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Orthodontist Announces Campaign Poster Contest

June 20th, 2016

voteIn light of the Presidential election campaign now underway, we’re having our own campaign to add even more fun and excitement.

ARCH Orthodontics is sponsoring a poster contest in which patients are asked to design their own election-themed poster using the slogan ‘Vote for My Great Smile!’ The contest is open to ARCH patients of any age from 4 to 84.

According to Dr. Andrew Chase, “The winning contest poster entry will focus on the many reasons to smile every day and the importance of healthy teeth and a great smile.”

Dr. Chase, President of the Massachusetts Orthodontic Association, estimates that since its founding 42 years ago, ARCH has helped to improve the smiles of 20,000 patients, ranging in age from 4 to 84. The practice was founded by his father, Dr. Robert Chavez and has grown to 9 offices from Boston to Cape Cod.

The poster contest prize is a Nintendo Game Boy and the deadline is October 7, one month before the 2016 national election.

ARCH Orthodontics, the Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts, offers no-interest financing and free consultation (a $500 value). The practice has local convenient offices south of  Boston and on Cape Cod. To schedule an appointment,  call 1-800-28- SMILE, email , or visit

Surveys Show Value and Importance of Smiles and Great Teeth

June 10th, 2016

archThere’s an old saying that “A good smile warms hearts and opens doors.”

Dr. Andrew Chase of ARCH Orthodontics points to a Harris survey of 1,000 British adults ages 18 – 50, and the findings are interesting:

  • The smile is the one thing people most want to change about their face.
  • 75% said a good smile is important at a job interview
  • 84% said a nice smile is important when trying to attract a relationship partner.
  • 94% said they notice a person’s smile the first time they meet.
  • 71% said people with nice smiles make friends easier.
  • 86% said people with good teeth are more attractive.
  • Of Americans who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth, 36% believe they would have a better social life if they had better teeth.
  • 22% of those who are unhappy with their smile think that better teeth would lead to a better love life.

More than one-third of American adults are unhappy with their smile, according to a survey commissioned by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) of which Dr. Robert Chavez and Dr. Andrew Chase of ARCH Orthodontics are long-time members. “A nicer smile helps in all relationships,” says Dr. Chavez.  Dr. Chase adds, “We have a solution for every Orthodontic problem.” He estimates that since its founding 42 years ago, ARCH has helped to improve the smiles of 20,000 people, from age 4 to 84.

ARCH Orthodontics, the Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts, offers no-interest financing and free consultation (a $500 value). The practice has local convenient offices south of  Boston and on Cape Cod. To schedule an appointment,  call 1-800-28- SMILE, email , or visit

Can’t Sleep? Maybe Your Orthodontist Can Help You Count Sheep

May 31st, 2016

sheepAfter Eric K., highly successful in the finance industry and a frequent traveler, complained to his doctor about chronic fatigue, a sleep test was prescribed. Results showed he was one of the 30 million Americans suffering from sleep apnea in which sleep is interrupted many times a night. In most cases, the afflicted individual isn’t aware of the interruptions (apneas) which nightly can number in the hundreds.

Eric’s doctor prescribed CPAP therapy (pronounced see-pap –Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)– a device with a facemask and hoses that delivers a prescribed dose of oxygen.  “I tried CPAP for a year,” says Eric, “but I couldn’t bring the equipment on my 50 annual business trips  – so my sleep apnea persisted. My wife started to complain about my snoring again.”  Snoring is a common sign of sleep apnea.

Eric’s wife, who had been an Invisalign (invisible braces) patient at ARCH Orthodontics (, learned from Dr. Andrew Chase about a simple orthotic device designed to treat sleep apnea. Eric agreed to try the custom mouth guard that prevents the tongue from falling back into the throat, thus increasing airway volume and eliminating snoring. Another piece moves the lower jaw into a forward position, increasing space in the airway and reducing air velocity and soft tissue vibration.

After using the orthotic device for a few months, Eric underwent a new sleep study. The results were very good: No more sleep apnea! “It’s so convenient for travel,” says Eric. “It’s comfortable and easy to clean, my wife doesn’t miss the CPAP unit’s air pressure sound. She says I don’t snore — so she sleeps better, too.” The mouth guard is adjustable and Eric says he needed a bit of easy trial and error at first.

“I used to wake up groggy. Now I wake up refreshed. Having a more positive, alive outlook, I even hired a personal trainer,” he says. “Dr. Chase and his team were great, including tremendous support and follow-up. Unbelievably, he gave me his personal cell number in case I had problems.” Dr. Chase notes, “In addition to creating beautiful smiles, we want everyone to sleep well, to be alert and healthy, because there are so many reasons to smile every day. You certainly don’t want to sleep through them.”

Medical insurance may cover orthotics if prescribed and approved by the patient’s doctor. This usually requires a sleep study to confirm the diagnosis. Left untreated, chronic fatigue can lead to serious ailments including hypertension, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke – even death.

ARCH offers free consultations for all ages – a $500 value – and no-interest financing.  The 42 year-old practice also offers a courtesy discount to those serving in the military, veterans and members of their immediate families, and to municipal employees in the towns where ARCH has offices. ARCH, the Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts, has seven offices south of Boston and two on Cape Cod.  For more info or to schedule a free consultationemail /  1-800-28-SMILE.  Visit

Orthodontists Offer New System to Speed Up Tooth Movement

April 28th, 2016

arUntil recently, the idea of ‘accelerated Orthodontics’ seemed impossible. After all, you expect that it could take up to a few years for braces to move teeth gradually to their desired locations.

But a new system – AcceleDent®, the first major Orthodontic breakthrough innovation in 15 years– uses micropulses to complement conventional treatment, significantly speeding treatment time and reducing  patient discomfort with only 20 minutes of hands-free use per day. It can be used with nearly all orthodontic treatment options including braces and Invisalign.

This month, Dr. Andrew Chase of ARCH Orthodontics — with 9 offices between Boston and Cape Cod –announced that ARCH was selected as the only practice in the region to offer, for a limited time, a new ‘AcceleDent Now’ program in which units are offered at a significantly reduced price and patients receive a 60-day, no-risk trial. If not completely satisfied, patients can return the unit for a full credit.

Dr. Chase says, “Using AcceleDent once per day speeds up bone remodeling with tiny vibrations. While the Orthodontist works to move teeth in specific directions, the vibrations accelerate the bones surrounding your teeth to speed up the movement. This means you may actually get your braces off up to 50% faster.  For some, even more important than the speed change, the reduction and often elimination of pain is an even more desirable attribute. Patients have actually said they look forward to the soothing qualities when using it, especially on the days of and immediately following wire changes or aligner changes. Although using it more than 20 minutes per day doesn’t further increase the speed, it does help with pain management.”

“Accelerated Orthodontics is a win-win for both patients and Orthodontists,” says Dr. Chase. “Patients want to shorten their treatment and discomfort period, and the doctor is focused on reducing the likelihood of health challenges posed by prolonged Orthodontic treatment. Of special interest, even if you’ve been wearing braces for some time, introduction of AcceleDent can still help get your braces off faster. Most patients report that their Orthodontic treatment feels more comfortable when they use AcceleDent.” Treatment is non-invasive and non-surgical and the device has been cleared by the FDA.

“Unlike just a few years back, today’s anxious bride who comes to us less than a year before her wedding actually has a chance to complete their Orthodontic therapy in time for the photos on their big day,” smiles Dr. Chase. “That’s something else to smile about!” He adds, “Time is of the essence – both because of the planning ahead aspect and because the AcceleDent NOW offer is for a limited time.”

ARCH Orthodontics offers free initial consultations (a $500 value) and no-interest financing.  The practice also offers courtesy discounts to families of military personnel, veterans, and for municipal employees in the 9 towns where ARCH has offices.  For more info, call 1-800-28- SMILE

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