Trending: Why Adults Today Want Braces

Dental Braces For Everyone

If you think you’re past 60 and that you wouldn’t have any use for dental braces, then you’re all wrong. It’s never too late. Many older men and women are wearing braces for the first time. Braces are becoming more common for adults. It’s not just adults in their 20s, 30s, but people over the age of 50 are also making visits to the orthodontist’s office. There is indeed a growing trend. The percentage can be higher for offices that specialize in adult services.

Why do adults get braces anyway?

The reasons are varied and personal. Some who are not good candidates for dental implants get braces. Some have braces to spread out the teeth so that a single bridge can fit into the wide gap later on. Some older patients want braces for cosmetic reasons or they simply do not like the way their teeth look. People just want to look better. Some clients just need something fixed. For others, their teeth are simply showing the wear and tear of five or more decades of dental work, or a past dental work is causing problems, or a bite needs to be adjusted.

People are thinking more about aesthetics. Some surveys point out about the impact bad teeth can have. Like a poll saying adults avoid smiling because of their teeth’s appearance. In the past, older adults’ teeth and gums were simply in unsuitable conditions for braces. Today, due to superior dental care, technology and prevention measures, adult teeth are in better shape.

There seems to be a stigma that’s disappeared regarding braces for adults. While many who were children before didn’t get braces, past experience doesn’t seem to matter because braces on older adults is becoming more common. That’s because the technology today is better. Installation is easier to manage, outside appearances are better (as in the use of clear braces such as Invisalign), and treatment duration is shorter. Social media has also made the trend acceptable.

Are there any obstacles to adults getting braces?

There are factors that make braces for adults more difficult to process. One is gum disease. A significant percentage of adult patients have gum disease. Some orthodontists have as high as 70% of clientele over age 65 years having gum disease. However, there are many patients just over 30 who have gum issues and depending on severity, may not be suitable for braces.

Bone loss is another obstacle. Adult jaw bone is not as thick as children’s. They might not hold up well against the force of the braces. And because the treatment involves moving teeth, there may be problems as teeth are moved through thinner adult bone. In addition, teeth tend to migrate more slowly in older patients, unlike in children in whom teeth are moved more easily.

Past dental work is another hurdle. In adults, the presence of crowns, fillings, and other previous work can present problems. Most children don’t have as much past work done on their teeth; that’s not the same with adults. In addition, orthodontists say that most children have healthier mouths, much more different with adults.

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How To Take Care of Your Dental Fillings

Making Fillings Last Longer

The different types of dental fillings – amalgam, composites, gold and porcelain inlays – are all viable filling options. They each, however, have their advantages and disadvantages. You can significantly increase the longevity of fillings if you understand the value of dental filling care and what it entails.

It is no different than caring for the rest of your teeth in order to prevent cavities and tooth decay. However, you can prevent re-infecting the tooth and thus prolonging the life of the affected tooth.

Here are some tips in caring for teeth whether they have fillings or not.

  • Brush at least twice daily and floss at least once. Use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristle toothbrush. Use gentle, circular motions when brushing especially in and around the dental filling. Flossing well will eliminate debris and buildup in between teeth, including those with filling.
  • Rinse with an alcohol-free, therapeutic mouthrinse to reduce oral bacteria in the mouth. Remember that bacteria can sometimes be reintroduced into filled cavities in as much as when food debris is left behind on intact teeth for bacteria to thrive on.
  • Limit your consumption of sugary, sticky snacks and choose healthier options. High sugar and starch-containing foods can stick around longer. They can be detrimental to filled cavities as well.
  • Instead of sodas and juices, opt for water instead. Remember that these beverages are acidic and, if they linger in your mouth, the acidity can weaken the enamel; even the enamel of teeth with dental filling.
  • Avoid biting down on hard foods and chewing ice. You can easily break a tooth, cause cracks or chips to appear on enamel and weakening them. More so if you have a cavity-filled tooth, the enamel may be further weakened in which bacteria can gain access.
  • Avoid foods that stain enamel, like coffee and tea, red wine and certain fruits. Wasah down with water when you do indulge in these food types. Tobacco products can also stain teeth. Some fillings can easily be stained and can look unsightly.
  • See a dentist at least twice a year for check-ups and cleanings.

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All About Dental Fillings: The Pros and Cons

Understanding Different Fillings

Why do dentists want to fill cavities before they get too large? That is because the remaining option is just too daunting – either a more invasive procedure be done to save the affected tooth – root canal treatment – or the tooth is lost to extraction.

We know that dental fillings are one of the pillars of restorative dentistry. Dental materials are used to restore a tooth, so that, when reconstructed, the affected tooth returns to its normal shape and form and is functional again. It can ward off bacterial entry and prevent further decay.

There are several types of filling materials in a dentist’s armamentarium. Dentists usually consider the size of the repair, the location of the tooth and the cost before recommending what they feel is the best material. Here are some of the choices frequently used, and why

Amalgam (silver) fillings are one of the oldest used materials, being a mix of various metals. Amalgam is strong, highly resistant to wear of heavy chewing forces, can last a long time, and is less expensive than others. Allergic reactions are rare, the material is very safe and poses no health risks. The only thing is, being darker than natural teeth color, amalgam is noticeable and so are better used on molars only.

Gold fillings are called “inlays,” and are laboratory-made. Gold is often considered the best filling material because it is strong and durable, and can last a significant amount of time. However, this is the most expensive option of all available materials, and is as noticeable also.

Porcelain fillings are also laboratory-made. They match the color of teeth closely and is more resistant to staining than composites. They also last a long time. However, the price of a porcelain filling is typically similar to the price of a gold inlay; they are also expensive.

Composite resins are an ideal choice for fillings in the front teeth as they can perfectly match the color of the tooth. They are quite popular in spite of them being less durable than amalgam, more expensive than amalgam, and that they stain easily. They are also not suited for large cavities. They may not last as long as others, but can last 10 years with good care.

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The best dental filling for you is the one that suits your unique requirements. When you have a cavity that needs a dental filling, drop by your Downtown Seattle clinic for a consultation and your best filling option.