BRONX, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 12/06/12 -- With more than 1.7 million people worldwide having been treated with Invisalign® clear plastic aligners according to Align Technology, the popular corrective aligners have become a household name in orthodontic alternatives to traditional metal braces. Dr. Mita Parikh, an orthodontist in Bronx, NY, and Dr. Victor Oelbaum say providing individual and personalized treatment is essential for ensuring patients receive the best results. Dr. Parikh adds that Invisalign®, particularly amongst teenagers, can be an effective way to subtly correct misaligned teeth, but requires a unique treatment plan based on each patient's particular needs and goals.
According to a recent survey conducted by Kelton Research, a global insights firm, over half of teens (54%) believe metal braces would make them feel more self-conscious about their smile. The American Association of Orthodontics also reveals that more than half of the two million orthodontic cases performed each year in the U.S. are represented by the age group of 12 to 17-year-olds. At their Bronx orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry practice, Dr. Oelbaum and his team see a similar demographic of teenagers requesting Invisalign® as a way to achieve a straighter, more aesthetically-pleasing smile. With younger patients, they say more specific attention to the intricacies of each patient's particular oral structure is required to attain proper alignment.
Dr. Oelbaum says the popularity amongst teenagers of less painful and noticeable cosmetic dentistry treatment like Invisalign® coincides with the significant benefits that are available from treating crooked teeth early on in life. He says undergoing an orthodontic procedure at a younger age can help lessen total treatment time, promote proper bone growth, and improve overall oral health by guiding teeth in the right direction for future movement. Dr. Oelbaum adds that the earlier an orthodontist can diagnose and identify a patient's teeth movement, the more accurate his or her treatment plan will be in predicting the right course of action and yielding the most effective results. Because of the gravity of a procedure like Invisalign®, Dr. Oelbaum says choosing an orthodontist who is personable and experienced is essential for creating a customized treatment plan and achieving the right results.
Regardless of which dental procedure is deemed to be the right fit for a patient, Dr. Oelbaum says consulting with a board-certified orthodontist who has a passion for providing the best care possible can ensure patients receive a satisfactory aesthetic outcome. He adds that dental practices that have an on-site orthodontist often provide the best care because they have quick access to a wealth of experience should there be any complications with a patient's treatment.
About Victor Oelbaum, DDS
Dr. Victor Oelbaum is the director of Dr. Victor Oelbaum & Associates and a graduate of the University of Maryland. He is a current member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Oelbaum has been in practice for over 26 years. He is available for interview upon request.
About Mita Parikh, DMD
Dr. Mita Parikh graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where she obtained her Doctorate of Dental Medicine. She completed a two-year postgraduate program in orthodontics at the New York University College of Dentistry. Dr. Parikh has received extensive training in procedures using ceramic braces and Invisalign®, and is a member of several dental organizations, including the American Association of Orthodontics, New York State Dental Association and the American Dental Association. She is available for interview upon request.
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