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Accelerating treatment for patients with class II malocclusions

BELLA SHEN GARNETT discusses speeding up treatment for patients who require quicker treatment times


Bella Shen Garnett, DMD, MMSc, is a graduate of Stanford University, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and is a board certified orthodontist and an Angle’s Society affiliate member. She runs two private practices in San Francisco and is a Diamond Plus Invisalign provider. She lectures for both Align Technology and Propel.

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It’s been wonderful to see more adults than ever seeking orthodontics. With an increasingly competitive job market, increased use of social media and selfie postings, people are more aware of their smiles and want to look their best.

Recently, Kelton Global conducted a national American smile survey that found individuals with straight teeth are 57% more likely to be chosen for a first date. Harris Poll, another national survey, revealed nearly one in five adults attribute their straighter teeth to a promotion or career upgrade. These surveys prove the old adage, ‘putting your money where your mouth is,’ can impact far more than oral health and one’s social life. Investing in a healthy smile can lead to advancements in one’s career, too.

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