Shift happens: helping patients retain their smiles

Many orthodontic patients successfully get through their treatment only to neglect the next important part of treatment; wearing their retainer.

Now, for patients who get the permanent retainer this is less of a problem. But for those who take the removable option, neglect and forgetfulness can undo so much good work.

After all, wearing the retainer is what keeps patients from relapsing, and so maintain the quality of their treatment.

Two ways to help prevent relapse are: patient education and high-quality retainers. Retainers are part of orthodontic treatment, so patients will always finish up with that at the end of the treatment.

Choosing the right material for retainers helps them to last longer and therefore provide more value to patients.

The need for patient education comes at the patient’s regular dental check-ups. It is important to remind patients who have a retainer to bring them to their appointment. This allows their dentist to assess the quality and integrity of the retainer.

Especially since, on average, removable retainers need to be replaced every 6 months to 2 years. Or, if the quality of the material is good—and the patient does not grind their teeth, and takes care of the retainer—they can last 5 to 10 years.

Pros and Cons of removable retainers

Removable retainers often need to be worn day and night immediately after orthodontic treatment. And then always at night after about three months.

Disadvantages of removable retainers

The biggest disadvantage of removable retainers is that they are easy to lose because they are transparent. The other disadvantage is that they rely on patients to use them.

How many times have you heard a patient say, “oh, I forgot to wear them for a couple of nights,” but their teeth say they forgot to wear them for considerably longer than just a couple of nights?

The other disadvantage is they don’t last as long as permanent retainers.

Advantages of removable retainers

They are great for protecting against tooth grinding, and they hold the patient’s teeth in the exact position the orthodontics moved them to.

Another big advantage is that they are less expensive to replace compared with other retainer options.

If the patient does genuinely only lapse for a couple of days, wearing a removable retainer can help move the teeth back into their proper position.

At this point you might be wondering why we are telling you what you already know. Well, it is because the only disadvantages to a removable retainer revolve around the patient’s use of them.

For dentists and orthodontists, as long as you are sourcing the best material, removable retainers are one of the best options you can provide your patients.

Tru-Tain DX Aligner/Retainer Material

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When you purchase retainer material from Tru-Tain, our materials adhere to the highest standards, are FDA approved, and provide greater value than many other products currently on the market.

Our retainer material comes in a range of shapes and gauges, and we offer bulk purchases for those dental clinics and orthodontic practices who fabricate plenty of retainers in a 6-month period.

Because we here at Tru-Tain believe so strongly in our product, you can call us today for free samples so you can make up your own mind.

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Meta-title: How You Can Help Your Patients Retain Their Smile

Meta-description: Helping your patients retain their new straight smile can be as simple as ensuring they wear removable retainers made of the highest quality materials.

The advantages of digital dentistry

Digital dentistry—in one form or another—has been around since at least the 1980s with CAD/CAM technology. However, back then it was for larger labs that could afford such equipment. Smaller labs and dental practices were unable to benefit from the technology, and it’s only been in the last 10/15 years that it’s become more accessible.

Nowadays, there is technology to improve everything from appointment scheduling, to x-rays, molds, cosmetics, orthodontics, and splints. And as the technology has improved, it has become more accessible for dental professionals no matter the size of their lab or their practice.

This has allowed dental professionals to provide a wide range of treatments, increasing their patient base and patient retention.

Types of digital dentistry

Digital dentistry comes in many forms: digital x-rays, digital smile design, intraoral cameras, various apps, and much more.

Having this technology in practice can allow dentists to see more patients without compromising patient care or quality of services.

5 advantages of digital dentistry

Digital dentistry speeds up many treatments, and improves the accuracy of molds and prosthetics. Here are 5 advantages of digital dentistry:

1.  Clearer images

Digital x-rays and intraoral cameras provide clearer images, allowing dentists to see precisely what is going on in the mouth. The advantage of this is it’s easier to see exactly what’s going on in the mouth and provide better preventive care.

2.  Better for the environment

Rather than requiring chemicals to develop pictures, digital imagery doesn’t and this makes it better the environment.

3.   Immediate visualization

Once digital imagery is taken, the pictures can be seen immediately so consults and treatments can move ahead sooner.

4.  Easy storage and retrieval of images

No more need for physical storage. Which means a meaningful reduction in paper files and the need for storage space. It also makes it easier to share the images with other health professionals as well as with dental labs.

5.  Digital smile design

For those patients looking to get cosmetic dentistry, digital smile design has been a huge advancement for cosmetic dentistry. This technology allows dental professionals to show patient how their smile will look after they’ve had treatment.

By doing this, patients are able to see what their smile will look like after implants, crowns, veneers, or braces.

Digital dentistry is more efficient and precise

Overall, digital dentistry provides a more precise and efficient experience. For both the dental professional and the patient.

Used properly, it significantly helps in reducing human error, and provides lab techs, dentists and orthodontists with a clear—and accurate—picture to work from.

For those dentists with a particular focus on preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible, the precision of digital dentistry enables less invasive techniques to be used. Which means that the dental tools don’t need to come out until there’s a precise idea of what the most effective and necessary treatment is to solve each patient’s particular needs.

As previously mentioned, with the quality of digital x-rays problems can be diagnosed earlier. The advantage of this is means that the only tooth material removed is the unhealthy material that requires removal.

Providing quality products for digital solutions

Tru-Tain provides a wide range of quality digital solutions that specifically designed for the dental industry.

We offer a wide variety of Keyprint products by Keystone from the standard through to the more specialized products to help all dental professionals achieve their desired result.

Keyprint products are ideal for medical devices such as splints and ortho trays, as well as laboratory resins. Tru-Tain also offers denture base discs as well as flex and hard wax discs.

Accuracy of At Home Impressions

A dental impression is a negative engraving of the teeth and contiguous structures, just as the initial phase in creating dental prostheses, for example, removable false teeth and fixed restorations notwithstanding dental appliances, for example, mouthguards, brightening trays, retainers, and clear aligners.
Generally, to take an impression, patients must visit dental specialists in their office. Be that as it may, quicker and progressively effective medications including mechanized voice messages, messaging, and online entries with less human connection appear to be supported by more youthful ages.
This prompts an inquiry. Could patients securely and precisely take their own impressions in their home without the supervision of a dental specialist? There would be a few advantages for the patient, who might spare the time and cost related with a dental visit, while dental specialists could re-focus their consideration and valuable seat time on all the more requesting systems.
Yet, it likewise raises a few concerns, predominantly the wellbeing of the patient who may stifle or suction some remote material. An auxiliary concern is identified with the exactness of an impression taken by a layman.
The goal of this investigation is to decide whether a layman can securely take satisfactory dental impressions of the maxilla and mandible utilizing just the directions from an Impression-Taking Guide(ITG) and an impression unit including plate, impression material, and gloves (Figure 1). These impressions were contrasted with those taken by a dental specialist to evaluate clinical adequacy.
Members couldn’t be dental experts, nor would they be able to or anybody in their close family be utilized by the investigation’s support. The prohibition criteria additionally included:
• Any known malady that meddles with taking dental impressions
• Continuous orthodontic treatment
• Intraoral piercings that can’t be expelled during an impression
• Continuous malignancy treatment
• Free or portable teeth
• A total as well as halfway dental replacement
• Having under 24 perpetual teeth present
• Teeth with a past filled with self-announced preoperative pulpal issues
• Realized troubles breathing during a dental method
• Restricted mental limit and powerlessness to give educated assent
• Condition influencing salivary stream, for example, salivary organ issue or Sjögren’s Syndrome
• Uncontrolled caries
• Teeth requiring extraction for profound subgingival caries, cracks, or different conditions
• Proof of intense periodontal contamination, for example, a canker, suppuration, extreme expanding, or unconstrained dying
• Clinical signs and side effects of periapical pathology
• Whatever other condition that, in the perspective of the agent, may influence the capacity of a subject to finish the investigation
All members marked educated assent structures, gave segment data, and rounded out a clinical history poll. The examination was affirmed by the Institution Review Board (IRB) at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. It likewise got an endorsement for the Informed Consent Form that was utilized to acquire assent from study members.
Subjects got a restricted oral test to take an interest in the investigation. They likewise were told to brush their teeth before taking photos of a frontal view, maxillary occlusal see, and mandibular occlusal see.
Subjects began by taking two arrangements of impressions (two maxillary and two mandibular impressions), utilizing clay impression material. They at that point followed the criteria plot in the ITG, and the succession of taking an upper or lower impression was randomized.
The working time for every impression was 120 seconds and the setting time was 150 seconds, which was seen by inquire about staff who didn’t give guidelines, answer questions, or mediate (aside from security reasons) with the subject while taking two arrangements of impressions.
Toward the finish of the visit, every one of subjects’ inquiries were replied, and a constrained oral assessment was performed to decide whether any lingering impression material was left after the impression plate evacuation. Subjects were approached to flush their mouths completely utilizing water to guarantee there was no remaining material left in their oral cavities.
Utilizing similar criteria sketched out in the ITG, the co-specialist took a lot of maxillary and mandibular impressions that he viewed as clinically adequate while under the supervision of the essential examiner. In situations where the impressions were not regarded worthy, a subsequent impression was gotten. Just the worthy impressions were used in the investigation part of the examination. For routine sterilization, impressions were inundated for 10 to 15 minutes in disinfectant, or for an hour in the event of expanded danger of disease, trailed by washing under running water for 15 seconds.
Each subject had a sum of six impressions, or in certain cases eight impressions, taken. A total of 324 impressions was taken: 162 upper impressions (108 by the subjects, 54 by the clinician) and 162 lower impressions (108 by the subjects, 54 by the clinician). Every impression was shot and marked with an ace key known by the vital examiner as it were.
The photos of the subjects’ dentition were sorted out and marked with a similar ace key used to name the impressions. Subjects’ perceptions were recorded on the agent perception structure.
Onelimitation of the examination was that patients were not seen by a periodontist, so there was no periodontal assessment. Likewise, the examination was constrained to people with a normal of 28 years, for the most part females, which may require the contribution of more seasoned ages in the forthcoming investigations for assessment purposes.
The subjects said that the guidelines were clear and effectively comprehended. Be that as it may, a few challenges were accounted for. For instance, there were issues with the size of the gloves and plate. Thus, patients prescribed remembering diverse estimated gloves and plate for the pack.
Likewise, there were issues for patients in effectively recognizing the maxillary and mandibular plate. To keep away from patients’ disarray between the maxillary and mandibular plate, shading coding of the plate and adding the shading key to the ITG was proposed.
There were issues in catching the sense of taste and oral vestibules because of lacking weight applied when seating the plate intraorally, overmixing the impression material, undermixed impression material, and lopsided impression material blend.
To maintain a strategic distance from a deficient impression blend, it was suggested that as opposed to guiding the patient to blend the impression for a particular measure of time, the patient was better exhorted by the ITG to blend the impression until the blend gets homogenous with no shading streaks to guarantee appropriate blending.
Also, the measure of weight that ought to be applied during impression taking ought to be more explained in the ITG, and it ought to be explained that the plate should be completely situated to catch the necessary oral tissues. By and by, it was suggested that additional plate sizes ought to be given to help in maintaining a strategic distance from inadequate seating of the plate—if there should arise an occurrence of little plate/bigger curves—and to coordinate all curves shapes and sizes.
Adding a connect to a video showing the methodology to the ITG will assist patients with bettering comprehend what oral structures are required to be caught by the impression and guide them through the system bit by bit.
At long last, in the wake of executing these proposals, including a quality check in the dental labs before pouring throws will guarantee that the impressions taken by the patients meet the negligible satisfactory quality prerequisites.
Future examinations are important to survey if the impressions taken by the patient might be utilized to manufacture other dental apparatuses by a dental research facility, dispensing with the requirement for a patient to go straightforwardly to a dental office.
A layman can take impressions to create mouthguards, blanching plate, imperceptible aligners, and different apparatuses that don’t require the catch of sense of taste or oral vestibules, as these structures were the hardest to catch by the patients.
The irregularity of patient-establish connections catching the sense of taste or oral vestibules implies that manufacturing orthodontic machines utilizing a layman’s impression is as yet sketchy. All things considered, not catching the sense of taste will dispense with the danger of having a stifler reflex.
Future research is important to pour up the impressions and assess lab-prepared apparatuses, for example, mouthguards and dying plate in the patient for fit, precision, solace, and usefulness.
In a period when everybody claims a cell phone, a cell phone application where the patient could make a record, take intraoral pictures, and send them over to the lab so it could show signs of improvement image of the present oral wellbeing status, for example, downturn and gingival aggravation, would be of extraordinary advantage. In any case, pocket profundity and portability would not be assessed.

Dementia Linked to Poor Oral Hygiene

Dementia Linked to Poor Oral Hygiene

A past filled with interminable dental medical problems expands the chances of dementia, as indicated by a communitarian concentrate between analysts at National Taiwan University Hospital and the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Late investigations recommend that harm to the cerebrum results from neighborhood fiery cells safeguarding the mind against an intermittent however low-level microbial attack. This theory recommends that any procedure that keeps up an irresistible supply, for example, incessant oral, lung, or gastrointestinal sickness, advance the entrance of inhabitant microorganisms to the mind, or bargain the cerebrum’s capacity to bar organisms from section would expand the chances related with obtaining dementia.

One end product inside this theory recommends that the microorganisms that populate the mouth have a favored course of access to the cerebrum by voyaging in reverse along the short nerves between the mind and mouth.

The present investigation inspected the relationship between oral wellbeing and dementia utilizing in excess of 200,000 new dementia cases recognized in the National Insurance Database for the whole populace of Taiwan. There were a larger number of ladies influenced than men, which seemed to result from their more noteworthy portrayal in the maturing populace.
Components that modify perfusion or oxygenation of the mind like stroke, hypertension, diabetes, and pneumonia expanded the chances of dementia. Records from the earlier 10 years additionally demonstrated that dental methodology that immediately reestablished homeostasis brought down the chances of dementia, and a past filled with interminable dental issues raised the chances of dementia.

“Prevention and delay are key goals in the approach to dementia. Good dental care and perhaps simple daily dental hygiene with regular brushing and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash may be a productive intervention, especially among populations already having increasing difficulty performing their own routine daily care,” said Dr. J.L. Caffrey of the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Is Being a Dental Hygienist the Best Job Ever?

The Numbers

Dental hygienists delighted in a mean salary of $74,820 in 2018 and a normal of $36.30 every hour, which is a slight improvement over 2017’s $74,070 average. The best-paid 25% of hygienists made $89,619, while the least paid 25% made $62,490.

“For the amount of time and dollars spent in dental hygiene education, the return in annual salary is exponential.” said Laura J. Sleeper, director of the Plaza College Dental Hygiene Program.

Dental hygienists in Fairbanks, Alaska, have the most significant pay at $113,190, trailed by San Jose, California, at $112,210; Anchorage, Alaska, at $110,800; San Francisco at $109,750; and Santa Rosa, California, at $108,010.

By state, dental hygienists in Alaska had the most elevated mean compensation at $114,320, with California at $100,830, Washington at $90,690, Arizona at $85,890, and New Jersey at $85,860 balancing the main five.

Occupation Prospects

Besides, the BLS ventures 11% work development for dental hygienists somewhere in the range of 2018 and 2028, with around 23,700 occupations opening up. What’s more, there are a lot of reasons why the calling is blasting.

“This growth can be attributed to several factors, including second career seekers, retirement, and those with bachelor’s degrees who simply cannot find work in their chosen field. There are also dental assistants who have practiced for years but want more, and dental hygiene is the most logical next step,” Sleeper said.

Personal satisfaction

Dental cleanliness has advantages and disadvantages with regards to work fulfillment. US News and World Report evaluated the profession underneath normal with regards to upward versatility, with normal feelings of anxiety or more normal adaptability concerning working calendars and work-life balance.

The calling can be truly requesting, as well. US News and World Report notes how dental hygienists can return home with sore hands, wrists, and shoulders following a day of slouching over patients and utilizing an assortment of instruments. These experts, US News and World Report cautions, need to remain fit as a fiddle to forestall damage and appreciate a long profession.

In addition, numerous dental hygienists feel that the vocation is genuinely fulfilling, as it offers them a chance to give care to individuals who need it the most.

“Ask the dental hygienist who found an oral cancer lesion early or noticed that her patient wasn’t healing after initial nonsurgical therapy, and, with her dentist, referred to a medical doctor for blood testing and discovered that the patient had diabetes or leukemia, and intervention occurred,” said Sleeper.

“The dental hygienist can change lives, and patients become family. There is no price tag that can be associated with the effect that the dental hygienist can have on a patient’s life on a daily basis,” Sleeper said.

There are a lot of other impalpable advantages in dental cleanliness also. Notwithstanding its effect on other individuals, Jones referred to the calling’s significant levels of employer stability because of its numerous assorted chances, its consistency and security in everyday business, its incentive to the oral human services group, its adaptability and work-life parity, and how it is regarded by society.

Big Numbers of Youth Athletes Not Wearing Mouthguards

Big Numbers of Youth Athletes Not Wearing Mouthguards

November 2019, a survey sponsored by Delta Dental found alarming numbers of youth athletes that are not wearing mouthguards during sports. For example; while playing soccer, 37 million athletes under the age 12 don’t wear a mouthguard while playing soccer. Protecting the teeth and facial bones in young athletes seems to be an inadequate priority, as young people are loosing millions of teeth each and every year during sports injuries.

The survey found the numbers of young people not wearing mouthguards  as follows:

  • 79% gymnastics
  • 72% basketball
  • 71% soccer
  • 70% baseball
  • 65%volleyball
  • 61% skiing
  • 48% rugby
  • 40% lacrosse
  • 38% ice hockey
  • 34% field hockey
  • 34% boxing
  • 26% football

Custom formed mouthguards, especially dual layered systems such as ProForm, substantially reduce oral injuries in contact and non-contact sports. Such injuries as cracked or lost teeth; fractures in crowns, roots, jawbones, cheekbones; cuts tongue, gums, lips, and cheeks; broken or damaged blood vessels and abrasions. All of which are reduced by wearing a well fitted mouthguard.

Youth athletes can be encouraged to wear mouthguards be offering customization such as a team colors or their favorite designs. There are many different variations in one, two, and three color. Also available is the increasingly popular Tie-Dye and Fun Mouthguards such as fangs! Other option for customization include the centri-fuse logo maker, which enables the youth athlete to put their team logo or name onto the mouthguard.