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Everyone desires a great smile, but in most cases, professional help is needed to achieve that. Teeth misalignment is one of the dental problems that can affect your appearance, requiring you to see your cosmetic dentist in Orlando. If your teeth are slightly misaligned, your orthodontist may recommend clear aligners to improve your smile. They work just like traditional braces but are removable and not noticeable. For this reason, it is an option that most teenagers and adults resort to. Although clear aligners are usually safe, they are not an option for everyone. Here is what you need to know about clear aligners.

What Are Clear Aligners?

They are customized, removable orthodontic devices used to fix minor misalignment. Aligners are replaced every one to three weeks and worn for at least 22 hours each day. The entire set of aligners may take up to 10 months or more for your teeth to fall in place perfectly. Clear aligners are ideal for patients with mildly crowded teeth. Patients with severe misalignment may need an advanced treatment approach. When setting up treatment, specialists consider patients’ age since the growing and developing nature of children’s jaws can affect the results.

How Do Clear Aligners Work?

Clear aligners exert pressure on your teeth, causing small movements gradually, and aligning your teeth over time. Treatment with clear aligners is usually gentle since the change between each aligner is minimal. Small attachments cause the pressure that moves your jawbone. They are minor pressure points that your orthodontist bonds on your teeth during treatment. Attachments match your tooth color, and their placement depends on the movement you require. Your orthodontist will require you to have your aligners on at least 22 hours each day and remove them for a short time only when you need to eat, floss, and brush.

How Long Does Teeth Alignment Take With Clear Aligners?

Treatment time varies from patient to patient, depending on how much the teeth need to be moved. Someone whose bite is more off requires more time than the one whose bite is not so off. Treatment also takes longer if your teeth are more crooked. The average treatment time takes between 10 months to two years. However, adults whose teeth have shifted yet had braces in their childhood years may need aligners for as little as two and a half months.

Maintaining Clear Aligners

The following practices will help keep both your teeth and aligners in good shape during the treatment period:

  • Remove aligners when you eat or before taking any other drink besides plain water, including tea, fruit juice, and energy drink. Colored foods and beverages will stain your aligners and make them unsightly.
  • Do not clean your aligners with hot water since it is made of plastic which can distort due to high temperatures.
  • Brush and floss your teeth before wearing your aligners to avoid trapping food particles beneath the devices.

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — The confines of her tiny apartment are both her refuge and her prison. Wisps of essential oils mist up from a glass diffuser. Crystals hanging in the single living room window reflect small rainbows, creating a hippy chic and soothing vibe. The efforts to create a comfortable environment are clear, but the harsh reality is, Ginger Peters feels she’s spent the last 11 years of her life dying a slow death.

Describing the 58-year-old as frail is an understatement. The slightest physical exertion, even showering, leaves her exhausted. Her current physical condition is a stark change from the once athletic woman who surfed and skied. At her lowest weight, the 5’9″ blond dropped to just 85 pounds, her flesh stretched across her protruding bones.

Peters says her life fell apart after a dentist convinced her to pull 22 teeth and replace them with dental implants. She says he told her it would help her recover from Valley fever. (Note: Health care professionals contacted during this investigation said they had not heard of pulling teeth to treat Valley fever.)

Dental implants consist of three parts. The base, considered the “implant,” is a screw-like piece that is drilled into the jawbone. The implant acts as “the root” of the artificial tooth. An abutment is a middle piece that attaches the implant base to the artificial tooth or teeth.

A drawing of what a dental implant looks like.

example of dental implant

Dr. Terry Work shows components of dental implants.

Peters says her new sets of teeth, both upper and lower, never fit correctly. Instead of locking into place, Peters’ artificial teeth fall out and move around in her mouth, leaving her unable to chew food.

A stack of medical records provided by Peters shows at least one of her doctors has linked a wide range of health and digestive problems to her implants and her inability to eat. However, no one has pinpointed why Peters has ongoing pain, infections, rashes on her face and neck and sores and inflammation in her mouth. Peters’ case is extreme but problems with dental implants are not uncommon.

Nearly 3 million reports of problems

A surge of reports of problems with dental implants may have remained almost impossible to find if it wasn’t for a former FDA data analyst. After leaving the FDA, Madris Kinard started Device Events. Her company specializes in searching through data in the FDA’s MAUDE database, which contains reports of the problems with medical devices reported to the FDA. MAUDE stands for Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience.

Madris Kinard

After leaving the FDA, Madris Kinard started Device Events.

MAUDE can be cumbersome and difficult to search, producing only 500 reports at a time. Kinard’s software sorts through millions of reports in seconds, allowing her to compile data that may take other researchers weeks to gather. Searching MAUDE, Kinard discovered dental implants have nearly 3 million reports of problems, more than any other medical device.

Kinard says

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A denture replaces your natural teeth and improves aesthetics. You need to take care of your denture like you take care of your natural teeth. But here is a catch – Denture requires much more than brushing. In this post, we will discuss how you can take care of your East Village dentures.

  1. Rinse your denture: Wash your denture under running water after every meal to remove food debris. Hold the denture firmly to avoid dropping it on the floor. You can place a towel in the basin area to prevent breakage even if it slips by mistake.
  1. Handle with care: While removing the denture from your mouth, handle it with care and do not bend the acrylic plate or metal wire(if present). 
  1. Clean your mouth: After removing the denture, clean your remaining natural teeth, tongue, and palate with a soft-bristled brush or gauze piece.
  1. Brush your denture daily-Soak your denture and brush your denture twice daily with a toothbrush and a denture cleansing agent. Don’t use the denture in your mouth.
  1. Soak dentures overnight: Most of the dentures require moisture. So soak your denture in water or a denture-soaking agent. Ask your dentist about the instructions for denture storage, as there are variations according to the denture material.
  1. Rinse: Rinse your denture again before putting it in the mouth because denture cleansers contain chemicals that may cause burns, vomiting, or pain if swallowed.
  1. Visit a dentist regularly: Your dentist will tell you the frequency of your visits for professional denture cleaning. 
  1. Take an appointment if the denture becomes loose-fitted: Loose dentures can lead to sores, irritation, or infection. So visit your dentist if you feel that the denture is becoming loose.

Things to avoid

  • Abrasive cleansers: Do not use cleaners that contain highly abrasive material. Avoid stiff-bristled brushes or strong cleansers.
  • Whitening toothpaste: Whitening toothpaste contains peroxide that may bring color changes to the denture.
  • Bleach-containing products: Do not put your denture in a solution containing a bleaching agent as it discolors your denture and makes it brittle.
  • Hot water: Don’t clean your denture with hot water.

Key takeaway

Dentures can not only make your smile beautiful, but they fulfill the functional purpose too. So follow these instructions to increase the life of your denture. Consult your dentist if you are feeling any discomfort with the denture. … Read More...

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On a 4-1 vote, the board decided Monday, Oct. 25, to discontinue benefits for those newly elected or appointed to the board, while members currently enrolled in benefits will retain coverage through 2022.

Tom Haglin voted against the measure, worrying about discouraging potential quality board candidates who might need the benefits.

“If I were to hazard a guess on our school district in terms of people that have access to health insurance, it’s probably not a super high number based on what we know about our own students from an income and socioeconomic perspective,” Haglin said.

Charles Black Lance, however, said health and dental benefits for school board members are not something needed in this day and age, and he would rather see as much money as possible be kept in the classrooms. Since beginning to serve on the board in 2019, Black Lance has been vocal about reducing board member benefits.

“I think it’s time that we looked at moving forward with a different approach and a different expectation that if somebody is going to become part of the board that they’re here to serve students and not here to get a benefit,” Black Lance said, noting he was not even aware of the benefits when he ran for the school board.

Along with the option of health and dental insurance, board members receive a yearly stipend of $4,200.

Kevin Boyles fell in the middle, understanding concerns from both Haglin and Black Lance but noting the board plans to revisit the benefits package in January, during which time members could discuss an increase in the stipend amount to potentially cover health insurance costs for those who need it.

Board Chair Ruth Nelson agreed, saying board members should be compensated for their time and was on board with discussing alterations to the benefits package in January.

Black Lance said he could not be OK with anything higher than a cost of living increase, again noting any money spent on board members is money taken away from students.

“I have to go home — and not to dramatize this — but look at my three kids and the offerings that they have and the offerings that they don’t have,” Black Lance said. “And I can’t sit by and be OK with us as a board to receive anything more than we get in terms of benefits.”

Nelson and board member Jana Shogren both said they do not see the stipend increasing enough to fully cover health insurance costs.

Everyone except for Haglin voted to get rid of the health and dental benefits.

In other business Monday, the school board:

Authorized new hires: Amber Endres, special education teacher at Riverside Elementary; Stacy Littman and Susan Rioux, districtwide substitute teachers; Leanne Bock, behavior management specialist at Riverside; Destiny Fascone, early childhood and prekindergarten plus program assistant at Nisswa Elementary; Adam Jensen and Gretchen Paysee, athletic officials at Forestview Middle School; Kathryn Roberts, special education paraprofessional at Garfield Elementary; Abbey Rushmeyer, health services secretary

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The White House-backed social spending framework will feature a pared-down expansion of both Medicare and Medicaid coverage as President BidenJoe BidenBiden administration takes aim at methane emissions McConnell blasts potential payments to separated migrant families Poll: 50 percent of Republicans don’t believe their vote will be counted accurately MORE seeks to secure enough support to advance the legislation.

The framework, previewed for reporters Thursday morning ahead of Biden’s meeting with House Democrats, would offer four years of subsidized private health insurance on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges for people with lower incomes living in states that did not expand Medicaid under the health care law.

According to the White House, the plan would provide $0 premiums for 4 million people in the “coverage gap,” meaning they don’t earn enough to qualify for ACA subsidies but, since they live in a nonexpansion state, also make too much to qualify for Medicaid. 

The temporary plan is more industry-friendly than the proposal offered by House Democrats in September, which would have created an entirely new “Medicaid-like” government program to provide coverage in the 12 nonexpansion states.

While many Democrats backed the idea, it was opposed in recent days by Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOn The Money — Presented by Citi — Progressives shrug off Manchin warning Cori Bush rips Manchin on spending bill opposition: ‘Anti-Black, anti-child, anti-woman and anti-immigrant’ Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by The American Petroleum Institute — Glasgow summit kicks off MORE (D-W.Va.) and other lawmakers from states that have been paying for expanded Medicaid for years. They argued it wouldn’t be fair for their constituents if the federal government paid the whole cost of the holdout states to expand.

But at the same time, the temporary plan could be easier to set up and may avoid pushback from industry groups that worry a new federal program is a stepping stone to a larger-scale, government-run “public option.”

Backers of Medicaid expansion, including House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Georgia Democratic Sens. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockBiden reconciliation framework includes Medicaid workaround, no Medicare dental or vision benefits Senate GOP lines up behind Trump-backed candidates Perdue mulling primary challenge against Kemp in Georgia: report MORE and Jon OssoffJon OssoffBiden reconciliation framework includes Medicaid workaround, no Medicare dental or vision benefits Perdue mulling primary challenge against Kemp in Georgia: report McConnell backs Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate race MORE, wanted it to run for as long as possible.

On Medicare, the framework will expand coverage for hearing benefits, which is just one-third of what progressives were pushing for. 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders hits back at Manchin’s spending concerns Manchin frustrates Democrats with latest outburst Democrats race to reach deal on prescription drug pricing MORE (I-Vt.) has drawn a line in the sand in recent days, saying that adding dental, hearing and vision benefits to Medicare in Democrats’ social spending package is “not negotiable.”

Progressives have long been pushing for expanding the Medicare benefits, but dental benefits

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