It’s been a long week and I’m ending it with a quiet Friday night in. I spent the evening organizing my mess of a closet and bathroom as I’m moving them to a new space and I’m finally sitting down now as I let my favorite sheet mask sink into my skin. While I’m not ready to share just yet, I’ve been going through some personal issues the last few weeks. Fitness has always been an important part of my life and it takes on an even bigger role when I’m stressed or going through emotional highs and lows. I still remember my first SoulCycle class about a month ago when I woke up feeling in a funk. Instead of just going through the motions with my usual workout class that day, I decided to try a SoulCycle class instead. My goodness, not only did I work up an amazing sweat, but the class was like therapy for my soul! There’s something almost cathartic about being in a dark room lit with only a few candles, listening to uplifting music, and pumping my legs as I pedaled through various hills and intervals. It was such an amazing stress relief, and I still remember leaving the studio feeling empowered, strong, and like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders.
A couple weeks ago, Soul Cycle asked if I’d like to participate in a group ride where they were partnering with the Texas Association of Orthodontics to raise awareness for specialty orthodontic care. It sounded like a great opportunity to get a good sweat in as well as learn more about a specialty of tooth care that I didn’t know much about.
I’ve never personally had any sort of teeth straightening or alignment done, so it was a surprise to me to learn that kids should have a checkup with an orthodontic specialist by the age of 7. At that time, enough permanent teeth have arrived for an orthodontist to evaluate the “bite” and how that will affect a child’s ability to chew and speak effectively. For me, I had always associated braces and retainers with middle school and beyond, so it was definitely a surprise that such early inspection was recommended! On the other hand, it’s never too late to seek orthodontic treatment so don’t let age stop you if you’re looking to have your teeth corrected. Adult patients have actually increased by 14% from 2010 to 2012. New technologies are available to move teeth including braces that go behind teeth, self-ligating braces (these have a built-in mechanism to hold the wire to the brackets), and clear aligners.
For more information or to find an orthodontic specialist in your area, check out mylifemysmile.org. And of course, be sure to see if there’s a SoulCycle studio near your city and be sure to stop by for a ride — I’m addicted!
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