Posts for: November, 2017
It might seem that supermodels have a fairly easy life — except for the fact that they are expected to look perfect whenever they’re in front of a camera. Sometimes that’s easy — but other times, it can be pretty difficult. Just ask Chrissy Teigen: Recently, she was in Bangkok, Thailand, filming a restaurant scene for the TV travel series The Getaway, when some temporary restorations (bonding) on her teeth ended up in her food.
As she recounted in an interview, “I was… like, ‘Oh my god, is my tooth going to fall out on camera?’ This is going to be horrible.” Yet despite the mishap, Teigen managed to finish the scene — and to keep looking flawless. What caused her dental dilemma? “I had chipped my front tooth so I had temporaries in,” she explained. “I’m a grinder. I grind like crazy at night time. I had temporary teeth in that I actually ground off on the flight to Thailand.”
Like stress, teeth grinding is a problem that can affect anyone, supermodel or not. In fact, the two conditions are often related. Sometimes, the habit of bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding) occurs during the day, when you’re trying to cope with a stressful situation. Other times, it can occur at night — even while you’re asleep, so you retain no memory of it in the morning. Either way, it’s a behavior that can seriously damage your teeth.
When teeth are constantly subjected to the extreme forces produced by clenching and grinding, their hard outer covering (enamel) can quickly start to wear away. In time, teeth can become chipped, worn down — even loose! Any dental work on those teeth, such as fillings, bonded areas and crowns, may also be damaged, start to crumble or fall out. Your teeth may become extremely sensitive to hot and cold because of the lack of sufficient enamel. Bruxism can also result in headaches and jaw pain, due in part to the stress placed on muscles of the jaw and face.
You may not be aware of your own teeth-grinding behavior — but if you notice these symptoms, you might have a grinding problem. Likewise, after your routine dental exam, we may alert you to the possibility that you’re a “bruxer.” So what can you do about teeth clenching and grinding?
We can suggest a number of treatments, ranging from lifestyle changes to dental appliances or procedures. Becoming aware of the behavior is a good first step; in some cases, that may be all that’s needed to start controlling the habit. Finding healthy ways to relieve stress — meditation, relaxation, a warm bath and a soothing environment — may also help. If nighttime grinding keeps occurring, an “occlusal guard” (nightguard) may be recommended. This comfortable device is worn in the mouth at night, to protect teeth from damage. If a minor bite problem exists, it can sometimes be remedied with a simple procedure; in more complex situations, orthodontic work might be recommended.
Teeth grinding at night can damage your smile — but you don’t have to take it lying down! If you have questions about bruxism, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Stress & Tooth Habits” and “When Children Grind Their Teeth.”
November is National Diabetes Month—a good time to look at the connection between diabetes and oral health. While it’s important for everyone to take care of their teeth and gums, it may be especially important for people with diabetes.
People whose diabetes is not well controlled have a higher risk of infections in the mouth, especially gum disease, also called periodontal disease. Advanced periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss among adults. Not only does diabetes put you at risk of oral health problems, it goes both ways. Periodontal disease can lead to higher blood sugar levels in people with diabetes and may increase the risk of complications such as heart and kidney problems.
But here’s some good news: People who take good care of their teeth and gums may have better blood sugar levels and, conversely, better blood sugar levels generally result in better gum health. Many people successfully avoid complications of diabetes by taking good care of themselves, including their teeth and gums. Here are some things you can do to help control your diabetes:
- Eat right, exercise and watch your weight for better blood sugar control.
- Keep up with your oral hygiene routine at home.
- Schedule regular dental visits and cleanings.
Better oral health combined with better blood sugar control will reduce your risk of complications from diabetes. Your dental care team can help you maintain the best oral health for better diabetes control.
In the past, orthodontic care was not as effective or common as it is today. However, you may still second guess braces due to the obvious nature of their design. Having metal brackets and wires permanently attached to your teeth during treatment is a big commitment! Luckily, you can now straighten your smile discreetly with Invisalign. We offer Invisalign at our Kennesaw and Woodstock locations, so you'll be straightening without anyone noticing!
How does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment which uses aligner trays rather than metal wires and brackets. The trays, which the patient wears one after another until the end of their treatment series, are made of clear plastic, making them super-discreet and virtually invisible to others. The trays are all slightly different, placing pressure on the teeth at certain points and moving them slowly but steadily from their original positions to their new, straightened resting places. The trays may need some help pinpointing the areas on which the pressure is placed. In this case, tooth-colored bumps called attachments placed onto the teeth can help distribute the pressure placed on the teeth by the trays.
What does Invisalign treat?
Invisalign treats the standard orthodontic concerns, including:
- misaligned teeth
- uneven teeth
- overcrowded teeth
- under crowded teeth
- open bite
Invisalign Treatments at our Kennesaw & Woodstock Locations
Invisalign can help in many different situations and at various severities of orthodontic problems. However, dentists usually only recommend Invisalign for patients ages 12 and up as younger patients may have still-growing jaws which could compromise treatment. In some cases, a dentist may suggest orthodontic treatment for younger patients to guide their growing teeth and jaws, but this is not always the case. If you think you could benefit from Invisalign, contact us today!
For more information on Invisalign, please contact us at 1st Choice Dental Care. Call (678) 293-8773 to schedule your appointment today!