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

Become An Orthodontist

orthodontistAn orthodontist is a dental specialist who specializes in dentofacial orthopedics and orthodontics. They are qualified to bring teeth, lips and jaws into alignment. They use dental braces and other orthodontic appliances to realign and straighten teeth for functional or cosmetic reasons. You may want a career in orthodontics.  Here are some things to consider.

Orthodontists make an average salary of $200,000. This is much higher than a general dentist.  They are rewarded by helping people and feel good about improving patients smiles.  They are respected members of the community.

There is a lot of schooling and training required to become an orthodontist.  Before  applying to dental school to become a dentist, you must first obtain a bachelor’s degree. Next you will be required to complete dental school to become a doctor of dental medicine.  Lastly, you will go to more school to get a post doctorate in orthodontics.  All this schooling usually takes 8 to 12 years.

How To Become An Orthodontist|Mouth And Teeth

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