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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

FAQs About Dental Implants

by Jacqueline Byrd

You have many options available to replace your missing teeth, including dental implants. Implants can be pricey, but they come with a lot of advantages that other teeth replacement options do not. If you are considering implants, here is what you need to know.

What Are the Advantages of Implants?

The most obvious advantage of dental implants is that they replace any missing teeth that you have. As a result, you are able to eat and speak better. Implants also help to improve your overall dental health. Bridges and dentures rely on support from your other teeth to fit properly. The condition of your other teeth can start to deteriorate. By contrast, implants are independent and do not have a negative impact on your other teeth.

In addition to these other features, implants are convenient. Unlike dentures, you do not have to remove the implants to clean them. Implants are brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth.

Are You a Candidate for Implants?

Not every person who wants implants is qualified to get them. Implants can sometimes fail and lead to complications. To reduce the risk of this happening, it is important that you are good candidate for the implants.

In order to get implants, you need enough jawbone to secure the implant and healthy gums. If you do not have enough bone available, your dental surgeon can perform a bone graft. The bone graft would involve using a donor bone to shore up your jawbone. If you have gum disease, you will need to be treated for it prior to the implant surgery.

Smokers, diabetes, and people who have heart conditions are often excluded from having the procedure. If you have undergone radiation therapy, your surgeon might also recommend a different dental treatment to replace missing teeth.

How Long Do Implants Last?

With good care, dental implants can last a lifetime. In the event that the dental implants do fail, there is a possibility that the surgeon can re-implant them. However, it depends on the reason for the failure. Common reasons for failure include an allergic reaction to the implant and infection. Your surgeon will evaluate your condition and determine if re-implantation is possible.

Before deciding on dental implants, consult with your dentist. He or she can assess your overall condition and determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. If not, the dentist can recommend other options for replacing missing teeth.