24 Nov 2014

Titanium in Dental Implants

Titanium is widely associated with dental implants. It integrates with natural bone far better than most known metals, and also has the ideal light weight and toughness for the job. However, the strongest implant is not made from pure titanium, but from a titanium alloy.

The American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) uses a five-point grading system for biomedical titanium. The highest of these is Grade 5, which is an alloy of titanium, aluminium, and vanadium. This is the most widely used material for medical implants, but not for dental implants because of the susceptibility of vanadium to salivary corrosion.

17 Nov 2014

Clear Braces: Straighter Teeth with Less Metal

Who does not want a great smile with straight and perfectly aligned teeth? Having crooked teeth can be a bother, and not just because it can ruin your appearance. Jagged dentitions can actually complicate oral health, especially because uneven teeth formations can form gaps and corners that toothbrushes and floss cannot clean properly. Crooked teeth can be treated and aligned, thankfully, with the use of dental braces.

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