Why on earth would an adult want to wear braces? In the past, braces were worn by children and teenagers. But times have changed. Today, 1 in 5 patients of orthodontists in the U.S. is an adult.

Adult dental braces are more popular than ever. That Huck Finn buck-toothed grin may be cute on a freckle-faced kid, but on an adult? No way! Or maybe you inherited the family heirloom-your grandfather’s gap-toothed grin or your grandmother’s lisp. Or perhaps you’re experiencing the pain caused by a TMJ problem, or are having trouble chewing and swallowing properly.

There are many reasons for having your teeth straightened. And, since the process typically takes 1-2 years and can cost several thousand dollars, your choice of orthodontist should be an informed one. Many orthodontists offer free consultations. It’s a good idea to shop around and check out at least 2 or 3 orthodontists before making a commitment. To make the decision easier, here are 5 facts to know before choosing an orthodontist.

1. The orthodontist you choose should practice high professional standards. Does he belong to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO)? How long has he been practicing? Are his license and other credentials current? Does he continually update his training?

1. You should decide what a successful outcome looks like. Do you want to close a gap, straighten crooked teeth, improve your bite or correct a speech impairment, such as lisping? What is it you want the braces treatment to accomplish?

2. Besides the traditional stainless steel “metal-mouth” braces, there are many other styles and techniques such as ceramic or plastic ones and the so-called “invisible” braces or even porcelain veneers. Does the orthodontist offer a variety of options and the latest trends in other teeth straightening techniques?

3. Ask about appointment times. … 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

What You Should Know About the Dental Implant Industry

Advances in dentistry within the last decade or so have led to incredible technological developments. Dental implants have become the treatment of choice to replace lost or missing teeth, and when done under proper surgical technique, success rates have surpassed 95%. When the concept of osseointegration or fusing titanium with bone was introduced to the dental community in the early 60s by an orthopedic surgeon known as PI Branemark, the application of this concept was adapted to dental use; Implementing the procedure, however, into a dental setting was seen as risky and unpredictable. Success rates at this point in time rarely approached 55-60%, and many clinicians felt that their introduction into a patient's treatment plan may be too premature for foreseeable success of a particular prosthesis. To improve success rates, alterations in the design of the dental implant surface were introduced most without sound, clinical evidence to back-up manufacturer's claims of improved success rates. Through years of empirical experimentation, a titanium dental implant was developed that looked much like that of a natural tooth root.

Some 40 years later, technology within the dental implant field has facilitated their colloquial use among general dentists and specialists. When the market for implant dentistry exploded not more than a decade ago, many implant manufacturers decided to alter the topographical surface of the implant fixture with unsubstantiated claims of improved success rates to win market share over the major implant companies that currently hold 85-95% of US dental implant sales.

Unfortunately, there is an awful amount of poorly written research that is being introduced into the dental literature with false claims of improved success rates. In many instances, implant manufacturers have made changes to the design of their implant because of improved success rates seen … Read the rest

A beautiful smile can sometimes be the very first thing that attracts us to someone; maybe that is what first attracted you to your current partner? We'd all love a perfect, gleaming smile, which is why we're turning to home tooth whitening kits. Nite White Teeth Whitening gel has become increasingly popular as it is affordable and it claims to whiten your teeth within days.

In our attempts to have sparkling white teeth like the actors, actresses and models we see on television and in magazines; we shun the expensive dental treatments, tooth implants and veneers and instead we opt for convenient home tooth whitening kits such as Nite White teeth whitening gel.

The do-it-yourself approach is what attracts us to NiteWhite when we need our teeth whitening; This is because we've rather try and reverse the self-infected effects of smoking, drinking coffee, red wine and lack of brushing in the comfort of our own homes and pray that it works.

Does Nite White Teeth Whitening Work?

In one word, YES . Like any bleach, this gel whitens your discolouration and it only takes a matter of days to start displaying results. In essence, you can say that all home tooth whitening kits work, as they all contain bleaching agents.

PRO'S:
* Cheap and affordable for the average consumer
* Start seeing results within a matter of days

CONS:
* Cheap and not as good as competitive tooth whiteners
* Does not offer a free trial
* Requires you to keep a tray in your mouth for 3 hours

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Why on earth would an adult want to wear braces? In the past, braces were worn by children and teenagers. But times have changed. Today, 1 in 5 patients of orthodontists in the U.S. is an adult.

Adult dental braces are more popular than ever. That Huck Finn buck-toothed grin may be cute on a freckle-faced kid, but on an adult? No way! Or maybe you inherited the family heirloom-your grandfather’s gap-toothed grin or your grandmother’s lisp. Or perhaps you’re experiencing the pain caused by a TMJ problem, or are having trouble chewing and swallowing properly.

There are many reasons for having your teeth straightened. And, since the process typically takes 1-2 years and can cost several thousand dollars, your choice of orthodontist should be an informed one. Many orthodontists offer free consultations. It’s a good idea to shop around and check out at least 2 or 3 orthodontists before making a commitment. To make the decision easier, here are 5 facts to know before choosing an orthodontist.

1. The orthodontist you choose should practice high professional standards. Does he belong to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO)? How long has he been practicing? Are his license and other credentials current? Does he continually update his training?

1. You should decide what a successful outcome looks like. Do you want to close a gap, straighten crooked teeth, improve your bite or correct a speech impairment, such as lisping? What is it you want the braces treatment to accomplish?

2. Besides the traditional stainless steel “metal-mouth” braces, there are many other styles and techniques such as ceramic or plastic ones and the so-called “invisible” braces or even porcelain veneers. Does the orthodontist offer a variety of options and the latest trends in other teeth straightening techniques?

3. Ask about appointment times. … 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 asRoot 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;

• A … Read the rest

What You Should Know About the Dental Implant Industry

Advances in dentistry within the last decade or so have led to incredible technological developments. Dental implants have become the treatment of choice to replace lost or missing teeth, and when done under proper surgical technique, success rates have surpassed 95%. When the concept of osseointegration or fusing titanium with bone was introduced to the dental community in the early 60s by an orthopedic surgeon known as PI Branemark, the application of this concept was adapted to dental use; Implementing the procedure, however, into a dental setting was seen as risky and unpredictable. Success rates at this point in time rarely approached 55-60%, and many clinicians felt that their introduction into a patient's treatment plan may be too premature for foreseeable success of a particular prosthesis. To improve success rates, alterations in the design of the dental implant surface were introduced most without sound, clinical evidence to back-up manufacturer's claims of improved success rates. Through years of empirical experimentation, a titanium dental implant was developed that looked much like that of a natural tooth root.

Some 40 years later, technology within the dental implant field has facilitated their colloquial use among general dentists and specialists. When the market for implant dentistry imploded not more than a decade ago, many implant manufacturers decided to alter the topographical surface of the implant fixture with unsubstantiated claims of improved success rates to win market share over the major implant companies that currently hold 85-95% of US dental implant sales.

Unfortunately, there is an awful amount of poorly written research that is being introduced into the dental literature with false claims of improved success rates. In many instances, implant manufacturers have made changes to the design of their implant because of improved success rates seen … Read the rest

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