Did you know that back in the 1930s actors and actresses would snap on a perfect plastic smile to hide their ordinary teeth? It’s true. It wasn’t until the 1980s that cosmetic dentistry became super popular among celebrities. Now cosmetic dentistry is for anyone. You may think with all the cosmetic treatments available that snap-on smiles are outdated and a thing of the past, but not so. The Snap-on-smile still has many uses for many people. But, what is a Snap-on-smile? Take our fun true or false quiz below to find out more.
While most people that suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders have only mild or periodic symptoms, there are some cases where it becomes severe. With mild TMJ disorders self-care tactics or conservative treatments may be all that is needed. Self care includes eating soft foods, applying heat and cold, and avoiding large movements or over-working your jaw by singing, chewing gum, or yawning too wide. Conservative treatments would be stretching, medications, or a night guard. But if you have a severe TMJ disorder, do you need surgery?
When you first need to make a decision regarding replacing missing teeth it can be overwhelming. If you are fully edentulous (missing all your teeth) you probably will consider dentures first. That may be a good decision because dentures are not permanent. They are removed at night. They are affordable. They serve the purpose of restoring your ability to eat. They restore your smile and self-esteem. However, if there is a time that you want something more permanent, or if you become tired of your dentures slipping, you can always upgrade to implants.