|Can I Straighten My Teeth as an Adult?
|Many people associate braces with kids. However, the great news is that these restorations aren't only meant for kids. Many adults, even those over 50 years old, have benefited from orthodontic treatment.
Braces tend to work faster for kids because their jawbones have not fully matured. Nonetheless, it doesn't mean they cannot work for adults. Teeth continue shifting as people age, as such, there is never a time when orthodontic treatment will not work.
It may take longer for adults to have their teeth straightened with braces, but in the end, as an adult, you will still have a straighter bite. Braces adjust teeth by exerting pressure on them. The pressure can work even after bones have matured and stopped growing.
There are many benefits to using braces as an adult. The first is cosmetic because correcting crooked teeth helps enhance self-confidence. You can once again feel good about your smile. Additionally, braces can help with serious issues such as uneven wear of teeth. Braces can also prevent the wearing down of fillings and dental crowns. Moreover, braces can help treat pain in your jaw or assist in ensuring the mouth closes correctly.
If you have been wanting to straighten your teeth and you are over 40, 50, or even 60 years old, don't think it's too late. In fact, it's never too late to benefit from braces. Come to our dental clinic for further evaluation to see how braces can assist with your bite misalign issues.
|I Continuously Catch Myself Clenching and Grinding My Teeth. How Can I Stop this Habit?
|If you clench and grind your teeth, there are several things you can do to address this habit. First, it is important to reduce stress because it is considered a leading cause of teeth clenching and grinding (also known as bruxism). The habit affects people who have nervous tension like frustration, pain, and anger.
People with hurried, aggressive, and overly competitive tendencies also are likely to grind and clench their teeth.
Visiting a dentist is vital because you can receive a mouth guard to avert direct contact and rubbing of teeth. A dentist may also consider correcting your misaligned teeth which could be contributing to bruxism. Further, avoid alcohol and caffeine. Talk to our dentist today about your grinding and clenching habit for help.
|Here is How You Can Get Rid of Bad Breath
|Bad breath can be embarrassing and sometimes, you might not even realize that your breath is foul-smelling. Luckily, you can prevent or stop bad breath (also known as halitosis) by brushing your teeth after eating. Have a toothbrush at work so that you can use it to brush after eating. Further, floss once daily. Make sure you brush the tongue including the underside areas where bacteria tend to hide. Moreover, avoid dry mouth by staying hydrated. Cleaning dental appliances and dentures is also another way to avoid halitosis. Regularly change your toothbrush to ensure effective brushing and removal of bacterial plaque.
Lastly, schedule regular visits with our dentist for dental checkups. Our dentist can inspect the mouth to see why halitosis is occurring and whether you have gum disease, considering that bad breath is a possible sign of gum infection.