Recovering from a total hip replacement
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Recovering from a total hip replacement

When my mum got a hip replacement she was out of action for nearly 6 weeks. In the end it turned out to be a great move though, because she had been in so much pain beforehand and now she is back to her old self and has a lot more energy and movement. I wish I had understood more about the recovery process beforehand which is why I thought it might be useful to start this blog. It has a collection of tips from carers and orthopedists to help people who are assisting their loved ones to recover from hio replacement surgery.

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5 Discreet Alternatives to Metal Braces for Adults

Stephanie Perez

Not having straight teeth is embarrassing for some people. If you don't feel confident about your smile, you may want to consider orthodontics. However, if you are like many adults, you may not want noticeable metal braces on your teeth. Luckily, orthodontics has come a long way over the years, and there are many discrete options that can work. Check out these ideas:

1. Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces work on the same principle as metal braces. Basically, ceramic bits are attached to your teeth, and each of those anchors is attached to tooth coloured wires. This solution is visible, but they tend to be much more discreet than metal.

After you get them put on by an orthodontist, you come to their office for regular follow up appointments. During those sessions, the wires are tightened to help your teeth move into the right spots.

2. Invisalign

This orthodontic solution is a bit different. Instead of using wires and brackets, Invisalign uses retainers to straighten your teeth. As suggested by their name, these retainers are designed to look almost invisible. The name is actually a combination of the words "invisible" and "alignment".

For best results, you should keep in these retainers as much as possible, but if you need to go to a job interview, a wedding or a similar event, you can remove the retainers. They are discreet when you are wearing them, but they also give you the option to remove them completely, which is ideal for many adult patients.

3. Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles is a branded solution that is similar to ceramic braces. It also relies on clear brackets and wires. However, it focuses on correcting your smile quickly, rather than addressing bite issues. If you want to get the benefits of braces but don't want to have them for a long time, you may want to talk with your orthodontist about this option.

4. Retainers

Retainers are another option to consider, and there are all kinds of retainers. For example, if you have a gap between your front teeth, the orthodontist can put a small permanent retainer behind those teeth, and he or she can tighten that retainer to eliminate your gap. If you have bite issues, you may need a full removable retainer that deals with a bigger section of your teeth.

5. Veneers

Veneers are not necessarily an orthodontic treatment. Rather, they fall under the category of cosmetic dentistry. Basically, veneers are fake surfaces that get attached to your teeth, and they change their shape. They can help with subtle orthodontic issues such as gaps or crowding.

Contact a local orthodontist for more information and assistance. 


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