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Summer Newsletter 2015

Welcome to our Summer Newsletter! We have so much information to share with you in our summer newsletter! We hope you enjoy the news and resources that we provide each quarter. Our exciting Summer Postcard Contest starts this week. Patients can enter for a chance to win tickets to Canobie Lake Park! Also, we hope you’ll try our delicious Braces-Friendly Sparkling Kiwi Lemonade recipe to help you cool off in this hot weather.

As always, we appreciate your kind testimonials and referrals of others. Enjoy your adventures this summer!


Postcard Contest

Enter our Summer Postcard Contest!

Summer is here! It’s time for flip flops, the beach, BBQ’s and vacations! It’s also time to introduce our Summer Postcard Contest!

Here’s how it works: Send us a fun or unique postcard from your summer vacation. Are you planning a beach vacation? A trip to the mountains? Maybe a cruise? Drop us a postcard from wherever you are! Contest ends 8/15/15.

You could win the Grand Prize: 2 tickets to Canobie Lake Park!

 

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Office Updates

Tree of Seeds

Have you seen our lovely tree of seeds? We were inspired by Earth Day this year and wanted to do something extra special for our patients. Hanging on it are cards with a biodegradable white tooth filled with seeds and ready for planting.

The card reads: "A Smile is a Curve that Sets Everything Straight"

Be sure to take one at your next appointment with us! Enjoy!

Team Ortho by Design

Team News: Summer Love

What does our team love about summer? Read on to find out!

Rose (Front Desk)
“I love summertime because I love sitting on the beach, going to Rockport and Gloucester for the outdoor festivals. I also love summer parties…”

Angie (Front Desk)
“I love summertime because I love wearing my flip flops! I enjoy going to the beach with my kids and most of all…I LOVE THUNDERSTORMS!”

Cat (Office Manager)
“I love summertime because I love sitting on my porch having coffee watching the hummingbirds. I love to prepare outside luncheons by the pool for my friends.”

 

Why do YOU love summertime?
Post a note to let us know on Facebook!

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Michael

Patient of the Quarter

Michael L. is our patient of the quarter. Michael always shows up at our office on time for his appointments and has practiced great oral hygiene during his orthodontic treatment. He is pictured here with Dr. Gangoy after getting his braces off. Way to go Michael, keep up the great work!

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Text and Email Appointment Reminders

SmarttextDid you know? If we have your email address on file, we can send you email reminders. You can also confirm your appointments by signing up for text reminders.

Here's how to take advantage of these great new tools:

  • go to our patient portal here, or
  • click on the patient portal button on our home page to login to your account
  • click the red SmartText box and add your cell phone number to get started with text reminders
  • go to your account settings and update your email address for email reminders

Please let us know if you need assistance with your account. We are happy to help!

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Invisalign TeenAll About Invisalign

There are many options out there for straightening your teeth, but many of our patients prefer the comfort, convenience and confidence that you'll find with Invisalign®. And no matter what stage you're at in life, you'll appreciate how this treatment has minimal interference on how you live, but has a significant positive impact on how you look and feel about yourself.

Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements Dr. Gangoy plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won't even know you're straightening your teeth.

Learn more about Invisalign>

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LemonadeBraces-Friendly Recipe Corner: Sparkling Kiwi Lemonade
Since we love cold treats, we wanted to share our favorite summer drink! Not only is it braces-friendly, of course, but it’s a tasty and refreshing treat that everyone will enjoy. Tip: Keep some kiwi ice cubes in the freezer so they’re ready whenever you crave a tall glass of this dressed-up summertime favorite.

Ingredients
8 medium kiwifruit, peeled, divided
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup lemon juice
1 liter carbonated water, chilled

Directions

  1. Slice two kiwi into small pieces. Place in ice cube trays and fill with water. Freeze.
  2. 2.Cut remaining kiwi into large pieces; place in a food processor. Cover and process until smooth. Strain; discard pulp. In a 2-qt. pitcher, stir sugar and lemon juice until sugar is dissolved. Stir in kiwi puree. Refrigerate until chilled. Just before serving, stir in carbonated water. Serve over kiwi ice cubes. Yield: 6 servings.
  3. Please note: As tasty and inviting as it may be, please DO NOT chew on the ice cubes with braces. (see #3 below)
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5 Habits To Avoid With Braces

  1. Nail Biting: Most people are guilty of regularly destroying their hopes of long nails due to this habit. Biting your nails with braces can break your brackets or bend wires. In general, nail biting is harmful to teeth — teeth aren’t meant to be moving all the time, and chewing on your nails stresses your teeth, contributing to misalignment and crookedness.
  2. Opening Things With Your Teeth: Opening things with your teeth is bad for them in general, but the complications can be much worse with braces. Using your teeth as tools can break off brackets or chip your sensitive teeth, a complication that braces can’t fix.
  3. Chewing Ice: Ice is hard and cold, both of which are bad for your braces and your teeth. Brackets and wires can be damaged, and the cold can cause sensitivity and pain when eating or drinking.
  4. Drinking Soda: The brackets on your teeth and the wires surrounding them have plenty of pockets for plaque and buildup to hide. Drinking acidic soda damages enamel and when sipped over a long period of time, will build up around brackets, potentially causing white spots when braces are removed. This damage won’t be fully noticed while braces are on, so it’s important to avoid sugary and acidic drinks and to brush thoroughly so that you have clean, white teeth after removing your braces.
  5. Not Wearing A Mouth Guard: For those of us who play sports, getting braces can put a real damper on our favorite past time. You can still play, however, but you’ll need to get a mouth guard. Any sport where there’s a slight possibility of getting a ball, elbow, leg, anything to the face needs extra protection for your braces. Investing in a mouth guard (and wearing it!) prevents breakage of mouth hardware and serious mouth injury.

 

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

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