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Dr. Loew getting his braces! [Video]

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Need to make your next appointment with Loew Orthodontics? Feel free to give us a call and we’ll get you scheduled. When you visit, remember to ask Dr. Loew how his orthodontic treatment is going.

The entire Loew Orthodontics team wants to wish you a safe and relaxing Memorial Day Weekend!

Ask Dr. Loew: Is Invisalign® really customized for each patient?

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Yes, it is, and that’s part of what makes it work, says Drs. Darren Loew and Carla Banduci. To find out if you are the right candidate for Invisalign treatment, the first thing we do is to take an impression of your teeth as they are now and digitize it. Using special software, we look at the current positioning of your teeth and compare it to the way your teeth should look.

Next we use special software to map out the exact path your teeth will take from the beginning of your treatment to the end. Based on the results, a set of custom aligners are created just for your teeth. Throughout the course of treatment, you will be required to wear these clear, removable aligners one at a time; each one moving your teeth closer and closer to their final, perfectly aligned position. The best thing about it all? Nobody around you will even know you are wearing braces!

Drs. Loew and Baduci are certified Invisalign providers. If you have questions about Invisalign, or would like to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment, please give us a call.

Dr. Loew gets BRACES!

Friday, May 13th, 2011

The other day, Dr. Darren Loew of Loew Orthodontics had braces put onto his teeth by Dr. Carla Banduci. Dr. Loew now has the opportunity to feel what it’s like to be an orthodontic patient.

Here’s what Dr. Loew had to say after his first meal with braces:
“Well I survived my first meal. Almost choked to death on asparagus but the crab cakes were awesome. My teeth still do not hurt by my cheeks are getting rubbed raw. All of you in braces are tough! I am now having a milkshake which feels great. Hope the braces survive my grinding this evening.”

And here he is after two days with braces:
“2 days down. Some teeth sore, cheeks are sore and bite is changing already. Fish tacos good, steak bad!”

You can follow Dr. Loew’s progress with orthodontic treatment by staying connected with us on our blog and Facebook page.

Foods to Avoid During Your Orthodontic Treatment

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

There are a variety of foods Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci want you to avoid while you’re wearing braces. Some foods can occasionally damage braces, but certain foods can bend the wires or even break the brackets on your braces. If you’re wearing braces, you should avoid starch, sugar and gummy foods, as these foods can be difficult to remove during brushing. Foods that are high in sugar and starch tend to cause plaque, cavities and even tooth decay.

Avoid tough meats, hard breads and raw vegetables such as carrots and celery. Before long, you’ll be able to bite a cucumber again. But you’ll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you’re wearing braces.

Foods you should avoid include:

Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips
Sticky foods: caramels, gum
Hard foods: nuts, candy
Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots

Also, chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.

If you have any questions on which foods you should be avoiding and why, we invite you to give Loew Orthodontics a call or ask our staff during your next visit.

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