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Never Take Your Healthy Teeth for Granted


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Never Take Your Healthy Teeth for Granted

When I was growing up, my mother took my three brothers and I to the dentist for check-ups every six months, and while my brothers all tended to need cavity fillings after the exams, I didn't get a cavity for almost my entire childhood! That led me to start feeling like my teeth were "invincible," and once I moved out of my parents house, I started skipping my trips to the dentist. I soon regretted it, because I developed a toothache that put me through the worst pain of my life. I went to visit the dentist, and he told me that not only did I need a root canal, but I also had two additional cavities to fill! I have since dedicated myself to good oral hygiene, and I decided to start a blog to share my oral health tips and encourage others to take care of their teeth!

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Good Options For Adult Braces

If you are going to be having braces put on, you may be a bit apprehensive about it. Many people still picture those intrusive silver braces when they think of them. However, you will be relieved to learn that you now have other options available to you that allow you to get a straighter smile without wearing that type. Learn about some of the options you can choose from here, so you can choose ones you feel better about wearing.   

Porcelain braces

You can opt to go with porcelain braces. These braces are put on and work the same way the traditional braces work. However, there is one big difference between the two and this difference may be the one that makes them the right choice for you. Porcelain braces have brackets that are made of a porcelain material which gives them a white or clear appearance. This makes them harder for people to tell that you are wearing braces on your teeth.   

Porcelain braces will still use an arch wire and this can be seen. Although, in many cases, you can choose to go with a frosted wire and the frosting will also help to make it less visible. Also, you may even have the option of going with a white wire that will blend in better with the color of your teeth.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are very similar to the traditional silver braces you are trying to stay away from. However, these braces are put on the back side of your teeth, and this helps to hide them from view.

One thing you do need to consider when deciding whether or not you should go with lingual braces is their location on the backs of your teeth can make them more uncomfortable to wear. Your tongue will come into contact with them a lot more often and this can easily lead to the development of sores on your tongue if you aren't diligent with the orthodontic wax.

Clear aligners

If your teeth don't need a lot of correction, then you may be a good candidate for clear aligners. These aligners are designed to go over your teeth. They come in a top piece and a bottom piece. When they are made, they will be done so in a way that causes them to push your teeth in a manner that convinces them to straighten.

Clear aligners take more maintenance since you need to remove them to clean them. You also won't sleep in them. Since they are less-invasive, they also take longer than other types of braces to straighten your teeth. However, they are a great alternative to actually wearing braces.

For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Fayetteville Family Dentistry.