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Life with Braces

Traditional braces consist of brackets and wires made out of metal while ceramic braces use brackets made of ceramic, porcelain, or even plastic. The lighter color makes ceramic braces less noticeable than traditional braces. But, traditional braces are more durable than ceramic braces, which can chip or crack. For more severe corrections, traditional braces are recommended as they are able to tolerate more pressure.

Foods that can increase your chances for cavities or damage your braces should be avoided. This includes foods such as sweets (especially ones that are sticky and chewy), chips, and soda. Sugary and starchy foods can also be harmful to teeth with braces. Hard, crunchy snacks such as popcorn, nuts, and hard candy should also be avoided as they can damage braces. Hard, healthy foods such as carrots or apples should be cut into smaller pieces, so they are less of a threat to braces.

Proper brushing and flossing remain very important when you have braces. You should also be careful of what kinds of food you eat, as some cannot only be bad for your teeth but can damage the braces. If you’re involved in sports, a mouth guard should be worn. Regular visits to the dentist should be kept so that the braces can be checked on and maintained. If there are any problems with the braces, such as a wire coming loose, see your orthodontist immediately for treatment.

Dental Implants

Dental implants tend to look and feel more natural than dentures. Also, dentures can sometimes slip around in the mouth and may break if dropped.

Getting dental implants requires multiple visits to the dentist over several months. X-rays and impressions are taken of the jaw and teeth. The area where the implants will be placed is numbed, then the implants surgically placed into the bone. They are allowed to heal and integrate into the bone, a process which may take up to six months. A second surgery may be required to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. (Although, in some cases, we can offer same-day dental implants complete with the restoration.) After several weeks, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Several fittings may be required. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant.

A good candidate for dental implants should have good gums, good bone density, and good oral health. As the process is quite lengthy, a good amount of patience is also important.

Dental implants should be cared for in the same way as natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing and visits to the dentist. Additional cleaning aids may be recommended for at-home care after the procedure is completed.

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