What to Do if Your Child Knocks Out a Tooth

If your child falls off a bike or gets hit in the face with a ball and knocks out a tooth, it is important to act quickly and take the right steps. This could be the difference between the tooth being able to be reattached or not being able to be reattached. Unfortunately, I found myself in this situation and wasn't really sure what to do. I ended up taking my son to an emergency dentist, but it was too late and the tooth could not be reattached. I wanted to ensure this didn't happen to other parents and children, or to me again, so I created this website. If you have children, this is great information to know before you find yourself in this situation.

Forget Metal Braces, And Try Invisible Aligners For A Brace-Free Smile

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Over the last decade, invisible aligners such as Invisalign have overtaken metal braces as the teeth straightening apparatus of choice. They're very hard to spot on the teeth, can be removed every time you eat or brush your teeth, and can be customized for each patient. Despite this treatment's popularity, a lot of prospective patients still have lingering questions about Invisalign. Here's a look at a few of those questions, and their answers.

How long will it take to straighten your teeth with Invisalign?

The answer to this question depends on your own dental health and how crooked your teeth originally are. For most people, Invisalign takes a comparable amount of time to straighten the teeth as metal braces. Some patients must wear aligners only for 6 months, while others wear them for up to 2 years. Your orthodontist or dentist will likely give you an estimate of how long Invisalign will take to straighten your teeth at your initial evaluation appointment. Keep in mind, however, that this time is an estimate and it may change as your treatment progresses.

Does wearing Invisalign hurt?

Most patients experience a little soreness as their teeth are slowly shifted into place. However, this soreness tends to be less than that experienced by wearers or traditional braces. You also do not have to worry about the pain or wires or brackets poking into your cheeks, since Invisalign is smooth and barely noticeable once you've worn the aligners for a few days.

How often do you need to see your orthodontist for checkups when wearing Invisalign?

In most cases, you'll be asked to report to your orthodontist for a checkup approximately every 6 weeks. Generally, this will be a brief appointment. He or she will simply check that your teeth are moving as intended, and that you are doing an adequate job of keeping your aligners clean and in place.

How do you keep your teeth and the aligners clean?

Invisalign is easy to remove, and you must remove the aligners before brushing your teeth. Once you've popped Invisalign out of your mouth, you can brush and floss your teeth just as you normally would. Then, you clean the aligners themselves with your toothbrush and regular toothpaste. Rinse them well, and then pop them back into your mouth.

Invisalign is a great choice for most patients who want a straighter smile. Hopefully the answers to these questions will help you decide whether or not it is the right choice for you. Keeping the aligners clean and remembering to put them back into your mouth after eating and brushing does take some discipline. However, the results are well worth the effort.

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19 January 2015