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Straight Teeth Solutions at Brite Dental

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

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Unlike what many people think, straightening teeth is not just about having a great, pearly white smile but also about ensuring your overall health and well-being. With the advancement in orthodontic treatment, technology and expertise as provided by Brite Dental you now have the option to enjoy straight teeth within a very short duration like 6 months or at an affordable cost but over a longer period.

Why should you straighten your teeth?

If you’ve got gaps in your teeth, an overbite, underbite, crooked teeth, deep bite, crowded teeth or any other type of misaligned teeth, you may want to consider straightening your teeth. Crowded teeth can cause difficulty in brushing and flossing your teeth, leading to plaque build-up, which can eventually result in tooth decay. Also, a wide gap between your teeth can cause red and swollen gums that can lead to periodontal disease. Straightening your teeth ensures that your gum fits nicely around your teeth, creating a good defence against any type of periodontal disease.

Benefits of straight teeth

 

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Having straighter teeth comes with many advantages. When teeth are well aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing a stronger defence thus, lessening the risks of acquiring various serious diseases or health issues. One of the major benefits associated with orthodontic treatment is the overall improvement in your appearance. A straighter smile can give you a more youthful appearance and help you gain self-confidence. Chewing your food and cleaning your teeth will also become easier.

Various teeth straightening solutions

Metal braces, which mainly comprise of wire and brackets is the traditional teeth straightening solution. More advanced options are Six Month Smiles, Inman Aligners and Invisalign Clear braces.

Choosing the best teeth straightening solution

To choose the best solution for you, some of the key things to consider are pricing, visibility and duration of dental treatment. Metal braces are generally the cheaper option but it will be clear to all that you’re wearing braces since they are made of stainless steel and other metal components.

For a more discrete option, you can opt for braces that have brackets the colour of your teeth.
If it is just your front teeth that need to be aligned and you would like this done quickly then our Inman Aligner may be for you. This is a simple removable appliance that can fix your teeth straightening issue in a matter of weeks.

However, if you are looking for a non- invasive approach to transform your smile, then Invisalign could be your solution. Invisalign refers to a clear kind of brace that is easily removable for eating, flossing, drinking and brushing your teeth purposes. It is the best option if you desire complete invisibility of your braces and a truly short dental treatment that ranges from 6 to 12 months. Also, you enjoy comfort – there are no wires, no brackets and other fixed components to make you feel conscious of wearing braces or uncomfortable while talking.

 

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Get In Touch Today!

To help you choose the best option based on your budget, needs and desires, speak to our professional care team at Brite Dental. We will listen to your needs and concerns to find out the best option for you. Simply give your local Brite practice a call or contact us via our online form. 

 

 

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How To Avoid Cavities

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

 

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Cavities are the most common problems dentists see. Left untreated they lead to tooth decay, gum disease or even health problems. At Brite Dental, we care that you have healthy teeth and a healthy smile so we’ve put together a few tips about cavities and how to avoid or treat them.

What is a tooth cavity?

Tooth cavities simply mean holes in teeth. Our mouths are full of harmless bacteria but sometimes these attach themselves to the hard enamel surfaces of teeth and multiply rapidly. Once mixed with proteins in saliva, bacteria become the whitish plaque that we see around our teeth. If this isn’t removed the acid in it causes tooth decay, tooth cavities and gum disease as it dissolves your tooth enamel. Once tooth cavities have allowed bacteria access to the dentin inside your tooth, pain sets in and you will need a tooth filling to prevent further tooth decay or gum disease.

How can I avoid tooth cavities and gum disease?

 

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Gentle, but thorough brushing of your teeth and gums twice a day is your first line of defence against developing a tooth cavity or gum disease. Use gentle back and forth movements, remembering to brush your tongue as well. Daily flossing adds an extra level of defence against developing a cavity, letting you remove food particles your toothbrush couldn’t reach. Finish your dental routine with an antibacterial mouthwash. Designed to fight bacteria they also leave you with fresh smelling breath. Limiting your intake of sweet food and drink is also very important as sugars react with the bacteria in plaque producing the harmful acids that lead to tooth cavities. If you do indulge in a treat remember to brush afterwards. Finally, regular check-ups at Brite dental enable our team to deal with small problems before you need a tooth filling or suffer more serious damage to your teeth and gums.

 

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How does the Brite Group treat cavities?

There are four main stages to cavity treatment with the aim of dealing with it before further tooth decay and gum disease sets in. When a cavity first appears we offer advice on diet and a fluoride covering may be applied to the area. A tooth filling may be needed to remove the decay and the cavity left behind filled with a safe substance. Don’t worry, a tooth filling is always carried out under local anaesthetic. If your tooth cavities have spread into the pulp or centre of the tooth then this may need to be removed. This root canal treatment prevents further tooth decay and the risk of gum disease. If the damage is too severe for a tooth filling, then teeth may need to be removed. Our Brite team will advise on this and how missing teeth can be replaced with partial dentures, bridges or implants.

Remember regular check-ups at Brite Dental will ensure we get to problems before the pain starts, a tooth filling is needed or gum disease sets in. So what are you waiting for? Contact your local Brite Dental today and we can help you look after your smile.

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