Eruption Guidance Appliances are molded polyurethane devices intended to guide teeth into the right positions as they erupt, typically in patients 8 to 12 years old. They can be effective in the short term for patients to whom they are recommended by orthodontists, when worn correctly. However, as the Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO) warns, it is not yet clear whether these are effective in the long-term and that such appliances will not necessarily eliminate the need for braces later. The ASO says that Eruption Guidance Appliances cannot treat all orthodontic problems and that braces are still more effective.
Restorative dentistry is designed to repair broken or worn down as well as chapped teeth as a means to give confidence to sport a bright smile. Restorative dentistry is a good way to heighten up a personâ€™s self esteem in more ways the one. For one thing, no amount of make up can cover the fact that a person has a bad set of teeth. Its not only visually unappealing, it is also nasally so.The bad stench emitted by bad teeth, or to put it simply, bad breath cannot be remedied with the use of antiseptic mouth wash. This is because of the fact that the bacteria which lives in the pits of a damaged enamel cannot be countered with a cure but can only be resolved through teeth repair.
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A new dental facility has received environmental approval from the city of Yakima.Thompson Development received the environmental go-ahead to build a 25,000-square-foot facility for Apple Valley Dental & Orthodontics at the former Country Drive-In Theatre on Nob Hill Boulevard between 42nd and 44th avenues.The approval is contingent on several mitigations that include making frontage improvements and obtaining the necessary permits from the state Department of Ecology.
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by: Jo Harts
There are different types of Jaw deformities: (1) the under bite or overbite which is caused by malocclusionâ€“an improper alignment of the teeth in relation to first molars; (2) gummy smile which is caused by the elongation of the maxilla in which the upper jaw has grown too far down; (3) long face syndrome in which you have an open bite with a long looking face; (4) toothless smile wherein the upper jaw is too small. Improper alignment of the jaw and teeth definitely affect the appearance of the face. It may also leads to speaking, chewing, swallowing and breathing problems. These deformities can only be corrected thru surgery and orthodontics.
The advances in orthodontics has given us a lot in terms of invisible braces, dental implants, and other cosmetic procedures and devices that result in perfect pearly whites. When it comes to oral hygiene and disease prevention though, it seems like there isn’t much going on, unless you count the different toothbrush designs toothbrush manufacturers come up with almost every year.
This is why LANAP protocol or the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure comes as welcome news, being a procedure that is used for treating gum disease. The great thing about this hi-tech procedure is that the laser not only gets rid of diseased tissue and bacteria (that obviously can’t be dealt with a toothbrush and floss alone anymore) but it also does it safely so that surrounding healthy gums and your beautiful skin is not affected at all. Even better, it is said to even aid in bone regeneration.
So the next time you get gum diseases, ask your dentist if they already offer this option.
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Can you imagine sensors like this in each of your teeth? If all goes as planned, that is how the braces of the future will be like. The Institute of Microsystem Technology (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg has been developing smart brackets to address the need for monitoring movement of teeth. Smart brackets are orthodontic brackets with a microchip fitted with stress sensors that measure the forces applied to the bracket. Researchers have been working on the size of the stress sensor chip and its wireless energy and data transmission capabilities so that it can applied to the patient.
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After the active orthodontic treatment has been completed, retainers will be placed so that the alignment of your teeth will be maintained and held and will likewise result to the improvement of your bite. Retainers can be permanent or fixed but there are some that are removable. However, there is a possibility that after the orthodontic treatment, the teeth will not be aligned properly. This can happen as you grow or even in your adulthood. The purpose of retainers is to prevent those unwanted changes from happening. If you will not wear retainers, the problem may revert to some degree and correction will be hard to achieve again. It is always best to follow doctorâ€™s instruction so you will get your moneyâ€™s worth.
Preferred Provider Plans
Preferred providers are organizations of dentists who provide services at high discounts. These plans also have monthly premiums, but you are limited to the approved providers.
Like medical HMOs, dental HMOs have monthly premiums, free regular checkups, co-payments for visits, a select group of practitioners. These often charge less than either preferred providers and indemnity plans.
These are not insurance policies per se. With discount dental plans, you get a discounted rate for services from dentists who are part of the plan. Dental discount plans are best for families and individuals. There is also a monthly fee to the company on top of an initial enrollment fee. However, this can cost considerably less than an insurance plan.
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Hassle, painful and time consuming, with trip after trip to the orthodontist, braces for teenagersÂ areÂ right of passage.Â Â The whole process done in half the time asÂ you maybe told butÂ wearing braces is more of a disadvantage in the beginning.Â Â Â You maybe the laughing stock like the case ofÂ sitcom character Ugly Betty who has a mouth full of unsightly metal that makes for great comedy.Â But braces don’t have to look like that anymore.
Being introduced nowadays areÂ braces withÂ tinier wiresÂ and bracketsÂ some are even invisible.Â Brace Treatment usually takesÂ probably 12 months, not 24-26 months but a company known as SureSmile promises to speed the process by incorporating computers,Â three-dimensional imaging and roboticsÂ But patients main concern is if that is true and possible