Posts for: November, 2014
Are Clear Braces Right for Me?
While the little quirks about your smile may have been cute when you were growing up, now that you’re an adult it might seem a little less adorable. Maybe you’re tired of having a crooked front tooth or gaps between your teeth. Orthodontics—while an obvious solution to a straighter smile—may seem like a better option for children than a full-grown adult, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists found an increase in the number of adult patients wearing braces. This means there were roughly about 1.2 million patients receiving orthodontic care in 2012. That’s a lot of adults—and you could be one of them.
With technological advancements, orthodontics are no longer the big metal brackets and wires that you might remember from your childhood. You don’t have to wear a mouth full of metal to office meetings or social gatherings with friends. Instead, opt for clear braces that can get your smile straight in six months. You didn’t read that wrong—Six Month Smiles can get your teeth straight in half a year.
So…what is Six Month Smiles?
This is a short-term orthodontic option for those looking to get straighter smiles. Six Month Smiles has adopted the most effective aspects of braces and modified it to make it an easier teeth-straightening solution to fit your lifestyle. So what makes Six Month Smiles so revolutionary?
- It only takes six months!
- The brackets are completely clear with tooth colored wires, so they are barely noticeable.
- The low forces used to straighten teeth mean that you won’t experience. discomfort like you would with more traditional braces. This short orthodontic treatment is comfortable and safe.
- Once impressions are taken, your Six Month Smiles patient kit will be ready in only five days, which is a significantly faster turnaround than other orthodontic options.
- Six Month Braces has an attractive price tag. In most cases, it’s actually less expensive than regular braces or aligner treatments.
Is Six Month Smiles right for me?
It’s hard to give you a definitive answer without seeing your smile first. That’s why we recommend coming in for a free consultation. We will be able to check your medical history and give your smile a thorough examination to see if Six Month Braces is the best option for you. However, you can check out the Six Month Smiles online assessment to see if this could fit into your lifestyle. While this won’t be the deciding factor, it can help you figure out whether to come in for further evaluation.
If you’re ready to find out more about getting straighter teeth, then call us for a free consultation. We want you to be able to confidently show off your smile.
Considering all the intensive conditioning, practice and training they do, most people would expect elite athletes to be… well… healthy. And that’s generally true — except when it comes to their oral health. A major study of Olympic contenders in the 2012 London games showed that the oral health of athletes is far worse than that of the general population.
Or to put it more succinctly: “They have bodies of Adonis and a garbage mouth.”
That comment, from Dr. Paul Piccininni, a practicing dentist and member of the International Olympic Committee’s medical commission, sums up the study’s findings. In terms of the numbers, the report estimates that about one in five athletes fared worse in competition because of poor oral health, and almost half had not seen a dentist in the past year. It also found that 55 percent had cavities, 45 percent suffered from dental erosion (excessive tooth wear), and about 15 percent had moderate to severe periodontal (gum) disease.
Yet, according to Professor Ian Needleman of University College, London, lead author of the study, “Oral health could be an easy win for athletes, as the oral conditions that can affect performance are all easily preventable.”
Many of the factors that had a negative impact on the athletes are the same ones that can degrade your own oral health. A follow-up paper recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine identified several of these issues. One is a poor diet: The consumption of excessive carbohydrates and acidic foods and beverages (including sports drinks) can cause tooth decay and erosion of the protective enamel. Another is dehydration: Not drinking enough water can reduce the flow of healthy saliva, which can add to the damage caused by carbohydrates and acids. The effects of eating disorders (which are more commonly seen in certain sports, such as gymnastics) can also dramatically worsen an individual’s oral health.
Sound familiar? Maybe it’s because this brings up some issues that dentists have been talking about all along. While we don’t mean to nag, this study does point out that even world-class competitors have room for improvement with their oral hygiene. How about you? Whether you’re a triathlete in training, a weekend warrior or an armchair aficionado, good oral health can have a major effect on your well-being.
If you have additional questions about oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. For more information, see the Dear Doctor magazine article “Good Oral Health Leads to Better Health Overall.”
As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.
What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.
For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.
Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.
Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.
So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”