Posts for tag: orthodontics

By Booker Family Dentistry
December 31, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
MasterIllusionistBenefitsfromtheMagicofOrthodontics

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
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.

By Booker Family Dentistry
January 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   orthodontics   invisalign  

The need for orthodontic treatment can present something of a dilemma for adults and older teenagers. Choosing between a straighter, invisalignmore attractive smile a year or two in the future, while sacrificing the cosmetic appearance of the teeth in the present with metallic braces can be a difficult choice. In the past, people looking for a discreet and inconspicuous, but equally effective, method for fixing crooked and misaligned teeth didn't have many options. But with the advent of Invisalign clear aligner trays, getting orthodontic treatment no longer means having to commit to wire braces for the better part of two years.

Dr. Nicholas Booker, a dentist at Booker Family Dentistry in Trenton, MI, recommends Invisalign as an alternative to braces for adults and teenagers with significant bite and alignment problems.

Straighter Teeth - Without Braces - in Trenton, MI

Like braces, the Invisalign system is designed to gradually shift the teeth into the desired alignment over time. However, there are a number of advantages that make Invisalign an attractive alternative to braces. The trays are custom designed for each patient according to the dentist's measurements and recommendations. Made of high grade clear plastic, they are virtually invisible once in place. Each tray is worn for approximately two weeks and then replaced by the next one in the series until the teeth have been properly repositioned.

The trays can be removed for up to two hours each day, which makes it easier to brush and floss, and maintain oral hygiene and health during treatment. Invisalign users can also continue to enjoy a normal diet and favorite foods without the concerns associated with traditional braces. Depending on the person, straightening teeth with Invisalign can be shorter in duration than braces, which generally require 18 months to two years to complete treatment.

Find a Dentist in Trenton, MI

For more information about Invisalign clear aligner trays, and to find out if it is the right option for you, contact Booker Family Dentistry by calling (734) 675-5700 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Booker today.

By Booker Family Dentistry
August 05, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
EdenSherandtheLostRetainer

Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials and tribulations: The episode ends with Sue’s whole family diving into a dumpster in search of the teen’s lost retainer. Sue finds it in the garbage and immediately pops it in her mouth. But wait — it doesn’t fit, it’s not even hers!

If you think this scenario is far-fetched, guess again. OK, maybe the part about Sue not washing the retainer upon reclaiming it was just a gag (literally and figuratively), but lost retainers are all too common. Unfortunately, they’re also expensive to replace — so they need to be handled with care. What’s the best way to do that? Retainers should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (dish soap works well), and then placed immediately back in your mouth or into the case that came with the retainer. When you are eating a meal at a restaurant, do not wrap your retainer in a napkin and leave it on the table — this is a great way to lose it! Instead, take the case with you, and keep the retainer in it while you’re eating. When you get home, brush your teeth and then put the retainer back in your mouth.

If you do lose your retainer though, let us know right away. Retention is the last step of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s extremely important. You’ve worked hard to get a beautiful smile, and no one wants to see that effort wasted. Yet if you neglect to wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth are likely to shift out of position. Why does this happen?

As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force. That’s what orthodontic appliances do: apply the right amount of force in a carefully controlled manner. But there are other forces at work on your teeth that can move them in less predictable ways. For example, normal biting and chewing can, over time, cause your teeth to shift position. To get teeth to stay where they’ve been moved orthodontically, new bone needs to form around them and anchor them where they are. That will happen over time, but only if they are held in place with a retainer. That’s why it is so important to wear yours as directed — and notify us immediately if it gets lost.

And if ever you do have to dig your retainer out of a dumpster… be sure to wash it before putting in in your mouth!

If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Why Orthodontic Retainers?