Why Straighten Teeth?
Straight teeth help an individual to effectively bite, chew and speak. Straight teeth contribute to healthy teeth and gums. It contributes to self-esteem, self-confidence and self-image - important qualities at every age. A pleasing appearance is a vital component of self-confidence. A person's self-esteem often improves as orthodontic treatment brings teeth, lips and face into proportion. In this way, orthodontic treatment can benefit social and career success, as well as improve a person’s general attitude toward life.
Straight teeth are less prone to decay, gum disease and injury. Straight teeth collect less plaque, a colorless, sticky film composed of bacteria, food and saliva. Decay results when the bacteria in plaque feed on food we eat or drink to produce acids that can cause cavities. Plaque can also increase the risk for gum disease. When teeth are properly aligned less plaque collects it’s also easier to keep teeth clean. As for injuries to teeth, protruding upper teeth are more likely to be broken in an accident. When re-positioned and aligned, these teeth are at a decreased risk for fracture.
Untreated orthodontic problems worsen with time. They may lead to tooth decay, gum disease, destruction of the bone that holds teeth in place, and chewing difficulties. Orthodontic problems can cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth, misalignment of the jaw joints, sometimes leading to chronic headaches or pain in the face or neck. Treatment by an Orthodontist to correct a problem early may be less costly than the restorative dental care required to treat more serious problems that can develop in later years.
What are some signs that braces may be needed?
• Upper front teeth protrude excessively over the lower teeth, or are bucked
• Upper front teeth cover the majority of the lower teeth when biting together (deep bite)
• Upper front teeth are behind or inside the lower front teeth (underbite)
• The upper and lower front teeth do not touch when biting together (open bite)
• Crowded or overlapped teeth
• The center of the upper and lower teeth do not line up
• Finger or thumb sucking habits which continue after six or seven years of age
• Difficulty chewing
• Teeth wearing unevenly or excessively
• The lower jaw shifts to one side or the other when biting together
• Spaces between the teeth
St Patrick’s Day
Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th around the world, in Ireland a public holiday celebrating past century’s religious movements with alcohol, wearing the four leaf clover and the color green. The color green has been associated with Ireland since the 1640’s. Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn on St. Patrick ’s Day as earliest as the 1680’s. Special feasts are created during this celebratory time; corned beef and cabbage are among the Irish’s favorite dishes. What will you make for St Patrick’s Day festivities?
Easy Irish Soda Bread
• 4 cups bread flour
• 1 tbs baking powder
• 3/4 tsp baking soda
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 cup currants, raisins or dried cranberries
• 1/2-1 tbs caraway seeds (OPTIONAL)
• 2 cups buttermilk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment or lightly grease. Set aside.
Rinse whatever dried fruit you are using in a strainer under hot water. Place on paper towel to absorb excess water.
In the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Fit with dough hook and mix dry ingredients for about 1 minute.
Add the fruit and caraway seeds if using. With mixer running, add the buttermilk gradually--using only enough to form a soft dough (I had to use the whole 2 cups of buttermilk). Knead for 1 minute.
Turn out the dough on a well-floured surface and shape into 2 rounds and place on prepared baking sheet. With a sharp knife, cut an "x" about 1/4-inch deep on each loaf. Sprinkle with additional flour if desired.
Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Makes 2 round loaves.
These are events around San Antonio that might interest you for March…
• Make your orthodontic appointment for a New Patient, adjustment or just swing by to see us during Spring Break we’ll have these fun days!
- Monday wear your VK Orthodontics’ T-shirt
- Tuesday come with your crazy hair so we won’t feel silly
- Wednesday come in your best “Nerd Outfit” we’ll have our pocket protectors ready
- Thursday is show us your crazy in your socks
- Friday if you have appointment stay in your pajamas we’ll join you
• Contemporary Art Month. This month long celebration of contemporary arts features more than 400 exhibitions and involves more than 50 venues, including galleries, museums, neighborhoods and studios.
• Mar. 6-8: Remember the Alamo Weekend. Visitors can witness reenactments, live firing of black powder rifles, muskets and cannon. See what life was like in 1836 during the 13-day siege of the Alamo.
• Mar. 14-15: Murphy's St. Patrick's Day River Parade & Festival. A family friendly festival of music, food and fun! Floats release 110 pounds of environmentally friendly green dye into the San Antonio River, transforming it into "The River Shannon."
• Mar. 20-21: H-E-B Big League Weekend. The Texas Rangers and the L.A. Dodgers battle it out for two games at the Alamodome.
• Mar 23-29: Valero Texas Open. The VTO has been played in San Antonio since it began in 1922. It has been one of the top-three most charitable PGA tournaments on TOUR for the last several years.
Hall of Fame winners
• Jeannie won our Starbucks drawing; remember to enter in our waiting area for a chance to be appreciated too! Look for a new contest in June for Parent’s Appreciation.
• Isabella guessed how many chocolates were sold in the 2003?! Now that’s a lot of chocolate, remember to brush and floss after sweets. Keep smiling!