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January 2017

Is Invisalign right for you?

For some people, the thought of 1-2 years in braces sounds like serving time in teeth prison!  If that is you, the great news is that we now have new and better options such as Invisalign. For those who don’t know much about Invisalign, here is the “cut to the chase” version. Invisalign is a completely different system for moving your teeth than braces. Instead of brackets and wires, a 3-D

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January 2017

A Brand-New Book — 9 Years in the Making – from Dr. Pitner

Happy New Year! I hope 2017 is off to a great start for everyone. I know these first weeks have been very exciting for me. As of this month, I am now a published author, and my book, Improve Your Smile, Transform Your Life: A Guide to Orthodontics for Adults, is now available. Getting my book ready has been a huge undertaking. Depending on how you look at it, I have either been working on this book

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December 2016

The Best Kept Secret in Orthodontics – Hidden Lingual Braces

Did you know that you can straighten your teeth invisibly with no aligners to remove or anything covering up your smile? It’s true with lingual braces – the best kept secret in orthodontics. Getting a better smile can be your secret with braces that are hidden on the back of your teeth (best known as lingual braces since they are attached to the tongue side of your teeth). You probably know

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November 2016

All The Little Things

Several years ago, a friend of mine from England came to visit during Thanksgiving. I went up to meet her in Chicago, and as we drove through the city, you could see that practically every store was closed for the holiday. Of course, they don’t have Thanksgiving in Great Britain, so she was a bit awestruck. “This is amazing, everyone celebrating together on the same day.” Until she said that,

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February 2016

“You’ll find that life is still worthwhile if you just smile”: The Science Behind Your Smile Part 6

Can just smiling make you happy? What if smiling, if even you weren’t happy, could make you feel better?  For psychologists, this is called the “facial feedback” hypothesis [1].  To test whether smiling can make you feel happier, researchers conducted an experiment where the participants were asked to hold a pencil in their mouths while watching a series of positive and negative videos.  The

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January 2016

Does Smiling Create Happiness? – The Science Behind Your Smile Part 5

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”  – Thich Nhat Hanh If an authentic (Duchenne) smile is caused by feeling happiness and joy, can smiling alone create these same good emotions in the brain? Paul Ekman joined with Richard Davidson, one of the world’s experts on the neuroscience of emotions, to study what happens

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