• Celebrities get braces, too!

    March 30th, 2011

    Did you know that back in 2002, Tom Cruise had braces? During this time, he was 40 years old and filmed Minority Report, Austin Powers in Goldmember and the Last Samurai. Check out his smile in Jerry Maguire, Rain Man or The Firm and compare to the post-braces Tom Cruise in Valkyrie or Tropic Thunder. The fact is, movie stars need to look their best for the silver screen, and it wouldn’t be possible without orthodontists like Dr. David Eichel.

    In fact, lots of Hollywood stars have had orthodontic treatment. Check out this slideshow of famous faces with braces. If you’ve thought about getting the perfect smile you’ve always wanted, please give Eichel Orthodontics a call.

  • The Oral Health Effects of Smoking

    March 23rd, 2011

    Everybody knows that smoking causes lung cancer, but did you also know that smokers and tobacco users are susceptible to a variety of oral health problems at a faster rate than non-smokers?

    It’s true! Smoking is responsible for almost 75 percent of gum disease in adults; and, similar to smokers, adults who smoke pipes and cigars, as well as those using smokeless tobacco, are just as susceptible to gum disease and other tobacco related health problems.

    As soon as you use tobacco products, you become more likely to experience any of these oral health problems:

    • Oral cancer
    • Gum disease
    • Tooth loss
    • Loss of bone in the jaw
    • Gum recession
    • Delayed/impaired healing process after oral surgery or any other treatment
    • Decreased success rate of dental implant (tooth replacement) procedures
    • Mouth sores
    • Loss of your sense of taste and smell
    • Bad breath
    • Tooth and tongue stains

    If you are interested in protecting your oral health, we strongly recommend you quit using tobacco products! The following steps are recommended by the Surgeon General to help you quit smoking and using tobacco:

    • Get ready – set a quitting date and remove all materials from your home, car and office
    • Get support
    • Learn new skills and behaviors
    • Get medication and use it correctly
    • Be prepared for relapse or difficult situations

    For support, start with Eichel Orthodontics! We can help by recommending different options to help you quit, and above all we will support you throughout the quitting process. We are dedicated to helping you protect your oral health – and quitting smoking is significant
    step in the right direction.

  • All the cool kids do it!

    March 17th, 2011

    Braces today are “cool” and—many would say—even “fun.” These were among the findings of a 2010 nationwide survey of moms whose children are going through or have had orthodontic treatment. New technologies such as the Damon System, advanced computer software, color options, and even popular celebrities—Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Danny Glover, Serena Williams—sporting stylish braces are making orthodontic treatment more comfortable, fashionable and cool for today’s teens.

    The study, conducted on behalf of our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists for February’s National Children’s Dental Health Month, found 86 percent of moms reporting that braces are cooler today than when they were children. Sixty-nine percent of moms also said wearing braces makes their children feel cool, and 81 percent reported their children’s experience
    with orthodontic treatment as either positive or extremely positive.

    Different color options and the ability to change colors, for example, provide exciting ways for young patients to customize appearances. That enthusiasm helps them to feel good about their orthodontic treatment with Dr. David Eichel, and may contribute to the success of treatment.

    Has your child or teen visited Eichel Orthodontics for a consultation? If not, please give us a call and let us help your child begin the journey to a gorgeous smile!

  • Ask Dr. Eichel: Now that I have braces what can I eat?

    March 10th, 2011

    You just got braces at Eichel Orthodontics and Dr. David Eichel has informed you that over the next several months you will want to avoid eating anything sticky, hard, crunchy, or chewy. What does this leave for you to eat? Lettuce? Nothing?

    Luckily, there was someone else wondering the same thing when she first got braces! Brenda Waterman, 13, decided she was going to find a way to have her cake and eat it too, so she created a variety of “braces-friendly” recipes that allow you to enjoy your favorite treats without interfering with your orthodontic care! Her cookbook, “The Braces Cookbook: Recipes you (and your Orthodontist) will Love,” gives patients a variety of delicious recipes, safe to eat with braces; plus additional tips and advice for packing lunches, what to eat at parties, and braces-friendly restaurant dishes! There’s even a section with tips for dealing with the soreness that can occur when your braces or appliance are adjusted. Enjoy the foods you love – even with braces!

    Here is a delicious, sneak peek recipe from “The Braces Cookbook:”

    Wonderful Waffles

    Forget the recipe that came with your waffle iron – this recipe will redefine fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth goodness. The secret to delicious waffles is letting the batter “sit” for five minutes before pouring into the waffle iron. Top cooked waffles with syrup, jam, fresh fruit or even whip cream. Makes about 5 servings!

    Preheat your waffle iron according to the directions. You may want to lightly spray it with vegetable oil before heating.

    • 3 cups flour
    • 2 Tbl + 2 tsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 2 Tbl sugar
    • 4 cups milk
    • 4 eggs
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

    In a large bowl, whisk (or use electric mixer on low) together all ingredients. Let batter sit for about five minutes to activate the baking powder.

    When waffle iron is ready, pour about 1/3 cup of batter onto each of the four
    squares (experiment with your iron – you don’t want the batter overflowing). Gently close the cover and set your timer as the manufacturer suggests. Do
    not lift the cover while they bake. When done, carefully lift one edge with a flat spatula and pull the waffle away from the iron. Keep waffles warm
    on a plate under a clean dishtowel while the others bake.

    We hope you enjoy this recipe!

    -Dr. Eichel and team

  • At Eichel Orthodontics, what puts you at ease?

    March 03rd, 2011

    Dr. David Eichel and team understand not everyone enjoys visiting their orthodontist. But we strive to bring you the best and most comforting experience at each visit. We’d like to know:

    What is it about Eichel Orthodontics that makes you comfortable or puts you at ease? Is it something about our
    pleasant office environment? Our friendly staff or Dr. Eichel?

    Let us know by posting here, on our Facebook page, or by giving us a call!