Announcing our “Hello 2019” Contest!

What is your New Year’s Resolution for 2019? Eat healthier meals? Hit the gym daily? Master a new skill? We want to hear how you’re going to make 2019 your year … but keep it short and sweet!

From Wed, January 2nd through Thurs, January 31st, we’re asking patients to head to our Contest Page and submit their 2019 New Years resolution in three words or less. That’s right – you get three words or less to wow us with your personal goal for the new year.

Dr. Elliott and his staff will select the most original entry, and the lucky winner receives a $25 Amazon gift card!

Good luck to all our patients who enter and here’s to hoping you make your resolution a reality! (We certainly hope brushing, flossing, and caring for your braces during treatment is high on your to-do list!)

Have a healthy, happy 2019!

New Year, New Me

Cute funny cartoon tooth in santa hat and mittens. Vector concept of New Year and Christmas greeting for the dental clinic. Winter holidays in dentistry.At the start of each new year, we often hear people say, “New year, new me.” But what exactly does that mean? At Elliott Orthodontics, we say “New year, new smile, better hygiene.”

To help you start the new year with a great smile and better oral health, we’ve come up with a list of essentials you will need to achieve this new year’s resolution.


Simply brushing your teeth does not always get to the hard-to-reach areas. Flossing is one of the most effective ways to prevent cavities, fight bad breath, tartar buildup, gum disease and improve your appearance. Make sure floss is part of your at-home dental care routine in the new year to maintain your bright smile.

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The Impact of Smoking on Oral Health

Smoking cigaretteWhen it comes to smoking, we’ve all been reminded constantly of the effects it can have on our overall health. In most cases, lung cancer is often the disease of choice that is a result of smoking. However, the damaging effects of smoking don’t stop there. Do you know the negative effects smoking can have on your oral health as well? Stained teeth and bad breath are just the beginning. At Elliott Orthodontics, we’ll help you understand the true cost of smoking as it relates to your teeth, gums and oral health.

Gum Disease

It starts with inflammation of the gums. If left untreated, the inflammation can lead to serious damage of the gum tissue, tooth loss and even bone loss in the jaw. Serious infections can also happen if the bacteria from any of the above mentioned get into the bloodstream.

It is important to note that gum disease in those who smoke can be harder to treat. Smoking doubles the risk of developing gum disease due to the overwhelming number of toxins it introduces into the mouth. Read More