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Memorial Day Fun in Denver

Memorial Day weekend is a time to both honor and celebrate our fallen soldiers. It also marks the unofficial start of summer, and the beginning of fun-filled weekends. If you’re planning on celebrating this holiday in Denver this weekend, here are a few family-friendly events for you to enjoy.

Memorial Day Run & March – Challenge yourself to a friendly competition. There will be three routes to choose from, and a food donation truck will be featured at the end of the run for you to help feed homeless veterans.

Date: Saturday, May 27th

Time: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Location: Castle Rock Community Recreation Center

Broomfield Plaza’s Family Fun Fest & Car Show – Everyone in your family will be able to celebrate at Bromfield’s Family Fun Fest. Enjoy games, train rides, face painting, and even a car show for the adults!

Date: Sunday, May 28th

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Broomfield Plaza

Commerce City’s Memorial Day Parade – Head over to Veterans Memorial Park to enjoy the state’s largest Memorial day parade. The parade includes bands, floats, antique cars, and horses. The parade will be held rain or shine.

Date: Monday, May 29th

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Veterans Memorial Park

Memorial Day Berkeley Picnic – Bring a blanket, sunscreen, and your closest friends and family, and relax on the green in front of the Historic Elitch Theatre. There will be live music, delicious food and drinks, and fun family activities for everyone!

Date: Monday, May 29th

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: Historic Elitch Theatre

Everyone at Speaks Orthodontics hopes you enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!

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How To Clean Retainers Without Harsh Chemicals

The last thing you want to hear is that you need more metal in your mouth after your braces are removed. But, retainers are a necessity in preserving the smile you worked so hard for. And, when you keep your retainers clean, you keep your smile clean as well. Here are some ways to disinfect your retainer so it’s ready to be worn every day.

Always keep them moist. Never let your retainers dry out. Your retainers should either be in your mouth or in a container of distilled water.

Brush them. You can’t soak your retainers in distilled water and expect them to get clean on their own. You’ll need to brush them every few days or as needed to prevent tartar buildup.

Bring them to your dentist. While this step may not be required for everyone, if your retainers end up with a large amount of buildup, your dentist has a tool that can disinfect them safely without any chemicals or damage.

Baking soda is your friend. Baking soda increases the pH in your mouth, which can keep the bacteria at bay. Baking soda is also a natural, safe, and effective way to combat any odors.

You should always avoid:
•Dishwashers.
•Boiling water.
•Mouthwash.
•Retainer cleansers and tablets.

At Speaks Orthodontics, our goal is to give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted in a comfortable, friendly, modern environment. Visit our website to learn more or call us at 303-292-1780. We’re conveniently located just minutes from downtown Denver, LoDo, LoHi, Wheatridge, Edgewater, Lakewood, and Arvada.

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The Effects of Oral Piercings

You may love your body piercings, but they’re more harmful than they appear. When it comes to piercing your tongue, lips, or cheek, are the health risks worth it?

Infections. Our mouths contain a huge amount of bacteria, making it an ideal place for infections. It’s also possible for a piercing to make your tongue swell, which can potentially block your airway.

Damage to teeth and gums. Not only can metal oral jewelry injure lead to cracked, scratched, or sensitive teeth, it can cause your gums to recede, which leaves the root of your tooth more vulnerable to decay.

Nerve damage. After getting an oral piercing you may experience a numb tongue. While this is usually temporary, it can become permanent. This injured nerve may affect your sense of taste and how you move your mouth.

Interference with normal oral functions. Jewelry in your mouth can cause excessive saliva flow, which can impede your ability to pronounce words correctly. It can also become difficult to chew and swallow.

Do you have an oral piercing? Make sure you’re seeing your dentist regularly to keep the site clean. And contact your dentist or physician immediately if you notice any signs of infection — swelling, pain, fever, chills.

At Speaks Orthodontics, our goal is to give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted in a comfortable, friendly, modern environment. Visit our website to learn more or call us at 303-292-1780. We’re conveniently located just minutes from downtown Denver, LoDo, LoHi, Wheatridge, Edgewater, Lakewood, and Arvada.

Protect Your Braces While Playing Sports

Just because you have braces doesn’t mean you get benched from the game. If you remember to wear a mouthguard, you won’t have to sacrifice your favorite sports for a straighter smile. According to the ADA, you can cut your chances of any damage in half by wearing the right mouthguard.

How Mouthguards Help
Without a mouthguard, you’re more susceptible to injuries to your teeth and jaw, which can require expensive treatment to fix. Specifically, mouthguards help protect you from broken or chipped teeth, fractured tooth roots, and any damage to your dental appliances.

Different Types of Mouthguards
1. Stock mouthguards – This comes ready-to-wear, and can be found at most sporting stores. But keep in mind, while they may be convenient, they have the least amount of protection for patients.
2. Boil-and-bite mouthguards – As the name suggests, boil-and-bite mouthguards are made by sticking the mouthguard in warm water and molding the shape to your teeth and gums.
3. Orthodontic mouthguards – These mouthguards offer the most comfort and protection and are customized to fit each person individually.

Taking Care of Your Mouthguard
•After each use, gently scrub your mouthguard with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
•Store your mouthguard in a protective case.
•Replace your mouthguard at the beginning of every new sports season.
•Do not chew or bite off pieces of your mouthguard.
•Bring your mouthguard to your dental checkups so your dentist can make sure it’s still in good shape!

It’s important to be fully protected while playing sports, including your teeth and braces. If you have any additional questions, or if you’re ready to start down the path to a straighter, healthier smile, please contact Speaks Orthodontics. Visit our website to learn more, or call us at 303-292-1780. [...]

Ways To Get Fit Without The Gym

Sometimes dragging yourself to the gym can be, well, a drag. However working out doesn’t mean you have to wipe that smile off your face. If you’re looking to spice up your fitness routine, there are a variety of workouts you can enjoy without stepping foot inside your health club.

Join a team. Playing a sport is a great way to get your heart rate up, burn calories, and have some fun all at the same time. TIP: Don’t forget your mouthguard — the most dental emergencies occur while playing sports.

Take a walk. Walking is the easiest way to stay in shape — it requires minimal effort and you can exercise pretty much anywhere. A fun way to spice up your walking routine is by taking a tour of your city and exploring the sights.

Go for a hike. Grab your sneakers, water, and your workout buddy and enjoy some hiking trails in your area. Hikes are also beneficial on your own; it’s the perfect time to clear your mind and relax.

Turn your tasks into a workout. Want to kill two birds with one stone? Turn your daily and weekly to-do list into a workout routine. For example, every time you clean a counter or brush and floss your teeth, do some push ups or jumping jacks.

At Speaks Orthodontics, our goal is to give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted in a comfortable, friendly, modern environment. Visit our website to learn more or call us at 303-292-1780. We’re conveniently located just minutes from downtown Denver, LoDo, LoHi, Wheatridge, Edgewater, Lakewood, and Arvada.

Quotes That Will Make You Smile

Some days, it can be hard to put a smile on our face. But, our smile is our best feature, so it’s worth showing off your pearly whites daily. So, whether you woke up on the wrong side of the bed or not, as we like to say at Speaks Orthodontics, “smile big…smile often!”

Quotes That Will Make You Smile:

“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” — Dale Carnegie

“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” — Epictetus

“You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.” — Charlie Chaplin

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” — Dr. Suess

“Keep smiling because life’s a beautiful thing, and there is so much to smile about.” — Marilyn Monroe

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

“People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” — Rob Siltanen

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” — Mahatma Gandhi

At Speaks Orthodontics, our family of patients is our greatest asset and we care about the entire patient, not just their teeth. Visit our website to learn more or call us at 303-292-1780. We’re conveniently located just minutes from downtown Denver, LoDo, LoHi, Wheatridge, Edgewater, Lakewood, and Arvada.

Are X-Rays Safe For Your Kids?

There’s speculation that radiological exams, or x-rays, are dangerous and potentially life-threatening for children. While being exposed to certain levels of radiation are unhealthy, x-rays used in dental and medical offices emit very small doses. Here are a few reasons why your children are actually at very low risk for any negative health effects.

Why Are Orthodontic X-rays Important?
Orthodontists take x-rays in order to be able to identify abnormalities with your teeth. X-rays will also be taken to check on the progress of your orthodontic treatment and help show if any changes need to be made.

Reasons Why X-rays Are Safe For Kids
#1
Although diagnostic imaging requires a higher frequency of radiation, getting x-rays on occasion will not expose your child to any greater amount of radiation than they would encounter normally over time. Believe it or not, we’re exposed to a low-frequency (non-ionizing) and high-frequency (ionizing) radiation daily. This comes from sound and radio waves, microwave ovens, run rays, and radon in the soil.

#2
While the low dose of radiation from a standard x-ray is safe for children, x-rays can also be adjusted to emit even less radiation if need be. This helps level out the radiation for the small stature without compromising the integrity of the exam. Many orthodontists are now using digital technology, which reduces radiation by as much as 80%.

#3
Most medical imaging exams are short (lasting less than one second), and children are protected from radiation by wearing protective gear (lead-lined apron and thyroid collar). Low exposures of radiation is worth the opportunity to prevent health concerns.

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5 Ways To Raise Healthy Eaters

How often does your little one pass on a french fries for a side of veggies? If bad habits take the reins, they can be hard to correct once it becomes a comfortable routine. It’s possible to promote better eating habits, even with the pickiest eaters.

 1. Get them involved. Try to bring your kids on your trips to the grocery store, and have them help you plan and prep meals. This will make them more invested in the process of eating healthy. Simple, tooth-friendly recipes are an excellent way to get them interested.

 2. Go straight to the source. Rather than limiting yourself to the supermarket, consider taking a family trip to the farmers market. Picking berries from a vine or visiting a dairy farm can teach children where their food comes from, and what goes into making it. You can also try growing your own vegetable garden at home!

 3. Have healthy snacks available. Pack your pantry and refrigerator exclusively with healthy treats like sliced apples, carrot sticks, and raisins. (Make sure you have braces-friendly options if your child is undergoing orthodontic treatment)!

 4. Make fun drinks. Your child may have to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, but they can also drink them. Juices and smoothies are both delicious options that will be hard for them to say no to.

 5. Don’t give up. Studies have shown that most children need to be exposed several times to new food in order to get accustomed to the taste (between five and 10). So, rather than giving up the first time your child rejects something, try incorporating it into their meals a few more times.

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Help Your Kids Cope With Stress

Childhood is supposed to be fun and carefree, but some situations can create overwhelming pressures for your little ones. While certain levels of stress are unavoidable, there are a few ways you can help them cope with their troubles. Besides, being a kid is supposed to be fun, not busy and stressful!

Listen. Sometimes, the biggest way to support your child is by listening to them. Be attentive to their feelings and avoid your urge to judge; remain interested, patient, and open.

Define. Many younger kids don’t understand their feelings because they haven’t learned the proper terminology. Putting feelings into words helps kids communicate and develop emotional awareness. So, if your child seems angry or frustrated, help them identify those emotions by name.

Limit. If you notice that certain situations are stressors for your little one, there may be a way you can fix it. For instance, having a busy schedule can be overwhelming for young kids, so try to limit their activities to give them more time and energy.

Relax. No parent wants to see their child unhappy, but try to resist the urge to fix every problem. Instead, teach your kids problem-solving tools, this will help them manage the many stresses that are still to come in their future.

There’s a direct connection between emotional anxiety and our oral health, so make sure your child keeps up with their oral care routine, even when they’re stressed. At Speaks Orthodontics, our family of patients is our greatest asset and we care about the entire patient, not just their teeth. Visit our website to learn more or call us at 303-292-1780. We’re conveniently located just minutes from downtown Denver, LoDo, LoHi, Wheatridge, Edgewater, Lakewood, and Arvada.

What Role Does Elastics Play In Orthodontics?

Many people who have braces will only deal with brackets, archwires, and ligatures in their mouth. But, for 90 percent of orthodontic cases, another important feature will be added – rubber bands.

The Purpose Of Elastics
Elastics, or rubber bands, are used in the bite-fixing phase of orthodontic treatment (the longest and most difficult part of the whole process). Not every patient requires this step, but if you’re suffering from jaw misalignment (i.e. overbite or underbite), rubber bands/elastics can help.

The Do’s And Don’ts
DO – Get in the habit of carrying extra elastics at all times. If one should break, you will be able to replace it as soon as possible. By consistently wearing elastics, you can shorten the overall time needed to wear braces.

DON’T – Double up on elastics. This will create too much pressure on your teeth and can cause harm to your teeth’s roots.

DO – Wash your hands before removing or replacing rubber bands (your elastics should only be removed when you’re eating or brushing your teeth).

DON’T – Stretch out the elastic – it will loose its strength and become ineffective. TIP: When you need to remove or replace them, put the rubber band around your finger.

DO – Wear your elastics twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week (unless told otherwise).

If you have any additional questions, or if you’re ready to start down the path to a straighter, healthier smile, please contact Speaks Orthodontics. Visit our website to learn more, or call us at 303-292-1780. We’re conveniently located just minutes from downtown Denver, LoDo, LoHi, Wheatridge, Edgewater, Lakewood, and Arvada.