How to Achieve Your Best Smile for Valentine’s Day
02/12/2018
It’s that time of the year once again when love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is when everyone wants to look their absolute best for those special people in their lives. If your teeth aren’t attractive or you have bad breath, it’s time to get busy improving your smile before puckering up! Below are some tips to help you achieve your best Valentine’s Day smile, compliments of your Hillsborough orthodontist!
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5 Healthy Resolutions for 2018
01/02/2018
2018 has finally arrived and with the changing of the calendar, it’s brought something else along with it. That’s right – New Year’s resolutions! We’re sure that plenty of you have made many different resolutions already (and hopefully haven’t broken any of them yet!). Well, as your Chapel Hill, NC orthodontist and pediatric dentist, we at Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry would like to suggest dedicating one (or more!) of these New Year’s resolutions toward your dental health. We’ve provided you with five great resolutions that will lead you to having a healthier mouth in 2018.
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Elf on the Shelf & Dental Health
5 Ways Elf on the Shelf Can Promote Dental Health
12/13/2017
Each year parents across the country use Elf on the Shelf to kick start holiday fun and encourage good behavior. Why not use the beloved tradition to encourage good oral hygiene, too? Below are 5 clever ways Elf on the Shelf will have your kids brushing and flossing with joy.
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Statistics About Smiling & Happiness
11/19/2017
Whether you’re visiting us with your child to see our Hillsborough pediatric dentist or are undergoing adult orthodontics to improve the appearance of your teeth, we want you to leave our office smiling and completely satisfied with the dental & orthodontic care we provide you with. Here are a few fun facts about smiling & happiness we think you’ll enjoy!
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Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry’s 15th Annual Candy Buyback
10/31/2017
Dr. Clifton, Dr. Mauney, and our team will help our patients avoid cavities in their teeth and injury to their braces by buying back Halloween candy! We’ll be paying $2 for each pound of Halloween candy our patients surrender at our office on November 1st. We will then match the total amount paid to our patients, dollar for dollar, donating the proceeds to benefit The Conservation Fund, the nation’s top environmental nonprofit dedicated to protecting America’s most important landscapes and waterways for future generations.
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Braces-Friendly Halloween Treats
10/31/2017
We love Halloween just as much as the next person, but we know how having braces can put a bit of a damper on the holiday when you’re not sure what candy you’re able to eat. To help you enjoy Halloween without damaging your braces, we’ve put together a little cheat sheet of which candies and treats you’re able to eat and which ones you should avoid. Hint: Avoid caramel apples at all costs.
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What is Fluoride?
08/17/2017
Fluoride is necessary for tooth advancement and the avoidance of tooth rot. Throughout the United States, tooth decay is far less pervasive than it would have been without the fluoridation of open water supplies. That is the reason why pediatric dental specialists support water fluoridation to the prescribed levels of 0.70 parts per million (ppm). It's also why the government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called fluoridated water a standout amongst the most critical wellbeing accomplishments of the twentieth century. Read More!
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5 Dental Habits You Should Practice Every Day
06/09/2017
It is important to visit your dentist at least twice a year to have the full oral hygiene treatments performed such as, a thorough cleaning, polishing, and dental exam. This will not only ensure that your teeth will look their best, but any potential dental problems can be caught and resolved before becoming a tedious, costly, and time consuming issue.
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Are You A Candidate For Invisalign?
05/11/2017
While traditional metal braces used to be the only option for quality orthodontic treatment, these days, there are a variety of alternative treatments on the market – and Invisalign is one of the fastest-growing and most popular. Instead of metal brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten the teeth, offering a convenient and aesthetically pleasing option for orthodontic treatment. While Invisalign can handle a wide variety of orthodontic conditions, it's not for everyone. So how do you know if you're a candidate for Invisalign?
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Teeth-Staining Foods and Habits to Avoid
04/06/2017
To help you protect your teeth from stains, discoloration, and decay, we've compiled a list of some of the top teeth-staining foods and habits in most people's lives. Avoid these, and you'll be on the right track for a healthy smile!
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Alternatives to Metal Braces
03/15/2017
When you hear the words "orthodontic treatment," we'll be we know what you picture – a smiling mouth with a lattice of metal brackets and wires attached to the front of the teeth. These are traditional metal braces, and they're they oldest treatment in orthodontics. Even though they've been around for over 100 years, metal braces are still one of the most popular treatments we offer and provide an effective, cost-efficient way to treat almost any malocclusion. But make no mistake: they're no longer the only option!
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Braces Resolutions for 2017
01/18/2017
2017 has finally arrived and we at Clifton & Mauney hope to continue to be your choice when you’re in search of pediatric dentistry or an orthodontist in or around Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, and Durham, NC for the following year and the years to come. Just as common as a Christmas tree is to Christmas, New Year’s resolutions have been just that to New Year’s Day. Whether you’ve already made any resolutions for 2017 or you’re still thinking about it, why not throw in a resolution about maintaining your dental health? If you’re wearing braces (or going to be wearing braces soon), we’ve provided you with a list of resolutions that will be helpful for making sure that your dental hygiene stays at its most optimal level.
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How To Prepare Your Child For A Visit To The Dentist
12/13/2016
We all know that regular visits to a dentist are a crucial part of helping a child develop healthy, strong teeth and a beautiful smile. Unfortunately, though, children aren't always so receptive to the idea! While a dentist doesn't actually pose anything to be scared of, many children feel anxious or scared of visiting the dentist's office – and as a parent, it can be difficult to know how to help a child through these feelings. There are things you can do, though, and with some preparation and the right pediatric dentist, it's possible that a trip to the dentist's can be a fun, enjoyable experience!
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National Orthodontic Health Month
10/20/2016
Ironically enough, National Orthodontic Health Month also coincides with Halloween, the holiday most known for people gorging themselves with massive amounts of candy. Now, you don’t have to boycott candy while you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment (nor would we even expect someone to do such a thing!), but it’s important for you to use moderation. For the sake of your teeth, try to limit yourself to no more than a few small pieces a day.
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Debunking AP’s Claim That Flossing Is Unimportant
09/07/2016
With the recent news from the Associated Press that there’s no real proof of the medical benefits of flossing, we at Clifton & Mauney are here to reassure you that your teeth cleaning efforts of brushing, flossing, and mouthwashing for all these years have not been for nothing. Drs. Clifton & Mauney provide the most up-to-date and reliable information on dental hygiene, and this very much includes flossing, contrary to AP’s report.
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Braces Friendly Recipes for Summer
07/25/2016
At Clifton & Mauney, we pride ourselves on delivering the highest standard of pediatric dentistry and orthodontic care in the Chapel Hill, NC area. We make it our mission to do whatever we can to ease all our patients through the orthodontic treatment procedure. After first being fitted with braces, several changes will have to be made to a patient’s eating habits in order to accommodate the new braces. This means that no hard foods and no sticky foods should be eaten; these foods can cause damage to a patient’s braces. It may be a difficult change at first, but we want to show you that it won’t be so bad by providing you with several different appetizing recipes that are suitable to eat for the new brace-wearer.
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Summer Fun in Chapel Hill
05/18/2016
Clifton & Mauney is proud to serve the city of Chapel Hill, NC with high quality orthodontic and dental care. Chapel Hill is a unique city; it’s a large metropolitan area with a small town feel that we’re glad to call home. While you’re here visiting your orthodontist and pediatric dentist, here are a few suggestions of things you can do before or after your appointment with us.
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Seven Reasons to See An Orthodontist by Age Seven
04/12/2016
Many people are surprised to learn that the American Association of Orthodontists or AAO recommends all children see an orthodontist for the first time by the time they turn 7 years of age. While this may seem like a very early age to take your child to an orthodontist, there are some very good reasons to do so.
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Top 10 Reasons To Get Invisalign
01/14/2016
2016 is here, and that means many of our patients are going to be making new years’ resolutions to get in shape, tidy up the house, or learn something new - but this year, we encourage you to resolve to invest in your best asset: your smile. A new smile comes with a wide range of benefits that will last you the rest of your life, and with Invisalign, getting one has never been easier.
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Thankful
11/25/2015
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and while we're obviously excited about getting to see family and enjoy a delicious (if slightly oversized) meal, we think that it's important to really take the time to be thankful during this time of year - gratitude is a powerful thing!
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Fall Sports Safety
09/10/2015
Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry is proud of our student athlete patients and we want to ensure they have a safe season as contact and competitive sports can pose a risk to teeth and braces. In order to play it safe, we recommend that all of our patients wear a mouth guard during practices and game time to ensure their teeth, mouth and braces stay safe and protected.
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How To Get Your Child To Brush Their Teeth
08/20/2015
Oral hygiene is a very important factor to maintaining a beautiful smile. The standard regimen that is recommended by the American Dental Association is brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once. Staying committed to this routine promotes not only whiter teeth, but an overall healthier and beautiful smile.
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The Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment
08/13/2015
While a smile can be improved at any age with braces, there is an optimal time for orthodontic treatment to begin. Our practice agrees with the recommendation made by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) which states a child should have his or her first orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7 or at the first sign of orthodontic problems.
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