Betty, Social Braces, Pet Braces and Hygiene Hints

Hey, it’s certainly been a while since my last post. Life’s been busy, including publishing the sixth print run of The Braces Cookbook: Recipes You (and Your Orthodontist) Will Love. We’re excited that there are now 11,000 copies in print! We hope some day to do photography for it on a par with the great visuals done by Chef Amee Hoge for The Braces Cookbook 2: Comfort Food with a Gourmet Touch.

In the meantime, here are some news items:

In the upcoming final episodes of Ugly Betty, wrapping up a four-season run, viewers will get to see Betty’s teeth minus the dated braces. Her new orthodontist will take them off, completing the new look for Betty as she moves to… London?

Ever heard of the Social 6? That’s a term for the front six teeth of the upper mouth, that are the most visible when you smile. There’s a type of hidden braces just for fixing those, called STb Social 6 braces – they are fixed to the backside (lingual) side of the teeth, so no one can see them. I suppose if all you need is a little tweaking to those six teeth (no jaw or bite problems), they could be an interesting option. They seem to be popular in the UK but are produced by a US company, Ormco.

Veterinarian Dr. Larry Baker of Northgate Pet Clinic (Decatur, IL) creates orthodontic appliances for animals. His goal is to prevent bone and tooth loss, same as for people; he has worked with bears, goats, dogs, cats, rabbits and a tiger; one of his most unusual tasks was to straighten the beak of a show chicken for a major bite problem!

A really in-depth article on oral hygiene with braces can be found in the Dental Tribune, a global newspaper for dental professionals. The author, Shirley Gutkowski, is a dental hygienist and also an adult-braces wearer.

Speaking of adult braces, here’s a boost for those considering them. My mother had them at age 68, almost twenty years ago. She just reminded me that she always chose turquoise elastics (ligatures) because she thought it made the braces look like silver and turquoise jewelry!! (I originally chose purple and pink, but found out two days later that my latex allergy was creating major trouble; I had to settle for the clear vinyl ones, but hey, they worked just as well.)


3 responses to “Betty, Social Braces, Pet Braces and Hygiene Hints

  1. This is my first time to hear about Social 6. Thanks for sharing

  2. Even if Betty has braces, she really is indeed very beautiful. Having braces doesn't mean it's ugly. You can still be beautiful even if you have those thing in your teeth. My teeth were not properly aligned so I went to my Raleigh cosmetic dentist and got beautiful braces. Raleigh cosmetic dentistry assures patients that they will still be beautiful even if they wear braces.

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