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Silver Linings

April 17th, 2020

I had a good conversation a few days ago with Benny Mazzola, our sales representative from Patterson Dental Supply. I called him about getting more personal protective equipment for my office, and we began talking about the impact that the virus has had locally. Lives have been lost, and our heart hurts for those who have lost loved ones. It’s tragic for those families. Others have lost their jobs, through no fault of their own, and are feeling so much stress and anxiety. We went on to discuss the lifestyle changes that we are all experiencing. It seems everyone’s life has been disrupted to some extent, some certainly more than others.

On the other hand, with parents working from home and their school age children doing the same, the newfound togetherness has offered us an opportunity for our families to grow closer. It’s truly the silver lining to the dark viral cloud. I’ve had a chance to speak to many parents during this time and I’ve heard so much optimism and positivity. Instead of moms rushing around, shuttling kids between school, baseball practice, dance, cheer, etc, families are taking walks together, working on jigsaw puzzles, watching movies and listening to music. Parents and children playing tennis and golf, enjoying the springtime sunshine together. Together is the key word.

The downtime has allowed us an opportunity to reexamine our priorities and perhaps discover a healthier work/life balance. For many, working from home seems like a more realistic option than ever before. Ditto for homeschooling. Instead of having standardized testing consume so much of our energy, we find that we can still learn while strengthening our faith and family ties.

On a personal level, I’ve had a chance to spend a lot more time with my daughter Kelly and my beautiful granddaughter, Caroline. Our relationship is deeper and stronger than before because of the silver lining of togetherness. My oldest daughter Kate and her husband have been working in Norway for the past year. It’s a beautiful country but so far away! We just learned that they are being transferred back to Houston soon, because of the impact Covid19 has had on the oil economy. Another silver lining, so we are excited about that!

Southeast Texas has seen some awful natural disasters in our recent history. Hurricanes, floods, and now a pandemic. The thing I know about the people here is that we are strong. STRONG AND RESILIENT. I have no doubt that we’ll get through this soon and we’ll be better on the other side! Hope to see you soon!

 

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March 26th, 2020

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Patient Rewards Hub!

February 10th, 2014

Announcing our Patient Rewards Hub! This is our way of saying THANKS for being such a fantastic patient. Earn points for having great hygiene, arriving on time, participating in contests, and much more! Rack up the points and turn them in for some really cool prizes! Just pick up a card at your next appointment!

A customized Bellard Orthodontics reward card will be given.  Patients may sign into their account online to keep up with their points and rewards.  Games and contests can be accessed through their Patient Rewards Hub.  "Like" us on Facebook or "Follow" us on Twitter and even more points can be earned.  Patients will be surprised how easy it is to earn points.

Our staff at Bellard Orthodontics will be happy to explain how the Patient Rewards Hub works.  Have fun!

Orthodontic Emergency Tips

December 13th, 2013

We are in the midst of the holiday season and that means crazy times for all of us.  Our calendars are full with holiday shopping, celebrations and gift giving.  Our time seems to be limited on the normal daily activities.  Throw in an orthodontic emergency and you scramble to try and fit that appointment into your schedule.

Bellard Orthodontics feels your pain during this time and we would like to help alleviate some of your discomfort.  Although true orthodontic emergencies are rare, below are some tips on handling these situations with holiday cheer.  Of course, you may call our office to assist you if these tips do not help.  If you need to reach us after hours or while our office is closed December 19 - January 1 for the holidays, call 409-782-6760 and we will call you back to help you as soon as possible.

General Soreness

It is common for you to feel sore a couple of days after your braces or retainers have been adjusted.  Remember, this is temporary and very normal.  To help with the soreness, rinse your mouth with warm salt water.  If you are allowed to take over-the-counter pain medicine, take what is normally given for pain.  Eating may be uncomfortable, as well, eating soft foods will be much easier on your mouth.

Mouth Sores

Mouth sores do happen and for some patients, it is more common than with other patients.  These sores can appear inside the cheeks, on the lips and even on the tongue.  Unfortunately, they can be uncomfortable.  Braces do not cause the sores but they can trigger or aggravate the area.  Using a topical anesthetic such as Orabase or Ora-Gel will give immediate relief.  Apply the ointment as often as needed.  Make sure to use a cotton swab to keep from other areas getting infected.

Tenderness of the Mouth

When you get your braces, your mouth is not use to having this new appliance.  It may take a while for your mouth, cheeks, lips and tongue to get use to the new feeling.  Eating with your new braces can be irritating.  A small amount of relief wax will help by giving a cushion between your cheek and braces.  You can pinch off a small piece and roll it into a tiny ball.  Flatten the wax and place it completely over the area of braces that is causing the discomfort.  This trick will help make eating and talking so much easier and you will feel better in no time.  If you accidentally swallow the wax, do not worry because it is completely harmless. If the irritation does continue, please call Bellard Orthodontics.  You may need an adjustment to help out.

Noticeable Food Stuck Between Braces or Teeth

This is more of an embarrassment, or a bit of an uncomfortable situation, than it is an emergency. Fortunately, this is an easy fix with a piece of dental floss. A small knot tied in the middle of the dental floss will help with the removal of the food.  You may also use an interproxal brush or pick to help oust the food that is stuck between the teeth and braces.  Always remember to be careful not to hurt the gums or damage the braces.

If You Lose a Rubber or Wire Ligature to the Bracket

If a rubber ligature, which holds the wire to the bracket, should come off, you may be able to put it back in place using sterile tweezers. If it is a small wire ligature, you can simply remove the wire by using sterile tweezers.  There are times when the wire ligature sticks out and pokes into the lip.  You may simply bend the wire back with a cotton swab or pencil eraser.

Wire Pokes

There are times when the wire feels as if it slides out the back or out of the bracket.  This will cause your mouth to get irritated and be quite uncomfortable.  You can use a cotton swab or a pencil eraser to push the wire so it is flat against the tooth.  Occasionally the end of a wire will work itself out of place and irritate the patient’s mouth. If you cannot get to the wire because it is in a difficult position, use your relief wax to cover the wire.

If you cannot come in to our office anytime soon or the wire is extremely bothersome, give us a call so we may schedule an appointment to clip your wire.

What if I Have a Broken Bracket

Brackets are what holds the wires of the braces in place.  Brackets are strong and tough but if you eat hard, crunchy or sticky types of food, they can loosen and even come off the tooth.  If hit hard enough in the mouth, the same result could happen as well.  This is why it is best to avoid foods that are not friendly to braces and wear a mouth guard during any type of physical activity.

The best thing to do if a bracket breaks or comes loose is contact our office. Dr. Bellard will want to examine your mouth and decide the best approach to fix your bracket. If you are unable to get to our office right away, you can do a quick fix by using sterile tweezers to slide the bracket until it is between the teeth.  Turn the bracket back to the correct position and place it back on the center of the tooth.  Remember this is just a temporary fix.  It is best to see Dr. Bellard as soon as possible.

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