Instant gratification is just a click away. Dancing across your cell phone screen is an app for just about anything…or at least it would seem that way. With a click you can order a soccer ball, supplies for your home, and even groceries. In fact if you have a yen for Chinese food, it too must be just a click away. Watching your favorite movie from your comfiest couch is also a mere purchase away and is viewable whenever the spirit moves you. Need a ride? Open up the Uber app and your limo awaits. We’ve become so dependent and programmed that there is an easy fix for everything that sometimes we come to believe and expect that all we encounter in life should be served up immediately on a silver platter.
If you have a medical problem is it wise to use WebMD as a substitute for your doctor actually performing an examination or providing his/her expertise? Allow me to answer, if you have any common sense you’ll visit your doctor rather than relying on a website for advice and guidance.
Continue reading The Danger of Just A “Click Away” Orthodontics
When Aligners Alone Are Not Enough
In part 1 of this 2 part series on Hybrid Orthodontic treatment, I discussed some of the failings of aligner therapy. As in all medical/dental related areas the most critical step in care begins with an accurate diagnosis. Namely, what is the nature of the clinical problem. Once that is determined, a plan to address the problem can be created. The key is to create an excellent plan. Not all plans are created equal, therefore creating the appropriate treatment care plan is the key to delivering the desired outcome and achieving an excellent result.
This is where the skill sets and experience of the doctor(an orthodontic specialist) are so important(stay tuned, I will explore this in more detail in a future blog post).
Hybrid Therapy and You
Today our focus will be specifically on the tooth aligning limitation of aligners and how we have developed a unique protocol called Hybrid Therapy(attribution to Dr. Peter Kierl in Oklahoma)that has been designed to overcome those limitations.
Let’s look at a couple of clinical examples that demonstrate the limitations of aligners and how we solve them to ensure a great result; smile and bite perfection. Continue reading Part 2: Hybrid Orthodontic Treatment – When Aligners Alone Are Not Enough
10 Critical Things You Need to Know When Selecting an Orthodontist
Knowledge is the critical element when making important decisions. In this blog post I have provided some important information.
Ask the orthodontist these important questions to determine that you are getting the most value for your investment:
1. Do you have a smile design philosophy? What are the things you look for in determining your plan for my treatment?
2. Can you show me how my teeth will look after treatment, before treatment is actually started? Only select orthodontists that use Suresmile digital technology are capable of creating an accurate simulation of your future treatment. This is the most sophisticated orthodontic technology in the world and ensures that patients receive the most beneficial care. Visit the SureSmile website: www.suresmile.com Continue reading Part 2: Discount Orthodontics Can Be Costly To Your Health
Let 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?
Today orthodontic treatments are faster and more effective than before. Technological breakthroughs like self-ligating braces and clear aligners are more comfortable to wear, easier to care for, and best of all, require shorter treatment times and less visits for adjustments.
SureSmile braces work by applying a gentle, continuous force to align your teeth into the proper position to correct any imperfections and help you achieve the smile you always wanted. SureSmile braces do not require any elastic bands, which require fewer appointments with faster treatment time and are easier to clean and less noticeable than the traditional metal braces. SureSmile braces are up to three times smaller than traditional braces. Continue reading Today’s Orthodontic Treatment: Faster and More Comfortable
The field of orthodontics is focused on creating proper tooth alignment and occlusion as well as obtaining ideal facial esthetics. One of the most common reasons patients seek orthodontic treatment is for overbite correction. An overbite is a relatively common type of malocclusion or tooth misalignment in which the upper teeth protrude too far over the bottom teeth.
Effects Of An Overbite
An overbite can cause several problems ranging from jaw function to the physical appearance of your teeth. Wearing of tooth enamel increases the chances of tooth decay and gum disease. Since the lower teeth undercut the upper ones, in some cases they cut into the upper gums and palate and cause major damage. A serious overbite can even change the physical appearance of your face. Continue reading Importance of Correcting Overbites
Thanks to today’s advances in orthodontic technology, orthodontists can provide patients with more options when it comes to wearing braces than ever before. While Invisalign braces present a number of advantages over traditional braces, the truth is Invisalign is not for everyone, and many patients must receive metal braces to achieve the straight teeth they desire.
New Technology In Metal Braces
Modern advancements in braces technology are changing how dentists help to treat teeth problems. These materials, many of which are used in computing technology and in outer space, can help to improve smiles without the use of a lot of metal. This not only improves the patients appearance, it also helps improve their self-esteem and the function of the braces. Continue reading Advances in Metal Braces
Beautiful, healthy smiles can make a big impact on your life. A nice smile with straight teeth will improve how others perceive your personality and your attractiveness. People with bright, straight healthy teeth demonstrate high self-esteem and radiate confidence. Millions of adults, teens and children have improved their lives and their health by getting their teeth and their bites corrected.
Teeth that are straight and evenly spaced are a great benefit to your gums. If teeth are incorrectly spaced, your gums can become more easily inflamed or infected. Too much space can leave them more open and exposed to food and drink, while teeth that are too close can create areas that are difficult to clean with brushing and flossing, creating an almost protected space for bacteria to flourish. Continue reading What Are the Benefits of Straight Teeth?
For some patients, merely getting braces will allow them to achieve their ideal smiles. However, in cases of severe crowding or other issues that leave limited room in the mouth for all of the teeth, a tooth extraction may be indicated.
Why Extract Teeth?
Many patients that present at an orthodontic practice have poorly aligned teeth as a result of crowding. When there is not enough room for all the teeth to erupt into their correct position the teeth often come is misaligned. To correct crowding problems and improve the appearance, the removal of specific teeth will facilitate alignment. The severity and location of the crowding will determine which teeth will need to be removed. Continue reading Tooth Extraction for Braces
Many parents assume they must wait until their child has all of his or her permanent teeth to see an Orthodontist for a consultation, only to discover treatment would have been much easier if started earlier. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that an orthodontist examine children by age seven.
To create a smile that lasts a lifetime, your child needs teeth that are straight and jaws that are aligned properly. That all begins with the baby teeth, the way they are aligned, when and how they fall out, and how much room they are allowing or not allowing for the emergence of permanent adult teeth. Continue reading Your Child’s First Orthodontic Check-up