Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Orthodontics For Adults

At Appletree Orthodontics, we are happy to offer a variety of treatment options to straighten our patients’ teeth. Dr. Polgrean, Dr. Timminey, and our team believe you’re never too old to straighten your teeth. We have many adult patients who are currently undergoing orthodontic treatment. In fact, did you know that roughly 30 percent of all orthodontic patients these days are adults?

Invisalign is a great treatment option for adults. The Invisalign aligners are easy to wear and are not visible to most people. Plus, Invisalign's clear aligners are removable, so there are no restrictions on what you can eat during treatment. When considering Invisalign, we tell adults to determine if they can be diligent about wearing the aligners at all times and make them part of their lifestyle for the duration of treatment.

If you have been thinking about obtaining a beautiful smile, please give us a call at our convenient Londonderry, NH office for an initial consultation.Our doctors and our team welcome children, teens, and adults. Call us today for an appointment!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Learn More About Two-Phase Orthodontics

Are you aware of Two-Phased orthodontics? If not, don’t worry you’re not alone. Two-Phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process that involves facial and jaw changes along with straightening teeth. This process allows Appletree Orthodontics to create a healthy functional smile with results that remain stable after treatment. One benefit of two-phase orthodontics in certain cases, it can prevent adult tooth extractions or major jaw surgery.

How does it work?

Two-Phase orthodontics starts with interceptive orthodontic care. This is a process where Appletree Orthodontics intercepts an oral problem before it continues to get untameable. Typically, treatment starts with younger children in order to manipulate teeth and growth before it’s too late. The best age for this is between 7 and 10-year-old. With interceptive orthodontics, treatment is about 4 to 12 months with monitoring of the child after that to discuss is possible second phase treatment.

Once a majority of the adult teeth have erupted, second phase can begin. The average treatment time of second phase is about 12 months of braces on the teeth. Retainers are worn after treatment to hold the correct position of the teeth.

If you are interested in learning more about Two-Phase Orthodontics, contact Appletree Orthodontics to discuss it more. We love answering questions and providing a solid foundation of information to those who are interested in treatment for their children or themselves.  Call us at 603-434-0190.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

DIY: S'Moreos Recipe

Did you know today is National S'mores Day? If you're not familiar with this delicious treat, traditionally s'mores is a popular dessert amongst campers. Typically, you camp, sit around a fire, and toast marshmallows that you use to create a gooey scrumptious sandwich combined with chocolate bars and graham crackers.

If you want to celebrate National S'mores Day today, we encourage you to do so! Want to try something different? Add some flare to your s'mores! Try out this new s'more recipe and let us know what you think!

DIY: S'Moreos Recipe

  • 4 Oreo cookies
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 4 whole graham crackers, halved
  • 1 milk chocolate candy bar (1.55 ounces), quartered
  • 4 large marshmallows
  • Spread both sides of each Oreo cookie with peanut butter; place over half of the halved graham crackers. Top with chocolate.
  • Using a long metal skewer or long-handled fork, toast marshmallows 6 in. from medium-hot heat until golden brown, turning occasionally. Place on chocolate; cover with remaining graham crackers. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.
S'Moreos Recipe & photo by Taste of Home

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Fun Dental Facts About Animals

We're testing your knowledge about dental trivia this month with our latest lobby contest at Appletree Orthodontics. As we grill you on dental trivia at the office, we thought it would be fun to share some dental facts with you on our blog...only these facts aren't about humans! Our team gathered some very interesting dental facts about animals. Keep reading to learn about some of your favorite wildlife's' dental facts.

Did you know...
  • Dogs have 42 teeth, cats have 30 teeth, pigs have 44 teeth, and an armadillo has 104 teeth
  • A snail's mouth is no larger than the head of a pin, but it can have over 25,000 teeth!
  • The Blue Whale is the largest mammal on earth, but it eats only tiny shrimp because it has no teeth
  • The Crocodile Bird flies into the open mouth of a crocodile and cleans the crocodile's teeth!
  • Scientists count rings on a dolphin’s teeth to determine its age. The long-snouted spinner dolphin has as many as 252 teeth
  • The Great Barracuda (wolf of the sea) can grow more than six feet long
  • Groundhogs have four large incisor teeth for biting off vegetation and gnawing through roots. They also have 19 teeth for chewing
  • A hippo can bite a small boat in half with its 20-inch-long teeth
  • Insects’ teeth are called fangs or mandibles. Some insects also have teeth in their gizzard to help grind up food.
  • Spiders have fangs, instead of teeth
  • If a sheep’s teeth become too worn down, the sheep can die from starvation
  • The bacteria-filled mouths of Komodo dragons can cause fatal infections in their victims
  • Swallows, like all modern birds, have no teeth. They “chew” their food by swallowing tiny bits of gravel
  • Turtles today do not have teeth
  • Lions don’t chew their food because their jaws can’t move from side to side.
Data collected from a variety of sources online. We hope you have enjoyed these fun dental facts about animals from Appletree Orthodontics.