And the Answer is . . .

 

orthodontics houston tx | Royal DentalWe can already hear the tinkling of the Jeopardy music as we test your dental IQ!

Is it True?

  1. Braces are better than Invisalign.

False. And True. The thing is, you don’t know until you consult with your experienced dentist. At Royal Dental, we offer both options. Sometimes, when misalignment is severe, and the bite is also involved in the problem, conventional braces are, in fact, the best option. However, Invisalign has come a long way and is often used to correct bite issues, too. When Invisalign can be used, it might just be better because oral hygiene is not disrupted during treatment.

  1. Tooth-colored fillings are a type of cosmetic treatment.

False. Fillings are intended for tooth-restoration, even when we are using tooth-colored material like composite resin. This method of care is superb, mitigating the damage of a cavity while hiding all evidence that any damage ever existed. Not only are tooth-colored fillings completely discreet, but they are also strong and durable for many years.

  1. Sedation means you can sleep through your dental treatment.

False. Several years ago, it was common to refer to sedation dentistry as sleep dentistry. To be honest, the very idea of this made some patients uncomfortable! Sedation dentistry does not put you to sleep. You can breathe on your own, and swallow on your own. You can even speak with our staff as needed during treatment. What sedation does is ease the central nervous system, so anxiety does not develop. So, sit back and relax! You’re in good hands!

  1. Consumption of sports drinks should be limited.

True. This is particularly the case for children whose permanent teeth are still developing. Sports drinks are commonly offered to children as an alternative to sugary soda and juice. What can happen, though, is that, instead of cavities (or as a precursor), children experience widespread erosion. Erosion is the general wearing-away of enamel, just like the ocean wears away the coastal rocks. When this occurs, teeth are more vulnerable not only to decay but to general sensitivity and also to discoloration as dentin shows through the top layer of enamel.

Royal Dental has several offices to serve patients from Houston, Humble, Sugar Land, and other areas. Contact an office near you for friendly family dental care.

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