Your tongue can do it…. ,
and so can your thumb……..
Thankfully your dentist can too.
As I touched on in my last blog post, orthodontics has really developed in recent years.
In fact the demand for orthodontics in adults is growing and this is not only that our society expects straighter smiles but also because it can be done ‘invisibly’.
In years gone by adults were turned off having braces, choosing to put up with smiles they were unhappy with, whilst wondering why their parents never made them have orthodontics as children. Perhaps worse, were those whose previous orthodontic treatment had relapsed and found that despite going through years of braces, their teeth were once again crooked.
Clear plastic teeth aligners are comfortable, almost invisible, and can straighten smiles in as little as 6 months.
They do not have the versatilty of conventional braces and therefore will not work for every orthodontic problem, but whether you have just one tooth out of line that has always bothered you, or you have always hated your crowded lower teeth, go see your dentist. The solution may be easier than you think.
If I had a shekel for every time someone asked me that…but it is a good question.
The issue of advancing technologies in dentistry is interesting. So much has changed for the better. For hundreds of years people suffered with their false teeth.
Now there is a solution and Dental Implants are inserted routinely improving quality of life for thousands.
Patients wanted invisible braces. Done. Whether they are lingual brackets or ceramic brackets or even clear plastic trays, children and adults can have their teeth straightened almost imperceptibly
But drill-less fillings? Mmm nearly. There are lasers and air-abrasion machines and I expect them to be in most dental offices in 10 years, but they cannot yet replace the drill completely.
So until technology catches up we depend on soothing empathetic care in a relaxed environment and distract with good music and my rubbish singing.
I get that a lot. Actually almost every time someone finds out what I do. Thankfully I don’t take it personally. Nor do I take to heart the look of terror that greets me when I meet a new patient. Then there’s the cynicism. “Do I really need that filling?”. That doesn’t bother me either.
All of these reactions are invariably a consequence of bad dental experiences, even traumatic ones.
My job? My job is to heal. Not only teeth, but attitudes and fears as well.
Well this is my first ever blog post. Was it any good? I enjoyed it.
In others I hope to share some smiles we’ve made and thoughts about being a dentist in Israel.
What would you like to see? What have you always wanted to ask your dentist?