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November Is National Gratitude Month

Smile! You Have Lots of Reasons to Be Thankful… and your smile is one of them!

Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving(Issued Fall 2017)  — November is ‘National Gratitude Month’ – very fitting since Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of the month.

Most of us recall the story of how the first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World (in Plymouth, Mass.). The celebration of thanks lasted three days, and was attended by 53 Pilgrims and 90 Native Americans.

“We are very fortunate today to live in the greatest country, and a healthy America needs healthy citizens,” says Dr. Andrew Chase of ARCH Orthodontics. “Life is full of things to be thankful for – and that makes us smile.  Some people are lucky to be born with a great smile. For others, Orthodontic treatment fixes crooked or poorly spaced teeth. And as our patients tell us, having a great smile is an investment which will reap benefits for a lifetime. A healthy and attractive smile creates a better impression on the outside that permeates from the inside. It can improve your social life and even help you advance in your work life.” Since its founding in 1974, ARCH has improved smiles for over 25,000 patients from 4 to 84.

Dr. Chase suggests that each of us spend time this month reflecting on the meaning of gratitude and being thankful — an essential ingredient of a happy, fulfilling life. He notes, “One research study showed that practicing daily gratitude can enhance our moods, decrease stress and drastically improve our overall level of wellbeing. When you begin to reflect on what you’re thankful for, you  find your attitude shifting and a sense of calm overcomes you. This can be particularly useful in the midst of the chaos of work stress and overload, tensions with family or friends, and general malaise about the world.”

He says there are studies showing how practicing gratitude creates a positive impact.  One study from the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, found that practitioners of gratitude have stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure; more joy, optimism, and happiness; more generosity and compassion; and fewer feelings of loneliness and isolation.

ARCH recently completed a comprehensive study and determined it is among the first practices in its service area between Boston and Hyannis to certify that all its materials and equipment are gluten-free.

To make an appointment at one of ARCH’s 9 offices, call (781) 209-6776. ARCH, the Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts, offers free initial consultation (a $500 value), and interest-free financing. Veterans and members of the military and their families receive a courtesy discount. For more info and/or a no-obligation appointment, contact ARCH: smilemaker@archorthodontics.com  / 781-209-6776. www.archorthodontics.com.

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


Orthodontists Salute National Heroes

Veterans, Active Military and Their Families to Receive ‘Thank You’ Courtesy Discounts

American Flag(FALL/WINTER 2017)  — To mark Veteran’s Day and honor veterans and all those currently serving in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces –and their families – ARCH Orthodontics is continuing a tradition and offering a courtesy discount of 5% off the cost of an Orthodontic treatment plan.

“This is our way of saluting our National Heroes,” says Dr. Andrew Chase. These are courageous men and women who defend democracy and protect our country. They deserve a healthy and great smile because of what they’ve done or are doing.”

“A healthy America needs healthy citizens,” Dr. Chase adds. “Life is full of things to smile about and Orthodontic treatment is an investment in that smile which will reap benefits for a lifetime. A healthy and attractive smile creates a better impression on the outside that permeates from the inside.”

Dr. Janeen Hughes“ARCH Orthodontics is especially proud to have on its team Dr. Janeen Hughes,” Dr. Chase says. Events of 9/11 inspired her to change her plans and become a dentist with a Marine unit headed for Iraq. Dr. Hughes served as the only dentist onboard an amphibious ship off Kuwait in 2004. She earned a Navy Commendation Medal and a Letter of Appreciation for Outstanding Orthodontic Service from the U.S. Navy. She practices in ARCH’s Canton and Randolph offices.

About her work, Dr. Hughes says, “I love combining the art and science of Orthodontics to produce a healthy, beautiful smile, but the most fulfilling aspect of what I do is getting to know my patients and their families personally. You become a part of the community where you work and where you live based on these connections. The best part of my day is seeing the happy faces of patients and parents every time they visit us — especially when we see the end result — a beautiful smile.”

Dr. Chase says that, in addition to the 5% courtesy discount, ARCH offers everyone a complimentary initial consultation (a $500 value) plus no-interest financing.

Those currently serving in the military, veterans and members of their immediate families should mention the family member who served or is serving when calling to set up an appointment. For more info: www.archorthodontics.com  /   781-209-6776. ARCH Orthodontics is the Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts.   – By Stanley Hurwitz / 508-269-0570   /   stanhurwitz@gmail.com


National Orthodontic Health Month:

Educating Consumers, Debunking 7 Orthodontic Myths

smiling young woman(Issued Fall 2017)  —  During October, National Orthodontic Health Month, Dr. Andrew Chase of ARCH Orthodontics is taking the opportunity to set the record straight, to challenge and debunk common myths about orthodontic treatment. ARCH is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) which sponsors the annual observance.

Among the myths that Dr. Chase addresses:
Myth #1. Anyone who provides braces or clear aligners is an Orthodontist. To be an Orthodontist, a doctor has graduated from dental school, then completed 2-3 years in an accredited Orthodontic residency program. Only doctors with this level of formal education may ethically call themselves ‘Orthodontists.’
Myth #2. Orthodontists are so expensive. Orthodontists charge for the professional service they provide – customizing each patient’s treatment, expertly guiding teeth and jaws into a healthy, beautiful smile. Making it more affordable are flexible payment plans, no-interest financing, and, often, insurance. A healthy bite and great smile — an investment in a lifetime of oral and whole body health.
Myth #3. Office visits are not necessary to get straight teeth. With regular visits, the patient benefits from the Orthodontist’s timely action.
Myth #4. Orthodontic treatment takes years. The time treatment takes depends on the difficulty of the patient’s problem and what the patient wants. Some new technologies can reduce treatment time up to 50%.
Myth #5. Orthodontic treatment is only cosmetic. An improved appearance is the most obvious result. But when teeth and jaws are in alignment, it means function (biting, chewing, speaking) is improved, too.
Myth #6. Orthodontists only offer braces. Orthodontists utilize the full range of appliances, many types of braces, and clear aligners and removable devices. They also prescribe orthotics for TMJ disorder and to help with sleep apnea.
Myth #7. Orthodontic treatment is just for kids. Over 1.5 million adults are being treated by Orthodntists. ARCH’s oldest patient today is 83. She says,” it’s never too late to improve your smile.”

Dr. Chase says, “Confidence may just be a smile away. Don’t delay your dramatically new look and outlook.”  To make an appointment at one of ARCH’s 9 offices, call (781) 209-6776. ARCH, the Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts, offers free initial consultation (a $500 value), and interest-free financing. Veterans and members of the military and their families receive a courtesy discount. For more info and/or a no-obligation appointment, contact ARCH: smilemaker@archorthodontics.com  / 781-209-6776. www.archorthodontics.com .          –  By Stanley Hurwitz /   508-269-0570  /   stanhurwitz@gmail.com                                                            


ARCH Orthodontics Announces Gluten-Free Practice

Among the first to perform comprehensive study in its service area

dentist performing procedure(Issued Fall 2017)  — ARCH Orthodontics is among the first practices in its service area– that stretches from Boston to Hyannis  — to certify that its offices are gluten-free.

According to Dr. Andrew Chase, “Most people are surprised to learn that some common dental materials and products contain gluten.” Gluten is the common name given to proteins found in wheat.

He adds, “There’s so much concern regarding unintentional sources of gluten, we certainly didn’t want parents worrying unnecessarily about their children’s retainers and other materials we use. We completed exhaustive research throughout our 9 offices and can confirm that ARCH Orthodontics is celiac friendly, completely gluten-free.  Surprisingly, toothpaste may also be a source of gluten which is why we were sure to research the contents and specifically rely on gluten-free pre-pasted brushes, available for every patient at each visit. Since the mouth is part of the gastrointestinal tract, our clinical staff is trained to investigate for oral symptoms of gluten sensitivity.”

Dr. Chase explains that besides finding gluten in wheat products, there are non-dietary sources of gluten used in the manufacture of products such as plastics, dental equipment, and cosmetics. Some types of Orthodontic retainers contain a plasticized methacrylate polymer, a gluten derivative that is a common additive in plastics. He emphasized that, based on case studies, there does not seem to be enough information to demonstrate a true cause and effect between retainer use and gluten levels.

For ARCH’s research, the staff used Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to investigate materials used in all types of traditional and invisible braces, and when unknown, ARCH contacted individual manufacturers. MSDS is a widely-used system for cataloging information on chemicals, chemical compounds and mixtures, and includes instructions for the safe use and potential hazards associated with a particular material or product.

Most patients might shrug, but for the 18 million Americans with gluten sensitivities, exposure can lead to digestive discomfort, abdominal pain, foggy thinking, chronic headache, joint pain, skin rashes and chronic fatigue. Some with gluten sensitivity may have the autoimmune disorder celiac disease, an inherited condition which affects an individual’s ability to digest gluten that can lead to a toxic reaction that can damage the small intestine. “We are proud of our 43-year track record of helping to build our patients’ looks and outlooks – always to the highest standards of our industry,” Dr. Chase said.

To make an appointment at one of ARCH’s 9 offices, call (781) 209-6776. ARCH, the Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts, offers free initial consultation (a $500 value), and interest-free financing. Veterans and members of the military and their families receive a courtesy discount. For more info and/or a no-obligation appointment, contact ARCH: smilemaker@archorthodontics.com  / 781-209-6776. www.archorthodontics.com –  By Stanley Hurwitz /   508-269-0570  /   stanhurwitz@gmail.com


Octogenarian Loves Her Invisible Braces

“You’re never too old to have a beautiful smile!”

she loves her invisible bracesBRIDGEWATER, MASS. (Issued Fall 2017)  — Beverly Albaugh may be one of the most senior braces patients in the world.

Earlier this year, awakened suddenly from a deep sleep, the normally spry 83 year-old rolled against her nightstand, fracturing her skull and breaking four teeth. “At the hospital, the oral surgeon did a good job putting my teeth back and wiring my mouth to hold everything in place,” she says, “but when I went to my long-time dentist, Dr. Richard Harrison in West Bridgewater, he told me the ideal way to eliminate the uneven spacing and bring back my beautiful trademark smile would be through proper orthodontics. He recommended Dr. Andrew Chase of ARCH Orthodontics that has an office in Bridgewater.”

Dr. Chase suggested Invisalign, almost invisible braces that gradually move teeth to their optimal locations. Patients are advised to wear them 22 hours a day, taking them out only to eat, brush and floss.  Mrs. Albaugh had never heard of Invisalign. Most Invisalign patients are teens or adults ranging in age from their 20s to 40s.

A former teacher, Mrs. Albaugh is in her second career as an Electrologist. “A major issue had been dealing with the time between clients,” she says. “I have a sweet tooth so, for years I filled that waiting time by snacking. Over the years I gained a lot of weight and developed diabetes.”

“But on a recent visit to my regular doctor, he was impressed,” she notes, “Not only had I lost 12 pounds, but my diabetes had improved. An unexpected, additional bonus! And friends and family noticed how my great smile was almost back to the pre-accident state.” She says it’s a hassle to take out the Invisalign just for a snack — so she skips it. At a recent continuing education conference, in order to be back for a class after lunch, she skipped dessert and hurried to the ladies room to clean the braces and brush her teeth. “Not one person at that conference knew I was wearing them! My teeth are coming together quickly and the aligners actually feel great when they’re on.”Mrs. Albaugh says she appreciated the personal attention and professionalism provided by Dr. Chase and his team, and their desire to replicate her original smile that she missed.”

Dr. Chase of ARCH says, “Our patients range from 4 to 84+. There is no age limit for Invisalign nor for traditional braces. The process is similar for all patients, regardless of age. Teeth will straighten but the amount of time it takes depends on the complexity of the case.  For older patients, the key is having the manual dexterity to remove the aligners for eating and brushing.  With a free consultation, there is nothing to lose to find out more about your treatment.”

Mrs. Albaugh, who grew up on her father’s huge produce farm in West Bridgewater, is a four-time cancer survivor who never lost her positive take on the world. She says, “I’ve had a wonderful life. I learned that even when bad things happen, good comes out of it. I believe when you smile, you show what kind of person you are, and your smile brings out the best in you and brightens everyone else’s day.” ARCH, the Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts, offers free initial consultation (a $500 value) and interest-free financing. For more info contact:  smilemaker@archorthodontics.com  / 781-209-6776.  Visit  www.archorthodontics.com.

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


Orthodontists Offer ‘Braces Back-to-School’ Checklist

girl on bike(Issued Fall 2017) — Anxiety naturally comes with the start of a new school year. And some students have something else to worry about: Their new braces.

“There’s a huge positive angle to having braces that many folks overlook,” says Dr. Andrew Chase of ARCH Orthodontics. “Sometimes kids with braces make new friends when they have new braces, too. And sometimes it’s a conversation starter with kids who don’t have braces.”

With a bit of advance planning, going back to school with braces goes smoothly, Dr. Chase says. He works with parents and patients to help them prepare, offering ARCH Orthodontics’ ‘Braces Back-to-School Checklist’:

  • Toothbrush/toothpaste – to remove food particles, avoid cavities and bad breath
  • Lunch  & snacks – Avoid hard and sticky foods. Cut veggies into smaller pieces.
  • Retainers – Bring retainer case to safeguard it when it’s not in your mouth.
  • Rubber bands – Keep a supply in your locker; replace them after eating.
  • Wax — Pads braces from their lips.
  • Mouth Guard – Highly recommended if you play any sports.
  • Water bottle – To stay hydrated and keep mouth clean and fresh.

Dr. Chase tells young patients, “Don’t forget to SMILE! Show off your beautiful smile to your friends and family and tell them they too can start their journey to a beautiful and healthy smile by visiting ARCH for a complimentary initial examination. Once a student has his/her ‘Back-to-School Action Plan,’ Orthodontic anxieties will fade away and the student will be able to focus on all the excitement that fall and being back at school bring!”

Before the busy Fall schedule is filled in, Dr. Chase recommends that parents make an appointment at any of ARCH’s 9 offices by phone or email: (781) 209-6776 // smilemaker@archorthodontics.com  .ARCH, the Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts, offers free initial consultation (a $500 value) and interest-free financing. For more info and/or a no-obligation appointment, contact ARCH: smilemaker@archorthodontics.com  / 781-209-6776. www.archorthodontics.com .

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


Orthodontists: The ‘Smile Specialists

Moving teeth around takes precision, passion — and special training.

young woman with braces smiling(Issued Summer 2017)  — Dentists fix cavities. Orthodontists straighten teeth. That’s how most people view these groups of highly-trained professionals, but there’s a lot more.

While dentists specialize in teeth and gum issues — tooth decay, gum disease, tartar – and encouraging good oral hygiene along with biannual cleanings, Orthodontists specialize in helping teeth and jaws to work in union so you can speak, bite and chew comfortably and effectively. About 30% of today’s Orthodontic patients are adults, partly because new technology and techniques can be imperceptible and shorten treatment time.

Dr. Andrew Chase of ARCH Orthodontics says, “Orthodontists – who spend 2 – 3 additional years after dental school to specialize — are most qualified to resolve malocclusions, (undesirable positioning of upper and lower teeth). That’s the foundation of our specialty. We devote nearly 100% of our time to Orthodontics and required continuing education. This includes a focus on growth, development, tooth movement, and bite issues.  While general dentists are also required to take continuing education, they typically focus on their most common procedures such as advanced restorative work rather than Orthodontic topics.”

Orthodontists assess alignment issues, take scans and measurements, and fit patients with the most appropriate type of braces. They may recommend treatment beyond braces – such as new technologies that can shorten braces time using dentofacial orthopedics in conjunction with braces or Invisalign.  Another new advancement in Orthodontics is AcceleDent, an FDA approved medical device which uses micropulses to stimulate bone changes and can cut treatment time by up to 50%, while making the patient significantly more comfortable throughout the process.  For a patient with sleep apnea, an Orthodontist might prescribe a dental orthotic appliance in place of a CPAP. For a patient with jaw or neck pain who may have a TMJ / TMD disorder, a TMJ splint may be used with Orthodontics to permanently resolve the problem.

Dr. Chase, in practice since 1998, says dental school graduates take just one semester of basic Orthodontic theory: “Most non-Orthodontists doing braces or Invisalign have only taken seminars on the topics and rely on lab technicians to guide them. Orthodontists study extensive records to evaluate each patient’s case prior to starting. Most non-Orthodontists don’t have the appropriate x-ray machine to gather critical information that Orthodontics requires and is considered the standard of care.” Dentists often refer patients to Orthodontists for teeth alignment or bite issues.

“The growing number of adult Orthodontic patients demonstrates increased understanding that a healthy, beautiful smile can lead to social and professional success as well as oral health,” says Dr. Chase. “Orthodontics imparts life-long benefits and boosts confidence. Studies have shown that a healthy smile can result in better career advancement that can translate in up to $1.5 million in additional lifetime income.”

Dr. Chase, Immediate Past-President of the Mass. Association of Orthodontists, says, “We’re constantly researching the industry to find better methods and new approaches. I urge anyone who wants a dramatically new smile to make an appointment today at one of our 9 offices – Call (781) 209-6776.”ARCH, the Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts, offers free initial consultation and interest-free financing. ARCH has 9 offices between Boston and Cape Cod. For more info and/or a no-obligation appointment, contact ARCH today: smilemaker@archorthodontics.com  /  781-209-6776. / www.archorthodontics.com                                                          

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

 


21st Century Treatment Technologies: ARCH Orthodontics Is at the Forefront

 Practice introduces a simpler way to prepare for braces, reduce braces time.

(Issued Summer 2017) –  A local Orthodontic office has introduced state-of-the-art technologies that are simpler, more comfortable, can reduce time in braces  – and are often less expensive.

ARCH Orthodontics has a four-decade tradition with leading-edge treatments and technologies.  The tradition started with Dr. Robert Chavez who founded ARCH in Stoughton 43 years ago. Today his son Dr. Andrew Chase and his team proudly carry on that tradition at all 9 ARCH offices.

Dr. Chase says, “In addition to Orthodontics, we specialize in dentofacial orthopedics. Due to facial features or alignment issues, we may combine braces with other appliances. Historically, headgear was a common ‘go to’ appliance, but compliance, comfort, lifestyle functionality and usage were often questionable, hampering results, ultimately resulting in increased treatment times and patient frustration. Now, we can often achieve the same orthopedic correction with a sleek, comfortable, practically invisible intraoral appliance in less than 6 months, leaving relatively simple corrections for braces or Invisalign to complete, often in less than a year. The ability to offer more complex treatment options is traceable to an Orthodontist’s additional three years of training beyond dental school.”

One of ARCH’s newest technologies is the Carriere Motion™ appliance connected to 2 or 4 teeth, that corrects bites formerly altered by headgears and other methods. For some, this may eliminate the need for extracting teeth and/or surgically-assisted Orthodontic treatment. Dr. Chase says, “This can reduce braces time, is used for 3-4 months and corrects the harder portion of treatment first. Following the Carriere, we use another new technology, the SLX bracket system, to facilitate quicker, more efficient treatments and better outcomes. Brackets ensure effective case management, optimal tooth positioning, and meticulous finishes.”

Another ARCH technology is AcceleDent Now® that uses micropulses to complement conventional treatment, speeding treatment time, and reducing discomfort with only 20 minutes of use per day. It is compatible with nearly all treatment options. While the Orthodontist works to move teeth in specific directions, AcceleDent vibrations accelerate the boney changes which occur surrounding teeth to speed movement. Braces time may be 50% shorter. “Patients planning weddings successfully started just 6 – 8 months before their big day,” smiles Dr. Chase.

He adds, “Shorter treatment time means a shorter period to worry about poor hygiene, fewer trips to our office — and a quicker path to your new smile, new self-confidence — and new outlook. We’re constantly researching the industry and finding new ways to shorten treatment times (and often costs), using gentle, more comfortable, more natural tools and techniques. I urge anyone with misaligned teeth or space issues to make an appointment at one of our 9 offices – (781) 209-6776.”

ARCH, the Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts, offers free initial consultation and interest-free financing. ARCH has 9 offices between Boston and Cape Cod. For more info and/or a no-obligation appointment, contact ARCH today:  smilemaker@archorthodontics.com  /  781-209-6776. www.archorthodontics.com

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


BIG SMILES AT STOUGHTON DAY 2017

ARCH Orthodontics Marks 43 Years Serving Stoughton Community

Stoughton Day 2017

(Issued Summer 2017) — ALL SMILES AT STOUGHTON DAY 2017 are ARCH Orthodontics team members (left to right) Shannon Freeman, Treatment Coordinator / Team Leader; Dulce Monteiro, Treatment Coordinator; and Ana Fernandes, Financial Coordinator / Team Leader.

ARCH Orthodontics was founded by Dr. Robert Chavez near Stoughton Center in 1974. Today, his son Dr. Andrew Chase leads a highly-skilled team in 9 offices between Boston and Hyannis.

The practice has earned a five-star reputation as a leader in its field, introducing the latest treatments, tools and techniques to address issues related to misaligned teeth or spacing. It has built a loyal following across the region. New treatments introduced in recent years include state-of-the art dental orthotics that can remedy sleep apnea and TMJ, and micropulse technology and 21st century dental orthopedics designed to cut braces time by up to 50%. The practice is always seeking treatments that are simpler, faster, more comfortable – and often less expensive. Dr. Chase estimates that ARCH has improved the smiles and self-confidence for over 25,000 people ranging in age from 4 to 84.

Dr. Chase says, “In addition to straightening teeth and fixing space issues, we also use latest technologies to focus on correcting your bite which many ‘short-course’ treatments like 6-month smiles do not address. That’s why it’s critical to have Orthodontic treatment performed by an Orthodontist rather than a non-specialist. I urge anyone who wants to improve their looks — and their outlook — to call today for an appointment at one of our 9 convenient offices(781) 209-6776.”

ARCH, the Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts, offers free initial consultation (a $500 value) and interest-free financing. There are courtesy discounts for members of the military, veterans and their families, and for municipal workers and their families in towns where ARCH has offices. For more info contact: smilemaker@archorthodontics.com / 781-209-6776. Visit www.archorthodontics.com.
– By Stanley Hurwitz / 508-269-0570 / stanhurwitz@gmail.com


young boys playing rugbyJune is National Safety Awareness Month

“Play It Safe!” Orthodontist Warns

Did you know:

  • One-third of childhood injuries are sports-related.
  • More than 3.5 million children ages 14 and younger get hurt annually playing sports or participating in recreational activities.
  • Besides organized sports, tens of thousands of kids 5 – 14 are treated annually due to injuries from roller skating, skateboarding, biking and trampolines.

(Issued Summer 2017) — During National Safety Month, the National Safety Council helps Americans to prevent injuries by calling attention to common safety and health risks, and common-sense ways to protect themselves.

With the arrival of warm weather, Dr. Andrew Chase of ARCH Orthodontics,, with 9 offices between Boston and Cape Cod, recommends that anyone engaging in activities with the potential for collision, getting hit by a ball or other sports gear, or falling (as from a swing) is well-advised to protect one of the most important – yet most overlooked –parts of your body, the mouth and face. “This is true no matter your age and whether you wear braces or not,” says Dr. Chase

He says that, while organized sports teams don’t usually require mouth protection, the simple precaution is recommended by the American Association of Orthodontics of which Dr. Chase is a longtime member. “A mouth guard should be an essential piece of athletic gear, part of your standard equipment – to minimize risk of broken teeth and injuries to lips, tongue, face or jaw. And with braces, broken ones need to be repaired promptly to eliminate rough edges that can cut into cheeks and gums,” Dr. Chase says.

He says there are three ways to protect your teeth: (1) custom-molded mouth guard; (2) Helmet to protect teeth, mouth, face and head; and (3) Take care of your teeth to keep them healthy and strong with brushing and flossing. ARCH provides custom mouth guards for patients of any age. “It’s great to be active, but always ‘Play it safe,’” he smiles. “I urge parents to call today to pick up your child’s mouth guard – (781) 209-6776.”

ARCH, the Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts, offers free initial consultation and interest-free financing. ARCH has 9 offices between Boston and Cape Cod. For more info contact:  smilemaker@archorthodontics.com  /  781-209-6776.  Visit  www.archorthodontics.com

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


Orthodontists Salute Veterans, Military Personnel and Their Families                         

Courtesy Discounts Say ‘Thank You’

soldier on guard at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier(Issued Summer 2017)  — “With Flag Day on June 14 and Independence Day less than three weeks later, what better time  to reflect on the brave men and women who served in all branches of our armed forces  throughout U. S. history?” says Dr. Andrew Chase of ARCH Orthodontics.

The staff at ARCH Orthodontics salutes those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, honors veterans who served, and those serving today around the world. As a token of appreciation, through July 31 at all nine of the practice’s offices, those currently serving, veterans, and members of their immediate families are receiving a 5% courtesy discount on Orthodontic services, All patients receive a complimentary initial consultation (a $500 value) and are entitled to no-interest financing.

Flag Day, which falls on June 14, commemorates the adoption of the U. S. ‘Stars and Stripes’ in 1777. Independence Day, July 4, marks adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress in 1776.

Dr. Chase says, “We salute our National Heroes who defend and protect our country. They deserve a healthy and great smile because of what they’ve done or are doing. A healthy America needs healthy citizens, Life is full of things to smile about and Orthodontic treatment is an investment in that smile which will reap benefits for a lifetime. A healthy and attractive smile creates a better impression on the outside that permeates from the inside.”

He also called attention to two high-tech treatments now offered by ARCH:

  • “Accelerated Orthodontics’ – Using AcceleDent NOW, Patients can cut the time a patient needs braces by up to 50%.’ Using AcceleDent once per day speeds up bone remodeling with micro- vibrations. Dr. Chase says, “While the Orthodontist works to move teeth in specific directions, the vibrations accelerate the bones surrounding your teeth to speed up the movement.”
  • Orthotics for Sleep Apnea — For children and adults with mild obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), ARCH doctors evaluate the patient and fit him/her with a custom orthotic device that is more comfortable, less invasive, and less costly than traditional CPAP therapy. Early evaluation and appropriate treatment can prevent or correct OSA — and improve its signs and symptoms — thus improving one’s overall health.

Patients are asked to call now (781) 209-6776) and mention the family member who served or is serving in the military when setting up an appointment. For more info contact (781) 209-6776 / smilemaker@archorthodontics.com, or visit   www.archorthodontics.com . ARCH Orthodontics, with 9 offices between Boston and Cape Cod, is the Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts,        

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

 


2010 calendar

REMEMBER 2010?

  • The first iPad went on sale
  • Debut of ‘Toy Story 3’
  • LeBron James traded to Miami Heat

How can it be 7 years already?!

Do you know someone who was born in 2010?   That little person is already 7 years old!

Age 7 is the ideal time for children to have their initial check-up with an Orthodontist.

young boy smiling with toothbrushFor some children, a timely evaluation will lead to significant treatment benefits initiated at the right time. For others, the principal immediate benefit is a parent’s peace of mind.

ARCH Orthodontics offers free consultations for all ages – a $500 value – and no-interest financing. We are specialists for teens and adults, too! In fact, 30% of our patients are over age 21.

Call 1-781-209-6776, or email smilemaker@archorthodontics.com  


ARCH Orthodontics Promotes Healthy Smiles at Stoughton YMCA’s Annual ‘Healthy Kids Day’                        

Practice Introduces 21st Century Technologies

healthy kids day event(Issued Spring/Summer 2017)  — LET A SMILE BE YOUR UMBRELLA! A little rain didn’t dampen the spirits of attendees at the Stoughton YMCA ‘Healthy Kids Day’ event designed to help educate families on fun ways to stay active and grow with healthy spirit, mind and body. Scores of families visited the ARCH Orthodontics display.

“Healthy Kids Day is a tradition for ARCH as it ties in nicely with our mission of promoting healthy smiles and good oral hygiene habits for all ages,” says Dr. Andrew Chase. “ARCH Orthodontics has a long tradition of supporting family and youth activities and sports teams in and near towns where we have offices.  Our mission is to provide extraordinary results and amazing smiles.”  Dr. Chase estimates that the practice, founded by his father Dr. Robert Chavez, has improved the smiles of over 25,000 patients ranging in age from 6 to 86.

Dr. Chase says initial exams are recommended by age 7. Orthodontic work for girls usually begins around ages 10-15, and for boys,  ages 11-16.  Today, about 30% of ARCH’s braces patients are adults.  One Spring/Summer focus, Dr. Chase says, is getting the right mouth guards for anyone involved in sports.

For those seeking ‘accelerated Orthodontics,’ ARCH offers AcceleDent NOW, a high-tech regimen that can cut the time a patient needs braces by up to 50%.  Using AcceleDent once per day speeds up bone remodeling with tiny vibrations. Dr. Chase says, “While the Orthodontist works to move teeth in specific directions, the vibrations accelerate the bones surrounding your teeth to speed up the movement.”

For people of any age suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), ARCH doctors adeptly evaluate the patient and fit him/her with a custom orthotic device that can be more comfortable, less invasive, and less costly than traditional CPAP therapy. Dr. Chase is concerned about airways and airway development. He says, “Expert evaluation and appropriate treatment can prevent or correct OSA and improve overall medical health. With the right orthotics, we create an environment that results in quality sleep and reduction of issues associated with poor skeletal growth, unhealthy bites, and tooth alignments – all of which can constrict tongue space and impinge the oral cavity and throat.”

ARCH Orthodontics offers courtesy discounts to veterans and all those currently serving in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, and to municipal employees working in towns where ARCH has offices and their immediate families. Now in its 43rd year, ARCH Orthodontics has offices in Stoughton and six other communities south of Boston plus two on Cape Cod, in Hyannis and Orleans.  ARCH offers free initial consultation – a $500 value – and no-interest financing. For more information and/or appointments: 781-209-6776/ www.archorthodontics.com. ARCH is the Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts.

–  By Stanley Hurwitz /   stanhurwitz@gmail.com


Wake Up! You Might Have Sleep Apnea.

And Now Your Orthodontist Can Straighten That Out, Too!

Not Just for Adults: Sleep Apnea Can Affect Children, too.

Here are surprising, little-known tips for better sleep…

counting sheep(Issued Spring 2017) — Do you or someone you know wake up tired? Do others complain about your snoring? Some 22 million Americans have sleep apnea (even kids), but most don’t know it.  Sleep apnea is serious and sneaky.

With sleep apnea, airway muscles relax and the throat narrows, reducing airflow, explains Dr. Andrew Chase of ARCH Orthodontics. This brief breathing pause can occur hundreds of times each night, preventing vital REM sleep.  The sufferer may think they slept all night, but insidious sleep apnea can lead to chronic fatigue and more serious consequences.

While sleep apnea is usually associated with overweight, middle-aged males, studies show that sleep apnea affects 4% of youngsters, though it’s often misdiagnosed. A child’s lack of sleep can lead to ADHD, lower school performance and behavioral issues. Dr. Chase says, “Often we can resolve youth sleep issues non-surgically, perhaps even without an intra-oral appliance or CPAP.”

Dr. Chase says, “For any age person diagnosed with mild/ moderate sleep apnea, an orthodontist can fit a custom orthotic device — more comfortable, less invasive, and less costly than traditional CPAP.”  CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) involves a facemask and hose pumping oxygen to keep airways open. He says. “We’ve had success with this alternative that re-positions the jaw, bringing the tongue and soft palate forward to relieve obstruction.”

Long-term sleep deprivation can result in high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, dementia, memory problems, obesity, diabetes and depression, plus highway and workplace accidents. Here are several surprising tips to improve your sleep:

  • Wear socks to warm your feet.
  • Discuss light topics before bedtime (no politics or finances!).
  • Eat your last meal 3 – 4 hours before bedtime.
  • Avoid spicy (pepper, garlic) and gaseous foods (beans, cauliflower).
  • Get daily vigorous exercise.
  • Read a physical book or magazine at bedtime instead of an iPad or other electronic device.

“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. And you certainly don’t want to sleep through them.”

ARCH offers free consultations for all ages – a $500 value – and no-interest financing. ARCH also offers a courtesy discount to those in the military, veterans and members of their immediate families, and to municipal employees in the towns where ARCH has offices and their immediate families. For more info or to schedule a free consultationemail smilemaker@archorthodontics.com / 781-209-6776 /  www.archorthodontics.com. ARCH, the Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts, has seven offices south of Boston and two on Cape Cod.  –  By Stanley Hurwitz /   508-269-0570  /   stanhurwitz@gmail.com


Orthodontist’s Spring Advice:  Have Fun, Play Hard – and Give Your Teeth A Sporting Chance

April Is National Facial Protection Month

clear sports mouthguard(Issued Spring 2017)  —  It’s Spring and that means watch out for baseballs, footballs and other outdoor flying things!

Since April is National Facial Protection Month, Dr. Andrew Chase of ARCH Orthodontics thinks it’s an ideal time to remind everyone that each year more than two million teeth get knocked out in sport-related injuries, and countless braces and teeth are damaged or broken.

Dr. Chase says sports-related accidents can be easily prevented with the use of sports safety equipment like helmets and mouth guards. Whether you have braces or not, it’s common sense to take the time to insert a mouth guard to help cushion a blow, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw.  A mouth guard should be an essential piece of athletic gear, part of your standard equipment.

Dr. Chase says that ARCH Orthodontics will provide a mouth guard for any patient in active treatment who’s involved in team sports. The practice creates custom mouth guards for patients of all ages. He offers a few timely tips:

  • Because your teeth are moving, don’t use mouth guards that custom form to your teeth. Use a properly fitted mouth guard which provides a barrier between the braces,  cheeks and lips.
  • In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances and contact ARCH immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, contact your Orthodontist.
  • Although some mouth guards only cover the upper teeth, your Orthodontist may suggest a mouth guard on the lower teeth if you have braces on them. 
  • If you have a retainer or other removable appliance, don’t wear it during contact sports.

Sports Mouthguard fitting“A mouth guard should fit well, should be tough enough to withstand tears, should be comfortable and allow the wearer to breathe normally,” says Dr. Chase.  “We want you to have fun and play hard — without harming your gorgeous smile,” he smiles.

ARCH, Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts, offers free initial consultation and interest-free financing. ARCH has 9 offices between Boston and Cape Cod. For more info contact:  smilemaker@archorthodontics.com  /  781-209-6776.  Visit  www.archorthodontics.com             

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


Survey Says 36% of Americans Unhappy with Their Smile

A Great Smile Can Lead to Love, Social and Professional Success 

Local Orthodontists Who Have Improved 25,000 Smiles Say “Now is the best time to start”

 BOSTON, MASS. (Issued SPRING 2017)  — Your smile is usually the first thing people notice when they meet you. A great smile can have advantages in social circles and professional settings.

spring smileBut some 36% of American adults are unhappy with their smile, according to a survey by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) of which Dr. Andrew Chase of ARCH Orthodontics is a long-time member: “A nicer smile helps in all relationships. We have a solution for every Orthodontic problem. Our free initial consultation and no-interest financing make a new smile even more accessible.” Since 1974, ARCH has helped to improve the smiles of over 25,000 people from age 4 to 84.

Results of this survey inspire some people to consider finally taking care of teeth straightening, crowding, spacing or ‘bite’ issues that have made them uncomfortable or self-conscious. Better alignment improves oral hygiene and prevents gum disease.

Among other findings of the AAO and related surveys:

  • 73% of respondents said they’re more likely to trust someone with a nice smile.
  • 77% of women think crooked teeth are worse than a receding hairline in a potential love interest.
  • 58% think people with nice smiles are more successful.
  • People with straight teeth are 57% more likely to get a date.
  • 48% of Americans 18-24 have untagged their photo on Facebook: They didn’t like their smile.
  • 36% believe they’d have a better social life if they had better teeth.

In surveys, many of those who are unhappy with their teeth felt that they might be missing out on a better job. Often people who smile were described as more conscientious, confident and stable than those in a non-smiling photo.

“Treatment today is unobtrusive, almost invisible,” says Dr. Chase. “Professional Orthodontics has come a long way with innovative options and materials such as clear aligners, lingual braces and ceramic braces,” says Dr. Chase. “Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. The best time to start is now.”

ARCH Orthodontics, the Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts, has several local convenient offices south of Boston and on Cape Cod. To schedule a free consultation:  781-209-6776  / smilemaker@archorthodontics.com /   www.archorthodontics.com.  No-interest financing is available.

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


Often It’s Easier for Teens When Braces Are ‘Invisible’

Spring: The Ideal Time to Start A Straighter Smile

Invisalign(Issued SPRING 2017)  — Know a teen with an overbite, under bite, cross bite, gaps, or misaligned or crowded teeth? He or she may be a candidate for braces – and Spring is an ideal time to start treatment. Goodbye winter!

“Besides the wonderful change from cold and dreary to blooming flowers and warmer weather, Spring is the perfect time to start treatment for straighter, healthier, more beautiful smiles,” says Dr. Andrew Chase of ARCH Orthodontics.  “Also, Mother’s Day is coming. If you’re a mom, the prospect of an improved smile will make you smile, and for anyone who really wants to make a mom smile, this is the ticket!”

The teen years can be tough. It’s often a pivotal time when children may go from sweet and lovable to moody and difficult. Everything embarrasses them, no one understands them, and parents want to find the balance between giving them more independence while still protecting them.

Dr. Chase has treated thousands of teens since he joined the practice in 1989. Over the years, Invisalign aligners have become almost as common as conventional ceramic or metal braces for adults, but now ARCH offer an aligners series for teens. Known as Invisalign Teen, this option is as effective as traditional braces in many case types. He says, “Having straight teeth can improve a teen’s self-confidence and quality of life. Patients always wear retainers to maintain the new alignment, at first full time, then night time only.”

Dr. Chase describes the Invisalign process: Impressions are used to create digital 3-D images of your teeth which the Orthodontist uses to map out a custom treatment plan of how the teeth will move and how often new aligners will be used – weekly, or bi-weekly depending on your specific needs. Patients wear aligners 22 hours per day, taking them out only to eat, brush and floss. Dr. Chase tells teens, “They’re nearly invisible so people won’t notice you’re wearing them. After about a year, the new smile will be complete.” Sometimes a patient needs to continue wearing retainers to keep teeth in their new position.

The cost of Invisalign treatment is similar to traditional braces, and many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign as they would other Orthodontic treatments. ARCH offers flexible and affordable monthly payment plans.  Some families can apply their Flexible Spending Account toward Invisalign treatment. ARCH Orthodontics is a Certified Invisalign Elite Preferred Provider.

ARCH, Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts, has seven offices south of Boston and two on Cape Cod.  The practice offers free initial consultation and interest-free financing. For more info contact:  smilemaker@archorthodontics.com  / 781-209-6776.  Visit  www.archorthodontics.com.   

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


Often It’s Easier for Teens When Braces Are ‘Invisible’

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Invisalign(Issued Winter 2017)  — Know a teen with an overbite, underbite, crossbite, gaps, or misaligned or crowded teeth? He or she may be a candidate for braces. Since February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, it’s an ideal time to think about kids and braces.

The teen years can be tough. It’s often a pivotal time when children go from being sweet and lovable to moody and difficult. Everything embarrasses them, no one understands them, and parents want to find the balance between giving them more independence while still protecting them.

Dr. Andrew Chase of ARCH Orthodontics has treated thousands of teens since he joined the practice in 1989. Over the years, Invisalign aligners have become almost as common as conventional ceramic or metal braces for adults, but now they offer an aligners series designed for teens. Known as Invisalign Teen, this option has been shown to be just as effective as braces in many case types. He says, “Having straight teeth can improve a teen’s self-confidence and ultimately their quality of life. Patients always wear retainers to maintain the new alignment, at first full time, then night time only.”

Dr. Chase describes the simple Invisalign process. Your impressions are used to create digital 3-D images of your teeth. Based on those, the Orthodontist maps out a custom treatment plan showing how the teeth will move and how often new aligners will be used – usually every two weeks. Patients wear their aligners 22 hours per day, taking them out only to eat, brush and floss. Dr. Chase tells teens, “They’re nearly invisible so most people won’t notice you’re wearing them. After about a year, the new smile will be complete.” Sometimes a patient needs to continue wearing retainers to keep teeth in their new position.

The cost of Invisalign treatment is similar to traditional braces, and many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign as they would other Orthodontic treatments. ARCH offers flexible and affordable monthly payment plans.  Some families can apply their Flexible Spending Account toward Invisalign treatment. ARCH Orthodontics is a Certified Invisalign Premier Preferred Provider.

ARCH, Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts, has seven offices south of Boston and two on Cape Cod.  The practice offers free initial consultation and interest-free financing. For more info contact:  smilemaker@archorthodontics.com  / 1-800-28-SMILE.  Visit  www.archorthodontics.com. Interest-free financing is available.   –  By Stanley Hurwitz /   508-269-0570  /  stanhurwitz@gmail.com


ARCH Orthodontics Supports Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Foundation

“Helping young women realize their potential”

Miss Mass Check(Issued Winter 2017)  — ARCH Orthodontics is the Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts and a long-time supporter of the Miss Mass. Scholarship Foundation.

Dr. Andrew Chase of ARCH Orthodontics said, “We share common values and a philosophy with the Miss Massachusetts program: We believe life is full of things to smile about and that Orthodontic treatment is an investment in that smile which will reap benefits for a lifetime. We support the Scholarship Foundation because of its dedication to helping young women realize their potential.”  Miss America is the world’s largest provider of scholarships exclusively for women in the world. ARCH was the first Miss Massachusetts Orthodontic sponsor in the organization’s history.  In photo: ARCH’s Dr. Andrew Chase presents donation to Miss Massachusetts 2016 Alissa Musto and MMSFI Executive Director Dolores ‘Buffy’ Rabuffo.

Alissa, who represented the Bay State on the nationally broadcast 2016 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City and was a Top 15 Finalist, has been working to improve the quality of life for kids through music. She founded Changing Keys, a non-profit that connects unused pianos with schools, community centers and students in at-risk communities to ensure that all students have the opportunity to make music part of their lives. A 2015 cum laude graduate of Harvard University, Alissa hopes to become an entertainment attorney lawyer. The musician /piano teacher volunteers with several arts-related projects, plays four instruments, and knows over 500 songs on the piano.

ARCH is offering free consultations for all ages – a $500 value – and no-interest financing. ARCH also offers a courtesy discount to those currently serving in the military, veterans and members of their immediate families. A similar offer is extended to municipal employees in the towns where ARCH has offices and their immediate families. For more info or to schedule a free consultationemail smilemaker@archorthodontics.com / 1-800-28-SMILE.  Visit  www.archorthodontics.com. ARCH has seven offices south of Boston and two on Cape Cod.     –  By Stanley Hurwitz /   508-269-0570 /   stanhurwitz@gmail.com


Not Getting Enough ZZZ’s? You Might Have Sleep Apnea.

Orthodontists’ Orthotic Appliance May Be the Simple Solution for A Better Night’s Sleep

Take This Snore Score™ Sleep Test

(Issued Winter 2017)

Do you wake up tired even though you feel like you slept through the night? Are you cranky for no apparent reason? Do others complain that your snoring keeps them up all night?

can't sleepYou might be one of the estimated 20 million Americans with sleep apnea, a disorder in which a person stops breathing periodically throughout the night due to airway obstructions. Most people with sleep apnea aren’t aware of it.

Dr. Andrew Chase and his team at ARCH Orthodontics (www.archorthodontics.com) perform assessments to determine evaluation candidates. Treatment options and the appropriate choice depends on the severity of one’s apnea. There’s a fee to examine and treat for sleep apnea, generally not covered by insurance.

Although the most common sleep apnea therapy is via CPAP (pronounced see-pap), Dr. Chase says, “Some patients may benefit from a simpler, less expensive, more comfortable treatment: a dental orthotic appliance.” A custom mouth guard holds the jaw in a forward position, decreasing the likelihood of the tongue blocking the airway.

mouthguardA family doctor, cardiologist or pulmonologist can prescribe a sleep study to confirm the diagnosis. Since 25-50% of patients don’t regularly use their CPAP because they can’t tolerate CPAP pressure, to increase compliance and effectiveness, some doctors prescribe combining CPAP with oral appliance therapy. Left untreated, sleep apnea doesn’t only ruin a night’s sleep; it can lead to  workplace or motor vehicle accidents, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, increased risk of diabetes — even death.

Dr. Chase says even if you think you don’t snore, it’s possible you do have sleep issues. Take this Snore Score™ test.

If you answer ‘yes’ to any 2 of 6 questions, have a professional evaluation:   

  • Are you a loud and/or regular snorer?
  • Have you ever been observed to gasp or stop breathing during sleep?
  • Do you feel tired or groggy upon awakening, or do you awaken with a headache?
  • Are you often tired or fatigued during waking hours?
  • Do you fall asleep sitting, reading, watching TV or driving?
  • Do you often have problems with memory or concentration?

ARCH, Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts, has seven offices south of Boston and two on Cape Cod.  For more info contact:  smilemaker@archorthodontics.com  /  1-800-28-SMILE.  Visit  www.archorthodontics.com. Interest-free financing is available.                                                             

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


Community Celebrates Chanukah in Canton

Chai Jewish Center’s Menorah-Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Celebration

hosted by ARCH Orthodontics

chanukah 2016

Canton, Mass. (Issued December 2016) –  Some 50 people of all ages – including guests from as far as Providence – attended the Canton community menorah-lighting to mark the joyous holiday of Chanukah and the entire holiday season.

Event organizers were Rabbi Mendy (at center) and Rivka Horowitz of the Chai Jewish Center of Canton. Providing the space was Dr. Andrew Chase of ARCH Orthodontics (to left of Rabbi, holding daughter) whose office is opposite Canton Town Hall.  This event was part of the Chai Jewish Center’s annual event calendar. Their mission is to reach out and create a warm atmosphere for Jews of all ages to explore and experience their heritage in a welcoming environment.

The program featured the lighting of a 10-foot tall menorah by Dr. Chase, Chanukah blessings, music, and hot latkes (potato pancakes) and donuts (a holiday tradition in Israel).  The 8-day holiday of Chanukah commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem following the surprise victory by the Maccabees over the much larger Seleucid Empire army in the year 166 CE.

Dr. Andrew Chase of ARCH said, “We are pleased to host this holiday display and have always offered the opportunity to have multiple denominations represented during the holiday season for all to enjoy.” Colorful holiday lights from the nearby Town Hall and Library added to the festivities.

For more information about the Chai Jewish Center in Canton:  781-956-2507  / cantonchaicenter@yahoo.com or visit www.jewishcanton.com. ARCH Orthodontics, the ‘Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts’, has 8 offices in addition to the Canton location. For more info: www.archorthodontics.com / 1-800-28-SMILE.

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


A New Idea for A New Year’s Resolution: A New Smile

resolution(Issued Winter 2017) — Have you made any New Year resolutions? Maybe a gym membership, getting more organized, eating better?

Here’s one you may not have considered: Improving your smile! According to Dr. Andrew Chase of ARCH Orthodontics, “A new smile is an investment in your best asset, and with advances in Orthodontics and technology, it’s never been easier to achieve that new smile.” He says Orthodontics isn’t just for kids anymore as some 30% of today’s patients are over age 21.

To ring in 2017, ARCH (www.archorthodontics.com), with 7 offices south of Boston and two on Cape Cod, is making special offers as an incentive to help new patients make and keep their smile-improvement resolutions:

  • A complimentary Orthodontic evaluation (a $500 value) and free x-rays
  • No-interest financing
  • A take-home bleaching kit – a $400 value  –for patients who begin treatment before January 31, 2017
  • Fees are frozen at 2016 levels for patients who begin treatment by that date.

Dr. ChaseDr. Chase says, “A smile is the most attractive thing you can wear. That is a great reason to focus on the look and overall alignment of your teeth. A bright white and well-balanced smile guarantees you will turn heads. Studies show a person who smiles more has greater self- confidence and is regarded as more sincere, attractive, and sociable.”

“Besides looking great, properly positioned teeth can improve how you bite, chew, and speak, and you’re less prone to decay, gum disease, and injury,” says Dr. Chase who’s been practicing since 1998. “Whatever the patient’s age, a perfect smile and great oral hygiene are our goals. Our experienced, a highly-trained and passionate team offers  a warm, fun, inviting environment where each patient receives a smile that will truly make a difference in their lives – not just in the New Year – but also for many years to come.”

Now in its 42nd year, ARCH Orthodontics patients range in age from 4 to 84. The practice is the ‘Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts.’ For more info: www.archorthodontics.com /  1-800-28-SMILE.

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


If You Need Braces, Now Is A Good Time to Start

(Issued Winter 2016-17) – For adults and children, December may be the best month to start treatment if braces are in your future. 

DecemberDr. Andrew Chase of ARCH Orthodontics notes several reasons:

  • Flexible Spending Accounts —  Year-end is a good time to use your Health FSA dollars. Some flex plans allow roll over while others do not, so in a sense any funds put aside this year and unused will be lost. It’s often best to get in and save that money before December 31.
  • Since the initial consultation with the Orthodontist, getting  x-rays and meeting about the treatment plan can take some time, it may be most convenient to have that appointment with an Orthodontist and Treatment Coordinator during winter  break.
  • Sometimes the New Year brings price increases.

Dr. Chase says that age 7 is the ideal time for children to have their initial check-up with an Orthodontist: “For some children an early check-up will lead to significant treatment benefits by starting at the best time. For others, the great benefit is the parents’ peace of mind.”

He adds, “We don’t typically advocate comprehensive Orthodontic treatment at age 7, but in some cases, early interceptive treatment may be appropriate.” Where needed, comprehensive Orthodontic work for girls usually doesn’t begin until ages 10-12 and for boys, ages 11-13.  The Orthodontist will explain the most appropriate treatment plan for you (adults) or your child and share this information with the general/pediatric dentist ensuring awareness and cohesive care.  For young patients, decisions about a treatment plan involve the parents and Orthodontist.

“While some general dentists do recognize early issues and make appropriate referrals to the Orthodontist,” Dr. Chase notes, “many dentists may not focus on growth and development, and as such may delay a referral when treatment should actually be considered and rendered prior to eruption of all permanent teeth. Others prefer to wait for the patient to ask them about whether they would benefit from treatment, making them even less proactive about necessary care. Orthodontists are specialists in facial growth and dento-facial orthopedics. As such, it would be prudent to have an evaluation, even if not suggested by a general and/or pediatric dentist.”

In the past decade, people of all ages are opting for Orthodontic work. Dr. Chase says, “While numbers of people at the extremes are rare, as Specialists, our patents range from 4 to 84.” 30% of ARCH patients are over age 21.

ARCH, the Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts and its Scholarship Foundation, offers free consultations (a $500 value) and no-interest financing. Courtesy discounts are available to members of the military and their families, as well as to veterans. ARCH has offices in Stoughton, Bridgewater, Brockton, Canton, Hyannis, Hyde Park, Orleans, Randolph and Westwood. For more info, call 1-800-28- SMILE, email smilemaker@archorthodontics.com , or visit www.archorthodontics.com.                                                                                                                  – By Stanley Hurwitz /   508-269-0570   / stanhurwitz@gmail.com


STOUGHTON YMCA MEMBERS OFFERED $500 COURTESY DISCOUNT FOR BRACES TREATMENT

AT ARCH ORTHODONTICS IN STOUGHTON

Treatment Plan Must Begin by January 31, 2017

(Issued Fall/Winter 2016) — Healthy teeth and a great smile go well with a healthy body.

Continuing its partnership to meet these goals, for the second year, ARCH Orthodontics presented the Stoughton Branch of the Old Colony YMCA with a New Year supply of lanyards for new Y members, imprinted with the motto ‘Healthy Smiles’ and the Y and ARCH logos.

And to call attention to the ‘Healthy Smiles’ partnership campaign, ARCH is offering a courtesy discount of $500 off the cost of an Orthodontic treatment plan for new patients who are Y members and who start treatment at ARCH’s STOUGHTON office through January 31, 2017.

Dr. Andrew Chase of ARCH said, “This is a natural partnership. Both the Y and our practice are committed to meeting the needs of the towns we serve with a common goal: to build stronger, healthier communities where people of all ages learn, grow and thrive.”

Ellen Greene, Executive Director of the Stoughton Y, said, “We are thrilled to join forces with our long-time friends at ARCH to help local families to be able to afford the best in Orthodontic care, whether for children or adults. This is a win-win for everyone.”

ARCH Orthodontics has a long history of local community and YMCA support including participation in and support of the annual ‘Healthy Kids Day’ and Stoughton Day, plus long-time sponsorship of Stoughton youth sports of all kinds. ARCH’s founder, Dr. Robert Chavez, was a founding member of the Stoughton Youth Commission and, along with his son, Dr. Chase, has been involved in the internationally-acclaimed Operation Smile – World Journey of Hope. In addition, Dr. Chavez was an early contributor to the Y and his name can be found on the donor wall.

The Old Colony Y (http://oldcolonyymca.org/) has 7 locations between Stoughton and Plymouth. ARCH, now in its 43rd year, operates 7 offices between Canton and Bridgewater, plus two offices on Cape Cod.  (For details about ARCH’s Stoughton office new patient / YMCA member discount offer, visit www.archorthodontics.com).  For the past 6 years, ARCH has been the Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts.  By Stanley Hurwitz  (stanhurwitz@gmail.com)

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