Summer

Happy 4th of July

June 28th, 2017

The Fourth of July is a great time to get together with friends and family members for BBQ, games, fireworks, and other celebrations in honor of our country's independence. While your fellow revelers eat hot dogs and wave flags, you can impress them by sharing these fascinating facts and historical tidbits about some of our country's traditions and symbols from the team at McKinney Orthodontics.

The Statue of Liberty

With a torch in one hand a a tablet in the other, the Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic and recognizable symbols of our country. However, as recognizable as certain parts of the statue are, not many people know that broken shackles, which represent oppression and tyranny, are lying at Lady Liberty's feet. According to the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, the copper-plated lady weighs in at a whopping 450,000 tons and has been holding her torch up for more than 125 years, which must make for some impressive arm muscles.

The History behind Fireworks

viewing the nighttime fireworks display is exciting way to finish off the fourth. Many people know that these brilliant displays probably originated with the Chinese. However, many historians also believe that fireworks were stumbled upon when the Chinese roasted bamboo sticks over fires and watched them explode. After many years of roasting the sticks, a group of alchemists created an early form of gunpowder, which they stuffed into the bamboo sticks to create an even more powerful explosion, paving the way for today's modern fireworks.

Celebration on the River

Every year, Tuscaloosa hosts a FREE fireworks show at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. Gates open around 6 pm and the Fireworks Show will start a little after 8 pm.

4th of July Fireworks Celebration, Huntsville, AL.

If you are spending 4th of July in the Huntsville area, get you a good seat anywhere in the city and watch the fireworks show that will be put on at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center at 9 pm.

Whether you're planning on visiting the Statue of Liberty or watching fireworks in Alabama, Dr. McKinney and our team hope you have a safe and fun-filled holiday. Happy Fourth of July!

Summer Fun!

May 17th, 2017


Don't let braces slow down your summer fun!

If you are wearing braces and are planning a vacation, our team at McKinney Orthodontics would suggest that you be prepared. We put together a list of items that will be handy to have with you at all times while you are out of town.

Braces/Oral Hygiene Kit includes:

  • Toothpick, flosspick, or interdental cleaners
  • Travel toothbrush
  • A water bottle or a mini bottle of mouth rinse
  • Orthodontic wax to help with discomfort from protruding wires
  • A small mirror for examining any possible issues in your mouth

Putting these items together in a "braces/oral hygiene kit" may be wise. You can even call us and we can get you one! Please ask us for more information.

We suggest avoiding the following foods to prevent broken brackets and/or wire distortion while you are on vacation.

  • Chewy, sticky, or gummy food
  • Apples, pears, or other whole fruits (cut fruit into wedges before consuming)
  • Bagels and hard rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Hard candies
  • Hard cookies or pretzels
  • All varieties of nuts, including peanuts, almonds, and cashews

Finally, if you are wearing Invisalign and happen to lose your tray, don't worry! Simply put in your next tray and contact us as soon as you get home!

Follow these tips and you can have a worry-free vacation! Please give us a call if you have any questions, and enjoy that summer sun!!