Why Success is Determined by First Impressions

ladder.to.successWalk through any bookstore or have a look through a handful of websites that talk about self-enrichment. Chances are career and personal development advice is readily available. Nearing the top of almost every list is how appearance counts. Regardless of whether your idea of success is career-driven or in relation to nurturing personal relationships, the unfortunate truth is that many people will often overlook you if you do not “look the part.”

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What is two-phase orthodontic treatment?

Two-phase orthodontic treatment generally means that part of the treatment is completed while the patient still has some baby teeth.  This part of the treatment is referred to as Phase I and is usually completed sometime between ages 7-10.  After the eruption of the remaining adult teeth, the second phase of orthodontic treatment involving full upper and lower braces is completed.  This part of the treatment is referred to as Phase II. The idea behind this type of treatment is that more severe orthodontic problems can be treated more effectively by treating them in two stages. Continue reading

What Can Braces Do For Me?

It is no exaggeration to say that braces can provide a life-changing result to someone with an unattractive smile – not to mention reduce the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and fractured teeth.  That is one of the reasons I love being an orthodontist. My profession does not deal with life and death – only the quality of life.  Continue reading

Does Everyone Who Has Braces Have to Wear Retainers?

two.tone.braces.elasticsThe simple answer is yes.  There are two main reasons why.  First, your gums have little elastic fibers in them that attach to the teeth. There is actually a protein in your gums called elastin. The elastic fibers in your gums act like little rubber bands.  When you straighten a crooked tooth, the elastic fibers get stretched out and want to recoil to their original positions. These fibers “remember” where the teeth were before treatment began and are the main cause of teeth getting crooked again after orthodontic treatmentContinue reading