March 4th, 2020
At Pack Orthodontics, Dr. Pack and our staff have found that patients who like their smiles have better self-esteem. People who don’t like their smiles are often skittish about talking to other people. According to the National Women’s Health Resource Center, when women are asked about what they’d most like to change about themselves, many point to their smile. Despite wanting to change their smiles, quite a few of the people who are unhappy about that part of themselves won’t consider getting braces.
Most Americans Don’t Have Straight Teeth
The American Association of Orthodontics estimates that 4.5 million Americans wear braces or other orthodontic equipment to straighten their teeth and to get a healthier mouth. One in five of those braces wearers are women. The organization’s statistics also show that about 75 percent of the population doesn’t have straight teeth, and those people would benefit from getting braces.
While the main benefit of braces is straight teeth, and to improve the look of your smile, there are other benefits that make braces even more useful, including:
- Straighter teeth help people chew better.
- Straighter teeth give people a proper bite.
- People speak better when they have straighter teeth.
- When people have straight teeth, they have better overall gum and mouth health. A healthier mouth means flossing and brushing are easier, and that means your entire mouth stays healthy.
- A healthy mouth is also linked to a healthy body.
When you feel proud of those pearly whites, you feel better about your smile, and that contributes to a better self-image and improved self-esteem. Ultimately, that can lead to greater career success and a more fulfilling social life.
February 26th, 2020
Although adolescence is a common time to get braces, there’s no reason for adults of any age to have to deal with crooked teeth, overbite, underbite, or other dental issues. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists notes that demand for orthodontic treatment in adults continues to grow, with adults representing 20% of new patients.
You’re never too old for braces or other orthodontic appliances, but it’s important to consider the following:
- Braces don’t have to be as noticeable as the metal brackets of the past. Many adults opt for ceramic or plastic braces, which are bone-colored or clear, respectively. Another option is a lingual appliance, which attaches to the back side of your teeth. These so-called “invisible” braces are much less noticeable than traditional options.
- By adulthood, bone growth has stopped. This means that certain structural changes can only be achieved by surgery. Although this typically affects people with significant crowding, bite, or jaw problems, Dr. Pack can provide an individualized treatment plan that addresses your unique issues.
- Treatment may take a bit longer. The length of orthodontic treatment tends to be slightly longer for adults than adolescents. Exact estimates vary by individual, but the average length of time for adult braces wearers is two years, according to the Harvard Medical School.
- Outcomes are just as good for adults! Many adults worry that it’s too late to treat their orthodontic problems. However, treatment satisfaction tends to be very high, which is a testament to how effective braces can be in middle-aged and older adults.
February 25th, 2020
Happy (belated) Valentine’s Day from Pack Orthodontics! The day of love may have passed but we still want to share with you what makes the holiday so special for us. One of our favorite parts of Valentine’s Day in our office is that we get to celebrate Megan’s birthday!
Megan wants to share that she is so grateful to be blessed with amazing co-workers who give her sweet and thoughtful gifts like beautiful flowers, chocolate-covered strawberries, and homemade cake! What more could a girl ask for?! Also, on Valentine’s Day, Ashley made a breakfast casserole for everyone to enjoy! Nina, Laurie, and Morgan had the day off work.
One of the best parts of Valentine’s Day is indulging in some sweet treats! Megan loves strawberry cake and Reese’s peanut butter cups. Nina, Laurie, and Morgan love some chocolate (who doesn’t…)! Denise enjoys brownies while Hope finds chocolate-covered strawberries delightfully delicious and Ashley favors chocolate truffles.
Our staff expresses love to their significant others in a lot of different ways. Megan uses her words to tell her loved ones her feelings, it’s as easy as that! Nina likes to give her loved ones thoughtful cards. Morgan chooses not to participate in Valentine’s Day while Denise makes it a point to express her love every day, not just Valentine’s Day. Hope likes giving cards & candy. Ashley thinks there are a multitude of nice ways to be thoughtful on Valentine’s Day from a sweet text, a card, their favorite candy, or preparing a meal especially for them.
Valentine’s Day is not only for showing love to a significant other, but it’s also just as important to show your appreciation and love for friends! Megan celebrates her friendships because they are what get her through this crazy world! Nina and Laurie both agree that you should express your appreciation to everyone in your life you love, not just your partner. Morgan thinks the world wouldn’t be complete without a good group of friends. Denise believes friendship should be celebrated every day! Hope thinks that true friendship is rare and love can be hard to find, so when it happens it's worth celebrating! Ashley celebrates friends and love because they are two of the most important things in life.
This month our office is having an in-office patient contest. Want to learn more? Please ask us about it the next time you’re in our office! We hope to see you in our office again soon.
February 19th, 2020
Brace-ism: believe it or not, it’s a concept. The Urban Dictionary defines brace-ism as “acting mean to people who have braces on their teeth.” Phrases like metal mouth, brace face, and train tracks are common jokes uttered by gap-toothed fools who like to make fun of people with braces.
While ignoring these comments and taking the high road is the best thing to do, there’s nothing wrong with having a few clever retorts and quick-witted comebacks up your sleeve.
- The next time someone calls you train tracks, break into an obnoxious train imitation, with lots of toot-toot and chuga-chuga-chuga. Finish off your crazy locomotive impersonation with some sort of deafening train horn. That’ll keep the bullies at bay.
- “It’s better to be a brace face than a space case.”
- Counter with a ridiculously childish joke that makes the schoolyard tormentor feel even smaller than he already is. “Oh. Yeah. Why did the deer need braces? Because he had buck teeth. Hahaha.” Top it off with an exaggerated eye roll.
- “Yeah, my brother tells that joke. He’s six. You guys should hang out.” That’ll stop the haters dead in their tracks. Or would that be train tracks?
- Here’s one from the sarcasm grab bag. “Well, I’m just glad there’s a way to fix what’s wrong with my face.”
- “I can’t wait to discuss this formative moment at our ten-year class reunion, when my teeth are razor-straight and you’re wearing adult braces.”