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Yellowing Teeth Can be Prevented

July 17th, 2017

Your teeth have enamel on them which contains mircoscopic pits and ridges.  These pits and ridges can hold particles of food and drink. Food or drinks that have dark pigment are more likely to leave a yellowish hue on your teeth.    The following information will help you to steer clear of those types of food/drinks and provide ways to help whiten your teeth:

Foods that lead to yellowing of your teeth are:

-Coffee and Tea: contain tannins (acidic polyphenols) that lead to staining and discoloration

-Citrus and Acidic:  foods like lemons or tomatoes can erode the enamel, leading to exposing the yellow-hued dentin (the tissue beneath the enamel made up of mostly calcium and phosphate crystals)

-Sweets and Soda:  these latch onto your teeth and are the meal for your bacteria in your mouth.  When the bacteria eats, it release acids that lead to tooth decay and the darkening of your teeth

Staying away from foods that cause yellowing of your teeth is a good way to stop staining from happening.   If you find this is just too hard, then here are some helpful tips to keep your “pearly whites” white:

-Eating raw fruits and vegetables, like strawberries.  These contain natural fibers that can help clean your teeth by breaking down bacteria.

-Going to your dentist for your bi-annual cleanings can help as well.  Your dentist or dental hygienist can remove some of the stains during a cleaning.

-Here at our office, we have custom whitening kits that you can take home.   First, set up an appointment with us and we will make impressions of your teeth.  From the impressions, we make custom trays that will allow you to bleach your teeth at home.

-Keeping up with good oral hygiene is also a great way to keep stains at bay. Brushing and rinsing right after eating foods that can cause staining is also helpful.

Having yellow teeth can affect one’s confidence.  Here at  Lineberry Orthodontics we want to help you, whether its with straightening or whitening.  We are here for you and want to help build your perfect smile.

What Makes Our Practice Unique?

June 29th, 2017

WHAT MAKES our orthodontic practice special? We believe a great practice is about the quality of patient care, not the quantity. Our orthodontist loves her job and loves her patients even more. We have the most amazing staff who work hard to make all our patients feel part of our Ortho Family. We believe that giving people new smiles is a team effort and we want to be there every step of the way.

Our practice is unique because we have the only female orthodontist in the state of Idaho, Dr. Laura. She is dedicated to her patients and works very hard for them. Dr. Laura loves what she does and has a passion for helping her patients achieve a perfect smile! She has been an orthodontist for more than 19 years and she's enjoyed every minute of it! She has built her practice from the ground up and worked hard to maintain a good relationship with her patients and the dental community.

Dr. Laura also became the first orthodontist in the state of Idaho to reach "Elite" statues for Invisalign. She also is a preferred provider of Invisalign Teen. This accomplishment places Dr. Laura in an elite group to which only the top 5% of all Orthodontists in North America belong. She also keeps up with all new changes with in the orthodontic community by traveling to continuing education meetings. It's important to her to keep up with the fast paced changes so that she can provide the best care for you and your family.

She's spent much of her time involved in community programs like: Optimist Youth Football Team Sponsor, 2003 to present(for two teams), Give Kids a Smile Coordinator/Chairman 2004, Elmore county Rotary- Vice President 2008-2009, President-Elect 2009-2010, President 2010-2011, Board of Directors 2011-2012, and has dedicated a lot of time and resources to Ride for Joy, an non-profit providing therapeutic horseback riding to children with disabilities. She is known for successfully treating kids with special needs, as her own daughter has Autism. She also worked from November 1998 to June 2008 with St. Luke's Cleft Lip/Craniofacial Team in Boise, Idaho. While being a part of this team she managed Patients with Cleft Lip and Palate deformities; as well as Craniofacial Syndromes/Anomalies.

Dr. Laura makes our practice unique because of who she is in her core. She is kind, hard working and most of all generous to those around her. Come meet Dr. Laura and have her be your family’s orthodontist. It’s a decision we know you’ll be happy with. We’ve got your smile!

Try Something New This Summer!

June 8th, 2017

SUMMER promises a tan and endless fun in the sun! Summer brings you hope for new beginnings and the best time with your friends and family. We sometimes don't always have an idea of what to do with all our summer free time! Our team here at Lineberry Orthodontics would like to help with that by providing some summer fun ideas! These ideas are family-friendly and are safe for everyone to participate in. Many of our ideas are geared toward the outdoors, but will include indoor suggestions for those days that are just too hot! Don't forget to wear your sunscreen and drink plenty of water.

Before you sit on your couch for the whole summer, read through our list of ideas first!

* Dr. Laura loves strolling downtown through the Saturday market. As well as taking her kiddos to the movie night at Settlers Park in Meridian on Friday nights.

* David's favorite thing to do during the summer is to ride his UTV in McCall.

* Amanda loves to paddle board at Quinn's pond and take her cousins to Roaring springs and Wahoozs.

* Chelse and Rayo enjoy spending time by the water.

* Amy likes to river rafting, boating, and camping

* Diane also likes to go camping.

We also looked up some fun summer things to do in Boise as well.
* The Boise zoo is a great place to hangout with the whole family.

* Floating the Boise River is also great fun, of course when its not at flood level.

* The Old Idaho Penitentiary is a great way to stay in the sun and learn about Idaho history.

* The Discovery Center offers a fun and exciting learning environment for all ages.

* Touring the Idaho State Capital keeps you in doors, but its so worth it to see where our state decisions are made!

Its not always easy to stay hydrated during the summer or to put sunscreen on regularly. We've all been dehydrated and burnt like a crispy potato chip. Lets work together to stay hydrated and protect our skin this summer.

Tips for staying hydrated:
1. Always carry a water bottle with you wherever you go. This is a good way to remind yourself to continually drink water throughout the day.
2. When you're feeling frazzled or hazy, grab a glass of cold water instead of caffeine. Studies show that people instantly feel more alert after drinking H2O. It's a simple, healthy way to snap out of a midday slump.
3. Drink a cup of herbal tea in the morning - it tastes delicious and is less dehydrating then coffee.
4. Eat a diet rich in whole foods. By eating water-rich foods like vegetables, fruits, and yogurt, you'll automatically increase your fluid intake. On the other hand, processed snack foods like chips, crackers, and baked goods have minimal water content.

Why sunscreen is a MUST in the summer:
1. Sunscreen decreases the risk of skin cancer. This is especially true of the deadliest form of skin cancer, Melanoma.
2. Keeps your skin looking younger because its not being exposed to ultraviolet sun rays.
3. Along with other precautions, sunscreen can help prevent heatstroke and heat exhaustion.

We hope that some of our fun ideas will help with your summer planning. We want to know what you have planned for your summer. Please share your plans with us in the comment area below or on our Facebook page! Stay safe this summer and don't forget to have fun, no matter the season!

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Our Team’s Favorite Braces-Friendly Snacks

June 1st, 2017

EVERYONE KNOWS that snack time is one of the best times of the day! Getting a tasty treat in the middle of the workday or grabbing a snack after school can be just the pick-me-up you need to tackle the rest of your day with a smile. We all have our favorite go to snacks but that all changes when you get braces. That whole apple you’d get so excited to eat no longer has the same appeal, when your teeth are covered in metal. Certain snacks become harder to eat and that's not always the best feeling! We want to offer you some fun brace's friendly snacks that can make snack time even better.

Before you reach for chips or chocolates, we have a few braces-friendly suggestions! Today we want to share our team’s favorite snacks that benefit your smile and keep your orthodontic treatment on track.

Our Braces-Friendly Snack Picks

From Dr. Laura: Frozen Tart Yogurt with fresh blueberries!
From David Philips: Cheesecake
From Chelse Gorringe: Cottage cheese with crushed pineapple, caprese salad (mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil)
From Amy McReynolds: Watermelon and cantaloupe
From Kelli Crocker: Pepperoni and cheese with Ritz crackers, puff corn

In addition to trying out our favorite snacks, keep these tips in mind when planning snacks that benefit your oral health:

Eat More of These

Leafy Greens: Dark, leafy greens like kale, spinach, and collard greens have calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, and magnesium; all essential for healthy teeth and gums.
Cheese, Milk, and Yogurt: Dairy is a delicious source of calcium, which supports strong bones and teeth.
Kiwi, Oranges, And Other Vitamin-C-Rich Foods: Vitamin C boosts your body’s ability to fight infection that causes gum disease.

Eat Less of These

Soda and Energy Drinks: These acidic, sugary drinks attack and gradually deteriorate your protective tooth enamel.
Sticky Candy, Gummies, and Dried Fruit: These foods stick in your teeth and continue to bathe your teeth in sugar for hours after eating.
Highly Processed Carbs: This includes crackers, white bread, and pastries, which feed decay-causing bacteria in your mouth.

It can be hard to stay away from things you love, especial if they aren't the best for you or your teeth. Below there are some links to some healthy easy recipes that taste amazing.

Now that we’ve shared our favorite healthy snacks, we want to hear from YOU! If you have any healthy recipes you make at home, share them in the comments below or on our Facebook page! We’d love to see what kinds of creative snack ideas you’ve come up with.

Thank you for CHEW-sing our practice!


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