Thursday, April 28, 2011

Frederick Keys Opening Day and Lingual Braces

Opening night this year, April 12th, with the Frederick Keys was rainy and dreary weather-wise, but was an exciting social and culinary get-together with all the major supporters and advertisers. The club skybox was the site of an incredible buffet spread (see YouTube link on homepage) with everything from steamship round roast beef and sushi, to great drinks and dessert. The stadium lights came on early, and the grounds crew removed the infield tarp. The Keys lost a close game, but things bode well for 2011!
The only truly invisible braces that allow full control of each tooth are applied on the tongue side of the teeth, and are called "lingual braces." Many patients are trying the new "tray aligners" to straighten teeth without traditional fixed braces, but are often disappointed at the case finish. Check out an unusual video of the step-by-step process of bonding lingual braces! Simply click the YouTube link on our homepage!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Early Treatment is Sometimes Necessary

Seven years of age is an important structural and statural landmark in a child's life when it comes to correcting bones and teeth. Often, an overbite or underbite is due to jaw bones, not teeth, growing in disharmony. The correction of the bones must begin very early while the bones are changing rapidly. Bones can be stimulated to grow more, expanded with a palate spreader, or impeded with different treatment modalities. This is why the American Association of Orthodontists recommends seven (7) years old for the first visit to the orthodontist for every child in the U.S. whether referred by the general dentist or not. Early intervention (called Phase I) can sometimes be the difference between extracting adult teeth and jaw surgery or not. Many families are moving off the sidelines and getting into the ballgame with the strengthening economy.