Master of Illusion, Michael Grandinetti, captivates and bewilders audiences with his amazing magic skills. But the first thing people notice when he steps on stage is his dazzling grin. Michael knows that an audience will first observe, and hopefully embrace, a performer’s smile; it is what connects an entertainer to fans on a personal level.
The famous illusionist attributes his enchanting smile to years of wearing orthodontic braces as an adolescent to correct teeth misalignment and good oral hygiene habits. The early orthodontic treatment proved to be life-changing for the budding magician at the time.
The dental field of orthodontics focuses on correcting malocclusions or bite issues. The aesthetic and functional improvements achieved through orthodontic treatment are truly magical. When teeth are positioned properly, the result is a more visually pleasing smile, which can boost self-esteem and helps make a great first impression. Research has determined that a crowd-pleasing smile is linked to better professional achievements.
The benefits go far beyond making you look better; orthodontic treatment will also improve mouth function. Wearing orthodontic braces can fix problems with speech, biting and chewing, and alleviate strain on jaw joints and muscles. In addition, properly aligned teeth are easier to brush and floss. Food particles and plaque are less likely to get trapped in hard to reach areas and cause tooth decay.
In 2017, there are more orthodontic treatment options than ever before. However, each solution for correcting a faulty bite capitalizes on the point that all teeth are suspended from individual sockets in the jawbone. Elastic ligaments enable each tooth to move. Orthodontic braces or modern aligner trays use controlled, gentle force to shift teeth into the desired position.
Standard orthodontic treatment is still using a band for back teeth and bracket for the front. Thin bracket-supported wires provide the necessary force to reposition teeth. At one time, all brackets were metal, but today, there is the option of more aesthetically-pleasing clear orthodontic braces. Another less visible orthodontics solution is lingual braces that are bonded to rear teeth, instead of the front teeth. The most discreet orthodontic treatment is with removable custom-made clear aligners.