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Bowl for Autism with Loew Orthodontics!

February 6th, 2015

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April is Autism Awareness Month and this is a cause that is dear to our hearts. Loew Orthodontics is an official Autism New Jersey Ambassador! 2015 marks our 4th Annual Bowling for Autism event and this is major event for our community and the surrounding counties.

Please join your favorite Orthodontists and Team Loew in a bowling fundraiser where 100% of the funds raised will go directly to Autism New Jersey!

 When: Sunday, April 26th

Where: OAKWOOD LANES, RT 31, 234 WASHINGTON, NJ (908) 689-0310

Cost: Pre-registration $20 per bowler (which includes (5) raffle tickets.)  $25 at door day of event.

Contribute to our event now by filling out our registration forms, found here: 2015 registration forms.

And if you can’t make it to the event, you we will still accept donations HERE.

We look forward to bowling with you!

I got my braces. Now what?

February 4th, 2015

You’ve taken the first step toward a healthier and more beautiful appearance by getting braces at Loew Orthodontics, and you’re probably wondering what comes next. The first week is the period of biggest adjustment, and there’s a lot to learn in this short time. Don’t worry; in a few short days your braces will feel completely natural.

The first week

On the first day, your braces will probably feel very odd in your mouth; it will take time to get used to them. By the second day, you may feel some soreness or pain. If you are going to experience any pain, the second and third days are when it will happen. Most pain can be dealt with by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Tylenol.

What about sore spots?

Your cheeks and tongue are getting used to your new braces, just like your teeth are. You may develop sore spots where this soft tissue rubs against the harsh metal of your braces. The best way to avoid this and allow your mouth to heal is by covering the metal spot with orthodontic wax. Break off a small piece and roll it into a ball in your hands. Dry the metal of the braces with a cotton swab, then wrap the wax around the sharp spot to create a cushion.

What if they break?

Braces are held onto your teeth with special orthodontic glue. Once in a great while, part of your appliance may come loose from the surface of a tooth. This won’t harm anything; it will just be slightly inconvenient. Call our office right away and we will be able to glue the bracket back on.

Make sure you avoid hard items such as ice, brittle, and other hard candies, and don’t open packages with your teeth. These habits can contribute to braces popping off. Even fairly innocent-sounding items like popcorn or French bread can be a culprit, so avoid eating any hard foods, or cut them up into small pieces before consuming.

If you have questions about which foods to eat and avoid, or if your braces are more sore than expected, feel free to contact our Flemington or Annandale, NJ office and ask Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci and our team. We’re more than happy to help!

The Effects of Biting Your Nails

January 28th, 2015

Also known as onchophagia, the habit of nail biting is one of the so-called “nervous habits” that can be triggered by stress, excitement, or boredom. Approximately half of all kids between the ages of ten and 18 have been nail biters at one time or another. Experts say that about 30 percent of children and 15 percent of adults are nail biters, however most people stop chewing their nails by the time they turn 30.

Here are four dental and general reasons to stop biting your nails:

1. It’s unsanitary: Your nails harbor bacteria and germs, and are almost twice as dirty as fingers. What’s more, swallowing dirty nails can lead to stomach problems.

2. It wears down your teeth: Gnawing your nails can put added stress on your pearly whites, which can lead to crooked teeth.

3. It can delay your orthodontic treatment: For those of our patients wearing braces, nail biting puts additional pressure on teeth and weakens roots.

4. It can cost you, literally: It has been estimated that up to $4,000 in extra dental bills can build up over a lifetime.

Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci and our team recommend the following to kick your nail biting habit:

  • Keep your nails trimmed short; you’ll have less of a nail to bite.
  • Coat your nails with a bitter-tasting nail polish.
  • Ask us about obtaining a mouthguard, which can help prevent nail biting.
  • Put a rubber band around your wrist and snap it whenever you get the urge to gnaw on your nails.
  • Think about when and why you chew your nails. Whether you are nervous or just bored, understanding the triggers can help you find a solution and stop the habit.
  • If you can’t stop, behavioral therapy may be an effective option to stop nail biting. Ask Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci and our team for a recommendation.

A Helpful Site on Orthodontics

January 21st, 2015

As you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, our team at Loew Orthodontics would like to point you to a helpful website. Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have lots of important information about everything relating to braces, including myths and facts of orthodontics, tips for a better orthodontic experience, and cool webisodes about orthodontics.

Check out AAO today and feel free to contact us at our Flemington or Annandale, NJ office if you have any questions.

Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci and our team at Loew Orthodontics hope this information helps you!

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