May 21st, 2013
Memorial Day didn’t become an official holiday until 1971, but Americans started gathering annually in the spring to remember those who lost their lives in war during the 1860s, right after the Civil War. Celebrated on the last Monday in May, people still decorate the grave sites of war veterans and hold memorial services, but Memorial Day has also evolved into a day that signifies the beginning of summer.
During the summer months, many people take road trips to visit family members. Some head off to the airport to enjoy a long-awaited vacation far away, while others look forward to spending time with friends and family at home. However you spend Memorial Day and the subsequent summer months, there are a few things you can take care of to ensure your summertime is enjoyable.
Checklist for an Enjoyable Summer
- Have the AC Checked. During the hottest days of summer, many families find themselves sweating it out due to a broken air conditioning system. Be proactive so you can avoid waiting for hours or days because the HVAC repair person is booked solid. Have your air conditioning system checked before or around Memorial Day each year.
- Ensure Security While You’re Away. When you leave for vacation, the last thing you should have to worry about is the security of your home. Install a home security system, if possible, and put a timer on your lights so they go on and off at normal hours. You can also alert your local police department that you’ll be gone, and ask them to drive by your house once in a while to make sure everything is okay.
- See Your Doctor and Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci Before Vacation. Many people put off school-related or annual health exams until after summer vacation. Avoid the crowds and make sure your physical and oral health are in top shape prior to vacation time so there are no unpleasant surprises.
- Plan Your Memorial Day Traditions. Whether you host a barbecue in the Flemington or Annandale, NJ area or beyond, gather for the parade, or spend time at a loved one’s grave site, plan your Memorial Day happenings in advance so those you wish to include can be there.
Loew Orthodontics wants you to look forward to Memorial Day and the days of summer by preparing to spend the time safely and comfortably. As you plan ahead, take care of your health and secure your home, you can place your focus on creating memories with family members and friends while enjoying your favorite Memorial Day traditions.
May 14th, 2013
Everyone wants a naturally aligned and beautiful smile, and it is no secret that orthodontic braces from Loew Orthodontics can help deliver one. However, there are greater benefits to wearing braces than just having straight teeth. You’ll gain many oral health benefits in addition to the cosmetic ones.
Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
Crooked or crowded teeth may overlap each other and create tight spaces in between. These can make it very difficult to brush and floss effectively, allowing bacteria and plaque to build up, and eventually leading to tooth decay and gum disease. With orthodontic treatment, your teeth will become properly aligned and spaced, which allows for more effective brushing.
Difficulties with Speech
Your teeth play an essential role in speech. When they are out of line or lean too far forward or backward, this can affect your speaking patterns, and possibly cause embarrassment and frustration. Braces can readjust the positioning of the teeth to allow for clearer, more professional speech.
Bone and gum tissues begin to erode when there are no teeth to support. This is also true for poorly aligned teeth that leave gaps and spaces or place too much pressure on the jawbone due to a bad bite. With braces, the bones and tissues are less likely to erode and can continue to support the teeth in their new alignment.
Your teeth play an important role in digestion. Before food ever enters your stomach, it has been partially digested by the teeth. If teeth are severely out of line, however, they may not play their role in breaking down food as effectively as they should. With braces, your teeth will be straightened into optimal alignment for eating and chewing.
Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci and staff will be happy to answer any of your questions about your orthodontic treatment. Visit us in Flemington or Annandale, NJ today!
May 7th, 2013
Most of our patients at Loew Orthodontics will need to wear rubber bands at some point during their orthodontic treatment. The main reason our patients are instructed to wear rubber bands is to correct their bite. If your teeth are not fitting together properly, Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci will recommend that rubber bands be used. Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci may also recommend you using rubber bands if to close or open spaces.
Rubber bands are a critical part of your treatment, and wearing them as Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci and our team recommend will help move your teeth into the desired position. Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci may ask you to wear your rubber bands full time, meaning that they should only be taken out when you brush your teeth three times a day, and they should be replaced at this time to keep fresh ones working. Other times, you may be asked to only wear them part time, such as only during the day or only during sleep.
If you still have any questions about orthodontic rubber bands, we invite you to give us a call or ask us during your next adjustment appointment. Remember, wearing rubber bands as prescribed by Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci is an important step during your treatment, and can reduce the time you have your braces on. If you lose your rubber bands or run out, stop by Flemington or Annandale, NJ office and pick up more!
April 17th, 2013
April is Autism Awareness Month & Loew Orthodontics is an official Autism NJ Ambassador! Come join your favorite Orthodontists and Team Loew in a bowling fundraiser where all monies raised will go directly to Autism NJ.
WHEN: Sunday, April 28th from 12pm to 2pm
WHERE: Oakwood Lanes 234 Route 31, Washington, NJ 07882-1550. (908) 689-0310 – Click Here for directions.
COST: $20 per person (includes shoes & bowling for 2 hours)
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
1. Please download, complete, and print out the BOWLING REGISTRATION FORM (Registering to bowl cannot be done online).
2. Mail or bring the registration sheet and payment to: Loew Orthodontics, 4 Walter Foran Blvd, Flemington, NJ 08822. Cash or check made payable to: Loew Orthodontics. (Pre-Registration & payment are required to ensure lane availability).
3. If you are unable to join us, please consider making an on-line donation by clicking the Autism NJ link here: http://autismnj.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1065002&supid=351528741
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
If you any questions, please give us at call at our Flemington or Annandale office.