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7 Essentials for Any Invisalign User

essentials for any Invisalign user

You are getting your teeth straightened with Invisalign (or SmileDirect Club, StraightTeethDirect or WonderSmile) and you have just been handed your case and aligners, a few cleaning tablets and not much else. However, you might also need to buy the following:

On The Go

You will be wearing your clear aligners for up to 22 hours a day, which also means that you will need to have some essentials for your kit when you are on the go. 

1. Travel Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Hygiene is very important when wearing clear aligners that are seated on top of your teeth all day. Therefore, you should always have a oral care travel kit along with you in your purse. Getting a travel toothbrush will save space in your purse, as well as it being slightly more hygienic since travel toothbrushes usually can be folded together. Make sure that the toothpaste you get does not have any abrasive ingredients, since this will break down your enamel and cause your teeth to become more sensitive, because you are brushing your teeth 3-4 times a day. 

2. Aligner Case

An aligner case is essential to any Invisalign user. Not only does a case prevent you from misplacing your aligners and inevitably throwing them out because you placed them on a napkin, but it is also more hygienic. When you are placing your aligners out in the open in public, you risk bacteria getting all over your Invisalign, which is not ideal, since you will be putting your aligners back in your mouth. You might think that you already have a case, however a lot of people decide to buy an extra case, so that they have one at home and one in their purse. This ensures that you do not forget your case at home, which then prevents any misplacing of your Invisalign.

3. Orthodontic Aligner Removal Tool

If you’re not fond of putting your fingers into your mouth out in public or if your nails are an issue, and you don’t want to risk breaking them, there’s a solution. There are aligner remover tools made specifically for making the removal process easier and more hygienic for clear aligner users. We recommend OrthoKey, since it fits in most aligner cases and features a ergonomic design that is easy to use. Moreover, if you experience pain associated with removing your aligners and have trouble taking them out without drooling all over yourself, a aligner removal tool is definitely for you.

At Home

4. Chewies Aligner Seaters

Chewies are an essential to any clear aligner user. Not only do they reduce pain associated with getting your teeth straightened, but they also help ensure correct tracking. Chewies seat the aligners firmly onto your teeth, eliminating any potential air bubbles and therefore ensuring that your aligner is seated correctly to guarantee effective teeth movement. They are typically quite inexpensive and can be used several times, and as a bonus; they fit in your aligner case.

5. Aligner Cleaning Tablets

Keeping your Invisalign clean is crucial to keep your trays odor free and to prevent any staining of the clear aligners. If you are an Invisalign user, you probably received some Invisalign Cleaning Crystals when you got your Invisalign. However, they only supply you with a sample pack, which will not last you very long. Make sure that you buy some cleaning tablets that are made for clear aligners, you will most definitely need it. Simply pop the aligners into a dental bath in the morning with a cleaning tablet and let it do its magic.

6. Dental Bath

Soaking your aligners every morning is a good ritual to get into. This removes any odor (when used along with cleaning tablets) and help to release any plaque and buildup that might have built up throughout the night. After you have finished your breakfast, you just rinse them under water and give them a good brush, and they are ready for another day.

7. Floss

I can not stress the importance of flossing when you are using Invisalign. It is important to think about the fact that your teeth are trapped in the trays all day and are isolated from your naturally cleansing saliva. Therefore, if you missed a piece of chicken or some candy, those will be stuck inside your trays until you remove them and clean them. This causes even more bacteria build up, which leads to plaque and decay. So remember; floss!

You can typically find these accessories on Amazon or through SmileDirect Club’s online shop as well as Invisaligns accessory shop if you are a clear aligner user in USA or Canada. For some European users, you might find the accessories on Amazon or even through smilemate, that supply Europeans with Invisalign and clear aligner accessories online.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Orthodontic Problem of Underbite

Did you know that orthodontic problems can affect your overall health also? Improper dental alignment can not only cause pain and early wear and tear of the teeth enamel but also affect your speech and chewing ability.

Mental health impacts include lower self-esteem as misaligned teeth are generally not considered as attractive as perfectly straight teeth. An underbite is one such example of misaligned teeth. So, what is an underbite? What are its causes, implications and the treatment options available for this orthodontic condition? All of these questions are answered here. Take a look:

What Is an Underbite?

In case of perfectly aligned teeth, the top front teeth slightly overlap the bottom teeth. When this ideal alignment is disrupted, a bad bite occurs. An underbite is a condition in which the lower teeth protrude beyond the upper teeth. This is clinically known as prognathism. The severity of an underbite can vary between a mild stage where the two rows of teeth almost meet and an extreme stage where the teeth don’t meet at all because of a wide gap between them. It is important to keep in mind that even slight underbites can cause significant health problems.

What are the Causes? 

Genetics is the most common cause of an underbite. If either or both parents have it, the child is at a higher risk of being born with a natural tendency for an underbite. Other less common factors include thumb sucking, constantly pushing the tongue against the teeth or extended use of pacifier which puts excessive pressure on teeth, thus forming an underbite.

What Are the Associated Complications?

Several physical and mental health related complications are associated with the condition of underbite. Some of them are listed below:

  • Pain – The protruded jaw puts unnecessary pressure and stress on the body which often leads to painful conditions such as earaches, discomfort or severe pain in the jaw and headaches. This may eventually lead to a more serious and painful chronic joint condition known as the Temporomandibular Joint or TMJ disorder.
  • Tooth Decay / Breakage – Misaligned teeth often lead to excessive wear and tear of the teeth enamel. This leaves the teeth exposed and makes them more prone to decay and breakage.
  • Gum Infection / Diseases – Due to improperly aligned teeth, there are spaces formed between the teeth which encourage the accumulation of food debris. This increases the risk of bacterial growth. If neglected it can affect the gums and result in infection and diseases.
  • Speaking / Chewing / Swallowing / Breathing Trouble – The severity of the underbite is associated with multiple complications such as experiencing difficulty in chewing, swallowing, speaking and sometimes even breathing. Lisping or slurring can occur while speaking and difficulty in breathing may affect sleep quality causing the person to snore or have sleep apnea episodes.
  • Altered Shape of Face – Underbite can dramatically alter a person’s face shape as the chin tends to jut out and appear much larger than its actual size.
  • Low Self-esteem – Difficulty in speaking and the altered face shape can have a negative impact on the person’s mental health as these complications often result in low self-esteem.

Some other complications include chronic mouth breathing, bacterial infections and halitosis or chronic bad breath.

What Happens If an Underbite Remains Untreated?

Even the mild cases of underbite should be treated at the earliest. This is because the symptoms and the complications associated with an underbite worsen over time. For instance, the misalignment of teeth gradually leads to an increase in pain and the eroded enamel means higher risk of teeth and gum decay. Also, if an underbite is left untreated for long, it may eventually cause more severe oral and overall health problems.

What are the Orthodontic Treatment Options?

There are several surgical and non-surgical orthodontic treatments available today for correcting an underbite. The type of treatment prescribed to you depends on the severity of your underbite. Described below are some of the orthodontic treatments:

Braces 

Braces is one of the most commonly prescribed treatments for an underbite. The structure of braces comprises several components. However, basically they consist of brackets which are bonded directly to the teeth. These brackets hold the wires which move teeth back to their ideal positions. Braces can also include separators or spacers which create space between the teeth as required. The rubber ties which hold the wire so that they remain attached to the brackets and the rubber bands which attach to the brackets, both work together to apply consistent pressure for creating a flawless bite.

Upper Jaw Expander 

This is a device which is fitted into the mouth for correcting an underbite. It is not removable once worn for the period you are prescribed, but you can adjust it on your own as required. The upper jaw expander actually helps your upper jaw to become wider which in turn corrects your underbite. Most patients need to wear it for about a year and then follow it with a retainer to prevent teeth from shifting back to the misaligned position.

Headgear

It is a device which is attached to the molars in the mouth. It comprises a band which wraps around the head or the neck of the patient. It has several applications in orthodontics including pulling the protruded upper jaw back in its ideal position. A headgear can accelerate the treatment time with effective results for correcting an underbite. It is usually worn at night and for not more than a total of 12 hours during a day.

Surgery

In some rare cases, a jaw surgery may be prescribed. This surgical procedure involves an oral surgeon modifying the jawbone to reposition the lower jaw farther back. This orthodontic treatment option is not necessary in a majority of cases. Only in extreme cases, this surgery can be the most beneficial option to rectify an underbite.

Adults often require more invasive orthodontic treatment options but braces still remain an important part of their treatment course. Underbites are mostly frustrating which cause physical as well as mental stress. But the good news is that they can be corrected regardless of age and the severity of the condition. It is essential that you maintain your oral health as it can impact your overall health in several ways.

How To Get Quick Straight Teeth?

Don’t let your crooked teeth ruin your smile and self-confidence!

Are your crooked and misaligned teeth affecting your smile and personality? Do you wish to have perfectly aligned, pearly-white teeth? Many people want to know how to get quick straight teeth for a variety of reasons, predominantly the fact that fast braces mitigate the need to prepare teeth for veneers and can maintain natural tooth structure, meaning they are one of the best ways to get straight teeth fast, read on to find out all of your options

What Is The Fastest Invisalign Works To Straighten Teeth?

When it comes to orthodontic treatment, patients want to achieve the best possible aesthetic outcome in the shortest amount of time. If you are planning to get braces of invisible aligners to get your teeth straightened, then you might be wondering about teeth straightening option that offers the quickest results. 

Well, it all comes down to a few factors. Firstly, the severity of your problem. The more complex the orthodontic problem is, the longer it will take to straighten your teeth. Orthodontists will recommend an orthodontic treatment option that best only suits your dental needs but also provides the best – and the fastest – aesthetic outcome. Another factor is patient compliance. The more you adhere to your dentist’s instructions, the quicker will be the outcome. Lastly, the most crucial factor is the skill of the orthodontist.

What Orthodontic Services are available

There are a variety of cost-effective orthodontic treatment options to suit the dental, aesthetic and budgetary needs of our patients. No matter how complicated your problem is, we have a solution for it!

  • Fixed Braces – we offer metal braces – but if you do not like the metal appearance of the braces, then there is a perfect solution! “Champagne”, gold-coloured braces by ICONIX that are not only more efficient but also less conspicuous than the conventional metal braces. If you are not a fan of gold-coloured braces, then you can get invisible braces. These braces, also called the lingual braces, are attached to the inner side of your teeth. Hence, they are not visible and won’t affect your facial aesthetics. 
  • Clear Aligners – for patients who find the fixed braces uncomfortable or those who do not like their metallic appearance, there are different types of clear aligners, also known as the removable braces. 

If you have a minor orthodontic problem – like crowding or spacing – orthodontists may recommend the Invisalign i7 – an aligner system that contains only 7 aligners. These aligners are designed to be cost-effective and to fix mild problems in a short duration. I7 Invisalign aligners may cost you around £1,995.

Similar to the Invisalign i7, is Invisalign Lite – a 14-stage aligner system that is also used for treating mild to moderate problems. Treatment with Invisalign Lite costs around £3,120. 

For more complex problems, orthodontists often recommend the Invisalign comprehensive package. The Invisalign comprehensive is designed to fix complex orthodontic problems involving the bite – costing around £4,800.

Can Fixed Braces Give Straight Teeth Quickly?

The amount of time required for fixing your teeth mainly depends on the severity of your problem. For mild to moderate orthodontic problems, both fixed braces and Invisalign aligner can be used for a quick treatment. However, fixed braces are generally more suitable for handling more complicated issues involving the bite, as recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). The average treatment time required for the treatment of moderate to severe orthodontic problems with Invisalign is about 12-18 weeks, while it is about 22 months for fixed braces.

How Long Will It Take For Traditional Braces To Straighten My Teeth?

On average, treatment with metal braces requires around 18-24 months for completion  – depending on the age, the complexity of the problem and the expertise of the orthodontist. Generally, younger people need lesser time for treatment while the treatment time becomes longer for older people. 

During your treatment, our orthodontists will precisely monitor and control the speed of your tooth movement. This is very crucial because if excessive orthodontic forces are applied to the teeth, it can cause damage to the gums and may result in accelerated resorption of the underlying jawbone. 

Can I Get Braces At The Age Of 20, 30 or 40?

Generally, people think that they can only get their teeth straightened during the earlier years of life. Invisalign aligners are suitable for both teenagers and adults. No matter how old you are – whether you’re 20, 30, 40 or even older – or no matter how complex your problem, there is a solution.

You might wonder “ so, why do dentists recommend seeking orthodontic treatment at an earlier age?” This is because, in the younger years, the jawbone is more flexible and more amenable to remodelling and tooth movement. However, as we age, the jawbone becomes brittle, and hence, more time will be required for moving your teeth in the desired direction. 

Age is just a number. You are never too old to have a beautiful and attractive smile!


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Will My Braces Still Move My Teeth With A Broken Wire?

Have you ever wondered how the fixed braces move the teeth? The fixed braces contain slots through which the metal orthodontic wire passes and engages the teeth. This wire is attached to the brackets with the help of rubber bands called ties. Essentially, the braces move the teeth due to the force generated by the “tightness” of the orthodontic wire. 

Hence, in cases where an orthodontic wire is broken, it will not be able to exert sufficient force on all – or some of the teeth – to move or realign in the desired direction or angulation. Besides, a broken wire may also injure your cheeks, lips or gums. Therefore, if you feel that you have a broken wire, you must call us immediately to book an emergency appointment with us – so that we can replace the wire. 

Your smile is the first thing that people notice about you. Perfectly aligned and pearly white teeth will not only make you look attractive, but people also perceive you to be more confident, friendly and approachable. People with beautiful smiles have higher chances of landing jobs and doing well during office presentations and meetings. What are you waiting for?

6 Causes of Crooked Teeth in Children and How to Treat Them

Crooked teeth can mainly occur when the teeth in the kids’ mouth are larger than the available space in the jaw. When the teeth erupt, they follow the path of least resistance. If there is inadequate space for them to come in straight, they will become crooked. Read on to know more. 

6 Common Causes of Crooked Teeth in Children

  • Thumb Sucking

Thumb sucking is common until the ages of 2 – 4 years. However, if this continues past the ages of 6 and 7 years, the front teeth will be misaligned. Thumb sucking will push the front teeth forward and possibly create an open bite. It may also lead to narrowing of the upper jaw which may require jaw expansion plates or braces. 

  • Genetics

If the parents have crooked teeth, the genes may pass on to the kid. Crooked teeth will be prominent if the kid inherits a small jaw from one parent and large teeth from the other parent. The child may also inherit an overbite or underbite from the parents.

  • Tongue Thrusting

Tongue thrusting is when the tongue presses forward too far in the teeth. This habit results in an open bite as the pressure from the tongue thrust can make the front teeth move outward. 

If left untreated, tongue trust can lead to long-term damage to speech. It can also cause the tongue to protrude from between the teeth or elongate your kid’s facial shape. 

  • Tooth Decay 

The most common reason for tooth decay is due to the nursing bottle syndrome. If the tooth decay is ignored or left untreated, it can cause further damage that can result in crooked teeth. This is because the permanent teeth cannot be guided into their correct position.

  • Misaligned Jaw 

If the lower jaw juts out farther than the upper front teeth, the child will have an underbite. An overbite is when the upper front teeth protrude out farther than the lower front teeth. This misalignment in the jaw caused by an underbite and overbite may lead to crooked teeth in kids. 

  • Poor Dental Habits

Kids tend to put everything into their mouths. This habit can affect how the teeth erupt and develop, and it may cause crooked teeth. Wrong dental habits also include prolonged use of pacifiers, thumb sucking or prolonged bottle-feeding.

Treating Crooked Teeth

Early intervention of braces will help in treating crooked teeth. Don’t wait until your kid turns a teenager to fix their crooked teeth. Early orthodontic treatment will be beneficial. 

Consult with an orthodontist about the different techniques that can be used to fix crooked teeth. They might suggest braces to straighten teeth, spacers to stop overcrowding or a plate to guide jaw growth. The sooner you fix the crooked teeth, less extensive treatment will be required later to correct bite and jaw alignment.

Final Words

Getting braces treatment will help improve the child’s oral health. Not only will it straighten the crooked teeth but also help in correcting the bite and jaw movement. Make an appointment with an orthodontist soon if your kid has crooked teeth. 

Author Bio:

Sharon Williams’ day job is to handle digital marketing for Koch Orthodontics in Lawrenceville, GA. With a flair for creating compelling content that clears the clutter and connects with the audience in an instant, she writes about dental topics to educate and help her readers. She truly believes that a genuine smile can win a million hearts and talks to her readers about improving their smiles and overall dental health, as well as enhancing their overall lifestyle. In her free time, she likes to organize small meets in her neighborhood where she brings people together to discuss various topics that she writes about.

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5 Ways A Dentist Can Help You Smile More!

Smiles are beautiful. It’s one of the most attractive aspects of one’s personality. It can make anyone look more inviting, warm and friendly.

 However, if you feel less confident while smiling because of discolored or crooked teeth and would rather cover your mouth while smiling or laughing, you are not alone. According to a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health on the impact of dental esthetics on self-confidence, approximately a quarter of the participants felt insecure while smiling and covered their teeth every time they smiled.   

So is there a way to feel more confident about your smile and have a set of pearly whites to show off?

Of course!

This article explains 5 ways through which dentists can help you smile more. Keep reading to find out!

  1. Whitening 

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry procedure aimed to reduce stains and discoloration from the teeth to make them appear whiter and healthier. A dentist can conduct this procedure in their clinic or prescribe the patient a take-home kit for an at-home whitening procedure. 

Whitening usually involves treating the surface of the teeth with bleaching agents to get rid of the stains and discoloration. Your dentist will first perform a dental examination to ensure whether whitening is appropriate for you.

  1. Veneers  

Veneers are porcelain or resin shells that serve as restorations for the teeth. They cover the surface of the teeth and help in correcting small gaps, cracks or chips, crooked teeth or discolorations. Your dentist can recommend you veneers as an alternative to teeth whitening and if you want to alter the shape of your teeth as well. Moreover, your dentist will select the material of the veneer according to the color of your natural teeth. 

However, this is for minor cracks or crookedness. For more serious conditions, your dentist may recommend you avail orthodontic treatment. 

  1. Orthodontics 

Orthodontics involve the use of braces or aligners to help in correcting misaligned teeth or jaws. This treatment can have a significant impact on a person’s self-esteem as it makes the teeth appear straighter. Moreover, people who don’t want to get the very noticeable metal braces can get clear aligners. 

Your dentist will decide the treatment length based on your particular case and the aligners you select. In this regard, treatment may take anywhere from a few months to a few years. 

  1. Crowns 

A crown is a dental cap made out of ceramic or porcelain to completely cap a tooth usually following a root canal treatment or other dental surgery procedures. Crowns are also used for covering severely damaged, discolored or crooked teeth. Your dentist will color match the crown to the rest of your teeth for a more natural-looking finish. Usually, it’ll take you a couple of visits down to your dental clinic to get a crown; however, your dentist can also offer you same-day crowns. 

  1. Bridges 

Bridges are false teeth that are fitted between two crowns and are used for replacing missing teeth. Your dentist will first examine and prepare the teeth at either side of the gap to put crowns and cement the bridge between them. 

Like other options, your dentist will examine your mouth and evaluate if you need bridges or not. While these are temporary options for lost tooth, they are suitable if the teeth near the gap already have crowns or fillings. 

Author Bio

Sophie Taylor is an avid reader and writer. She loves to write about different topics – ranging from business development to crafting tips, healthcare and elderly care.

If you want to enhance your pearly whites to have the perfect smile, get in touch with Blackburn Dental Centre for a dentist in Orleans. The dental team at the clinic will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth and jaws to determine what kind of treatment will be best for you and begin your treatment plan accordingly. Get in touch today for personalized treatment and compassionate care.  

How Should You Be Getting The Most Out Of Your Invisalign Treatment?

Crooked teeth can be an embarrassment for many, it also impacts the confidence of the individual. There are many new developments in the field of dentistry which has paved the way for development of new tools which helps in overcoming problems like crooked or misaligned teeth.

Invisalign is one such development. It is an excellent choice for the individuals who would prefer not to go with the customary metal bracket and wire braces. Invisalign is a comfortable removable device, making it simple to take out, to eat and brush your teeth, something that is completely inconceivable with conventional braces. At the same time Invisalign remains a robust orthodontic treatment, and to take advantage of your treatment, we have two or three hints and tips to ensure Invisalign does what it should.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign aligner

It is a kind of orthodontic treatment which is administered to those who are looking for straightening their teeth without the use of any metal braces. This treatment involves wearing customized transparent plastic aligners which helps in shifting the teeth thereby giving them a proper position. Once the treatment is done, you need to take proper care of the same to ensure that you don’t face any side-effects. 

Care after Invisalign Treatment:

Floss each day: – You may as of now be brushing every day, but are you flossing every day? The aligners hold any gunk that is left over after your cleaning routine. Make sure to completely clean the gaps within your teeth with floss every day. 

Adhere to the 48-hour Instruction: – The first 48 hours after undergoing the treatment, you need to ensure that you wear the aligners for as long as possible. Most orthodontists suggest just taking it out to brush your teeth, and after that, it ought to go directly back in. Obviously, you should always wear your aligners as much as possible, but this goes double for the next 48 hours.

Focus on wearing them for 22 hours consistently: – At the beginning of any treatment you will be told how long that treatment will last but this is entirely dependent on how many hours per day you wear your Invisalign braces. Expect quick, positive outcomes from it if you wear them for at least twenty hours each day.

Keep your teeth clean: – A standout amongst the most significant parts of keeping your aligners clean is ensuring your teeth are clean as well. Brush and floss your teeth after each dinner to dispose of plaque and remaining food particles that can stall out in the middle of your teeth.  There should be no food particles stuck between your teeth as it may result in decay of teeth thereby affecting the aligners. Food particles can keep your aligner plate from fitting in your mouth properly. 

Change your aligners on schedule and organized appropriately: – Make sure you visit the dentist after the treatment to check if the aligners are in position or not. Sometimes the dentist may suggest that you need to change the aligner, in such cases you should change them.  If you are asked to continue using it for a couple of days more, do that. If you remove your aligners or don’t change them as often as required then the treatment may take longer than desired.

Get used to it steadily: – When you have your first aligner placed in, you will most likely notice that you speak with a lisp. The ideal approach to get rid of this problem isn’t to take out the aligner. Rather you should be working on speaking with it in its place. You will eventually adapt to it in all respects quickly. 

Adhere to the dietary directions: – You need to follow the instructions laid out by your dentist regarding your diet while you under the Invisalign treatment. Just as traditional braces, your mouth is going to detect that something is off. Few face problems with excessive saliva present in their mouth, and others may feel as they have a dry mouth. You can easily fix these problems by spitting or by rehydrating. However, what you should not do is something which can interfere with the treatment.

You need also make sure that the aligners are clean before each insertion. You can clean them with soft bristle brushes but avoid using toothpaste as this can be a little abrasive.

Ensure you rinse each aligner thoroughly with water after each cleaning it so that not cleaning agents or prevailing germs stick around. To keep your aligner clean, you can utilize a retainer or put them through a denture cleaning process at regular intervals. Don’t forget to follow up with your doctor. In case you face excessive dryness in mouth or saliva secretion, you must contact the dentist or specialist orthodontist. Before going for this treatment, you must thoroughly inquire about the dentist, this will ensure that you undergo the right Invisalign treatment.

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How To Lower Your Biological Age With Cosmetic Dentistry

Aging comes with plenty of changes to our hormone levels, our bodies, and yes, our teeth. Especially in women, it can drastically impact the look of your smile. For instance, calcium depletion can cause considerable changes to your overall oral health.

From staining to crowding, and even losing teeth, your smile ages you as much as the condition of your skin. And with all the changes that come with age, including dry mouth, tooth decay, and gum disease, there are real health benefits to cosmetic dentistry. Not only can it help you keep your smile and your confidence, but it will help you look younger, and can even help against gum disease, a weakened chin, and help you avoid other problems as you age.

Protect Against Staining With Cosmetic Whitening

One of the most significant indicators of the age of your teeth is color and staining. Acidic degradation of tooth enamel can leave your teeth with discoloration and stains. You can sometimes see the enamel wearing away on your teeth as greyish, as it wears away the white and reveals your tooth as more translucent.

Whitening or bleaching can help you keep the white shine to your teeth. There are several whitening options available, from drug store simple to more complicated dental whitening you can talk to your dentist about. Over-the-counter whiteners work perfectly fine if you’ve already got healthy teeth and gums.

If you’ve got a lot of visible fillings, or your gums aren’t in great shape, consider checking with your dentist before deciding what type of whitener you should be using. Another option is to stick with whitening toothpaste. These use whitening agents directly in your toothpaste, and work to bleach your teeth a small amount day by day, and might be easier to fit into your schedule than a monthly, or bi-monthly whitening treatment.

Try Veneers to Fix Chips and Cracks

Chips and cracks don’t just change the look of your smile. They also weaken tooth enamel and the overall structure of the tooth, leading to deeper cracks or breaks later on. Even if the chips or cracks aren’t big or deep enough to cause pain now, there’s no guarantee that the wear and tear of the years won’t cause problems later.

Veneers are a fantastic way to change the shape, color, and overall look of your smile. They are generally made of porcelain. They are made to match the color of your original teeth (but you can add a few shades whiter if you need to.) Unlike whitening, they don’t require upkeep to stay white, though you should consult with a dentist on how to properly take care of and protect veneers. You should not use over-the-counter whitening strips or treatments if you have veneers.

Crowns Can Help You Fix Broken or Vulnerable Teeth

If you want to keep your teeth as you age, sometimes, your best bet is a crown. Though they’re more expensive than veneers, they are an excellent way to give your troubled teeth new life. Crowns are perfect for teeth that have been severely broken or cracked, or if you’ve needed any root canals. The crown replaces the surface of your tooth, to protect it from further damage. Like veneers, it is designed to maintain the shape and color of your natural tooth.

Crowns are also a good idea if you have a habit of grinding your teeth. Veneers are primarily cosmetic, and designed to fit on the front of your teeth. Crowns can be installed along the edge of your tooth, protecting you from further cracks or wearing.

Watch Your Gumline

As we age, the collagen in our skin and hair can thin. This can cause wrinkles and grey hairs. But it’s not the only place we need to worry about. Our gumline is also full of collagen. As we age, the depletion of collagen can cause your teeth to look longer, and keep you looking older. Years of aggressive brushing, or gum disease and tartar buildup can also wear away at your gumline. As well as aging your smile, it also exposes the root of the tooth, which can cause a lot of pain, and may eventually require a root canal.

Brushing less aggressively can help, so switch to an electric toothbrush. Dentists can also offer surgical options, with gum grafting surgery to lower your receding gums and keep your smile looking young.

Consider Getting Braces

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Even if you avoided braces as an awkward adolescent, you might find you need them more as you age. The bad news is that as you age, your teeth and jawline, and even your chin, can start to fall inward. That means even if you had work done, it could begin to collapse.

The good news is, if your teeth are healthy, there’s no age limit to straightening them. Orthodontics can have a massive impact on the look of your smile, no matter your age. It’s a long-term investment, and more complicated than crowning or veneers. But crowns and veneers only last 10-25 years, depending on the material, and your dentist. Braces come in a variety of types and styles, and the effects can last much longer. Just be sure to do your research, so you know what you’re getting into before you make a long-term decision.

Smile More!

If you really want your smile to convey a younger-looking you? The trick is to smile more often! A confident, open expression looks more youthful than a closed off one. Though the research on smiling and wrinkles seem inconclusive, it does suggest that most people find a smile to make you more attractive. Which is sure to make you feel more youthful and confident!

Your smile says a lot about you. But is it aging you? As we get older, everything from a loss of collagen, to a loss of confidence can impact our smile. To look and feel younger, cosmetic dentistry may provide the answer. Whether your teeth are stained from years of strong coffee, or you’re literally feeling long in the tooth, there is a solution to get you the brighter, younger-looking grin that will keep you feeling as radiant and youthful as ever.

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Teeth are Wealth: The Important Step by Step Stages of Invisalign Treatment

Self-confidence is a feeling of trusting and believing in what you are capable of doing. It directly reflects on your face and gets translated on your smile. However, some people tend to lose self-confidence when they smile because of some dental conditions.

Unaligned bites and crooked teeth are the dental problems that will usually impede you from giving out your best and perfect smile. Traditional braces treatment has been a popular solution to the problem for many years. However, you may find the “metal-mouth” appearance not look good for you.

With the significant help of technological advancement, dentistry has reached its point of development in giving people the best dental services possible. Hence, Invisalign dental treatment has come to existence. Read the article below to see how Invisalign works and to know how it will help you bring back your self-confidence.

See an Orthodontist

If unaligned bites and crooked teeth are the reasons why you can’t smile to people you meet every day, Invisalign will be the best solution for you. The first thing you must do is to see an experienced dentist for a free consultation. The dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth to plan the Invisalign treatment that suits your dental needs.

Remember that not all orthodontists are capable of doing Invisalign treatment. Make sure that the one you’ve chosen has enough knowledge, training, and experience of doing the job for you to get the assurance of getting the best results.

You can contact an orthodontist near your area, or you can surf the internet to look for the best one. If you’ve finally found one, you must ask all of your questions to the dentist for a better understanding of the whole process.

Plan the Treatment

After the free consultation, the dentist will explain the whole treatment process. The doctor will make a three-dimensional image of your teeth for better understanding in conceptualizing the plan. It includes the blueprint of the different stages of the teeth alignment as well as the estimated timeframe for each phase.

Put the Invisalign On

After the explanation of the dentist about the whole treatment process, the clear plastic aligners will be ready for you. You have to wear the aligners every day for at least 20 to 22 hours a day. If you want to see good results as set in the timeframe by your dentist, don’t take them off for too long.

At first, you’ll feel something unusual with the aligners on your teeth. It will take days, weeks, and even months for you to get used to it. One good thing about these clear braces, they won’t give you irritation as well as small cuts like what the traditional braces do.

The clear aligners are very convenient to use. If you want to eat and enjoy your favorite food, you can take out the braces. Just put them back after you eat and clean your teeth.
Monitor the Progress



As part of the treatment process, you need to see your dentist regularly. You’ll usually get a new set of clear aligners every two weeks. However, the interval of having a new set of clear aligners still depends on your dental condition. If there’s a need to change the aligners twice a week, you will have it. It depends on your doctor’s discretion.

The doctor will make adjustments with every set of aligners. If the dentist has successfully achieved the goal of using the first set in moving the four front teeth to their proper locations, another set of aligners will be created to move another group of teeth to their correct position.

The process will continue until the doctor successfully positions all of the patient’s teeth correctly. That’s why patients mustn’t miss attending the regular appointment with the dentist. Otherwise, there will be a delay in the success of the Invisalign treatment.

See the Results

You’ll see the good results of undergoing an invisalign procedure after the considerable time of religiously following your doctor’s advice of do’s and don’ts. You can see all of your teeth are in their correct positions. You’ll enjoy smiling at people you meet every day while exposing your white and straight teeth.

After the treatment, the dentist will give you retainers with the same materials used in your aligners. The doctor will place them at the back of your teeth to keep the aesthetic after the treatment. You can wear the retainers to keep your teeth in place permanently until your dentist tells you so.

Takeaway

To smile is the simplest way to say that you’re okay and happy. If you have dental issues, you tend to feel shy to talk to people around you. If traditional braces don’t work well for you, you can try Invisalign treatment. See your dentist now for free consultation and start planning the treatment process that suits you to help you get back your self-confidence.

Author Bio
Greaibel Gomez is a part-time writer who’s currently living in Quebec, Canada. He is interested in writing about lifestyle, food, and especially about health. He often uses Gorton and Schmohl Orthodontics as his reference for his works. During the weekends, Greaibel plays outdoor games such as basketball and frisbee.

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What everyone should know before getting dental braces

Want to get back you nice smile and you need braces, but don’t know what to expect?

What are the costs? What are the best types available? What are the steps involved? What are the risks involved? Are they painful?

Fear not, by the end of this article, you’ll have an answer to all of these questions and some!



Ready? Let’s dive right in!

What types of dental braces are there available?

Traditional Braces

You might think of these braces as those awful ones like in The Ugly Betty.

Well, this is what they used to look like. But not anymore. They are now much lighter in weight and structure than they used to be.

They are made from a high-grade stainless steel and have metal brackets that are attached to each tooth using some kind of cement.

Each bracket is linked to the other one with a thin archwire basically drags your teeth (slowly) in the correct position.

These archwires are in turn attached to the brackets using tiny elastics known as ligatures or o-rings.

Ceramic Braces

These are very similar to the traditional braces. They work the same way, but the braces are made from a clear, transparent ceramic material.

The advantage over the traditional braces is that they are less visible to others.

The disadvantage is that sometimes patients might  occasionally find that the elastics become discolored, which can cause marks on the teeth.

Fortunately, your orthodontist might recommend you to use a special solution to apply to your teeth in order to protect them against cavities.

Damon Braces

This is one of the most popular type of dentists because it provides gentler treatment and you have to go less often to your dentist. So you also save time and money.

But this is not the only advantage.

Damon braces are self-ligating and use a slide mechanism instead of elastics to connect the archwires.

This means you will see faster results because your teeth can move on their own, without needing to be adjusted.

And because the braces are self-ligating, they cause put less pressure on your teeth, so you feel less pain.

And there’s one more advantage to this. It’s also easier to keep them clean.

Clear and Removable Aligners

Invisalign is like a mouth guard with the advantage that it aligns your teeth.

You can remove them anytime you want and you can clean them whenever you want.

The disadvantage of this type of braces is that you have to change them out for a newly made one every two weeks. This is because one the aligner brings your teeth closer, it isn’t good anymore. So basically, each new aligner takes the adjustment of your teeth one step further.

Forsus Appliances

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children get screened by an orthodontist at the age of 7.

This is because at this age you have the most chances to correct your teeth fast.  

As you can see from the picture above, this device basically uses a spring that attaches to the braces and adjusts the upper or lower jaw into position.

Palatal Expanders

When you have overcrowded teeth, you have 2 options: extract the tooth or use palatal expansion.

In the past, tooth extraction was preferred. But today, fortunately, you can save your teeth by wearing this device which basically applies pressure to the back of your upper molars to gradually move your teeth farther apart.

This expands your palate and makes it possible for other types of braces to be fitted to correct the position of your teeth.

What are the best type of braces?

As you’ve already seen, there isn’t a “best type”.

You choose your dental braces based on 3 factors:

  1. How overcrowded your teeth are (severe cases require different type of braces)
  2. How visible/comfortable you want them to be
  3. What is your budget (Invisalign costs a bit more than traditional ones)

Either way, only your dentist can tell you for sure what type of dental braces you actually NEED.



Are dental braces painful?

The answer is both yes and no.

You will feel a mild soreness or discomfort after the orthodontic wire is engaged into the newly placed brackets.

This discomfort may may last for a few days to a week while your teeth will be a bit more sensible when you bite, depending on how hard is the food you eat.

Either way, you won’t feel any deep pains.

Another discomfort you may also feel at first is that you may feel that your braces are sticking out, which is completely normal.

As you get used to your braces and tooth alignment improves, this sensation will disappear and will cease to be a concern.  

In fact, when you get your braces off, your teeth will feel strange without them for a while, too!

How much do dental braces cost?

Again, it depends.

But here are some numbers, just to get an idea.

  • Metal braces (traditional braces) : $3,000 – 7,000
  • Ceramic braces : $4,000 – 8,000
  • Lingual braces : $8,000 – 10,000
  • Invisalign : $4,000 – 7,400

What are the next steps?

If you have overcrowded teeth, only your dentist can give you a pertinent advice. Depending on the severity of your problem, he can recommend you what you should do next.

But one thing is for sure, the sooner you go to a dentist, the sooner you’ll get back your beautiful smile!

About the author

Patrik Bindea is a growth hacking marketer and the owner of Strodin Dental Marketing Company, where he helps dentists get more patients. He obsessively tests different marketing ideas until he finds those details that turn strategies, concepts and words into sales.  

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How do Braces Behind the Teeth Work?

When we talk about braces, the first thing that comes to mind is the shiny metallic brackets which are attached at the front of our teeth, and how they become visible while speaking or smiling. On the other hand, braces are one of the most efficient methods of straightening crooked or misaligned teeth. So, what if we could utilize the effectiveness of teeth braces while avoiding their anesthetic appearance? Yes, that’s possible, thanks to braces behind the teeth, or lingual braces.

lingual braces
WIN – Lingual Braces (other systems are available)

What are Braces Behind the Teeth?

Unlike the conventional braces, lingual braces are attached at the back of our teeth. In this way, they are completely invisible, and they do not affect your smile and facial esthetics. They are attached to the inner surfaces of the teeth in a similar way which is used for conventional braces.



What are the Steps in Getting Braces Behind the Teeth?

The process for getting braces behind the teeth is similar to the conventional metal braces.

  • Examination and Treatment Planning – First, your dentist will perform a detailed clinical examination of your teeth to ascertain whether you are a suitable candidate. Next, after thoroughly evaluating the study models and radiographic images of your teeth and surrounding structures, a detailed treatment plan will be prepared which will be customized according to your dental needs.
  • Attaching the Brackets – In the next appointment, your dentist will attach braces at the back of your teeth and pass the archwire. You may feel slight discomfort or chaffing of the tongue in the early days. However, you will get used to it very soon.

How Braces Behind the Teeth Work?

Lingual braces work in a similar way to the braces which are attached at the front of teeth. Each bracket consists of small slots through which the archwire passes.

  • The Arch Wires – The archwire is attached to the teeth by using rubber elastics, or ties. The relative tightness/springiness of the archwire generates a force which moves the teeth into the desired direction.
  • Adjustments – After every 6-8 weeks, your orthodontist will adjust or replace the archwire so that the teeth continue to move towards ideal alignment.
  • Consolidation – Once the treatment has been completed, your orthodontist will give you a fixed or removable retainer which will make sure that your teeth do not move back into their previous position.

Braces behind the teeth offer several benefits over the conventional brackets, like superior aesthetics and in some cases, a shorter treatment time. On the other, they are not suitable for treating all types of orthodontic problems. In addition, some patients complain of difficulty in eating and speech. The lingual braces are also slightly more expensive than the conventional ones. However, if we compare them with the Invisalign aligners, they are certainly one step ahead in terms of efficiency and speed of treatment. So, if you’re looking for combining the superior efficiency of conventional braces with the virtual invisibility of Invisalign aligners, braces behind the teeth should be your first option!