Category Archives: Braces

ASK DR DONNA – WHY DO I NEED BRACES? IT DOESN’T BOTHER ME IF MY TEETH ARE CROOKED.

invisalign before and after Maxine, thanks for the question.  This question is very frequently asked.  Some people say they do not feel self conscious about their smile; they have lived with it all of their lives and "if it isn't broke, why fix it?"  They question the need to straighten their teeth, and especially as they reach adulthood.  Patients are also self-conscious about wearing braces as they no longer are children. There are many benefits to having straight teeth.  According to the American Dental Association, straightening your teeth can actually significantly affect your overall dental health and reduce your risk for tooth decay and gum disease.  I don't know how many patients that I see who have had crowding their entire lives reach their 40's and 50's; and, then wind up with periodontal disease.  They are the same people who have had difficulty their...
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BREAKING THROUGH STEREOTYPES!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=OVQ5ELTPksA   Yesterday's blog was related to stereotyping people who wear grillz.  Then today, I was speaking with Kevin, my IT technician about yesterday's blog.  He stated that he was absolutely not interested in grillz; and, he would have been interested in wearing braces, but he thought that he was too old for braces - another stereotype!  Definitely, in the past, youth primarily were the only ones who wore braces.  They were metal or  ceramic, but there was no way that anyone could miss the fact that braces are on your teeth. They were bulky, and food often lodged between them and they were more difficult to keep clean. With the advent of clear braces, it is quite common for adults to wear braces.  Invisalign was made specifically for the adult population.   The trays are made from a virtually invisible plastic which is very difficult for anyone to see.  That's great for...
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