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Happy Fourth of July!

July 1st, 2015

Happy Independence Day from Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci and team! The Fourth of July celebrations in America may have changed a lot over the years, but there is no doubt that we Americans love to celebrate the anniversary of our country’s independence! Today we’re devoting the Loew Orthodontics blog to some fun facts about the Fourth!

  • My, how we have grown! This year the United States Census Bureau estimates that our country has 313.9 million residents celebrating the Fourth of July this year, but back in 1776 there were just 2.5 million members of the country.
  • Our country loves to show how proud that we are of our independence. Did you know that there are 31 United States places with the word “Liberty” in their names? The state of Iowa actually has four towns with the word Liberty in the name: Libertyville, New Liberty, North Liberty, and West Liberty.
  • The United States loves Fourth of July food! It is expected that around 150 million hot dogs are eaten on the Fourth each year. One of the Fourth’s most popular sides, potato salad, goes just perfectly with the hotdogs and hamburgers that are standard Fourth of July fare. Some people choose potato chips instead, but we wouldn’t have such a plethora of potatoes if not for the prodigious production of the states of Idaho and Washington — they provide about half of all the potatoes in the United States today!
  • Americans love celebrating the Fourth outdoors: About 74 million Americans fire up their BBQ grill every Fourth of July.
  • The Chinese contribution: Did you know that Americans have spent more than $211 million on fireworks that were imported from China?

No matter how your family chooses to celebrate the Fourth, stay safe, take precautions, and don’t forget to brush after your fabulous Fourth feast!

Five Braces-Friendly Dinner Recipes

June 24th, 2015

Did you know that more than four million children throughout the US and Canada have braces? At Loew Orthodontics, Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci and our staff know that kids can be picky and meticulous eaters. If cooking for children without braces is difficult, preparing meals for children with braces is especially daunting.

“Comfort food takes on a whole new meaning when cooking for children with braces,” says Pamela Waterman, author of The Braces Cookbook: Recipes You and Your Orthodontist Will Love. “Whether you have new brackets, elastics, headgear, or more, there are great foods you can eat; it just takes some thought.”

These five braces-friendly dinner recipes will be sure to keep your kids smiling!

  1. Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food. Pasta is soft, so it’s easy for children with braces to eat. The warm, gooey cheese melts in the mouth and doesn’t get stuck in the braces like hard or sticky foods. Chances are good that even the pickiest eater has a soft spot for this homespun classic.
  2. The key to braces-friendly cooking is to replace hard, crunchy foods with softer substitutes. In other words, burritos are a better option than tacos, and lasagna is a better choice than pizza. At the same time, if you have the culinary skills to whip up a pizza with a soft crust, you’re going to win the Best Mom (or Dad) of the Year award.
  3. Your child may not like fruits and vegetables. In fact, he or she may even try to convince you that with new braces, fruits and vegetables are off limits. Nice try, kids. While your child is wearing braces, prepare meals with cooked vegetables instead of raw vegetables. A vegetable stir-fry is a healthy and soft dinner choice for kids with braces.
  4. Whether it’s beef or chicken, meat is a good source of protein. However, meat, even when it’s carefully taken off the bone (kids with braces should never eat meat from a bone), can easily get caught in braces. Sloppy Joes are a good alternative. The beef is softened by the addition of the sauce and less likely to get strung in the wires and brackets of the braces. Serve the Sloppy Joes with a side of mashed potatoes.
  5. Ask any child and he or she will tell you that the best part of dinner is dessert. While hard candy, licorice, taffy, caramel, popcorn, and all other chewy candies should be avoided, ice cream and cake are braces-friendly treats that keep kids smiling.

Need more braces-friendly food ideas? Feel free to ask any member of our team.

Where in the World are Dr. Loew and Dr. Carla?

June 22nd, 2015

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 July 1, 2015 – August 30, 2015
- Voting will open September 1, 2015 via the Loew Orthodontics Facebook page (facebook.com/loeworthodontics)
- Winner with the most votes will be announced on September 16, 2015
- You and your Orthodontist MUST be in the picture together
- Wear your Loew Orthodontics T-shirt and earn and extra 20 bonus votes!
- Make sure you include your name, location & brief description of what you are doing
- Submit videos (2 minutes or less) or photo via:

  • Facebook: Click the “Summer Contest 2015” tab on the Loew Orthodontics Facebook page (facebook.com/loeworthodontics) and upload your photo or submit a YouTube, Vine or Instagram video link
  • Twitter & Instagram: Post your photo or video and use #loewortho to submit your entry
  • Email: You can email you photo file, video file or video link to staff@loeworthodontics.com

*Photo must be in .jpeg format
*Video file must be in .mov, .mpeg4, mp4, .avi, .wmv, .mpegps, .flv, 3GPP or WebM format
*Video link must go to YouTube, Vine or Instagram

  • Mail: You can mail your printed photo or a USB with your photo or video file (file requirements above) to:

LOEW ORTHODONTICS CONTEST, 4 WALTER FORAN BLVD, #205,FLEMINGTON, NJ 08822

- One entry per person
- Winning prize is an iPad Mini!

Be sure to grab a picture of Dr. Loew and/or Dr. Carla at your next visit. You can also download their pictures from our website or Facebook page. (Be sure to ‘LIKE’ us on Facebook if you haven’t already done so!)

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By entering this contest you are releasing Loew Orthodontics to post your photo and/or videos in the office and on social media sites.

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Caring for Your Smile during Damon® Smile Treatment

June 17th, 2015

Having crooked, unevenly spaced, or misaligned teeth can interfere with your life at any age. Damon Smile treatment involves braces without bands, faster treatment times, and less pain than regular metal braces for teens and adults. These braces, offered at our Flemington or Annandale, NJ office, can straighten your teeth for a variety of benefits.

  • Allows you make a good first impression on people
  • Helps you speak more clearly
  • Makes it easier to clean your teeth
  • Gives you more self-confidence

It’s important to practice good dental hygiene when you have braces. If you do, you can avoid accidentally letting your teeth decay during the months or years of treatment. These are some ways you can care for your smile during Damon Smile treatment.

Keep brushing and flossing.

Maintain your regular good dental hygiene habits. Continue to brush twice a day, being careful to get all of the food out from your Damon Smile braces. Floss and use mouthwash regularly, too. Also think about keeping your mouth clean during the day. Rinse your mouth with water after you eat if you’re not able to brush your teeth. Avoid sugary beverages, such as sodas, and stick to water.

Choose your foods carefully.

You’ll be able to eat whatever you want after you get your braces off. In the meantime, you can keep your mouth healthy by selecting the right foods and avoiding the wrong ones. Sugary foods are poor choices anytime, but they’re even worse when you have braces because they’re more likely to get stuck on your braces and stick to your teeth. Eventually, you could get tooth decay. Popcorn, chips, and nuts can also get stuck in your braces.

Some foods are hard to chew. They can make a bracket pop off your tooth so that you need to visit your orthodontist. Be wary of the following foods:

  • Stringy meats
  • Crunchy foods, such as raw vegetables and apples
  • Chewy foods, such as bagels and toffee

Straightening your teeth is an investment in your future and yourself. Damon Smile braces can make your teeth straighter in less time than traditional metal braces, and with less embarrassment. Just be sure to care for your smile while your braces are on to make sure that your teeth are healthy when you get your braces off.

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