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Halloween is a fun time of the year for kids of all ages…but it can be a ‘nightmare’ for an orthodontic practice if patients damage appliances by eating the wrong treats.

At Hage Orthodontics we love a Halloween! However, we also try to be proactive about educating patients and parents of the potential hazards that can occur if orthodontic patients don’t watch what they eat.

October is National Orthodontic Health Month.  Dr. Michael Hage supports the American Association of Orthodontics in their efforts to make patients aware of foods they need to avoid, especially Halloween goodies. Read more on National Orthodontic Health Month…

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Sports professionals in the limelight are offered the perfect opportunity to give back, especially after overcoming their own adversities or that of a close family member. Peyton Manning, famed football star, overcame a problem of his own after being born with a cleft palate.

A cleft palate is a physical deformity of the mouth, when the two plates of the skull that form the hard palate, also called the roof of the mouth, is not fully joined, causing a gap. As is the case with most children suffering from a cleft palate, Manning faced several challenges. As a baby, Manning had to use special bottles, because the hole in his palate caused the milk he was being fed to come out his nose.Read more on Peyton Manning – Overcoming A Birth Defect And Bullying…

blog pic1Orthodontists and dentists both help patients improve their oral health, but in different ways.  Dentistry is a broad medical specialty that deals with a wide variety of oral health issues including, hygiene, tooth and gum care and various decay and structural problems.  Orthodontics, meanwhile, focuses on the alignment of teeth and jaws, using non-surgical solutions to correct improper positioning.  One important difference is that all orthodontists like Dr. Hage, are dentists, but not all dentists are licensed orthodontists. Read more on Orthodontist or Dentist?…

MythfactMany have opinions about orthodontists based on all sorts of information, and some are not always accurate.

Here are some facts to bust the myths…

Myth: My family dentist can put braces on and straighten my teeth.

Fact: Sure any dentist can put a brace on a tooth and attempt to straighten things out. However, a licensed orthodontist has taken advanced courses on facial growth and development and knows how to make your teeth fit and function together properly. An orthodontist doesn’t do general dentistry, but limits their practice to the alignment of teeth and jaws. They not only know how to straighten teeth, but also how to make sure they stay that way.Read more on Orthodontic Myth Busters…