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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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3 Dental Applications To Securely Restore Your Lost Teeth

by Jacqueline Byrd

If you have lost several teeth, you are probably anxious to have them replaced as soon as possible. However, you may be hesitant if you have ever seen a prosthetic dental device slip embarrassingly out of place. It can be difficult to hold a dental appliance in position with only the natural suction from your mouth.

Still, there are multiple dental applications available to securely restore your lost teeth. Here are a few of them:

Dental Implants

Dental implants are some of the most stable and secure teeth replacement options. Each implant is installed into your jawbone, where it fuses with the bone over time. The connection between the implant and the jawbone causes the device to remain as stable as a natural tooth root would within the bone. Additionally, the implant can withstand the same bite force as a natural tooth and even provides stimulation to the jawbone to preserve its density.

The look of an implant restoration is natural and cosmetically appealing, since the implant is normally topped by a tooth-colored crown. Nevertheless, individual implants are not normally selected to replace a large group of lost teeth.

Implant Dentures

If you have lost a large number of teeth, your dentist may suggest dentures. Traditional dentures restore the look of the lost teeth, but they can slip from position as you eat or even speak. A more secure option is the implant denture.

An implant denture connects to underlying dental implants for stability and support. The dentures are held firmly in place by their connection to the implants but can still be removed at will by the patient.

Because removal is easy, the denture wearer can still remove the appliance easily for regular cleaning. Additionally, if a piece of food or other debris becomes uncomfortably trapped beneath the denture,  the appliance can be taken out of the mouth momentarily to remove the offending object.

A Fixed Dental Bridge

A fixed dental bridge, which typically includes one or more false teeth in its middle and a crown on each side, is secured in the mouth by the connection between the bridge crowns and dental implants or natural teeth. The bridge can be used to replace one or more lost teeth.

Since the bridge is bonded into place, it remains as secure as the supporting teeth or implants.

To learn more about replacing your lost teeth with a secure dental appliance, schedule an appointment with a dentist in your area or go to websites on dental implants to learn more. 

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