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!

Playing Sports With Braces

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!

Playing Sports With Braces

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!

 

2020 Patient Party - Onward Movie

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! 

Goodbye, 2019…Hello, 2020!

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! 

Goodbye, 2019…Hello, 2020!

Let your smile shine in 2020 with Grubaugh Orthodontics

At Grubaugh Orthodontics, we’re all about helping you feel confident and secure in your smile in 2020! Whether you’re already in braces or aligners, or you just want to learn more about how orthodontic treatment could improve your smile, our talented team is here to help. Need a New Year’s resolution you can keep? Call us today to schedule a FREE consultation and take the first step towards the smile you’ve always wanted!

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!

Top Tips For Going Back To School With Braces

Now that the summer’s almost over and kids are heading back to school, it’s the perfect time to talk about caring for braces inside the classroom and out. This is especially useful information for children and teens who are returning to school for the first time since starting orthodontic treatment. Just like any new adventure, traditional braces come with their own set of challenges, but Grubaugh Orthodontics is here to help make that transition a little easier! Keep reading below for a few of our top tips if you have a child heading back to school in braces.

Stay aware and prepared with a braces kit

All of our braces patients who are also students benefit from keeping a basic care kit in their purse, backpack, or locker. For those new to the treatment process, this kit can help them feel prepared and ready to handle any minor issues that might pop up during the school day. Some things we recommend including in the kit are:

  • a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • fluoride toothpaste
  • dental floss
  • orthodontic wax
  • lip balm
  • an unsharpened pencil

The items included in a braces kit can be helpful in a number of ways. Brackets and wires create nooks and crannies that can trap food particles and other debris, so we encourage brushing after lunch, with a quick floss added if there is time.

Occasional mild irritation inside the lips, cheeks, and along the gum line isn’t unusual for braces patients.  A pea-sized amount of orthodontic wax placed over the area causing problems can be an excellent way to reduce irritation and find some relief.

If a wire comes loose and is poking the gums or cheek, the eraser end of a pencil can be used to nudge them back into place. Orthodontic wax can then be placed over the area for further stability.

Braces will often cause or exacerbate lip dryness. For this reason, we view chapstick or lip balm as a must-have accessory for braces patients all year long.  

Dr. Grubaugh talking to patient-2

Stick to the treatment plan

Whether a patient is at school, home, or anywhere in between, the same rules apply. This is especially important when it comes to food restrictions, which can be one of the biggest learning curves to come with braces. School can make it even harder for kids to choose lunches and snacks that are safe for braces! It’s easy enough to manage food restrictions at home when parents are in charge of buying groceries, but it can be a bit more difficult if a patient prefers school lunches or has regular access to a vending machine.

To keep orthodontic treatment on track, we encourage parents to check the school’s lunch menu every week for options that are braces-friendly. Examples of this would be popular foods like lean meat, mashed potatoes, spaghetti, mac and cheese, and cooked vegetables. For picky eaters, packing a lunch can simplify life for both the patient and the parent sometimes! Pasta, soups, and other soft options are great options for kids who have a Thermos, while sandwiches can be cut into smaller bites the night before for easier chewing. This can be especially helpful after adjustment appointments.

Even though braces patients need to avoid foods like pretzels, chips, and some raw fruits and veggies, there are still plenty of healthy options available, such as applesauce, yogurt, cheese strings, and bananas. These are gentle on braces, and will also help keep kids feeling full and satisfied throughout the school day.

Food isn’t the only lunchtime consideration, since what a child chooses to drink at school also affects their oral health. Drinking from a water bottle throughout the day keeps kids hydrated and washes food particles away from the teeth and braces, too. Stick to plain water, though, and skip any soda or fruit juices. These liquids can stain the teeth and increase the risk for cavities. For the times when a sweet drink is all that will do, use a straw to keep the sugar away from the teeth, and brush as soon as possible.  

Be safe

For student athletes or children who have regular P.E. classes, an orthodontic mouthguard is recommended. A properly fitted orthodontic mouthguard is designed to be worn with braces, and will protect braces from damage and a child’s mouth from injury during sports and other physical activities. Orthodontic mouth guards are usually available at major sporting goods stores, along with non-orthodontic models. Dr. Grubaugh is also happy to recommend or order one for patients and parents who would rather go through our office instead.

Dr. Grubaugh with a patient

Send students back to school with a smile from Grubaugh Orthodontics

It’s not unusual for kids going back to school with new braces to feel nervous, especially if they aren’t sure what to expect. Even patients who have been in braces for a while can struggle with a little anxiety at first! Thankfully, braces will become just another part of a child’s daily routine in almost no time at all. At Grubaugh Orthodontics, we work hard to make every patient’s orthodontic journey a positive experience. If you’d like more information on how to navigate the new school year while wearing braces, our expert team is here to help! We believe that every child deserves a straight-A smile, and are proud to help your child achieve exactly that.

Enter to Win $1000 for Your School!

Did a teacher from your school (or a school you support) receive a One Class at a Time $250 Award from Grubaugh Orthodontics during the 2018-2019 school year? 

If yes, your school is eligible to WIN the One Class at a Time Grand Prize! (See the list of eligible schools below.)

Vote using the link below for the teacher that you believe used their $250 award the best.  The school with the most votes will WIN $1000 to use for any academic purpose.  

Begin voting by clicking this link and then clicking on the video of your school.

 

Rules

Voting is open until August 31st at 10:00 PM EST.  One vote per person, per day.  

The $1000 prize will be gifted to the winning school in early September.  Thank you for your participation & good luck!

 

List of Schools

Below is a list of schools (27 total) with a teacher who applied for and received a One Class at a Time Award during the 2018-2019 school year and eligible to win the $1,000 prize:

Clinton County 

  • Bath Middle School
  • David Scott Elementary (DeWitt Public)
  • EE Knight Elementary (Ovid-Elise Public)
  • Gateway North Elementary (St. Johns Public)   
  • Herbison Woods Elementary (DeWitt Public) 
  • Pewamo-Westphalia Elementary School 
  • Riley Elementary (St. Johns Public)
  • St. Joseph Catholic School – St. Johns
  • Waldron Elementary & Middle School (Fowler Public)

Eaton County

  • Eaton Rapids Middle School
  • Hayes Middle School (Grand Ledge Public)
  • Our Savior Lutheran School
  • Potterville High School
  • St. Gerard School
  • Wacousta Elementary (Grand Ledge Public)
  • Waverly Middle School 
  • Willow Ridge Elementary (Grand Ledge Public)
  • Winans Elementary (Waverly Public) 

Ingham County

  • Gardner International (Lansing Public)
  • Horizon Elementary (Holt Public)
  • Hope Middle School (Holt Public)
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Schools
  • Lansing Christian School
  • Lewton Global Emersion School (Lansing Public)
  • Murphy Elementary (Haslett Public)
  • Ralya Elementary School (Haslett Public)
  • Whitehills Elementary (East Lansing Public)

Dr. Grubaugh’s 4 Favorite Summer Events

It feels like it just started yesterday, yet summer is flying by already. It’ll be time for school to start back before we know it, but there’s still plenty of time to have a fun-filled adventure or two before then! Fortunately, Lansing has no shortage of exciting opportunities to get you and your family out and about, enjoying everything our city has to offer in the warmer months. Dr. Grubaugh has put together a list of things he’s most looking forward to doing this summer. Take a look below and let us know if there’s anything major we missed!

Old Town art festival

Old Town Art Feast

1232 Turner Street

Lansing, MI 48906 

08/17/2019

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Old Town is the place to be in August if you’re looking for awesome local art, shopping, food, and fun! The Art Feast combines local art with delicious treats, showcasing dozens of art vendors along Turner Street with a mouth-watering food truck rally in the afternoon. If that’s not enough to tempt you, there will be sidewalk sales and special performances associated with the Renegade Theatre Festival. Enjoy theater and live music along with the handmade crafts on display for an afternoon of all-around artistic goodness! 

Dewitt farmer's market

DeWitt’s Downtown Farmers Market

414 E W Main St

Dewitt, MI 48820

Tuesdays from June 4th – October 8th 

4 p.m. – 7 p.m

Dr. Grubaugh loves the Market so much that Grubaugh Orthodontics sponsors it! Bring the whole family to browse what’s on offer from numerous Mid-Michigan vendors and producers. You’ll find a wide variety of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, delicious baked goods, specialty gourmet foods, local honey and maple syrups, jellies, poultry, beef, pork, rabbit, flavorful fresh herbs, and farm-fresh eggs. If that’s not enough, there will be seasonal garden plants and plant starts available, as well as handcrafted items from local artists. Several vendors offer ready-made food so you can eat on the go, and there is live weekly music, too. 

The first Tuesday of every month is Kid’s Activity Day, and the theme this year is Real Life SuperHEROES.

June 4: Police and Firefighters

July 2: Military

August 6: Farmers

September 3: Teachers

October 1: Dress-up as your favorite SuperHERO and trick or treat at the Market

There will be several other special events at the Market throughout the season, including the annual Bike Parade on July 2 and a pumpkin decorating contest on October 8. The Market operates rain or shine, so be sure to swing by this summer to enjoy everything it has to offer! 

Minty at the mint festival

St. Johns Mint Festival

Clinton County Fairgrounds

800 W Sickles St

St Johns, MI 48879

August 9-11, 2019

Dr. Grubaugh attended this festival every year growing up, and it’s still one of the things he looks forward to the most every summer. The St. Johns Mint Festival is held the second weekend of August every year, and provides tons of fun for the entire family!  Over 75,000 people explore arts and crafts, a flea market, antiques and collectibles, softball, basketball and tennis tournaments, tractor pulls, and children’s activities spread across the city park and county fairgrounds. There’s also free daily entertainment, the Mint Queen Pageant, and lots of mint-themed information and foods. Don’t miss the Grand Mint Parade on Saturday, and make sure you get a scoop of Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream to cool you down while you walk around!

The Blue Moon Ice Cream Shop

9448 E M-21

Ovid, MI 48866 

Dr. Grubaugh’s favorite ice cream shop is only open in the summer, so make a special effort to try it out before it’s gone for another year! This is a hot spot in the warmer months, so it stays pretty packed, but don’t let the long lines discourage you – they move fast. Sometimes they showcase local musicians outdoor under their pavilion, and you can score sweet deals on 3-gallon tubs of their ice cream at the end of the summer to get you through the long Michigan winter. 

Speaking of ice cream…Blue Moon features over 100 flavors and combinations in premium hand-dipped, premium soft serve, and frozen yogurt! Pick your favorite and enjoy it in a homemade waffle cone, shake, malt, flurry, sundae, or enjoy a slushie or glacier with homemade popping bobas. If you’re in the mood for something more substantial, they offer hot dogs, chili dogs, brats, Polish and BBQ sandwiches, and even fried pickles and green beans!

Keep your child’s smile in shape this summer

Whatever you’ve got on the calendar this summer, we want our orthodontic patients to have fun without losing sight of their treatment plan. That means keeping up with caring for their braces or aligners so that treatment isn’t interrupted – even if your regular routine is!

To help your child get through the summer with their braces and treatment schedule intact, we offer a few helpful recommendations like:

  • Keep an orthodontic kit with you for braces care on the go, and include a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and a little orthodontic wax
  • Put our phone numbers and email address in your phone or write it down somewhere, so we can walk you through any unexpected emergencies that may occur while you’re out and about
  • If your child is in braces, make sure they stick to treats that are orthodontist-approved, and avoid offering anything that’s too crunchy or chewy
  • Be sure your child’s dental hygiene routine is maintained and that they are brushing at least twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing every night before bed

By following the tips we’ve outlined above, you can make the most of the summer without sacrificing your child’s smile! Don’t forget that you can always count on our talented team for expert support and advice if you ever have any questions or concerns, too. Grubaugh Orthodontics is here to help your child achieve a healthy smile this summer – and the rest of the year, too!