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If A Better Smile Is One of Your New Year’s Resolutions Orthodontists’ Offer Gives Something to Smile About

January 14th, 2015

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(Issued Winter 2014-15) –  If one of your New Year resolutions involves an improved smile, the doctors at ARCH Orthodontics are making some unique offers to help new patients keep their resolutions.

To celebrate the New Year, adult patients who start Orthodontic treatment by January 31, 2015, will receive a take-home bleaching kit – a $400 value – at no additional cost plus no-interest financing on their treatment plan. Prospective patients will receive a complimentary Orthodontic evaluation (a $500 value.) During 2014, ARCH celebrated its 40th anniversary. Many new patients are children of former patients. ARCH’s patients range in age from 4 to 84.

Dr. Andrew Chase, Dr. Robert Chavez and their Orthodontic team in 9 ARCH offices note that in recent years over 25% of their patients are adults seeking an improved smile, a more comfortable bite and increased self-confidence.  Dr. Chavez says, “Options for straighter teeth and an improved smile are better than ever thanks to a wide range of clear braces. Feeling better about yourself opens up other opportunities as well.  2015 should be the year.”

“Men and women in their 20s, 30s, 40s and older are referred to us by their own dentist, or patients call on their own because their teeth have shifted, or they want ‘touch-ups.’”  Dr. Chase says. “They want to take care of things that have been bothering them. They’re focused on comfort, function and aesthetics.”

General dentists refer patients to ARCH Orthodontics to address concerns with tooth position, often a result of periodontal disease or tooth loss. Tooth position may also be the cause of TMJ disorder that can cause jaw pain and headaches. Dr. Chase notes, “Besides looking great, properly positioned teeth can improve how you bite, chew, and speak, and are less prone to decay, gum disease, and injury.”

Today, Orthodontic treatment for adults is a popular option due to better technology and more choices. Modern Orthodontic appliances are less obvious, such as ceramic braces that are clear and blend in with teeth,  lingual braces that attach to the back of the teeth, or removable clear plastic aligners that are custom molded. “Whatever the patient’s age, a perfect smile is our goal,” says Dr. Chase.

ARCH Orthodontics is the ‘Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts.’ ARCH has offices in Stoughton, Bridgewater, Brockton, Canton, Hyde Park, Randolph and Westwood, plus offices on Cape Cod in Hyannis and Orleans on Cape Cod.  Arch Orthodontics offers free initial consultation including digital photos and panoral x-rays. For more info: www.archorthodontics.com /   1-800-28-SMILE.

Optimism Is This 14 Year-Old’s Watchword

December 30th, 2014

Young Patient Raising Awareness About Need for Bone Marrow Donors

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BOSTON, MASS.  (WINTER 2015)  — “Becca is one of the most extraordinary and bravest patients I can remember in my 40 years of practice,” says Dr. Robert Chavez, “so it’s not surprising that our ARCH Orthodontics staff nominated her as our Patient of the Quarter.”

Fourteen year-old high-school freshman Becca Hudson (at left in photo with sister Jordon), who lives in Provincetown with her parents and two sisters, got her braces at ARCH’s Orleans (Cape Cod) office. “I was excited because I always wanted my teeth to be straighter. A lot of my friends have braces and my little sister, Jordon, used to tease me saying I had a ‘crunked-up grille’ — a very good description of my smile. My mom said I had to wait until I was old enough and took good enough care of my teeth before I could get braces.” And finally she did get them. At the time Mom said, “Becca is probably the most enthusiastic patient ARCH has ever had.  No little girl has ever been as excited as she was to get her braces on!”

But on Labor Day, 2014, following what was supposed to be routine blood work, doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital wanted to admit Becca immediately for a bone marrow biopsy.  Since that day, the family has been caught in a whirlwind of diagnostic testing and preparation for a bone marrow transplant (stem cell) to treat her rare form of blood cancer — a genetic disorder (dyskeratosis congenita) which causes her bone marrow to fail to produce the necessary blood cells (aplastic anemia with myelodysplastic syndrome). The transplant is scheduled for January. Becca’s treating Orthodontist Dr. Nicholas Barone noted that ARCH had to remove her braces before the full course of treatment was completed.

Until her diagnosis and subsequent safety restrictions, Becca was an avid cheerleader, basketball and soccer player and small boat sailor. Nicknamed ‘Sweet B,’ she was well-known around town for her infectious smile, bubbly personality and regular volunteer work.  Upon learning about the need for a transplant, Becca determined that she would “help the world be a better place” by finding 20,000 people to join the BeTheMatch Donor Registry.  (Learn more about Becca and register for the BeTheMatch Registry on her website at www.Bows4Becca.com.)pic

While Becca undergoes the transplant, mom Lee plans to stay in the hospital while Becca’s step-father and the girls’ dad remain in Provincetown to care for her sisters.  A few months after the transplant, Becca will be discharged to a Boston apartment to recover with daily monitoring by her medical team.  Lee says, “Optimistically, within 6 months Becca will be well enough to go home – then return to normal activities within a year.”

It will be a long and costly period. For anyone wishing to help the family meet transportation costs to and from Boston plus expenses to help the Hudsons maintain a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle for Becca and her sisters, donations can be made via the crowdfunding website  https://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/becca-her-family-need-your-help-/271411/donate?utm_source=widget#pp

Lee Hudson says, “Becca is anxiously awaiting the day she can get her braces back on to finish up.” Becca says, “I love everyone at ARCH. They’re all so nice and I can’t wait see them again after I recover from my bone marrow transplant.”

“We encourage everyone to do what they can to help Becca and her family through this trying time,” Dr. Chase and Dr. Chavez said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with you,” (ARCH Orthodontics operates 9 offices including Orleans and Hyannis on Cape Cod. Visit www.archorthodontics.com)

If A Better Smile Is One of Your New Year’s Resolutions Orthodontists’ Offer Gives Something to Smile About

December 12th, 2014

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(Issued Winter 2014-15) –  If one of your New Year resolutions involves an improved smile, the doctors at ARCH Orthodontics are making some unique offers to help new patients keep their resolutions.

To celebrate the New Year, adult patients who start Orthodontic treatment by January 31, 2015, will receive a take-home bleaching kit – a $400 value – at no additional cost plus no-interest financing on their treatment plan. Prospective patients will receive a complimentary Orthodontic evaluation (a $500 value.) During 2014, ARCH celebrated its 40th anniversary. Many new patients are children of former patients. ARCH’s patients range in age from 4 to 84.

Dr. Andrew Chase, Dr. Robert Chavez and their Orthodontic team in 9 ARCH offices note that in recent years over 25% of their patients are adults seeking an improved smile, a more comfortable bite and increased self-confidence.  Dr. Chavez says, “Options for straighter teeth and an improved smile are better than ever thanks to a wide range of clear braces. Feeling better about yourself opens up other opportunities as well.  2015 should be the year.”

“Men and women in their 20s, 30s, 40s and older are referred to us by their own dentist, or patients call on their own because their teeth have shifted, or they want ‘touch-ups.’”  Dr. Chase says. “They want to take care of things that have been bothering them. They’re focused on comfort, function and aesthetics.”

General dentists refer patients to ARCH Orthodontics to address concerns with tooth position, often a result of periodontal disease or tooth loss. Tooth position may also be the cause of TMJ disorder that can cause jaw pain and headaches. Dr. Chase notes, “Besides looking great, properly positioned teeth can improve how you bite, chew, and speak, and are less prone to decay, gum disease, and injury.”

Today, Orthodontic treatment for adults is a popular option due to better technology and more choices. Modern Orthodontic appliances are less obvious, such as ceramic braces that are clear and blend in with teeth,  lingual braces that attach to the back of the teeth, or removable clear plastic aligners that are custom molded. “Whatever the patient’s age, a perfect smile is our goal,” says Dr. Chase.

ARCH Orthodontics is the ‘Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts.’ ARCH has offices in Stoughton, Bridgewater, Brockton, Canton, Hyde Park, Randolph and Westwood, plus offices on Cape Cod in Hyannis and Orleans on Cape Cod.  Arch Orthodontics offers free initial consultation including digital photos and panoral x-rays. For more info: www.archorthodontics.com /   1-800-28-SMILE.

Maegan Iria Joins ARCH Orthodontics as Orthodontic Assistant

December 4th, 2014

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(Winter2014-15) –  Maegan Iria of New Bedford has been named an Orthodontic Assistant at ARCH Orthodontics. She may be found in any of ARCH’s 9 offices.

Maegan says, “I love working for ARCH. I love the people and doctors. I love how we change people’s smiles. It’s great to see how excited patients are and how much a smile can change someone’s life.”

She attended vocational high school for dental assisting. and earned an associate’s degree  in psychology from Bristol Community College. She is also certified in dental radiology.

In her spare time, Maegan enjoys spending time with her family, especially cooking and baking. She enjoys outdoor activities with family and friends, as well as working out, taking dance lessons, walking along the beach.

ARCH is marking its 40th anniversary and is offering free consultations for all ages – a $500 value – and no-interest financing.  For more info: www.archorthodontics.com /  1-800-28-SMILE.  ARCH Orthodontics, with 9 offices south of Boston and on Cape Cod, is the Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts.

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