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I can choose the Invisalign tray for upper teeth only, correct? My bottom teeth are fine.

Amanda Seay, Mount Pleasant, SC
“It truly is case dependent. If your bite(occlusion) is acceptable and you are only correcting minor tooth position then it should be fine to only treat one dental arch and not both. But...the new teeth positions must be in harmony with the lower teeth to give you a balanced bite.” Read more
Steven Glassman, New York, NY
“Usually it's best to to use Invisalign on both arches. We chew dynamically (in motion) not Static. So even though the esthetic complain is on the upper arch, by straightening them they may knock into the lower and not fit together properly when biting and chewing. It generally also takes...” Read more
Carolyn Van Buskirk, New York, NY
“While it is theoretically possible to only treat one arch, this is by far the exception. A better result is usually achieved if both arches are treated. Even if it may appear to you that "the lower teeth are fine", usually some movement of the lower teeth is necessary to provide the leeway for...” Read more
Irena Vaksman, San Francisco, CA
“Invisalign is typically done for both upper and lower teeth, even if you are only actively treating one arch. It is best to control the bite while moving the teeth, thus it is recommended to wear both upper and lowers aligners throughout treatment. ” Read more
Steven Bader, Newton Centre, MA
“It sounds like you are asking if you can choose to have Invisalign treatment for your upper teeth only. Absolutely! An evaluation with an Invisalign certified dentist will show you whether it may help to make some changes to your lower teeth to allow your upper teeth to look better. Most...” Read more
Les Latner, Los Angeles, CA
“Generally, when moving teeth in one arch (the upper arch in this case), then the teeth might not bite together properly unless the teeth on the lower arch are moved. Each patient's situation is different and needs to be evaluated by your dentist. Les Latner, DDS, MAGD drles@ucla.edu ” Read more
Michael Apa, New York, NY
“Most cases will require some minor movement of the bottom teeth at the same time, however it is possible to use an upper tray only.” Read more
Marlen Martirossian, River Edge, NJ
“For the most part you do have to wear the lower Invisalign retainer for some minor bite correction.” Read more

I want to lose weight.

It only takes three letters to describe one of the weightiest words: Fat. But not all fat is created equal.

Visceral fat is practically invisible, collecting internally around major abdominal organs. It plagues mainly sedentary individuals. Even the naturally skinny (but lazy) can be victimized by visceral fat. Subcutaneous fat is the kind most people are all too familiar with - the fat that rolls over your waistband and pools under your chin. It's pinchable, pullable, pokeable, and resides just under the skin.

Aside from looking in a mirror, excess weight is determined by calculating one's body mass index (BMI). The BMI is a formula based on height and weight, and it separates people into four categories: underweight, normal, overweight, and obese. One is typically considered obese with a BMI of 30 or higher.

Excess weight amasses over time due to decreased physical activity, changes in hormone levels, and a metabolism that slows with age, causing fat to be burned…

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Fraxel

Fraxel is a brand family of fractional laser skin treatments that offers treatments at different levels of intensity.

The fact that they are fractional lasers means that the laser itself is made up of hundreds of tiny columns of energy. Because the laser is split into tiny bits, Fraxel lasers affect only parts of the targeted area and thus have shorter healing times than non-fractional lasers.

There are four levels of intriguingly spelled Fraxel treatments that increase in strength. They include "re:fine," "re:store," (both of which are erbium lasers) "re:pair," (a C02 laser) and the most recent addition to the clan, "re:store Dual" (which combines an erbium laser and a thulium laser).

All of these treatments work by making tiny wounds in the dermis, which activate collagen production and prompt the growth of new cells. The result is plumper, smoother, healthier-looking skin.

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Invisalign

A mouthful of braces isn't any fun when you're in middle school - and even less so when you're middle-aged. Invisalign braces will straighten your teeth without filling your smile with metal studs.

Align Technologies introduced Invisalign in 1999 as an inconspicuous way to shift teeth into position gradually without the use of visible braces. The removable bite trays, called aligners, are less than one millimeter thick and are placed on both the top and bottom rows of teeth.

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Sunless tanning

Tanning can give the skin an attractive golden glow. But UVA and UVB rays from the sun can also wrinkle your skin (through breaking down elastin and collagen) and increase the likelihood of developing melanomas and other skin cancers.

The solution, for many, is sunless tanning. A sunless tan can be achieved in one of many ways and most commonly involves the application of reactive chemicals (DHA and/or erythrulos—more on them later) to the skin to give it the appearance of a suntan without actually spending time in the sun.

It's possible to temporarily color the face without chemicals - through the use of cosmetic bronzers, which are tinted powders or creams - but if you're looking for an overall glow that won't wash off right away, sunless tanning is the way to go. Keep in mind that sunless tanning does not provide any protection from the sun - it's not a "base tan."

Sunless tanners come in two main forms: lotions and spray tans. You can apply these lotions and…

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