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Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.


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Two tips for those who are getting braces

by Myrtle Banks

If you need braces to correct your misaligned teeth and have arranged for an orthodontist to provide you with orthodontic treatment, here are some tips that you may find helpful.

Take a few days off work to practice speaking after you get the braces fitted

If possible, you should arrange to take a few days off work after the orthodontist first fits your braces. The reason for this is as follows; many people struggle to speak clearly when they first start undergoing orthodontic treatment.

You may, for example, find that your mouth produces more salvia than it usually does, and that this affects your ability to enunciate your words. Additionally, you may find that you make a lisping sound when you say words that have an 's' or a 'c' in them.

Over time, these speech issues will usually go away. However, if you think you may be self-conscious about speaking in this manner, it is worth booking some time off work after you have had the braces fitted by your orthodontist.

During this time, you should try to speak as frequently as possible, as this will help to accelerate the speed with which you become accustomed to the braces and are able to speak without difficulty again. You could, for example, try reading a long book aloud or calling up a close friend and having a lengthy chat with them.

Opt for Invisalign braces instead of metal ones

When most people hear the word 'braces', they imagine a person with a mouth full of highly visible metal wires. However, nowadays, many individuals who decide to undergo orthodontic treatment end up having Invisalign braces fitted instead of metal ones.

If your orthodontist informs you that you are a good candidate for these type of braces, then you should definitely consider getting them. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, Invisalign braces will have much less of an impact on your appearance, as unlike metal braces, they are not visually obtrusive, and as such, they will not be the first thing that other people notice when they see you.

Secondly, these types of braces are far less likely to injure your mouth's soft tissues than metal braces. For example, if you were to get hit in the mouth by a ball or another object whilst wearing metal braces, the sharp wires could become dislodged from their correct positions and end up protruding into your gums or inner cheeks. This could lead to a painful laceration as well as an infection.

Because Invisalign braces are made from a special type of plastic rather than sharp-edged metal components, any damage that they sustain in the event of you being hit in the face will be far less likely to result in an oral injury.