December 9/10, 2000
Straightening Your Teeth
Brace yourself! There's a new twist in straightening
your teeth and the reason this method is catching on,
is pretty "clear." We have the scoop in today's RXtra.
The quest to be the best... our bodies, our hair, our
relationships, and even our teeth. If you've been held
back by heavy metal...the future is clear.
Nicole Sassamans is young and hip. She's the typical
baby boomer who wants it all, including straight teeth.
But it's visions like the one from the movie Little
Shop of Horrors that bring back the nightmare of
wearing braces for many.
Nicole says she didn't want to look like a teenager.
She had braces when she was younger but says, "Then
your teeth move as you get older so I wanted to get
them straightened again."
Nicole's just starting out with Los Angeles orthodontist
Kathleen Nuckles. Jonathan Reff is just finishing...
16 months of the clear plastic.
Jonathan says he is thrilled, "My teeth look so much better
than they did before and it was a nice process."
So how do they work? Computers actually help design a
series of tight-fitting removable retainers based on an
impression of your teeth. But this isn't for everyone.
Children whose jaws and teeth are still moving too much
and adults with severely misaligned teeth are both out.
Dr Nuckles say, "The ideal patient is someone with good
bite who has some front teeth that are out of alignment…
minor tweaking or they have some spaces between their
teeth they want closed."
There are some 100 million adults with minor irregularities
who wouldn't want the wire but might be tempted to go
clear. A huge upside to companies developing these products.
You need to know they are more expensive than conventional
braces… but who can put a price on looking good?
Here's some free advice…
will cost between five and eight thousand dollars.