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By Great Meadows Dental Group
September 18, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
MasterIllusionistBenefitsfromtheMagicofOrthodontics

Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.

He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”

Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.

There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.

The Science Behind the Magic

There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.

The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.

How’s that for a disappearing act?!

If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”

By Great Meadows Dental Group
September 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   invisalign   orthodontics  

Learn about the benefits of Invisalign from your Bedford dentist.

Would you like to straighten your teeth but hate the thought of giving up some of your favorite foods? When you choose the Invisalign invisalignbrace system, you can eat anything you want. Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dr. Leo Kharin and Dr. Jessica Ristuccia, your Bedord, MA dentists at Great Meadows Dental Group, explain how you can benefit from Invisalign.

Invisalign Doesn't Use Wires and Brackets

Traditional brace systems use a system of wires and bracket to reposition your teeth. Adjusting the wires every four to six weeks gradually moves the teeth into alignment. Although the system is an effective way to realign your teeth, you must wear the wires and brackets for the entire treatment period, which can be as long as two years or longer.

The Invisalign system doesn't use wires and brackets. Instead, you'll wear a series of removable aligner trays. Since the aligners are clear, no one may even notice that you are straightening your teeth. Every two weeks, you'll replace your trays with a new set.

Mealtime Is Easy with Invisalign

If you've ever eaten with a friend who has braces, you may have noticed that they may have had to pass up some foods. Hard foods, like carrots and apples, can break wires and must be cut up into small pieces, cooked or avoided if you wear traditional braces. There are no limitations with Invisalign. Since you'll remove your aligners when you eat, you can continue to enjoy all of your favorite foods. There's no need to give up popcorn, gum or other foods that can cause problems when your mouth is full of wires.

Invisalign Makes It Easy to Care for Your Teeth

Navigating wires and brackets requires extra effort. If you aren't careful, food can become stuck in your braces, which can increase your risk of developing a cavity. When you wear Invisalign aligner trays, you'll simply pop out your trays and floss and brush as usual.

It's never been easier to straighten your teeth, thanks to Invisalign. If you would like to find out if you're a good candidate for Invisalign, call Dr. Papapetros, Dr. Kharin and Dr. Ristuccia, your Bedford, MA dentists at Great Meadows Dental Group, at (781) 275-7707 to schedule an appointment. Improve your smile without giving up your favorite foods!