Ready to Make the Most of 2018?

January 15th, 2018

We still can’t believe the new year is finally here! A new year is the perfect time to hone in on the things you want to accomplish and make a plan to set everything in motion. We know that may be hard to do after the holidays, but once you get going you’ll be happy you did!

At Marcel Orthodontics, we believe in making a plan and sticking to it. No ifs, ands, or buts. Whatever you commit to, you commit one hundred percent. Once your plan is made, enlist a buddy to help keep you accountable. Friends are great motivators and will be the first to tell you when you’re slacking. Lastly, don’t get overwhelmed. Take it one step at a time and remember that whatever your goals are, you’re doing them for you.

We also believe that calendars and consistency go hand in hand. Writing everything you need to get done down on a calendar will you help you visualize when you need to do it and help keep you accountable. If there’s something you’re looking to do more of this year, writing down the days and times you want to do it on your calendar is a great way to stay consistent. This even applies to your dental health! You might think it sounds silly, but scheduling in specific times to dedicate to your dental routine can be a great way to ensure your teeth are getting the care they need.

Another great way to stay consistent this year and make things easier for yourself is by taking some time to meal prep. Stir-fry is one of our favorites because it’s so easy to put together. You can use leftover veggies and proteins in the fridge and toss them up with some garlic and soy sauce. It’s perfect for lunch or dinner and it’s delicious, too!

In 2018, we’d also love it if everyone kicked negativity to the curb. We want this year to be filled with smiles, laughter, and kindness instead. We have a wall in our break area where our staff will write notes to each other. It can be a “thank you” or a “good job”, but it’s always a source of encouragement and positivity for our team.

We can’t wait to see all our patients in the office the year and hope to see some new faces as well!

Thanksgiving at Marcel Orthodontics

November 16th, 2017

Thanksgiving means the start of the holiday season and we could not be more excited! It’s a time we get to share not only with our families but with our work family, too! This year and every year, we are eternally grateful for our patients. They make our jobs possible and are the reason we love doing what we do! They make work fun and we’re honored that they put their trust in us when it comes to taking care of their smile.

Our office tradition for “Thanksgiving Eve” is decorating our office for the holiday season while singing along to Christmas tunes! We always have so much fun doing it. It’s the perfect day to decorate since our schedule is usually pretty light those days, and it’s also great surprise for patients on Monday when they are welcomed by a winter wonderland!

We might be in the business of healthy smiles, but we certainly love to indulge in all the delicious Thanksgiving food. When it comes to sides, most of our office loves mashed potatoes and gravy, but Dr. Marcel prefers classic sweet potatoes with marshmallows. Either way, potatoes seem to be very appreciated in our office!

Aside from the all-around yumminess this holiday brings, we also love to kick back and watch football during Thanksgiving. It’s a great time to unplug from work and take some time to relax. If you have any special Thanksgiving traditions, we’d love to hear about them!

As always, feel free to call our office with any questions. We hope everyone is enjoying the season surrounded by friends and loved ones!

Halloween at Marcel Orthodontics!

October 26th, 2017

It’s the spook, spook, spookiest time of the year, and we are thrilled! As is our tradition at Marcel Orthodontics around Halloween, we’re pulling out all the stops with our festive decorations, costumes, and festive spirit! For us, there’s lots to love when it comes to Halloween, and one of our favorite things is surprising our patients with the transformation our office undergoes. We’ve never been known to decorate our office in any other way but to the nines, and we hope you have an opportunity to come see it!

What is a superbly decorated office without our awesome, creative, and festive patients decked out in their Halloween best there to enjoy it? Seeing all of your amazing costumes is such a blast. We always have to be extra creative just to keep up! Not only creative, but as it turns out, our staff gets a little competitive with our costumes, too! Of course, we’ll all be brainstorming and putting together our best individual costumes, but we need your help in deciding whose is the best! When you come into the office on Halloween, be sure to vote for your favorite staff costume. It’s always stiff competition because our RDA, Angela, never misses a beat with her elaborate costumes (can anyone recall when she pulled off the perfect Darla Sherman from Finding Nemo?!).

With all of the fun and festivities around Halloween comes another big part of the holiday: all of those yummy, yummy treats! Like almost everyone else out there, we too love our share of the sugary sweets that always come in droves during this time of the year (if anyone is wondering, we have a lot of choco-holics in the office and a few who like the sour stuff - you know, in case you wanted to bring us anything…). But, more than candy, we love helping our patients maintain excellent dental health! So, here’s the big thing: go ahead and enjoy the treats, but be extra vigilant in your dental hygiene, and stay away from all those gooey and sticky treats! Brushing and flossing after you enjoy your treats and a few extra times a day can go a long way in ensuring you keep up those healthy and beautiful smiles - we promise.

We hope you all have a wonderful and safe Halloween this year, and we do hope you’re able to come by the office to show off your amazing costumes and vote on ours! Oh, and don’t forget… We’ll be buying back all of your unwanted candy after the holiday for cash as well as donating to three local charities in conjunction with the candy buy-back!

Common Issues with Braces: How to avoid bad breath

May 17th, 2017

A bright, beautiful smile is often achieved with braces. The time you spend wearing braces is an investment in the good health and appearance of your smile. However, Drs. Thomas and Claire Marcel and our staff know that having braces on your teeth can pose challenges. Many of these challenges are commonly faced by all who wear braces, such as flossing, getting food stuck in your braces, and bad breath.

Today, let’s address bad breath and what to do about it. There’s no reason you have to shy away from conversation for fear that you’ve got bad breath.

Fresh Breath Tips for Braces Wearers

  • Eat a Healthy Diet. Unhealthy foods that are laden with sugar can contribute to bad breath. Stick with healthy produce, protein, grains, and dairy found on the list of foods your orthodontist says are safe to eat with braces.
  • Drink Non-Sugary Beverages. Likewise, steer clear of sugary sodas and juices for the same reason. They contribute to bad breath.
  • Stay Hydrated. A mouth that’s continually dry can lead to bad breath by inhibiting your production of saliva. Regular production of saliva removes bacteria and excess food from your mouth, both of which cause bad breath.
  • Brush Often. Brush your teeth and tongue first thing in the morning, after each meal and snack, and before you go to bed, to remove food particles and bacteria that cause bad breath.
  • Don’t Forget to Floss. Flossing with braces might seem tricky, but it is a necessity. Ask Drs. Thomas and Claire Marcel to show you the best way to floss effectively with braces.
  • Mouthwash Use. Use the mouthwash recommended by Drs. Thomas and Claire Marcel. For the best results, swish the mouthwash around in your mouth for 30 seconds.
  • Get Regular Cleanings. Regular dental exams and cleanings are more important when you have braces. Cavities can delay your treatment progress, so be sure to visit your dentist every six months.

Practice Good Hygiene Daily

Good oral hygiene practices are important every day, whether you wear braces or not. But they become even more important during the months you wear braces. In addition to your regular orthodontic checkups, see your general dentist for cleanings and exams.

Together, you and our Livermore, CA team will keep your mouth healthy and fresh during and after your orthodontic treatment.

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