CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1996 |
Now, she needs braces. The little Palmdale girl who spent nearly eight years of her life without a smile because of a congenital birth defect, then underwent about 24 hours of painstaking plastic surgeries and three operations--one of which was aborted at the last minute because of a fever blister--to correct the condition, is finally able to visibly vent her joy, bliss, delight, jubilation and euphoria. But now, her parents noticed that her teeth are crooked.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1996
Now she needs braces. The Palmdale girl who spent nearly eight years of her life unable to smile because of a congenital birth defect and underwent three operations to correct the condition is finally able to visibly express her joy. But now, her parents noticed that her teeth are crooked. "Now that she can smile, you can really tell she needs braces," Lori Thomas said.
October 28, 2002 |
A life on camera will expose even the most subtle imperfections in appearance, as Renee Spei knows. An actress who does work in film, TV and voice-over, she saw her face on screen several years ago and noticed something she hadn't before. Her smile wasn't right. Once pristine as pearls, her front two teeth now overlapped a bit; several in the lower row leaned and bunched together. "I don't think I lost any jobs because of it, but you never know," she said. "It was bugging me.
June 9, 1994 |
Some might find it hard to swallow, but retainers--yes, those ugly acrylic things that stick to the roof of your mouth and hold your straightened teeth in place--are making fashion statements. Once retainers were made of plain, gum-colored plastic. Now they come in colors such as purple, lime and orange as well as glow-in-the-dark and neon shades. "We've even had some done in school colors. I'm a USC alum, and I've done several USC retainers," says Steven Wynn, a Newport Beach orthodontist.
May 17, 1994 |
* Orthodontic treatment must begin with a healthy mouth. See a dentist to make sure everything is in good shape. * Older patients take longer to heal, so they should think long and hard about treatments that include major jaw surgery. * Patients taking special medications need to let the orthodontist know beforehand because certain medications can interfere with movement of the teeth.
April 12, 1999
A practicing orthodontist, I was interested in your article regarding my profession ("A Controversy That Has Real Teeth to It," April 5, by Marnell Jameson). As noted, an area of much disagreement between orthodontists is the first phase of the two-phase treatment referred to in the article. In my office, the purpose of the first phase is to minimize the need for a second phase. Therefore, it is important that prospective patients ask for the maximum fee for both stages. This would discourage the tendency by an orthodontist to do little in the first phase, be paid disproportionately, then require a hefty fee for the second phase.