Orthodontics For Men
“Statistics show that more than twenty per cent of orthodontic treatments are accessed by men”
Dental braces are applied by orthodontists to correct or straighten the position of crooked teeth. Corrective appliances such as wires, bands and others are used to apply continuous pressure over a period of time, on crooked teeth and this moves the teeth in the right direction.
Orthodontics treatment is applied to make the use of your teeth more comfortable, It allows you to bite correctly and helps take care of your teeth and gums. In addition to this, you gain more confidence while smiling. Most commonly, this treatment involves the use of braces to straighten crowded, crooked or protruding teeth. Treatment may take as long as 18 months to two years with a visit to the orthodontist, once a month.
Orthodontics For Men
It is believed that braces create wonders for kids and adolescents, but it’s no longer restricted to this age group. Contemporary advancement in the technological front has led to an evolution, which has resulted in the efficacy of braces for all ages. Over a period of time, it’s proven that investment for the sake of a beautiful smile could contribute much more to one’s social as well as professional life. So, interestingly, statistics show that more than twenty per cent of orthodontic treatments are accessed by men. And the treatment for adult men minimally comprises of 18 months.
One of the dental treatments that have gained popularity over the years is orthodontic straightening. This procedure been quite successful in gathering enough appreciation among the community and has evolved into a treatment of choice for men because of its exceptional support in elevating and augmenting ones confidence and personality.
The Demand For Braces
The most preferred way to rectify common dental problems is with the use of braces and some common dental problems that upset men comprises of overcrowded tooth, gapped tooth, overbites, tooth shift with age, painful jaws and an unattractive smile. If any of these problems are not treated with proper diagnosis and attention to detail, it might mushroom into colossal problems like tooth decay, gum disease, headaches and chewing problems.
The above reasons may compel men to undergo orthodontic treatments and what’s more, braces are a possibility now, for men who were unable to get them during their adolescence. However, it should be remembered that starting oft the treatment at an adult age, takes a longer time for results because of the already grown and developed jaws.
Braces are now high in demand and nearly one million people started orthodontic treatment last year and more adults than ever before, want to undergo this treatment.
Types Of Braces
Dental braces are widely used to straighten teeth and it’s equally popular among teenagers and adults as well. There are different kinds of braces like metallic braces, ceramic braces and lingual braces. Metallic braces are traditional braces and it’s less expensive but not free of drawbacks, as it can irritate the gums and cheeks.The users of metallic braces should be careful in what they eat as some hard foods can dislodge the braces. Ceramic braces are costlier than stainless steel versions of metallic braces, but they are made to blend with the teeth to help avoid visibility. Lingual braces cost more than the ceramic or metallic braces, but these are crafted and slotted in your teeth in a way that hides it from sight. In case of small teeth, lingual braces may cause a little disturbance while speaking, because it may come in the way of the tongue. And as its name suggests, invisible braces like invisalign are truly Invisible. It also costs more than any other braces for its practically invisible and custom fitted features.
Contradictions In Treatment
Consultation with an orthodontist is highly necessary, if one suffers some serious medical conditions like bleeding disorders, leukaemia, uncontrolled diabetes, severe periodontal problems and cardiac diseases etc. Also, orthodontic treatment can invite enormous complications it there is an interference of medications for arthritis or osteoporosis.
Periodontal conditions are quintessential for a dentist to diagnose before starting any treatment, as a periodontium condition plays a significant role in the success of the treatment. Thus, it makes it quite plausible to diagnose one’s gums before starting off with any such treatments.
Post Treatment Care
For the development of new supporting bones to hold the tooth in place concretely, wearing a retainer is a mandate post orthodontic treatment. Also, to keep one’s teeth healthy, regular visits to the orthodontist for cleaning and checking for cavities is extremely important.
The Natural Teeth Cleaning Twig
“Miswak’s antiseptic and anti-cariogenic properties have been documented in ancient historic and medical texts, especially in the Middle East and Indian subcontinent as early as 7000 years ago”
Technology and information over load has caused us to over complicate our lifestyle, diet, exercise, sleep and even our health practices, turning it into a vicious cycle of disease, products and technology. The only way we can get out of this vicious circle is to go back to the basics and follow a simplified lifestyle like our grandparents did, eat simple wholesome food, avoid over dependence on artificial products as much as possible and steer clear of processed foods. And a part of this plan also includes reviving a few ancient medical and dental hygiene secrets and practices like the use of miswak for oral hygiene.
Miswak is nothing but a natural teeth cleaning chewing twig from the Salvadora Persica tree, The form used for teeth cleaning is a 15-20cm long, freshly cut twig with 1.5cm thickness that needs to be held like a toothbrush and scrubbed along the other end. Miswak ‘s antiseptic and anti-cariogenic properties have been documented in ancient historic and medical texts, especially in the Middle East and Indian subcontinent as early as 7000 years ago.
Efficient And Effective Teeth Cleaning Aid
Research has proved that it used correctly, miswak is actually a more efficient and effective teeth cleaning aid as compared to the modern day toothbrush. The chemical analysis of the bark, stem and root of Salvadora Persica reveals the presence of B-sitosterol, anisic acid, chlorides, and alkaloids and also traces of sulphur and fluorine, all of which are known to be anticariogenic. It also has vitamin C, which helps in gum repair and healing and tannins which prevent plaque formation due to their alkalinity. All of these contribute to the high antimicrobial property of miswak.
User’s Discretion Is Key
In comparison to chlorhexidine and Listerine mouthwashes, miswaks germicidal properties were found weak and its oral hygiene property is largely due to mechanical cleansing. Also, gingival recession leading to exposure of tooth surfaces is a very common side effect of miswak. And unlike the toothbrush, miswak allows easier access to only the outside surface of teeth leading to a neglected cleansing of the inner (tongue side) surface.
Inspite of these drawbacks, miswak is widely in use in Saudi and other Arab countries and in Pakistan, Malaysia, Africa and parts of India. The WHO has also recommended its use and other natural ingredients for oral prophylactic purpose.
Some examples of organic ingredients are chamomile, lavender, liquorice and stevia. All of these components are naturally occurring and can be kept in mind, while choosing organic products for oral health. Chamomile soothes gums and reduces irritation. Lavender, mint, cinnamon and ginger are natural flavouring agents while liquorice is a popular antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and breath-freshening agent. Stevia is a natural sweetening agent without cariogenic activity.