How your teeth rot?

How your teeth rot?

How Does Tooth Decay Happen?
You can’t actually see what’s happening, but the process of tooth decay transitions from minor annoyance to major health issue very quickly. How does tooth decay happen? Two primary substances are to blame: sugar and bacteria. Whenever sugary and sticky foods are consumed, the bacteria on your teeth (usually in the form of sticky plaque) uses that sugar as “food” to produce acid.

After a steady dose of these so-called “acid attacks,” the tooth’s enamel starts to wear away. At first, you may notice small discolorations. Soon afterward, those tiny chinks in your tooth’s armor develop into small holes and blemishes called cavities. The plaque and cavities allow more acid to enter the tooth’s soft, vulnerable interior. Once the enemy (acid and bacteria) advance beyond the gates (enamel), it’s only a matter of time before the tooth starts to rot from the inside out.

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Invisalign vs traditional braces

Many patients seeking straighter teeth will consider the benefits of Invisalign vs braces, as well as other types of braces. Invisalign vs braces that are more traditional each offer unique advantages and disadvantages for patients. Answering the question of which treatment is best will require consideration of several factors, including the patient’s dental issues, requirements, and wishes. Potential orthodontic patients who wish to learn more about Invisalign vs. braces should schedule an orthodontist consultation to see which type of braces is right for them.

Invisalign vs. Braces Differences

The main differences between Invisalign vs. braces are the methods of application and the way the teeth are straightened throughout the treatments. Traditional braces are “permanent” and cannot be removed during treatment. They are removed by the orthodontist when the teeth have reached their desired positions. Invisalign can be removed daily for certain activities, such as eating.

Traditional Braces

More traditional braces feature small metal or ceramic brackets that are bonded to each tooth. Metal wires are then attached to each bracket across each row of teeth. Orthodontists can tighten and position the wires as they wish, providing optimal control over the teeth straightening process.

Invisalign

Invisalign and other invisible braces systems use clear, plastic aligners that are similar in appearance to mouth guards. These aligners are fitted to the teeth, and switched out roughly every two weeks. They are removable, so patients can remove them while eating and cleaning their teeth.

Invisalign Pros and Cons

As indicated by the name, the main benefit of Invisalign is that the system is significantly less noticeable than traditional braces. This makes Invisalign more popular with adult orthodontic patients who may wish for more discreet treatment. Due to the removable nature of Invisalign, patients also experience greater convenience, especially when eating and cleaning the teeth.

Invisalign Disadvantages

The main disadvantage of the Invisalign system is its limited treatment abilities in comparison to traditional braces. The lack of brackets and wires provides orthodontists with less direct control over the movement of teeth. As a result, the treatment process may take longer. Additionally, Invisalign may not be effective for treating more severe dental issues, such as vertical movement of teeth, severe tooth rotation, or significant bite issues.

Braces Pros and Cons

The main advantage of braces is the effectiveness of treatment. Traditional braces give orthodontists the most control over the treatment process. This allows for shorter treatment times than with Invisalign and other invisible braces systems. Traditional braces are also typically less expensive than Invisalign.

Braces Disadvantages

One of the biggest braces disadvantages is the noticeable appearance. Especially in older patients, this can lead to issues with social discomfort, as many perceive a stigma associated with braces. The bulkier nature of braces may also cause added physical discomfort in the mouth, as well as more time required for maintenance and cleaning.

Mini Implant offering at Sunshine Dental Group

What is Mini-Implant?

It is a minimally invasive treatment option which can be used for denture stabilisation. We recognise many people experience problems with loose or ill-fitting dentures and it impacts on their ability to eat certain foods and on other day to day activities.

It is a less invasive procedure which is usually completed in one appointment and therefore can be provided at a cost which is significantly lower than conventional treatment options for denture stabilisation.

Dr Elizabeth Ladyjenski is trained to perform this procedure and is available to discuss both the procedure and suitability for treatment.

We are currently offering a FREE complementary consultation to patients wanting to know more about this procedure.

Please contact us on 9311-1056 to make an appointment with Dr Elizabeth Ladyjenski to take advantage of this offer.