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By Bella Dentistry, LLC
January 19, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.

He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”

Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.

There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.

The Science Behind the Magic

There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.

The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.

How’s that for a disappearing act?!

If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”

By Bella Dentistry, LLC
February 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   invisalign  

Discover the wonderful benefits you’ll enjoy when you get Invisalign in Athens.invisalign

Is there an embarrassing gap between your front teeth? Are your teeth a little crooked or overlapping one another? While a lot of people don’t naturally have perfectly straight smiles, this doesn’t mean that you can’t get one. Our Athens, GA, dentist, Dr. Chanda Bennett, is here to tell you how Invisalign might be the solution to your smile woes.

Are you an older teen or adult who dreams of fixing your smile but hates the idea of having to get braces? We know that braces aren’t ideal when you get older. It can be embarrassing to sport metal braces for classmates or colleagues to see. This is why our general dentist offers Invisalign.

This cool system uses clear, flexible aligners that are custom-made to fit over your teeth to shift them into the ideal position over time. They can often provide faster results for adults and better yet, they are completely transparent so they aren’t visibly noticeable when you smile or talk.

Invisalign aligners are also removable, which means that you can take them out prior to eating or brushing and flossing your teeth. This means that your routine doesn’t have to change at all. Those with traditional braces have to avoid sticky, chewy and hard foods, as they can easily damage brackets and wires; however, Invisalign wearers just have to remove their aligners prior to eating. You can enjoy all of your favorite foods and you don’t have to sacrifice what you love eating just because of your treatment.

Plus, we know how difficult it can be to brush around precarious wires and brackets. It also leaves a lot of people prone to decay, because it can be a challenge to thoroughly clean around traditional braces. Invisalign makes it easy to carry on with your oral care routine just as it is.

Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that you’ll only see results if you are dedicated to wearing your aligners. A good rule of thumb is to wear them whenever you aren’t eating, drinking anything other than water, brushing or flossing. Aim to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours out of the day.

A straight smile could be on the horizon if you choose to get Invisalign treatment in Athens, GA. The next step is to find out if you are the right candidate for this orthodontic system. Schedule a consultation with Bella Dentistry today to take the next steps to a more beautiful smile.

By Bella Dentistry, LLC
June 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   invisalign  

Invisalign clear aligners from Athens, GA dentist, Dr. Chandra Bennett, help older teens and adults achieve their best looking and invisalignhealthiest smiles. Unlike traditional metal and ceramic braces, Invisalign appliances are practically invisible, easy to care for and correct smile alignment without the oral discomforts brackets and wires often cause. Could Invisalign straighten your smile?

What are Invisalign appliances?

Invisalign aligners in Athens are customized orthodontic appliances made from biocompatible, clear acrylic. They fit tightly over top and bottom teeth, exerting physical forces which gradually move crooked teeth into better positions. They come in pairs, numbering 18 to 30 in all, and must be worn 20 to 22 hours a day to complete the treatment plan correctly and on time.

Popular with older teens and adults because of their discreet appearance, the clear appliances treat a variety of mild to moderate orthodontic problems such as:

  • Overbite
  • Under bite
  • Cross bite
  • Open bite
  • Gaps
  • Overcrowding
  • Tooth tipping
  • Overjet
  • Tooth rotation
  • Tooth drifting after previous treatment with braces

While conventional braces are best for the most complex orthodontic cases, Invisalign has successfully treated literally millions of patients all over the world.

Why is Invisalign Popular?

A Harris poll initiated by Invisalign shows that almost 80 percent of adults who have straightened their teeth feel the smile makeover improved their personal lives, particularly in the area of self-confidence. Yet, most of the same people would have cringed at the idea of going to work or getting married with a mouthful of metal or ceramic braces.

So Invisalign in Athens provides a very attractive treatment alternative. The system straightens smiles in just nine to 18 months, or one year on average. Treatment with traditional braces takes two to two and a half years or more to complete, and patients enjoy easier oral hygiene routines and no restrictions on their dietary choices.

Additionally, patients are pleased that they can remove their aligners to eat, brush and floss. They can take them out for special occasions--weddings, job interviews and public presentations, as examples. Day-to-day maintenance of aligners is as easy as a gentle brush and rinse, and monthly progress checks at Bella Dentistry are simple and quick. In short, Invisalign does the job without interfering with a busy life.

How do you qualify for Invisalign?

Dr. Bennett in Athens, GA, will help you decide if Invisalign can help your smile. Please call (706) 546-7722 for a personal consultation at Bella Dentistry. Your dentist will answer all your questions about this innovative orthodontic system.

By Bella Dentistry, LLC
January 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials and tribulations: The episode ends with Sue’s whole family diving into a dumpster in search of the teen’s lost retainer. Sue finds it in the garbage and immediately pops it in her mouth. But wait — it doesn’t fit, it’s not even hers!

If you think this scenario is far-fetched, guess again. OK, maybe the part about Sue not washing the retainer upon reclaiming it was just a gag (literally and figuratively), but lost retainers are all too common. Unfortunately, they’re also expensive to replace — so they need to be handled with care. What’s the best way to do that? Retainers should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (dish soap works well), and then placed immediately back in your mouth or into the case that came with the retainer. When you are eating a meal at a restaurant, do not wrap your retainer in a napkin and leave it on the table — this is a great way to lose it! Instead, take the case with you, and keep the retainer in it while you’re eating. When you get home, brush your teeth and then put the retainer back in your mouth.

If you do lose your retainer though, let us know right away. Retention is the last step of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s extremely important. You’ve worked hard to get a beautiful smile, and no one wants to see that effort wasted. Yet if you neglect to wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth are likely to shift out of position. Why does this happen?

As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force. That’s what orthodontic appliances do: apply the right amount of force in a carefully controlled manner. But there are other forces at work on your teeth that can move them in less predictable ways. For example, normal biting and chewing can, over time, cause your teeth to shift position. To get teeth to stay where they’ve been moved orthodontically, new bone needs to form around them and anchor them where they are. That will happen over time, but only if they are held in place with a retainer. That’s why it is so important to wear yours as directed — and notify us immediately if it gets lost.

And if ever you do have to dig your retainer out of a dumpster… be sure to wash it before putting in in your mouth!

If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Why Orthodontic Retainers?


You’ve had crooked teeth since you could remember. Perhaps you and your parents talked about braces when you were a teenager, but it never happened. Now you’re well into your adult years and you’re comfortable with how you look — so why go through the expense and time now to have them straightened?

There’s a good reason to consider orthodontics at any age — improved health. While we mainly associate teeth straightness with an improved smile, the more serious impact of misaligned teeth is on function — how we bite, chew and speak. As with many other areas of life, good form usually makes for good function. When we have crooked teeth, we may not be able to chew our food properly or speak as well as we could if our teeth were aligned properly.

Misaligned bites (malocclusions) can also have an impact on individual tooth health. Because they don’t interact efficiently with their opposing counterparts during chewing or biting, teeth can become loose or migrate further out of alignment.

While improvement in oral health is the primary reason for considering treatment for a malocclusion, don’t discount the benefit of orthodontics to your appearance. Your smile impacts many aspects of your life, including career and social relationships. A straighter, more attractive smile could also boost your self-confidence: even if you think you’ve grown accustomed to your smile, straightening your teeth could vastly change how you view yourself and how you believe others view you.

And if you’re dreading the look and feel of metal braces, orthodontic treatments have made giant strides in the last few decades. Clear aligners, for example, are much less noticeable than traditional fixed braces (and can be removed for special occasions), but still effective for moving teeth. There’s never been a better time to consider straightening your teeth — and change the course of your health and your life.

If you would like more information on orthodontics for adults, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Why Straighten Teeth.”


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