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What’s the Best Age for Braces? Part 2

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In Part 1, we introduced 7 principles of braces that support our goal of providing quality orthodontic care to all of our patients. All of these principles relate to selecting the best timing of braces. We’d like to avoid starting braces too early, making the patient wear braces longer than necessary, or starting treatment too late, which could lead to missing an opportunity to achieve the best result possible.

As you may have previously read in Part 1, these are the 7 principles that support quality braces care:

1) Make treatment as simple as possible and still get the best result obtainable.

2) Treat to minimize irreversible problems.

3) If a current problem can cause other problems, keep that from happening, when reasonable.

4) Provide treatment that maximizes stability.

5) Consider the benefits to the patient of achieving a beautiful smile as soon as reasonable.

6) Avoid treatment that suffers from delays.

7) Minimize treatment costs in money and time.

In part 1, we discussed principles 1 through 3. Let’s now review the remaining principles:

Principle 4: Provide treatment that maximizes stability.

Teeth can have a tendency to move back toward where they came from. If teeth can be prevented from becoming very crooked, they will have less of a tendency to move back after they have been aligned. If a patient can be prevented from growing into a severe problem there will be less of a tendency for the problem to return. Providing the right care at the right time can ensure major benefits in this area. Knowing how to do this requires expert knowledge and experience. After braces, retainers are always used to protect the correction while the bone and soft tissues around the teeth are getting used to the new positions. Proper use of the various kinds of retainers is very important in providing stability of the orthodontic correction.

Principle 5: Consider the benefits of the patient achieving a beautiful smile as soon as reasonable.

If a young child, say ages 7-10, has very protruding or crooked upper front teeth and is suffering from a social stigma or reduced self-esteem from this problem, correcting this early can be a meaningful improvement in the young person’s quality of life. An early phase of orthodontic care should be considered in this situation. Parents can be alerted to these problems when they notice upper front teeth that are a distraction to their child’s appearance or hear about other kids bothering their child about their looks.

6) Avoid treatment that suffers from delays.

Careful comprehensive analysis of an orthodontic problem is necessary to properly plan the timing of braces. If there are certain problems that can’t be treated right away, those problems can delay the progress of care and unnecessarily lengthen the treatment time for the patient. Typically, in this area are teeth that are late to form and erupt, thus having to wait on them before further braces progress can be seen. Knowing how to identify these potential problems is very important to keeping the timing of braces just right.

7) Minimize treatment costs in money and time.

Timing of braces for great efficiency saves appointment visits and also reduces the amount of time patients and parents have to spend getting to and at appointments. Also, fewer appointments reduce the doctor’s cost of providing care! When the best age for braces is carefully selected, reducing time costs for patients and financial costs for the doctor ‘s care can be kept down. Knowing how to do this while still providing the highest quality care requires expert skills and knowledge that an orthodontist can provide for you and your child.

With these 7 principles at work, patients can receive the highest quality orthodontic care with the least expense in time and money. Structuring the optimum timing of braces by starting not too early and not too late for the specific patient’s problem allows all of this to happen. Expert orthodontic skill, care and judgment allow determining the best age for braces and provides the patient with the highest quality orthodontic care.

The Raleigh Orthodontics Cruise Contest Winner Has Been Announced!

 In order to choose the winner of the Raleigh Orthodontics Cruise Contest, we invited our top finalists to attend the Cruise Contest Spin Off Event. Each finalist was given the opportunity to spin the Raleigh Prize Wheel for a chance to win the grand prize: a CRUISE to the Caribbean!

And that’s not all. Each finalist received a $150 gift card to the Angus Barn in Raleigh. Everyone went home a winner!

BIG thanks to all of our wonderful patients who participated in our contest! Stay tuned for the announcement of the next year-long contest here at Raleigh Orthodontics.  

Changing Lifestyle For Optimum Orthodontic Health

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Lifestyle – Your Style of Life

Do you need a lot of stuff, a big house, and a prominent social position?  Or do you like the simple country life, growing much of what you eat and getting fulfillment from helping neighbors?  Are you a busy city person, always on the move with lots of projects or do you enjoy a slower, more reflective pace of life?  There are numerous styles of life.  Not all aspects of a lifestyle are voluntary and surrounding us are social and technical systems that can constrain our lifestyle choices.  Let’s look at lifestyle factors that effect health.

Lifestyle effects our physical and mental health and so is very important to longevity. Attention given to physical activity, hygiene, and good nutrition influences lifestyle health.

Feeling down for various reasons can promote stress and anxiety and vice versa. Reasons for depression are numerous such as loss of a job, recently widowed, divorce, and more. Such experiences can undermine our health by leading to poor health habits.

Our lifestyle exists in two kinds of environments, natural and social. Natural involves conditions in which a person lives and operates. Are we surrounded by healthy materials and do we handle them in a healthy way? Do we feed our body well and work it well?

Social environment involves the social and cultural experiences a person walks through during the day.  Do you associate with positive, effective people or with complainers and slackers?  In a social environment there are certain expectations from one’s self and from those around you. Is there an over-emphasis on material success in sacrifice of heart-felt fulfillment?  Are deadlines more important than quality?  Such social factors can weigh heavily on our stress level and health.

Change

Change occurs all the time and you can learn to manage it to improve your lifestyle. With excess lifestyle stresses you may see mood swings and disappointment. Consider organizing and balancing what you do.  Give attention to the Big Four: Work, Rest, Play, and Worship.  Consider how technology has negative and positive effects on us daily. Our lifestyle can control the use of technology and its effect on our lives. Technology has made it easier for our natural and social environments to affect our lifestyle.  Technology can make our lives easier or stressful if not managed well. Technology has power to deliver media that changes our values and views which will in turn affect our lifestyle.

Improve your natural environment with healthy physical activity, controlling time at the TV or computer.  Stop use of tobacco, minimize or eliminate alcohol use, and schedule regular strenuous physical exercise for a great natural environment.

For an enhanced social environment learn social skills that encourage those around you and promote team work.  Get the education you need to excel in the work you feel truly called to do.  Pay attention to the attitudes of those around you whom you allow to influence you.

Orthodontic – Change Your Smile

The orthodontics care you’ll get from Dr. Bert at Raleigh Orthodontics will help you to get that “Great Smile” you want. Dr. Bert and his team at Raleigh Orthodontics  will instill confidence in you by way of a thorough explanation of all procedures and you can expect from optimum orthodontics care. You’ll find encouragement from your improving smile that will reinforce your lifestyle change and empower your efforts for optimum health.

The team and Dr. Bert will be there to support your lifestyle changes. Let your friends and family know that you are going on this journey to optimum health and there will be changes  inside and out. The next blog will give you helpful hints to control your lifestyle for optimum health.

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Wellness and Wellness of the
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Wellness versus Disease

The illustration below shows three types of path in our lives: Wellness, compromised wellness/mild disease, and disease.  Most people travel  down the middle road of life between some level of Wellness and trying to keep away from Disease.  Without a healthy lifestyle we can get into compromised health or even disease. Life has its stressors that can be hard to control. We can learn to identify and manage stressors to avoid being bumped toward disease.

WELLNESS     Your Lifestyle is Good

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COMPROMISED WELLNESS/MILD DISEASE     Most People Vary in This Range

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DISEASE     Your Lifestyle Needs Improving

What path are you on?

WellnessThe causes of disease can include increased stressors in our lives. They begin to manifest themselves first in the form of generally “not feeling well” and can worsen from there. Our level of wellness decreases and disease becomes opportunistic and steps in. Pain in the jaw joints and/or chewing muscles can be manifestations of complications in lifestyle resulting from increased stressors in our lives.  Here’s an example related to the chewing mechanism, which is composed of the jaw joints, the chewing muscles, and the bite.

Lifestyle Challenges

Being a woman, mother, wife, and possibly working woman, you already have a heavy load on you. As you start your day without breakfast, such as only coffee, your nutrition is lacking and can contribute to lifestyle stressors and limit your ability to maintain optimum biological and psychological health. Heading to work after dropping off your children at school, you experience a flat tire in the fast lane. The stressors increase again. Now we have no breakfast, a flat tire, and stress related clenching in the jaws may touch-off a mean headache. When sleeping that evening increased stress may contribute to further  jaw clenching or tooth grinding- compounding muscle and facial discomfort. You may now need help with this problem.

Dr. Bert Kelling at Raleigh Orthodontics can use his orthodontic expertise to help you get relief. If a bite problem is contributing to the discomfort in the jaw joints or chewing muscles orthodontic care can be a great benefit. Dr. Bert evaluates this situation and offers the proper set of solutions for wellness and a healthy lifestyle, as well as the beautiful smile that comes from straight teeth. He encourages his patients to pursue a healthy lifestyle that promotes comfortable chewing muscles, smooth functioning jaw joints, and a solid, great looking bite.

Road to Wellness

Optimum orthodontic health brings into focus not only the teeth and bite but also the condition of the jaw joints and chewing muscles as well as lifestyle for optimum wellness.

• Seek optimum health for the bite and a beautiful smile!

• Thorough Orthodontic Evaluation by Dr. Bert Kelling of Raleigh Orthodontics

• Identify any stressors–work to manage lifestyle and a higher level of wellness.

• Treat the orthodontic concerns while promoting healthy lifestyle changes.

• Expected results should be decreased lifestyle stressors, better coping mechanisms and the ultimate success of a

Beautiful Smile!!

So, are you headed toward more wellness because you’re great at managing your lifestyle, or slipping down toward dis-ease from increasing stressors in your life? Now is the time to realize that lifestyle and your wellness level will directly impact how well you enjoy your beautiful new smile, designed to last a lifetime.

Reflecting on our lives and making positive changes in the way we handle stress will definitely increase our wellness physically, emotionally and psychologically. We will be on our way to a better lifestyle and better results from the dental and orthodontic treatment we are getting.

In a future blog we’ll talk more about various health habits and lifestyle stressors and how to evaluate their relative importance. This will help you be more aware of getting into a danger zone with how you lead your life.

Beautiful, Healthy Smiles—as a result of proper orthodontic care and improved ability to deal with stressors will lead you toward more optimum wellness. Dr. Bert Kelling and the team a Raleigh Orthodontics care about you and your overall health. We’re here to help you get a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime and to have a level of wellness that makes that smile super bright!

For information about Dr. Bert and his practice please contact him by email at this website: Raleigh Orthodontics

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LET’S DEFINE WELLNESS AND LIFESTYLE

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Wellness incorporates spirituality, psychology, and the physical wellness. All these influence our general well-being and can have effects on the health of our teeth, chewing muscles, and jaw joints- our chewing mechanism.

This article shows how the characteristics of our lifestyle and wellness are balanced and help to define what we mean by “wellness”.

Wellness Characteristics

There is no universally accepted definition of wellness, so here are some of the characteristics that help describe wellness:

State of well-being
State of acceptance or satisfaction with our present condition
Meeting high standards for quality of life and a sense of well-being.

Wellness is an active process of learning to make choices that lead toward a longer and more fulfilling life. Wellness is a process always needing attention and looking for opportunities for improvement. Maintaining awareness of our health keeps us continually improving and seeking more knowledge about how we can improve our health choices. We actively choose from among many options that could affect our health, but what we have to do is pick the “best” options.
The choices we make to support our wellness is our lifestyle- our style of life. Don’t you want to have a style of life that keeps you healthy and happy? Let’s look at some specifics of our lifestyle.

Lifestyle Issues

Wellness is the freedom from disease –not being sick—it means you are healthy and well. Every individual is responsible for themselves and making choices for maintenance of their level of well- being. Here are the main areas to pay attention to: proper weight, good nutrition, ample physical activity, and get proper exercise and rest.  Also and very importantly we need to take control of health risks factors like the use of tobacco, alcohol and drug use/abuse.  Eliminate tobacco and elicit drug use and limit or eliminate alcohol use in order for the healthy habits to be effective.

Research studies show that Americans who make smart lifestyle choices are healthier, happier, more productive, miss less work, have lower health care costs and even live longer.

Lifestyle choices are important in determining overall health, so it’s important for you to be educated about your health, “take charge” of your life, and have healthy lifestyle-related goals.

The focus is not in the healthcare, but the healthy self-care. While traditional western medicine is focused on alleviating disease, the wellness approach to health encourages you to be responsible for your own well-being. Wellness is a proactive and preventative approach that is designed to provide optimum level of health, with fulfilling emotional and social functioning.

Wellness involves recognition that we have psychological, physical, spiritual and social needs that are all necessary for us to enjoy life to the fullest. Wellness emphasizes the whole person. It brings together spirit, mind, and body; and the understanding that all we do can be impacted by the choices we make.

Dr. Bert and his staff want all their patients to pay attention to their wellness. Dr. Bert wants each of his patients to know that they have the ability to influence their wellness thru healthy lifestyle choices. The great smiles he and his patients create together are a revelation of a happy and well inner self. They let everyone know that you are good inside and out. You are able to have a healthy lifestyle and make good choices for your own well-being. Achieving your full wellness potential will give you the bright, happy smile you’ll love to show off.

We will share more about health and wellness and how your teeth, jaw joints and chewing muscles are important to wellness as we continue our blogs. We hope to see you soon in our office for a visit or follow-up.

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