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 the 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.…

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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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13
Mar

Get Wedding Ready: When To Book Your Teeth Whitening

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There are so many things to consider when preparing for your big day, and looking your best is a major one! A wedding doesn’t only mean happy memories—there will also be countless photos and videos, and with social media these are sure to be shared more than ever. Having your teeth whitened prior to your wedding will add that extra bit of confidence and sparkle to your smile on the big day. It’s important to schedule your teeth whitening at the right time to have your smile as bright as can be on your wedding day. You’ll want to make sure you schedule it ahead of time as well, as things tend to get hectic leading up to the big day. One factor to consider is what whitening method you are using. There are several methods, including gel, toothpaste, whitening strips, and other professional methods. These vary in results and…

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6
Mar

Tips To Get Your Child Excited For The Dentist

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Very few people get excited about going to the dentist, so it should come as no surprise if it’s not your child’s favourite activity. However, oral health and hygiene are important from an early age, and setting your child up with a dentist and oral health routine early will help them have healthy teeth and healthy habits for life. Here are some tips to help conquer your little one’s dislike or fear of the dentist. Do Your Homework If your child has cavities, inflamed gums, or other dental issues, it can make for a painful and taxing dental visit. By practising excellent oral hygiene at home, you can make trips to the dentist positive and painless. Make sure your child brushes their teeth at least twice a day, flosses once a day, and avoids sugary foods and drinks as much as possible. Educate and Explain By explaining how important and…

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