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What Will Orthodontia Be Like in 100 Years?

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Robots may be part of the orthodontic future.

While these expansions don’t quite mirror the future the Jetsons drew out for us, the future of orthodontia surely rivals that cartoon’s space-age man-over-machine prophecy. And the innovative and speedy discoveries uncovered from studies and research in the field of nanotechnology is truly the stuff of a space-age century.

So what did these innovators come up with? Nano Robots! This exciting new milestone is well on its way to becoming the next indispensable step in the fields of medical and dental science.

Nanotechnology in
Dentistry and Orthodontia

Increasing interest in the use of nanotechnology in dentistry has led to the emergence of a new field called Nano-Dentistry and Nano-Orthodontia…and Nano Robots are the star of the show.

These tiny machines possess the potential to offer a number of dental procedures and services: inducing oral analgesia, tooth desensitization, the ability to manipulate tissue to re-align and straighten irregular set of teeth, and the ability to improve tooth durability.

Sound far-fetched? Well, today, it might be, but these developments are certainly on their way—and perhaps a hundred years from now, they’ll be the norm!

Nano-Robots, Nanites
and Nano-Machines, Oh My!

Currently in the development phase, these futuristic devices have only just reached the milestone of producing a hypothetical Nano Robot.

Also known as nanites and Nano-machines, these theoretic microscopic devices are very, very small, as their name might suggest.

Nano-robotic architecture emulates the designs of already-existing macro and micro dental devices. Once the template is made, scientists construct and program the Nano Robots at a nanoscale level.   Scientists plan to create a smooth surface to streamline the way Nano-Bots function. It’s come to light that glucose—naturally occurring body sugars—as well as oxygen might be a source for propelling the Nano device in specified direction.

The Future of Orthodontia and Dentistry

Experts envision that these revolutionary Nano Robots will be manufactured in desktop Nano-factories specialized exclusively for this purpose. The ability to build and place large numbers of medical space-age Nano Robots into the human body brings up an exciting innovation. These ultramodern scientific advancements are expected to more effectively eliminate diseases AND provide patients with a painless recovery.

Pretty cool, huh?

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Find the Right Orthodontist in 5 Steps

Looking for a Great Orthodontist?
Follow the Five R’s Rule to Get it Right.

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Referrals

Word-of-mouth is important; speak with your neighbors and friends. Someone you trust. Get a referral from a satisfied patient who’s happy with their orthodontist. A person who puts their reputation on the line by making a recommendation is a credible referral. That person has nothing to gain but your appreciation by helping. If you’ve been referred to multiple orthodontists, visit their websites (if they have them) to learn a little about orthodontics beforehand.

Research

This is an obvious way to go about picking an orthodontist. Take the time to do a little research on your own to verify that this is the orthodontist of choice for you and your family. Choose an orthodontist that is close to work or home and is more convenient for you. Check office hours to be sure you can make appointments and be able to work with them when planning your treatment. Be sure that the orthodontist can work with your current health insurance and plan. Are languages other than English required for communication? This is the stage to narrow down your search results.

Reviews

Credible testimonials are another source to consider when selecting an orthodontist. Patient testimonials help alleviate concerns for potential patients who may be nervous or anxious. Testimonials tell you all kinds of valuable information. They may affirm an orthodontist is okay or that the orthodontist is good, honest individual. Other reviews may criticize the orthodontist and allay that the orthodontist is dishonest and incompetent. All of these reviews come from each patient’s personal, subjective experience.   They’re a valuable tool that may sell you on the orthodontist or cause the poorly reviewed to lose a prospective patient. You.

Residency

How long has the orthodontist been in practice? This is always smart to consider. Look at the credentials and backgrounds when choosing a physician: clinical training, experience, board certification and specialized interests should align with the healthcare you’re looking for. You may also decide that the gender and age of the physician are important to you.

Rules (Follow These Do’s & Don’ts)

  • DO write down questions in advance and bring up things that concern you. Always feel free to ask more questions, even if you think they’re dumb questions. You’re not the expert. The orthodontist is. Make sure you understand every facet of the treatment and that you’re comfortable with and reassured by the information they’re giving you.
  • DON’T just go with an orthodontist when they cannot explain why they’re doing what they’re doing to gain the expected result: the correction of irregular teeth. It’s your money and your health and it shouldn’t be wasted on unnecessary treatment just so the orthodontist can make money off of you when the care isn’t at all needed.
  • DO find out the damaging consequences you will face if you do not go ahead with the treatment. The answer must be clear, comprehensive and specific. If the orthodontist cannot prove you need the treatment, don’t go ahead with their recommendation. You should NEED the service. Don’t let the orthodontist convince you to get the service without explaining exactly what health dangers you’ll face if you decline the services.
  • DO get at second opinion. It is important to have good rapport with your orthodontist. Communication is key; and you should feel comfortable and certain that this is a professional you will want to work with for a significant period of your life and you want to make sure that long-term relationship will be a pleasant one.
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Does Holistic Dentistry Really Work?

holisticdentistrylogoThe world of organic, alternative and holistic treatment is upon us, even for dentistry. Holistic Dentistry, also called

Biological Dentistry or Alternative Dentistry, has been around since 1978.

 

The Holistic Dental Association provides support and guidance to practitioners of holistic and alternative dentistry helps inform the public of the benefits of holistic dentistry for their overall health and well- being.

Alternative Dentistry Treats the Whole Body

Holistic dentistry focuses on treating the entire person rather than just one located area of “dis-ease,” which is in this instance, the teeth. Holistic healthcare is intended to improve personal health and wellness on all fronts while allowing patients to also enjoy feeling loved, accepted, and understood.

Alternative Dentistry provides physical, emotional, and spiritual support as part of its full dental care regimen. Alternative Dentists examine, provide oral screenings and regular hygiene visits in the effort to prevent cancer and other diseases.

Alternative Dentistry is also dedicated to providing educational growth to patients and dentists. This education is affordable and includes methods of nurturing dental care, basic dental information, and even cutting-edge experiential forms of education.

Biological Dentists are Always Learning

Continuing education is desired and encouraged in the Biological Dentistry Field. Interdisciplinary resources help dentists teach patients about their particular brand of care: educating patients that they can and do have the innate ability to heal themselves.

Educating patients is key to staying connected with and enjoying open communication with patients.

Holistic Dentists DO NOT:

  • Provide mercury fillings, nickel-based crowns or cast partials
  • Offer gold, ceramic and composite fillings
  • Use Non-adrenaline and non-preservative anesthetics
  • Promote the use of fluoride

Holistic Dentists DO:

  • Protect patients and staff when removing mercury amalgam fillings
  • Evaluate the biocompatibility of dental materials before placing them in the mouth
  • Provide nutritional support and assistance
  • Take the time to listen to patient concerns.
  • Follow safe protocols for safe replacement of mercury fillings with an aesthetically pleasing and safe composite resin

These alternative methods coincide with holistic dental care products.

Holistic Dental Care Products Include

  • Organic and herbal toothpaste
  • Rounded-bristled brushes of special nylon that sucks up plaque at the gum line
  • Mouthwash made with highly concentrated extracts of organic herbs

Overall, Holistic Dentistry takes into account the effect of dental treatment and materials on the overall health of the individual. It is the basis of truly informed consent and allows patients to take an active role in the decision-making process of their dental health care.

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Fun Facts About Braces and Orthdontics

Braces Trivia

An orthodontist needs four years of college, four years of dental school, and two years of postgraduate study in orthodontics before they can practice orthodontics.

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All orthodontists are also board certified dentists

Dr Charles Tweed was the first certified orthodontist in the US.
The first “braces” were constructed by Pierre Fauchard in 1728. Fauchard’s “braces” consisted of a flat strip of metal, which was connected to teeth by pieces of thread. Continue reading Fun Facts About Braces and Orthdontics

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Botox and Dentistry

botoxTo say that Botox is a popular esthetic treatment is a vast understatement. Over 21 years has past since the introduction of botulinum toxin A injections (Botox) have been used for the unsightly frown lines between the eyes and smoothing of facial wrinkles. Botox treatments are the most commonly preformed minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in North America. There were nearly 2.5 million cosmetic procedures done with Botox in 2008 according to The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Women accounted for 92% of the total cosmetic procedures done. Botox cosmetic procedures accounted for 24% of all cosmetic procedures done in 2008. The safety records of Botox treatment is nearly unparalleled by just about any other delivered medication on the market. Continue reading Botox and Dentistry

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Home Remedies for toothache pain

If there’s one list to keep handy–this is the one. It never fails that a major toothache hits when it’s late at night and your dentist’s office is closed. Although only a doctor can cure the source of the problem, this list of treatments & pain relief remedies should get you through the night until you can visit the dentist. Continue reading Home Remedies for toothache pain

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Jeweled Teeth

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The Mayans were an advanced civilization who regrettably are now most known for their supposed “prediction” of the end of the world. About 2,500 years ago, the Maya already had a very advanced understanding of teeth. While many people today try to whiten their teeth, for the Mayans that was not nearly enough. They would have their dentists use a primitive drill to decorate their teeth. Sometimes they would have parts of the tooth cut out or shaped to make it look more interesting. However, their most extreme modification was the bejeweling of teeth.

Some people, more often men, would have small holes made in their teeth that were fitted with gemstones to make their mouths look pretty. Researchers believe these finds show the Mayans were very skilled at dental work, as they could fit these jewels into the teeth without breaking them.

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Pain Remedies till you can get to the dentist

Toothache Cures From Your Kitchen Cabinet

blog 12Grab some clove oil. Oil of clove is an age-old home remedy. It works thanks to the chemical eugenol contained in the oil, which has anesthetic and antibacterial properties. To use it for tooth pain, soak a cotton ball with a mixture made of two to three drops of clove oil and ¼ teaspoon of olive oil. Put the cotton ball in your mouth near the tooth that hurts and bite down to keep it in place. One caution: Don’t go to sleep with the cotton ball still in your mouth. The FDA no longer considers this treatment effective enough to recommend it, although some dentists still believe it has benefits.Clove oil is available at pharmacies and health food stores. Continue reading Pain Remedies till you can get to the dentist

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Innovative Tooth Decay Treatment Means End Of Drilling And Fillings

Scientists in the UK are developing a new dental technique that could eliminate the need for drilling and fillings.

Researchers at King’s College London are working on a tooth-rebuilding treatment that helps decayed teeth to repair themselves, reports the Daily Mail.

Dentists normally remove tooth decay by drilling, after which the cavity is filled with a material such as amalgam or composite resin.

The new two-step process, called Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralization (EAER), accelerates the natural movement of calcium and phosphate minerals into the damaged tooth.

The innovative treatment, to be commercialized by Reminova Ltd, prepares the damaged area of the enamel, then uses a tiny electric current to push minerals into the tooth to repair the damaged site.

The tooth is remineralized in a painless process that involves no injections, no drills and no filling materials.

Electric currents are already used by dentists to check the pulp or nerve of a tooth, notes The Independent.

The new technique may be available on the market in just three short years.

“The way we treat teeth today is not ideal – when we repair a tooth by putting in a filling, that tooth enters a cycle of drilling and re-filling as, ultimately, each ‘repair’ fails,” professor Nigel Pitts from the Dental Institute at King’s College London said in a statement.

“Not only is our device kinder to the patient and better for their teeth, but it’s expected to be at least as cost-effective as current dental treatments,” Pitts said. “Along with fighting tooth decay, our device can also be used to whiten teeth.”

While the technique is expected to replace the need for many existing fillings, the electric current probably will not work on late-stage cavities.

 

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