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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.”
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?”
Are you an adult with misaligned teeth? Find out how this clear orthodontic system could help.
You hate having a crooked smile but it often seems worse to have to wear metal braces on your teeth in front of colleagues, friends and even potential dates. Of course, our Cincinnati dentist Dr. Warren Gase knows how important it is to have a beautifully straight smile. If metal braces have you thinking twice about fixing your smile, then it might be time you learned about the benefits of Invisalign.
It’s amazing how a set of clear, removable aligners can actually do the same job as awkward metal braces can, but you would be amazed at the results that many teens and adults have been able to achieve with Invisalign. Each transparent aligner is custom-made based on the treatment plan that our Cincinnati general dentist mapped out with you during your consultation and planning visit. During this consultation, we determine through our computer software what teeth need to move and just how much they need to move during the course of your treatment to get the results that you want.
Based on what dental issues you want to fix, each aligner is made just to fit you and your needs. While aligners are snug, they don’t often cause the same irritation or discomfort that regular braces can cause to soft tissue. While aligners are removable, making them very convenient when you want to enjoy foods or drinks or when you need to brush, they should still be worn as much as possible (try to wear them anywhere from 20 to 22 hours out of the day).
Invisalign is a great option for older teens and adults who are dedicated to getting their smiles straighter, are ready to wear their aligners as often as possible, and are dealing with any of these dental issues,
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Open bites
In many cases, it only takes about nine months to a year to get the results you want with Invisalign. Of course, it’s necessary for us to examine your smile and determine your candidacy for Invisalign based on the issues you are looking to correct.
Straightening your smile doesn’t have to be a frustrating process. Invisalign can certainly make it easier. Call our dentist in Cincinnati, OH today to find out whether you could be a good candidate for Invisalign treatment.
Are you an adult looking to get a straighter smile? Find out how Invisalign could help.
If you have crooked teeth, you certainly know the embarrassment of dealing with food getting stuck in your teeth or people making rather annoying comments about whether you wore braces growing up. Everyone’s a critic, but the only critic that truly matters is you. If you are ready to enjoy the confidence of a beautiful, straight smile but without worrying about the unattractive metal braces then it’s time to talk to our Cincinnati, OH cosmetic dentist, Dr. Warren Gase, about Invisalign.
What makes these clear orthodontic aligners so special is that they have the ability to change your smile for the better without changing your lifestyle. Many older patients worry that having braces will change what they eat, what activities they can participate in and the time-consuming necessity of coming in for constant checkups. Our Cincinnati dentist completely understands that patients want to straighten their smiles but just don’t feel like they have time for all this. This is where Invisalign comes in.
This unique approach to straightening teeth is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. For adults, many can get the results they want in a shorter period of time than with traditional braces. Not having to wear your braces as long is certainly a major boon.
Perhaps the most attractive part is that these braces are completely clear. They don’t require brackets or wires to take over your smile. Instead, you’ll get custom-made clear aligners that look similar to whitening trays or mouth guards. You can slip them right over your teeth. The controlled forces that these aligners place on your teeth will shift them into the proper place over time. Plus, you won’t have to deal with the irritation of metal braces.
Since aligners can be removed this means that you don’t have to deal with the dietary restrictions that someone with traditional braces does. Just take out your aligners and store them in a safe container during mealtimes and while drinking anything other than water. Then rinse them out and put them back in right after. It’s that simple.
Hate the idea of trying to brush and floss around metal braces? It can be rather stressful and difficult, but with these removable aligners you don’t have to worry about buying special cleaning tools or anything. Just brush and floss as you normally would.
Don’t let crooked teeth or gaps between teeth ruin your smile. Our Cincinnati, OH dental office is here to help. Call us today to schedule your free Invisalign consultation.
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.”