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Alright, alright, alriiight… You’re going to learn today!

Dr. Richard Webster

Hey everyone, Melynda here! I hope you guys tried those turkey meatballs. Here’s a tip — they are great with siracha sauce. Now that I have given you guys a week to prep for your meals, I hope you are all motivated to get out and go to that gym! Now it may come to a surprise, but I only go to the gym four times a week! Yup that’s right, only four times. The reason for that is because I am training for the Jay Cutler Desert Classic and over exertion will only damage what I want and need for the competition. Training five days a week is okay as well. Just make sure you at least have 2 days to rest.


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So Halloween’s almost here . . .

Dr. Richard Webster

So Halloween’s almost here . . .

I love it when October comes for many reasons.  It means no more scorching hot summer days in Las Vegas, and it means that the holidays are right around the corner, starting with one of my favorites, Halloween.  Ahhhhhh Halloween . . . the night when various costumes are used to try and get as much candy as possible, and on that note, I must “get up on my soap box” and warn everyone about those sugary pursuits.


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What’s the deal with extracting teeth?

Dr. Richard Webster

In some cases, orthodontic treatment may require the extraction of teeth to obtain a successful result. This situation usually involves severe crowding of teeth or a bite problem. This kind of extraction treatment was regularly done by orthodontists in the 70’s and 80’s, and it was called “4-on-the-floor” because it usually required that 4 teeth (2 upper teeth and 2 lower teeth) be removed.


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Is invisalign better than braces?

Dr. Richard Webster

Many patients ask me, “Why is invisalign better than braces?” (a very good question). There are various advantages and disadvantages to Invisalign:

Pros:

1. Esthetics (Clear aligners are used instead of metal wires, so they are less noticeable. Many adults who work in professional settings find this very attractive).

2. Comfort (The aligners are plastic and thus usually have a smoother feel on the cheeks and tongue than braces).


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What is the deal with flossing?

Dr. Richard Webster

Anyone who has had braces can attest that flossing can become a real headache. It’s hard to thread the strand through the wires, brackets, and teeth, and because we have multiple teeth in our mouth, doing that more than 20 times per night can extremely test our patience. Even the dexterity of a trained seamstress would be challenged with this whole flossing-thing.


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Mouthguards: Yay or Nay?

Dr. Richard Webster

Do you need to wear mouthguards?

Many patients ask me if they need mouthguards when playing sports. The most direct answer is it depends on them and the type of sport they are playing. If they aren’t accident-prone and pretty coordinated, the need for a mouthguard is less. However, contact sports such as football, wrestling, basketball, etc. usually justify having a mouthguard more than less aggressive sports such as golf, tennis, bowling, etc..  However, accidents can happen in any sport. One of the beauties of the mouth is that if your child does get hit in the face, the mouth heals very well and quickly. If such an incident happens, he/she may need to go to a medical/dental professional for evaluation, but most of the time, the mouth heals up well by itself without any significant intervention.


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“A Blog Post about Blog Posts . . . “

Dr. Richard Webster

A blog about blog posts!

Being a Seinfeld fan, I love the episode where Kramer makes a coffee table book about coffee tables, and it has inspired this blog post about blog posts. It’s been a long time since I’ve written an entry, but I hope to produce them more frequently. I also hope that they will be beneficial to you and your family as we tackle subjects about orthodontics, oral hygiene, seasonal topics, and so forth. Please feel free to respond to these posts and share them with friends and on social media. As Kramer would say, “GIDDY-UP!”


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Why we need retainers long-term

Dr. Richard Webster

The amount of time a person needs to wear their retainer after orthodontic care seems to vary from orthodontist to orthodontist. I don’t know why that is, but I guess it goes along with the frequency that different orthodontists treat patients differently as well. Regardless of the differing retainer protocols, I think my colleagues and I can agree on one thing: RETAINERS ARE IMPORTANT!!!


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Going Back To School Tips

Dr. Richard Webster

Going Back to School Tips!

It’s that time of year again – a time for getting up earlier, shopping for clothes and class supplies, to see old and make new friends, and to hit the books. It seems like the summer just flew by, and school is officially in session. We know some people may be cheering (i.e. parents), and others may be “boo-ing” (i.e. students). Regardless, this new chapter of life brings more chances for growth, learning, and fun, and we’d like to offer a few tips to help enhance that experience:

1. The first day of school may not involve any actual assignments, and thus it may not seem to be very important. On the contrary, that first day when syllabi are handed out and the expectations of each class are established is very critical. It’s a time to sit down with your kids and make plans for the entire year on how to excel in each course while making time for fun activities (family and holiday trips, school events, socializing with friends, etc.). This planning stage also helps the parents know how they can best follow up with their kids about their assignments, tests, and extracurricular activities. PREPARATION IS KEY

2. Seek to have a good relationship with the teachers and administrative staff. It’s been my experience that, for the most part, they want what’s best for your child and want them to succeed. If questions or concerns arise, communicate those with them immediately. This practice will facilitate a smooth year. GOOD COMMUNICATION MINIMIZES MISUNDERSTANDINGS

3. If your child has braces: 1) They’ll want to have an oral hygiene kit to carry with them to school (for hygienic and esthetic reasons) 2) Have them avoid eating anything that is hard (to safeguard against breaking brackets), chewy (so it won’t get stuck in the braces), and sugary (to avoid cavities) 3) If a bracket breaks off during school and he/she is not in any pain, you don’t need to take him/her out of school to have it fixed; just call your orthodontic to let them know and they’ll direct you 4) if they play a contact sport and use a mouthguard, make sure it is a little bigger than their mouth so that it can fit over the braces and still render protection

4. Don’t freak out if you don’t have everything that you or your kids need for school. You still have time to get those necessities, and the sales will still be going on. Even though the school year is new and a lot of things may still be uncertain, let yourself and your kids ENJOY THE RIDE. The year will be over before you know it!

GOOD LUCK! WE’RE EXCITED FOR ALL OF YOU 🙂


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