Forget Me Not

Do you ever feel though you are losing your mind or the day slips right through your fingers? Some may say it’s due to the fast life that most live now, with all the different hats that are to be worn. No one really knows the answer to this but I can provide you with some simple tips that my help… 1. Use a calendar always, nothing fancy needed. You can use your phone calendar or the more traditional paper calendar.  Or if you are more tech savvy there are an abundance of apps available to meet your needs. 2. Create a TO-DO list, it may sound silly but it really works. You decide how detailed you would like your list to be. For myself, I list them in order that they should be done and try to give each item a time limit. 3. Using a shopping list is a BIG help as well.  It ensures that you purchased all items that are needed vs wanted and it also helps prevent over spending. Something I like to do is to categories my list by departments. This allows me to get in and out of the store fast and use my time wisely.

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Here at Town and Country Orthodontics we value your time and your child’s time. For your convenience we can help you remember your appointments as simple as receiving a text message from our office. Texting is our newest addition for reminders, as well as continuing to send emails. Either way, we are always here to help make your day a little easier!

Calcified Dental Plaque?

Eating a diet of whole foods is good for you, no doubt. And, it seems that our early ancestors understood that plants were healthy nourishment, long before the developement of agriculture.

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Last summer, an international team of researchers excavated 9,000 year old skeletons in South Sudan. The researchers found that plants played a significant role in their diets.

According to research from the University of York, in England, by extracting chemical compounds and micro-fossils from dental calculus (calcified dental plaque) from ancient teeth, the researchers were able to provide an entirely new perspective on our ancestor’s diets. The researchers found that our ancestors’ ingested the purple nut sedge plant in both pre-agricultural and agricultural periods.

Their research suggests that the plant has the ability to inhibit Streptococcus mutans, a bacterium which contributes to tooth decay. Thus, this may have contributed to the unexpectedly low-level of cavities found in the agricultural population. Additionally, the plant is chock full of carbohydrates, is medicinally useful, is aromatic, and even contains lysine, an essential amino acid.

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We’ve all heard this adage before: “A diet rich in nutrients and vitamins is good for you!” or “Eat your leafy greens!” Healthy foods contribute to overall health, which contributes to good oral health. And, that’s something we can all chew on. 

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~Specializing in Smiles~

Forward Thinking

“Dispite the forecast, live like it’s spring.” – Lily Pulitzer

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As we embark into this new season of spring, we reflect on thoughts of joy that blessings bring! 

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“My family and I are thrilled to introduce our lovely Ainsley Louise Domann. Her smile is so full of love with her cute little dimples. Amazingly, she is already three months old. Oh how time flies! Her brothers, Brooks and Ryne, cannot get enough of their baby sister. We are truly blessed. I am thankful to share my family with the T.A.C.O. family! And finally, in this season of spring, I will be the first to admit that I do not have a green thumb.”

-Dr. Carin Domann

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“The anticipation for this spring is filled with overwhelming joy! We are expecting another baby in May. Madeline will be the sweetest big sister. She makes our hearts smile and life is so much fun with her. John and I are so excited to see our family grow. I look forward to introducing our new little one to our patients and their families. I am excited for the flowers to bloom and family days at the park.”

-Dr. Angela Orfanos

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Here’s a little more fun information as we jump into spring…many of us have not put away our coats and scarves just yet, but the T.A.C.O. team is looking forward to warmer weather and sunshine. Our doctors have already started 2015 with a continuing education course about ways to grow in excellence and improve the way that we create smiles! Spring is a time for growth and new hope. Let’s all stop and smell the roses this spring!

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~Specializing in Smiles~

Tooth Fairy Day is on it’s way…

National Tooth Fairy Day is February 28, 2015. Are you ready for the real story? Do you want the tooth, the whole tooth, and nothing but the tooth?

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Here ’tis:

The Tooth Fairy is alive and well, gathering those baby teeth to… build a castle? No, no… to make jewelry, that’s it! Or, maybe she grinds them into fairy dust.

While we don’t know exactly what becomes of those deciduous canines, molars, and incisors, we do know that the elusive and magical fairy visits children’s rooms at night to exchange their lost teeth for a special prize.

She’s been at it for hundreds of years, according to American legend, which is sprinkled with European folklore. Medieval Europeans buried the lost baby teeth. If a witch got a hold of one, big trouble was bound to occur! Perhaps, this is why we “bury” the teeth under the pillow.

The Vikings upped the ante and paid their children for the lost teeth… after all, they had magical powers. (The teeth, not the Vikings.) Then, along came the Tooth Mouse, who scampered in and out of the houses in Spanish-speaking countries, taking the teeth with him. Eventually, this all became the legend of the Tooth Fairy, our favorite pixie princess of the pearly whites.

She puts a smile on all of our faces, making room for those big, permanent teeth.

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~Specializing in Smiles~

So you’ve got your braces on… now what?

Congratulations! We are moving toward our goal of creating a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. Though we will do our part by straightening your teeth, the success of the end result depends upon how well you work with us.

We’ll be encouraging you to do your part in the following areas:
What about brushing and flossing?

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It is very important that you keep your appliances, as well as your teeth and gums, clean. Brush and floss at least twice a day and make it a habit to check your appliances in the mirror. A water pic can also assist in cleaning hard to reach areas.

Remember, it is not how hard you brush, but more importantly, how long (2 minutes!).

Ensure a timely finish!

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Keeping your regularly scheduled appointments can make the difference between finishing your treatment on time. Late arrival or a series of rescheduled visits may not allow us to complete the necessary procedures.

This factor is especially important during a growth period.This could result in a delay of your treatment and possible extension of the total treatment time.

Be Mindful of your food choices…

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Our patients adjust well to life with braces. Our list of foods to avoid is brief.

Basically – avoid anything sticky, hard and crunchy. Remember, if you should not swallow it (finger nails, pens, pencils, etc.) then you should not chew it!

Good news for chewing gum…
Yes, Dr. Domann and Dr. Orfanos do allow patients to chew small pieces of sugar free gum at certain times throughout treatment.

Remember to visit your family dentist…

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Although our office will monitor your appliances regularly, it is still very important that you see your family dentist at least twice a year.

Even with braces, your dentist will be able to clean your teeth and check for possible cavities. If you do not have a dentist, we will be happy to give you the names of several in the area. Often times, we can coordinate appointments with our office and your dentist’s office for cleanings, recommended extractions, and needed restorations.

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~Specializing in Smiles~

$pring-Break Traveling T-Shirt… Back by Popular Demand:)

Ok fine. So Punxsutawney Phil says we must wait for Spring for a few more weeks…

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So let the travel plans begin and remember to pack your

Town & Country Orthodontics t-shirt!

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We want to see your smiles and share your stories! Be sure to tag us on Instagram and Facebook, and add a Hashtag or two! #SpringBreakTACOtshirt #TACOtshirt

We loved seeing all the creative photos last summer! Our patients ROCK!!,

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So here’s the scoop: The TACOTEAM picks the top FIVE-FAVE PHOTOS sent in… from March 1st. thru 31st. (deadline)

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Next: It’s PATIENTS pick the TOP THREE TRAVEL T-SHIRT PHOTOS!!

(from April 1st. thru May 1st. all patients vote)

Final: We announce the 3 WINNERS!! How does CASH sound ($25, $35, $55)? 🙂

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As a bonus, to the 3 Amazing Prizes… we plan to feature the 3 Prize winners in our blog ‘#SpringBreakTACOtshirt Travels in Style!‘ blog. How fun is that!!,

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~Specializing in Smiles~

Contagious Confidence

People are drawn to a smile! A smile attracts another person’s attention. A smile is contagious and brings joy to those around you.

A smile relieves stress, allowing you to conquer almost any situation. Smiling people seem to be more successful because a bright smile exudes confidence. A positive attitude is the result of smiling. Can you really have a negative thought and keep a smile on your face?

The answer is probably ‘no’ because smiling sends a “life is good” message. A great smile can open many doors throughout a lifetime.

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A smile can be a person’s greatest asset! Town & Country Orthodontics (T.A.C.O.) has the privilege of creating smiles!

The office is committed to providing all of their patients with the compassionate and individualized care they have come to expect and deserve. It is their goal to provide the highest quality treatment in a fun and relaxing environment while educating patients on the importance of a smile.

Town & Country Orthodontics is excited about the New Year! Come visit the New Location in Town & Country Village.

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Dr. Carin Domann and Dr. Angela Orfanos work together with their T.A.C.O. team to help their patients achieve and maintain a beautiful, healthy smile for a lifetime. This team is ready to enhance your smile for your New Year, New You!

Give yourself a priceless gift this New Year with a wonderful smile!

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~Specializing in Smiles~

THE GREAT COOKIE CONTEST…

IT’S FINALLY HERE! IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR!! WOO HOO!!!

WHERE COOKIES MEET CREATIVE!!

THAT’S RIGHT, OUR GIRL SCOUT COOKIE CONTEST BEGINS TODAY THROUGH MARCH 2ND!!! 

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SO HOW DO YOU GET IN ON ALL THE CREATIVE FUN? CHECK OUT

THE TOWN & COUNTRY ORTHODONTICS TACO HOT BUTTON TO SEE OUR CONTEST DETAILS!!!

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BE SURE TO JOIN THE SUPPORT OF GIRL SCOUTS EVERYWHERE AND PLACE AN ORDER FOR YUMMY COOKIES TODAY!! YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU DID…

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~Specializing in Smiles~

Keep taking steps…

“You will accomplish more, if you start now.” 

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This is one of those ‘to the point’ quotes of motivation pertaining to almost any goal.

It may just be my favorite quote. Especially in this season of change and improvement for the New Year. There are so many things to look forward to at the beginning of the year! Organizing your home, planning vacations, purposing to eat healthier; and the list goes on. So many times though we can set goals; but with-out actually starting, accomplishment becomes another sticky note on our to-do list.

Here are some steps to take when getting started improving your smile!

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Step 1: Make an appointment. Our complimentary orthodontic evaluation is not only free of cost, but it can be the road map to your goal. First and foremost, this initial evaluation is an investment in you. You will find out where you are in regards to your orthodontic health, and how long it will take to reach your goal. Again, road map! 🙂

Step 2: Write it down. There’s something to be said for this action step! This writing it down can be the fuel that spurs you toward reaching your goals. We love writing-out (or typing-out if you use your computer) and planning our calendar for our goals of the year. We get to see a glimpse of our future and we enjoy seeing our accomplishments as time rolls by. After all, you can only go as far as your fuel can take you! 🙂

Step 3: Focus on the good! This is good advice for life, and for accomplishing goals. When you start something great, focus on the good. Town and Country Orthodontics will not only give you good advice with a ‘road-map’ to accomplish your goals, we are here for you every step of the way.

Step 4: Keep taking steps…

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~Specializing in Smiles~