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August 22, 2019 Blog0


It’s no secret that consistent brushing and flossing during braces or Invisalign treatment is key to a successful result. After all our hard work and dedication, we really want that dazzling “Smile in Style”! But when oral hygiene takes a back seat, problems start to creep in and before we know it the gums can get inflamed or tiny white spots can show up on teeth surfaces. These are signs of an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the mouth, which can cause bad breath, gum bleeding and gingivitis, as well as enamel decalcification, possibly leading to cavities. But it’s not too late to take action and either get your smile healthy again, or better yet, prevent these problems in the first place. We recommend and offer these products in our office to help give your brushing routine a boost:

Crest® Gum Detoxify Toothpaste

Created after years of research by Crest scientists, Gum Detoxify toothpaste been specially formulated to target the millions of plaque bacteria around the gum line.

Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean uses a cooling activated foam to help penetrate hard to reach areas, finding and neutralizing harmful plaque bacteria around the gum line for clinically proven healthier gums. Ask for a sample at your next visit.

MI Paste

MI Paste is the only product available for professional use containing the active ingredient RECALDENT™, a special milk-derived protein that has a unique ability to release bio-available calcium and phosphate to tooth surfaces. When it comes to maintaining a healthy smile, these key ingredients can make a big difference in overall health. MI Paste can also help relieve tooth sensitivity. It is safe and easy-to-use, and it’s available in five delicious flavors: melon, mint, strawberry, tutti-frutti and vanilla. (In-office flavor availability varies.)

MI Paste is not toothpaste; it is a topical tooth cream that can be used safely multiple times daily or as directed by the orthodontist. It releases vital minerals into the mouth when and where needed. Because it has a milk-derived ingredient, MI Paste is not for people allergic to dairy. 

Remin Pro 

Remin Pro is a protective dental tooth cream similar to MI Paste, but unlike MI Paste it does not pose a risk for patients with milk allergies. It contains triple protection of fluoride, nano-hydroxyapatite (calcium and phosphate) and Xylitol. Nano-hydroxyapatite restores mineral balance and Xylitol inhibits the formation of dental cavities. In addition to strengthening and re-mineralizing the tooth surface, Remin Pro helps relieve sensitivity and neutralize acids. It can be applied easily with a finger or soft toothbrush and comes in three great tasting flavors: Melon, Mint and Strawberry. (In-office flavor availability varies.)


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February 8, 2019 Uncategorized0

Calvin is in full preparation mode for The Big Game.  He wants to let all of the New England faithful know that he is ready to step in for Tom Brady should he get the call, and that his phone will be on full volume.

When asked about his past experience in Football He replied: “I just want Bill, Tom, Julian, Rob and the guys to know I have their back.  I sent them my phone number this past offseason to see if they’d be interested to have me at camp but I must have missed their call back.”  As of press time, he had not received any correspondence from the New England Patriots.  He did say he had received some interest from The Cleveland Browns organization, but that he was holding out to see if he got an offer from Bill Belichick.

“I want to be ready to head out in an instant so I’ve been wearing the jersey all week. One of Dr. Richter’s assistants, Ashley, let me borrow some mascara. One less thing I have to do when I get to Atlanta for the Big Game”
“Some guys like the ball to be a little overinflated, some like it a little softer. I prefer to use an old shoe, myself.”
Calvin claims he was in line to win the Heisman Trophy as a Senior at Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts, despite the college not having a football program.

When asked about his excitement level for The Big Game he replied:

“I’m nervous but it was really nice of them to wait and fly me out until right before the game.  Press Day would have been real stressful for me so it’s great that I can be at Dr. Richter’s office with our crew where I feel most comfortable.  As soon as they call me, though, I’m ready.  They’ll call.  I just know they will.”


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January 22, 2019 BlogCommunity0

As we say “Hello” to 2019, Dr. Richter is sharing some fond memories of spending New Year’s Eve with family and friends in Miami Beach, Florida.

You can’t go wrong by starting the day with a swim in the ocean.

 

For Breakfast: His and Hers smoothies followed by a walk on the beach.

 

Always happy to meet new friends!

 

…and browse the shops!

In the afternoon, a little help with Bingo while visiting my Mother in Law. Cele Richter turned 98 on December 31! Sharp as a tack, full of life, and very lucky at Bingo!

Later…Party Time!

New Year’s Celebration at the Fountainbleau Hotel

 

It was a happening scene with a live show by J Balvin and Alesso.

We danced the night away!

Happy New Year!


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November 14, 2018 Blog0

Platypus Flossers

These floss picks are specifically designed for patients with braces because they have a unique spatula end on them that allows you to get underneath the wire. We can provide you with some samples at your next visit, but they are not easy to find in stores. We recommend buying them in bulk on Amazon so you never run out!

Floss Threaders

If you prefer to use traditional floss instead of a floss pick, you can pick up floss threaders at most pharmacies. These threaders allow you to maneuver the floss like sewing thread between your wires and brackets. We can provide you with a sample at your next visit!

StaiNo Brushes

These “interdental” brushes are a proven and safe way to remove unwanted stains around your appliances. These do not replace brushing or flossing, but can be a great way to clean closer to your brackets than other cleaning methods. These are also a great way to remove unsightly food scraps from your post-lunch smile!

Travel Brush

Keeping a toothbrush with you wherever you go is an excellent suggestion for any orthodontic patient. It will never hurt to slip away and brush after meals to get any unwanted pieces of food out of your appliances. Food left in nooks and crannies will attract bacteria, which could lead to cavities.


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The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children begin seeing the orthodontist at age 7. In many cases, the Orthodontist may recommend “Phase I” or “Early Treatment” to address problems before all of the primary teeth have been lost. However, even if the patient is not ready for treatment at that time, it is a good age to meet the doctor and staff and create an ongoing relationship with the office.

Early orthodontic treatment is usually begun after the four front upper and lower permanent teeth have erupted, which typically happens between ages 7-9. The image below outlines certain issues that can be alleviated before they get worse:

Phase I treatment usually takes about 12 months. In some cases, patients can roll directly into comprehensive treatment on the top and bottom arches directly following Phase I. Other times, the Orthodontist may place a bonded retainer to keep things in place until comprehensive treatment is recommended.


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August 28, 2018 Blog0

If you have ever explored the possibility of pursuing orthodontic treatment for yourself or a child, you are likely aware that it is an investment in not only time, but financially as well.  At Dr. Richter’s office we are always trying to provide as many payment options as possible so that you can choose a plan that works best for you.  Last month we caught up with the current economic landscape and began offering online payments; a mere 24 years after Dan Kohn sold a copy of Sting’s Ten Summoner’s Tales to a friend in Philadelphia via his crude NetMarket website.  This month, we are announcing a new partner from the world of finance.  Let us introduce to you our friends from Lending Club!

Lending Club is a third party company that can assist you in financing orthodontic treatment for yourself or a child.  In many situations, the down payment is the biggest hurdle for families to begin treatment.  Lending Club has the ability to finance the entire treatment amount, and allow you to just begin making monthly payments.  They can also extend your repayment term for a lower monthly payment than we offer through our in-house financing options.  The best part about Lending Club, and something that sets them apart from their competitors, is that you have nothing to lose by applying.  Your credit score will not be affected by seeing if you qualify for the program.

We decided to partner with Lending Club because we believe they will do right by our patients.  The world of patient financing, and personal loans in general, is full of fly by night companies, baseless claims, and less than honest individuals.  After taking some time to get to know the people at Lending Club, we are confident that they and their partners will treat our patients with the same respect we do.  The link below will take you to our landing page on the Lending Club website.  From this page you can learn more about Lending Club and apply to see if you qualify.  As always, you can call Calvin at the front desk if you have further questions about how this program may work for your individual situation.

Click Here to Learn More


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August 1, 2018 Community0

We are very excited to announce that you are now able to view your account information and make payments online! You can also see your next scheduled appointments and refer friends to our office through our new online patient portal, powered by Sesame Communications.

If you have not set up your account, you can do so by heading over to our website,
www.drlubaortho.com, and clicking the orange “patient login” link on the top right hand side of our homepage. Once you follow the instructions to sign up, you will have access to all of your patient information in one convenient location. One piece of advice we can offer when signing up is to make sure you sign up under the responsible party name, and not the patient name. If the patient is under 18 you will not be able to see any sensitive information without signing in as the responsible party.

We are always looking for ways to make our patients lives simpler. If you run into any issues or have questions regarding your account, call Calvin or Amanda at the front desk at 603-225-5242. They will either help you through it or get in contact with someone who can assist you.

Yours Truly,
The Smile in Style Team


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July 4, 2018 Community0

The United States Declaration of Independence, presented to Congress by Thomas Jefferson on June 28, 1776, expresses the ideals that our nation is built upon.  When congress voted for the Declaration on July 4, 1776, the unanimous decision of all 13 colonies to secede from the British Empire was made public to a very different world than we know today.  Up to that point, self-government had never followed a model quite like the American one.  The document laid out the fact that we believe all people to be created free and equal, and that freedom is an inherent right from our natural creator, and that any legitimate elected government exists primarily to secure that right.

The Declaration became official when Congress voted to ratify the document on July 4, 1776.  Contrary to popular belief, the famous signatures were not necessary to make the Declaration official.  However, those signatures belong to some of the most important names of the revolutionary period and are symbols of the heavy support for declaring independence from King George III.  Out of the 56 signatures on the document, three of them belong to prominent Granite Staters of the time.  They are Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, and Matthew Thornton.  Often overlooked due to more famous signatures belonging to the likes of John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson among others, these New Hampshire delegates led fascinating lives and influenced national public policies in many ways.  The purpose of this article is to explore the exciting lives that these men led, and how their actions during the revolutionary period affected our young nation in its formative years.

Josiah Bartlett was born in what is now Amesbury, Massachusetts in 1729.  He became a physician and shortly before his 21st birthday moved to Kingston, New Hampshire where he built a home, started a farm, and began his practice.  As the only physician practicing in that part of the county at that time, he stayed busy during an outbreak of fever called “Throat Distemper” in the mid-1730s.  The illness was often fatal for young children, and a serious disease in adults.  When the fever broke out again in the mid-1750s, Bartlett discovered that Peruvian Bark relieved the associated symptoms long enough for the body to recover due to the presence of quinine in the bark.

Bartlett was heavily involved in the political affairs in Kingston, and as the Revolutionary period heated up he was constantly finding himself at odds with the Royal Governor John Wentworth.  He was selected as a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1775, and as the only delegate from New Hampshire he served on every committee (Safety, Secrecy, Munitions, Marine, and Civil Government).  On July 4, 1776, Josiah Bartlett became the second person to sign the Declaration of Independence, right after John Hancock.  He then served on the committee that drafted the Articles of Confederation, and subsequently was the delegate from New Hampshire and Chairman of the convention for the adoption of the United States Constitution.  Under this new government, he was selected by the New Hampshire legislature as the United States Senator from New Hampshire, but he declined the position.  He was elected the “President of New Hampshire” in 1790, a position which was renamed “Governor of New Hampshire” in 1792.  One of his most notable acts as Governor was the creation of the New Hampshire Medical Society, of which he was the first president.  He resigned as governor in 1794, and passed away at his home in Kingston in 1795.

William Whipple was born in Kittery, Maine in 1730 and by age 21 had become a ship’s master.  He amassed a large fortune working the historically significant triangle trade between New England, Africa and the West Indies.  Some historians believe that he worked primarily in the West Indies, however there is at least one account of his ship containing slaves from Africa.  He settled in Portsmouth in 1759 and became a merchant and well liked member of the community, which led to his second career in the military and politics.

Whipple was placed in charge of a brigade of four militias during the Battle of Saratoga and was also involved in the Battle of Rhode Island.  He served on the Continental Congress as a delegate from New Hampshire until 1779, where he penned his name on the Declaration of Independence.  In 1784, William Whipple released his slave, Prince Whipple, to become a freedman believing that no man could fight for freedom while holding another in bondage.  After the Revolution he became an Associate Justice of The Superior Court of New Hampshire, and died after fainting from atop his horse while traveling his court circuit.

Matthew Thornton was born in Limerick, Ireland in 1713.  At the age of three his family immigrated to America, and settled in Wiscasett, Maine.  However, their stay in Maine would end in 1722 as they fled from their burning home after an attack by Native Americans.   They re-settled in Worcester, Massachusetts and Matthew later became a physician, eventually opening a practice in Londonderry, New Hampshire.  Matthew Thornton was the first President of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, and was elected to the Continental Congress.  However, he did not arrive to Philadelphia until after the ratification of the Declaration of Independence.  He asked for the privilege to sign in November of 1776, and he was allowed to add his name to the document.  Matthew Thornton died in Newburyport, Massachusetts in 1803 at the age of 90 while visiting his daughter.  The town of Thornton, New Hampshire is named in his honor.

As we celebrate the fourth of July, all of us on the Smile in Style team hope you and your families find time to celebrate summer together.  Here is wishing our doctors, staff, and patients a happy, safe, and fun fourth of July holiday!


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May 1, 2018 Mouth Guard0

If you’re an athlete or an avid sports enthusiast you probably know the dangers that go with your sport. Athletes stand the risk of getting an orofacial injury by a 33-56 percent margin.

If you play a contact sport, the chances of an injury are even greater. Sports and recreational activities account for about five million teeth getting knocked out each year, and this often results in long term need for surgery and maintenance.

But wait! Before you race to the store to buy a traditional boil and bite mouth guard, understand this. The boil and bite process will pull your orthodontic appliance apart and cause all kinds of damage, resulting in a lengthy, unplanned trip to the dentist. It’s doubtful you want that.

We provide our patients with a standard, one size fits all mouth guard when they go into treatment at no extra charge.  This mouth guard slips over your braces and can be trimmed down to fit better.  There are also some available with the strap that connects to a helmet cage for sports like football, hockey, and lacrosse.

Both the American Dental Association and the Academy for Sports Dentistry recommend a professionally, custom-made mouth guard people who participate in any contact sports, whether you wear braces or not.  Custom mouth guards match the exact structure of your individual mouth, making them the safest, most comfortable fitting mouth guard possible.

We do offer custom mouth guards made in our office, so when patients ask about it after their treatment, we can discuss it then.  Because of the nature of orthodontic work, teeth are moving and changing all the time. A custom-fit mouth guard can be constructed, but it will require adjustment over time.

Obviously, your braces are a big investment for your parents and for you. But beyond the cost and a mouth full of orthodontia, the reward is having a beautiful, winning smile, with straight teeth. Protecting your investment is important.

It’s vital that your mouth guard stays in place against your upper teeth without needing to bite down to keep it there. When a mouth guard does not fit correctly, there is no guarantee that it will be in place when impact occurs.

Even though you must allow room for both tooth movement and the brackets of your braces, your mouth guard still should fit tightly and securely against your upper teeth.

Your orthodontist can still make the needed adjustments during your orthodontic treatment without the need for a new mouth guard.

Take care of your investment in your straight teeth and confident smile. Contact us  today for recommendations on the best, custom-designed mouth guards. Protect that smile. You’ll be glad you did.






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