Posts for tag: Braces

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The 2019 Grammy Awards was a star-studded night packed with memorable performances. One standout came from the young Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, who sang a powerful duet of his hit song "In My Blood" with pop diva Miley Cyrus. But that duo's stellar smiles weren't always quite as camera-ready as they looked that night.

"I had braces for four and a half years," Mendes told an interviewer not long ago. "There's lots and lots and lots of photo evidence, I'm sure you can pull up a few." (In fact, finding one is as easy as searching "Sean Mendes braces.")

Wearing braces puts Mendes in good company: It's estimated that over 4 million people in the U.S. alone wear braces in a typical year—and about a quarter of them are adults! (And by the way: When she was a teenager, Miley Cyrus had braces, too!)

Today, there are a number of alternatives to traditional metal braces, such as tooth-colored braces, clear plastic aligners, and invisible lingual braces (the kind Cyrus wore). However, regular metal braces remain the most common choice for orthodontic treatment. They are often the most economical option, and can be used to treat a wide variety of bite problems (which dentists call malocclusions).

Having straighter teeth can boost your self-confidence—along with helping you bite, breathe, chew, and even speak more effectively. Plus, teeth that are in good alignment and have adequate space in between are easier to clean; this can help you keep your mouth free of gum disease and tooth decay for years to come.

Many people think getting braces is something that happens in adolescence—but as long as your mouth is otherwise healthy, there's no upper age limit for orthodontic treatment. In fact, many celebrities—like Lauren Hutton, Tom Cruise and Faith Hill—got braces as adults. But if traditional braces aren't a good fit with your self-image, it's possible that one of the less noticeable options, such as lingual braces or clear aligners, could work for you.

What's the first step to getting straighter teeth? Come in to the office for an evaluation! We will give you a complete oral examination to find out if there are any problems (like gum disease or tooth decay) that could interfere with orthodontic treatment. Then we will determine exactly how your teeth should be re-positioned to achieve a better smile, and recommend one or more options to get you there.

If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Lingual Braces: A Truly Invisible Way to Straighten Teeth.”

By Booker Family Dentistry
December 31, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
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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 Booker Family Dentistry
September 10, 2018
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Braces   invisalign   Clear Braces  

Invisalign Clear BracesWith Invisalign, wearing braces doesn’t have to change your lifestyle.

You hate that your smile is a little crooked, crowded or misaligned, and you are ready to do something about it. It’s never too late to get a straight smile and our Trenton, MI, family dentist Dr. Nicholas Booker is here to tell you why so many older teens and adults are turning to Invisalign, the almost invisible orthodontic system that could give you the smile you’ve always wished for.

You know those trays you get with an at-home whitening system? Now imagine that those trays are actually custom-made to fit over your teeth, are completely clear and can actually improve the alignment of your smile. Now you have Invisalign. Instead of using metal brackets and wires like traditional braces, Invisalign has customized aligners tailored to give you the straighter results you are looking for.

Along with being completely clear, Invisalign offers its wearers other benefits, such as:

Superior Comfort

Sometimes the metal from traditional braces can irritate gum tissue and cause sore spots, particularly when you first get them. This won’t be the case with Invisalign. Sure it might take some time to get used to these aligners but they are made from the very latest technology to provide removable aligners with smooth edges and a custom fit that make them more comfortable and less likely to cause irritation.

Capable of Handling Many Alignment Issues

No matter whether you need to move teeth slightly or more extensively, Invisalign is capable of doing this thanks to your pre-mapped treatment plan. Our Trenton, MI, dentist will plan out your treatment with the use of digital impressions taken of your mouth and advanced computer software. The measurements and information we provide will assist a dental lab in creating a series of aligners that offer perfectly timed and gradual teeth movements. Invisalign can be great for treating crowding, gaps between teeth, overbites, underbites and open bites.

Remove When Necessary

While it’s important that you wear your aligners as much as possible (about 22 hours out of the day) what makes this treatment so convenient for adults and teens is that it fits into their life rather than the other way around. Unlike traditional braces, you won’t have to change what you eat to accommodate your braces. Just simply remove your aligners and you can enjoy whatever foods you wish. The same rules apply for brushing and flossing. No need to worry about flossing around metal wires. Remove your aligners and your oral care routine is still the same.

Are you interested in finding out if you or your teenager is an ideal candidate for Invisalign? If you said “yes” then it’s the perfect time to call Booker Family Dentistry in Trenton, MI, to schedule a consultation with us. Getting a straight smile has never been easier.

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Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.

“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.

Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.

Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.

Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.

Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.

So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!

For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”

By Booker Family Dentistry
July 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   orthodontics   invisalign  

Where's your best smile? It can be the straight row of teeth you see when you look in the mirror. Seem impossible? It's not if you explore invisalignorthodontic treatment with Dr. Nicholas Booker. He offers inventive Invisalign clear aligners in his Trenton office. Made from crystal clear acrylic, Invisalign invisible braces are barely noticeable, affording teens and adults an inconspicuous way to achieve healthy, well-aligned smiles relatively quickly when compared to metal or ceramic braces. Could Invisalign help your teeth look their best?

The facts on Invisalign

Invisalign aligners have been fixing crooked smiles since the 1990's. They fulfill a real need in orthodontic care: achieving good bite and smile aesthetics without going through the obvious appearance and lifestyle restrictions that conventional orthodontic treatment involves.

Invisalign appliances resemble professional teeth whitening trays made from very thin biocompatible acrylic. Custom-made in pairs (18 to 30 in all depending on the case) that snap snugly over top and bottom teeth, the aligners gradually correct:

  • Overbite
  • Under bite
  • Cross bite
  • Open bite
  • Tooth tipping
  • Tooth rotation
  • Gaps
  • Protruding front teeth
  • Overcrowding

In fact, Invisalign is a very versatile system, treating a variety of issues that previously required metal arch wires and bands.

Who qualifies for Invisalign?

A comprehensive examination at Booker Family Dentistry will answer that question. It includes digital X-rays, three-dimensional imaging, and photos. Oral impressions complete the treatment plan that your dentist sends to the Invisalign lab for fabrication of the appliances.

Frankly, many adults and older teens qualify. Even teens can use Invisalign because the appliances come equipped with compliance indicators (making sure the patient wears the aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day) and eruption tabs that leave room for new teeth to come in.

Plus, patients who are highly motivated make great Invisalign patients. They wear appliances consistently, removing them only to brush, floss and eat.

Advantages of Invisalign

With Invisalign in Trenton, your mouth will be comfortable, experiencing none of the sore spots common to metal braces. Also, you can eat whatever healthy foods you like. There are no wires to break or brackets to loosen. Plus, trips to Booker Family Dentistry are easy progress checks with no uncomfortable adjustments. Just pick up the next pairs of aligners in the treatment plan so you stay on track. Most Invisalign patients finish treatment in an average of one year.

Finally, patients enjoy the fact that they can remove their aligners for special events such as job interviews, proms and weddings. The low impact on personal appearance gives patients confidence in how they look during the treatment process.

Could Invisalign help you?

Why not find out during a consultation with Dr. Booker and his team? The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says your smile tells the world who you are. Make the best impression you can with a straight and healthy Invisalign smile. Contact Booker Family Dentistry today for an appointment: (734) 675-5700.