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CELEBRATING NATIONAL TOOTH FAIRY DAY

The Tooth Fairy is a fantasy figure of early childhood in Western and Western-influenced cultures. The folklore states that when children lose one of their baby teeth, they should place it underneath their pillow or on their bedside table and the Tooth Fairy will visit while they sleep, replacing the lost tooth with a small payment.

DR. LEON SU, DDS, MDS

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WHEN A PROBLEM ARISES

Orthodontic emergencies can occur at any time during treatment and often pertain to complications with appliances. An orthodontic emergency is any circumstance that causes pain, threatens a patient’s health, or interferes with the course of orthodontic treatment. Dr. Leon Su can offer immediate assistance for emergencies, some of which include

FIVE TIPS FOR PROTECTING BRACES WHILE PLAYING

Many parents worry about their child playing sports while wearing braces. If they get a mouth injury on the field or on the court, the concern is that the braces could make the injury worse and/or your child’ progress with the braces could be affected. Or maybe you are the one playing sports with braces.

SOFT DRINKS + ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT = A RECIPE FOR DISASTER

Soft drinks, including regular and diet soda pop, fruit drinks, sports drinks and energy drinks, weaken tooth enamel. They are even harder on teeth with orthodontic “appliances,” such as braces or aligners. It is recommended that you avoid soft drinks during your orthodontic treatment so that your teeth stay healthy and strong, and you finish your treatment with a good bite and a healthy, beautiful smile.

WHAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW

Teeth that work Together make it possible to bite and chew properly, and contribute to clear speech. Teeth that function well will tend to have a pleasing appearance. The beautiful smile that results from orthodontic treatment is the outward sign of good oral health, and is the stage for overall well-being. Learn more here about baby teeth and permanent teeth.