in general.
However, the benefits of straight teeth do not end with just your appearance.
• Crooked teeth can interfere with proper chewing, a problem which is with you at every meal if not confronted.
• Good oral hygiene (such as regular brushing and flossing) can be much more difficult and ineffective with crooked teeth. When your teeth are not straight and evenly spaced, there is a much higher likelihood that there will be hard-to-reach spaces that do not receive the proper treatment from your daily cleaning routine. As a result, unwanted plaque and tartar can build up unnoticed. Over time, this can lead to such serious consequences as tooth decay, gum disease, or even tooth loss. Since no one enjoys spending time in the dentist’s chair having root canals, fillings, and oral surgery, it is important to stay on top of your oral hygiene.
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One local shopping mall decided it was a good idea to offer a special discount event called “Mother’s Day Night Out” in honor of Mother’s Day. O.K., sounds like a good idea, right?  Well, the “night out” was between 4 pm and 7 pm.  Here are some of the moms’ responses.  Are you listening marketing department?  BTW, when did you want your orthodontic appointment?

Margo T. thought the event sounded nice.

“Would love to attend the 4-7 p.m. soiree!” she said yesterday. “Hopefully I can squeeze it in between dance class dropoff/pickup, clarinet lesson, whipping dinner together for family, and my race to nowhere!”

Traci C., a mom of two athletic girls in fourth and fifth grades, thought redesigning the mall for moms would be helpful in attracting a crowd.

“If the mall would put a sports field inside so that I could watch my kids’ games and have a mom’s afternoon, that would solve all my problems,” said Traci. “I think most of us live at the Sports Park this time of year!”

Denise E.,  took the idea a step further:

“If the 4-7 p.m. timeframe could actually work, someone could provide fun, clean, safe (and free) babysitting services for all participating moms,” she said. “A mani/pedi social would also be fun with cocktails and snacks provided.”

Beth B., explained in a hastily written email:

“I already have to take my daughter to lacrosse 20 minutes early due to her sister’s orthodontist appointment at 4:45, then hurry from the orthodontist so we can get to swimming by 5, because I volunteered to coach from 5 to 6. My son needs picking up from high school swim practice at 5:40. Guess he’ll have to wait. But I can’t be late picking up lacrosse at 6:30 because I’m the party coordinator and need to get RSVPs. Hmm…what’s for dinner?”

Sabina C. suggested boosting the fun-factor, saying that perhaps the night would be more intriguing if it included cocktails (“with a casino-style server coming up to me asking what I would like”) and a personal shopper “who can find the perfect jeans for me without me trying them on!”

We think being a mom is the hardest job in the world.  At Coolsmiles Orthodontics, we try to schedule 90% of your child’s visits after school, but we realize you have many other activities as well.  Hats off to our moms, we love you!

Winners of the Coolsmiles Mother’s Day Contest will be announced on Monday. Did your child guess how many buttons were in the jar? Maybe you can relax at the Tea Room on us.  Don’t  forget to stop by the office and pick up your bracelet to enter the “Mets Ticket Giveaway.”  We are taking 125 patients to the Mets v. Phillies on July 16th. Good luck and Happy Mother’s Day to all.

We always love hearing your comments.

Our Coolsmiles Mother’s Day contest this year involved guessing the number of buttons in the jar.  We had one jar in each of our offices and had the children guess.  The winner would sent their mom on a mini vacation to Robinson’s Tea Room in Stony Brook.  This years winners are Abigal D. (1250 buttons) in Port Jefferson and Dominique P. (325 buttons) in Medford.  Congratulations moms!