Considering orthodontic treatment to create the beautiful smile you always dreamed of? It is a big decision and one that requires research if you are considering #Invisalign as an alternative to traditional braces. Both will lead to your new smile, but the roads traveled are quite different.

Braces vs Invisalign

Everyone is familiar with #braces that are available in both metal and clear ceramic brackets so let’s just discuss Invisalign. One of the primary reasons people choose #Invisalign is that they are self-conscious about wearing braces and the aligners are nearly undetectable when worn. Most people won’t even notice you are wearing them. And, contrary to belief or despite what you have heard, your speech sounds fine to others in a very short period of time once you get used to wearing the Invisalign aligner.Read more on Braces or Invisalign… That is the Question…

The Environmental Working Group researchers recently ranked more than 1500 #cereals by their total #sugar content, total weight and compared the findings with guidelines issued by federal health agencies and other organizations. What is most disturbing is that they also re-evaluated the list of 84 popular cereals evaluated in 2011 for comparison. Results… not one on the 2011 “worst” list had lowered its sugar content over the last three years.

Children's Cereal - Sugar by the Pound

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Having “ugly” teeth may significantly contribute to the problem of bullying, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics. According to the study, teeth were the No. 1-targeted physical feature to increase a child’s chance of being bullied, followed by the child’s strength and weight.

Do you think Tom Cruise was a victim of teasing and bulling as a kid that created his tough guy attitude he projects today? He actually went through orthodontics twice, in his teens to straighten his teeth and broaden his smile and again as an adult to correct a midline discrepancy that was still apparent in photographs. His smile is obviously something he is very aware of and important to him.

Tom Cruise before and After Braces Read more on Was Tom Cruise a Victim of Bullying as Kid?…

Affiliated Orthodontics Sunburn Peoria AZNow that summertime is upon us, kids are spending more time outside, families are going to more outdoor outings and many are heading out on vacation. Join Affiliated Orthodontics and the EWG (Environmental Working Group) in their efforts, along with dermatologists and sunscreen companies to educate the public when it comes to the truth about sunscreens and sun safety.

Skin Cancer is on the Rise

Did you know that every year, more than two million Americans find out they have skin cancer? 2% are in their teen years! The rate of melanoma deadly skin cancer has tripled since the 1970s. The experts are not sure why and most consider the outbreak in new cases is due to widespread overexposure to sun, especially among adults who were repeatedly sunburned as a child. Several factors suggest that regular sun exposure may not be as harmful as intermittent and high intensity sunlight.Read more on Practice Smart Sun Safety This Summer…