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Beautiful Smile. Less Time. Clear Braces for Adults
Are you one of many adults who want straight teeth but feel stuck because you do not want to have the metal-mouth look of braces?
Modern orthodontic techniques have improved significantly over the last 20 years. Now, there are effective and safe orthodontic techniques that fit adult lifestyle. These orthodontic techniques include clear aligners, such as ClearCorrect, and clear braces (invisible braces), such as Cfast. Combined with the skill, experience, and education of the dentist, patients can now get impressive results with less discomfort and in a short treatment time.
Clear tray-style aligners such as Invisalign and ClearCorrect are great cosmetic orthodontic techniques. They are clear and almost invisible. However, they have few major disadvantages:
1- Clear aligners - ClearCorrect need compliance as they do not work unless worn 22 hours a day.
2- Clear aligners - ClearCorrect are not effective for achieving significant tooth movement,
3- Clear aligners - ClearCorrect often take much longer to work compared to regular braces.
Modern clear orthodontic braces such as Cfast are virtually invisible. Cfast braces are highly resistant to staining and discoloring that can be caused by coffee or tea. The Cfast braces technique utilized tooth-colored titanium wires. The titanium wires are secured to the braces using stain-resistant clear elastics. Collectively, the Cfast braces components disappear in the mouth.
How is orthodontic treatment fast?
Orthodontic wires normally produce friction when tied to braces. Modern orthodontic braces produce far less friction with wires. The minimalfriction of Cfastbraces makes teeth move much faster. In addition, orthodontic Titanium wires, because of their flexibility, allow teeth to move faster compared to the traditional stiff stainless steel wires. The flexibility of titanium wires also causes little or no discomfort during treatment.
Maintaining good oral health is a year-round pursuit, but with each season comes a new set of precautions. A time for barbecues, visits to the ice cream truckand sugary sodas, the summer season puts people at added risk for cracked teeth and cavities. Therefore, you should take extra care when chewing hard food including popcorn, nuts, ice, meat, and candy. Remember that a cracked tooth may take several hours
or days to show symptoms. In the case of a dental emergency such as hot and cold sensitivity or general tooth pain, patients are advised to contact our office
Beyond summer foods, you should protect your teeth while swimming, biking, and playing sports. For many team sports, It is good to invest in a mouth guard to protect against injuries; mouth guards come in many different sizes and colors, making
them more appealing to children. In the event of a damaged or broken tooth, rinse
out carefully clean the area around the tooth; then call us right away and apply a cooling compress if needed.
Swimming, while also placing children and adults at risk for chipped or broken teeth, presents additional challenges. The chlorine and other chemicals common in swimming pools can be harmful to teeth, so it is recommended to have a drink of chlorine-free water or use mouthwash after swimming.
To further improve dental health, there are certain measures that you should take all year round; daily flossing, brushing twice a day, and using fluoride toothpaste can improve both teeth and gum health. But even with good home hygiene you should not miss your six month professional cleanings and checkups.
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There’s more to a healthy mouth than just a pretty smile.
Gum (periodontal) disease, also called periodontitis, is a chronic bacterial infection affecting the gums and bone supporting the teeth. As the disease destroys gum tissue and bone, teeth can become loose and may have to be removed.
Researchers have found that periodontitis can be associated with other health problems such as cardiovascular disease, stroke and bacterial pneumonia. Likewise, pregnant women who have periodontitis may be at increased risk for delivering pre-term and/or low birth weight babies.
It is possible to have periodontal disease and have no pain or discomfort. That is one reason why regular dental checkups and gum examinations are very important. Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good oral hygiene at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring.
You don’t have to lose teeth to periodontal disease. Brush, clean between your teeth, eat a balanced diet, and schedule regular dental visits for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Given the potential link between periodontitis and systemic health problems, prevention of periodontitis may turn out to be an important step in maintaining overall health.
White-Hot Composite Fillings
- Restore small- to mid-sized cavities
- Reshape chipped teeth and broken teeth
- Replace amalgam fillings
While the enamel [outside covering of the crown of a tooth] is the hardest substance in the human body, undue stress on your teeth may cause them to crack. Causes include chewing hard foods [such as a popcorn kernel], biting on ice cubes, biting on a hard object such as a pen or pipe and/or clenching or grinding your teeth [bruxism].
Cracked Tooth Syndrome is very common in teeth with large fillings in them and most often is seen in your back teeth. If the crack goes untreated, it may deepen or expand like a crack in a glass window, causing part of the tooth to break off. If this occurs, the tooth may have to be extracted or might need root canal treatment in an attempt to save the tooth.
Some of the symptoms of this occurrence are: pain on chewing, unsolicited pain, pain from cold air, no x-ray evidence of the problem and no dental decay present. Often it is difficult for the patient to determine which tooth is causing the pain. However, the absence of pain does not rule out the presence of a crack.
To determine if a tooth has developed a crack that is not visible to the naked eye, the dentist will take a through dental history including history of trauma to your teeth and history of any bite adjustments that were performed. The teeth in the problem area will be examined with a dental explorer. Hot and cold sensitivity of the teeth will be tested. If a severe pain is elicited with temperature, and the pain rapidly subsides with removal of the stimulus, it is usually indicative of a fracture. Sometimes, transillumination [light source] with magnification is used to help visualize the suspected crack. The diagnosis can be further confirmed when the dentist uses a plastic or wooden instrument or cotton roll that rests on one part of a tooth while you are asked to bite down. Pain in a specific areas helps isolate the position of the crack. In certain instances, removal of a restoration [filling] may be necessary to visualize the crack and assess its potential to harm the pulp [nerve].
Can cracks be treated so that the tooth can be saved? Yes. Unfortunately, cracked teeth don't heal themselves like your bones. Early diagnosis leads to a better chance of success. The best solution is to have a full crown [cap] placed over the tooth to strengthen and hold the tooth together. In about 10% of cracked teeth, the nerve dies and root canal [endodontic treatment] will be required, along with the cementation of a post into the nerve canal before the crown and be completed and the tooth restored.
Call our office for questions or to set up an appointment if you are experiencing any of the cracked tooth symptoms.
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