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2017: Year of a New Smile

“New year . . . new you!”This mantra seems to be everywhere at the start of each new year. Joining a gym, spending more time with family, changing jobs or setting financial goals always seem to make this list. But this year, think about adding something that will make a lifelong impact — a new smile.“More than ever before, orthodontic treatment for adults is convenient and life-changing due to advancements in technology, techniques and products,” says Dr. David Cortopassi, Partner with Associated Orthodontists. “And, aside from straight teeth, there are a number of health and other physical benefits that come along with the perfect smile.”Orthodontic Treatment OptionsUnlike the “traditional” braces many remember from their teenage years, products like the Damon System allow for simpler and faster treatment. This system has eliminated time-consuming and complicated procedures, delivering a beautiful smile months and months sooner. Plus, its design requires less adjustments so appointments can be spaced out, and the appliances are discreet, comfortable and easy to keep clean, making it the perfect option for busy adults.Invisalign has become a popular choice for adults wanting a beautiful smile without the use of metal braces. This cutting-edge product straightens teeth by using a series of custom-made, invisible liners that gradually and gently shift teeth into place. The best part of this system is that it is virtually invisible to other people, and because the trays are removable, oral care is easier and there are no restrictions on diet.Health BenefitsStudies continually show a strong link between oral health and disease. While tooth decay continues to be the second most common, others like cardiovascular disease, dementia, respiratory infections, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis all have links to poor oral care. When teeth are not properly aligned, there are more areas where food and bacteria can collect — leading to increased plaque and bacteria linked to many of these illnesses.Additionally, unaligned teeth can place undue stress on the jaw, which can lead to problems with the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ), as well as weakened teeth and an increased risk for chipped or broken teeth.The power of a great smile can also have other physical, mental, emotional and social benefits:• A fuller, wider smile• Better facial balance• Improved profiles and a more youthful appearance• Increased self-confidence• Positive social and professional impact• Easier oral care• Increased chance of keeping your adult teeth• Long-term cost savings on overall dental health• 8 out of 10 adults with braces felt their lives were positively affected*Start your new smile, TODAY! Contact Associated Orthodontists to discuss your oral health, orthodontic options and to schedule your complimentary consultation. AO is a participating provider with most major insurance carriers, plus offers flexible and interest-free payment programs.*Source: American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

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