ORANGE, Calif., Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ormco Corporation, a leading manufacturer and provider of advanced orthodontic technology and services, is advising kids, teens and teachers on ways to ensure a bright, beautiful smile for school picture day. Treating more than three million patients with Damon® System orthodontic braces—a progressive treatment that is more hygienic, comfortable and proven to improve a patient's smile in less time—Ormco's experts have shared tips to help those with, and without, braces prep their smile for this year's class photograph.
"With millions of people wearing braces in the U.S. and Canada, it's important that those taking action to improve their smile feel confident on school picture day," said Vicente Reynal, president of Ormco. "Damon Doctors, who aspire to deliver the best possible results with increased efficiency and comfort, are one of the best resources for information on oral health care and how to make your smile the best it can be."
In honor of school picture day, Ormco has compiled the following tips to help students and teachers alike take a picture they'll be proud to see.
- Take a few minutes before saying "Cheese!" to care for your teeth
Before you step in front of the camera, check teeth in a mirror for any food particles. If you have braces or wear clear aligners, such as Insignia™ Clearguide™ Express, bring a quick touch up kit with a toothbrush and floss for pre-photo oral hygiene.
- Strive for a genuine, wide smile
The winners of "Best Smile" are often those that don't hold back and smile big. If you wear braces, don't be afraid to smile with your teeth. For those with virtually invisible braces, such as Damon Clear™, some may not even notice you're wearing braces in your headshot. Before you grin, think of something that makes you feel happy and let your confidence shine through. Some experts recommend over-smiling to ensure you have a full, glowing grin that shows off your top and bottom teeth.
- Make an effort to smile more
If you're uncomfortable with your smile or feel anxiety about your appearance when smiling, practice in front of the mirror or ask a trusted family member or friend to take a few mock photos to ease nerves. For consumers unhappy with the look of their smile, Ormco encourages them to visit its Damon Doctor locator at www.damonbraces.com to find an orthodontist in their area. Many Damon Doctors offer free consultations and accept third-party financing.
- Take care of teeth and lips to enhance your smile
To compliment your smile, address chapped or dry lips with moisturizer and avoid food and drinks with teeth-staining qualities, including dark-colored colas and sugary candies.
"Seeking orthodontic treatment is the first step towards a healthy, straight smile—for both kids and adults. With today's technologically advanced and aesthetically pleasing treatment solutions, straight teeth, an aligned bite, improved facial profile and the confidence that comes with a radiant smile is achievable in less time and with greater comfort," commented orthodontist John Graham, DDS, MD.
Ormco's flagship solutions include the Damon System and Insignia. Insignia treatment solution utilizes a combination of powerful 3-D treatment planning software and customized appliances that enable orthodontists to provide faster treatment and more predictable results compared with traditional braces. The Damon System, available in a virtually invisible Damon Clear option, is an orthodontic treatment that uses low-friction passive self-ligating brackets, hi-tech light-force archwires and minimally invasive protocols for remarkable patient results.
Media interested in speaking with an Ormco spokesperson should contact Robin Dwyer at 619-234-0345 or [email protected]. Connect with Ormco on Facebook at Facebook.com/DamonSystemBraces and Facebook.com/InsigniaSmile, or Twitter at @Ormco and @DamonBraces.
Ormco is dedicated to manufacturing innovative products that improve the clinician's opportunity to achieve excellent results in the least amount of time, in the fewest number of appointments, and with the greatest patient comfort. From personalized service to worldwide continuing education programs and marketing support, Ormco is committed to helping orthodontists achieve their clinical and practice management objectives. For more information, visit the Ormco website.
SOURCE Ormco Corporation