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Holy Guacamole, Something’s Missing!

In previous blog posts we have discussed various reasons for visiting an orthodontist as recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists(AAO) no later than the age of 7. Which brings us to today’s blog topic…all you wanted to know about missing teeth and more but didn’t know what to ask. Our discussion will be limited to teeth that are missing not as a result of them being removed or lost due to disease or from an accident but rather as a result of never having developed. This condition know as Hypodontia (missing one to six teeth) is characterized by a primary tooth having no replacement by a permanent tooth. There is a genetic tendency for this condition to occur and the technical description is congenital absence of permanent teeth.

A bit of background, excluding wisdom teeth(3rd molars), Hypodontia occurs in 3-8% of the population. The most common missing tooth is the wisdom tooth followed by congenital absence of the lower 2nd premolars. The upper lateral incisors, which are the teeth on either side of the two centered upper front teeth, are the third most commonly missing tooth and occurs in approximately 2% of the population. This may affect one or both upper lateral incisor teeth.

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The Times, They Are a-Changin’

As a pioneer in digital orthodontics, I was honored to be asked to write the introduction ​​to the April-May edition of the journal, Orthodontic Practice US​.Here is my perspective on the necessity of orthodontists embracing the latest technology if they are truly committed to elevating the standard of care for their patients.

As specialists, we lead. We lead in innovative diagnosis and therapeutics, implementation of state-of-the-art technology and, most importantly, quality of patient care. I say that as much as a reminder to myself as I do to my specialist colleagues. Because to paraphrase Bob Dylan’s song, “The times they are a-changing.”

So, what’s happening? In the most general sense, much of what we do clinically today involves digital technology, one way or another. From archwires to aligners, from lingual treatment to IDB, there is almost always a digital option for us to choose at every stage of treatment.

There is no question that these new technologies afford us expanding opportunities to deliver predictable and optimal outcomes through enhanced diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities, achieving new levels of efficiency, predictability and precision.

As orthodontists, we tend to be creative and independent-minded as we seek better ways to care for our patients. Direct bonding was a major innovation not so long ago. Now virtually all of us do it. Esthetic brackets formed in plastic or ceramics have become standard, something that would have been hard to imagine in 1970. Wire formulations have become much more sophisticated–and continue to do so–giving us all a broader armamentarium in tooth movement. Even digitally-produced aligners, something many if not most of us resisted back in the day, have become a standard treatment option. Continue reading The Times, They Are a-Changin’

5 Ways Orthodontics Can Dramatically Change Your Life

Dental BracesOrthodontic care is all about the creation of beautiful smiles. So many people visit the orthodontist, both children and adults searching for the straight, pearly white smile of their dreams. One study revealed that nearly 3 out of 4 adults believe that a less than ideal smile could factor negatively on their career goals. It is uncertain whether this is actually true but certainly perception is reality. There are so many compelling reasons to visit your local orthodontist beyond the desire for a beautiful smile or facial esthetics. Orthodontics also provides important long-term health benefits as well

1. Healthier teeth. Not only will your smile be straighter, but it will also be healthier. Teeth that are not aligned properly make it so much more difficult to brush properly. Orthodontic treatment involves moving your teeth into their correct position thereby optimizing your ability to reach hard to reach tooth surfaces. With the help of a brush, dental floss or both you will be able to remove plaque that can build up along the gum line or on the surfaces of your teeth that could lead to cavities or gum disease. When teeth are improperly positioned they can also wear down prematurely and ultimately be lost. Continue reading 5 Ways Orthodontics Can Dramatically Change Your Life