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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Mobile Loaves and Fishes


This past weekend, Dr. Patel volunteered through the Mobile Loaves and Fishes ministry where he provided toothbrushes, toothpaste, and mouthwash to those less fortunate in the Austin community.
Dr. Patel volunteers through the Bee Cave Rotary Club in conjunction with the Lake Hills Church. He has been a volunteer  with Mobile Loaves and Fishes for the past 2 years and actively participates with them every couple of months. Dr. Patel plans on continuing his involvement with the organization and hopes to provide more toothbrushes, toothpaste, and mouthwash to those in need.






Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Inc. (MLF) is a social outreach ministry for the homeless that was founded in 1998. The goal of the ministry is to distribute food and basic needs to the homeless in various communities. There are 2 teams in the organization-those who make the truck ready for deliveries and those you go out and hand out the food, clothing, and other items to the community. For more information and to learn how you can help, visit www.mlf.org 

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Friday, December 14, 2012

The Trail of Lights Returns


The Trail of Lights has returned to Austin this year, starting December 16th and continuing through December 23rd! Zilker Park will host a celebration of the holidays with a display of millions of lights! As a  great place to bring family, loved ones and friends, come out to experience a bigger and better display than ever before along with live music, family activities, food, and a bunch more!

Since 1965, the Trail of Lights has been an Austin tradition formerly known as “Yule Fest.” In 1992, the event was named ‘Trail of Lights.” For more information about the event, visit www.AustinTrailofLights.org.


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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Invisalign® Special


Have you been considering improving your smile? Now is the perfect time! We are offering a special on Invisalign® now through Christmas! For only $3999, you can have straighter teeth and the smile you have always wanted! The Invisalign® system uses clear, removable trays, called aligners, to do the job that metal braces would do, without all of the metal!



Come and see us before the end of the year to learn more and take advantage of this special offer. If you’re interested in the Invisalign® system used in Dr. Patel’s Austin dental office, please schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our locations! 

For more information, please visit http://www.lakewaysmiles.com/invisalign.html

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Healthy Holiday Eating


During the holidays, your healthy eating habits may fly out the window with all the delicious snacks, desserts, and holiday meals in front of you.  It is very tempting to overindulge during this season.  So how can you stay on track this season without missing out on the great food? Whether you’re hosting a holiday party, going to several parties, or visiting your favorite restaurant this season, listen up because we found some great holiday food swaps to help you out!

(For more holiday tips and swaps, visit 
www.shape.com)

·       Skip the dinner rolls! Grab the veggies and dip instead! Veggies will help you feel fuller faster as rolls usually lead to over eating and more consumption of refined carbs.

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         Skip the white potatoes! Go for some sweet potatoes instead! White potatoes can’t match the nutrition found in sweet potatoes!

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         Skip the egg nog! Pick up some sugar-free hot chocolate instead! Sugary beverages can pack tons of calories and fat, so choose wisely!

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         Skip the holiday ham! Pick turkey instead! Turkey provides a lean protein, as ham can                                be loaded with sodium!



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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Brush by Brush


As a strong philanthropist and supporter of various charity organizations, Dr. Tejas Patel has developed a giving back concept entitled Brush by Brush. The idea behind Brush by Brush is to provide at least 500 toothbrushes and dental hygiene products to those in need each year.  Dr. Patel has committed to ensuring this happens. Beneficiaries of this program include local and international non-profit organizations such as local schools and Rotary clubs, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, and international organizations during his volunteer travel trips.



By creating Brush by Brush, Dr. Patel’s main goal is to help those in need by providing them with tools to develop and maintain their oral health. Also, he hopes to inspire other dental offices and professionals to donate to those in needs through other organizations of which they are involved. As the holiday season comes and goes, remember those in need and think of ways you can help. If you would like more information about Brush by Brush, please do not hesitate to contact one of our offices. 

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Just in time for the Holidays - Before and Afters


Several clients visit our offices both curious and anxious about procedures that will improve their smile. We have helped many individuals feel better about their smile and boost their confidence. If you have been questioning whether or not you should have a procedure done, we are always available to answer your questions and make you feel more comfortable about your decision. We offer complimentary smile imaging which allows you to see how you would look. Also, we offer different methods of anesthesia to suite your needs. Several of our patients have shared their before and after stories with us about how they have overcame their fears and hesitations and received the smile they have always wanted.

Take a look at the testimonials below and our video of before and after results. Whatever procedure you’re interested in, do not hesitate to contact us and we can help you achieve the results you want.


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Holiday Gifts Shopping Trends


As the Thanksgiving holiday is now behind us, we can begin to look forward to the December holiday season which means a lot gift-giving and exchanges. This year, according to consumer reports, holiday shopping is at an all-time high. With shopping specials such as “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” consumers flocked to find the best holiday deals and cross off items on their Christmas list. If you weren't able to take advantage of these deals, don’t worry! There are still several bargains out there.

One of the largest holiday shopping trends this year is online shopping.  Cutting out the travel, pushing through other shoppers, and waiting in long lines are only a few of the perks you can avoid by online shopping. Websites such as Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Target also offer lower prices for some items online.  And several retailers are extending their “Cyber Monday” deals for the rest of the week or month. Another big shopping trend this season is custom or home-made items which add more of a personal touch to any gift. Etsy is an online shopping community which allows consumers to find nearly anything they can imagine, from custom artwork to clothing and collectibles.

However you decide to shop this year, begin by doing some research on what you want.  You never know what you can find! And remember if you can’t find that perfect gift, try to make it yourself! It’s not always about the gift itself but rather the thought put into it.  Happy shopping!

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Austin’s 8th Annual Community Feast


On Thursday, November 15th citizens of Austin will come together for Thanksgiving dinner at its 8th annual community feast.  The event is free to the public but financial gifts can be made. Bring your family and friends and celebrate with the Austin community all you have to be thankful for this holiday season. The feast will be held at Givens Recreations Center from 6:00pm- 8:30pm. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Fall Trends Alert


The cooler weather has arrived and autumn is in full swing.  It’s time to get out your jackets, scarves, hats, and boots! One of the best things about fall in Texas is that we can actually start to wear warmer clothing. This fall, it’s all about bold and beautiful colors-golds, deep blues, purples, and greens! All great choices for clothing and makeup!
Another big trend this fall are statement pieces. A bold necklace, bracelet, or earrings can really make your entire look stand out. As an Austin native, Kendra Scott has created her own brand of beautiful statement pieces worn by celebrities everywhere. Kendra has also come up with her ‘Color Bar’ where can design your own pieces with the colors you choose! It is really convenient and I guarantee you will get exactly what you were looking for! For more information and Kendra Scott products, visit http://www.kendrascott.com
No matter what trends you use this fall, remember it is really about you and what you like. Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors and patterns. Make your own fashion statement.  It is Austin after all. Let’s keep it weird.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween


At Lakeway Smiles, we want to wish all of our customers a safe and Happy Halloween. Do you know the story behind the celebration?  “It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.” 


Remember to be safe if you’re taking the kids out trick or treating! Have a Happy Halloween! 


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Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween Costume Contest


We are very excited to announce our Halloween Costume Contest!! All you have to do to enter is send us a photo of your Halloween costume to be entered! Send your pics toLakewaySmilesHalloween@gmail.com

1st Place - Kindle
2nd Place - Sonicare Toothbrush
3rd Place - Home Whitening Kit 

We will announce the deadline for entering in a few weeks. Good Luck!!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Health Tips from Dr. Oz


These days, we all try to be a little healthier. One of my go to resources for health tips, who many of you probably know, is Dr. Oz.  He offers great tips and suggestions to help you get on the right track and change your life. Check out some great tips he has, especially for women that will make you feel better and live longer!

1.       Laugh Often-It relieves stress!
2.       Eat Breakfast- It keeps your metabolism more active throughout the day
3.       Get plenty of sleep- shoot for at least 7 hours
4.       Eat colorful foods (no, not skittles)-fruits and veggies each day
5.       Floss, floss, floss!
6.       Join a yoga class-it eases stress, lowers blood pressure and increases your flexibility
7.       Avoid Fad Diets- Develop a healthy lifestyle and stick to it!
8.       Indulge in some green tea- the benefits range from cancer-stopping to fighting dandruff!
9.       Sweat it out- sweating reduces the toxins in your body and risk of heart attack!
10.   Add some weight to your workout- Burn more calories and build muscle



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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Dental Tip - Flossing


Flossing is one of the most effective methods of keeping your teeth and gums healthy yet many overlook it. Don’t skip this step in your oral routine. Follow these simple rules for proper flossing techniques: (www.mayoclinic.com)

·         Don't skimp. Break off about 18 inches (46 centimeters) of dental floss. Wind most of the floss around the middle finger on one hand, and the rest around the middle finger on the other hand — leaving about 1 inch (3 centimeters) to floss your first tooth.
·         Take it one tooth at a time. Use your thumbs and forefingers to gently pull the floss from the gumline to the top of the tooth to scrape off plaque. Rub the floss against all sides of the tooth. Unwind to fresh floss as you progress to the next tooth.
·         Keep it up. If you have trouble getting floss through your teeth, try the waxed variety. If it's hard to manipulate the floss, use a floss holder or an inter-dental cleaner — such as a dental pick or stick designed to clean between the teeth.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Dental Tip - Healthy Brushing


Many of us don’t put much thought into brushing and can develop bad habits of improper brushing. When you brush your teeth, keep in mind these important tips to keep them healthy: (www.mayoclinic.com)
·         Brush your teeth at least twice a day. When you brush, don't rush. Take enough time to do a thorough job.
·         Use the proper equipment. Use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits your mouth comfortably. Consider using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush, especially if you have arthritis or other problems that make it difficult to brush effectively.
·         Practice good technique. Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle against your teeth and brush with short back-and-forth motions. Remember to brush the inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue. Avoid vigorous or harsh scrubbing, which can irritate your gums.
·         Keep your equipment clean. Always rinse your toothbrush with water after brushing. Store your toothbrush in an upright position, if possible, and allow it to air dry until using it again. Don't routinely cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers, which can encourage the growth of bacteria.
·         Know when to replace your toothbrush. Invest in a new toothbrush or a replacement head for your electric or battery-operated toothbrush every three to four months — or sooner if the bristles become frayed.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

NAMIWalk Austin 5K


Join others is raising awareness and help build better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness. The organization NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will be having their 7th Annual NAMI Austin Walk on Saturday, October 6th. Last year the Austin walk had over 2,000 walkers and raised over $200,000 for NAMI’s programs.

For more information and to learn more about how you can help, visit http://www.namiaustin.org/namiwalks/

Friday, September 28, 2012

Pecan Street Festival



This weekend, September 29th & 30th,  kick off fall with the Austin’s 31st Bi-Annual Pecan Street Festival.  Over 600 artisans and performing artists will be showcased at the festival displaying and selling homemade art and 
craft work. The event is free and hosts games for the kids along with local musicians taking the stage at noon!  Kid’s activities include carnival rides, face painting, and a petting zoo. As the oldest and largest art festival in Central Texas, over 300,000 people attend each year.  Located on 6th street in the heart of Austin, the festival combines a diverse group of people and promotes community in Central Texas. Be sure to come out and show your support.

For more information about vendors and events, visit 
http://www.oldpecanstreetfestival.com

Monday, September 24, 2012

Dr. Patel Awarded Fellowship from ICOI



This week, Dr. Patel was in Orlando, FL for the ICOI World Congress meeting where he was awarded a Fellowship from the organization for his achievements in Implant Dentistry. Founded in 1972, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) is an association of general dentists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, periodontists, prosthodontists, endodontists, orthodontists, laboratory technicians, auxiliaries, industry representatives, researchers, faculty members, pre and post doctoral graduate dental students as well as the general public (
www.icoi.org). The ICOI strives to provide high quality education to their members in order for them to better serve their patients.

Dr. Patel received Fellowship from the ICOI by achieving the following credentials:
-Completion of 20 implant cases all of which are at least 12 months old.
-Providing documentation of completion of 75 hours or more of implant education (either attending in person or completing courses on-line) in the preceding 5 years.
-Providing a letter of recommendation from a current ICOI Fellow, IPS Master, ICOI Diplomate or member of ICOI's Advanced Credentials Committee.

-Submission of a current Curriculum Vitae

Upon receiving the award, Dr. Patel said: “It was so cool to see and meet so many dentists from around the world! The presenters and speakers were top notch and it’s awesome to learn about all the advancements and trends in implant dentistry."
Congratulations to Dr. Patel on achieving this milestone and pursuing the visions of the ICOI.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Dr. Patel visits Africa!



 One of the most rewarding experiences in life is being able to give back to others while doing what you love to do. Dr. Patel recently was able to combine his love for dentistry, giving back, and travel into a volunteer trip to Africa in August. Dr. Patel and his family traveled to Tswalu Kalhari in Southern Africa and Livingstone Town in Zambia.


On his trip, Dr. Patel began by volunteering at the Tswalu Dental Clinic which is a part of the Tswalu Foundation created by Johnathan Oppenheim. The foundation’s mission is to develop a platform where visitors can get involved in the community and contribute in various ways. Dental professionals can volunteer to treat patients and educated them on oral health. Actively involved in this foundation, Dr. Patel with the help of Carey Barrs of Benco Dental Supplies, donated over 150 toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss. He also helped treat many patients and donated much needed dental supplies and equipment to the community. Dr. Patel and his family also visited the local school in Tswalu where they donated school supplies to the children and teachers. It was truly an amazing experience for Dr. Patel and the residents were extremely welcoming and exited to meet him and his family.

Dr. Patel also had the opportunity to visit Zambia where he traveled to the Nakatindi village and community school located outside of Livingstone town. With an estimated population of 3000 people and average household income of $80 per month, Sanctuary Retreats (a philanthropy project) works to help these communities improve their general well-being. This includes the areas of infrastructure, skill development, education, future welfare, and most importantly health and dental care. The Nakatindi village has 500 children of which 2/3 are orphaned. Seventy-five percent of residents are affected by HIV. Dr. Patel and his family are strong supporters of this cause and financially donated to help improve the village and its community school. There are several community projects that are working to improve the village including a feeding program to provide lunch to the children, a vegetable garden, and future hopes to build a medical clinic to provide healthcare.


Reflecting on his trip and the memories and experiences he has received, Dr. Patel says, “Visiting this village was an extremely profound experience. It was a mix of sorrow and happiness. The happiness came from seeing the smiles and enthusiasm and excitement of all of the children within the community. They were so joyful and content, even though they have so little and even with the alarming conditions that they live in. The sorrow comes from knowing that they are not only orphaned, and barely get one meal a day, but also that many of them are affected by HIV and that don't have access to healthcare or medicines that could improve their health. I’m so grateful to have had such an experience for myself and for my family to be able to see how many others live on the other side of the world. It definitely reinforced the appreciation and gratitude for all that we are so fortunate to have. Seeing the world, the entire volunteer experience, and being able to give back to others is a truly rewarding experience”.


With plans to return to these villages, Dr. Patel will continue to pursue his passions of dentistry and giving back by supporting these causes both now and in the future. He cannot place a value on this trip and knows his experiences and memories will always be priceless. Dr. Patel has traveled internationally as a volunteer dentist to Nicaragua, Brazil, Peru, and now Africa and hopes to continue to educate and treat children and adults in underprivileged communities.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Austin Teen Book Festival


As the largest teen book festival in the country, Austin hosts the 4thannual Teen Book Festival at the Palmer Events Center September 29th from 9:30 a.m – 5 p.m! Thirty-six of the most popular and acclaimed young adult fiction authors will be there along with 6 panels and 4 opportunities to listen to the authors speak about their books. The keynote speakers will include award-winners Neal Shusterman and Libba Bray. Shusterman is widely known for hisUnwind trilogy and Texas’ own Libba Bray is the author of 6 young adult novels, most notably Beauty Queens which was listed as Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books 2011.

Other authors include Marissa Meyer, Leigh Bardugo, Scott Speer, Jesse Andrews, Ally Condie and many more! And the best part of the festival? It’s absolutely free! For more information including authors and the full schedule visit www.austinteenbookfestival.com

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Answers to Popular Dental Questions


I see several patients every day and many have questions, fears, and concerns regarding their dental health.  I have addressed some of the concerns below. If you have a question or concern, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

1.       Can dental X-rays cause cancer? Keep in mind; you’re exposed to more radiation than you’d get from a full set of dental X-rays if you’re outside for an hour or more.  Not having X-rays done can cause more serious dental issues down the road.

2.       Any useful info about porcelain veneers I need to know? Veneers are porcelain coverings/shims of the front (labial) aspect of the tooth surface, which are bonded to tooth.  We offer smile imagining where you can see what your smile can potentially look like after the procedure. Porcelain veneers allow light to penetrate the wafer shell and reflect only from the inside surface of the tooth structure. This penetration of light produces a translucency which is very natural looking and attractive. Porcelain veneers will last for a long time provided routine care is taken to maintain good oral health, say up to 7 to 10 years or more. Porcelain Veneers may need replacement if they are damaged or chipped or indicate loss of bonding with the underlying tooth structure. The following are a few suggestions to maximize the life of veneers:
a.       Practice good oral home care. Decay in the underlying tooth structure may result if regular oral hygiene is not maintained.
b.      Avoid grinding or clenching your teeth since these actions put tremendous forces on the teeth and can break or move the veneer.
c.       Avoid biting on hard things, such as bottle caps, fingernails, ice cubes etc.

3.       Is whitening safe? Yes. Extensive research indicates that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. Many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available.
I will be answering more of your questions and concerns throughout the next few months. Please feel free to contact us anytime regarding any of our procedures.


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Monday, September 10, 2012

Tony Bennett Comes to Austin


You can watch and listen to a true legend perform at the Moody Theater, Wednesday September 12th at 8:00pm. ACL Live presents legend Tony Bennett and tickets are still available.

With a career that began in the late 1930s, Bennett has had dozens of platinum and gold albums, has received 15 Grammy Awards, and has had two dozen songs in the Top 40.  With this truly impressive resume, his performance in Austin guarantees rave reviews.

To purchase tickets, visit 
http://www.acl-live.com/calendar/2012/9/tony-bennett-2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

LEGO KidsFest is Coming to Austin


This weekend, bring your kids to experience the creative, hand-on fun of LEGO building and activities. Held at the Austin Convention Center, children of all ages are welcome and so are builders of all skills and interests. Sure to be fun for the entire family, LEGO KidsFest will span over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and will offer various activities and entertainment.  A tentative schedule is as follows:
Friday, August 31
4 pm - 8:30 pm

Saturday, September 1
Session I: 9 am – 1:30 pm
Session II: 3 pm – 7:30 pm

Sunday, September 2
Session I: 9 am – 1:30 pm
Session II: 3 pm – 7:30 pm

(Note: Each session offers the same exhibits and activities)

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.legokidsfest.com/austin/index.html

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Happy Back to School Week Austin


I know it’s tough getting back into the school routine, but here are some fun reads to get you and your kids ready to go back to school.
The summer holiday was over and young Jack returned to Wicor school. Only two days later his teacher phoned his mother to tell her that Jack was misbehaving. 'Wait a minute,' mother said. 'I had Jack with me for six weeks and I never called you once when he misbehaved.
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Teacher : John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?
John : You told me to do it without using tables.
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School Learning Nathan comes home from his first day at school. Mother asks, 'What did you learn today?' He replies, 'Not enough. I have to go back tomorrow.'
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Mia: I think we need a new teacher. Mum: Why is that? Mia: Our teacher doesn't know anything, she keeps asking us for the answers.

Have a great first week kids, parents, and teachers!