Archive for the ‘Orthodontic Education’ Category
August 22nd, 2011
In a recent survey, of more than 1,000 Americans (age 18 and over), 72% of the respondents agreed that people of all ages with healthy, straight teeth are typically treated better in social situations than those with noticeably crooked teeth. Conversely, nearly half said that crooked teeth leave a negative first impression.
August 18th, 2011
August 9th, 2011
Did you know that, when left untreated, many minor orthodontic problems may become worse, contributing to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing, excessive gum stress on gum tissue, and misalignment of the jaw joints. This can all lead to chronic headaches or pain in the face or neck.
April 4th, 2011
This past February, Dr Thomas attended the second largest Orthodontic meeting held in the United States called the Damon Forum. It was held in Orlando Florida & had over 2000 doctors and staff in attendance. Over three days, Dr Thomas attended and participated in 16 hours of continuing education courses – California only requires 50 hours every two years!!
July 10th, 2010
Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth and gums. Following a meal or snack, the bacteria in plaque release acids that attack tooth enamel. Repeated attacks can cause the enamel to weaken, eventually causing tooth decay. Many of the foods we eat cause plaque bacteria to produce acids. If you snack often, you could be having acid attacks all day long. Plaque that is not removed with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth can eventually harden into calculus or tartar. Plaque also produces substances that irritate the gums, making them red, tender or bleed easily. After a while, gums may pull away from the teeth. Pockets form and fill with more bacteria and pus. If the gums are not treated, the bone around the teeth can be destroyed. The teeth may become loose or have to be removed. In fact, periodontal (gum) disease is a main cause of tooth loss in adults. One way to prevent tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease is by eating a balanced diet and limiting the number of between-meal snacks. If you need a snack, choose nutritious foods such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese or a piece of fruit.
June 19th, 2010
We get so excited when we remove our patients braces. Its a super fun day, we get to compare what someones smile and bite looked like when we started, and to compare to how nice they look when the braces come off. All of us take great pride in providing high quality service and results. Our team uses the state of the art Damon Braces – which provide results far nicer, easier, and with fewer appointments than before when our office used traditional braces. Dr. Thomas stays on top of the newest advances in Orthodontics attending three times as many continuing education courses a year by the California State Board. He is also invited to speak in locations all over the US, Puerto Rico, Canada, and South America.
June 5th, 2010
We are proud to offer the latest state of the art in aesthetic Orthodontic treatment. Dr. Thomas incorporated the New All Clear Damon Brackets this year & overwhelmingly they’ve been a huge hit! Not only do they NEVER discolor (no matter what you drink or eat), they are smoother and smaller than even the most comfortable Damon Braces. Poway Braces stays in the forefront with up to date techniques and materials by regularly attending continuing education courses all over the country.
May 24th, 2010
Did you know an electric tooth brush usually gets your teeth even cleaner – especially with braces! Electric tooth brushes, in a Consumer Reports test, removed 75 percent or more of plaque in our tests, on average. The top-rated Oral-B rotates in both directions and pulses, and a sensor stops pulsations when you brush too hard; the runner-up Philips Sonicare is the vibrating type. Despite its effectiveness, most users said it vibrated too much. (Sonicare brushes might take getting used to, but they have an Easy Start feature that can help.) Dr. Thomas encourages the use of these rotary tooth brushes during orthodontic treatment with braces.
May 5th, 2010
Wow, great times in our Nations Capital! Attended 4 full days worth of classes and now dining across from the White House. Tonight we are visiting the Lincoln Memorial and the Kennedy Center – very exciting! Did you know Dr Thomas graduated from Georgetown Universities Dental school and Orthodontic programs in the Kennedy Center? A few of our continuing education courses included up to date information about TMJ causes & potential future treatment methods, computerized patient customized treatment (Insignia), advances with early treatment for young children (6-8 yrs old), custom mouth guards with braces and treatment techniques using small temporary ancor devices to correct problems which used to require invasive jaw surgery.
May 1st, 2010
Just landed in Washington D.C. for the annual American Association of Orthodontists meeting. We are excited to see old friends, learn new updated information from researchers, and visit new sites and locations in the D.C area. Poway Braces & Dr Thomas pride themselves on attending continuing education courses throughout the year – staying up to date on new developments in our field. California requires Orthodontists to attend at least 50 hours of continuing education every two years. Dr. Thomas typically attends over 50 hours of continuing education each and every year- occasionally teaching courses himself. Is it important your Orthodontist stays on top of new research findings and developments? We believe it is!