Clear Retainers Vs. Wire Retainers: What’s the Difference?

So you’ve finally got your braces removed. Congratulations! Although the pain of the heavy metal tracks is no more, dentists highly recommend that those who have just come out of braces, get a retainer made ASAP. Nowadays, retainers are offered as clear, mouthguard look alikes or you could always opt for the good ole’ fashioned metal retainer. So what’s the difference and which one is the best option for you?

For starters, either a clear or wire retainer will get the job done in keeping your teeth set in their new place post braces removal. Choosing which one is best for you trickles down to your comfort level. Let’s dive into the differences between the two options.

Clear retainers aren’t noticeable like wire retainers and hold your teeth pretty well intact. Keep in mind though, that gum inflammation post your orthodontic treatment may cause this type of retainer to feel loose when your gums are no longer swollen.

Wire retainers hold the teeth in place since they came about into the ortho world and they also allow lower and upper chompers to settle into a decent bite. The only downfall of a wire retainer is the aesthetics of one. Yes, the metal is visible and some patients are sick and tired of metal against their teeth after coming out of braces.

The choice is yours! Whichever retainer you decide to settle on, make sure you visit Dental Lab Direct for your retainer needs. http://www.dental-lab-direct.com/

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Teeth Grinding and What to do About It

Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is the involuntary clenching of your jaw during sleep or during the day. While most people may experience some light, occasional teeth grinding, some people experience frequent and more serious teeth gnashing. The problem with bruxism is that it can cause pain and soreness, headaches and severe damage to your teeth over time.

So why do people grind their teeth? There isn’t one explanation or teeth grinding. Various causes may include stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, abnormal bites and missing teeth. In many cases, people are unaware they are grinding their teeth because it occurs most often during sleep. If you suspect you have bruxism, it is recommended that you see a dentist. In addition, there are a few simple steps you can take at home to help remedy more mild cases.

  1. Reduce stress
  2.  

    Avoid stimulants in the evening (caffeine, alcohol)

  3. Practice good sleep habits
  4. Drink plenty of water
  5. Invest in a good night guard

On our website, you can order an affordable and custom night guard online and send it directly to your home. Our night guards are made custom to your smile for a more comfortable fit and are only 2 mm thick, allowing individuals to completely close their mouths during sleep while providing durable dental protection.

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3 Reasons to Forgo Braces and try ClearAligner (Invisible Braces)

3 Reasons to Forgo Braces and try ClearAligner (Invisible Braces)

Are you ready to straighten your smile but haven’t decided between traditional braces or invisible braces? Here are some facts about ClearAligner that may help you decide.

ClearAligner is affordable and convenient! With ClearAligner there’s no need to visit the dentist’s office. At only $298 per Aligner, you’ll save time and hundreds of dollars by working directly with the dental lab online.

ClearAligners are comfortable and look great on you! When they are worn by the patient, ClearAligners are not visible, allowing you to smile with greater confidence. Metal brackets are distracting and show up in photos but ClearAligners don’t. In addition, there’s no wires or brackets to cause cuts or sores in your mouth. This makes ClearAligner perfect for athletes.

Eat and clean without limitations. With ClearAligner, you’re allowed to remove your invisible braces at meal time and to brush your teeth. This means you’re allowed to enjoy sticky and hard foods with ease and without having to worry about food getting entangled in the brackets. ClearAligners also makes it easier to maintain oral health, since no metal brackets are in the way of your brushing and flossing efforts.

While metal braces and invisible braces are both effective in correcting your teeth, ClearAligner has some additional benefits. However, not everyone is a candidate for ClearAligner. Crowded teeth and complex issues will require the help of an orthodontist.

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Professional Teeth Whitening at Home – How it Works

Until recently, customized teeth whitening trays were only available through the dentist and could be expensive and time consuming. Now, teeth impressions can be done at home and sent to the lab to become customized whitening trays, saving you hundreds of dollars.

Now it’s time for the next step – whitening your teeth at home. The entire at-home process is easy. Start by brushing your teeth. The whitening gel is placed into the tray before fitting over your teeth for one hour a day once a day until you reach your desired level of whitening (usually 5-10 days). Rise and admire.

The active ingredient, carbamide peroxide, breaks down and allows oxygen to enter the enamel of your teeth, removing stains and making the tooth to become whiter and lighter in color. The gel is safe and will not change the structure of your teeth.

In many cases, these results will last for many years and only require small touch ups once or twice a year. Teeth whitening is great for treating extrinsic stains and discoloration. Some people may experience tooth sensitivity or gum irritation after treatment. This normally disappears within three days.

If you’re ready to brighten up your smile at home, start by ordering a custom teeth whitening tray with us today.

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Keeping your Custom Mouthpieces Clean

Daily brushing and flossing are important parts of your dental health regimen, but it is just as important to ensure your custom mouthpieces (such as night guards, wire retainers and partial dentures) are properly cleaned to ensure good hygiene and durability. Here are some steps to keep your mouthpieces clean and cleaned to ensure good hygiene and durability. Here are some steps to keep your mouthpieces clean and
well-functioning. Rinse and Brush Your Custom Mouthpiece Often

This may mean rinsing your mouthpiece after each use or after each meal. Using a soft-bristled brush, gently brush all sides of the mouthpiece. This will help remove pieces of debris and even loosen plaque that may be developing on the mouthpiece. Overall, this will prevent staining and make cleaning your mouthpiece an easier task.

Deep Clean Your Mouthpiece

Once or twice a week, deep clean your mouthpiece by soaking it in denture cleaner. This will help kill

germs that cause odor in addition to controlling the growth of bacteria and microorganisms on your

mouthpiece. Denture cleaner can be purchased over the counter.

Store your Mouthpiece in a Clean, Dry Place.

Allow your mouthpiece to dry completely after cleaning to prevent bacterial growth. When not in use, it is

important to store it in a clean, dry place for the same reason. A mouthpiece case can be very handy for

this, but should also be kept clean and dry. This also adds a layer of protection for mouthpieces so they

don’t accidentally get lost or broken!

Don’t use Hot or Boiling Water to clean Your Mouthpiece

While instinct may tell you to use hot or boiling water to clean your mouthguards, retainers, partials or

dentures, you should avoid doing this because it can end up warping and misshaping your custom

mouthpiece. Instead, opt for warm water using the cleaning tips above.

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Brighter Year, Brighter Smile!

‘Tis the new year, which always brings new beginnings and opportunities! What a better way to take advantage of a new opportunity with a new stylish and perfect you. The best way to start the new year is with a bright smile. Protecting, polishing and brightening your world can start with your teeth. If you want straighter, whiter or stronger teeth, Dental-Lab-Direct.com can help you!

With our wide range of quality products, you can fix your smile with our Night Guards, Hawley Retainers, and our False Teeth by visiting our online store. You can purchase very affordable and competitively priced dentures, partial dentures, snap on veneers or flipper teeth online by submitting a mold of your teeth with our Impressions Kit.

Servicing over 800 orthodontist’s nationwide, Dental-Lab-Direct.com is the most reliable and resourceful online oral appliance store with unbeatable prices. Dental-Lab-Direct.com has many denture options for you to choose from so you do not feel limited or restricted to a generic smile. Keep your light shining bright with expert dental care by using the right oral products to enhance not only your smile but your well being.
Don’t wait until the end of the year to polish your smile, contact Dental-Lab-Direct.com today.
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What Retainer Is Best For You

The ideal type of smile consist’s of straight, white teeth that are free of cavities along with fresh, minty breath. Although some people are lucky to be born with the ‘perfect smile’, not all people are entitled to that privilege. Fortunately, everyone can obtain the smile they want. The practice of odontology has evolved over the years due to the rapid advancement of technology and has made it easier for all dental patients to obtain a healthy and immaculate smile. One of the most popular and successful methods of fixing people’s smiles are retainers and Aligners.
Retainers do exactly as they imply, they retain your current tooth position, therefore, whatever position your teeth are in when you place them into the ‘Impression Material’…is the position the retainer will be made.  If you’re looking for movement, may I suggest you look at our aligners:
The Aligner trays are only sold in singles, designed to do minor tooth movement…each able to do 1mm of tooth movement (about 3X more aggressive than Invisalign)…once you’ve completed the three-week application, if you’re pleased with the results, you would move to the next aligner by making the next purchase (if need be)…at a fraction of Invisalign, with no trip to a dental office.
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