Posts for: July, 2014
He’s the world’s highest-paid soccer player: a forward on the Spanish club Real Madrid, and captain of the Portuguese national team. His super-toned body is featured in a series of advertisements, and he’s regularly seen with a supermodel on his arm. So would it surprise you to know that it took a bit of dental work to help Cristiano Ronaldo get a world-class smile?
You might never guess it to look at him now — but when he was 18 years old, and just starting his professional career with Manchester United in England, Ronaldo wore ceramic braces to correct a set of teeth that were quite a bit… off-sides. (As pictures from that time show, his teeth were out of alignment and had irregular spacing.) Yet in a relatively short time, his smile was completely transformed.
Ceramic braces are the treatment of choice for many sports stars and celebrities — and plenty of “regular” folks too. They work just like traditional all-metal braces, exerting a gentle force that slowly moves the teeth into better positions. But they have one major difference: They’re a good deal harder to notice.
That’s because instead of having brackets made of metal, this style of braces uses a high-tech ceramic material to attach the archwire to the teeth. The brackets blend right in with the natural shade of the tooth, so all you can see from a distance is the thin metal wire. That makes them a great orthodontic option for image-conscious celebs (like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill, who both wore them) — as well as anyone who may be concerned that traditional metal braces don’t fit in with their “look”.
In addition to ceramic braces, there are other, less-visible orthodontic treatments that can work just as well in many situations. One is lingual braces, which are similar to traditional braces — except they are applied on the tongue-side of the teeth, making them truly invisible. Another is clear aligners, a series of transparent plastic trays that are worn 22 hours a day and gradually move the teeth into more pleasing positions. What’s the best way to know which system is right for you? Come in and talk to us about your options!
Besides braces, did Cristiano Ronaldo have other cosmetic dental work (like teeth whitening) done? It’s possible, but he’s not saying exactly. Yet, as he told a Portuguese magazine, “I feel good about myself and that’s the most important thing.”
If you would like more information about ceramic braces or other orthodontic treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Orthodontics For The Older Adult.”
We know it is natural for you to feel some concern when you need to wear any type of dental device to correct a problem with your teeth. Both braces and Invisalign can produce good results in giving you the smile you’ve always wanted. Both methods can straighten your teeth and alleviate such issues as crowding, spacing, cross bite, overbite, and underbite. Both methods of treatment have a similar cost.
You can take a cross-country road trip in a ten-year-old economy car or you can make the trip in a brand-new luxury sedan. Both will get you to your destination, but you will be far more comfortable traveling in the luxury sedan. Similarly, your journey to a great smile is much more comfortable and convenient with Invisalign as opposed to braces.
Some of the discomfort you may experience with braces is greatly reduced with Invisalign. Because Invisalign is custom-fit to your mouth and made of plastic, you will feel less pain, irritation, and soreness. Unlike braces, there are no food restrictions; you can eat anything that is on your diet.
Brushing and flossing
Of course you will want to brush and floss your teeth to prevent plaque buildup, tooth discoloration, and dental decay. If you wear braces, these simple tasks can become quite a challenge. Invisalign aligners are very easy to remove and replace, so you can brush or floss like normal without having to work your way around any metallic framework covering your teeth.
You do not have to be embarrassed to show your teeth when you are using the Invisalign system. Since the aligners are practically invisible, no one will even notice you are wearing them! Whether you are a teenager or an older adult, you can live your life normally.
If you want to learn more about Invisalign, or are wondering what your treatment options are at Krause Dental, feel free to give us a call at 317-399-9329
Since your kids are probably out on summer vacation, now is a great time to get them caught up on their dental visits. Even if you still have work, no school means one fewer scheduling headaches to worry about.
You can schedule an appointment at Krause Dental online, using our handy scheduling tool, or over the phone by calling 317-399-9329.
One of the more unpleasant dental experiences is dealing with bleeding gums. In some cases, it can keep people from properly caring for their teeth.
Don’t let that be you. Schedule an appointment with Krause Dental, and check this list to see if any of these common causes could be what’s causing your gum discomfort.
• Brushing too hard. Do you apply a lot of pressure when you brush your teeth? You shouldn’t have to dig into your mouth to clean your teeth. Ease up by switching your toothbrush to your non-dominant hand.
• Brushing incorrectly. If you brush your teeth using a back-and-forth motion, you’re doing it wrong. Brush up and down or in small circles to avoid irritating your gums.
• Using the wrong toothbrush. How firm are your toothbrush bristles? Most people should use soft-bristled toothbrushes. Try switching to see if it helps alleviate your discomfort.
• Not brushing/flossing often enough. Has it been a long time since you last brushed or flossed? If so, it could take about a week or so before your mouth is used to being scrubbed and prodded at. If this doesn’t take care of the bleeding schedule a dental appointment immediately as you may have an infection called Gingivitis or Periodontitis that needs to be treated right away.
Like we said: See your dentist to be sure your bleeding gums aren’t being caused by something more serious. You can schedule an appointment with us online anytime: http://www.dentistwestfieldin.com/appointment.html