Pitner Orthodontics December 2018

PLAN YOUR FAMILY’S CHRISTMAS CAROLING PARTY HereWe Come A-Wassailing

Have Songs Picked Out Will your caroling group perform classics like “Silent Night” or something silly like “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”? Get everyone on the same page, print out sheet music, and practice before the big night. Dress for Success Some carolers wear matching scarves, while others go out in full Victorian-inspired costumes. Whatever dress code you decide on, dress for what the temperature will be after dark.You don’t want your caroling to get cut short because of frostbite. If you are caroling outdoors, add reflective tape and flashing lights to your clothing so your party can be seen by passing cars. Don’t Make Everyone Sing One of your kids may be ready to rock around the Christmas tree, but what if another would rather get coal in their stocking than sing in public? That’s okay! Nonsingers can still participate in caroling Not being able to see the progress you’re making is one reason why wearing braces can be so frustrating. My teeth are perfectly straight, so I don’t need orthodontic treatment. But if I did, I wouldn’t want my pretty smile hidden behind braces the whole time! Not only does wearing braces mean avoiding tasty foods, it also means that with all the metal in the way, you can’t even see if the treatment is working! It is working, of course. But I know a lot of patients get discouraged after dealing with braces for so long, especially when they still have months of treatment ahead. And when they finally reach the end, some patients are even more nervous about getting their braces off! They can’t appreciate their beautiful new smile because they’re distracted by how “big” or “weird” their teeth look. This is just because your teeth might look different after they’ve been covered by braces for almost two years.

In some families,

by ringing silver bells or handing out candy canes at the door.

caroling is an annual event, while others stick to watching the characters sing at the end of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” If

Bring Gifts Small goodies like bottles of cider, homemade Christmas cookies, or candy canes are always sure to spread holiday cheer.

you want to make Christmas caroling part of your holiday traditions, we have some tips to help make your outing

Keep the Party Going! After a night of singing your heart out,

everyone deserves a treat.When you get back home, enjoy some traditional wassail or hot chocolate.Warmup, enjoy leftover cookies, and spend time with your loved ones. It takes a little planning to pull off a great caroling party, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Just try to have a

the best ever.

Plan Early Calendars fill up fast around the holidays, so if you want to include people outside of your household in your caroling party, send out invitations early.You don’t want your caroling gathering to be a bust because all your guests had other plans.

good time.You don’t have to sound like a choir of angels to bring joy to the world.

FROM THE OFFICE OF BUSTER

The Importance of Tracking Your Progress

G’DAY, MATE! The end of the year is coming up fast, and that means it’s time for NewYear’s resolutions. I resolve to get more cuddles in 2019! A great way to achieve your resolutions, no matter what they may be, is to track your progress. This is because tracking your progress influences your behavior in a number of ways. By making note of our habits and progress, the mere measurement effect encourages us to improve ourselves. If you know where you started, you can set realistic goals that help you commit to long-term change. You can better appreciate how far you’ve come, which can help you get through a rough patch. • • •

But illusions or not, it can really take away from the excitement of finally having your braces off.

With Invisalign, your smile isn’t hidden behind an “Under Construction” sign.You get to see the progress you make every day and know all your hard work is making a difference.

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