Ravenna – Sometime after the invention of the mirror, but no later than 1,000 B.C., ancient Greeks began using base metals and cat gut in a determined effort to take the smile provided by nature and make it better. Today, gifted orthodontic specialists shape dazzling smiles while creating optimal form and function. Orthodontics has come a long way in just a few thousand years. Children, teenagers, young adults, middle-aged men and women, seniors – all are taking advantage of the simplicity that distinguishes today’s orthodontics.

In August 2011, Violet Orthodontics opened its second location in Ravenna. While speaking about the progress of the new location, Dr. Violet said, “I am very pleased with welcome we have received from the community and our patients. My team and I are committed to bringing high caliber, orthodontic care to an area known for its medical facilities. Our special brand of orthodontics combines form and function for beautiful and healthy smiles. We strive to make orthodontics fun for our younger patients, with stylish color bands. And we offer clear braces to the growing number of our adult patients. Both children and adults love the contests, special events and educational opportunities our practice is well known for. Patricia Aaron was 55 years old when she decided to have orthodontic treatment. When reflecting on her experience before, during and after treatment, this is what she said, “When my periodontist told me I needed braces, I was very unhappy. I had just completed a series of bone grafts and thought that I was finished. When I met with Dr. Violet she explained that my treatment would be complicated due to my age and the condition of my bone. However, it was doable – so we began. Dr. Violet explained every step simply, making sure that I understoood each step. I was educated and engaged throughout the process. Today, I’ve got my smile back and it’s a killer. I would encourage anyone interested to do the following – get informed, get involved in your care and get going!. I can’t stop smiling.” Your orthodontist can improve most tooth and jaw alignment problems at any age. Straight teeth function better, are easier to clean, and are more likely to last your lifetime. Nicole Shriver was 11 years old when she started orthodontic treatment. This is what she had to say about her treatment experience, “I thought my teeth were ugly. I had less self confidence and I was embarrassed. During treatment, I was excited because my teeth were felt like they were fixing themselves. I was surprised how quickly they started straightening out and was anxious for it to be done. Now, I can’t stop touching my teeth. I’m obsessed with them and pleased with the results. I can’t believe how good they look. I love my retainer – it’s so cool. And honestly, it’s boosted my self-confidence.” David Tanner whose son Adam had orthodontic treatment had this to say when asked why he had selected Violet Orthodontics, “We interviewed a few different orthodontists and when we met Dr. Violet we instantly knew that we had found the right orthodontist for our son. The pre-braces appointments were very informative and gave us a new understanding of the art of orthodontics.” It is important for parents to know that Orthodontists receive more formal education than dentists to specialize in straightening teeth. Like dentists, orthodontists graduate from dental school. Then, to be an orthodontist, it takes an additional two to three academic years of education in an accredited orthodontic residency program. A COMMON MYTH:  “My family dentist says he can straighten my teeth.” Orthodontists are dentistry’s specialists in straightening teeth and aligning jaws to create optimal function and form. Orthodontists only practice orthodontics. They treat hundreds of patients a year, drawing on tried-and-true and new orthodontic appliance technologies to get patients to the best results. Orthodontists have knowledge of the full range of orthodontic appliance “tools”—including braces, clear aligners and other orthodontic devices. They know what to use and when because they work with these tools every day. Orthodontists build on their knowledge of orthodontics through on-going continuing education in orthodontic technology and practice. About Dr. Violet Barbosa Dr. Violet Barbosa is a specialist in Orthodontics for children, teenagers and adults. She is a board member of the Cleveland Society of Orthodontists (CSO) and an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) She earned her DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree from New York University College of Dentistry. She then went on to the accredited orthodontic residency program at Montefiore Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York to become an orthodontist. Dr. Violet also holds the following degrees from prestigious universities in India, namely: BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) and MDS (Master of Dental Surgery) in Orthodontics. She is a former Lecturer-Consultant at Goa Dental College and Hospital. She built a successful orthodontic practice in Goa before moving to the U.S. Dr. Violet lives in Twinsburg with her husband Peter and their daughter, Annasha. Her interests include music, animals and nature. She likes being involved in community activities and is passionate about preserving the environment for future generations. For more information, visit www.violetorthodontics.com