Everyone wants to have the perfect smile and good dentistry guarantees you that ! Orthodontic treatments, the world over; have known to have an immense affect on a person’s self- confidence, smile as well as their self-esteem. A wedding, an important interview or an event might just require you to revisit that smile of yours and to put on some braces.
Hence, to help you make an informed decision like this, you need to know a bit about the different types of braces, which I will be covering in different blog pieces .
Putting on a brace is an important decision to make and as the dental structure of each individual is unique and varied a personal orthodontic and dental structure analysis will decide what type of braces suit your need and what are a perfect fit for you .It is not like “one-size-fits all’… they are highly customized and suitable only for you . There are no generic braces that will suit all, therefore selecting a good orthodontist is the first step towards a great smile!
Types of braces abound…
There are different types of cosmetic braces which you can choose from, ceramic braces, steel braces, clear plastic braces and self aligning braces. Although ceramic braces may not be recommendable for a few cases of misalignment and biting problems, it is mostly suitable for treating crooked teeth, overbite or widely spaced out or crowded teeth.
Ceramic braces are much like metal braces, except they are made of tooth-coloured (or sometimes clear) ceramic, porcelain, or plastic brackets to blend in more naturally with teeth. Some even use tooth-coloured wires to blend in the teeth further. They are as good as invisible on the teeth unless looked at closely.
Given the fact, that they are aesthetic , but these Ceramic Braces are generally more expensive when compared to metal steel braces that are the most widely used type of braces in treatment. Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they use clear brackets that blend in to teeth. They can start altering your teeth setting and begin to improve your smile in just six months, depending on your jaw structure and age.
After the fitting of the ceramic braces, you will need to go for regular dental check-ups to ensure that the braces are well placed as well as tighten the wires. The treatment often takes about a year to complete ; for adult patients looking at re positioning their teeth.
Just like all other braces or any orthodontic treatment , proper care and hygiene has to be maintained.
Try and stay away from sticky and sweet food like chocolates , even hard and sticky food like Chiki might stain your teeth and chip the ceramic braces.
Cut down on sugary snacks in between meals otherwise your teeth might start to decay.
Remember to brush your teeth every time you eat anything – even a cookie or a candy , as the braces need to be kept clean at all times.
Benefits of Ceramic braces…
They blend in beautifully with your teeth and are more pleasing to the eye.
They are less painful and do not irritate the gums as much as metal braces
They do not scratch and sore the mouth as metal braces.
They are less visible than metal braces.
Who can wear Ceramic Brackets or Braces?
Although your dentist /orthodontist always determines the kind of braces you might require after a thorough review of your jaw structure , teeth bone and teeth spacing , still knowing about the types of braces available helps you to choose better.
The words braces and brackets have the same meaning. Orthodontists use the term brackets when talking about braces. Anyone who needs braces to correct their teeth structure and is very particular about the ‘how it looks” or the aesthetic part of it , should choose a ceramic brace set.
Several ceramic brace manufacturers in India do claim in their advertising that their brackets will move teeth faster and will result in shorter treatment time. This is not true or scientific , because it is the jaw structure and age of patients that decided the time of teeth alignment and not the type of braces used.
There are definitely no ‘magical’ ceramic braces, as claimed in the ads; that will suspend the laws of physics and thereby “magically” align your teeth. It takes time and patience. The choice of braces are based on age, bone structure teeth spacing and aesthetic requirements and of course the economics of it!
In my next piece I will discuss in detail about the most popular metal braces used in dentistry and how to know which one suits your pocket and your needs.Till then; Smile and be the best you can be!
Well , we all crave for that beautiful smile like Preity Zinta’s …but not all of us are naturally endowed with it . For those that need a little help with that “curve”, there are orthodontists that work overtime to endow you with the perfect smile that will light up a thousand ships! And the best way that more and more people are having success with beautiful smiles is through clear orthodontic devices called “Aligners”. As the name suggests, they help align your teeth into the perfect position.
The earlier concept was to use braces , which are nothing but brackets connected by wires to encourage your teeth to slowly move in position and get aligned gracefully in a row, but “Aligners” are a series of tight-fitting custom-made mouthpieces that slip over your teeth and are aesthetically very subtle when compared to braces.
There are many brands internationally that produce these aligners, Invisalign, Clear Correct, Inman Aligner, Smart Moves aligners etc.
But these Clear (or “invisible”) aligners aren’t for everyone. Your orthodontist or dentist will help you decide what’s best for you.
They are just like braces but detachable and definitely more aesthetic than steel or ceramic braces. They are made from a clear plastic or acrylic material and fit tightly over the teeth, and can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing.
You’ll get a new aligner with tighter settings; every few weeks to continue moving the teeth into the desired position.
Can anyone get these invisible beauty teeth aids?
1. Age consideration – As the invisible teeth aligners are custom-built for a tight fit, they are best for adults and teens. Straightening a child’s teeth is more complicated. Young people, and their mouths, are still growing and developing; and hence using aligners is recommended only for young teenagers and adults and have found to be most effective for them .
2. Minor spacing – Clear orthodontic teeth aligners are usually used for those who have very minimal spacing issues and have moderately crowded teeth structure . Those patients who might have issue with wide spacing or severe underbites, overbites, or crossbites — may need more complex treatment or traditional braces. This decision has to be made professionally by the orthodontist after a review of your teeth.
Once, these two considerations are done, you are good to go with aligners.
Treatment time with invisible teeth aligners is based on how much the teeth need to be moved or rotated. The more your bite is off or the more crooked your teeth, the longer it will take. Treatment usually takes between 10 and 24 months. But if you’re an adult who had braces as a child, and your teeth shifted slightly over the years, you may need invisible teeth aligners for as little as 10 weeks and you are good to go!
Patients today have a variety of choices and decisions to make when they decide to undergo orthodontic treatment—choosing between clear aligners and traditional braces. Although clear aligners offer several benefits and are an effective alternative to bracket and wire orthodontics, especially for adults, some people still prefer the good-old-braces over new age clear aligners and that too is fine!
The main reason why adult patients decide to go in for clear aligners is that they appear invisible and are definitely prettier and more pleasing to look at than braces. This helps conceal the fact that the patient is undergoing any orthodontic treatment, which can be embarrassing for some adults.
Unlike traditional braces, that are fixed and screwed in place, Aligners have the added advantage of being detachable. Patients love having this ability to remove their clear aligners when they eat, brush or floss their teeth. This allows them to maintain good oral hygiene.
Many patients who have traditional braces find it difficult to properly take care of their teeth, because of the lengthy cleaning routines with traditional braces. Many times, patients develop calcium deposits on the front of their teeth following orthodontic treatment as they are unable to clean and brush properly. These deposits are visible when the braces are removed and require the patient either to have cosmetic work done or live with white spots on their teeth.
Poor hygiene habits with traditional braces also may result in swollen gums ,gingivitis, and in a few cases with stomach infection from rotting food pieces in the mouth.
Clear aligners were first used only on simple orthodontic cases, such as slightly crowded teeth, but now they’re used for even the most advanced orthodontic cases as well.
Aligners are an orthodontic miracle that aligns a patient’s teeth quickly, comfortably, and accurately with minimum embarrassment and discomfort. They are indeed a great alternative to bracket and wire orthodontic and are therefore now a much popular option for orthodontic treatments the world over.
Clear Brace aligners are available in many models and brands with Invisalign being the most famous of the lot. Chose the one that mimics the natural shade of your teeth and fits you the best .
These aligners are definitely a better bet than traditional braces and look so nice that one cannot even know that the patient has put on braces , until they come up, close and personal. Fortunately, for those having severely crooked teeth, these braces can cost an additional thousand of rupees only but look much prettier while wearing.
As is widely known, there are so many different brands to choose from and only your orthodontist can choose the best aligners for you . The price varies from each case to case. Usually the price varies depending on the number of aligners used and the brand and the severity of the tooth alignment required.
Although this may seem a bit steep but given the benefit and convenience of the these clear braces it is definitely a small price to pay .
Previously, the only treatment options available for people with missing teeth were bridges and dentures. But, today, we have better and more advanced solution like dental implants.
A major advantage of implant is that no adjacent teeth need to be prepared or ground down to hold your new replacement tooth in place. Also, for some people, ordinary bridges and dentures may not be comfortable and even not possible due to various reasons like poor ridges, sore spots etc.
From this article you can get to know how dental implant replaces your missing teeth. and get answers to all your questions regarding planning a brighter smile.
A dental implant is used to support one or more false teeth. It is a screw that replaces the root of a tooth when it fails. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
A dental implant is a surgical fixture that is placed into the jawbone and allowed to fuse with the bone over the span of a few months.
Why to select Dental Implants over other procedures?
Dental Implants have numerous advantages, the major ones are the following:
Preservation of bone: Implants protect the facial bone and other healthy teeth
Improved function: Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that helps stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss
Aesthetics: Give you are beautiful smile
Stability and support: Teeth adjacent to a space where a tooth has been lost often tend to shift or tilt into that space. This leads to further instability among the nearby teeth. Implants prevents this.
Do you qualify for Dental Implants?
Dental Implants depend on the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth. So, if you have healthy gums and enough bone to hold an implant, you can get it done.
In more than 90% of the cases, anyone healthy enough to get extractions or dental surgeries can get implants done.
What are the different types of implant?
There are two main types of implants. The more commonly used type of implant called as Endosteal and the other type is Subperiosteal.
Endosteal: These dental implants are placed in the jawbone. Typically, they are made of titanium and are shaped as small screws.
Subperiosteal: These dental implants are placed under the gum but on, or above the jawbone. This type of implant may be used in patients who do not have enough healthy natural jawbone and cannot or do not want to undergo a bone augmentation procedure to rebuild it.
How dental implants are placed?
How Dental implant surgery is performed depends on the type of implant, the condition of your jawbone etc. The surgery may involve several procedures.
Before surgery your dentist will Prepare you for your surgical procedure, which includes
Rinsing your mouth using a good mouth wash containing
Prescribing antibiotics for 3 days
Fixing your date of surgery and advising you on your food
Surgery – Phase one
For surgical process your mouth will be totally numbed with the help of anaesthesia
Incision or flap incision will be made where the implant is to be
A drill will be done to create a space for implant and then it will be screwed into the implant itself and will remain in place during the healing process.
Then stitches will be done along with closure of gums
Then healing process will start and will last for few months
Surgery – Phase two
Another incision is done for exposing of the implant
A small extension is placed on the implants for an impression to be taken. This compound is what the lab will use to fit your new
From the impression a new crown will be created according to your fit and natural teeth
The final phase will be the placement of crown
What is the downside of dental implants?
Getting dental implants is generally safe, but as with any surgery complications may occur if implant is not properly executed. That is why one must choose experienced and reliable dental Clinics like Partha Dentals. Generally, failure of the implants takes place when
Implant is not stable
If bone loss is greater than 1.0 mm in first year
If inflammation mucosa takes place
Not healthy Patients like patients with poor oral hygiene, Heavy smokers, Patient with diabetes etc
Delay in surgery
Over drilling or over heating at the time of placement of implant
Delay in healing after surgery
Other points to keep in mind are that dental implants are not a quick fix. multiple steps are involved, and the treatment takes time as one must wait for the implant to fuse with the jawbone.
How painful is getting a dental implant?
The procedure itself is not painful as it is done under general or local anaesthesia .While a small number of patients experience pain after surgery(which can ne treated with pain killers) most people do not find it as painful as they expected it to be .Most patients say that the pain they experience is more or less the same as root canal treatment or getting a pulled tooth. In general patients report that the results are well worth the process.
How long do dental implants last?
With the right care, dental implants can last 15 years and potentially up to 25 years. They are the most permanent solution for missing teeth on the market,
Having wisdom tooth pain? Been advised for a wisdom teeth removal? Too much medical terms? Do not worry. We have simplified the answers to all your wisdom teeth removal related questions here.
What is a Wisdom tooth?
With age comes wisdom, especially wisdom teeth. Wisdom tooth is another name for any one of the four third and last molars on each side of both jaws. They are the last permanent teeth to come in and may cause pain. Most people get these teeth in their late teens or early twenties.
What is an Impacted wisdom tooth?
Wisdom Teeth are an asset when they are healthy and properly aligned. But more often, they are misaligned. An impacted wisdom tooth is a tooth that does not have enough room to emerge or develop normally. In today’s world, due to small jaw sizes 90% people have impacted wisdom teeth.
What is impaction?
Surgical removal of impacted, improper positioned or un-erupted tooth is called impaction.
What are the causes of wisdom tooth impaction?
Some of the common reasons are
Abnormal stiffening and immobility of a joint due to fusion of the bones.
Disturbance in eruption
Angulated, sharp, curved and bend roots
What are signs and symptoms that your wisdom tooth needs extraction
If you experience one or more of the following symptoms it is about time to get that wisdom tooth extracted.
Pain at the back of the mouth, behind the molars
Difficulty in opening the mouth
Headache or jaw ache
Spasm of the Jaw muscles
Redness and swelling of the gums around the impacted tooth.
Swollen lymph nodes (occasionally)
Classification of impacted wisdom tooth
According to the position of the impacted wisdom tooth it can be classified as
Based on which classification your wisdom tooth comes under, the treatment and treatment cost vary.
What to tell your dentist before you have a tooth extracted?
Although tooth extraction is a very safe procedure, it can allow bacteria into blood streams. Gums and soft tissues are also at risk. Before you have a tooth removed, let your dentist know your complete medical history, all the medication you have taken and even about supplements.
What happens during wisdom tooth extraction?
The experienced Dental Surgeon generally follows these steps during the extraction procedure (though they may vary case by case)
Reflection of mucoperiosteal flap
Sectioning of tooth
Elevation and tooth removal
Debridement and smoothing of bone
Is wisdom tooth removal painful?
You should not feel any pain as your wisdom teeth are removed because the area will be numb. However, if you do feel pain during the procedure tell your dentist or oral surgeon so they can give you more anesthesia.
How long does it take to recover from a wisdom teeth removal?
First 24 hours: Blood clots will form
2 to 3 days: Swelling of the mouth and cheeks should improve
7 days: A dentist can remove any stitches that remain
7 to 10 days: Jaw stiffness and soreness should go away
What is the cost of a wisdom tooth extraction?
The average cost of wisdom tooth removal can vary depending on each patient’s specific needs. the best way to determine a price is to see a dentist who can assess you correctly. How the tooth comes in and when it is removed can impact the cost of the surgery. At Partha Dentals, we have the affordable extraction treatment options for wisdom tooth at various level of grow/position.
What precaution to take after you have had a tooth extracted?
After an extraction, your dentist will send you home for recovery and it will take few days to recover.
Following are the post op instruction one should follow to avoid infection and dry socket: –
Take pain killers as prescribed
Bite firmly but gently on gauze pad placed by your dentist, this will reduce bleeding and allow a clot to form in socket which will accelerate healing.
Leave gauze pad for one hour
Apply ice pack on outside the affected area immediately after the extraction.
Relax for at least a day after an extraction.
Avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully for 24 hrs. after extraction.
After 24 hrs. rinse your mouth with a homemade solution of ½ tablespoon salt and 8 ounces of warm water.
Eat soft like cold soup, cold stew, cold rice pudding, cold food stuffs to avoid injury to soft tissue and socket. After 4 or 5 days add solid food to your diet.
Do not drink from straw.
Regularly wash, brush, floss your teeth and use betadine mouth wash regularly after every meal to avoid infection.
Do not smoke for at least 1 week.
Do not drink alcohol for at least 1 week.
Note- If you feel any discomfort, any abnormality after extraction contact your dentist immediately.
If you have more questions about your wisdom tooth extraction procedure, do not hesitate to contactour dentist near you.
Do you have a lot of questions about root canal and its treatment? Don’t worry, this article gives clear and simple answers for everything you need to know about root canal and root canal treatments.
What is a root canal?
‘Root canal’ is the term used to describe the thin canals within the root of the tooth.The pulp or pulp chamber is the soft area within the center of the tooth. The tooth’s nerve lies within the root canal.
What is a root canal treatment?
When an injury or a large cavity damages the tooth, the root becomes infected or inflamed. Root canal treatment is the process of removing the inflamed, decayed, diseased and infected root/pulp.
What are the signs and symptoms of root canal?
You know you have problem with your tooth when you experience the following;
– sensitivity when biting or pressing on the tooth.
– sensitivity to hot or cold, especially if it is prolonged.
– Swelling ranging from pimple size to a swollen face
NOTE: – some teeth requiring root canal treatment have no signs or symptoms.
Why is root canal treatment important?
Root canal treatment is important because, it is the best way to save your tooth from getting extracted.
Why to save a tooth? Why to prevent extraction of the tooth?
Majority of the population opt for extraction because of the pain, but it is not the solution.
Painkillers can take away the pain only for some time, but they can’t take away the cause, we must fight the cause. Also, extraction can cause drifting of adjacent tooth and it is a long and expensive procedure.
So, it is better to get your root canal treatment and save your tooth.
How is a root canal done?
During root canal procedure, an endodontist (who specializes in treating root canal )carefully removes the pus inside the tooth, cleans, disinfects and shapes the root canals and places a filling to seal the space.
The dentist numbs the tooth. An opening is made through the crown of the tooth to the pulp chamber
Special files are used to clean the infection and unhealthy pulp out of the canals.
Then the endodontist shapes the canals for the filling material. Irrigation is used to help clean the canals and remove debris.
the canals are filled with permanent material.
Is root canal treatment painful?
No, root canal treatment is one of the least painful treatment in dentistry. Pain during root canal treatment is minimal when done with advanced technology equipment which we use at Partha Dental Clinics.
Root canal treatment is highly successful; this treatment has more than 95% success rate. With root canal therapy your teeth will be as healthy as it was earlier.
Are the results of root canal procedure permanent?
Many teeth fixed with a root canal treatment can last a lifetime.
Is there anything to be taken care of after a root canal procedure?
Patients who follow the do’s and don’ts as advised by the dentist tend to heal faster and have much better outcomes.
chew hard or crunchy food
skip follow up appointments
eat soft foods
get crown placed
A root canal removes the interior portion of your tooth, making the structure weak. In some case a crown or ‘cap’ is used to protect the tooth and prevent damage. Crowns are usually placed in a second procedure, once your teeth and mouth have a chance to heal.
If prescribed by your dentist take pain killers to manage discomfort and reduce inflammation.
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