How to Stop Grinding Your Teeth in Your Sleep and Eliminate Bruxism

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Why am I Grinding my Teeth at Night?

Teeth grinding is a very common condition that will affect around 80% of the population during their life. Teeth grinding is also referred to as bruxism and there are a number of reasons why you might be grinding your teeth at night. Below is a guide to why you may be grinding your teeth and what you can do to help stop it.

What is Bruxism?

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Bruxism is a fairly common sleeping disorder that causes you to grind or clench your teeth during your sleep, although this can occur while awake. Symptoms include tight, sore jaws, headaches and toothaches.

Bruxism is not uncommon, it is thought to affect 80% of the population during their life. As the condition is not likely to cause any serious issues or discomfort for many people, it is largely overlooked and undiagnosed. However, there are people who do experience persistent and painful side effects such as headaches, jaw pain and migraines.

Bruxism in Relation to Stress and Anxiety

anxiety and bruxismIf you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth during your sleep, it may be closely related to anxiety or stress. Bruxism is closely linked with anxiety, so it is worth addressing anything that is causing you to feel stressed or anxious before seeking orthodontic or dental intervention. There are a few helpful ways to reduce the effects of bruxism before bed, including:

  • Deep breathing
  • Reading
  • Listening to music

Understanding what’s causing you to grind your teeth at night will help you identify ways to rectify the causes. If your symptoms continue, you may want to consider alternative options, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Other tips on how to stop grinding your teeth in your sleep include:

  • Avoiding alcohol – as it tends to encourage teeth grinding
  • Refrain from chewing on pens, biting your nails etc
  • Avoid chewing gum (or at least don’t always use it)
  • Apply a warm flannel or cloth to your cheek in front of your earlobe to ease jaw muscles

Teeth Grinding in the Day vs Night

Grinding your teeth in the day (or when you’re awake) is easier to assess and address in contrast to night bruxism. Being conscious of your teeth grinding makes it easier for you identify why you’re doing it. The reasons may not be too dissimilar to grinding your teeth in your sleep. Tracking how many times a day you grind your teeth and finding out what scenarios encourage it will help you to find ways to address it.

Once you become consciously aware of your teeth grinding, it will become far easier to treat. If you find you’re more likely to grind your teeth in stressful situations, try to relax your jaw and perform deep breathing. Some people also find that resting their tongue at the roof of their mouth helps to tackle teeth grinding.

Grinding Your Teeth at Night

Teeth grinding during sleep is far more common than when awake. You may find that your symptoms are closely related to a sleeping disorder known as sleep apnea. This is a common sleeping disorder that narrowed the walls of your throat, causing you to snore and sometimes interrupt your sleeping pattern.

Fortunately, there are a number of mouthguard appliances on offer to help minimise the effects of teeth grinding. If you would feel more comfortable sleeping with a mouthguard appliance, please speak to one of our friendly team members to see what options are available to you.

Why is Teeth Grinding Harmful?

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The symptoms detailed above (jaw, head and tooth pain) if left untreated can result in the fracturing, loosening or general weakening of bone and tooth structure. Constantly grinding your teeth will eventually wear them down, which can result in the need for bridges, crowns implants and even root canals. In severe cases, constant tooth grinding can even change the appearance of your face.

Do Children Grind their Teeth?

Although adults are more prone to grinding their teeth (mainly due to anxiety and stress) children can also grind their teeth. In fact, it is thought that around 15% to 33% of children grind their teeth. The most common time for children to grind their teeth is when their baby teeth begin to emerge and when their permanent teeth start to push through. Once a child’s two sets of teeth have come in, their teeth grinding symptoms should disappear, or at least lessen considerably.

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Like adults, children tend to grind their teeth more during their sleep. Medical and dental professionals are still unsure as to why children grind their teeth during their sleep, but we can safely assume that improperly aligned teeth (or malocclusion) may be some of the causes.

In the vast majority of cases, grinding of baby teeth rarely ever leads to problems. You may find that your child suffers from headaches and minor jaw pain, but these symptoms can be alleviated by wearing a mouthguard, changing their diet or breaking bad habits (thumb sucking, chewing on pencils, etc).

Is Chewing Gum Bad for Your Teeth?

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Does Chewing Gum Have a Negative Effect Your Teeth?

chewing gum teethChewing gum is known for its ability to mask bad breath and freshen up your mouth, but how harmful is it for your teeth? If at all?

Not all chewing gum is the same, which is why it can be difficult to identify which gums are good for your teeth and which are bad. Chewing gums that are high in sugar will obviously place your teeth at a higher risk of developing cavities, however ‘sugar-free’ gums can be viewed as a healthier alternative.

Is Chewing Gum Bad for Your Teeth?

The short answer is no, but only if the chewing gum is the right kind. Leading dental industries have claimed that chewing gum can help keep tooth decay at bay but only if it’s sugar-free gum.

What’s So Special About Sugar-Free Gum?

Chewing gum should never be seen as a replacement for brushing or flossing your teeth. However, there are some chewing gums that can aid teeth cleaning, especially if they include xylitol; a sugar alcohol that acts as sugar replacement. Some studies claim that xylitol has been found to be promising in reducing dental caries disease and also reversing the process of early caries.

Gum containing xylitol is widely understood to be ‘better’ for your teeth than gums high in sugar. Chewing xylitol after a meal is thought to help neutralise acids inside bacteria (which results in plaque). Chewing gum also stimulates saliva production, which again, helps neutralise acids released by bacteria.

Does Xylitol Help Reduce Bacteria?

Combining sugar-free gum with xylitol is thought to help reduce the growth of Streptococcus (a bacteria that causes cavities). Xylitol is thought to help stop bacteria from sticking to your teeth, which helps fight off cavity-causing bacteria.

Which Chewing Gums are Bad for You?

bad chewing gumAs stated previously, chewing gums that are high in sugar are worse for your teeth. Stay away from bubble-gums as these are usually very high in sugar and can have the opposite effect on your teeth, contributing to plaque buildup and the spread of bacteria.

The Pros and Cons of Chewing Gum

We’ve summarised the key pros and cons for chewing gum below:

Pros:

Chewing sugar-free gum increases saliva production – chewing sugar-free gum after a meal is thought to help prevent tooth decay due to the amount of saliva you produce. Your saliva essentially helps rinse your mouth of the bacteria that would otherwise remain.

Improves oral hygiene – chewing sugar-free gum will help negate the positive effects that come with chewing (saliva production, rinsing etc). Chewing gums that are high in sugar will have the opposite effect, as bacteria requires sugar in order to survive.

Hardens your enamel – casein phosphopeptide-amorphous calcium phosphate (CPP-ACP) is a substance that’s now being used in selected chewing gums. The short name for CPP-ACP is Recaldent, and it’s thought to help harden tooth enamel and fortify it against the threat of tooth decay.

Cons:

Tooth decay – chewing gums that are high in sugar (such as bubble gum) are more likely to cause tooth decay, gum diseases and cavities. When you chew these gums, the sugar released clings to your teeth and will slowly wear away at your enamel. The longer the sugar coats your teeth, the weaker your enamel becomes. Brushing your teeth immediately after consuming sugary foods and drink is essential.

Jaw ache – overeating chewing gum can result in jaw ache, and while manufacturers will claim that their gum can be consumed regularly, it’s not advised. Common side effects of chewing too much gum too regularly can result in headaches and sometimes even toothache. In extreme cases, this can cause Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TPD) a condition that causes discomfort around the face, neck and jaw.

Stomach problems – chewing gum for longer than necessary can cause your stomach (specifically your intestines) some stress. Chewing gum after a meal is common routine for some, but it’s advised that you abstain from chewing gum immediately after a meal to help your food properly digest.

Keep on Top of Your Oral Hygiene

is chewing gum bad for your teethThe term ‘sugar-free’ when it comes to chewing can be slightly misleading, but it isn’t a bitter-tasting as it’s sweetened using xylitol or other agents (mannitol, aspartame, sorbitol etc). Fortunately, your saliva is unable to break down these ingredients, so they won’t cause cavities.

Only 3% of Children in England Visit Dentist Before Their First Birthday, Study Finds

Only 3% of Children in England Visit Dentist Before Their First Birthday, Study Finds

children not visiting dentist enough Research led by the University of Birmingham has revealed that just three per cent of children in England visited the dentist before their first birthday.

Analysing the 2016/17 NHS Dental Statistics for England Annual Report, researchers at the University of Birmingham’s School of Dentistry in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh and Public Health England, also found that nationally only 12 per cent of children had visited the dentist by their second birthday.

Birmingham Mail report more on this study.

US Women’s Tennis Star Nicole Gibbs, 26, Withdraws from French Open After her Dentist spotted a Rare Form of Cancer in Her Mouth

tennis player suffers cancer scare Gibbs first announced her diagnosis in a tweet on Monday, ahead of her surgery scheduled for Friday, May 17.

‘Fortunately, this form of cancer has a great prognosis and my surgeon is confident that surgery alone will be sufficient treatment,’ she wrote.

‘He even okayed me to play an extra couple of tournaments these past few weeks, which served as a nice distraction.’

Gibbs wrote that her recovery period is slated to last between four to six weeks and she hopes to return to the court by the end of June to compete in qualifiers for Wimbledon.

For more on Gibbs’ recovery, click here.

Four Out of Five Adults Visit the Dentist Regularly

adults visiting dentist regularly More than four out of five adults (82%) visit the dentist at least once every two years.

This increases for patients on dental payment plans, with 89% visiting the dentist every six months, according to the latest Consumer Oral Health Survey 2019 from Simplyhealth Professionals.

Despite these promising numbers, 6% of adults admit they never visit the dentist.

‘While it’s encouraging that the majority of the population visit their dentist at least once every two years, almost one in five aren’t seeing their dentist regularly and are missing out on this important health check,’ Dr Catherine Rutland, dental spokesperson for Simplyhealth, said.

For more on this study, head over to Dentistry.

Two Out of Five Somerset Kids Haven’t Seen a Dentist in the Last Year

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Two Out of Five Somerset Kids Haven’t Seen a Dentist in the Last Year

cornwall dentist crisisThe figures also reveal similar levels of adults haven’t seen an NHS dentist in the last two years.

NHS England has said the problem is a national one, with work being done on both recruiting and retaining dentists, as well as providing preventative advice and support to the public to reduce demand.

Calls for a public waiting list similar to those operating in Devon and Cornwall have been rebuffed, with health officials believing they will not be an effective solution to the problem.

For more on this story, head over to Chard and Illminster News.

Charcoal Toothpastes ‘Don’t Whiten Teeth’

charcoal toothpaste The charcoal products, which are increasingly popular, often contain no fluoride to help protect the teeth.

And there is no scientific evidence to back up the claims they make, the authors say.

Excessive brushing with them can do more harm than good, they add.

They advise people to go to their dentist for advice on bleaching, or whitening, their teeth.

And they say it is better to stick to using a regular fluoride-based toothpaste.

For more on the supposed charcoal myth, head over to the BBC.

Lifeboat Volunteer Who Knows the Drill is Named Scotland’s Young Dentist of the Year

scotland dentist successSince graduating in 2012 she has worked at the Torwood practice in Inverness, one of two practices in the city operated by Clyde Munro Dental Group. She was honoured at the glittering Scottish Dental Awards held in Glasgow.

Delighted Jane said: “I couldn’t believe it when my name was read out.

“There’s a team of around 20 of us at Torwood and they are all brilliant.”

More on Jane’s story can be found over at Deadline News.

Cornwall’s NHS Dentist Crisis is Reported to the Government

cornwall dental worriesCornwall Council is set to look at what it can do to help tackle the shortage of NHS dentists in the county with more than 48,000 people on the waiting list.

The council has agreed to ask its health and adult social care overview and scrutiny committee to work with health partners to look at what could be done to solve the problem.

Independent councillor Loic Rich had tabled the motion to yesterday’s full council meeting and had initially called for the council to use its community network panels to investigate what could be done.

But Liberal Democrat councillor Colin Martin put forward an amendment which would take the issue to the council’s scrutiny committee for consideration.

Find out more on Cornwall’s dental crisis by reading the full article at Cornwall Live.

Why Oral Health Should be on Your Wellbeing Agenda

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Why Oral Health Should be on Your Wellbeing Agenda

keeping on top of your oral healthOral health is often overlooked, but it costs the economy £105 million a year in missed work days. Employers have an important role to play, and the key to solving the problem lies in preventative dental care.

Oral health is often overlooked. It’s so easy to be conscious of a problem like neck pain or a bad back. But often, toothache is brushed off and people think dental problems will go away on their own, or will wait until later.

Research shows that one in 20 of us admit to never visiting the dentist1, and over half would cancel a dental appointment if they had financial worries1. It seems that in some cases, oral health is just not as valued as our overall health.

People Management reports more on the importance of oral health and keeping up with oral hygiene standards.

Why Wonky Teeth are Smiles Ahead for Brits

brits teeth straighteningDazzling white veneers like those of Simon Cowell or Cheryl Tweedy were once a must-have for anyone after a celebrity smile.

But the new trend is for ‘wonky’, natural-looking teeth, according to a Harley Street dentist.

Dr Mark Hughes says he has seen a shift away from overly uniform teeth to ‘a more natural smile with perfectly imperfect teeth’.

Celebrities such as US pop singer Ariana Grande and Keira Knightley are known for their ‘wonky smiles’, while A-listers Margot Robbie and Jessica Alba have shied away from porcelain veneers that give bright white smiles.

For more on this new trend, head over to this news source.

‘Staff should be able to perform oral care and spot abnormalities’

staff performing dentistrySome patients admitted to hospital have pre-existing tooth decay or gum disease; others have healthy mouths on admission but will develop problems related to poor mouth care during their stay.

My son Nick had poorly controlled epilepsy, autism and learning difficulties, which made me very aware of the problems that could be a barrier to achieving good oral care. Some days brushing his teeth could be a real challenge.

Nursing Times reports more on this important issue.

Saving the Teeth of Patients With Special Needs

special needs dentistryA new dental center is built to welcome patients with special needs and those in wheelchairs, who often run into obstacles elsewhere.

Cheryl Closs, a mother of four from West Islip, N.Y., wanted to save her daughter Bella’s two front teeth. They were badly decayed, and one dentist wanted to just pull them out. But Ms. Closs was having none of it.

Bella, who is 15 and in 8th grade, has special needs and uses a wheelchair.

Fore more on this important story, continue reading at NY Times.

Investors Continue to Pour Money into Dental Startups

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Investors Continue to Pour Money into Dental Startups

dentist investingTeeth straightening startup Candid has raised another $63.4 million in a Series B round from Greycroft, Bessemer, e.ventures and others. The new injection of cash brings its total funding to $90 million.

Candid, which 3D prints its FDA-approved aligners, is designed for people who need mild to moderate orthodontic work. The modeling kit costs $95, and then the actual aligners cost $1,900 upfront or $88 per month over two years, while braces can cost up to $7,000 and Invisalign can cost up to $8,000.

In addition to its at-home impression process, Candid enables people to come into a physical office to get their teeth scans completed. Currently, Candid operates 13 brick and mortar locations. By the end of this year, Candid aims to have more than 60 locations across the U.S.

Tech Crunch reports on the reasons behind investors’ keen interest in dental startups in their article.

Cornwall’s NHS Dentist Crisis is Reported to the Government

nhs dentist crisisCornwall Council is set to look at what it can do to help tackle the shortage of NHS dentists in the county with more than 48,000 people on the waiting list.

The council has agreed to ask its health and adult social care overview and scrutiny committee to work with health partners to look at what could be done to solve the problem.

Independent councillor Loic Rich had tabled the motion to yesterday’s full council meeting and had initially called for the council to use its community network panels to investigate what could be done.

But Liberal Democrat councillor Colin Martin put forward an amendment which would take the issue to the council’s scrutiny committee for consideration.

Cornwall Live shares the full story.

Tens of Thousands of Patients Now Stuck in 16-month Wait for NHS Dentist

patients waiting list nhsTens of thousands of patients have to wait 16 months for an NHS dentist.

Thousands are turning up at A&E in desperation to have painful teeth removed as the Tory funding crisis continues.

Dentists blamed lack of funding, with practices not paid to treat extra patients once quotas are filled.

Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, chairman of the British Dental Association, said: “The crisis in NHS dentistry is hitting communities from Cornwall to Cumbria. Underfunding and a failed contract have left dental practices without dentists, and patients are seeing the result.”

Devon and Cornwall have 48,000 people on waiting lists, with average waits of 477 days – up from 18,500 in 2016, councillors there claim.

For more on the struggles regarding dentistry in the NHS, head over to The Mirror.

Do I Need Braces? Identifying Common Signs and Symptoms

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Do I Need Braces? Identifying Common Signs and Symptoms

Signs that You May Need Braces

signs that you need bracesThere are several notable signs that may indicate you are a candidate for braces, and these signs can appear early or late in your life. Visiting a dentist regularly will help identify any early problems that may lead to braces later in life. Without visiting a dentist, here are some common signs to look out for:

  • Irregular loss of baby teeth (this can be early or late loss)
  • Thumb sucking (commonly associated with malocclusion)
  • Crooked and/or overcrowded teeth
  • Cracking or snapping jaw
  • Trouble with chewing
  • Trouble with breathing

If you or your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, you must seek the advice of a dentist. Such signs and symptoms may suggest dental or orthodontic intervention is required.

When to Visit a Dentist

when to visit a dentistIt’s recommended that every child should see a dentist before they reach seven years old. While there may not be any immediately apparent issues with your child’s teeth, it’s advised you arrange a checkup to confirm this. Be wary of children who are prone to thumb-sucking as this habit is linked to poor oral development and may increase the likelihood of requiring braces later in life.

What is a Good Age to Get Braces?

There is no ‘good age’ to get braces. However, the earlier a problem is noticed, the faster an orthodontist can act to help promote healthy oral development. Most orthodontic treatment begins between the ages of 10 and 14 as childrens’ mouths are still developing and they should have all their permanent teeth.

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Those who neglect to visit their dentist may exaggerate a problem that could cause poor oral development later in life. A dentist will be able to spot and rectify any early signs of malocclusion or abnormal mouth development. This will not only reduce the need for further treatment but may also save you a small fortune in dental bills.

Adult Treatment

The American Association for Orthodontists claims that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 18. Adult treatment has never been more popular and

studies show that adults opting for braces are experiencing excellent results. While they are known to rectify problems faster in younger patients, adults can still see great improvements as a result of orthodontic treatment. Adults who require orthodontic

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treatment can expect to wear braces for up to two years (depending on the severity).

What Kind of Braces Will I Have to Wear?

Until you visit a dentist (or orthodontist), you won’t know what type of brace will best suit your needs and requirements. However, in most cases, you do have a choice regarding what braces you would prefer. The most common are still fixed braces and these come in metal, plastic or ceramic brackets that are bonded to your teeth. We have detailed the most popular and trusted braces below:

Fixed braces

Still the most successful choice. Fixed braces use brackets and arch wire in a ‘train track’ formation to gently shift teeth into their new formation. They have seen several improvements since their introduction in the 1920s, which is why they remain the most successful brace in the orthodontic market.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are growing in popularity thanks to their discrete design. Lingual braces work in a similar way to fixed braces, both are utilise brackets and arch wires to help gently push your teeth into their new positions. The only difference is that lingual braces are attached to the backs of your teeth (hidden in plain sight).

Invisalign

Currently the most popular choice with the younger generation. Invisalign has gained international fame thanks to its ‘invisible’ and removable aligners. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign uses two clear, plastic aligners to gently shift your teeth into their correct positions. Every two weeks, you will swap out your aligners for new ones that will continue your tooth straightening process.

Book Your Free Consultation Today

If you’re not sure whether you are an appropriate candidate for braces, why not book into see Dr Hoeltschi today? We will talk through all our braces options and which route would be most appropriate for your requirements. Call or visit our clinic today to begin your journey to a brighter smile.

How Do Braces Work? A Step-by-Step Insight into Teeth Straightening

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How Do Braces Work?

how do braces workThere are several different braces types, all of which work in different ways to help straighten your teeth. While traditional braces (such as fixed braces) are made up of wires, brackets and bonding agents, newer teeth straightening appliances (such as Invisalign) are using plastic.

Understanding what type of brace will best suit your preference and requirements is important to the development of your teeth.

The Components of a Fixed Brace

Fixed braces remain the most common teeth straightening choice. They were the first brace design to achieve worldwide medical acceptance and their design and functionality has been improving since the 1920s. Fixed braces are believed to offer the best success rates across all patients.

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Brackets – all fixed braces come with brackets, they are the ceramic or metal links found glued onto the front of your teeth.

Arch wires – the arch wire connects the brackets that run along your teeth. Arch wire is made from metal and helps to gently

Bonding material – this is the ‘glue’ that helps keep the ceramic or metal links attached to the front of your teeth.

Ligature Elastic – the elastics help to gently push your teeth into their desired positions. The elastics are tightened during each checkup with your orthodontist.

Spacers – these help allow the bands to fit through each individual teach. They take some getting used to.

Orthodontic Bands – these are different to ligature elastics, as orthodontic bands do not go between each tooth. They are typically used with patients who require complex teeth straightening.

The Components of Invisalign

Invisalign uses 3D printing technology to create a series of bespoke, clear aligners. It is currently the most popular tooth straightening system thanks to its clear, removable aligners.

invisalign componentsClear aligners – the main difference when comparing Invisalign is that it’s made up of two clear aligners (in contrast to metals and wiring). The clear aligners work by gently shifting your teeth into their new, desired positions.

Trays – your aligners will come in a series of trays (depending on the severity of your case, you may have more trays). The trays are swapped out every two week (unless advised otherwise by your dentist).

Dr Hoeltschi Explains the Benefits of Invisalign:

“Up until now, Invisalign has been used only in simple cases, and it’s certainly true that can treat simple cases in as little as three months. What’s less well known is that Invisalign is being used in more complex cases.

As a teenager, the clear benefit of wearing Invisalign is that you can’t see it (for the most part). Invisalign is certainly the future of orthodontics, and that we, as a specialty, will move towards using it more in the future”.

The Components of Lingual Braces

how do lingual braces work?Brackets – lingual braces also come with brackets, the only difference being they are fixed to the back of your teeth.

Arch wires – again, the arch wires are fixed to the backs of your teeth, out of sight.

Bonding material – a similar bonding material is used with lingual braces.

Ligature Elastic – the elastics help to gently push your teeth into their desired positions. The elastics are tightened during each checkup with your orthodontist.

Spacers – these help allow the bands to fit through each individual teach. They take some getting used to.

The Components of a Retainer

Retainers work differently to traditional fixed braces. Instead of straightening teeth, they help to maintain the new positioning of your teeth (after braces). Traditional retainers include:

Wiring – the wire is bonded to the back of your teeth once your braces are removed. The retainer is bonded to the canine teeth (or each of the front six teeth).

Retainers essentially cancel any potential shifting of your teeth using a fixed wire. You will require checkups with your orthodontist to remove plaque and potential tartar buildup and generally monitor your progress. You can learn more on the importance of retainers by reading the Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine.

The Importance of the Arch Wire

braces arch wireThe arch wire is thought to be the most ‘important’ component of the brace. The wire’s relationship with straightening your teeth is complex and fascinating. Wire, typically wants to remain straight, but the heat of your mouth actually forces the wire to curve and bend with the positioning of your teeth (encouraging positive tooth movement).

So, while it will adapt to this, it will also try and keep itself straight. It’s a constant push and pull mechanic that slowly and gently pushes your teeth into their desired positions without causing any sudden or drastic discomfort.

Additionally, as the brace moves your teeth into position, it applies a physical pressure to the teeth, and while this may sound stressful for your teeth, it’s quite the opposite. Your teeth slowly get used to the pressure of gentle re-positioning and the bone structure actually gets stronger because of it.

Book Your Free Consultation Today

If you would like to know more about how our braces and teeth straightening systems can brighten your smile, why not book your free consultation today? Dr Iain Hoeltschi specialises in the use of Invisalign to treat the most complex cases, call or email today to start your teeth straightening journey.

Microscopic Robots Could One Day Clean Your Teeth

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microbot teeth technologyScientists at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a tiny army of robots designed to remove dental plaque from teeth.

Perhaps that would make a trip to the dentist a little less daunting. Or maybe not.

The microscopic robotic cleaning crew contains two robotic systems – one to clean surfaces and another to operate within confined spaces. Together, they have been found capable of destroying biofilms, including the sticky combinations of bacteria that comprise dental plaque.

The robots, officially known as catalytic antimicrobial robots or CARs, are capable of removing biofilms from tooth surfaces and the isthmus, a narrow channel between root canals – one of the most difficult places to access.

If this really a possibility? Head over to Philly Voice for the full story.

Kombucha is as Bad for Your Teeth as Soda is, According to Some Dentists

According to recent studies, Kombucha is thought to be rotting your teeth at a similar rate as sugary sodas, dentists are warning (though not verbatim).

For more on this story and the evidence that supports it, head over to Delish.

Dentists Could Stand in For Doctors

dentists standing in for doctorsThe government is considering the option of creating a bridge course so dentists can practice family medicine.

The Prime Minister Office has already given the idea the nod at the start of April.

‘Considering the BDS syllabus, course curriculum, methodology of developing clinical skills during the training pattern of examination, there is no doubt that graduates are completely trained for dental/oral comprehensive healthcare,’ Dibyendu Mazumdar, president of the Dental Council of India (DCI), said to Live Mint.

Dentistry reports the full story if you’d like to learn more.

Robot Dentist in China is First to Fit Implants in Patient Without Any Human Involvement

robot dentist The successful procedure raises hopes technology could avoid problems caused by human error and help overcome shortage of qualified dentists

Even though medical staff were present during the one-hour surgery in Xian, Shaanxi province, they did not play an active role.

The South China Morning Post reported that two new teeth, created by 3D printing, were successfully implanted into a woman’s mouth.

The robot was developed by Beihang University in Beijing and the Fourth Military Medical University’s Stomatological Hospital.

Dr Zhao Yimin, who works at the hospital, told the newspaper that the robot was designed to carry out dental procedures and avoid mistakes made by human error.

More on this revolutionary development can be read at Dentistry.

Could a Toothpaste Pill be the Minty Solution to Cutting Landfill Waste?

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Could a Toothpaste Pill be the Minty Solution to Cutting Landfill Waste?

eco toothpasteBite, a company that has created a sustainable and vegan tooth care solution, believes the answer is yes.

It says all users need to do is bite down on the innovative tablet and start brushing with a wet toothbrush – it will then foam up just like normal toothpaste.

However, the product involves no plastic or aluminium waste, unlike the one billion toothpaste tubes currently thrown out every year.

Using only recyclable, biodegradable or compostable materials, such as packaging made from recycled newspaper, the firm uses organic mint flavor and activated charcoal to make its product 100% gluten-free, vegan and free of harsh chemicals.

For the full article, head over to Energy Live News.

Demand for Action as Nearly 50,000 Waiting for Dentist in Cornwall

cornwall dentist waitingCornwall Council will be asked to back calls for more to be done to tackle the lack of NHS dentists in Cornwall with more than 48,000 people on the waiting list.

Independent councillor Loic Rich has tabled a motion to next week’s full council meeting calling for the council to take action over the NHS dental crisis.

The Truro councillor has support from members of different political groups in County Hall for his motion.

In it he suggests that the council’s community network panels could work with providers to see what can be done to improve the provision of NHS dental services.

Cornwall Live reports the full story.

Flossing and Going to the Dentist Linked to Lower Risk of Oral Cancer

brush your teethRegularly flossing and going to the dentist may be tied to a lower risk of oral cancer.

That’s according to findings presented March 31, here at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting.

In the new study, researchers analyzed the dental health behaviors of patients who were diagnosed with oral cancer between 2011 and 2014 at the ear, nose and throat clinic at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. The patients’ behaviors were compared to those of non-cancer patients who came to the clinic for other reasons, such as dizziness or an earache. [7 Odd Things That Raise Your Risk of Cancer (and 1 That Doesn’t).

Live Science report the full article.

Invisible Dental Braces Market Size, Share, Growth, Industry Report Forecast to 2023

invisible braces news storyGlobal Invisible Dental Braces Market Report is an irrevocable document for investors, company executives, market researchers and organizations who seek to pursue the global Invisible Dental Braces market at a minute level. The report analyzed the industry’s historical, current and future events, based on an intensive assessment. It provides honest and reliable estimates for various important terms including production, sales volume, revenue, growth rate, market size, and stock.

You can view the statistics over at Itax News.