Posts for: May, 2016


Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.

He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”

Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.

There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.

The Science Behind the Magic

There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.

The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.

How’s that for a disappearing act?!

If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”

By Sood Family Dentistry
May 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   Bridges  

Wondering what to do about that chipped tooth or that gap in your smile in Shelby Township, MI?

You may need a crown or a bridge. If so, you should consider contacting Dr. Shikha Sood of Sood Family Dentistry to find out more about Crownshow crowns and bridges can restore your smile.

What is a crown and why would I need one?

If you have a damaged or discolored tooth or a decaying tooth that needs root canal work, chances are you’re going to need a crown.

A crown is a prosthetic device which is basically a tooth shaped and colored cover your Shelby Township dentist will permanently attach to a damaged tooth. Crowns are usually made of materials such as porcelain, ceramic, or resin, although sometimes metals can be used. Your Shelby Township dentist will carefully assess your situation, taking an impression of your teeth so that the crown can be custom designed to your needs. Your crown may be made in-office or in an outside laboratory, but rest assured it will be carefully designed to match your natural teeth and your specific needs.

Your Shelby Township dentist will prepare the tooth for the crown; this usually requires some shaping, filing, or shaving of the existing tooth enamel. Don’t worry; your Shelby Township dentist will ensure you feel no pain. The entire procedure usually takes two visits; one to assess, prepare and attach a temporary crown while the permanent one is made and the second to remove the temporary and attach the permanent.

What is a bridge and why would I need one?

A bridge is also a permanent prosthetic device used to fill a space caused by a missing tooth or teeth. Your Shelby Township dentist will install the bridge, which may consist of up to three prosthetic teeth, between two healthy teeth or even between two implants. Like a crown, a bridge is designed to your particular needs and specifications to effectively mimic the look and function of your missing natural teeth.

The procedure is similar to getting a crown; it usually takes two visits to your Shelby Township dentist. During the first visit, your dentist will prepare the two teeth, known as abutment teeth, to which the bridge will be attached; the dentist will then attach a temporary bridge until your permanent bridge is ready. During the second visit, your Shelby Township dentist will attach the permanent bridge.

The result should be a natural looking, beautiful, durable new smile.

To find out more about how crowns and bridges can restore your smile in Shelby Township, MI, call Sood Family Dentistry at 586-207-1471.


It’s estimated that between 10 and 40 million adults in the U.S. suffer from chronic jaw pain and disability. Healthcare providers refer to it as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD), a group of conditions characterized by pain and limited function with the jaw joints, as well as related muscles and tissues.

People with TMJD often experience popping, clicking or grating sounds when they move their lower jaw. The more serious symptoms, however, are severe pain and limited movement of the jaw. The causes of TMJD haven’t been fully substantiated, but it’s believed to be influenced by a person’s genetic background, their gender (most patients are women of childbearing age), their environment and behavioral habits. This uncertainty about the underlying causes has made it difficult to improve treatment strategies for the disorder.

One promising area of research, though, is suspected connections between TMJD and other health problems. In one survey of over 1,500 TMJD patients, nearly two-thirds indicated they had three or more other chronic conditions. Among the most frequently named were fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and sleep disturbances.

We’re not quite sure how or why TMJD might be linked to these other conditions, but further study is underway. Researchers hope any knowledge uncovered could lead to advances in our ability to diagnose, treat and prevent TMJD.

Until then, the more traditional treatment approach remains the best course of action: medication to relax muscles and relieve pain; thermal therapies using hot and cold compresses during flare-ups; and physical therapy. Switching to softer foods temporarily may also give jaw muscles a rest from over-activity. Although jaw surgery is an option, we should consider it a last resort after other therapies have proven altogether ineffective in relieving pain and restoring function.

If you suspect you have TMJD, please visit a medical doctor first. Other conditions could mimic the symptoms of the disorder and would need to be ruled out first. If the diagnosis is TMJD, you’re not alone. You can receive information, support and updates on the latest research by visiting the TMJ Association at

If you would like more information on chronic jaw pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Chronic Jaw Pain and Associated Conditions.”

Dentist in Shelby Township, MI
Sood Family Dental
56732 Van Dyke Avenue
Shelby Township, MI 48316

(586) 207-1471
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