Posts for: April, 2017
In her decades-long career, renowned actress Kathy Bates has won Golden Globes, Emmys, and many other honors. Bates began acting in her twenties, but didn't achieve national recognition until she won the best actress Oscar for Misery — when she was 42 years old! “I was told early on that because of my physique and my look, I'd probably blossom more in my middle age,” she recently told Dear Doctor magazine. “[That] has certainly been true.” So if there's one lesson we can take from her success, it might be that persistence pays off.
When it comes to her smile, Kathy also recognizes the value of persistence. Now 67, the veteran actress had orthodontic treatment in her 50's to straighten her teeth. Yet she is still conscientious about wearing her retainer. “I wear a retainer every night,” she said. “I got lazy about it once, and then it was very difficult to put the retainer back in. So I was aware that the teeth really do move.”
Indeed they do. In fact, the ability to move teeth is what makes orthodontic treatment work. By applying consistent and gentle forces, the teeth can be shifted into better positions in the smile. That's called the active stage of orthodontic treatment. Once that stage is over, another begins: the retention stage. The purpose of retention is to keep that straightened smile looking as good as it did when the braces came off. And that's where the retainer comes in.
There are several different kinds of retainers, but all have the same purpose: To hold the teeth in their new positions and keep them from shifting back to where they were. We sometimes say teeth have a “memory” — not literally, but in the sense that if left alone, teeth tend to migrate back to their former locations. And if you've worn orthodontic appliances, like braces or aligners, that means right back where you started before treatment.
By holding the teeth in place, retainers help stabilize them in their new positions. They allow new bone and ligaments to re-form and mature around them, and give the gums time to remodel themselves. This process can take months to years to be complete. But you may not need to wear a retainer all the time: Often, removable retainers are worn 24 hours a day at first; later they are worn only at night. We will let you know what's best in your individual situation.
So take a tip from Kathy Bates, star of the hit TV series American Horror Story, and wear your retainer as instructed. That's the best way to keep your straight new smile from changing back to the way it was — and to keep a bad dream from coming true.
If you would like more information about orthodontic retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Why Orthodontic Retainers?” and “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers.” The interview with Kathy Bates appears in the latest issue of Dear Doctor.
“Don’t contaminate your body with toxins either through food, drink, or toxic emotions. Your body is more than a life-support system. It is the vehicle that will carry you on the journey of your evolution. The health of every cell contributes to your state of well being, because every cell is a point of awareness within the field of awareness that is you.” Deepak Chopra
We only get one body. It is this body that not only carries our soul, but also makes our life on this earth possible. Our bodies are quite resilient. Our bodies are there for us even when we don’t treat them particularly well. Your relationship with your body however should be one of love, acceptance, respect, and nurture. Your relationship with yourself, which includes your physical body, will eventually whither and crumble away with perpetual abuse, malnourishment, and excessive toxins of any sort.
Our health is everything. It is easy to take for granted our health while we have it, but only when it is compromised do we realized how important it really is. Save yourself the struggle, if you can, and realize now, while you are healthy how valuable that state of being truly is. It is true that some things are beyond our control, but for the most part we actually have great control over our physical and emotional self. For starters, you have complete control over what you put into your body.
It is far easier to remain in tack than to be in need of repair. Broken bodies come from bad choices. Continually fueling your body with fake food (over processed, preservative soaked, chemical heavy, and can’t even pronounce the ingredients kind of food) is linked to all sorts of health maladies. We wonder why more than half of us are overweight, more than a third of us will be diagnosed with some type of cancer in our lifetime, and great deal of us are fatigued, stressed out, and unhappy on a regular basis. You are what you eat. You are what you decide to do.
Toxins come in all different forms from foods, beverages, alcohol, drugs, people, lifestyle choices, and careers, just to name a few sources. Toxins are a choice. The decision to purge your body and lifestyle of toxins is a personal decision that will have individual results, but the results will be positive. You are capable of extraordinary things. Your life should be nothing short of extraordinary. Get rid of whatever it is that is weighing you down and holding you back. When we take care of our bodies, our bodies will take care of us.
“Shed the burden of judgment. You will feel much lighter. Judgment imposes right and wrong on situations that just are. Everything can be understood and forgiven, but when you judge, you cut off understanding and shut down the process of learning to love. In judging others, you reflect your lack of self-acceptance. Remember that every person you forgive adds to your self-love.” Deepak Chopra
We are often our own worst critics. We place this immense pressure on ourselves to be, look, act, perform, and interact in a certain way. We are influenced by the way others are, look, act, perform, and interact. To be different is to run the risk of being judged by others. Judgment seems to come from all angles. In a world full of judgment, our true happiness relies on us breaking that burdensome weight that we put on ourselves and on others.
What if we made the conscious decision to live a judgment-free existence? Happiness comes from within and the moment we give ourselves permission to be who we are in each individual moment, we in turn give ourselves the opportunity to focus that freed up energy elsewhere. Judgment is a stagnant action; it sits like a weight wherever it is placed. It is something that we should refrain from placing on ourselves and most definitely not place on others. Who are we to judge?
Self-love flourishes from freedom of judgment. Self-acceptance comes from freedom of judgment of others. We are who we are and how we are because that is who we are supposed to be. The same goes for everyone else too. Love is always part, if not all, of the solution. It is easy to see the effects of hatred and judgment; the same goes for the other side of the spectrum.
Change from within starts with the decision to place one foot in front of the other in a different direction. Start with one day. Consciously decide that you are going to live a day entirely judgment-free. And keep walking from there. The inevitable lightness that will you will feel at the end of that day will serve as a gentle motivation to keep walking in that direction.
Let there be love.
It's no exaggeration — dental implants have revolutionized teeth replacement. Life-like and durable, implants are the closest thing in design and function to a natural tooth.
In fact, there's only one thing better than a dental implant — a real tooth. For function and long-term oral health, you can't beat what nature provided you in the first place. So before you finally decide to remove and replace that problem tooth, consider these other options for saving it.
Root canal therapy. Tooth decay can do more than cause cavities — it can work its way into the pulp, the innermost layer of a tooth. If it isn't stopped here, it could continue on to the roots and put the tooth in real danger of loss. A root canal treatment removes the infection from the pulp and root canals and replaces the space with a filling. A life-like crown is then bonded or cemented to the tooth to protect it from further infection.
Aggressive treatment for periodontal (gum) disease. This other dental disease is just as damaging as tooth decay. Caused by bacterial plaque, the gums around a tooth become infected and inflamed. As it moves deeper into the tissues and inflammation progresses, it can affect supporting bone causing it to dissolve. To prevent this potential bone loss, it's important to seek out and remove hidden pockets of plaque. This may require surgery to access the roots for plaque and calculus (tartar) removal, but it's well worth it to preserve the tooth.
Bone grafting. As mentioned before, gum disease can ultimately lead to bone loss. But even when bone loss has occurred (a substantial threat to a tooth's survival) we may be able to reverse it with bone grafting techniques. During this procedure we insert grafting material at the loss site along with substances that stimulate growth. The graft serves as a scaffold for new bone cells to grow upon. Over time the bone volume increases and helps stabilize a weak tooth.
Of course, your best option is to avoid dental disease in the first place with daily brushing and flossing and regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups. That and treating dental disease in its earliest stages will help ensure you'll have the best teeth possible — your own.
If you would like more information on options for treating diseased teeth, 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 “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?”
“The people you react to most strongly, whether with love or hate, are projections of your inner world. What you most hate is what you most deny in yourself. What you most love is what you most wish for in yourself. Use the mirror of relationships to guide your evolution. The goal is total self-knowledge. When you achieve that, what you most want will automatically be there, and what you most dislike will disappear.” Deepak Chopra
Misery loves company. Jealousy loves another jealous ear. Nothing good comes from hate. We project our own insecurities, desires, disappointments, and failures by superficially judging and dismissing others. These deep-rooted reasons why we feel aversions to certain people are standing in the way of our true happiness potential. Why do we worry so much about what other people are doing, what other people have, what other people believe in, and what other people look like?
If we were all the same, the world would be terribly dull. Our diversity shouldn’t cause us to project hate, but rather open-minded and curious inquisition. We can learn something from one another. Our individual efforts and accomplishments are what has created the good side of the world and has the power to shape the volatile and hate-fueled side. When we stop hating ourselves, we will stop projecting hate onto others. Love is everything. Self-love is not only important for the self, but for the world.
Sometimes the hardest person to confront face to face is yourself. However, it is when we truly look within ourselves that we are capable of making vast discoveries about the person that we are, we want to be, and that we are capable of being. The focus should be inward and not outward. The goal of total self-knowledge is accomplishable when we decide to accomplish it. The energy spent wishing or wanting to be someone else, look like someone else, have what someone else has, is only inhibiting your true happiness.
Eliminate hate from within, never project it outwardly onto others, and exchange the negative for the lightness of love. Happiness will follow.