An article written by Brianna Devito states that, image is our expression of beauty and the perceptual experience of pleasure to our senses. Since beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’ our world is depicted with infinite shades of magnificence. However, this romantic view of beauty is plagued by society’s means of standardization. Like modern society, ancient civilizations were obsessed with beauty, so they configured the golden ratio to characterize this abstract term. This ratio, 1:1.6, is repeatedly found all throughout nature’s beauties. It stresses proportionality, harmony, and rationality, which brilliantly exemplify how we perceive beauty. The perception of beauty “is the relational proportion of our physical features that is the primary factor in determining the conscious or subconscious, of beauty.” (Singla 74) Beauty has evolved into something numerical and tangible, which has lead to a society filled with beauty seekers striving to achieve absolute perfection.
One of the easiest ways to begin this journey is through our smile and our teeth, since “a beautiful smile is an added asset to a beautiful face.” (Singla 76) An aligned, full, bright, and welcoming smile is aesthetically pleasing and increasingly more important to society. Since teeth have become part of the beauty equation, we have paved the way for a specialized dentistry focused on the alignment and occlusion of teeth: orthodontics.
Here at iSmile Orthodontics we guarantee a beautiful smile. Contact us and come for a complementary consultation. Speak with our financial consultant, treatment coordinator, and the doctor. Get a full evaluation.
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How much do you really know about your mouth?
Here are some Myths and Facts that may be a fun read!
Let’s learn! Here we go!
Dental Myth: The only cause of bad breath is poor oral hygiene (poor brushing and flossing).
Dental Fact: The majority of bad breath is caused by poor brushing and flossing, which leads to gum disease. Other causes of bad breath include smoking, certain foods and large dental infections or abscesses.
Dental Myth: When your gums bleed, it is best not to brush or floss your teeth.
Dental Fact: Gingivitis or bleeding gums are a sign that your gums are not healthy. Inflammation of the gums occurs from plaque and debris accumulating around the teeth, especially in the pocket or sulcus of gum tissue around the tooth. When the pocket is clean and there is no plaque around the teeth, the gum tissue will start to heal and stop bleeding. Daily brushing and flossing in conjunction with professional dental cleanings and examinations will keep your gum tissue healthy and prevent bleeding.
Myth: Only the sugar in sweets and desserts are bad for teeth.
Fact: Many foods have natural sugars in them. Both natural and processed sugars can cause tooth decay if they stay on teeth. It is important to limit the amount of sweets you consume and to brush and floss twice a day.
Dental Myth: Brushing with salt will whiten teeth.
Dental Fact: Brushing with salt will not whiten teeth. It will cut the gums and rub away the outer layer of the tooth because it is so abrasive. Your teeth may look whiter, but they will be damaged and are likely to need repair.
Dental Myth: If a patient is not having any dental pain, regular dental visits are not necessary.
Dental Fact: Routine visits for professional cleanings and examinations to check for dental problems are necessary.Finding and treating dental problems when they are small is a more comfortable and less expensive way to take care of your dental health.
Dental Myth: During pregnancy, all dental procedures must be avoided.
Dental Fact: Professional dental cleanings can be performed at any point during pregnancy. However, routine x-rays should be avoided. Emergency dental care can be performed at any time with physician clearance.
Dental Myth: There is no need to brush baby teeth.
Dental Fact: Even though all of your child’s baby teeth will eventually be lost, they still need to be brushed and flossed daily. This brushing and flossing is important to establish good habits early in life. Daily brushing and flossing also helps prevent cavities or tooth decay. Cavities in baby teeth can affect the development of the permanent teeth. Cavities in baby teeth need to be treated with fillings, root canals, and even crowns.
Dental Myth: Hard and soft bristled toothbrushes are the same.
Dental Fact: Soft bristled toothbrushes are preferred as they get teeth clean and do not damage the teeth or the gums. Hard bristled toothbrushes can cause gum tissue to shrink away and can wear away tooth structure.
iSmile Orthodontics in White Plains and Yonkers is more that ecstatic to provide these dental myth busters! Contact us about orthodontic treatment for your children, friends or even yourself or even, ask about Invisalign!
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a child first be seen by an orthodontist as early as age 7; earlier if a problem is discovered by a parent or family dentist. Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if treated prior to the completion of growth. Early treatment may prevent the need for extraction of permanent teeth, surgery and other serious corrections later in life. Early treatment helps to make room for the permanent teeth to come in properly. However, owing to the complex nature of orthodontics, early treatment may not be right for every child. Only after a clinical examination of your child can the proper treatment plan be determined.
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile. Early orthodontic treatment varies between patients, but may include removable or fixed appliances that can provide more room for crowded, erupting teeth; preserve space for unerupted teeth; create facial symmetry through manipulating jaw growth; and reduce overall treatment time in braces. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
Does your child suck his or her thumb or fingers? Sucking is a natural reflex. Infants, babies and young children use thumbs, fingers, pacifiers and other objects on which to suck. It makes them feel secure and happy and provides a sense of security at difficult periods. Since thumb sucking is relaxing, it may induce sleep. Thumb sucking that persists beyond the eruption of the permanent teeth can cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth and tooth alignment. Children should stop thumb sucking by the time their permanent front teeth are ready to erupt. Usually, children stop between the ages of two and four. Peer pressure causes many school-aged children to stop. An orthodontist can also help you and your child to create a program that will empower your child and motivate them to stop their habit.
Orthodontic treatment is not just for children! The goal of orthodontic treatment is a good bite—meaning straight teeth that mesh well with the teeth in the opposite jaw. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain. Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. A healthy bite is as important at age 60 as it is at age 16! Advances in orthodontic techniques and appliances have made treatment more comfortable, with greatly reduced discomfort levels and a decreased frequency of visits. A variety of orthodontic appliances are available today, including traditional metal braces, tooth colored braces, braces that go behind the teeth, and clear aligners. Be sure to speak with an orthodontist about the best way to achieve your treatment goals. You will soon be on your way to improving your best asset—your smile!!
As we greet summertime on Memorial Day, many are planning and preparing for their vacations. We understand that holidays and vacation planning can get a bit chaotic, but please keep your White Plains Orthodontist and Yonkers Orthodontist at iSmile in mind! Be sure to schedule an appointment before your trip to ensure your treatment plan is going as planned. If you happen to be out of the state or country with a broken bracket or poking wire, please feel free to visit the closest Orthodontist who can make you comfortable. Although we suggest seeing another Orthodontist for your comfort, DO NOT receive treatment outside of our office. Our Orthodontists dedicate a great deal of time to personalize each patient’s treatment plan, and work together to ensure that your visits are handled as they are supposed to. We expect our patients to remain compliant with treatment, even in beautiful weather and between trips! So come to iSmile Orthodontics to adjust or repair your braces before you leave for your summer getaway. See you soon! 🙂
Invisalign Teen – The Clear Alternative to Traditional Braces
The team at iSmile Orthodontics is proud to provide our patients with a wide array of orthodontic options to help each one achieve that straight, beautiful smile they both want and deserve. Among the options we provide our teenage patients is the innovative Invisalign Teen system. Our orthodontists are proud Invisalign Teen White Plains providers who have helped many young people improve their smiles using this modern approach to straightening teeth.
Invisalign Teen – What it Is, How it Works
Invisalign Teen takes a unique approach to straightening teeth using a series of custom-made, removable, clear aligners that gradually and gently shift the teeth into place based on the exact movements your orthodontist plans out. The aligner trays are smooth and comfortable and there are no brackets or wires to tighten. Your teen simply pops in a new set of aligners every two weeks or so until the treatment is complete and he or she achieves the confident smile he/she has always wanted. Teenagers enjoy wearing Invisalign due to the fact that the aligners are nearly invisible and because there are less office visits required since there are no wires that need adjusting.
Advantages of Invisalign
When Invisalign is compared to other teeth straightening options, the advantages are very clear. For one, Invisalign can effectively treat a wide variety of cases including crowded teeth, spaces between teeth, crossbites, overbites and underbites. And, because the aligners are removable, your teen can eat whatever foods he or she enjoys as the aligners can be taken out while eating and then put back in when done. Your teenager also will be able to brush and floss his or her teeth normally for much better overall oral hygiene throughout the treatment process.
When regular braces are worn, your teen can experience pain, discomfort, mouth sores or injuries caused by the wires. There can also be tooth decay from inadequate brushing & flossing and a build up of plaque because it can be difficult to brush and floss well with traditional braces. All these things can be avoided with Invisalign Teen. Additionally, because the aligners can be removed when eating, your child will be able to enjoy the foods he or she loves such as pizza, hard-crusted breads, corn on the cob, apples and more.
The Invisalign Teen aligners feature a small, inconspicuous Blue Dot wear indicator that tells your child when it’s time for a new set of aligners. Invisalign Teen also provides up to six free replacement aligners in case your child loses or breaks an aligner.
Young People Love Wearing Invisalign Teen
A growing number of young people are wearing Invisalign Teen today because of the many advantages this teeth straightening option provides. Young people who wear Invisalign Teen love the fact that they’re able to take the aligners out for special occasions like school photos and then simply pop them back in when done.
Invisalign Teen is ideal for the busy teenager who may be self-conscious about wearing conventional metal braces. Of all the other orthodontic treatment options out there, none offers the level of comfort, convenience and confidence provided by Invisalign Teen. Your child is sure to appreciate how this revolutionary approach to orthodontic treatment has minimal interference in how he/she lives, looks and feels.
The iSmile Orthodontics team strives to provide the highest quality care possible to ensure that each of our patients leaves with a beautiful, healthy smile and superior results.
If you are not pleased with your teen’s Invisalign results, we offer free braces treatment for the last couple of months so that the perfect smile can be achieved. We also include 1 free refinement with your teen’s Invisalign treatment.
If you would like to see if White Plains Invisalign Teen is right for your child, please schedule an appointment with us. You can do so by filling out and submitting the Appointment Request form that is on our website. One of our team members will then contact you to set up an appointment time.