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50 Delicious Foods to Eat With Braces During the Holidays

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It’s hard to believe the holidays are nearly here. We know, regardless of what you celebrate, a big part of the festivities will involve food. If you’re one of our Omaha braces patients, you might be wondering, “What can I eat with braces this holiday season?” Well, have no fear, because while, yes, you will have to make a few adjustments, there are plenty of braces-friendly holiday foods you can eat with abandon. In fact, we’re sharing 50 delicious options! Read More


Invisalign Tips and Tricks to Ensure Your Treatment is a Huge Success

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At Hawley Orthodontics, we’re not just a Papillion Invisalign provider, we’re also one of the leading providers in the Omaha area. In fact, Dr. Hawley has earned the distinction of being a Platinum Invisalign provider, which means he’s treated a whole lot of patients with clear aligners. It’s true that much of the success of Invisalign relies on the expertise of your orthodontist, which highlights the importance of seeing an experienced provider like Dr. Hawley. However, there are also things you can do as a patient to get the best possible results and have an awesome experience. To help, we’re sharing some of our best Invisalign tips and tricks.  Read More


Tips for Braces and Invisalign

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We know most of you are pros when it comes to caring for your braces and wearing your Invisalign. However, with our office temporarily closed because of the coronavirus, we thought it was the perfect time for a refresher. While we can get you in for a one-on-one appointment if it’s a true emergency, of course, avoiding emergencies and keeping your smile journey on track is ideal. Here are some tips to follow to keep your braces and Invisalign in top-notch shape! Read More

Show Your Smile Some Love: Tips for Healthy Teeth and Gums

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Why is it so important to keep your teeth and gums healthy? Well, for starters, having a beautiful smile gives you confidence and smiling is a way to connect with others. From a health perspective, your teeth are essential for chewing and getting all the nutrients your body needs. Additionally, gum disease has been tied to a host of other conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Having a healthy smile really does impact so many areas of your life, which is why as a Papillion orthodontist, Dr. Hawley is dedicated to ensuring his patients have the healthiest (and most stunning!) smiles around. To help, we’re sharing some of our best tips for healthy teeth and gums. Read More


How Does the Invisalign® Process Work?

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Did you know Dr. Hawley is a Platinum Invisalign Provider? That means he perfects a whole lot of smiles with the treatment. In fact, he’s among the leading Invisalign providers in the Omaha area. Thanks to all of our experience, we really have the Invisalign process down to a science here at Hawley Orthodontics. We make sure it’s efficient, effective and fun! So, how does Invisalign work? Here is our step-by-step guide to the braces-free smile journey.

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Your Guide to Halloween Candy and Braces

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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

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Orthodontist vs. Dentist – What’s the Difference?

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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

smiling young girl with phase 1 braces

What is Interceptive Orthodontics and How Does the Process Work?

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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.
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Does Having Straight Teeth Matter? Yes, and Here’s Why

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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