Straight Teeth By Mail?

straight teeth by mailIf you thought it wasn’t possible to get the smile you wanted because you don’t want to make all those trips to the orthodontist.  You don’t want the trouble of braces or the cost. What you probably didn’t know, is that you can get straight teeth by mail! A service known as Straight Teeth Direct allows you to straighten your teeth from the comfort of your own home.

The service provides clear, removable aligners that help you get a better smile in four to eighteen months.  Not everyone is a candidate for Straight Teeth Direct, but you can find out if you are by taking a quick, free test on the website. If you have more extensive issues, you may have to see an orthodontist after all.

If you are a good fit, than you will receive a “SmileBox” in the mail.  This allows you to take your teeth impressions and double check that it will work. They also send you all the information on cost and how long you’re treatment will take. Prices vary, but they do offer payment plans.  Check it out!

Straight Teeth Direct – Get the Perfect Smile With This Mail In Service|The Red Ferret

Doggie Braces

doggie bracesEver heard of a dog with braces? Or even a “doggie dentist”? In Spring Lake, Michigan, you can find both. The Harborfront Hospital for Animals is helping a six month old Golden Retriever puppy get relief by giving him doggie braces.

Because February is National Pet Dental Health month, the veterinary clinic decided to help Wesley out.  He wasn’t able to chew well or even fully close his mouth. Dr. James Moore, the doggie dentist, says that he sees a lot of unique cases and does a lot of oral procedures and different orthodontia for dogs.

Veterinary dentistry includes cleaning, adjustment, filing, extraction, or repair of animals teeth and all other aspects of oral care in animals.

Read the full article here: ‘Doggie Dentist’ Gives a Pooch Braces

DIY Orthodontics A Bad Idea

A recent trend filling up social media these days is DIY orthodontics.  People, mainly teenagers, are trying to straighten and fix their teeth on their own, without the help of an orthodontist.  Many teens use dental floss or rubber bands to try and close gaps and move their teeth.  Many different videos can be found on ways to do this on the internet.

diy orthodonticsIn an article from Dentistry Today, Dr. Juan Rendon, DDS, explains why this trend is a bad idea and can even be dangerous.  He explains that some people may be embarrassed of their teeth and because they don’t have the financial means to get braces may turn to DIY orthodontics.

One of the dangers of DIY orthodontics is that the rubber bands can slide to the roots of the tooth and even become embedded in the tissues to cause infections.  There are many other reasons that it is a bad idea to try DIY orthodontics.  Read the full article here: Brace Yourself for DIY Orthodontia

Tips For Maintaining Healthy Teeth And Gums With Braces

bracesGood oral hygiene is important for everyone, but those with braces need to pay extra attention to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Wearing braces can present a few challenges, but here are some tips on keeping up on oral care.

Brushing – It’s a bit more challenging to prevent plaque buildup with braces, but it can be done. Be sure to brush after every meal and choose a toothbrush that will clean well around your brackets as well as all the surfaces of your teeth. There are special brushes, proxy brushes, that are made to fit under the wires and clean between each tooth.

Flossing – You might think that flossing is impossible with braces because of the wires, but its not. There is a simple threading tool that is made for this specific reason. You thread the floss under the wires so you can floss between each tooth.

Fluoride – Fluoride is an important addition to your oral hygiene routine with braces. It helps reduce the formation of plaque and helps to strengthen enamel to avoid cavities. Use toothpaste that contains fluoride when brushing.

Foods – Certain foods such as hard sticky candy, popcorn, nuts, and other hard foods should be avoided while wearing braces. These foods can loosen, bend or break your appliances. High acidic foods should be avoided as much as possible as well because they can cause damage to the tooth enamel. Concentrate on lower acidic health foods like bananas, cantaloupe, grapes, peaches, apples, watermelon and most vegetables.

Above all, be sure to follow specific instructions given to you by your orthodontist. Most likely they will give you some of the tips that are explained above.

Six Tips To Keep Healthy Teeth And Gums With Braces | World Dental

What Is Orthognathic Surgery?

orthognathic surgeryOrthognathic surgery is often used in addition to orthodontic treatment and is done when there are issues with the jaw and teeth. Some of the problems that can be corrected with orthognathic surgery are: Unbalanced facial appearance, protruding jaw, upper and lower teeth don’t overlap properly, wearing down of teeth, difficulty with chewing or biting, sleeping issues, TMJ issues and restoring facial injuries.

While orthognathic surgery is used in conjunction to orthodontics, it can be a bit tricky to know when the right time to start orthodontics is.  If it is started too soon on a child that is still growing, they may need braces for a while before the surgery and then again after the surgery.  It is very important to discuss all your options with an experienced orthodontist to find out the best treatment plan for you or your child.

What Is Orthognathic Surgery?|Smiles At South Center