Valentine’s Day and BracesWhy You Should Get Orthodontic TreatmentOral Health and Heart Health4 – H ProgramGood News Contest 2011Smiles Specialty Centre 1st Annual Open House

V Day


February 14th is just around the corner and all the stores are full of Valentine’s Day treats; red, heart shaped boxes full of sugary treats, cinnamon hearts, chocolate caramels and love hearts.

As we all know, none of you EVER eat those kinds of candy because they are not good for your braces  so the girls at our office have a list of braces friendly, Valentine’s Day gift suggestions;


  1. Soft chocolate and truffles
  2. Flowers
  3. Gift certificates for manicure/pedicure
  4. Dinner and a movie (no popcorn)
  5. Ice cream cake
  6. Chocolate covered strawberries
  7. Candles
  8. Stuffed animals
  9. Homemade cards and gifts


Try this Chocolate MousseChoc Mousse

Courtesy of Chef Ramsey

150 g dark chocolate
250 ml sour cream
284 ml whipping cream
25g icing sugar, sifted
Break the dark chocolate into small pieces (reserving 25g for grating later) and place in a bowl that fits snugly over a pan of boiling water. Leave until the chocolate has completely melted and then remove from the heat and set aside.

Add the sour cream to the melted chocolate and whisk until combined. Put the whipping cream and icing sugar into a separate bowl and whisk with an electric whisk until it forms soft peaks. Fold the chocolate mixture into the cream and stir to combine.

Spoon the mousse into four small serving dishes and then grate over the remaining chocolate and serve.

The goal of orthodontic treatment is a good bite—meaning straight teeth that mesh well with the teeth in the opposite jaw. A good bite makes it easier for you to bite, chew and speak. This can enhance your dental health and your overall health, and may improve self-esteem. Orthodontic treatment is often part of a comprehensive dental health care plan. With good care, including orthodontic treatment when necessary, teeth can last a lifetime. Treatment in children or teenagers who are still growing may yield results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have completed their growth. A healthy bite is as important at age 60 as it is at age 16.

Even though adults are no longer growing, they can also enjoy improvements that come from orthodontic treatment. Your age is not a consideration for orthodontic treatment. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Orthodontic treatment is a smart investment in your dental, physical and emotional health.

When to see an orthodontist

orthodontic-problemsIf you recognize any of these signs in your child or yourself, it might be time to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist.

• Early or late loss of baby teeth

• Difficulty chewing or biting

• Mouth breathing

• Sucking the thumb or fingers, or other oral habits

• Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth

• Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or are recessed

• Speech difficulty

• Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth

• Protruding teeth

• Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all

• Facial imbalance or asymmetry (features out of proportion to the rest of the face)

• Grinding or clenching of teeth

• Inability to comfortably close lips

Orthodontics has come a long way!

Courtesy of the AAO

3 Ways to Improve Your Oral Health and Heart Health


Time to stop obsessing about the low cholesterol diet—now it’s all about your oral health!

Did you know that, according to the American Academy of Periodontology, people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease, than those without?

That’s right, keeping your pearly whites clean can help increase your heart health. Here’s three fast ways to improve oral health, courtesy of Ormco Corporation, a leader in innovative orthodontic technology:


  1. Floss daily—flossing does about 40 percent of the work required to remove sticky bacteria or plaque from your teeth.


  1. Invest in orthodontic treatment—straight and evenly spaced teeth are easier to keep clean, resulting in better oral health. Ask your orthodontists about new faster and more comfortable treatment options.


  1. Avoid high sugar foods—sugary foods and drinks can contribute to decay and negatively affect tooth enamel. If you’re indulging, consume all your sweets at one time instead of throughout the day to limit the amount of time sugars have to wreak havoc in your mouth.


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Smiles Specialty Centre supports the 4-H Program

Dr. Bales purchased Rebecca’s 4-H Steer at the 2011 Neepawa & Area 4-H Fat Stock Show and Sale.

Dr. Bales supported the Sidney 4-H Beef Club by purchasing Kylee's 4-H Steer

Dr. Bales supported the Sidney 4-H Beef Club by purchasing Kylee’s 4-H Steer

Good News Contest 2011

In conjunction with the United Way and Brandon & District, Drs. Corbett and Bales co-sponsored the Good News Contest. Kaitlyn won for her Good News Story. Here she is accepting her prize of a new IPad from Drs. Corbett and Bales.

Kaitlyn with her family and all the sponsors

Kaitlyn with her family and all the sponsors – Good News Story Contest
Winning Submission by Kaitlyn, age 14
Brandon, Manitoba

Often people think of organizations or individuals when it comes to recognizing someone for community spirit.I’d like to recognize my family.

Fourteen years ago, when I was just a baby, my family began to help out an elderly lady (our next‐door neighbour). She was once a complete stranger, but with my parents’ care and support, she eventually became like a grandmother to us.
As young children, my brother and I would go over to her house and deliver a special arts and crafts item that we had spent our time working on that day. She was delighted by the gift as well as the frequent visits since her family did not live in Brandon.

As we grew older, we would continue to stop by her house and we would mail letters for her and pull weeds from her flower bed, as at that time, she was well over 90 years young. Marge was someone who loved music and so I would often go over and her and I would play the piano and sing songs.

As she began to age, her family became more concerned about her and would call for us to check in on her to see that she was doing alright. My mom would make Marge home‐cooked meals and my brother and I would deliver the meals to her. If mom was heading to the store, we would check to see if she needed any errands run.

My Dad looked after Marge’s yard. He would cut the grass and keep her yard immaculate during the summer and keep her driveway clear during the winter. He would do household repairs and we would all keep her yard intact as we painted the fence, cleaned windows, pruned trees and other yard maintenance.

One time Marge had an accident and mom rushed her to the Emergency Room. She spent a few hours there with her and even spent the night at her home to make sure that she was alright.

In 2005, Brandon was hit by a terrible downpour of rain. This led to the lower parts of Brandon dealing with sewer backup … Marge’s home and ours included. My parents helped Marge during this difficult time and we all managed to get through it, together.

Since Marge was so close to us, my brother and I would make her cards on special occasions like Mother’s Day, Christmas, and her birthday. We would send her flowers, also.
Marge has recently moved away from Brandon, but we continue our connection with phone calls and visits to Winnipeg. She celebrated her 100th Birthday this past year.

Even though she doesn’t live next door to us anymore, those 12 years of help we gave her bonded us together so that she was like a “grandma” to us. If she was still living next door, our family would be delighted to continue helping her.

Kaitlyn, 14 years old
Good News Story Contest
Winning Submission by Kaitlyn, age 14
Brandon, Manitoba


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