Winter 2015

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How Do Braces Work?

 

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Braces are impressive little gadgets and over time, they move your teeth.  But, how do they do it?  Great question!  The teeth move when light pressure is applied by the braces over a period of time.  For this to occur, there are several different tools that are needed.

 

Each of your teeth has a different size and shape to them, as do the brackets.  Each bracket is custom-made for the particular tooth on which it’s supposed to fit.  The bracket holds the wire in place.   It is the wire that actually moves your teeth into position.  Many of the new high-tech wires are made from a material that has “memory”.  When the wire is distorted from its natural U shape, the memory in the wire restores itself allowing the wire to return to its natural state, moving your teeth with it.  Initially, when your braces are placed, the first few wires will typically be this very flexible memory wire.  Although the wire is small, it is strong enough to apply a constant and gentle force to move your teeth.  With these memory wires, most of your appointments can be scheduled six to ten weeks apart.  As your teeth straighten, your wires will get progressively thicker and firmer to help continue to move your teeth for an ideal bite.  In most cases, additional tools like rubber bands, appliances, and springs are needed to achieve the perfect result.

 

With the modern technology available today, Invisalign® takes a different approach to straightening teeth. It uses a series of clear aligners created just for you, as designed by our doctors. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable, and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Your teeth will gradually shift into place while wearing the aligners.  You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. Dr. Hatcher and Dr. Jones will be able to discuss which type of treatment is relevant for you during your initial complimentary consultation.

Your experience with Hatcher Orthodontics will be memorable not only from the first visit, but throughout your entire treatment.

Smile ~ It Does The Body Good

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All we have to do for a happier, more positive world is SMILE.

Smiling is one of the easiest things to do and it’s good for us!   Sharing smiles with others always seems to make us feel good!  Ever wondered why?

When we smile we produce more serotonin which makes us happier and more positive.  Who knew that something so simple could have such a big impact.

“Smiling is infectious, you catch it like the flu, when someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.” ~Karen McLendon-Laumann

7 GOOD REASONS TO SMILE   

(By Jennipher Walters, Health and Fitness Writer)

1. Smiling can make you happy (even when your not)
The simple act 0f smiling sends a message to your brain that you’re happy.
 
2. Smiling makes others happy~ It’s hard not to smile when others smile at you; smiles are contagious.
 
3. Smiling can help you de-stress.
Next time you are feeling stressed, just smile.  The smile signals your brain that your happy and your body will usually slow its breathing and heart rate.
 
4. Smiling makes you more attractive.
 
5. Smiling helps you land a job.
Remember, wear a nice suit and accessorize it with a smile!
 
6. Smiling can lead to laughter
Numerous studies have shown the health benefits of laughing.
~Smile and laugh often!
 
7. Smiling just feels good!
 

Check out this video, its bound to leave you with a smile!!

~Let us always meet each other with a smile~ 

Adult Treatment

A healthy bite and good looking smile is as important at age 60 as it is at age 16. Your age is not a consideration for orthodontic treatment, as long as your gums and bone structure are healthy. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Orthodontic treatment is a smart investment in your smile as well as your dental, physical and emotional health.

The goal of orthodontic treatment is a beautiful smile, of course, but also a good functional occlusion, meaning straight teeth that mesh well with the teeth in the opposite jaw and look great. Proper tooth alignment makes it easier to bite, chew and speak. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is very important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to numerous issues such as: gum and bone loss, tooth decay and abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw joint issues.

Many people find a beautiful smile adds to self-esteem and self-confidence. But why now? Maybe the reason is as an adult you can afford braces when your parents couldn’t or you are simply more conscious of the cosmetic and health benefits of having straight teeth. Whatever your reasons for inquiring about orthodontic treatment, a customized plan is available just for you. For many adults, the thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage them from receiving treatment but braces have evolved considerably in the last 15 years. So breathe easy, the days of being a true “metal mouth” are over and more lightweight and cosmetically friendly options are available.

Dr. Hatcher and our awesome assistant Sarai are actually currently in treatment. Like 2/3 of the population, their teeth have shifted and changed through the years. Dr. Hatcher himself admits that missing some time with his retainer has led to braces again. At first glance, many of our patients don’t even notice Dr. Hatcher is wearing our aesthetic clear brackets.

Most people want a great smile, and adults know that it can make a great difference not only in their personal but also their professional lives. Many say the payoff is worth any hesitation you may have. These days, adults make up nearly half of orthodontic patients hoping to finally get the perfect smile they’ve always dreamed about and they all agree that it’s never too late to improve their greatest asset, their smile.

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