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Southeast Orthodontics
October 2018
Southeast Orthodontics

Fall Newsletter


Happy October! 


Did you know that October is National Orthodontic Health Month? Read on to learn about the treats to avoid so you don't end up damaging your braces. Be sure to check out our Braces Friendly Candy Corn Cheesecake Mousse recipe to celebrate Halloween. 

Below you'll find more updates from our office to keep you in-the-know about everything at Southeast Orthodontics. We hope you enjoy seeing the most recent smile transformations and learning about staff news in our quarterly newsletter.  

Feel free to pass along our newsletter to your friends and family. We look forward to seeing you soon!

-The Team at Southeast Orthodontics


National Orthodontic Health Month

For most children, October means one thing: Halloween candy. For orthodontists, it’s a month for embracing a beautiful, healthy smile in honor of National Orthodontic Health Month.

The American Association of Orthodontist has five timely tips to protect braces, aligners and other orthodontic appliances while protecting teeth from decay.

  1. Avoid sticky situations with your braces and aligners. Stay away from hard, sticky, crunchy or chewy candy and snacks. These include caramel, gummies, licorice, taffy, bubblegum (even the sugarless kind), jelly beans and soft drinks.

  2. Say “boo” to hard treats – including hard-shelled peanut candies, nuts or nut-filled candies, taco chips and popcorn (especially unpopped kernels). And whether in orthodontic treatment or not, we advise that no one should ever chew ice.

  3. Brush up! Sweets can cause cavities, which means brushing and flossing are more important than ever during the Halloween season. Orthodontic patients should be especially vigilant about brushing and flossing after consuming sugary or starchy foods.

  4. Spooktacular news: Not all Halloween candy is off-limits. Good alternatives include soft chocolates, peanut butter cups or other melt-in-your-mouth varieties.

  5. Make a commitment to oral health. Deciding to avoid hard and chewy sweets before the Halloween season increases your rate of success – and reduces the likelihood that you’ll break braces.

Visit our website for more information on foods to avoid and what foods you CAN eat.

Staff News
Our clinical assistant Erica got married on 9/18/18 to her husband TJ. The reception was held at the TJ Smith Victorian House in East Bridgewater surrounded by 120 of their closest family and friends.
Congratulations Erica & TJ!

Office News
It’s been a busy fall so far creating many beautiful smiles. Here are some recent photos of patients with our doctors and staff.

SEOrtho patient collage

Patient of the Quarter

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Mansfield patient, Matthew I. is our patient of the quarter! He has been in treatment for 15 months without a single broken bracket and impeccable brushing every time! He is pictured here with Dr. Gamm and treatment coordinator Jenn. Way to go Matthew!

Fall Contestcandy corn
Guess the number of Rotten Witch Teeth in the jar for a chance to win a $10 Dunkin Donuts Gift Card!  

Winners will be chosen on 10/31/18. 

Happy Halloween!

Smile Transformation: Tyler
Tyler H. is a Raynham patient with an amazing smile.  Congratulations Tyler on a great treatment result,
we are so proud of you!

Six Must-Haves for Cleaning Teeth with Braces or Aligners When You're on the Go

Patients with any type of orthodontic appliance should be cleaning their teeth multiple times a day. Situations inevitably come up when you’re on the go and need to freshen up. Do your teeth a favor and be prepared. Stash portable items in a backpack, purse, school locker or briefcase. You’ll be rewarded with a healthy and beautiful smile when treatment wraps up. Here are six must-haves for cleaning teeth on the go.

1. Water.

It’s your friend. And it’s readily available at bathroom sinks. After eating, or after drinking a sugary and/or acidic beverage, if you realize your toothbrush is nowhere to be found, give your mouth a thorough rinse with plain water. Swish it around to get rid of food particles or traces of beverages. Water even helps to decrease the decay-causing acidity of your mouth. A water rinse is not as good as brushing, but it’s much better than allowing materials to remain on, and in between, teeth.

2. A toothbrush.

Even without toothpaste, brushing removes food and plaque and will help you keep your teeth healthy. A travel toothbrush takes up about half the space of a regular toothbrush. But if you prefer a full-sized toothbrush, we won’t argue with you.

3. An interproximal brush.

This is a remarkable little tool. It’s small and very easy to carry along. Use it to get at food that’s stuck around brackets, between the archwire and teeth, and in between teeth. It’s effective at attacking plaque, too. You may develop such a great appreciation for your interproximal brush that you continue using it after you complete your orthodontic treatment!

4. Floss.

Also for cleaning between teeth, the space between the archwire and the teeth, and especially under the gumline. If you have braces, be sure a floss threader is stowed with your floss. That is, unless you are using “pre-threaded” floss, pre-cut to length and with an aglet tip (like a shoelace). Some brands come in single-use packets, which take up next-to-no space. Those with aligners may be able to use a flosser, if that’s the tool you prefer. A bonus: minty floss freshens breath, too.

5. A mirror.

A pocket mirror can be handy when you brush. A post-brush check will reveal whether anything unwanted is still there. An alternative: use the selfie camera in your smart phone.

6. Toothpaste.

Travel-sized tubes are convenient. Consider these “nice-to-haves,” too:

  • Orthodontic wax – if a bracket or wire rubs a sore spot, wax quickly puts a stop to the irritation.

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen – great to have on hand. Students may be required to leave such medicines with the school nurse.  

A little extra effort at home and away pays big dividends in shaping your new smile!

Braces-Friendly Halloween Treat

Candy Corn Cheesecake Mousse
We aren’t sure if there is any candy more closely related to fall and Halloween than candy corn! The distinct shape, instantly recognizable color pattern and pure yummy goodness make these little sweets a Halloween staple. Unfortunately for patients with braces, they are sticky and gooey, so they are at the top of our Foods to Avoid list. Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered!  Inspired by these traditional candies, this Candy Corn Cheesecake Mousse is perfect for a special fall dessert or Halloween party.treats2


1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup milk or cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 small container (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed

orange and yellow food color

candy corn (for garnish)


Beat cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer until fully smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar, then milk (or cream). Add vanilla. Continue mixing.  Beat about 1 minute on medium to medium-high speed. Fold cool whip into cream cheese mixture, and stir until fully combined.

Scoop about 1/3 of the Cheesecake Mousse into a bowl, and color orange.  Color another third of the mixture yellow. Leave the remaining third white.  One color at a time (starting with yellow), scoop mixture into a piping bag or large ziplock bag, and squeeze a layer of the Cheesecake Mousse into small dessert dishes of your choice.  Repeat with orange and then white Mousse.

Refrigerate 30 minutes (or up to 1 day) before serving.  Garnish with candy corn if desired.

Recipe yields 4 moderate servings or 6-8 mini servings.

Sugar Free Option:  Simply substitute 1/3 cup Splenda for the powdered sugar, and replace regular cool whip with sugar free cool whip.  Omit candy corn garnish.

Recipe Source:  Glorious Treats

If you have a braces-friendly recipe please share it with us and we will include it with our next newsletter!

Hot Tip! View more braces-friendly recipes on our website>

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Keep Smiling!

The Team at Southeast Orthodontics

Our Locations:

Mansfield Office
100 Copeland Drive
Mansfield, MA 02048
Tel: (508) 339-5500 

Lakeville Office
40 Main Street
Lakeville, MA 02347
Tel: (774) 409-2500

Raynham Office
302 Broadway
Raynham, MA 02767
Tel: (508) 880-5891

Nantucket Office
19 1/2 Surfside Road
Nantucket, MA 02554
Tel: (508) 228-1085




Patient Testimonials

"SEOrtho took good care of my teeth - very helpful and friendly. Good outcome and teeth look great! Explained procedures well and kept me informed!" - L.S.



"Southeast Orthodontics is great! They make the patient feel very comfortable and provide top notch support and encouragement. The doctors and staff are always friendly." - C.C.



"Had a great experience from the first time we walked in the door to the last time and final retainer check was done. The staff and doctors were great and always answered all your questions! Would highly recommend!" - K.C.


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302 Broadway, Raynham, MA 02767 | Tel: (508) 880-5891
40 Main Street, Lakeville, MA  02347 | Tel: (774) 409-2500
19 1/2 Surfside Road, Nantucket, MA 02554 | Tel: (508) 228-1085

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