How To Cut Orthodontic Braces Time In Half For Adults And Children

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Submitted by Dr. Michael Stosich

dentistIs it possible for both children and adults to cut the time spent wearing braces by half?

It seems it would be easier for children to lessen the time spent in braces than that of adults: Is it?

Dr. Michael Stosich with iDentity Orthodontics believes in covering all the bases with his patients from initial consultation to post-braces removal and care. The cornerstone of his orthodontic practice was set with the principles of educating his patients, caring for his patients, and providing the best possible services available to them.

He carefully listens to your concerns and takes time with you to ensure you are comfortable with the treatment, and that you fully understand his role (and yours) throughout your professional relationship. Dr. Stosich will not be put off by questions—in fact, he welcomes them and acknowledges that this is the best way to feel comfortable and confident in choosing him as your orthodontist.

When it comes to asking questions about wearing braces, it’s true that children’s bones are not fully developed until around the age of 18; teeth are more easily moved through the application of braces due to that fact. However, it is still possible to lessen time in braces for adults of any age, as well. Each individual will have his or her own set of circumstances which Dr. Stosich will address with you, and this will determine the length of time needed to correct your specific problems.

Orthodontic treatment in many cases consists of brackets, wire, and elastics which exert gentle forces on teeth to move in a certain direction to straighten teeth and to correct an occlusion. Most people want the process to be over as soon as possible, and by following the very specific plan designed by Dr. Stosich, results can be achieved faster than you think.

As a children’s and adult orthodontist, Dr. Stosich and his staff will be glad to share important information with you on how to cut braces wear time if you will just follow some very basic instructions:

• Always keep your appointments
• Brush after every meal and floss daily
• Do not eat foods or drink beverages that can harm your braces or get trapped in them
• Wear your elastics (if applicable) at all times and do not be tempted to remove them
• If you are wearing Invisalign braces, keep them on for the proper amount of time each day

As a republe orthodontist, Dr. Michael Stosich with iDentity Orthodontics in the Grayslake and Kenilworth, Illinois areas can provide you with all the information you need for your child’s orthodontic treatment or for ortho treatment for adults. Dr. Stosich believes a good smile is a lifetime investment. He says, “Smiles are like diamonds: they last forever.”

He also believes that taking time to do the research it takes to find a good orthodontist for yourself or for your family should be a priority. Set up a consult appointment and make sure all of your questions are answered. Although everyone wants braces wear time to be as short as possible, when it comes to having straight, healthy teeth, there is no magic wand and your orthodontist will be your best guide for your particular set of needs.

Fact is, the best results take time, and they are usually worth waiting for, but you can shorten it by working with Dr. Stosich and his staff. Once your braces are removed, you will still need to plan on visiting iDentity Orthodontics to ensure your newly straightened teeth will remain straight. You will be fitted with a retainer, and will be wearing the retainer for as long as recommended.

– Dr. Michael Stosich, who has served the Grayslake community for many years, has recently opened his second office in Wilmette/Kenilworth area. Dr. Stosich and his staff at iDentity Orthodontics look forward to helping you to have a better life and a healthier, happier smile through good orthodontics. To learn more about Dr. Stosich or to schedule a complimentary consultation visit iDentity Orthodontics.

The UK Has A Plan To Cut Obese Peoples’ Benefits If They Refuse To Exercise

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From Your Health Journal…..”I have read many articles from a UK publication called the Business Insider many times. I always direct my visitors to their site for some very interesting articles, including the one in today’s review about cutting off obese people’s benefits if they refuse to exercise. This is one of those articles that may stir some controversy or conflict. There will be some people who will find this concept wonderful, while others repulsed by it. As obesity rises, as well as healthcare, many worry about this ‘next’ generation of children (and some adults) as they age, and the costs (tax money) to keep them healthy. Now, a report comes out from the UK stating the London’s Westminster Council has come up with a drastic plan to help end the UK’s growing obesity problem: cutting benefits for any obese person who refuses to exercise. Prescriptions will be given to people to actually go swimming or to fitness classes. It will be very interesting to see how this plays out, and discussion has come up about this many times over the years. If successful, you may see this trend continuing not only in the UK, but other countries. Please visit the Business Insider web site (link provided below) to view the full article.”

From the article…..

London’s Westminster Council has come up with a drastic plan to help end the UK’s growing obesity problem: cutting benefits for any obese person who refuses to exercise.

Under the proposals, doctors would be able to “prescribe” exercise such as swimming or fitness classes. Those who refused to attend penalized. Smart cards would used to monitor attendance.

The plan is described in detail in a report titled “A Dose of Localism: The Role of Councils in Public Health”.

The hope is that by fighting obesity the UK’s taxpayer funded health service can save £5 billion ($8.12 billion). The report was created as public health responsibility shifts from the NHS to local government later this year.

Reaction to the plan seems to be leaning on the negative side. British Medical Association GP committee chairman Dr Lawrence Buckman told the BBC that the plans were “some of the silliest things I’ve heard in a long time”.

“When I was first told about this I thought it was a joke,” Dr Buckman said.

Alex Thomson, chief executive think-tank Localis believes that the concept simply wouldn’t work. “Even if you check into the pool how will they know if you just sit and have a latte in the café instead?” Thomson told the Telegraph.

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How To Raise Revenue And Cut Childhood Obesity In One Fell Swoop

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From Your Health Journal…..”The Washington Post is an excellent resource on all topics, but I love their health related stories. I encourage all of you to visit their site (link below) to read this full article being reviewed here today, as well as other great articles. Today’s article discusses an option of how to cut obesity by banning food ads. Advertisements can have that ‘glorifying’ effect on people, especially children – who see ads for products that may entice them to eat fatty or sugary processed foods. There are many groups who feel advertisements play a big role in contributing to the obesity epidemic. Basically, kids see an ad, go to the supermarket and want this product – maybe because the ad made the unhealthy food seem very appealing to eat, or simply because it comes with a prize. Now, on the other hand, there are some who feel all this in nonsense, as parents need to step up and show discipline – and use the word ‘no’ when a child asks for a food product that may not be healthy. Then, there is another group who say buy the products, but moderate how much they eat, so it is not on a regular basis. Which side do you take? Would love to know, so post away here. Please visit the Washington Post web site to view the full article.”

From the article…..

It should come as no surprise to anyone with a television that advertising for fast food joints and snack foods can be mighty persuasive. A new working paper by public health economists Michael Grossman, Roy Wada, and Erdal Tekin tries to quantify exactly how persuasive, and what this means for public health.

Previous studies have mainly focused on the persuasiveness of junk food advertising to children. Not too surprisingly, the previous literature found that kids were pretty impressionable. One study found that watching 100 ads for soft drinks over a three-year period was associated to a 9.4 percent increase in soda consumption. Another, coauthored by Grossman, found that banning fast food advertising would reduce childhood obesity by 10 percent.

The new paper reproduces Grossman’s earlier calculations and reaches very similar conclusions. What’s more, it finds that banning fast food ads reduces obesity when measured using percent body fat (PBF), which many experts consider a better metric to body-mass index (BMI), upon which Grossman’s earlier study relied. Using PBF, the effects of an advertising ban are even larger. A PBF-based calculation suggests that a ban would reduce the number of obese youths by 14 percent, while Grossman et al’s most recent BMI-based calculation found a reduction of only 6 percent.

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Low-Fat Foods Help People Cut Cholesterol, Lose Weight And Stay Slim

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From Your Health Journal…..”This is an excellent article to read, and very good points. The study used a very large control group, so it may be more conclusive with its results. In a nutshell, cutting back on fatty foods can lower cholesterol and slim down. But, remember, always talk with your doctor before changing your diet too much. For many people, they do need some fat in their diet, as many of the unsaturated fats have positive effects on the body including regulating hormonal levels, regulating temperature levels, insulates the body, protects body organs, and assists with the absorption of vitamins A,D,E, & K.”

From the article…..

Forget fad diets pushing cabbage soup, weight-loss shakes or maple syrup. Swapping fatty foods for low-fat alternatives will keep you slim – and now there’s World Health Organisation-backed research to prove it.

A review of 33 trials involving 73,589 men, women and children in America, Europe and New Zealand found that choosing low fat foods helped people lose around 3.5 pounds, slim their waist-lines and cut bad cholesterol – all without dieting.

Researchers who led the study said its results prove for the first time that people can lose weight without trying to.

“The weight reduction..when people ate less fat was remarkably consistent – we saw it in almost every trial. Those who cut down more on fat lost more weight,” said Lee Hooper from the University of East Anglia medical school, who led the work.

“The effect isn’t dramatic, like going on a diet,” she said, adding that the research specifically looked at people who were cutting down on fat, but didn’t aim to lose weight – so were continuing to consume a normal amount of food.

“What surprised us was that they did lose weight, their BMI (body mass index) decreased and their waists became slimmer,” Hooper said. The lower fat eaters also kept their weight down over at least seven years.

The review – commissioned by the WHO’s Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group (NUGAG) after a request to update their guidelines on fat intake – will now form a crucial part of global recommendations, the researchers said.

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