There was a time when only kids and young adults wore braces but these days, college kids and even some adults who can afford it are turning to braces for corrective measures. As experts have pointed out, there is no age limit to wearing braces, as long as the patient has healthy gums and bones to support it, braces can be worn. Adults wear braces plainly because their parent could not afford it when they were younger.
Yup. Dental braces can be a symbol of social status in some areas but what are braces exactly? Simply put, dental braces are a form of treatment that helps correct underbites or overbites. If you are a little confused, there’s a difference between a dentist and an orthodontist. While both professionals are concerned with the care and maintenance of your dental health, orthodontists have extra units of study and they specialize in treatments and procedures to rectify misaligned teeth.
A part of the orthodontist’s arsenal is the dental brace. Before proceeding however, the orthodontist will conduct a variety of tests to measure the stability/strength of the patient’s jaw. The orthodontist will take X-rays and from there – he or she – will come up with recommendations and the proper course of action.
There are different types or styles of braces available, and fortunately, the ghastly full-metal mouth of old are being left behind now as orthodontists are opting for more aesthetically pleasing treatments for their patients.
Braces work through the continuous application of pressure, forcing the teeth to move and the concerned bones to reshape. The length of the treatment depends on the problem. The more severe it is, the longer it will take to set the teeth and the bones to set.
During this time, the patient should visit the orthodontist regularly. A once a month visit will allow the orthodontist to check on the treatment and adjust the wires and springs of the braces. After treatment, patients will have to wear retainers. These are usually prescribed to be worn daily for six months; afterwards, patients can wear them only at night. This process is a lifetime commitment to ensure that teeth and bones do not revert back to their original crooked alignments.
A nice, perfect smile takes a lot of maintenance. Together with the retainers, keep teeth healthy and strong by practicing good oral hygiene.
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It’s one of life’s simple pleasures and one that is almost impossible to put to down. Such is the power of sugar and sweets. They come in different names and packages but essentially and unfortunately, they all have the same properties.
Even before the advent of modern dentistry, ancient Greeks have already deduced that sugar is bad for teeth. As they have noted, eating too many figs can cause tooth decay. Nowadays we know more about sugar than the ancients did but despite the wealth of information and facts, our love affair for sugar has grown probably stronger.
A recent study conducted by Washington University revealed that we are born with a penchant for sweets. The scientists believe that this is an evolutionary hangover – as when we were still struggling as a species – we developed ways to desire certain flavours necessary for living. These include the taste for salty, fats, and yes, sugar.
Sugar glucose is essential to health and survival. It provides nourishment to neurons, without which, a person could easily fall into a coma. However, our bodies cannot produce its own glucose and it has to take it from external sources.
According to NBC news, Americans consume 22 tsps. of sugar daily and this does not take into account the hidden sugars in food and drinks. Put them all together and it is significantly and alarmingly higher than the recommended daily allowance.
If you need to watch your sugar intake, you must learn to read ingredients. With that said, below are the primary types of sugar:
• Glucose – this is sugar in its simplest form and can be found in plants and fruits.
• Fructose – deliciously sweet, this type of sugar occurs in fruits, sugar, honey.
• Sucrose – this is the common table sugar, naturally coming from sugar cane or other sources.
• Lactose – sugar in milk.
Then there’s the zero-nutrition, industry processed refined sugar. As you can see from the list above, there is no easy way of avoiding sugar altogether.
On our next post, we will delve deeper and see how excessive sugar intake can have a toll on our health. For concerns regarding your oral health, please email us at