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Family-Friendly Omaha Volunteer Opportunities for the Holidays

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Smile. Be kind. Do good. That’s our mission at Hawley Orthodontics and we strive to spread positivity and do good wherever we go, especially in our own community. While we believe in giving back year round, during the holidays, it feels particularly appropriate. After all, it’s a time many of us our counting our blessings. Our team is all about embracing gratitude and bringing joy and holiday cheer to others. This year, we invite you and your family to join us. Not sure where to start? We’re sharing another installment of our favorite family-friendly Omaha volunteer opportunities that are perfect for the holiday season:  Read More

Fun & (Mostly) FREE Fall Activities for Kids and Teens in Omaha

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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

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Omaha-Area Volunteer Opportunities for Kids, Teens and Families

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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.
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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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