October is National Orthodontic Month

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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 storefronts are starting to get into the Thanksgiving and Halloween spirit. Meanwhile, the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) and, of course, we here at Wellington Village Orthodontics are excitedly preparing for National Orthodontic Month in Ottawa!

October is here and it is our favourite month, because it is recognized in Canada and the U.S. as National Orthodontic Month, sponsored by the AAO, where we get to celebrate your beautiful, healthy smile – the biggest benefit of your orthodontic treatment! Plus, with Halloween at the end of the month, October also provides us the opportunity to raise awareness regarding orthodontic care, which plays an important role in dental health and overall physical health. Not only that, but it actually contributes to the movement of your teeth during your orthodontic treatment. Clean teeth respond much better (and as intended) 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 they cause increased inflammation in gums.

The most obvious concern of Halloween are the treats. We made a list of Back to School Snacks, which also has information on what to avoid, including an excessive amount of sugars or even raisins! To help minimize sugary residue on teeth and to reduce risk of a broken bracket, it’s a good idea to stay away from the following snacks, due to an increased chance of pulling a wire or bracket:

  • Super chewy candy, like taffy and caramel

  • Beef Jerky and other leathery food treats

  • Liquorice

  • 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. Throughout the month, orthodontists across the continent will be sharing several tips, tricks, and treats for you to enjoy! We will be writing an extensive list of braces-friendly Halloween treats and recipes, but for now, you can prepare early by checking out all the great information from AAO. The American Association of Orthodontics website provides a cornucopia of information regarding your teeth, including a list of creative Halloween-themed, orthodontic-friendly treat recipes like Goblin Goodies and Black Cherry Fruit Bats and Citrus Orange Pumpkin Fruity Cutouts! Plus they have a quick-reference Halloween treat guide which gives you a lot of information in an easy-to-read (and printable!) format. They recommend sweets like:

  • Soft, melt-in-your-mouth chocolates

  • Peanut butter cups

  • Milk shakes

  • Gelatin

  • Peeled, thinly sliced apples

  • Ice cream

With Thanksgiving coming up soon as well, it’s important to keep these tips in mind when you plan your family feast. If you normally make a dessert with walnuts, consider leaving them out of the recipe this year, for the sake of those with braces. Maybe try to add a new recipe into the mix, using orthodontic-friendly treats. Stay tuned for our next blog post for more information and great recipe ideas to keep your Thanksgiving and Halloween celebrations fun and tasty for everyone, including those with orthodontics. Thanks for reading, and have happy National Orthodontic Month!

Could Your Smile Hold the Key To Your Dream Job?

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Could Your Smile Hold the Key To Your Dream Job?

In a professional setting there are many things that influence the way you are perceived by your coworkers or your boss. Your confidence and comfort while working or during an job interview will play a large huge part in your success both at work in acquiring a job. Human resources professionals are emphasizing the importance of body language to communicate your personality and what better way to show genuine enthusiasm than with a winning smile during an interview? People who smile are perceived as more confident, likeable, competent and courteous.

Of all our facial expressions, the smile is the most prominent, so it’s important to ensure your smile is genuine. Having a genuine smile can become more difficult if you’re battling with insecurities about the appearance of your teeth. Issue such as yellow teeth, a chipped tooth or misaligned teeth can affect confidence and your smile. A real smile can be a challenge when your teeth are a source of insecurity. Thankfully, there are many options available to improve your teeth, and by extension, that winning smile

Do A Smile Self-Assessment

One of the first things you can do is a smile self assessment. Look at your smile objectively and subjectively. Subjectively, your emotional satisfaction revolves around your confidence and emotional perception how you look. If you notice that you compulsively hide your smile from being displayed or photographed, you might be uncomfortable with your appearance. How do you feel about your smile; can you identify any problem areas that you would like changed? Objectively you can look at what is considered to be optimal facial aesthetics according to dental professionals. Identifying dental malocclusion can be complicated but if you’d like more information feel free to give us a call, or do a bit of research and even start here.

Professional Benefits of Treatment

The vast majority of contemporary employers have moved away from simple experience based hiring and are looking for a “cultural fit” when looking for new employees. According to Forbes the top three traits employers are looking for are professionalism, high-energy and confidence. Large employers are currently finding a general lack of confidence in their workforces, and confident workers are in high demand. The way you present yourself in a professional setting helps give a first impression on how your personality might benefit the company. When you appear well-kept, confident and professional, it provides reassurance to future and current employers that those traits will extend into your work ethic as well.

The primary forms of benefit for orthodontic treatment are improvement of oral health and psychosocial well-being. Facial aesthetics have been shown to significantly determine self-perception. The most beneficial aspects of treatment are: improved self-esteem, physical attractiveness, self-confidence, social attractiveness, self-image and more ease while cleaning teeth, not to mention the medical and physical benefits.

Orthodontic treatment aims to improve the alignment and appearance of teeth for the betterment of your lifestyle and health. With more self-esteem, attractiveness and confidence you will be able to bring your skills forward to advance your career and employment opportunities. To begin to improve how others perceive you in the workplace you must have confidence in your ability, appearance and your smile!

Consider Teeth Whitening

If you are suffering from yellow teeth despite your best efforts to brush properly or cut down on habits that stain your teeth, whitening might be the solution you’re looking for. Before starting you should consult a dental professional to pick the best program for your needs. Having white teeth makes you seem friendlier and more approachable. Keep in mind that there can be some pitfalls to at home teeth whitening products, the advantage of getting it done by a professional is that the process will be faster and less complicated.

It’s Never Too Late To Get Your Perfect Smile!

Experts agree that it is never too late to consider orthodontic treatment. Nearly half of all orthodontic patients are adults hoping of getting the smile they’ve always dreamed of. For professionals, there exists a variety of more lightweight and less visible braces. Orthodontics are no longer strictly a world of inconvenient metal and there is now a world of possibilities for adults who do not want to impact their professional and polished appearance. Contact us at 613.722.8500 or here about treatment to enhance your professional appearance and start your journey to that perfect, professional smile.