The American Association of Orthodontists recommends having an orthodontic treatment at an early age. However, you can still get effective treatment even at an advanced age. Such treatment may involve clear braces, which adults tend to prefer because of the aesthetic value.

Understanding Clear Braces

Clear braces are a unique form of ceramic braces. Unlike conventional ceramic braces which have brackets of a whitish, tooth-color shade, this variety consists of brackets that possess very high translucency. This is the reason why they are given the term 'clear'.

Due to the clear brackets, this type of braces is ideal in giving a less conspicuous appearance. Patients should not have too much concern about the visibility of the braces while undergoing treatment.

A clear bracket is the only difference between this type of braces and other conventional types of ceramic braces. You would still have metal wires running across your teeth, as well as elastic bands attached to it. However your braces would still be less conspicuous than conventional varieties, since brackets are normally the most prominent features for any type of braces.

How to Take Care of Your Braces

Understandably, taking good care of your teeth tends to become a bit more challenging once you have braces on. This may be particularly so for Australians who normally forget to brush their teeth before bed (based on a 2014 report by the Australian Dental Association).

Before you put on braces, the surface of your teeth is plain and smooth. However, once braces are in place, you get so many tiny spaces which can trap food. The trapped food can easily cause plaque and lead to other dental problems.

Due to the added risk of developing plaque, you must be extra vigilant concerning proper oral care. The most important oral care habit is … Read the rest

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends having an orthodontic treatment at an early age. However, you can still get effective treatment even at an advanced age. Such treatment may involve clear braces, which adults tend to prefer because of the aesthetic value.

Understanding Clear Braces

Clear braces are a unique form of ceramic braces. Unlike conventional ceramic braces which have brackets of a whitish, tooth-color shade, this variety consist of brackets that possess very high translucency. This is the reason why they are given the term 'clear'.

Due to the clear brackets, this type of braces is ideal in giving a less conspicuous appearance. Patients should not have too much concern about the visibility of the braces while undergoing treatment.

A clear bracket is the only difference between this type of braces and other conventional types of ceramic braces. You would still have metal wires running across your teeth, as well as elastic bands attached to it. However your braces would still be less conspicuous than conventional varieties, since brackets are typically the most predominant features for any type of braces.

How to Take Care of Your Braces

Understandably, taking good care of your teeth tends to become a bit more challenging once you have braces on. This may be particularly so for Australians who usually forget to brush their teeth before bed (based on a 2014 report by the Australian Dental Association).

Before you put on braces, the surface of your teeth is plain and smooth. However, once braces are in place, you get so many tiny spaces which can trap food. The trapped food can easily cause plaque and lead to other dental problems.

Due to the added risk of developing plaque, you must be extra vigilant concern proper oral care. The most important oral care habit is … Read the rest

Myth 1 – Teeth Whitening ruins your tooth enamel

Not generally true! Professional Teeth Whitening product suppliers mostly use Hydrogen Peroxide or Carbamide Peroxide as the active ingredients in their tooth whitener gels. The chemical hydrogen peroxide (HO) is a bleaching agent which converts into water (HO) and releases an Oxygen molecule (O) in the process of the chemical reaction. Both Water and Oxygen are common, safe components of our everyday lives.

The Oxygen particles penetrate the rough surface of your tooth (even though they appear smooth, they are microscopically rough, rod like crystal structures) and dislodge staining particles. I like to explain this by imagining the TV commercials which show how a clothes washing powder with oxygen lifts stains from your clothing.

The "bleach" Hydrogen Peroxide is not the same as household bleach containing ammonia, or other low-end, acid based tooth whitening products, and can be swallowed, within limits. In fact our own bodies produce Hydrogen Peroxide naturally!

Acidic products can remove enamel from your teeth. Look for teeth whitening products using Hydrogen Peroxide which is pH balanced, meaning they have no, or low acid levels. Putting acidity into perspective, you should be aware that everyday Orange Juice is shown in lab studies to soften (and potentially erode) tooth enamel by many times more than a professional hydrogen peroxide based tooth whitening gel could, if used correctly.

Myth 2 – Teeth Whitening is not Safe

Not true! Cosmetic Teeth Bleaching with Hydrogen Peroxide has been in use for 100 years. Most recognized dental bodies worldwide endorse tooth bleaching as a generally safe practice, when simple safety steps are followed. Any professional supplier of teeth whitening products will include adequate instructions for the safe use of their product.

Safety vs Risk with tooth whitening is generally centred on 2 main … Read the rest

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