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Posts for: April, 2019

FanofSuperheroFilmBlackPantherBreaksSteelWirewithHerMouth

Some moviegoers have been known to crunch popcorn, bite their fingers or grab their neighbor’s hands during the intense scenes of a thriller. But for one fan, the on-screen action in the new superhero film Black Panther led to a different reaction.

Sophia Robb, an 18-year-old Californian, had to make an emergency visit to the orthodontic office because she snapped the steel wire on her retainer while watching a battle scene featuring her Hollywood crush, Michael B. Jordan. Her jaw-clenching mishap went viral and even prompted an unexpected reply from the actor himself!

Meanwhile, Sophia got her retainer fixed pronto—which was exactly the right thing to do. The retention phase is a very important part of orthodontic treatment: If you don’t wear a retainer, the beautiful new smile you’re enjoying could become crooked again. That’s because if the teeth are not held in their new positions, they will naturally begin to drift back into their former locations—and you may have to start treatment all over again…

While it’s much more common to lose a removable retainer than to damage one, it is possible for even sturdy retainers to wear out or break. This includes traditional plastic-and-wire types (also called Hawley retainers), clear plastic retainers that are molded to fit your teeth (sometimes called Essix retainers), and bonded retainers: the kind that consists of a wire that’s permanently attached to the back side of your teeth. So whichever kind you use, do what Sophia did if you feel that anything is amiss—have it looked at right away!

When Black Panther co-star Michael B. Jordan heard about the retainer mishap, he sent a message to the teen: “Since I feel partly responsible for breaking your retainers let me know if I can replace them.” His young fan was grateful for the offer—but even more thrilled to have a celebrity twitter follower.

If you have questions about orthodontic retainers, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Bonded Retainers.”


By ULTIMATE DENTAL STUDIO
April 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Discover the amazing long-term benefits of dental implants from our Port Orange dental office.

Have you lost one or more teeth? If so, then our Port Orange dentist, Dr. Jeff Kim, has a solution that could help you get your smile back dental implanton track! Read on to find out what dental implants can do for you.

 

What are dental implants?

An implant is a titanium “tooth root” that is designed to support a crown or set of false teeth to restore gaps in your smile. With the ability to replace one, several, or all of your teeth, implants can support everything from crowns to full dentures. In order for an implant to work, we will first need to map out exactly where the implant will be placed in the jawbone. From there, a small hole will be drilled into the bone and the implant will be inserted.

About 3-6 months after the placement of the implant the jawbone and titanium “root” will naturally fuse together to become one. Once this is complete, the implant is meant to last the rest of your life with the proper care and maintenance.

 

Who is a good candidate for implants?

The health and longevity of your implant relies on you. Yes, this titanium restoration is durable and strong, but, if you don’t maintain good oral hygiene, the implant can be damaged or even fail. This means that you need to be dedicated to your long-term oral health!

Good candidates for dental implants will not only have good oral health but also maintain good general health. Since implants require minor surgery, we will need to make sure that you are in the best health. Those with chronic health conditions such as diabetes or heart disease may not be right for this restoration. It’s important to talk with our dentist to find out whether implants are right for you.

 

Interested? Give us a call!

Are you ready to kiss your tooth loss goodbye? If you’re looking for the next best thing to a real tooth, it’s time to call Ultimate Dental Studio in Port Orange, FL. Schedule your consultation today at (386) 322-4867.


By Ultimate Dental Studio
April 09, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: mouthguards  
AprilIsNationalFacialProtectionMonth

April brings the perfect weather to get outside and play. Fittingly, April is also National Facial Protection Month. Whether you prefer softball or basketball, skateboarding or ultimate frisbee, don't forget your most important piece of equipment: a mouthguard to protect your face and your smile!

In an instant, a blow to the mouth can cause a dental injury that is painful to endure and expensive to treat. In just about any sporting activity, your mouth could come into contact with a piece of equipment, another person or the ground. That's why the American Dental Association and the Academy for Sports Dentistry recommend using a mouthguard when participating in any of over 30 activities, including some that aren't typically considered contact sports, like volleyball and bike riding.

Common sense, observation and scientific research support the use of mouthguards during sporting activities—but are the ones you get from your dentist really any better than the kind you can grab off the shelf at a sporting goods store or drugstore? The answer is yes!

In a 2018 experiment, researchers created a model of the human head to test how direct impact affects the teeth, jaws and skull. They compared the effects of impact when using no mouthguard, when using a custom-made mouthguard available from the dentist, and when using a stock mouthguard. They also tested mouthguards of different thicknesses. The results? The experimenters determined that any mouthguard is better than no mouthguard and that custom mouthguards available from the dental office are more effective than off-the-shelf mouthguards in protecting teeth, jaws and skull from impact. They also found that the thicker the mouthguard, the better the protection.

Although custom mouthguards are more expensive than the kind you can buy at the corner store, the difference in protection, durability, comfort and fit is well worth the investment. We consider your (or your child's) individual needs, take a precise model of your mouth and provide you with a custom-fit mouthguard of the highest quality material.

Don't ruin your game. A mouthguard can go a long way in protecting your teeth and mouth from injury. If you would like more information about a sports mouthguard, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Mouthguards” and “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry.”