ST. LOUIS--People considering getting braces may wonder what they will look like after completing orthodontic treatment. To satisfy this curiosity, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) offers interested consumers a way to see their potential future smiles.
A computer-imaging program called �Smile Bank� is a free service of the AAO that sneaks a peek at the potential outcome of orthodontic treatment.
�Some people, especially adult orthodontic patients, are apprehensive about treatment and what they�ll look like,� says Dr. Frederick G. Preis of Bel Air, Md., president of the American Association of Orthodontists. �Computer technology, like the �Smile Bank,� is extremely beneficial in helping patients see how orthodontic treatment can benefit them in the long run and how they may look after braces.�
Individuals interested in receiving a complimentary computer-generated �after braces� picture may send in a close-up photograph of the potential patient smiling. The picture must be a front view with a natural, �toothy� smile. Photos should be mailed to: �SMILES,� AAO, 401 North Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141-7816. Name, address, and daytime phone number should be included.
About the American Association of Orthodontists--
Founded in 1900, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) has more than 13,500 members in the United States, Canada, and abroad. The AAO supports research and education leading to quality patient care and promotes increased awareness of the need for and benefits of orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontists are uniquely qualified to correct �bad bites.� To be a specialist in orthodontics, the American Dental Association requires at least two academic years of advanced specialty training in orthodontics in an accredited program after graduation from dental school.
For a free video packed with valuable information about orthodontics, �A Smile That�s Good for Life,� call (800) STRAIGHT (800-787-2444). Additional information can be found on the AAO�s Web site at www.braces.org.