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Choose the Braces Which Suits You!

MDS - Orthodontics
Dentist, Vadodara
Choose the Braces Which Suits You!


Dental braces have become more common nowadays. In fact, nearly 4 million people in the United States are wearing braces at any one time, according to the Pennsylvania Dental Association. While dental braces used to be all metal, you will find many different types of braces today.

 

Discovering the Different Types of Braces

If you’re considering braces for yourself or your child, you have many options. Your orthodontist will help you make the best choice for your scenario, but here are the basics of each type.

  • Traditional metal braces are made of the stainless steel brackets and wires that inspired the term “metal mouth” years ago. Fortunately today’s metal braces are noticeably smaller. And new heat-activated arch wires move your teeth more quickly and less painfully as they respond to your body’s heat.
  • Ceramic braces mock metal braces in shape and size but they use tooth-colored or clear ceramic brackets that blend more naturally into your teeth. Some even use tooth-colored wires to keep your treatment even lower profile.

  • Lingual braces use the same metal brackets and wires used in traditional braces, but the brackets and wires are installed on the inside of your teeth to keep them hidden.

  • Invisalign consists of a series of customized, clear BPA-free plastic tray aligners that are removable and typically replaced every 2 weeks to keep your teeth moving in the desired direction.

Other braces may involve the use of nickel-titanium or copper-titanium for the wires and brackets. These metals may last longer and require fewer adjustments than stainless steel wires.

Most dental braces also involve the use of tiny rubber bands to help move your teeth. If you have any sensitivity to latex or certain metals, your orthodontist can help find a suitable alternative for you.

Assessing the Pros and Cons of the Different Types of Braces

So let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of each type.

  Types

      Advantages    

  Disadvantages

Metal Braces

Least Expensive

Most effective

Allows kids expression

through colored bands

Most noticeable

Limit you from eating hard

and stick foods

Ceramic Braces

Less noticeable than

metal

Most effective, like metal

More costly than metal

May stain more easilty

Lingual Braces

Invisible from outside

Harder to clean

More costly than other types

May be more uncomfortable

Less effective for severe cases

Routine adjustments take longer

than metal or ceramic braces

Invisalign

Nearly invisible

Allow you to eat and drink

anything (removable)

Only available for teens and adults

Less effective for severe cases

May be more costly than others

Treatment may take longer

Require brushing teeth after eating

to prevent staining

Treatments with both braces and Invisalign typically involve some use of retainers or mouth guards afterwards to maintain the new position of your teeth.

Kids should be evaluated for orthodontics by age 7, according to the Indian Orthodontic Society. By this age, your orthodontist can detect even subtle issues with jaw growth and emerging teeth.

While most kids begin treatment between ages 9 and 14, your orthodontist will help determine whether it’s best to wait or begin treatment right away. Many orthodontists recommend treatment while your child is still growing because it can take longer and be more intensive to treat teeth after they’ve stopped growing.

Lastly, kids who receive early orthodontic treatments (like appliances to correct cleft palates) may still need braces later. But the early treatment attempts to prevent further issues from developing while providing a healthier environment for the growth of permanent teeth.

Keep in mind that while some dentists perform orthodontics, an orthodontist specializes in treatments like braces and Invisalign, having 2 or 3 more years of education and training than is required for a dentist.

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Dental Erosion - 6 Things That Can Cause It!

BDS (Implantologist)
Dentist, Guwahati
Dental Erosion - 6 Things That Can Cause It!

Dental erosion is the erosion of the upper surface and the enamel of your teeth. The enamel is the thin outer covering of the teeth and the cover of the crown which is the visible part of the tooth below the gums. There are no living/active cells in enamel and thus, cannot be repaired once it is damaged. Dental erosion happens when acids wear down the enamel, thus resulting in pain and subsequent decay.

A few causes could be:

  1. Consuming soft drinks which have large amounts of phosphoric and citric acids.
  2. Consumption of fruit-flavored candies or sweets
  3. Acid Reflux disease can also be one major cause
  4. Genetics or hereditary conditions
  5. Following a high sugar content diet
  6. Improper care and friction

There are a few other causes of dental erosion. The prominent ones are:

  1. Attrition: There is a natural tooth to tooth friction that happens when you grind your teeth, particularly during sleep. This phenomenon is called attrition.
  2. Abrasion: The physical wear and tear caused due to biting hard objects and chewing tobacco on a regular basis.
  3. Corrosion: The damage caused due to high acidic content foods.

Dental erosion has to be treated early and you should consult your dentist before it causes permanent damage to your teeth. If the structure of your tooth is affected, then it may require complex and surgical treatment such as fillings, root canal or dental implant. The span of treatment may vary depending upon the complexity of your condition.

Certain precautionary measures are:

  1. You should eat a healthy and a well-balanced diet
  2. You should drink more of water (about 2-3 liters each day) as compared to processed juices or cold drinks
  3. Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco
  4. Don’t drink fruit juices, rather eat the fruit itself

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Vitamin b complex how to work for jaw problems that tablet resolved total oral jaw problems please tell me

BDS, Basic Life Support (B.L.S)
Dentist, Pune
B complex tablets are a supplement to your diet and they cannot alone solve any problem of general or jaw health. It will prove helpful only to the extent that you have a deficiency.
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Diabetes & dental problems are two sides of same coin

BDS
Dentist, Cuttack
Diabetes & dental problems are two sides of same coin
Diabetes & dental problems are two sides of same coin.
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My teeth in front side yellowish teeth hai little bit germs k niche side se suru hai teeth k and back side and also back side there is black black line is there how to clean that and make proper whites teeth and how to maintain that also.

Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Rohilkhand University, MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology and Microbiology
Dentist, Bareilly
My teeth in front side yellowish teeth hai little bit germs k niche side se suru hai teeth k and back side and also b...
There are many pastes available in the market for whitening of teeth but professional advice is utmost importance.
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Hii I am Srinivas 21 year old from Hyderabad India. I recently found some yellow stuff which is hard surfaced between my upper grinding teeth and their gum line, its so thick. I cannot remove it just by brushing can you suggest me how to get rid of it without going to dentist.

BDS
Dentist, Bellary
Hii I am Srinivas 21 year old from Hyderabad India.
I recently found some yellow stuff which is hard surfaced between...
It is something called calculus or dirt on your teeth. It can't be removed by yourself. Because it will be very hard. So go to dentist. Have proper scaling. U will find good change.
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Hello Sir, My daughter is 3 years old and uske ek teeth main keeda lag gaya hai. Please suggest kya karna chahiye. Kya filling karwani hogi? Or ye treatment painful to nhi hoga.

Dentist, Udaipur
Hello Sir, My daughter is 3 years old and uske ek teeth main keeda lag gaya hai. Please suggest kya karna chahiye. Ky...
Yes sir, you should consult a dentist. Black discoloration of teeth suggest decay (keeda lagna). It needs immediate treatment as it can affect permanent teeth if not treated.
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Sometimes I do feel blood in my throat when I wakeup in the morning. When I spit, it doesn't show much much reddish. A very light reddish saliva came today and once only. When I spit again nothing comes up in saliva. What could be the reason for it. Pls suggest.

DORL, MBBS
ENT Specialist, Faridabad
Sometimes I do feel blood in my throat when I wakeup in the morning. When I spit, it doesn't show much much reddish. ...
This is due to lack of hydration inyour diet, start taking less spicy and less salty food, take fresh fruits, shakes, juices, iron rich diet, honey, no salt water gargling, this will subside your symptoms.
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Sir, my one teeth is becoming black colour. I do not eat like pan, gutkha. And main problem is this teeth of front side. What I do now?

BDS, CDE Endo-Prostho, CDE - Cast Partial & Complete Dentures
Dentist, Pune
Sir, my one teeth is becoming black colour. I do not eat like pan, gutkha. And main problem is this teeth of front si...
Hello, visit a dentist and get it checked, if there is a cavity get it filled. Get your scaling and polishing done. Brush twice daily, night brushing is important.(follow proper technique) floss regularly and rinse after every meal.
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I do brush regularly. But my teeth are getting a black scaling in the root of the teeth. What is the reason and what is the solution? Sir, tell me please.

BDS
Dentist, Lucknow
I do brush regularly. But my teeth are getting a black scaling in the root of the teeth. What is the reason and what ...
Its is called superficial stains on your tooth which are caused by eating, saliva and many ore reasons. Eventually it is not removed my your normal brushing. For which you need professional help so visit a dentist and get scaling and polishing done and your problem is solved.
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