3M Unitek Introduces Revolutionary New Braces With Beauty And Brains

29 May, 2015 (07:50) | Braces | By: B. Slade

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Combining the latest in braces technology and fashion, 3M Unitek Corp. introduces Clarity SL braces, a clear, self-ligating braces system. Made from translucent ceramic, Clarity SL braces are designed to blend in with teeth, help teeth move faster, and make braces easier to clean, while eliminating the less desirable appearance and hygiene issues of ordinary braces. Clarity SL braces are now available nationwide.

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Orthodontic insurance

22 May, 2015 (07:02) | Braces | By: Yra

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Braces, especially the more expensive types such as Invisalign, can rapidly burn a hole in your pocket. One way to ease the burden is to find out about orthodontic insurance, which is usually separate from regular dental insurance policies. Orthodontic insurance can shave off a few thousand dollars from the treatment cost. Ask your dental insurer if you can add this to your existing policy and how much you have to add to the premium because of the supplement. You can also ask your orthodontist if they offer financing to make the braces lighter on the budget. That’s something worth smiling about.

Who Needs Orthodontics? II

15 May, 2015 (06:46) | General Info | By: B. Slade

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An open bite is the space between the biting surfaces of the front and /or side teeth, when the back teeth bite together. You have a misplaced mid line when the center of your upper front teeth does not line up with the center of your lower front teeth. Spacing are gaps between the teeth due to missing teeth or teeth that do not fill up the mouth. If there are more teeth than the dental ridge could handle, the condition is called crowding.There are various kinds of tools either removable or fixed, used to aid in moving teeth, retrain muscles and affect the growth of the jaws. these utensils bear down on the teeth and the jaws. The gravity of your condition will tell you the best orthodontic treatment most suitable for you.

Orthodontics Questions & Answers (Part 1)

8 May, 2015 (06:20) | Q&A | By: B. Slade

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Question:
I’ve had braces before, about 14 years ago, but my teeth have started to overlap and are getting worse as time goes by. My dentist said I need to get one of my wisdom teeth taken out but I really want to get braces again. Should I have my wisdom tooth removed first or can I have that done later?
Answer:
Without the benefit of examining you, I cannot tell you what sequence of treatment you should follow. It may very well be that your wisdom teeth are forcing your other teeth together. Here is something else to think about –A lot of adults that do not want to undergo braces have opted for veneers, which give the appearance of perfectly straight teeth and what some call, “instant orthodontics.” This is just one option that you may want to discuss with an accredited cosmetic dentist to see if it is a viable alternative for you. If you have unanswered questions, ask your current dentist or seek a second opinion from a qualified dentist that can examine you.
 
Question:
I was wondering, because I have an over bite and then my teeth are crooked, that would I be able to get this fixed with cosmetic dentistry or do I need to get braces?
Answer:
Thanks for your question. The condition you have described with your overbite is usually correctable. Without the benefit of seeing you, I cannot tell you which treatment options would be best for you. Situations similar to yours are corrected all the time either through restorative dentistry, orthodontics, or a combination of both. We often correct these deep overbites with what we call an “open bite” treatment plan. This consists of reducing your overbite by placing porcelain veneers and onlys on your teeth. I hope this helps and good luck in getting a better smile!
 
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Daily Maintenance of Teeth

1 May, 2015 (03:34) | General Info | By: Hannah

Maintaining one’s teeth highly depends on how these are dealt with in a daily basis. Indeed, regular cleanings are encouraged and some people are willing to even spend just to make their teeth beautiful but it is a fact that how a person takes care of one’s teeth daily is much more important. Flossing and brushing are the simplest but most important ways that people should always do in a regular basis. Flossing is important and must be done every after eating to remove debris present between the teeth and gums and is a procedure done before even brushing. On the other hand, brushing one’s teeth is believed to be the most effective way of ensuring that one’s teeth are clean. This should actually be done at least twice a day for two minutes. Our teeth are essential to us; we might as well give extra effort in taking care of them.

Digital X-Ray

1 May, 2015 (03:34) | General Info | By: Hannah

digital dental x-rayDentists rely on x-rays of our teeth all the time to make the right decisions for your dental care. They usually take x-rays to determine whether a tooth is still salvageable or you need root canal or extraction. They also take x-rays when taking out impacted teeth and/or wisdom teeth. Aside from teeth impressions, orthodontists may also take x-rays of your teeth before making your braces and before putting in dental implants.

While dental x-rays have been around for a long time, digital x-rays are a relatively new technology. They are more convenient to use, can be processed faster (instantaneous!), more environmental-friendly (goodbye to disposable plates), and cheaper in the long run. While it may not seem to matter much to patients, this technology is important because it allows our dentists to work more efficiently, which is something anyone who’s had to go through a lengthy dental procedure can definitely appreciate. Better more beautiful smile with less hassle, that’s what digital x-rays are about.

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Dental Implants

24 April, 2015 (02:46) | Uncategorized | By: Kitch

Do you want to replace a missing tooth (or teeth)? Then Dental implants should be the way to go. But what is dental implants? It is metal frames that are surgically positioned beneath your gums. Implants are fused into your jawbone to support your artificial teeth. It will be strongly supported so that it doesn’t move whenever you eat or talk, giving it a natural feel compared to the normal dentures or bridges. But not everybody can receive this surgery. One should have healthy gums. Young people whose jawbone has not stopped growing, this is important because the procedure would require enough bones on your jaw. Smokers are also advised not to have it because smoking doesn’t help with the healing process. All of these should be explained to you by your dentist so make sure to get an appointment for an evaluation. This involves checking your teeth and mouth. An X-ray will follow.

Removing Braces

17 April, 2015 (01:54) | Braces | By: B. Slade

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Some adults usually want to have their braces removed for events like a wedding. Although your orthodontist will oblige if it does not interfere with your treatment, for most cases those who want to remove their braces for a big event is are making a big mistake. If you have been wearing your braces for a long time, the bond of the metal to your tooth may be too strong. Your orthodontist might use tools like powerchains to remove the brackets. Removing your braces will also add several more months to your treatment. Overall, getting your braces removed for an event is not recommended and you might discover when you look at the pictures that it’s not really a big deal.

Permanent or Removable?

9 April, 2015 (23:43) | Braces, General Info | By: editor

Orthodontics appliances come in two forms, permanent and removable ones that each have their own pros and cons. Removable ones are preferred by some who want the option of having them taken out when they need it like with formal affairs and other social events. Though they might seem convenient, they run the risk of getting flushed down the toilet or lost in some other place. These removable types are also limited to certain cases that are considered to be moderate meaning not too much movement is needed for the process to attain the desired outcome.
Permanent appliances are ones that are anchored directly to the tooth and cannot be removed making them unsightly and sometimes darned painful. They are used for more extensive cases which through the use of springs, wires, rubber bands and other materials that exert a certain amount of force that corrects the bite or overall alignment of teeth. They have shrunk considerably during the past years as the technology has been refined making them smaller and less obtrusive but can still be quite embarrassing say when you get a huge chunk of steak caught in between the many parts. Whichever case or type of appliance, it is up to the orthodontist to decide which is better and with the fast paced development of newer and better dental technology we will be seeing them more and more as more of us want that perfect smile.

When Do Children Need Orthodontics?

2 April, 2015 (22:42) | General Info | By: B. Slade

3.jpgWhen the child has finished the early phase of treatment, an ongoing basis of evaluation will be conducted to monitor if the permanent teeth are already erupting. And then after all the permanent teeth have appeared, it is time to determine if braces will be needed. Ordinarily, orthodontics or what is called fixed braces can only start when all the permanent teeth of the patient are present, usually from ages 11 to 13. It is no longer true that braces are just for younger patients. Braces can also be worn by teenagers and adults. Nowadays, more and more adults still want to have braces for the purpose of improving their appearances. As the saying goes, “It is never too late!”