Last updated 7 days ago
The time of the year is upon us. The wind has chilled; the foliage is painting local neighborhoods in fall color, and that one crazy household next door who have had their holiday lights up since September doesn’t really seem that out-of-place anymore. This is a time of year where family and friends gather to enjoy each other’s company and to give thanks for the million different reasons we all have to be happy.
During this time of year it is easy for all of us to stress out over incoming house guests, when and where everyone is going to meet, and attempting to not overcook our Turkeys. It is also common to forget the real reasons behind the season.
We want to encourage many of you to show off that new smile we have been working on, this week. We are all blessed to live in a country where we are allowed to stress about insignificant things. May we all remember to hug our friends, family and relatives tightly this week and tell them how much we appreciate the blessings they bring!
For us, our blessings are obvious. The Gandy Orthodontics staff considers family to be a loose term which doesn’t only apply to our direct blood lines. We consider each of our patients a part of our “Gandy Family”. This year, we are thankful for each and every one of you for choosing Gandy Orthodontics as your orthodontic care provider.
Each of our patients has their own life stories and we are incredibly honored that we get to play even a small part in it. There are so many fond memories of our patients from around the office this year. Each of these memories tells the story of our Gandy Family, and this year these are the aspects of our life story which we are most thankful for. We are thankful for YOU.
So remember, this year open that mouth up wide and show off that gorgeous smile because we will be smiling and thinking of you guys. To each and every one of our beloved patients: Happy Thanksgiving from your Gandy Orthodontics staff!
Last updated 20 days ago
Well friends, family, and followers, the annual day of giving thanks is upon us. This is the time of the year where our loved ones congregate to celebrate our reasons to be thankful. There is also a lot, a lot of eating that occurs. While this time of year can be a detriment to our fitness routine, it can also take its toll on our braces. In this week’s blog, let’s take a look at some braces-friendly thanksgiving food options for you and the family!
First off, let’s talk about what is off limits and we can let our wheels start turning about where we can go from there. As always, we want to avoid acidic food and drinks because this can be damaging to the braces themselves but also to your tooth enamel. Unfortunately, we also want to stay away from hard candies and fruits – so candy apples are definitely on the “don’t” list. Hard vegetables can also be a bad food choice for those with braces. We also want to steer clear from nuts, seeds, chips, taco shells, pizza crusts, pretzels, and sticky items such as taffy and caramels.
Phew! We are now through the hard part – now it’s on to the things you CAN enjoy. When it comes to the entrée ideas you are in the clear as long as the dish is malleable in nature and doesn’t contain a lot of the aforementioned ingredients. One option would be to whip up a Hash-browned Potato Casserole. This 45-minute dish is easy to prepare and completely safe for braces. Check out the recipe below:
Hash-browned Potato Casserole
1-32 oz. pkg. Shredded frozen potatoes (thawed)
½ cup melted butter
1 can cream of chicken soup
12 oz. grated American cheese
1 8 oz. carton sour cream
1 t. salt
½ small onion chopped
Place thawed potatoes in 9 x 13 baking dish. Mix together next 6 ingredients and pour over potatoes. Top with breadcrumbs or use your favorite topping. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
Desert options can be a bit more nit-picky; however, as long as the desert doesn’t include hard or chewy ingredients, this is a category you can have a lot of fun with. Pudding, soft treats, and smoothies are always great options. Try pureeing fruits before-hand to eliminate hard berries, ice, etc. Pudding and soft deserts are great for people with braces because they are generally soft enough to slip through braces. Check out this desert option:
½ cup sugar
1 2/3 cups (1 can) Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 cup milk
3 egg yolks
1 t. vanilla
In round 9” cake pan, sprinkle sugar evenly. Place over medium heat on burner and shake until sugar is caramelized (light golden brown) [watch carefully – this only takes a minute or two and it burns very easily]
Combine other ingredients and mix. Pour over caramelized sugar. Cover with foil. Place cake pan in another larger, shallow pan filled with enough water so that the cake pan with ingredients will be covered halfway. Bake 55 minutes at 250° in this water bath. Uncover and cool 30 minutes. Loosen edges with knife. Carefully flip over onto a large plate - it's easiest to place the plate upside down on the rim of the pan and turn them both over together, then slowly lift the pan to reveal the flan. Cut into pie-like pieces. If you are looking for some other Flan options check out some of the options on bonappetit.com.
We hope you are as excited as we are for Thanksgiving and that this blog might make cooking or preparing your meal even easier! In the spirit of the season but without being to repetitive, we are always so very thankful for each and every one of our patients, fans and followers. Remember to call the staff here at Gandy Orthodontics for any of your dental needs in Wylie, Allen, and Frisco, Texas!
Last updated 1 month ago
The American Association of Orthodontics says that by the age of 7, teeth and jaws have developed enough so that the dentist or orthodontist scan see if there will be any serious bite problems – such as crooked teeth. Dr. Allen Gandy will be able to make an assessment during your free consultation at Gandy Orthodontics; however, let’s look at some of the signs and causes of crooked teeth in this week’s blog!
This can happen in adult or baby teeth. Crowded teeth usually occur because the teeth have erupted too close together. This causes crooked teeth and an abnormal bite. This is a condition to look out for and address because as the patient grows older, patients who do not attend to this condition are far more likely to have crowded teeth as their adult teeth erupt.
Thumb sucking is a behavior that all sorts of mammals participate in, and it is a natural reflex for humans. The issue with thumb sucking is that it may cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth and alignment of the teeth, as well as change the roof of the mouth.
This is the habit of placing the tounge in the wrong position during swallowing. Human beings swallow 1,200 – 2,000 times every 24-hours; therefore, you can imagine how large of a problem this could become. The constant pressure can force the teeth to arch out of alignment.
When a child is born, he or she will have 20 primary teeth and 32 permanent teeth. However, sometimes humans are born with extra teeth. This condition is also more commonly known as “Hyperdontia”. Hyperdontia is defined as the condition of having supernumerary teeth. The cause is generally unknown; however, it is believed to be linked to genetics.
No two teeth are exactly alike, and some teeth are naturally larger than others. This condition is referred to as Macrodontia. Generalized Macrodontia is rare, seen infrequently in conditions such as pituitary gigantism. It can be localized involving just one or a few teeth. Macrodontia is much less common than Microdontia (possessing teeth that are smaller than usual).
This condition is the exact opposite of Hyperdontia (missing teeth). Hypodontia is when a patient has bissing teeth. This is usually due to the failure of teeth to develop during childhood. This is usually only classified as such when the patient is missing up to five permanent teeth.
Whatever your orthodontic issue might be come by and see Dr. Allen Gandy of Gandy Orthodontics at one of our three offices in Wylie, Allen, and Frisco, Texas. We believe in quality and fairness at our practice, and we offer superior care for children and adults using the latest orthodontic technology available. Call us at (972) 712-9300 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.
Last updated 1 month ago
Are you an adult who is thinking of improving your smile, but worried about the social repercussions? Well, fear not. In this week’s blog we discuss the benefits of Invisalign®, and how taboo perspectives of orthodontics have become null and void in today’s society.
It’s not hard to understand how orthodontics’ taboo connotation came to exist. Last week, we published an article on the benefits of early orthodontic guidance in which we referenced prom pictures from the 1950’s and ‘60s, and how yearbooks are filled with pictures of individuals with heavy metal braces. In today’s world, orthodontics isn’t nearly as primitive as it used to be and there are a multitude of options available.
The most popular option of recent has been Invisalign®. This treatment uses clear, removable teeth aligners and has been coveted as an extremely satisfying alternative to traditional metal braces. The Invisalign® treatment is so wildly popular that it has even been made popular in pop culture. Over the past few years, many celebrities such as socialites Khloe Kardashian and Kendal Jenner have gone public with their orthodontic treatments. This has helped drive the popularity of the procedure, of course, but has also helped showcase its simplicity.
Some reasons that this procedure has become so wildly popular are due to how convenient, discrete and comfortable it is. The treatment is multi-generational in its popularity because appeals to patients of all ages, and to those in different stages of life. Invisalign® is also removable, which means you can do all the things you normally do during your day-to-day with ease. However, even when you are wearing them, they are virtually invisible – hence the name.
Give us a call here at Gandy Orthodontics and we can schedule you a free consultation to discuss some options. If treatments like Invisalign® are not quite up your alley, there is still a wide range of options for you and your budget. Dr. Allen Gandy has offices in Wylie, Allen, and Frisco for your convenience.
Last updated 1 month ago
While your kids are getting regular visits from the tooth fairy, it is hard to imagine how kids these days would be concerned with regular visits to the orthodontist – but they are. Recent studies from the American Association of Orthodontics have shown that the “number of children 17 and younger getting orthodontic treatment has grown 46% over the past decade to 3.8 million in 2008.” Why might you ask? The number one reason is the increased awareness of the benefits of early detection of orthodontic issues.
It is a reasonable assumption that parents these days would be squeamish over the thought of forcing a mouth full of metal on their kids – but can you blame them? Back when, Orthodontics was a pre-teen to teenage-focused practice. Look at prom pictures from the 1950’s and ‘60s and try and count the smiles filled with heavy metal braces. You might be counting higher than you would when analyzing today’s yearbooks. To individuals in this age bracket, braces were thought of as unattractive, cumbersome, and often embarrassing to possess. Not too long ago, braces on an 8-year-old was almost unheard of. Oh how the times have changed…
Regardless of the advances in technology, attention to oral health is no longer as nerdy or taboo as it used to be. Over the years, through education and media, emphasis has been placed on the health of teeth and gums. Even adults are improving the look and health of their teeth by choosing to wear braces. Even though good teeth are seen as cool now-a-days, there are real health benefits behind early orthodontic guidance as well.
Fifteen years ago Orthodontists rarely saw kids until they were teenagers. We didn't recognize how beneficial early guidance could be. Early treatment makes sense for an underbite or a narrow upper arch, problems that are easier to correct while the jaw is still growing. Treating patients as young as 7 or 8 years old with a "palatal expander" widens the upper jaw, so the upper teeth line up better with the lower teeth. At this age, teeth are still developing. The jaw is still growing. That means certain conditions, such as crowding, may be easier to address. Better diagnostic technology also has led to more early treatment. Increased insurance coverage has played a role, too.
It is important to note that early treatment does not apply to all orthodontic problems. Conditions such as Class II Malocclusions are often diagnosed more effectively in adolescence. Two conditions that require early intervention are crossbites and protruding front teeth. A crossbite can cause the jaws to grow unevenly. Front teeth that stick out may be fractured or injured in an accident, such as a fall.
To talk about your orthodontic options come visit us here at Gandy Orthodontics. Don't hesitate to achieve that straight, bright smile you've always wanted regardless of age. Give us a call at (972) 712-9300 to schedule your free consultation!