18
Apr

5 Signs You Have an Uneven Bite

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An uneven bite, such as an underbite, overbite, or a misaligned bite, can be very obvious. Many people have braces or other orthodontic work done in adolescence to correct uneven bites. Sometimes it’s harder to tell if your bite is uneven, but it is important to correct any misalignment in the jaw and teeth. Not only is it detrimental to cosmetic appearance, but an uncorrected uneven bite can result in discomfort, pain, and difficulty chewing. An uneven bite can also result in a heightened risk of tooth decay or even lead to tooth loss. If you are unsure, here are some signs and symptoms of an uneven bite, which may be destructive to your oral health and the look of your smile: Appearance This is, obviously, the easiest way of telling if your teeth are crooked. Examining the alignment of your teeth in the mirror is a good way of…

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10
Apr

Veneer vs. Componeer: What’s the Difference?

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A beautiful white smile is a great boost for your self-confidence and can dramatically improve your appearance. If you have stained, chipped, or unevenly spaced teeth, veneers or componeers are both effective, non-intrusive ways of improving the look of your smile and increasing your self-esteem! As dental technology increases, so do your options for a smile makeover. Veneers are the more traditional option, but Componeers are a newer option that can save you time and money. Here are the differences between the two so that you can decide which option is best suited for you: Veneers Veneers are very commonly used to correct minor misalignments, or spaces, and to correct any discolouration, resulting in a brilliant white smile. Usually made of porcelain, veneers are custom-fitted and placed over your front teeth to create a natural effect. Veneers are the most traditional, effective, and long-lasting smile enhancement. Pros: Less intrusive than…

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5
Apr

3 Dental Emergencies That Require Immediate Action

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Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if oral pain, swelling, or other discomfort is an emergency or not. Many people underplay the pain they feel, perhaps worried of overreacting or wasting the dentist’s time. Sometimes minor oral health issues can be taken care of at home or with over-the-counter products, but there are some dental emergencies that require immediate action. If any of the following apply to you, it’s essential that you see your dentist right away! Having a Tooth Knocked Out This is probably the most obvious situation that will require dental action as quickly as possible! If you have had a tooth knocked out in an accident and can recover the whole tooth, acting fast increases your chances of having the tooth replaced. After a tooth is knocked out, pick it up and hold it by the crown and rinse it under plain water. If possible, place…

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27
Mar

How Braces Improve Jaw Function

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Many people, usually as adolescents, choose to get braces for a variety of reasons. The overarching reason is usually to improve alignment of the jaw and teeth. When people think of braces, their first thought is usually about cosmetic improvement. We want straighter, more appealing smiles. Have a straight smile is incredibly helpful in many ways. It improves self-esteem and can help you make a better impression in general. However, the positive effects of braces aren’t purely cosmetic. By changing the alignment of your bite, braces can improve jaw and facial structure, leading to better comfort and jaw function! This can even create a positive aesthetic impact for the whole face, as it improves structural harmony. Misalignment, or poor jaw structure, can lead to a number of issues, such as: TMD, or facial tension, which causes pain and discomfort in the muscles around the jaw Difficulty chewing Speech impediments. Migraines…

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20
Mar

5 Signs You Have TMD

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What is TMD? To begin with, it’s short for temporomandibular disorder. TMD affects facial joints and muscles, especially those used in chewing, such as the joints where the jaw connects to the skull. TMD is a common and usually not serious condition, but can vary in severity and have negative impacts on overall health and quality of life. There are many factors that can lead to TMD, and each case is unique. Some common causes of TMD include: Tooth grinding Stress and tension Past injuries Structural issues such as an uneven bite Conditions such as osteoarthritis that cause joints to weaken and wear down over time However, TMD can also develop without an obvious cause. How do you know if you have TMD? Here are some common signs: Jaw Clicking TMD can often be identified by a clicking or popping noise accompanying chewing or speaking. Pain TMD pain can vary…

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