January 29, 2007 |
Getting a mouthful of hardware designed to straighten the teeth is a rite of passage for almost 3 in 10 American children. But a new study suggests these kids do not come out happier for it once they grow into adulthood. Parents and patients often hear orthodontists tout the improved confidence and self-esteem that will come from correcting misalignments of the teeth and jaw.
February 2, 2004 |
Thirty years ago, only middle school and high school students wore braces on their teeth; today, it's not unusual to see kids as young as 7 or 8 with them. Driving the trend are orthodontists who say that starting treatment earlier can prevent more complicated problems. Others, however, recommend delaying or withholding therapy until most, if not all, of the permanent teeth are in place. For parents, such conflicting advice can be confusing. Jehan Agrama of Los Angeles can attest to that.
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.
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.
April 5, 1999 |
Remember when braces went hand in hand with pimples? Kids got them at about the same awkward time. Well, today's generation of youths destined for braces is more likely to get them while the tooth fairy is still leaving them money. And they'll likely get them twice. In the jargon of dentistry, it's called "two-phase orthodontia," which means you get dental hardware twice, once in early grade school and again in middle school.
December 8, 1997 |
Braces have long transcended adolescent geekdom to become "mouth jewelry," "cool" and, claims a write-up in the twentysomething magazine Jane, "so human." In fact, in the past five years or so, when kids cried in the orthodontist's chair, it wasn't because they needed braces but because they didn't. "I've had kids be so disappointed when I tell them they have perfect teeth," said Dr. Monica Cipes, a West Hartford, Conn., pediatric dentist.