Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Mouth guards, orthodontics and sports with Dr. Paul Gates

We're not too far from springtime! The spring months, however, bring an increase in outdoor activities and a greater chance of kids damaging their precious mouths and pearly whites. If you play sports, it's important that you consult Dr. Paul Gates for special precautions, such as wearing a mouth guard. A protective mouth guard is advised for playing spring sports such as baseball and soccer. Be sure, however, to avoid mouth guards that custom form to your teeth as these will resist any tooth movements Dr. Gates is trying to achieve.

In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, please schedule an appointment with Round Rock Orthodontics. And don’t forget to ask us—Dr. Gates will provide a mouth guard for any patient in active treatment.

Only by using a mouth guard and other forms of facial protection can kids with and without braces avoid serious sports injuries. Please give us a call if you have any questions about mouth guards or your treatment at Round Rock Orthodontics.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Round Rock Orthodontics are moving!

Dr. Gates and our team at Round Rock Orthodontics are proud to announce we're moving this April! Our anticipated move date is April 24th. (You may look at our new office design board in our reception area!). We are very excited about the move because it will offer more space. Semi-private bays will be nice for privacy and our new location will be easier to get in and out of during before and after school hours.

The new address will be:

503 E. Palm Valley Blvd.
Round Rock, Tx. 78664

The new office is off Highway 79 behind First State Bank (the street is Heritage Circle). If you have any questions about how the move might affect you or your child, or if you have a question about your treatment, please give us a call!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The advantage of Invisalign Teen™ at Round Rock Orthodontics

We've blogged about the advantage of Invisalign treatment with Dr. Gates in the past, and today thought we'd remind you that Invisalign Teen™ gives you a whole new way to wear braces for a "clearly" amazing smile! Dr. Gates and our team at Round Rock Orthodontics know image is everything. At an age when image is so important, the thought of having metal brackets and wires constantly attached to teeth may intensify the already-delicate confidence of today's teens.

You're probably wondering: How does Invisalign Teen work? Much in the same fashion as Invisalign, but with a few added characteristics tailored specifically to teenagers’ lifestyles. For instance, Invisalign Teen is designed with “compliance indicators” that fade from dark to light during the two week period that particular tray is used and once it has faded teens know to change trays. Each aligner comes with up to six free individual replacement aligners in case the original aligner ends up lost or broken. Another big benefit for the patient!

The treatment period for Invisalign Teen varies from nine to 18 months. If your teen is considering orthodontic treatment, please give us a call and we’ll answer any questions you may have about Invisalign Teen.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tell Dr. Gates: What do you love about Round Rock?

Round Rock Orthodontics, located in Round Rock, and serving Austin and surrounding communities in Travis and Williamson Counties, is situated around some pretty unique neighborhoods. Each is special with its own personality, created by the people and places (and our great patients) living within.

Today, Dr. Gates and our team thought we'd ask: What are your favorite things about Round Rock or Austin? Is there a local event you attend every year? Do you have a favorite eatery? Perhaps a favorite Texas getaway? Do you love the nice weather we get year-round?

Please feel free to share some information about your favorite local hang-outs in Round Rock or Austin, and everything you love best about “your neck of the woods.” And, who knows, we might post your response on our social networks!

Happy Tuesday!