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5 Ways You Can Reclaim Your Smile

Posted by Darren Martin on Sep 6, 2018 11:50:07 AM

When you talk, laugh or smile, other people’s eyes are immediately drawn to your mouth. The overall condition of your teeth and gums is immediately noticeable. This includes the color and shape of your teeth, how straight or misaligned they are and more. 

Reclaim your smile at Davis & Dingle

A perfectly beautiful smile can improve the overall impression that you make on other people, and this can have a great impact on your personal and professional life. On the other hand, if your smile is unattractive, others may view you differently. For example, you may be perceived as someone who has poor personal hygiene practices. You may also feel self-conscious about the way that you look, and this can also impact the way that you present yourself to others.

 

Oral health issues are often more than cosmetic. Issues with crooked, misshapen or misaligned teeth can also affect the way that you speak and eat. You may also have trouble properly cleaning and caring for your teeth. At Davis and Dingle, we offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry services can that can be used to give you a smile that you are proud to show off.


PROFESSIONAL WHITENING

If your primary concern is the color of your teeth, rest assured that there is an easy and effective treatment available. Staining, yellowing or general discoloration of your teeth can be bothersome for you to look at, and it can also impact how others view you when you smile or talk. Discoloration may be caused by lifestyle factors, such as smoking or drinking dark-colored beverages. It can also be caused by age and many other factors. Regardless of the cause of your discolored teeth, you can improve their appearance easily with professional whitening services completed in our office.

 

While there are at-home whitening treatments, you may discover that these home kits require regular efforts and still only produce minimal results. Our professional whitening treatment can make your teeth up to eight shades whiter in only a couple of fast appointments. If the color of your teeth is your primary concern, rest assured that we can remove any signs of discoloration quickly to give your the pristine smile that you desire.

 

TOOTH REPLACEMENT

In order to have the beautiful smile that you want, you need all of your teeth in place. However, tooth loss is unfortunately common. It can be caused by poor oral hygiene, a sports injury, a car accident and many other issues. Regardless of what has caused your tooth loss situation, you understandably want to find an effective way to address this issue and to fill your smile with lovely, healthy teeth.

 

We offer several cosmetic dentistry solutions to effectively resolve this situation. For example, we can create full or partial dentures that look like your actual teeth. A bridge is another solution that is available if you are missing three or more teeth in a row. This is an excellent solution that improves your cosmetic appearance and that also can maintain facial and oral health. Tooth replacement can also be completed through an implant. With a dental implant, a new tooth that looks precisely like the lost tooth is surgically installed in your tooth to give you a permanent replacement.

 


VENEERS

Some people are self-conscious about the shape or placement of their teeth. For example, you may have a chipped or jagged tooth, and you may be looking for a smart and simple way to improve the look of this teeth. You may even have multiple teeth that are damaged or unattractive in some way. At Davis and Dingle, we have an effective solution for this common problem through veneers.

Porcelain veneers are specifically crafted to take on the shape, size and color of a beautiful tooth. It creates a natural look in your mouth. This solution is ideal for addressing discoloration, chips and other irregularities.



INVISALIGN

If your teeth are crooked or misaligned, you may think that the only way to improve this issue is with metallic braces. Metallic braces are common, and they can produce straight, aligned teeth. This can improve your cosmetic appearance, and it can also make it easier to properly clean your teeth regularly. However, many people are turned off by the thought of wearing metal braces for a year or two. A great alternative that produces effective results is Invisalign.

 

Invisalign uses customized plastic trays to gradually move your teeth. You typically will replace your tray weekly, and each tray makes a subtle change in your teeth’s location in comparison to the previous tray. The end result is beautiful, straight teeth, and this is achieved without the need to wear metal braces.

 

FULL MOUTH RESTORATION

Some people have a specific issue that they are concerned with, such as discoloration or a chipped tooth. Others have more extensive issues with their teeth. Regardless of the current condition of your teeth, it is possible to improve the look, health and function of your teeth through mouth restoration work.

 

Full mouth restoration services are customized to fit your needs. This can improve filling cavities, descaling services, the use of Invisalign or veneers and more. While this type of treatment may take months to complete, you will see a gradual improvement in your teeth throughout the treatment period. More than that, you will love the end result when you see a bright, beautiful smile in the mirror.

 

If you are unhappy with any aspect of your smile, you do not have to walk through the rest of your life feeling self-conscious about or displeased with the way that you look. At Davis and Dingle, we offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry services to help you improve your smile to your satisfaction. The first step to take is to contact our office for a consultation. Through a consultation with our team, you can learn more about the specific treatment plan that we recommend for you. This is the first step to take to get the beautiful smile that you want, so contact our office today.

 

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Make an appointment with Davis and Dingle today. Let us help you to have your best smile. For your career, your wedding, or just for your confidence - a great smile is the best way to make a first impression.

Topics: Cosmetic Dentistry, Dentist in Columbia, SC, Family dentistry, Emergency Dentist

Start Your Year With a New Smile

Posted by Darren Martin on Jan 3, 2018 12:43:50 PM

At Davis and Dingle Family Dentistry, you and your family can have dazzling smiles to start out the new year. Whitening, Invisalign, Porcelain Veneers and Full Mouth Restorations can bring back a confident and happy smile to your face.


ZOOM WHITENING
Instead of a box of sugary candy for Valentine's Day, why not give her the gift of brilliant white teeth? With the Zoom Whitening System used at Davis and Dingle Family Denistry, you can give her a dazzling smile and loads of confidence. That's a much better Valentine's Day gift that she will love. In one hour, teeth will be up to 8 shades whiter. Coffee, tea, smoking - all of the things that stain teeth, will be erased, leaving only a great smile behind.

INVISALIGN
Sometimes, people try to hide their smile because teeth are uneven or gaps are noticeable. You can be on your way to a straight and happy smile with Invisalign aligners. Custom-molded clear aligners allow customers to straighten teeth without bulky, noticeable braces. Take out the aligners to brush and floss or eat. Change the aligners every few weeks as your teeth straighten. Soon, a great, straight smile will shine through.

 

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PORCELAIN VENEERS
There are times when your teeth need a little more than just whitening. Maybe the teeth are damaged, cracked or chipped. Front teeth are especially noticeable, especially when you make a first impression. Make sure your front teeth look their absolute best with porcelain veneers or by bonding. Thin veneers are permanently placed directly on top of your existing teeth. Beautiful, white teeth will now cover those chips or discoloration.

FULL MOUTH RESTORATION
Maybe dental care wasn't available to you when you were younger. Maybe you were in an accident. Now, as an adult, your teeth need extensive work. It's not to late to have a happy, healthy smile. A dental team, which may include periodontists, can clean teeth, create Invisaligns to straighten your teeth, fill cavities and even heal gum diseases. Bridges can be placed where teeth are missing. Veneers can give dazzle to your smile. You can look (and feel) completely new and confident.

 

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CONTACT US
Make an appointment with Davis and Dingle today. Let us help you to have your best smile. For your career, your wedding, or just for your confidence - a great smile is the best way to make a first impression.

Topics: Cosmetic Dentistry, Dentist in Columbia, SC, Family dentistry, Emergency Dentist

4 Reasons Why You Should Use Your 2017 Dental Benefits Before You Lose Them

Posted by Darren Martin on Dec 12, 2017 5:33:01 PM

The end of the year is coming up fast! While it may seen like only weeks ago that you were ringing in the new year and enjoying the spring and summer, it's coming up on year end. And the end of the year doesn't just mean that it's time for colder weather and family holiday celebrations. 

Your dental benefits expire each year as well. Whether you use an HMO, PPO or another type of dental insurance, your benefits renew each year in January. If you have funds remaining available to you in your dental insurance plan, they will be completely lost if not used before December 31.

When you have dental insurance, it's important to get the full value of your benefits before the end of the year. Don't miss out on the great advantages to using your dental insurance benefits before the New Year.

Your Deductible Renews Every Year



If you've used your dental insurance this year, you may have had to pay some of your deductible. Just like your benefits, your deductible renews each year on January 1 as well. This means that you'll need to start over from $0. 

If you make sure to use your dental insurance before the end of the year with your local South Carolina dentist, you'll continue to be credited for everything you've already paid against your deductible. And if you've paid down your deductible entirely, your dental work will be fully covered, within the limits of your plan.
 
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Don't miss out on your Flexible Spending benefits!



Your health care flexible spending plan will lose any unused funds as of December 31. This is your money that you've dedicated to health care expenses - you don't want to see it go to waste. You can use your plan to cover any kind of uncovered expenses, from your annual deductible to types of dental work that are only partially covered by your dental benefits.

Each year, you put money into your flexible spending plan so that you'll have tax-exempt money on hand to meet your health care needs. You can act now before the end of the year to put your benefits toward the dental work that will improve your health and your life. There's no need to put it off; take advantage of the year-end rollover to access the benefits you've paid for.
 
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Take Care of your Teeth To Save in the Future



You've heard the saying, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?" It's true also for dental treatment. If you have any concerns, taking proactive treatment steps now can help to save you pain and expenses down the line. 

Instead, contact your local South Carolina dentist to address your dental concerns and get your teeth into great oral health. You can get a head start on any emerging dental issues and stop hundreds or thousands of dollars from being abandoned to your insurance company.

Free Preventive Care is Usually Included!



If you haven't seen us for a cleaning or basic checkup in over six months, you are likely to be due for a free checkup under most major dental insurance plans.

Nearly all dental insurance providers, such as Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Delta and Humana, cover free annual or biannual cleanings, exams and x-rays. If you don't use that benefit before December 31, you'll have to wait to make use of next year's benefit.

Dental exams are important to find out the state of your teeth and keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape. They are important preventive care that helps to avoid gum disease and dental problems, and the expensive treatment that can accompany them.

As the year comes to a close, don't miss out on taking full advantage of your dental benefits. From using your flexible spending plan to its full extent to ensuring your preventive care needs are met, your South Carolina dentist at Davis and Dingle can help you care for your oral health. Give us a call today to set up an appointment and make a consultation for your dental care plan.
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Topics: Dental Benefits, Columbia SC, Emergency Dentist

Four Ways to Make Your Valentine Smile

Posted by Darren Martin on Feb 13, 2017 10:27:45 PM

February is a month of love and who wouldn't want to see their sweetheart smile? At Davis and Dingle Family Dentistry, you and your love can have dazzling smiles to start out the new year. Whitening, Invisalign, Porcelain Veneers and Full Mouth Restorations can bring back a confident and
happy smile to your face.

ZOOM! WHITENING
Instead of a box of sugary candy for Valentine's Day, why not give her the gift of brilliant white teeth? With the Zoom Whitening System used at Davis and Dingle Family Denistry, you can give her a dazzling smile and loads of confidence. That's a much better Valentine's Day gift that she will love. In one hour, teeth will be up to 8 shades whiter. Valentine's Day candy, coffee, tea, smoking you name it- all of the things that stain teeth, will be erased, leaving only a great smile and a fresh kiss behind

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INVISALIGN
Is your partner tired of trying to hide their smile because teeth are uneven or gaps are noticeable? You can have them on your their to a straight and happy smile with Invisalign aligners. Custom-molded clear aligners allow patients to straighten teeth without bulky, noticeable braces. This option also provides them option to take out the aligners when neccesary, to brush and floss or eat. Change the aligners every few weeks as your teeth straighten. 

PORCELAIN VENEERS
There are times when your teeth need a little more than just whitening. Maybe the teeth are damaged, cracked or chipped. Front teeth are especially noticeable, especially when you make a first impression. Make sure your front teeth look their absolute best with porcelain veneers or by bonding. Thin veneers are permanently placed directly on top of your existing teeth. Beautiful, white teeth will now cover those chips or discoloration.

FULL MOUTH RESTORATION
Maybe dental care wasn't available to you when you were younger. Maybe you were in an accident. Now, as an adult, your teeth need extensive work. It's not to late to have a happy, healthy smile. A dental team, which may include periodontists, can clean teeth, create Invisaligns to straighten your teeth, fill cavities and even heal gum diseases. Bridges can be placed where teeth are missing. Veneers can give dazzle to your smile. You can look (and feel) completely new and confident.

CONTACT US
Make an appointment with Davis and Dingle today. Let us help you to have your best smile. For your career, your wedding, or just for your confidence - a great smile is the best way to make a first impression.

Topics: teeth whitening

That Cup of Coffee Might Be Compromising Your Smile

Posted by Darren Martin on Nov 1, 2016 12:12:20 PM

That Cup of Coffee Might Be Compromising Your Smile

An issue that doesn't seem to get enough traction, among coffee drinkers, is the beverage's affinity for producing stains. The longer coffee remains on your teeth, between brushing, the more likely you are to see discoloration along your enamel. If you're one of those people who craves a cup, during late evenings, to get you through the last of your favorite television reruns, you're doing better than most. Still, taking the proper steps to protect your teeth is essential. The first thing you should understand is how coffee stains occur and why being proactive is vital to your oral health.

 

Protecting Your Enamel

Anytime you eat or drink, bacteria, food particles, and liquids become trapped in the tiny clefts in your enamel. Pigmented drinks, like coffee, are especially problematic and will cause permanent stains if not they are not quickly addressed. Some experts suggest brushing or rinsing, at the very least, after consumption, but others say neither will effectively prevent stains. Flossing regularly, and using an electric toothbrush is recommended; however, the best prevention method and the most practical solution for preserving adequate oral hygiene is periodic visits to the dentist.

 

Does Rinsing Really Help?

Those who warn against brushing as a sole means of protecting your teeth do so for good reason. The acid in coffee eats away at enamel. If you're like many people, coffee is an absolute necessity. In that case, rinsing after every few sips can be helpful as a temporary solution, but keeping up that habit can be exhausting. Just be sure to check daily for any changes to your teeth, and schedule teeth whitening with your South Carolina dentist as soon as you notice any yellowing or other discoloration.

 

We can help whiten your teeth up to 8 shades. Find out how. 

 

Using a Straw Won't Prevent Stains

You've probably heard, at least on one occasion, someone suggest a straw as a way to send the liquid straight down your throat. "Does this method really work?" you're probably wondering. To answer your question, "yes and no." It may help prevent coffee stains from appearing on the visible areas of your teeth, but the acid still splashes against backs of them, leaving your enamel vulnerable to dangerous erosion. Once that protective layer starts to break down, you'll lose the best natural defense you have against not only stains, but also tooth decay. When using a straw, you should still remember to take additional precautions just to be safe.

Are Teeth Whitening Strips Overrated?

Using Whitening strips is certainly one method of getting rid of coffee stains if they happen to occur. However, you'll want to avoid using them as an excuse to gratify that coffee addiction. The problem is not that they don't work, but you should always be reluctant when considering any supermarket solutions. Some whitening strips are laced with an acid called chlorine dioxide, used to sanitize swimming pools. Inside your mouth, this substance does much more harm than good, eating away enamel and ruining the hard work you've invested into maintaining your impeccable oral hygiene.

 

The best way to protect your teeth is distancing yourself from all things espresso, but since that's not a reality for most coffee drinkers, cutting back on refills could also be helpful. Some sources, including NPR, say around three cups of coffee per day is acceptable. Of course, that won't help keep your enamel intact. The best alternative for combating stains and holding on to that winning smile is scheduling a consultation with Davis and Dingle Family Dentistry. 

Topics: Halitosis, teeth whitening

The 9 Things You Need To Know About Veneers!

Posted by Darren Martin on Sep 10, 2015 3:00:00 PM

You probably see someone with veneers everyday--and sometimes you can't even tell! That's because veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic (porcelain) or a composite resin material, which are bonded to the front of teeth. This procedure requires little or no anesthesia and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth. 

Though common, many people still don't know the benefits of veneers. That's why we've got you covered!


Here are 7 things you need to know about veneers:

1. Veneers Can Give Your Teeth the Perfect Color

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2. Veneers Can Improve Your Dental Bite

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3. Veneers Can Prevent Cavities and Gum Disease

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4. They Are the Best Looking Replacement For Old Fillings

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5. Veneers Can Stabalize Loose Teeth

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6. Veneers Can Change the Size and Shape of Your Teeth

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7. Veneers Can Straighten Your Teeth

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8. Veneers Can Improve Self Confidence and Self Esteem

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9. Veneers Can Take Up to 10 Years Off of Your Apperance 

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Veneers are a perfect way to make you feel better and look better! Davis and Dingle Family Dentistry specializes in veneers and making peoples smiles better each day. Many of our patients and employees have taken the chance to experience the awesomeness of veneers and you should too!

 


 

 

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Topics: Family dentistry, missing teeth, veneers, Cosmetic Dentistry, HubSpot Tips, Dental Benefits, Columbia SC, Dentist in Columbia, SC, Dental Veneers

4 Ways To Spot Gum Disease

Posted by Darren Martin on May 27, 2015 2:03:00 PM

Left untreated, gum disease could lead to a number of systemic issues—including increasing the risk of a heart attack. We can prevent, or treat, gum disease—but first you have to find out if you are at-risk for gum disease! Here are the top 4 ways to spot gum disease. 

Bad Breath That Won’t Go Away-

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Gum disease is an accumulation of bacteria in the mouth. Improper brushing, flossing and overall oral healthcare can cause plaque build up. If you have persistent bad breath, your chances for gum disease are higher than others. While not all with bad breath have gum disease, it is an important factor to consider when visiting your dentist. 

Red or swollen gums-

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Inflammation in the gums usually comes from accumulated bacteria that have attached to your healthy gums. If your gums are swollen or red, this is one of the largest signs of gum disease and you should consult with your dentist on proper steps to alleviate the problem.

Bleeding While Brushing, Flossing or Eating Hard Food

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Gum disease makes your gums very weak and thus, brushing, flossing or even eating certain foods can make your gums bleed. Pay special attention to your gums as you floss or brush. Though not all bleeding comes from gum disease (sometimes you’re just brushing too hard), blood in the gums is something to monitor. Consult with your dentist if you have persistent bleeding while brushing or flossing.

Sores in your mouth

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Sores in your mouth is a large sign of gum disease. It means bacteria has accumulated and is affecting the region so much that it is infiltrating your system. If you have sores in your mouth, see a dentist immediately to be tested for gum disease or other systemic issues. 

Here at Davis and Dingle, we pride ourselves on offering you excellent information and excellent service if you think you may have gum disease, don't fret! Let us do a quick and efficient exam and start you on your path to wellness.

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Topics: Family dentistry, fillings, dental fillings, bad breath, oral health, Halitosis, get rid of bad breath, blood when brushing, periodontal disease, Emergency Dentist, Cosmetic Dentistry, dental implants, Dental Benefits, gum disease, heart problems

How the Halimeter can fight bad breath

Posted by Darren Martin on Jun 14, 2014 6:59:00 PM

Bad breath, medically known as halitosis is an embarrassing problem. It is embarrassing to the person who has the problem and those around them like friends, family and colleagues who may find it difficult to approach them about their problem.

Odd reactions from people around you may tip you off that you may have halitosis. If you suspect so, it is advisable to take measures to take care of the problem right away.

Why use a halimeter ?

A halimeter is a small machine that is used to take a reading of your breath. It resembles the desktop breath analyzer machines used by police officers. It was first invented in the 1970s to measure the level of pollutant volatile sulfur in the air. It was later developed for oral use. You will blow into a special tube and the machine will indicate the enzymes and chemicals that are in your breath. You then keep using the halimeter regularly at the dentist's office to monitor the levels of these enzymes and chemicals while continuing with measures to remedy the problem.

What causes halitosis

Halitosis is most commonly caused by three chemicals; dimethyl sulfide, hydrogen sulfide and methyl mercaptan. When you find out which ones are giving you bad breath, you have a better chance of getting rid of the problem for good.

Working with the dentist

It is advisable to work on the problem of bad breath with a dentist. In addition to administering a breath test with the halimeter, they will also give you a complete dental exam and note down your health history. Doing so may unearth other causes of the problem such as a decaying tooth that needs to be removed, a cavity, gum disease or an abscess.

With the check-up and your health history, the dentist may unearth other causes of bad breath which sometimes are medical reasons. If they suspect that you have an underlying medical condition like problems with your liver or heart which are potentially fatal, they will refer you to a doctor for a check up.

Another way a dentist will help you conquer the problem is by charting your progress as you go on with measures to counter it. They will keep giving you breath tests using a halimeter to see if the measures you are taking are working.

Cure, don't cover

Perhaps you have tried to get rid of the problem yourself by using breath sprays, breath mints and chewing gum. These may cover up the problem for a while after using them but they will not get rid of the problem completely. Also, sometimes the problem may be chronic halitosis.

Chronic halitosis


The problem of bad breath is chronic in some people. This means that with some measures, the problem goes away only to reappear again after a while. This is why working with a dentist is important. If the problem is chronic, the dentist will definitely send you off for a physical examination.

Possibilities like medication that you are using long-term such as for the heart, liver, blood pressure and diabetes which may be drying out your mouth will be explored. The dentist will also look closely at your lifestyle habits. Your diet and how much water you consume per day will also be looked at.

Consuming heavily spiced foods for instance, will definitely compromise efforts to completely eliminate your halitosis problem. Drinking heavy amounts of alcohol frequently also contributes to the problem. Another habit your doctor will look at is how much water you consume every day. When you have a problem with bad breath, it is important to keep sipping on water frequently. This increases the flow of saliva in the mouth which keeps washing away the bacteria that would otherwise linger in the mouth and cause bad breath.

Sorting out teeth problems

Another reason that it is best to work with a dentist is that they can advice you on treatments that may help to sort out the problem. For instance, if you have gaps in between your teeth or if they are crooked, there will be food particles that remain lodged in them even after brushing and flossing. This is the reason why older people, who typically have missing teeth, tend to have the problem of halitosis compared to young people.

It would therefore be advisable to have treatments done to straighten your teeth and close the gaps in between. There are a number of effective ways to do this including wearing braces or Invisalign which are invisible aligners.   

All fresh, all the time

It is rare that a dentist using a halimeter will be unable to get to the root of the problem of bad breath and prescribe measures to combat it. Engage one and get rid of the embarrassing problem once and for all.

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Topics: bad breath, invisalign vs braces, Halitosis, get rid of bad breath, periodontal disease

Invisalign Vs. Braces | The Difference You Need To Know

Posted by Darren Martin on Jun 14, 2014 6:31:00 PM

Ideally, when the baby teeth fall out from the age of six, the permanent teeth that grow in to replace them grow in straight and even. This is not the case for everyone. Some people have teeth that have gaps in between or that are not straight. The good news is that there are ways to remedy this and get a perfect set of teeth that can be displayed in a smile with no embarassment. Invisalign and braces are two of the most popular methods of correcting teeth alignment anomalies.

 

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Why teeth alignment matters

Having straight teeth is important for reasons that go beyond cosmetics. Teeth that are crowded or that are spaced too widely can result in red, swollen gums. Properly aligned teeth have the gums securely surrounding the teeth which acts as a barrier against problems like periodental diseases. Straight teeth are also easier to clean as food does not get trapped in between the crooks and cause decay and other problems like bad breath and possible loss of teeth. Having the teeth straightened can also take care of problems caused  by  uneven teeth such as an improper bite, difficulties with chewing and speech,  misaligned jaws and more wear on the enamel. 

How braces work

Braces have come a long way from the very prominent metal tracks that they first were. The braces of today are much less noticeable and much more comfortable to wear even though they are still made of metal. Braces have three main parts. There are the brackets that are attached to every tooth and there is the bonding or band which is what attaches the bracket onto the teeth. The third part is the archwire. This is a narrow metal wire that runs from one bracket to the next. The wire is attached to the bracket which is attached to the tooth. It is this wire that causes the teeth to move into place bit by bit until they fall into the right position and are properly aligned.

How Invisalign works

This option was created as an alternative to braces which many shunned because they were quite prominent, especially adults. This method straightens teeth without the brackets and wires. The aligners that are used are virtually invisible. This is in fact how the product got its name. Invisalign is a combination of two words, invisible and alignment which are put together and shortened to invisalign.

This option uses computers to generate an image of the perfectly aligned teeth based on an individual's dental alignment. The orthodonist takes pictures and impressions of your teeth and digital 3-D image of them is created.  Customized aligners are then created following these patterns and the set of aligners are created to gently coax the uneven teeth into perfect alignment following the computer-generated image of perfectly aligned teeth. A set of aligners are worn for about two weeks before they are removed and another set is  put on to keep moving the teeth towards perfect alignment. This is done until they are correctly aligned.

The length of time that aligners are worn varies. It will depend on how misaligned the teeth and how many are misaligned. A person who only has one or a few teeth that are misaligned may be done with the treatment in as little as a few months while another person who has a lot of teeth that are out of alignment or whose teeth are very badly misaligned could need to go on with the treatment for up to a year.

Invisalign Vs braces

Whether Invisalign or braces are better is an individual matter. The call is made by the orthodontist on a case by case basis. Generally speaking though, Invisalign has become the more popular option over braces. There are a number of reasons for this. One is that you can enjoy any food that you want. Braces present the challenge of removing all the food remains that are trapped in wires and brackets. Invisalign aligners can be removed so you can thoroughly brush and floss your teeth. Another advantage over braces is that aligners are made of plastic which is smooth and comfortable as opposed to sharp metal that can irritate the cheeks and gums.

Invisalign is also less demanding in terms of time. You only have to see the orthodontist every four to six weeks to get new aligners put in as opposed to braces which have to be adjusted every two or three weeks.

There is also the greatest advantage of all which teens and adults really appreciate which is that Invisalign is completely invisible. Nobody will know that you have crooked teeth and that you are working on straightening them. They will only notice after some time how perfect your smile is and how confidently you share it.

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Topics: invisalign vs braces, straight teeth, invisalign, braces

How to Get Rid of Bad Breath Permanently

Posted by Darren Martin on Jun 12, 2014 11:03:00 PM

Everyone wakes up with breath that is not fresh in the morning. This is because bacteria keep multiplying in the mouth at night and there is no continuous flow of saliva to get wash it away as is the case during waking hours. This is easily sorted out when the teeth are brushed and flossed. Eating specific foods such as onions, garlic and heavily spiced food can also leave one with bad breath. Again, this is easily taken care of with a toothbrush and toothpaste or some gum.

 

If the problem goes beyond this for you and bad breath persists throughout the day, then it is necessary to take measures to get rid of bad breath that go beyond brushing and flossing the teeth.

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Not sure you have the problem?

Not everyone who has bad breath is aware that they have the problem. People's odd reactions when you open your mouth to speak are a clue but there are ways to confirm your suspicions. The scientific way is to use a bad breath meter which measures the quantity of sulfides in your breath.

At home, one way to find out if your breath smells is to take a piece of gauze and wipe it on your tongue. If the gauze comes out with a yellow color or with a smell, it is an indicator of high levels of sulfides in your body. Sulfides are the cause of bad breath. Another way is to lick the back of your hand and smell it after 10 minutes. If they are present, sulfur salts will remain and they will smell. A third way is to floss your teeth at the back and smell the floss.

 

How to Get Rid of Bad Breath 

Having established that there is a problem, do the following to get fresh breath;

  1. Don't slack off about brushing and flossing your teeth. Do so after every meal. Carry a travel toothbrush and toothpaste to work if you have to so you can brush your teeth after lunch. Getting dental check-ups twice a year is also important. Sometimes, bad breath is an indicator of a serious problem like unclean dentures, an abscess, gum disease or a tooth that is decaying.
  2. Clean your tongue as you clean your teeth. The top of the tongue is a place that bacteria love to lodge, especially at the back of the mouth.  If the mouth is not cleaned after eating, a lot of remains are left here which bacteria start working on and causing odor. Swirling water around the mouth after eating can take care of this such as after having a snack when the teeth won't be brushed. Using a tongue scraper every time along with brushing the teeth is also advisable.
  3. What you eat also matters in you are trying to get rid of bad breath. Crisp, fresh foods naturally clean the teeth. This includes fruits and vegetables like apples, lettuce, carrots, pears and raw cucumber. Such foods also add antioxidants that boost health, including dental health.
  4. Another way to use what Mother Nature provides to get rid of bad breath is to use herbs. Chewing raw parsley naturally cleans the palates and gets rid of odors. Cardamom is also effective in fighting bad breath when used to cook meals. Sipping on black and green tea as well as herbal tea like peppermint tea also works
  5. Eating a diet low in carbohydrates to lose or maintain weight can also result in bad breath. Such a diet makes the body release ketones. These are foul-smelling chemicals that are released from the body through the breath.
  6. Chewing gum increases the flow of saliva in the mouth so bacteria are washed away. The key is to ensure that the gum is sugarless. Gum with sugar should be avoided because sugar ferments bacteria which will worsen the problem. Apart from sugarless gum, try and drastically cut down or completely avoid sugary foods and drinks and minimize the amount you add to your tea and coffee.
  7. Dehydration also causes bad breath. Increase your intake of water. Keep sipping water all day rather than lug it down only after meals. It will keep your mouth clean and odor-free.
  8. If the problem of a smelly mouth comes on suddenly, the culprit might be medication you have started taking. Some drugs given for high-blood pressure, allergies and depression may make your mouth dry which can cause it to smell. Talk to your doctor or take extra water and chew sugarless gum.
  9. Using mouth washes also helps to get rid of bad breath. Just avoid the type with alcohol as they make the mouth dry and worsen the problem.
  10. If all fails, visit Davis and Dingle. We've got you covered. 

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