Applying orthodontics (braces) can correct improperly aligned teeth. Braces can be used for adults or children and work by applying pressure over time to adjust the alignment of the teeth. The pressure also results in an altered shape of the bony sockets in which the teeth are situated.
Incognito – Invisible Braces
Incognito orthodontic braces are placed on the backside of your teeth, so they are completely hidden from view. No one will know that you are wearing braces unless you tell them, and they are comfortable to wear. Incognito appliance is 100% customized, that is, they are made one patient at a time, one tooth at a time and it follows the contour of your teeth for comfort and performance.
- Completely aesthetic, no one will know that you are wearing braces.
- Minimal discomfort and speech interference.
- 100% customized for the best results.
- Wires customized and do not require adjustments often mean fewer appointments and less discomfort throughout treatment.
- Nothing is placed on the front side of your teeth.
Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that are custom-made specifically for your teeth. As you replace each aligner every two weeks, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week, gradually moving towards the projected final position. Comfortable, clear and removable – Invisalign transforms your smile without disrupting your life.
A mouth guard is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth, jaws, lips and gums. A mouthguard is most often used to prevent injury in contact sports, (such as football, hockey, boxing etc) as a treatment for bruxism or TMD, or as part of certain dental procedures, such as tooth bleaching. Depending on application, it may also be called a mouth protector, mouth piece, gumshield, gumguard, nightguard, occlusal splint, bite splint, or bite plane.
Bruxism is the medical term for grinding, gnashing or clenching the teeth. This condition affects both children and adults and the teeth grinding or clenching, may be loud enough to wake the sleep partner. The teeth are worn down, flattened or chipped, worn tooth enamel, exposing the inside of the tooth resulting in tooth sensitivity, earache and jaw pain or tightness in the jaw muscles.
- In some adults, abnormal alignment of upper and lower teeth (malocclusion) may contribute to the problem.
- In children, bruxism may be related to growth and development while some children grind their teeth because of tension, anger, allergy problems, or as a response to pain from an earache or teething.
- It’s particularly common in children with cerebral palsy (or severe mental retardation). But most children outgrow bruxism before they get their adult teeth.
- It can be a complication of another disorder, such as Huntington’s disease or Parkinson’s disease.
- It can also be an uncommon side effect of some psychiatric medications including antidepressants.
Use of mouth guards at night
- Avoid alcohol
- Cut back on caffeine
- Avoid chewing gum
- Relax your jaw muscles at night by holding a warm washcloth at night against your cheeks in front of your earlobes.