Hate to burst your Bubble – Prosecco is bad for your teeth!

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Italian cuisine. Glass of prosecco and variety of seafood. Shallow DOF horizontal

Your favourite fizz could mean fillings – here’s some advice from Dr. Leah Smyth, new General Dentist at Smile Store.

“Most of the people I know love Prosecco. A lot of my own friends are really careful about what they eat and wouldn’t touch a fizzy soft drink because of all the sugar, but when they’re relaxing or at an event, the popular Italian sparkling wine is a delicious treat”, admits Dr. Smyth. “The bad news is that the combination of fruit acid and bubbles in Prosecco mean it can play havoc with your teeth”.

Popular bubbly does major damage

Prosecco became hugely popular in Ireland as a cost-effective alternative to pricey Champagne, and has a slight sweetness that people enjoy- it always contains fewer calories than traditional Champagne, if you needed additional excuses to pour yourself a flute.

But the fondness for prosecco is having a nasty effect on peoples teeth, especially women who wouldn’t dream of touching Coca Cola or Fanta, but don’t think twice about a glass of bubbly when they are out.

Prosecco contains about one teaspoon of sugar per 125ml flute – certainly enough to excite the harmful bacteria in your mouth that secrete tooth-decaying acids.

Another problem is that those delightful bubbles contain high levels of carbon dioxide, which are very acidic on the tooth’s surface and erodes away the enamel. This weakens the teeth and leaves them vulnerable to decay, and also causes obvious staining which grows worse over time.

The Italian grape used to make Prosecco has more sugar in it than a Spanish Cava, and apparently damaging drinks can leave a very evident trail of destruction.

Two front teeth hit first

“I can always tell if bubbly is the source of a problem “ says Dr. Smyth “as the front two teeth – the ones that come in contact with liquid first – are affected. Patients will complain of tooth sensitivity and notice some staining; maybe even pain. You can help combat the erosion by using an enamel-restoring toothpaste; rinsing out your mouth with water after you’ve had a glass of prosecco or simply switching your beverage of choice”.

Some people swear by using a straw to suck up the contents of their flutes, but the intelligent thing is to book yourself in for a dental check-up. You should have one twice a year so you can catch any problems before they become worse- or more expensive to treat.

Dr. Leah Smyth is now taking new patients, so to book your consultation and ensure you’re not sacrificing your dental health for a glass of bubbly, call 021 432 0004.


7 Reasons Why Implants Fail

7 Reasons Why Implants Fail

The technology involved in dental implants has improved enormously in recent years, but despite better training and quality materials, sometimes dental implants will fail.

One of the major advantages at Smile Store is that we have a full team of extremely experienced Oral Surgeons, who have successfully placed thousands of implants.

7 Reasons Why Implants Fail

Current figures from the largest dental implant manufacturers in the market – Nobel Biocare; Ankylos and Straumann – show that success rates worldwide average at about 95%.

Here at Smile Store – The Dental Specialists, we’re happy to report a success rate of 98.3%, well above the international average.

It’s the combination of surgical expertise, extensive clinical experience and being able to assess and treat particularly challenging cases that helps Smile Store stand out.

We are also lucky enough to own our own CT Cone Beam Scanner, which allows us to use advanced technology in difficult cases for the best chances of success.

Nonetheless, in rare incidences dental implants do fail, and here are the top 7 reasons why that happens.

1: Infection

Infection is the most common cause of implant failure. If poor dental hygiene has contributed to the demise of your natural teeth and that’s why you’re getting dental implants, don’t make the same mistakes! Look after your new implants.

Correct care and maintenance of your implants is vital; you must be absolutely scrupulous about your daily dental hygiene and get twice-yearly professional cleanings and checkups.

If you don’t, any infection allowed to develop around the tooth and gum will make its way to the implant area of the jawbone means the implant will become loose.

If you’re not playing your part in the care of your implants, your warranty doesn’t count and will be nullified.

2: Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, puts patients at high risk for implant failure as it causes infection. Any periodontal disease must be addressed and stabilized  first, before any implant work is carried out. Researchers in Sweden recently conducted a review and found patients with gum disease had a far higher risk of implant failure, as they were more susceptible to bone loss and postoperative infection.

Poor dental hygiene after implant surgery, or a disease from an adjacent tooth left untreated that travels to the implant; even a poor immune system – all can impact the success rate of dental implants.

3: Inappropriate Placement Of Implants

It’s incredibly important to accurately place dental implants, particularly in more challenging cases, sp identification of the exact appropriate location for the implant is a key element of their success.

Dental surgeries who do not have the benefit of a CT scanner are reduced to a degree of guesswork in the placement of implants. Here at Smile Store, we are one of very few practices in Ireland to own our own iCat CT Cone Beam Scanner, which allows us access to a full view of all the interior structures of the jaw.

Our Oral Surgeon Specialists can get an incredibly accurate picture and a detailed view that allowed precision placements of your implants.

The information from the CT scanner allows the surgeons to create a surgical guide where required, and can even allow the option of a ‘flapless’ surgery where the gum doesn’t even have to be opened in order to place the implant.

Poor implant placement without use of information from a CT scanner puts patients at higher risk of implant failure – why would you entrust such delicate surgery to someone who has to work ‘blind’?

4: Incorrect Fusion With Jawbone

An implant must be securely anchored for it to do its job long-term. When an implant is placed in the jaw, the jawbone fuses around it to hold it snugly, in a process called osseointegration. If it does not integrate properly into the jawbone it will become loose.

Insufficient bone in the jaw will lead to implant failure. Smile Store offer our patients several methods to fortify their jawbone if it is too thin, too flat or too soft. Placement and fusion of any bone augmentation is vital to the success of implants, which is why the multidimensional image provided by the CT scanner is so useful.

5: Insufficient Analysis Of Jawbone

Again, this information is provided by our CT scanner. If a dental practice does not have a CT scanner, placement of the implant involves a lot more guesswork.

Our Oral Surgeon Specialists are able to accurately evaluate the bone mass, height, width and depth of the jawbone, as well as all interior structure,s before proceeding to surgery.

6: Poor Implant Quality

Smile Store only use top quality implants, and we offer a choice to our patients of  different types of dental implant brands. All are excellent. Some other practices offer cheap dental implants that are of insufficient quality; can break and become loose, leading not only to implant failure, but they can also affect ‘good’ teeth. Low quality implants pose a serious risk to patients.

7: Patient’s Health

Your general health and medical history is always taken into consideration at Smile Store as it can impact your dental implant surgery. Diabetes, vitamin deficiency, other diseases/systemic illnesses and some medication or drug regimens can all have a negative impact on dental implant surgery. Smoking and heavy use of alcohol are also risk factors.

Once your surgery has been completed, you have invested in a brand new smile. It makes sense that you would take care of it as best you can. Follow the advice of your dentist. Smile Store offer a lifetime warranty on all of our dental implants, but you must take good care of them. One of the first signs of a problem is the symptoms of peri-implantitis, or infection around the implant. Symptoms include:

  • The gums bleed at the gum line when brushing.
  • The gums become red, sensitive or swollen.
  • Pus comes from the gums or implant.
  • The metal threads of the implant start to show.

If you experience any of these symptoms you must come to the surgery to have your implants checked immediately. We can treat you, no matter how complex your case is.

For more information or to book a consultation, call us on 021 432 0004!

15 Questions To Ask Your Orthodontist Before You Get Braces

Questions To Ask Your Orthodontist


15 Questions To Ask Your Orthodontist Before You Get BracesIf you’re thinking about getting braces for yourself or for your child, you probably have a few questions you want to ask. At Smile Store we are more than happy to answer any queries you have to help put your mind at ease about the whole process. So today I will be giving you a list of 15 questions to ask your orthodontist before you get braces.

1: Will Invisalign (invisible braces) work for me? If the answer is no, why?

2: Can I have ceramic braces on just my upper teeth, or can I have them on both my upper and lower teeth?

3: Will I need to use rubber bands to correct my bite? How long will I need them?

4: Will I have to get any teeth extracted? Are wisdom teeth a problem?

5: Will I need jaw surgery as a part of the process?

6: Will I need to wear headgear to correct my teeth? For how long?

7: Will my facial profile be changed in anyway once the treatment is completed?

8: How long will the treatment take?

9: Approximately how many times will I have to come back for adjustments?

10: Do you provide any type of payment plan?Questions To Ask Your Orthodontist

11: Will I need a retainer once my braces are removed? For how long?

12: Should my oral hygiene routine be any different when I have braces? How?

13: Will braces affect my lifestyle? How?

14: How much pain or discomfort is involved?

15: What do I do if I have a poking wire?
When you first meet with your orthodontist come armed with these questions. They will be more than happy to talk you through the whole process and put your mind at ease. For more information before you visit our surgery, visit us online.

“The Sugar Crash”: How Does Sugar Affect Your Teeth

"The Sugar Crash": How Does Sugar Affect Your Teeth

"The Sugar Crash": How Does Sugar Affect Your Teeth

The nation is abuzz since the airing of the RTÉ documentary, ‘The Sugar Crash’. We have known for some time that sugar was bad for us, but did we ever know exactly how bad it is; what it does to our health and how many hidden sources of sugar we consume on a daily basis?

What Is A ‘Sugar Crash’?

We are hard-wired to crave sugar. Our brains respond whenever we eat it, as all of our reward systems ignite the minute sweet stuff enters our body. Dopamine is unleashed, and once the  sugar hits your stomach it gets diluted by digestive enzymes and goes into the small intestine.

Enzymes break it down into two types of molecules; glucose and fructose. Most sugar that is added to our foods comes from cane or beets, although there is a lot of lab synthesized high-fructose corn syrup in an increasing amount of foods and drinks.

How Much Glucose Is Too much?

You need glucose for energy, as it seeps through the wall of the small intestine and triggers your pancreas to secrete insulin. Insulin is the hormone that takes the glucose from your blood and delivers it to the cells to be used as energy. However, too much sugar intake, and your body gets flooded with glucose, leading to the ‘sugar high’.

Your brain responds by sending out serotonin, a sleep-regulating hormone, and voila – you get the famed ‘sugar crash’. This was the hot topic addressed in RTE’s ‘The Sugar Crash’, as Dr. Eva Ormond explored the latest research on the ever-growing list of health problems and chronic illnesses associated with our nation’s increasing consumption of sugar, charting the progress of several people who were stunned to find out how much ‘hidden’ sugar was lurking in what they thought was a ‘normal’ diet.

Irish People Love Sweet Treats

Ireland is the fourth highest consumer of sugar in the world, and we are eating an average of 24 teaspoons a day of the dangerous molecule. A variety of health difficulties are manifesting in  the whole population as a result, particularly in the form of childhood obesity; type II diabetes, shortened life expectancy and a whole slew of behavioural and concentration issues. Leading experts on the topic included Professor Donal O’Shea, Dr. Robert Lustig, Dr. Aseem Malhotra and Damon Gameau, as the different and sometimes hidden forms of sugar were revealed in people’s’ diets.

The world Health Organisation recommends that for optimal health, we should limit our intake of free sugars to no more than 6 teaspoons per day. Measure this against our current average of 24 teaspoons, and it’s easy to see why we suffer from increasing health trouble as a result.

So Why Does Increased Sugar Intake Lead To Obesity?

Insulin blocks production of leptin, the “hunger hormone” that would normally signal your brain that you are full. This means that the higher your insulin level is, perversely, the hungrier you feel, even if you’ve eaten a large amount of food.

Your brain thinks you’re still hungry, and goes into a false ‘starvation’ mode, directing your  body to store the glucose as belly fat rather than using it to burn for energy. Now your brain chemistry is awry, as insulin surges around and less dopamine is produced, leading to cravings for more sugar and a neurological chain reaction that is similar to that of

addiction. So much insulin has been pumped out by your pancreas that your cells start to become resistant to it, and all the glucose is left to float around in your bloodstream. This insulin resistance will lead to Type II diabetes.

Your Liver Is Also At Risk

Fructose follows the same path as glucose, through the small intestine into the bloodstream, but then it is sent straight to the liver. Your liver tries to metabolise it – to turn it into something useful that your body can use – but the delicate liver is easily overwhelmed and too much fructose over time prompts globules of fat to grow throughout the liver (‘lipogenesis’), which is the precursor to another increasing common health issue; non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Excess fructose has the nasty effect of lowering HDL, or “good” cholesterol, and encourages the production of triglycerides, a type of fat that can migrate from the liver to the arteries. This puts you at greatly increased risk for heart attack or a stroke. To add to your troubles, the liver sends an S.O.S. for extra insulin to deal with the fructose, sending the pancreas into overdrive, resulting in a total-body inflammatory state.

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How Does Sugar Affect Your Teeth?

The effect on our overall health is becoming clear, and we shouldn’t forget about the effect on our teeth – Ireland has a major problem with tooth decay in young people, and it’s no wonder when you consider the gallons of sugary sodas and sugar-laden refined white foods they are eating on a daily basis. Add to this a nationally lax approach to dental hygiene, and general lack of understanding on how best to look after our teeth – it’s no surprise that too many of us end up embarrassed by our smile.

It’s not the sugar itself that actually damages teeth; it’s the chain reaction that takes place after you eat it. Our mouths are full of hundreds of bacteria, most of which are beneficial to the carefully balanced oral ‘ecosystem’.

How Do Cavities Develop?

Certain harmful bacteria love nothing more than to feed on the sugar you just ate, creating acids which destroy the enamel on your teeth. You need your enamel, as the hard, shiny coating protects your teeth. However, once the acids start to eat away at it you will begin to get cavities in your teeth. If left untreated, the cavities will progress through the enamel and into the sensitive deeper layers of the teeth, causing pain and ultimately even tooth loss.

Acids will leach minerals from your enamel, but the good news is that your saliva contains minerals like calcium and phosphates to help both wash away the acids, and to remineralise the teeth. However, if you constantly eat sweet foods, your body can’t keep up with the rate of demineralisation and doesn’t have a chance to fix the damage. The only way to help remineralise your teeth is to limit your sugar intake, use a fluoride toothpaste, floss your teeth and brush at least twice a day.

Children should be encouraged to brush away plaque (the sticky coating that contains bacteria which builds up on the tooth surface) and have an awareness of why sugar is bad for their teeth. You can avoid expensive and complex dental work in later life by ingraining the right habits early on, teaching children to brush their teeth properly and lower their sugar consumption.

If you have cavities or would like to have your child examined by on of our general dentists, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

Don’t Let Your Partner’s Breath Ruin Your Valentine’s Day!


Valentines Offer: Get €20 Off and 2 Free Duo Toothbrushes With A Couples ProphyJet Teeth Cleaning

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Smile Store – Your Local Dental Specialists are offering a great deal on his and hers teeth cleaning, with the amazing Prophyjet system.

Your smile will be dazzling; your breath sweet and clean, and you’ll get €20 off a dual session for you and your partner.

You’ll also get a free set of special edition Valentines toothbrushes by Curaprox, the professional’s choice for tooth care. The ‘his and hers’ brushes form a heart when nestled together, while you two cuddle close with confidence.

Gift the gift of a gorgeous smile to your Valentine! Limited availability: call Smile Store – Your Local Dental Specialists on 021 432 0004 to book your double session now!


Terms and conditions: Offer applies to the Advanced Hygiene Session, when two appointments are booked at the same time. Regular treatment price €95 each, promotional price €85 each with a free duo toothbrush given at the second clean.
Call Smile Store – Your Local Dental Specialists in Togher on 021-4320004. Mention offer when booking. €50 deposit required when booking to secure appointment; 5 days cancellation notice applies.


4 Ways To Tell You Need Braces

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Braces are hugely common in Ireland nowadays. It’s also becoming more common that the recipients of braces, are adults. Many of whom had braces when they were children and didn’t use their retainers as they were instructed, resulting in their teeth becoming crooked again over time. In this article I will be discussing 4 ways to tell you need braces.

1: You Have An Underbite Or Overbite

One of the reasons to get braces is if you have a malocclusion. This means that your bite isn’t correct. This can be due to a size difference between the upper and the lower jaw. If your lower jaw is bigger, it is called an underbite. If your upper jaw is bigger, it is called an overbite. Braces can fix this problem.

2: You Have Crowded Or Crooked Teeth

Look at your teeth in a mirror, looking out for crooked or crowded teeth. Include teeth that are sitting sideways, overlap each other or stick out further than teeth in the surrounding area. The most common reason people get braces is to correct overcrowding in the mouth. To check whether or not your teeth are crowded, floss them. If it is very difficult for you to slide the floss between your teeth, then it is likely they are crowded. Braces are great for straightening out crooked teeth and solving crowding in the mouth.

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3: You Have Large Spaces Between Your Teeth

Check your mouth. Do you have large gaps between some or all of your teeth? This is a sign that you need braces. Missing teeth, small teeth or large gaps between your teeth can all impair the functioning of your bite and jaw. Spacing is also a common issue which can be rectified with braces.

4: Purely For Cosmetic Reasons

The reasons I have previously listed have all been for the good of your oral health. However it’s not a bad thing if you just want to have straight teeth to give you a great smile. Your mouth will become healthier even if you only get braces for cosmetic reasons. By straightening your teeth, you give yourself a far better chance of having a dazzling smile that can last you a lifetime.

If you have any of the issues outlined above, or you simply want a more beautiful smile, then you should contact an orthodontic specialist here at Smile Store Cork. We are passionate about oral health and we can save you huge amounts of money. For more information contact us. We are always happy to help.

6 Month Smiles: The Truth Exposed

6 Month Smiles: The Truth Exposed

6 Month Smiles: The Truth Exposed

People who yearn for a straight teeth and a great smile fast are often taken in by ads promising to give them a great smile in a swift 6 months. Find out the truth about 6 month smiles and how they could be damaging your teeth.

The Orthodontic Society of Ireland is just one of the groups who warn against it. In a letter to the Irish Examiner in May 2015, the President of the Orthodontic Society of Ireland (ODI) outlined, in no uncertain terms, the dangers of quick fix treatments.

How your bite is affected by rapid moving of teeth

A ‘six month smile’ or a ‘quick fix treatment’ does not take the bite into consideration.

This is incredibly important as shoving teeth into place fast means your bite pressure is all over the place. Teeth are forced to bite down on each other, and the bite force of a human being is 250 pounds of pressure per square inch. So if that bite pressure is applied to the wrong place when teeth are corralled into areas they shouldn’t be, damage ensues.

You will chip and break your teeth. You will damage sensitive gum and cheek tissue. You will not be able to correctly chew food. You will ultimately end up with unstable teeth.

Patients who were victims of ‘quick fix’ smile treatments told the OSI:

  • They were given incomplete, misleading or biased information prior to and during treatment.
  • They were often unaware that they are being treated by dentists inexperienced in orthodontics, a highly specialised branch of dentistry.
  • Quick-fix treatments leave teeth unstable, with the potential to relapse back to their original position. If a patient then attends for re-treatment, this can cause back-and-forth tipping of the roots that hold the teeth in place, which puts these teeth in danger.
  • Quick fix treatments can exacerbate pre-existing gum disease, thereby worsening the prognosis or resulting in loss of teeth.

Add to these consequences the distress and additional expenses caused by failed ‘quick fix’ treatment and need for re-treatment.

You should always thoroughly check the qualifications of a dentist that claims to be an orthodontic specialist. Orthodontists are trained as general dentists (by completing five years of undergraduate training) and have then studied for a further three years to qualify as orthodontic specialists. Any specialist orthodontist will discuss all the possible types of brace that can be used to correct your teeth.

“We advise people not to expect a ‘quick fix’ as it usually takes at least over a year to get the teeth fully corrected, biting correctly, and in harmony with the jaws and lips”, says. Dr Sinead O’Hanrahan, President, Orthodontic Society of Ireland.

Smile Store – Your Local Dental Specialists have fully qualified Orthodontic Specialists

If you are considering fixing your misaligned or crooked teeth, or those of your children, you can take advantage of a no-obligation consultation with one of our Orthodontist Specialists to find out what your options are. You should always be presented with more than one choice, and all the information you need to decide what will work best for you.

3 Reasons CT Scans Are Vital For Dental Implants

3 Reasons CT Scans Are Vital For Dental Implants


3 Reasons CT Scans Are Vital For Dental Implants

Most dental practices do not own one of these expensive machines. Generally they will either send you somewhere else for a scan or, in most cases, will just turn you down for dental implants, telling you do not have enough bone left. A standard X-Ray is not enough to give the kind of detail required for dental implants as it only gives a two-dimensional view. Smile Store own our own iCat CT cone beam scanner, which allows us not only to get a three-dimensional view of all the interior structures of your mouth, but to determine how much bone you have and what condition it is in, as well as allowing Dr. Kadar vital information for precision placement of dental implants. Today I will be telling you the 3 reasons CT Scans are vital for dental implants.

1: Determining If You Have Enough Bone For Implants

The most important factor in determining if you are a candidate for dental implants is how much bone you have left in your jaw. The only way to tell is with a CT scan. The problem lies in the fact that once you have lost a tooth, the bone immediately starts to recede from that area. If you lost teeth some time ago and have been wearing dentures, or have lost a lot of teeth, your bone is probably quite flat by now and quite thin. That poses a problem for dental implant placement. In order to support the titanium post of an implant you must have enough bone to put it into. If your bone cannot take the strain the dental implant will fail. The only way to find out exactly how much bone you have left in your jaw is with a CT scanner.

2: 3D Scanning Of The Mouth

Our CT scanner allows us to see all of the jaw and interior structures in three dimensions, including the height, width and depth of the jaw. Dr. Kadar can use the information from the CT scan to plan your implant procedure with incredible precision, choosing the right type and size of dental implant to best suit you. He can also place the various implants at just the right angle for you, to suit your bite and ensure long-term success of the implants.

3: Determining If You Are Suitable For Bone Augmentation

We can see any potentially weak areas in the bone, as well as anatomical structures within that bone that we need to be aware of before placing dental implants. This allows us to determine if you need to have a bone augmentation. The data from the CT scan is very useful if you do need to have your jawbone augmented, as it gives Dr. Kadar the ability to create the most appropriate bone augmentation type for you, and to monitor it as it fuses to your own bone over time.

The level of detail provided by our CT scanner, and Dr. Kadar’s use of that information, is one of the reasons Smile Store has such a high success rate in dental implant placement. If you have any more questions about CT scans or dental implants, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to help at Smile Store Cork.

3 Dental Implant Options At Smile Store Cork & How They Work

3 Dental Implant Options At Smile Store Cork & How They Work

We love to offer choice to our patients. All of our dental implants, abutments, crowns and bridges are manufactured by the most reputable companies and are entirely safe and effective. We have a range to suit everybody’s budget. Using our iCat CT scanner, we are able to customise your treatment plan and choose the best size implant for you. The choice of dental implant is yours, and we are happy to tell you about the features and benefits of each. Which is why below you will see a list of the 3 dental implant options at Smile Store Cork & how they work.

The Choices

1: Straumann Dental Implants3 Dental Implant Options At Smile Store Cork & How They Work

Swiss-made Straumann are the Rolls Royce of implants, considered to be the most sophisticated and technically refined system in the world. They integrate perfectly with your jaw for complete reliability and heal faster than other implants which allows the surgeon to place your permanent crowns, bridges or dentures to restore full functionality to your mouth.

2: ANKYLOS Implants

The two-piece ANKYLOS design provides a good foundation for whatever restoration you may need, be it crown, bridge or denture. It encourages healthy tissue growth and reduces risk of inflammation. ANKYLOS implants have an etched surface to encourage integration with your own jaw bone.

3: Alpha-Bio Implants

Alpha-Bio implants have a wide range suitable for every bone type and are prepared in various diameters and lengths for the best fit. They provide a cost-effective, reliable solution for patients concerned with budget who want an affordable option.

How Do They Work?

Dental implants work by fusing with your own jaw (osseointegration) to form solid healthy bone which holds the implant in and allows it to stand up to bite pressure. The faster the healing time the better as the sooner your implant has healed the sooner you can get your replacement tooth or teeth for a that beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of.


4 Things To Know Before You Get Braces



MTgwMTAwbm9iaWdzdG9jay1PcnRob2RvbnRpYy1UcmVhdG1lbnQtRGVudGFsLTkxMzk2MTM5The world of dental braces has changed dramatically over the last number of years. There are many misconceptions about what certain types of braces can actually do and whether or not you should even get them. Braces are a commitment and you should be fully prepared. Today I will be telling you the 4 things to know before you get braces.

1: The Age Limit For Braces

Simply put, there is none. Usually when we think of orthodontics we get an image of a teenager, however this shouldn’t be the case. No matter what your age, if you have crooked teeth you could benefit from braces, just as long as your teeth and gums are healthy. Adult braces are becoming far more commonplace. There is no stigma attached to it anymore, even Tom Cruise got in on the action by opting for braces at 45 years of age.

2: Your Bite Is As Important As Straightness

People often have the misconception that straightening teeth is all that’s involved. That’s not true. Your bite is just as important as your smile for any reputable orthodontist. Having a misaligned bite corrected helps stop your teeth becoming crooked again, it’s hugely important for your overall mouth health.

3: Stay With The Same Orthodontist If Possible

Ideally you should begin with an orthodontist and stay with them for however long it takes until those braces come off. Generally orthodontists don’t give you a discount if you are halfway through the process, you will more than likely have to pay for the whole thing again. This is due to the fact that it can actually be even more complicated for them, as different orthodontists may have slightly different approaches. But life doesn’t always work that way. For example if you are moving from the area, ask your orthodontist to either give you the records or send them on to your new orthodontist.

4: You Will Have To Wear A Retainer

The fact is that after any kind of braces, you will have to wear a retainer. Even with invisalign. If you don’t wear your retainer as directed, your teeth will start to go back to how they were before you wore the braces. Many adults who opt for braces actually had braces when they were children, but neglected to wear their retainer afterwards, resulting in their teeth becoming crooked again over time.

There are also other things to consider that aren’t on this list. If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask your orthodontist. At Smile Store Cork we are here to help and are happy to alleviate any concerns you might have about braces. Contact us today to start discussing your options.