How a Teen’s Smile Affects Their Self-Confidence

How a Teen’s Smile Affects Their Self-Confidence

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The teenage years can be awesome. There are new friends, new experiences, your parents are probably giving you a little bit of freedom, and you’re still years away from the challenges of “adulting.” Yet, we also know how hard this time can be. After all, everyone here at Fresh Orthodontics was a teen once themselves. You’re constantly changing and you’re juggling academics, family, friends, hobbies and a lot of expectations. With so much on your plate, worrying about your smile and feeling ashamed if you’re not happy with how it looks, just compounds some of the stressful parts of middle…

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Things to do with Kids in Brooklyn This Summer

10 FREE Kids Activities in Brooklyn This Summer: Our Third Annual Guide

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For the past two years, we’ve posted guides to summer events in Brooklyn for children, tweens and teens and the parents at our Park Slope orthodontic clinic have been big fans of the series. We’re going to keep it going and help you avoid hearing the kids complain of boredom within a week of that final school bell ringing. Here are Fresh Orthodontics’ favorite summer activities for kids in Brooklyn:

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Park Slope Kids Neighborhood Guide

Park Slope Kids Neighborhood Guide

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We love having our orthodontic office in Park Slope. The neighborhood has so much character.  It’s super family-friendly, there’s tons going on, and the residents have really embraced Fresh Orthodontics. What more could we ask for?! As we’ve put down our roots in the community over the past few years, we’ve gotten to know the local happenings, hence our Brooklyn kids’ activity guides and our recent compilation of places for kids birthday parties in Brooklyn. Most of our team members are parents of young kids, so we’re always keeping our eyes open for fun new places to visit.  We thought…

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Smile Tips & Tricks Movie Stars Use

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Celebrity smiles aren’t created overnight and stars like Emma Watson and Zac Efron weren’t born with straight, brilliant white teeth. In fact, both of them underwent orthodontic treatment and teeth whitening to get those picturesque chompers. Just because you’re not strutting down the red carpet, doesn’t mean you too can’t have a grin you’re proud of. Whether you’re wondering how to make your smile more attractive in general or you want to look awesome in your Instagram photos, we’ve got the tried and true tips and tricks that will have you flaunting a celebrity quality smile in no time.

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How to Get Your Brooklyn Kids Excited About Getting Braces

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While Dr. Khanna is now a Park Slope orthodontist and deals with braces and Invisalign day in and day out, at one point he was a patient himself.  So, he knows kids, teens, and, yes, even adults sometimes have a little apprehension about the thought of having metal wires and brackets adhered to their teeth for a prolonged period of time. Our Brooklyn Invisalign patients may get off easier, but they still have their concerns. When kids are feeling positive and prepared about undergoing orthodontic treatment, the process tends to go a lot more smoothly, and they’re more likely to…

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Travel Tips for Good Oral Hygiene

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A number of patients at our Park Slope orthodontic clinic are busy professionals who travel for work. Though, even our younger patients hit the road from time to time. Regardless of whether a trip is for business or fun, sometimes the change of scenery and the hours spent in vehicles or on planes make regular healthy habits fall to the wayside. While we won’t judge if you decide to use your time away to take a hiatus from your daily green juice or Soul Cycle class, we do have to caution against taking a vacation from keeping your teeth in…

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25 Facts About Brooklyn that are Hard to Believe

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When we started our orthodontic clinic in Park Slope, we instantly fell in love with Brooklyn. It’s such a vibrant, exciting place to live and work. We wanted to learn more about our favorite borough, so we did some research at Fresh Orthodontics to uncover fun facts ranging from tidbits about Brooklyn history to surprising revelations. Ready to dominate trivia night? Here’s our favorite interesting facts about Brooklyn, New York! 1. If the borough of Brooklyn were a city on its own, it would be the fourth largest in the United States by population. More than 2.5 million people currently…

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What You Need to Know if Your Child Snores, Grinds Their Teeth or is a Mouth Breather

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We all know kids need sleep in order for their brains and bodies to develop. It’s when they’re snoozing that growth actually occurs. Many times, babies and little children aren’t sleeping as soundly as it may appear due to what is known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or sleep-related breathing disorders (SRBD) and this can affect their development, ability to learn and even their mood (hey, you know how grumpy you get when you don’t get a good night’s sleep!). Grinding their teeth, snoring and mouth breathing are all signs of sleep apnea in kids. As a Park Slope orthodontist,…

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Our Favorite Spots for Kids Birthday Parties in Brooklyn

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Considering Dr. Khanna really enjoys the company of his Park Slope orthodontic patients, it’s no wonder they get pretty close. He loves chatting with them about their latest adventures, which is probably why he tends to hear all about the latest Brooklyn kids birthday party ideas (or maybe it’s because he’s a big kid at heart himself). If you’re stumped on where to celebrate the day your kiddo came into the world, then you’re in the right place. Here’s Fresh Orthodontics’ guide to the best birthday party places for kids in Brooklyn. Brooklyn Robot Foundry – 303 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn Who wouldn’t…

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Second Annual Pumpkin Picasso Competition

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Our Second Annual Pumpkin Picasso Competition! It's back! We're hosting our second annual Pumpkin Picasso Competition on Facebook! Right now when you visit Fresh Orthodontics you'll be able to view ALL the pumpkins carved by local dental offices! These pumpkins will be donated to the Department of Pediactrics /PICU at the New York Methodist Hospital on October 28th, 2016. We can't wait to see the smiles these pumpkins bring to all the children. To vote and get involved with our Pumpkin Picasso Competition visit our Facebook Page.   View Larger View Larger View Larger View Larger View Larger View Larger...
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Braces comparison chart

Braces Technology – A Comprehensive Chart

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If you’re seeking straight teeth, Fresh Orthodontics has options and lots of them at our Park Slope orthodontic clinic. Dr. Khanna didn’t go through all of that schooling for nothing. He has training and expertise in a wide range of orthodontic treatments. Whether you’re 14-years-old or 75, have a crossbite or an underbite, want an inconspicuous treatment or would love to rock heart-shaped brackets with neon rubber bands, we’ve got you covered. While you may not be a candidate for every treatment, and you’ll need to schedule a free consultation to see what will work best for you, you’ll likely…

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Free Things to do with Kids in Brooklyn Summer

10 FREE Activities for Kids in Brooklyn This Summer: Second Annual Guide

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The parents at our Park Slope orthodontic office have spoken and our first installment was such a hit, they want more ideas for free activities for kids in Brooklyn. Who are we to argue? One of the perks of living here is that there is always something going on and a lot of it’s family-friendly. So without further ado, here is Fresh Orthodontics’ second round of free kids’ activities in Brooklyn: 1. Tour Brooklyn – Free Tours by Foot offers two-hour, guided walking tours of Brooklyn that cover different aspects of history and culture. Check out the schedule to find one…

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How to Get Your Kids Ready for Braces

How to Get Your Kids Ready for Braces – With Local Ideas for Brooklyn!

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Kids – and adults for that matter – can be frightened about the unknown and getting braces can definitely fall into this category. While we go to great lengths at our Park Slope orthodontic clinic to put our patients at ease, there are a few things that you as a parent can do to prepare your child for braces or Invisalign. A little planning and positive reinforcement can make the experience stress-free and ensure treatment is successful. Start ‘Em Young The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children first see an orthodontist for screening no later than seven-years-old. While this is…

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The Best New York-Based Parenting Blogs

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Hey, parents. Looking for some easy reading, tips on what to do with kids in New York City, family-friendly recipes or maybe just a good laugh? Fresh Orthodontics has combed the interwebs looking for the best New York City parenting blogs. These sites cover it all. Feel free to mention any we missed in the comments section as well!  Mommy Poppins We love you Mommy Poppins! This blog will probably always have a top spot on any list (and in our hearts) because it’s an insanely thorough and comprehensive collection of ideas for what to do with kids in NYC….

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The Leading Edge of Orthodontic Technology

The Leading Edge of Orthodontic Technology, Right Here in Brooklyn

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We’ve got a lot of high-tech wizardry going on at Fresh Orthodontics. It’s not because Dr. Khanna is a huge Back to the Future fan (well, that’s not the only reason). We like to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to innovations to ensure our Park Slope orthodontic patients have the best possible experience and more precise, faster treatments. We’ve considered pretty much every aspect of your visit from the moment you walk through the door of our Brooklyn orthodontic clinic and have infused each step with a little tech magic. Keeping You (and the Environment) Safe and…

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Dogs With Braces

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Recently, the internet was set a blaze with photos of an incredibly cute puppy with braces named Wesley. This gave us an idea! We wanted to see not only what Dr. Sharma’s resident pooch would look like with braces on, but we also wanted to see what some other cute furry canines would look like while sporting a grill! Without further ado, let’s look at some dogs with braces:

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The Best Braces Moments in Pop Culture History

The Best Braces Moments in Pop-Culture History

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Considering braces are like an adolescent rite of passage, it’s no surprise they’ve saturated popular culture. I mean what good coming of age movie doesn’t have at least one character rocking braces? While sometimes braces in movies and braces on TV are portrayed as awkward, my Park Slope orthodontic patients make braces look cool and we all know the end result is awesomely straight teeth. Here are some of Fresh Orthodontics’ favorite famous moments in braces history (pop culture edition): Josie Geller in Never Been Kissed As journalist Josie Geller (played by Drew Barrymore) goes back to high school undercover…

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Braces-Friendly Food in Park Slope & Brooklyn

Braces-Friendly Food in Park Slope & Brooklyn

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We love good food and some of our patients are concerned that they might not be able to eat their favorite foods while in orthodontic treatment.  The thought that just breaks our hearts.  When you’re undergoing treatment you don’t need to go on a special braces diet and you can still eat a lot of the things you love. However, there are a few foods that are off limits or need to be cut up or modified. In the grand scheme of things, it’s a small trade-off for a perfect smile, and you can justify a few extra milkshakes along…

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Best Winter Activities for Kids in Brooklyn

12 of The Best Winter Activities for Kids in Brooklyn

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Now that it really feels like winter, we’ve seen quite a few patients and families at our Brooklyn orthodontic clinic with serious cases of cabin fever. Thankfully, there’s a cure: Getting out and taking advantage of the cool stuff the city has to offer. The cold weather doesn’t mean you have to be housebound. If you’re wondering what to do with kids in Brooklyn in the winter, you’re at the right place. Fresh Orthodontics has compiled a list of a few of our favorite kids’ winter activities: 1. Drop-in indoor play spaces and kiddie gyms like Gymboree in Park Slope…

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Your Smile May Be Affecting Your Ability to get a Job

Your Smile may be Affecting Your Ability to Get a Job (We Checked, it’s Science!)

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In a perfect world, we wouldn’t be judged on how we look; and instead things like, I don’t know, personality would take center stage. However, appearance plays a major role in the first impressions we make, and dental esthetics, in particular, can really influence others’ perception of us. As a Brooklyn orthodontist, and former braces wearer himself, Dr. Khanna has seen how transformative orthodontic treatment can be for an individual’s self esteem. Now, a study published in the American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics (AJO-DO) illustrates that dental esthetics can affect a person’s ability to get a job; meaning,…

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