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Straight talk about Invisalign, modern orthodontic treatment
Aticle Banner Imagine being able to straighten or realign your teeth without the need for conventional orthodontics. In the past, patients who wanted straighter teeth had to deal with years spent in metal braces which can be expensive, uncomfortable, and inconvenient. Advancements in technology have paved the way for a different way to straighten teeth. Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that can be used to correct a number of alignment issues. They are versatile and allow dentists to achieve straighter smiles in a completely new way.

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Mouth-guards for protection when playing sports
Summer is the time for some fun and fantastic outdoor activities. Children and adults both enjoy summer sports, but one has to be careful during these activities as some of them including varieties of contact sports such as ball games could pose some dangers too, especially to your face and teeth. Sports activities such as soccer, basketball and softball place the players directly in line for rough contact and tough impact.

While mouth-guards and face masks are not deemed mandatory in any of these sports, their use may be a good idea to protect oneself, especially for those wearing costly dental works such as braces. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, mouth-guards annually prevent over 200,000 injuries. They can protect the wearer against tooth damage, cuts in the mouth and jaw injuries.

There are several types of mouth-guards:
  • Stock mouth-guard – It is the cheapest option and it can be bought from a pharmacy or sporting goods store. It’s bought ‘off the shelf’, thus not especially designed for the user and has limited adjustment but is better than being unprotected.
  • Mouth-formed protectors - These are ‘boil-and-bite’ products which can be bought from sporting goods stores. The shell is lined with acrylic or rubber. When the guard is placed in the mouth, the protector's lining material molds to the teeth and sets.
Custom-made mouth protectors – This is the most expensive, but best choice as it’s customized by a dentist. It’s made to fit one’s teeth and offers the best fit, comfort and protection.
Dental bonding to restore smiles and appearance
When teeth are discolored, decayed or broken, a viable option considered by most dentists, to restore the smile and oral health of the patient, is dental bonding. It involves applying a tooth-colored resin material (durable plastic etc.) to the tooth and allowing it to harden with the use of a special light so that this material bonds with the person’s tooth. The composite resin used in the procedure can be shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth.

Dental bonding is generally considered under the following circumstances:
  • If teeth are decayed
  • If teeth are chipped or cracked
  • If teeth are discolored and needs to improve in appearance
  • If there are spaces between teeth
  • If teeth are too short and need to look longer
  • If teeth are misshapen
  • As a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
  • If a portion of the tooth's root has become exposed due to gum recession and needs protection
Advantages of bonding
  • Easy and a comparatively cheaper cosmetic dental procedure
  • Can usually be done in one visit to the dental office unless several teeth are involved
  • Less amount of tooth enamel is removed.
  • Anesthesia is usually not required unless filling a cavity
  • Is not as stain resistant as crowns
  • The bonding material is not as long-lasting or strong as other restorative procedures like crowns, veneers or fillings.
  • The bonding material can chip and break off the tooth.
After discussion with a patient, the dentist would decide what the best method of treatment is in a particular case.
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