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October Is National Orthodontic Month

October 5th, 2017

Summer flew by this year, as usual, and now we're quickly diving into Fall! The trees are starting to turn those beautiful autumn colours and everywhere you go people are starting to get into the Thanksgiving and Halloween spirit.

October is recognized in Canada and the U.S. as National Orthodontic Month. This month we celebrate your beautiful , healthy smile, the biggest benefit of your orthodontic treatment! With Halloween at the end of the month, October also provides us the opportunity to raise awareness regarding orthodontic care, which plays as important role in dental health and overall physical health. Good oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment helps your teeth respond better to the gentle force from orthodontic wires, whereas braces that are covered in sticky candy or plaque make it much more difficult for teeth to move, as it causes increased inflammation on the gums.

The most obvious concern of Halloween are the treats. Here is a list, as a reminder, of what to avoid so you don't do damage or pull off a bracket or wire:

  • Super chewy candy, like taffy and caramels
  • Beef Jerky and other leathery food treats
  • Licorice
  • Bubble gum
  • Jelly beans
  • Hard candies like candy canes and lollipops
  • Popcorn and nuts

Don't worry, we aren't here just to tell you what not to eat! We understand that Halloween is an exciting time to dress up and celebrate with friends and family- and of course, delicious treats. Here are some recommendations  of orthodontic friendly treats:

  • Soft, melt in your mouth chocolates
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Milk shakes
  • Jello
  • Pudding
  • Peeled, thinly slices apples (don't bite off with your front teeth)
  • Ice cream

Here are a couple of braces friendly recipes to try!

Pumpkin Cookie Pops

Pumpkin shaped cookies on a stick are a nice change from the usual cookie
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup canned or fresh cooked pumpkin
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
20 wooden sticks (tongue depressors or Popsicle sticks work best)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer beat the butter, brown sugar and orange zest. Add the
pumpkin, egg yolk and vanilla, and blend.
3. Gradually add the flour and spices. Mix with your hands to create a soft dough. Wrap in plastic and
refrigerate for 30 minutes.
4. Divide dough into two portions. Roll out each piece to 1/4-inch thickness on a floured surface. Cut into
pumpkin shapes with cookie cutters.
5. Place on ungreased baking sheet and securely insert a wooden stick into the bottom half of each
pumpkin cookie.
6. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Decorate with your favorite frosting and Halloween décor.


Frightful Finger Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup almond slices
1 tube red decorating gel
1 tube green food coloring
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Beat together butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla. Slowly beat in the flour, baking powder and salt. Add drops of green food coloring to dough until you achieve a nice deep green color.
Divide the dough into four equal parts, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.. Take one quarter of the dough at a time from the refrigerator. Break off one heaping teaspoonful and roll it into a finger shape. Squeeze in around the middle of the finger to create a knuckle shape. Then, using a butter knife, make indents in several places to resemble a finger. Repeat with rest of dough.
Place cookies on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes - let cool. Then, squeeze red decorating gel onto the tip of each finger and gently press an almond sliver on top so the gel oozes out from underneath.
Remove cookies from baking sheets and let them cool on wire racks. Then serve and enjoy!


We want all or patients to have a fun and safe October and  please remember to brush and floss your teeth really well after all the treats!


Back to School Contest

September 6th, 2017

Guess how many crayons are in the jar to win a $50 Guildford Mall gift card! Stop into the office to enter to win! Contest ends September 28th,2017.

Importance of Lifetime Retainer Wear

July 26th, 2017

When you finish your orthodontic treatment, you are excited to be free of the appliances you've had to put up with. Brackets, wires, elastics, aligners and so on. However while it is certainly important to revel in the freedom of your new smile, equally important is taking the necessary action to retain it. And that comes down to one word- retainers.

After completing orthodontic treatment under the care of Dr Amani Morra at Dream Orthodontics, you will be prescribed a retainer that will be custom made to fit your smile. Your orthodontist will give you instructions for how and when to wear this retainer, characterizing it as your "retention phase" of treatment. This phase will last about 12 months. While that is the prescribed time for the phase, it is truly recommended that you continue wearing your retainer past that time. Maybe not with the same prescribed consistency your orthodontist initially provided, but at lease with some regularity.

Ongoing Shifts
Even if you've had the best orthodontic treatment possible, over time your teeth will start to shift toward their original positions. This is because your gum fiber will slowly , but consistently try and pull your teeth back to where they once were. Additionally, as you age your facial skeletal structure changes, and your teeth experience natural wear. As a result, the perfectly straight smile you leave the orthodontist with could become unstraightened over time, your teeth becoming a victim to a relapse.

Shifting & Retention Case Study
The University of Washington conducted a case study in which former orthodontic patients were studied for 10-20 years after completing their orthodontic treatment. The results- without fail, no matter what type orthodontic treatment the patients originally underwent ( braces, Invisalign, etc) they all experiences an orthodontic relapse. In other words, their teeth moved. And how straight their smiles remained was directly related to their retainer wear.

When to Wear
While your orthodontist may prescribe consistent retainer wear for the official retention phase of orthodontic treatment, past that we recommend wearing your retainer at night as often as possible for as long as possible. This will make the difference in preserving your straight smile for the future.

Types of Retainers
Dream Orthodontics offers different types of retainers to meet your smile retention needs, including:
-Clear Tray Retainers (Essix Retainer)
-Plastic & Wire Retainers (Hawley Retainer)
-Permanent Bonded Retainers

Take Dr Morra with you on your summer Vacation!

June 26th, 2017

Next time you are in the office, or stop in to pick up a photo of Dr Morra. Take her on your summer vacation with you! Take a selfie with Dr Morra on your adventures and email them to info@dreamorthodontics.com and you will be entered into our summer contest to win a family pass for 4 to the new Big Splash Water Slide Park in Delta.

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