Dec 06

Why An Orthodontist Is The Best Decision

Millions of Americans have selected an Orthodontist to help them get the smile they’ve always wanted. An Orthodontist must complete 4 years at an accredited dental school, followed by two to three years of specialist training in Orthodontic. Only those Dentists who successfully complete specialist training are entitled to call themselves Orthodontists. Only Orthodontists are eligible for admission to the American Association of Orthodontists. Orthodontists understand tooth movement, Orthodontics, and the guidance of facial development, Dental Facial Orthopedics. Dentists do fillings, crowns, cleanings, dentures, and whitening. Orthodontists do one thing, and they do it well, straighten teeth to ensure optimal form and function.

An Orthodontist can help you get the best and healthiest smile you can have. Orthodontists specialize in helping your teeth and jaws work together so that you can speak, bite and chew comfortably and effectively. An added bonus is that teeth and jaws that work well tend to look good, too.

Orthodontic treatment can make you feel good and look good. With treatment from an orthodontist, you have a specialist who has been trained to understand how your teeth, your jaws and your facial muscles all work together. A healthy mouth contributes to your overall good health and improves your appearance.

Your bite is a complex biologic system. Its components include up to 32 teeth, upper and lower jaws, gums and facial muscles. Your healthy bite is the orthodontist’s goal. The goal is met by making sure the separate elements are positioned for optimal performance. With the help of a certified Orthodontist, you’ll enjoy the ability to bite, chew and speak well.

From clear aligners to traditional braces, there are now many treatment options available. An Orthodontist has the experience and knowledge to identify what treatment option is right for you and which appliances are necessary to give you the smile

Dec 04

How To Attract New Dental Patients To Your Dental Practice

If you want to secure enough new dental patients to ensure that your practices continues to be a viable, money-making and successful business, then it is important that you invest in good dental marketing and spend time coming up with a foolproof marketing strategy. Here are some top ideas to help you to attract new dental patients to your business.

1) Excellent dental website
Many people turn to a business’s website to find out important information about that business, therefore it is important that you have an excellent website for your dental practice. It is important that this website is easy to navigate and contains information about your products and services, as well as information about how new clients can get in direct contact with your surgery. Your website should also be search engine optimized to make it easy for your potential new clients to find it. Search engine optimization is designed to ensure that your website comes up on a search engine if potential clients input a wide variety of related search terms. Not only should the website come up for these search terms, but it should also come up as one of the top results, meaning that it will be one of the first websites that these people look at.

2) Social Media Marketing
Social media is now a very important place for advertising, because it is possible to reach people who may not normally actively search for cosmetic dentists or general dentists. Social media also allows your clients to help you to drum up extra business, without them personally having to do too much work. Encourage clients to “like” your business page or share pictures of the fantastic dental work that they have had done, with links back to your webpage, and this can help you to expose your

Dec 01

Benefits Of Dentures

Partial and complete dentures are useful in replacing missing teeth and the surrounding tissues. These prosthetic devices are easily removable, hence typically referred to as false teeth. Some of the benefits of dentures include:

1) Restoring the ability to chew: This is a major issue in edentulous patients. However, learning to eat using your false teeth takes a bit of time and practice. This is because, unlike natural teeth, the false teeth have no nerves to make you sensitive to such aspects as temperature of your food or its texture. Therefore, you would have to be much more careful while eating various types of foods to avoid accidents. You should also have your false teeth regularly checked by a dentist to ensure that all is well. The Australian Dental Association recommends that people with partial dentures need a dental review every six months, whereas those who have complete dentures require a dentist review every two years.

2) Replacement of lost teeth has a valuable aesthetic value: Apart from restoring your smile, it also helps to restore your natural facial appearance by supporting the cheeks and lips and correcting the collapsed look caused by lost teeth. However, you should remember that a denture is a fragile dental prosthetic. Therefore, you need to practice inserting them correctly without damaging them, as well as keeping them clean.

3) Restoring proper pronunciation: This is a critical issue for patients who have lost their front teeth. Such patients would experience better pronunciation of words containing sibilants (a way of articulation whereby you direct air using your tongue onto the sharp edge of your teeth, for example consonants at the beginning of the words sip, chip and zip). You will also need to adjust to your false teeth before you can learn to pronounce fluently. In fact, you are

Nov 29

Know More About Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a form of gum disease. The title actually includes gingivitis and periodontal disease and is actually a very serious condition. If left untreated for long periods of time, it can lead to tooth loss.

This disease affects the bone and the gum areas that actually support the tooth, so when infected, can lead to a high level of pain and discomfort for the sufferer. You might also notice that the teeth become loose and easy to move, and could fall out.

How is periodontal disease caused?

Periodontal disease is caused when people do not brush their teeth as often as they should. So, essentially, it is caused by low quality dental care on the part of the sufferer. Teeth should be cleaned twice a day, with the use of mouthwash and flossing added in as well.

When teeth are not cleaned, it leads to a build up of plaque, which is the bacteria that leads to gingivitis. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and if you have it, you will experiences bleeding when you brush your teeth. This is because the gums are swollen and red.

At this stage, the gum disease can be reversed, but you will have to make an appointment with a periodontist and you will have to change your oral hygiene. Some professionals will suggest the use of specialist toothpaste to help with the reversal process.

Periodontal disease

If you ignore the dentist, or the pain, when you have gingivitis, then the gum disease will become periodontal disease. This is where the plaque has spread below the gum line and the gum disease is not reversible.

When the gum disease worsens, the gums will separate from the teeth and form pockets. More bacteria will infect the pockets, surrounding gums and the teeth themselves. At this stage, the teeth in

Nov 29

How To Find The Right Cosmetic Dentist For Your Personal Needs

A lot of people in North America are nervous about visiting the dentist, and tend to avoid going to see one if they can. Others will go to a general dentist and find that this dentist is unable to do the work that they need, so they will allow the work to go undone. If either of these scenarios sounds familiar to you, then it sounds like you may need to spend a little bit of time looking for a cosmetic dentist who is suitable for your specific needs. Here are some tips on how to find a dentist who is suitable for your needs.

1) Look at their specialism
Many dentists choose a specialism when they qualify to become a dentist. Although general dentists are capable enough to perform many different procedures, it is unlikely that they will have the skills and knowledge required to perform every single dental procedure on every single patient. If you require a special dental procedure, you may need to contact a specialist. For example, if you require a full mouth reconstruction, then you may need to contact a cosmetic dentist who specializes in larger procedures. If you are looking for Invisalign braces for someone who is still under the age of 21, then you may need to look for a pediatric dentist, who is able to work on cosmetic dentistry for teens.

2) Ask about provisions for anxious people
Many dentists offer special provisions for people who are anxious about cosmetic dentistry or those who have a real fear of the dentist. Most dentists are used to at least some of their patients being afraid, and therefore they have special provisions in place to help people who suffer from those types of fears. This may be something as simple as the dentist patiently informing their

Nov 29

Getting Braces

If you are looking to improve your smile, braces are the most common form of orthodontic treatment. Before you make your final decision about getting braces you may be wondering how much they cost or how long you may have to wear them?

Because each orthodontic situation is unique, the best way to answer these questions is to go into an orthodontist. They can assess your personal situation, answer all your questions and provide you with a tailored orthodontics plan that’s just right for your budget and needs.

However, there are some common orthodontics questions many people have about getting braces. Here are answers to some of those burning questions:

What Types of Braces are Available?

With advances in orthodontics, there are now several types of braces available:

1. Traditional Stainless Steel braces: The most common type of braces, these are made from high-grade stainless steel. Today, metal braces are smaller, more attractive and more comfortable than in the past.

2. Clear or Ceramic braces: Made from material that is translucent, these braces are popular with all patients due to their cosmetic appeal. While both clear ceramic braces and stainless steel braces work the same, clear ceramic braces cost a bit more.

3. Invisalign: Clear braces such as Invisalign use removable aligner trays that are placed over the teeth, rather than brackets attached to the teeth as in stainless steel and ceramic braces

How Are Braces Put On?

Both stainless steel and ceramic braces are put on the same way. Initially, your orthodontist team will clean and prepare the surface of your teeth. An adhesive is then applied to each bracket and attached to each tooth. Your orthodontist will then use a high-powered LED light to activate the glue and ensure each bracket bonds to the enamel of your teeth. Finally, arch wires are fitted to each bracket and

Nov 28

Tips For Choosing Between Clear Braces And Traditional Metal Braces

Every year, thousands of teenagers in North America discover that they need braces. Whilst they may find this news upsetting in the first instance, fixing their teeth as soon as possible is better for their overall health and can make things much easier for them in later life. Teenagers who need braces are now faced with the choice between traditional metal braces and ultra-modern Invisalign clear braces. Both procedures are excellent options from the perspective of a normal family dentist, and it will often come down to the personal preferences of the patient as to which type of braces they end up getting. Here are some tips about choosing the right sort of braces for your needs.

1) Aesthetics
Traditional braces are far more visible than clear plastic braces are. Whilst traditional braces no longer look like old fashioned torture devices, some people still don’t really like the look of them when they are on their teeth. However, other teens enjoy the fact that they can choose bright colors or even have them customized before they are put on their teeth by the orthodontist.

On the other hand, Invisalign braces are made out of clear plastic, so that you can easily see your natural teeth through the braces. In fact, most people won’t even be aware that you are wearing braces at all, because they will not be able to see them. However, people may become aware of them when they have to be removed in public to eat. If you are not careful, removal can be unsightly.

2) Cost
Good quality metal braces and Invisalign braces can come out at roughly the same price; however there is no “cheap” alternative to Invisalign. Much cheaper metal braces are available with a basic regular servicing, but these options will not include any additional enhancements

Nov 26

A Primer on Dentures and Dental Implants

Missing teeth lead to insecurity, but the changed appearance is not the only reason behind the intention of those who have lost one or more of their teeth to avail of dentures or dental implants. Losing one’s teeth also makes activities such as speaking and eating quite difficult. These are some of the most important reasons why people with missing teeth are keen on finding solutions. Two of the most common solutions are dentures and dental implants.

What are dentures?

Removable false teeth are also known as dentures. People with missing teeth have long benefited from dentures since they are the most common solution to the problem. Usually, a fixative is used in order to keep the dentures in place so that the person who wears them will have no trouble chewing and talking.

Nevertheless, despite the help that they provide, dentures are far from ideal. Dentures are very high maintenance and wearers often complain of the lack of stability in the fixation of the dentures to the gums. Most of the feedback given by wearers concerns the insecure bonds (paste, adhesive, wafers) causing a lot of slippage, especially on the lower teeth. This not only leads to embarrassment especially when in the presence of company, but it can also cause pain and discomfort. When there is a lot of movement from the dentures the gums may also incur wounds or become irritated.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants or dental-retention implants are different from dentures in that structures which fix the dentures to the jaw are added. These tiny posts are made from titanium, and their main purpose is to secure the dentures and provide stability. The fixtures are integrated into the jawbone and as a result they help in preserving the bone’s integrity until advanced age. The retaining fixture is designed specifically to

Nov 24

The Advantages of Dental Implants and Bone Grafting

If you have suffered from gum disease for many years, you may have left it too late to get reversal treatment. When your gums are bleeding when you brush your teeth, this is the first sign of gum disease and at this stage, the disease can be reversed.

However, the majority of people will ignore the bleeding because they dread seeing the dentist. If you do this, the gum disease will spread and you will notice that your teeth will become loose. When the teeth start to move, this means that the area surrounding the teeth are infected and you have waited too long to save the teeth.

The only treatment available to you now will be to have teeth removed and replaced with dental implants. If the disease has spread to the jawbone, you might have to have a bone graft before the dental implants can be inserted.

Bone Graft

When the jawbone has been infected by gum disease, it will degenerate and this means that you will not be able to have dental implants until the bone has been treated.

Periodontists will do this by using a process called bone grafting. This can be done by taking bone from another part of the body and then applied to the jawbone. The downside to this procedure is that you have to have two procedures, but using live bone means that it is more likely to be successful, when applied to the jaw.

However, if you do not want to have two procedures done, you do have the option to use dead bone that has been donated by a person after their death. This means that the dead bone will not grow new bone, but it will help the damaged bone to reproduce healthy bone.

Once a bone graft has been completed, you can now look at

Nov 21

When Should I Get Braces

Braces are commonly used to correct a variety of common orthodontic problems, from crowded or misaligned teeth to severe underbites or overbites. Whether a child has recently been diagnosed with one of these issues, or an adult is seeking to fix an issue that has been present for a long time, many people wonder, when should I get braces?

The Sooner, The Better?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an initial orthodontic evaluation or screening at the first sign of orthodontic problems, or no later than age 7. By starting early, irreversible damage to adult teeth can be prevented. If immediate action is not required, your orthodontist can monitor the growth and development of the child’s teeth and begin treatment when it is ideal.

Starting treatment early is often referred to as interceptive orthodontic treatment, and has been recently adopted by many orthodontists. By starting treatment at a younger age your orthodontist can take advantage of the younger child’s growth. Because of their youth, children’s bones and mouths are more easily adaptable, generally making orthodontics an easier process. Putting braces on a child makes it also possible to prevent some future foreseeable orthodontics issues and can prevent dental health issues down the road, such as cavities resulting from crowded teeth.

Other possible benefits include creating room for crowded teeth, reducing the need for teeth to be removed, preserving space for unerupted teeth, and reducing the treatment time required for braces.

Too Little, Too Late?

But what if you are a teenager, or an adult? Is it too late to seek treatment? Fortunately, with today’s technology, treatment options such as braces are available for people at any age. In fact, adult braces are becoming increasingly common! In fact, 25% of all patients with braces are actually adults.

In some cases treatment time may take a little longer than

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