In virtually every field, a combination of integrity, skill and experience are essential to ensuring competence and ultimately successful outcomes. We’ll visit the medical profession to illustrate the importance of experience in providing optimal care. We will assume a level playing field for all the other qualities previously described. In our dramatic example, you are suffering from cardiac blockage and require heart bypass surgery. All things being equal re: cardiologist’s integrity and skill… you have a choice of docs. The first doc just completed his/her fellowship training and the second has already successfully performed 100’s of bypass surgeries. Would you choose the 1st doc or the 2nd doc? If I were making the decision, it would be the 2nd doc in a “heartbeat”!
Orthodontic Specialty Programs
In orthodontic specialty programs, skill is measured and is a prerequisite to graduating and being awarded a specialty certification. Experience however is another thing altogether. Continue reading THE X FACTOR
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?
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
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?
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
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