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WhyemBigBangTheoryemActressMayimBialikCouldntHaveBraces

Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.

“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.

Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.

Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.

Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.

Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.

So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!

For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”

By Franklin Dental
March 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Invisalign Clear BracesInvisalign treatment could be right for you if you would like to discreetly straighten teeth or close gaps between them. Invisalign straightens teeth and closes gaps in a manner similar to braces, but without the hard brackets and wires. With Invisalign, the teeth are straightened using comfortable, clear aligner trays that are extremely discreet and barely noticeable to others. Additionally, the trays can be removed, as needed. at Franklin Dental, Dr. John Olsen is your dentist for Invisalign in Franklin, WI.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign is an alternative to braces for straightening teeth and closing gaps between them. Like braces, Invisalign exerts pressure on the teeth to help them gradually move into the desired position over time. While braces utilize brackets and wires to move the teeth, Invisalign uses aligner trays. The trays fit comfortably over the teeth and can be removed when eating, brushing, or flossing.

The aligner trays used with Invisalign are custom made for each individual patient. An impression or mold is taken of the teeth that is then used to create custom trays. Separate trays are made for the top and bottom rows of teeth. Each set of custom trays is only worn for a few weeks and is then replaced with the next set. Each new set of trays moves the teeth closer to their final position.

Invisalign is best for straightening crooked teeth and closing small gaps between teeth. It is not intended for correcting bite alignment problems, such as an underbite or overbite. Braces are best for patients who need to correct the alignment of their bite. In Franklin, Invisalign is offered at Franklin Dental.

Advantages of Invisalign

There are several advantages to straightening your teeth with Invisalign. The aligner trays are made from a flexible plastic material that is soft and comfortable to wear. There are no hard components to irritate the mouth. Another advantage of Invisalign is that the trays can be removed when eating to prevent food from getting trapped in them. The trays can also be taken out to brush and floss. Finally, Invisalign is a discreet method for straightening your smile since the trays are clear and not readily noticeable to others.

Invisalign is the discreet and comfortable way to straighten your smile. A dentist can help you decide if Invisalign treatment is right for you. For Invisalign in Franklin, schedule an appointment with Dr. Olsen by calling Franklin Dental at (414) 425-7050.

YourAgeDoesntHavetoKeepYoufromaStraighterSmile

Bite problems are quite common—as many as 75% of adults may have some form of orthodontic issue. Unfortunately, there's also something else just as common: that many people believe they're too old to correct it.

This belief is a myth—while there are factors that could prevent orthodontic treatment, age isn't necessarily one of them. If your teeth, gums and bone are sound and you're in reasonably good general health, you most likely can have a bite problem corrected even beyond middle age.

Why worry about it, though, if you've lived this long with misaligned teeth? For one thing, straightening teeth with braces or clear aligners can boost your dental health. Teeth that are in normal alignment are easier to keep clean of disease-causing bacterial plaque. You'll also find it easier to chew than if your bite is out of line.

A more attractive, straighter smile can also impact your social and professional life. Having a smile you're not embarrassed to show can boost your self-confidence and image. Research on people who've undergone orthodontic treatment in adulthood have found improvements in social connection and even expanded career opportunities.

Orthodontic treatment can make a difference with your health and life, no matter your age. But while the number of years you've lived won't necessarily make a difference, what those years have brought could rule it out.

If, for example, you've lost significant bone structure due to diseases like periodontal (gum) disease, your teeth may not be able to sustain the new position created by braces or aligners without a form of permanent fixation. If you have systemic conditions like severe cardiovascular disease, bleeding problems, leukemia or uncontrolled diabetes, orthodontic treatment could worsen those conditions. And certain prescription drugs may pose similar problems as well.

That's why you'll need to undergo a thorough dental exam, as well as provide a complete medical history to your orthodontist. If nothing prevents you from treatment, though, you may be able to regain a new smile, better health and a new confidence in life.

If you would like more information on adult orthodontics, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”

By Franklin Dental
August 27, 2018
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Invisalign   braces   Clear Braces  

Clear BracesAre you considering orthodontic treatment but aren't sure if clear braces or Invisalign is the best option? Although both systems are designed to be unobtrusive, they do have a few important differences. Franklin, WI, dentist Dr. John Olsen of Franklin Dental offers clear braces and Invisalign to patients with crooked teeth or bite problems.

What are clear braces and Invisalign?

Clear braces (also called ceramic braces) use the same wire and bracket method as metal braces. Brackets are clear or tooth-colored too make them less noticeable. Metal or white wires can be threated through the brackets. Clear or white rubber bands are also used.

Invisalign completely eliminates wires and brackets. The system uses clear, removable aligner trays placed over the upper and lower teeth instead.

What are the differences between the two treatments?

Before you choose an orthodontic treatment, you may want to consider:

  • Appearance: Although clear braces are much less noticeable than metal braces, people will be able to see them. Invisalign aligners are transparent and molded to fit your teeth snugly, making them almost invisible.
  • Adjustments: Both methods exert constant pressure needed to realign your teeth. Pressure is changed by periodically adjusting the wires in your Franklin dentist's office if you wear clear braces. If you choose Invisalign, you'll receive a series of aligner trays. Each set in the series is designed to gradually change the alignment of your teeth, eliminating the need for adjustments. Sets are worn for about two weeks before they're replaced with the next set in the series.
  • Convenience: Clear braces are attached to your teeth with dental cement and must remain on your teeth during your entire treatment period. You'll need to avoid eating hard or sticky foods and must carefully clean around the wires and brackets when you brush and floss. Invisalign aligners are removed when you eat, brush and floss and don't require any changes to your usual routine and diet. They can also be removed for a few hours if you're playing sports or attending a special event.
  • Effectiveness: Both clear braces and Invisalign are a good choice if you have mild to moderate bite issues. Although Invisalign is a good choice for many people, it won't be recommended if your issues are severe. Clear braces can treat certain complicated problems, although very complex issues may require metal braces.

Are you ready to improve your smile with clear braces or Invisalign? Call Franklin, WI, dentist Dr. John Olsen of Franklin Dental at (414) 425-7050 to schedule your appointment.

By Franklin Dental
May 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
EdenSherandtheLostRetainer

Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials and tribulations: The episode ends with Sue’s whole family diving into a dumpster in search of the teen’s lost retainer. Sue finds it in the garbage and immediately pops it in her mouth. But wait — it doesn’t fit, it’s not even hers!

If you think this scenario is far-fetched, guess again. OK, maybe the part about Sue not washing the retainer upon reclaiming it was just a gag (literally and figuratively), but lost retainers are all too common. Unfortunately, they’re also expensive to replace — so they need to be handled with care. What’s the best way to do that? Retainers should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (dish soap works well), and then placed immediately back in your mouth or into the case that came with the retainer. When you are eating a meal at a restaurant, do not wrap your retainer in a napkin and leave it on the table — this is a great way to lose it! Instead, take the case with you, and keep the retainer in it while you’re eating. When you get home, brush your teeth and then put the retainer back in your mouth.

If you do lose your retainer though, let us know right away. Retention is the last step of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s extremely important. You’ve worked hard to get a beautiful smile, and no one wants to see that effort wasted. Yet if you neglect to wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth are likely to shift out of position. Why does this happen?

As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force. That’s what orthodontic appliances do: apply the right amount of force in a carefully controlled manner. But there are other forces at work on your teeth that can move them in less predictable ways. For example, normal biting and chewing can, over time, cause your teeth to shift position. To get teeth to stay where they’ve been moved orthodontically, new bone needs to form around them and anchor them where they are. That will happen over time, but only if they are held in place with a retainer. That’s why it is so important to wear yours as directed — and notify us immediately if it gets lost.

And if ever you do have to dig your retainer out of a dumpster… be sure to wash it before putting in in your mouth!

If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Why Orthodontic Retainers?



Dr. John Olsen

Dr. John Olsen

For over 24 years, Dr. John has been successfully restoring the smiles and improving the lives of people in the Milwaukee area with his expert knowledge and attention to detail.

Dr. John strives for excellence and holds a number of impressive titles including:

  • Diplomat in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI)

  • Mastership in Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) & Regional Director

  • Induction into the International College of Dentists

  • Certified with American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE)

     

He frequently is invited to speak and teach workshops around the country to help spread his expert knowledge in the dental fields. Additionally, he regularly attends trainings and workshops to continue his own education.

 

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