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Dental Implants: A Guide for Seniors

If you are a senior considering dental implants, you may have to worry about issues other dental patients don't have to think about. For example, you may need more time to recover after receiving your implants. My name is Jodi, and I've been working with seniors for years. I decided to create this blog to help the seniors I can't meet in person. In this space, I'm going to post entries on everything related to dental implants and seniors. From tips on flossing implants after arthritis has claimed some of your dexterity, to guiding you through the implants-vs-dentures debate, this blog is designed for you. Thanks for reading. I hope you find what you need!



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Metal Braces Vs. Ceramic Braces

by Jimmy Carter

Braces may be required to straighten teeth, close gaps or correct a misalignment, and when you find out you need braces you may be keen to opt for clear aligners. Aligners are a popular choice because they are so discreet and can easily be removed for cleaning. However, aligners aren't always suitable, particularly when the aim is to correct your bite. For complex problems, you will likely have to opt for a more traditional type of dental braces, such as metal or ceramic. Here's an overview of the differences between these two types of braces.

Metal Braces

Metal braces are very common and are likely the first type you think of when someone mentions braces. They were once quite bulky and could leave wearers feeling self-conscious, but their design has been streamlined and they are much smaller and less noticeable than they were previously. Metal braces are secured to your teeth with a dental bonding product and the braces are connected with a wire and a series of elastic ties. The wire is adjusted at each appointment to gently manipulate the position of your teeth over a period of time. Metal braces stay in place until treatment is complete, so they are a popular choice for children as there's no need to keep reminding a child to wear their braces. However, metal braces can make brushing and flossing your teeth challenging, and you'll need to be willing to learn new techniques for keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are quite similar to metal braces, but they are a little larger. They are often selected for aesthetic reasons, as they are tooth-coloured, which makes them more discreet than metal braces. This discreetness makes them a popular choice with adolescents and those who are seeking a more affordable option than clear aligners. Ceramic braces are adjusted and cleaned in the same way metal braces are, but there is a risk they will become stained over time. To minimise the risk of staining it's recommended you do not smoke when you have ceramic braces fitted and it's also a good idea to avoid foods that can stain your teeth, such as coffee, curry and red wine, as these foods can also stain your braces.

When it comes to choosing braces, take time to consider your lifestyle and ensure you're prepared to adjust your oral hygiene habits to keep your teeth healthy. Your dentist or orthodontist can answer any questions you have about braces before you make your decision.