28 August, 2015 (22:32) | Braces | By: Yra


SureSmile puts together advances in precision dental technology in an orthodontic treatment in three steps. Fits, a 3D image of the mouth is taken with the handheld OraScanner, which is based on white light and active triangulation. This is then fed into a computer to create a digital rendering. The orthodontist can manipulate this model and plot the movement of each tooth. Third, robotic hands precision-bend the archwires, thereby shortening treatment time because fewer adjustments need to be made. The treatment is said to be 40% faster, less painful than traditional treatments and require fewer visits. We’ll miss those plaster casts!

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Interceptive Orthodontics

21 August, 2015 (21:30) | General Info | By: Kurt Wilde


Interceptive orthodontics is orthodontic treatment for young children that begins before he or she starts the first grade to avoid certain conditions like crowding. This age is the best time to begin treatment because jaw growth and tooth development are not yet complete. Permanent teeth have also yet to come in, which makes it possible for the teeth to grow in the right positions. The solution for crowding used to involve extracting adult teeth then attach braces, but early intervention makes use of a device called a palatal expander. This expands the child’s arch to the proper size so adult teeth will grow out where they should.

Celebs in Braces

14 August, 2015 (21:02) | Braces | By: Yra


When Fantasia made an appearance on last week’s American Idol results show, she was still wearing braces. Did it matter? The American public has gotten used to seeing her with them. Celebrities have made wearing braces and retainers in the public eye acceptable. Braces have been seen on actors such as Tom Cruise, Alyssa Milano and Cameron Diaz, musicians such as Cher, Gwen Stefani and Sean Paul, royalty such as Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie, and athletes such as Serena Williams and Dwight Howard. Even child stars Dakota Fanning and Thomas Sangster have been spotted with tin grins. They might need to invest in their looks more than average citizens, but the idea that celebs are also working on their pearly whites is a lot to smile about.


7 August, 2015 (19:56) | Imp @ja | By: B. Slade


シュア・スマイルは、ワイヤーを手作業で曲げなければならない、従来の技術ではなく、矯正を重ねて治療時間が伸びたりせず、より早くて優れた新技術で歯を矯正します。 歯列矯正用ブリッジの場合、20ヶ月から24ヶ月間が平均的治療期間です。 これは、コンピューターと弧線のロボット操作で、治療時間をスピードアップする計画で正確度を高くします。 スマート・アロイで知られている形状記憶合金を利用し、それで、目標位置を記憶し、体温を利用するカスタマイズされた指示を永久に保持します。 シュア・スマイルの平均的治療時間は、従来の技術より40%短いものです。 従来の歯科矯正学では2年と推測される治療期間も、シュア・スマイルでは、わずか、12ヶ月から15ヶ月です。 オーラ・スキャナーで、デジタルイメージを利用し、正確な歯の位置を3次元モデルで、作ります。 コンピューターでソフトウエアが使われ、歯科矯正士が、歯のデジタル式モデルを操作出来るようになっています。 ロボット・ハンドが、弧線を曲げ、治療時間を短縮しています。

Causes and Treatments of Cavities

31 July, 2015 (18:09) | General Info | By: Hannah

Cavities are primarily caused by the occurrence of tooth decay. Tooth decay, on the other hand, is a result of numerous factors which in most cases arise at its worst due to one’s food intake. People are unaware that food is actually the main source of decay which in most cases is obtained from food which contains carbohydrates such as bread, cereals, sodas, candies, sweets, and fruits. These contain carbohydrates which breakdown into two components namely sugars and starches. Decay occurs at the very instant that food is left inside the mouth allowing bacteria to take over its digestion which usually result to the formation of acids. This decay, in time, will result to cavities which at present are cured through the most commonly done filling procedure which involves drilling the decayed part of the tooth which is then replaced with a temporary filling that is usually made of gold and porcelain.

Orthodontics Questions & Answers (Part 2)

24 July, 2015 (16:36) | Q&A | By: B. Slade


I just had a gum lift and 8 porcelain veneers applied to my teeth. I’m curious about a few things. I heard that the preparation and application of veneers is painless and sometimes unnessesary for anasthetic to be used. This is definitely not how my proceedure was. I was subjected to a lot of novacane and a lot of pain. I’m not sure why my case was any different. Although I couldn’t see what the doctor was doing, it seemed as if he ground my natural teeth down drastically. Is this normal? My gums are extremely sore and swollen, and I’m very sensitive to hot and cold. I had my veneers applied just last week, but I’m still confused as to why this was such a painful proceedure. I also had to undergo 3 root canals for the proceedure. Previously, I had a very gummy smile, so I needed the gum lift. Subsequently, the doctor had to “shorten” my teeth. But it felt as though he ground them down to little points and then applied the veneers. I was very choosy when picking my doctor. He is very well know in the Midwest. The veneers look beautiful, but I’m a little nervous about what was done to my natural teeth. Also, will this sensitivity to hot and cold ever go away? Thanks
Sometimes veneers can be placed with little to no tooth reduction. Other times, a lot of tooth reduction is required. This is particularly the case when the natural teeth jut out, are twisted, or are rotated. Cases like this are sometimes called “instant orthodontics” because the end result looks like the teeth have been moved (but the illusion is due to porcelain veneers). In short, the more reduction that is required — the more risk that it will be a painful experience and there will be root canals involved. That also provides part of the explaination why one person may have a virtually pain-free experience and another person may have a very different one. Some people just have a higher pain threshold than others. There are a variety of pain reduction devices (e.g., computer controlled anesthetic delivery devices) and techniques that are helping to minimize pain. At this point, however, pain is still a risk when teeth structure is reduced. Ususally, the pain subsides fairly quickly and the residual sensitivity to temperature goes away spontaneously. You should keep in touch with your dentist and have him check it out if the pain continues. You’ll probably just be left with a beautiful smile and feel like it was well worth it.
I have an overbite in which my top jaw covers my bottom jaw. I am wondering what methods are avaible for correction?
Your top jaw should cover your lower jaw. If you are referring to a recessive chin or lower jaw, many procedures are available. Many involve orthodontics and surgery. Start with a referral from your general dentist to an oral surgeon.

Faster Sure Smile

17 July, 2015 (13:46) | General Info | By: B. Slade

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Sure Smile is a new technology straightens teeth faster and better than before, unlike with conventional technique have to manually bend wires, which can lead to small amounts of under- or over-correction and extend treatment time. Average treatment time for braces is between 20 and 24 months. It uses computer and robotic manipulation of the archwire to increase accuracy in planning to speed up treatment times. It uses Shap Memory Alloy also known as smart alloy that remembers its target position and permanently retains its customized prescription using body heat. SureSmile average length of treatment is less 40% time than conventional techniques. Treatments estimated to take two years with traditional orthodontics may take only 12 to 15 months using SureSmile. It uses digital imaging with OraScanner to create 3-D model of the exact tooth position. A software is used in the computer to allow the orthodontist to manipulate the digital model of your teeth. Robotic hands bend the archwire to shorten treatment time.

Smile Makeover: The Ultimate in Cosmetic Dentistry (Part 3)

10 July, 2015 (12:16) | Smile Makeover | By: B. Slade


The Life of Your Smile Makeover

Cosmetic dentistry procedures may require maintenance over time. Teeth whitening must be repeated on occasion in order to maintain brightness. Porcelain veneers may chip or break off and need replacement. Permanent bondings may stain and require enhancement or replacement. Dental crowns typically require replacement after 10 � 15 years. Gummy smile improvements may also require enhancement over time.

Your ceramist, lab technician, and the materials chosen by your dentist also impact the longevity of your Smile Makeover. To achieve the best results, take special care in selecting your cosmetic dentist.

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Why Straighten Teeth

3 July, 2015 (11:08) | Braces | By: B. Slade


Straight teeth help an individual to effectively bite, chew and speak.� Straight teeth contribute to healthy teeth and gums.� Properly aligned teeth and jaws may alleviate or prevent physical health problems.� Teeth that work better also tend to look better.� An attractive smile is a pleasant �side effect� of orthodontic treatment.An attractive smile is a wonderful asset.� It contributes to self-esteem, self-confidence and self-image�important qualities at every age.� A pleasing appearance is a vital component of self-confidence. A person’s self-esteem often improves as orthodontic treatment brings teeth, lips and face into proportion. In this way, orthodontic treatment can benefit social and career success, as well as improve a person�s general attitude toward life.

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Smart brackets

26 June, 2015 (10:04) | Braces, News | By: Yra


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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