Halloween – Some Tips For Orthodontic Patients

Halloween Houston TXHalloween was also known as All Hallows’ Eve in some circles. It goes as far back as about 2,000 years to a pre-Christian Celtic festival held around Nov. 1 called Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”), which means “summer’s end” in the Gaelic language.

Halloween costumes and the tradition of “dressing up” may go back to a time when people would disguise themselves and go door-to-door, asking for food. Early costumes were usually disguises, often woven out of straw and there were times when people wore costumes to perform in plays or skits to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve.

Trick-or-treating didn’t start in the United States until World War II. However, Halloween was as much a time for festivities and games as it was for playing tricks or asking for treats. Apples are associated with Halloween, both as a treat and in the game of bobbing for apples, a game that since the colonial era in America was used for fortune-telling.

Halloween is a fun time of year for kids of all ages… but for orthodontic patients it can be a “nightmare” waiting to happen if braces are being damaged from eating the wrong treats. Watch this video put out a few years ago by the American Association of Orthodontists with additional “Halloween Brace Tips” for consumers that still very much apply today!Read more on Halloween – Some Tips For Orthodontic Patients…

Orthodontic Health Month – October 2016

Orthodontic Health Month Houston TXOrthodontic Health Month…You probably are not aware that this even exists. Well it certainly does. October is the designated month to increase peoples’ awareness regarding oral health and beautiful smiles. A beautiful smile can open so many doors in both your social life and business life.

The Team at Greater Houston Orthodontics wants you to join us in celebrating the power of a smile during October. No matter what your age…a perfect smile is one of your best assets. People everywhere appreciate a friendly smile so make sure yours is maintained on a daily basis. Of course, if you need help in getting that beautiful smile you always wanted and deserved, we are here to help you get it. We help patients of all ages gain self-esteem and confidence in how they present themselves to the world. Read more on Orthodontic Health Month – October 2016…

Can Orthodontics Improve Speech Disorders?

Speech Disorders Houston TXSpeech Disorders…Did you know that the alignment of your teeth can affect your speech? One of the first things people notice about you is your smile and how we communicate when talking. If you have issues speaking clearly, orthodontics can help!

Lisping, whistling or slurring, and mispronunciation of words with “s” and “t” are the most common offenders. Proper diagnosis and correction during a patient’s developmental years, by an orthodontist makes it much easier to correct the tooth and/or jaw problems associated with poor speech habits. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children be evaluated by age 7. Read more on Can Orthodontics Improve Speech Disorders?…

Autumn Word Mining Contest



Greater Houston Orthodontics is ready to welcome in Fall with another Patient Contest that will exercise your brain. Word Mining is a fun writing exercise where you create as many common words as possible, using an assigned phrase. For example, using the word Halloween you can create: wall, new, owl, how, hen, and so on.

The contest entries with the top 4 highest amounts of words “mined” will receive a Movie Theater Prize Pack (four winners will each receive prize pack including four movie tickets, snacks and drinks).

Contest ends on October 26th. Click here to enter now!