5 Important Facts Adults Need to Know Before Getting Braces

Written by Emily Clark


Adult orthodontia is big business. More 40-something year old parents have finally gotten all their children out of braces and now itís their turn. Some middle-agers are just now becoming metal mouths because they are at a point in their life when they can finally afford it. Still others opt forrepparttar wires because after starting over after a divorce they are finally ready to get that gorgeous straight smile!

If youíre considering takingrepparttar 144739 plunge yourself, here are a few bits of information you should know before making a decision. There are basically three types of braces moms and dads are opting for: standard metal, clear brackets and invisible. The standard ones arerepparttar 144740 most cost effective and you can even changerepparttar 144741 color of your rubber bands like allrepparttar 144742 hip, cool kids are doing. Clear brackets are a bit larger in size thanrepparttar 144743 metal ones. Depending on your bite you may not have enough room to getrepparttar 144744 clear ones on your lower teeth, at least not initially. The wires are still metal and you can seerepparttar 144745 braces on your teeth, theyíre just not as noticeable. Drawbacks are they are slightly more expensive thanrepparttar 144746 metal brackets and when it comes time to take them off, itís takes a bit more effort and is consequently a little more uncomfortable. Lastly there arerepparttar 144747 invisible braces which go behind your teeth, not onrepparttar 144748 front like most. It takes a while longer to correct your smile and isrepparttar 144749 most expensive type.

Speaking of expensive, you should on plan on spending about $4,000 for your braces. Clearly you will find some orthodontists who will do it for less, and some for more. It really depends also onrepparttar 144750 length and severity of treatment. If you have orthodontia insurance coverage, some plans cover up to 50% ofrepparttar 144751 total costs. Most orthodontists will allow you to make monthly payments. Youíll be required to put a down payment on your new beautiful smile.

One thing you may not hear during your initial consultation, yet other adults who have gone before you will testify to is that when you initially get your braces put on your teeth Ė it hurts! It hurts a lot and for along time! With children they tell them it may be a little uncomfortable for two or three days and to take Ibuprophin as needed for pain. Thatís notrepparttar 144752 case with adults, although they may give yourepparttar 144753 same instructions. Think about it. Children who get braces have their permanent teeth for generally three months or three years. Those big teeth havenít become too accustomed to hanging out in their current location.

7 Little Known Facts About Thyroid Problems

Written by Emily Clark


Whatís a common disease that over 5 million Americans suffer from and many may not even be aware they have it? Hypothyroidism and related forms of thyroid dysfunction!

The thyroid gland looks like a little bow tie and is located atrepparttar base ofrepparttar 144738 throat, belowrepparttar 144739 Adamís apple in males. Thyroid dysfunction affects both males and females. This gland produces hormones which controlrepparttar 144740 bodyís metabolism, your internal thermostat of sorts.

Thyroid dysfunction is generally either an over or under production ofrepparttar 144741 hormone. Under active thyroid hormone production is called hypothyroidism; whereas too much, or overactive thyroid hormone production is called hyperthyroidism.

Some ofrepparttar 144742 symptoms of hypothyroidism include chronic fatigue and weakness, weight gain or difficulty losing weight, hair loss or coarse, dry hair, dry and rough skin, intolerance to cold, abnormal menstrual cycles, decreased sex drive, memory loss, depression and irritability, constipation, muscle cramps. Not all symptoms are always present.

Some doctors prefer to diagnose hypothyroidism with a blood test. They will test to check TSH levels (the thyroid stimulating hormone produced byrepparttar 144743 pituitary gland) and T4 levels (the main thyroid hormone). Other doctors prefer to take a more holistic approach and are able to diagnose based on symptoms. Morning body temperature readings (below 97.1 consistently) as well as discovery of regular waking up approximately four hours after going to bed, can aid inrepparttar 144744 diagnosis.

There are chemical, synthetic treatments that can be used to restore healthy thyroid functions, such as Synthroid and Levothyroxine.

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