Earlier this year, Dr. Fowler had the opportunity to participate in a dental mission trip to Haiti! There were 6 dentists in attendance, two were local Nashville dentists, Dr. George Adams Jr, Dr. Nancy Laden, and oral surgeon Dr. Barry Beck. The dental team treated 624 patients and pulled 1297 teeth! It was a very busy and rewarding week helping the people in the villages of Gobert and Le Borgne.
Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have put together a helpful list that outlines when you should call Fowler Orthodontics. Here are some early warning signs indicating it’s time to check with us:
1) Early or late loss of baby teeth
2) Difficulty chewing or biting
3) Mouth breathing
4) Finger sucking or other oral habits
5) Crowding, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth
6) Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or retrude
7) Speech difficulty
8) Protruding teeth
9) Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
10) Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
Do any of these warning signs fit you? If so, give us a call as soon as possible!
Hope this helps,
Dr. Fowler and Team
- Should I still go to the dentist while in braces?
~Absolutely! Dr. Fowler recommends his patients to continue visiting their dentist at six month intervals. A common misconception is that dentists cannot properly clean the teeth of braces patients with all of the brackets and wires. Quite the contrary, dentists are able to reach nooks and crannies that sometimes prove challenging to access. While in braces, it is particularly important to have routine, thorough cleanings so that there is no chance of plaque or tarter build-up around the brackets.
- What foods should I stay away from while in braces?
~Sticky candies like taffy and caramels or dense foods like nuts, bagels, or crunchy veggies. Foods such as these are more likely to get stuck in between wires or pop brackets off. Certain veggies like carrots and celery are dense, and the best advice on keeping dense, healthy foods in a braces patient’s diet would be to cut up veggies into bite size pieces for ease while eating.
- Will my braces hinder my participation in particular hobbies like playing sports or playing instruments?
~ Not at all. Believe it or not, people with braces lead normal lives. Those playing musical instruments with mouth pieces may have to adjust a little to the different feel of playing with braces, but it usually doesn’t take long to get accustomed to that.
- How long should I wear my retainers once I get my brace off?
~Ideally, one should wear their retainers as long as they desire their teeth to remain straight. Studies show that teeth will shift if retainers are not worn on a regular basis; so, be sure to wear those retainers at night if you want to keep that beautiful new smile!
As Memorial Day approaches, the Fowler Ortho Team would like to reflect upon the significance of this patriotic holiday. On Memorial Day, we honor those in the armed forces who gave their lives in defense of the United States. The holiday was created three years after the Civil War to commemorate fallen soldiers. Originally, it was called Decoration Day because the families of fallen heroes would decorate their graves with flowers and wreaths in memory of their loved ones. Decoration Day was formally christened Memorial Day in 1967. Now, on Memorial Day, the American flag flies at half-staff until noon to honor those who died in military service, then the flag flies at full height for the rest of the day in celebration of their lives and to signify that their sacrifice was not in vain. Ceremonies are held throughout the day at the nation’s capital and at military cemeteries. At 3:00 p.m. local time, citizens are asked to take a moment of silence to remember the brave soldiers who gave their lives for our country.
To all celebrating Memorial Day, especially members of the armed forces and their families (to whom we are grateful beyond words), we wish you a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!
~The Fowler Ortho Team
Now that you have been introduced to our new communications system, it might be helpful to know some specifics about the helpful features offered under your personal patient portal. You can log into your patient portal via the Fowler Orthodontics website, fowlerortho.com, by clicking the Login button located just underneath our tagline, “Beautiful Smiles, Exceptional Care,” or you can log in via your email appointment reminders.There are 6 tabs, each tab containing valuable information related to your orthodontic experience. From the home page, you can navigate to all of the other portal pages which are as follows: account settings, appointments, my smile, refer a friend, and my feedback. Under account settings, you can manage your username and password that allows you access to your patient portal. Also, you can update your phone numbers and email addresses as well as determine to which you would prefer your appointment reminders sent. Be sure to sign up for our text reminders which, like our email and phone call reminders, make confirming appointments super easy!
The appointments tab allows you to see upcoming appointments and allows you to add them to your electronic calendars. Under the my smile tab, you can access dental records which include any photographs, panorexes, and cephalometrics we have taken. In addition, you can find informative articles about orthodontics that you might enjoy perusing. The refer a friend tab allows you to send an email to any friends or family members who might be interested in orthodontic treatment at Fowler Orthodontics. We cherish our wonderful patients and we would love to have more just as wonderful as you! The final tab is the my feedback tab which allows you to grade Fowler Orthodontics as a practice. We want to know what you think of us so that we might continue to improve to better care for your individual needs.
After reading this post, you should be a pro when it comes to navigating your personal patient portal! Log in and explore today!
Fowler Orthodontics has a new communications system! Log in at fowlerortho.com and create a username and password to access your user-friendly patient portal and customize your settings for added ease with orthodontic appointment reminders. Now our patients receive appointment reminders by phone, email and text! We are especially excited to meet our patient requests by offering text message reminders! To sign up for text reminders, go to the Account Settings tab of your patient portal and click edit where you can turn on the text feature. The online portal is a helpful tool that offers access to dental records, the ability to confirm appointments, the ability to update personal information, and a “refer a friend” message system. In addition, under the My Smile tab, you can find helpful articles about caring for your teeth while in orthodontic treatment. Be sure to check out all the patient portal has to offer!
The month of April can be a frightening time for teeth! Sweet treats abound just after the Easter holiday, and it is important to remember to keep a good brushing and flossing regimen, especially after consuming acidic foods. If you are in braces, abstain from eating chewy, gooey candies. To satisfy your sweet tooth, try fruits (cut in bite size pieces) or yogurt, but, if you find yourself missing your candy crush, stick with soft-centered chocolates. Sweets are fine, so long as they are consumed in moderation!