Healthy Halloween Alternatives from BayView Orthodontics

At BayView Orthodontics we understand the excitement that comes with the holidays, as well as the sugary foods that coincide with them. This is why Dr. Austin Rahaim and his orthodontics team decided to provide our patients with healthy and fun alternatives for one of our favorite holidays: HALLOWEEN!

While Halloween is a fun time to dress up and trick-or-treat, we have found that there is nothing scarier than the cavities that occur, as well as the damage that your braces endure after the candy overload! This year, try making one of our favorite Halloween treats below for the next kid’s party you attend!

Spooky Banana Ghosts & Cute Clementine Pumpkins

Instead of putting out a bowl of candy at your next children’s Halloween party, try making these adorable, and orthodontist-approved, banana ghosts and clementine pumpkins! This snack is easy to assemble, kid-friendly and won’t cause damage your braces like those hard, sugary candies do.

What you’ll need to assemble:

-Large bananas peeled and cut in half (The number of bananas & clementines depends on how many people you are serving. Just remember that 10 bananas= 20 ghosts!)

-1 bag of mini chocolate chips

-1 bag of regular chocolate chips

-Peeled clementines (1 clementine= 1 pumpkin, purchase your clementines accordingly)

-Celery sticks cut into small “stems”


To create your spooky ghosts, take one banana piece that has been peeled and cut in half and place two mini chocolate chips into the banana as eyes. Next, take one regular chocolate chip and place it underneath the eyes as the ghost’s mouth. It’s that easy!

To assemble your plump little pumpkins, take your peeled clementine and celery stick stem. Place your celery stem at the top of the clementine where all of the pieces meet and insert it in the middle. Voila, your pumpkins are complete!

Arrange your pumpkins and ghosts on a fun fall platter and serve them at your next party. Kids will surely gobble them up and parents will approve of your healthy snack alternative! If you wish to get even more creative, have your kids join in on the fun by adding some personality to their ghosts! Try adding coconut around the ghosts for a spooky glow, or melt some chocolate and create a funny mustache above your ghost’s mouth. The sky is the limit!

For more healthy orthodontic tips, tricks and fun facts contact BayView Orthodontics at 228-467-2211 today. We proudly provide orthodontic care to patients in Long Beach, Gulfport, Diamondhead and the surrounding Bay St. Louis areas. Have a safe and fun Halloween night!

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Clear Braces: A Great Alternative to Traditional Metal Braces

Dr. Austin Rahaim and his staff knows that our patients are all unique and that some patients don’t wish to wear visible metal braces when undergoing orthodontic treatment. That’s why we provide our patients with several teeth straightening options including clear braces. A growing number of the patients we serve in Long Beach, Diamondhead, Gulfport and Bay St. Louis are choosing to wear clear braces because of the aesthetic appeal these transparent braces provide.

What are Clear Braces?

Clear braces work like traditional metal braces but instead of using metal brackets, clear braces are made of a translucent ceramic material. This provides the patient with a very low-profile way to improve their smile, which to some people is very advantageous. If you are not crazy about the idea of wearing highly visible metal braces, you will most likely enjoy wearing clear braces.


More and more adults today are choosing to have their teeth straightened as it’s becoming increasingly clear to many people that orthodontic treatment is not just for kids these days. A growing number of the adult patients at our Bay St. Louis, Long Beach and Gulfport, MS orthodontics office are choosing to wear clear braces. Many of these patients are professionals that meet with people often, deliver speeches and socialize frequently with associates and friends.

Benefits of Clear Braces 

Clear ceramic braces blend in with the natural color of your teeth to provide you with a great smile and good self-esteem from the day you get your braces on until they come off after treatment. These braces are the perfect combination of strength and beauty so you can continue to smile during and after your treatment.


Clear braces combine the best of traditional metal braces with invisible aligners to deliver a discreet treatment experience with results that go beyond straight teeth. When you’re wearing clear braces, you’ll never feel as though you should hide your smile or avoid talking to someone. Clear braces works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to align your teeth so you get an amazing smile that will enhance your overall appearance.

If you’ve been putting off seeking orthodontic treatment because you thought you would have to wear traditional metal braces, contact us at our Bay St. Louis, MS orthodontics office to set up an appointment time. After a thorough examination, Dr. Rahaim will let you know if you’re a candidate for clear ceramic braces. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Current Patient Contests

Current Contests:

1) Refer friends or family, and receive two (2) free movie passes to Cinemark in Gulfport or the Grand in D’iberville. You will receive the movie passes for each friend or family member that you refer!

2) iPad Giveaway – For each friend or family member you refer, your name is entered into our drawing on September 30th, 2013, for a free iPad! The more you refer, the better chance of winning the brand new iPad!

3) For current patients, send us postcards while on vacation, and you will receive two (2) free movie passes!

We thank all of our patients for your referrals!


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Summertime Has Arrived

Dr. Austin Rahaim and his staff at BayView Orthodontics, your local Bay St. Louis, MS  summerorthodontist office, are excited that summer has finally arrived! Now that summertime is here, and the kids are out of school, it’s a great time to have braces put on without having to miss any school.

Special Pricing for Families of School Teachers, Military & Civil Service Workers

At BayView Orthodontics, we always love to show our appreciation to our local school teachers, civil service workers (such as policemen and firefighters), and both active & retired military (which includes their spouses and children) by offering a 10% fee reduction on full orthodontic treatment. To take advantage of this special pricing, please provide proof of your involvement with any these groups at your initial consultation appointment, and the discount will be applied. We appreciate all that you do, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

We Only Offer the Latest & Most Advanced Treatment Options

Dr. Rahaim offers a variety of treatment options for every patient that comes to our practice. One of our most popular options for kids are our metal braces with multi-colored rubber bands, but clear braces and clear plastic aligners are also very popular with both kids and adults. Some of the most recent innovations in orthodontic technology have also provided children and adults with special appliances that can increase the efficiency of orthodontic treatment and reduce the amount of time in braces. The Forsus appliance, for instance, is a great option for adolescents that promotes growth of the lower jaw and helps to eliminate overbites. The Forsus appliance can also improve the fit of teeth, and oftentimes, prevent the need for jaw surgery as an adult.

To make an appointment for your complimentary consultation, feel free to call us at 228-467-2211. Additionally you can fill out our appointment request form online and one of our team members will contact you shortly

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Welcome to the BayView Orthodontics Blog!

Dr. Rahaim and his staff of friendly professionals would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our blog! Our Bay St. Louis, MS orthodontist office is the only full-time orthodontic clinic in all of Hancock County. We provide patients in Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, Waveland, Diamondhead, Kiln, Pass Christian and Long Beach with outstanding treatment and care in our family-oriented, state-of-the-art practice.

Meet Our Doctor


Dr. Austin Rahaim, DMD, MS believes in creating lasting friendships with his patients. By treating each patient as a unique individual, Dr. Rahaim is able to create personalized treatment plans that ensure that the patient’s desired goals are met efficiently and without discomfort. Dr. Rahaim is always available to answer questions and to simply chat or share a joke or two! Dr. Rahaim’s warm approach to his work puts even the most timid patient at ease and his gentle and careful nature provides further reassurance that they are safe at BayView Orthodontics.

Dr. Rahaim earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine. He then went on to earn his Certificate of Orthodontics and Master of Science degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Dr. Rahaim is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, American Board of Orthodontics and the Mississippi Dental Association.

Dr. Rahaim is a native of Hattiesburg, MS and is very proud to call the Mississippi Gulf Coast his home. He and his wife have two children. Dr. Rahaim enjoys spending quality time with his wife and kids and when not working he enjoys running, watching movies and following the LSU Tiger football and baseball teams.

Types of Braces We Use

Thanks to many recent advances made in orthodontic treatment, patients today have more options than ever when it comes to wearing braces. The metal braces we use are the most common type of braces. These braces are more comfortable and more attractive than metal braces used a few years ago. With metal braces, our patients have the option of adding colored elastics for a more unique and colorful smile.

The Clear, Ceramic braces we use are made of a clear material so that they’re less visible on the teeth. These braces are used mainly on older teens and adults who have cosmetic concerns. While ceramic braces are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as they are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For this reason, ceramic braces are used more often on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.

The Simpli5 Clear Aligners we use consist of a series of translucent, removable acrylic trays Imagethat straighten teeth like braces. Because you are able to remove the aligners, you can eat and drink what you want and brush and floss without any trouble. Clear aligners are comfortable to wear and have no metal that can cause mouth abrasions during treatment.

Your Initial Consultation

Our goal is to provide you with the healthy, straight, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted! During your initial consultation, you will meet our team, learn more about orthodontics and will receive a complete first examination. During this important first consultation we will review your dental and medical history forms and provide you with a complete oral exam with X-rays to determine if treatment is necessary. If treatment is deemed necessary, we will create a customized treatment plan for you and discuss all financial information, insurance options and payment plans. We will answer any questions you may have and will provide you with all the information you need to determine which treatment option is right for you.

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with our Bay St. Louis orthodontist office, please fill out and submit the “Appointment Request” form that is on our website. Our scheduling coordinator will then contact you to confirm your appointment.

Thanks for reading our BayView Orthodontics blog! We will be sharing office news and information with you here. We will also be posting interesting reading materials here related to the exciting world of orthodontics so do drop by often to see what’s new!

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