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By One Dental Care - Kunio Chan, DMD, MAGD
February 07, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
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 One Dental Care - Kunio Chan, DMD, MAGD
August 27, 2018
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: braces   invisalign  

Invisalign BracesHave you been thinking about straightening your teeth, but aren't quite sure about wearing metal braces? Invisalign could be exactly what you've been looking for! At One Dental Care in Billerica, Massachusetts, Dr. Kunio Chan helps many patients achieve the smile they've always wanted with the Invisalign orthodontic system. It's a unique, low-maintenance and discrete way to change your smile for the better, and Dr. Chan is here to discuss it further.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a unique way for adults to straighten their teeth without committing to the change in their appearance and lifestyle that comes with traditional braces. Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign has a series of lightweight plastic aligners that gradually shift your teeth into the proper position. Each aligner is designed to be worn for a short time, then switched out for another in the series your Billerica dentist will prescribe for you. These aligners are practically invisible when worn and can easily be removed for cleaning, eating, and drinking. With Invisalign, there's no need to limit your diet or purchase specialized cleaning tools; you are free to eat the foods you enjoy and maintain your regular dental hygiene routine.

Can Invisalign help me?

Most of our patients at One Dental Care in Billerica who are interested in Invisalign are ready to get started with the system after a consultation with Dr. Chan. However, traditional braces may work better for younger patients, as the aligners can easily be misplaced or removed more often than the recommended 2 to 3 hours or less each day. Additionally, if you have severe crowding, gum disease, or other dental problems, you may need to have those issues resolved before using Invisalign.

Does Invisalign sound like something that would enhance your smile? Contact One Dental Care in Billerica, MA to set up a consultation with Dr. Kunio Chan today!

By One Dental Care - Kunio Chan, DMD, MAGD
February 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
GetAheadofBiteProblemswithInterceptiveOrthodontics

At any given time some 4 million teens and pre-teens are wearing braces or other orthodontic appliances to correct a malocclusion (poor bite). While most cases are straightforward, some have difficulties that increase treatment time and cost.

But what if you could reduce some of these difficulties before they fully develop? We often can through interceptive orthodontics.

This growing concept involves early orthodontic treatment around 6 to 10 years of age with the goal of guiding the development of a child’s jaws and other mouth structures in the right direction. These early years are often the only time of life when many of these treatments will work.

For example, widening the roof of the mouth (the palate) in an abnormally narrow upper jaw takes advantage of a gap in the bone in the center of the palate that doesn’t fuse until later in adolescence. A device called a palatal expander exerts outward pressure on the back teeth to influence the jawbone to grow out. New bone fills in the gap to permanently expand the jaw.

In cases with a developing overbite (the upper front teeth extending too far over the lower teeth when closed), we can install a hinged device called a Herbst appliance to the jaws in the back of the mouth. The hinge mechanism coaxes the lower jaw to develop further forward, which may help avoid more extensive and expensive jaw surgery later.

Interceptive treatments can also be fairly simple in design like a space retainer, but still have a tremendous impact on bite development. A space maintainer is often used when a primary (“baby”) tooth is lost prematurely, which allows other teeth to drift into the empty space and crowd out the incoming permanent tooth. The wire loop device is placed within the open space to prevent drift and preserve the space for the permanent tooth.

To take advantage of these treatments, it’s best to have your child’s bite evaluated early. Professional organizations like the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommend a screening by age 7. While it may reveal no abnormalities at all, it could also provide the first signs of an emerging problem. With interceptive orthodontics we may be able to correct them now or make them less of a problem for the future.

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

By One Dental Care - Kunio Chan, DMD, MAGD
December 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics   invisalign  

Have you always wanted a straight, healthy smile, but just never received orthodontic correction? Are you at a point where you have no invisalignconfidence when you smile in public? Consider a consultation with your dentist in Billerica, MA, Dr, Kunio Chan, at One Dental Care. He offers innovative Invisalign clear aligners, an outstanding way for older teens and adults to get well-aligned smiles discreetly, efficiently, and comfortably. Read on to learn all the details.

What's Invisalign?

Invisalign has straightened smiles all over the world for the past 20 years. Instead of metal or ceramic brackets and wires, patients wear customized, clear aligners that are smooth, comfortable, and virtually unnoticeable. Older teens and adults may qualify for Invisalign if they have mild to moderate smile problems such as:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Open bite
  • Cross bite
  • Orthodontic relapse (teeth drifted after braces were removed)
  • Tooth tipping
  • Tooth rotationOvercrowding

Through oral examination and digital X-rays, your Billerica dentist will tell you if Invisalign is your best option. If it is, you'll wear 18 to 30 pairs of aligners over nine to 15 months, a shorter treatment time than traditional orthodontics. Additionally, you'll enjoy aligners that are:

  • Removable for special occasions, meals and oral hygiene
  • Easily cleaned with non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft brush
  • Comfortable
  • Computer-designed to achieve effective and attractive smile alignment perfect for your unique needs
  • So discreet few (if any) people will notice them

Who can get Invisalign?

Many people, except the most complex of orthodontic cases, may qualify. Even teens, who sometimes have difficulty complying with orthodontic oral hygiene routines and dietary restrictions, do well with Invisalign. In fact, Invisalign Teen aligners are fitted with compliance tabs which change color to indicate if the appliances are worn properly. (20 to 22 hours a day is the minimum.)

In addition, people with busy school and work schedules love the simplicity of Invisalign treatment. They see Dr. Chan every four to six weeks so he can check their progress and deliver the next aligner pairs in the care plan. There are no painful or lengthy adjustments to endure, and oral tissues and gums suffer no sore spots as are common with traditional braces.

Are you interested?

If it sounds as though Invisalign could help you, contact One Dental Care for a consultation with Dr. Kunio Chan in Billerica, MA. He has extensive training and the expertise to know if Invisalign is best for your smile. Call the office today at (978) 667-0691.

By One Dental Care - Kunio Chan, DMD, MAGD
December 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics   invisalign  

There are so many wonderful advantages to getting Invisalign treatment in Billerica.

Do you think you are too old for braces? Does the idea of wearing braces during your college or working years not sound appealing? invisalignOur Billerica, MA dentist, Dr. Kunio Chan, understands that as people get older it’s less and less likely that they will turn to traditional metal braces to finally achieve that straighter smile. Fortunately, we make it possible to still get the smile you want without other people seeing your braces.

No, this is not a dream. Invisalign is an orthodontic system that makes it possible to fix common dental issues without other people noticing. This series of clear aligners are custom made to fit your upper and/or lower teeth to shift them into the proper position over time. The most obvious benefit to choosing this type of treatment is that you can finally get a straighter smile without people noticing your clear, custom-fitted aligners.

Other benefits to getting Invisalign include:

They are removable: While our Billerica general dentist will tell you that the more often you wear your aligners the better, there are some instances where you can take them off. For instance, you can take them off right before you sit down to eat and also remove them prior to brushing and flossing. And if you have a big event coming up and you really don’t want to wear your aligners you can take them out. Just remember to put them back in as soon as possible.

It’s easy to clean your teeth: Even if we haven’t experienced it ourselves we can all imagine the challenges of trying to brush and floss around metal braces. It can be quite the exhausting chore. Fortunately, Invisalign makes it simple to clean your teeth. Just remove your aligners and you’re ready to go.

Just remember that you will also want to clean your aligners throughout the day. Rinse them out whenever you remove them and then put them in a retainer case to protect them. When you want to brush your aligners use a gentle, soft-bristled toothbrush with antibacterial soup. Don’t brush too hard or you could scratch your aligners.

Enjoy your favorite foods: With traditional braces you have to nix quite a few foods from your diet so you don’t damage your braces. This can be terribly disappointing, but just remove your Invisalign and enjoy anything your stomach is craving without worrying about your braces.

They fit into your lifestyle: As you may already be able to glean from the other benefits above, Invisalign can clearly fit into anyone’s lives without affecting much. Plus, you’ll only need to come in about every 4-6 weeks to see us for routine checkups throughout your treatment.

If you want to get Invisalign One Dental Care in Billerica, MA can make this dream a reality. We would be happy to schedule your consultation to make sure that Invisalign is indeed the right way to straighten your smile. Call us today!