There are several different methods for teeth whitening ranging from professional products only available if the work is carried out by your dentist to very basic tooth whitening products such as toothpastes.

Teeth whitening basically works by bleaching, or in the case of whitening toothpaste by removing stains from the surface of your teeth through abrasive means.

Most teeth whitening products contain either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide as a bleaching agent with the former being the main component of professional bleaching products.

Bleaching lightens the color of your teeth but the degree of lightening is dependent on the type of product you use. Laser teeth whitening is perceived by many to be the most effective method as the laser light activates the bleaching agent thus speeding up the teeth whitening process. However it is the most costly way of whitening your teeth and is a process that will need to be repeated at regular intervals (every one – three years depending on how well you look after your newly whitened teeth).

Tray based teeth whitening products also work by bleaching your teeth but have an added advantage over laser whitening in that the custom mouthpiece can be re-used when you want to whiten your teeth again. The only consumable is the teeth whitening bleaching agent. Tray based tooth whitening products can be purchased through your dentist or over the counter tray based products are now available that use the preferred carbamide peroxide as the bleaching agent.

Paint on teeth whitening products and whitening strips are available over the counter for not a lot of money but there appears to be little support for any over the counter products other than tray based teeth whitening with carbamide peroxide.

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Despite advancements in dental treatment, a large number of Americans suffer tooth loss – largely as a result of tooth decay, gum disease, or trauma. In the past, the only treatment options available for individuals with missing teeth were dentures and bridges. However, now, dental implants are readily available.

What is a dental implant?

An implant is a titanium root that is surgically placed in the jaw bones. Once in place, the titanium surface bonds to the jaw bone. A titanium post called an abutment, goes from the implant through the gum and act as the tooth part. Implants offer a solid foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth. They can support crowns and bridges. They also stabilize fixed and removable dentures.

What Are the benefits of implants?

Implants offer an improved look, as they have a profile and emergence similar to natural teeth. They preserve adjacent natural teeth as there is no need to trim a healthy tooth to place a bridge crown. As the implant surface bonds to bone, it provides solid foundation for replacement teeth. Dentures stabilized with implants are secure and have a better fit than conventional removable dentures. Implants function like teeth, letting you eat your favorite food with confidence. They improve the overall quality of life. With immediate implant placement, you can have an implant placed in a fresh extraction socket without having to wait for months for the bone to heal. This technique usually results in better esthetic outcome, especially when front teeth are involved.

Who is a candid to dental implants?

To receive an implant, you must have healthy gums and adequate amount of bone to support and stabilize the implant. You must have an overall good health. If you do not have enough bone at the implant site, a bone graft … Read the rest

The upper and lower third molars are also called your wisdom teeth. These teeth are located at the very back of your mouth. They are usually the last teeth to surface in the mouth. They usually appear between the ages of 17 and 24 years old.

Some people have their wisdom teeth for their entire life. However, most people today opt to have their wisdom teeth removed. Some people have their wisdom teeth taken out even before they break through the gums.

People who live with their wisdom teeth for their lifetime usually do not experience any complications. But for some people, their wisdom teeth never erupt. And this can lead to swelling, gum ulcers and pain. Once the wisdom tooth becomes impacted and it starts pressing up against another tooth, it can damage the tooth beside it or the jawbone. These two are the main reasons why people usually have to undergo oral surgery to have a wisdom tooth removed.

Having a wisdom tooth removed is not as easy or simple as undergoing a regular tooth extraction. It requires a surgery since the dentist will open up the gum tissue over the tooth and take out any bone that is covering the tooth. The dentist will then separate the tissue that connects the tooth to the bone. Then the dentist will remove the tooth. The tooth is usually cut into smaller pieces to make it easier to remove. Once the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. Depending on your dentist, these stitches can dissolve over time or you will have to go back to the clinic to have them removed.

If you will be having your wisdom tooth removed sometime soon, below are some tips you should follow to properly prepare for this procedure:

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Over the years there have been many advances in the way orthodontic treatment is delivered but none so profound as the Damon Self-ligating System. This uses a force system that is 'biologically sensible' and applies just enough force to stimulate cellular activity without crushing the blood vessels around the roots. The upper jaw is allowed to expand naturally almost always reducing the need for extractions.

The Damon system is the incorporation of passive self-ligating brackets with new high technological arch wires selected to keep the forces light throughout treatment. By not over powering the biomechanical system the body's own physiology allows the arch to grow naturally without the use of mechanical expanders. The result is much more patient specific and ideal for each individual.

It is also possible to start treatment much earlier when the first permanent molars and incisor teeth have grown in. This could be as early as 7 years of age. In fact it is the best time to look at whether the child is likely to need braces because it is possible to influence and guide the growth of that individual to the best possible conclusion.

The most significant change in orthodontic ideology is to look more at the face and not just straight teeth. Beautiful faces have ideal facial proportion. Craniofacial orthopaedics looks at facial disharmonies and abnormalities and it is important to look at the body pattern and how the teeth have been influenced by the rest of the body.

By understanding body mechanics and integrating these with those of the head and bone the teeth sit in it is possible to make a lasting change. This could mean curing back pain and providing headache treatment in the long term. The way the teeth meet (the bite) locks the body into a dysfunction pattern. … Read the rest

Dental consumers sometimes think that a dentist who charges more may provide the best dental implant care. This attitude stems from the often-held belief that if something is expensive it is automatically better. I do not believe this logic is applicable in choosing from whom and where you will obtain dental implant care.

You, the potential dental consumer, should learn what exactly you are paying for, especially when you select pricy versus affordable dental implant care. You should also acquaint yourself with facts that truly identify successful outcomes of implant dental care.

Research on the outcome of using specific brands of dental implants today is largely done in university environments. Most of this research is funded by the companies, whose dental implants are being tested, creating a situation with obvious potential for conflict of interest. The majorities of these studies are very short in duration, and exist primarily to promote the new implant products benefactor companies are anxious to bring to the dental marketplace as soon as possible. These types of "self-serving" studies are of little value except for marketing.

When examining the costs of placing and restoring dental implants, it becomes apparent that the final cost of dental implant care by the dentist to you is determined in a very subjective manner. By subjective, I mean that the out-of-pocket expense for a dentist to purchase a dental implant, place it, and restore it, is largely limited to:

1. What the dentist elects to pay for materials.
2. Elective costs for direct and indirect forms of advertising decided upon by the dentist.
3. The dollar amount (click to Exhibit 2) that the dentist wants to charge for his or her time to complete a dental-implant-related service. This fee is essentially based on what the dentist wants to make as profit. … Read the rest

I wanted to let you know that here in the UK there are a group of registered dental care professionals called "Clinical Dental Technicians" or "Denturists". They are a relatively small group of Dental Professionals largely because of the time it takes to qualify. However, those are the Dental Professionals who have many years of experience in making dentures. as part of their qualifications they have to be first a Dental Technician before they can take the Clinical Training and Clinical Exams. In the UK they graduate from the Royal College Of Surgeons in London.

So these professionals like me are trained to make the dentures in a laboratory as well as the clinical side of dentistry. Most people think that a Dentist makes Dentures and go along to their existing Dentist for the provision of Dentures. Dentists in general are qualified to conserve and maintain natural teeth they do not have the same background or training as Denturists. Denturists in the UK have studied in depth the clinical and technical side of Dentures, most denturists have studied for over 10 years for specialist qualifications in this specific area of ​​Dentistry.

Currently in the UK if you need Dentures and have no remaining natural teeth you can go directly to a registered Clinical Dental Technician or Denturist, they will carry out a clinical assessment and provide both the clinical side and technical side of the treatment for you. If you have some remaining natural teeth then the Denturist will working closely with a Dentist will develop a treatment plan for you. As i said before we actually make the Dentures ourselves as well as doing all the clinical work. as you can imagine this is a completely different service to that of seeing a Dentist who would do the clinical … Read the rest

Many people think of orthodontists as providing only traditional braces. However, orthodontics has come a long way in recent years and your orthodontist can treat problems with a wide variety of options. Braces can be made of many different materials optimized for strength, versatility or subtle appearance. Your treatment option may include standard braces on the outside of the teeth, clear ceramic braces that are more difficult to see, or lingual braces placed on the back of the teeth. Aligner trays are also used for orthodontic treatment. These are removable and needn't stay in the mouth as permanently as braces.

Orthodontic treatments are not used solely to improve the appearance of the teeth, though this is usually the most noticeable change to onlookers. Having teeth that are properly aligned and a correct bite is very important. If your teeth are misaligned, you may not be able to clean them properly. When your floss and toothbrush can't get the job done, your teeth will decay, develop cavities or even fall out. An incorrect bite can make it difficult to speak or eat. Over time, a bite that isn't corrected will wear your teeth unevenly. Many such problems are also uncomfortable and even painful.

If you believe that you or your child may need orthodontic treatment, you should talk to your dentist or orthodontist right away. Treatment works best when it is performed on children and adolescents. The jaw and teeth are easier to reposition while the face is still growing and developing. Once a patient has reached adulthood, treatment may become more difficult. Different treatment options must be used and the time it will take for adjustment to be complete is usually much longer. This is not to say that adults cannot see a orthodontist however, as treatment options can always … Read the rest

A great smile is a big help in boosting your confidence in any situation you find yourself. Whether it be at the place where you work, social situations, or in your everyday travels, your self confidence is enhanced. It is not impossible to achieve a beautiful smile for yourself – just get in touch with a good orthodontist and the smile you are yearning for can become a reality, and it will be yours forever.

The Orthodontist

The orthodontist practices the type of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a condition termed as malocclusions. This is simply a condition where the teeth are misaligned when the mouth is closed. A orthodontist will have an extra two to three years of additional schooling after dental school to continue education in this field. Upon graduation from this branch of dentistry, they have mastered the procedures for managing and guiding the movement of teeth back into their desired positions in the jaw.

The Visit To The Orthodontist

When you make your first visit to the Orthodontist, you will have a thorough examination of your mouth and teeth in order to determine what your orthodontist needs are. Most likely x-rays will be taken and perhaps impressions will be made of the current state of the teeth in your mouth. The orthodontist will be able to explain to you in general terms, whether or not you are a candidate for orthodontic treatment, what the procedure would be, how long it would take to completion, and the general cost.

Treatment In The Early Stages

Most orthodontists advise parents to take their children to see an orthodontist at the earliest signs of orthodontic issues, or by the time they are seven years old. A younger child can achieve more progress with early treatment … Read the rest

As a teenager, you may have felt privileged not to have to wear orthodontics braces like your schoolmates. However, as an adult, you have begun to see things differently, and you realize how important it is to have nice, straight teeth and a beautiful smile. It is not uncommon nowadays for adults to get braces, but before you make a decision, let's look at the cost of adult braces.

Braces for adults can run between $ 2,000 and $ 9,000. The price is mainly determined by the type of braces, the color and type of brackets that you choose and the type of corrections that you need. $ 5,000 is the average cost you should expect to pay.

Many adults hesitate to get braces because of their job, or because they are embarrassed for people to see them with braces. Do not let that keep you from getting a lovely smile. There are several things that will make your braces less noticeable.

Enamel colored brackets made from ceramics is perhaps one of the least expensive and easiest things you can do. They are the same color as your teeth, and most people do not notice them. They will cost you an extra $ 500 though.

Invisalign is a specific kind of invisible adult braces. These are totally clear. The dentist will make a clear tray and shape it to your teeth. Every two weeks while your teeth are being moved, you will need to get a new tray. People like the Invisalign braces because they can take them out to eat, they are easier to clean, they are much less noticeable and they do not cause mouth abrasions because there is no metal involved. Invisalign will not work for you if you have a severe bite problem. These normally cost … Read the rest

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, can definitely take its toll on a person's gums. It does, however, have a progression that may not be noticed until it is too late. Many individuals make the mistake of thinking they don't have periodontal disease because they don't feel any pain. That is certainly a myth. Some people experience receding gum lines and other gum issues without ever feeling a thing. That is why it is important to know what you need to look for.

Healthy gums

You have to know what healthy gums look like in order to know whether or not something is wrong. As stated before, you don't have to feel pain or discomfort to have periodontal disease. It can do the damage long before you notice, so knowing that healthy gums are to be a pink or pink coral color, have the texture of an orange peel, and contours the teeth is a great start. There should be no bleeding during daily oral hygiene and no discomfort.

Even if your gums are healthy, you can use preventive measures such as brushing at least twice daily, flossing daily, and using a fluoride mouthwash. You can also use additional products such as Nature's Smile, which is an oral balm made with natural ingredients that are used on the gums to prevent and treat gum disease in both adults and children.

From healthy gums to unhealthy gums

When you know what healthy gums are supposed to look like, the transition from healthy gums to unhealthy gums can be a bit more noticeable. You'll notice that the gums are redder than normal or swollen. They may not be painful yet, but they will become painful if the condition is allowed to progress. Before you know it, you could be experiencing a receding gum … Read the rest

A trip to the dentist's office is not always something you look forward to. Many people have been diagnosed with extreme anxiety on the onset of such a visit. Whether the problem is psychological or not, you need to gather courage to avoid future heartache courtesy of dental and oral health decline.Anxiety happens to the best of us and a recent root canal treatment led me to ask several questions about the procedure, general practices , implications, facts and myths.

What is root canal treatment?

Pulp found in root canals can be infected as a result of severe tooth decay. Pulp is basically what keeps the tooth alive because it is constituted by nerves as well as blood vessels. When infection is evident the recommended treatment will be endodontics commonly known as Root Canal Treatment. It is the removal of the pulp and replacement of a substance that will ward away future re-infections. Because of cutting edge technology in dental equipment and practices, the procedure will not leave teeth darkened unlike in the past.

The procedure will therefore see the tooth preserved for cosmetic reasons. The alternative is to have the tooth extracted but this should only be considered when no other option is forthcoming.

Benefits of the procedure will include not having the tooth removed as well as prevention of further infection and problems with the tooth.

However, after all is done, a dentist will recommend crowning the tooth to reinforce it. A tooth without a root canal will be weaker than healthy teeth and for this reason, crowns will be good options. According to Dr. Wambugu of the PCEA Kikuyu Hospital Dental Clinic in Kenya, a crown can preserve a tooth for a life time.

There are several root canal myths to be dispelled in society as follows; … Read the rest

Despite the common belief that if we brush our teeth they can last a lifetime, there are some diseases that can affect even the most cautious cleaners. Unlike tooth decay that is primarily caused due to poor dental hygiene, gum diseases such as periodontal disease can happen to people with perfect health, albeit less frequently. Since the disease is caused due to a build-up of bacteria-filled plaque in between the gums and teeth, there is a different procedure for both preventive measures and the treatment of the diseased gum line than traditional dental care, which primarily focuses on preventing tooth decay.

Like any ailment, prevention is more effective than even the best form of treatment for periodontal disease, which with the proper knowledge can only take out about 5 minutes of your day on cleaning your teeth. While it may seem obvious, one of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of bacteria that can cause or worsen periodontal disease is to regularly brush the lower parts of the teeth that connect to the gums. Along with proper brushing with a fluoride paste, you should floss around the roots of teeth to prevent the plaque buildup that can loosen the gums and cause further complications.

It is important to be aware of the fact that some conditions that can make a predisposed individual more susceptible to developing periodontal disease. Family history of the disease can greatly increase your predisposition to being affected by it and it is a good idea to alert your dentist if it runs in your family. People who partake in tobacco use in the form of cigarettes or chew also greatly increase their odds of getting infections in their gums.

Periodontal disease is usually treatable when caught early by a dentist with knowledge of the symptoms. … Read the rest