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All you need to know about INVISIBLE BRACES

Did you know that, according to a survey, the most attractive quality in a person is his smile? Countless studies have shown that people with a beautiful smile are more likeable and considered competent. Despite these benefits, many people would rather have crooked teeth than go in for braces. While no one thinks twice about seeing a child or teenager in braces, adults feel self-conscious about the idea of wearing conspicuous metal braces around their friends, family, and coworkers. Fortunately, in the last 20 years there have been newer, improved alternatives to the traditional braces, which are considered, simple, hassle free and more suited for adults. Clear Aligners are one such alternative which have become a popular method to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.

How Do They Work?

Clear Aligners, like traditional braces, work on the same principles. They apply low, controlled pressure on certain areas of the teeth, in order to move them to the desired position. They have the added advantage of being, clear and removable.

How to get started?

If you are ready to start, the first step is to contact your orthodontist and make an initial appointment. They will assess your smile, go over your medical and dental history and evaluate whether you are a good candidate for clear aligners. They will then take your diagnostic records like x-rays, photographs, impressions or digital scans. From that information, the orthodontist can arrive at a diagnosis, and then work within the aligner software to design your smile and plan the treatment process – which tooth moves where, and in what order – guiding teeth into healthy positions. The end goal is a healthy bite, along with a beautiful smile. Moving teeth is a complex biological process and needs start-to-finish supervision by an orthodontist. With the end goal in mind, a series of plastic aligners are created using the patient’s initial impressions or digital scans as the starting point. The aligners are plastic replicas of your teeth. Wearing them puts gentle pressure on the teeth, slightly repositioning them.

Reasons to go for aligner treatment

Your Teeth Need Alignment, but You Can’t Get Traditional Braces

Some individuals cannot get metal braces due to gum or cheek sensitivity that worsens with the irritation of metal brackets. Clear aligners can eliminate that risk while still providing a simple, smooth method of straightening teeth.

Your Career Requires a Professional Look

With clear aligners you can get your perfect smile without the awkwardness of traditional braces especially when you are in a professional environment.

You Experience Pain and Discomfort

When you have misaligned teeth, you can cause pressure in areas of your mouth and jaw resulting in pain. Jaw pain can radiate up your face and cause headaches. The alignment of your bite is crucial to your overall health. Aligners provide a comfortable option to address your health concerns.

How to care for your aligners

  1. You must wear the aligners for 18-22 hrs a day. Continuous 4 hours of aligner wear is important to ensure optimum treatment results.
  2. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling your aligners and handle only ONE aligner at a time.
  3. Make sure you have the proper aligner—the upper for your top teeth and the lower for your bottom teeth. To help avoid confusion, each aligner is engraved with your unique case number, a “U” for upper and an “L” for lower, followed by the stage number.
  4. Aligner Insertion- When inserting each aligner, gently push the aligners over your front teeth. Then apply equal pressure, using your fingertips, to the tops of your left and right molars (back teeth) until the aligner snaps into place.
  5. Do NOT bite your aligners into position. This may damage them. Note: If you experience sharp pain or significant discomfort, discontinue use of the aligners and contact your doctor.
  6. Aligner Removal- On one side of your mouth, use your fingertip on the inside of your back molar to slowly pull the aligner from your molars. Repeat this process on the other side of your mouth before trying to completely remove the aligner.
  7. Immediately rinse aligner with water, shake off excess water, and store your aligners in the protective case provided with your starter kit.
  8. Clean your aligners prior to each insertion. Use a soft bristle toothbrush with water and a small amount of toothpaste.
  9. For Invisalign Aligners- the Invisalign Aligner Cleaning System (www.invisalignstore.com) uses special cleaning crystals to remove plaque from your Invisalign aligners in about 15 minutes, keeping your aligners odor-free, hygienic, and clear.
  10. Remove your aligners while eating and drinking. (You do not need to remove your aligners to drink cool water.)

 

Pros and Cons of Aligners

Besides being invisible, that aligners are removable gives them an added advantage. Take them out to eat, to brush and floss, or for short periods for work or social situations.

As with any orthodontic treatment, aligners are not suitable for all kinds of problems. Traditional braces may be required for certain correction.

Tooth-colored attachments will be placed on the teeth to help the aligners move the teeth. These attachments are removed once treatment is complete.

Care needs to be taken regarding drinks when aligners are in the mouth. Liquid can seep into the aligners, and stay in contact with the teeth, which can lead to staining of the aligner and the teeth. If the liquid contains sugar and/or acid, cavities can develop. So avoid drinking aerated drinks along with flavored water, fruit drinks, sports drinks and energy drinks, with the retainer on.

Because aligners are removable, patients might be tempted to remove them if they experience some discomfort. Aligners can’t work unless they are in the mouth! They can be lost or misplaced when out of the mouth. Make it a habit to slip aligners into their case when they come out of the mouth. Do not place aligners in napkins, in a pocket or a purse.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q: Will the treatment be painful?

A: Most people experience tooth soreness for a few days after starting each new stage. This is normal. It is a sign that the Invisalign aligners are working, moving your teeth to their final destination. This soreness should gradually go away a couple of days after inserting the new aligner in the series. If it doesn’t, promptly call your doctor.

Q: Will wearing the Invisalign aligners affect my speech?

A: Like all orthodontic treatments, the aligners may temporarily affect your speech, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as your tongue gets used to having aligners in your mouth, any lisp or minor speech impediment caused by your aligners should disappear.

Q: Are there restrictions on what I can eat?

A: In general, no. Unlike traditional orthodontics, you can usually eat and drink whatever you desire because you remove your aligners while eating. Thus, there is no need to restrict your consumption of any of your favorite foods and snacks, unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.

Q: Is it OK to drink hot or cold beverages while wearing Invisalign aligners?

A: Except for cool water, we recommend that you do not drink while wearing the aligners. This is to avoid formation of cavities and stains, or warping of the aligners with hot drinks and hot water.

CONCLUSION

Clear Aligners are a safe, comfortable alternative to traditional braces, but as with any orthodontic treatment it should be handled by the right professional who understands your needs and helps you deliver the perfect smile.

Blog Written by

Dr Abhilasha Rajendran, Orthodontist

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LANAP Protocol vs. Cut-and-Sew Procedures

The successful treatment of periodontal disease requires thorough debridement of the root surface. Pockets of 5mm or greater depth make it difficult to remove subgingival plaque and calculus. Surgical intervention allows access and visualization for scaling and root planing in these deep pockets. While scalpel surgery can accomplish such access and visualization, it can also result in attachment loss, gingival cratering and gingival recession. Additionally, the associated pain and discomfort can be deterrents.

The LANAP treatment protocol achieves the same access to conventional flap surgery, but it achieves its success differently. The practitioner uses a quartz fiber in place of a scalpel to achieve both tissue ablation and antibiotic properties. No cutting means a significantly more comfortable recovery. Patients typically remain on a soft diet for several days to a week following LANAP treatment and are instructed to avoid brushing at the surgical site for that period.

Whereas treatment outcomes with conventional modalities might be variable; in stark contrast, the LANAP protocol allows clinicians to achieve predictable, positive results – including the three-dimensional regeneration of bone. Also, the comfort levels associated with this minimally invasive treatment are substantially increasing patient acceptance rates.

 

Access to a dental clinic in Bangalore which offers laser treatment allows smooth transition between treatments.

Laser Dentistry in Bangalore | Chisel Dental Clinic

A laser is an instrument that produces a very narrow, intense beam of light energy which may or may not be visible to the human eye. When laser light comes in contact with tissue, it causes a reaction. The beam of light produced by the laser has the ability to remove, vaporize, or shape soft tissues.

In recent years, laser technology is used in routine and advanced dental procedures. Lasers provide a gentle approach with more predictable results as compared to traditional methods and surgical devices. In certain procedures, as a patient, you can expect higher quality of care, faster treatment and healing times with less overall discomfort. There are different classifications of Lasers. Here we are going to talk a little about Soft Tissue Lasers and some of their applications and benefits in dentistry.

Laser Dentistry Benefits

  • Efficient and effective soft-tissue removal
  • Virtually Painless and Natural Results
  • Reduced Trauma During and After Treatment
  • No Anesthesia, stitches or sutures, i.e. Fewer Dental Visits
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Accurate and Precise

Soft Tissue Laser Technology Applications in Dentistry :

Although a complete list of laser applications in dentistry huge, here are some of the common day to day applications of lasers in dentistry.

Soft Tissue Surgery

Traditionally this procedure is done using scalpel or sutures. The same procedure when done with laser technology, results in decreased post-operative pain. It helps the dentist to achieve improved restoration retention and the results are aesthetically suitable.

Periodontal Procedures

Sometimes during scaling and root planing, it becomes difficult to remove bacteria occurring deep under the gums. Lasers can be used in that case as a complement to the routine techniques. It allows dentists to use a non-surgical approach, gaining easier access to deeper calculus deposits and selectively target only darker, necrotic tissue, leaving healthy tissue alone, allowing for better healing and results.

Implant Recovery

Soft-tissue modification or removal around the implant can be done quickly and easily using laser technology. This minimizes the trauma/bleeding and improves the seating and esthetics for the Dental Implants.

Treating Aphthous Ulcers

Commonly known as canker sores, aphthous ulcers are lesions found on the “loose” tissues of the mouth including the inner aspects of the lips, buccal mucosa, tongue, soft palate and the floor of the mouth. Dentists were symptomatically treating these ulcers by applying topical agents or steroids. With the help of lasers quick healing can be achieved without the use of any chemicals or corticosteroids.

Frenectomy

Frenum is a band of tissue that attaches the upper lip to the gums and the tongue to the floor of the mouth. Frenectomy is a procedure that consists of releasing the frenum if it is too thick or too long to allow for better range of motion. A soft tissue laser can be used for this procedure and the results can be achieved without any bleeding or sutures. There is no need for anesthesia and treating time is short.

Laser root canal

Lasers can be used to sterilize and disinfect the tooth in otherwise non responsive root canal cases.

 

An Apple A Day Won’t Keep The Dentist Away!

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Tooth decay refers to cavities that occur when bacteria builds in your mouth and start producing acid that destroys your teeth. Overlooking tooth decay during the initial stages may cause infection, severe pain and the loss of tooth. The decay progression begins with the hidden damage to the enamel of your teeth and then gradually spreads to inner layers of the tooth, ultimately resulting in a pulp. The pulp of your teeth comprises of highly sensitive nerves and blood vessels.

The major causes of tooth decay include:

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  • Poor Oral Hygiene Practices
  • Deep Tooth Crevices and Enamel Issues
  • Improper Nutrition
  • Acidic Foods and Drinks
  • Dry Mouth Issues
  • Tooth Grinding

How to prevent tooth decay?  

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  1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride. If possible, brush after having meals and especially before you go off to bed.
  2. Clean between your teeth on a daily basis using dental floss or inter-dental cleaners.
  3. Use a fluoride-containing mouthwash to rinse your mouth because some mouthwashes contain antiseptic ingredients that kill bacteria that cause plaque.
  4. Drink at least one pint of fluoridated water daily as it protects the children from tooth decay.
  5. Eat balanced and nutritious meals and limit the fatty snacks. Keep away from carbohydrates like chocolates, pretzels and chips. If you eat sticky foods, don’t forget to brush your teeth soon afterwards.
  6. Consult your dentist about dental sealants (an artificial protective coating) applied to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth (molars) to protect them from decay.

Founder of Chisel Dental Clinic, Dr Sumanth Shetty—MDS Pedodontia says, “Avoiding a visit to the dentist is not good for your oral health and will eventually cause future tooth decay.” In fact, you should see the dentist frequently for routine cleaning and oral exam.

 

Orthodontics: The magical procedure for crafting a perfect smile!

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Orthodontics is a specialised branch of dentistry that is primarily associated with the diagnosis and correction of misaligned teeth and jaws. The objective of an orthodontic treatment is to adjust the placement of crooked teeth to fashion a smile that is pleasant and picture-perfect. Also, such treatments ensure that the teeth fit together correctly for appropriate oral hygiene, keeping periodontal disease and tooth decay at bay.

Who needs orthodontic treatment?

Abnormal development and arrangement of the teeth, as well as the jaw, can affect the overall shape of the face. An orthodontist carries a special clinical exam that includes diagnostic tools, such as X-rays and plaster models to decide whether a patient needs an orthodontic treatment or not.

The most common cases for orthodontic treatments are:

  • Overbite: Also known as ‘buck teeth’, where the upper front teeth appear to stick out over the lower teeth
  • Underbite: Refers to the ‘bulldog’ appearance, where the upper teeth are placed too far back than the lower teeth
  • Crossbite: An alignment where the upper teeth are placed slightly over the teeth at the bottom
  • Open Bite: When there is an apparent gap or space between the front upper and lower teeth upon biting them together
  • Misplaced Midline: When the centres of the upper and lower front teeth do not match each other
  • Spacing:Any sort of gaps or spaces between the teeth
  • Crowding: When there are too many teeth in the mouth as compared to the size of the jaws

Common Orthodontic Treatments

There are different types of appliances that put gentle pressure on the jaws and teeth to help them move.

Fixed Appliances: Braces (with bands, brackets and wire) is one of the most practised orthodontic treatments.

Removable Appliances: It includes orthodontic devices, such as aligners, retainers, lip and cheek bumpers, palatal expander, headgear and jaw repositioning tools.

Chisel Dental Clinic is one of the best dental clinics in Bangalore.The clinic is headed by Dr Sumanth Shetty, who has successfully accomplished more than 10,000 cosmetic and implant cases over a decade. Visit http://www.chiseldental.co.in/ to book an appointment with our specialised orthodontists, dental surgeons and endodontists today!

Treat Problematic Teeth with Root Canal.

The term “root canal” chills us to the bones because most of us think it to be a very painful dental procedure. However, the truth is that root canal, also known as endodontic treatment (endo-inside, dont-tooth), doesn’t cause discomfort or pain but it actually provides relief from it. Experts from Chisel Dental Clinic say that advanced Technologies have made this treatment a totally pain-free experience and a lot of times it gets done in just a single visit. Read on to know more about it:

Root canal is done when the inner portion or the pulp of a tooth becomes sore or infected. The pulp has the nerves and blood vessels and therefore it causes severe pain after catching infections. The inflammation or infection can be caused due to many reasons but mostly they are the result of deep decay or cavity.

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It’s not easy to identify if a person needs a root canal procedure because sometimes no symptoms are present. Nonetheless, some common signals that you may experience are listed below:

  • Stark toothache pain when chewing
  • Persistent sensitivity or pain while consuming hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Staining or darkening of the tooth
  • Inflammation and sensitivity in the gums
  • Frequent occurrence of tiny bumps on the gums

If you notice any of the warning signs that have been mentioned above, then you must visit your dentist as soon as possible.

Almost all the general dentists have received training in endodontic treatments and they can perform most endodontic procedures, depending on their comfort level. Often they refer people needing complex root canal treatments to endodontists, who have had expert training in endodontic diagnosis and treatment. Endodontists perform easy as well as difficult procedures in the best possible manner and relieve the patients from tooth problems.

Smile makeover before the wedding.

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Smile makeover before the wedding

A once in a lifetime affair but the most awaited and priceless one too! A wedding calls for a lot if preparation and running around but don’t let it come in your way of looking stunning, it’s your wedding after all.

All the preparations are made, everything else tied up perfectly and for all the other things you have your loved one’s to take care. All you have to do on your wedding day is stand on the stage a flash that million dollar smile of yours!

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Here are some treatments you can go for to smile your way through the love of your life along with everyone else present:

Cleaning: Sometimes all you need is a little brushing up before the big day. The cleaning done a few days prior to your wedding by expert professionals at Chisel Dental Clinic will make you ready for the day without much ado.

Whitening: Going for a professional teeth whitening is also a great idea. It also helps in hiding basic crooked, overlapped or spaced teeth issues quite effectively.

Tooth contouring: This is a great option for people with minute problems in their teeth like uneven teeth, chipped tooth or the like. Tooth contouring process is just like filing your nails wherein there is no pain involved but you know something is being done to them. The teeth are basically evened to perfection.

Porcelain veneers: If your problem is a little graver than you can go for porcelain veneers. It covers all the cracked, chipped and stained teeth very smartly. All you have to do then is flash out that beautiful smoke all the way.

Invisalign: This process requires time. It is a wire free and braces free way to straightened teeth. These are invisible aligners that can be easily removed every time you want to nibble. Also, lose a few kilos with these aligners as laziness to remove them to eat will surely make you avoid untimely munching.

With a gorgeous smile, you’ll not only bag loads of compliments that day but will certainly get queries till much later.

The happiness on the money well spent and decision timely taken to go for a smile makeover before your marriage will always make you proud of yourself every time you’ll see your sparkling smile while going through your wedding album.

Why flossing is so important?

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Why flossing is so important?

Dentists, across the world, believe that nothing can ever replace the effect of brushing and flossing.  A consistent dental care routine is excessively important to keep up the health of the teeth and gums. Consistent use of dental floss removes plaque and helps to prevent the accumulation of plaque, which can further lead to tartar. Regular flossing can improve and enhance the appearance of your teeth to a great extent. It can also help them to look brighter by eliminating plaque and excess food particles that might get stuck in the corners of your teeth. You might not be able to see these tiny particles in the mirror but with the help of flossing, you can get rid of them.

Experts from Chisel Dental Clinic say that flossing should be an essential part of good oral hygiene habits. It is a step that is often forgotten and ignored by the people because most people think that maximum of the dental issues can be avoided only by brushing your teeth regularly. However, people must know it very clearly that flossing completes tooth brushing because dental floss goes where a toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing can also help in preventing the discoloration of teeth by deeply cleaning out the joint between two teeth.

People of all age must develop a habit of flossing on a regular basis. In fact, you should encourage your young ones to pick this habit of maintaining a good oral hygiene right from the very beginning.

If you wear braces, then flossing is even more essential. Food and bacteria can easily camp beneath the braces and can cause permanent harm to your teeth. Nonetheless, you have to be really careful while flossing or else you may perhaps end up damaging your teeth, gums and braces.

Factors to Consider Before Choosing a Dentist.

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Factors to Consider Before Choosing a Dentist

Taking care of your teeth is one of the greatest ways to keep up your overall level of health. Good oral hygiene can keep your smile looking great and it can also safeguard your health. Having a good dentist is important if you want to preserve your teeth. Here are a few things, revealed by the experts of Chisel Dental Clinic, which you should consider before choosing a dentist:

  • Reputation: Any dentist that you work with should have a brilliant reputation. Devote some time in reading reviews of local dentists to find the best one.
  • Location: Your dentist’s workplace should be conveniently located. If it is too much of a trouble to get to the office, then you may be less likely to keep up with regular appointments. Look for an office that is situated close to your home or office.
  • Price: Dental services need to be reasonably priced or else you will be disappointed while going in for appointments. Call some local dentists and ask for their base price on standard procedures such as cleanings, fillings and crowns to compare prices.
  • Dental Staff: In the course of your dental visit, you should be treated well by all of the staff members. This includes the front desk staff, as well as any dental assistants or hygienists who work on your teeth.
  • Payment Options: It is imperative to make sure that the dental office you choose accepts the category of payment you want to use. For example, if you plan to pay for your dental services with a credit card, make sure that the dentist accepts the type of card that you have.
  • Specialties: If you need any exceptional procedures done such as a root canal, extraction or oral surgery, you should make sure that the dentist is up for the job. Not all dentists offer surgical procedures, so it is essential to check beforehand.

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