Fun facts about braces for the February holidays: the connection between Valentine’s Day, President’s Day and orthodontic treatments

Robert Sunstein | La Jolla Orthodontist

Color-customized braces are a fun way for kids to celebrate holidays and special events.

By Robert Sunstein, DDS

Throughout January and February, both of which are wintry months that leave many of us craving a fun distraction from the workday world, most people jump at the chance for a holiday – whether it is simply a day off from work on President’s day or an evening dedicated to celebrating romance with a special Valentine. And while the connection between these winter holidays and the world of orthodontics may seem like a stretch, here are a few fun facts about braces that can help liven up the month of February for kids (and even adults) undergoing orthodontic treatment:

  • Customize braces for Valentine’s Day: one of the perks of orthodontic braces is the ability to change bracket and rubber band colors to suit your mood – or, in the case of Valentine’s Day, to help celebrate a festive occasion. Kids can dress up their braces with red, pink and white…and continually customize their colors for other holidays, school events, Halloween and more.
  • Remember George Washington’s wooden teeth?: President’s Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February every year to commemorate the birthdays of  both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln – and for parents, teachers and dental professionals alike, the nation’s first president constitutes a prime example of orthodontics and dental health in history. During the 18th century, wooden dentures were the best solution available for tooth loss – a byproduct of crooked or misaligned teeth and subsequent periodontal disease. Most children are familiar with the story of George Washington’s wooden teeth; but by using President’s Day as a teachable moment, adults can reinforce the importance of proper dental care and oral hygiene, and explain how and why braces work to keep teeth healthy (and natural) for years to come.

Family-oriented orthodontics: comfort, convenience and education for La Jolla patients

At our La Jolla orthodontics office, we refer to ourselves as the Sunny Smile Specialists. We take this title seriously; and that means working hard to ensure that our patients have the best possible experience under our care. For children and adults alike, orthodontic braces can seem like an inconvenience and a challenge: our mission is to teach our patients how and why to keep their teeth healthy, and to make the treatment process fun, informative, comfortable and efficient for optimal results and patient satisfaction.

Happy Valentine’s Day and happy President’s Day to our La Jolla community. Enjoy the festivities, and feel free to contact us at any time for more information and facts about children’s orthodontics, adult braces and oral health: www.lajollaorthodontist.com.

Related posts:

  1. Back to school is a great time for braces – and to study up on better oral hygiene for the whole family
  2. Children’s orthodontics cost less, contribute to more effective treatment overall
  3. New Year, new smile: how “makeover” orthodontic treatments can provide straighter teeth and better health
  4. Celebrate National Orthodontic Health Month with Halloween tips for healthy teeth
  5. Technological advances boost aesthetics, efficiency for adult braces

Short URL: http://www.lajollalight.com/?p=58945

Posted by Social Media Staff on Feb 19, 2012. Filed under Robert Sunstein D.D.S., Sponsored Columns. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

La Jolla Community Calendar

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

RSS North Coastal News

  • Torrey Pines High School football starts Aug. 29 August 28, 2014
    The Torrey Pines varsity football team scrimmaged against San Marcos on Friday, Aug. 22. Their first game is at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. […]
  • Del Mar doctor faces 20 years for selling prescriptions to addicts August 28, 2014
    A Del Mar osteopath who sold painkiller prescriptions to addicts and drug dealers pleaded guilty in federal court Aug. 26 to conspiracy to unlawfully dispense and distribute oxycodone. William Joseph Watson faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced Dec. 8, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Sheppard. The defendant — who had been indicted on […]
  • Teacher thrilled to be back in Carmel Valley as new Canyon Crest Academy Envision Theatre Coordinator August 28, 2014
    Jeannine Marquie landed her dream teaching job when she began working at Canyon Crest Academy’s Envision in 2007. But when schools were hit by the recession and her position went from full time to part time, the actress-turned-teacher had to relocate to Orange County. Now starting her 18th year as a teacher, Marquie is back in Carmel Valley as the new theate […]