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Posted by on Nov 26, 2017 in Dental Work | 0 comments

Is it Worth Getting Braces at my Age?

I’m thinking about doing something a little vain and cosmetic for myself, and I just don’t know how I feel about the process or what it says about me.

Should I get braces for my teeth? I’ve been thinking about it for ages and ages. I’ve looked at a few places around my area (this Dental Expressions place looks good, for instance), but I just don’t know if I can go through with it.

Why do I need it? Well, my teeth have always looked off. They aren’t awful, and they don’t hurt or cause any discomfort, but I just don’t like my smile. That’s what it comes down to. I see my smile in photographs, and I think it just looks bad.

In my twenties, I didn’t mind so much. I was pretty much a nobody at work, and I was too shy to go out and date much. However, I’ve managed to work my way up the job ladder now, and in the process, I’ve found a lot more confidence. Now, I need to be able to impress clients as well as people I’m attracted to. To do that, I think I need braces.

But is that too shallow? I have colleagues who have worse teeth than mine, and it doesn’t seem to hold them back. Many of them are happily married to very attractive people. Many others are well above me in our business and seem to be moving up all the time. It doesn’t seem to cross their minds to do anything about something as silly as teeth.

I’ve tried to think that way for a long time. I’ve gotten in shape and gotten my hair styled. I bought a new, high-quality and stylish wardrobe. In short, I’ve tried to adjust every other element of how I look.

All of that is great, but I can’t get over my teeth. And, with things like invisible braces out there, it seems like it would be pretty effortless to do.

But, some part of me still thinks it’s shallow, that I’m worrying about nothing and just looking for something to complain about. Maybe I just want to find a problem in my life. Or, maybe I just want an excuse for why I’m not moving up the ladder faster these days, or why I still can’t get a date most weekends.

I think, though, what really holds me back is the association I have with braces being for teenagers. When I was growing up, my family didn’t have the money to get me braces, and so I watched all those other lucky kids get braces during their awkward years and get them off just in time to start college and look good as they became adults. It just doesn’t seem like something an adult should do without good reason.

But maybe I’m just being hard on myself. I have the money, I want my teeth to look better. What’s the big deal? So, then, why am I not doing it?

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Posted by on Nov 5, 2017 in Brain Injuries | 0 comments

Brain Injuries May Destroy Football

Concussions are a major worry for any parent with a kid playing football. While it’s great to see the kids out having a great time playing a great game, these day’s there are all those ugly statistics in the back of every parent’s head.

You know the ones, the statistics about how many concussions are suffered in an average season at the middle school, high school, and college level. The amount of long-term damage that can be done. The horrible examples of what brain trauma can do, the stories that have made all the headlines, run through every parent’s head: Aaron Hernandez, Junior Seau. The list is growing longer, and the consequences are becoming more widely known.

Before these issues came to the forefront, parents still worried about their children playing football, of course. There were strains and sprains to worry over, the possibility of broken bones, and the very rare but still worrisome risks of very serious injury.

But chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is the condition that affects these players, has changed the game forever, even if the game doesn’t realize it yet.

Already, there are fewer parents taking the risk of letting their children play football. If that trend continues, it’s likely that America’s best athletes will begin to show up in other sports, which will decrease the quality and entertainment of the NFL and the college game.

Further, it’s likely there will be increasingly more questions asked about how the game is run, particularly at the high school and college level. Are players being put back on the field after a hard hit? Is there a risk the player already has a concussion? These situations are more likely to lead to brain injury lawsuits than they were in the past. In the past, parents may have looked the other way if their child looked okay after the game. Now, parents are watching every play, every hit, and double checking the doctors and coaches have gotten the decisions right.

This second-guessing will likely be very good for the players of the game, and very bad for the game itself. While players from the earliest amateurs all the way up to professionals are likely to demand fewer risks be taken with their bodies and heads, which will lead to fewer injuries, chronic and temporary, that very demand will almost by necessity make the game less watchable.

Once the hits stop being so hard, the plays slow down to triple check a player, more and more tackles are outlawed, and more and more players pull out of potentially risky plays, the game will have to decline in quality.

Whether this is good or bad, and whether it means a death spiral for the game, it’s impossible to say at this point. What is certain, however, is that parents are going to demand the game move in that direction. And if mom and dad want it, the professional player is going to demand it too.

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