Smile, it’s Good for Your Health

What does a great smile have in common with good physical and mental health? Quite a bit, and at Hatcher Orthodontics we are very aware of the connection. We see people every day who are interested in improving their smiles. There is however, much more to that great smile than meets the eye. The importance of having your teeth and gums in the best dental health possible has a huge impact on your general health. If your teeth do not fit together correctly or you have missing teeth, it is more difficult to chew your food properly and this can affect your digestion and overall health. Not feeling well physically can have quite an effect on your mental health and not feeling well mentally can have an adverse effect on your physical well-being.

Let’s not forget about how that smile makes you feel. At Hatcher Orthodontics, there is nothing more rewarding than to see the smiles of our patients when they get their braces off. Smiles become easy and this is where the mental attitude changes and they are aware of the benefits of a great smile! It is so rewarding to give someone a smile and have one returned. When you are happy and that happiness comes through in a smile, it makes those around you happy and smile. Before you know it, the original smile has become contagious!

No matter your age, having a wonderful smile and feeling good about yourself is of great benefit to your overall well-being. Great smiles and good dental health will last a lifetime and will provide the benefits needed for both your physical and mental health that will also last a lifetime.

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Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too.
~ Author Unknown

The Prime of Your Life is NOW!

Adults have a tendency to put off things. Things such as not using the good china except on holidays, buying tools for that project you never get around to starting, and the list keeps going. However, having the smile you have always wanted should not be one of those things. Your smile says so much about you, and the longer you wait to address the issues you may be having with your teeth, the shorter the time to enjoy having your smile the way you want.

At Hatcher Orthodontics, about 40% of our practice is adults. We see children, young adults, and a lot of older adults. We have even had a few patients in their 80’s. Orthodontic treatment can be necessary at any age and for many different reasons. Younger children can benefit from addressing growth or crowding and spacing issues. With adults, orthodontic treatment can address making space for missing teeth replacement, crowding, or if retainers were not worn after previous treatment. It can also be necessary if hygiene becomes a problem due to crowding or if gums are being worn away due to deep bites. The good news is there are so many different options available for orthodontic treatment now. In the past, it was always metal brackets and/or bands around every tooth. Now there are tiny metal brackets, clear brackets, and Invisalign (a series of removable trays that align teeth).

We treat many adult patients and there is never a charge for the initial consultation. The investment in a great smile is always worth the effort – and most adults only regret not taking the steps toward that great smile sooner.
Remember – The Prime of Your Life can be ANY AGE you want it to be. So if you are waiting for the Prime of Your Life to achieve a Great Smile, the Prime of Your Life is NOW!

“Most smiles are started by another smile.”
~Author Unknown

Merry Christmas!!

Christmas is an annual religious christian holiday honoring the birth of Jesus Christ, celebrated generally on December 25 by billions of people around the world.  Christmas has evolved over two millennia into a worldwide religious and secular celebration, incorporating many pre-Christian, pagan traditions into the festivities along the way. Today, Christmas is a time for family and friends to get together, exchange gifts and eat a Christmas meal.  Christmas also has its very interesting traditions in other countries.  Check out the link below to find some strange and different customs that are not done here in the United States.

Christmas Traditions

The Clear Alternative to Braces!

Invisalign Teen

Have you ever asked yourself if you are happy with your smile? A beautiful smile makes a huge difference in your personal, as well as your professional life. It’s never too late to make an investment in your smile.

If you thought your only option to perfect your smile was braces, you may be excited to learn about Invisalign. Invisalign uses a different approach to straightening teeth. It uses a series of clear aligners created just for you, as designed by Dr. Hatcher. These aligners are made of smooth and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. You are able to remove your aligners and enjoy all of the foods you normally would eat. Every two weeks, you start a new set of aligners. As your treatment progresses, your teeth will gradually shift into place.

Invisalign also provides a treatment option for teens. Invisalign Teen provides a convenient treatment option for young patients busy with athletics, school and other extracurricular activities. As an added bonus, Invisalign Teen offers three sets of aligners at no additional cost to you! These aligners are typically used for lost or broken aligners or if the doctor needs to make any final adjustments prior to the completion of your child’s treatment.

Dr. Hatcher has been a Premier Provider for Invisalign. Come in to see us at Hatcher Orthodontics for your complementary consultation and find out if Invisalign is a treatment option for you! We look forward to meeting you!

End of Summer

As summer draws to a close, Labor day is the  last chance to slip away.  Back to school sales and barbecues are the norm for Labor Day weekend, but lets not forget what this holiday is really about.  It pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. Labor Day was made a federal holiday in 1894 by Grover Cleveland.

 

We hope everyone enjoys their Labor Day Weekend! Take the following quotes with you as you begin your school year and go back to work after the long weekend.

~”Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” -Confucious

~”There is no substitute for hard work.” -Thomas Edison

~Without labor nothing prospers.”-Sophocles

Be sure to checkout our Labor Day Board on Pinterest!!