Month: June 2019
Removable Braces – Orthodontic Treatment
What is a removable brace? A removable brace is called a removable appliance because you can take it out. You should wear it all of the time, even at night and for eating. The only time you take it out is when you are cleaning your teeth and when you need to clean the appliance.
What is a fixed brace?
Fixed braces cannot be taken out on your own. They only come of your teeth at the end of treatment. Special brackets are stuck onto your teeth, through which a wire is passed to put force onto you teeth. Since you cannot take them out, you will need to pay extra special attention to cleaning your teeth while you are wearing the braces. Special brushes can be bought at the practice to make this easier.
What are retainers?
Retainers are designed to keep the teeth straight after your braces have been removed. They do not move your teeth, like a brace, but they do stop your teeth from trying to move back into the position they moved from. It is very important that you wear your retainers and follow the advice you have been given. If you do not follow the advice then your teeth will regress. What a shame if this was to happen after all the effort to give you a fantastic new smile.
When can I start treatment?
Once you have been seen for an initial consultation, and if you are ready and eligible for treatment, we will arrange an appointment for you to start your treatment.
How long do I have to wait for an appointment when my dentist has referred me?
We commit to seeing new patients referred to us within approximately 4 weeks.
What happens at the Consultation appointment?
At this appointment we take a look at your teeth. We may take x-rays, photographs and impressions of your teeth.
Do you treat adults?
Yes! We have an increasing number of adults who are realizing the benefits of orthodontic treatment to improve the appearance of their teeth, giving them a beautiful smile and better facial appearance. This leads to increased self esteem and confidence. Adult treatments are all done on a private basis.
How much does private orthodontic treatment cost?
The cost depends on what needs to be done and the treatment option which is chosen. We can only advise you at the consultation stage, and provide you with the overall cost of treatment most suited to you.
Remember orthodontics is an investment in your appearance, so it is worth having a consultation.
What payment plan do you offer for private treatment?
Orthodontic treatment is an investment in your appearance. It can help with your confidence and your willingness to smile. We encourage our private patients to pay as you go on an interest free monthly payment plan . You can spread the cost of your investment in your appearance over the duration your treatment, making it simple and easy for you to budget.
We also accept credit cards.
Can Private patients make priority bookings?
Yes! If you are a private patient, one of the benefits is being able to make bookings for several appointments in advance. This means that you will be able to choose appointments, which suit you well. The practice also reserves times during the week for private patients only.
For how long will I need to wear my braces?
The duration of the treatment depends upon your condition and what needs to be done. If you are receiving private treatment, then this will also depend upon the type of brace, which you have opted for.
How often will I need to visit the orthodontist?
As a rule of thumb, we see you every 6-12 weeks depending upon your brace and the stage of treatment.
Will it hurt?
Treatment may be uncomfortable after the tightening of your braces for a few days. This pain can be relieved with the use of painkillers, and this will be discussed by the team once you have started your treatment.
Will it affect my speech?
This will depend upon the type of brace, which you have. We will discuss this with you, once you have had your braces fitted.
Which foods should I avoid?
You should cut out all sugary snacks and fizzy drinks as they are not good for healthy teeth and gums. Try to drink plenty of water and milk between meals. Hard foods can cause breakages so they are best avoided. Breakages can lead to treatment time being prolonged and the inconvenience of repairs. So eat with care, and look after your investment.
Will my teeth stay straight after treatment?
At the end of treatment, your teeth will have moved from their natural position and have a tendency to move back. We will provide you with a retainer to prevent the teeth from moving back. We will provide with full instructions on how you can keep your smile looking beautiful.
Do I need to see my own dentist during my orthodontic treatment?
Yes! Please! We like to maintain a good relationship with your dentist throughout treatment and keep them informed as to your progress. We ask you to see your dentist for your regular check–ups to make sure that you have excellent oral hygiene and health.
Do I need to be referred by my dentist to have an appointment?
Not at all, we will keep your dentist informed after your first visit to us. We are delighted that many of our patients come to us through recommendation from previous patients. More information about orthodontics San Antonio
Natural Methods to Eliminate Lice from Hair
Lice. It’s enough to make anyone’s skin crawl. Despite the stigma, lice are actually attracted to clean and often-washed hair, so don’t feel like it’s a hygiene issue if you or your child happens to become infested. There are ways to prevent lice, but if it’s too late and you don’t want to subject yourself or your child to chemicals to eliminate the lice, there are natural pest control remedies available.
Of all the things in the grocery store you thought would kill lice, you probably never thought of mayonnaise. Yup, mayonnaise is the best natural solution to a lice infestation. Pest control experts say you need a brand new, never-opened jar of mayonnaise that is room temperature (not refrigerated). Taking handfuls of this goopy lice-killer, cover the entire head of hair, including behind the ears and down the neck a ways to ensure all the lice are affected. Cover with a shower cap to stop the mayonnaise from dripping on clothes or furniture and leave on for two hours.
Once the two hours are up, remove and dispose of the cap and wash your hands thoroughly before beginning to wash the hair. You may need to shampoo your hair several times to get all the mayonnaise out, but be sure NOT to use conditioner. Once the hair is free of gelatinous condiment, move on to another household item – vinegar. Rinse your hair and scalp with vinegar to loosen the smothered eggs and rinse with hot (but not scalding) water. This will help get most of the nits in your hair down the drain, but there still may be some left behind. Using a nit comb, eliminate the remaining stubborn nits that are still present. More about Pest Control
After this process is over, don’t be overly confident that you won’t have to go through it at least once more. Lice are stubborn and can be very crafty in avoiding measures taken to eliminate them from the head of hair they now call home. If you’re the one with lice, have someone look through your hair for you. Make sure you’re positioned under good lighting and that your hair is dry. Have your hair searched in tiny sections and especially around the ears, nape of your neck and all “hair edges.” If nits are found, they need to be picked off with fingernails or a nit comb and placed in a bowl of vinegar or hot soapy water that has ammonia added to it.
Some pest control specialists say that if there are more than a few nits left behind, a vinegar “wrap” might help reduce the rest of them. Simply saturate a towel with half vinegar and half water and wrap it around your head, leaving it on for an hour. Repeat the above steps to ensure the nits are completely gone. If you find nits in eyebrows or eyelashes, coat with Vaseline. It is important to check your head every day for the first few days. If lice are found, repeat the whole process until they are completely gone. More on this website