Orthodontics Can Have Life-Altering Benefits

“Creating and customizing smiles. Helping to create dreams.”

It’s National Orthodontic Health Month, designed to celebrate and recognize the importance of beautiful, healthy smiles — and to spotlight the skills of highly-trained Orthodontists.

Dr. Andrew Chase says Orthodontics can have many expected life-altering benefits, and some unexpected ones. He and his ARCH Orthodontics team – with eight offices from Boston to Cape Cod – are committed to improving their patients’ lives. Benefits of Orthodontic treatment include a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance, improved self-image, teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime, and even a longer life.

“Our primary goal is to ensure that teeth and jaws are properly positioned. This critical work is dental specialty based in art and science – using braces, clear aligners and high-tech tools — requiring two or three additional years of training beyond general dental studies,” Dr. Chase says. “If teeth aren’t properly aligned, they may be harder to keep clean and can be more susceptible to decay, gingivitis and tooth loss. A poor bite can cause extra stress on chewing muscles that can lead to headaches, TMJ syndrome, and neck, shoulder and back pain.”   

Another advantage to being able to effectively clean your teeth comes in a CDC study showing that long-term exposure to excessive plaque can result in a higher incidence of heart disease and cardiovascular problems. Still another benefit of an attractive smile: A pleasant smile can positively affect your social and/or work life. 

Dr. Chase explains what has kept him so enthusiastic about his work for so long: “I love the positive impact I impart on our patients’ looks and outlooks. When we complete our work, they look better, have a better self-image, and are more likely to create a great future for themselves!” He warns everyone not to fall for aggressively marketed Do-it-Yourself / Direct-to-Consumer braces that, without personal supervision by an Orthodontist, can lead to horrific results.

He says, “I enjoy the satisfaction of knowing we can change the way patients experience life by correcting and perfecting something as evident as their smile, whether they’re 4 or 84. We’re creating and customizing smiles. We help to create patients’ dreams and change their future. We are Dream Enablers!”   

The American Dental Association chose October as National Orthodontic Health Month because Halloween is a good opportunity to remind patients about teeth and braces care, and to address any issues with their teeth, oral health and smile. For Halloween, ARCH recommends such ‘Braces-Friendly Treats’ as milk shakes, ice cream and fruit, and ‘Treats to Avoid’ like caramel and jellybeans. Here is a link to some tasty treats that are healthy and braces safe. 

To ensure patient and staff health, ARCH’s offices meet or exceed state and CDC COVID-19 protocols. The practice offers free initial consultation (a $500 value) and interest-free financing. Courtesy discounts are offered to anyone serving in the military and their families and veterans, and to municipal employees in towns where ARCH has offices.  To learn more, call 781-209-6776, email smilemaker@archorthodontics.com or visit www.archorthodontics.com.

(Photo: Actual ARCH patient)         

–  By Stan Hurwitz /   stanhurwitz@gmail.com