Smart brackets

18 December, 2014 (06:40) | Braces, News | By: Yra

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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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Retainers

11 December, 2014 (06:07) | Retainers | By: B. Slade

4.jpgAfter 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 doctor’s instruction so you will get your money’s worth.

Dental insurance types, Part 2

4 December, 2014 (05:22) | General Info | By: Yra

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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.

HMO Plans
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.

Discount 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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Brace Yourself

27 November, 2014 (05:00) | Braces | By: B. Slade

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Hassle, painful and time consuming, with trip after trip to the orthodontist, braces for teenagers  are  right of passage.   The whole process done in half the time as  you maybe told but  wearing braces is more of a disadvantage in the beginning.    You maybe the laughing stock like the case of  sitcom character Ugly Betty who has a mouth full of unsightly metal that makes for great comedy.  But braces don’t have to look like that anymore.

Being introduced nowadays are  braces with  tinier wires  and brackets  some are even invisible.  Brace Treatment usually takes  probably 12 months, not 24-26 months but a company known as SureSmile promises to speed the process by incorporating computers,  three-dimensional imaging and robotics  But patients main concern is if that is true and possible

When Do Children Need Orthodontics?

20 November, 2014 (03:25) | 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!”

Uses of Teeth

13 November, 2014 (02:05) | General Info | By: Hannah

In a person’s everyday life, one finds the essence of his or her teeth through its usage from the simplest which is eating, to chewing, to biting. People are sometimes unaware that these uses are as well classified into categories. There are two classifications namely the Natural use and the other which is not natural. Natural use pertains to the basic which is eating. On the other hand, the rest are the ones that go beyond eating. People spend so much money on maintaining one’s teeth basically because everyone finds the importance of its usage and no matter how these uses vary in classification; it will still be the case that people should understand the limitations that go with its usage. The simple forms of abusing one’s teeth through over-biting and not watching one’s food intake may lead to damage. One must always take these into consideration.

Guidelines to your Personal Oral Care

6 November, 2014 (01:45) | Uncategorized | By: editor

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Brushing is not enough to maintain a good oral hygiene. The following tips will guide you to your personal oral care:
1.) In brushing your teeth hold the toothbrush just under the gum-line and move in tiny circles over the teeth and gums for each tooth and for the chewing surface, use a back and fort motion.
2.) Floss everyday. A dental floss removes plaque scrapes at the side of the teeth without hurting your gums.
3.) Massage your gums. Use your index finger and massage in circular motion to increase the blood supply in the gums. This will make your gums firm and healthy.
4.) Clean your tongue. Some food particles are left in our tongue. So to prevent the development of bacteria which could cause bath breath daily cleaning of tongue is advised. Tongue can be cleaned with a tongue cleaner or a toothbrush

Unbiased Dental Reviews on Orthodontics

30 October, 2014 (01:24) | Braces | By: B. Slade

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At one point  in time or another, braces generally become a part of everyone’s life.  Some maybe  lucky and find out during consultation that  they don’t need dental braces to correct teeth or jaw issues.  But for others that are not,  it is beginning in the next few years of dental braces,  retainers and frequent trips to their friendly next door dentist.

It is dreadful for others to put  some shiny metal brackets on their teeth,  others embrace the opportunity to have their teeth straighten in an average period of 2 years. A new  treatment  braces that goes virtually unnoticed being  introduced in the dental industry.  They are the Clear braces calles Invisalign and Ceramic Braces.  Those with  less severe cases will benefit benefit from this treatment.   Highly effective but may require dishing out more expenses is the lingual  braces provided by Ibraces.  They are attched to the  back of the teeth.

Impacted wisdom teeth, Part 2

22 October, 2014 (21:38) | General Info | By: Yra

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When debris and bacteria are trapped between the crown of the wisdom tooth and the gum, the peridontal tissues become infected, leading to periconitis. This is evidenced by swelling and pain of the cheek and lymph nodes, fever and bad breath. Dental caries may also develop because of the plaque buildup in the area between the around the impacted tooth, which is difficult to clean. The root of the adjacent tooth may also be affected and cysts may also develop. If any of these occur, the impacted wisdom tooth should be pulled out before any orthodontic treatment, radiotherapy or jawbone reconstruction surgery. Extraction is usually surgical because of the position of the teeth. In many cases, all four wisdom teeth are removed. This may be done all at once, or by pairs, either the bottom and upper halves or by side.

Impacted wisdom teeth, Part 1

15 October, 2014 (20:06) | General Info | By: Yra


Wisdom teeth, commonly called third molars, are the last of the permanent teeth to come out around one’s late teens or early 20s. They are at the back of the mouth, which is why they often become impacted. Impacted teeth are teeth that cannot be pushed out from the gums and are therefore do not emerge or in dental lingo, are unerupted. Because of overcrowding in the jaw, impacted teeth and become tilted and displaced, though it stays completely or partially embedded in the gums. Many people have impacted wisdom teeth, but are not aware of it when it does not cause pain.

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