Monday, November 17, 2014

What does November mean to you?

To me it represents the REAL beginning of fall (partially because in Phoenix it's the only time it’s not hot ;-)), the cooler weather and one of the most amazing holidays. 

Thanksgiving to me means delicious food and precious time with family, friends, and loved ones…. Irreplaceable time! Be sure to cherish every minute with those you love and tell them how special they are to you!

I have many fond memories of sitting around the table laughing with family and friends…. It’s a time to catch up on what the year may have been like for you or just reminisce on what has transpired in the past… either way I’m definitely more thankful each and every year!!!

As an orthodontic office we LOVE Thanksgiving because most of the food items are “bracket and appliance” friendly so we encourage you……. EAT UP!!!!

Braces should not hinder the pure deliciousness that is Thanksgiving!!!

***Do you know the history of Thanksgiving???? It’s actually very interesting!

Here is what Wikipedia says about it…..
Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. It became an official Federal holiday in 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens", to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November.[1] Also, there are reports that the original Thanksgiving proclamation was signed by George Washington.[2] As a federaland public holiday in the U.S., Thanksgiving is one of the major holidays of the year. Together with Christmas and New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader holiday season.
The event that Americans commonly call the "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621.[3] This feast lasted three days, and it was attended by 90 Native Americans (as accounted by attendee Edward Winslow)[4] and 53 Pilgrims.[5] The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating "thanksgivings"—days of prayerthanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought.[6]

 **We hope that you have an amazing November and enjoy the upcoming holidays, weather and time with your loved ones!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Guess what October is.....................??????????????

This awesome photo is courtesy of the American Association of Orthodontists!!!

When we think of orthodontic health...... what comes to mind??? Well if your in the dental profession then we think of healthy gums, clean teeth and cavity free teeth with or without braces!!! However...... if you are not in the profession we can only assume that you think of the dreadful process of braces! :-(

Here are some positive and TRUE facts about orthodontics, If you keep your teeth and braces clean, come to every visit you need and follow all of our instructions- not only does it not "hurt" but it doesn't take "forever"!!! 

We explain this to ALL of our patients and the ones that do follow our simple instructions have an INCREDIBLE experience!!!! Yes, its true people can go through braces without hating it!  :-)

Ultimately the goal of National Orthodontic Health month is to not only promote a healthy mouth but a more pleasant approach to orthodontics!!

Did you know that Crooked teeth and misaligned bites can:

*Interfere with proper chewing which in turn can cause digestive issues.
*Make cleaning your teeth more of a challenge, increasing the risk of tooth decay, cavities, and gingivitis.
*Strain the teeth, jaws, and muscles, increasing the risk of breaking a tooth or causing pain in the jaw joint itself.
*Make people feel self-conscious about their appearance and affect their self-esteem which causes them to smile less.

If you are struggling with any of the above concerns, we would LOVE the opportunity to discuss how we can help with you!

Since October is National Orthodontic Health Month we thought we would share a Halloween recipe that you CAN eat with braces on!!!

Frightful finger cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup almond slices
1 tube red decorating gel
1 tube green food coloring

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 
Beat together butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla. Slowly beat in the flour, baking powder and salt. Add drops of green 
food coloring to dough until you achieve a nice deep green color. 
Divide the dough into four equal parts, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.. Take one quarter of the dough at a time from the 
refrigerator. Break off one heaping teaspoonful and roll it into a finger shape. Squeeze in around the middle of the finger to 
create a knuckle shape. Then, using a butter knife, make indents in several places to resemble a finger. Repeat with rest of 
Place cookies on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes - let cool. Then, squeeze red decorating gel onto 
the tip of each finger and gently press an almond sliver on top so the gel oozes out from underneath. 
Remove cookies from baking sheets and let them cool on wire racks. Then serve and enjoy!
***Adapted from "'s" Marlene C. Mcasias

Here is a list of Orthodontic do's and don'ts on Halloween from the AAO.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Surprise...... its not healthy!

Surprise...... its not healthy!

I was reading an article recently from Emily Lockhart of about the 10 worst foods to feed your children..... and here is the kicker..... these are foods that are marketed to the public as "healthy"! 

Lets give the author of this great article some credit and here is her background......

Emily Lockhart is a weight loss expert who specializes in healthy living. She is dedicated to providing health-conscious individuals with the information they need to make great lifestyle choices that will make them look and feel better. In her spare time, Emily teaches Pilates at a local studio and enjoys activities like hiking, rowing and biking.

Here is the list she compiled with our thoughts added.

Fruit snacks:
Nutritionists attest that most fruit snacks are actually candy masked in a health label—and no, “fruit juice” doesn’t count. Instead the experts recommend fresh fruit or dried fruit to achieve the same "snack" result.

Lets face it..... we have ALL heard the reasons why soda is bad for you.... it causes tooth decay and is loaded with artificial sweeteners that are bad for you... enough said!

Wow this one shocked us.....the reason this one is not "healthy" is that it is made from processed white flour, full of preservatives and unhealthy oils. It makes sense though....who knew!

Juice Boxes:
This one frustrates experts say that they are packed with sugar, lack fiber and lack vitamins because they are void of any quantifiable juice. We agree with Emily- a nice fruit smoothie is much healthier and plus more fun to drink (depending on how you present it to your kiddo).

We are saddened by this one and disagree to an extent..... Emily claims that delivery pizza is unhealthy but depending on what and how you order its not too terribly bad in our opinion. Her point is that using fresh ingredients at home is better and healthier... to that we DO agree. However it does defeat the purpose if the reason you are ordering is because you are too tired to cook- hmmmm what a dilemma!

French Fries:
Well...... we all know that fried food is definitely not healthy but we do agree with Emily that moderation is key with this one!!!! We are aware that they offer very little nutritional value and are very high in fat and sodium (isn't that what makes them yummy). This also includes potato chips and other fried snack food- (I know we are bummed too)....However we also feel that opting for baked chips and to bake your own french fries is a much better way to get your fry fix!

Snack Cakes:
Twinkies and Hoho's are bad and not nutritious???? BUMMER!!!  They are loaded with trans fats which as we know is the most unhealthy fats out there...... We agree with Emily this is another time when supplementing with some fresh fruit in the lunchbox is a better idea!

Lunch Meat:
This one is definitely a staple in our kiddo's lunch box..... however, iwe may be giving our children toxic food.. make sure that the meats do not contain Nitrates.... Nitrates have been used in food processing and shown to increase the risk of heart disease and cancer. Scary!!!!

Granola Bars:
This one is tricky.... store bought granola bars are loaded with chocolate chips, marshmallows candy, high fructose corn syrup and artificial dyes which in turn makes them about as healthy as 2 cookies..... Emily suggests whipping up a batch of homemade energy bars with natural ingredients like almond or peanut butter, raisins, coconut, whole grain cereal, honey, and dried fruit and nuts. Thanks for the great recipe Emily!!! They sound very delicious and ACTUALLY HEALTHY.

Lastly....Kids Breakfast cereal:
Holy cow...... but cereal has vitamins and minerals.... the box says so.... well here is the truth:
Sure, that box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Captain Crunch might boast a boatload of vitamins and minerals on the label, but when you consider the amount of sugar and processed ingredients per serving, the miniscule amount of nutritional value they offer doesn’t count for much. Nutritionists recommend that when you shop for a suitable cereal for your breakfast table, go for brands that contain at least 3-grams of fiber per serving and less than 10 grams of sugar. The best morning cereal that you can get your kiddo hooked on is whole grain oatmeal, it’s high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and you can sprinkle on some berries and mix it with yogurt, or a dab of honey or real maple syrup.

The moral of this story and our take away message is that buying fresh, cooking at home and READING the fine print is crucial to giving our children the best that we can and trying to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fourth of July

What does Fourth of July Mean to you?

Well let’s first start off this awesome topic with…….. What is Independence day?
Wikipedia says…….Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (now officially known as the United Kingdom). Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.

As we go through our day to day lives and have confidence in our sense of “normalcy”, we often forget about the luxury of our freedom and HOW we got that freedom………

To us the Fourth is a time of remembering ALL the historic figures and “just normal guys” throughout the years that have achieved great things for our country!!!

So….. on this great holiday,  we are thankful for the people that have served in our armed forces protecting and fighting for our AMAZING country!!!! We are thankful for our political figures throughout the many many years that support the core values of this country and enforcing them!!! We are FOREVER indebted to ALL of these people!!! THANK YOU!!

Let's all take a few moments during this holiday to REMEMBER WHY while we are enjoying picnics, barbecues, reunions with relatives and time spent with our loved ones!!! Let's all celebrate the RED,WHITE AND BLUE American pride this year!!!!

One of the most common Fourth of July celebrations is fireworks..(which we think is everyone's favorite past time).... please be cautious this year if you decide to light off fireworks..... We want you all to be around for next year!!!! :-)

How many of us have ACTUALLY read the Declaration of Independence???? Well here is your chance…. We have added it below:

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Monday, June 9, 2014

Invisible Braces- Revised

Blue Orthodontics is SO excited to announce that we now offer invisible braces!!!!


The invisible solution for a perfect smile:

Here is some information about the Harmony system that we will be using for your treatment!

HARMONY’s advanced digital technology allows us to have
full control over your treatment. This precision means your teeth move
quickly and accurately to their ideal position. And self ligating technology
means there are no elastic ties holding your wire in place, which can
mean easier wire changes and shorter office visits.

The HARMONY System is customized and designed with your comfort in
mind. Each bracket has smooth, rounded edges and a low profile for a
more comfortable experience.

Harmony’s combination of digital expertise and self ligating technology
delivers exceptional results, offering you the ultimate solution for precise
tooth alignment – all in a highly dependable, invisible system.

The Harmony System benefits from digital self ligating technology – the latest
advancement in orthodontics – to get you in and out of treatment quickly
and comfortably. Even the most difficult cases can be treated with efficient precision.

We would love the opportunity to discuss this and our other orthodontic options with you- so contact us today!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

10 things you don’t know about Dr. Blue!

1-Dr. Blue loves the Beatles:
The band had four of the most gifted musicians in history. They could play any style of music they wished to play. They led the British Invasion and infinitely influenced music and society. The band is as popular today as they were in the 70s. Modern musicians use their methods and style in present day music. All four went on to have successful solo careers after the Beatles disbanded. Paul and Ringo continue to write impactful music to this day and sell out wherever they perform.

2-Dr. Blue loves to play guitar:
He started playing guitar 2 1/2 years ago and wishes he had started when he was a young kiddo! He escapes into his own world while playing and loves every second of it (although his playing is a bit rough at this point :)).  He recommends that everyone gets involved in music. He will make sure his kids start while they are young. Music is therapy as far as Dr. Blue is concerned.

3-Dr. Blue is dual trained:
He is also a prosthodontist, and practiced prosthodontics prior to pursuing orthodontic training. Prosthodontics is the dental specialty that deals with teeth replacement, occlusion (bite), and complex restorative treatments. His combination of skills allow him to maximize his patients' esthetics and function. 

4-Dr. Blue loves to go off-roading:
 His favorite place to do so is southwest Colorado around Ouray and Telluride.

5-Where was Dr. Blue born?
Dr. Blue was born in Alexandria, Louisiana and raised in Dallas, TX.

6-Dr. Blue would love to travel to Scotland:
 He would love to explore his ancestral roots in this region.

7-Dr. Blue loves movies:
A few of his favorites are Jaws, Pulp Fiction, Young Frankenstein, and Sideways. 

8-Dr. Blue loves to cook.
In fact, he almost went to culinary school instead of dental school. He is glad that he pursued orthodontics as a career and that cooking remained a hobby. As a professional chef, he would not have been able to enjoy his existing life balance due to extremely long and late hours demanded of chefs.

9-How many years of education does he have?
Dr. Blue has attended 15 years of schooling after high school, including a BBA in Marketing from U. of TX at Arlington, pre-dental sciences at U. of TX at Arlington, DDS from Baylor College of Dentistry, Master of Science and Prosthodontics certificate from Baylor College of Dentistry, and an Orthodontics Specialty certificate from The U. of Nevada.

10-Dr. Blue's favorite restaurant is:

Lots of them! Too many to name. He and his family can often be spotted at Postino, Joyride, Ocean Club (special occasions), and Cheesecake Factory.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Should I use an electric or manual toothbrush?

Should I use an electric or manual toothbrush?

We know that brushing your teeth can be a challenge with or without braces. One of the questions we get frequently asked is what type of toothbrush should I use? Blue Orthodontics supports both types of toothbrushes. Your decision should be based off of your specific situation.  The diagram below describes why you should or should not use an electric toothbrush. 

The two most popular electric brushes out on the market are Sonicare and Oral B. The important thing to remember when using an electric toothbrush is that they typically have their own “technique” on how to use them. Using them incorrectly can lead to damage of the tissue in the mouth. We love to see clean mouths..... so remember- make sure you brush and floss before you see your dentist or orthodontist!