Elastic bands for Orthodontic treatment

Elastic bands for Orthodontic treatment

While undergoing orthodontic treatment via braces, you may have to wear rubber bands in order to correct the alignment of their teeth. The rubber bands are used to apply pressure to guide your teeth into the correct position, such as to pull the jaw forward if you have an overbite. They can also be used to speed up or slow down the process of straightening ones teeth as well as the growth of the jaws. Rubber bands should not be confused with...

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Common problems during Teething

Common problems during Teething

1. Why is the newly erupted front teeth serrated on the edge (see Pic 1)? It is normal for newly erupted front teeth to appear saw-shaped on the edge. It will be naturally grinded and smoothened after a period of time. 2. My child’s upper front teeth are flared with a gap in between. Does he/she need orthodontic treatment (see Pic 2)? This is a transitional period called the “Ugly Duckling” stage. Usually, when the upper...

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When do Milk teeth and Permanent teeth erupt?

When do Milk teeth and Permanent teeth erupt?

We all have two sets of teeth in our lifetime – milk teeth (or formally known as deciduous teeth) and permanent or adult teeth. Milk teeth are the first set of teeth we have and there are altogether 20 of them. They usually start to erupt from around the age of six months until 3 years of age. At the age of 6, adult teeth sequentially erupt to replace the deciduous teeth which become loose and shed. The charts below shows the ages at which the...

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Types of Braces and Appliances used for Straightening Teeth

Types of Braces and Appliances used for Straightening Teeth

Types of Braces and Appliances for Straightening Teeth Do you know that dental braces was first started in the early 20th century. Till now, braces are still the primary means for straightening teeth and correcting misaligned bites. Fortunately time has evolved and now we see many more options available. There are typically four types of braces: Stainless steel: these are the conventional and most value-for-money Ceramic: these can give a clear...

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Retained Baby Teeth – keep or not to keep

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Milk teeth should drop off so that the permanent adult tooth underneath can come into the mouth. When the eruption of the adult tooth is delayed for more than a year from the expected date, it is considered retained. Early removal of milk teeth will cause delay of eruption of the replacement permanent teeth. It is important to keep track of the loss of children’s milk teeth.   Your dentist will likely assess a child with retained...

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When do children start changing teeth?

When do children start changing teeth?

Erupting permanent teeth cause the roots of baby teeth to be reabsorbed so that by the time they are loose there is little holding them in place besides a small amount of tissue. Most children lose their baby teeth in this order: Baby teeth ordinarily are shed first at about age 6 when the incisors, the middle teeth in front, become loose. Molars, in the back, are usually shed between ages 10 and 12, and are replaced with permanent teeth by...

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It is never too late to straighten your teeth.

It is never too late to straighten your teeth.

Braces are common amongst teenagers, but increasingly many people are seeking for teeth straightening solutions in their 30s or even later. New innovations in orthodontic treatments can now meet the aesthetic demands of working adults,  such as the invisible braces (using clear aligners) and the lingual braces method (placing brackets on the inside on the teeth). However, what happens if you’re an adult who requires the straightening power of...

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When should I start brushing my baby’s teeth?

When should I start brushing my baby’s teeth?

It’s a good idea to start cleaning your baby’s teeth twice a day as soon as you see a tooth emerging. If you start early, your baby will get used to having his teeth cleaned, and hopefully you’ll avoid problems later on. Your baby’s first tooth will most likely be a bottom front one, appearing when he’s about six months old. However, a few babies are born with a tooth through already. Others are still toothless when...

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How to treat overbite?

How to treat overbite?

Overbite, occurs when the upper teeth are located too far in front of the lower row of teeth. It can be caused bya variety of reasons, such as improper teeth alignment, bone deformities, and even poor oral habits. Some dentist and orthodontist may advise to consider correcting overbite which is usually done through modifications to the bone or usng orthodontic appliance, such as braces or a headgear. In many cases, overbite can be diagnosed by a...

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What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay in infants and very young children is often referred to as baby bottle tooth decay. Baby bottle tooth decay usually occurs when the baby is left asleep with a bottle or while nursing. Bacteria in the mouth thrive on this sugar and produce acids that attack the teeth. If milk teeth are only temporary, it is necessary to prevent and treat tooth decay? Think again. Milk teeth are necessary for chewing, speaking, and smiling. Untreated...

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