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What is best: sonic toothbrush, rotating toothbrush, or manual brush?

What is best:  sonic toothbrush, rotating toothbrush, or manual brush?

Sonic: All dental care can work well regardless of the device if used regularly and properly. The sonic device has been proven to be a little more effective than equivalently used other devices. But it is more expensive, a little less convenient and does not travel so well. But take care of your teeth well and they will serve you well for all of your life. ...Read more

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Difference between dental bonding, composite veneer and ceramic veneer?

Difference between dental bonding, composite veneer and ceramic veneer?

Aesthetics/Strength: Both types can give you a smile that is greatly improved. Only your dentist can tell you if you are a good candidate for veneers or bonding. ...Read more

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Tooth brush dish washer. Is it safe to use a tooth brush cleaned in the dishwasher?

Tooth brush dish washer. Is it safe to use a tooth brush cleaned in the dishwasher?

Nat a bad idea: Just make sure it;s thoroughly rinsed after cleaning. Best idea is to change your toothbrush if the bristles begin to fray, but no less often than every 3 months. Should also change brush if you have a cold so that you don't reinfect yourself. ...Read more

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Swallowed about 55 toothbrush bristles ?

Swallowed about 55 toothbrush bristles ?

New toothbrush: You need a new toothbrush. By the time you read this answer, the bristles will have passed into your intestines. Be careful next time. ...Read more

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Best pfhn bridge:with metal occlusals (biting surfaces) &porcelain facings or with porcelain covering metal except on tongue side of crown porc occlus?

Best pfhn bridge:with metal occlusals (biting surfaces) &porcelain facings or with porcelain covering metal except on tongue side of crown porc occlus?

Depends: Usually metal has physical properties closer to the physical properties of tooth structure and porcelain is harder and can sear tooth enamel.... Ask your dentist what is used in the office or if there are choices. Sometimes a prosthodontist has special training in this area and give you the service you desire. ...Read more

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Could dental assistants place and grind permanent composite filling?

Could dental assistants place and grind permanent composite filling?

Maybe: Depends on the state your in and state regulations. Some states license dental assistants with extended functions. After a dentists prepares a tooth for a restoration this assistant can fill, polish, adjust bite and contour the restoration. ...Read more

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Do metal retainers wear away enamel?

Do metal retainers wear away enamel?

Enamel wear: I have never seen that happen and I have been in practice almost 30 years(assuming you are not chewing on the metal trying to destroy your teeth). ...Read more

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How to clean dental implants using waterpik?

How to clean dental implants using waterpik?

In concert w/brushin: Dental implants should be cared for the same as you would your natural teeth. Brushing, flossing, mouth rinses, and the water pik is a great addition, but not a substitute for any of the others. You also need to maintain your professional dental visits as well, so get that water pik and bring your oral hygiene to the next level! ...Read more

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Can/does a prosthodontist install individual dental crowns and replacements when they wear out?

Can/does a prosthodontist install individual dental crowns and replacements when they wear out?

Definetely,: By definition prosthodontists replace missing natural teeth with fixed or removable appliances, such as crowns, veneers, dentures, bridges, and implants. Prosthodontists receive three years of additional training and he/she is master of complete oral rehabilitation. ...Read more

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How does a 2 unit dental acrylic nesbit differ in price from that of a removable partial denture with typical metal clasps across teeth? ADA codes?

How does a 2 unit dental acrylic nesbit differ in price from that of a removable partial denture with typical metal clasps across teeth? ADA codes?

Professional fees: They vary from office to office, so no concrete difference can be quoted. It may cost you a bit less for the unilateral RPD. ADA code for unilateral RPD is D5281, and for a RPD with metal substructure and claps for the mandible is D5214 ...Read more

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Orthodontist made a retainer nti. Will this straighten teeth, or ruin front teeth. Made of plastic. Plastic feels too hard, retainer makes teeth hurt?

Orthodontist made a retainer nti. Will this straighten teeth, or ruin front teeth. Made of plastic. Plastic feels too hard, retainer makes teeth hurt?

NTI not a retainer: An nti appliance is normally used in patients with symptoms of tmd, and by virtue of it preventing back tooth contact, can shut down facial muscle activity that is causing pain in many instances. It is not a long term appliance as it can lead to uncontrolled back tooth eruption that can create other problems. Ask your dental professional for clarification of its purpose in your case. ...Read more

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Can a dental ultrasonic scaler hurt?

Can a dental ultrasonic scaler hurt?

Ultrasonic scalers: Most of my patients find ultrasonic scaling slightly uncomfortable and then only for some of their teeth. Some patients use nitrous oxide\oxygen analgesia (sweet air) and with it are quite comfortable. A few request or require local anesthesia. ...Read more

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Do teeth whitening pens work?

Do teeth whitening pens work?

YES!!!: Teeth whitening pens work, but those products are designed more maintenance purpose then for " whitening". I mean that if you have not had your teeth cleaned for ten years... And , all of a sudden, you buy this whitening pen and plan to use as " miracle wand" .... It may not work , sorry. On the other hand, you you regularly visit your dentist and have your teeth cleaned, and/or whitened, then ok. ...Read more

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Are stainless steel wire for braces safe?

Are stainless steel wire for braces safe?

Absolutely: Orthodontists have been using stainless steel wires for more than 70 years without incident. There are many types of stainless steel wires with different metallurgical formulas and properties. They are the "railroad tracks" that your teeth (railroad cars) slide along. ...Read more

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Which looks more natural: ceramic braces or metal braces?

Which looks more natural: ceramic braces or metal braces?

Ortho outcome: The most important question to ask yourself, is what am I trying to accomplish and what is the best way to achieve that goal? Hopefully you want the best aesthetic look and the healthiest teeth and gums. Therefore find the best Orthodontist you can and discuss how best to achieve your goals. Each system has pros and cons. See what is best for you. ...Read more

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Is a waterpik or electric toothbrush better?

Is a waterpik or electric toothbrush better?

Thanks for asking!: I prefer the electric vibrating tooth brush over the waterpic. Whatever does the best job in your hands of mechanically removing the plaque around your teeth. Try getting a chewable disclosing tablet from your dentist and you can compare which does the best job removing the plaque. ...Read more

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Would a dental retainer fix one crooked tooth?

Would a dental retainer fix one crooked tooth?

depends: If the tooth is slightly out of the arch or slightly rotated and there is enough space, the retainer will work well when properly designed. See your dentist to know if this is viable. ...Read more

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Is it safe to clean your retainers with a colgate soft total advanced whitening toothbrush? would the whitening IN THE TOOTHBRUSH harm the retainer?

Is it safe to clean your retainers with a colgate soft total advanced whitening toothbrush? would the whitening IN THE TOOTHBRUSH harm the retainer?

Whitening: Anything labeled whitening usually has higher than normal levels of abrasives. Brush your retainer 2x/day with a plain soft toothbrush, no toothpaste. Put your retainer into denture cleaner (follow package directions) EVERY day. ...Read more

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Which is better: clear ceramic braces or metal braces?

Management decision: Both can be used to great avail to produce excellent results. It comes down to each orthodontic specialist's decision regarding personal preference. Clear braces can look good or less than ideal in different situations. Clear are a bit more uncomfortable to remove in "my opinion.". ...Read more

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