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Are You "Braced' For the Cure?

September 30th, 2013

This month we will be Smiling for Survivors! If you have an appointment in October you will see that Dr. Pridemore, Dr. Cox and our caring Team will be wearing pink gloves and masks all month, as well as Breast Cancer Awareness Shirts on Thursdays!

We would love for y'all to support anyone you know that has been a survivor of Breast Cancer or someone who may be going through treatment by choosing PINK colors the next time you are in for your appointment!

As you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but you probably didn't realize that it is also Orthodontic Health Awareness Month! So there is no better way to show your support than with beautiful pink colored smile from Pridemore and Cox Orthodontics!

Facts about breast cancer in the United States:

* One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
* Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
* Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
* Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
* Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die each year

One of the most common brushing mistakes!!!

September 24th, 2013

Starting in the same place every time will allow other parts of your mouth and teeth to get less effort. With time this may in turn increase cavity build up and tooth decay.

Studies also show that most right handed individuals start at the upper left corner of their mouth and left handed people start at the upper right corner of their mouth. Since the initial effort put into brushing teeth is higher and decreases accordingly as we are about to finish brushing, the last parts of the mouth being cleaned will suffer.

When you are finished brushing, the most common areas cleaned include inner surfaces, chewing surfaces, and the back of the teeth. In order to avoid white spots with braces, you need to start brushing on alternate sides. Combining this with two minutes of brushing can ensure all teeth have equal chances of getting cleaned.

Do Braces Work at Any Age?

July 9th, 2013

Are you an adult who is considering getting braces? Perhaps you’ve had them before, but over the years that dental work has been reversed. Or maybe you’ve never had any orthodontic work done, but are considering braces for the first time. In either case, Pridemore and Cox Orthodontics can help you enjoy straighter teeth, an improved bite, and a more beautiful smile. If you are considering getting braces, here is what you need to know about adult orthodontic work from the PCO Team.

Can Braces Work For Adults?

Absolutely! Braces work for just about anyone. However, there are several different types of braces, and not all of them may work for you. Different types of orthodontic treatments include:

Ceramic braces
Metal braces
Damon System® brackets
Lingual brackets (braces behind the teeth)
Invisible braces
Rubber bands for bite correction

By scheduling a consultation, we can determine which treatment or combination of treatments would be best for your specific needs.

How Do I Get Started?

Getting braces can be a little bit daunting. At first glance, the process may appear expensive and time-consuming. However, if you take it step by step, getting braces can be a simple and relatively pain-free experience. Here are the first steps you need to take to get on the road to straight teeth:

First, you need information. If you are nervous about getting braces, or are having trouble getting started, learning more about the process can help ease your mind. Here are a few sample questions to ask:

What kind of braces do you recommend for my teeth?
How long will the treatment take?
How often will I need to come in for adjustments?
What is the total cost of the treatment? Do you accept insurance? Will you require the full amount up front, or do you have payment plans?
Asking these types of questions will help you understand what to expect during the entire process, which can aid your decision on the proper course of action.

The next step is to complete any prerequisite treatment. During your first meeting with Dr. Pridemore or Dr. Cox, we’ll need to take some X-rays and pictures of your teeth, and then help you determine an appropriate treatment plan. Recommendations may include some preliminary dental work before you get your braces, which can be an important step in making sure your orthodontic treatments are effective.

Once you have completed these steps, you are ready to get started! After you’ve chosen a treatment plan and undergone any necessary prerequisite dental work, you’ll be able to get your braces. Just like that, you’re on your way to a better smile! If you’d like to get started right away, call our Office today!

Way to go Coleen!

June 5th, 2013

Canter for Cancer took place this last weekend and we are proud to say that together with many generous offices from the Rome Dental Community, Coleen Pridemore raised the largest amount of money!

It was noted in the RNT....“The Rome dental community contributed the largest amount of money, $1,200. The funds were raised by Coleen Pridemore of Pridemore/Cox Orthodontics."

Thanks for everyones help in raising money to help put a stop to cancer!