Does Smiling Effect Your Life For the Better?

It was actually Darwin, who first proposed in the 19th century that facial expressions didn't only reflect emotions, but also caused them. Your smile brings others towards you, can show your mood, but more amazingly can alter your mood. Smiling can make you feel happy. Smiling also makes you look younger as it lifts the face without even undergoing a surgery! That alone should change your mood. 

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Studies show that when you smile, there is a considerable reduction in your blood pressure as you are more relaxed and calm. If you are in in physical pain, studies also reveal that smiling releases endorphins and serotonin which are natural pain killers. 

In the 1980s studies on the physiology of smiling found that when test subjects were asked to contort their faces in fear, their body temperature increased and their pulses sped up. 

Taking into consideration the benefits of smiling above, there is really no question why you should invest in smiling. It all get very technical, but the study showed that a warmer brain produced negative emotions. The brain temperature is reduced during the act of a smile, and the brain then produces more positive and happy feelings. That gives you a lot of control over your mood. Laughter and smiling can really be the best medicine.

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So Where Does Orthodontics Come Into Play?

Think about it. If you smile more, you will have an increased happy mood. If you lack the confidence to smile because of what you may consider to be a flawed jawline, teeth, or smile - that is where orthodontics can help. 

 

Traveling this summer with Braces!

We realize that the nice weather is here and the kids are out of school. Most families are getting ready to set sail to different parts of the world to make some great summer memories. We wanted to help with some tips if you or your child have braces during the travelling season. 

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Before you leave for your Summer trip, we recommend you see us a few days before your trip for a quick checkup to make sure everything is intact. Dr. Nizam will check that your brackets are secure, there are no loose wires, and that nothing is currently uncomfortable. We will also give you some wax to keep handy for any poking wires during the trip. 

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Be sure to pack all the things you may need while not at home, including extra wax or rubber bands. It’s not uncommon with braces, to have a broken or loose wire that pokes and irritate your cheek. The best way to remedy that until you can get in to the office and have it clipped is ball up a small piece of wax, and put it right over the offending area. Push it down and it will give you a lot of comfort until you are able to get to the office and we can clip the wire there.

Additionally, we can give you the name of an orthodontist in the area of your travel in case you need to be seen for an emergency appointment before you return.

We wish you safe and memorable travels this summer!

Top 10 Things You Should Know About Invisalign Teen.

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment system where transparent aligners are used instead of brackets and wires to gradually shift the teeth into their ideal positions. Each aligner or tray is worn for one week and we recommend wearing them 20 hours 7 days a week. The aligners are only removed in order to eat, brush, and floss the teeth. The least amount of time that aligners should be worn is 20-22 hours a day.

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Let us tell you 10 things you should know about Invisalign Teen. Chances are you already knew a few, especially if you are a current or past patient.

10 Things You Need to Know About Invisalign® Teen Treatment

  1. Invisalign® treatment is the modern way to straighten teeth.
    From 3D scanning to an individualized treatment program with amazing results, 95% of orthodontists are providing Invisalign treatment to adults and teens.
     
  2. Invisalign treatment is effective for a wide range of teeth-straightening cases from simple to complex. Invisalign Teen straightens teeth with 75% more predictability than traditional braces due to SmartTrack® material and SmartForce® features.
     
  3. Invisalign treatment can now shape your teen’s smile up to 50% faster.
    Invisalign clear, removable aligners move teeth up to 50% faster than traditional braces. As they are removable, the progress is visible each step of the way.
     
  4. Invisalign treatment is a less painful way to straighten teeth. Invisalign aligners are smooth and comfortable in the mouth. There are no brackets or wires to rub or poke against the cheek or gums.
     
  5. Teens do wear their Invisalign aligners. Compliance is critical when straightening the teeth. Studies show that teens wear their aligners as directed for 20 to 22 hours a day. In our office, we find teen to be better Invisalign patients than adult. 
     
  6. Teens who wear Invisalign clear aligners have more confidence. Invisalign Teen aligners are clear and are 2x more likely to boost self-esteem. Traditional braces can make teens more self-conscious.
     
  7. You can have fewer, shorter office visits and fewer emergency visits. 
    There are no emergency orthodontic visits as there are no broken wires or brackets. Less office visits are required as well as there no manual adjustments needed.
     
  8. Your teen will feel that their life is uninterrupted during Invisalign treatment.
    Invisalign can be removed for school pictures, social events, eating, brushing, and flossing. No brackets or wires get in the way of playing sports either.
     
  9. Many orthodontic insurance plans cover Invisalign treatment up to 50%.
    Invisalign Teen is generally covered by dental insurance and we offer flexible monthly payments with zero down. 
     
  10. The Invisalign® Teen Guarantee provides the confidence to choose Invisalign clear aligners for your teen. There is an option to switch to traditional wires and brackets at no additional cost if not satisfied within the first six months of Invisalign Teen.

Dr. Nizam is an Elite Platinum Invisalign certified provider, who feels every case can be treated to the same high standards as with braces and in less time than traditional braces.