Halloween is quickly approaching and the team here at Hawley Orthodontics can’t wait to celebrate the spookiest day of the year! However, if you’re one of our Papillion braces patients, you might be wondering, “What candy can I eat with braces this Halloween?” Well, the good news is, even though there are some things that you’ll have to pass up, there are still plenty of treats you can enjoy. To help, we’re covering what you need to know about Halloween candy and braces. Read More
Fall is an amazing time to explore the Omaha area with your family. The weather is cooler and with school back in session, we know just how precious those weekends with the kiddos are. Well, the team at Hawley Orthodontics is here to help with another installment of our fun and (mostly) free activities for kids in Omaha series. This time, we’re sharing a fall edition. So, round up the family and make the most of your autumn! Read More
At Hawley Orthodontics, we believe in giving back — not just to our Papillion orthodontic patients, but to the entire Omaha-area community. We live by three simple rules: smile, be kind, do good. These statements guide everything we do both in our Omaha orthodontist clinic and outside the office.
This summer, we invite you and your family to smile, be kind and do some good by volunteering in your community. Not only will you be helping people in need; your kids will learn the value of supporting those who are less fortunate. Not to mention that warm, fuzzy feeling you’ll get about making a positive difference in someone’s life. Volunteering really is beneficial for everyone involved.
Omaha orthodontist Dr. Hawley and many of his team members at Hawley Orthodontics are parents. So we know just how eager the kids are to get out and have some fun now that the winter weather is giving way to milder spring days. That’s why we’re sharing our favorite fun and free spring activities for kids in Omaha and the surrounding area.
A dentist and an orthodontist are both dedicated to helping patients achieve healthy, bright smiles. Sometimes, people wonder why they still need to see their dentist during orthodontic treatment or why their dentist can’t give them braces. The reason is because there is a difference between an orthodontist and dentist, mainly when it comes to their focus and training. A dentist is a generalist and an orthodontist, like Papillion orthodontist Dr. Nathan Hawley, is a specialist. Think of it like how you see your general practitioner for your physicals or problems like a cold but if you have an issue with say your shoulder, your general practitioner refers you to a specialist. The same holds true in the world of dentistry. Here’s what you need to know about an orthodontist vs. dentist. Read More
Brrrr! The winter weather is in full effect in Nebraska. As a parent himself, Dr. Hawley knows just how tough it can be to keep kids entertained when it’s cold outside. That’s why, at Hawley Orthodontics, we decided to lend a helping hand by rounding up the best affordable and free activities for kids in Omaha and the surrounding area. Here are some of our suggestions for local family fun to get you through the winter: Read More
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven. Parents sometimes worry that early visits will automatically mean braces for young kids. However, that’s not usually the case. At age seven, most kids have their first permanent molars and incisors. Dr. Hawley is able to see how their bite is developing, so the initial visit is typically just a time to assess their smile. Our Papillion orthodontic office is kid-friendly and fun. Little ones come in, hang out and meet the Hawley Orthodontics team. Then, we take diagnostic records, Dr. Hawley examines their mouth and, if everything looks okay, they’ll come in once a year so he can keep an eye on their growth and development. These appointments are complimentary and when the time is right to start treatment – usually in their early teens – he’ll let you know. However, occasionally, if Dr. Hawley spots certain red flags, interceptive orthodontics, or two-phase orthodontic treatment, will be recommended. Today, we’ll be covering what early orthodontic treatment is, how it can help and what the process is like.
Of course, having straight teeth looks amazing. However, the positive effects of braces and Invisalign go beyond the appearance of your smile. Why exactly does having straight teeth matter? It’s important because there are proven health, social and even psychological benefits. As a Papillion orthodontist, Dr. Hawley’s goal is to balance function and aesthetics to give you results that positively impact all areas of your life. Here are some of the reasons orthodontic treatment is so important: Read More
Do I need braces for an overbite? Do I need Invisalign for crooked teeth? If you’re asking yourself these questions, the best way to find out is to visit an orthodontist for a consultation. Orthodontists like Dr. Hawley are experts in preventing, diagnosing and treating issues with the positioning, alignment and spacing of the teeth and jaws. They have the knowledge and experience to determine if braces or Invisalign are necessary to perfect your smile. While the only way to know for sure if you could benefit from straightening your teeth is to visit a specialist, in the meantime, we can give you a pretty good idea by describing the common problems orthodontic treatment can fix. Read More
School is back in session for our Papillion braces and Invisalign Teen patients. We know for parents, the beginning of the school years is a busy time as you get back into the swing of juggling a million things. Hey, Dr. Hawley and a lot of our team members are parents too, so we can relate! While we can’t help you get everyone out the door on time in the morning, we can help with some awesome ideas for healthy snacks for kids and teens. These recipes are simple to make, nutritious, perfect for after school and they’re braces-friendly!