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Dental XRAY (RVG)

Dental X-rays are a useful diagnostic tool to help your dentist monitor your oral health over time. These images can confirm that your teeth are healthy or reveal damage or disease not visible during a dental exam, such as new cavities or impacted teeth. When you need X-rays Your dentist will review your history and examine your mouth to determine whether you need X-rays. How often X-rays should be taken depends on your present oral health your age your risk for disease any signs and symptoms of oral disease For example, children and teens may require X-rays more often than adults because their teeth and jaws are still developing. If you are a new patient, your dentist may recommend X-rays to determine your current oral health and have a baseline to help identify changes that may occur later. If a previous dentist has any images of you, your new dentist may ask for copies instead of ordering new ones. Ask both dentists for help with forwarding your X-rays. You may not need an X-ray at every dental visit. According to 2024 recommendations by an expert panel of dentists at the American Dental Association (ADA), X-rays should be taken only when your dentist believes they will provide the necessary diagnostic information to help you reach your best dental health. X-ray safety Dental X-rays emit very low doses of radiation, which makes the risk of experiencing potentially harmful effects very small. Dental X-ray tools and techniques are designed to limit the body’s exposure to radiation, and radiation doses in dental imaging procedures are much lower now than they were in the past because of advances in technology. Still, ADA experts recommend X-rays in moderation to lessen radiation exposure. Abdominal and thyroid shielding (the use of leaded aprons and/or collars) is also no longer needed for patients of all ages and health statuses (like pregnancy). These tools can block the main X-ray beam. When this happens, additional X-rays may be needed, something your dentist wants to avoid. To get the best images of your teeth, your dentist or dental team will make sure you are properly positioned for your X-rays and that the beam is focused on the area of interest. In recent years, several professional organizations, such as the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and American Association of Physicists in Medicine, have supported discontinuing the use of lead shielding in dental and medical imaging exams.

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Cosmetic Filling

Fillings (Tooth-Colored) Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural. Composites cost more than amalgam and occasionally are not covered by some insurance plans. Also, no dental filling lasts forever Tooth-colored fillings are now used more often than amalgam or gold fillings, probably due to cosmetics. In a society focused on a white, bright smile, people tend to want fillings that blend with the natural color of their teeth. Ultimately, the best dental filling is no dental filling. Prevention is the best medicine. You can dramatically decrease your risk of cavities and other dental diseases simply by: brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste flossing daily eating a balanced diet visiting the dentist regularly.

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Invisible Braces

INTRODUCTION TO CONVENTIONAL DENTAL BRACES AND INVISALIGN Conventional Dental Braces- Conventional dental braces are metal-made devices (also known as braces, orthodontic cases, and cases) used to align and straighten misaligned, crooked, and crowded teeth. They position the teeth with regard to the patient’s bite. They fix gaps, underbites, overbites, deep bites, open bites, crossbites, and other orthodontic flaws. They also aim for overall dental health. As long as they remain on the surface of the teeth, they constantly put pressure on both teeth and jaw. And this pressure allows teeth to shift and position correctly. Invisalign- Invisalign is a modernly developed teeth-straightening treatment. According to the Invisalign McKinney specialists, this is one of the biggest examples of the excellence in modern dentistry. These days, it is widely gaining demand and popularity due to its amazing capabilities to treat faster than other treatments. It is an alternative to conventional dental braces and much more effective. It is a custom-made plastic teeth tray (also known as clear aligner, clear-aligner treatment), nearly invisible, used to correctly adjust and position the mild to moderate misalignment of teeth. It treats almost all the orthodontic problems such as misaligned, gapped, crooked, and crowded teeth. It also treats the bite’s flaws. It needs to be worn on the surface of teeth for at least 20 hours a day during the whole treatment period. Like conventional braces, it put force on both teeth and jaws that help in positioning or shifting the teeth correctly. CONVENTIONAL DENTAL BRACES AND INVISALIGN- THE DIFFERENCES Structure Dental braces consist of metal brackets that are tied together by a metal wire and tiny rubber bands. These are clearly visible devices when putting on teeth. On the other hand, Invisalign is a plastic form of braces. It does not consist of metal, wires, and rubber bands. It is simply a plastic-made clear aligner. It is almost invisible while wearing on teeth. Color Basically, dental braces come in metallic or silver colors. However, they are also available in enamel color. You can buy that by paying extra money. Invisalign is clear and transparent. Removable/Irremovable Dental braces are irremovable due to its specific structure. While eating, drinking, and brushing your teeth, you cannot remove dental braces. While Invisalign is easily removable and interchangeable. Before eating, drinking, and brushing your teeth, you can easily remove it, and after completing the task you can again wear it. Treatment Time Dental braces are required to be worn 24/7 during the whole treatment period. Invisalign is required to be worn 20-22 hours a day during the whole treatment period. Cleaning Dental braces must be nicely cleaned with the help of a toothbrush. On the other hand, to keep your Invisalign clean, you need to use lukewarm water. Follow Up Visits The patient who is taking dental braces treatment needs to meet the concerned dentist every month during the treatment period. The patient who is taking Invisalign treatment needs to meet the concerned dentist every two weeks to interchange the clear aligners. Effectiveness Dental braces are more effective for complex orthodontics problems. Invisalign is more effective for mild to moderate misalignment. PROS AND CONS OF DENTAL BRACES Pros Effective to treat any type of orthodontics problem including mild, moderate, and severe Lesser follow up visits to the dentist Low-cost devices Cons Irremovable Visible to the third person Discomfort in eating, drinking, and brushing teeth Food can get stuck between metal brackets Reduce the confidence level while speaking in front of some people May have pain and sores from metal brackets, wires, and teeth movement Required frequent cleaning Slow treatment process PROS AND CONS OF INVISALIGN Pros Effective in mild to moderate orthodontics problems Easily removable and interchangeable Almost invisible to the third person No difficulties in eating, drinking, and brushing teeth No pain and sores Easy cleaning process Do not reduce the confidence level Treat faster than braces Cons A bit costly Required frequent interchanging of clear aligner (every two weeks) CONVENTIONAL DENTAL BRACES AND INVISALIGN- WHICH ONE IS BETTER FOR YOU? Basically, it depends on the complexity of your orthodontics problem whether you should opt for conventional braces or Invisalign. You should leave this on your concerned dentist as he/she knows better what fits you the best. However, due to so many advantages, Invisalign is the first choice of dentists all around the world. They often prefer to prescribe Invisalign to dental patients instead of dental braces. You should also choose it for getting fast and effective results.

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Smile Designing

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM A DIGITAL SMILE DESIGNING PROCEDURE? If not all, but many of the end results of the cosmetic treatments can be assessed with this DSD softwares. Some of the treatments where digital smile designing is routinely used are: Discoloured teeth Gaps between the teeth Slightly irregular teeth Gummy smile (unnatural gum visibility) Asymmetrical/uneven gum lines When veneers are placed in the above situation, we can see the size, shape, contour of the teeth and you can exchange your opinion with the dentist.

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