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 It’s Never too Late to Straighten Your Smile

Braces as an adult? No way. At least, that was what I thought when my dentist told me that I was going to have to see an orthodontist about my crooked teeth. But my teeth were so misaligned that they were causing me pain when I chewed, so I decided to at least look into it. Turns out braces today are nothing like the ones my friends had when I was a kid. Mine were practically invisible, and I didn't need to wear them that long. I started this blog to encourage other people like me who are nervous about the prospect of wearing braces as an adult. My straight smile is so worth the trips to the orthodontist, and wearing braces was nowhere near as bad as I thought. Read on to find out more about how you can straighten your smile.

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It’s Never too Late to Straighten Your Smile

The Reasons For Using A Dental Implant To Replace Teeth

by Jacqueline Byrd

Whether due to a sudden blow to your mouth or a lack of dental hygiene, you can lose a tooth. Most people will want to replace teeth at the front of their mouth simply to avoid the negative social stigma that comes with a gap-filled smile. On the other hand, if you have a missing tooth in the back of your mouth, you should be able to get away without replacement, right? No. In order to preserve a healthy bite, you should always replace teeth, and you should ask your orthodontist for a dental implant. 

What Are the Dangers of Tooth Loss?

A lost tooth may lead to a loss of confidence. Some people might have better coping mechanisms that allow them to maintain their dignity in social settings despite the loss of a tooth. However, whether or not you are immune to taunts and crooked looks, you should still replace a missing tooth. When you bite, the pressure thus placed on your tooth travels down the structure of your tooth to your jawbone. This pressure stimulates the bone and encourages the bone to reform and rebuild to support the tooth. Without this stimulation, you face bone loss, which can allow surrounding teeth to shift, which can in turn lead to jaw pain. The depression left by bone loss can also trap food particles and thus promote gum disease and tooth rot.

Why Does a Bridge Falls Short?

If you replace a tooth with a bridge, there is no structure to stimulate the bone. In forming a bridge, an orthodontist will use wires connected to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth to support a crown. Thus, any pressure on the crown will travel to the surrounding teeth, and you can still experience bone loss in the socket left behind by your missing tooth. 

Why You Should Choose an Implant

A dental implant consists of a titanium root and a porcelain crown. To anchor the root, an orthodontist will drill a hole in your jawbone and insert the root into this hole then allow the bone to heal around the root for six months. The orthodontist can then cement a crown to this artificial root. Thus, when you bite down on an implant, the pressure can still continue down the structure of the tooth and stimulate your bone. 

For more information, contact Wright Center For Orthodontics or a similar location.