There are a lot of reasons you should be flashing those pearly whites more often – smiling is good for your health! According to Psychology Today, when you smile you activate neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness. As we close out the year, it is important to find reasons to smile and be grateful for all the lessons we’ve learned and achievements accomplished. For those who can’t find a reason to smile, Dr. Fred Garrett and Dr. Richard Boyd at Garrett and Boyd Orthodontics have five:Read More
Anyone participating in a sport should wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth. This is especially important for anyone undergoing orthodontic treatment. Braces and wires can damage the mouth if you receive a ball to the face.
Many people ask whether it is necessary to invest in a custom-fit mouthguard or will an over-the-counter one work just as well. To help you make the best decision for your situation, Dr. Fred Garrett and Dr. Richard Boyd at Garrett and Boyd Orthodontics have information about each mouthguard. Read More
Once you’ve completed orthodontic treatment, you just want to enjoy your brand-new smile. However, one thing patients often worry about is having white marks on their teeth following treatment. Luckily, whether you end up with white marks on your teeth after treatment is UP TO YOU! If you take good care of your teeth during treatment, white marks can easily be avoided.
How White Marks Form on the Teeth
The white marks that appear on your teeth during/after orthodontic treatment are called orthodontic white spot lesions (WSLs). These spots are caused by plaque buildup on teeth. Removing plaque from your teeth is incredibly important because the bacteria in plaque produce an acid that begins to dissolve the mineralized surface of a tooth (and ruin the appearance of those pearly whites).Read More
Having a sensitive gag reflex is nothing to be embarrassed about. Additionally, it is not something that should deter you from seeking orthodontic treatment. Those with a sensitive gag reflex can get frustrated, but it is certainly something that can be worked with while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists, like Dr. Fred Garrett and Dr. Richard Boyd at Garrett and Boyd Orthodontics, are trained professionals that can help care for and achieve a beautiful smile. Below are some tips to help patients with a sensitive gag reflex.Read More
Date night can be a nerve-wracking experience. From what to wear, where to go, what to talk about, the numerous variables of date night can wreak havoc on what should be a fun experience. You don’t want your braces to be another source of worry on this evening, and they don’t have to be!
With a few simple tips from orthodontists Dr. Fred Garrett and Dr. Richard Boyd at Garrett and Boyd Orthodontics, you can flash your beautiful smile at your date as many times as you want without being worried about leftovers being hidden in your brackets.
At a Nice Restaurant – Stick to Soft Foods
While mood lighting can help hide a lot of things, it can’t get rid of food in your teeth. Stick to soft, tender foods so you can smile with confidence all night long. Pasta, mashed potatoes, soups, and other softer options are easy to eat and are less likely to have little bits that stick around in wires and brackets. Read More
Garrett and Boyd Orthodontics is proud to announce that Dr. Fred Garrett has been awarded honorary alumnus status at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston (UTSD). This award is in recognition of his 50 years of service to the school — a part of UT Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). He is the first dental professional to receive an honorary degree from the school.
Dr. Garrett began teaching in the Graduate Orthodontic Program in 1968 and saw his 50th class of orthodontic residents graduate on Aug. 10, 2019 in a special ceremony in the Texas Medical Center. School of Dentistry Dean John Valenza, DDS, used the occasion to recognize the unsuspecting professor.
“Dr. Garrett’s alma mater, Washington University School of Dentistry, closed in 1991,” Valenza said. “Since then, he’s found himself to be an alum without a school, even though he has always had UTSD Houston as a place to call home. So on behalf of the residents, students, faculty, and staff, Fred, I would like to officially welcome you as an alumnus of UTSD.”
It was the first honorary degree the school has ever bestowed on a dental professional, Valenza said, but the extraordinary honor recognizes decades of devotion. Garrett has served on the UTHealth Development Board and the School of Dentistry’s Advisory Board, and he twice lead the Department of Orthodontics as interim chair and program director. With a gift of $500,000 in 2011, he and his wife Dianne created the first endowed chair in UTSD’s history.
Click here to read more about Dr. Garrett’s honorary degree and his other accomplishments at UTSD.