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Fall Newsletter

Welcome to our Fall Newsletter! We had a terrific summer and we hope you did too. What beautiful weather it was! Now its time to enjoy autumn leaves and everything pumpkin! Did you know that October is National Orthodontic Health Month? Learn more about how to stay on track with your orthodontic treatment with the useful tips below. And don't forget to try our Halloween-inspired Braces-Friendly Frightful Finger Cookies recipe to get in the spirit!

Please be sure to read all of our quarterly announcements so you are up to date on all the latest happenings at Orthodontics by Design. As always, we appreciate your patronage and your kind testimonials and referrals of others. Have an idea for our next newsletter? Please share your thoughts with us on our Facebook page! We have so much information to share with you!

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Show Your School Spirit!
Take a selfie and post it to our Facebook Page.

We want to see your School Spirit and your SMILE!




Office Updates

Please welcome new faces at the front desk,
Karen (left) and Diane (right).

Diane and Karen

Karen has been married for 30 years to her husband David, and they have two sons. At OBD, Karen will usually be the first face you see upon arrival. She also schedules appointments and answers phone calls. After spending her entire career working in the legal industry and commuting to Boston, she made a significant change in her life, and now she has the pleasure of working in a family-oriented, friendly office with incredibly nice people. Welcome to the team Karen!

Diane lives in Peabody with her husband Caleb and her two children Jillian and Benjamin. She handles an assortment of projects behind the front desk, answering phone calls, scheduling appointments and helping the team as needs arise. Diane enjoys movies, good food and events with her church community where her husband is a paster. Welcome Diane!


Team Ortho by Design

leafleafTeam News:
Autumn is in the Air

What does our team love about the fall season?
Read on to find out!

Dr. Gangoy
“I look forward to the colorful change of scenery and apple picking….especially apple cider donuts!”


“It is a refreshing time to spend outside with my family going on adventures.”


“Topsfield fair and Patriots football!!!!”


“I get to spend more time with my family.”


“I’m excited to carve pumpkins with my kiddos.”


“I enjoy apple picking and pumpkin picking with my girls.”


“It reminds me of how awesome God is to allow us to see the beauty of His creation!

Little Ange

“I love seeing the leaves change color”

Why do YOU love autumn?

Post a note to let us know on Facebook!




Just for fun! Download this fun coloring page and get in the spirit of the season!

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cupcakescupcakesA very special thank you to our patient Ashley A. who recently got her braces off. She is going to school for pastry making and brought in these beautiful homemade cupcakes for our team! Yum! They were absolutely delicious.

Ashley A.




Here is a picture of Ashley sporting her new smile! Congratulations!




NOHMHappy National Orthodontic Health Month!

October is National Orthodontic Health month and we think it's no coincidence - for Orthodontics by Design it's a perfect time to remind our patients with braces to put some thought into the treats you enjoy this Halloween. We want our patients in braces to enjoy the holiday and not feel that they are missing out.

It's Important To Take Extra Care Of Your Teeth While Wearing Braces
Oral hygiene is especially important while wearing braces as your wires and brackets can make it a bit more difficult to brush and floss properly. To ensure that you keep up with healthy oral care habits, follow these tips:

  • Brush and floss at least twice a day, and after every meal if possible.
  • To allow you to thoroughly clean plaque and remaining food particles out of your teeth and braces, use special "flossers" that weave dental floss under your wires.
  • As a final step in your brushing and floss routine, use mouthwash to remove any lingering plaque or food particles.

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What Not To Eat With Braces
With Halloween right around the corner, we ask that you take extra special care of your teeth and braces by not indulging in too much candy and other sweets. Try to avoid foods that are sticky, chewy, crunchy, or are high in sugar, so as to reduce your risk of cavities and damaging your braces.
View our Foods to Avoid>

We promise that there are plenty of sweet, Halloween-themed alternatives that you can enjoy without causing harm to your teeth and braces! Check out these Halloween Themed Orthodontic-friendly Recipes from the AAO>

For everyone, a gentle reminder that sugar, when left on the teeth creates a perfect breeding ground for damage to your teeth and gums, including cavities! Brushing and flossing continues to be an important habit that is even more critical when your intake of sugary foods increases. For those in braces, this means brushing carefully around all the brackets and wires and concentrating on areas where the teeth meet the gums and where the braces attach to the teeth!

By taking good care of your teeth, you are contributing to a more successful and more efficient treatment with us, making it all pay off in the end! Remember the beautiful smile that is in your future will be much sweeter than the momentary pleasure from candy that damages your braces or your teeth.


Braces-Friendly Recipe Corner: Frightful Finger Cookies
Our team knows how tempting this time of the year can be on our sweet tooth. With all of the caramel, candy corn, and lollipops that are often passed around to trick-or-treaters, we realize that it can sometimes be hard to find hard, chewy, sticky, and crunchy candy alternatives.

However, there is good news! In this newsletter, we would like to share a great braces-friendly Halloween recipe with all of our patients, courtesy of the American Association of Orthodontics, or AAO, and “The Braces Cookbook” by Pamela Waterman. This Frightful Finger Cookies recipe is delicious, and provided that you remember to brush and floss after indulging, this is a cookie that won’t bite back! finger cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup almond slices, or whole almonds
1 tube red decorating gel
1 tube green food coloring (optional)

Preheat oven to 325°F. Beat together butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla. Slowly beat in the flour, baking powder and salt. If you want green finger cookies, add drops of green food coloring to dough until you achieve a nice deep green color. Divide the dough into four equal parts, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Take one quarter of the dough at a time from the refrigerator. Break off one heaping teaspoonful and roll it into a finger shape. Squeeze in around the middle of the finger to create a knuckle shape. Then, using a butter knife, make indents in several places to resemble a finger. Repeat with rest of dough. Place cookies on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes – let cool. Then, squeeze red decorating gel onto the tip of each finger and gently press an almond on top so the gel oozes out from underneath. Remove cookies from baking sheets and let them cool on wire racks.
Recipe recommended by the American Association of Orthodontics



SMILE! Sunshine is good for your teeth!
- Orthodontics by Design

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