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25 Jul 2014

Braces or Invisalign: Which Treatment Option Should You Choose?

If your dentist in Ottawa  has recommended orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth or fix your bite, you may be wondering whether braces or Invisalign would be the best option for you.  The answer is, it depends.  It depends on the complexity of the work you need done, as well as other factors such as the shape of your teeth, your jaw, and the type of bite you have.  If you are preparing to have orthodontic work done, the best thing is to work with your dentist to determine whether Invisalign or braces are the best option for your particular case.

In traditional braces, brackets are attached to each individual tooth, and then metal wire is attached to each bracket.  You then visit your orthodontist to have the metal wires tightened every few weeks, which over time creates a straight smile and well-aligned bite by moving teeth into their ideal places.  If you have a complex orthodontic problem to fix, metal braces may be the best option for you, and your dentist will be able to advise you if this is the case.  With metal braces, you can expect to wear them for two to three years.

However, if you have a simple or moderate orthodontic issue, Invisalign is probably a better option. This is because Invisalign can move and straighten your teeth way more discreetly, as it does not involve the obvious brackets and wires involved with metal braces.  Invisalign straightens your smile using clear, removable aligners which are worn for 22 hours a day.  You will wear an aligner for around two weeks before visiting your dentist in Ottawa to obtain the next aligner in the series,  this way, the series of aligners gently moves teeth into place over a period of nine to eighteen months.

The advantages to Invisalign over braces are many, including the fact  Invisalign takes less time to straighten teeth than traditional braces. Another advantage is the aligners used are clear and cannot be easily seen, meaning you can still smile with confidence while undergoing the treatment.  In addition, you can remove the Invisalign aligners so you can brush and floss normally, allowing you to maintain much better oral hygiene.  This will certainly make your dentist happy!  And don’t forget  removing the aligners allows you to eat favourite foods such as popcorn and nuts, which are not supposed to be eaten if you are wearing metal braces.

While Invisalign does have many advantages over traditional braces, there is a risk some patients will not wear the aligners enough, or take them out too often, in which case the more permanent metal brace would be a better option.  Therefore your dentist may not recommend Invisalign if they think you do not have the dedication to wear the aligners for 22 hours a day.  And as mentioned, if you have an exceptionally complex case, metal braces may be the best treatment for you.  No matter whether you and your dentist in Ottawa decide  metal braces are right for you, or if you can take advantage of the benefits of Invisalign, the results of orthodontic treatment are worth the cost, frequent dentist visits and slight discomfort, as at the end you will have a beautiful smile that will last for many years to come.

10 Jul 2014

So You’ve Damaged Your Teeth – Now What?!

No matter how it happens – whether through a sports injury, getting into a car accident, or biting into an olive pit you didn’t know was there – cracking, breaking or losing a tooth can be a stressful event. Having damaged or missing teeth can make it difficult to eat, and is likely to affect your confidence and make you feel embarrassed to smile. For the sake of your long term health and happiness, the best thing to do if you end up with damage to your teeth is to get them fixed by your dentist. So, if you have broken or fully lost a tooth or teeth, what can you do to repair the damage?

If you have only cracked or broken part of your teeth, dental crowns are a good option for your restoration.  Dental crowns are basically artificial teeth that are used to cover damaged teeth. They look and feel very close to your natural teeth, and can last for more than 10 years if you practice good oral hygiene and take good care of your crowns. Dental crowns can be made out of several different materials, including porcelain, composite or metal, and you dentist will work with you to pick the right type of dental crowns for your restoration needs.

Dental crowns are a great option for restoration of cracked or broken teeth, but what can be done if you have completely lost one or more of your teeth? In cases of missing teeth, consider getting dental implants. Dental implants are made of titanium and are inserted into your jawbone in the place of missing teeth roots. Artificial teeth are then attached to the titanium dental implants to replace your missing teeth. Once installed, dental implants will look and feel like natural teeth, and no one will be able to tell that you have lost a tooth. And if properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime, offering a permanent solution to your tooth loss.

It is a relief to know  there are good options out there for restoration if you have had the misfortune of damaging or losing some of your teeth. If you do find yourself in a situation where you need to repair damage to your teeth or to have a tooth replaced, schedule a visit with your dentist as soon as possible to determine if dental crowns or dental implants are the right treatment option for you. In any case, rest assured dental crowns and dental implants can come to the rescue if you have sustained damage to your smile.