What is the Purpose of an Orthodontic Retainer?

shutterstock_205365574Congratulations! You have spent months working toward your perfect smile, and you finally made it! You can now eat foods you have had to avoid due to their sticky or hard nature. However, there are still some important things to understand to keep your smile as perfect as it was the day your braces were removed.

After a patient completes orthodontic care, they are fitted and provided a retainer. According to Dr. John Budd, the retainer is as important – if not more important – than the braces themselves.  A properly worn retainer will keep you smiling for years to come with well-aligned teeth.   However, the retainer cannot do its job for you if you do not wear it at appropriate times.

Continue reading

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.”

Continue reading

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