Announcing Our Summer “Flat Doc Photo” Contest

Flat Doc Photo Contest Enter to Win a Family Fun Pack Elliott Orthodontics

Dr. Elliott couldn’t make up his mind on where to travel for his summer vacation… so he’ll be hanging out with all of you, wherever your journeys take you!

If you’re headed someplace hot, cool, or interesting this summer, bring along “Flat Doc” Dr. Elliott with you! Snap a selfie of yourself and the “Flat Doc” in the midst of your vacation action for a chance to win a prize.

Send us your selfie submissions between now and August 19th. All entries will be compiled in an online gallery for final voting. We are limiting one “Flat Doc” photo per patient.

What You Could Win

Prizes will be awarded to the three photos with the highest vote counts.

*1st Place Prize – A $50 Altitude Trampoline Park gift card, a $50 Cinemagic gift card, and a $25 Merrimack Ten Pin gift card

*2nd Place Prize – a $50 Altitude Trampoline Park gift, a $25 Merrimack 10 Pin gift card

*3rd Place Prize – a $50 Trampoline gift card OR a Cinemagic gift card (winner’s choice)

For contest rules and information on how to submit your “flat doc” photo, head over to our Contest page! Best of luck to all who enter (and make sure “Flat Doc” Dr. Elliott packs his sunscreen for your trip!)

We hope our patients and their families have a safe and enjoyable summer!

My Braces are Off But My Wisdom Teeth are Coming In

woman looking worriedYou’ve been patiently waiting for your orthodontic treatment to come to an end and your braces to come off. You followed all the oral hygiene instructions during and after treatment, but now your wisdom teeth are starting to come in. Will they ruin your new smile?

At Elliott Orthodontics, we get this question a lot and rightfully so. With the typical timeline for orthodontic treatment being between about 18 and 36 months, we understand that it would be very disappointing for all that hard work to go to waste. In some very rare cases, the eruption of wisdom teeth can shift the teeth and ruin past orthodontic treatment, but again, this is rare. This is why it is important to maintain a relationship with an orthodontist, like Dr. Douglas Elliott, even after treatment has ended. Once your wisdom teeth do come in, it can be determined if they need to be removed or not. Read More

What to Expect in Your First Week With Braces

young adult girl smiling in bracesYou’re getting your braces put on for the first time and you’re not sure what to expect. One thing is for sure; your oral hygiene practices will definitely change. To help prepare you for what’s in store and make the most of your orthodontic treatment, we at Elliott Orthodontics explain what you can expect from your first week in braces:

Placement Day

On the day your braces are put on, the process should be relatively painless. In the hours following placement, you may notice that it will take you longer than usual to finish meals as you get used to wearing and chewing with braces. Stick to softer foods (like soups, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, shakes, etc.) for the first few days while your teeth and mouth adjust. You may also experience slight discomfort or soreness as the teeth begin to move.Read More

Top 3 Best Drinks For Your Teeth

green and herbal teasIn a previous post, we discussed some of the drinks that have a negative effect on the teeth. This included soda, fruit juices, and coffee. While it may seem like water is your only beverage option, fear not. There are a few drinks still available to quench your thirst without affecting your orthodontic treatment.


Not only can it help build strong bones, but milk is a great source of calcium. Calcium helps to repair and maintain tooth enamel to keep your teeth strong. Lactose intolerant? Don’t worry. Calcium-fortified soy milk is a great alternative to getting the same benefits as regular milk. However, it is important to keep in mind that milk also contains sugar which, if left on the teeth for too long, can cause tooth decay.Read More