For patients seeking out aesthetic dentistry to improve the appearance of their teeth, a positive outlook before undergoing their aesthetic dental procedures are a considerable part of post-procedure patient satisfaction. These findings are the result of Sharmila Sarin's study, which was supervised by health psychologist Dr. Koula Asimakopoulou, with additional assistance by other psychologist colleagues of Asimakopoulou's at the public research university King's College London.
The study's d ...more
As we get older we realize that our teeth aren't as nice looking as they used to be. Perhaps we can blame our favorite morning beverage or the soda we sip during the day, but our teeth, which used to be a nice bright white, are looking slightly yellow. While many people blame coffee and tea, the fact is, everything we eat, drink or put in our mouths has the ability to affect the coloration of our teeth.
Even though the surface of our teeth seem flat and smooth, if you look closely under a mic ...more
In a push toward integrating more green chemistry techniques in orthodontics, nanotechnology has become a prominent citizen in the dentistry world. Featured most prominently in dental correction orthodontics, patients who now opt for clear braces are also opting for cutting-edge technology in the field. Invisible braces now contain alumina nanoparticles, and are used to alleviate painful and sometimes damaging friction between teeth and brace brackets.
Clear braces are becoming the most popul ...more
Many would say that the process of growing a new tooth (or teeth) is an experience reserved for toddlers. No so anymore! Imagine you are in your advanced years and it is time to think about the dreaded dentures, implants and bridges. But wait! Your dentist has found a more natural means… with cell replacement you can grow enamel, a root structure and possibly a new human tooth. According to researcher Paul Sharp, at King's College in London, we are getting closer to replacing ...more
Bionators are a removable, functional dental appliances used to treat bite and jaw spacing issues, specifically the expansion of the palate to make room for teeth, all while correcting overbites. They can be used with successful results in patients as young as seven. Some orthodontists will want to delay using the device until after all of the patient's permanent teeth have come in. Though this decision will depend on patient need and the orthodontist's training, delaying treatment can lead to a ...more
Where patients see only problems in their teeth, orthodontists can see solutions. Whether it's in an adult's own teeth, or those of their child, patients should follow their instincts and pursue an orthodontic consultation if they see issues concerning them about teeth and bite alignment. Sometimes, these issues won't be as obvious, and will instead be raised by a patient's dentist.
These less obvious, but still significant issues, require addressing as well. Even a small bite misalignment in ...more
We all know that regular soda is full of corn syrup and other unhealthy ingredients. Soda is a major source of empty calories that contributes to obesity, diabetes, and more. Many people turn to diet soda to avoid the blood sugar boost and calorie bomb that comes with regular soda. They also mistakenly believe that sugar free sodas do not cause cavities. Unfortunately, both regular and diet soda are terrible for your teeth. The alarming results of a recent study (General Dentistry March ...more
It's not your birthday, or Christmas, but you are excited. The day you've been looking forward to has finally come. You are getting your braces off!
For the past few years, you have had a set of brackets attached to your teeth to straighten and align your smile. At regular intervals, your oral health care professional has made adjustments and there's quite a difference in how you look now. It's been difficult, sometimes uncomfortable, but you are ready to enjoy your new smile.
At the denti ...more
For children and adults who have dealt with straightening their teeth and bites with braces, the desire to neglect more orthodontics may be overwhelming. But retainers are the next step after braces, and they're an essential part of keeping teeth straight in the long term.
Once braces have been taken off, patients' teeth are straighter, and their bite may have undergone significant adjustment over the course of treatment. Braces correct tooth and bite issues by placing a constant pressure on ...more
When school is out and summer starts, it might be tempting to let dental visits and orthodontics fall by the wayside. Scheduling dental exams around summer traveling and activities can be hard, but the payoff for doing so can be immeasurable for kids who need orthodontics. Without the schedule demands of school, both patient families and orthodontists have a far easier time setting and keeping dental appointments, particularly the important checkups involved with monitoring braces. If braces are ...more