Why Shopping for an Orthodontist is not like Buying a Toaster Oven

There was a time, not so long ago when purchase decisions were based on quality. There was a good, better and best. Naturally, getting “the best” was more valuable and so commanded a higher price.

Today, we are bombarded with discount frenzy both online and in stores, where the lowest price drives purchasing decisions. Well, this “model” may make sense when it comes to a choice of buying two items that are pretty much the same, like toaster ovens or garden hoses. Buying the least expensive of the two is usually pretty reasonable. Such items that are interchangeable and have what appears to be equal value are called commodities. Continue reading Why Shopping for an Orthodontist is not like Buying a Toaster Oven

Did You Know Clay Sculptures and Orthodontics Have A lot In Common?

orthodontics CTLet me answer a popular question we are frequently asked at Feinberg Orthodontics by our parents in the Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull, Monroe area when considering orthodontics for their children. “When is the best time to have my child seen by an orthodontist?

Orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry dedicated to realigning your teeth into a beautiful smile, aka… moving your teeth and even jaw from a less favorable position to the most favorable position possible. Orthodontic treatment is beneficial at any point in someone’s life but there are more advantageous times than others when it comes to shifting teeth. The juvenile and adolescent growth spurts(age 8-12) can be a very significant and beneficial time to provide orthodontic intervention. Continue reading Did You Know Clay Sculptures and Orthodontics Have A lot In Common?

10 Early Orthodontic Warning Signs Every Parent Should Know

What Can Go Wrong at an Early Age?
As a parent, you may believe that you can look at your child and see if there is a problem with their bite. If the problem is very obvious, than perhaps it will be possible. However, in most instances it is prudent to rely on the trained eyes of a specialist to detect a problem. And this is why it is important for a child to see an orthodontist for an exam.

Here are some of the possible problems that can go wrong at an early age:

  • Thumb-sucking
  • Dfficulty with chewing and/or biting
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Teeth that are crowded, misplaced, or have been blocked out
  • Upper and lower teeth that do not meet properly
  • Improper jaw alignment
  • Impacted teeth
  • Crossbites
  • Severe crowding, with stripping of the teeth through the gum tissue
  • Tongue thrusting and grinding or clenching of teeth Continue reading 10 Early Orthodontic Warning Signs Every Parent Should Know

Does Your Smile Make You Happy?

Too many American adults are unhappy with their smile. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by the American Association of Orthodontics more than 1/3 of adults reported they didn’t like their smile. What better time than right now, to promise yourself or someone you love a beautiful new smile.

Let’s take a closer look at the details of this study of 1,000 U. S adults 18 years of age and older.

Facebook untagging. 48 percent of Americans 18-24 actually untagged a photo of themselves on Facebook because they didn’t like their smile. More than one third of those surveyed indicated that if their smiles were improved their social life would be better as well. Continue reading Does Your Smile Make You Happy?

Holisitic Orthodontics: Braces Are All About A Healthier You—Both Inside and Out

Did you know that researchers from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research have recently shown that people with gum disease are more likely to develop heart disease or experience difficulty controlling blood sugar than those that do not have gum disease. For a long time it was thought that bacteria was the factor that linked periodontal disease to other diseases in the body; however, more recent research demonstrates that inflammation may be responsible for the association. While researchers continue to find associations between oral health and the overall health of the body, as of yet it hasn’t been determined whether gum disease is the sole cause of these health conditions.

Without a doubt, what can be shown is that good oral health isn’t just about maintaining a healthy smile; it has an impact on the health of your entire body.

Therefore, treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions. Continue reading Holisitic Orthodontics: Braces Are All About A Healthier You—Both Inside and Out

Cosmetic Orthodontics: Lingual Braces vs. Clear Aligners

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Orthodontic braces have changed significantly in size, material and design since they were invented over a century ago. Early braces were made of thin steel that was wrapped individually around each tooth, literally hugging the entire tooth. This is so different from today’s braces which are more discreet than ever, and are glued just to the front surface of the tooth. Today’s braces produce excellent results without being overly obvious during the corrective phase. If you are in search of an aesthetically appealing way of straightening your teeth, Dr. Mark Feinberg and our team at Feinberg Orthodontics provide multiple options to choose from, including lingual braces using SureSmile technology and clear aligners like Invisalign.

Clear RemovableAligners(Invisalign)
Clear aligners are sequential phase orthodontic devices designed for patients who need mild-to-moderate correction of crowded or crooked teeth and bite correction as well. This system includes a progression of clear custom designed trays that gradually shift the teeth into their targeted positions. Continue reading Cosmetic Orthodontics: Lingual Braces vs. Clear Aligners

Orthodontics, So Much More Than Just Straightening Teeth

When you hear the word orthodontist you probably think of the dental expert that has the proper skills and training to straighten teeth. That would certainly be true, but teeth alignment only represents a fraction of the valuable benefits that orthodontics can accomplish. There are two methods that the orthodontist may use to benefit a patient’s oral health. Either traditional braces that are attached to the teeth or removable clear aligners like Invisalign.

Malocclusions or “bad” bites come in different forms and alignment of these teeth can correct overbites and open bites as well as crossbite and underbites which will not only help your teeth to function better but also encourage you to show off your pearly whites. Orthodontics can have a powerful impact on your overall health by reducing pain, and even help improve the quality of your sleep. Continue reading Orthodontics, So Much More Than Just Straightening Teeth

Is Invisalign the Right Choice for You?

Metal braces were once the only choice patients had to straighten their teeth, fix their bites and brighten their smiles. In the early1980’s clear braces were invented and at around that time braces behind the teeth were developed as well. These were the only choices a patient had until the turn of the 21st century, the year 2000. As an orthodontist,Dr. Feinberg attended the first series of seminars on Invisalign and over the course of time has become a highly skilled expert in Invisalign therapy. In the early days, just like in metal braces Invisalign therapy was limited in its applications and quite frankly was an inferior product. Now that the product has reached its current level of excellence we have confidently offered it as an option for our patients. Continue reading Is Invisalign the Right Choice for You?

Orthodontist Vs Dentist by Dr. F

Orthodontics: Smiles Are Our Specialty
In an age when we are seeing so many advances in the Health Sciences it is not surprising that Dental Medicine has also participated in this technological leap forward. In fact, our patients have always associated Feinberg Orthodontics with cutting edge orthodontic technology. Given the overwhelming amount of knowledge that is necessary to become a progressive general dentist how can a dentist also become an expert in orthodontics. Well, the short answer is that this is not possible. The reason that I am devoting this blog post to appreciating the difference between an orthodontic specialist and general dentist is because this is one of the more common questions that our patients ask us. In fact, the question is sometimes posed this way, “Dentists and orthodontists are all the same, right?” Continue reading Orthodontist Vs Dentist by Dr. F

Orthodontics is More Than Magic

Have you ever wondered what your orthodontist’s recipe is for magically straightening or aligning your teeth and bite. Well, let me explain how orthodontic tooth movement works:

First apply light pressure to the tooth over a period of time(usually 18 months) and the body’s natural response to this pressure is tooth movement. This pressure is translated to the tooth through brackets, which are like little handles attached to each individual tooth. Continue reading Orthodontics is More Than Magic