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The Best Affordable & FREE (Really!) Winter Activities for Kids in the Omaha Area

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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

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Do I Need Braces or Invisalign?

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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

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Easy, Healthy Snacks for Kids and Teens in Orthodontic Treatment

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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!
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Can Orthodontics Cure Sleep Apnea and Snoring in Children?

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Snoring isn’t all that common in little ones and only about one in 10 kids snore so when it happens, it can be startling to parents. It’s not always a sign of something serious. Minor issues like allergies or an acute illness, such as a cold, could be the culprit. However, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on it since snoring in children can also stem from asthma, a deviated septum, enlarged tonsils and adenoids or sleep apnea. As a Papillion orthodontist, I’ve treated many young patients over the years who snored for a variety of different reasons, including sleep apnea. Can orthodontics cure sleep apnea and snoring in kids? It will depend on the underlying cause of the snoring but your orthodontist can be a great person to turn to for guidance.

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Where to Get Ice Cream in Omaha for National Ice Cream Month

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July is National Ice Cream Month! As if we needed a reason to celebrate, ice cream happens to be a braces-friendly food. We always recommend that our Papillion, NE braces patients stick with soft foods when they first get their braces on and after adjustments since the teeth can be slightly sensitive. If you wear Invisalign, the same holds true at the start of treatment and, occasionally, when you pop in a new set of aligners. Cold drinks and snacks have the added benefit of numbing your mouth a bit to further reduce sensitivity. Ice cream doesn’t involve chewing, it’s cold and, most importantly, it’s delicious, so it checks all of the boxes. Just be sure to brush your teeth after indulging to keep your smile healthy. So, where will your favorite Omaha-area orthodontist and his team members be heading for a few scoops in honor of National Ice Cream Month? Here’s the Hawley Orthodontics guide to the best ice cream in Omaha and Papillion: Read More

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What to do in a Braces Emergency This Summer

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Summer is quickly approaching, which means vacations, summer camps, water slides and tons of warm-weather fun for our Papillion braces and Invisalign patients. However, for some people, especially new braces-wearers, the idea of being out and about or away from home (and Dr. Hawley) leaves them worried about dealing with a braces emergency. First, we have to say, a true braces emergency is extremely, extremely rare.

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Best Mothers Day Ideas

The Best Mother’s Day Ideas to Spoil Mom

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We love MOMS!!! While any day is a good day to show the moms in your life how much you appreciate them, Mother’s Day, which is Sunday, May 13th this year, (hint, hint!) is a great time to pull out all the stops! Now, to help you give your mom, wife, grandmother, or mom friends the celebration they deserve, we’re sharing our best Mother’s Day ideas, ranging from gifts for mom to where to go to mark the occasion!
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10 Holiday Activities for Kids in Omaha

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Dr. Hawley and the Hawley Orthodontics team are getting in the holiday spirit. With so many Omaha family events going on, there’s plenty of festive fun to be had. It’s a wonderful time of year and we hope all of our patients and their families enjoy every second of it. To help you do just that, we’ve compiled a list of 10 Omaha holiday activities that will leave you feeling merry and bright.

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Our Favorite Mommy Bloggers, Mommy Meetups and Mommy Groups in Omaha

Our Favorite Mommy Bloggers, Mommy Meetups, and Mommy Groups in Omaha

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One of the things Dr. Hawley likes best about being a Greater Omaha orthodontist is getting to know patients and their families throughout their smile transformation. In doing so, we chat with a lot of moms at our practice, either when they bring their kids to see us or when they’re undergoing treatment themselves. Not only that, many of the Hawley Orthodontics team members are parents too. The point is, we know that when you’re raising little humans, it’s important to have support, guidance and, of course, a bit of fun. Thankfully, there are a number of Omaha mommy bloggers, meetups, and groups (along with one for the dads) to allow you to do just that and we’re sharing some of our favorites.

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Braces-Friendly Food in the Omaha Area

Braces-Friendly Food in the Omaha Area

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It’s only natural that our Papillion braces patients are curious about their food options as soon as they start treatment at Hawley Orthodontics. Many of them believe the myth that you have to give up a lot of your favorite treats when you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. Well, we’re here to tell you that that’s absolutely not true. You can still enjoy the things you love! After Dr. Hawley puts your braces on, one of our team members will give you a rundown of what to add to your grocery list and we guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised. In the meantime, here’s a brief overview of some of our recommended foods as well as ideas for where to eat out with braces on in Omaha and the surrounding area.

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