Orthodontic Appliances: What are they?

In a general perspective, orthodontic appliances are used to treat malocclusion, especially crooked teeth, crowded teeth, and protruding ones. They are also used to spacing problems, deep overbite, underbite, overjet, etc. These supportive braces are designed and prescribed only by the accredited orthodontists. 

In a controlled manner, these appliances gently apply pressure on the teeth through supporting bones to reach the desired position. Before getting them to put on you, the dentist will first ensure that the bones, gums, and tooth roots are healthy before recommending a particular appliance. 

Furthermore, the patient should be emotionally prepared to receive those appliances. The patient’s cooperation is vital in achieving the desired results. Those with self-image concerns are usually a bit hard to treat.

The Different Types of Braces and Other Appliances

Braces remain the primary appliances used to maintain the correct shape of teeth both for adults and children. The advancement in the dental field has seen other types of braces being released into the market. This is to mean that braces are not just the traditional metallic wires. Here are the common types of braces, used by dentists in Dubai;

  • Metal Braces

Often referred to as the ‘traditional braces,’ these types have two major components; the brackets and the archwire. The brackets are placed and bonded on top of the individual teeth and ultimately apply pressure on them – shifting them to the desired position. The archwire is used to connect all the braces.

  • Lingual Braces

Lingual braces operate just the same way as metallic ones do. The most significant difference is that they are almost invisible from the eyes of other people. These braces are kept on the inside or the lingual parts of the tooth, hiding them from other people. These braces are useful, but not as much as the rest on this list. They also have a downside when the wearer wishes to clean them.

The wearer might experience difficulties cleaning an area they were not used to clean, and also they risk having their speaking pattern distorted. Although there is a learning curve for speech for all orthodontic treatments, lingual braces might prove to be harder. 

  • Ceramic Braces

Ever since they were invented, ceramic braces became a trendy alternative to metallic braces. This is because their brackets copied the same color as the teeth of the patient, making them virtually hard to notice.

You can also get ceramic braces in Dubai with wires which have the same color as the teeth. This type of braces is a bit more pricy as compared to metallic braces, but they are even more effective than other clear braces.

  • Self-litigating Braces

Self-litigating braces make use of brackets and wires just like in the case of metallic and ceramic braces. They are, however, more advanced and use clips to hold the wires instead of runner bands. Such types of braces are ideal as they are made to hold on to fewer amounts of foods, be significantly less painful than other types of braces, and eventually reduce the number of times one has to visit the dentist. Self-litigating braces are not ideal for use by every patient as they might lack the features required to treat more severe cases.

  • Clear Braces

Invisalign is the most common type of ‘clear braces’ that are in the market. Although a bit more expensive than other brands, these braces can be removed or put on easily and are virtually invisible to other people. Not all dentists are qualified to treat patients with Invisalign, and only the most experienced best orthodontists in Dubai are accredited to offer.

Other Appliances

There are two major types of appliances which are used in conjunction with braces. They are categorized into treatment and retainers when looked in a functionality perspective. They are further classified into removable and fixed.

Here are some common types of orthodontic appliances;

  • Headgear

A headgear is used to treat patients who have either an overbite or an underbite. They gently ‘pull’ the teeth to have an aligned shape, restricting one jaw overlapping the other.

  • Palatal Expander

Just as the name implies, the palatial expanders are used to ‘widen’ the upper jaw. This is achieved each time an adjustment is made by putting pressure on the upper molars. Once the desired expansion has been completed, the palatial expanders will still have to be worn longer to prevent regression.

  • Retainers

Retainers are appliances one puts on after that have been wearing braces. They ensure that regression does not occur and help in retaining the achieved shape. Your orthodontist will direct on the period you will have to keep the retainers on.

  • Separators or Spacers

These are small doughnut-shaped rubbers which are kept between your teeth when anticipating the placement of bands. They are usually removed before the bands are placed. Spacers do not mix that well with sticky foods and things such as toothpicks.

  • Herbst® Appliance

This appliance helps in reducing the overbite by pushing molars backward and the lower jaw forward. This product is mostly worn by children and can be put on for a year or so.

  • Forsus™

Mostly used by teenagers, the Forsus Fatigue Resistant Device is an alternative to headgear and helps in eliminating excessive overbites. They also improve the fit of teeth and reduce the need for jaw surgery. 

  • Elastics (Rubber Bands)

When you wear rubber bands, the fit of your upper and lower teeth is improved. These elastics should only be worn as prescribed by your orthodontist.

  • Carriere Motion Appliance

This product is used to limit extractions and reduce the difficulty in treatment for Class II patients. Moreover, these products have a low profile and which translates to comfort for the patients. They can be used with braces or with aligners.

Conclusion

Taking care of your teeth is not just the responsibility of the dentist, but yours as well. Most of the appliances mentioned above are used to prevent further damage to your teeth. Always following your dentist’s instructions is advisable. If you experience any issues with your teeth, do not hesitate to contact one of the best braces clinic near you

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Special Braces for Patients with Allergies; 2019 Review

Many people believe that it can be quite difficult to get special braces for allergic people. Good news is, there are  braces specifically meant for allergic patients. Most braces are usually metallic. However, they may not be the perfect choice for you if you are allergic to metals. Both metallic and non-metallic braces have been made available to help you get that beautiful smile. 

Types of Braces

There are many types of braces. The most commonly used type is the traditional, metallic one. Some people may be affected by metallic braces due to the nickel component present in them. Such people are usually advised by dentists to wear other types of braces that do not contain allergenic  ingredients. 

Different types of braces rectify different tooth arrangement anomalies. There are various factors which you should consider before selecting a particular brace type. Some of these factors include the condition which you want to rectify, your most ideal tooth alignment, and your daily routine. 

Braces for Allergic Patients

There are two main categories of special braces in Dubai for allergic patients; metallic and non-metallic. Examples of non-metallic braces include ceramic braces, lingual braces, invisalign, plastic braces, and self-ligating braces. 

As asserted earlier, metallic braces may not be perfect for allergic people. However, some of them may work well for them. Generally, if you are allergic to one specific metal; you can always choose braces which are made of a different metal. 

Metallic Braces for Patients with Allergies

Mayo Clinic emphasizes that most traditional metallic braces are made of nickel, a compound which can cause significant allergic reactions to some people. Some of these allergic reactions include skin rashes, itching, and blisters. 

Furthermore, such braces are usually wired with elastic rubber bands. These rubber bands are made of latex, which can drastically affect your health if you are allergic to it. For instance, you may develop skin redness, watery eyes, and throat irritation.

You can decide to wear gold-plated, stainless steel braces if you are allergic to traditional, metallic wired braces. Some people prefer these golden braces because they tend to look more attractive than conventional braces. 

Some patients who are allergic to nickel may opt for titanium braces too. Titanium braces have the same appearance as stainless steel braces, but they are light in weight. These braces are quite strong. They can effectively hold your teeth in place. Titanium braces are costlier than stainless steel braces. You can get a perfect metallic brace solution which is specifically designed for allergic patients at one of the best orthodontists in Dubai

Non Metallic Braces for Patients with Allergies

Non-metallic braces work the same way as metallic braces. They may be the best fit for you if you have metal allergies. Most allergic patients prefer wearing non-metallic braces to stainless steel and titanium braces. Here are some examples of non-metallic braces for allergic patients; 

Ceramic Braces 

Ceramic braces are quite popular among adults who want their teeth to look more natural. They will also be the right choice for you if you are allergic to nickel. Ceramic braces do not contain any harmful chemicals that can affect you. These braces can be clear, or they may blend with the color of your teeth. 

Ceramic braces are more expensive than traditional braces. Note that, if you don’t clean them regularly; they will develop stains quickly. Ceramic braces have the same level of discomfort as metallic braces since you will have to hold them in place with wires. 

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are usually placed inside your teeth. This way, they can’t be easily spotted when you open your mouth. They may also be an excellent choice for patients who are suffering from allergies. 

Many people do not like lingual braces because of various reasons;

  •  Lingual braces can prevent you from speaking properly
  •  It can be difficult to clean them because they tend to be invisible
  •  They can be quite costly too
  • Not recommended for patients who have serious orthodontic conditions which require extensive treatment.

Self-ligating Braces 

Most patients who are allergic to latex prefer using self-ligating braces. Self-ligating braces have brackets with doors – instead of the usual rubber band – which help fasten your teeth. They are deemed to be the most comfortable brace type. This is because they can’t cause you pain. They also hold on to fewer food particles. 

Although they are quite comfortable, they may not be ideal for every orthodontic patient. Reason being, they lack some specific features which you may require to have good dental health. 

Invisalign 

Invisalign is the most preferred invisible brace type in the market today. They are quite comfortable, and may end up being your favorite choice if you have some allergies. Invisalign braces have  several advantages. For instance, they are easy to remove should you want to clean them. Most allergic patients prefer wearing Invisalign as it helps restore their beautiful smiles within a short period.

One drawback of Invisalign is that it can be quite expensive. Moreover, it won’t be a perfect choice for you if you have severe orthodontic conditions.

Select Your Most Preferred Option

The most crucial factor which you should consider when selecting a particular brace type is;

  1. Check if it’s the perfect match for you
  2. The duration it will take to correct your teeth alignment – Braces can be quite painful. If you aren’t used to them, you may be unable to eat or talk while wearing them. Therefore, you should choose a brace type which promises to straighten your crooked teeth within the shortest time possible. 

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Dental Care after Your Braces Are Removed

Braces are not always going to be there, and at some point, they will have to be taken off. Nothing will be holding you back. No more holding back your smile. Your confidence will remain restored; you will no longer be shy about your teeth. It is a good feeling. We get it. But did you know taking good care of your teeth does not end there? If you wish to maintain that brilliant and robust smile, there are post-braces treatment care which you have to adhere to as recommended by the best orthodontists in Dubai.

But first, what should you expect after the braces come off?

 

6 Things You Should Expect After the Removal of Braces

When you get braces, you will have to put them on for quite some time, depending on what your orthodontist advises. Considering you had them on for close to 18 months or even longer, you might forget how living without braces feels like. Once they are off, there are some adjustments you might need to get used to just as in the case when you first got them. Here are the six things you will notice once those wires are removed.

  • Calluses

Once the brackets are out, you may notice some calluses, especially on the inner parts of your lips. If you had metal braces, this should not raise the alarm as they are very typical. This happens when the metal braces keep on rubbing on the sensitive part of your skin. Such calluses develop quite fast when you first get the pair. However, you may not have felt them when you had the braces on as they responded well with your body. Should you notice them, which is pretty much the first thing you will realize, do not panic. They will disappear the same way they appeared.

  • Even teeth

You will quickly notice how even your teeth are and how different your smile looks. Bet you will even take a couple of snaps showing off your new set of teeth. Your look completely changes, especially if you have had braces for the last couple of months.

  • Eating becomes strange

You will observe how different chewing food becomes. Moreover, you will no longer have to be concerned about your diet. Bite those apples, eat those sticky foods you were cautioned about without worrying about some stubborn pieces getting stuck in your brackets. The dietary freedom you will now have is just incredible. Remember not to overdo it though, always maintain proper dental hygiene.

  • Discoloration

After your braces come off, you will notice some yellowish in parts of your teeth. This is one of the effects of trying to get straight and stronger teeth. This too, should not concern you as it is nothing Dr. Auday & Dr. Omar Rakeen can’t handle.

  • Brushing and flossing

Brushing and flossing your teeth becomes easier. You will no longer have too many restrictions as those braces are finally out. Be careful, though, not to take it easy. Ensure you continue maintaining high dental standards throughout.

  • Post-braces treatment

Braces are not the end of the treatment for you. You will still need some follow up checks and other post-braces procedures which we shall look at below.

 

The Retention Phase

After the removal of braces, your teeth will have to undergo a critical stage with the help of orthodontic appliances called retainers. Periodontal ligaments are the fibers which hold teeth into place, meaning they are not rigid in the jawbone. Those fibers take longer to adjust to the new position of the teeth.

If not retained in the current position, teeth are most likely to go back to the place they were in before the braces treatment. If you got your braces in Dubai taken off, the orthodontist would recommend having retainers after then.

 

Types of Retainers

Once you get your braces taken off, you may get your retainers placed almost immediately after or a few days later. To ‘retain’ the teeth in place after the braces have been removed, one might be required to keep retainers on at least for the first six months. After that, your orthodontist will recommend whether or not to have them longer. All fasteners are custom-made for your mouth. There are currently three major types;

  • The Hawley Retainer

Made from sturdy acrylic and a combination of metals, this is a thin, tongue-shaped retainer customized for you. It fits snugly to your teeth. One can easily put it on or take it off. It can be personalized with a variety of colors and patterns to choose from.

  • The Essix Retainer

This is a clear retainer made from robust plastic and looks more like an Invisalign® tray. They are ideally invisible and are custom-made to fit your mouth. They too can be easily taken off. They comfortably fit on your teeth.  

  • Fixed Retainers

These are directly cemented to the inside of your teeth, mostly canines, to hold them in position. They are also placed away from the eyes of other people, but the wearer cannot take them off. These are some of the most recommended retainers when there is a likelihood of teeth reverting to their old positions.

Overall Dental Care after the Removal of Braces

Once the braces have been removed, it is essential to schedule regular visits to the dentist for advance teeth cleaning. There might be some leftover adhesives after the removal of braces which ought to be taken care of fast. Your orthodontist will also offer you some guidelines on how to effectively take care of your retainers until they are no longer needed.

Teeth whitening should also be considered as the space occupied by braces might have changed color over time. This is important if you wish to have a bright and even smile. Your orthodontist will recommend the different teeth whitening methods such as gels, toothpaste, trays, etc.

Finally..

Taking care of your teeth after the removal of braces might be overwhelming, especially without the right guidance. Get in contact with one of the best braces clinic in Dubai for better care and treatment during and after wearing braces.

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5 Types of Foods You Cannot Eat With Braces; Why braces come with dietary requirements

Braces help straighten teeth and make them go back to their original position. Once you have received braces, your usual eating habits ought to also change. While some foods need to be avoided completely, others can be taken but with more consideration, supervision, and preparation. Changes to your dietary routine will not only improve the efficacy of the braces but also minimize the number of trips you will have to make to the orthodontist. The best orthodontists in Dubai give the following reasons why one needs to look after their diet after getting braces;

* Protecting braces from damage

An archwire snapping or a bracket dislodging from the tooth are some of the main reasons why a change of diet is recommended after getting braces. Once this happens, these damaged dental braces will become ineffective until they are repaired or in worse cases, replaced. Braces adjustment in Dubai will be determined by the orthodontist and should you feel them becoming in any way loose, better seek medical attention. Avoiding damage to the braces will make you get rid of them faster.

* To avoid discomfort

After getting new braces adjusted, the teeth will take some time before they become fully used to the new setting. During that time, the teeth will feel sore and may hurt when you eat some types of food. Soft foods which do not require much of chewing will be very ideal in such a scenario until the teeth get into the desired position. After the teeth move back into position, you may go back into eating other brace-friendly diets.

* Reduce chances of getting stained teeth

Eating and drinking foods which contain high sugar content can stain the teeth if not well and thoroughly cleaned. After getting braces, it is hard to thoroughly get rid of all stains by brushing your teeth as doing so will only increase discomfort.

* Change how you chew food

The way food needs to be chewed after getting braces also needs to be looked at. There is a high risk associated with biting hard foods with your front teeth especially when you have braces on. Keeping off such hard foods is important during such a time. Moderately hard or braces-friendly foods such as vegetables should not be bitten off from the front teeth but should be cut into small pieces, pushed into the back teeth to be chewed.

Foods you can eat with braces on

With braces, there are a number of foods you can eat. You can actually eat almost everything as long as they are not hard, too sugary, and some other factors which shall be looked later on.

Foods which you can eat while having braces include;

  • Dairy products – milk, soft cheese, yoghurt, dips, etc. are fine with braces.
  • Grains – noodles, pasta, and rice
  • Bread – bread cut into small pieces, soft tacos, and tortillas are safe
  • Seafood – fish, oysters, salmon, and mussels are okay as long as you avoid bones and hard shells.
  • Soft fruits – pineapples, strawberries, kiwi fruit, bananas, etc.
  • Sweets – this involves all sweet treats which ought to be taken in moderation and only once in a while. Such include cakes cut into small pieces, biscuits, jelly, ice cream, milkshakes, and smoothies.

5 types of food you cannot eat with braces

Dentists in Dubai always advise their patients on the type of foods they ought to avoid after getting braces. Below are  5 types of foods dentists highly recommend to their patients to avoid;

* Foods which can damage the braces

These foods can bend wires, loosen bands, and even pop the brackets hence should be completely avoided. Most of these foods are crunchy in nature and can get stuck in between braces hence causing pain. In other cases, the foods which might get stuck in between braces may bring forth unforeseen effects such as decay. Such foods include;

  • Corn chips
  • Pretzels
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Crunchy tacos
  • Raw carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, and radishes
  • Pizza crust
  • Crusty bread, such as bagels
  • Beef jerky
  • Taffy

* Hard foods which need extra preparation

There are some other types of food which when taken as they are can cause damage to the braces. These foods are often hard in nature and may need a bit of softening before they are taken. They can also be cut into small pieces or undergo extra preparation before eating. Such foods which should not be taken unless with extra caution include;

  • Apples and other crunchy fruit unless cut into small pieces
  • Carrots and other crunchy vegetables which should also be cut into smaller pieces. For hard vegetables, you can soften them by steaming making them retain much of the nutrients. They only lose their crunch.
  • Meat. Ensure the meat has been softened enough and that the bones have been removed.
  • Hard cookies and biscuits should be avoided unless softened with a liquid such as milk.

* Sticky and sugary foods

With or without braces, sticky and sugary foods ought to be avoided. This is because they bring forth decay and other dental issues. People with braces are more susceptible to tooth decay than other people. This means such foods should be completely off-limits. These foods can also be eaten as they do not damage your braces.

However, you should be willing to go the extra mile to clean your teeth thoroughly after eating them. Frankly, they are just not worth it as your teeth can get damaged either way in the long run, even if you clean them right away. Either way, should you happen to consume any of the foods under this category, make sure you clean your teeth immediately after eating. Such foods include;

  • Chewing gum
  • Stringy meats
  • Taffy
  • Bubble gum
  • Caramels
  • Fruit roll-ups
  • Gummy bears
  • Liquorice

* Foods which require front teeth to eat

Foods which will force you to use your front teeth to take a bite should be avoided completely. Biting into these foods can loosen brackets or even bend wires in other cases.

  • Corn on the cob
  • Ribs
  • Chicken wings
  • Whole apples
  • Whole pears
  • Whole pickles
  • Carrots

* Acidic beverages

While not so much known, acidic beverages are actually very bad for your teeth especially when you have braces. Energy drinks, soft drinks – including diet soda, and strong coffee are quite hard on teeth with braces. When the braces get removed, one will notice some white spots on their teeth. This is basically because parts of the enamel had been stripped off important minerals. This further paves way for bacteria which creates cavities. Those white spots may sometimes be permanent.

Other no-food items which many people like to put into their mouths should be avoided. Children particularly have to be supervised so as not to ‘eat’ such hard substances which will eventually lead to avoidable costs of repairing or replacing the braces. Such include ice cubes, fingernails, etc.

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20 Myths and Misconceptions about Dental Braces

Even though dental braces have been around for quite some time, some people still have not come to understand the whole concept behind these products. This has made them come up with stories, myths, and misconceptions about braces. If you feel nervous about getting braces because of a rumor you may have heard somewhere, do not worry anymore. We are here to help you debunk the top 20 myths about braces.

1. Braces make your lips bigger

Getting braces for the first time can make your mouth feel a little bit different than what you are used to. Brackets of most braces are thicker than the teeth especially the gold, ceramic, and metallic braces. The brackets of these braces may feel like they are ‘sticking out’ making the lips appear bigger. The truth is, this does not, however, make the lips physically bigger in size.

For starters, when the new brackets start rubbing against the lips, they may appear swollen. There can be some discomfort in the first few hours or days and in some cases sore spots and small cuts & bruises might be seen. Your dentist will recommend some measures which can be used to prevent such from happening with orthodontic wax or other methods.

After the mouth becomes accustomed to the braces, everything goes back to normal and you will not even notice you had braces on.

Verdict: This myth is false

 

2. Braces hurt when coming off

Understanding the braces removal process can be of great help to understand this myth. The orthodontist will use a special type of pliers to squeeze the brackets off, one by one. Some types of brackets, especially the ceramic ones, are made to break apart during the process. During the procedure, some cracking sounds can be heard but you should not worry much about those. They are just the sounds made by the brackets as they break. A bit of pressure on the teeth may be felt but there is absolutely no pain.

Verdict: This myth is false

 

3. Teeth can crack with braces

Our teeth are actually the strongest parts of the body – stronger than bones! However, getting braces does not prevent dental emergencies such as teeth trauma which can result from being hit hard on the teeth. Needless to say, without proper care of your teeth, issues like cavities can arise leading to cracked teeth. Braces only help restore the teeth to their normal and natural position but do not prevent cracking occurring from accidents and poor oral hygiene.

Verdict: This myth is true

 

4. Braces loosen and make teeth weak

Braces apply pressure on the teeth to move them into a desired shape and position. Doing so does not weaken tooth support as the teeth naturally shift support to the current position. However, one should maintain high levels of hygiene and oral care in order to make their teeth stronger.

Verdict: This myth is false

 

5. Braces push the teeth back

Orthodontic treatment is meant to restore the natural position of your teeth. This happens by applying pressure on the teeth to shift their position to the desired one. In most cases, people with conditions such as overbite get treated by braces which push teeth back to the original position. Your orthodontist will ensure that the braces only work to a certain extent and cannot go past that. Once the teeth attain the required position, they are removed and cannot go beyond that stipulated position.

Verdict: This myth is true

 

6. Braces change your voice

The short answer is NO. Braces do not change voice in whatsoever way. However, braces can take up space where cheeks and lips rest against the teeth. This might have slight changes to how you sing but not how you talk. The end result of after getting the braces removed is always a positive one. You will be able to sing with a richer tone and better timbre than before. Invisalign, on the other hand, may affect the way you hit your notes when singing. Lucky enough, you can take them out during your performance or practice sessions as long as you put them back on afterward. It is recommended you have them on at least 22 hours a day.

Verdict: This myth is false

 

7. Braces ruin your jawline

Do braces change your jawline? Yes. Do they ruin your jawline? NO! Braces are made to only get you positive results. They fix alignment problems and give you a more symmetrical and natural look.

Verdict: This myth is false

 

 

8. Braces can make you lose weight

When getting braces fixed, you will have to change some of your dietary routines. You will have to stay away from hard, crunchy, and sugary foods. However, this does not mean you will keep off food completely. There are foods recommended for people with braces and they are completely healthy. Just take foods which cannot damage the braces and you are good to go. Since you will continue to eat healthy as braces will not affect your ability to eat, there is no chance of losing weight.

Verdict: This myth is false

 

9. Braces will make your breath stink

Everyone can have bad breath with poor oral hygiene. People with braces are even more susceptible to having bad breath but that does not mean it cannot be avoided. With braces, bacteria which causes the bad breath will have more places to stick to and even hide. With proper dental hygiene, people with braces will be able to avoid having halitosis. The best dentists in Dubai will always advise you on how to take proper care and maintaining your teeth after getting braces.

Verdict: This myth is false

 

10. Braces can go wrong

Braces deal with a number of complex biological systems such as teeth, jaw bones, gums, and facial muscles. Anything can go wrong if much care and attention are not provided. Highly trained and experienced orthodontists will ensure that you do not experience any issues which may arise from braces, during and after having them on. That’s why recommend choosing your dentist carefully, an experienced and recognized orthodontist in Dubai will make sure nothing goes wrong with your braces.

Verdict: This myth is true

 

11. Braces can make your teeth yellow

The short answer is no. Many patients have the fear that having braces fixed can lead to their teeth getting yellow or discolored. The truth is, braces do not really make teeth yellow but plaque does. These are particles which are trapped in unreachable parts of the teeth when you need to clean your teeth. The bacteria can have more hideous places to stick to sometimes making it hard for some people to properly maintain good oral hygiene. Follow the instructions your dentist offers you on how to properly clean your teeth in order to avoid getting yellow teeth.

Verdict: This myth is false

 

12. You can feel teeth shifting with braces

Braces are very effective devices used to move teeth from a current bad position to a more appealing and desired position. This works by exerting pressure on the teeth to move either inwards or outwards. This process takes place gradually and one will not feel the teeth shifting.

Verdict: This myth is false

 

13. Teeth should be whitened before braces

A professional dentist will not advise that teeth must be whitened before getting braces. In fact, whitening teeth before braces make them more porous hence easier to stain even further. The most recommended thing to do before getting braces is to thoroughly clean the teeth.

Verdict: This myth is false

 

14. Regular visits are not necessary

Even after getting braces fixed by the most experienced and trained orthodontists, your teeth and braces will still have to be monitored from time to time. These regular visits will help the orthodontist take care of any issues which might have arisen while ensuring the treatment stays on course. Modern technology has made these checkup intervals to be long, around 8 to 10 weeks.

Verdict: This myth is false

 

15. Braces are only for kids and teens

Anyone can get braces at whatever age. Both the young and the old can benefit from having braces. However, the best time to get braces is when the teeth are still young and growing. At this age, the teeth can easily get to the desired shape. It is never too late to chase that bright smile though.

Verdict: This myth is false

 

16. Braces can rust

Metal, water, and oxygen together mean rust, right? Well, not for this case. Made from strong metals such as titanium alloys, braces cannot rust whether you wear them for 6 months or 2 years.

Verdict: This myth is false

 

17. Braces can set off metal detectors

If worried about metal detectors at the airport going off after you pass through them, do not be. That is not the type of metal they are looking for and they will hardly notice your braces not unless you flash them with your brilliant smile.

Verdict: This myth is false

 

18. You can wear braces for years

Depending on the severity of your condition, braces can be worn for up to 3 years.

Verdict: This myth is true

 

19. An overbite is not bad

A mild overbite is not bad and should not be a reason to cause alarm. However, overbites are only treated when they are severe and interfere with how you talk, eat, and facial structure.

Verdict: This myth is true

 

20. Braces make teeth permanently straight

Braces are good when making your teeth straight. However, if you do not follow your orthodontist’s instructions such as having retainers afterward, they may go back to the same position.

Verdict: This myth is false

 

Conclusion

Having braces can be quite scary at first. With all these myths exposed,  you will now comfortably get them without having to worry about any issues. Should you want to have braces,  best orthodontists in Dubai are here to help. Reach out to Gorgeous Smile Dental Center for the best braces services in Dubai!

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Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions

What are dental implants?

To keep it simple, dental implants are basically artificial tooth roots. A special screw made out of titanium is placed in your jawbone. The screw, which is now the dental implant, fuses, and bonds with your jawbone, becoming as sturdy as natural roots and are used as bases for prosthetic teeth.

Why do many people prefer dental implants?

Dental implants are a more suitable solution for many people because of various obvious reasons. Getting implants is the best and most suitable replacement for missing natural teeth. They blend in much better with your dental structure u like other conventional tooth replacement methods.

Dental implants will make everything for you comfortable, from eating to talking. We all might have seen, once in a while, somebody’s dentures falling off. Well, this can be prevented by getting implants which become permanently fixed in your mouth, hence avoiding embarrassing moments. You will also be able to chew much better thanks to the strength they offer as compared to dentures or other tooth replacement methods.

Who can get dental implants?

Anyone can get dental implants, with the exception of babies for obvious reasons. Old people are no exception, 80 and 90-year-olds visit dental clinics to get implants every now and then. However, before getting an implant, your doctor will perform a number of tests to determine whether you can be a candidate for an implant. Your past medical records should also be availed to your doctor as certain factors if not taken into consideration might lead to future complications.

What can disqualify me as a candidate for dental implants?

As mentioned, anyone can really get a dental implant. Certain factors such as a diabetes history, blood pressure problems or heavy smoking might reduce your chances of getting an implant. When tests are being done to determine your eligibility for an implant, a 3D X-ray will be taken to check whether you have enough bone substance to handle the implant. If not, there will be other processes that might be done to get sufficient bone substance. A CT scan will also be taken in order to determine the size of the implant, depending on the bone depth.

What is the cost of getting dental implants in Dubai?

Dental implants are a bit more costly as compared to other methods of tooth replacement. The costs are at least justifiable and one gets value for their money. A tooth implant cost in Dubai varies from one hospital to another. The costs depend on the brand used. You will be given a wide range of brands to choose from which also fit in your budget. Book a free consultation to get the price.

Does it hurt to get a dental implant?

In as much as drilling through your jawbone sounds very painful, you will be surprised to learn that there is minimal to no pain or discomfort at all during the process. Your dentist will provide you with local anaesthesia hence you will not feel pain at all. General anaesthesia is also available for those who prefer not to be awake during the procedure.

For how long will someone be in pain after the procedure?

For starters, you will not be in any pain until the implant has been placed. You might start to feel some discomfort after the anaesthesia wears out. Your doctor will, however, prescribe for you some painkillers to inhibit pain and antibiotics to prevent infections. Most patients have reported the pain and discomfort to last between 3 to 5 days. In rare cases, the discomfort might take up to 10 days. There are many countries where you can get the dental procedure done at affordable rates, for example, Glow Medical And Dental Clinic in Dubai offers world class dental implants in Dubai without rinsing your wallet.

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