Office Blog

Some Pointers for Poking Wires

We know that having metal in your mouth doesn’t always feel like the most natural thing. Fortunately, after you get your braces on and have your initial adjustment, most people don’t even notice their braces are there. However, sometimes a pesky wire will escape and remind you that your braces are there. Have no fear though, most of the time you can fix rogue wires on your own without having to make an extra trip to the orthodontist. Loose or pokey wires are the most common problem people experience while in braces, so if that happens to you, here are some steps to follow from Dr. Britt Vinson at Vinson Orthodontics:

  1. See if you can push it back into place

If a wire pulls loose a little it might not be completely out of the bracket. If this is the case, you can use a finger to push it back into place. In other instances, you can guide the wire back into the tube.

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The Relationship Between Asthma & Cavities

The headline of this blog post is pretty shocking isn’t it? Many people are unaware of the link between asthma and tooth decay resulting from a dry mouth. Here is some more information from Dr. Britt Vinson at Vinson Orthodontics.

You may be wondering what does asthma have to do with cavities. When people aren’t easily able to draw in their breath, most people compensate by breathing through their mouths. This causes your mouth to dry out. Insufficient saliva leaves you more vulnerable to decay-causing bacteria because saliva helps to protect and clean your teeth. Moreover, asthma and allergy medications themselves can cause even more dryness on top of mouth breathing. In short, it’s not a good combination.

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GRACIE IS OUR 2020 SCHOLARSHIP WINNER

Gracie 2020 Vinson Orthodontics Scholarship WinnerWe are pleased to announce that our patient, Gracie, is the winner of the 2020 Vinson Orthodontics Scholarship! Gracie will be attending UNC Chapel Hill this fall! Go Heels! Gracie graduated from Clayton High School earlier this year. During her attendance at Clayton High School, she participated in a variety of activities: Captain of the Varsity Soccer Team, Student Body Treasurer, Junior Class Treasurer, Editor of the school yearbook, a member of Health Occupations Students of America, National Honors Society, and was Junior Marshall. When not participating in extracurricular activities at school, Gracie was the Team Captain of her NRFA Club Soccer Team, was involved in WHY Mentoring with Cooper Elementary, and spent 7 years volunteering at Horne Memorial United Methodist Church (conventions, mission trips, blood drives, and more). She received awards for Outstanding Achievement in both Honors Anatomy and Physiology. And, still made time for babysitting!

Gracie, we could not be more proud of all that you have accomplished! We look forward to hearing what you do next and wish you the best of luck at UNC Chapel Hill!

4 Benefits of Virtual Orthodontic Appointments

blog-featured-image-benefits-of-virtual-orthodonticsVirtual orthodontic appointments are nothing new, yet have become more common practice since the spread of COVID-19. As an alternative to meeting in-person, virtual orthodontic consultations are a great way to stay healthy while social distancing. If you or someone you know is considering braces or clear aligners, Dr. Britt Vinson at Vinson Orthodontics shares 4 benefits of virtual orthodontic appointments to keep in mind:

  1. No Need for Waiting Rooms

Virtual appointments remove the need to sit and wait while being exposed to others who may carry the virus. In many cases, your appointment will start with you entering a virtual waiting room until your appointment begins. Once ready, you will be taken out of the “waiting room” and into the main call to start the appointment. Read More

Our Smart TV Winner!

We are so excited to announce that the winner of our Summer Staycation Contest this year was Kathryn Pitts! She is taking home a 55 inch Smart TV from Vinson Orthodontics today! Congrats Kathryn and thanks to all of our patients who participated in the contest!

5 Fun Activities to do with Your Kids at Home

Blog-featured-image-activities-to-do-at-home-with-kidsWith many of us transitioning to the “new normal” of homeschooling our children, the change can be tough. Balancing work and home life can be challenging for any parent. But how can you make learning fun and engaging while social distancing? Don’t fret! Dr. Britt Vinson at Vinson Orthodontics has 5 activities you can do at home that are educational and fun.

Science Experiments

From Bill Nye to YouTube, DIY science experiments are a fun way for kids to learn while using resources from around the house. Check out this video for 10 fun DIY experiments you can do at home. Read More