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By Milford Dental Group
April 30, 2018
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 Milford Dental Group
February 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

More and more adults are deciding to do something about their crooked teeth. In fact, Dear Doctor magazine says that one in five patientsinvisalign who are receiving orthodontic correction are adults. Would you like to improve the alignment, bite, and appearance of your smile, but hesitate to because you dislike metal brackets and wires? Well, you have an alternative--Invisalign clear aligners from Milford Dental Group. Dr. Peyman Beigi and Dr. Nina Raeisian use the amazing Invisalign system to effectively treat numerous alignment issues for teens and adults just like you.

Too good to be true?

Well, it is true. Invisalign clear aligners have straightened literally millions of smiles worldwide. Crafted according to specific instructions from your Milford dentist, removable Invisalign appliances gradually move teeth into healthier and more attractive positions in an average of one year.

Each Invisalign pair is made of biocompatible acrylic that is comfortable and smooth. Worn 20 to 22 hours a day, these aligners give patients the freedom of easy brushing and flossing, no dietary restrictions and mouths that feel comfortable. Additionally, Invisalign aligners so thin as to be practically invisible, and they're fully removable for meals, hygiene and that special occasions such as a job interview or wedding. You won't be embarrassed to wear Invisalign appliances.

What does Invisalign correct?

The system corrects a long list of orthodontic problems, including:

  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Protruding front teeth
  • Overbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open Bite
  • Underbite
  • Tooth rotation
  • Tooth tipping

Of course, the most complex problems still require conventional braces, but you'll be surprised at how versatile and effective Invisalign appliances are. Just ask your professional team at Milford Dental Group for all the details.

Living with Invisalign

Patients visit their dentist every four to six weeks for a simple check on progress and to pick-up the next aligner pairs in their plans. In all, people wear 18 to 30 aligner pairs, and after completing  treatment,

 should wear a retainer to keep teeth well-aligned.

Also, Invisalign may be specially equipped for the teen patient. Compliance tabs tell patient, parent and dentist if the teen wears his or her appliances faithfully. Also, space maintainers built into the aligners leave room for molars yet to erupt.

Yes, this could be you!

You could enjoy the benefits of a straight smile. Achieve it discreetly with Invisalign clear aligners from Milford Dental Group in Milford, MA. Please call the office today to discuss your options with one of our dentists: 508- 966-7023.

By Milford Dental Group
March 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
EdenSherandtheLostRetainer

Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials and tribulations: The episode ends with Sue’s whole family diving into a dumpster in search of the teen’s lost retainer. Sue finds it in the garbage and immediately pops it in her mouth. But wait — it doesn’t fit, it’s not even hers!

If you think this scenario is far-fetched, guess again. OK, maybe the part about Sue not washing the retainer upon reclaiming it was just a gag (literally and figuratively), but lost retainers are all too common. Unfortunately, they’re also expensive to replace — so they need to be handled with care. What’s the best way to do that? Retainers should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (dish soap works well), and then placed immediately back in your mouth or into the case that came with the retainer. When you are eating a meal at a restaurant, do not wrap your retainer in a napkin and leave it on the table — this is a great way to lose it! Instead, take the case with you, and keep the retainer in it while you’re eating. When you get home, brush your teeth and then put the retainer back in your mouth.

If you do lose your retainer though, let us know right away. Retention is the last step of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s extremely important. You’ve worked hard to get a beautiful smile, and no one wants to see that effort wasted. Yet if you neglect to wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth are likely to shift out of position. Why does this happen?

As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force. That’s what orthodontic appliances do: apply the right amount of force in a carefully controlled manner. But there are other forces at work on your teeth that can move them in less predictable ways. For example, normal biting and chewing can, over time, cause your teeth to shift position. To get teeth to stay where they’ve been moved orthodontically, new bone needs to form around them and anchor them where they are. That will happen over time, but only if they are held in place with a retainer. That’s why it is so important to wear yours as directed — and notify us immediately if it gets lost.

And if ever you do have to dig your retainer out of a dumpster… be sure to wash it before putting in in your mouth!

If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Why Orthodontic Retainers?