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How to Pass the NDEB Canada AFK Exams

We wanted to create a series dedicated to how to pass the NDEB exam when moving your dental practice to Canada. 

This is designed to help ITDs as they make the transition through Canadian immigration and begin to work, practice, or build a dental career in one of the most beautiful and welcoming countries in the world.

 This is part one of our series, where we will get into the details of the AFK Exam in the NDEB process. We will provide some excellent insights and preparation guides as well as insights from one of the top scorers, Dr. Zeina Naous. She is an ITD from Lebanon who is working her way through the NDEB Dental Equivalency process.

We hope this series will result in many more ITDs experiencing the rapid growth potential and lucrative careers available in Canada.

 What is the NDEB Dental Exam in Canada?

 For foreign-trained dentists, the NDEB Dental Exam in Canada is a requirement for certification. The NDEB Dental Exam is offered  consists of two parts: the written exam and the clinical exam.

The written exam is a multiple-choice format that tests your understanding of dental and medical knowledge. The clinical section will test your skills with simulated patients.

While studying for both exams, it's important to keep in mind that there's no right or wrong way to prepare. For example, some students prefer using flashcards while others enjoy reading textbooks or taking online courses. 

NDEB stands for the National Dental Examining Board, which is the body that oversees the competence level of those ITDs wishing to become or practice as Canadian dentists.

 The NDEB equivalency process is designed to establish the credentials of those who have not gone through an accredited dental program.

 The first thing you will need to do in this process is getting your account and profile approved after registering at the NDEB website. 

That can take anywhere from 4-6 months.

We suggest registering, then immediately beginning to prepare for your AFK exam so you can take it as soon as you are cleared.

 What is the AFK Exam in Canada?

 The Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK) is a written exam that students can take when they are studying for the NDEB certification. 

The purpose of this exam is to test your basic knowledge of the subjects required by the NDEB equivalency process, which includes anatomy, physiology, dental subjects, etc.  

You should know that passing the AFK does not guarantee that you will be able to pass all other exams required.

It's just one step along your journey toward becoming a Canadian dentist. 

The test comprises 200 multiple-choice questions designed to evaluate your knowledge and clinical application capabilities. 

The AFK is held twice per academic year [currently February and August], but that could change in the future as more and more students are using the online version over in-person proctored exams.

There is a 100-question multiple-choice self-assessment you can try out on the AFK website.

The AFK has a dual purpose. Not only is it required for the NDEB equivalency process, but it is also a fundamental step in attending dental school in Canada.

 Where Do You Take the AFK Exam?

 You can sit for the AFK by joining a number of different NDEB prep schools throughout Canada or by directly interacting with the NDEB. This will require 300 questions in two parts, each taking roughly 2 hours to complete. 

The AFK is offered in two available formats. The first is electronic delivery via a Prometric test center.

The other is through a booklet offered at preselected exam sites that are listed when you register.

In order to pass the AFK exam in Canada, you will need a test-equated re-scaled score of 75 or greater. Anything less is considered a fail.

You can register for the AFK in the same portal you used for setting up an account with the NDEB system.

 AFK Exam Insights from Dr. Zeina Naous

 Okay, let’s get to the detailed information from an ITD that not only successfully passed the AFK  and ACJ exam, but received one of the highest scores in ACJ history.

Dr. Naous is originally from Lebanon and currently lives in Canada while completing her NDEB equivalency process. She is 26 years old, a content creator, and a social media influencer. 

Her degree was completed in 2018, and she moved directly after graduation without any dental experience in Lebanon.

How Long to Practice for the AFK Exam?

According to Dr. Naous, the AFK is all about discipline. You should start preparing for your exam about 3-4 months before sitting for the test. 

You want to soak in as much of the practice information as much as possible. She strongly recommends prep programs and courses as part of your studying regimen. 

The reason for this long preparation is that you will be competing against others in your “cycle.”

The more people that join prep courses, the more experience and exposure they will get with mock exams and practice materials compared to you.

 The AFK covers a great deal of information that requires reference materials. While you can do it all on your own, it is easier when you have a curriculum or outline provided by people that have passed the exam and have been researching the material for a long time.

The exams are not very hard, but they are very detailed, so it may take some time in order to understand everything thoroughly enough so that you know exactly what information is necessary when answering questions correctly on the exam day!

 Should I Join a Preparation Program or course for the AFK Exam?

 Yes, if you can afford to join a prep course or school, you should do it. There are many options out there, but few provide the level of support that is needed to pass the AFK exam. 

The first thing to look at when choosing a program is whether or not they offer personalized coaching and guidance from experienced instructors. 

They should offer you resources to prepare like personal study sessions, group workshops, and one-on-one tutoring sessions all designed around your needs as an individual student.

 You also get access to regular updates on how other students are performing on their exams so that you can see how well-prepared everyone else is.

This is a confidence booster because everyone knows what's going on with each other instead of just wondering about things behind closed doors.

 Part of the reason I agreed to be interviewed for this article was that I believe in the personal stories of success as a catalyst for your own completion of the AFK exam. 

Seeing testimonials from former students who were able to pass their exams after using our methods provides you with tips and tricks needed to overcome hurdles.

 

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 Attending Lectures for AFK Topics

 When you study for the AFK exam, attendance at lectures is just as important as preparing for the exam.

The best way to prepare for an exam is by learning all you can about the subject matter. You can do this by attending lectures and reading textbooks and articles about it. 

AFK has its own set of topics that must be covered in order to pass its exams. The subjects covered include local lectures covering Anatomy and Physiology, Dental Practices, and anything else related to the profession of dentistry will only help bolster your experience and workable knowledge.

Other AFK Topics;

⋅ Pharmacology

⋅ Pathology

⋅ Pedodontics

⋅ Surgery

⋅ Prosthodontics

⋅ Restorative

⋅ Endodontics

⋅ Radiology

⋅ Medical Management

⋅ Orthodontics

⋅ Anesthesiology

⋅ Basic Science

⋅ Epidemiology

⋅ Periodontics

 Practicing for the AFK Exam

 Unlike most tests, you don’t want to cram for the NDEB exams. Instead, you should create a study plan that has enough time to allow for memorizing information and understanding the content.

This way, you can avoid mistakes in the exam and feel confident about answering questions correctly. 

Assemble a study group of fellow students who are also preparing for the exam.

Having others help you revise material will make it easier for everyone because they will be able to share their notes with one another and compare notes after each practice session.

 


 A Monthly Guide to Training for the AFK Exam

Let me share with you how I prepared myself for the AFK and maybe that can help you decide on a structure for studying and adapting your lifestyle.

 Month #1

  ♦ Plan out a specific study time and place that I will use every day

  ♦ Find and attend lectures either online or in-person to help grow my knowledge

  ♦ Do as much reading as possible, and then go over that material 1, 2, or even 3 times

  ♦ Develop a solid understanding of problem-solving in general

  ♦ Dive early into Pharmacology  because that is a heavy topic and requires a lot of memorization

 Month #2

  ♦ Focus more on precise learning going subject by subject

  ♦ Start to divide your time between studying and taking practice exams for each topic

  ♦ This is a good time to build a network of fellow students by preparing and having study groups where you test each other

 Month #3

  ♦ Troubleshooting - time to see where your mistakes are happening the most and focus on those areas

  ♦ You do not want to just correct a bad answer but understand what led you to that incorrect answer so you can retrain your        thought process to avoid the mistake in the future

  ♦ Start to ease back on stress so you can relax more by introducing breaks so your brain will focus more when it is time to study and begin to internalize information

 Month #4

  ♦ It is all about practice testing and honing in on those topics that you are still having trouble understanding

  ♦ The rest is just a refresher to ensure it is still present in your mind

  ♦ If you are attending a course, it is a good idea to participate in mock exams with them too. This will let you see what your scoring level is in general and in comparison to other students in that cycle.

 

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General Tips for the AFK Exam 

Start practicing as soon as you can. The sooner you start, the better your chances of success. Practice at least 5 days a week. 

You need to be able to dedicate some time each day to studying and preparing for the tests, especially if you want to get them done in a shorter period of time.

Study at least 3 topics a week.

This will help ensure that you stay consistent with your studies, which is one of the most important factors when it comes to passing any kind of exam.

 Stay consistent with reviewing all topics covered during each section/topic within an exam so that when it comes time for the actual testing, there won't be any surprises.

 It really helps to have a plan in place from the beginning.

The NDEB equivalency process is a marathon, not a sprint. 

There are many resources online and off that provide you with a solid outline to study from, so spend those first few days of studying just developing your overall plan.

 The goal is to pass your exam on the first try.

The current fee for the AFK is $800 if you register and take it through the NDEB. 

Failing not only means you miss out on that money, but now you have set back the rest of your NDEB equivalency process by probably 6 months. Not to mention that if you took a prep course, that probably set you back an additional $3,000-$4,000 as well.

 The more you delay, the longer it will take to either get into a dental school in Canada or move on to the next step of the NDEB equivalency process.

 What Comes After the AFK Exam?

 After you have successfully completed the AFK exam, you will move on to the ACJ - Assessment of Clinical Judgment. 

This exam has a $1,350 fee, but the preparation courses tend to be slightly more affordable at around $2,000-$2,500, depending on where you go.

This will be what is considered one of the hardest parts of the NDEB equivalency process because it tests your ability to bring the correct tools to the problem.

 You are expressing your ability to function through problem-based learning and how well you design and implement strategies to overcome clinical issues.

This is more than theoretical knowledge. It is how you express your clinical experience.

 Wrapping it Up

 

 This was only the first part in our series on the NDEB Examination Process in Canada for ITDs wanting a career in dentistry

 We want to thank Dr. Zeina Naous for her valuable insights into the exam, including her personal experience in receiving one o dentistry.

 We hope this article answers many of the questions you may have about the AFK exam and how best to prepare yourself for your upcoming testing date.

 Please be sure to come back to our site as we tackle other topics in this series and walk you through the process of transitioning from ITD to a certified dentist in the beautiful country of Canada.

 If you have any questions about this article or the ITD process, be sure to send us a note through our contact page. Thank you for reading and stay tuned for more helpful ITD articles!

 

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Karen Nunez was born in Valenzuela, Philippines. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Centro Escolar University in Manila.

Karen currently is a practicing oral health care professional based in Alberta, Canada; and runs a Blog where she writes a slew of articles to empower internationally trained dentists to integrate into Canadian dentistry.

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How to Immigrate to Canada as a Dentist

Canada is currently ranked the number one country in the world according to the U.S. News & World Report.

That is the first time this northern territory has ranked so high, and it has to do with the balance of work, life, family, and enjoyment.

Canadian living is relaxed, where the majority of the country is laid back and friendly.

More importantly to all our international dental readers, Canada is currently experiencing a high demand for new dentists.

Population growth, an aging citizenry, labor shortages  and technological advancement in diagnosis and treatment are drastically increasing the need for new dentists to enter the marketplace.

So much so that the current outlook is expected to grow at a higher than normal rate for the foreseeable future.

This is an excellent opportunity for internationals wishing to learn how to immigrate to Canada as a dentist.

Advantages of Moving to Canada as a Dentist

Besides the wonderful job offers available, when you immigrate to Canada, you get access to some of the best wages available. The expected salary for an average full time dentist is between $120,000 and $240,000 CAD annually.

Imagine moving from a country that pays 20-40% less than what you could be earning in Canada.

Not only that, but you will get excellent free healthcare through the national system (universal health coverage). In many cases, private healthcare is also included as a sign-on benefit which has dental coverage for specific private providers.

Yes, the income potential is high, but you also get to live in one of the most naturally beautiful destinations in the world and most livable cities.

Canada is a rich, resource-heavy country that is dotted with cosmopolitan cities with varying cultures and historical centers.

You also get: 

♦   A chance at Canadian Permanent Residency

♦   One of the most beneficial passports in the world upon full citizenship

♦   Access to internationally renowned universities

♦   Access social benefits

♦   Apply for Citizenship and Dual Nationality after four years

♦   Enjoy protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Canada Express Entry System Openings

Express Entry system is the quickest way to immigrate to Canada as a dentist. This cuts down the entire Canadian Immigration process from years to only a few months. The point is to drive more skilled professional worker immigration to a nation with a growing population.

Being a dentist is a highly qualified occupation for Express Entry through the Federal Skilled Worker program (FSWP).

This is a competitive immigration system that ranks all eligible candidates against each other based on age, education, language ability, work experience, and other factors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Canadian government was kind enough to create the National Occupation Classification Codes that designate particular occupations currently high in demand. This includes dentist noc code under the NOC Code 3113, which covers:

♦   dental surgeon

♦   qualified dentist

♦   doctor of dental surgery

♦   endodontist

♦   general practicing dentist

♦   implantology dentistry

♦   the dental and oral surgeon

♦   the maxillofacial and oral surgeon

♦   medicine oral specialist

♦   oral pathologist

♦   maxillofacial surgery and oral pathology specialist

♦   oral radiologist

♦   orthodontist

♦   pediatric dentist

♦   Pedodontist

♦   periodontist

♦   prosthodontist

♦   public health dentist

♦   stomatologist

It is important to note that some occupations in the dental field are excluded. These include:

♦   Dental assistants

♦   Dental Hygienists and dental therapists

♦   Dental technologists, dental technicians, and laboratory assistants

♦   Denturists

Overall, you will want to take advantage of this federal skilled worker program because it grants you express entry into one of the best places to live and work as a licensed dentist.

Take Advantage of the Provincial Nomination Program

Another way to immigrate to Canada as a dentist is to engage in the PNP (Provincial Nomination Program).

These are unique criteria set by each of the 11 provinces in Canada that allow for a certain number of skilled workers to be nominated by the specific area for inclusion.

Provincial nomination can lead to permanent residency if you find private employers that are willing to sponsor you.

If you work with a school or program that helps you get into Canada as a dentist, you will probably learn a great deal about the Provincial Nomination (PNP) because these organizations have direct ties to the government.

They know how many dental jobs openings are available in each province and can help you to get set up.

The 11 provinces in Canada are:

♦   Alberta

♦   British Columbia

♦   Manitoba

♦   New Brunswick

♦   Newfoundland and Labrador

♦   Northwest Territories

♦   Nova Scotia

♦   Ontario

♦   Prince Edward Island

♦   Saskatchewan

♦   Yukon

The Canadian Immigration Application Process

We will now go over the complete process of immigrating to Canada as a dentist. Keep in mind that things may change periodically as the government issues new rules and regulations to the Canadian immigration policy depending on the number of people taking advantage of the different available programs.

Also, Check Out

 ♦   How to Become a Dentist in Canada (A Step by Step Guide)
 ♦   How to Prepare for TOEFL Test in Canada

Step 1 - Determine Your Eligibility

Before you can figure out how to immigrate to Canada as a dentist, you need to make sure you meet the minimum qualifications required. There are over 80 different visa pathways to Canada, so odds are you probably meet at least one of them.

Every entry program will have its own minimum qualifications. For dentists using the Express Entry program, you must:

♦   Have at least one year of continuous full-time work experience in a skilled occupation (over the previous 10 years).

♦   Be able to meet the demands of the Canadian Language Benchmark language proficiency in either English or French.

♦   Hold a post-secondary degree that meets the Canadian standards of an Education Credential Assessment.

Essentially are you a qualified dentist in your home country that has worked full-time for at least a year and can speak English or French conversationally? If you can do that, you qualify.

Step 2 - Get Your Qualifications Accredited

To get your accreditation, you need to show evidence that your dental degree translates over to Canada. The easiest way to do this is through the ECA (Educational Credential Assessment) program.

They will verify that your information is correct from a recognized dental program, in a recognized institution.

The most common way this is done is during your Visa application. You can fill out a section that includes your educational studies and grants you points based on the level of study you have completed.

You will have to supply a decent amount of documentation for this step, so hiring an experienced immigration professional may be a wise decision.

Step 3 - Apply to the Dental Regulatory Authority (DRA)

You can do this by visiting the homepage of the province you wish to live within. They will direct you to the DRA for that provincial government (territorial regulatory body). If you elect to use a different migration process, then this is where you start those programs. That includes:

♦   Express Entry

♦   PNP (Provincial Nominee Program)

♦   Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot - this requires a valid job offer from an RNIP participant

♦   Atlantic Immigration Pilot - sending skilled workers to the 4 Atlantic provinces with a formal job offer of at least 1 year

Step 4 - Either Take an NDEB Equivalency Process or Complete an Accredited Qualifying/Degree Completion Program

The most common step here for internationally trained dentists is to complete the National Dental Examining Board (NDEB) series of admittance exams.

You can find many different organizations that will help you prepare to sit these tests if it has been a while since you last reviewed the information.

We strongly encourage you to work with dental review centers that teach you everything you need to know for these exams.

They provide you access to the critical information needed to practice in Canada as a dentist, as well as connect you with many of the networks and job opportunities in their local area.

If you do not wish to take the exam but would rather finish a degree completion program (university degree), you can work with these same institutions or apply to any of the high-quality schools and universities available in Canada.

You may be eligible for a student visa while completing your education which is another foot in the doorway to immigrate to Canada as a dentist.

Step 5 - Complete all Paperwork and Applications

This is what we will refer to as the “fuzzy part.” To put it bluntly, this paperwork requires a spate degree on its own. There is a lot of bureaucracy in the Canadian government that requires exact documentation and details in order to verify all parts of your application process.

We highly suggest working with an immigration attorney or one of the dental organizations listed in our other blog posts to complete this step.

Step 6 - Practice!

With everything else completed, a certification in your pocket, and a dental work offer on the horizon. You are now ready to practice dentistry in Canada. The last thing you will need to do is make your way to Canada and activate your visa.

Getting Connected with an Immigration Consultant

When you are deciding how to immigrate to Canada as a dentist, you should engage the services of an immigration consultant. These are known as RCICs (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants) and have been given the designation as experts in their fields.

Hiring an RCIC practically guarantees that you will successfully navigate the ever-changing immigration policies, laws, and visa opportunities currently being offered to your profession.

FAQs

Can you immigrate to Canada as a dentist? 

Yes! Not only are you capable of immigrating as a human being, but a dental background has high demand and opens more opportunities than others.

What about if I am from India? 

There is a vibrant Canadian-Indian community throughout the country. You will find a lot of support when moving to Canada as an Indian dentist.

Can I bring my family with me as I immigrate to Canada? 

Yes, as a visa holder, you are able to pass on your immigration to your spouse and children automatically. If your partner has advanced skills or education, you actually benefit by moving as a family.

Will I be selected to immigrate to Canada as a dentist? 

The Express Entry candidate pool is highly competitive. It involves CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) points to determine your rank inside the pool. Getting a job offer, having a solid educational background, proving working experience, and more increases your chance of being selected in the PNP program or express entry.

Do I have to have a job offer in order to immigrate to Canada as a dentist? 

There are three main ways to immigrate to Canada as a dentist:

♦   Using Express Entry

♦   With a valid job offer or arranged employment from a Canadian based employer

♦   Under the PNP or RPNP programs

How much money do I need to have? 

This will vary wildly on your own personal circumstance. We can tell you that the cost for the Express Entry program will be roughly $2,300 CAD for an individual and $4,500 CAD for a couple.

This does not include settlement funds which start at $13,000 CAD for an individual.

That is the amount of money the government wants to see you have available after moving.

Why is it so easy to immigrate to Canada and not the US? 

Canadian cities depend on the immigration population. Unlike the US, Canada embraces its immigrants to bolster the labor market. This is also why Canada has one of the most reliable currencies in the world.

Are there age requirements? 

This is another “fuzzy area” of immigration. The best ages are going to be between 25-35 because those are viewed as having a lot of work years ahead of them where people are contributing to the overall economy.

However, there are no age limits on immigration as Canada recognizes the value in older immigrants because of their experience and skills.

Wrapping it Up

Learning how to immigrate to Canada as a dentist is a long and complex process. There are a lot of steps you need to follow and comprehensive paperwork that must be verified and filled out with a high level of accuracy.

We strongly encourage you to follow up with an RCIC for the complete details, but we hope this guide has offered the basic overview so you can get the ball rolling.

As always, be sure to check out the rest of our site for more information.

We are the leading source of info for ITDs looking to build a new life in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

 

Karen Nunez is a practicing dental health care professional in Alberta, Canada. She's passionate about educating her readers on achieving optimum dental health through extensive research on the latest dental topics and providing science-backed product recommendations. Her mission to help Internationally -trained dentists integrate in Canada makes her a difference maker in her field.

In her free time, you can find her glued to her favorite Paulo Coelho books and concocting the best chocolate cupcakes her loved ones go crazy about.

 

About The Author:

Karen Nunez was born in Valenzuela, Philippines. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Centro Escolar University in Manila.

Karen currently is a practicing oral health care professional based in Alberta, Canada; and runs a Blog where she writes a slew of articles to empower internationally trained dentists to integrate into Canadian dentistry.

Read more of her blogs here.

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4 Best Invisible Braces (Clear Aligners) of 2023

Admit it, you’ve probably stood in front of the mirror dreaming of the perfect smile. A true eye magnet. We all have. 

But the sheer cost and time of traditional orthodontic treatment make it nothing more than a pipe dream.

But what if it didn’t have to be? 

Enter at-home clear aligners. 

Yes, even some parts of dentistry have moved online. Who would’ve thought? Now, you can get straighter without stepping a single foot out of the house. And no, your dentist doesn’t set up shop in your living room, but they can send you some life-changing products to bring out a new you. 

In this comprehensive guide, we'll talk about the ins and outs of at-home teeth alignment treatment and shed light on why it’s important, how the process works, and the best at-home aligner brands to look out for.  

What Are Invisible Braces or Clear Aligners?

Also known as invisible aligners, clear aligners are an orthodontic treatment for misaligned or crooked teeth. They apply constant pressure on your teeth to gradually move them into shape like braces. But unlike braces, they’re virtually invisible and removable. An aligner tray is customized for every patient, depending on the degree of tooth misalignment (malocclusion).

Types Of Invisible Braces

The following are the three types of invisible braces:

Clear Aligners

These are the most popular and widely-used types of invisible braces. They consist of clear plastic trays, each slightly smaller than the previous one, to gradually move your teeth into place.

Trays apply low-force pressure to the teeth and advance them over time. It takes an average of 18 months for this process to complete.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are basically the same as clear aligners regarding how they work and what they achieve. Unlike their plastic counterparts, however, ceramic braces are made from a thin layer of ceramic that makes them more aesthetically pleasing than clear aligners.

Although metal braces are more visible, clear ceramic brackets make them far less. These may take as little as six months to show results.

Lingual Braces

Like traditional braces, lingual braces employ a bracket-and-wire design to align teeth and repair bite problems. These types of braces attach to your tongue side (underside) rather than the fronts like other kinds.

Lingual braces are almost invisible and make for a much more aesthetically-pleasing look, but there’s one major drawback: they can be pretty uncomfortable.

What Material Are Invisible Braces Composed Of?

Clear and ceramic braces are made of transparent thermoplastic acrylics, making them more aesthetically pleasing than metal braces. They can be removed while drinking & eating though you may experience discomfort when wearing the trays for long periods.

When Do I Need Clear Aligners?

Perhaps you’re tired of metal braces and don’t like the way they look. If that’s the case, you should definitely consider investing in invisible or clear aligners instead.

Or perhaps your teeth are still growing, and traditional braces could threaten your growth plates.

However, dental aligners are capable of treating a variety of different cases. If you have one of the following conditions, then you could be a good candidate for aligners:

»   Crowded Teeth - Also known as malocclusion, crowded teeth are when the upper and lower jaws don’t line up properly. This can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and gum recession. It Happens in small mouths, where teeth overlap one another, stick out, and/or get pushed inside.

»   Crooked Teeth - Teeth that don’t stand front-faced and straight are considered crooked. It may happen when you’re still growing, but it can also indicate more significant problems in the jaw or skull.

»   Diastema - Small or large gaps between the teeth are known as diastema. Minor spaces can develop in any mouth area, but they are frequently seen between the two upper front teeth.

»   Overbites - The upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth to form an overbite. Overbites are generally caused when the upper jaw is too big for the lower one, but it can also signify an unbalanced bite.

»   Underbites  -Lower front teeth overlap with the upper front teeth to form an underbite. This is normally caused when the lower jaw is too small for the upper one, but it also happens due to an unbalanced bite.

»   Open Bites - It’s called an open bite when the outward-slanting front upper and lower teeth don’t touch one another. This is usually caused by excessive over or underbite.

»   Misaligned Primary (Baby) Teeth - Clear aligners may be used during phase I orthodontic treatment to make room for the developing permanent teeth and existing baby teeth. Suitable for children between ages 6 to 10.

In-Office Aligners vs. At-Home Aligners

Clear aligners come in two types:

The most popular option among aligners is in-office alignment. These aligners must be received from a licensed doctor and more intensive treatment. 

At-home aligners, also known as direct-to-consumer aligners, are less expensive than in-office aligners. Since the application and treatment are completed remotely (your aligner is delivered), you won’t have to visit a dentist or orthodontist for checkups. It’s the future of clear aligners. 

At-home and in-office aligners are both made from clear, medical-grade, BPA-free plastic (BPA-free products are those that do not contain the organic chemical Bisphenol A in their construction.). Some aligners may or may not touch your gums. With a ‘scalloped’ design, the trays sit comfortably along your gum line, making the trays less irritating and even more invisible. 

The gum line is not trimmed in other aligners (most options at home). As a result, they partially cover your gums and might cause more irritation at first. But most people aren’t bothered by it as the discomfort is minor. For this article, we’ll be talking about at-home aligners.

How To Get Dental Aligners? - The 4-Step Process

 

If you’re looking to straighten teeth, you’re probably also curious to know how the entire dental alignment transaction works. In this short section, we outline the process for getting your at-home invisible aligners:

1. Get a Customized Treatment Plan

The first step is to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist or order online for an impression kit. In person, a dentist will examine your teeth and scan your mouth, or for the at-home teeth aligning treatment, you can send back the impression kit with the mold of your teeth (after biting into the “goopy putty”). 

An individualized treatment plan will then be developed—we won’t bore you with this part; just let the experts handle it.

2. Your Aligners Are Made and Delivered

Using 3D technology, your custom treatment plan will be digitally created once your teeth impressions from the goopy putty have been inputted. Following approval of the digital models, the aligners are made in a production facility.

As soon as you accept treatment, the process begins. It can take up to 3 weeks for some aligner brands to ship you the product. The preliminary impression kits usually take less time to reach your door. 

3. Wear and Replace Your Aligners Accordingly 

You’ll replace your aligner trays every one to three weeks (they’ll be sent to you periodically). For teeth straightening to be effective, you need to wear them for about 20 to 22 hours a day.

Single aligners can only move teeth slightly (1 mm or less), so multiple aligners are needed.

The teeth will slowly move into the correct position with each set of aligners. You’re looking at anywhere between 3 and 24 months to complete the treatment. 

4. Flex That Smile at Day, Keep It Conditioned at Night

Once treatment is complete, a custom retainer is created from a mold of your newly straightened teeth. These nighttime aligners are meant to be worn every night while sleeping to ensure your teeth don’t slowly move back to their original position. 

 

6 Reasons Why Should I Get Clear Aligners

 

1. Get a Straighter Smile Without Visible Braces Comfortably

At-home aligners are practically invisible. With a custom treatment plan, your teeth will move almost imperceptibly to you and others—save for the increase in your smile’s brilliance.

These appliances are almost undetectable when worn on the teeth since the aligners don’t require brackets and metal wires. 

If you have many interactions with others and your smile plays a big role, clear aligners can help maintain your confidence and approachability

Aesthetic dental anomalies have shown to be a strong motive for bullying children, especially affecting their upbringing and social development. That includes braces themselves. So people who suffer from social anxiety and insecurities can take the subtler route with invisible aligners and fix their teeth.

2.  An Affordable and Convenient Option

Straightening teeth was previously both expensive and time-consuming. Fortunately, today’s invisible aligners provide a less expensive alternative.

You don’t have to go anywhere for any procedures. Instead of spending time at the orthodontist’s office, you can get the procedure done in your home—no hassle or time wasted.

3. They Are More Convenient to Use

Unlike traditional braces that restrict your menu options to foods like hard, chewy, and brittle, clear aligners can be taken out while you eat.

4.  Less Risk of Chronic Conditions and Injuries

Your oral and overall health can be negatively affected by misaligned teeth. Overcrowding can result in excessive wear and tear on your enamel since they’re grinding on each other so much. Teeth that protrude can also cause discomfort in your mouth and even lead to speech problems and headaches

Not to mention, misaligned teeth and jaws have been shown to affect mental health, especially in children and teenagers who get bullied for crooked teeth and thus have low levels of confidence and self-esteem. 

On a more positive note, clear aligners treatment has been shown to improve periodontal health significantly. 

5.  Easier to Maintain Proper Dental Hygiene

Clear aligners have been shown to facilitate oral hygiene and reduce the number of appointments and emergency visits

Besides taking out the aligners when you want to eat, removable clear aligners allow you to clean your gums, teeth, and other dental parts thoroughly. 

And, the removable aligners themselves can be cleaned separately, so you won’t have to try and maneuver your toothbrush around delicate wires and brackets.

6.  Reduced treatment times-  Results in as little as 12 Months!

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Compared to metal braces, clear aligners may reduce treatment time by half. Clear aligners usually treat your alignment problem in as little as twelve months, while traditional metal braces can take over two years to work.

But only your dentist can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and treatment time estimate based on your alignment issues.

 

 

 

 

 

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Best Clear Aligner Brands: Your Best Options

You’ve learned all you need to know about clear aligners. Now, you might be looking for directions. Where do you go to buy the best invisible braces? In this section, we’ve reviewed the best possible options based on public approval and service. 

1. NewSmile

NewSmile is a pretty recent company founded in early 2020—but they skyrocketed to stardom for their fantastic service. With NewSmile, you can have clear aligner treatment designed remotely and administered from the comfort of your own home.

Pricing$1899/ yr or $83/ mo (As of Jun. 12, 2022)
Night aligners Pricing$2099/yr or $91/mo (As of Jun. 12, 2022)
Treatment Length4 mos-10 mos
TeleDentistryYes
0% Down PaymentAvailable with a monthly plan.
Impression Kit$89
ShippingFront Door Delivery
Impression Kit Free Shipping

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Pros

»   NewSmile costs $1,499. Even though this isn't the absolute cheapest option available for teeth alignment in Canada, it still represents thousands of dollars less than braces or Invisalign, as well as nearly $800 less than SmileDirectClub. 

»   You can keep track of your progress with the NewSmile Aligner Monitoring App. 

»   The NewSmile customer satisfaction rating is excellent. Even though they don't have as many customer reviews as some of their competitors, we were able to find more than 100 reviews of their services, most of them positive.

»   If at the end of your treatment, your smile does not match the one in your treatment preview, NewSmile will "work with you to identify the cause, and will help you achieve the results you desired."

Cons

»   You might not be getting the most specialized treatment since they use a team that includes both orthodontists and general dentists.

»   Nighttime-only aligners from NewSmile cost $200 more, even though they’re exactly the same as the all-day aligners.

2. SmilePath

SmilePath is another at-home invisible aligners provider. They’re unique because they make clear aligners financially accessible to anyone, even if their credit score needs some work. 

Simply make an order online and send your molded teeth to them. They’ll evaluate your eligibility and send you image previews for what your teeth might look like at the end of the treatment. Like what you see? They’ll start making your aligners as soon as you approve and ship them to you within a few weeks. 

Pricing$1499 - one time
$84/mo (18 mos)
$234/mo (6 mos)
(As of Jun. 12, 2022)
Night aligners Pricing$1599 - one time
$89/month (18 mos)
$284/month (12 months)
(As of Jun. 12, 2022
Treatment Length6 mos. - 8 mos.
TeleDentistryYes
0% Down PaymentAvailable for an 18-month plan.
$295 for 12-month plan
$299 for Night Aligner 12-month plan

Impression Kit$55
ShippingFREE shipping within Australia
(Up to 3 weeks)

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Pros

»   As an additional convenience, SmilePath offers a nighttime option so that you can wear your aligners only at night.

»   The pricing for at-home clear aligners from SmilePath is the lowest available. Additionally, they frequently provide discounts on their website, which further cut their great rates.

»   They have an excellent customer service team that can answer all of your tough questions professionally and politely.

»   They use high-quality plastic aligners produced by supplier Retainer Essix, with over 15 years of industry experience. 

Cons

»   While some of their competitors offer free tooth scanning in their physical offices, SmilePath requires you to make your own molds of your teeth.

»   Although SmilePath aligns your teeth more quickly than braces or Invisalign, it is not the fastest option. Other brands can complete the alignment in only three months, while SmilePath usually takes at least six months.

»   The aligners won't arrive as quickly as others, so you might have to begin your treatment a week or two later compared to other providers.

3. Straight My Teeth

As the lowest price provider, Straight My Teeth makes treatment affordable for a wide range of people without compromising quality. Alongside affordability, at-home clear aligner companies like Straight My Teeth eliminate all in-person checkups, a true godsend during the pandemic. 

Pricing£799 - one time
£110/mo (6 mos) with £339 Downpayment
(Price as of Jun. 12, 2022)
Night aligners Pricing£899 - one time
£125/mo (6 mos) with £399 Downpayment
(Price as of Jun. 12, 2022)
Treatment Length4 mos-8 mos
TeleDentistryYes
0% Down PaymentNo
Impression KitIncluded in one-time price.
£44.99 separately

Shipping(12-14 business days)

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Pros

»   Straight My Teeth has the lowest prices on the market by far. For your full treatment, you'll only pay £999 (or less if you catch a sale). The fee also includes one set of aftercare retainers and a whitening kit.

»   Retainer Essix manufactures the plastic for Straight My Teeth aligners, a reputable and established dental supply company.

»   Their customer service staff is consistently praised for their responsiveness and professionalism in online reviews.

»   On par with the industry average, treatment takes an average of 6 months.

Cons

»   You might not be working with the most qualified professional on your case when you visit Straight My Teeth as they have unlicensed dental technicians on staff.

»   Refinements cost an additional £150 if you are unsatisfied with your results at the end of treatment.

4. AlignerCo

AlignerCo is relatively young as far as home aligner companies are concerned. So far, they have flown under the radar in the U.S. and Canada since opening their doors in May 2019. 

Although they have not had any marketing campaigns like SmileDirectClub, they have generated some buzz by offering prices well below the industry standard, quickly establishing themselves as an affordable service.

Pricing$895 - One-time payment which includes Impression kit and a set of Retainers
Night aligners Pricing$1095- one time
Treatment Length4 mos - 8 mos
TeleDentistryYes
0% Down PaymentAvailable with a 12-month plan
Impression Kit$55
ShippingUp to 3 weeks

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Pros

»   Everyone can apply for the SmileFlex Easy plan since there is no credit check (although it requires a $345 down payment).

»   Among all the companies offering at-home aligners, AlignerCo's $1,635 sticker price is easily one of the lowest, and sometimes they run promotions that further cut the price.

»   All AlignerCo aligners are made from Essix plastic, a reputable and experienced dental products company.

»   Anyone who does not wish to wear their aligners all day can opt for the Night Only treatment offered by AlignerCo.

»   Customers consistently praise them for their attentive, helpful service.

Cons

»   To begin your treatment, you will need to order an impression kit from AlignerCo since it doesn’t have any physical locations offering free tooth scans.

»   On their website, AlignerCo claims to offer orthodontist-designed treatment plans, but they actually use both orthodontists and dentists. Both are highly qualified to design and oversee your treatment, but if you are sure you want to work with an orthodontist, AlignerCo might not be the best option for you.

»   Compared to some of its competitors, AlignerCo may be a bit slower with delivery and treatment.

»   Their shipping policy is foggy, and their impression kits aren’t eligible for returns.

Some Things to Look Out for With Clear Aligners

Clear aligners can be amazing. But there are some drawbacks, too. We mention them in this section:

They’re Not for Everyone

For starters, clear aligners are not the best option for those with severely crooked or misaligned teeth. In cases where they must be gradually repositioned upward or downward for better alignment with the rest of your mouth, conventional braces get the job done more effectively.

Clear aligners, studies show, we’re also not as effective in producing adequate occlusal contacts (where your teeth meet when your mouth is closed), controlling teeth torque, and retention.

Aligners Require Your Cooperation

The success of clear aligners depends heavily on the patient’s cooperation. You may want to remove them more often than necessary due to their ease of removal. 

To have successful alignment and keep pace with your treatment schedule, your clear aligners should be left in your mouth for at least 22 hours daily for the duration of your treatment. As long as you leave them in, other than for eating or brushing, you can easily stay in control of your progress. 

However, if you have a strong tendency to keep taking them out, traditional metal braces might be better since they cannot be taken out at will.

You’ll Need to Do More Brushing and Flossing

You won’t have to change the details of your oral hygiene routine. You can still use your regular toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash. But you’ll need to use them more frequently—after every meal specifically. 

Imagine wearing clear aligners, and the spinach from lunch is trapped between your teeth for everyone to see. Not only is that a socially lousy look, but if you don’t remove all of the plaque and food particles from your teeth, you’re more likely to develop cavities as they remain there for a longer time.

What to Look Out For When Choosing an Aligner Brands? - Buyer’s Guide

Picking out the right clear aligner brand can be challenging, especially when you consider over 20 different invisible braces companies of the same type of transparent braces. Here are some things to consider when buying an aligner:

Adequate Research

Doing some research first before you buy would be a smart move. You might find out that your dentist can recommend or provide the service at a discounted rate, so ask him/her first.

Treatment Process Should Be Simple

An easy-to-understand treatment plan is extremely important. You’ll want to make sure that your clear aligner brand has a proven track record of successful results but also understands the importance of your time and money. A treatment plan with minimal visits can save you some bucks and some time.

Make Sure They Will Give Revisions If Needed

Not all clear aligners are one-time wear products, so if you’re not getting your teeth aligned to your liking, you can get them adjusted or readjusted. Be sure to ask the brand/office about this detail before you sign up for their service.

Warranty and Money-Back Guarantee

You should check if the brand offered you a money-back guarantee and warranty in case something goes wrong.

Customer Reviews

How Others Rate Them?

Conduct some research on the transparent aligner brands you are interested in. See if their track record is effective or not, read customer reviews, check for unfavorable feedback and, more.

Does The Brand Have Any Unfavorable Feedback?

Stay away from brands that have a lot of unhappy customers voicing their complaints online.

Competitive Price

A lower price tag is always better. But don’t choose an aligner brand based on its price alone. Quality matters more than quantity, so check out which clear aligner brands offer the best combination of quality and low cost.

And for this article, we have researched to find the best product that can help you in your oral treatment.

FAQs On Best Clear Aligners

What are the major distinctions between traditional braces and invisible/clear aligners?

The most crucial difference is that invisible aligners are removable. You can take them out anywhere you want, which means people won’t be able to see your treatment as they would with braces. 

Invisible aligners also allow for a much faster treatment time, about six months to one year, depending on the severity of the situation and how well they have been fixed.

Whereas the orthodontist will connect a metal bracket to each tooth with traditional braces. These brackets are held in place by a metal wire, correcting any misalignment. Because the braces are fastened in position, they move your teeth all of the time. Furthermore, they can utilize orthodontic appliances to repair significant issues.

Are invisible braces safe for your teeth?

In any case, for the most part, they are safe. The appliances can cause some discomfort in your mouth, but it’s not a big deal. Along these lines, if you do have a question about side effects caused by invisible aligners or any other sort of braces, you should ask your dental specialist.

What are Invisible braces costs and average treatment time?

The cost of invisible aligners varies based on your situation. On the off chance that you have a little issue, the treatment time will likely be less than six months. In any case, you might need to wear them for up to a year if you have a severe issue with your teeth.

Conclusion

We’ve looked at four of the best clear aligner brands on the market and found that all offer significant reductions in treatment time compared to traditional braces.

While invisible aligners are not for everyone, they can be an excellent option if your teeth aren’t severely crooked. If you’re looking for a fast, easy way to get your teeth straightened without spending months in braces, then clear aligners may be the perfect choice for you.

From this blog post, you can better understand what they offer without wasting too much time poring over reviews or trying them yourself. So if you want to achieve a beautiful smile in as little as six weeks, then one of these top-rated brands is worth considering.

So don’t wait any longer. Order your best clear aligners today!

 

Karen Nunez is a practicing dental health care professional in Alberta, Canada. She's passionate about educating her readers on achieving optimum dental health through extensive research on the latest dental topics and providing science-backed product recommendations. 

In her free time, you can find her glued to her favorite Paulo Coelho books and concocting the best chocolate cupcakes her loved ones go crazy about.

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8 Best Dental Products of 2023

You're reading this blog post because you want to have beautiful teeth and a beautiful smile. It's the new year, and it's time for your resolutions!

In this post, we'll go over 8 product reviews of dental products for the year 2023.

We'll include tips on how to take care of your mouth (teeth and gums) as well as practical recommendations on which products will work best for what type of person or lifestyle.

So read through our list below and by the end, you should have an idea about which one is right for you!

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Whitening Kits

First, whitening kits are the best option for those who want to use professional-grade whitening treatments at home. 

With enough supplies for at least weeks or months of regular use, things like these can bring out a before-and-after smile that will undoubtedly impress anyone on the receiving end. 

If you already have an idea of your loved ones' favorite brands then all the better. If not, don't worry—we offer some below. 

As long as the manufacturer's instructions are followed, hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide-based tooth whitening are shown to be safe and effective

Smile Brilliant Whitening Kit

 

We know that the best way to get a whiter smile is through professional whitening. But, not everyone can afford it! That’s why we created Smile Brilliant – so you can have your own teeth whitened in the comfort of your home for less than half of what most dentists charge. Our kits are customized to fit your needs and budget.

 You don't need an expensive dentist appointment or any special training - just follow our simple step-by-step process at home with our easy-to-use kit. In just two weeks, you'll see a noticeable difference in how white your teeth look! Plus, if you're not satisfied with the results after using all of the gel provided by us, we will refund 100% of what you paid for this package! No questions asked. So give it a try today and let us help make sure that every time someone looks at your smile they say “wow” instead of “hmm…”

Smile Brilliant is the first company to bring customized whitening kits directly to your door. Our business model cuts out dentist inefficiencies and passes savings onto you. You can choose how much gel you need, as well as whether or not your teeth are sensitive. We’re here for everyone!

With our easy-to-use at-home kit, we make it easier than ever before to get a brighter smile without having to go through the hassle of visiting a dentist. If you have any questions about our products or services, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

If you're looking for a heavy-duty whitening system that can take on even the darkest stains, look no further than Smile Brilliant's T9 NON-SENSITIVE SYSTEM. This system is perfect for those who drink coffee, tea, or wine regularly, or smoke – and don't want to sacrifice their teeth' natural sensitivity in the process. Plus, at 27 applications of whitening gel, this system offers great value compared to other brands.

 

Looking to achieve brighter, pearly whites without any of the sensitivity that often comes with other whitening products? Smile Brilliant has the perfect solution – our T6 NON-SENSITIVE SYSTEM! This set is perfect for those with average stained teeth and includes everything you need to get started: custom-fitted trays and 18 applications (top and bottom) of whitening gel. Plus, with regular use, you can enjoy brighter teeth in as little as two weeks!

 

The T3 NON-SENSITIVE SYSTEM (light stains) is the perfect product for those who are looking to achieve a bright smile without having any pain or sensitivity. The best part about this system, aside from its ease and effectiveness in removing stains - which we all know can be difficult sometimes-, is that it doesn't have natural side effects on your teeth because nothing gets applied near them; so you'll never develop cavities or get an infection!

 

When it comes to a brighter smile, the first step is making your impressions. Backed by science and made in-house at our lab using custom-fitted trays mail everything back for us within 3-5 business days so we can craft an accurate build around what you need! Once complete whiten & relax with white energy-free products included as well as a carefully engineered gel that works best on each individual's dental needs

Get started on your own customized whitening kit from Smile Brilliant today!

 

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A toothbrush upgrade makes an excellent gift for someone who has already invested in at-home whitening treatments.

That's because a great electric toothbrush can help support the process by behaving like a personal tooth brushing coach for cleaner, whiter teeth. 

Compared to their manual counterparts, electric toothbrushes are specially designed to more effectively fight plaque and stains more effectively, promote better gum health, and increase saliva production. The added stimulation from a powered toothbrush promotes better blood flow to the gums, making them stronger.

If the studies weren’t enough, we interviewed a practicing dentist recently, Dr. Roswin Grewal, in his opinion of electric toothbrushes:

“I recommend patients use an electric toothbrush as it can be easier to use and does a better job of cleaning. They’re worth the initial investment, and I recommend any oscillating brush.”

 

cariPRO™ Electric Toothbrush

The cariPRO™ Electric Toothbrush is another top electric toothbrush on the market. Designed with a non-slip, anti-splash ergonomic grip, this brush is ready to go as soon as you are with five brush modes on standby:

  • Clean
  • White
  • Massage
  • Gum care
  • Sensitive 

Don't worry about wires, either, since the cariPRO toothbrush comes with a mobile wireless charging dock so that you can space it to your needs. 

Thanks to its angled and tufted DuPont™ bristles, it’s capable of polishing away stains and plaque without irritating teeth or gums. And because it comes with two different brush heads with a tongue scraper, two members in the family can use it—even more if you order more brush heads. 

 

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Water Flossers

Another great gift for those who cherish their teeth whitening treatments is a water flosser.

The use of oral irrigators can reduce gingival inflammation and better clean around dental implants, which is why they’re preferred over floss. Plus, it's the perfect combination to keep both gums and teeth healthy and strong—which everyone loves!

Dr. Roswin Grewal - a practicing dentist in Calgary;  AB, Canada says,

Water flossers are an excellent way to flush your teeth, get rid of germs, and fend off acid attacks. They’re engineered to reach the deepest crevices of your teeth and use high-pressure water to rinse them out. 

It’s like flossing, but way more fun and effective. 

Dental care tips from Dr. Roswin  Grewal

 

 

It is important to brush twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Also flossing is just as important, if not more important than brushing. It is commonly not a priority for people! Brushing cannot clean between the teeth and only flossing can clean these areas. Flossing can be a tough habit to build, if you are a person that does not floss at all you will need to start somewhere! I recommend patients to build the habit slowly with baby steps, flossing say 1 or 2 specific days a week, and then eventually the goal is to build the habit to be flossing daily! 

CariPRO water Flosser

 

The best water flosser for improving gum health is delivered right to your door. Save up 50% on comparable high quality units! More effective than string, it delivers a clinically-proven cleaning session that will make teeth whiter and improve breath smells more in just one use - without the need of threads or other accessories.

3 REASONS TO TRY A cariPRO™ WATER FLOSSER

1. Stop messing with string - flossing is annoying!  And wasting time on a silly string can be even worse, so why not just do it? It's easy and painless (not to mention more effective) than dental picks or other methods of plaque removal; plus you'll feel better about your breath when others compliment the cleanliness in their mouth from seeing how well-groomed yours has become over time. 2x More.

2. A premium water flosser is the perfect way to keep your teeth clean and healthy. It's even more effective than string, with 3 times as much dental benefit for implants or braces! You have nothing risk-taking this product - it comes right at your doorstep so there will be no surprises come check-up time when Dr.'s say "wow look what you did!"

3. The flossing ritual will be a thing of the past, as you'll have two times more success when it comes to implants and braces (vs string-based). Your mouth is going from being healthy enough for just about anything.

 

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Mouthguards

Are your loved ones active, and do they play dangerous sports? Or do they grind their teeth at night? Get them the oral protection they need to keep their beautiful smile intact with mouthguards or nightguards. 

A quality mouthguard protects the gums, teeth, and jaw from injuries while playing sports or participating in other activities where injuries are most likely to happen.

Just make sure to clean your mouthguards periodically and not wear them all the time. Mouthguards, over time, could trap bacteria on the gum’s surface,  which could grow plaque or harmful bacteria in the mouth. 

Now admittedly, the gifting aspect is a bit tricky since, for some brands, you'll need to send the company your oral impressions before getting your mouthguard made. So it's a bit of a giveaway, but a worthy one, nonetheless.

Remi’s Custom Night Guards

Remi’s Custom Night Guards is an affordable, comfortable option that's great for those who want something that'll last and work well.

These custom-made nightguards by dental professionals feature an ultra-thin design with the highest quality material to ensure comfort and security even when you're sleeping. 

The Remi Custom Night Guards also cover the front teeth instead of just the back, so you won't have to worry about shifting while you sleep. And for the late-night teeth grinders out there, these mouthguards are great for protecting your teeth.

They're a reliable brand that delivers in 2-4 business days in the U.S. along with a 30-day money-back guarantee. New mouthguards are delivered every six months, though you'll have to spend $49 for them.

 

Smile Brilliant Night Guards

Do you grind your teeth at night?

If so, it’s time to stop the damage and save on costly dental bills. Smile Brilliant Nightguards are custom-made for you by a dentist in just two weeks. They protect your teeth from grinding while allowing you to talk and drink water. You can even wear them during sleep! And with our 100% satisfaction guarantee, there’s no risk in trying them out today.

With over 40 million Americans suffering from bruxism (teeth grinding), this is an epidemic that needs to be stopped immediately before more damage is done! Stop the pain now with Smile Brilliant Nightguards - get yours today!

 

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Oral Probiotics

The best way to keep your oral and sinus health in check? Rejuvenate! This all-natural formula helps fight plaque build-up, decay & presents the ultimate solution for bad breath. It also supports natural immune defenses by building new bacteria that reside within our bodies’ mucosa (the thin layer of closely related tissue found just beneath the outer surface). With this product you can expect improved gum wellness as well enhanced dental hygiene overall – it will be like nobody else knows what they're missing out on until then…

Your mouth contains over 700 species of bacteria, and a healthy microbiome is crucial to your overall well-being. Good or bad? You decide! The Science Of A Healthy Mouth will teach you all about the difference between good vs bad guys in terms on oral health: 

Good Bacteria (Lactobacillus Plantarum) are those naturally occurring types that fight off invasive microbes like plaque and tartar while maintaining our natural balance; they're also known as natural flora which helps protect against dental cavities - not so much if there's an imbalance because then we might end up having more cavity problems than ever before...then again once things get back into proper order with these helpful bugs

Good bacteria are the natural inhabitants of your mouth that keep the bad stuff in check. They help fight off invasions from outside microbes and maintain a healthy microbiome, which leads to better breathless plaque accumulation- healthier gums as well as enhanced immunity for ears noses throat infections (ENT).

Bad bacteria

Plaque and tartar buildup is a common dental problem that can lead to serious health problems if left unchecked.

The bad news is, these bacteria are very hard to remove from your teeth. They’re protected by an outer membrane that prevents antibiotics from penetrating the film on your teeth. Even when you brush regularly, plaque and tartar buildup continues to accumulate because brushing alone doesn’t get rid of enough bacteria or their waste products. 

Dental probiotics are designed specifically for oral health care and have been shown in studies to reduce plaque formation by up to 50%. They also help promote natural tooth remineralization while reducing cavities caused by acid erosion (decay). In addition, they fight gingivitis-causing bacteria with regular use. You can even add them into your daily routine without having any side effects like other dental treatments since they're completely natural!

Most of us don’t realize that the health of our mouths and sinuses is directly linked to our overall health. 

We all know that we should take probiotics, but it can be hard to remember or find time to do so. Also, most probiotic supplements have a limited shelf life which means you need to keep buying more expensive products regularly. 

 

CariPRO™ Dental Probiotics is an easy way for everyone in your family (including pets) to get healthy bacteria delivered right where they need it – their mouth! Unlike other oral care products on the market, cariPRO™ uses patented technology that delivers live cultures directly into the dental biofilm and saliva without ever touching teeth or gums. This provides maximum protection against cavities and gum disease while also strengthening immunity throughout the body. Plus, with a 2-year shelf life, there’s no reason not to use this product daily!

 

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Conclusion

Remember: if you want to give the perfect gift this year, be sure to choose one that'll truly help your loved ones achieve long-lasting oral health for life.

And no matter what their favorite color is, chances are they'll appreciate anything that does just that. It’s also a great, sure-fire way to make Santa’s nice list because who doesn’t love a beautiful smile? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen Nunez is a practicing dental health care professional in Alberta, Canada. She's passionate about educating her readers on achieving optimum dental health through extensive research on the latest dental topics and providing science-backed product recommendations. During her free time, you can find her glued to her favorite Paulo Coelho books and concocting the best chocolate cupcakes her loved ones go crazy about.

 

 

Dr. Roswin Grewal was born and raised in Calgary; Alberta, Canada He completed his dentistry degree at the University of Sydney in Australia. He first practiced in the rural town of Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia prior to coming back to Canada. He likes to travel, exercise, play sports such as basketball, ice hockey, and swimming. He also enjoys reading and learning new things!

 

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Got A Dry Mouth? Learn the Causes, Symptoms, & Treatments Today

Do you have a mouth as dry as the Sahara?

It's not the best feeling in the world, to say the least. The doctors call it Xerostomia. And it occurs when your salivary glands are slacking on the job (they're not producing enough saliva in your mouth).

Your mouth becomes parched. It feels dry. And if that wasn't bad enough, it can cause other symptoms like bad breath, dry throat, and cracked lips that are unkissable. It’s rough (pun intended). But more on the side effects later.

Saliva is an important part of your body's digestion processes: it moistens and breaks down food. Your oral goo is also protective, dare we say obsessive, about your dental health, working day and night to protect your mouth against gum disease and tooth decay. So when enough of it isn’t being produced in your mouth, it can be cause for concern. 

Don’t fret too much, a dry mouth has its effects but it’s not the end of the world. Though it could be a symptom of a more serious underlying medical problem, it’s usually fixable.

So, between the cracked lips and a potential Alzheimer's scare, it's needless to say that treating your dry mouth is paramount. And in this article, we're going to layout the symptoms, shed light on the causes of dry mouth, and suggest research-backed products to treat that dry feeling.

Your dry mouth will be gone in no time. Ready? Let’s get started.

How can I tell if I have a dry mouth?

Some people may be able to spot a dry mouth right away. Others may be experiencing it, but not know their condition exactly. If you have the following symptoms, as indicated by a study published in the National Library of Medicine, you could very well have a dry mouth:

  • A dry or sticky feeling in your mouth
  • Thick, stringy saliva—a sign of dehydration
  • Chapped lips
  • Bad breath
  • You may have difficulty chewing, speaking, and swallowing. A dry mouth can also affect your taste buds, leaving a metallic, salty, or other taste in your mouth
  • Your throat may feel dry and sore, with hoarseness to it
  • A dry and grooved tongue

If you're worried about your dry mouth symptoms, the best-qualified professional is a dentist. As part of your dental appointment, your dentist will check both your mouth and teeth for signs of dry mouth syndrome and any related problems, such as tooth decay.

 


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What is causing my dry mouth?

You might be curious about what exactly is causing your dry mouth. Some culprits are active lifestyle choices, others are more passive and out of your control. Either way, if you have a dry mouth, it's worth looking into the causes for troubleshooting.

How can I get rid of my dry mouth?

So now that you know the symptoms and causes of a dry mouth, the next obvious question becomes what to do about it. Luckily for you, we've gathered five research-backed products that can help treat dry mouth quickly and easily.

Remember that if you have underlying oral health problems, it would be advisable to consult a dental professional to provide advice or more appropriate prescription drugs to suit your needs.

Rinse with Special Mouthwash

Mouthwash is great for improving oral hygiene and freshening your breath, but special kinds of mouthwashes can also help resolve a dry mouth.

 

Check Out Biotene Oral Rinse

The Biotene Oral Rinse Mouthwash contains Xylitol, an ingredient well-known and well-researched to significantly promote salivary flow–thereby combatting xerostomia. Just know that some people have reported digestive side effects if it accidentally enters their system since the sugar alcohols can pull water into your intestine or get broken down by gut bacteria.

 

 

Try XyliMelts

Check Out Xylimelts Oral Disc

OraCoat is a renowned, pioneering producer of XyliMelts, which are disc-shaped pills (containing Xylitol–surprise, surprise) that you can take to promote saliva production when you're awake and asleep. The patented formula slowly releases ingredients after ingestion that enter the bloodstream to induce more salivary flow into the mouth. It's 100% naturally made, sweet-flavored, and lasts 4-8 hours.

 

 

Pop a Dry Mouth Lozenge

The ACT Dry Mouth Lozenges with Xylitol has a soothing mint flavor freshening your breath and is always ready to go like a pack of gum. Lozenges have been shown to decrease xerostomia symptoms and stimulate the salivary glands–specially formulated with Xylitol, ACT's dry mouth lozenges can effectively increase saliva flow and keep your mouth moist.

 

 

Brush with the Right toothpaste

Sensodyne is a trusted brand that is known for its toothpaste when treating teeth sensitivity and dry mouths. In addition to cavity protection, enamel repair, and breath freshening, the Sensodyne Pronamel toothpaste was formulated with dry mouth sufferers in mind.

It was engineered with the right mix of ingredients to combat a dry mouth. For example, toothpaste contains Betaine, a key ingredient researched to stimulate saliva flow and relieve symptoms of a dry mouth. Dry mouth toothpaste like Sensodyne can help moisturize and soothe your rough oral areas.

 

Consider a humidifier for your living space

If the surrounding air in your room is dry, it can result in dry nasal passages and mouths. Sadly, no oral supplements or mouthwash can help us out of that mess. In this case, a good ol' humidifier may be the way to go.

It works by increasing humidity levels in your home so the ambient air is moister. Aside from being able to breathe better, the dispersed water vapor and mist helps soothe symptoms of a dry mouth and throat.

The AquaOasis™ Cool Mist Humidifier {2.2L Water Tank} is ultra-quiet with an adjustable 360º rotating nozzle and enough power to cater to larger rooms. That way you can sleep in peace while tending to your dry mouth or hang out in your living room without worrying about dry air impacting your mouth.

Parting Words

All in all, the products mentioned above are strongly recommended and medically reviewed to help treat a dry mouth. You can learn more and purchase any of them on Amazon to get them fast and securely to your doorstep.

Again, if you have any health conditions that you have doubts about regarding your body's reaction to the products (for most, highly unlikely), then it's best practice to consult your family physician or dentist. If dry mouth problems persist, it can be worth investigating whether there's an underlying problem like salivary gland dysfunction.

Now that you're educated and equipped with the right set of knowledge and products, you can manage dry mouth like a pro and ensure your mouth feels nothing remotely close to the Sahara desert ever again.

 

 

 

 

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Dealing with Bad Breath (Halitosis): Causes & Remedies

Bad breath (halitosis) is like a bad mood–you shouldn’t inflict either onto others. It never ends well. The last thing you want is to have a conversation with someone who’s only thinking about how you’re torturing their nose hairs when they should really be listening to you

You can’t even blame them, either. The bad smell and residing icky taste in your mouth are unsettling for you, too. It can even damage your body image and self-confidence. In many ways, it’s like a curse. And you’re sick of awkward encounters and insecurities. You’re sick of it all. 

So you finally decided to get up and make a change. No more stinky breath. And we’re here for it. In this short read, you’re going to learn the causes behind bad breath and get research-backed remedies–for the sake of nose hairs everywhere.

What’s causing my bad breath?

It may seem obvious that your bad breath is due to poor dental hygiene: When we don’t brush, plaque builds up, and trapped food particles mix with oral bacteria–which causes the foul odor. 

However, there are other culprits that we should acknowledge, too:

Bronchitis/sinus infection/postnasal drainage: the developed mucus during any of these conditions smells bad. As the mucus drips down your sinus and throat, it meets the air you’re exhaling through your open mouth (since you can’t breathe with a congested nose). That’s when it transfers to your breath.

Smoking or chewing tobacco: the tobacco lingering on your breath can cause bad breath. Both activities can also result in a dry mouth and cause gum disease.

Dry mouth: the saliva in our mouths eliminates particles that may cause bad odors. Saliva deficiency can therefore cause bad breath, as malodor-inducing particles can remain.

Kidney/liver problems: these dysfunctional organs may have trouble filtering out toxic substances from the bloodstream and rest of the body, which results in bad breath. 

Stenchy foods and beverages: as your stomach absorbs food oils (like from garlic and onions) during digestion, they travel to your lungs through the bloodstream, where it mixes with exhaled air. 

Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD): when your stomach contents like bile, undigested food, and stomach acid, reflux up your esophagus. This can leave residue in your mouth and mix with oral bacteria, making the foul breath odor stronger.

Remedies for Bad Breath

So how do you get rid of bad breath? Most of the time it’s not that difficult–especially if you have the right tools. In this short section, we’re going over the possible solutions:

Scrape your tongue

Tongue scraping may be helpful for cleaning a coated tongue, which is a buildup of debris, bacteria, and dead cells on your tongue. Doing so can effectively remove odor-causing bacteria, but also improve your tongue’s appearance and may even elevate your sense of taste.

 

The Mastermedi tongue scraper boasts a 100% stainless steel finish with a U-shaped curve for flexible ease of use in your mouth. Two non-synthetic handles give it a good grip. And it has an anti-gagging ridge in the back of the mouth for effective back-of-the-mouth cleansing. Lastly, as it is travel-friendly and durable, confidently remove gunk on the go.

 

Rinse with an anti-microbial mouthwash

Rinsing your mouth with an anti-microbial mouthwash inhibits and destroys the growth of microorganisms that are causing the bad breath odors in your mouth. It’s a great temporary solution to freshen your breath and kill mouth germs before brushing your teeth again.

The certified vegan and gluten-free TheraBreath Oral Rinse is recommended by dentists for over 20 years. As it contains chlorine dioxide, it effectively reduces oral malodor, dental plaque, tongue-coating accumulation, and various sulfur-producing bacteria in saliva. Destroy morning breath and food odor with this non-alcoholic, mint-flavored mouthwash.

 

 

 

Treat a dry mouth

You can let some Orahealth Xylimelts dissolve in your mouth if you suffer from halitosis caused by a dry mouth. It stimulates saliva productionreduces the risk of tooth decay, and reduces plaque by 50%–as claimed on the package. Xylitol is the hero ingredient that helps your teeth fight cavities. What's more, it can be used with braces, dentures, and CPAP machines. The best thing about this product is that it is easy to use- stick the discs to your adjoining cheeks and gums and instantly feel your mouth be moisturized and rehydrated.

 

Parting Words

We went through causes of bad breath and potential remedies, but remember that it’s most important to ensure you’re not a victim of bad breath at all. And the trick is incredibly simple: practice proper oral hygiene. 

Brush your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day. We recommend that you use an electric toothbrush, which is more effective in improving gingival health and removing dental plaque. Additionally, flossing your teeth helps you reach hidden food remains and reduces the build-up of plaque in the gums to prevent bad breath.  

Now, with the research-backed bad breath products at your side, every time someone offers you gum, you won’t be wondering whether they were being generous or if it was because you reeked of bad breath. You’ll happily chew, and pass forward the kindness.

Remember that no dental products can replace the advice or recommendation of oral health care professionals. You should visit the dentist regularly and consider a thorough professional cleaning if you have doubts about your oral health and the effectiveness of the recommended products. 

 

 

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