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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-01-31

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Ask the Orthodontist

Expand Your Knowledge on Expanders

Ask the Orthodontist

Nanci Klein.
Julie attends East Middle School in
Farmington Hills. Her mitzvah project
focused on books; she organized a book
drive to collect and donate books to

Isaac Jeffrey
Megdall, together

with his parents,
Debbie and Stan
Megdall, will cele-
brate his bar mitzvah
during Havdalah ser-
vices Saturday, Feb. 2,
at Temple Israel in
West Bloomfield. He
is the brother of Hannah and Mollie.
His proud grandparents are Adele and
Dr. Stuart Megdall, and Barbara
Schwartz. He is also the grandchild of
the late Sidney Schwartz.
Isaac attends Walnut Creek Middle
School in Walled Lake. As part of his
mitzvah experience, he donated gently
used sports equipment to Score4Kids
and felt this was a meaningful project.

Ruby Jennifer Ruben

(Gilanah) of West
Bloomfield will
become a bat mitzvah
at Congregation
B'nai Moshe in West
Bloomfield on
Saturday, Feb. 2.
Participating in the
ceremony will be her
parents, Bruce and Mindy Ruben, and
sisters Dana and Marissa. Proud grand-
parents are Jerald and Ann Ruben of
West Bloomfield, and Sonia Freedman
and Bill Lipper of Chicago.
Ruby is a student at Hillel Day School
of Metropolitan Detroit in Farmington
Hills. Her mitzvah projects include
Torah Circle at the Friendship Circle in
West Bloomfield.

Michael Aaron Stryk

will become a bar
mitzvah on Saturday,
Feb. 2, at

Congregation Beth
Ahm in West

Bloomfield. He is the
son of Steven and
Polina Stryk and
older brother of Alex
and Daniel. Proud grandparents are
Barbara Stryk and Tamara Gertsberg.
Michael is also the grandson of the late
Manfred Stryk and the late Moisey
Michael is a student at Hillel Day
School of Metropolitan Detroit in
Farmington Hills. For his mitzvah proj-
ect, he purchased food and assembled
baskets to be delivered to Yad Ezra in

Jake Harrison Weiss,

son of Renee and
Jason Weiss and broth-
er of Rachel, will read
from the Torah on the
occasion of his bar
mitzvah Friday, Feb. 1,
at Temple Israel in
West Bloomfield. His
proud grandparents
are Natalie and Sidney Blatnikoff, and
Linda and Steven Weiss. The family is
delighted to have great-grandmother
Elizabeth Weiss share in the simchah.
Jake attends Geisler Middle School in
Walled Lake. Among his wide variety
of mitzvah projects, the one he felt was
most meaningful was helping at the
West Bloomfield-based JARC Spring

Dr. Nelson Hersh
Dr. Marsha Beattie
Dr. Amy Isenberg

Licensed Specialists
for Children
& Adults

West Bloomfield
Commerce Township


A palate expander is an appliance that fits near the roof of the
mouth. It widens the palate to improve the way the upper and lower
jaws fit together, and can make room to fit into alignment crowded
or un-erupted teeth. When kids are growing and teeth are erupting
(or will soon), the orthodontist may decide to make more room to
accommodate the teeth, as opposed to what has been prevalent in
years past of extracting teeth. This is a benefit of a palate expander.
Sometimes special orthodontic wires during braces allow for enough
expansion. This is a decision for an experienced orthodontist
The expander may take a few days to get used to. Chewing,
swallowing or talking may seem awkward. The mouth or nose may
even feel tingly, or one may experience a minor headache. You may
choose to utilize an over-the-counter pain reliever at the beginning but
soon will not require any. The expander is worn typically for about 3-6
In about a week or so, you may see a gap between the front teeth.
That's a sign the expander is working. These gaps may close on their
own, and is not a sign the expander has stopped working. The teeth
have elastic fibers between them and sometimes move the teeth back
together at different rates. This is why gaps may not form on some kids.
Most expanders need to be activated once a day. This may be tricky
at first but soon you will get the hang of it. The expander is left in the
mouth for a while after the last activation for stabilization.
Expanders may be fixed or removable. The vast majority of
orthodontists use fixed or non-removable due to their greater efficiency,
predictability, and inability to get lost, misplaced or not worn.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact
Drs. Nelson "Nick" Hersh, Marsha Beattie and Amy Isenberg at their
orthodontic facility in West Bloomfield/Commerce Township at
248-926-4100 or in Waterford at 248-673-4100.

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Cousins Madison Haley Yashinsky,
daughter of Melissa and Jeffrey
Yashinsky of Atlanta, Ga., and Gabrielle
Emma Yashinsky, daughter of Kristy
and Joel Yashinsky of Toronto, Ontario,
Canada, recently became b'not mitzvah
on Masada in Israel. In attendance
for this simchah were loving sisters,
Erin and Sabrina; proud grandparents
Marcia and Jerry Yashinsky, formerly of
Huntington Woods; and devoted aunt
and uncle Elaine and Martin Shapiro of
Farmington Hills.
Madison is also the granddaughter
of Peggy Greifinger of Atlanta, Ga., and
the late Dr. Martin Greifinger. Gabrielle
is also the granddaughter of Sharon and
Hal Starr of South Carolina. The girls
are the great-granddaughters of Ann
Yashinsky of Oak Park.

How To Submit

Mazel Tov! announcements are
welcomed for members of the
Jewish community. Anniversaries,
engagements and weddings with
a photo (preferably color) can
appear at a cost of $18 each.
Births are $10. There is no charge
for bar/bat mitzvahs or for special
birthdays starting at the 90th.
For information, contact Editorial
Assistant Sy Manello at smanello@
renmedia.us or (248) 351-5147
for information or for a mailed or
emailed copy of guidelines.










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