The Magic of Orthodontics

Michael Grandinetti is a master of trickery and suspense. His magical performances captivate audiences and have them clutching to their seats. But even with his impressive talent for the art of illusion, one of the first things people notice is his eye-catching smile. Michael believes a gracious grin is essential as a performer; it helps the entertainer make a human connection with viewers.

He also attributes his inviting and properly-aligned smile to numerous years of wearing orthodontic braces as a teen. Orthodontic treatment and good oral hygiene habits have kept the magician’s teeth looking their best. He is very thankful for orthodontics and the early care he received. It literally changed the course of his life.

About Orthodontics & Orthodontic Treatments

The dental sub-specialty of orthodontics is focused on correcting bad bites (malocclusions). Properly aligned teeth function better and are more aesthetically pleasing. Having an attractive smile is a great confidence booster, and it always makes the best first impression. Studies have shown that a healthy-looking smile can bring greater success.

In addition, being able to speak, bite and chew properly can also improve self-esteem and quality of life. Functional benefits of orthodontics also include less strain on jaw joints and muscles resulting in reduced pain and discomfort. Aligned teeth are easier to brush and floss because food debris and plaque is more accessible to clean. Cleaner teeth are less likely to develop decay and periodontal problems.

Advances in Orthodontics

Today, there are more orthodontics solutions than ever in history. All orthodontic treatments are based on the way each tooth is suspended by individual sockets in the jawbone, secured by flexible ligaments that allow them to shift.

Bands are still most commonly used for back teeth, with bonded brackets on the front. Wires are interweaved through the bonded brackets to provide the steady force needed to reposition teeth. Metal brackets have been the choice traditionally, but not nowadays; clear aligners are available for discreet orthodontic treatment. Lingual braces are another less noticeable option.