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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!

Sports and Energy Drink Consumption Damages Tooth Enamel

July 30th, 2014

While they may sound refreshing, especially after participating in sports activities or after a jog, recent studies suggest that energy and sports drinks can damage tooth enamel, thus elevating your cavity risk. These drinks are especially popular among our younger patients.

In the study, researchers analyzed the fluoride content and pH levels of 13 sports and nine energy drinks by soaking tooth enamel samples in the aforementioned drinks. The samples were soaked for 15 minutes in each drink, and then were soaked for two hours in artificial saliva four times a day for five days.

As much as sports drinks are harmful to your teeth, researchers found that exposure to energy drinks such as Rockstar, Monster®, and Red Bull® resulted in twice as much enamel loss as exposure to sports drinks such as Powerade®, Gatorade®, and Propel® (3.1 percent to 1.5 percent).

Yes, there are health benefits to consuming orange juice, fruit juices, sports drinks, and flavored waters, which can contain valuable ingredients such as vitamin C and other antioxidants; these drinks can also replenish nutrients lost during a sporting event and lower the chance of heart disease and cancer. But, if not consumed carefully, these beverages can harm your teeth. They are full of sugar, which converts to acid and wears away at your teeth, causing cavities, sensitivity, and eventually tooth loss.

Even one drink a day is potentially harmful, but if you are absolutely unable to give up that sports or energy drink habit, we encourage you to minimize their use and rinse with water afterward or chew a sugar-free piece of gum. Do not brush immediately after drinking them; softened enamel due to acid is easier to damage, even when brushing. Remember, it takes your mouth approximately 30 minutes to bring its pH level back to normal. The best thing to do is to wait an hour, then brush to remove sugar that lingers on your teeth and gums.

There are many sports drinks, energy drinks, and flavored waters out there today. Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci and our team recommend you take the time to read the labels. Check for sugar content and citric acid in the ingredients. If you have any questions, or would like suggestions on the best sports drink options, please give us a call at our Flemington or Annandale, NJ office or ask us during your next visit!

Misconceptions About Orthodontics

July 23rd, 2014

While everyone understands that a dentist takes care of teeth, not everyone is aware of what an orthodontist does. This confusion sometimes leads to misunderstandings about what Loew Orthodontics does for our patients and how exactly Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci can help them. Let’s take a closer look at a couple of the myths and misconceptions about orthodontists.

Perhaps the biggest misconception about the orthodontist is that they’re just like your family dentist. The truth is, they’re actually very different. While it’s true that both orthodontists and dentists care about helping you enjoy a lifetime of good dental and oral health, orthodontists go about achieving this goal in different ways. For instance, if you need to have a cavity filled, you probably won’t make an appointment to see an orthodontist. Dentists are the health professionals to see if you’re concerned about a cavity or need a filling. A dentist can also treat gum disease, tooth decay, toothaches, and other common oral health problems.

People see an orthodontist for very particular services. Most of the patients we see on a daily basis are here because they have braces, or they need to be fitted with braces or another form of tooth-straightening device. In other words, they consult an orthodontist when they are concerned about the alignment of their teeth. As a child grows up, his or her teeth may come in crooked. This can happen for a number of reasons, so it’s important for an orthodontist to take a look at a child’s teeth at about seven years of age. At that age, it’s possible to detect any problems that have not become too advanced to treat easily. Your family dentist may also refer your child to an orthodontist once the adult teeth have fully grown in.

Another common misconception about orthodontists is that they only treat children. It’s true that when you visit an orthodontic clinic you’re apt to see a lot of young kids, but you’ll also see teenagers, college students, and adults. Because crooked teeth can be caused by a number of different factors, it’s entirely possible for someone to require orthodontic treatment at any age.

If you want to know more about the practice of orthodontics or what your orthodontist can do for you, then simply ask Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci. It’s best to get answers to your specific questions directly from the person who will be treating you. While you’re sure to find Internet resources helpful, there really is no substitute for the personal attention you’ll get during your appointment at our Flemington or Annandale, NJ office.

Is Damon® Smile right for you?

July 16th, 2014

Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci and our team at Loew Orthodontics are pleased to offer Damon Smile to our patients. This treatment is a faster and more comfortable way to straighten teeth and can improve your smile at any age, often without tooth extractions. Damon Smile braces not only help straighten your teeth, but their use can also lead to greater confidence, a better self-image, as well as personal and professional advancement.

Traditional orthodontic treatment often requires the removal of healthy teeth and/or the use of palatal expanders to make space for braces, which usually means treatment takes longer, is more uncomfortable for the patient and can leave a narrower arch and a flat profile.  

When using Damon Smile, however, straight teeth are achieved with light, biologically-sensible forces, and are specifically designed to improve each patient’s overall facial result. The system uses unique self-ligating braces, in which a specialized clip with a “door” replaces elastics or other ties. The “door” guides the archwire and allows the teeth to move gently into the proper position. Because of the increased flexibility of the self-ligating brace, it exerts less pressure on the individual tooth; this means you won’t have to get adjustments as frequently.

Another advantage is the gentler, low-friction force means you won’t experience the long-term discomfort from intense pressure on your teeth, or the tight wires that are so common with traditional braces.

If you have been thinking about an orthodontic procedure, come see us at Loew Orthodontics for an assessment to see if Damon Smile is right for you! Give us a call today at our convenient Flemington or Annandale, NJ office!

RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY IN CLINTON

July 14th, 2014

Ribbon Cutting pic 2014

 

We’re very pleased to share our new Clinton office Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with you!  Some very special people shared the event with us:  the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club and even the Clinton Township Mayor celebrated with Drs. Loew and Carla, Dr. Loew’s family and the Loew Orthodontics team!

We can’t wait for you to see the office for yourself!

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