Tuesday, October 26, 2010

October is National Orthodontic Health Month and Halloween

To recognize National Orthodontic Health Month we distributed wax to the school nurse at the Elementary, Middle, and High School level. We did this for 8 towns in the area.

At Halloween many treats can cause havoc for trick or treaters with braces. The hard, sticky, chewy candy can cause damage to your braces which may prolong treatment time. For a brace safe Halloween try our recipe listed below.
We will be distributing orange pumpkin frosted cookies in our Norwich, Waterford, Groton, and Pawcatuck office locations. In addition, on Friday October 29th from 5:00-7:00PM OASECT will participate in the "Trick or Trunk" at Eastern Point Beach in Groton giving out other goodies.
On Thursday October 28th all staff in the Waterford and Pawcatuck offices will be dressing up in PINK from head to toe! This will celebrate Halloween as well as recognize Breast Care Awareness Month. The highlight of the day will be when Dr. Hack dyes his hair pink! The rest of us are wearing wigs, but his hair will be the real deal.

Peanut Butter Eyeballs
Ingredients: 1/4 cup butter, 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons powered sugar, 1 cup creamy peanut butter, 1 1/2 cups rice krispies, 12 oz. white chocolate, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, Food coloring (2 colors).
Directions: Combine the butter, sugar, and peanut butter in a bowl then mix in the rice krispies. Roll mixture into 1/2 oz. balls and refriferate until firm. Melt the white chocolate in microwave in 30 second increments until smooth, adding oil to the melted chocolate halfway through. Dip the balls in melted chocolate and set on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet. Chill for 30 minutes. Color the remaining chocolate two separated colors. Dollop one color for the iris and the other for the pupil. When the chocolate has set, place the balls in mini-muffin papers. Makes 36 eyeballs. :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Damon Clear

The Damon Clear System is here! - This "self-ligating" bracket system greatly reduces the amount of friction between the bracket and the wire, allowing teeth to align much more rapidly than was the case before. Since incorporating the Damon System into our practice in 2002 we have noted that our patients' treatment completion times have shortened significantly. We have also noted a reduction in patient discomfort, as well as a reduction in the need for dental extractions in conjunction with treatment.

The Days of having braces tightened are over. The Damon System uses tie-less brackets that reduce pressure on your teeth, allowing them to move more comfortably to their correct positions. This innovative approach to orthodontics ensures greater comfort throughout treatment.

*Extraordinary results for smiles and faces.
*Fast treatment time and fewer offfice visits.
*Outstanding comfort.
*No headgear or extractions in most cases.
*Easy to keep clean.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Light the Night

Tonight the Doctors and staff will be participating in our second Light the Night walk to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Light the Night is an annual evening walk that celebrates and commemorates lives touched by cancer. Survivors carry illuminated white balloons, while supporters carry red. Gold balloons remember those who have lost their battle.
Light the Night is a two mile noncompetative walk and is held in over 240 communities throughout the United States and Canada. Together we enjoy an evening of family fun and celebration as we take steps to finding a cure.
The Light the Night walk events are evenings filled with inspiration. Orthodontic Associates staff enjoy an evening of fellowship and fun with each other. We raise money within our four offices. We hold raffles, lunches, and dress down days. We also place donation jars in businesses that we frequent for lunch.
Funds raised by teams and individual walkers provide:
*Lifesaving blood cancer research
*Free educational materials
*Local programs such as Family Support Groups
*Comprehensive, personalized assistance through a Resource Center