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15 Aug 2011

Do children with braces all need to wear elastics to straighten their teeth?

Submitted by admin on August 15, 2011

Do children with braces all need to wear elastics to straighten their teeth? My daughter complains about the boys with braces who snap their elastics on her. She needs braces herself and wants braces that don’t require her to wear elastics. She is 12 years old.

Elastics help in correcting the bite or closing the space and may be needed towards the later stages of treatment. Not everyone needs to wear elastics during treatment but your orthodontist will advise you. ...

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14 Aug 2011

Do the Damon Self-Ligating braces require the same type of bracket as the conventional braces?

Submitted by admin on August 14, 2011

Do the Damon Self-Ligating braces require the same type of bracket as the conventional braces? What is the advantage of the Damon braces over conventional braces? Are they suitable for children?

The Damon braces are very suitable for children. Damon self-ligating braces have innovative technology and no longer need elastics/ modules to hold the wire in place. This allows the teeth to move freely from the outset. What this means for you, is that the brace treatment may be slightly shorter than conventional braces. And yo...

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13 Aug 2011

Will braces limit participation in sports?

Submitted by admin on August 13, 2011

My daughter will be getting her braces soon. She is pretty excited but also a bit nervous. She is quite active in gymnastics; will there be any limitations in her sports due to the braces?

Gymnastics is a wonderful sport, and the braces should not limit her sporting activity. Initially the braces may rub while she is getting used to them but we will show her how to apply wax onto the brace. It’s good to hear that she is excited, but to reassure your daughter not to be nervous, if you both have a look on our You ...

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12 Aug 2011

Are the Clarity ceramic braces sturdy enough for children?

Submitted by admin on August 12, 2011

I love the look of the Clarity ceramic braces. I am getting braces at the same time as my daughter. Are the ceramic brackets sturdy enough for children? We want the same type of braces.

It’s great you are have both decided to have treatment together at the same time – you guys can compare notes! Ceramic brackets are definitely sturdy enough for children. We generally tend to recommend clear ceramic brackets on the upper teeth for children because on the lower teeth there is a risk of enamel wear from the bi...

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11 Aug 2011

What are Invisalign braces made of?

Submitted by admin on August 11, 2011

What are Invisalign braces made of? How do these braces actually move the teeth? Does treatment with Invisalign braces take longer than treatment with conventional braces?

One of the great advantages of Invisalign braces are that they are removable and fairly discreet. The ‘aligners’ are made of a clear plastic and nearly invisible. You wear a sequence of Invisalign aligners, and each individual Invisalign aligner will move the teeth a small incremental amount, so by the last set of aligners, ...

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26 Apr 2011

Is it true that hyaluronic acid used in this kind of work promotes more collagen production?

Submitted by admin on April 26, 2011

I am in my early fifties and about to become a grandmother, and I really need a little work done! I want it to look and be natural. Is it true that hyaluronic acid used in this kind of work promotes more collagen production?

The most commonly used fillers contain hyaluronic acid, which is a substance found naturally in the body in soft tissues and joints, and is gradually broken down by the human body. Although some manufacturers have promised long-term effects including collagen production, the evidence is limited, and a four to six month effect sh...

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25 Apr 2011

Who do you recommend have chemical peels?

Submitted by admin on April 25, 2011

Who do you recommend have chemical peels? I have a lot of fine wrinkles around my mouth and a few new age spots I would like to remove. I am 48 years old, male and a smoker.

Chemical peels are treatments that are used to rejuvenate the skin and give a freshened appearance. Aging and sun blemishes of the face result in changes in pigmentation such as age spots and wrinkles. Chemical peels enables the more youthful underlying skin to come to the surface, this skin has a younger appearance. The depth o...

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24 Apr 2011

Can Botox be used to smooth these wrinkles or is a browlift recommended?

Submitted by admin on April 24, 2011

When I raise my eyebrows, I get deep horizontal wrinkles on my forehead. Most of the time they are not quite as deep but are still very noticeable. Can Botox be used to smooth these wrinkles or is a browlift recommended?

Horizontal winkles on the forehead are very common sign of skin aging and are effectively treated with Botox. Occasionally the lines can be deeper and present without brow movement these are sometimes best treated with a combination of fillers and Botox. Browlift surgery is generally reserved for drooping of the eyebrows, this o...

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23 Apr 2011

Are there greater risks having botox injected in the lower half of the face?

Submitted by admin on April 23, 2011

I have horrible frown lines all around my mouth, will botox injections ameliorate my problem? Are there greater risks having botox injected in the lower half of the face?

Bottox is often used to treat dynamic lines, defined as those lines which change with movement. Lines around the mouth can be both dynamic and can be deeper furrows or stationary lines. Depending on the type of lines, these age changes are often best treated with a combination of bot tox and fillers. Botox treats the dynamic cli...

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22 Apr 2011

Are there any studies that can show both beneficial and harmful effects of long term Botox use?

Submitted by admin on April 22, 2011

I've been using Botox every few months for the past three years. Are there any studies that can show both beneficial and harmful effects of long term Botox use?

We have used botox in the treatment of medical conditions such as spasms of the face for over 20years. The patients who have attended clinics have been having regular injections for over two decades and no long-term harmful effects have been found. There are a small proportion of people that can develop resistance to botox, this...

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