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October 25, 2002 - Image 57

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-10-25

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Ask The Orthodontist

Braced for a Century

More than one hundred years ago, in St. Louis in 1900, Dr. Angle and
a dozen colleagues came together to establish dentistry's first
specialty. The formation of this group marks the genesis of the
American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and the specialty
known as orthodontics. Belonging to the AAO is one of the questions
that the public should ask when selecting an orthodontist.

It used to take guts to straighten teeth — literally. Archaeologists have
discovered mummified ancients with crude metal bands wrapped
around individual teeth. To close gaps, it has been surmised that
catgut did the work now done by today's space-age orthodontic wire.

Net DS H ersh

Licensed Specialist



abbi Harold and Susan
Loss of Bloomfield Hills
are pleased to announce
the engagement of their
daughter Shayna Beth to Joshua Saul
Levine, son of Dr. Berna and Mr.
Noah Levine of Atlanta, Ga.
Shayna earned her bachelor of sci-
ence degree in computer engineering
from the University of Michigan and
is an associate systems engineer at the
Home Depot in Atlanta.
Josh earned his bachelor of arts
degree in psychology at the University
of Texas. He is an associate consultant
at the management-consulting firm
Towers, Perrin and is working toward
his master's degree in business admin-
istration at Emory University in
Atlanta. The couple met a _ t Tel Aviv
A July wedding is planned at
Temple Israel.

Recent advances make the treatment of decades ago seem primitive.
In the 1960's the process of putting braces on could take many hours. Bands were fitted
around each tooth, which required forcing the teeth apart to accommodate the hardware.
Nowadays, treatment is more comfortable.

Typically, we affix brackets directly to the front of the tooth, and insert the tooth-moving
wires through them. In the early 1900's, orthodontists used gold to make bands and wires.
It was malleable, easy to shape, but because of its softness require adjustments more
frequently. NASA developed one of the 20th century's most dramatic orthodontic
breakthroughs, heat-activated nickel-titanium wires. At room temperature, heat-activated
nickel-titanium wires are very flexible. They're light and as they warm to body temperature
they become active and gradually move the teeth in the anticipated direction. Because of
their high-tech properties, these wires retain their tooth-moving abilities longer than their

Orthodontists are uniquely qualified specialists who correct improperly aligned teeth and
jaws. The American Dental Association requires orthodontists to have at least two
academic years of advanced specialty-training in orthodontics in an accredited program,
after graduation from dental school. For more information please feel comfortable and call
my office at 248-360-7700.

Nelson (Nick) Hersh


Licensed Specialist




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11111 r. and Mrs. Morton
Eskin of West
Bloomfield are delight-
ed to announce the
engagement of their daughter Debbie
Elyse to Darryl Barron Kaplan, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Richard.Van Strien and
Allan Kaplan, also of West
Debbie received a bachelor's degree
from Michigan State University. She
earned a master of science degree in
physician assistant studies from
Wayne State University and practices
in dermatology.
Darryl is the president of Cuzzens
Credit Bureau and Cuzzens
Investment Group in Southfield.
A November wedding is planned.

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The party was absolutely amazing, and everyone, including the adults
had a great time. We gave you some Russian music, and you even
improvised to that! Our party turned out great, and we owe a great
deal of thanks to you!

The Pilnits Family

Fe Oman
"It's just not a party if ijoeV not invited"



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