Embarrassed by a family member? From Mom’s memory and Dad’s dancing to your cousin’s crazy clothes, learn how to combat your relative’s kookiest quirks!
Big Brother Makeover
Dana says she is fed up with the condition of her 46-year-old brother, Jay’s, crooked, yellow teeth, shaggy hair and sloppy style.
“My brother is a great-looking, fun-loving guy,” Dana says. “But his teeth distract from his looks.
“He never smiles in family photos. I want to see photos of my brother with a big smile on his face.”
The Doctors takes Jay from slob to suave with a smile makeover by cosmetic dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman.
“A big part of life is being able to smile and show your teeth,” Dr. Travis says.
Dr. Bill explains the four-step process for fixing Jay’s smile:
1. Teeth whitening.
2. Extraction of Jay’s crooked lower front tooth and bonding of the bottom row of teeth.
3. New braces placed behind the bottom teeth, making the braces virtually invisible.
4. Prepless Veneers: A new type of veneer that doesn’t require the natural teeth to be filed down before application. Instead, a thin piece of porcelain is applied to the surface of the teeth and yields permanent results.
Dana says she also has issues with Jay’s hair, clothes and his overall look. The Doctors spruce him up. See Jay’s fresh look!
Do you know someone who speaks too loudly? There are several reasons behind his or her volume.
“Sometimes loud talkers want attention,” plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon says. “They just want to be the so-called ‘life of the party,’ but for other people, especially those getting older, they speak louder because they have a medical problem – they can’t hear.”
Dr. Ordon explains the two forms hearing loss:
• Conductive hearing loss (CHL): A mechanical malfunction in the outer or middle ear. The three tiny bones of the ear (ossicles) may not conduct sound properly, or the eardrum may not vibrate in response to sound. Fluid in the middle ear can cause this type of hearing loss.
• Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL): A problem in the choclea related to aging or being subjected to loud noises, which should avoided.
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Caprice, a mom of two, says she’s embarrassed by her own forgetfulness.
“I pride myself on being a successful parent and professional, but [for example], when we’re going to church on Sunday I can’t seem to find my keys,” Caprice says.
“So many of my pregnant mommies say they have ‘momnesia’ or ‘pregnesia,’ and I’m going to debunk this [self-diagnosis],” OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says.
“It’s not a problem with your memory,” Dr. Lisa says. “What happens is you may not get enough sleep. You’re refocusing your priorities on the baby and starting to not sweat the small stuff.
“Basically, start getting [more] sleep, start writing things down and try not to do it all.”
Embarrassing Family Questions
Sarah says her mother recently developed unsightly shingles on the back of her neck, and asks if the condition is contagious.
Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a viral infection caused by the chickenpox virus. Symptoms include a painful rash on one side of the body. It most commonly affects older adults and people with weak immune systems.
The Food and Drug Administration recently approved Merck’s shingles vaccine for people age 50 and older, though it was already approved for people older than 60. The approval is based on a Merck clinical trial that showed the vaccine to be about 70 percent effective in preventing shingles in the younger age group.
There is currently no cure for shingles, but treatment may expedite healing.
Treatments may include:
• Antiviral medications.
• Medicines to help long-term pain such as antidepressants, pain killers and skin creams.
Mom’s Messy Car
Tyzhanae, 17, says she’s embarrassed by the state of her mother, Sasha’s, car. Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears investigates the vehicle, and what he finds will shock you.