Brace Yourself: The Field of Orthodontics is All Grown Up! | The Travel Toothpaste Refill System

Dental CareForget baseball, apple pie, and even Elvis: almost 80 percent of all American teenagers and 1 million adults use orthodontics at any given time. Straight teeth with a big beautiful smile, is as “American” as it gets. But, thankfully, a lot has changed in the last 120 years since the specialty of orthodontics was founded in the 1890s.

“Most of my patients, whether they’re interested in braces or clear retainers for themselves as adults or their children, are unaware of the advances to the field. They are not only more pleasant but can also make having braces a much more pleasant experience than they ever expected it to be,” explains Dr. Jacqueline Fulop-Gooding, a New York based orthodontist specializing in pediatric, adolescent and adult cases. “Thanks to these advances, orthodontic treatment is much more convenient, more socially accepted and less painful than ever before. The most common response heard in my office from my teen and adult patients is that they can’t believe how easy it was.”

Welcome to the future

Advances in the field of orthodontics become more high-tech and improve every year. These advances make the overall experience of having treatment more convenient, less painful, more successful and quicker than ever before. Additionally, the new financing and expanded options guarantee that all families find something within their budget, whether they have coverage through their insurance or not.

NASA-approved orthodontic wires

  • You don’t have to be an astronaut to appreciate the importance of the new dynamic metals, as orthodontists today will attest to. Orthodontists now use a wire technology developed by NASA that helps speed the process of teeth straightening and renders it more comfortable since it allows the movement to happen with less energy.
    • According to Dr. Fulop-Goodling, “We use NASA-developed nickel-titanium wires because it’s a more consistent and continuous force on the teeth, while also being more comfortable for patients. Patients of all ages love it, and they’re fascinated by it. I often have new patients referred by their friends who ask for my ‘magic wires.’” The material is more flexible than traditional wires and sensitive to temperature, making it easier to maneuver. Once it’s settled into the mouth and the body temperature warms it up, the wire stiffens into position. “Another great feature is that since colder temperatures make the wire more malleable, I tell my patients to enjoy something cold like ice cream or frozen yogurt, instead of taking medication like ibuprofen, to relieve the pressure on the teeth.”

3D Films: where movie production and orthodontics come together

  • Three-dimensional imaging software and tools have dramatically improved the process of diagnosis and treatment planning for every patient and orthodontist. A far cry from the x-rays of yesterday, today’s cutting-edge imaging technology renders detailed, comprehensive images of the entire mouth in crisp high-definition and three-dimensional images. Such life-like images eliminate guesswork from orthodontics and also ensure that every patient has the least invasive treatment possible for their case. Not to mention, they look good.
    • “3D imaging is a fabulous communication tool. It makes everyone happy because up until recently, a flat 2-D picture or photo was the only source to describe what you were planning to create on a 3-D smile. Pediatric and adolescent patients like them because as visual learners, they might not completely understand why their parents want them to have braces until they see it with their own two eyes. Adults love them because it gives them the comfort of clarity of these images,” Dr. Fulop-Goodling says, adding, “A great deal of artistry is involved with braces and thanks to such clear images, doctors and patients stay on the same page throughout the whole process.”

Color me happy, no more rubber bands!

  • What might be the most conspicuous aspect of wearing braces – the colorful “bands” used to secure the wire to the bracket – are no longer a requirement. It’s a familiar sight: orange and black at Halloween, pink and red for Valentine’s Day and the colors of a favorite sports teams like the Yankees and Mets in between. The problem is that aside from drawing unwanted attention to the braces in the first place, rubber bands are notorious for their propensity to fall off and slow down treatment and they also are magnets for unhealthy plaque. Self-ligating brackets eliminate the need for rubber bands thanks to a simple mechanism that connects to the archwire itself as well as pre-treatment to make room in the mouth.
    • “Part of what makes self-ligating brackets so fantastic is their simplicity. They’re one of those things that make so much sense you wonder why no one thought of it sooner.” Dr. Fulop-Goodling explains. “These brackets can save time on the frequency of a patient’s visits to my office and we can spread each visit out over longer periods of time and see patients every two or three months or four or times a year versus monthly visits. Parents and patients appreciate this, considering how busy everyone is today.” She goes on to say, “There are several research studies which reveal that the orthodontic treatment time is less with self-ligating brackets because there is less friction without a rubber ring holding the wire into the bracket.”

Time is of the essence

  • One of the most dreaded aspects of orthodontics is the length of time usually required for treatment, but with the introduction of Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics at the 98thAnnual Session of the American Association of Orthodontics in 1998, treatment time can be cut down by as much as 75 percent. Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics requires small cuts made to the jawbones, altering its mineral content, which allows the orthodontic movement to take place four times faster than traditional treatment.
    • “This is the only advancement to date that capitalizes on our own body’s physiology to achieve a shortened treatment time for orthodontic patients and for that reason it’s very interesting to many people,” Dr. Fulop-Goodling points out, adding that other benefits make this method attractive to many patients. “Not only does this drastically reduce each patient’s orthodontic treatment time but it can also reduce root resorption, with patients who have a predisposition for it. Another amazing finding is that patients teeth don’t relapse or shift back to their original position as readily, after treatment.”

For those who don’t want braces

  • Invisible, barely there and out of sight options are nothing new – Invisalign hit the market in 1999, ceramic braces became popular around 1996 and lingual braces (placed on the back of the mouth) made their debut in 1983. However, just last year Align technology launched Invisalign Teen, and in October of 2010 Align launched Invisalign G3, which includes some cutting-edge features that allow it to address issues that until now, only traditional braces could:
    • Overly crowded teeth
    • Widely spaced teeth
    • Crossbite
    • Overbite
    • Underbite
  • Something to think about: Dr. Fulop-Goodling is a proponent of using clear, removable teeth aligners when appropriate and her frequent use of Invisalign earned her the company’s attention as well as multiple roles within the company: she was in the first class of doctors certified with Invisalign (which at the time was a pilot study), is an active member of Invisalign’s National Speaker’s Bureau, acted as a national spokesperson during a 2005 hygiene campaign and also helped launch Invisalign Teen in 2009 on The Tyra Banks Show. Combine that with the more than 2,000 cases she’s successfully treated using Invisalign, and it’s clear why Dr. Fulop-Goodling is considered of the country’s foremost Invisalign experts.

The decision to undergo orthodontic treatment – whether it’s an adult who is opting to pursue it for themselves, or an adolescent whose parent makes the choice – is now the first step of an entirely positive experience. “Years ago, patients had a hard time focusing on the excitement of their soon-to-be straightened teeth and the incredible impact it would have on their entire appearance because all they could think about was how embarrassing wearing braces was going to be,” explains Dr. Fulop-Goodling. “That’s changed with the introduction of effective new diagnostic tools and technologies that help patients see the forest through the trees and let them avoid suffering through lengthy, overly-conspicuous treatments to get their dream smile.”

About Dr. Jacqueline Fulop-Goodling

Dr. Jacqueline Fulop-Goodling is a New York-based orthodontist and Invisalign specialist. She earned her DMD degree and completed her orthodontic residency at Boston University School of Dental Medicine, where she later went on to assume a professorship and to become the first female director of B.U. Dental School’s Orthodontic Department for second, third, and fourth year dental students.

Dr. Fulop-Goodling is a popular lecturer and has taught more than 10,000 orthodontists, dentists, orthodontic residents, dental students and their teams in multiple fields of orthodontics throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, South America and Israel. Dr. Fulop-Goodling has cemented her reputation as one of the most prominent figures in the field of orthodontics as the holder of several U.S. and international patents and the presenter of a four-year, double blind study on identical twins that compared the effects of treatment with conventional orthodontic methods versus Invisalign.

Dr. Fulop-Goodling’s multiple, flourishing practices and her academic and professional achievements caught the attention of Align Technology, the maker of Invisalign, in 2005 when she was asked to join their National Speaker’s Bureau through which she continues to lecture at some of the county’s most renowned dental schools on the use of Invisalign. Additionally, Dr. Fulop-Goodling was named Invisalign’s National Spokesperson for their hygiene campaign and in 2009 the company asked her to become a spokesperson for Invisalign Teen, and she proudly helped to launch it on The Tyra Banks Show in June 2009.

Dr. Jacquie, as she is affectionately called, is one of the top 10 Invisalign doctors worldwide and has treated close to 2,000 Invisalign patients and countless more with traditional braces. Her practice includes three state-of-the-art locations in New York – Manhattan, Long Island, and in Monroe – that are all equipped with top-of-the-line computer imaging systems, digital radiographic equipment, and a number of unexpected accoutrements to ensure an unrivaled patient experience.



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2 Comments on Brace Yourself: The Field of Orthodontics is All Grown Up!

  1. Alisha Kostiuk says:

    My daughter is only 8 and at the beginning of next year she gets braces on. We are going with the traditional, the way we figure it lets do it right the first time.

  2. alissa apel says:

    That’s so good that braces are not kept on as long. My roots are actually shorter, and my dentist said it’s because I wore braces for too long. I have straight teeth ;), but shorten roots :(.

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