Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Smile Reborn, The Gift of Cosmetic Dentistry

With the availability of cosmetic dentistry and the vast extent of services it offers, no one should hide their smiles anymore. No matter what kind of cosmetic dentistry procedure you chose, there are many benefits attached to them that aren’t limited to a picture perfect smile. There are 3 major categories that these benefits can be summed into:

Improve Your Health

Not addressing issues like a chipped tooth or a malocclusion can lead to more problems than just hiding your smile. By getting your teeth fixed you can avoid health related conditions such as excessive headaches and joint pain from temporomandibular joint disorders.

Improve Your Appearance

The term “cosmetic dentistry” itself already means improving your aesthetics. Teeth whitening, veneers, and bridges can alter the way you look. Going to a dentist who specializes in these procedures will guarantee that you will love the results. Plus, with sleep dentistry available as an option, you can wake up from these procedures with a new smile you can proudly wear.

A Confidence Boost

The way you feel about yourself will be improved drastically. A simple teeth whitening procedure can leave you smiling for days as your confidence in yourself and your appearance will be given a boost. A healthy smile is a great asset because you will be more confident during social interactions. Say goodbye to that crooked smile and say hello to a beautiful grin and live a happier and healthier smile, thanks to cosmetic dentistry.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

What You Need to Know About Malocclusion

Occlusion is the termed used to refer to the alignment of teeth. Ideally, teeth should be able to fit the mouth without any crowding or spacing in between them. Malocclusion occurs when there is something wrong with the alignment of your pearly whites. Other terms for malocclusion are: crowded teeth, misaligned teeth, crossbite, overbite, underbite, or open bite. The misalignment of teeth is usually genetic in nature.

Other Causes of Malocclusion

Although malocclusion is normally inherited, there are other conditions and habits that can also alter the shape and structure of the jaw. Some examples of these are:
  • Overuse of pacifier by children over the age of 3
  • A cleft lip and palate
  • Prolonged bottle feeding and thumb sucking during early childhood
  • Serious injuries that causes the misalignment of the jaw
  • Tumors in the mouth and jaw area
  • Poor dental care
Symptoms of Malocclusion

The symptoms of malocclusion can vary, depending on the classification and cause of the misalignment. Here are some typical symptoms, which can vary from subtle to severe:
  • Change in the appearance and shape of the face
  • Discomfort while chewing or biting
  • Speech problems like lisping
  • Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose

Treatment Options

If you have noticed some of the symptoms mentioned above, you should consult with your dentist for treatment options. Cosmetic dentistry is a wide field that can offer total smile makeovers for those who want to correct their occlusion. Such options are as follows:
  • Braces to correct teeth positioning
  • Teeth removal to correct overcrowding
  • Surgeries for the serious cases that require reshaping or shortening of the jaw
  • Using wires or plates to stabilize the jaw bone

 No matter what the case, cause, or classification of your malocclusion is a visit to your dentist will be life changing.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Toothache Remedies

Have you ever had that moment when everything was fine until your teeth started aching? Nothing can ruin someone’s day than having a sudden toothache. If ever you cannot go to your dentist immediately after feeling the toothache, these tips can help you lessen the pain or feel temporary relief.

Salt Water

The first home remedy that you can use is salt water. The components of salt help alleviate the inflammation in the gums. This helps lessen the pain of the toothache and also help stop the spread of bacteria in your oral cavity. To do this, mix a heaping teaspoon of table salt with a cup of warm water. Swish this solution in your mouth for 30 seconds and spit it out. Do this process repeatedly as necessary throughout the day.

Clove Oil

This may sound new to you, but clove oil is an age-old remedy for tooth pain. To do this solution, mix 2-3 drops of clove oil with a ¼ teaspoon of olive oil. After that, soak a cotton ball with the oil mixture. Place the cotton ball near the aching tooth and bite down to keep it in place. Clove oil has an anti-bacterial properties and also acts as a mild local anesthetic. These remedies are all temporary. Always visit your doctor to have your teeth checked. Sedation dentistry is among some dental procedures that can help you in going through the pain.