What does smoking does to your oral health?

While most people understand the effects of cigarette smoking on their teeth or overall dental health, a lot of people don’t understand. Which is exactly the reason for this article. If you smoke cigarette, cigar or chew tobacco, you may be adversely affecting your health. How? Read on.

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How does smoking affect your teeth

If you smoke cigarette, you run the risk of the following:

Stained teeth

When anyone smoke cigarette, a portion of the smoke is puffed out through the mouth, the remainder circulates in the mouth and it can go on to stain the teeth after a prolonged period of time. This result in the teeth losing its naturally white color and becoming brownish yellow or even in the worst of situations becoming brownish black. This effect is usually noticed quite quickly.

Root canal issue

Research has shown that a smoker is twice as likely to have serious root canal disease than a non-smoker, due to a looseness of gum caused by smoking. Smokers are also twice as likely to lose their teeth than non-smokers.

Smoking and dental health

Although the teeth is a part of the entire dental structure that we see outside, so much more lies beneath the gum that is not seen by the physical eyes. This does not in any way stop the effect of cigarette smoking on the dental health of anyone who indulges in the habit. The effect of smoking on dental health include:

Risk of dental cavities, mouth pains

If smoking is continued for an extended period of time, the smoker runs the risk of having dental cavities and severe mouth pains caused by the interaction of chemicals in the cigarette with the cells of the mouth. Tobacco contains an abrasive element that wears down the surface of the teeth over a period of time, this causes holes in the teeth. 

Reduced effectiveness of gum treatment

Smoking does not only cause its own problems; it prevents other problems from getting solved too. An avid smoker will have problems getting gum problems solved effectively. This is because over a period of time, the gum would have become weakened by the activity of the cigarette and this will not allow for effective gum treatment.

Smoking and general health

Reduction in effectiveness of white blood cells

Anyone who smokes cigarette or cigars gradually wear out the capacity of the body to fight ailments and diseases. This results in an increased rate of disease infiltration, it also slows down the rate at which the body recuperates after a major illness. Smoking generally affect the number and potency of white blood cells.

High risk of cancer

People who smoke cigarette run a high risk of oral cancer, smokers are also three times more likely than non-smokers to develop other types of cancer. 

Like the saying goes, a stitch in time saves nine. Taking the first step towards elimination of smoking can start today, your decision is all that matters.

 

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Advantages of Using Invisalign

Nowadays, dental aesthetics, is very important. With the ideas of perfection with which they bombard us daily, we inevitably want to show our best aspect to the rest of people. And as it is precisely the smile, one of the most beautiful features and in which people are most fixed, we want the aesthetics of our teeth to be perfect. Thanks to technological advances we have invisible orthodontics. Look for a good treatment of invisalign!

When we think of aesthetic orthodontics, the name of Invisalign automatically comes out. However, it is true that this technique is affordable when compared with the conventional braces orthodontic technique, we find many benefits that tip the balance in favor of this aesthetic orthodontic technique.

Many adults when thinking about orthodontics fear that "back to adolescence" that promotes the aesthetics of conventional orthodontics, causing little less than a trauma. This is due to the belief that most people who wear orthodontics are at puberty, but you do not have to think that it is typical of adolescents; in fact many adults are treated every day to correct their problems in the smile. even If you are looking for the most discreet form of orthodontics, either to avoid being looked at too much or simply because you prefer to take the treatment discreetly we have the perfect solution for you: the invisible orthodontics (Invisalign).

What is Invisalign invisible orthodontics made of?

They are a series of transparent and removable aligners that are made to measure for each patient that requests the treatment. They are created so that you can move the teeth effectively and progressively to the position that the patient expects and wishes.

Each aligner moves 0.25mm in the indicated direction. These splints apply force to the teeth until the position is changed, just as if we were using braces.

Advantages and Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign is invisible

This splint is made of transparent plastic, so before the eyes of any person will go unnoticed. This aesthetic advantage is a reason for weight for many patients, mainly due to the aesthetic invasion implied by the braces Orthodontic technique.

It's transparent:

Here aesthetics and personal tastes come into play. There are people who need orthodontic treatment and do not do it because they are embarrassed by age, by taste or for any other reason. With Invisalign, you have solved that problem as it is practically invisible and hardly noticeable. Smile without complexes.

Used for more treatments

The invisible orthodontic treatments are designed to correct the following problems:

  • Crowding of teeth due to lack of space.
  • Gap-toothed.
  • Crossbite.
  • Overbite
  • The protrusion or when the lower teeth protrude through the anterior-superior teeth.

Invisalign is effective

This treatment solution is really effective in correcting smile problems. Whether it's a diastema problem, bite problems (open bite, crossed, overbite, crowding ...) this technique will take your teeth to the ideal position, which will earn that perfect smile you've always sought. Likewise, well-positioned teeth are teeth that are easy to sanitize, thus reducing the risk of suffering from diseases.

Invisalign can be removed

Another thing that many people fear is not being able to perform the daily oral hygiene routine, not being able to eat normally, not being able to ... the list of "no powers" is practically infinite. Thanks to Invisalign, you can say goodbye to this problem since you can take it off up to two hours a day, more than enough time to do everything you would like to do without wearing orthodontics.

  1. At the time of eating, drinking, brushing teeth and flossing ... we can extract it with total comfort.
  2. They are made to measure, according to the needs of each patient.
  3. They are comfortable. No wires or brackets that irritate your gums.
  4. The risk of decalcification or damage to the tooth has been reduced.
  5. Much healthier gums and an improvement in oral hygiene.
  6. Orthodontic treatment much less painful than the traditional one.

How long is the Invisalign treatment?

Depending on each case, it can last from 6 months to 3 years. Everything varies depending on the patient and the problem that presents.

And the million dollar question, how much does Invisalign cost?

Invisalign treatment varies a lot depending on the complexity and duration of the treatment. The best thing is that you get in touch with Dr. Bruce Stephenson and he will advise you.

 Dr. Bruce Stephenson will advise you so that you can find your invisaling treatment of invisible orthodontic so that you recover the health and aesthetics of your mouth.

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Do’s and Don’ts When Kids Floss

Kids can be fun to hang out with because of their innocence and their pure smiles. However, no matter how cute they look like they still need guidance like learning how to properly floss. Child flossing is no joke because kids wouldn’t understand what they are doing and if you take your eyes of them for a second they might do something with the floss which doesn’t involve flossing or dental care. That is why if you want your kids to learn to floss or to learn the value of dental care, and then here are dos and don’ts for you to know when your kid flosses. 

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Do

  • do keep an eye on them

-    When you kids start learning how to floss then one thing that you can do is to keep an eye on them. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you look at them intensely, you just have to make sure that you are there when anything happens. This way you can immediately assist them when they need you. 

-    Keeping an eye on your kids would allow you to see how far they would know on how to use floss. This means that you check if they already know what it is and if they do, all you need to do is to help improve any mistakes and if they don’t know what floss is then you teach them. 

  • do teach them the right way 

-    Teaching your kids how to properly floss is very important because this way they would be able to clean their teeth properly. Having proper dental care is also important because teeth help chew the food for you and without them or if you have a problem with them it can be a big problem. 
-    Another reason why you should teach them the right way is so that there wouldn’t be any floss wasted. Kids might think that the floss is a toy and without your teaching they wouldn’t know how to use it properly. 

Don’t  

  • don’t ignore any question or help from them 

-    You should never ignore any question from your child when it comes to them learning how to floss. If you do then they will never know how to floss and it will lead them to having teeth problems. 

  • don’t think that they would know what to do with a floss 

-    Kids are still kids which mean that once you give them something they don’t know they might think that it’s a toy. Which is why to prevent your kids from playing with their floss it would be best that you start teaching them how to use and why it’s important to floss. 

Truly, when kids floss, it can make any parent happy because they are learning the value of dental care. However, because they are still kids they would need your guidance and if you need help as well in teaching your kids about flossing then the do’s and don’ts stated above can help you in that matter. Remember that dental care is important and teaching your kids about that importance is also important.

If you're looking for the best orthodontic services in San Leandro, visit or contact Bruce Stephenson DDS.

 

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Halitosis/Bad Breath: Cause And Treatment

One of the shameful oral problems that few people have is the "halitosis." The halitosis is the dental condition when the person has bad breath due to some factors like cigarette smoking, health issues, oral infection, or poor oral hygiene. The bad breath can be treated in several ways depending on its causes; one may need to:

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1. Change their bad habits or quit their vices such as smoking.

2. Brushing the teeth every after the meal and flushing it too.

3. Improving oral hygiene by using oral products like mouthwash.

4. Refraining from eating spicy foods and other food that has stubborn and lingering strong smell.

Bad breath can also be a symptom of serious health problems. If you think you already did your best to have fresher breath by changing your habits and brushing your teeth regularly and yet you still had bad breath, chances are you might unknowingly suffer from the following health conditions:

Sore Throat And Other Infections In The Throat

If one suffers from any throat infections, your breath will surely smell unpleasant because of the bacteria that spread and multiplies.

Gastroesophageal Reflux

If you feel like vomiting after eating and you also had bad breath, you may be suffering from gastroesophageal reflux so you better pay a visit to the specialist so they can prescribe medication for your health condition.

Diabetic And Those Who Have Liver And Kidney Problems

Having bad breath is also associated with serious health problems in liver or kidney. This could also mean that the person has high sugar. A diabetic person is also more prone to have tooth decay and tooth erosion because the sugar can significantly damage and weakens the tooth enamel.

Oral And Dental Conditions That Can Also Cause Bad Breath

Even if the person takes care of brushing and flushing their teeth, if they do not address the main oral problem they had, they will still have bad breath. Among these oral problems or conditions are the following:

1. Gum Disease And Impacted Tooth

If one neglects to pull out the decayed tooth, the infection can get into the gum, or it will also cause the adjacent tooth to decay. Being in that state, you can surely tell that the bacteria will multiply and spread causing a foul smell.

2. Uncleaned Braces And Dentures

If you are wearing dentures and braces, know that you also had the duty to clean and brush it when you brush your teeth. Aside from normal brushing of braces and dentures, it is also advisable that you should soak it in warm water to completely remove the stubborn smell from the food.

If you think you are suffering from the impacted tooth, contact Bruce Stephenson DDS immediately so he can extract the infected tooth and in this way, you can also have fresher breath. Though bad breath can be a simple dental problem, if you will not solve the problem directly to the source, you will surely keep embarrassing yourself.

 

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The 3 most common dental problems

When it comes to dental health, there are a few things that everyone should be aware of. Aside from proper hygiene, there are also some common dental problems that should be well-known. This is because these dental problems can lead to further complications. These tooth problems can cause:

  • Oral Abscesses
  • Loss of Teeth
  • Toothaches
  • Extreme Pain
  • Infections

Having any of those problems can be a huge pain, quite literally. So you may want to know of some of the various common problems that can happen with teeth.

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Cavities

The truth is that many patients still do not know that decay is an infection and, therefore, is not harmless. Rather the complete opposite. When it appears, to a greater or lesser extent it destroys part of the dental structures and, it is capable of destroying the whole tooth. It is the most common chronic childhood disease and a lot of it can happen because they can appear from the moment when the milk teeth begin to sprout.

In an incipient phase, you may not realize it because they are white. If you see a yellow or black colour - that is popularly said to have a chopped tooth - it is that the decay is in an intermediate state and is destroying the enamel. Do not wait until it hurts and comes see a dentist.

Tartar

It is the accumulation of bacterial plaque due to lack of hygiene, together with certain habits such as smoking. It usually has a yellowish colour quite unpleasant to the eye. In general, it is deposited on the teeth, but if you do not remedy it, it will also affect your gums. To make it disappear it is necessary to do a deep and professional cleaning that is called root scraping. With this treatment not only remove tartar that is visible on the surface of the tooth but the one below the gum line.

There are all supposedly natural remedies to eliminate it that people have to spread, although have little or no scientific basis. Neither bicarbonate, nor lemon, nor rinses with sunflower oil, nor oxygenated water, etc will work to get rid of tartar. Besides not getting anything in return, you can even damage the enamel of your teeth.

Gingivitis

Red and bloody gums are usually two of the most obvious symptoms of gingivitis, which is nothing but inflammation of the gums. It is a periodontal disease that is not painful and usually remits easily if it is treated. If not, it can lead to periodontitis.

Bad hygiene is often the cause, but we have to say that there are certain situations such as pregnancy that can facilitate their appearance.

At the first signs of alarm, contact your dentist. There are patients who believe that it is not important that the gums bleed during brushing and has it. It is not normal and a dentist will have to rule out if you are using an appropriate brush, if your technique is good or if, in the worst case, you have gingivitis.

If you don't know what dental problem you're suffering now and want know more on how to prevent any complications, you may visit our clinic or check www.brucestephensondds.com.

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3 Effective Ways That You Should Do To Prevent Your Teeth from Tooth Decay

Do you have any idea on how you can prevent your teeth from tooth decay? If you have none, then you should now that it is very important that you have the idea so that you can prevent it from leading to more serious oral conditions and problems. Aside from that, you should also have the idea of what are the causes of this dental condition so that you can now put an end to this. Some of these causes are:

  • Poor Oral Care Practices
  • High Intake of Sugary Foods
  • Grinding Of Teeth
  • Eating Foods with High Acid Content
  • Tooth and Enamel Problems
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And after knowing what these causes are, you must now have the idea of what are the effective ways that you should do to prevent your teeth from tooth decay. If you want to know what these effective ways are, you can read the list below to help you.

Here is the list of the effective ways that you should do to prevent your teeth from tooth decay.

1. Brush the Teeth Regularly

One of these effective ways is that you should brush the teeth regularly or at least two times a day to prevent it from tooth decay. It is because by brushing it regularly, it eliminates the build-up of bacteria and plaque in your teeth which can lead to the condition of tooth decay. Aside from that, you can also prevent your teeth from other oral problems and serious conditions. It is also very advisable that you should brush the tongue as well because there are also chances that the bacteria might build on it.

2. Use Toothpaste That Contains Fluoride

The next one is that you should only use toothpaste that contains fluoride each time that you brush the teeth.  The main reason behind that is because most of the dental professionals recommend using toothpaste with fluoride since that it can help to strengthen the enamel of your teeth which fights off tooth decay. With this, it only goes to show that the fluoride ingredient can help in preventing tooth decay.

3. Lessen Your Intake of Sugary Foods

And lastly, you should also lessen your intake of sugary foods such as candies, fruit juices, chocolates, soft drinks and so much more since that it has been proven that it can create a distinct reaction inside your mouth which leads to the condition of tooth decay. It is the reaction of the sugar to the bacteria that result in the formation of acid which destroys the enamel of your teeth. It is very necessary that you should consider doing this because this enamel plays a very important part in your teeth since that it is an external protective layer.

As what stated above, you now have an idea of what are the causes of this dental condition and how you can prevent your teeth from it. By doing these ways, you can also expect that you get the chance to have a more healthy and clean teeth. So, if you want to know this topic much better, you can also visit a dental clinic in your place.

To know more about on how to prevent your teeth from tooth decay, you may visit www.brucestephensondds.com.

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What are the Advantages of Clear Braces for Adults

Do you know that there are clear braces designed for adults? There is a good chance that you have been looking for it now since you’ve heard it from your friend who is very proud of his own set of clear braces. There are a lot of adults these days that are getting clear braces because they know the true advantages of clear braces for adults. Researchers of this procedure believe that the grownups feel more comfortable these days now that the orthodontic care has seen great changes and a more convenient way for people to smile because they know the dental industry has become more advanced. Based on the statement from the American Association of Orthodontists, any age is right to get the orthodontic care, especially with clear braces, even when the ideal time to have it done would be the patient's age wherein they are still growing.

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History

The clear braces were already studied in great detail way back in 1970. According to one article by David Evans, DDS entitled "The History of Braces and Orthodontics," the very first concept regarding the invisible braces was revealed to the public in the year 1997 via 3D computer technology, which is then followed by the creation of the clear plastic aligners. The patients were then issued with a series of aligners that looks like they are made of plastic. They would be able to change them at regular intervals whenever the teeth get moved in its position. This product was then made available to dentists that are trained to handle them in the year 2000, which then formed differing opinions regarding the way orthodontic care was presented to the people, especially among the adults that were a bit hesitant in wearing the orthodontic hardware made out of wire and brackets.

Advantages

The main advantages of clear braces only became evident when the numbers of grownups started pursuing this kind of treatment. The adults then were able to improve the function and appearance and function without getting stigmatized by the metal in the mouth. These are indeed new aligners in which it can be removed when eating meals and even doing your dental hygiene at home. After that, they can be placed right at the back of your mouth to continue the movement of the tooth.

When to consider clear braces?

Getting braces, clear or not, is usually for aesthetic reasons. However, there are times when you need to consider them, especially when you experience the following:

  1. Earache

  2. Headaches

  3. Jaw pain

  4. Gastrointestinal problems due to the inability of chewing food properly.

  5. Problems with speaking, chewing or biting

  6. Bone and gum erosion

  7. Increased incidence of tooth decay and even periodontal disease

  8. Trouble cleaning teeth the right way, which then leads to food and plaque accumulation in between the teeth

  9. Irregular wearing the enamel

  10. Facial pain

  11. TMD or temporomandibular joint disorders

Because of the serious health risks mentioned above, many adults see clear braces as a good investment to avoid all of them at the same time. You can ask your dentist about it.

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Common Mistakes to Avoid Keeping Your Teeth Clean and Healthy

Anyone would like to have clean and healthy teeth. However, we may be committing common mistakes that can hurt not just our teeth but our gums, roof of the mouth, and tongue as well. Here are the most common mistakes that you should try to avoid if you want to keep your teeth clean and healthy.

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1. Brushing inappropriately

Perhaps this is the most common mistakes that people overlooked. Make sure that you brush your teeth properly. Contrary to the traditional long horizontal strokes that we’ve used to, you need to know that it can hurt your gum tissue. According to The American Dentist Association, make sure that your bristles are angled at least 45 degrees while doing short strokes—up and down or back and forth. Brushing in circular motion is highly recommended. As much as possible, avoid brushing your teeth horizontally from now on.

2. Thinking that brushing too hard will remove the dirt

No. Brushing too hard will not remove any of the food debris stuck between your teeth. Instead, it can even hurt your gums in the process. You’re not scrubbing floor or car here. Make sure that you brush gently to avoid gum recession in the process. Bleeding after brushing your teeth is already a warning sign that you should be more careful the next time around. Also, buy a toothbrush with soft bristles to ensure that you will not hurt your teeth in the process.

3. Not buying the right toothbrush

As what we’ve mentioned above, you need to buy a soft-bristled toothbrush when it comes to brushing your teeth. It can prevent swelling of the gums. This is crucial especially if you have sensitive gums. You need to buy an electric extra-soft bristle toothbrush to ensure that you’re not going to hurt your gums every time you brush your teeth.

4. Not following the two-minute rule

Discipline yourself into following the two-minute rule recommended by most of the dentists all over the world. Brushing your teeth for two minutes can assure you that you’ll be able to remove all food debris and bacteria inside your mouth. Do not brush your teeth for 45 seconds only! You can hum your favorite song while you are brushing to ensure that you’ll reach two minutes.

5. Not swapping out brushes

It is important that you learn to swap out your brushes after three to four months. No matter how much you like the electric soft-bristled toothbrush that you have, eventually, you need to repurchase another one because bacteria’s will start building up in the toothbrush. Changing heads for electric toothbrushes is imperical and make sure that the handle is clean as well!

These common mistakes can lead to dental problems, and when worst comes to worst, your dentist will shake his head because of your damaged teeth. You can visit your nearest dentist for dental check-up. If you are less confident about your smile because of discolored teeth, make sure to avoid these common mistakes, and you’ll have a smile worthy of a toothpaste commercial. 

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How Important Is Oral Cancer Screening?

Have you been tested for any cancers? There are many types of screening, but one of the most important ones is oral cancer screening. This is especially true if you're a high-risk candidate due to smoking cigarettes or tobacco chewing, for example.

 

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What Is Oral Cancer?

It all starts with having a good understanding of what oral/mouth cancer is. This is the case when a tumor develops within the mouth’s lining. This can exist in various parts of the mouth including the tongue, cheeks, palate (roof), gums, or lips. 

It's also possible for tumors to develop in the glands that make saliva, tonsils located in the back of the mouth, and the area that connects the mouth to the windpipe. These types of oral cancer are less common, but you should be aware of this info so you can detect cancer in those areas.

What Are Oral Cancer Screenings?

The good news is there are various types of screening for oral cancer. It involves a dentist/doctor searching for signs of cancer in the mouth. The goal of the screening is to detect cancer as soon as possible, so there's a better chance for cure.

The screening is usually done during routine dental checkups to check for oral cancer. Various other tests might be used by dentists to determine if there are abnormal cells located in the patient’s mouth.

Should healthy people with low risk of getting mouth cancer also be screened? It’s an issue that medical organizations often debate about. There’s no particular oral test or screening that has been proven to lower the risk of dying via oral cancer. However, it might be determined that an oral exam is a good option based on the risk factors a patient has. 

Why Are Oral Cancer Screenings Done?

You might be wondering why oral/mouth cancer screenings are done and why they're important. The goal of the screening is to detect mouth cancer or tumors that could result in mouth cancer later. It's important to detect cancer at early stages since cancer/tumors are the easiest to remove and cure at that time.

However, there are no studies that prove screenings for oral cancer saves lives. Thus, there's some debate among organizations about the benefits of oral exams done for oral cancer screening. Some groups promote screening and others that don't.  It's possible that people who are at a higher risk of acquiring oral cancer might benefit more from cancer screening.

It’s important to know the various factors that boost the risk for oral cancer. They include:

  •    Tobacco
  •    Alcohol
  •    Past diagnosis
  •    Sun exposure

If you're affected by these factors, then you should consider screening for oral cancer. It's also a good idea to consult your dentist about whether or not oral cancer screening is practical for you. You should talk him/her about ways you can lower your risk of getting oral cancer. That can include avoiding alcohol or quitting smoking. This will give you a better chance of preventing mouth cancer.

Visit our office in San Leandro if you're planning to have a screening for oral cancer.

 

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How to eat food while maintaining your Invisalign braces

Now with holidays coming so close, you are probably going to be looking forward to eating those sumptuous holiday meals. There is Thanksgiving turkey to look forward to. Not to mention all of the Christmas ham and other goodies that are bound to be served on the holiday table. But if you are wearing invisible braces or Invisalign, you probably want to know exactly how to maintain your braces so that they do not break when you are wearing your Invisalign braces. And that is where this article could be of big help. This article on eating during the holidays - keeping up with Invisalign maintenance, will contain all of the useful tips that you will need to know if you would like to eat this holiday season without breaking your Invisalign braces.

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Avoid stringy or sticky food

Those sticky foods for the holiday, such as pudding and taffy, should not be eaten if you are wearing Invisalign. This is because they can get caught in between your braces. So if you would like to know the proper ways of eating during the holidays - keeping up with Invisalign maintenance, you need to avoid certain kinds of sticky or sugary foods.

Chew Slowly

Whenever you are eating any foods during the holiday, you have got to chew slowly if you would like to maintain your Invisalign properly. Chewing slower can help you reduce the force that you exert on your Invisalign braces. In fact, you should chew foods more slowly as a part of the maintenance of your Invisalign braces.

Do not bite down on hard food

Those sugar cookies and other hard foods that are popular during the holidays should be avoided if you want to maintain your Invisalign braces properly. This is because those hard foods can cause undue stress which could break the material of your faces.

Eat small portions

Part of eating during the holidays - keeping up with Invisalign maintenance is to watch the size of the portions that you eat. If you eat smaller bites or portions, you will be able to prevent a lot of damage to your Invisalign braces.

Hopefully, this article on eating during the holidays - keeping up with Invisalign maintenance has taught you a lot about what you need to know if you would like to keep your Invisalign well-maintained and unbroken this holiday season. You do not have to skip out on eating that delicious food this holiday season, all you have got to do is follow these tips in this article, and you should be completely fine, at least when it comes to maintaining your Invisalign braces. You are going to be able to ensure that your braces will not suddenly break if you follow these tips.

By knowing what to do for eating during the holidays - keeping up with Invisalign maintenance, you should be able to wear your invisible braces throughout the holiday season safely. And the longer that you keep your Invisalign braces on, then the faster that you can get your teeth straightened. So with the help of these braces, you are sure to have the smile that you have always wanted.            

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Difference Between Clear Braces vs. Aligners

Perhaps, you have memories of your childhood years wherein you saw your sibling or a relative wearing clear braces or aligners. As you grew up, it made you question the difference between clear braces vs. aligners. If this is how you feel towards the dilemma, it is best that you know its difference, how it works and its benefits. First of all, you must understand these two options are great to treat the different issues that lie behind every purpose of having a clear brace or aligners and to maintain that smile on your face.

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What are aligners?

This is a treatment option best for both adults and teenagers. It helps the teeth to stay in place without having to extract. This is wearable for at least 22 hours a day, and it is important that you change it for every two weeks with a new pair. Treatment usually takes place within nine months to 1 year. To determine if you are a good candidate for envisaging, it is a great option for you to seek an orthodontist that supports this kind of treatment.

Clear braces- this is also known as ceramic braces because this is made out of ceramic material. This can either come in transparent or anything that could match your preference. This is works almost the same with metal braces. How does it work? The brackets are positioned to your teeth and are connected through an arch wire where the pressure is enforced on your teeth. It guides your teeth have a proper alignment.

Here is the following difference between clear braces vs. aligners.

1. Aligners are more transparent- this has a virtual transparency which is why most patients would prefer this type of treatment. No one can eventually notice it unless you mention it.

2. Aligners can be removed- the difference with the aligners from the clear braces is that you can easily remove it while doing your routine oral care. This keeps your teeth healthy while you are still on treatment. It is also best that you remove it while you are eating.

3. Most clear braces only take few adjustments- ideally, aligners needed to change every two weeks while clear braces need to be adjusted every four weeks. So, this means that you'll have frequent visits to your dentist.

4. Treatment is more extensive compared to clear braces- mind you, aligners are more developed to treat a variety of cases, here are an example of treatment in aligners:

  • Gapped teeth
  • Crowded
  • Underbite, overbite and open bite.

5. Most of the clear braces are brittle- ceramic materials are slightly brittle which makes it very susceptible to breaking or chipping.

6. Soft tissues can be irritated by clear braces- it irritates the lips and cheeks.

7. According to dentist in San Leandro, you can’t fix the bottom of your teeth if you are on clear braces

8. Clear braces can also stain your teeth.

Now that you have a better understanding between clear braces vs. aligners, it is best that you ask your dentist as to which is best for you.

 

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Are There Braces Good for People With an Active Lifestyle?
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The only practical way to fix a tooth or jaw misalignment is through the use of braces. However, not everyone wants to wear braces, since braces may not suit those people with an active lifestyle. Invisalign clear braces may be an alternative for those people with a more active lifestyle. Invisalign clear braces are your best option, especially if you are a person with a very active lifestyle. Whatever the case may be, Invisalign clear braces are clearly the superior option for anyone that wants to correct the alignment of your teeth. These are the following reasons why people with an active lifestyle should consider wearing Invisalign clear braces.

Why are These Braces Ideal For Those With an Active Lifestyle?

Transparent

Invisalign clear braces are completely transparent. So you will not feel self-conscious at all when you are wearing them. You could go about your normal active lifestyle activities, with no worries at all, since no one will notice your Invisalign clear braces.

Easily Removable

The best feature about these Invisalign clear braces for people with more active lifestyles is that they are easy to remove. You can pop them out of your mouth whenever you need to eat. This could let you go camping and have a nice outdoor meal, with the worry of damaging your braces.

Floss Easily

To floss with traditional braces, you would need to use some kind of special flosser. There would be no problem if you had Invisalign clear braces. Not only is Invisalign clear braces good for people with a more active lifestyle, it also lets you conveniently floss your teeth as well. When you need to floss your teeth, you can just remove the Invisalign clear braces.

How do Invisalign Clear Braces Work?

Invisalign clear braces work pretty easily. These are basically aligners for your teeth, which are custom fit to you. Each week these aligners are adjusted for how much your teeth have shifted. This would equal to a shorter treatment time, which is perfect for anyone that has got a more active lifestyle.

Are Invisalign clear braces for everyone?

Unfortunately, Invisalign clear braces are not for everyone. Even if you lead an active lifestyle, these Invisalign clear braces may not be for you. This is because these kinds of braces are not for people that have got a wide tooth gap. It is also not meant for people that are having a severe issue with their bite. So you may want to check with your dentist, to see if these kinds of braces really are for you. 

For anyone who leads a more active lifestyle, Invisalign clear braces are definitely the superior alternative to traditional braces. People with an active lifestyle, will not have to worry about Invisalign clear braces when they are camping, playing sports or doing any other kind of intense activity. They can simply keep on doing what they normally do, which is leading a more active lifestyle. Invisalign clear braces will not be as cumbersome as a traditional set of tooth braces. You would still be able to lead quite an active lifestyle if you wore Invisalign clear braces.

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Phase 1 and Phase 2 Braces - Why You Don’t Need It

Everyone wants to have perfectly aligned teeth and every parent wants their kids to have a great smile.  As a parent, you do not want your kid being too shy to smile because they are not confident with how their teeth look. Parents make sure they set their kid's dental appointment regularly to fix problems like this.  Dentists might have suggested that your child must get braces so that they can achieve a smile they can be proud of.  They might have mentioned the phases they must take to achieve a wonderful smile. 

You may also have considered getting one but here are the reasons why you should opt phase 1 and phase 2 braces out.

Braces may be too costly if you have to take two phases. These treatments cost too much and not everyone can afford it the reason why you don't need it.

Another reason why you don't need these phases is that it influences the jaw growth.  Since it will affect how your teeth will grow there are chances that it can worsen the alignment of the teeth if not done properly.

Phase 1 and Phase 2 causes more pain and discomfort which is another reason why you don't need it. Since you have to take two phases, you will experience pain in a longer period of time. You cannot hasten the phases because it takes time. Imagine yourself being in that kind of pain for so long!

The fourth reason why you don't need these two phases is that it may cause embarrassment and lower your self-esteem even more. For some people, braces are signified as a geek look. There are a lot of people being bullied just because they have braces, imagine having one for a long period of time.

 You don't need it because it can actually add more damage to your teeth. There are times that having braces cause your teeth's root to detach itself which causes it to die. Since braces are fixing the alignment of the teeth there is a high possibility that it can damage the enamel of the teeth.

Lastly, there are some studies that prove, phase one and two are not really necessary because it is better to fix the teeth alignment once all the permanent teeth are out.  You don't need two phased teeth alignment because it cannot be fixed if all of the permanent teeth are not out yet. Younger people tend to have softer tissues which make the two phases irrelevant. No matter how much you avoid the misalignment, it will still occur and the best way to correct it is when everything is already permanent.

Two phased braces cost too much and may not be even practical at all. You don't need to spend too much because there are other options that your dentist can give all you have to do is ask. If you want more options, visit our homepage for more information

 

 

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