Braces are devices used in dentistry for the alignment and straightening of crooked, protruding or crowded teeth so as to position them for biting correctly. In addition, braces can rectify various other flaws of the teeth, improve dental hygiene and enhance the general appearance of the face. The arm of dentistry that specialises in this form of treatment is referred to as orthodontics.
There are various types of braces and they can be made from metal, plastic or ceramic materials.
Invisalign aligners offer you the benefits of braces without the brackets and wires. They are also almost invisible, which means you can comfortably wear them outdoors, at work or while out with friends. However, while this technology is now made of a more durable type of plastic, the newer plastic tends to stain more easily.
Unfortunately, this means that you should refrain from drinking dark-coloured beverages when wearing your aligners. If you stain your Invisalign aligner in the first week, that means it will no longer be invisible, and your teeth will appear discoloured as a result.
Tooth loss and decay may lead you to several options for tooth replacement depending on your particular situation. In most cases, you will be able to choose from dentures or dental implants. Though dental implants are the first option, and most commonly preferred by dentists, you may have some preconceived misconceptions regarding them and what they can do for you. Here are a few of the misconceptions, and the truth behind them.
Leucoplakia are white lesions that can occur within the mouth, usually under the tongue, along the sides of the tongue or along the insides of the cheeks. Varying in colour between pale white and grey, leucoplakia patches may feel slightly raised. Though painless, they are sensitive to hot or cold food and drink.
Most of the time, leucoplakia patches are harmless, but they can turn cancerous. Additionally, they can act as warning signs of other conditions.
Many people opt to go the DIY route in an attempt to save money, although it is far better for your teeth and much safer to ask the qualified technicians at your dental clinic to carry out whitening treatments for you. When things don't go according to plan, DIY teeth whitening attempts can result in a visit to the emergency dentist.
So, what are the hazards of DIY teeth whitening and when should you seek an emergency dental consultation?