Your Phone Can Be Your Health Portal, And Here’s How

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Achieving peak health is something that we should all be striving for. After all, you only get one life, and so you want to live it in the healthiest and happiest possible manner. One of the ways you can do this is by leveraging the technology on your phone. While there are a lot of people who are anti-technology today, there are a lot of different benefits you can experience by using your phone to help you when it comes to achieving your health goals. So, let’s take a look. 

  • Use your phone to get the latest information on the pandemic – There is only one place to begin when it comes to health matters at the moment, and this is by addressing the Covid-19 pandemic. We know it has been a difficult 18 months for people all over the world. While times seem better ahead, we still need to do everything in our power to reduce the spread of this deadly virus. One of the ways you can do this is by self-isolating whenever you receive an alert on your phone to inform you that you have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19.
  • Reach medical experts when needed – Another way in which your phone can become your ultimate health portal is by enabling you to reach medical assistance whenever you require it. This could be a mental health therapist, podiatrist, surgeon, or any other type of health professional. You can use the Internet to do your research and compare different options so that you end up with the best expert for your needs. You can also use this approach if you require medical malpractice lawyers because you have been the victim of poor health care. 
  • Track your calories and other important daily health information – Aside from the suggestions that we have mentioned so far, you can also use your app to track your calorie intake, as well as any other vital considerations, such as the number of steps you have taken during the day. There are lots of great apps available, some of which can even track your sleep performance. 
  • Watch exercise videos and routines on your phone – Last but not least, you can use your phone to look for exercise information when you are struggling. We all run out of inspiration from time to time and become a bit bored with our exercise regime. This is why it makes sense to use your mobile phone to search for different video workouts and to get exercise suggestions. You can use YouTube for this and there are a lot of helpful apps available as well.

As you can see, there are a number of different ways that your phone can become your health portal, helping you on your journey to becoming a much happier and healthier person. We hope that the information that we have provided you with will enable you to achieve your health goals with much greater ease and convenience.

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Is Your Home Healthy?

When was the last time you really asked yourself whether you were running a healthy home? Not many people consider this as something that they should be thinking about, but a healthy home is so important if you want to ensure that you are getting the best for your body and your mind. If there are times where you slack on your cleaning (and we all do it) or there are times you really don’t have the time or energy to get stuck in, then you need to assess whether your home is as healthy as you thought it would be. 

If you’re on top of your cleaning, are you remembering to clean out your ceiling fans? Have you dusted out your HVAC and called DUCTZ to help? You have to work on ensuring that your house gives you the room to breathe that you need. That means making sure that you stay on top of the cleaning you are doing, even if only sporadically. So, with this in mind, here are signs your home isn’t as healthy as you thought.

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  • You’re not using the right cleaning products. The products that are on the shelves and popular because of certain Mrs Hinch product recommendations aren’t always the best ones that you could be using for your home. You have to know the cleaning products that you use are good for your health; after all, you’re the one breathing them in. Home is where your health begins, and that means starting with the things you clean with. The right solutions should be chemical-free and as natural as possible!
  • You have damp going on. When was the last time you checked the bathroom and laundry room vents in the house? These can clog up with dust and dirt and when this happens, you can end up with a build up of moisture in the home. The last thing that you need is a humid environment packed with mold. Do you have to make sure that you are ventilating well in spaces that have a lot of moisture in the air?
  • You didn’t use a HEPA filter. When you run your HVAC, you need to know that the air is clear. When you’re running a vacuum cleaner, you have to be sure that your air is still clean. Without a HEPA filter, the air can become polluted. You have to think about whole-house filtration and make sure that you have filters everywhere. 
  • You’re not clearing your oven vents. We are talking about ventilation for the bathrooms and laundry space, but what about ventilation from the ventilation in the kitchen? You have to consider making sure that your oven is ventilated, too, so that you don’t have smoke and burning filling the room. Oven vents need to be cleared just as much as every other vent in the home.

A healthy house is one that smells fresh and is one that you can breathe in. Make sure that you can with the tips above.

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How To Avoid Falling Off The Keto Diet

The hardest part of any diet, or any planned change to your eating habits, is keeping them going. It’s all too easy for old habits to find their way back in and, before long, you might be eating much like you were before. The greater the change, the harder you might find it to pull off, and the keto diet is one that some might find a more difficult change.

If you’ve started on a keto diet, here are a few tips that might help you stay on that straight and narrow, making it easier to achieve the goals you’ve set out for yourself.

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Keep the basics in mind

If you want to stay on a keto diet, you need to be aware of more than just what foods you can eat and what you have to avoid. You need an understanding of the fundamentals of ketosis. Ketosis is when the body starts to burn fat for energy instead of carbs, which it tends to burn first. As such, the key is to make sure that you’re keeping your carb consumption low.

Keep checking your macros

When you’re doing a keto diet, it’s not necessarily essential to track your calories. Instead, what you want to keep a closer eye on is your macros and, in particular, you want to be tracking your net carbs. For ketosis to take effect, you need to eat fewer carbs in your diet, after all. By tracking the number of carbs that you eat, which can be done with just about any nutrition tracking app, you can see when they start to rise again. Keep a list of the foods you eat per day and it becomes easier to see which of your eating habits is pushing things and what you can do to eliminate it.

Don’t forget to get that extra fat

We have been brainwashed as a generation into believing that fats in foods are evil, and to avoid them as best as possible. Some nutritionists think it’s why we eat too many carbs and too much sugar as an alternative. You need to get out of the habit of avoiding fats. Have your meals with a drizzle of olive oil to add that extra fat (and some flavor) too and this cheese sauce is amazing and keto, too. Not only does it make sure that you are managing your macros and eating enough, it helps your keto meals taste better too.

Close the book on “cheating”

Cheating on diets happens. Some diets can even build “cheat days” into them. With keto diets, that’s not an effective strategy. If you get out of the process of ketosis, it will take time to get back into it again, you’re not going to see results immediately. As such, if you have cheated or had a cheat day, now is the time to call it off. There’s nothing wrong with feeling a little regret about falling off the wagon but don’t keep beating yourself up about it or feel like you have to justify it. Just course correct and keep moving.

Don’t feel like you have to eat an entire steak for every meal

The keto diet is not a carnivore diet. First of all, you can still have vegetables, just make sure that you’re getting low-carb vegetables. Cruciferous greens like cauliflower, kale, spinach, and broccoli are going to be a godsend. You don’t need to increase your protein intake too much and, what’s more, keto diets tend to suppress your appetite so you’re not going to feel like eating as much. If you feel like you have to force yourself to eat more meat, it’s easy for your motivation to start slipping away.

Don’t let yourself get dehydrated

When your body is in ketosis, it tends to excrete more, meaning you’re losing more fluids. If you’re not careful, this can lead to dehydration, which will make you feel all kinds of terrible. A lot of people will think that symptoms like headaches, tiredness, and general uneasiness are a result of the keto diet but, usually, they are just dehydrated. You need to up that water intake. High water-content veg like cucumber and avocado can help with that.

Regardless of what dietary changes you are making, it will be essential for you to work on your own self-discipline. The tips above can make it easier but it’s important to recognize that it’s never quite “easy,” even with a little help. But that only means that it’s worth it.

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5 Things that Can Prevent You from Becoming An Excessive Alcohol User

Alcohol use can turn into a disorder before you notice! Most people assume that using alcohol cannot get addictive. Well, this substance can be as dangerous to your health as any other chemical drug out here. Financial losses due to excessive alcohol use can also become unbearable; therefore, it would be best to find effective ways to control alcohol use.

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Becoming physically dependent on alcohol can shift a person’s life in a negative direction. The following are some of the methods you can use to avoid developing alcohol addiction:

Seek Professional Help

Alcohol addiction can be severe and require strict monitoring during the withdrawal process. Professional help could come in handy if you want to change your ways regarding the consumption of this chemical substance. Most people prefer to join alcohol treatment programs to get advice on how to stay consistent with the treatment process. These programs can be effective if you are committed to letting go of excessive consumption of alcohol.

Rehabilitation centers also play a significant role in helping alcoholics with the recovery process. These facilities have various professionals who understand the best treatment processes for different individuals.

Change Your Ways

Most people develop alcohol addiction from the process of having fun! When people use drinking alcohol to relax after long workdays, it is easy to develop an addiction. Some even go out on weekends for dates to drink alcohol and come home happy. It is these small dates and relaxation habits that cause severe addictions. Once you decide to change your ways, you can easily cut down on alcohol consumption step by step until you lose the urge to drink it.

Support Groups

Support groups can help individuals who fear developing alcohol addiction. Talking out with strangers who suffer from the same problem can be a good way of relieving the urge to drink a glass of this chemical substance. You can find support groups through a rehabilitation center and ensure that you remain consistent with the meetings and share how you feel for an effective reverse process.

The support groups also offer rewards for the people who stay committed to recovering from alcohol addiction. These rewards will keep you motivated throughout the process.

Identify Triggers

How can you identify your triggers? The first thing you need to ask yourself before picking up a glass of any alcoholic substance is what is making you want the drink. This way, you will identify what triggers the urge to drink alcohol. Once you know that, it can be easy to avoid putting yourself in such conditions.

Many alcoholics get triggered by the desire to escape reality, primarily because a person does not understand how to get out of a specific frustrating situation. This kind of trigger can get avoided by developing a healthy alternative option to handling the case.

Reduce the Amount of Drinks

How much you drink depends on how much you pour in the glass or how many shots you take! All you need to do to avoid becoming addicted is reduce those two things. You can also mitigate this by not keeping alcohol in the house.

Conclusion

Excessive drinking is something you can prevent once you realize your urge to drink grows by the day. Find healthier options like eating well-prepared meals, keeping healthy drinks in your fridge, and going on meaningful dates. Once you realize your urge to drink may be growing fast, it would be crucial to seek professional help from any local rehabilitation center.

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How To Best Take Care of Your Health: A Systematic Approach

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It’s essential to take care of your health, and the first step is understanding your body signs. You all know what it feels like when you’re stressed out: tight muscles, headaches, elevated blood pressure. Luckily, there are many ways that you can try to avoid stress from building up in the first place. 

Understand Your Body Signs

Understanding your body signs can help you better know what to do in case of health problems. For example, if you are aware that your body goes into certain phases, you can act faster when something is happening and get over the issue more quickly than before. 

To understand your body signs, you should know what they are telling you. In other words, you need to spot these changes as soon as possible so that you can take corrective measures immediately if necessary. 

Avoid Stresses

Stress can be due to various factors, both physical and mental, that include family, work, and school. In addition, stress reduces your immune system’s ability to fight off illnesses such as the flu or common cold. As well it can increase your blood pressure which results in heart disease, hypertension, and stroke. 

It also causes anxiety disorders and weight gain through increased cortisol levels, a hormone that increases appetite. Hence, you eat more than you should, resulting in obesity and insulin resistance leading to type II diabetes even if someone does not have genetic predispositions towards developing these diseases.

To avoid stress, you must learn how your body responds to stress, take responsibility for your actions, and learn how to prioritize.

The best thing to do is take steps that reduce the stresses in your life whenever possible. You can achieve this by avoiding stressors, planning out how to cope with any unavoidable stress or learning methods for dealing with even the most difficult stressors.

Always Consult Your Doctor

Always consult your doctor when you have a doubt, question, or issue. It is essential to follow the doctor’s instructions and take care of your health systematically if you want it to function at its best.

Consulting your doctor about your problem is the first step. They will give you a complete examination and suggest relevant tests if needed. Then, follow their advice to best take care of your health.

It helps determine if you need to take medication or not. If so, follow the prescription carefully and report any side effects of the drugs identified by your doctor immediately. In addition, avoid drug misuse or abuse to prevent any drug resistance that may arise. For example, you can you get addicted to Ambien after continuous and unprescribed usage that will cause you to be dependent or resistant to the drug. Also, never forget that lifestyle factors also play an essential role in health care management.

You should consult with your doctor when you feel like you need to take a break from work. If you feel stressed or anxious and want to get rid of them using medication, it may not always be the best solution for your health conditions.

Follow the Doctor’s Instructions

It is an essential part of taking care of your health. However, it is straightforward to become lost in the sea of information out there. In addition, it can be hard to know what you should do if you don’t have medical training or experience with different diseases and conditions.

That’s why you need to follow the doctor’s instructions precisely, which include: taking medicines at the correct times and dosages, doing all exercises prescribed by the doctor, following recommended dietary requirements, undergoing regular check-ups so that they can detect potential problems before they even show up. 

Work Out

Working out at least three times a week can help your body fight against many diseases. If you are not used to working out, make sure that the first workout is at low intensity and increases gradually as you progress with time. You should also set clear goals for yourself regarding the exercises not to lose motivation over time.

Have the Right Dietary Requirements

Moving further, you need to follow proper dietary requirements depending on your lifestyle if you want good health throughout your lifetime. You need to make specific changes in diet after consulting an expert or doctor because everyone’s metabolism rate varies differently based on age factors. 

Most of you have shifted from eating healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, and whole grains towards unhealthy food habits due to lack of time & resources available. However, it would help if you made time to care for yourself. 

Conclusion

In conclusion, you must follow the doctor’s instructions. It would help if you worked out and always consult your doctor when needed. It is also imperative to understand your body’s signs, avoid stress, and have proper dietary requirements.

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Working Smart: How To Give Your Brain What It Needs

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A lot of time and effort goes into ensuring that our bodies are as fit and healthy as they can be, and for good reason. We certainly don’t want to be getting ill all the time, and taking longer to recover from every health issue. But there is something of a tendency among humans to set our bodies and our brains on two different tracks, and all too often we don’t consider our brains’ health with the same importance as our bodies’.

To make it clear, when we speak of brain health, we mean the whole category of health matters relating to the brain. That’s mental health, in the sense of issues like depression and anxiety, but also cognitive health – which relates to dementia and similar illnesses, but also developmental disorders like ADHD. Like our physical health, if issues in this department get bad enough we’ll go to a doctor – but unlike our physical health, we often don’t know where to start with looking after our brains from a mental or cognitive perspective.

Diet is important for your brain as well as your body

You’ll know instantly which foods you will favor when you’re on a health kick, or what you’ll eat before and after a trip to the gym. The good news is, to some extent, the same foods can help with brain health: oily fish such as salmon is a good place to start. To ensure that your brain is getting the nutrients it needs, it’s also a good idea to snack on walnuts and, if you’re familiar with the unpleasant experience of “brain fog”, try citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruit, which contain antioxidants that help strengthen your neural pathways.

Exercise plays a key role

There are competing opinions on how effective brain gym programs are in actually boosting your brain, but what is not in doubt is that, like any muscle on the human body, the brain benefits from being used. Watching TV quiz shows, learning a language or an instrument, or doing puzzles will all give you practice in using parts of your brain. Even if you need to go over an answer repeatedly or occasionally rely on a jumble word solver for the trickier puzzles, you’re still using your brain and strengthening the parts that help you think, react and learn.

Rest is non-negotiable

Just as your brain will benefit from a diet and exercise regime, it is also important to bear in mind that sometimes you need to down tools and just relax for a time. It’s helpful for your brain to do some work, but it’s not beneficial at all to overwork it. Excess stress on your brain can lead to burnout, which affects you mentally, physically and emotionally – and will get worse the more you try to ignore it – so take some time to just chill out and enjoy a spell of serenity or a quick sleep. If meditation helps, go for it, but don’t imagine that it’s essential. What is important is that you rest your brain, just as you rest your body when you get tired.

Your brain and your body are very much alike; they need fuel and exercise to make them work at their best. Follow the above advice and you’ll find your brain serves you extremely well.

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Do You Want a Winning Smile?

If you’ve been worrying about the appearance of your smile because you have misaligned teeth, you may think there’s nothing you can do to escape the dreaded fixed metal braces. While fixed metal braces can be a solution for complex alignment issues, there is an alternative for mild to moderate alignment cases that don’t require fixed braces. Invisalign In Maidstone offers a convenient and comfortable way to realign your teeth in a reasonable amount of time.

What is it?

Maidstone Invisalign consists of clear plastic aligners. They are custom made to fit your mouth thanks to iTero technology which involves a dentist using a 3D scan of your mouth to get the measurements required for making the aligners to fit snugly on your gum line. From the scans, an animation can also be created to show you what your teeth will look like after treatment has been completed. You will be provided with sets of aligners to wear and change between on a weekly basis. The aligners apply a small amount of pressure to your teeth to move them into the desired position. After you have achieved the results you are looking for, you will then be given retainers to ensure the teeth stay put!

What are the benefits of clear plastic aligners?

The clue is in the name, but if you’re not in the mood for party games then it’s as simple as this: the clear plastic aligners, when worn, are virtually invisible. Most people will not notice that you are wearing anything in your mouth at all when you are in fact busy realigning your teeth. Another benefit is that they can be removed when you are eating and drinking, which saves on the messy clean up operation afterwards! They can also be removed for up to 2 hours a day and this can mean that you have time to play sports or go on a date without having to wear them – the choice is yours!

Other benefits of removable aligners is that you can brush and floss as normal. This is a really big bonus as you won’t have to worry about not being able to clean your teeth properly and this should also mean that you won’t have to visit the dentist as much! The reality is that with clear plastic aligners, you also won’t have as much opportunity to break them as they are virtually impossible to break, unlike the wires and brackets on fixed braces. This means that you shouldn’t need to visit the dentist for emergency appointments and should only need to go for a checkup and to be provided with new sets of aligners every six weeks or so.

What should you do to get them?

If you are interested in finding out more about aligners, the best thing to do is to book in for a consultation with your dentist. They will have an initial consultation with you and will perform an examination of your mouth and they may also take x-rays to determine what your alignment issues are. They will then be able to tell you if this is the right treatment plan for you, or they may be able to offer an alternative solution if this isn’t for you. Ultimately though, it’s time to make the call and get the smile you want to smile!

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The Importance of Receiving Dental Treatment Throughout Life.

Why are visits to the dental practice important?

Whilst it would be a dream for every human being to have the perfect set of teeth and the most beautiful smile going, this is rarely the case which is why regular dental visits are important. With our time being filled with exciting and mundane things such as work it is all too easy to take our teeth for granted and putting off the visit to the Dentist Brentwood becomes second nature. However, with daily life being so busy it is very easy for our oral hygiene processes at home to deteriorate which in time can cause more serious dental problems. Improving or maintaining a high level of oral hygiene at home is essential and therefore during your dental appointments, you can learn ways to improve the cleaning process which in turn protects your mouth more.

Working on your overall oral hygiene has never been easier. To begin the hygiene appointment the teeth, mouth and gums will all be assessed so that it is understood where what the starting point is. This thorough inspection, which generally only occurs within the dental practice, enables the dental team to find any potential issues which may be starting to occur or are already in place, then tackle the issue using preventative methods so as to avoid further damage. Educating patients on daily home oral care is so important which is why during a check-up or hygiene appointment the patient will be informed of the best methods and equipment to use. Attending regular appointments along with a highly effective oral hygiene process in your daily life ensures that the highest quality of care is being implemented which in turn puts the preventative measures in place.

Dental check-ups, a waste of your hard-earned money?

Without pain or discomfort, it is very easy to gain a false sense of security, this is one of the reasons it is of high importance to keep on top of the appointments. For some people, covering the costs of these appointments may cause concern, which is why we recommend discussing this with your dental team. Your oral health is important as it is strongly connected to your overall health. Your oral health does not need to suffer, discuss your payment options with your dental team today.

The good news is that by attending regular dental check-ups, the need for more extensive and expensive treatments and procedures are greatly reduced along with the overall benefits to your health, you cannot go wrong.

Teamwork and commitment.

From the age of 6 months your dental team will work with you and continue to support you throughout your life. Whether comfortable within the dental practice or suffering from nerves, your dental team will ensure that your experience is as positive as possible and continue to provide as much support as possible throughout each appointment. By working together your smile is kept as safe as possible, as is your overall oral health.

All patients are encouraged to seek further information on anything mentioned in this article from their local dental practice before undergoing any treatments or procedures.

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Are there Benefits to Orthodontics as an Adult? Read On to Find Out

In recent weeks, studies in newspapers have been highlighting that the reason so many humans have overbites is due to our ancestors switching to soft foods, such as bread and pasta. This shift in dental positioning also gave us the ability to pronounce the letter ‘f’. Interesting stuff and a very cool fact.

And while that is all very well and good, overbites, underbites and crossbites are now commonplace in dentistry and, in many instances, can cause havoc with hygiene, pronunciation and confidence. If you are an adult with a pronounced overbite, you may find yourself shying away from parties, meetings and other social interactions for fear of being judged.

Wearing an aligner or other orthodontic appliance may seem like a bit of a burden; however, wearing braces Stoke-on-Trent as an adult has many advantages. The top 5 of which will be discussed here, so enjoy!

Better hygiene

It was mentioned earlier, but a key feature of undertaking any type of orthodontic appliance is better dental hygiene. Teeth that are better aligned are easier to clean, for both you and your dentist. So, wearing aligners from Stoke-on-Trent can reduce the occurrence of cavities and plaque, improving your overall dental health.

Better health

Following on from the first point, if you have misaligned teeth, you are more likely to have hidden areas of plaque in your mouth which you cannot reach and an accumulation of plaque is not just a bad thing for your teeth. It has been linked to cardiovascular disease, cancers and even an increased risk of strokes. So, by undertaking an orthodontic appliance as an adult, you can drastically cut your chances of suffering from such diseases. What is not to like about that?

Improved speech

Okay, yes, having an overbite or a modern tooth arrangement helps with the pronunciation of the letter ‘f’, but if your teeth are crooked, spaced out or crowded, you may have issues pronouncing the sounds ‘th’ or even the letter ‘s’ and that is before other speech impediments, such as lisps, are explored. Straightening your teeth later on in life can help you improve your pronunciation and inflexion. You may sound slightly different than you did before you began the treatment but surely having a straighter smile is worth it.

Improved confidence

They say a person forms an opinion of you in the first 3 seconds that they meet you and one of the things they use to judge you is your teeth. If your teeth are misaligned, it can change how people see you and how you see yourself. Having a straighter smile is not only good for your confidence, but it also increases your chances of being heard in the workplace, getting a promotion and being taken seriously by others.

Options!

Wearing an orthodontic piece does not have to equate to metal headwear. Many aligners are now made from clear plastic and of course, lingual options are placed at the back of the teeth, so no one will see them. Perfect!

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Does Invisalign Take Longer than Regular Braces? 5 Myths About this Aligner Debunked

Whether you are having minor surgery or getting a tattoo, the first place you are likely to look for information about either procedure is on the internet.

While the internet is a great source of information on almost every subject, it is also a place where you can read information about procedures and treatments that are not necessarily true.

Nowhere is that more obvious than when you are researching braces and aligners. If you have ever looked into Invisalign online, you may have come across horror stories and incidents of the aligner not working, which will have put you off of the idea of seeking treatment with this aligner.

But are these myths based in fact? And if not, what are some of the most prevalent myths that you are likely to read about Invisalign?

You can straighten your teeth using online aligners for less

There are many providers of ‘do it at home’ aligners, which offer braces and aligners designed from a mould that you take at home of your teeth. And due to the pandemic, more dental professionals like the ones at Clear Braces Direct in London are offering patients initial assessments and check-ups for invisible aligners, but sending them to the patients home to avoid unnecessary interaction.

There is more danger from using DIY aligners and you may run the risk of worsening an underlying orthodontic issue. So always seek an in-person assessment from a dental professional before beginning braces.

Clear aligners are too expensive to afford

Strangely, they aren’t.

Almost every surgery that offers adult orthodontics is able to also offer a payment plan or financing, so you can pay for your aligners or braces monthly rather than in one lump sum. Great!

They don’t work

While they may not work on more complex cases of misalignment, Invisalign is very suited to correcting minor incidents of misalignment and issues such as over, under and crossbites too.

Of course, to ensure that this aligner can treat your orthodontic issue, talk to a dentist or orthodontist before deciding on a suitable course of action.

They take longer than traditional braces

Many people assume that because Invisalign isn’t fitted, it takes longer for the aligner to work than traditional braces.

But when it comes to this aligner, the average treatment time is estimated at 3-6 months, whereas for adults, treatment with regular braces can take up to 3 years.

They can damage the roots of your teeth

While many patients worry that wearing any aligner or brace can damage the roots of their teeth, there is no empirical evidence to support this.

Studies have found that in order for braces and aligners to work best, the patient needs to have teeth that have well developed and non-pathological roots but this is to ensure that the teeth are able to move correctly.

So, no, wearing Invisalign or any orthodontic brace should not damage the roots of your teeth if the treatment is being overseen by a trained Invisalign provider. Great!

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