November 25th, 2014
The resurgence of the Back to the Land movement in the 21st century has in no way been confined to rural areas. Urban farming has been taking root in cities on both coasts, as well as Chicago and Detroit — Midwestern cities known more for their concrete, glass and steel than for their heirloom tomatoes grown in rooftop gardens. That’s all changing and New York City — Brooklyn in particular — is certainly no exception.
Urban farms take advantage of unused space among the hustle and bustle and buildings of modern metropolises. Rooftop garden are becoming more common, but these are more than mere gardens. Complete farms exist high above the sidewalks of Brooklyn where even chickens now roost.
These farms don’t only produce food, they also provide a valuable meeting place in the communities where they are located. Added Value in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, is a farm but also a youth and community organization. Other gardens in the borough include Magnolia Tree Earth Center of Bedford-Stuyvesant, South Portland Garden in Fort Greene and the Amboy Neighborhood Garden in Brownsville.
The rise in urban gardening also coincides with an increasing interest in eating healthier, organic produce. Many consumers are leery of genetically modified food products and the dubious practices of many industrial farms. Living a more sustainable lifestyle and providing a place for members of the community to gather and work together provide obvious benefits, but some of these farms are also commercial endeavors. They grow real food that real people can buy with the peace of mind of knowing exactly where their food came from. This is not something you get when you buy food in a super market. Urban farming also offers the chance for people to connect with nature, which can be quite difficult to do in the city.
Urban gardening is not likely to be a passing fad, not so long as consumers are distrustful of what exactly is in the prepackaged foods that they eat. In Brooklyn at least, it looks as if this is a new reality of city living.
November 25th, 2014
Is any insurance a good investment? Yes, of course. No one knows this better than those who find themselves uninsured and facing a large amount of costly dental work. Like many things related to our health, dental and orthodontic work can be expensive. It is estimated that 61% of Americans have some form of dental coverage, mostly as a part of a group plan. For individuals who aren’t covered and whose employer doesn’t offer coverage, they would be well advised to find an affordable plan on their own.
In typical dental plans 100% of preventive care is covered. This includes things like X-rays and periodic examinations. Office visits, extractions, and in some cases even root canals are covered up to 80%. Crowns, inlays and bridges may be covered up to 50%. Of course, there are a few factors to take into consideration when deciding the type of coverage you may need. The annual premium rate, the amount of treatment you’ll need, as well as the coverage of a particular policy, should all be considered in your decision.
Insurance is an investment as well as a form of protection. It can also offer a peace of mind. No one can predict the amount of dental work they may need, but by purchasing dental insurance you are protecting yourself from these unforeseen and unavoidable expenses.
November 5th, 2014
In the past, one of the most painful procedures a patient had to endure was when a key tooth was covered with gum tissue, requiring the orthodontist to cut away the gum to reveal the tooth beneath it. Often, this procedure was done in tandem with an oral surgeon who cut away the gum tissue, while the orthodontist stood by to get at the newly revealed tooth as soon as it was clear.
Today, technology has allowed for the use of much less painful procedures. A special machine called a laser diode directs a beam of laser light to the gums which is transformed into heat. This released energy gently shapes and cuts away at the soft tissue, shaping the teeth and revealing obstructions.
The advantages of a laser corrective procedure vs. the traditional surgical method are many. There is no severe pain or lengthy recovery time - patients can eat and perform regular activities almost immediately. Since topical anesthesia is used, there are no needles or injections needed. The laser both cuts and closes up the wound, thereby resulting in less bleeding.
Who is a candidate for laser corrective procedures? This requires a visit to our office, where a doctor will check out your specific condition and recommend you for this procedure. Since it is a form a surgery, only board certified trained orthodontists are qualified to perform this procedure.
Hanson Place Orthodontics is proud to be from the select few Brooklyn Orthodontic teams to offer this highly specialized treatment, which is a much preferred choice for many forms of corrective procedures.
November 5th, 2014
You've heard of invisalign before, but clear braces just doesn't sound right. How can braces be clear?
Clear braces are actually very similar to traditional metal braces, except that they use ceramic brackets which are made of clear materials and are therefore less noticeable than traditional braces.
Clear braces are glued to the teeth, and are not removable the way the Invisalign appliance is. The wire which connects to the brackets is made of metal, so it is visible. This choice of braces is preferred by many older patients, such as adults or older teens, who tend to be more concerned with cosmetic issues.
Since clear braces are made of ceramic instead of metal, they are more brittle and require more oral hygiene. The brackets are larger, and therefore more bulky, than traditional metal brackets. If not cared for properly, the brackets may turn yellow and unsightly. An electric toothbrush, used with toothpaste that contains no whitening, is the preferred method of cleaning your tooth when using clear braces.
When should you choose clear braces? Really, the choice is mostly cosmetic. There is no disadvantage to using them other than they require more care, but their similarity to metal braces makes them virtually equal to them in preference.
Of course, the decision to use clear braces is something that should be discussed with your doctor. Our doctors have years of experience with all forms of braces, and can skillfully guide you into making the best decision from a clinical, cosmetic, and practical point of view.