Thursday, February 9, 2012

Smile for a Liftime!!

Just got approved to be Idaho's charter member in this great organization!
Check it out at s4l.org

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

You're Never to Old for a Beautiful Smile!

Advanced treatment options available in adult orthodontics can effectively rectify complex dental abnormalities. These procedures can enhance your smile and facial appearance, and thereby restore your lost confidence.
Rectify Dental Anomalies and Regain Your Confidence
Through adult orthodontics, adult patients belonging to different age groups can find permanent solutions for all major dental disorders such as crooked teeth, protruding teeth, widely spaced teeth, overcrowded teeth, crossbites, openbites, underbites, overbites and more. By properly aligning your teeth, various issues such as gum diseases, abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, chewing problems, digestion disorders and speech impairments can be easily avoided.
Benefit from Advanced Orthodontic Procedures
To provide appropriate orthodontic treatment solutions, orthodontists study your teeth, jaws and facial structure through X-rays, photographs and bite impressions. Based on the severity of your teeth abnormality, treatment procedures with conventional metal braces, ceramic braces, Invisalign braces or lingual appliances are suggested.
Orthodontic procedures with Invisalign braces are favored by many adults as it rules out the irritation and discomfort associated with metal wires and brackets. These clear aligners are designed with advanced computer imaging technology according to your teeth structure. Applying gentle pressure, these aligners shift your teeth to straighter positions. The patients have to wear one set of aligners for two weeks and then replace it with a new set. The normal treatment duration is about 9 to 15 months, and the patients have to use about 18 to 30 sets of aligners.
Invisalign braces are virtually invisible, so the entire treatment can be completed without attracting the attention of others. Besides, these braces are detachable and therefore the patients can maintain excellent oral hygiene. They can eat, drink, brush and floss normally.
Find an Expert Orthodontist
If you are planning to undergo orthodontic treatment procedures for straightening your teeth, make sure to utilize the services of an expert orthodontist. Skilled specialists offer the right treatment procedures, ensuring superior results.
River Edge Orthodontics is one of the most reputable orthodontic care facilities in the Boise area, offering the finest orthodontic treatment designed to give our patients more attractive and healthy smiles.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Braces-Wearers Beware: Certain Sweet Treats Can Bite Back

Halloween is a time when the vampire fangs come out in full force. However, for orthodontic patients – certain sweet treats can bite back. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) has teamed up with Pam Waterman, author of The Braces Cookbook, to bring orthodontic-friendly recipes and treats to trick-or-treaters and their parents. It’s no trick - these recipes are fun to make, fun to eat, and they won’t put a dent in the smiles of the nearly five million orthodontic patients currently in North America who wear braces, clear aligners or other orthodontic appliances to help them achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.
Halloween tends to be one of the busiest times of the year at orthodontists’ offices, primarily because patients indulge in treats that they should not be eating. Candies and other treats that are hard, chewy, sticky or crunchy can cause damage to braces, clear aligners and other orthodontic appliances. In addition to patient discomfort, a broken bracket or loose wire may prolong treatment and require additional orthodontic appointments. As part of October’s National Orthodontic Health Month, the AAO is providing orthodontic-friendly Halloween recipes and tips to help patients and their families enjoy the holiday.
“Halloween should be a fun time for all kids – including those in orthodontic treatment,” says Dr. Lee W. Graber, orthodontist and president of the American Association of Orthodontists. “We’re pleased to team up with Pam Waterman, author of the Braces Cookbooks, and offer tips and recipes that will help keep braces intact and patients satisfied this Halloween season.”
Featured Halloween recipes include Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Softies and Black Cherry Fruit Bats - a complete list of orthodontic-friendly recipes are at the AAO’s Web site, braces.org.
“The recipes we’ve developed are delicious and allow orthodontic patients, like my son, to enjoy the holiday without causing harm to their braces,” says author Pam Waterman. “Plus, they are fun to make together.”     

What kinds of Halloween treats are “orthodontic-friendly”?  
The good news is that there are plenty of food options for orthodontic patients – and with a little creativity, orthodontic patients can still enjoy Halloween treats. In general, orthodontic patients should look for softer treats, such as soft chocolate or peanut butter cups, or melt-in-your-mouth foods. Those with braces or retainers should avoid any foods that are sticky, chewy, hard or crunchy. The AAO recommends patients avoid the following Halloween treats, or recipes with these ingredients:

•    Caramel
•    Nuts
•    Popcorn (including un-popped kernels)
•    Taffy
•    Jelly beans
•    Hard pretzels
•    Licorice
•    Bubblegum
•    Taco chips
•    Ice


Is it okay for orthodontic patients to eat sweets?
A few sweets can be okay occasionally, if the patient remembers to brush and floss afterwards. Orthodontic patients need to pay special attention to keeping braces or other orthodontic appliances clean, as well as teeth and gums. Orthodontists can advise patients on how best to brush and floss between teeth, around brackets and at the gum line. Dr. Graber reminds patients that if they follow their orthodontist’s recommendations, practice good oral hygiene, and are careful about the foods they eat, they should be able to finish treatment on time and with good results.


What should orthodontic patients do if food damages their braces?
If a patient chews on the wrong type of treat and damage occurs, they should call their orthodontist so that arrangements can be made to correct the problem. Typically, small problems can be solved over the phone. Loose brackets or wires can usually be made more comfortable by applying some orthodontic wax until the patient can come into the office.

Who is an orthodontist?
When it comes to getting a healthy straight smile, education is key. Orthodontists receive an additional two-to-three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. As experts in creating healthy, beautiful smiles, orthodontists have the education, experience and expertise to recommend the best treatment option.

Monday, August 23, 2010

September Contest!!!

For the month of September our contest is to enter into our You Tube video contest!!  This contest we are asking you to make a fun video about your braces or a fun experience at our office and e-mail your video to  us at riveredgeortho@yahoo.com.  If your video is chosen to be published on our site you will receive a $25.00 gift card!  Please enclose your name and contact information in the e-mail! Have fun and good luck!!!