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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Types of Tooth Discoloration

Types of Tooth Discoloration

Your teeth can become discolored by stains on the surface or by changes inside the tooth. There are three main types of tooth discoloration: Extrinsic — This occurs when the outer layer of the tooth (the enamel) is stained. Coffee, wine, cola or other drinks or foods can stain teeth. Smoking also causes extrinsic stains. Intrinsic — This is when the inner structure of the tooth (the dentin) darkens or gets a yellow tint. You can get this...

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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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Tetracycline Stains

Tetracycline Stains

Antibiotics are used to treat a wide variety of ailments — prescription drugs help us battle infections, stay healthy and even prolong our lives. But unfortunately, many medications aren’t without side effects. Although drugs are meant to help us get better, some may produce unwanted dental problems. One such medication is the antibiotic tetracycline. Used to combat bacterial infections, acne and “traveler’s...

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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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What are the various forms of Teeth Whitening?

What are the various forms of Teeth Whitening?

The most basic step to cleaner and whiter teeth is to see a dentist for Scaling and Polishing. Cleaning the teeth will remove the yellowish-black tartar which will make the teeth appear whiter. Polishing will remove the surface stains e.g.coffee, tea, smoking etc. However, Scaling and Polishing can only return your teeth to the “original” color. If you want the teeth even whiter, you have to go for Teeth Whitening. What are the...

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Self-locking Braces

Self-locking Braces

Self-locking braces is a revolutionary change to the conventional fixed orthodontic technology. It makes the orthodontic, or teeth straightening treatment, more convenient and comfortable. In self-locking braces are so-called as it has its own ‘door’ to lock the orthodontic wire in place, hence eliminating the use of ligature wire or rubber band to lock the orthodontic wire movement.Self-locking braces technology has the following advantages...

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Tired of making multiple visits to your dentist for your restoration?

Tired of making multiple visits to your dentist for your restoration?

 Or does your temporary crown affect your speech? We have good news to share with you: Alpha Dental offers single-appointment quality CEREC restorations that reduces the number of visits to the dental office with more esthetics and comfort. What is CEREC? CEREC (Chair-side Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) is a 3D CAD/CAM technology developed in Germany in the 1980s. CEREC is a form of indirect restoration. On the first visit of...

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What You Need to Know About Tooth Whitening

What You Need to Know About Tooth Whitening

Are you dreaming of a white smile? Before considering whitening your teeth, arrange for a dental check-up to have your dentist determine if you are a candidate for tooth whitening. Are You a Candidate for Tooth Whitening? Not everyone is suitable for tooth whitening. Circumstances that may prevent the use of tooth whitening product are: Teeth that have been restored, such as veneers or bonded with fillings, cannot be whitened by teeth...

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Braces Make You Beautiful!

Braces Make You Beautiful!

Q.  What are braces? A.  Braces are devices which gently correct irregularities in the arrangement of the teeth. They are also called orthodontic appliances. Braces can do wonders for your self-confidence and self esteem. Q.  How many types of braces are there?   A.  Basically there are two types, namely, fixed and removable braces. The most common type of fixed braces is made of stainless steel. There are also tooth-colored (ceramic)...

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