Everybody wants to have a perfect smile, however there are few who are naturally blessed with perfectly straight teeth. However, this is not to say that your teeth have to stay the way that they are forever. If you are self-conscious about your teeth, there are plenty of solutions available to rectify this, which we will begin to explore within this article.
Dentures and dental implants have resolved the issue of losing teeth or gaps in your smile. Dentures have been the remedy for people with missing teeth for years. However, new specialized dentures have been introduced, known as ‘flexible dentures’. These provide a more comfortable experience whilst wearing, due to the softer material that they are made of. In this blog, we will explore both the benefits and negatives surrounding flexible dentures, so you can make a more informed choice should you need dentures.
What are dentures made from?
Dentures are usually comprised from a variety of different materials, consisting of acrylic resin, chrome cobalt and nylon. Recently, resin has taken over from porcelain as the preferred material to manufacture dentures with, due to it being lighter and cheaper to make. The material also sticks a lot better with the base of the dentures.
The base of the dentures are usually made from acrylic resin or chrome cobalt metal. Acrylic metal can be easily dyed In order for it to match up with the patients gum, however the metal is sturdier and less likely to break if the dentures have been dropped. Flexible dentures are made from nylon, and are becoming more popular, especially over the past few years.
Issues with having regular dentures
Dentures comprised of a rigid metal base can be quite uncomfortable to wear, and take a while to get used to. You need to learn how to carry your dentures in your mouth with your cheeks and gums, which can be quite a long and painful process to perfect. They also require a lot of maintenance in terms of cleaning, so that they don’t break easily.
Why choose flexible dentures?
Flexible dentures are ideal for those who don’t require the use of regular dentures. They aren’t as brittle as the standard dentures, so are less inclined to break upon impact. They also don’t require any dental adhesive or metal clasps to keep them in place on the gums, as they cling to them naturally. The material they’re made out of is clear, so they don’t need to be dyed in order to match the gums natural colour, as well as needing less time to manufacture.
Comfort is a very important factor when it comes to producing dentures, as they are designed to be worn frequently, so the less pain one is in whilst using them, the better. Flexible dentures have the edge over other types in this respect, as they are simple to put in, wear, and to take out of the mouth, without causing discomfort.
Flexible dentures are also a great alternative for those who are allergic to the materials inside of standard dentures, such as acrylic resin and nickel.
Problems with flexible dentures
Although flexible dentures can be more convenient, they aren’t without their own problems in some circumstances. The material in the flexible base is prone to harbouring a lot more bacteria on it than regular dentures, meaning they require a lot of cleaning to avoid a build up of germs on your dentures. The dentures should be removed every day and brushed with a toothbrush all over with warm water. Following this, swill in mouthwash to prevent gingivitis.
Invisible Braces have been a revolutionary development within the world of orthodontics, offering patients with an effective tooth straightening and realignment option that is as effective as it is aesthetically pleasing. For adults especially, the thought of wearing visible braces for a span or two years or more is enough to deter individuals from opting for the orthodontic treatment altogether; however, invisible braces are now able to provide the same great results given by normal braces without need for such concern. So, what are invisible braces, and how do they work with such effect?
While commonly referred to as ‘braces’, this orthodontic treatment can actually be identified as a ‘transparent aligner’. Invisalign is the market leader within this field of treatment and thus the product most commonly used by leading orthodontic professionals; while similar products may also be made available, Invisalign is recognised as the most popular transparent aligner currently on the market.
Aligners work through the gradual movement of teeth to a desired final position, working to realign any crooked teeth and achieve a more visually aesthetic smile. In order for this treatment method to work to effect, an individual must progress through a series of different aligners, each aiming to further move the teeth to their desired position. At the end of this process, a retainer must be worn as to keep teeth in their proper placement; this is advised for all orthodontic treatments.
During treatment, regular check-ups with your local orthodontic surgery must be attended at a maximum of every six to eight weeks as to ensure proper progress is being achieved and no issues have occurred through the course of treatment. This is standard with all orthodontics as this allows for proper observation and intervention from a dental professional who will guide the process and see that the desired results are acquired.
While traditional fixed braces remain a great option for patients with more severe cases of tooth realignment in which removeable braces may not act as effectively as they could, there are many benefits that accompany the use of invisible aligners such as Invisalign that may deem the treatment more suitable to patients.
While it is still recommended that aligners are worn for the majority of the day, with most orthodontists recommending wear for 22 hours per day, this type of brace is able to be removed for eating and drinking and allow for more effective cleaning. This makes the maintenance of good dental hygiene a much easier task when compared to traditional braces that are not able to be removed.
To conclude, invisible aligners provide patients with a great way to achieve a visually appealing smile without having to deal with the down sides that may be considered to accompany traditional fixed braces.
While not always an option in more severe cases, this treatment method is a great option and an effective way to straighten misaligned teeth and gain a more aesthetically pleasing look.
To discover more about invisible aligners and their benefits, visit our dedicated Invisalign page and learn what Ascent Dental Care Tamworth can do for you.
Braces (more technically known as orthodontic braces) are something many of us and use to seeing and which a lot of people associate with children and teenagers. Whilst this association is correct a surprising number of other age groups, including adults generally have or are turning towards braces. Braces bring many benefits for the teeth and overall dental health, and we will explore this in a little more detail in this article.
If you are looking to have your teeth straightened, there are multiple systems that are available to do so. Depending on what you are trying to achieve, some systems my be more suitable than others. We offer free consultations so we can asses your teeth and identify what options are available to you.
Not all systems we offer will be able to treat all cases as they have been designed to treat particular types of cases. What this means is, depending on the exact movements required to correct your teeth the most suitable brace for you will vary from patient to patient.
Invisalign is a clear aligner system that consists of a series of invisible aligners that are worn systematically, until your teeth are straightened
The first step is to a attend a free consultation where we will assess your teeth and identify what type of options will be suitable for you. There may be multiple braces that could be used to straighten your teeth. The length of time it takes to complete your case will depend on a few factors, such as, how severe your case is and what system you decide to go for. Typically, removable systems can take longer to treat teeth than a fixed brace, but each system does come with a different set of benefits and it really depends on what the patient wants to get out of the system, and what experience they want.