By: Lord Dufferin Dental  09-12-2011
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Can You Straighten Them Doc ? 
Teeth can be straightened at any age. The size of teeth and how they fit into a person's jaw are inherited traits. Some people are lucky and naturally have straight teeth. Others aren't so lucky. Also, habits like thumb-sucking can also put pressure on teeth and cause a malocclusion 
I Have Lost My Bite 
Missing teeth can cause a bad bite to develop, as well; the teeth around a space will shift, throwing off the entire bite. Until the 1980's, a steel band went around each individual tooth like a ring. The wire that pulled the teeth into line was attached to a little bracket on the front of the steel bands. This looked like a mouth full of metal! Fortunately, today these bands have been replaced with brackets that are bonded with an adhesive right to the front of the teeth. They're much more comfortable, smaller than an unpopped popcorn kernel, and much less noticeable than the bands. 
Clear sapphire brackets are also available, but they're usually more expensive and tougher to keep clean. It's harder to clean your teeth once braces are on, so regular cleaning appointments will be more important than ever. Permanent white stains may form on teeth if plaque isn't removed regularly. 
Keep Aligned 
After treatment, retainers are used to hold the teeth in their new alignment. Some retainers are designed to be removable, while others are cemented in place. A malocclusion that isn't corrected can really affect a person's profile and appearance. It may also contribute to tooth decay, bone destruction, jaw joint problems, and headaches. Correcting your bite through orthodontic treatment can improve your dental health. It's nice to know that with orthodontic treatment you're never too old to improve your smile and the health of your mouth.  

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White fillings

The new resin fillings are nearly invisible; they restore teeth to their original, natural beauty, and help you look your best To make the entire procedure comfortable for you, the affected area is numbed with a local anesthetic. After the resin is placed into your tooth, a special high-intensity light is used to harden the filling. One of the new strong synthetic resins, or porcelain, is used as the filling material.


High Tech Intraoral Camera

General dentists and specialists will be able to transfer information electronically, so a patient's records, x-rays and other images will be easily and quickly exchanged if a patient needs to see a specialist or if the patient moves. The View By using intra-oral cameras (small cameras that go into the mouth), extra-oral digital cameras, and digital x-rays, the patient can look on a computer screen and understand his/her dental needs.


All-Porcelain Crowns

New breakthroughs in adhesives and stronger porcelain materials now make it possible to make crowns entirely out of porcelain, which then can be bonded to the teeth. Between AppointmentsFor the week or two that it takes the dental lab to fabricate your new crown, you'll be wearing a temporary crown. This allows your dentist to place the edge of the crown above the gumline, which is healthier for your tooth and gums.



Harmful plaque and tartar collect in these new hard-to-reach places, causing cavities and the permanent bone loss that comes with gum disease. Dental implants are small titanium cylinders that are surgically inserted into the bone of the jaw to replace the roots of missing teeth. One way to use implants on the lower jaw is to connect the implants with a bar, and then put clips into a new lower denture.


Multimedia Education

The CAESY Clubhouse delights and educates children with presentations that feature Kirby, a real and very smart chimpanzee, and two curious terriers who take young viewers on a tour of a dentist office. With full-motion video, amazing 3-D graphics, before-and-after photos, theater-quality music, and multi-language narratives, education. They want dazzling 3-D graphics, animation, and sparkling color.


Porcelain Veneers

Procedure After the tooth is etched with an acidic solution, the veneer is bonded to the tooth with the aid of a bonding light. Veneers can be used to close spaces between your teeth, lengthen small or misshapen teeth, or whiten stained teeth. Veneers can beautify your smile by improving the color and shape of one or more of your teeth. You can use them like you would your own teeth, because the bond is extremely strong.



Until recently, the whitening agent was applied via soft trays (custom designed by a dentist, or bought in over-the-counter kits) that are worn overnight or during the day for two to three weeks. The whitening agent is activated by directing a high-intensity light or laser on your teeth. All dental whitening involves the application of a whitening agent to the teeth.