Thursday, 17 January 2019

Adult orthodontics ?

A great-looking smile is a sure way to boost self-confidence and orthodontic treatment can even enhance an adult's career opportunities and social life. There are potential health benefits as crooked teeth are more difficult to clean effectively, setting the stage for tooth decay and gum disease. Crowded teeth also tend to worsen with age and become even more.. so …there are many reasons to consider orthodontic treatment at any age.

A lot has changed since you were a teenager in terms of the orthodontic appliances themselves. Clear braces can sometimes be used instead of the metal ones, and are less visible. Invisible clear aligners are also appropriate in many cases for rapid alignment of front teeth.
These newer appliance options have increased popularity for adults orthodontics with most reporting that they are very happy with the results. So remember that when it comes to straightening teeth, there is no age cut off. If a better smile is something you really want, schedule a consultation at our clinic to discuss your treatment options.

What will determine if you are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment, then, will not be your age; it will be your current state of your gums and what type of problem you are trying to fix. Gum disease, which is the cause of bad breath and loss of tooth-supporting bone, is more prevalent in adults than in adolescents. Orthodontic treatment works by gently moving teeth within the bone that supports them and orthodontic treatment in the presence of gum disease can aggravate the disease and make it worse. While gum disease does not preclude successful orthodontic treatment, it is essential that any existing gum disease be treated first.
If you are interested in orthodontics or other options for your smile please book a consultation at clinica dental la plaza, Javea  96 646 1120.
Article supplied by Dr Karen Gardner ,dentist and orthodontist

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Fear of the dentist?

Many people feel nervous or afraid of visiting the dentist, but there are things you can try to help overcome your fear.
We have been treating patients on the Costa Blanca for over 23 years and understand any fears or anxieties our patients may feel.
Visit our surgery to have a look around, meet the receptionist and dentist and see the environment. Tell us that you're anxious and what your fears are, so we know beforehand.
Pick an appointment time early in the morning so you have less time to dwell on it. The first appointment will simply be a check-up so don't worry about having any treatment. See this first visit as your chance to get to know the dentist.
Take a friend with you to your appointment. The dentist won't mind if they accompany you throughout the check-up or treatment.
Agree a sign with the dentist to signal that you need a break and want them to stop. It can be as simple as pointing your finger, and will help you feel more in control.
If you think it will help, start gradually with a clean and polish then work up to other treatments, such as fillings, once you've built up trust and rapport with your dentist.
Talk to the dentist about using a numbing gel if you have a fear of needles.
Use headphones to listen to music during your visit. It may help you relax.
Some people find simple inhalation sedation very helpful to relax them for dental treatment. This is a bit like gas and air given during childbirth, but instead of being delivered through a mask it comes through a nosepiece.You might also be given sedative tablets to take by mouth before your appointment.

If you're extremely nervous you may prefer sedation through an injection into your hand or arm (intravenously) during treatment. The drugs won't send you to sleep – you'll be awake and able to talk to the dentist – but they'll calm and relax you so deeply you probably won't remember much of what happened.