Braces are orthodontic devices which are used in order to correct the position of misaligned teeth, braces are very popular because they get the job done but, for many people the speed at which they work and the unique look that distinguishing them are not much of a selling point. Additional braces are known because they are mostly made of metal and they have some thick wires which are used to adjust pressure and individual areas in order to correct the oral structure.
Another characteristic of traditional braces is that they use elastic bands which are harder to adjust, these bands are attached to ligatures which can create friction there before slowing down the process they were intended to aid.
In order to address all these issues dentists have come up with a different type of braces which are self-ligating and are able to hold the wire without the need for elastic bands, this makes this type of braces much thinner and also more effective because they do not rely on traditional ligatures which slowed down the orthodontic process.
Traditional braces are very hard to clean them because they use ligatures and elastic bands that tend to be harder to clean, if a person eats food with those type of braces on it is very common for food to get trapped between the ligatures which effectively causes bacteria to build up that promoting tooth decay.
The market for self-weaving braces has dramatically grown since 2005 because their aesthetic appearance is not as obvious as their counterpart, self-ligating braces also use translucent ceramic which helps it blend with the appearance of your teeth in a more natural way, so the noting that you are wearing braces would be really hard for most people.
As you see the reason why self-regulating orthodontic devices have become popular because they are extremely convenient, they are able to get the job done in a shorter amount of time (requiring less and faster visits to the dentist for adjustments) and also being aesthetically pleasing which is a huge benefit for both teenagers and adults.
Dental implants are a fantastic, long lasting solution for men and women who are currently suffering with broken, damaged, faded or missing teeth. This treatment results in a naturally beautiful smile, but there are many steps involved in getting patients to this point. Because of this, it is recommended that patients find out all there is to know about dental implantation before undergoing treatment.
Review some of the most commonly asked dental implant questions.
What are dental implants?
Implants are titanium alloy posts designed to placement in the jawbone where they then act as a tooth's root. Dental implants effectively support crowns, fixed bridges or dentures. Titanium is a strong, lightweight material and is used specifically in implants due to its ability to bond with bone, creating long lasting support.
What are the advantages over more conventional forms of tooth replacement?
More traditional dental prosthetics such as crowns, bridges and dentures provide patients with adequate tooth replacement, but implants give patients stable, long-lasting support. Stabilized support allows patients to eat and speak with ease. In addition, due to the fact that implants do not rely on support from surrounding teeth, patients also experience an increase in overall oral health.
Is everyone a candidate for dental implants?
Patients are not automatically qualified for dental implants based solely on the fact that they have missing teeth. Specific criteria need to be looked at and met before a patient can be considered for implantation, including:
General oral health. A patients overall oral health, specifically the condition of their remaining teeth and gums, needs to be in good condition in order for dental implants to be successful. Gum disease, broken teeth or dental decay, if present, will need to be treated before implantation treatments can begin.
Oral health maintenance. Maintaining oral health after treatment is another concern. Success rate will depend on the patient's ability to keep their teeth and gums clean post treatment. A suggested cleaning schedule will be provided by your dentist, and he or she will advise you on how to care for your newly placed implants.
Quality and quantity of bone. Implant success extremely satisfied with the quantity and quality of bone present in the jaw. Without enough surrounding bone, implant placement can be difficult. If patients lack sufficient quality and quantity of bone, a variety of techniques can be used to increase bone quantity for successful implantation.
Is there an age limit on dental implants?
A precise age limit on dental implants is not an immediate factor because each individual differences when it comes to bone growth. During the procedure, implants are placed in the jawbone, so while age is not a factor, bone growth is. Children and some adolescents are not ideal candidates for treatment because their bones are still forming and growing. Additional bone growth in the implant area can compromise and implant-therefore your dentist will recommend that implants not be placed until bone growth is complete.
Are implants guaranteed? What is their success rate?
An implant can not be guaranteed, but this tooth replacement procedure has been extensively tested, and patients have experienced a 90 [95% success rate over 5 to 10 years. With that being said, implants have been known to last over 30 years. Maintenance may be required from time to time, but when patients follow post-implant recommendations, they can experience long-term success.
Will I experience any complications?
Like with any aesthetic or medical procedure, dental implant treatments do come with some risk, however these risks are quite rare and easily treatable. Implant failure and damage to surrounding teeth are the most common complications patients' experience, but with careful pre-treatment planning, risk is greatly minimized.
When implants fail immediately, this is most often because of the presence of infection at the implant site or due to an unfavorable bone pattern. When either of these complications occurs, if the site is left to heal for a period of time (most often a few months) the implant can be successfully reinserted. Patients may also experience implant failure after a few years of initial success. This most commonly occurs when too much stress has been placed on the implant, or when an insufficient number of implants was initially placed (most often occurs in patients trying to reduce cost). With appropriate treatments however, this risk can also be minimized.
A condition known as perimplantitis is another complication that can result when undergoing dental implantation. Similar to periodontitis (gum disease), this condition involves inflammation of the gums and progressive loss of bone at the implant site. This can be easily avoided through daily brushing, frequent implant cleaning and regularly scheduled dental visits.[Top]
It's not easy task to clean the teeth while wearing an appliance. The food particles tend to get stuck between the brackets, wires, and teeth and if your kid was used to brushing only twice a day in the past, she now has to brush within a few minutes after every meal and every snack!
True, this is asking for too much, especially from a young one, but knowing the rules of dental hygiene would prove to be beneficial in the long run.
To help your child have an easier time with oral care, purchase a handy kit for cleaning braces. This is a small pouch in which she can keep all the paraphernalia she would need for cleaning the teeth:
Angled toothbrush. Some kits include a special toothbrush, one that's specifically designed for brace-wearers, but any durable, angled toothbrush will do. The handle needs to be angled to facilitate reaching in to the corners that ordinary toothbrushes can not reach.
The head should not be too big, and the bristles should be in a V-shape – that is, The outer bristles must be taller than the bristles in the center. This makes it more appropriate for brushing with braces.
Denticator dental picks. These are small toothpick-like plastic implements that are used to dislodge food from between the braces and the teeth. They are handy in places that toothbrushes could not get to.
Threader flosses. The person wearing clear invisalign braces should floss now more than ever. However, with braces, you will not be able to floss under the wire, between teeth. The perfect solution is a floss threader which are small plastic loops used to thread the floss under the brace's wire to get between the teeth. It's also important to use waxed instead of unwaxed floss because the latter could shred when caught in the brackets or the metal wires.
Dental wax. These are available in boxes of several strips and are very useful but inexpensive. Wak is used to create a cushion between the metal and the soft tissues of the cheek. Occasionally, wires become disengaged which may cause mouth sores. You can not always rush to your orthodontist to have it fixed, so it's important to carry dental wax around with you.
Travel Toothpaste and mouthwash. Of course, the kit for cleaning braces needs to include a small tube of toothpaste. Do not forget to throw in a bottle of mouthwash for a quick fresh fix.
Small mirror. Do not leave anything to chance – carry a small mirror at all times! You'll never know when bits of celery may remain stuck between the wires. If possible, bring a dentist's mirror to view even the far corners of the mouth.
These important items should be placed in a small waterproof case, handy enough to be placed in a purse. Dentakit, a ready-to-use kit for cleaning braces, can be bought over the Internet. Its case measures 10 x 15 cm and is encased in a sleek and classy container small enough to be bought anywhere.[Top]
Historically getting new teeth by dental implants was a painful and long-lasting procedure. First an anchor has to be implanted into the jawbone to serve as artificial root. After a healing time of several months where the bone grows around the anchor, a post is screwed into the anchor and the new porcelain crown can be set. The implant works like an artificial tooth root and is a very stable, permanent and durable solution for replacing missing teeth.
Today a brand new technique requires no healing time prior to functioning. It promises "Teeth-In-An-Hour" and is a new procedure invented by Nobel Biocare. This new dental implant technique requires a CT scan first where highly sophisticated software calculates the perfect positions of the implants. The exact point can be delivered where the anchor will have the best stability.
Based on this information a custom-made prosthesis is constructed as foundation for the minimal invasive drilling. The prosthesis comes together with a detailed drill guide. The cosmetic dentist now has the details where and how to drill with minimal surgery. In the same treatment session the implant is set and the patient leaves the chair with a fully functional tooth in place.
This minimal invasive dental implant surgery got FDA approved 2004 and is fully clinically documented. For patients it's a big relief. Much less pain and less trauma, almost no healing time and and instant solution for missing teeth. Biocare is teaching cosmetic dentists worldwide now in the use of this new surgery technique.
The dental implant costs for this are about the same compared to the traditional and painful way of implant surgery but with less hassles and pain involved people are more than willing to pay for this comfort.[Top]