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Brace Yourself! Habits to Avoid When Getting Your Teeth Straightened

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Brace Yourself! Habits to Avoid When Getting Your Teeth Straightened

You will make a significant investment in time and effort, together with associated costs, if you decide to get your teeth professionally straightened. It stands to reason that you should break yourself from some of those bad habits that will likely get in the way. You don’t want to be wearing braces for longer than you have to, and you want to see results quickly. What do you need to curtail? Don’t Be Nervous Some people engage in ‘nervous habits’. It’s not uncommon for them to play with braces once they are in place. If they have Invisalign, they may click the retainer on and off its placing, often without realising what they are doing. Repeated application of this bad habit will eventually lead to tray damage and the need for a replacement. What Are You Eating? Now is definitely the time to up the ante in terms of your diet. You’ve got to eliminate as many sugary sweets and treats as possible. You have to avoid sticky friends like toffee, as they will stick to the braces and be very difficult to remove. Sticky foods also often lead to broken brackets, meaning a trip to the dentist is in order. Anything that you have to chew long and hard has to be reappraised, as well. If you like apples (and they are of course good for you) then you need to cut them into small pieces first. Don’t Bite! Do you have a habit of chewing on something when you’re thinking? Some people also do this when they are under pressure or dealing with stress. Pens and pencils are hard objects and when they come into contact with your braces will likely bend the wires or brackets or even cause breaks. Likewise, don’t bite your nails. Get some of that evil tasting varnish and apply it to your nails; this will break that habit pretty quickly. Red or White? If you like to have a glass of red wine at the end of the day, consider changing over to white. This is because darkly coloured drinks have a tendency to stain your teeth. If you continue to indulge while you’re wearing the braces, it’s possible that when you remove them you will see the stained area, in stark contrast to the part that’s been covered by the braces. The moral is clear. Don’t put all of your good work in danger and kick out all of those bad...

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Think Your Teeth Are Too Small? Here Are Some Easy Solutions with Big Results

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Think Your Teeth Are Too Small? Here Are Some Easy Solutions with Big Results

Do you ever worry that your smile is not as big as it could be? This has nothing to do with how enthusiastically you smile, and it might be that you feel your teeth are simply too small. This does not have to be a permanent issue, and there are three key dental procedures that can solve the problem. Gum Removal It’s not as though your dentist is going to get rid of your gums, but the shape of your gumline can be contoured by your dentist, meaning your dentist can effectively remove a small section of the gums. A local anaesthetic is applied, and then the gums are reshaped, generally using a low-density laser. Your dentist might take an x-ray first to ensure that an appropriate amount of gum tissue can be removed without exposing your dental nerves. Some discomfort and swelling is to be expected after this procedure, although it will be minimal and can be managed with an over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (which is essentially an ibuprofen). Dental Veneers If you’re not a suitable candidate for gum contouring, then a more traditional cosmetic solution might be proposed. Dental veneers are exceptionally thin coverings for your teeth that are usually made from a porcelain composite. The surfaces of your existing teeth are prepared (lightly sanded), and then the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The veneers can be shaped in a way that makes your teeth look larger. While this process is less invasive than gum contouring, it is generally more expensive. But perhaps your existing teeth merely need to be realigned to make your smile seem fuller. Dental Realignment It might also be possible to change the look of your teeth without actually changing their size. It could be that your teeth might appear small due to the pronounced gaps between them. This can be rectified by having your teeth realigned, which is less expensive than having other cosmetic procedures done. This is as simple as having braces fitted to your teeth to allow a gradual (though noticeable) realignment to take place. If you’re not so keen on the idea of having visible braces, your dentist can talk you through a few options. A transparent alignment device can be worn over your teeth and be periodically changed to reflect the desired changes to your teeth. You might also be able to have traditional braces fitted to the rear of your teeth. It really is remarkable just how efficiently small-looking teeth can be rectified. You will never think that your smile is too small...

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Is Tooth Whitening a Good Solution for Teenagers?

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is Tooth Whitening a Good Solution for Teenagers?

Teenagers will often obsess about their appearance. They live in an environment where fellow teens and their peers can be very critical and feelings can be hurt quite easily. These teenagers can also be recalcitrant when it comes to discussing any of these obsessions with their parents. Sometimes the teen is not happy about the appearance of their smile. As a parent, what do you need to be looking out for and what solutions are available? What to Look for You can usually tell if your child has an issue with their smile by observing their behaviour when they are interacting with somebody else. When they laugh, do they have a tendency to hold their hands up over the mouth? Do they tend to look down or away from somebody else when in conversation? These are usually signs that they are not happy with the appearance of their smile and this may be something that you overlook. After all, you may already have discussed the issue of whether or not they need braces and have found that this is not an issue. You may still have overlooked the fact that they are concerned about the colour of their teeth. Are Primary Teeth the Issue? There are many reasons why teeth could be discoloured. As teens develop, their primary teeth eventually fall away and are replaced by the permanent ones. It is certainly not unusual for primary teeth to be different colours to permanent replacements. Therefore, bear in mind that any attempt to colour correct may not be fully successful until all of the permanent teeth are in place. Are They Ready? In younger teens the tooth whitening procedure can lead to some irritation or sensitivity along the gum line. Many dentists will recommend that parents wait until the children are later in adolescence before considering professional tooth whitening, to reduce this sensitivity. This will allow the tooth pulp to be formed properly first. In Office Solution There are two different methods to consider if you’re ready to proceed. The first can involve chair-side bleaching, which requires several office visits of between 30 minutes and an hour. In this situation, a whitening gel is put on the teeth and then exposed to a special laser. It is possible to whiten teeth by a number of different shades. Bleaching Trays The second process involves the creation of custom bleaching trays by the dentist. Usually this is created in one office visit and then you are given the tray, together with bleaching gel, to take home. The teen will then use these trays a couple of times a day, or in certain circumstances they can be worn overnight instead. Results for this system are usually seen in a couple of weeks. The Right Solution If you are unsure whether your teen is ready for teeth whitening, or not sure what system is best in your case, consult with a cosmetic dentist for...

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New Dentures and Swollen Gums: How Vitamin E Can Help!

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on New Dentures and Swollen Gums: How Vitamin E Can Help!

If your new dentures are rubbing against your gums and causing them to swell, you may be seeking a home remedy to relieve the pain. Vitamin E might be the solution for you. Treating any inflammation of your gums will help to make wearing your new dentures more comfortable and will also reduce the chance that you will develop an infection or gum disease. Below is a guide to the benefits of vitamin E and how you should apply it to your gums. The Benefits of Vitamin E Vitamin E is a fantastic way to treat soft tissues which are damaged or inflamed. Vitamin E has an anti-inflammatory effect on your gums which helps to reduce the level of swelling you experience.  By reducing the swelling, you will find it much easier to adapt to wearing your new dentures. You will also find that tasks such as flossing and brushing your teeth are much less painful than before, allowing you to maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine.  Vitamin E is also has powerful anti-oxidants which will help your body to repair any damaged gum tissue. However, you should be aware that, while vitamin E will help to heal your gums, it will not treat any underlying problems such as gum disease.  How to Apply Vitamin E While a balanced diet or supplements are an excellent way to ensure you absorb vitamin E, due to your age or other factors, the vitamin E from your diet may not reach your gums. If you are suffering from inflamed gums, the best way to apply vitamin E is by using a topical gel or oil directly onto the area of the gum which is swollen or painful. You can do this by first washing your hands and then applying a small amount of the vitamin E to your finger. Next, gently rub the oil or gel into your gums. The vitamin E will be absorbed directly into the gums and will begin healing the soft tissue immediately. Ask your dentist to prescribe a tube of vitamin E and follow their directions as to how often you need to apply it. If you have any concerns about your new dentures or your gums, you should book an appointment with your dentist. They will carry out a full inspection of your dental health and will then either adjust the fit of your dentures or treat any inflammation or disease which is affecting your...

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Why Tooth Reshaping Might be Right for You

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Tooth Reshaping Might be Right for You

Tooth reshaping, often called tooth contouring, involves both sanding down tooth surfaces and when necessary, adding filler to shape your teeth exactly the way you want them. This allows you to create the perfect smile. However, there are other benefits of reshaping besides the obvious cosmetic improvements. Below is a brief guide to these benefits. Quick and easy  Unlike other cosmetic dentistry such as dental implants and braces which can sometimes take months to have the desired effect, contouring is very quick. Often the process can be completed in just two appointments. Another benefit is that it is relatively painless as the process is carried out solely on the external enamel of your teeth.  A whiter smile Tooth reshaping often involves the removal of some enamel. This means that any stains and discolouration of the enamel will also be removed and new whiter teeth will be constructed. In this way, tooth contouring can brighten up your smile.  Healthy teeth and gums  Although contouring is a cosmetic procedure, the reshaping of your teeth can make it easier for you to maintain a high level of oral hygiene. For example, if your teeth are very close together contouring can even out the distances between the teeth to prevent build up of plaque and tartar in crevices behind and between overcrowded teeth. It will also make them easier to clean. In turn, this can reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.  Correct misaligned teeth Contouring can also be used to help to correct teeth that are misaligned. If your canine teeth are oversized, this can cause problems with your bite. By shaving down these teeth, your dentist can ensure that your teeth are properly aligned, correcting any problems with your bite. In some cases, contouring could correct issues which have otherwise required braces. Subtle and discreet treatment Tooth contouring is much more subtle and discreet when compared to other dental interventions such as braces. If you would like to avoid a drastic change to your mouth and would like to avoid people staring or commenting, contouring could be the option for you. Contouring of the teeth provides a positive change to your smile without drawing attention to the fact that you have undergone treatment. If you would like more information about the benefits of dental contouring or other cosmetic procedures, contact your dentist today. They will be able to assess your dental health and provide any suitable treatments. For more information, contact a business such as Shellharbour City...

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Braces: Traditional or Invisalign: Which is Right for You?

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Braces: Traditional or Invisalign: Which is Right for You?

If you are thinking about having dental realignment, you will have a choice of orthodontic treatments open to you. A major decision to make is whether to go for traditional braces or Invisalign retainers. There are a lot of different factors to consider when making your decision, and the options available to you will depend on the nature of your dental problems. Below are some essential facts to bear in mind when considering orthodontic work. Uses Generally speaking, Invisalign retainers work best for low-level corrections such as mild overbites or slightly crooked teeth. Traditional braces, on the other hand, are effective in treating a wide range of orthodontic complaints and can be used to adjust more severely misaligned teeth. If you need major realignment work, your orthodontist is likely to recommend full braces. With lighter adjustments, both options will be open to you.  Effects Both approaches are effective and with long term use will change the shape and alignment of your teeth and jaw. However, traditional braces are permanently fixed to the teeth for the duration of your treatment — the orthodontist will fit, adjust and remove them. This means that they are constantly working to realign the teeth, which gives a higher chance of a lasting positive outcome. Invisalign retainers, on the other hand, are removable; they only need to be worn a certain number of hours a day, and the patient can remove and replace them at will. This means that you could potentially forget or neglect to wear them, in which case long-lasting results are less likely to be achieved.  Appearance Invisalign retainers are the more discreet choice aesthetically speaking. They are made entirely of clear plastic and are hardly noticeable when worn. Another advantage is that they can be easily removed, which means cleaning both your teeth and the Invisalign forms is quick and easy. Orthodontic technology has advanced, and traditional braces aren’t the metal train tracks that they used to be. There are now more subtle braces available which utilise clear plastic and enamel so that they are not so visible. However, traditional braces will be fixed permanently to your teeth which can make regular, thorough cleaning a challenge.  Expense  Both options will burn a pretty large hole in your pocket, though costs will depend on the level of treatment required. In general, Invisalign is more expensive than the traditional method as they are necessarily more bespoke, moulded to each patient’s bite form.  Before making a decision on which treatment to use, carefully weigh up the costs and benefits. Your orthodontist will be able to help and advise you on the best choice for your...

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How Can a Timer Teach Kids How to Brush Their Teeth?

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Can a Timer Teach Kids How to Brush Their Teeth?

As your kids get older, you’ll gradually teach them the techniques they need to clean their teeth until they are old enough to do the job themselves. While kids typically learn basic brushing techniques easily enough, they may still not clean their teeth well enough for your liking. If your child knows how to brush their teeth but is still not doing a good job, they may not be spending enough time on each brushing session. If this is the case, you may find that a timer helps them brush more effectively. Why Timing Matters Dental advice recommends that people brush their teeth twice a day for at least two minutes per session. This timing gives you the best chance of giving all your teeth an effective and robust clean. While two minutes might not seem a long time to you, it may seem like an age for kids who need to clean their teeth before getting on with their day or going to bed. While your child may use the correct brushing techniques, these techniques may not be enough on their own to maintain good oral health. If your child rushes through each brushing session, the chances are that some teeth and areas of the gums won’t get as good a clean as others. If you think that your child is not spending enough time on brushing, it may be worth giving them more concrete timing guidance. Timing Options To help your child learn how long two minutes actually takes, you can use various timing options. For example, the following tips may help: Timers: Your child can use a watch, stopwatch, kitchen timer or even the timer on a mobile phone to make a two-minute countdown. Electric Toothbrushes: Many electric toothbrushes come with timing buzzers built in. The toothbrush will vibrate after one or two minutes so your child knows when to stop brushing. Some electric toothbrushes for kids also come with special timing devices that help kids build up to the recommended two minutes. For example, some play tunes or can be connected to apps that use cartoons to reward brushing times. Music: Playing two-minute long short songs or rhymes may also be a useful way of keeping your child engaged while they brush. Bear in mind that kids may not be able to go the two-minute distance from the word go when they start cleaning their own teeth. You may need to gradually build up the time spent on brushing. If they still get really bored after some practice, it may help to split each brushing session into two one-minute chunks. Here, you would encourage your child to clean their top teeth for a minute and then their bottom teeth for the second minute. For more information or advice, contact your family...

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Natural Ways to Kill Bacteria and Prevent Tartar Build-Up

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Natural Ways to Kill Bacteria and Prevent Tartar Build-Up

Investing just a few minutes a day on caring for your teeth is quick, simple and requires minimal effort. Yet the benefits can be fantastic, everything from whiter teeth, less trips to the dentist and better oral hygiene. Something that affects everyone is plaque, which is a layer of acidic bacteria that coats the teeth. It’s perfectly normal and is caused by food debris and dirt; however, when this plaque is not brushed away with regular brushing, it can harden and become mineralised. This is otherwise known as tartar, a hard white or yellow substance that stains teeth, damages enamel and can cause many issues, particularly around the gum line. Follow these three simple tips to ensure you halt plaque in its tracks and reduce the likelihood of tartar buildup.  Regular Brushing First and foremost, brushing with quality toothpaste should always be your number one method for keeping your teeth healthy. Brush twice a day both in the morning and in the evening to prevent plaque mineralisation. You can also supplement your daily routine with mouthwash, tongue brushing and dental floss. However for those people who like to use natural and/or organic products there are a number of natural remedies that can help to keep bacteria at bay. Cloves Cloves have been used for centuries for their ability to help alleviate toothache. They are known for their anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties and can be used alongside your regular toothpaste to boost your bacteria-killing power. Adding some simple crushed cloves that you can buy from the supermarket to your pea-sized dollop of toothpaste will help to maintain the health of both teeth and gums. It also acts as a gentle exfoliant depending on how fine the powder is. Alternatively you can just cover the top of the brush with the crushed cloves and use that by itself.  Aloe Vera Aloe vera is another superfood that has many health benefits. Not only can it help to kill bacteria (and thus tartar build-up), it is also effective at preventing gum disease and gingivitis. You can buy chemical-free aloe vera mouthwashes and tooth gels from good pharmacies, and they can be incorporated into your daily brushing routine.  Tartar prevention is all about killing the bacteria within your mouth. Making sure you and your family brush regularly is the best way to maintain your oral health and ensure you always have clean teeth and a great smile. Contact a dentist for more...

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Highly Sensitive To Allergies? You Need To Talk To Your Dentist Before You Get Veneers

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Highly Sensitive To Allergies? You Need To Talk To Your Dentist Before You Get Veneers

Getting veneers is an ideal way to correct dental defects such as chipped or crooked teeth. However, as a person who already has an overly sensitive body, you need to take extra precautions before you make the appointment to have your veneers bonded onto your teeth. An allergy to the dental bonding material is possible based on your current allergies, so these are the points you need to think about before you take the next step. What Is A Dental Bonding Allergy? Before the veneers are attached to your teeth, a natural-coloured adhesive is painted onto the surface of your teeth. The adhesive is made up of composite resin, and it has the potential to trigger an allergic reaction that spreads through the gums to other parts of your body. While dental bonding allergies are rare, they are more likely to occur when a person, such as yourself, has a higher than average reaction to common chemical compounds around them. How Will The Allergy Show Itself? As with other allergic reactions, you can expect to see irritated skin in the form of a rash, a burning sensation or small blisters. This response may occur inside the mouth, or it could spread to the head, neck or upper body area. The good news is that if the allergy did show itself, it would probably improve without medication a couple of days after it appeared. However, if you want to minimise the risk of an allergic reaction to the bonding adhesive, there are a couple of things you can do. Minimising Allergy Chances Before you have the veneers fitted, make an appointment with your allergist to have a skin test done with the bonding adhesive. A tiny amount of the glue will be placed on your skin and left there for 24 hours to see if a reaction occurs. If it does not, then you can move onto the veneer fitting without fear. If there is a reaction, there are still several options open to you. One is to talk to your doctor about increasing your allergy medication before fitting the veneers. By having a higher level of antihistamine in your system, the allergy reaction should be reduced. Secondly, discuss with your dentist what other materials can be used to bond the veneers to your teeth. Have a skin allergy test done with each of them until you locate one that does not cause your body to react. Having a sensitive body does not mean you have to miss out on beautiful teeth through veneers, but it does mean thinking about your allergies before the veneers are glued into...

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7 Tips to Stop Your Partial Dentures From Slipping

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 7 Tips to Stop Your Partial Dentures From Slipping

When you first get partial dentures, they can feel awkward. For example, you may notice them shifting slightly in your mouth as you chew. Try using these tips to help keep your dentures securely in place when you eat, drink and speak. 1. Chew on Both Sides of Your Mouth Chewing only on one side of your mouth can put uneven forces on your dentures, which can cause them to tilt and shift. Practice chewing on both sides of your mouth to keep your dentures securely in place. 2. Eat Small Pieces of Soft Food  Biting down on a hard nut or chewy hunk of steak can put a lot of strain on your dentures, which could make them slip. While you’re getting used to eating with dentures, stick to soft foods like soup and well-cooked vegetables. Cut your food into small pieces to remove the amount of chewing you have to do. 3. Don’t Chew Gum Gum sticks to dentures and can pull them out of place. Avoid chewing gum and instead suck on sugar-free mints to keep your breath fresh. 4. Keep Dentures Moist As dentures dry out, they can slightly change their shape. When you take your dentures out at night, keep them moist by soaking them in denture cleaning solution. During the day, sip water to keep your mouth and dentures moist. 5. Use Denture Adhesive If you’ve tried the tips above and you’re still struggling to keep your partial dentures in place, a denture adhesive could be the solution you need. You can use a denture adhesive paste or powder to keep your dentures in place throughout the day. In either case, you need to clean your dentures and then apply the denture adhesive to the part that is in contact with your gums when you wear them. After applying the adhesive, immediately put the dentures back into your mouth and gently press them into place to create a secure seal. 6. Be Gentle With Your Denture Applying too much force to your partial dentures can bend them out of shape. Never use force to push them into place; instead, line them up carefully with the gap in your teeth and gently slide them into place. 7. Have Regular Dental Checkups Over time, the shape of your mouth and gums can change, which can affect the fit of your partial dentures. See your dentist regularly to check the fit of your dentures. Your dentist will let you know when your dentures need to be adjusted or...

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