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Do You Feel the Need for Speed?

Richard Schechtman, D.D.S. | Posted 02.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Richard Schechtman, D.D.S.

Moving the hardest element in our body (a tooth) within the second hardest tissue in our body (bone) can be a slow process because orthodontic treatment has a biological speed limit; the bone around teeth needs to soften and harden in a slow, orderly fashion as the teeth move.

BUSTED: The Truth About the Tooth Fairy and Other Dental Myths

Richard Schechtman, D.D.S. | Posted 07.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Richard Schechtman, D.D.S.

Did you hear the one about the flying spirit who traded cash for old molars? Myths abound when it comes to dentistry: • Put an aspirin next to a t...

ICYMI: What Your Birth Month Says About Your Health And The Story Behind America's Obsession With Perfect Teeth

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.25.2015 | Healthy Living

ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. This week, we couldn't put down emergency doctor Craig Spencer's account of recovering from Eb...

Don't Do It to Yourself... Until You Read This First

Richard Schechtman, D.D.S. | Posted 06.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Richard Schechtman, D.D.S.

Creativity and innovation fuel technological advances, which brings value to healthcare. Unfortunately, the DYI of orthodontic treatments "dumbs down" a process that requires an expert's evaluation, in person.

The Thumb That Can Cost an Arm and a Leg

Richard Schechtman, D.D.S. | Posted 04.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Richard Schechtman, D.D.S.

-- Take the family on a weeklong vacation to Disney World -- Buy all new living room furniture -- Hire a personal sous chef for three months OR -- Al...

Is All Orthodontic Treatment Equal?

Richard Schechtman, D.D.S. | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Richard Schechtman, D.D.S.

Good dental or orthodontic care is not a commodity. Not all doctors have the same standards or results. There are differences. How can you make the best choice and investment toward quality orthodontic care for you and your family?

Who Needs Braces? Socially-Necessary vs. Medically-Necessary Treatment

Marc Ackerman | Posted 02.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Marc Ackerman

Unlike treating a disease with a known cause and having the ability to select a therapy that cures that disease, orthodontics is limited to managing the irregularity of teeth. In simple terms, we orthodontists are able to straighten your teeth, but we really have little idea how or why they went crooked in the first place.

What Did I Do to Deserve These Cavities? (Or: the Sociology of Dentistry)

Galanty Miller | Posted 02.10.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

Dentists aren't real doctors. That's not an insult. That doesn't mean dentists aren't important. But doctors deal with the health and care of body par...

"Do the Right Bling"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima As a guy whose only piece of jewelry is a wedding ring that I got 35 years ago and who thinks karats are what rabbits eat, I have nev...

Bristol Palin's Jawline Surgery: Reconstructive or Cosmetic?

Michael Yaremchuk, M.D. | Posted 08.26.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Yaremchuk, M.D.

Bristol Palin had an underdeveloped lower jaw with a resultant malocclusion and overbite that could not be treated with braces.

"The Invisible Man"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

When it comes to dentistry, I know the drill: You sit in a chair, open wide and brace yourself as the tooth doctor tries to get to the root of the problem.

"Construction Project"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jerry Zezima

The braces on my teeth ought to be called the Great Project of Geezer. This architectural marvel has been engineered and constructed by Dr. Ben Murray, an orthodontic resident at the Stony Brook University.

Amazing Braces

Jerry Zezima | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jerry Zezima

I have fallen arches. This would be bad enough if they were in my feet, or even worse, if they fell while I was eating at McDonald's. But these arches...