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Enter our Summer Contest: Where in the World are Dr. Loew and Dr. Carla?!

May 27th, 2014

Girl Braces Swinging ResizedSummer is here, and we want to celebrate with a special contest for our awesome patients. This is a chance for patients of all ages to use their creativity!  If you are going to the beach, a baseball game, camping, visiting your grandparents, or hiking in the mountains, take your favorite Orthodontist with you!

Participating is easy and fun!  Here are the details:

  • The contest runs June 1, 2014 – September 5, 2014 (winner announced September 15th)
  • You and your Orthodontist MUST be in the picture together
  • (20) bonus points if you are wearing a Loew Orthodontics T-shirt in the picture!
  • Make sure you include your name, location & brief description of what you are doing
  • Short videos (2 minutes or less) can be submitted
  • One entry per person
  • Winning prize is an iPad Mini!

Wondering how to submit your pictures or videos?! It’s easy, and you have 3 ways to do so!

-Email your entry to staff@loeworthdontics.com

-Post it to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LoewOrthodontics

-Mail to: Loew Orthodontics Contest, 4 Walter Foran Blvd, Suite #205, Flemington, NJ 08822

 

Be sure to grab a picture of Dr. Loew and/or Dr. Carla at your next visit. Or, visit our homepage to download them!

Good luck everyone, we can’t wait to see your summer pictures!

Happy Labor Day!

August 27th, 2014

Labor Day is upon us, and that means the non-official end to summer. Before the kids head back to school and temperatures start to cool down, this is your last chance to barbeque in the beautiful Flemington or Annandale, NJ community, head to the lake, and wear your favorite pair of white pants.

About Labor Day

Each year, Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September. It is the one day of year Americans celebrate their achievements in work, which the US Department of Labor says has contributed to prosperity and well-being of America as a whole. Americans have been celebrating Labor Day since the 1880s, and today it is an official federal holiday.

Interesting Facts About Labor Day

  • Every year, more than 30 million Americans travel over Labor Day weekend.
  • Canada was the first to celebrate Labor Day, and the US soon followed.
  • President Cleveland made Labor Day and official US holiday in 1894.
  • Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and NCAA sports seasons for fans.
  • Labor Day marks the end of hot dog season, when Americans consume seven billion hot dogs.

Thanks for being a valued patient of our orthodontic office. Our staff would like to wish you a safe and happy Labor Day weekend. Enjoy your time off!

Not-So-Sweet Sweets: The five worst candies to eat during orthodontic treatment

August 20th, 2014

Sticky, hard, and gooey: these candies fill your dopamine receptors with spasms of sugar-filled joy, but if you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment at Loew Orthodontics to straighten your teeth, then these sweets are not so sweet. While you may have a Willy-Wonka-sized sweet tooth, there are some candies you’re going to have to avoid while wearing braces.

Here are five bracket- and wire-destroying culprits that Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci and our team recommend leaving on the candy aisle and not put in your mouth, no matter how tempting they may be.

  1. Gum is sticky and stringy. It can get tangled like fishing net in your braces. You don’t want to be that boy or girl trying to pull knots of Wrigley’s out of your braces without being seen.
  2. All chewy, gooey candies need to be avoided. When you’re wearing braces, don’t even think about putting a caramel candy in your mouth. Caramel will not only stick to your braces, making it look as if you haven’t brushed your teeth in a week, but the gooey texture can pull apart the wires, and trigger an emergency visit to Loew Orthodontics.
  3. Hard candy may seem like a safe choice, but it’s not. What’s the problem? Nobody ever just sucks on hard candy; sooner or later, we bite down on it. Biting a hard candy may cause part of your braces to snap. Furthermore, once the candy is broken into a bunch of little pieces, it’s not uncommon for one of those sugary shards to get wedged between your braces and teeth … and that’s a cavity waiting to happen.
  4. The taffy you enjoy getting at a seaside boardwalk is going to have to go on the back burner. Like caramel, taffy can pull apart and damage your braces. You don’t want to have your expensive orthodontic gear replaced.
  5. Please, just one lollipop? Nope. A lollipop is nothing more than hard candy on a stick. If you can’t have hard candy during orthodontic treatment, then you shouldn’t have hard candy on a stick either.

Have any more questions about what you can and can’t eat when you have braces? Please give us a call at our convenient Flemington or Annandale, NJ office to learn more, or ask Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci during your next adjustment visit!

What’s the advantage of Invisalign®?

August 13th, 2014

Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci and our team know it is natural for you to feel some concern when you need to wear any type of dental device to correct a problem with your teeth. Both braces and Invisalign can produce good results in giving you the smile you’ve always wanted. Both methods can straighten your teeth and alleviate such issues as crowding, spacing, cross bite, overbite, and underbite. Both methods of treatment have a similar cost.

You can take a cross-country road trip in a ten-year-old economy car or you can make the trip in a brand-new luxury sedan. Both will get you to your destination, but you will be far more comfortable traveling in the luxury sedan. Similarly, your journey to a great smile is much more comfortable and convenient with Invisalign as opposed to braces.

Comfort

Some of the discomfort you may experience with braces is greatly reduced with Invisalign. Because Invisalign is custom-fit to your mouth and made of plastic, you will feel less pain, irritation, and soreness. Unlike braces, there are no food restrictions; you can eat anything that is on your diet.

Brushing and flossing

Of course you will want to brush and floss your teeth to prevent plaque buildup, tooth discoloration, and dental decay. If you wear braces, these simple tasks can become quite a challenge. Invisalign aligners are very easy to remove and replace, so you can brush or floss like normal without having to work your way around any metallic framework covering your teeth.

Appearance

You do not have to be embarrassed to show your teeth when you are using the Invisalign system. Since the aligners are practically invisible, no one will even notice you are wearing them! Whether you are a teenager or an older adult, you can live your life normally.

If you want to learn more about Invisalign, or are wondering what your treatment options are at Loew Orthodontics, feel free to give us a call at our convenient Flemington or Annandale, NJ office!

It’s time to go back to school!

August 6th, 2014

Now that many of the schools in Flemington or Annandale, NJ are back in session, Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci would like to remind all of our patients about the importance of scheduling appointments in advance. With school, clubs, sports, and family duties to consider, we know that it can be challenging to find time to visit Loew Orthodontics this fall. In order to accommodate all of our patients’ busy schedules, it is important that you plan ahead for your appointments so that we are able to provide you with a convenient appointment time.

As always, please remember to give us advanced notice if you’re unable to make your regularly scheduled appointment with Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci and our team. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule your fall appointment.

We’ll see you soon and hope summer is winding down nicely for you and your family!

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