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The 2019 Grammy Awards was a star-studded night packed with memorable performances. One standout came from the young Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, who sang a powerful duet of his hit song "In My Blood" with pop diva Miley Cyrus. But that duo's stellar smiles weren't always quite as camera-ready as they looked that night.

"I had braces for four and a half years," Mendes told an interviewer not long ago. "There's lots and lots and lots of photo evidence, I'm sure you can pull up a few." (In fact, finding one is as easy as searching "Sean Mendes braces.")

Wearing braces puts Mendes in good company: It's estimated that over 4 million people in the U.S. alone wear braces in a typical year—and about a quarter of them are adults! (And by the way: When she was a teenager, Miley Cyrus had braces, too!)

Today, there are a number of alternatives to traditional metal braces, such as tooth-colored braces, clear plastic aligners, and invisible lingual braces (the kind Cyrus wore). However, regular metal braces remain the most common choice for orthodontic treatment. They are often the most economical option, and can be used to treat a wide variety of bite problems (which dentists call malocclusions).

Having straighter teeth can boost your self-confidence—along with helping you bite, breathe, chew, and even speak more effectively. Plus, teeth that are in good alignment and have adequate space in between are easier to clean; this can help you keep your mouth free of gum disease and tooth decay for years to come.

Many people think getting braces is something that happens in adolescence—but as long as your mouth is otherwise healthy, there's no upper age limit for orthodontic treatment. In fact, many celebrities—like Lauren Hutton, Tom Cruise and Faith Hill—got braces as adults. But if traditional braces aren't a good fit with your self-image, it's possible that one of the less noticeable options, such as lingual braces or clear aligners, could work for you.

What's the first step to getting straighter teeth? Come in to the office for an evaluation! We will give you a complete oral examination to find out if there are any problems (like gum disease or tooth decay) that could interfere with orthodontic treatment. Then we will determine exactly how your teeth should be re-positioned to achieve a better smile, and recommend one or more options to get you there.

If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Lingual Braces: A Truly Invisible Way to Straighten Teeth.”

Does it really matter which toothbrush I use?  ABSOLUTELY!!  Toothbrushes, like shoes, are not a "One Size Fits All" deal.  Toothbrush options:  You are unique and your toothbrush should be chosen with your needs in mind. Medium and hard toothbrushes may cause more harm than good if you are brushing too hard.  They may seem to work better if that is what you are used to, but we continue to see toothbrush abrasion caused by either too stiff of a toothbrush, brushing too hard, or too abrasive of a toothpaste.  Many times, we see a combination of all three of these!  Some toothbrushes are made with the gums in mind and are very soft.  There are even toothbrushes with tongue scrubbers on them to remove some of the buildup on the tongue.  Battery powered toothbrushes have improved the oral hygiene for many people and are extremely effective.  Some of the battery toothbrushes let you know when you are brushing too hard and will even link up to your smartphone to help you (and your dentist) monitor your brushing habits.  Be aware that not all battery operated toothbrushes are created equal.  We would love to discuss the options with you.  Stop in to Precision Dental Center and see which toothbrush is best for you!

August 18, 2015
Category: Health
Tags: Flossing   Hygiene   Bad Breath  

Bad breath?  Are you conscientious about it? There are several reasons that someone may have bad breath including diet, cleaning habits, breathing habits, or periodontal disease.  There are many more potential culprits out there.  Don't be embarrassed about it. Flossing is not a lot of fun for most people, but the result may be better breath and healthier teeth.  It is important to drink plenty of water and brush after meals.  Dehydration decreases the amount of saliva that we create.  Saliva is our main defense against the decay process and bacteria.  Many medications also lead to dry mouth and it is important to let your dentist know if you are experiencing it.  Be sure that any breath mints or gum that you use are sugar free.  Eating candy with sugar in it can actually make your breath worse because the bacteria thrive in a sugar rich environment.  Be sure to brush and floss after meals and keep up with your regular dental visits.  There is only so much that you can do alone.  Professional cleanings help to control the plaque and tartar and lead to a healthier mouth.  Let us help you keep your mouth healthy and bright by scheduling an appointment through our website or telephone!

Did you know that periodontal disease has been linked to low birth weight and premature labor?  The dentist may be the last thing that you think about during this time, but we shouldn’t be.  We want to keep you and that little one as healthy as can be!!  Pregnancy can alter the hormone levels in our body and cause changes in our mouth.  A woman may even form a pregnancy tumor (pyogenic granuloma) on the gums.  This occurs in about 1-5% of women during their pregnancy and is asymptomatic.  As a result of hormone changes, 40% of women will develop gingivitis sometime during her pregnancy.  Factor in an exaggerated gag reflex and you may have a decrease in oral care.  If your oral hygiene is not ideal during pregnancy, the bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream and lead to further issues.  As the disease process progresses in the mouth, the type of bacteria changes.  The new bacteria are more dangerous and can harm the precious little one.  Schedule an appointment so we can keep the both of you healthy!

Whitening toothpaste or whitening strips? Whitening with a light or with trays while you are watching TV at your home?  There are so many whitening options available today that it's easy to get frustrated and do nothing.  Many whitening products will result in similar results but the time that it takes to achieve those results may differ.  Studies show that in office whitening with a light and take home trays with adequate strength whitening gel concentrations, will achieve the same results at the two week mark.  In office whitening typically costs more due to the chair time involved at the dentist office.  Take home whitening systems give you the ability to stop when you achieve desired result or if sensitivity starts to occur.  Some of the stronger whitening products have been known to cause more sensitivity, however, many steps have been taken to change that.  There are many whitening options and it can become overwhelming.  We would love to clear up the confusion. Call us to set up a time we can talk about it!

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