How To Leave A Lasting Impression With A Beautiful Smile

You’re probably no stranger to the idea that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. It’s a very popular phrase, after all! It’s hard to convey something like your true personality or your business credentials in those first few seconds, but a lasting impression is still made based on several verbal and nonverbal cues. This includes your outward appearance, the way you speak, your body language—and your smile! 

Your smile is actually one of the most important and influential tools you have at your disposal when meeting new people. A bright, confident smile can set a positive tone in almost any situation and leave others thinking fondly of you long after the occasion has passed. Keep reading below to learn more about why smiles are so important and how Grubaugh Orthodontics can help you transform yours! 

Smiling puts positivity out into the world

It’s an unfortunate truth that we subconsciously place quite a bit of weight on physical appearances when it comes to first impressions. This is part of something called “the halo effect,” which describes the way our brains like to attribute multiple positive qualities to a person based on us noticing just one positive quality. In other words, we tend to make up information about a person based on our own perception of them.

When it comes to smiles, teeth that are straight and clean are often perceived as an indicator of everything from success to trustworthiness. In fact, a perception study conducted by Kelton for Invisalign found that the alignment of a person’s teeth leads others to make assumptions about their popularity, intelligence, and overall health, among other things. With two-thirds of Americans likely to remember a beautiful smile, orthodontic treatment lets you use those snap judgments to your advantage!

Smiling increases your confidence

The impression your smile leaves on others is enough of a reason to work towards better oral health, but it can benefit you in other ways, too! Crooked teeth are harder to clean and floss effectively, and misalignment can cause a number of issues, including headaches and pain in the neck and jaw. But that’s not all—being self-conscious about your smile can also keep you from stepping too outside your comfort zone, something that’s necessary if you wish to be successful. 

Invisalign did a survey on this as well, and found that almost 80% of adult orthodontic patients said having a healthier smile gave them the confidence to do something they never would have done before! Feeling happy with the appearance of your smile can enable you to truly be yourself. 

Smiling can spread happiness

Humans are able to mimic facial expressions exceptionally well, even when we don’t realize we’re doing it. This behavior allows us to understand the person we’re communicating with and respond appropriately. It can also trigger a similar emotional state in those around us. Smiles really are contagious!

The University of Kansas demonstrated this in a study where subjects were given stressful tasks to complete. Some were told to smile during these tasks, while others were directed to maintain a straight face. Researchers measured the heart rates of all the participants, and the subjects were asked to self-report their stress levels as they performed the tasks.

Those who smiled throughout the tasks had lower heart rates, and their bodies showed an increased resistance to stress. They also reported feeling more positive overall than those who were told to keep a straight face. This is likely related to the endorphins that smiling produces in our body, but whatever the reason, it’s scientific proof of how powerful a smile can be!

A beautiful smile can make you more appealing 

A social psychologist by the name of Anne Beall set out to show how a smile can influence the way strangers view us. She showed over 500 people before-and-after images of cosmetic dental patients and asked them to assess certain characteristics based only on the pictures. Her study revealed that the “after” photos were consistently ranked as more

  • intelligent
  • wealthy
  • successful
  • attractive
  • friendly
  • interesting
  • kind
  • and happier 

than the “before” pictures of the same individuals! Because your smile so often speaks for you, it’s important to remember that it almost always has an audience—and that audience is constantly making subconscious notes about you based on what they see. When you present a confident, healthy smile to the world, it will give others exactly the right impression of you, whether you’re trying to land a promotion, an important contract, or a brand new job.

Leave an impression that lasts with a beautiful smile by Grubaugh Orthodontics

Here at Grubaugh Orthodontics, we know how important first impressions are and we want to help you leave a lasting one as well! We’re proud to offer our patients a variety of affordable treatment options to successfully correct a range of orthodontic issues, including metal braces, clear braces, Damon braces, and Invisalign clear aligners. 

Healthy smiles have been linked to improved moods, increased positivity, and the ability to connect with those around you more easily. Excellent oral health can also reduce stress levels and increase your chances of making a positive first impression that lingers long after you leave the room! 

If you’re in Dewitt, Lansing, or the surrounding areas, our talented team is here to help you achieve a confident smile that stands out from the crowd. If you’re ready to take the first step in your orthodontic journey, get in touch today to schedule a FREE virtual or in-office consultation with Dr. Grubaugh.

Am I Too Old For Braces?

If you’re like most people, when you hear about orthodontics, the first thing you think of is a teenager with a mouth full of metal braces. This common misconception may lead you to wonder “am I too old for braces?” While many orthodontic patients are, in fact, teens, treatment can have a multitude of benefits for patients of all ages, including adults! About 1 in every 5 current orthodontic patients is actually over the age of 18!

If you’ve spent your life being unsatisfied with your smile or worried about the way your teeth look and feel, now is the time to discover how orthodontics can help you. Here at Grubaugh Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer a variety of treatment options to correct a wide range of orthodontic issues, including:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Incorrect jaw positioning
  • And more!

You’re never too old to improve your oral health and straighten your smile! To find out more about what orthodontics really is and how it can help you improve your smile and your health, keep reading below.  

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialty in the field of dentistry. An orthodontist is a dentist who has undergone additional education and training in order to gain the expertise needed to successfully straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaws, and improve the overall function of the mouth. 

Generally speaking, orthodontists focus on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities. When issues such as these are left untreated, they can worsen over time, leading to less than desirable consequences. The wear and tear caused to the teeth, gum tissue, and bone may cause pain in the face and neck, headaches, and even difficulties with chewing or speaking. A trained and experienced orthodontist like Dr. Grubaugh will be able to identify, diagnose and treat these issues, improving both the function and appearance of your smile!

Why more adults are choosing orthodontic treatment than ever before

Oftentimes, as we get older, we learn more about our health, and how everything is connected, including our oral health. This can lead many adults to seek out dental or orthodontic treatment to better care for their mouth, teeth, and gums. 

It’s also common to see adults who started orthodontic treatment as a child or teen, but weren’t able to complete it. Touch-up treatment is also popular! Teeth that have previously been straightened can sometimes shift later in life, due to age, genetics, or improper use of retainers. In these cases, we can monitor the teeth, provide new retainers, or even retreat with braces or clear aligner therapy. 

Some adults have never explored orthodontic treatment, and are just looking to improve the cosmetic appearance of their smile. The boost in confidence and self-esteem that comes with a great smile can have many positive effects in a person’s life, both personally and professionally. 

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Orthodontic options for adult patients

No matter your reason for starting your orthodontic journey, the team at Grubaugh Orthodontics is here to support you along the way. You have more options than ever before and our expert team is ready to help you find the one that best suits your smile!

Metal braces

Here at Grubaugh Orthodontics, Dr. Grubaugh is excited to offer new, state of the art options for patients who choose metal braces for their orthodontic treatment. The Damon System is a scientifically-proven method of straightening teeth. This system uses a series of self-ligating brackets held in place by a built-in metal “door”. This completely wipes out the need for rubber bands and elastic ties, which can cause additional friction in the mouth. 

Another unique option for traditional braces treatment is Insignia Custom Braces. We believe that your smile is as unique as your fingerprint! The Insignia system is completely computerized and combines digital treatment planning with custom brackets and wires tailored to your individual dental anatomy. This means fewer office visits and exception comfort throughout your treatment! 

Clear braces

Otherwise known as ceramic or tooth-colored braces, or aesthetic braces, clear braces function much the same way as metal braces do, with the added benefit of being nearly invisible. Damon specifically designed brackets that are less-noticeable for patients who want a more discreet way to straighten their smile. 

Damon clear brackets are made from a crystalline material that’s clear, durable, and comfortable. These brackets won’t stain from food or drink, so you don’t have to worry about further limiting your snack options (other than the standard chewy and crunchy foods, of course!) Damon clear braces are an excellent option for patients of all ages, especially adults who are after a straight, healthy smile with subtle treatment.  

Invisalign clear aligner therapy

The Invisalign system consists of a series of clear, removable aligners that are custom designed for each individual patient to fit comfortably over the teeth. Much like traditional braces, these customized aligners gently move the teeth into the desired positions. To accomplish this, you’ll wear them 20-22 hours per day throughout the course of treatment, and replace them every 1-2 weeks for the next aligner in the series.

Invisalign offers patients a bit more freedom and flexibility than regular braces do. There are no food restrictions since aligners are easily removed when eating or drinking, and it’s easy to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy since you don’t have to work around wires and brackets. You simply remove the aligner, then brush and floss the way you normally would!

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Get the smile you deserve with Grubaugh Orthodontics

Here at Grubaugh Orthodontics, we believe that every patient deserves personal, individualized care. That’s why there’s no “one size fits all” treatment plan! Dr. Grubaugh is committed to giving every patient the attention they deserve and finding the treatment that’s best for your unique smile needs. 

Our skilled team is dedicated to providing the most up to date orthodontic techniques and technology for our patients of all ages in Dewitt, Lansing, and the surrounding communities. It’s our top priority to provide you with a positive, stress-free journey from your initial consultation to getting your braces off. You’re not just another face here, you’re family!

It’s never too late to get the smile you’ve always dreamed of! Take the first step today by calling us to schedule your initial consultation.

Debunking Myths About Adult Braces

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of orthodontic treatment? If you’re like most people, it’s probably a teenager wearing braces. While it’s true that many of our orthodontic patients are teens, treatment can actually be beneficial to patients of all ages! Whether you’re 7 or 70 there’s never a bad time to work on improving your smile. As a matter of fact, more adults than ever before are exploring orthodontics as a way to achieve a straighter, healthier smile. Today, about 1 in every 5 patients undergoing orthodontic treatment is over the age of 18. We’re debunking common myths about adult braces.

If you’ve spent years feeling self-conscious about your smile or how your teeth look or function, now is the perfect time to start your smile transformation. At Grubaugh Orthodontics, our goal is to give you the smile you deserve! We’re proud to offer multiple treatment options that can correct a wide range of orthodontic issues, including traditional braces. Today’s braces are more comfortable, efficient, and affordable than ever, but many patients still have their reservations about using them. This is oftentimes because of misconceptions formed in the past. 

If you’ve been looking into orthodontic treatment, but are hesitant to consider braces as an option, you’ve come to the right place! Keep reading below as we’re debunking some common myths about braces and highlight why they continue to be our most popular treatment option, year after year!

Myth #1: Braces are just for kids

This couldn’t be further from the truth! You’ve never too old to take advantage of all the benefits orthodontic treatment has to offer. The older we get, the more we begin to understand the ways our oral health is connected to our overall health. This leads many people to take better care of their teeth and gums, which may include seeking dental care or orthodontic treatment. 

Many adults have crooked teeth, over or underbites, incorrect jaw positioning or other issues that were never addressed as a child. Others are simply looking to improve their smile for cosmetic reasons. Whatever your reason for seeking treatment as an adult, braces can give you a straighter, more confident smile!

Myth #2: Braces will make be make you even more self-conscious about your smile

If you’re already feeling insecure about your teeth, the last thing you want is to draw even more attention to them! Many people are concerned that’s exactly what will happen if you get braces. However, thanks to modern technology, that’s no longer something to worry about! There are multiple treatment options available to adult patients that offer a subtle solution for your smile. For a complete smile makeover, Grubaugh Orthodontics offers the following options:

Traditional metal braces

Metal braces are consistently one of our most popular and efficient treatments. Typically made of high-quality stainless steel, modern metal braces are much more comfortable and lighter than they used to be. They’re also customizable, with a variety of fun colored bands to choose from to add a little personal flair to your smile! These braces deliver high-quality, long-lasting results, and are especially useful in cases that are more severe or complicated.

Clear braces

Also known as ceramic or tooth-colored braces, these function the same way metal braces do. However, they provide patients with the additional benefit of semi-translucent or tooth-colored ceramic brackets. Both options blend in well with your natural smile.  The brackets are about the same size and shape as metal braces, but much less noticeable. When paired with clear, white, or tooth-colored wires and elastic ties, they are an incredibly subtle way to straighten your smile. This makes them an especially attractive choice for our adult patients.

Invisalign clear aligner therapy

The Invisalign system consists of a series of removable plastic trays that fit over the teeth and gently move them into the desired positions over time. These customized aligners are replaced with the next in the series every 1-2 weeks to keep up with the movement of your teeth. Invisalign allows patients a bit more freedom and flexibility than fixed braces since the aligners can be removed when eating or drinking. It also makes maintaining an oral hygiene routine much simpler since patients brush and floss as they normally would.  

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Myth #3: Braces will be painful

Fortunately, with the help of modern orthodontic treatment, we’re able to move the teeth far more gently and effectively than in the past. Braces in general are more comfortable than they’ve ever been, and although you may occasionally experience a little discomfort as outlined below, these minor issues are usually easy to take care of with a little know-how and preparation. 

General mouth irritation

Non-specific irritation in your cheeks, lips, or gums isn’t uncommon over the course of your treatment. Orthodontic wax is an easy way to get some relief! First, dry the bracket or wire completely, then pinch off a small amount of wax and roll it into a ball. Flatten this ball and then gently but firmly place it over the source of irritation.

Protruding wires

Occasionally, a wire may come loose and irritate the inside of your mouth. This can be fixed with an ordinary pencil by using the eraser end to nudge it back against the teeth until it flattens out. You can also place a piece of orthodontic wax over the wire to reduce irritation and provide extra stability.

Loose brackets

Let us know as soon as possible if you find you have a loose bracket. This way, we can work together to determine what the best next steps would be for you and your treatment. If you feel comfortable, you can try sliding the bracket back along the wire to the center of the tooth until you can make it into the office. Place orthodontic wax over the bracket to add some extra stability. 

Tenderness in your mouth or gums

You may have some slight tenderness immediately after your braces are put on, or following adjustment appointments. A saltwater rinse is an excellent home remedy that can be beneficial for braces patients. To relieve soreness, mix one teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, then swish it around your mouth for about 30 seconds.

A warm washcloth or a warm heating pad placed on the outside of your jaw can also offer you some relief. Over-the-counter pain relievers are another useful remedy, just be sure to check with Dr. Grubaugh first!

Myth #4: Braces are too expensive

Since the benefits of orthodontic treatment can last a lifetime, the investment of time and finances is well worth it. Here at Grubaugh Orthodontics, you’ll never have to worry about any hidden costs. We won’t start any treatment without first going over the costs with you. During your free consultation, we’ll outline everything included in your treatment plan, including:

  • all appointments, including emergency visits
  • braces or aligners
  • retainers
  • post-treatment follow-up visits

Our treatment fees reflect our skillful technique, the quality of the technology we use, and the world-class service we provide to all our patients. We know what a big investment orthodontic treatment can be, and our office will work with you to find a payment option to fit your family’s budget! We offer no interest, in-office financing, and also accept cash, check, credit cards, debit cards, and automatic monthly payment options. If you have dental insurance that covers orthodontics, we will be happy to verify your orthodontic benefits and process your insurance forms for you.

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Get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted with braces by Grubaugh Orthodontics

No matter your age, braces are a great option for straightening your teeth and improving your oral health. By choosing an experienced orthodontist like Dr. Grubaugh, you can be certain you’re receiving only the best treatment for your unique smile! Our expert team will provide you with a rewarding orthodontic experience that’s positive and stress-free from your start to finish! If you’re ready to take the first step towards making your smile happen, get in touch with us today to schedule your FREE consultation.

Playing Sports With Braces

Tooth enamel is the toughest part of the body, stronger than even bone. That doesn’t mean it’s invincible, however! While every other type of tissue in our bodies can repair itself, our teeth are lacking the ability to do so. That means that any time a tooth or multiple teeth are damaged in any way, they’ll need to be repaired by a skilled dentist or orthodontist. Damages like this can not only alter your cosmetic appearance, but they may also lead to oral health issues that are painful or costly to repair. This can be even more upsetting if you’re wearing braces, since there’s an additional worry about damaging your appliance. 

This is a topic that comes up frequently with patients who play sports at school or within the community. Here at Grubaugh Orthodontics, we highly recommend orthodontic mouthguards for our athletic patients who are in braces. This is the easiest and best way to keep your teeth and braces protected while you’re living your best life on the court or the field! Some of our patients do choose to use a regular mouthguard instead, and this also provides some measure of protection for your mouth. 

Both of these mouthguards have their pros and cons, so let’s take a look at the differences between the two. We’ll also talk about when mouthguards should be worn, and give you a few tips on how to take care of the one you choose. Keep reading below to learn more!

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Regular mouthguard vs. orthodontic mouthguard

Mouthguards are the most effective method for protecting your smile while participating in sports. Whether you play in high-contact sports like football and basketball or light-contact sports like baseball and volleyball, we recommend that you wear a mouthguard even during warm-ups. 

While both regular and orthodontic mouthguards offer protection for a patient in braces, there are some important differences to be aware of. Regular mouthguards are thermoplastic, which means they are designed to heat up in the mouth and then mold around the teeth. If you wear braces, the material will mold around the brackets as well, which can be an issue for a few different reasons. If the molding fits too well around the brackets, the force of a blow can potentially knock the brackets right off the teeth, leading to a potential increase in treatment time and more orthodontic visits. 

This kind of molding doesn’t allow for movement of your teeth, either. Since this is what orthodontic treatment is actually working to achieve, a non-orthodontic mouthguard can work against your progress in this way. These mouthguards will also need to be replaced more often to keep up with the shifting of your teeth throughout the treatment process.  

Orthodontic mouthguards are designed differently. The material is a high-grade silicone that cushions the lips from bumping and rubbing against the teeth. This is an important feature, since it can be extremely painful to get your lip caught up in a bracket during a blow or a fall. This can cause swelling, and may even require help from Dr. Grubaugh to release it! 

Orthodontic mouthguards are built with these particular needs in mind. They protect the brackets on the teeth and soften any hit they make take. To make room for your braces, they are slightly larger than regular mouthguards. However, they are just as comfortable to wear. 

There are also over-the-counter mouthguards made specifically for athletes in braces that can be purchased online or in some sporting goods stores. These include well-known brands like ShockDoctor, Gladiator, and Vettex. Although these tend to be a bit pricier than regular mouthguards, we believe the extra cost is worth the additional  comfort and protection they provide. And while nothing can beat a customized orthodontic mouthguard, we would still recommend these over regular mouthguards (and a regular mouthguard over nothing at all!) 

When should mouthguards be worn?

If you wear braces and play a contact sport, a mouthguard should be worn at all times. That includes warming up, during practice, and throughout the game. Injuries can occur in the simplest of ways and are something to avoid at all costs. We recommended wearing a mouthguard just as frequently with non-contact sports, although obviously the risks are not as high if you fail to do so.

If you’re an Invisalign patient, consider taking your aligner out and replacing it with a tight-fitting mouthguard to protect your teeth better when you play. Aligners can fit a little more loosely than a mouthguard because they allow for the shifting of teeth into their correct positions. If aligners are removed, they should always be placed somewhere clean and safe, and put back in as soon as the practice or game is complete.  

How to care for your orthodontic mouthguard

Orthodontic mouthguards can last quite a long time if you’re careful with them. Because bacteria can easily grow on mouthguards, you should be vigilant about cleaning yours every time you take it out. We recommend using a soft toothbrush and toothpaste to gently clean the inner and outer surface. An antimicrobial solution can also be used for a bacteria-killing rinse. For a deep clean, you can leave your mouthguard soaking overnight in a glass of water with a denture cleaner tablet. Remember to always keep your mouthguard in a case when you’re not using it!

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Grubaugh Orthodontics is here to keep your smile safe!

Orthodontic mouthguards are the best way to ensure your teeth stay safe even when you’re participating in sports. There may be times when damage is unavoidable, however. If you do sustain any damage to your mouth, teeth, or braces, we encourage you to give Dr. Grubaugh a call as soon as possible so he can assess the situation and figure out what your next step should be.

Here at Grubaugh Orthodontics, we’re committed to helping you continue all your normal activities while you’re in braces, including athletics. To learn more about safely playing sports while wearing braces, get in touch with us anytime. We’d love to help you find an appropriate orthodontic mouthguard for your smile and your sport!

Types Of Braces

Here at Grubaugh Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer a wide range of treatment options to patients of all ages in our DeWitt and Lansing offices. Using the latest in orthodontic techniques along with innovative technology, Dr. Grubaugh can successfully treat a number of orthodontic issues, using a variety of treatment methods. This includes traditional braces, which have gone through quite a transformation over the years. Today’s braces are not only smaller and more aesthetically pleasing, they’re also able to shift the teeth more efficiently, leading to a better orthodontic experience altogether! 

If you’ve been exploring braces treatment recently, you may be wondering what options are available to you. During your initial consultation with Dr. Grubaugh, he’ll perform an orthodontic examination that will help him determine which treatment option is right for you, your smile, and your lifestyle.

In the meantime, let’s look at the types of braces we have available, how they differ, and how each one can give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted!

What you should know about traditional braces

As our most popular treatment option, braces are exceptionally good at fixing complex tooth issues. They can also work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other treatments might, which has the potential to shorten your treatment time. Because every case is different, treatment time with metal braces will vary from patient to patient. In general, however, the average can be anywhere from 18-36 months. Fortunately, signs of improvement can often be seen in a short period of time, which can be encouraging as you’re getting used to your new appliance. 

The maintenance involved with traditional braces can be a little tricky in the beginning, but it gets easier over time. A good dental hygiene routine is essential for oral health, particularly during orthodontic treatment. There are a number of accessories designed to make cleaning braces easier, such as water piks to help rinse any hard to reach areas and ortho picks to assist with flossing. We recommend brushing twice a day for at least two minutes each time, and flossing every night before bed.

Some foods will need to be avoided while wearing braces in order to protect them, including anything sticky or crunchy since these can damage the brackets and wires. This won’t last forever, though, and will all be worth it once your braces come off and you see your beautiful new smile!

Patients in braces can expect follow-up visits with us every 4-8 weeks or so throughout the treatment process. During these appointments, Dr. Grubaugh will change the bands that are attached to the brackets, and may replace the wire as well. These check-ups tend to be fairly quick, so you should be able to get back to school or work in no time at all! While there may be some residual soreness after each adjustment, it should be slight and short-lived. These visits are a very important part of the overall treatment plan and help us ensure the best results in the least amount of time. We ask that you do your best not to miss them!

Metal braces

These are the most widely used type of fixed orthodontic appliance, and are typically made of a mix of high-grade stainless steel, nickel, and other metals. These braces consist of bands that wrap around the back molars, with smaller metal brackets cemented to the front surfaces of the other teeth. The archwire is made of thin, springy metal, and runs through the brackets. It’s fixed to the brackets by flexible elastics, metal ties, or another type of clasp. These components apply gentle pressure that moves the teeth into more optimal positions over time.

Metal braces are reliable, effective, and economical. Not only that, but braces today are smaller, lighter, and more comfortable to wear than ever before. They can even be personalized by choosing from differently colored elastics, for patients who love to show off their personality!

Insignia digitally designed custom braces 

Insignia custom braces combine digital treatment with custom brackets and wires that are tailored to each patient’s specific dental anatomy. This allows for precise, predictable, and optimal results. With Insignia’s 3D software, Dr. Grubaugh can even see the end result before treatment begins! It also allows him to view with pinpoint accuracy the curvature and width of the best smile for each individual patient’s facial features and proportions. Unlike off-the-shelf braces and wires, a treatment plan that has been developed with Insignia involves the kind of meticulous detail that provides fast, accurate, and predictable results.

Damon self-ligating braces

The Damon System is a scientifically proven approach to orthodontic treatment where each bracket is self-ligating. This means it has a built-in door that holds the wire passively to the bracket, eliminating the need for additional attachments like ligature or elastic rubber o-ties, and decreasing the amount of force required to move the teeth. This can minimize the need for extractions of permanent teeth, headgear, or high force palatal expanders. 

Damon braces are very precise and effective, and because they work more efficiently, fewer adjustments are required. As a result, appointments tend to be faster and fewer in number. The unique design also moves teeth into their correct positions with less discomfort than traditional braces. Damon smiles are fuller, more natural, and achievable with lighter forces specifically designed to improve the overall result for each patient.

Damon also has a specifically designed bracket for patients who want Damon results but with less noticeable brackets. Damon Clear brackets are manufactured from a crystalline material, and they are clear, durable, and comfortable, as well as stain-resistant!

Find the perfect braces for your smile at Grubaugh Orthodontics

Every smile is unique, and what works for one patient may not be a good choice for another. That’s why Dr. Grubaugh creates a customized treatment plan for every patient he sees! If you’re in DeWitt, Lansing, or the surrounding communities, we’d love to meet you and talk more about how braces can give you a healthier, straighter smile. Get in touch today to schedule your FREE consultation!

2020 Patient Appreciation Party Onward Movie

2020 Patient Appreciation Party Disney Pixar’s – Onward.
Registration is now open for our Onward Movie Party.

Patients need to register by Sunday, March 1st. Send an email with patient name and number of tickets to: [email protected]

See you at the movies!

 

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Goodbye, 2019…Hello, 2020!

Goodbye 2019…Hello 2020! 2020 is almost here, and if you’re anything like us, you’re probably wondering how on earth 2019 is about to be over! It was an exciting year for us here at Grubaugh Orthodontics, as we continued to provide beautiful smiles for patients of all ages in Lansing, Dewitt, and the surrounding communities. We’ve enjoyed meeting many new patients and working with our existing ones, and we continue to be amazed by our wonderful team who always go the extra mile for our patients—and each other! 

Throughout the year, we’ve continued to participate in various forms of training so that our team is equipped to give you the best care possible, across the board. We’ve also been working hard to engage our patients and followers on social media in fun new ways. Going into 2020, we’ll be doing more of the same, and hope to add more creative in-office activities to our schedule as well. Stay tuned so you don’t miss out on any of it!

We think this is the perfect time to reflect on the past year, and to set new and exciting goals for the upcoming one, too. Whether you’re brand new to treatment or nearing the end of your orthodontic journey, we want to encourage you to share more of your smile with the world in 2020. Take a look at just a few of the reasons why you should consider your grin as a gift that keeps giving as we head into a brand new year! 

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Smiling is contagious

Numerous studies have shown that people have a difficult time maintaining a frown if someone smiles at them. Many can’t help but smile in return! Start a smile revolution and make it a habit now to smile more often at your family, friends, and even strangers throughout the upcoming year.

Smiles are stress relievers

When we smile, our bodies release endorphins that reduce stress and enhance our mood. This can take your from frustrated to feeling good in no time! If 2020 gets you down, try smiling even if you aren’t feeling like it and notice how quickly it can turn things around. 


Smiling takes less effort than a frown

Did you know that it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile? That means you actually have to put extra effort into maintaining a frown! Turn your frown upside down in 2020 and give your face a break by smiling more often.


Smiling boosts your immune system

Some scientific studies have shown that smiling relaxes your body, helping to improve your immune system and contribute to overall good health. Nobody wants to use all their sick days, so smile more in the upcoming year and help your body fight off illness. 

Smiling can increase your chances of promotion

It’s true! People who smile at work more often appear more social and confident than those who do not. This can lead to better job opportunities, including promotions. If you’re a professional aiming for the next rung on the ladder, start smiling more in the new year. You never know who’s watching!

Your smile is your most memorable feature

More people will remember your smile than any other feature. In fact, smiles are our most recognizable facial expression. A smile can even be recognized from up to 300 feet away! Make your mark while you’re out and about by flashing a big grin more often.

Add a few extra years to your life by smiling more

Remember what we said about how smiling boosts your immune system? One big benefit of that is a longer lifespan! Scientists believe that people who smile often tend to live about seven years longer on average than those who do not. Give yourself more time to do the things you love by smiling more every day in 2020! 

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Let your smile shine in 2020 with Grubaugh Orthodontics

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The Best Foods For Braces

Here at Grubaugh Orthodontics, we want to provide you with an orthodontic experience that’s positive, stress-free, and rewarding. That begins with your first visit and continues through your last one–and beyond! Choosing to improve your smile with braces is a big decision, and like any new experience, it can take a while to adjust. There are quite a few changes that come with orthodontic treatment, after all, particularly if you’re wearing braces. While most of these changes are relatively minor, a few take some getting used to, like food restrictions and eating the best foods for braces.   

The food restrictions that come with braces can be a pretty significant learning curve, but they’re necessary in order to protect your appliance during treatment. Although all the frustration is worth it once we remove your braces and reveal your new smile, we also want to help you make the most of your treatment between now and then! Below we’ll take a look at each of the basic food groups to see what’s orthodontist-approved and what you should be avoiding. Keep reading to learn more!

Vegetables

Vegetables provide us with vitamins and minerals that are essential for optimal health, and you should aim to consume 1-2 cups of them each day. Although they’re an important part of any healthy diet, the way you eat vegetables will change somewhat while you’re in braces.

Hard veggies like carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli are tough to bite into when they’re raw. Eating them this way can be tough to do with braces, and runs the risk of damaging or popping a bracket right off the tooth. If you want to eat raw vegetables, be sure to cut them into bite-sized pieces that can be chewed with your back teeth. 

Cooking, boiling, and steaming softens vegetables, so there’s no real limitations on cooked veggies! One exception is corn on the cob. The kernels should be removed from the cob before attempting to eat them. 

Fruit

Like vegetables, fruit is fundamental to good health, but how you choose to eat can be a challenge when you’re wearing braces. Hard fruit like apples are difficult to bite into, for example, thanks to the brackets on your teeth. Unripe pears and peaches that are still firm pose the same problem. If you want to eat raw fruit like this, cut them into bite-sized pieces and chew them thoroughly with the back teeth. 

Soft fruits are easy to eat at any stage of the orthodontic process! They can be especially useful after an adjustment appointment, when your teeth and gums may feel slightly sore. Bananas, blueberries, and strawberries are great choices for days when your mouth is tender.  

Grains

Grains provide us with fiber, iron, and many other important nutrients. They’re a pretty easy food group for braces patients since most grain products are very soft and easy to chew. There are a few exceptions, however! Steer clear of hard crusted bread, like bagels and french loaves, as these are hard to bite into with braces. While you can soften the bread by warming it, you should still break it into small pieces before consuming to keep your brackets safe.  

Unground whole grains can also be challenging for you because they can get stuck in between the brackets, attachments, and your teeth. These can be difficult to remove, so you should avoid all small seeds and whole grains until your treatment is complete. 

The Best Foods For Braces

Dairy

A diet rich in calcium helps keep your bones and teeth strong, and dairy products provide us with not only calcium, but also vitamin D, potassium, and even protein. Because most dairy products are soft and require very little chewing, they’re a great choice for patients in braces! 

Milk, cheese, and yogurt taste good and help meet your nutritional needs if your teeth and gums are sore or tender. If you’re lactose intolerant, there are now multiple plant-based options available that provide many of the same benefits. It’s worth noting that soft cheeses can sometimes get stuck between your brackets and wires. To avoid this, cut it into small pieces or purchase a cheese string product that can be easily peeled apart.

Meat, fish, and eggs

Meat supplies our bodies with protein and iron, but can pose a problem if you’re wearing braces. That’s because most meat is fibrous, which makes it difficult to vhew. Stringy meat can stick in the braces or between the teeth, and tough cuts can be so difficult to chew that they loosen the bands. Eating meat right from the bone, like chicken wings and ribs, is also a no-no as your run the risk of popping off a bracket.

When choosing meat, go for lean, tender cuts and make sure each piece is bite-sized. Remove meat from the bone before eating it, too. Your best options when it comes to meat are fish, chicken, and lean beef or pork. If you’re a vegetarian, you have options! Tofu is actually an excellent food, since it’s soft and has lots of nutrients, and eggs are a wonderful addition to any diet. Not only are they great for your body, but you can cook them in a variety of ways that are safe for braces.

Nuts and Seeds

In general, you’re going to want to avoid any raw nuts and seeds in order to keep your braces secure and fully functioning. Nuts and seeds are hard, and also very small, which are challenging aspects for anyone in braces. Biting down on a hard nut or seed can break a band or even a whole bracket! Nuts and seeds can also bend your wires, which can set your treatment plan back. If you really want to incorporate these into your diet, do so by choosing a spread like peanut or almond better. Carefully ground nuts and seeds can be used as a topping for oatmeal or yogurt. 

A note on candy

It’s definitely not a food group, but we all love it, anyway: CANDY. Unfortunately, the sweet stuff can be damaging to your braces, and to the surface of your teeth as well. Anything sticky can adhere to the brackets and bands, hard candy can break them off, and gummy candy can bend your wires or get stuck in your appliance. It’s best overall to avoid candy during treatment, especially since your teeth are more vulnerable to decay while you’re in braces. But if you really want to indulge, stick to soft chocolate bars in “fun” sizes. 

The Best Foods For Braces

Choosing a healthy, braces-friendly diet with Grubaugh Orthodontics

Eating with braces doesn’t have to be boring or a chore! Once you know what you can and can’t eat with braces, you can choose from a wide variety of braces-friendly foods. Remember, eating a healthy diet during orthodontic treatment is an important part of the treatment process, too! 

If you want more information on how to choose and prepare foods that are good for you and your braces, our team is always here to help. Get in touch with us today and let’s get started on giving you a smile you’ll want to share with everyone around you!