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An underbite, or mandibular prognathism is an orthodontic condition in which the lower jaw protrudes beyond the upper jaw.  In children with a normal jaw relationship, the lower jaw should be slightly behind the upper jaw resulting in the upper front teeth being ahead of and overlapping the lower front teeth.  When a patient has an underbite, the excessive growth of the lower jaw causes the lower front teeth to protrude ahead of and overlap the top front teeth.

While underbites are far less common than overbites, they do effect around 1 in 10 Canadians.  When Dr.  Virdee first assesses a patient for treatment of an underbite in Sudbury, she evaluates several components including, a patient’s medical and family histories, their growth, as well as their face and teeth using a clinical exam and x-rays.  Here are 10 facts that you need to know about underbites:

1.  Genetics 

Underbites have a large genetic component.   This means that you are born with an underbite and inherit from your parents.  When you come in for a consultation with us, the first question that Dr. Virdee will ask is whether there is a family history of an underbite.  Even if a grandfather, aunt  or distant cousin have the same condition, this information can be significant information for diagnosis as well as treatment.  As an example, the underbite, or the Habsburg Jaw manifested itself everywhere in Medieval Europe because of generations of royals marrying each other.  In fact, this physical feature because especially pronounced in Spanish Habsburgs because of inbreeding. King Juan Carlos I, the current ruler of Spain, is a distant descendant of the House of Habsburg although he does represent Philip V’s House of Bourbon. He does have the Habsburg Jaw, but in a much more diminished capacity.

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Charles II of Spain. Genetics played a large role in his underbite

2.  Ethnicity

People from different ethnic groups are at higher risk for developing underbites.  For example, people of Asian descent (Chinese, Korean, Japanese etc) have a higher propensity for mandibular prognathism or underbites.  In Northern Ontario, including Sudbury, Sturgeon Falls, North Bay, Massey where there is a larger population of First Nations communities, there is a higher percentage of patients with underbites.

3.  Birth Defects

Congenital abnormalities or birth defects such as cleft lip and palate and Cruzon’s syndrome are more likely to have an underbite.    These patients need special consideration as they must be treated by a team of professionals, including the orthodontist.  Dr. Virdee works with special medical organizations around the world to help patients with cleft lip and palate.  You can read about it here.

4.  Growth Potential 

Growth or the potential for growth is very important when assessing how to treat a patient with an underbite.  A young patient presenting with an underbite still has a huge potential for growth, especially when they go through their final growth spurt during puberty when the lower jaw tends to have a higher growth velocity.   The treatment alternatives for the correction of an underbite are greater in younger patients because we can take advantage of their growth so that we can avoid extractions or surgery later in life.  Therefore, the best way to treat an underbite is to treat it early with an appliance called a protraction face mask or face mask.

5.  Limited or No Growth Potential

By comparison, adult patients who have limited or no growth potential will not have any options for treatment of their underbites using growth modification because we cannot take advantage of their growth.  As a result, depending on the severity of the underbite the options are likely to be surgery, extraction of permanent teeth, or reducing the size of the teeth by trimming the sides of the teeth, a procedure called inter proximal reduction or IPR.

6.  The Face

In adults with an underbite, the treatment options are dependent on their facial appearance.   Dr. Virdee will assess the extent of the mandibular prognathism or the extent of lower jaw growth in comparison the the upper jaw by assessing the facial appearance.  If the facial appearance looks normal, then the underbite is likely to be corrected with braces or Invisalign, without surgery.  In this case extractions or reducing the size of the teeth by trimming them with IPR may be required.  If the lower jaw is prominent or prognathic and the patient’s facial appearance or profile is of concern, surgery is likely to be recommended.

7.  The Cephalometric X-ray

The cephalometric x-ray is used to evaluate growth and assess the size and position of the jaws.  It also allows us to further evaluate if an underbite can be treated with or without surgery.

8.  The Teeth

Both in adult and children, it is very important to assess the teeth to evaluate the cause of the underbite.  Some patients may be missing teeth in the upper jaw or will have severe crowding in the upper jaw, which will result in an underbite.  Some patients may have extra teeth or spacing in the lower jaw, which will also result in an underbite.  Assessment of the teeth is very important to determine the course of action or treatment that Dr. Virdee may institute for correction of the underbite.  The crowding, spacing and position of the teeth will also determine if we use Invisalign or braces.

9.  The Shift

In assessing the teeth and the bite, Dr. Virdee will also assess whats called a CR-CO shift.  This shift is usually present when there is some interference between the upper and lower front teeth, resulting in a shift of the lower jaw forward.  Dr. Virdee will usually assess this during the initial evaluation where the lower jaw is brought into CR, the relaxed position of the lower jaw.  In this position, if there is contact between the front teeth but not the back teeth, the front teeth, upper or lower may be in interference which results in a forward shift of the lower jaw to CO where the back teeth are in contact but an underbite exists.  Shifts can be corrected by either braces, Invisalign or selective grinding of the upper or lower teeth.  Which option is best will be determined by Dr. Virdee’s assessment.

10.  Complications of the Underbite

Several complications may arise with having an underbite.  In extreme cases, underbites cad cause facial abnormalities such as a prominent lore jaw and chin.  Underbites can cause difficulty chewing, swallowing, and speaking and sometimes low self esteem because of the patient’s facial abnormalities.  The bite problems can wear down a tooth’s enamel increasing a patient’s chances for tooth decay and other oral health issues.

To find out if your child is suffering from an underbite visit our office today for a complimentary evaluation with Dr. Virdee at Hometown Orthodontics.

 

Got any questions that you want answered on our blog?  Whether you are in Sudbury, North Bay, Sturgeon Falls, Massey or Espanola, contact Dr. Virdee at drvidee@hometownortho.ca.

Is Invisalign Better Than Braces?

20 Jul 2015, Posted by admin in Uncategorized

On many occasions, patients will ask me which treatment is the best for them:  Invisalign or Clear Braces?  As an orthodontist in Sudbury, using both Invisalign and braces, the answer is:  It depends on the case!

I usually recommend Invisalign for patient that have a shallow overbite or an open bite.  A shallow overbite is when the upper front teeth or upper incisors minimally cover the lower incisors.  An open bite is where a patient has a gap between their upper and lower front teeth (incisors).

Clear braces or braces are great at reducing deep overbites and we regularly use them in our patients to do this.  The problem is that when a patient has a shallow overbite or an open bite, braces tends to worsen these conditions.  In the example below, you will see that the patient’s open bite (gap between their upper and lower incisors), got worst with braces.  As a result, this makes treatment more complicated.  The patient may have to wear elastics to help close the open bite or we may have to extract a couple of premolars to help close the open bite.

 

This patient presented with an open bite to our Sudbury Office.  An open bite is when the upper and lower teeth don't meet vertically, resulting in a gap between the front teeth.

This patient presented with an open bite to our Sudbury Office. An open bite is when the upper and lower teeth don’t meet vertically, resulting in a gap between the front teeth.

 

Treatment with braces resulted in worsening of the open bite (i.e. the gap between the upper and lower teeth became larger)

Treatment with braces resulted in worsening of the open bite (i.e. the gap between the upper and lower teeth became larger)

 

 

In fact, before the advent of Invisalign, we would regularly refer our patients for extractions to their Sudbury dentist or for surgery in Toronto to help close their open bites.  Now, that clear aligners like Invisalign are available, I regularly recommend Invisalign for my patients.  Invisalign work very well for patients with shallow overbites or open bites because it doesn’t reduce the overbite like braces does.  As a result, at Hometown Orthodontics, Invisalign is the first choice of treatment in patients who come in with this type of problem.

The patient below is a Sudbury Invisalign Patient who was treated by Dr. Virdee here at Hometown Orthodontics.  She had crowded upper and lower front teeth, a crossbite on the left hand side and a shallow overbite (i.e. there was minimal vertical overlap between her upper and lower front teeth).  Treatment with braces would have resulted in reducing the shallow bite further, which would have resulted in an open bite or a gap between the upper and lower incisors – in which case we would have extracted teeth.  However, we recommended Invisalign for this patient, and you can see that we were able to align the upper and lower front teeth, give the patient a deeper overbite, correct the crossbite on the left side and obtain coincident midlines where the upper and lower front teeth line up with each other and the centre of the face – all without the extraction of any teeth!  This patient was in treatment for approximately 18 months.  What a difference!

 

 

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Don’t get me wrong – braces are great.  But Invisalign is also a great tool for orthodontists to use in the right cases.    Our Sudbury patients choose Invisalign over braces for other reasons too.  Here are just some of them:

1.  Invisalign is clear – hardly anyone notices that you are wearing them

2.  Invisalign is removable.  Unlike braces which are glued to your teeth, Invisalign trays or aligners are removable, which means you can eat what you like, brush without restriction, and remove the aligners if you have a fancy event to go to.

3.  Invisalign treatment takes less time.  This is true in certain cases like the case shown above.  But generally speaking, Invisalign takes the same amount of time as clear braces or regular braces does.

4.  Minimal irritation to lips or cheeks.

5.   Minimal emergency appointments.  If you have no hardware to break, the chances of emergency visits are less likely

Remember, not all cases or bites can be treated by Invisalign, so it is best to get an opinion from a certified professional like an orthodontist to evaluate whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign.

 

Have a question about Invisalign or braces treatment?  Ask your Sudbury Orthodontist, Dr. Virdee at drvirdee@hometownortho.ca or come in for a free consult.

 

***Dr. Virdee is the leading provider of Invisalign in Sudbury and the only certified provider of Invisalign Teen in Sudbury.

 

Invisalign before and after Sudbury ON

 

Treatment of Moderate Upper and Lower Crowding

Presentation: MB is an adult patient who was concerned about the crowding of her upper and lower teeth and the misalignment of her upper gum line. Upon further examination, Dr. Virdee noticed that she had a slightly deep bite and non-coincident upper and lower midlines (the centre of her upper and lower front teeth did not match).

Treatment Plan: Invisalign to help align the teeth and obtain a more favourable position of the gum tissue

Treatment time: 12 months

Outcome: MB’s treatment results are excellent. We managed to align her upper and lower teeth with Invisalign and made drastic improvements to the position of her gums around her upper front teeth. By using elastics, we were able to help correct her midlines and obtain a more ideal bite in the front.

M.Blais

 

Often times patients come in for a consult regarding minor crowding. They often say things like: “I want to fix my smile because this and that bugs me, but my friends or family think that I already have a nice smile and that I’m being critical of myself. Is it really worth it to go with braces or Invisalign?”

 

The answer is always – it depends on how you feel about your teeth and yourself. The reality is that we are our greatest critics.   Growing up, I played a lot of high school sports, which strengthened and bulked my quadriceps muscles. Since then I’ve always been self-concious of them, and as a result, I wear clothes to minimize attention to this area. In fact, many of my patients will ask how I can wear high heals in the office all day – it partially has to do with how high heels lengthen my legs and in my mind makes my quadriceps look longer. Of course my family and friends tell me that it’s all in my head and that I look great, and I love them for accepting me the way I am. But as far as I’m concerned, high heeled shoes will always be a part of my wardrobe – because wearing them make me feel good about myself!

 

Ultimately, the choice in accepting orthodontic treatment (or treatment of any type for that matter) depends on how the results will make you feel about yourself, no matter how small or large the problem. If having a straight smile will improve your confidence, help you to smile more often and #LiveLaughSmile more, it really can be worth the time, effort or cost.

 

An example of this type of case is shown below. Melanie is one of our orthodontic patients in Sudbury. As you can see, Melanie is a beautiful young woman who had a relatively nice smile before she even started. Some would even question the need for orthodontic treatment in Melanie’s case. Melanie’s biggest complaint was that her upper lateral incisors stuck out from her central incisors (middle teeth). When we looked closely, we also determined that due to the position of Melanie’s upper front teeth, she also had a deep bite, the margins of her gums were not lined up and she had crooked upper and lower front teeth because of the crowding present in these areas. The midlines (center of the upper and lower front teeth) also did not match. Correcting these issues would not only improve Melanie’s smile, but would also improve the longevity and health of the teeth by allowing access to brushing and minimizing wear of the teeth that occurs with deep overbites.

 

Melanie decided to undergo treatment with Invisalign. Comparing the before and after pictures demonstrates perfectly aligned teeth and gingival margins, improvements in the deep bite and coincident upper and lower midlines. Best of all, you can see how the confidence shines through Melanie’s smile after treatment. Its true that many would consider Melanie’s case very minor. But when we look closely at everything, we noticed that there was more to the picture than meets the eye!

 

Invisalign before and after Sudbury ON

 

 

Does Invisalign Really Work?

27 Aug 2014, Posted by admin in Uncategorized

Not only is Sudbury, Ontario a great place to live, it’s also a great place to practice Orthodontics.  One of the treatment modalities that is gaining rapid popularity in Sudbury (especially in our office) is Invisalign and Invisalign Teen.  However, when I see a patient who is interested in Invisalign for an initial consultation, the first question they ask me is “But Dr. Virdee, does Invisalign really work?”  My answer is always the same:  that depends on the patient and the doctor or orthodontist treating you!

Just like every patient is unique, every mouth, every smile and every tooth is unique.  From a dental perspective, when I look at a patient’s case to determine if they will be a good candidate for Invisalign, I’m looking at the severity of crowding (will extractions be needed?), the relationship of the upper and lower teeth with each other (is the severity of the bite due to a discrepency in the size or position of the jaws or just in tooth position?), depth of the overbite or open bite.

Fact 1:  You can treat patient’s with severe crowding who need extractions with Invisalign

Fact 2:  You can treat patient’s with discrepancies of the size or position of the jaws with Invisalign

Fact 3:  Patient’s who have an open bite (gap between their teeth) are better treated with Invisalign rather than braces because braces often makes the open bite worst

Fact 4.  It is very difficult to treat patient who have minimal crowding but have large discrepancies of the position or size of the jaws with Invisalign, unless these patients require surgery.

Fact 5.  Patient’s who have extremely deep bites are better treated with braces (at minimum braces on the lower teeth) than Invisalign because braces are great at reducing deep bites or “opening the bite” (which, as I’ve already mentioned isn’t great for patient’s who already have an open bite)

Basically, what I’m trying to say is that Invisalign can be used as a treatment modality in virtually every case, with very few exceptions.  As long as you, the patient are good at wearing your aligners or trays well, the system works well – unless of course, there is something wrong in the treatment plan – which brings us to the “Doctor or Orthodontist Factor.”

Invisalign is a relatively new treatment modality which means that not all doctors are well versed with the system or have the experience to achieve ideal results with the system.  So how do you choose your Invisalign doctor?  Research them!

1)  Is your doctor an orthodontist?  Orthodontists go to school for an extra three years after dental school to specialize in moving your teeth.  Chances are, if there’s a stubborn tooth that can’t be moved with Invisalign, they can think out of the box and use braces as an adjunct to help with tooth movement.  Since dentists haven’t formally studied orthodontics, it may be more difficult for them to get out of a bind if something doesn’t work.

2)  Now that you’ve chosen to see an orthodontist, what are their qualifications?  Look at their website.  Do they treat patients with invisalign?  and if so how many patients do they treat per year with Invisalign?  Do they just treat simple cases with Invisalign or difficult cases?  How much experience do they have?  Do they have pictures of before and after cases on their website?  and if so, are these pictures of actual patients that they have treated themselves?

Invisalign gives doctors a certain status based on their experience with using their system.  You can actually go to the Invisalign website to determine which orthodontists provide Invisalign in your area as well as determining the ones with the greatest experience in the area.  So here’s our plug:  Hometown Orthodontics has premier preferred status with Invisalign in Sudbury.  We are the first to achieve this status in the Greater Sudbury Area.  This means that we have the most experience in treating patients with Invisalign.  Not only that, we are the first and only provider of Invisalign Teen in Sudbury!  But enough with the shameless plugs…..we’ll let our work speak for itself!

 

Check out our Charlie’s treatment results below:

Charlie came to us looking for a clear alternative to braces to improve his smile.  We recommended Invisalign.  Charlie wore his aligners or trays very well as well as his elastics when prescribed.  Total treatment time was approximately 20 months – which is very realistic considering the amount of crowding charlie had.  We corrected the alignment of the upper and lower teeth which were severely crowded, widened his smile because it was too narrow, and brought down his upper front teeth so that he didn’t have an “upside down U-shpaed” smile.  Both Charlie and I were very pleased with the results!  What do you think?

 

Hometown Orthodontics Dr. Virdee

 

 

A Gift From Honduras

09 Jul 2014, Posted by admin in Uncategorized

The main reason that I decided to volunteer my time in San Marcos, Honduras was  to give back to a community that really needed my help. Naturally, as a healthcare provider, I felt that my knowledge and skills as a dentist would be most beneficial to the people of San Marcos. What I didn’t expect was that the people of Honduras, who don’t have big homes or cars, cell phones or running water or even sometimes shoes to walk in, would give me so much more than I would ever be able to give them.

San Marcos, Honduras

San Marcos, Honduras

Honduras is one of the poorest and most-crime ridden countries in the Western Hemisphere and is the 2nd poorest country in Central America. Approximately 60% of the 8.4 million people in Honduras live below the poverty line. In the rural areas, 54% of households are subject to extreme poverty with the family income being less than $1.25 per day. There is only one physician per 2,800 people and one dentist per 18,000 people. Because the majority of these professionals reside and work in urban areas, most villages have neither physician nor dentist.

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Cape CARES TEAM

 

It took us approximately 6 hours to San Marcos, a small village just 200km or 120 miles away from the capital city of Tagucigalpa – that’s nearly same distance as Toronto is to Niagara Falls or New York is to Philadelphia. The reason for this is that much of the country’s rural areas still have no paved roads – as a result access to health care is also limited. I was told upon our arrival that some of our patients came from neighboring villages, traveling up to four hours on foot for medical and dental care! Even when these people do have access to doctors, the cost of treatment is so high that they can’t afford it, and as a result wait up to three months just to see one of the dentists or physicians from Cape CARES.

 

Dr. Preet Virdee, Orhtodontist, Sudbury, ON

Cape CARES Dental Team

 

When we arrived at the community center we would be calling home for the next five days – I realized that our living conditions, which were rather modest for North American standards, were actually luxurious compared to the conditions that most of the villagers of San Marcos and the surrounding areas were living in. Our shower stalls consisted of a 4×4’ enclosed concrete compartment with aluminum siding for a roof and no lighting. The walls weren’t lined with concrete, there were no hooks to hang your clothes and sometimes you would realize you were showering with a spider or a frog right next to you. But this was a treat compared to the bathing rooms that the villagers had constructed for themselves which typically consisted of tarp wrapped around a couple of trees in the forest. At first, I would regret using the latrines that were made for us. But once I learned that many villagers used the outdoors to go to the bathroom, I was thankful for the privacy that the small Honduran port-o-potty gave us.

 

Dr. Preet Virdee | Orthodontist| Sudbury Ontario

Our Sleeping Quarters

Our sixteen-member group stayed in two big rooms, the males separated from the females. Our cots were simple, but again, very comfortable. Some of us had brought mosquito nets with us and we used comfortable sleeping bags and had our iPods, books and magazines for entertainment. We wore Nike cross trainers, brushed our teeth with toothpaste in the morning with bottled water and hosed ourselves with mosquito repellant. Many of our patients on the other hand had one or two room abode structures with animals living in close proximity. The bedding consisted of simple bed sheets and pillows. They bathed in rain or stream water and toothpaste was a luxury. Children would play soccer with us in their flip-flops or sometimes even barefoot. We saw one girl carrying a bucket of flour on her head, walking bear foot back to her house while her little brother dragged along a watermelon. The disparity between their world and our world was humbling to say the least.

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Typical house in San Marcos

Local kids having fun at San Marcos, Honduras

Local kids having fun at San Marcos, Honduras.  Behind them were our showers and latrines.

One of my favorite things about our trip was interacting with the children. They’re so alive, full of joy and mischief despite not having iPods, iPads, TVs, and video games. They were happy just hanging out with us, or letting us paint their nails or kicking a ball around with them. I don’t know if this type of close intimate interaction is even possible now in North America. Our visit to a local school was absolutely fantastic. The children sang to us, showed off their ability to line up perfectly in three rows according to height and grade and repeated an oath to always brush their teeth. While school is encouraged, sometimes children have to help their parents with housework or take care of their younger siblings, and so often don’t make it to class. It was sad to see one 12 year old that was examined in the medical clinic who could not read.

Hometown Orthodontics | Orthodontist | Sudbury, ON

Live Laugh Smile

Cape CARES Selfie with Dr. Dang

Cape CARES Selfie with Dr. Dang

Typical San Marcos class room

Typical San Marcos class room

Lining up at school

Lining up at school

 

 

The best part of staying in San Marcos was the meals that were prepared fresh for us daily by some local ladies from the village. They would wake up at 3am and walk to where we were staying so that breakfast would be ready by 7am. There were no microwaves, no dishwashers, no fridges, no fancy counter-tops or undermount sinks. Everything was made fresh over a wood fired stove – from fresh fish to chicken to beef stew to hand made tortillas – and everything was delicious. This was in stark contrast to some of our patients who had not eaten a meal in 2 days!

Typical Kitchen.  San Marcos, Honduras

Typical Kitchen. San Marcos, Honduras

As a dental team of 3 dentists with three assistants, we were treating our patients on the porch of the community center. That was our “dental office.” Our waiting room consisted of two benches that patients lined up to sit in. Once inside the “office”, they were welcomed to sit in one of the lawn chairs that acted as our dental chairs. We had no lights, no suction, no x-rays…..no place to spit. Patients were given a cup to spit in and, at one point we even ran out of those! We tried our best to keep things as sterile as possible, using bleach and boiling instruments – the standards of sterilization would definitely not pass in North America. There were no post-operative follow ups – just detailed instructions, Advil and gauze. We were sweating in the Honduras heat – sometimes all over our patients! Imagine running an office with no air conditioning, no TV and magazines in the waiting room, no retractable dental chairs, no suction back home! What made me sad to see were the young girls and boys, 13 and 14 years old, having their front teeth extracted due to decay. Cavities or caries is the most preventable disease in the world and there is no reason for people not to keep their teeth well into their 60s, 70s and even 80s. However, these kids lack the education and resources to prevent decay and the result is that most of them have dentures by the time they hit their thirties.

Dr. Peter Theoridis

Treating patients on the porch

Extracting teeth

Extracting teeth

Dr. Dang completing a filling on one of our guards

Dr. Dang completing a filling on one of our guards

Over the course of five days we were able to see 200 dental patients, extracted well over 300 teeth and restored or filled over 30 teeth. We worked great as a team, despite having just met each other. Unfortunatley, we were not able to fill many teeth because often times the decay was beyond repairable and only had one dental chair that could be used to complete fillings – and even this was operated using a generator since there is no electricity in the area.

Despite the conditions we worked in and the limited treatment that we were able to provide, our patients were grateful and happy to have us there. We took them out of pain, made their teeth look nicer and gave them a smile that they could be proud of. For me, it was an incredible five days in this remote village. I had come with the expectation that I would be able to give San Marcos so much. But it was actually San Marcos that taught me and gave me so much!

Rain or shine - we were working!

Rain or shine – we were working!

The waiting room

The waiting room

Steralization

Steralization

I learned how blessed I am to have the life that I do. It really put into perspective how we take so much in our lives for granted. San Marcos taught even taught me a little bit about happiness. In the world that we currently live in, we are too busy talking on our phones or texting or updating our social media status to really make that crucial connection with other human beings. San Marcos doesn’t have its tablets or phones or computers…but what they do have is a sense of family, a sense of community and a sense of love for each other. I will always keep this in my heart.

Thank you San Marcos.

Hometown Orthodontics | Sudbury ON | Preet Virdee

Live Laugh Love – a drawing from one of the kids at a local Kindergarden

 

#LIVELAUGHGIVE  #  LIVELAUGHSMILE  #HOMETOWNORTHO #SAN MARCOS  #HONDURAS

Dr. Inderpreet Virdee and her staff accepting the award for Top Invisalign Provider in Sudbury, ON by Jeremy Goetz of Invisalign.

Dr. Inderpreet Virdee and her staff accepting the award for Top Invisalign Provider in Sudbury, ON by Jeremy Goetz of Invisalign.

 

 

In May of 2014, Hometown Orthodontics and Dr. Virdee were awarded the distinction of being “Premier Preferred Provider” by Invisalign, the first award of its kind given to any orthodontist in Sudbury, Ontario.  We celebrated the day with our patients in the clinic.  Jeremy Goetz, from Invisalign, personally delivered the plaque to Dr. Virdee and her staff.

So what does being a Premier Preferred Provider means exactly?

The Invisalign designations (e.g., Invisalign Elite Preferred, Invisalign Premier Preferred, etc.) are based primarily on the historical number of patients that an orthodontist has successfully treated with Invisalign.  As it currently stands, Dr. Virdee has treated the greatest number of cases successfully with Invisalign in the Greater Sudbury area.  In fact, Dr. Virdee approximately 70% of the patients that Dr. Virdee sees are treated with Invisalign.  Her philosophy is that any patient is a candidate for Invisalign – you just have to think outside of the box and be creative with the technique.  In fact, not only is she the leading Invisalign provider in Sudbury, she is also the only Invisalign Teen Provider in Sudbury.  This means that she has a proven track record of successfully treating teenage patients with Invisalign.  You can check her status out here:  http://www.invisalign.com/find-a-doctor

Dr. Virdee’s comfort and excellence with Invisalign stems from the fact that she was taught this technique as an Orthodontic resident in New York sitting side by side with one of her mentors Dr. Richard Bach, one of the leading Invisalign providers in Long Island, NY.  Dr. Virdee continues to take courses and seminars to keep up to date with the latest techniques with Invisalign – some of these cases will be showcased right here on our blog!

Stay tuned!

#LiveLaughInvisalignSmile

 

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LIVE. LAUGH. and if nothing else works, SMILE!  The gesture of a smile is so simple yet so powerful.  Smiling has a calming effect and has shown to decrease stress.  It also helps you to present a more-positive image to others and most importantly makes you feel happier!   Why does this happen?  Well,  when you smile, movements in the muscles of your face trigger the release of neurotransmitters called Endorphins which are responsible for making us feel happy and lowering stress levels.  While endorphin release inrceases, cortisol, the body’s stress hormone is reduced.  Endorphins also act as the body’s natural pain killers.  So the next time you bump your toe or elbow – smile it off!

So why not foster some smiling and bring bring positive energy and happiness to your life and the lives of others?  LIVE:  Say thank-you often, offer compliments, get out there and live life and tell your friends, family and co-workers how much you love and appreciate them.  LAUGH:  Do fun, interesting activities with your friends and family.  Go to a funny movie, a comedy show or share a joke.  SMILE:  even if you don’t feel like smiling – your brain doesn’t know the the difference between a fake or real smile!  Make this a routine in your life and see what happens.

And for some inspiration, check out this award-winning short film by Kurt Kuenne.  It will definitely leave you smiling!