Friday, March 27, 2009

Behind the Scenes Braces: Lingual Braces Hide Behind Your Teeth -- Vardy Orthodontics

Who says braces are just for kids? Certainly not the estimated 1 million adults in the United States and Canada who have chosen orthodontic treatment as the route to better oral health and emotional well-being.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, there are about 5 million U.S. and Canadian orthodontic patients; of that number, the AAO estimates that one out of five of these patients are over the age of 18.

Which means you probably know an adult who is wearing braces – but you wouldn’t know it from looking! Many adults today choose to undergo treatment via lingual braces, which are attached to the backs of the teeth and, therefore, are less visible than traditional braces. If you are interested in lingual braces, or iBraces, stop by Vardy Orthodontics.

Though lingual braces aren't for everybody – they don't solve all orthodontic problems – they represent one of the treatment options now available to adults considering braces. Dr. Vardy is happy to answer any of your iBraces questions at your upper west side community orthodontist!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Top Ten Ways To Save Face from Vardy Orthodontics

Spring is officially here and with it comes the start of so many sports. To remind you to keep your face in top shape, April is National Facial Protection Month. Dr. Vardy advises everyone to follow these tips from the American Association of Orthodontics:

1. Wear a mouth guard for any contact sport (soccer, yes; chess, probably not). Mouth guards can help prevent jaw, mouth and teeth injuries and are less costly than recovering from the injury.

2. Wear a helmet and it will protect your head by absorbing the energy of an impact. You don't have to lose your head because you take a spill when cycling, snowboarding, rollerblading or horseback riding.

3. Wear protective eyewear so your mom won't have to say, "You'll poke your eye out." More importantly, you'll be able to keep your eye on the tennis ball, baseball, football, etc.

4. Wear a face shield to keep your skin free from scratches and bruises. Hockey pucks, baseballs, and racquetballs can do severe damage.

5. Keep babies and toddlers safe. They crawl and climb, so pad sharp corners of tables, use safety locks on cabinets, install stairwell safety gates, and secure windows. They also teethe, so hide the sharp pencils.

6. Buckle up and use appropriate child safety seats. Passengers who don't buckle up are more likely to have a brain injury in a crash than the buckled driver. Air bags also save lives!

7. Be alert. Alert spectators can avoid foul baseballs and flying hockey pucks. Watch your step when climbing up bleachers.

8. Be aware of family pets. Each year roughly 44,000 people incur facial injuries from dog bites. Children should be supervised when playing with family pets (cats and rabbits too).

9. Use common sense. If an activity carries risk of dental or facial injury, wear the right protective gear. Without it, even a pickup basketball game could result in a trip to the emergency room.

10. Ask the experts. If you have any questions about keeping your teeth and face safe, please give us a call at Vardy Orthodontics. Now Play Ball!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Cool Kids Wear Braces at Vardy Orthodontics

Braces today are “cool” and even “fun.” These are among the findings of a new nationwide survey of mothers whose children are having or have had orthodontic treatment. New technologies in treatment, advanced computer software, color options, and even popular celebrities sporting stylish braces are making orthodontic treatment more comfortable, fashionable and cool for today’s youth.

The study, conducted on behalf of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) for February’s National Children’s Dental Health Month, finds 86 percent of mothers reporting that braces are cooler today than when they were children. Sixty-nine percent also said wearing braces makes their children feel cool, and 81 percent reported their children’s experience with orthodontic treatment as either positive or extremely positive.

Different color options and the ability to change colors, for example, provide exciting ways for young patients to customize appearances. That enthusiasm helps them to feel good about their orthodontic treatment, and may contribute to the success of treatment. Give us a call today at Vardy Orthodontics to bring your child in for a consultation and see how braces can improve not only your child's oral health, but their confidence as well.

Friday, March 6, 2009

From Kissing to Metal Detectors: Braces Myths Unraveled by Dr. Iris Vardy

Dr. Iris Vardy and the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) set the record straight on some of the biggest myths surrounding braces and orthodontic treatment. Currently more than four million children and one million adults in North America wear braces. Below are the answers to some of the most popular – and strange – questions AAO members have received from their patients during the past year:

If two people with braces kiss, can their braces become locked together?

With today’s smaller sleeker braces it is extremely difficult – almost impossible – to lock braces while kissing. Also, braces are not magnetic, which means any “attraction” felt is on the part of the wearers, so pucker up!
Teen with braces

Will my braces set off the metal detectors in the airport?

You are cleared for takeoff – the lightweight materials used in braces will not affect metal detectors.

Can braces rust?

No. Today’s braces are made of new stronger materials, like titanium alloy, and will not rust.

Will my braces interfere with radio signals or electronic devices?

No. Radio-loving gadget fanatics can rest easy.

Can I play a musical instrument?

Yes – that is if you could play a musical instrument before you got braces.

Will braces increase my chance of being struck by lightening?

No. With or without braces the chances of a lightening strike remain the same which, in the U.S. in any one year, according to, is one in 700,000.

Now that I have braces, can I still play sports?

Yes, but be sure to wear a mouth guard. Mouth guards are one of the least expensive pieces of protective equipment available. Not only can mouth guards save teeth, they may also protect against jaw fractures. Mouth guards are advisable for anyone, whether they wear braces or not.

Will my braces attract unwarranted attention from fish?

Scuba aficionados take heart: there is no need to cancel your next dive. The small brackets used in today’s braces, especially ceramic or tooth-colored brackets, will not attract attention from unsavory fish or sea life.

Once braces are removed, my teeth will remain straight forever, right?

Wrong. Teeth move throughout one’s lifetime, therefore it is important to hold on to retainers and wear them as prescribed by your orthodontist to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.

More questions? Vardy Orthodontics can help. Give us a call, or come in for a consultation for all your orthodontic needs.