Us chat for adults

"When I started practicing in the '90s, I was lucky if 1% of my clients were adults," says Sunil Wadhwa, DDS, Ph D, director of orthodontics at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. She wanted to fix a crossbite -- when teeth don't align as they should.

Mostly, though, she wanted to feel better about her smile.

"A generation ago, adults didn't always keep their teeth, much less straighten them," says Leslie A. The type of treatment you choose depends on how your teeth need to move to streamline your smile.

Regular braces: These use gentle pressure to move your teeth into place over time.

"Toddlers can clearly understand complex conversation long before most parents think they can."Children start to recognize their names by around 4 1/2 months, so even a young baby may pay more attention if you mention her in conversation, says Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.

D., a professor of psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia and coauthor of How Babies Talk: The Magic and Mystery of Language in the First Three Years of Life (Penguin, 1999).

Once this happens, kids start to figure out not just that you're talking about them but what you're saying.

"If she's angry, he'll pick up on that tone too."By the time they turn 1, most babies know about 50 words.

Since young children tend to be around us much of the time, it would be nearly impossible to save all our child-related chat for naptime or bedtime. And they understand more than you think."There is often a huge difference between receptive language and expressive language at this age," explains Jean Berko Gleason, Ph.

And adults often assume that because toddlers aren't talking much, they're not taking in what we're saying. D., a professor of psychology at Boston University and author of The Development of Language (Allyn & Bacon, 1996).

In other words, no matter what you say, chances are your toddler gets the underlying message, says Edward Schor, M.

D., medical director at the Iowa Department of Public Health, in Des Moines.

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