If you struggle with dental discoloration, you will probably be keen to try out a whitening product on your teeth. Having decided to buy a dental bleach, however, you will undoubtedly find yourself bamboozled by the staggering range of options available to you.
While it may be the case that you have plenty of teeth whitening products at your finger tips, this does not mean that each one is as good as the next. Indeed, nothing could be further from the truth, and in order to make sure you choose the most effective version you can, it is a good idea to do a little research before you make your purchase.
To start with, you should beware of all home applicator systems. Whether you are looking at a toothpaste with a whitening agent, or you're interested in buying a whitening kit complete with paint-on bleach, you will undoubtedly find that the results of weeks of careful treatment result in very little measurable change.
If you have crooked or crowded teeth you possibly feel a little self-conscious about them and if you’re already into adulthood you might have thought that it’s a bit late to have corrective treatment as you’re too old and anyway you wouldn’t like a mouthful of metal. Well, amazing as it sounds it is now possible for many people, even adults, to have their teeth straightened by a system called Invisalign which is worlds away from the usual kind of treatment involving a mouthful of metal wires.
Have a look online for a Liverpool invisalign dentist or for one in any big town for that matter and you are sure to find one. It has to be said that the system is not suitable for all kinds of malocclusions but is a Godsend for some, and it is only by consulting your dentist that you can find out if you qualify.
The Invisalign system uses a computer program to analyse the malocclusion and work out all the sequence of movements required to get the teeth from where they are to where they should be to achieve a nice regular smile. This information is then used to manufacture a series of intra-oral aligners which are in fact rather like plastic sports guards for teeth except much thinner so that they don’t bulk out your face and make it look fat, and they are transparent so that they don’t really show. (more...)
Gum infections are a result of the growth of bacteria in the mouth that can cause various dental problems. If not treated at the right time, these infections can become quite grave infecting the root of the tooth. This can cause immense pain and may also result in the person losing his or her teeth. Regular dental care is advisable to keep your teeth and gums in good condition. Also, regular dental care acts as a preventive method for dealing with even the most serious of gum infections.
There are many people who do not take their dental health or oral health quite seriously and do not visit a dentist unless they really have developed an infection. While the fact remains that regular dental care can prevent gum infections to a large extent, there might also be people who do visit a dentist regularly but get infected with a gum disease. In most cases, the gum infections are a result of improper diet. There can be other reasons too. What is important is to have antibiotics as soon as possible to keep the infection under control.
When you meet a dentist and you are advised to start antibiotics, it is important to take immediate action. There are several online pharmacies that provide gum infection antibiotics for next day delivery to you. When you are given a dose of medication, it is important to follow the prescription religiously. If the medication is not taken in the prescribed manner or is stopped early, you might make the bacteria stronger. This will make the infection more difficult to deal with. (more...)
Temporomandibular joint disorder is a painful condition that brings on a host of trying symptoms, including facial tenderness, headaches, jaw and neck pain, chewing difficulties, jaw popping and ringing in the ears. Unfortunately, because these symptoms tend to be relatively vague, most people fail to seek treatment from a professional.
When TMD symptoms become too much to withstand, sufferers tend to reach out for help. Unfortunately, all too often, they are pushed toward invasive, painful surgical procedures that result in significant downtime and often prove unsuccessful. Recently, researchers at the Maxillofacial Surgery Unit at St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, Australia announced they were introducing a new TMD classification scale to help guide clinicians in prescribing suitable treatments. According to the researchers, currently, the role of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) surgery is ill-defined; and they hope their new classification chart will help push health professionals to stop prescribing invasive surgery based solely on conjecture. (more...)
Not that long ago, extensive decay and cracking often led to irreversible tooth loss. Fortunately, these days, patients are able to escape tooth loss, thanks to modern dental crowns which restore a tooth's strength, size and shape, while also improving its appearance.
Types of Crowns
Permanent dental crowns can be made from all-resin, all-ceramic, all-metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal. Ask any dentist who provides dental crowns Deer Park , Texas, to Albany, NY, and he or she will tell you that porcelain crowns are more popular than metallic ones, because they better match natural teeth. That said, due to cost concerns, some patients choose less-expensive crowns, especially if they are replacing a tooth near the rears of their mouths.
• Metal - Since they are made from metal alloys, such as gold, nickel, palladium and more, these crowns are quite durable and tend to last a long time. Unfortunately, many people dislike them, because they stand out from natural teeth. (more...)
Valuable tools that help promote accurate diagnoses and treatments, dental impressions can make many people feel uncomfortable. Fortunately, patients can alleviate problems by gaining a better understanding of why impressions are so important and by communicating their concerns with their dentists.
What Are They?
Dental impressions are imprints of soft oral tissues and teeth, formed using one of various types of dental impression materials which conform neatly to create accurate molds. Ideally, a dental impression will provide a very close replica of a patient's dentition as well as the relevant surrounding structures within the oral cavity. (more...)
Change is a given in our world, but the rate of change that is happening has become astounding. Every major market has gone through tremendous changes in just the last five to ten years so that what exists today resembles very little of what existed a decade ago. This is blatantly obvious in the field of dentistry and dental supplies. From the types of supplies being bought to how you buy dental supplies themselves, the industry has evolved greatly in an incredibly short time frame. That is why it is so important to look at new trends that are just starting to develop in dental supplies so that you can stay one step ahead of the curve when it comes to what will be popular in the years to come.
• CAD/CAM dentistry is one major advancement, particularly when it comes to the creation of crowns and overlays. In the past, these had to be made off-site while a patient was fitted with a temporary, requiring multiple appointments and multiple steps including outsourcing the manufacturing of the appliance. With the use of CAD/CAM, dentists are able to use digital imaging and a state-of-the art milling unit to create the crowns or overlays themselves in-house.
• Mouth-guards worn during the day or night for people who grind their teeth have become quite common. But one of the problems with designing these custom-fitted mouthpieces is the discomfort from gagging and unpleasant taste when taking the impression of the teeth to make the guard. With Intraoral scanning, a highly precise 3D image of the teeth is created to use for this. The process is powder-free, so it is a less irritating one for patients, and the technology also helps save time as it cuts down on the number of retakes you have to do with the impressions. (more...)
Few people enjoy visiting the dentist for complex treatments that force them to sit in a reclined position with their mouths hanging open for extended periods of time. Fortunately, technological advancements are making the dental experience much more comfortable. They're also making dental visits quicker and less tedious. If you haven't visited your dentist in a while, learn how three specific pieces of technology have changed the way dentists treat patients.
Dental Curing Light
Used to quickly cure resin-based composites, this dental tool has been around for a number of years; however, modern varieties are faster, more powerful and more reliable. In the past, dentists were forced to use two-part composites consisting of a resin and a catalyst. Once the two materials were mixed, the hardening process would naturally begin; unfortunately, it took a while for the finished product to cure. These days, things have changed dramatically. By delivering a range of light wavelengths, curing lights quickly harden composites; so patients don't have to sit for long periods with their mouths open waiting for their fillings to completely solidify. (more...)