Team Demas Orthodontics August 2019

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You watched, you waited, you referred, and you entered. On June 21, we selected a winner for our Disney giveaway. And the winner is ...

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The Peters!

“We were blown away! I can’t believe it really happened!”

Congratulations, Michele, Dave, Mia, and Chloe! You’ll be going to Disney World! We’re overjoyed to present these awesome patients with the Disney giveaway! Mia and Chloe have been all-star TeamDemas patients for the past three years. Both are proud wearers of braces who will soon get to experience their smile transformations. In their time here, we’ve gotten to know the Peters and consider them to be part of the TeamDemas family. Michele says the feeling is mutual. It’s been a positive experience from day one. “It’s been wonderful. Everyone is really friendly. Coming here is like visiting friends. It’s not just a doctor’s office; it’s very personalized. I tell anyone that’s looking for an orthodontist to check out Team Demas.” We couldn’t have picked a more wonderful family for this trip! How did it feel to get the news that they’d won? “We were blown away! I can’t believe it really happened!” Michele says. “You know how you feel like you never win anything? When I found out, I couldn’t believe it,” she adds. Mia and Chloe are big fans of Disney, particularly Woody, Buzz, Cinderella, and Ariel. “They really enjoyed Toy Story, and they were into all the princesses,” Michele says. “When they were younger, one loved Cinderella, and the other loved Ariel. They love all the classics.”

Dave, Chloe, Mia, and Michele

Mia and Chloe

As a child, Michele was also a big Disney fan. Recalling her own trips to Disney World, her favorite ride comes to mind. “I remember just loving ‘It’s a Small World,’” she says. “It’s a classic. Of course, that was a long time ago. Parks have changed so much.” Nevertheless, we can imagine the joy Michele and David will feel sharing their favorite memories with their girls and making new ones. Thank you to everyone who referred friends and family and entered to win! We loved being part of the fun and can’t wait to share our next giveaway with you! In the meantime, enjoy your summer! Michele, Mia, Chloe, and Dave, enjoy your trip! We can’t wait to hear all about it! Please tell Mickey "hi" for us!

–Dr. Demas


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Between vacations, bonfires, and sporting tournaments, your children’s sleep schedule probably went on break when they did this summer. With school fast approaching, it’s vital to get your kids back on a proper sleep schedule. In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation, getting enough sleep can significantly improve a child’s growth and cognitive function.

one week later. Slowly work your way back to an appropriate time, and bedtime will be easier when school starts. Make It Easy Though the days may be getting shorter, it’s still relatively light out at night, making it nearly impossible for your kids to doze off when they should. Sleep experts recommend creating a sleeping space that mimics a cave: dark, cool, and quiet. This means sunlight shouldn’t sneak into the room, and the home should be a quiet zone after bedtime. No one wants to sleep while everyone else is having fun, so it’s important that everyone in the home is quiet at bedtime.

But getting a restful night’s sleep is easier said than done when kids have had almost complete freedom for three months. Try these tips to get your kids snoozing through August and prepared for school. Start Early and Go Slowly When practicing this tip, think of the old adage: “It takes 21 days to break a habit.” If your kids have been going to bed late this summer, set a time when they must go to bed, but don’t make it too far off the time they have been regularly hitting the hay. If they shuffle off to bed around 10 p.m., push their bedtime to 9:45 p.m., and then push it back to 9:30 p.m.

Just Relax This is a rule your family should follow year- round, not just when you want to reestablish a routine. At a certain time each night, begin the nightly wind-down. For example, at 8 p.m. shut off your screens, put on pajamas, and engage in a relaxing activity, like reading a book or doing some yoga. Signaling to your body and your family that it’s time for bed will help your kiddos, and you, fall asleep at an appropriate time.


lemon, and vanilla chai, your morning and nighttime routines just got a bit sweeter. Most of these kid-friendly flavors are available on Amazon, so feel free to indulge your sweet tooth without worrying about cavities. Fruit of the Tube Everyone loves fruit. At least, that’s what the makers of these toothpastes and flosses are counting on. The California-based company Cocofloss, founded by two sisters, specializes in fruit flavors with tasty options like fresh coconut, summer watermelon, pure strawberry, cara cara orange, and passion fruit. In the world of toothpaste, Schmidt’s, a plant-based company, is a standout with a coconut lime flavor guaranteed to make your toothbrush taste tropical. Suspiciously Savory Considering the sizzle bacon has had in recent pop culture, it’s no surprise that it invaded the bathroom counter. If you’re bacon obsessed, Perpetual Kid has just the product for you. See for yourself with its description: “Brushing your teeth with a strip of fried bacon is tricky. If it's too crisp, it will break apart as you brush, and if it's too limp, you won't be able to remove any of the plaque. So, when it's time to brush your teeth, leave the bacon strips for breakfast and try this bacon toothpaste.” Pair it with some bacon-flavored floss from quirky company Archie McPhee for the full breakfast experience, and, if that isn’t wacky enough, roll the dice with floss that tastes like pickles or ranch dressing.

While mint is unquestionably the nation’s favorite flavor of toothpaste and floss, every once in a while, you’ll come across someone who dislikes the taste. How do they deal with dental hygiene? A few big-name brands offer cinnamon options or even mysteriously dubbed “original” or “regular” flavors. But why stop there? Here are some of the more unique flavors available to delight kids and adults alike. Dental Dessert Brushing your teeth is usually what you do after having dessert. But with flavors like cupcake, chocolate chip, vanilla bean, licorice, Coca-Cola with


You knew orthodontic treatment would be life-changing for your child as soon as you realized they weren’t smiling as much because of how they felt about their teeth. When they got their braces off, you saw their confident smile return.

What about your smile?

TAKE A BREAK How It Works We use advanced computer simulations with orthodontist driven treatment goals. All you need to do is change out the aligners every two weeks, so your teeth can gradually move into place guided by the aligners. You'll wear your If you’ve ever hidden your teeth or not smiled as widely because you didn’t want people to see that your teeth are crooked, it’s your turn to get your confidence back. Invisalign is an excellent way for adults to straighten their teeth without others knowing they are wearing an appliance, allowing you to achieve your perfect smile. Many people believe orthodontics are specifically for children. Maybe you feel like braces are for kids and are concerned about how you would look with braces on. This is exactly why Invisalign was created. It’s a subtle, discreet solution and has become increasingly popular because it’s nearly invisible and also the most comfortable and flexible orthodontic treatment available.

trays for 20–22 hours every day in order to maintain your progress. Don’t worry; you’ll have plenty of time to eat and care for your teeth in between!

Orthodontic treatment isn’t age discriminatory. It’s something that can transform your smile and your confidence at any age, without restricting your lifestyle. Invisalign makes orthodontic treatment more flexible and appealing than ever before, so now you can get the smile you've always dreamed of. To find out if you're a candidate for Invisalign, contact our office to schedule your complimentary consultation. We can’t wait to see what Invisalign can do for you!


Inspired by Food &Wine magazine


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For the lamb: •

1/2 cup distilled white vinegar

2 lbs trimmed leg of lamb, cut into 1-inch cubes 1 tbsp peanut oil, plus more for grilling Salt and black pepper, to taste

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1/2 cup Dijon mustard

1/2 tbsp agave nectar

1 yellow onion, thinly sliced Salt and white pepper, to taste


Bamboo skewers


1. In a bowl, coat lamb with 1 tbsp oil and generously season with salt and pepper. 2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard, and agave nectar. Toss in onions and season with salt and pepper.

3. Heat a grill or grill pan to medium and oil the grates. 4. Thread lamb on skewers and grill for 6–8 minutes. 5. Serve alongside onions.


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When Airbnb was founded a little over a decade ago, the developers hoped to provide an alternative to traditional travel accommodations. Today, with annual revenue in the billions, the service is an industry unto itself. While most people use Airbnb to “live like a local” while traveling, you can find some truly wacky lodging options if you spend some time searching the platform. Here are just a few of the many contenders for the title of “Weirdest Airbnb in the U.S.” For ease of searching, the listings here have the same titles as they do on Airbnb. Brand New Studio Earthship | Taos, NewMexico Earthships, houses run by clean energy and featuring reused materials, are a fixture of the Taos area. This one, which looks almost like a crashing wave with a living space in its undertow, combines the rustic charm of truly getting away from it all with modern amenities like Wi-Fi and in-home laundry. It’s a truly unique living space surrounded by pristine nature and not far from the historic Taos Pueblo. ManCave Apartment/Airplane Hangar | Geneva, Florida Airbnb super hosts Dan and Deborah have no shortage of quirky properties for rent — including yurts and treehouses — but their apartment fashioned out of an airplane hangar surely takes the cake. You’d be forgiven for thinking it

was a theme restaurant featuring eclectic aviation. Memorabilia lines the walls with a bar front and center, and the bed is in a loft high above the ground.

Dog Bark Park Inn B&B | Cottonwood, Idaho As you approach the Dog Bark Park Inn, you won’t have to guess if you’re in the right place. After all, how many buildings are shaped like beagles? When describing the space on Airbnb, the hosts make no bones about who this rental is aimed for. “Stay in a giant dog!” they say. In addition to being inside a massive wooden dog, you’ll find canine-themed games, books, and more. Talk about ruffing it.


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