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Orthodontics for Adults Can Lead to ‘Positive Aging’

March 24th, 2015

There was a time not long ago when only kids got braces. Welcome to the 21st century.a

There’s been a revolution in the past decade, and now some 25% of Orthodontic patients are over 21. That’s because new advancements enable doctors to achieve remarkable esthetic results for patients of any age. Often today, once a person is set on a career path, they may be able to take care of Orthodontic issues that may not have been an option as a child. Also, today’s treatment options include a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable and almost invisible, making patients less self-conscious. In addition, treatment times may be reduced.

“Shaping a beautiful face is no longer just the domain of plastic surgeons,” says Dr. Andrew Chase of ARCH Orthodontics. “Thanks to advancements in training, diagnosis, technology, treatments, and tools, an Orthodontist can influence facial shape for patients of any age. We study facial structure – perhaps observing the patient’s parents either in person or in photos — to help predict how the appearance could change in the future.  And that helps us to determine the all-important, customized treatment plan.” An Orthodontist receives three additional years of training  beyond dental school.

For many adult patients, the Orthodontist may work with a Periodontist in cases where the patient has experienced some breakdown or loss of their teeth and bone that supports the teeth. Bone loss can also limit the amount and direction of tooth movement that is advisable. An Orthodontist can also help with a Dentist’s work when teeth are missing or malshaped, or are planned to be replaced, or restored with crowns, bridges, or implants. By working together, the dental team can achieve results for patients that cannot be produced alone. Dr. Chase notes ways his practice helps adult Orthodontic patients:

  • Can help prevent or improve periodontal problems
  • Can help prevent or reduce further bone loss around teeth
  • Improves ability of the dentist to restore missing teeth
  • Improves aesthetics for a better smile and facial appearance
  • Improves function of teeth
  • Improves self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Improves oral health

An added bonus to an improved facial structure and smile: Adult patients get a boost in confidence in their professional and personal lives that comes with a better, healthier smile.

Upon completing her Orthodontic treatment, one adult ARCH patient told Dr. Chase, “I learned that it’s never too late to improve your smile. I learned the treatment can take longer when you’re older, but it’s definitely worth it. And I learned that having a great smile not only makes you feel better about yourself, but it changes the way people look at and listen to what you say. I commend the ARCH team for changing my life — and I’m so appreciative.”

From now through March 31 any patient who refers a new patient to ARCH will be entered in a drawing to win a Bose portable speaker. ARCH offers free initial consultations (a $500 value) and no-interest financing.  The practice also offers courtesy discounts to families of military personnel, veterans and municipal employees in the towns where they have offices.  To schedule a no-obligation appointment, call 1-800-28- SMILE, email: smilemaker@archorthodontics.com  or visit   www.archorthodontics.com .  ARCH Orthodontics offices are in Bridgewater • Brockton • Canton • Hyannis • Hyde Park  • Orleans  •  Randolph • Stoughton • Westwood.

Dr. Michelle Mian Joins Staff of ARCH Orthodontics

March 23rd, 2015

Dr. Michelle Mian cropped 0215Harvard-trained Orthodontist Dr. Michelle Mian of Boston has joined the staff of ARCH Orthodontics. The announcement was made by practice founder Dr. Robert Chavez and his son, Dr. Andrew Chase. ARCH, now in its 40th year, operates several offices south of Boston and on Cape Cod.  Dr. Mian will primarily see patients at ARCH’s Hyde Park office.

Dr. Mian earned her BA in Chemistry, with highest distinction, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her DMD degree cum laude from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine where she also earned her MMSc / Orthodontics Certificate. She serves as Pre-Doctoral Director of Orthodontics and Lecturer at the HSDM where, as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow, she designed a sustainable dental screening program for local underserved children. Among her related activities: She performed HSDM Lab research related to Osteoarthritis, and designed and implemented a case study on cancer screening in Greece and Cyprus.

From teaching Orthodontic residents in Massachusetts to researching and volunteering at clinics across the globe, Dr. Mian says she has come to appreciate one common, overarching theme: “Orthodontics is a unique fusion of art and science that allows the ultimate reward of creating beautiful and long-lasting smiles. The enjoyment I derive from customizing each patient’s treatment plan is only superseded by the warmth felt from building lasting relationships — and smiles, of course. That feeling can be summed up by a final remark from one of my first patients: “Dr. Mian, Dr. Mian! Look! I finally like smiling now!” 

On the appointment, Dr. Chase said, “Dr. Mian shares the ARCH philosophy and passion –helping people of any age to improve their health and the appearance of their smiles, enjoying the challenges and the excitement of  giving patients a new look and  a new outlook through greater self-confidence.”

Dr. Mian is a member of the Harvard Society for Advancement of Orthodontics, American Association of Orthodontics, Massachusetts Dental Association, and the American Dental Association.  Her two brothers and one sister are all studying to enter the medical profession.  She resides in Boston where she has lived since her training. Originally from North Carolina, Dr. Mian is a tennis enthusiast who also enjoys travel, cooking and sculpture.

From now through March 31 any patient who refers a new patient to ARCH will be entered in a drawing to win a Bose portable speaker. ARCH offers free initial consultations (a $500 value) and no-interest financing.  The practice also offers courtesy discounts to families of military personnel, veterans and municipal employees in the towns where they have offices.  To schedule a no-obligation appointment, call 1-800-28- SMILE, email: smilemaker@archorthodontics.com  or visit   www.archorthodontics.com .  ARCH Orthodontics offices are in Bridgewater • Brockton • Canton • Hyannis • Hyde Park  • Orleans  •  Randolph • Stoughton • Westwood.

ARCH Orthodontics Patient Has A Winning Smile

March 9th, 2015

Pats contest winner w logo HP Pats winner with Lee HP 0215If you look closely at Dwayne Crosby’s haircut, you can guess who his favorite NFL team is. Shown at ARCH Orthodontics’ ‘Pats Theme Day,’ celebrating the New England Patriots championship season, are theme day winner Dwayne and Treatment Coordinator Lee Eaton at ARCH’s Brockton office.

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 municipal employees in the towns where they have offices.

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, from now through March 31, any patient who refers a new patient to ARCH is entered in a drawing to win a Bose portable speaker. To schedule a no-obligation appointment, call 1-800-28- SMILE, email: smilemaker@archorthodontics.com  or visit   www.archorthodontics.com . ARCH Orthodontics offices are in Bridgewater • Brockton • Canton • Hyannis • Hyde Park  • Orleans  •  Randolph • Stoughton • Westwood.

Orthodontists & Dentists: Different Areas of Focus

February 16th, 2015

Orthodontic Training Takes 2 – 3 Additional Years

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While everyone understands that a Dentist takes care of teeth, not everyone is aware of what an Orthodontist does.  Some ask “Don’t they both do similar things?”

According to Dr. Andrew Chase of ARCH Orthodontics which operates several offices south of Boston and on Cape Cod, “Perhaps the biggest misconception about Orthodontists is that we’re very much like your family Dentist. We’re actually very different.” While it’s true that both Orthodontists and Dentists care about helping you enjoy a lifetime of good dental and oral health, we go about achieving this goal in different ways. Dentists are the health professionals for regular oral hygiene exams and cleaning. They take care of cavities, treat gum disease, tooth decay, toothaches, and other common oral health problems.

Orthodontists, on the other hand, are specialized Dentists trained to diagnose, prevent and correct structural problems, as well as crooked or misaligned teeth.  It takes a decade of education to become an Orthodontist. This includes four years of college, four years of dental school, two to three years of post-graduate Orthodontics training, plus extensive written and clinical certification and licensing exams.

For structural problems, there are many treatment options: expanders headgears, lip bumpers. for crooked or misaligned teeth: retainers, clear aligners, and invisible, metal, and ceramic braces. Orthodontists have the specialized knowledge to consider all possibilities, based on variables like age, possible jaw imbalances, differences in the size of your teeth, and more. They know what to use and when to use it, and will work with you to make the best decisions – resulting in your best smile.

While children should visit their Dentist by age one or within 6 months after the first tooth comes in, every child should have an Orthodontic evaluation by age 7 to detect and treat any problems easily before they become advanced. Dentists often refer youngsters to an Orthodontist once some, but not all, adult teeth have grown in.

Another common misconception about Orthodontists is that they only treat children. Today, about 25% of Orthodontic patients are 21+ because crooked or misaligned teeth can be treated at any age. ARCH has patients from 4 to 84, and they say to all ages, “You can have the smile you want.”

ARCH founder Dr. Robert Chavez says, “It’s easy to find answers to Dental and Orthodontic questions on the internet, but there really is no substitute for the personal attention and specialized skills you receive during your Orthodontic appointment. at ARCH  We have thousands of patients who can attest to that.”

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, from now through March 31 any patient who refers a new patient to ARCH will be entered in a drawing to win a Bose portable speaker. ARCH offers free initial consultations (a $500 value) and no-interest financing.  The practice also offers courtesy discounts to families of military personnel, veterans and municipal employees in the towns where they have offices.  To schedule a no-obligation appointment, call 1-800-28- SMILE, email: smilemaker@archorthodontics.com  or visit   www.archorthodontics.com .

ARCH Orthodontics offices are in Bridgewater • Brockton • Canton • Hyannis • Hyde Park  • Orleans  •  Randolph • Stoughton • Westwood.

                                                                                                 - By Stanley Hurwitz /   508-269-0570   / stanhurwitz@gmail.com

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