Posts for: September, 2017
In her decades-long career, renowned actress Kathy Bates has won Golden Globes, Emmys, and many other honors. Bates began acting in her twenties, but didn't achieve national recognition until she won the best actress Oscar for Misery — when she was 42 years old! “I was told early on that because of my physique and my look, I'd probably blossom more in my middle age,” she recently told Dear Doctor magazine. “[That] has certainly been true.” So if there's one lesson we can take from her success, it might be that persistence pays off.
When it comes to her smile, Kathy also recognizes the value of persistence. Now 67, the veteran actress had orthodontic treatment in her 50's to straighten her teeth. Yet she is still conscientious about wearing her retainer. “I wear a retainer every night,” she said. “I got lazy about it once, and then it was very difficult to put the retainer back in. So I was aware that the teeth really do move.”
Indeed they do. In fact, the ability to move teeth is what makes orthodontic treatment work. By applying consistent and gentle forces, the teeth can be shifted into better positions in the smile. That's called the active stage of orthodontic treatment. Once that stage is over, another begins: the retention stage. The purpose of retention is to keep that straightened smile looking as good as it did when the braces came off. And that's where the retainer comes in.
There are several different kinds of retainers, but all have the same purpose: To hold the teeth in their new positions and keep them from shifting back to where they were. We sometimes say teeth have a “memory” — not literally, but in the sense that if left alone, teeth tend to migrate back to their former locations. And if you've worn orthodontic appliances, like braces or aligners, that means right back where you started before treatment.
By holding the teeth in place, retainers help stabilize them in their new positions. They allow new bone and ligaments to re-form and mature around them, and give the gums time to remodel themselves. This process can take months to years to be complete. But you may not need to wear a retainer all the time: Often, removable retainers are worn 24 hours a day at first; later they are worn only at night. We will let you know what's best in your individual situation.
So take a tip from Kathy Bates, star of the hit TV series American Horror Story, and wear your retainer as instructed. That's the best way to keep your straight new smile from changing back to the way it was — and to keep a bad dream from coming true.
If you would like more information about orthodontic retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Why Orthodontic Retainers?” and “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers.” The interview with Kathy Bates appears in the latest issue of Dear Doctor.
Have gaps in your smile? Dental implants are the gold standard in the replacement of missing teeth. Dental implants have changed the face of dentistry over the last 25 years. Valerin Dental, which is located in Peoria, IL, offers dental implants to their patients. Dr. Manny Valerin is one of the top dentists in Peoria IL. Read on to find out what dental implants can do for you.
1. Improve Your Look- Are you tired of hiding your smile? The absence of teeth can mar an otherwise perfect smile. Dental implants will restore your smile, improve your appearance, and make you feel better about yourself. Don't you owe it to yourself to get your beautiful smile back?
2. Prevent Teeth Shifting- One or more missing teeth can have many negative effects on your oral health. The absence of one or more teeth causes the existing teeth to shift at an accelerated rate. Dental implants will fill in the gaps in your smile and prevent your existing teeth from drifting out of place.
3. Stop Bone Loss- When people don't replace their missing teeth, the consequences can be devastating. The natural erosion of the bone begins as soon as a tooth is lost. If left untreated, this may result in the loss of other teeth and could cause facial sagging. Dental implants integrate with the bone, providing a stimulus that keeps the bone from deteriorating. This helps maintain a youthful facial structure and leads to better oral health.
4. Improve Oral Function- The absence of teeth can make it difficult for people to eat. Dental implants feel and function like real teeth. They will allow you to eat the foods you love without discomfort. Tooth loss can also make it difficult for people to pronounce certain words. With dental implants, the shape and function of the jaw are restored, improving speech.
5. Improve Your Life- Implants won't just improve your look; they will also change your life for the good. Dental implants have helped millions of people from around the world improve their smiles, boosting their self-esteem, and improving the quality of their lives. And they can do the same for you.
If you need dental implants, why wait? We can help you today! Call Valerin Dental at 309-693-2310 now to schedule an appointment in Peoria IL. Dental implants will give you something to smile about.
If you’ve lost some teeth you may eventually want to replace them with dental implants. Implants by far are the restoration of choice due to their life-likeness and durability. But those advantages don’t come cheaply — implants can be expensive especially for multiple teeth.
If you’re forced to wait financially for implants, you still have other intermediary options like a removable partial denture (RPD). The conventional RPD has a rigid acrylic base colored to resemble gum tissue supported by a metal frame with attached prosthetic (false) teeth at the missing teeth locations. They’re held secure in the mouth through metal clasps that fit over the remaining teeth.
But these conventional RPDs can sometimes be uncomfortable to wear and don’t always cover the bottom of the gum completely. If this is a concern, you might consider an alternative: flexible RPDs. The base of this RPD is made of a form of flexible nylon rather than acrylic plastic. They’re much more lightweight but still fit securely in the mouth with thin plastic extensions rather than metal clasps. The base can also be more easily formed to cover areas where gum tissue may have receded.
While flexible RPDs hold up better to wear and tear than their conventional counterparts, they must still be maintained like any other appliance. They can accumulate plaque (bacterial biofilm) responsible for tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease, so daily thorough cleaning is a must. And if there fit becomes loose they can be more difficult to reline or repair than other types of dentures.
They also share a common weakness with other dentures — they can’t prevent and may even stimulate bone loss. As bone ages, old cells dissolve and new ones form to take their place. As we eat and chew our teeth transmit the forces generated through the teeth to the bone to stimulate it to grow. RPDs and other dentures can’t transmit this stimulus, so the bone replaces much slower to the point that the bone volume can diminish.
That’s why it’s best to consider any RPD as a temporary solution until you can obtain an implant for a more permanent and bone-friendly option. In the meantime, though, an RPD can provide you with a great solution for both form and function for missing teeth.
If you would like more information on RPD choices, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Flexible Partial Dentures: An Aesthetic Way to Replace Teeth Temporarily.”