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Anti Wrinkle Treatment And Pain Relief

We associate anti wrinkle treatment with making us look younger and fresher but it also helps to relieve facial pain.  Facial expressions such as smiling and frowning cause wrinkles to occur in the eye, lips and forehead areas.  Anti wrinkle treatment relaxes the muscles responsible for creating wrinkles. The same treatment relieves people of pain caused by the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

The temporomandibular joint is a hinge type joint which connects your jaw bone to your skull.  You have two of these joints on both sides of your face they enable us to open our mouths to yawn and smile.  Sometimes problems occur with the temporomandibular joint causing intense pain. Sufferers experience headaches, lock jaw, sore shoulders and neck, jaw tension and lockjaw.

Anti wrinkle injections help to relieve TMJ pain by relaxing the muscles in your face.  The treatment lasts up to four months and improves the quality of your life. The dentist injects the treatment into the jaw area and the result is almost immediate. A specialist assesses your condition during a consultation.

What Is Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome?

Temporomandibular joint syndrome is a condition affecting the hinge joint in the jaw.  It causes pain when we eat, talk or move our jaws. TMJ also transmits pain to our shoulder, neck and causes headaches.  The type of pain sufferers experience is constant and unbearable. It also causes tinnitus which is an unpleasant condition where you hear a buzzing sound in the ears all of the time.

The main causes of TMJ are; trauma, bruxism, clenching, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers. Women are more likely to suffer from temporomandibular joint syndrome than men and it sometimes runs in families. Sometimes it is a temporary condition which goes away other times it is a chronic condition and the sufferer is in constant pain.

Some people with TMJ suffer from lockjaw where the jaw is either firmly shut or wide open. Treatment requires a visit to the hospital so health professions can relax the muscles and treat the problem.  It is important to seek treatment for TMJ as early as possible so doctors are able to devise a suitable treatment plan.

Diagnosis involves a series of questions relating to the occurrence of pain during everyday activities, physical diagnosis and x rays.  Doctors look for the source of the pain and choose the relevant treatment depending on the cause of the pain.

How Does Anti Wrinkle Treatment Ease TMJ?

There are a variety of ways to treat TMJ including anti-inflammatories, altering your diet, stress relief and warm compresses on the painful area.  In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary. These solutions are not always effective so anti wrinkle treatment is another option. The side effects of anti wrinkle treatment have a surprising bonus. It works by injecting Botox into the jaw joint which relaxes the muscles and relieves the pain.

This type of treatment is very effective and repeats every four months you are able to eat normally after treatment as long as you are careful.  It is a good opportunity to retrain the muscles in your jaw to avoid further pain.

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Can Lip Fillers Fix A Gummy Smile?

Lip fillers give us plump sexy lips that look good enough to kiss.  People consider fuller lips to be attractive because they are a sign of youth and vitality.  Large eyes and luscious lips are attributes we consider highly attractive that’s why we love babies and puppies so much.  Ladies in particular rate highly in the beauty stakes if they have these qualities.

Our lips get thinner as we age due to a reduction in collagen and fat in our bodies.  Young starlets like Kylie Jenner plump up their lips to increase their sex appeal. Thin lips affect our smile by sliding up our teeth and exposing our gums.  A gummy smile is not particularly attractive and causes people to feel self-conscious.

If your smile concerns you because you reveal too much of your gum line lip fillers will improve your appearance in two ways. First of all your lips will be fuller and more sensual and secondly, you will be able to smile without exposing your gums.  Lip fillers involve injecting collagen or hyaluronic acid into the lips. Both methods produce a natural pout resulting in a youthful appearance.

What Are Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are a cosmetic procedure to increase the volume of your lips. The procedure involves injecting either collagen or hyaluronic acid into your lips.  Collagen increases the volume of the lips on its own while hyaluronic acid traps water in your lips to create a natural plumpness. The effect is very natural and enhances your appearance without giving you a ‘trout pout’.

Lots of people, including Kylie Jenner, are reluctant to admit to having lip fillers due to judgemental comments. It is important to go to a reputable practice to have the treatment otherwise you may suffer the same disfigurement as Leslie Ash.  The actress became more famous for her ‘duck lips’ than her successful acting career. Her procedure was a failure because the mother of her friend injected liquid silicone into her lips. Thankfully silicon is not used as a lip filler in the UK any more.

Heart Lips are a specific procedure resulting in heart-shaped lips and a prominent cupid’s bow. Results of a  study by Dr Bob Khanna, the designer of the procedure, suggests heart shaped lips are the most beautiful shape for lips.  He considers young women with oval faces to be the best candidate for the procedure.

It takes a few sessions to achieve the perfect look and a few days for the lips to settle.  Hyaluronic acid fillers last longer than collagen fillers and they are removable if you don’t like them.

What Causes A Gummy Smile?

We all love smiling especially when we update our Facebook profile.  There is nothing more disconcerting than looking like a horse in your photos. Reasons for showing your gums when you smile include; lots of gum tissue, an overactive upper lip muscle or an overgrown jaw.  The lips slip over the teeth revealing the tops of the teeth and pink gums.

Dental procedures help to rectify structural issues such as too much gum tissue or a prominent jawline.  Lip fillers help to relax the muscles in your lip preventing it from rising too high they also make your lip thicker so it covers your gums more effectively.  Your dentist will be able to advise you which treatment is best for you.

To find out more about lip fillers and to discuss your options contact us here.

Dental Implants Oral Hygiene And Maintenance

Dental implants are a more comfortable alternative to dentures.  They look and feel like genuine teeth and don’t affect speaking or eating in the same way dentures do.  Implants are particularly useful if only one tooth needs replacing. It is a surgical procedure and is only possible if you have healthy gums and jaw bone.  Sometimes a bone graft is necessary in order to install dental implants.

Installing dental implants is a two-part procedure which involves screwing a metal post into the jaw bone and attaching the implant.  If you are considering teeth whitening dentist advice you do it before inserting the implant. Dental implants don’t respond to teeth whitening treatment because they are synthetic.

Having dental implants involves stepping up your dental hygiene routine a gear to avoid gum disease.  The implant may be artificial but the gum and jaw bone are not so are prone to infection and deterioration.  Gum disease or periodontal disease causes the bone in the jaw to weaken and the implant to loosen.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

First of all your dentist examines your gums to check for periodontal disease and the bone density of your jaw bone.  X rays or a CT scan provide a complete picture of the state of your gums. Dentists advise smokers to quit for good because it prevents healing and causes further gum damage.

Secondly, the dentist installs an implant into the gum under local anaesthetic.  The dentist screws the fixing post directly into the gum to prepare to attach the artificial tooth. You let the implant settle and the gum to repair before the final procedure. Some implants are suitable to fit immediately.

Finally, the dentist screws the artificial tooth into the implant.  They will make sure the implant fits well in your mouth and doesn’t cause any discomfort. Over the counter, painkillers will help to ease the pain after treatment.  A further check-up will be necessary to make sure they are secure and well fitting.

A Good Dental Hygiene Routine.

Dental implants require serious looking after otherwise they will become loose and fall out.  Obviously, the metal fixing post and porcelain tooth won’t succumb to decay and disease but the gum and jaw bone will.  Periodontal disease causes the gum and jaw bone to weaken resulting in losing the dental implant altogether.

Dental advice involves cleaning your teeth for two minutes twice a day. Brushing implants requires extra care so it may take longer than two minutes. This prevents the build-up of bacteria around the base of the tooth.  Mouthwashes and flossing also help to keep bacteria in check. Regular dental checkups pick up any decay before it becomes a threat to the implant. It is important to look after your implants as if they were the same as natural teeth.

Teeth whitening treatment doesn’t work on dental implants so only your natural teeth will become a lighter shade.  Dental implants don’t stain like natural teeth unless there is damage to the glaze. Your dentist will notice if this is the case during your regular check-ups.

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Can Sensitive Teeth Be An Early Sign Of Pregnancy?

Sensitive teeth are particularly painful and distracting.  They make drinking hot chocolate or eating ice cream an excruciating experience.  The main causes of sensitive teeth are enamel damage, nerve exposure, cracks and gum disease.  Pregnant women also suffer from the condition due to the body changes they experience.

Pregnancy causes swollen gums and sore teeth due to the rush of hormones.  Pregnant women are privy to free dental treatment because of these changes. Morning sickness causes exposure to stomach acid which also damages teeth.  If you suddenly experience sore teeth and gums it may indicate hormonal changes common in pregnancy.

The only way to find out if pregnancy is the cause of your sore teeth is to take a pregnancy test.  If it is positive it is a possible reason however a visit to a dentist will confirm if it is the cause.  Pregnancy is a time of excitement and discomfort and sensitive teeth are just another pain like a sore back that requires care.

Sensitive Teeth And Pregnancy

Pregnancy causes a rush of hormones and increases blood flow thus causing swollen gums and sore teeth.  Pregnant women are more susceptible to gum disease and sensitive teeth because they react differently to bacteria.  This increases plaque build-up and potential damage to teeth. Dentists recognise the toll pregnancy takes on your teeth resulting in free dental treatment.

Many treatments are not available during pregnancy due to the negative effects they may have on the baby.  Amalgam fillings and X rays usually take place after the baby is born to avoid damage to the baby. Visits to the dentist generally concentrate on maintaining healthy teeth during the duration of the pregnancy.

Teeth Care During Pregnancy

It is vitally important to increase your oral health routine during pregnancy to prevent damage to your teeth.  Measures include; clean your teeth twice a day, use a small round-headed brush, avoid sugary drinks, snack on non-acidic food, avoid mouthwashes containing alcohol and smoking.

Free dental treatment lasts for the duration of your pregnancy and for one year afterwards.  You must complete an FW8 to obtain a maternity exemption certificate (MatEx). Your doctor or nurse will give you a copy to complete.  It is definitely worth the effort because of the free treatment available.(Source: NHS Choices).

Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Some women have a sixth sense and have an inkling they are pregnant before they even miss a period.  Fatigue, bleeding, cramping, nausea, food cravings, headaches, mood swings and raised basal temperature are early signs of pregnancy.  They are also similar to normal menstruation symptoms so you won’t really know until you take a test.

Sensitive teeth, flatulence, nosebleeds, runny nose, prominent veins, constipation, vivid dreams, dizziness and clingy children are subtle signs you may have a baby on board.   You may just be having a bad period and have bad teeth so it is important to check it out. (Source: Kidspot)

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Who Is Invisalign Not Suitable For?

Invisalign is a revolutionary design taking the teeth straightening world by storm.  It challenges the concept of teeth braces looking ugly and unsightly. Zia Chishti and Kelsey Wirth two business students from Stanford University are the brains behind the design.  The name ‘invisalign’ combines the words invisible and alignment which describes the process perfectly.

Chisti and Wirth put a great deal of research into their project and were able to finally secure an investment after many rejections.  They were able to seal the deal because their investors didn’t realise they were wearing the braces during the presentation. It is amazing that this amazing treatment is the brainchild of non-dentists.  

The medical term for wonky teeth is malocclusions and invisible braces are most suitable for mild to moderate cases. Teens and adults are eligible for Invisalign. A consultation with your dentist will determine if Invisalign is a suitable treatment for your teeth.  If the treatment is suitable for you the results are swift and extremely impressive.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is also known as invisible braces because they are hardly noticeable when you are wearing them.  They are clear plastic retainer type braces that slip perfectly on to your teeth. The shape changes slightly to correspond with the alignment process.  Flexible plastic patented as SmartTrack is used to make the invisible braces. Your dentist takes a series of measurements and impressions which are sent to the headquarters in America.  

Within weeks a pack containing a set of Invisalign braces will arrive at your dentist surgery ready for you to start your treatment.  You wear the braces for up to 22 hours a day can change them between 1 and 2 weeks depending on how quickly it is working. Treatment lasts between twelve to eighteen months with visible improvements.  Remove them only for eating and cleaning your teeth to ensure the success of the treatment.

Sometimes attachments are necessary to give the Invisalign greater leverage on your teeth.  The braces treat top and bottom teeth depending on your dentist recommendation. A retainer helps to maintain the good results after treatment.  Ultimately the process is very simple and regular consultation with your dentist ensures its success.

Who Is Invisalign Not Suitable For?

Everyone has different requirements regarding treatment for straightening their teeth.  The severity of your malocclusions determines the type of straightening procedure you require. discusses issues that may make your case more suitable for different treatment.  Severe malocclusions including; severely rotated teeth, tipped teeth, large gaps between teeth, overcrowding and other dental issues require additional treatment.

Uneven teeth or teeth requiring repair jeopardise the efficiency of the treatment.  Treating unhealthy teeth before treatment starts is necessary otherwise it will not be successful. Not wearing the brace regularly also hinders the effectiveness of the braces. Your dentist is the only person who can inform you if you will benefit from Invisalign.  

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Does Pinhole Surgical Technique Last?

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) is a revolutionary new treatment for receding gums.  Our gums recede for a number of reasons including; over-enthusiastic brushing, teeth grinding, genetics, trauma, ageing and not cleaning your teeth properly.  Long in the tooth is a common description for receding gums because it makes your teeth look longer.

Giginitive recession is another name for receding gums and severe cases lead to tooth loss, bleeding gums, bad breath and exposed tooth roots. Receding gums are uncomfortable and also cause people to be self-conscious about their appearance.  Your dentist will be able to determine if your gums are receding and the severity of the problem.

In minor gum recession, the dentist can prescribe treatments such as; antiseptic gel or mouthwash to treat the underlying cause.  In more severe cases your dentist will refer you to a specialist who is able to surgically treat the condition.

What Is The Pinhole Surgical Technique?

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is rapidly replacing the traditional methods of repairing receding gum lines.  For many years soft tissue grafts were sutured to join to existing gum tissue as it healed. This method, although very successful, involves a lot of cutting and sewing and requires healing time.  The Pinhole surgical technique is less invasive, more efficient and requires little recovery time.

Doctor Chao describes the pinhole surgical technique as a ‘suture-free procedure for correcting gum recession’.   Instead of cutting the gums a small incision in the gum allowing the insertion of special tools that loosen the gums. The instruments pull the gums over the part of the tooth where the recession is.  Results are almost instant and require very little healing time. Patients are immediately happy with the results. (Source:

Your whole mouth can have the pinhole surgical technique in one session while grafting involves a number of visits. Grafting is more painful than the pinhole surgical technique and requires a longer healing time.  In fact, the Pinhole Surgical Technique sounds too good to be true. Which introduces the question as to whether the results last or just wears off after a few years.

So What’s The Rub – Does PST Last?

The longevity of such a technique is difficult to prove until we assess the results many years after the procedure.  Dr Chao has always suggested that the treatment is permanent as long as patients follow a good dental hygiene routine and look after their mouths.  Evidence on his website in the form of patient testimonials suggests his prediction is correct. Two testimonials involve patients who were treated over nine years ago.

Doctor Chao expects the effects of the treatment to last a lifetime as long as the gums remain healthy and brushing is gentle. Ageing will naturally cause gums to recede a little otherwise the effect is long-lasting.  Initially, Doctor Chao was the only doctor able to carry out the procedure now dentists from all over the world are able to perform the procedure due to extensive training.

Doctor Shira and his team are able to perform the Pinhole Surgical Technique as a result of this training.  If you would like to find out more about the Pinhole Surgical Technique please click here.

Can Root Canals Cause Nerve Damage?


The mere suggestion of root canals brings most people out into a cold sweat.  Root canals play a major role in keeping our teeth alive and in our mouths.  Treatment is necessary if the pulp inside your teeth becomes infected. Decay and damage cause the infection which may lead to abscesses and feeling generally unwell. Tooth removal is the only option if you don’t have root canal treatment.

Root canals are cavities in the tooth containing pulp, nerves and blood vessels.  They are very good places for infections to grow and multiply. Infections cause abscesses, tiredness, toothache, swelling and feeling ill. Endodontics is another name for root canal treatment.

Root canals have the reputation for being painful dental treatment.  They are just like having a normal filling and don’t leave any lasting damage.  Dentists always do their best to save your teeth so if your dentist is unable to complete the treatment ask for a referral to a specialist in root canals.

What Are Root Canals?

Root canals are a noun and a verb the noun is the root canal itself while the verb affectionately describes the dental procedure.  Your root canal is a cavity in the centre of your tooth containing pulp, blood vessels and nerve endings. Infections occur due to tooth damage or gum disease and make you feel very ill if left untreated. Root canal treatment is very routine and follows a set procedure.

First of all your dentist x rays the tooth to assess the extent of the infection. A local anaesthetic numbs the area to prepare for the tooth canal treatment.  The dentist virtually excavates the tooth taking all of the pulp, blood vessels and tooth nerves away. This makes sure that there is no infection left in the cavity. You don’t feel pain during the procedure because of the local anaesthetic.

The important part of the treatment is filling the empty cavity to prevent further infection. Your dentist will only fill the empty root canals if there is no infection present.  A putty-like substance fills all of the gaps in the tooth. The dentist fills the tooth and covers it with a temporary crown to prevent the tooth from crumbling. You will feel discomfort after the treatment which will go after a few days.

Does It Cause Trigeminal Neuralgia?

The most obvious nerves involving tooth canals are the nerves in the tooth. Removing the nerves in the tooth stops the pain.  Many people worry that the treatment will damage the facial nerves.

Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition involving pain in the jaw, teeth or gums. Some people worry that root canals are the cause.  A visit to the dentist ascertains if the cause of pain is due to an infection or another reason.  Your dentist will not perform an unnecessary root canal treatment if the cause is not a tooth infection.

Dentists are very thorough and make sure there is no infection left to cause further damage and x rays identify the location of other nerves.

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Can Teeth Whitening Crack Your Teeth?

Teeth whitening makes your smile extra sparkly which is great for those all-important selfies. But does it cause long-lasting damage to your teeth?  Dentists are the only people who are able to whiten teeth legally. They will check your teeth to see if they are suitable for the procedure and will not proceed if your teeth are at risk. Beauticians are no longer able to whiten teeth as they are not medically qualified to do so.

There are three ways to whiten your teeth; over the counter kits, teeth whitening procedure at the dentist or a home kit under the dentist’s supervision.  Hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide are the active ingredients in all of these methods. Over the counter, kits are less effective because they contain a lower concentration of active ingredient.  Treatments from the dentist contain a much higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide enabling teeth to go up to eight shades whiter.

Dentists thoroughly examine your mouth to make sure that the teeth whitening treatment will not cause damage to your teeth and mouth. If you have unhealthy teeth and gums the dentist will not whiten your teeth.  Teeth whitening will not crack your teeth but may damage your gums if not supervised by a dentist.

What Causes Teeth Discolouration?

There are two main reasons why stains appear on our teeth; extrinsic which affects the outer layer or intrinsic the inner layer. Drinking coffee, wine, cola and smoking leave staining on the outside of your teeth.  Damage to the dentin due to antibiotics, fluoride or a fall cause the inside of your teeth to go darker and yellowy. Ageing discolours our teeth due to a combination of internal and external staining.

Staining of your teeth is not necessarily a sign of unhealthy teeth unless it is due to internal damage. People just feel younger and healthier if they have a bright white smile. Avoiding food that stains your teeth helps to prevent discolouration.

The Teeth Whitening Procedure

Teeth whitening is a dental procedure even if its classification is Cosmetic Dentistry.  Up until the 31st October, 2012 teeth whitening was subject to laws relating to cosmetic treatments.  Beauticians and anyone with a teeth whitening certificate was able to whiten teeth. After October 2012 only dentists could use or prescribe teeth whitening products with up to 6% hydrogen peroxide. This means that it is illegal for anyone who isn’t a dentist to whiten people’s teeth.

The dentist will examine your teeth to make sure that your gums and teeth are healthy enough to have the procedure.  If you have fillings or crowns they will not become lighter with treatment. Bleaching may cause temporary sensitivity to your teeth but will not damage them. Your dentist will not whiten your teeth if you have gum disease or weakness in your teeth.  

The Zoom In-Office System

If you choose to have your teeth whitened in the dentist surgery you will experience the Zoom In-Office System.  First of all, you will wear a protective shield in your mouth to protect your gums. The dentist applies gel containing hydrogen peroxide to your teeth and shines the Zoom light onto your mouth.  Oxygen released by the hydrogen peroxide enters the dentin of your teeth bleaching the discolouration. The Zoom lamp increases the effectiveness by 33% which lightens the teeth by up to eight shades.

Teeth Whitening At Home

If you decide to whiten your teeth at home you will have to visit your dentist a number of times to customise your kit.  Your dentist will assess the health of your teeth and will take impressions of your mouth. The impressions help to produce the gel trays which will fit your mouth perfectly to prevent the gel from touching your gums.

All you have to is inject gel containing hydrogen peroxide into the tray daily and wear it for a few hours.  Many people wear them at night but they can wear the trays any time. Results are noticeable between seven and fourteen days.

The teeth whitening procedure will not crack your teeth because your dentist will not continue with treatment if your teeth are unhealthy.

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How Tooth Decay Spreads

Cavities and tooth decay take place because plaque and bacteria have been allowed to accumulate on your teeth. Every time you drink or eat something, tiny particles of both food and drink stay attached to your teeth long after you have finished. These particles particularly if they are sugary may attract bacteria. These bacteria, over time, turn into plaque that contains acid. Plaque has a habit of eating away at your teeth’s enamel and will eventually cause cavities, which if left untreated may lead to the complete destruction of a tooth or teeth necessitating the need for extraction.

Fortunately once one tooth has been lost to tooth decay, the victim is likely to be more vigilant about taking care of his or her teeth. This helps to stop the spread of more bacteria, cavity development and ultimately tooth loss. If no action is taken in the early stages the decay could spread making further tooth loss more likely.

Ways to stop the spread of tooth decay

There are sometimes situations that occur such as when a minute hole in a dental restoration has taken place and bacteria finds its way underneath causing further tooth decay that is difficult to prevent until it’s too late. However, even preventing this is possible if you go to your dentist regularly as he or she will detect the problem and repair the damaged filling in time.

Apart from regular check-ups at your dentist you can help prevent an outbreak of tooth decay by modifying your diet. For example, consuming soft sweet foods are particularly damaging as they don’t encourage the development of saliva in your mouth. You need to change your diet to one that is richer in fibre as this helps to stimulate the production of saliva which is a natural defence against bacteria forming on your teeth.

This means consuming more vegetables, like carrots, cabbage and spinach. Even fruit like apples and pears need chewing and crunching so saliva is produced which helps to rinse out your mouth of damaging bacteria. Whole-grain products such as bread and pasta are decay preventers, too.

Prevent the spread of tooth decay through brushing and flossing

Often, people think a quick brush to freshen the breath is enough to prevent tooth decay. Sadly this isn’t the case. You should spend at least 2 minutes twice a day brushing and flossing your teeth. Toothpaste should be used as it contains many ingredients that help to strengthen your teeth’s enamel, like fluoride but it needs to remain on your teeth for at least 2 minutes to have any real effect.

Flossing is as important as brushing as it helps to remove particles from between your teeth. You should both brush and loss your teeth before going to bed as this will help to keep the bacteria off your teeth while you sleep.

If you think you have a cavity developing you shouldn’t leave it untreated but arrange an appointment at your dentist who will find a solution for you.

When Were Braces Invented?

Many people probably believe that braces are a product of this era as there’s this idea that facial appearance is far more important these days than ever before. It seems that crooked teeth have never been favoured as there is evidence found in mummified remains that braces were used thousands of years ago in a crude form at least. The first braces allegedly were made out of cord derived from the skin of an animal. The cord was attached in much the same way as wire braces today.

French Dentistry

Two dentistry books were written from 1728 to 1757 by Pierre Fauchard and Pierre Bourdet. One of the sections was called ‘The Surgeon Dentist’ and emphasised orthodontics and ways that could be used straighten teeth. A device was referred to as a “bandeu” which resembled a mouth guard and seemingly helped to keep teeth in the right place where they had a useful purpose.

In 1757, the King of France’s dentist, Pierre Bourdet, wrote a book referring to Fauchard’s “bandeu.” Bourdet improved the device in a number of ways and also suggested that by removing the wisdom teeth crowding could be alleviated. This is one of the commonest reasons for adults today having crooked teeth.

The 1900s brought new braces ideas

The 1st modern braces were invented in 1819 by Christophe-Francois Delabarre. Each set of 2 teeth had a wire arrangement placed over them in order to keep, them in the right place. In 1843, Dr. Edward Maynard introduced elastics to the braces apparatus which improved the alignment of the jaw. Not long after, Dr. S.C. Barnum in 1864 invented the dental dam, which was a thin bit of latex that was fitted around the teeth that protected the gums from the effect of the braces This technique is still in use today as it’s vital in orthodontic treatment to fit braces without causing any damage to the gums. A version of the dental dam is in use today.

Braces for the 20th Century

Many changes were made to braces but in the 1970s including the introduction of stainless steel and dental adhesives used in the front of the teeth which made getting braces far less painful and damaging. These developments meant that braces could be used for less time to have a desirable effect.  They were still unsightly and it wasn’t until more invisible products were invented and introduced in 1997 that orthodontists had really tackled the cosmetic issues of straightening teeth by introducing Invisalign.

3D imaging is the ultimate braces breakthrough

When 3D imaging software was used to provide a map of a patient’s mouth, it was possible to create customised aligners that bit by bit would transform the recipient’s smile, in the same way as braces. It omitted the need for manually tightening the wires or having to put up with a mouthful of metal. Invisalign was finally released in 2000 after thorough testing of the technique. It is now far more standard to use Invisalign than any other teeth straightening device.


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