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Does Invisalign Also Serve The Purpose Of A Nightguard
No: I agree with dr. Niknia. The purpose of invisalign is to align your teeth. The purpose of a nightguard is to prevent wear from occuring on your teeth if you are clenching or grinding your teeth. Get invisalign if you're a candidate for it to align your teeth. Get a nightguard/bite splint to prevent further damage from occuring on the biting surfaces of your teeth. Plastic is more easy to replace. ...Read moreSee 8 more doctor answers
Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are clear plastic trays designed to tip your teeth into improved alignment. They are extremely esthetic, and must be worn >22 hours/day to be effective. They are not a braces substitute, are only about 60% as effective, take longer, are more expensive, and don't provide as much post-treatment stability. See an Orthodontic ...Read more
I'm curious as to which is better for the health of the tooth and gum, regular braces or invisalign?
If teeth are like bone, the hardest part of the body; so how can a mere, puny toothpaste have an effect on them?
Makes it stronger: Enamel is the hardest substance in the body, yet it can be destroyed when bathed in a constant acid bath, such as diet sodas, regular sodas, sucking on hard candies. Toothpaste counteracts the dissolution of the enamel because of the fluoride. Fluoride gets out of the toothpaste, and is then free to exchange with the calcium in your enamel, which makes the enamel stronger and more resistant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does blue cross cover any of the cost of the invisalign? What about being sedated during dental work? Please help
Is it safe to have base metal crowns and gold in your mouth? I've heard of currents that are bad for health.
Galvanic current: Galvanic current occurs in the presence of two or more dissimilar metals in an electrolyte or saltwater environment. In certain instances it can occur in your mouth with two dissimilar metal crowns. I have never heard that this would be detrimental you your health. You can avoid this by having restorations made of similar materials. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ask your orthodonist: Depends on the orthodontist and their charges. ...Read more
What kind of bite splint, dentist made of course, can I use when using braces? Is there any flexible ones that adjust to my changing occlusion?
So, perio protect (as a brand name) is not typically used on a daily basis unless the patient is in the healing phase of dental work?
See below: Its used in between treatment to keep your bacteria population down...However i would still use the ozoniated oil i think its much more effective for reducing bacteria before i did anything i would have a saliva test done to see just whats in my mouth. If you want info on the saliva test email at [email protected] ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there a padding material that can be placed in new dentures to help ease gum soreness, roughness of the denture enhance fit and improve facial fitn?
New dentures: It is very common to get sore spots when wearing new prosthesis ( dentures) . New dentures are like new shoes and you need to break them in. It takes a littke bit of patience. After couple of adjustments everything should be fine however. During this period of adjustment , the dentist can prescribe prescription mouth rinse to ease the transition caused by the sore spots. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
How lumineers provide strength to broken tooth? And also lumineers can cover the back side of broken part?
Veneer material: Lumineers are mainly used as a no to slight prep veneers material and do not cover much of the back side of the tooth. It can add strength to a broken tooth depending on how much of the tooth is broken. A crown may be indicated if too much of the tooth is broken. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
What is the best 'appliance' or tool to use to floss with a retaining wire in place? (permanent wire behind teeth after the removal of braces)
Threader: The floss threader is the best. I recommend the one by butler. It is a loop with a straight piece sticking out. Looks like fishing line. You put the floss through the loop and thread the straight end of the threader under the teeth and wire and pull it through with the floss. Another good technique is the "soft piks" or "go betweens "(small). Water pic is very helpful. Also, ultrafloss is good. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
What is the ballpark cost for a splint to help w/TMJ issues? Does insurance usually cover? What does the dentist do to prep the patient for a splint?
TMJ splint: The range of treatment for TMJ treatment, including splints is vast. Depending upon the severity of the issues & the experience and training of the the dentist, a splint might range from $250 for a simple office made splint to $5000 by a "TMJ Specialist" for extensive testing and fabrication of a splint. Insurance coverage may be limited or non-existent although it might be covered under medical. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If composite resin is used to coat all of the front surface of the front teeth, will it have a natural appearance or look unnatural?
Soft splint: No, soft splints do not realign teeth/jaws. For that you need to see a qualified Orthodontic Specialist. Soft splints best used as athletic mouthguard to reduce risk of concussion and damage to teeth. Hard saints more effective at preventing damage from clenching/grinding and balancing of the bite. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No such device: There is really no such device. Some unscientific practitioners would test you with something like a galvanometer and have you hold the food in your hands to test for allergy. However this is only measuring electrical current from different foods having nothing to do with allergy. In fact, everyone would likely be test-positive for the same food although in varying degrees. ...Read more
Does zoom whitening make your teeth sore? I've read that with some forms of in-office whitening your teeth might be a bit sore afterwards. Does the same hold true for zoom?
Sensitive teeth?: If you have sensitive teeth, zoom can cause pain. It is very sort lived. I've been doing zoom for 3+ yrs and i had the worst reaction of any patient. Later that day my teeth were very sensitive and i was getting electrical shocks and throbbing pain. It lasted about 5-6 hours. Ibuprofen helped greatly. The next day, my teeth were a good bit more sensitive than usual, but by the lunch-time, gone. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I want high strength minimal metal framework for my removable denture appliance. Is nobelium, as a metal, the name of one of them?
What are the pros and cons of the plastic retainer vs. the metal retainer, in terms of comfort, flexibility, and what works better in treatment?
Durable & Adjustable: An orthodontic retainer made with a metal wire and acrylic is more durable and is adjustable, to a point. The vacuumed formed/3D printed plastic retainer(s) wear out after a few months of use, but are more easily (and less expensive) to replace if lost or if they wear out. Both are comfortable, and both work well if used correctly. Have your orthodontist show you samples of both. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
If a person wears partial dentures but keeps some of their natural teeth, does this mean bone loss and sagging of the jawbone won't be as pronounced?
Dentures & Bone: Bone will still be lost where the teeth were extracted. Without stimulus, the bone will atrophy. Having partials will help prevent the collapse of the vertical dimension which might be what you are asking. Nothing as good as your own teeth, the next best thing is implants. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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