Having crooked teeth can really affect your self-esteem. When you're at an event and someone pulls out their smartphone to take a picture, do you feel self-conscious? Do you try to hide your teeth, keeping your mouth closed when you smile? If so, you've probably considered cosmetic dentistry at some point in your life. Maybe you were afraid or you didn't want to commit to such a big change, or maybe the idea of ugly metal on your teeth made you cringe. Metal braces, though they improve your smile eventually, can make your smile look worse while they're on. They can give you yet another reason to keep your mouth closed and avoid showing off your pearly whites.
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You've gone through the process of getting braces, scheduling dental visits, and watching your teeth shift to create the beautiful smile that you have today. You can finally look in the mirror and love the smile you see reflected back at you. So, of course, you want to do everything you can to ensure that your smile stays this beautiful forever. Afterall, you don't want to go through the process of getting braces just to watch your teeth shift again. So, how do you maintain orthodontic treatment once your braces come off?
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Braces can be a big change, especially as an adult. You've lived your entire life without them, creating daily habits that didn't include caring for something attached to your teeth. It can be a bit challenging getting used to them, as well as learning to care for your teeth while they're on. But it's also well worth it. One challenge adults with braces can face is going to work with them. Below you'll find five tips for going back to work with braces that will help you adjust to your new day-to-day schedule. (Luckily with Six Month Smiles, straight teeth takes less time!)
Whether you're getting a shower before the big prom, or are shaving in the morning, your personal hygiene is always important. After all, first impressions are lasting ones, especially when you're hanging around groups of people. However, it's amazing how many people shave and shower on a daily basis, but don't take care of their dental hygiene as well.
Valentine's Day is just one week away and all the love in the air really got us thinking. When it comes to true love, there are few things in life that are as awesome of a pair as you and your smile. After all, your smile is the way you share adoration with the world around you, with your handsome husband, your beautiful wife, your whiz-kid kids, your there-through-whatever dog and maybe even your goldfish.
There is a simple yet powerful question that can instantly and dramatically improve your case acceptance rate... I call it "The Golden Question." I will tell you what The Golden Question is shortly but please allow me to set it up. The Golden Question is something that seems too basic upon first inspection. However, I promise you that when you start using it you will have one of those "a-ha!" moments that we all crave.
Getting enough rest is a struggle many individuals face. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that approximately 50-70 million adults experience notable sleep disorders. These sleep disorders have critical effects on lifestyle--mental, emotional, and physical. Inadequate sleep quality leads to a wide range of associated medical issues. Harvard reports that sleep deprivation can lead to serious medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, atherosclerosis, diabetes, and obesity. Cures for sleep conditions range anywhere from surgery to medication. However, a potential solution to sleep maladies may lie within our own mouths. New research is showing a strong link between dental health and its connection to our quality of sleep.
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Gum disease is a subtle condition that develops slowly and quietly, deceiving many concerning the serious risks it poses. These risks don't just cover dental health. New research reveals that gum disease is a dangerous catalyst to many other health conditions. Gum disease is often over-simplified as just minor gum irritation or soreness. Unfortunately, misconceptions such as this allow gum disease to progress to extremely dangerous levels. Take steps to increase your own awareness on how gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis put your health at risk.
Better dental health leads to improved overall health.
Let's begin by reviewing what most people already know. The daily habits of brushing and flossing are elementary if optimal dental health is to be reached. The use of water jets and electric toothbrushes certainly aid in efficiency but a great, healthy smile can be achieved without them.
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Gum disease affected nearly 6.5 million adults in the U.S. between 2009 and 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the same study showed that those over 65 years of age had an increased potential for periodontal disease. Oral health is directly related to overall health, and diseases originating in the mouth or in the gums may have the same risk factors as other chronic diseases. There is, however, a clear connection between low dental health levels and some chronic diseases.