May 30th, 2017
The right time for an orthodontic check-up? No later than age 7.
Even though most people think of preteens and teens when they think of orthodontics, there are good reasons your child should visit Sam Smith Orthodontics for a no-charge orthodontic evaluation much sooner. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7, and ‘Dr. Sam’ agrees.
Here are the reasons why your child should get an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7:
1. They're free of charge to you. Many people don't realize that an orthodontic evaluation doesn't cost you anything. Having ‘Dr. Sam’ simply evaluate your child is free of charge. But it can pay big dividends in peace of mind and the knowledge about what future treatment your child may need.
2. ‘Dr. Sam’ can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present.
3. While your child's teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect.
4. The check-up may reveal that your child's bite is fine. Or, ‘Dr. Sam’ may identify a developing problem, but recommend monitoring the child's growth and development. And then, if indicated, may begin treatment at the appropriate time for the child. In other cases, he may find a problem that can benefit from early treatment.
5. Early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated, or avoid it altogether.
6. In some cases, ‘Dr. Sam’ will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.
7. Early treatment may give ‘Dr. Sam’ the chance to:
• Guide jaw growth
• Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
• Correct harmful oral habits
• Improve the function and health of your child's bite
• Improve appearance
8. Through an early orthodontic evaluation, you'll be giving your child their best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile.
February 23rd, 2017
There are many wonderful experiences in life- experiences that “touch you” in a way that you will always remember. Today, I had one such experience.
A very kind adult patient of ours came in for her retainers. I remembered meeting her for the first time when we’d had her consultation. I remembered her tentativeness or shyness when we first sat down to talk about what had brought her into our office. She’d had spaces and crooked teeth that always caused her to feel insecure about her smile. She wanted some hope that we could work with her General Dentist to create a smile she would be happy with. I was ecstatic when she committed to having braces!
She just recently finished her orthodontic treatment, and with the help of her General Dentist and braces her teeth look so gorgeous, but more importantly the smile and warmth/confidence that she exudes is so apparent!
These are the patients that warm my heart! To see her smile in such a way that just screams, “I am so glad I did this!” made my day. This is why we do what we do. These are the investments that pay out in such huge results! To warmly hug her and congratulate her on her beautiful smile will stay with me for a long time. I know this external change has made a big change in the way she views herself. I’m so glad to be a part of this journey with her.
December 15th, 2016
As a friend and I were reflecting on life last night we were musing about not being able to appreciate the good if you don’t know a little heartache, a little longing, hunger, fear, frustration. Only if we “taste” a bit of the difficult can we truly know what it means to feel the fullness of joy, peace, gratefulness, contentedness.
There are definite “seasons” in life- times when life takes us places we never intended to go! At times it feels as if we’ve lost our way or Google Maps is malfunctioning! But, when you sit back and reflect you can learn, grow and understand that each step of the journey serves a purpose. Each struggle teaches us important lessons about determination, the value of thriftiness, saving for a rainy day, forgiveness, play, letting go, “mending fences”, compassion, love and family. The sweet is that much sweeter when you’ve “tasted” a bit of difficulty. And so it goes….this crazy thing called life!
Here’s hoping that you may only “taste” a small amount of hardship in life so that you can *know* the value of life and the blessings you, indeed, have. From all of us at Sam Smith Orthodontics- here’s wishing you the best life has to offer each of you!
September 1st, 2016
Have you heard this term the kids have been throwing around? It has something to do with whining and complaining about things that people in Third-World Countries would never complain about.
First World prob·lem
plural noun: First World problems
1. a relatively trivial or minor problem or frustration (implying a contrast with serious problems such as those that may be experienced in the developing world).
"it's a First World problem, but still if you're staying at a 5-star resort you expect some decent service.
Let’s remember what Third-World Problems look like:
2)Lack of Electricity
3)Clean Drinking Water
5)Child Labor (not like cleaning your room, child labor
Let’s renew our perspective on our “problems”. In the big scheme of things, are our problems a little more trivial now that we’ve looked at some issues the rest of the world faces? Have you eaten today? Are you drinking clean water (this question does not apply to residents of Flint, Michigan). Do you live off of more than $2 a day? Do you live and work in fairly sanitary conditions? Aren’t you grateful beyond measure that you don’t live in an active war-zone (fighting children do not apply here)? My point is we have so much to be grateful for in this nation. We can complain “until the cows come home” about somebody we have to vote for, but isn’t it better to realize we live in a free nation and we have the right, THE RIGHT---------------- to vote? We have the right to voice our opinions on our faith. We have electricity and running water. Most of us have air-conditioners….Step back and take a look at all that you have. Sit still and realize your gratefulness for all of it. Embrace those feelings and share a smile with someone today.
From all of us at Sam Smith Orthodontics~