Are You Over-Brushing Your Braces?

Have you ever had that awkward experience when you drink a cold beverage and immediately feel a sharp pain in your teeth? You’re not alone. In fact, one in eight people has this same problem with tooth sensitivity. So what’s the cause? Believe it or not, tooth sensitivity such as this doesn’t have anything to Read More

How to Survive Thanksgiving with Braces

If you’re a fan of food like we are (and really, who isn’t?), then Thanksgiving just might be one of your favorite holidays. Not only do you get to spend time with the ones you love, but you can also eat all the foods you might not get to eat as often. So how do Read More

What Happens When We Swallow Gum?

Dr. Gerald Phipps and the team at Phipps Orthodontics want to dispel an urban legend about chewing gum: if you swallow a wad of gum, it does not sit in your stomach for seven years. In most cases, actually, not even seven days. Chewing gum, although not meant to be swallowed, passes harmlessly through the Read More

Fun Halloween Costume Ideas for Braces

It’s that time of year again! Halloween is just around the corner and we at Phipps Orthodontics are here to get you ready. For those of you currently in braces, you may be wondering how you can stand out with your costume while disguising your orthodontic treatment. Fear not! Here are six fun costume ideas Read More

Announcing our Seahawks Puzzle Contest

It’s fall – the leaves are changing, the weather’s turning, and we’re cheering on our Seattle Seahawks as they make another run toward the Super Bowl championship! Phipps Orthodontics is proud to announce our Seahawks puzzle contest, running from Friday, September 29th through Friday, December 8th. There are two steps in this contest: 1) Successfully assemble Read More

Adult Orthodontics – Get That Gorgeous Smile You Want

  Adult Orthodontics – Many people still maintain the belief that braces are for kids and teens. That is far from being factual. In a survey conducted by the AAO (American Association of Orthodontists), many orthodontic practices said that adults comprised up to 50% of their patients. That same study found that 44% of those Read More

Easter – Some Fun Facts and History

Easter is not just about egg hunts, candy, Cadbury eggs and chocolate rabbits. For Christians, Easter celebrates the resurrection from the dead of Jesus Christ. It is a moveable holiday or feast since it does not occur on the same exact day every year. Most Christian churches in the Western part of the globe celebrate Read More

Orthodontic Retainers – Your Key to Maintaining Straight Teeth

Orthodontic retainers…Do you really know how important they are? Okay, so you decided to invest in the straightening of your teeth. Your smile is perfect and you are absolutely delighted with your results from Phipps Orthodontics. Now what? Orthodontic retainers that were made specifically for you are the most important key to you maintaining that Read More

Tooth Decay – Less Is Better

Tooth decay…Did you know that for over a century dentists removed both healthy and diseased portions of tooth structure when treating patients as a preventative measure to avoid future decay? However, in the 1970s, a new treatment options emerged, in the dental field known as “Minimally Invasive Dentistry” (MID) attempts to preserve as much of Read More

Oral Hygiene – What Is It?

Oral Hygiene … Okay we all know what oral means and the definition of hygiene is “conditions or practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease, especially through cleanliness”. Therefore it means taking care of your mouth and teeth. All dentists and Orthodontists like those at Phipps Orthodontics recommend being attentive to your teeth and Read More

Dental Abscess – Causes And Cures

A dental abscess, or tooth abscess, is an accumulation of pus that forms inside the teeth or gums. The abscess typically originates from a bacterial infection, often one that has accumulated in the soft pulp of the tooth. Bacteria exist in plaque, a by-product of food, saliva and bacteria in the mouth which sticks to Read More

Teeth Are Not To Be Used As A Tool – Ask Jimmy Fallon

Care for your teeth! Have you ever been frustrated opening a bottle, container, prying open a lid, or ripping open a package with your hands? Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show” tried prying open a tube of scar tissue repair gel with disastrous results. For the 40 year old comedian, what happened next Read More

Smile Happy In 2017

The American Association of Orthodontists recently completed a study that reported more than 1/3 of US adults are unhappy with their smile. Are you one of them? If so, 2017 is the year to do something about it!! What better New Years Resolution can you promise yourself or someone you love than a new smile? Read More

Stocking Stuffer Ideas That Are Braces Friendly

The holiday season is upon us again. Where did the year go? At Phipps Orthodontics we would like to share some stocking stuffer ideas to consider for patients of all ages wearing braces. Instead of candy and sweets that can bend wires and knock off brackets during holiday festivities, give something more suitable to make Read More

Orthodontic Treatment For All Ages

Orthodontic treatment…not just for kids anymore. Years ago when people thought about orthodontic braces they pictured a pre-teen or a teen ager with a mouth full of metal. But times have certainly changed. Today, orthodontic treatment is not just for kids any more. People of any age group can now have the smile they have Read More

Thanksgiving And Being Grateful

What does Thanksgiving mean in your home? Our team here at Phipps Orthodontics realizes Thanksgiving can hold many meanings to many people. To us however Thanksgiving means being grateful and expressing gratitude for all the wonderful patients and families we have the opportunity and privilege to serve. To most, Thanksgiving means a literal feast of Read More

Invisalign For The Holidays

Now is the time to start thinking of the perfect gift for your special teen or adult in your life. What better way to express your sentiments and thoughts than to give someone you love the beautiful smile they always wanted. An Invisalign Smile is the perfect Holiday gift! For the majority of people, celebrations, Read More

Halloween Fun Facts And Safety Tips

Halloween was also known as All Hallows’ Eve in some circles. It goes as far back as about 2,000 years to a pre-Christian Celtic festival held around Nov. 1 called Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”), which means “summer’s end” in the Gaelic language. Halloween costumes and the tradition of “dressing up” may go back to a time Read More

New Contest – Star Stealer Game

Summer is over and school is back in full-swing, but the fun continues at Phipps Orthodontics! Dr. Phipps and his team are happy to announce their latest contest – the Star Stealer game. Maneuver around the board, avoiding enemies, to collect stars. Once you reach 50 points, you will qualify to be entered in our Read More

Orthodontic Health Month – October 2016

Orthodontic Health Month…You probably are not aware that this even exists. Well it certainly does. October is the designated month to increase peoples’ awareness regarding oral health and beautiful smiles. A beautiful smile can open so many doors in both your social life and business life. The Team at Phipps Orthodontics wants you to join Read More