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Dr Kshama Chandan explains how Invisalign is a pocket-size smile essential that will invisibly change your smile




When patients think about the correction of malaligned, crooked, overlapping or overcrowded teeth, braces and wires are the first things that spring to mind. However, according‭ ‬to‭ ‬the‭ ‬demands and needs of the patients, dentistry has been revolutionised. Gone are those geeky wire braces that we see from the eighties. Gone are those shy people with braces too scared to smile or hiding their faces.

To tackle the increasing aesthetic demand for an alternative to conventional braces, ‭‬researchers have developed several ‭ ‬solutions ‬such as composite‭ ‬braces, ceramic braces, lingual orthodontics and ‭now, a new concept of clear braces ‬or invisible aligners. Clear aligners are the new way to flip an unattractive smile full of badly aligned teeth into that fantastic Bollywood smile. They are clear, thin, transparent removable plastic aligners for the successful moving of teeth into their required position.

The dentist said, “During the treatment, the patients are given a series of bespoke and customized aligners that move the teeth in the sequence determined by the dentist. Each aligner in the series works individually with making little adjustments to the tooth position.” Furthermore, Dr Kshama adds that a 3D scan is essentially done and is used to produce a series of clear plastic aligners that steadily correct the malocclusion. The patient is instructed to ‭change the aligner‭ ‬every two weeks with each aligner shifting the teeth to around 0.25 to 0.3mm.

Clear aligners can provide excellent esthetics during treatment as they fit over the teeth like a mouth guard which won’t let anyone know if you are undergoing treatment along with the comfort of wear, ease of use, superior oral hygiene and most importantly it is a completely painless process because there are no metal brackets or wires which lead to laceration of mouth. The conventional braces are fixed to the teeth with wires and brackets whereas clear aligners can be taken out to eat whatever you want and put back again.

Besides this, the dental surgeon also gave some tips for those who opt for clear aligners. She lays emphasis on avoiding drinking and smoking with aligners to avoid stains. To get the best results, the dentist advises avoiding taking out the clear aligners other than having meals. “Aligners should be worn for 22 hours in a day for getting the desired outcome”, she added. 

Dr Kshama Chandan who is very active on social media frequently shares dental tips on her Instagram page, ‘@kshama3091’. With a BDS and MDS in Prosthodontics, the dental surgeon is successfully running a private practice at The DentalWorx in Mumbai.

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9 Simple Steps to Dealing with a Broken Tooth




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It’s movie night, and you have an obligatory bowlful of popcorn balancing on your lap. You toss a handful of popcorn and — crack — you unknowingly bite down on a kernel with the full power of your jaw. 

Lightning strikes your mouth as you realize this humble kernel broke your tooth. 

Now what? 

Besides pausing the movie and spitting out your mouthful of popcorn and tooth, you might not know your next steps. 

What should you do, and how can you pay for it? Find the answers to these questions and more below:

1. Save the Pieces 

If possible, save any broken pieces of the tooth. Your dentist might need these pieces.

2. Rinse Your Mouth 

Gently rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Avoid using hot or cold water, as it might aggravate any exposed nerves. 

3. Control Bleeding 

If you bleed, apply gentle pressure to the area with a clean cloth or gauze. You can also use a cold compress on your jaw or cheek to reduce swelling.

4. Contact Your Dentist

Reach out to your dentist immediately. Explain the situation and try to schedule an emergency appointment. Many dentists reserve slots for urgent cases. If they don’t have a spot available, look at specialty emergency clinics in your area.

5. Get Over-the-Counter Pain Relief

Broken and chipped teeth can hurt, so take some over-the-counter pain relievers to help manage this pain until you can see your dentist. 

6. Check Insurance Coverage

Review your dental insurance policy to understand coverage details. Some policies may cover emergency procedures, while others may have limitations.

7. Discuss Payment Options

If cost is a concern, discuss financing options with your dentist. Some dental offices offer flexible arrangements that give you a break. If you qualify for these plans, you might be able to push out your due date to coincide with your payday. You may even be able to break up your total outstanding amount over several payments. 

8. Take out a Personal Loan

If you’re just shy of what you need to cover your emergency dental expense, consider going online to scope out personal loans. A personal loan may fill in for savings in urgent situations. You can quickly visit a website like MoneyKey to see what you need to apply. If approved, a personal loan gives you the means to pay for your visit upfront and pay off what you owe over time. 

9. Consider Urgent Care Clinics

If your financial situation is such that you can’t afford a personal loan’s payments, reconsider your choice of dentist. Some dental practices apply a sliding scale to their services so that they can provide immediate care at a lower cost for at-risk individuals. 

Next Steps: Thinking About the Future

So, you’ve managed to repair your tooth and pay the bill, too. What’s next? Make sure you hit these three goals soon. They can help you prevent another broken tooth in the future!

  1. Stay on Top of Dental Hygiene: Brush at least twice a day and floss once a day — these simple habits can protect your teeth over time. 
  2. Schedule Regular Checkups: Keeping up with regular cleanings can also help you prevent future dental emergencies. 
  3. Build an Emergency Fund: Sometimes, accidents happen. Consider building an emergency fund specifically for unexpected dental emergencies.
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