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What is a Sports Guard? Sport Guards, also known as Mouthguards, are worn over the top row of teeth during sports to help prevent injury and protect against broken teeth, cut lips, and other damage to the mouth. If you have braces or fixed dental appliances (such as a bridge) on the lower jaw, your dentist may suggest a mouth guard for these teeth as well. Mouthguards are an essential piece of athletic

There are two basic types of retainers: removable and permanent. A retainer keeps your teeth from moving after they’ve been straightened with braces or aligners. When used as instructed, a retainer prevents your teeth from shifting and help protect the investment you have made in your smile. There are 3 types of retainers: Removable retainers Permanent bonded retainers Hawley retainers There are pros and cons to each retainer type. Your dentist will

Clear aligners, also called invisible aligners, are a type of orthodontic treatment that corrects misaligned or crooked teeth. They are a virtually invisible and removable alternative to braces designed around convenience and flexibility. Aligner trays are custom-made for every patient, depending on the severity of teeth misalignment (malocclusion). In-office clear aligners, such as Invisalign, can treat a variety of different cases, including: Overcrowded or crooked teeth Too much space between teeth Upper front teeth that overlap the

Dental braces are wire-based appliances that orthodontists use to correct crowded and misaligned teeth or jaws. Many people who need dental braces get them during their early teenage years, but adults also can benefit from wearing braces. The goal of dental braces is to properly align your teeth and jaws to produce an even bite and pleasing smile. Dental braces offer corrective treatment for: Overcrowded or crooked teeth Too much space

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth. There are many advantages to dental implants, including: Improved appearance Improved speech Improved comfort Easier eating Improved self-esteem Improved oral health Durability Convenience How Successful Are Dental Implants? With proper care implants can last a lifetime. Can Anyone Get Dental Implants? In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a

If your gums are receding or have weakened, your dentist may recommend a gum tissue graft. Gum recession exposes the roots of your teeth. This can cause the root surface of your teeth to become more likely to decay, as well as be more sensitive and prone to abrasion. A gum graft, also known as a gingival graft, can correct receding gums. There are three types of gum grafts: Free gingival graft Connective

Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed. A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired. Other reasons include: A crowded mouth. Infection or Risk of infection. Periodontal disease Before having a tooth pulled, let your dentist know your complete medical history, the medications and supplements you take, and if you have one of the following (note

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available -- complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. How are Dentures made? The denture development process takes a few weeks and several appointments. Once your dentist determines what type of appliance is best for you, the general steps are to: Make a series

If you have missing teeth, your dentist can close — or bridge — the gaps in your smile with dental bridges. A dental bridge is a false tooth (called a pontic) that is held in place by the abutment teeth on either side of the gap. Although pontics can be made from a variety of materials such as gold, typically they’re made from porcelain to aesthetically blend in with your natural teeth. There are

A crown is a cap used to protect and strengthen a damaged or weakened tooth. It can be made from a variety of materials, including metal or porcelain. Several factors are important to consider when choosing a crown, including: cost strength durability A natural appearance that doesn’t detract from your smile may also be a priority for you. Your dentist can discuss the various options and help you to figure out what best meets