Hiring a Tucson Orthodontist


Orthodontics is considered the first specialty in the field of dentistry and is concerned with the study and treatment of incorrect or inaccurate bites or bent or twisted teeth that may be attributed to a jawbone that is not proportioned correctly or teeth that have irregularities. Orthodontist treatment focuses on the facial structure and the proper growth of facial features.

Methods of Correction Used

For an overall orthodontic treatment, metal wires called “Jushi”, are fitted into orthodontic brackets or braces. These are usually made of stainless steel or a ceramic material. The wires work with the brackets in helping to move the jaw and the teeth to a normal position. Additional components that help in moving the jawbone and teeth include: plates, headgear and other different types of appliances. These orthodontic tools work to reconstruct the entire face and not just the teeth area.

Following the adjustment procedure, patients usually wear retainers, which are used to keep the facial area in the proper position, while the surrounding bone grows. The retainers are generally worn all day and all night for a period of time of up to one year and then usually at night time for as long as the orthodontist recommends. As a person ages, the teeth begin to become more compact, so adult patients are more likely to need lifetime retention.

Diagnosis and Treatment

During the diagnosis and treatment phases, the Tucson Orthodontist must recognize the dental deformity within the facial area. He must also determine and state the source of the problem along with the etiology, if possible. Another thing the Orthodontist must do during the diagnosis and treatment planning phase, is to design a treatment plan that will align with the patient’s needs and desires. And then the Orthodontist must present that treatment plan to the patient, while helping the patient to understand the consequences of the decision he/she is making about accepting or not accepting the treatment plan.

Training Needed to Become an Orthodontist

Becoming an Orthodontist in the United States, requires the dentist to have graduated with a DDS, DMD, BDS or an equivalent degree. He must also be enrolled as a resident in an approved orthodontics program. Entrance into any orthodontic program involves a high level of competition as there are other candidates who are equally or better qualified. The process of residency within an approved Orthodontics program is generally between two to three years. Following completing the Orthodontics program, interns must complete the written portion of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) examination. The orthodontist must then present and prove six cases to the ABO examiners. After proving the six cases successfully, he becomes board certified and his certificate is renewed every ten years. His new career title is now Diplomat, American Board of Orthodontics. With regards to the overall job prospects for the Orthodontist in preferred states like California, New York, Washington, Nevada and Texas, they are not good, as these states have a large number of trained Orthodontists already working in these areas.

Orthodontist studies are also done elsewhere around the world, including places like, Europe, Canada, India, Iran, Bangladesh and Pakistan. While the process is different for each area, the orthodontist generally deals with the same procedures and issues as they do in the United States.

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Teenage Acne – Face is the Target


Acne is common among teenagers especially girls. There is some strange connection between acne and teenagers. During those growing years when one wants to look the best, acne in some ensures that this isn’t be the same. Right? How many of us have faced acne during our teen years and really cursed it for targeting our face. Not a pleasant sight at all.

More Acne in Detail,

Acne is also known as pimple, zit or spot. They are tiny skin eruptions on the face with reddish marks due to excess oil in the pores of the skin. Each of us has a different skin type, mostly being oily or dry. Now for people, who have dry skin, need not fret about pimples. It doesn’t happen to their skin type at all. It is those with oily skin that need to be anxious about pimples outburst on their skin, especially the face. The inflammation that arises on the face is due to sebaceous glands which produce a substance called sebum. Due to excessive functioning of sebaceous glands, sebum release increases and hence causing acne. Oily skin type has hyper active oil producing glands which cause the unnecessary outrage on the face.

Most of the times, acne targets the face. Especially the cheeks and forehead. Very rarely do we have it on our nose or chin. Thank God for small mercies in life. But most of the damage is already done when acne decides to erupt on your cheeks and foreheads, thus covering most of our face. There are red spots with inflammation that gets formed and it always occurs in a huge number. They are very painful and infectious in nature. That’s acne for you!

Remedies available – Medical Way,

  • There are a lot of OTC (Over The Counter) products available in the market. They are available in both cream and gel based forms. Depending on the acne, use the medication as advised
  • If the acne is excessive, please consult a dermatologist who will suggest treatments for the same
  • Maintain a good hygiene by washing your face regularly with mild face wash. Ensure you gently dab the areas

Naturally a suggestion,

  • Apply lemon juice on your face before going to bed
  • Try ice packs for your face
  • Inhale steam
  • Turmeric is an ancient healer

Final Do’s and don’ts,


  • Use a mild face wash
  • Dab your face gently
  • Ensure hygiene
  • Regularly wash your face
  • Drink lots of water
  • Wash your hands regularly and keep free from germs


  • Never try to burst the pimple, they leave scars
  • Do not use the same cloth every time
  • Do not prick the acne with any sharp instrument
  • Be careful, it is infectious, do not touch them with unclean hands

 Having said all this, we know that pimples tend to leave a scar. Please be careful with scars on your face because they damage the skin. Acne tends to leave scars behind either small or lost – lasting. Ensure a safe treatment and take care of your skin.

Zoe Saldana quotes, “Glamour is about feeling good in your in your own skin”!

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Oral Ulcers – Terror Within!


How many of have suffered from Mouth Ulcers? Surely, a lot us have endured this pain in our mouth at some point in time. There are known by various names, oral ulcers, mouth ulcers or mucosal ulcers. They all mean the same – silent suffering for a short time. Even though oral ulcers do not last a long time, the little time they spend in our mouth is onerous to bear. Don’t you all agree?

For those of you who do not what mouth ulcers are, let us dwell about them in a little more detail.

More Information,

Oral ulcers are minor but aching swelling that is formed in the mouth. They are very common and occur in kids and adults, but are not a serious cause to fret. These ulcers appear often on the sides of one’s cheek, on your tongue or on the inside of your lips including upper and lower lips. Can be very painful when brushing your teeth, drinking or even while eating food especially spicy food.


There are different types of ulcers including minor, major and herpitform. Minor are the ones that cause less agony while major causes excruciating pain. Lots of smaller ulcers form a herpitform and then you can imagine the amount of torment it comes with.


The cause of these ulcers is not definite. We are not able to pin point to a stimulus for a reaction. There are speculations that state mouth ulcers are due to calcium deficiency in a body or due to an illness or citric items can trigger these open sores. Hence, it is very grueling to know the reason as to why an ulcer is caused in our mouth which in turn makes it difficult for a definite remedy.

Preventive Measures,

Even though the exact root cause of an ulcer is unknown, we definitely can chalk out the aversive ways. Though there is no cure for mouth ulcers, the frequency of its occurrence can be lessened. But the below methods can be significant,

  • Maintain a great dental hygiene by ensuring clean oral habits
  • Regular flossing is required
  • Use a soft or super soft toothbrush
  • Do not eat spicy food that can trigger the pain
  • Avoid acidic items which accelerate the oral suffering

Belief to Relief,

For those adamant little fellows who do not budge easily and cause tremendous pain, there is relief in the market to reduce the agony. There are medicated gels which can be applied to affected area to reduce the level of pain. These gels have a cooling effect on the open sores which calms the ulcer to a considerable extent.

Finally Home,

There are a few home remedies for ulcer like,

  • Rub ice cube to ease pain or rinse with cold water
  • Chew a few Tulsi leaves, which has immense medicinal value
  • Poppy seeds are a very soothing solution, chew a few
  • Chewing dry coconut is very helpful
  • Drink coconut water which is a coolant to your body

With this one can definitely feel a bit more relaxed and smile a little more.

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