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How many of you heard the story of tooth fairy as a kid and actually put your baby tooth under the pillow so she can come and collect it while you are sleeping? I’m sure most of you did. Well, like kids have their fair share of tooth fairies and Santa Clauses, adults have their version of fables too. We call them myths.
In this article we are going to debunk some of the most common dental myths that might be affecting your oral health.
There are many things that can make your smile a signature. May be your lip curls a bit, or you have an overbite, sometimes even a slightly crooked tooth can make your smile dazzle. But whatever this list of perfect imperfection includes, yellow, stained teeth is definitely not one of them.
Stained teeth scream of poor oral care and bad food habit, so whether or not you have the perfectly aligned set of teeth, maintaining the colour of your teeth is crucial.
Usually, discoloured teeth and stains are caused by certain habits like smoking and frequent drinking of tea or coffee. Unfortunately, no amount of brushing can get rid of the unsightly discolouration. You need to have this issue professionally handled and one of the easiest ways it can be done is through teeth whitening.
To have the best result, you need to prepare yourself for the procedure. Below we have shared a number of things you should do before you whiten your teeth.
“What kind of braces do I need?”, “Do I want to carry something on my teeth for such a long time?”, “Can I afford the cost?”, “Am I not too old to get braces?”, “Will it actually work or this is just a waste of money?”- If you ever considered getting braces, these questions must have crossed your mind once or twice. We don’t blame you. For a medical procedure that important, you should question and weigh all the pros and cons.
There have been many advances in the field of orthodontics in recent years. And we have conquered almost every bit of self-doubt with invention of newer technologies. So, now there is practically no excuse to skip fixing your crooked teeth. But what you need to think about is which type suits you the best. You need a professional to look at your case and recommend you a solution. Here in this article one of the basic questions has been addressed, ‘Which way to go; Traditional braces or Fast braces?’ We hope this read helps you make your decision if you are looking for an answer.
Early orthodontic treatment involves expert reviewing your child's bite when the abnormality is first noticed. Bad bites often become noticeable between the ages of 6 and 12, as the permanent teeth erupt. Children may experience crowding of teeth, too much space between teeth, protruding teeth, extra or missing teeth and sometimes jaw growth problems, and these problems can be acquired and can develop over time, caused by thumb or finger-sucking, mouth breathing, dental disease, abnormal swallowing, poor dental hygiene, the early or late loss of baby teeth. A proper early interception can help minimise some problems. With an early assessment, and proper orthodontic treatment, a wide range of conditions can be prevented.
There are certain behaviours and characteristics that could indicate that your child’s dental health are at risk. Some pointers will reveal themselves easily, some you’ll have to look for. Observe well and if you notice any of these symptoms, consult with an expert to get a clear understanding on what your next move should be.
Not only can a missing tooth be embarrassing to you and affect your self-confidence, it also affects your ability to chew and consume food. The empty place left from the missing tooth can also cause the other teeth to shift and affect the look of your smile. You need all your teeth to maintain optimum oral health. The solution you may have been wishing for could be a dental implant. We can create a new tooth to be implanted made from durable titanium which can be matched to your existing teeth so it appears completely natural. Not only your new tooth will look great and give you confidence to proudly show of your smile, your new tooth will be strong enough to enjoy all the foods you want to enjoy.
After considering the pros and cons, now that you have finally decided to go for a tooth replacement, a second issue arises, you need to determine whether you should go for a fixed dental bridge or an implant to replace the missing tooth.
One of the older fashioned ways of replacing a missing tooth is to do a dental bridge, whilst dental implant is the relatively newer technology. If you’re uncertain whether a dental bridge or an implant is the right treatment option for you, read on as we discuss the pros and cons for both types of procedure.
Dental bridge: A fixed dental bridge attaches to the teeth on either side of your gap (abutment teeth), or on one side of the gap to act as an anchor on the missing tooth. The enamel layer of the teeth on either side is stripped back and replaced by crowns, onto which the false tooth is attached.
When we get a toothache, it is generally a sign there is a cavity in the tooth and a dentist’s intervention is required.
A tooth that has a cavity will usually result in a filling or amalgam of the cavity to prevent further decay of the tooth.
If you’ve ever had a silver amalgam, you would be aware that they need to be regularly checked to ensure the metal used in the amalgam filling hasn’t corroded over time, causing it to expand and contract.
When the metal expands and contracts, it can lead to a fracture in the tooth. A fracture in a tooth allows food, debris, saliva and bacteria to enter and cause a cavity in a filled tooth.
Dentists recommend amalgams be replaced over time to ensure:
Ace Dental have been providing customised mouthguards to children and adults on the Gold Coast for over 7 years.
Sports mouthguards are an essential safeguard to prevent trauma to the jaw, mouth and teeth during contact sports and can help to reduce the risk of brain injury.
Mouthguards are ready available from Gold Coast chemists, sports stores and dental clinics but are they all equal?
Here, Ace Dental aim to provide a guide to chemist, sport store and dentist mouthguards so you can make an informed decision when you purchase one for yourself or your child.
Generally, after an appointment at the dentist for a mould to be taken of your teeth, a customised mouthguard will be created. These dental mouthguards:
Teeth by nature have small grooves and fissures on the enamel biting surface. These pits in the tooths biting surface can leave the tooth prone to bacteria, particularly the back teeth where brushing and flossing can be a little more difficult because it is hard to reach .
Developed in the 1960’s, dental sealants offer several benefits to patients if you have healthy back teeth that you to want to further protect from cavities.
Fissure sealants are a painless, protective plastic coating that is applied to the deep pits and fissures on the biting surfaces of the back teeth.
This thin plastic coating fills up the grooves that are hard to clean with the bristles of a toothbrush. The other benefits of fissure sealants include:
You may think going to the dentist is unnecessary, particularly if you take good care of your teeth, but in fact even if your teeth are in relatively good shape, having a professional scale and clean by your dentist every 6 months may prolong your life!
Taking good care of your oral hygiene is essential to keeping your teeth and body healthy. It’s just as important as fuelling your body with the right foods and taking daily exercise.
There are many health factors that are affected by the level of your oral hygiene. Having your teeth scaled and cleaned by a dentist every 6 months, not only removes plaque, but provides you with the following benefits:
At some point in your dental care, your dentist may indicate that you require a crown or a veneer. Crowns and veneers both cover a tooth but the difference is how much tooth it covers.
Ace Dental on the Gold Coast specialise in both crowns and veneers. We have over 7 years experience and here, we provide a guide on crowns and veneers and when we would recommend them to a dental patient.
A crown is a customised porcelain cap that completely covers a tooth to reinforce and strengthen it and can give a patient many years of stability. 2mm or more of the tooths natural structure is removed to place the porcelain crown over what remains of the tooth.
The porcelain of the crown can be colour matched to existing teeth, so make an aesthetically pleasing solution for:
If you have dull or stained teeth, Teeth whitening can transform your smile into a much whiter and brighter one.
Our teeth can discolour from a variety of reasons such as:
Ace Dental on the Gold Coast offer professional teeth whitening, either in the chair at our dental clinic or with our take home teeth whitening kit.
But you may ask, why would I have a dentist perform my teeth whitening when I can get a teeth whitening kit from a chemist?