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Wearing orthodontic braces brings challenges to daily life. During treatment a patient will need to avoid certain foods and habits, take more time to brush and floss properly, and may endure occasional discomfort. But the effect of metal braces on appearance can be especially difficult, especially for peer-conscious teens.
Clear aligners, though, offer an alternative to braces that could make some of these challenges easier, particularly with your appearance. Aligners are clear plastic trays that fit over the teeth to move them. They can be removed by the wearer for easier brushing and flossing or for special occasions. Best of all, they're much less noticeable than metal braces.
Clear aligners were developed thanks to advances in digital technology. An orthodontist uses a computer application incorporating the data from photographs, x-rays or CT scans of a patient's teeth and jaws to produce a series of clear plastic trays. The patient then wears each tray for about two weeks before changing to the next tray in the sequence.
The trays apply pressure much like metal braces to gradually move teeth to the desired position on the jaw. Each tray is slightly smaller in size than the previous tray in the sequence, so that the progression of tooth movement continues with each succeeding tray. The treatment time is about the same as with conventional braces.
This new orthodontic tool works well for many common bite problems, but until recently they've been limited in scope. But new designs in trays and attachments called buttons added to teeth to provide more leverage have greatly increased their use for more complex bite issues.
Clear aligners also have one other disadvantage, ironically due to one of their principal benefits, removability. Although they can be taken out, they must be worn consistently to achieve results. Some younger patients may not have the maturity level and discipline to responsibly wear their aligners as they should.
That's one issue you'll need to discuss with your orthodontist if you're considering clear aligners for your teen. But if they can maintain wearing consistency, and they have a bite problem that can be corrected with aligners, both you and your teen may find this choice more agreeable and attractive than braces.
If you would like more information on clear aligners, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Clear Aligners for Teens.”
How your dentist in Manhattan, KS, can relieve your tooth pain
Root canals can save your smile and alleviate chronic tooth pain! Thanks to root canal therapy, your tooth pain will disappear, you can keep your tooth, and your smile will look better than ever. Dr. David Craft at Craft Dentistry in Manhattan, Kansas offers state-of-the-art root canal therapy to make you want to smile again—read on to learn more!
More about Root Canals
So, how do you know if you may need root canal therapy? There are some noticeable signs and symptoms which you can recognize, including:
- Continuous tooth pain even after dental treatment
- Chronic throbbing, pressure, or tooth pain
- Sharp, stabbing pain in your tooth when you bite down
- Tooth pain when you consume hot or cold foods and beverages
- A red or white bump appearing on your gums next to a tooth root
- Blood or pus draining from the elevated bump
- Darkening of a tooth's complexion
It’s important to remember that you may also not experience any of the signs or symptoms listed above, and may still need a root canal. That’s because a tooth can begin to die naturally, and for no apparent cause.
Regular dental examinations including x-rays are the only way to determine for sure whether you may need a root canal. Your dentist will take x-rays of the roots of your teeth and look for dark areas around a tooth root. These dark areas indicate an abscess (infection) and the need for a root canal. Your dentist may also perform temperature and vitality tests on your painful tooth.
Concerned? Give Us a Call!
If you think you may need a root canal, you should talk to an expert! Call Dr. David Craft at Craft Dentistry in Manhattan, Kansas, today at (785) 370-4662 to get rid of your tooth pain!
Has your smile lost its luster? Cosmetic dentistry procedures can correct flaws, repair damage, and even improve the color of your teeth. Your Manhattan, KS, dentist, Dr. David Craft, offers all the cosmetic services you need for an attractive, healthy smile, including teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, and other tooth restoration options!
No matter what your complexion, yellow is never a good look for your teeth. Luckily, professional teeth whitening can brighten your smile in just about one hour! During your whitening session, your Manhattan dentist uses professional-strength hydrogen peroxide gel to safely break apart stain-causing pigments in your tooth enamel. The result is a brighter, whiter smile that you'll be proud to share with the world.
Concealing imperfections behind a thin layer of porcelain is the easiest way to hide flaws in your tooth enamel. These tooth-shaped porcelain shells are called veneers and they are cemented to the fronts of your teeth to keep problem areas hidden from view. They're a good choice if you want to hide small chips or cracks in your teeth, conceal slight gaps, or fix the length or shape of teeth. Veneers also offer an alternative to tooth whitening and can be used to cover a discolored tooth or whiten your entire smile.
Do you need to protect a fragile molar, repair damage to an incisor, or hide flaws in a tooth? Versatile dental crowns can take care of all of these problems. These hollow crowns are designed to fit your mouth perfectly and are created using impressions of your mouth. The restorations cover teeth completely and prevent fragile teeth from fracturing and breaking. They're also used to restore the normal appearance and function of fractured or broken teeth, and to conceal cosmetic issues such as discolorations or too-short of teeth.
Many people are understandably concerned about changes in their appearance after tooth loss, but losing a tooth can also affect your ability to chew and may cause your remaining teeth to drift. Bridges, dentures, and dental implants fill these gaps in your smile and make eating a much more pleasant experience.
Revitalize your smile with cosmetic dentistry procedures! Call your Manhattan, KS, dentist Dr. David Craft at (785) 370-4662 to schedule your appointment.
When they’re introducing a new movie, actors often take a moment to pay tribute to the people who helped make it happen — like, you know, their dentists. At least that’s what Charlize Theron did at the premiere of her new spy thriller, Atomic Blonde.
"I just want to take a quick moment to thank my dentists," she told a Los Angeles audience as they waited for the film to roll. "I don’t even know if they’re here, but I just want to say thank you."
Why did the starring actress/producer give a shout-out to her dental team? It seems she trained and fought so hard in the action sequences that she actually cracked two teeth!
“I had severe tooth pain, which I never had in my entire life,” Theron told an interviewer from Variety. At first, she thought it was a cavity — but later, she found out it was more serious: One tooth needed a root canal, and the other had to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant — but first, a bone grafting procedure was needed. “I had to put a donor bone in [the jaw] to heal,” she noted, “and then I had another surgery to put a metal screw in there.”
Although it might sound like the kind of treatment only an action hero would need, bone grafting is now a routine part of many dental implant procedures. The reason is that without a sufficient volume of good-quality bone, implant placement is difficult or impossible. That’s because the screw-like implant must be firmly joined with the jawbone, so it can support the replacement tooth.
Fortunately, dentists have a way to help your body build new bone: A relatively small amount of bone material can be placed in the missing tooth’s socket in a procedure called bone grafting. This may come from your own body or, more likely, it may be processed bone material from a laboratory. The donor material can be from a human, animal or synthetic source, but because of stringent processing techniques, the material is safe for human use. Once it is put in place your body takes over, using the grafted material as a scaffold on which to build new bone cells. If jawbone volume is insufficient for implants, it can often be restored to a viable point in a few months.
Better yet, when grafting material is placed in the tooth socket immediately after extraction, it can keep most of the bone loss from occurring in the first place, enabling an implant to be placed as soon as possible — even before the end of a movie’s shooting schedule.
Will Atomic Blonde prove to be an action-movie classic? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: When Charlize Theron walks down the red carpet, she won’t have to worry about a gap in her smile.
If you have questions about bone grafting or dental implants, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Immediate Dental Implant.”
If you're currently undergoing orthodontic treatment, you're no doubt looking forward to the day your braces come off. But that won't end your treatment just yet — you'll need to wear a retainer.
Teeth are held secure in the bone of the jaw by an elastic tissue known as the periodontal ligament. As the braces “pull” the teeth to their new position, the ligament stretches and the bone remodels around the teeth. But the ligament also has a tendency to rebound as the tension eases when the braces are removed. The teeth could then return to their original position, especially during the first few months.
To prevent this patients wear an orthodontic appliance known as a retainer. It maintains some of the tension once supplied by the braces to help keep or “retain” the teeth in their new position. Depending on your age and other factors, you'll have to wear one for at least eighteen months; some patients, especially adults, may have to wear one indefinitely.
You may be familiar with a removable retainer, one you can take in and out of your mouth. But there's another type called a bonded retainer that's fixed to the teeth and can only be removed by a dentist. With this retainer a dentist bonds a thin piece of wire to the back of the teeth where it can't be seen. You can feel it, though, with the tongue: an unusual sensation at first, but one easily grown accustomed to.
Unlike their removable counterparts, bonded retainers aren't noticeable, either to others or the wearer. They're especially appropriate for patients who may not be as diligent in wearing a removable retainer.
It does, though, have some disadvantages. The position of the wire running horizontally across several teeth can make flossing difficult. And as with any retainer, removing it could increase the risk of the teeth moving out of alignment.
There are a number of factors to discuss with your orthodontist about which type of retainer is best for your situation. If you do choose a bonded retainer, be sure you work with the dental hygienist on how best to floss the affected teeth. And if you do have it removed, have a removable retainer prepared so you can preserve that smile you've invested so much into obtaining.