Posts for: February, 2017
In her decades-long career, renowned actress Kathy Bates has won Golden Globes, Emmys, and many other honors. Bates began acting in her twenties, but didn't achieve national recognition until she won the best actress Oscar for Misery — when she was 42 years old! “I was told early on that because of my physique and my look, I'd probably blossom more in my middle age,” she recently told Dear Doctor magazine. “[That] has certainly been true.” So if there's one lesson we can take from her success, it might be that persistence pays off.
When it comes to her smile, Kathy also recognizes the value of persistence. Now 67, the veteran actress had orthodontic treatment in her 50's to straighten her teeth. Yet she is still conscientious about wearing her retainer. “I wear a retainer every night,” she said. “I got lazy about it once, and then it was very difficult to put the retainer back in. So I was aware that the teeth really do move.”
Indeed they do. In fact, the ability to move teeth is what makes orthodontic treatment work. By applying consistent and gentle forces, the teeth can be shifted into better positions in the smile. That's called the active stage of orthodontic treatment. Once that stage is over, another begins: the retention stage. The purpose of retention is to keep that straightened smile looking as good as it did when the braces came off. And that's where the retainer comes in.
There are several different kinds of retainers, but all have the same purpose: To hold the teeth in their new positions and keep them from shifting back to where they were. We sometimes say teeth have a “memory” — not literally, but in the sense that if left alone, teeth tend to migrate back to their former locations. And if you've worn orthodontic appliances, like braces or aligners, that means right back where you started before treatment.
By holding the teeth in place, retainers help stabilize them in their new positions. They allow new bone and ligaments to re-form and mature around them, and give the gums time to remodel themselves. This process can take months to years to be complete. But you may not need to wear a retainer all the time: Often, removable retainers are worn 24 hours a day at first; later they are worn only at night. We will let you know what's best in your individual situation.
So take a tip from Kathy Bates, star of the hit TV series American Horror Story, and wear your retainer as instructed. That's the best way to keep your straight new smile from changing back to the way it was — and to keep a bad dream from coming true.
If you would like more information about orthodontic retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Why Orthodontic Retainers?” and “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers.” The interview with Kathy Bates appears in the latest issue of Dear Doctor.
Your smile is often the first thing others notice about you. Orthodontic treatment can straighten your teeth to improve their appearance. Luckily, if you feel as though your smile could use a boost, Invisalign can help. Learn more about Invisalign with Dr. Megha Joshi and Dr. Achyut Joshi in Moreno Valley, CA.
How can Invisalign benefit me?
Aside from giving you a straightened smile with an improved appearance, Invisalign can also improve your mouth’s bite. This makes chewing and even swallowing easier and helps prevent or treat conditions like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Additionally, straightening your smile with Invisalign helps you look and feel better about your appearance, boosting your confidence and giving you the self-esteem you need to make strong impressions on those around you.
Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces
Traditional braces vary greatly from Invisalign. Traditional braces are made from metal brackets and wires permanently attached to your teeth. Invisalign is made up of a series of aligner trays. The trays are clear and made from flexible yet sturdy plastic. Traditional braces remain on the teeth permanently until the end of treatment while Invisalign’s plastic aligner trays simply come out to eat or brush your teeth. This means patients do not need to avoid foods or add extra steps to their oral care routines as they would with traditional braces.
Invisalign Treatment in Moreno Valley, CA
Invisalign uses state-of-the-art technology to give you the smile you have always wanted. Your doctor will take a 3D image of your mouth and teeth to use as a starting point for the design of your aligner trays. Patients will wear each tray in the series for about two weeks. The teeth slowly shift according to the trays and, eventually, move into their final positions.
Invisalign can help you feel great about the way you look. For more information on Invisalign or how it works, please contact Dr. Megha Joshi and Dr. Achyut Joshi in Moreno Valley, CA. Call (951) 247-2738 to schedule your appointment for an Invisalign consultation with your dentist today!