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Crooked Teeth? It’s Not Too Late To Straighten Them!

Crooked Teeth? It’s Not Too Late To Straighten Them!

What Causes Crooked Teeth And What Are My Options To Fix Them? Crooked teeth can be a source of much embarrassment, negatively impacting your confidence and self-esteem. A healthy, straight smile is a wonderful asset, but aesthetics are not the only concern with crooked teeth. In fact, misaligned and overcrowded teeth can make proper brushing and hygiene difficult and, if left unchecked, can lead to more serious issues. Read on to discover what causes crooked teeth and the treatment options available to correct them. What causes crooked teeth? In most cases, crooked teeth are hereditary. Narrow or small jaws that can’t accommodate a full set of adult teeth are a common genetic trait. Others have issues with extra adult teeth growing in or missing ones that leave gaps. Upper and lower jaws that are misaligned can result in an over or under bite. But the cause of crooked teeth is not always genetics. Poor dental hygiene in childhood can lead to problems with adult teeth. Thumb sucking, mouth breathing, tongue thrusting and inadequate brushing leading to decay can all have a detrimental impact on the formation of your adult smile. Crooked teeth solutions If your crooked teeth are bothering you, it’s not too late to fix the problem. Not only will straightening your teeth give you a boost in confidence, but it can lower the risk of gum disease and decay. Invisalign Invisalign teeth straightening is a popular choice for adults with crooked teeth as it allows you to treat the problem discreetly. As opposed to the very prominent metal braces traditionally used, Invisalign is a series of clear plastic aligners that are virtually invisible and can be removed for eating and cleaning. Invisalign also offers you a more comfortable teeth straightening experience, free from metal wires and brackets that can cause pain and irritation to the mouth. The costing is generally around the same as traditional braces and treatment time is dependent on the complexity of the problem. Porcelain veneers and dental crowns If you have gappy or uneven teeth, porcelain veneers can be an excellent solution to create a straight, even smile. It is especially useful if you want results quickly. Similarly, dental crowns which cover the entire tooth can be used to improve the look of worn or decaying teeth, create symmetry and close gaps. Orthodontic work In some cases, crooked teeth require orthodontic work. Your dentist can assess your individual situation and refer you on as necessary. Discuss the right option for straightening your crooked teeth with the friendly staff at Robert Duhig Dental today! Call 07 3269...

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Scared Of Orthodontist Bills? Pediatric Dentistry Could Help!

Scared Of Orthodontist Bills? Pediatric Dentistry Could Help!

Pediatric Dentistry Could Prevent Painful Costs Later On! If you’re looking at your young child’s crooked teeth and thinking they’re likely to need braces, it may be time to consider pediatric dentistry. Some parents feel that dentist visits are an unnecessary cost for younger children, preferring to wait until all the ‘adult teeth’ have come through, but think again. You are far better off getting your child’s teeth checked now to prevent bigger problems down the track! What does a pediatric dentist do? A pediatric dentist has experience in treating the specific teething and oral health problems faced by children. Pediatric dentistry clinics are designed to make your children feel comfortable during their visit, ensuring they trust their dentist. This sets them up for a lifetime of good dental care. A pediatric dentist is also able to identify the ‘trouble spots’ in your child’s teeth and gums, potentially nipping problems in the bud before you need to save for costly orthodontic treatments when your child hits their teens. What problems will a pediatric dentist look for? Your child’s ‘baby teeth’ will come in between birth and around 3 years of age. Sometime between the ages of 5 and 12, these baby teeth will fall out and be replaced by permanent teeth. It’s around this time that many parents and carers begin to notice the telltale signs of dental problems like overbites, crooked teeth or crowded gums. Pediatric dentistry visits will assess: Teeth that have yet to come through. When a baby tooth falls out, usually a permanent tooth will replace it within a few weeks. Sometimes ‘adult’ teeth will take longer to come through. When this happens, other teeth move around to fill the gap, causing crowding. Underbites and overbites. Problems such as lingua tori and other mouth shape issues such as underbites or overbites can be identified early. In some cases, your pediatric dentist may suggest a plate or mouthguard to assist. A plate may seem expensive for a child or tween, but it can prevent the far more costly option of a full set of braces later-on. Permanent teeth that grow through before baby teeth come out. In these cases, permanent teeth erupt through the gum behind, in front of, or next to the primary tooth, which has yet to come out. If the primary tooth is not loose and you can’t pull it out, this may cause issues with crowding, which can lead to speech difficulties and problems chewing. Wisdom teeth. Every child is different, but wisdom teeth can be very problematic for all ages. X-rays are performed on your child to assess whether their wisdom teeth will impact other molars. If you notice crookedness in...

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What Could it Mean if Your Kids Snoring?

What Could it Mean if Your Kids Snoring?

Should you ignore or seek treatment for your kids snoring? The problem could be more serious than you think. Kids snoring? Don’t ignore the snore Snoring can be a problem for families and couples. It’s the source of many restless nights – particularly if you’re the person who has to hear it! But is there a hidden danger in our kids snoring that we’re not aware of? What are the medical risks associated with kids snoring? A recent study conducted by the Monash University of Melbourne at the new Monash Children’s Hospital sought to examine the health consequences associated with snoring in childhood. Alarmingly, it was revealed that the older children in the study (those aged 7-12) for the most part exhibited increased blood pressure levels. The kids snoring also showed increased levels of poor behaviour than their snore-free peers as well as lower levels of intellectual ability. The study took place over a four-year period so the more far-reaching impacts of childhood snoring aren’t yet known. Based on these figures, however, it appears that the physical changes the brain experiences during snoring mean it can only access lower levels of oxygen. This can have lasting impact on cognitive and physical function. How do I treat my kids snoring? If your house is full of kids snoring, it’s best to seek treatment sooner rather than later. A visit to your GP is recommended as a first port of call. It’s there that you’ll receive a referral to an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) specialist. There are a few options for treatment depending on the severity of the problem. Some snoring issues may be solved with a course of steroids. Nasal spray is usually preferred as a treatment for children as opposed to tablets which can be quite harsh. Skin prick testing to see if the cause is allergen-based may also take place. For more severe cases surgery on the tonsils or adenoids may be the outcome. Why are my kids snoring? There may be a number of reasons why your children are snoring which will be explored by your medical professional. Some of these may be hereditary or environmental. A calm, considered approach on the advice of your doctor will be able to unpack the cause and determine best...

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Study Finds Bad Teeth Can Ruin Your Career

Study Finds Bad Teeth Can Ruin Your Career

It seems that the old adage that “straight teeth in your mouth is more important than the words that come out of it” remains true – at least when it comes to job interviews and promotions.  A recent study by the The British Dental Association found that bad teeth can dramatically hinder job applicants at interview.  When surveyed, 83% of respondents agreed that visibly decayed or missing teeth and bad breath would disadvantage applicants to a client facing role (eg.  customer service, reception, solicitor).  In fact, respondents would rather see an interviewee looking unkempt than lacking in dental hygiene.  Bad teeth and breath were found to be the biggest hurdles to career advancement. Bad teeth and career prospects The report found that: 70% rated visibly decayed or missing teeth as a hindrance to gaining employment in client facing roles 62% rated bad breath as a hindrance to gaining employment in client facing roles  83% agreed that these factors are disadvantageous in a job interview for these roles 62% agreed that these factors would harm an interviewee’s chance in any role 60% agreed that these factors would hinder promotion prospects   Options for improving your smile, and your career prospects! If you’ve got a “bad smile” it’s likely that you feel self conscious not just in job interviews but in everyday interactions.  So many of our cosmetic dentistry clients come to us because they want to feel more confident in social situation, first dates and when interviewing.  Luckily dental technology has made leaps and bounds in recent years and there are some quick, simple fixes available. Crowns and Veneers Dark teeth  and teeth that have suffered such decay that they cannot be saved by fillings… these are the main hindrances to climbing the corporate ladder.  Veneers are placed in a cosmetic procedure called a “smile makeover”.  Your new look tooth is colour matched to your existing teeth and bonded to the discoloured tooth.  A crown is a ceramic or metal “tooth cover” that gives at flawless look – so it’s ideal for teeth front and centre of your smile.  Learn more about cosmetic dentistry. Implants, Bridges and Dentures Implants replace missing teeth for a smoother smile, and for easier chewing!  They’re tough and permanent.  Bridges are also permanently placed but may need further maintenance in the future.  Old fashioned dentures (or false teeth as they’re commonly known) are the most affordable option but can be fiddly and inconvenient.  They’re also prone to making existing mouth issues worse.  Learn more here. Zoom Whitening Attention coffee addicts and cigarette smokers!  Zoom Whitening is ideal for removing “lifestyle stains” from your teeth.  If you don’t want to advertise that you smoke a pack and drink five cups a day,...

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Teething

Teething

There is such an incredible amount to learn in that first year as a parent even when your baby is healthy, it gets just that much harder when he or she is not well. This can be very daunting for first time parents, as this may well be one of the first times they have seen their child upset and uncomfortable is when teething starts. Some kids are born with erupted teeth which can cause problems with breast feeding but for many the first teeth come through – and this varies a lot at about six months. These are the middle incisor teeth (let’s agree to call these the ‘A’s) at the bottom. These are closely followed by another two incisor teeth (B’s) on the bottom and the middle upper incisor teeth (A’s). Eventually a total of five teeth in each quarter of the mouth will erupt, which, when they are all through, we will call, from front to back: A, B, C, D,  E. Just to confuse you they don’t come through in this order, it is usually as pictured below: Frequently ask questions: Parents often ask “Why, if my child is X months old, have they not got any teeth?” The key point though, is that in each child they erupt at different times and some vary a lot from the norm, so in the vast majority of cases there is absolutely nothing to worry about if teeth are a little slow coming through. Another common question is “Is my child teething?” Let us help you distinguish the Teething Symptoms: Drooling, Gum rubbing, Mouthing/ biting, Irritability, and Low grade fever. Not teething symptoms: Loss of Appetite, Vomiting, High Fevers, Cough, Rash, Diahorrea, and Difficulty Sleeping.   What can I do about Teething? – Use Child formulations of Paracetamol or Ibuprofen – Textured and cold Teething Rings Common Teething Treatments that can be Dangerous – TO AVOID Anything containing Local Anaesthetic: Lignocaine or Benzocaine for eg SM33. The anaesthetic can impair the gag reflex increasing the risk of choking. It is easy to lose track of how much is enough and for the baby to be given far too much. Other possible complications, especially with over consumption, include heart rhythm disturbances, epileptic seizures and methaemoglobinaemia.   Teething Remedies: Such as BONJELA. The active ingredient is Choline Salicylate but babies have been hospitalized with toxicity as a result of Salicylate overconsumption.   Homeopathic Gels and Tablets: The gels are made from diluted poisons such as belladonna which can lead to toxicity. Homeopathic Tablets can pose as choking risk, some tablets are made of Lactose which might put the baby at risk of tooth decay.   Amber Beads: They are a choking hazard. The...

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Smile with confidence – Invisalign

Smile with confidence – Invisalign

Ever wanted straighter teeth without all the hassle and high visibility of braces?   Invisalign is a modern approach in orthodontic treatment offered by Robert Duhig Dental at Sandgate that will transform your smile without proclaiming the process to the world or requiring much change in your lifestyle. The invisalign system of comfortable aligners is nearly invisible while gradually moving teeth to the ideal projected position. The system is great alternative to braces for slight overcrowding, teeth straightening and closing gaps between teeth. Invisalign also has the added bonus of being completely removable for easy teeth cleaning therefore allowing you to eat and drink what you like.   Fixed or Non -fixed that is the question?   Traditional braces, on the other hand, while recommended for more complicated mouths, typically make use of metal wires with metal brackets and wires to tighten.  The fixed system can be more uncomfortable and definitely requires much more effort with brushing and flossing. This is a direct result of the permanent nature of wire braces promoting calcified plaque build up and associated staining and discolouration (the reason why there are many food restrictions with this method). Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of clear, computer-generated trays which are custom-made specifically for you and are updated roughly every two weeks, based on the exact movements we have planned out for you. The smooth comfortable trays are worn at least 22 hours a day until your treatment is complete which typically takes anywhere between 6 and 15 months. Many of our adult patients have never considered traditional braces but are now happily and comfortably improving their smiles with the Invisalign system. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth!     For more information book a free consultation with Rob at Robert Duhig Dentist in Sandgate to discuss your smile possibilities...

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