Did You Know a Smile Is a Work of Art?


Published by Dr. Charles Gemmi

A Board Certified Orthodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, Dr. Charles Gemmi has been a practicing orthodontist with Orthodontics Limited since 2000 and is a member of the teaching staff at Einstein Medical Center. Orthodontics Limited is a Diamond+ Provider of Invisalign in Philadelphia and Hatboro, PA.

DID YOU KNOW THAT HIGHLY SKILLED ORTHODONTISTS use Leonardo da Vinci’s “Principle of Divine Proportion” while they help you obtain your gorgeous new smile? It’s true. Beautiful smiles are proportioned and include considerations in every factor of your mouth and face. Many people even say that a smile is the first thing they notice on another person.

Much like an oil painter working on a canvas, our orthodontists take their artistic inspiration and turn it into beautiful, natural smiles. That is why every orthodontic plan we create is personalized to fit your needs and wants. It’s part art, and part science.

If you want to give it a try, just look into a mirror and ask yourself the following questions:

>Can I draw a vertical line from the pupil of my eye to a corner of my mouth?

>Does my face divide horizontally into thirds?

>Does the lower third of my face divide into thirds again (from my nose to my chin)?

>Does my face divide into fifths vertically (5 times the width of one of my eyes)?

It’s really fun and interesting when you begin to notice the intricate connections that lie between your face and various artistic principles.

From what we see at our office, we know that orthodontic procedures are absolutely worth the investment to alter or restore your ideal proportions for your own physical characteristics. There’s nothing more fulfilling for us than witnessing the life-changing transformation that often takes place for many of our patients through orthodontics.

Have you ever wondered what the impact would be in your life if you truly loved your beautiful smile? How would you feel differently as you go about your daily activities? Come in and visit with us today. We are here to help you plan a smile that you can show off with confidence.

So many people that come in to visit with us at first are not fully aware of how they want their smile to look. They just know that they want a change, that they want to be happier, that they want to be more confident. That is where we come into play. We can go through all of your options and timelines to discover what the best, most optimal orthodontics treatment would be for you. We offer a variety of services, including traditional braces and clear aligner or teeth aligner therapy. During your consultation we can go into a lot more depth regarding the option that best fits your needs and desires, but for now, we will give you a general overview of some of the differences.

With traditional braces, you will have metal brackets on your teeth for a number of months to years. This number is highly variable depending on various unique contributing factors. The way that your teeth are positioned today and how much room or space you have in your mouth will help contribute to that number. Overall though, these braces will remain in place and we will continue to see you regularly to make necessary adjustments to make sure that your teeth are continuing to move to the desired positions.

On the other hand, with clear aligner therapy, you would be using a series of plastic trays to align your teeth. Unlike traditional braces, clear aligners are removable appliances. Because of this, there is a lot more responsibility required on the part of the patient. As the patient, you will be responsible for keeping the clear aligners in your mouth for the allotted, recommended time. You will need to remove the clear aligners when you eat and you will need to clean them regularly, but the good part about these aligners is that they are clear. A lot of our patients prefer this method of straightening their teeth because it is a lot more discreet and blends into their natural smile. Posing and smiling for a photo with teeth aligners does not feel like an embarrassment anymore, especially for our adult patients.

Again though, with teeth aligners or clear aligners, it is incredibly important to remember that you will need to put your aligners in yourself. At times, this is difficult for patients because teeth can get sore when they are moving. This soreness can prevent patients from wanting to put their plastic trays, or clear aligners, in regularly, but it is necessary to do so in order to get your optimal results in a timely fashion.

As we mentioned earlier, your smile is a work of art. We want to ensure that we help you create a masterpiece that you have always been dreaming of. Each person wants something different, and it is important to note that with orthodontics treatment, we can alter not only your teeth but the soft tissues around your face. The mouth is connected to the rest of your face, so by moving your teeth, which is located in your alveolar bone, we will be slightly reshaping some of the bone as well as the soft tissues around your face. We have various softwares that can help us determine how you would look before and after your orthodontic treatment, but it is always good to take those photos with a grain of salt. Ultimately though, we will be able to make some adjustments to your facial appearance by straightening your teeth, whether we use traditional braces or clear aligner therapy.

At the end of the day, we will present you with all your options and work with you to determine the most ideal treatment for YOU! Chances are, after we’re finished with your orthodontics treatment here at Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, you’ll wonder why you waited so long.

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