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Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Should You Have Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment Before or After Dental Implants?

If you are dreaming of the perfect smile with perfectly straight, gleaming white teeth, a cosmetic dentist is the right place to go.  A high quality, fully trained cosmetic dentist will be able to advise you on how to achieve the smile you have always wished for. 

One of the questions that is often asked is whether, in cases where they are both necessary, you should have Invisalign orthodontic treatment before or after you have dental implants.

Normally, unless there is a very good reason, any permanent work such as implants, veneers, crowns, etc. will be done after the orthodontic work has been completed. The reason for this is because the implant will be permanent and therefore won’t be moved easily, if at all. When you have the dental implants put in place, orthodontic treatment won’t work to move them around afterwards, proving a painful and pointless exercise. 

You will normally be advised by your cosmetic dentist to have your Invisalign orthodontic treatment completed first, and then when the smile is perfected as best as it can, the dental implants then be put in place so that the look is completed, and the picture-perfect smile has been achieved. 

If you already have dental implants, there is no reason why you couldn’t have other orthodontic treatment done afterwards, such as Invisalign braces, but you must bear in mind that the treatment will have no effect on where or how the implants sit – they won’t be moved as a result of the further treatment. These implants have been screwed into your jawbone with some pretty hefty surgical screws, so you don’t want them to be easily moved. 

If you have dental implants already, they can be used as ‘anchors’ as such for the orthodontic treatment to work around, or a space can be left for the implantation work if you are having braces first. It is a discussion that is best worked out with your orthodontist and cosmetic dentist, taking any current dental work you already have into consideration. 

If you are considering having any sort of cosmetic dental work done, whether it is Invisalign orthodontic treatment or dental implants, always seek advice from a dental professional beforehand, who will be able to better educate you on the right path to take. A high quality cosmetic dentist will be able to offer you a consultation in which the entirety of your treatment can be discussed, and a plan can be made for the work to go ahead. That’s what they are there for after all!


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Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Uncategorized |

How did I get plantar fasciitis if I don’t run?

While plantar fasciitis is commonly thought of as a running injury it can also occur to non runners. Here are some of the other things that can also commonly cause or exacerbate plantar fasciitis.

Over use

If you have suddenly starting walking or doing more exercise, even if this is low impact exercise, it can lead to overuse injuries such as plantar fasciitis. So if you have just purchased a wearable fitness tracker and have suddenly realised how few steps you’ve been doing each day, slowly ramp up your exercise regime rather than abruptly starting much more exercise.

Non-supportive shoes

Shoes that do not adequately support your arch can also cause or exacerbate plantar fasciitis. If you have just started working in an environment which requires you to wear shoes that don’t support your feet then try and use orthopaedic inserts to support your feet and change out of the non-supportive shoes as soon as your shift ends. If you are athletic, be sure to replace your shoes regularly, as the support degrades over time and wear down shoes.

Gaining weight

If you have piled on the kilograms over the last few months, you may suddenly find your feet get sore. The extra weight places significant biomechanical stresses on the foot and leg joints. If you have suddenly gained weight and want to do some exercise to help lose the weight, water based exercises like swimming and aqua aerobics can be a great alternative that won’t strain your joints.

Getting older

While there is nothing you can do about getting older, unfortunately it does increase your risk of soft tissues injuries such as plantar fasciitis as the ligaments become thinner and more elastic over time. Equally other age related complaints such as arthritis can cause some changes to your foot gait which can aggravate plantar fasciitis. Stretching before and after exercise can help to manage the changes in the feet flexibility as you age.

An injury

If you have had another injury, either on your foot or through the leg and hip, this can change how you put weight through your foot and cause plantar fasciitis.

If you think you have plantar fasciitis, regardless of the cause, it makes sense to have an appointment with a physiotherapist or podiatrist to manage the issue. There is no reason to be in pain when appropriate medical supports can help you be pain-free.

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