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Ask The Orthodontist

At what age can people have orthodontic treatment?

The biological process involved in moving teeth is the same at
any age. Children and adults can both benefit from orthodon-
tics. Treatment may take a little longer for adults. Because an
adult's facial bones are no longer growing, certain corrections
may not be accomplished with braces alone.

What causes orthodontic problems?




obert and Ellen Dickman
of Bloomfield Hills and
Jeffrey Luftig of Littleton,
Colo., are delighted to
announce the engagement of their
daughter Melissa Beth to Patrick
James Garrett, son of Larry Garrett of
Cortland, N.Y., and the late Sally
Melissa earned a bachelor's degree. at
the University of Wisconsin in
Madison and a juris doctor at Indiana
University in Bloomington. She is
employed as an attorney with Fisher
& Phillips in Atlanta, Ga.
Patrick earned a joint degree in
political science and criminal justice
from the State University of New York
in Albany. He is employed as a com-
puter consultant for Sun Trust Banks
in Atlanta.
An April wedding is planned in
Asheville, N.C.

An orthodontic problem is called a malocclusion, meaning "bad
bite." Some causes of malocclusion are crowded teeth, extra
Nelson Hersh
teeth, missing teeth, or jaws that are out of alignment. Most mal-
occlusions are inherited, although some can be acquired. Licensed Specialist
Acquired malocclusions can be caused by accidents, early or late
loss of baby teeth, or sucking of the thumb or fingers for a prolonged period of time.

How is treatment initiated?

First, pretreatment records are made. These records are important for the ortho-
dontist to use in making an accurate diagnosis. They include medical/dental his-
tory, clinical examination, plaster study models of teeth, photos of your face and
teeth and x-rays of your moutli and head. This information will be used to decide
on the best treatment. A custom treatment plan is outlined for each patient. .

How have braces chaniged from in the past?

Today's braces are generally less noticeable than those of the past. Brackets, the
part of the braces that hold the wires, are bonded to the front of the teeth. These
brackets can be metal, clear, or tooth colored. Modern wires are also less noticeable
than their predecessors. Today's wires are made of "space age" materials that exert
a steady, gentle pressure on the teeth making the tooth-moving process faster and
more comfortable for patients.

For more information you may call our office at 248.360.7700 in West
Bloomfield/Commerce Township.

Nelson (Nick) Hersh

Licensed Specialist


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lo and Louis Bloch of West
Bloomfield and Dr. and
Mrs. Arnold Goldman of
Roslyn, N.Y., announce
the engagement of their children,
Michael Joshua Bloch and Stacey Jean
Goldman of Boca Raton, Fla.
Michael is attending Nova
Southeastern University School of
Optometry in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Stacey earned a bachelor of arts
degree in English and art history at
the University of Rochester in
Rochester, N.Y., and a master's degree
in humanities and social thought from
New York University in New York -
City. She is an account manager at
A July wedding is planned at
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