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Dr. Sheela Neral, DDS & Associates

38215 W 10 Mile Rd, Suite #5
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
(248) 888-0364


43060 Mound Rd.
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
(586) 268-1040

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Posts for: January, 2014

By Dr. Sheela Neral, DDS, PC
January 14, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

Lashinda Demus holds the U.S record in the 400 meter hurdles, with a time of 52.47 seconds, the third fastest ever recorded. While her twin 5-year-old boys cheered her on, she brought home a silver medal from the 2012 London Olympics. But when it comes to her full set of upper and lower braces, there's no silver to be seen!

Demus is a top-ranked competitor, a wife and a mom — and an adult who is currently in orthodontic treatment. With her orthodontist's approval, she chose clear ceramic braces. These are just one of the treatment options available to adult patients, many of whom prefer a less noticeable style of orthodontic appliance.

As many as three-quarters of adults are thought to have some form of orthodontic problem. Common issues include teeth that are crowded too closely together, or ones that have drifted too far apart after an extraction or other tooth loss. It is believed that straightened teeth are easier to clean and better for chewing — they can also improve an adult's social life, and even his or her career prospects!

Some grown-ups may hesitate to consider orthodontic treatment because they remember the “railroad tracks” they saw in junior high school. In fact, there have been many changes in orthodontic appliances in the past few years. Two popular choices for adults are colorless braces (the kind Demus wears) and clear orthodontic aligners.

Colorless ceramic braces are made of high-tech composite materials. They resist staining, and are less noticeable because their translucent appearance blends with the teeth. Often, a single wire is the only part that's plainly visible. Sometimes it's even possible to place them on the lingual (tongue) side of the teeth.

Clear aligners are an alternative to braces that are available to adults and teens. Instead of wires and attachments, these consist of a series of transparent, removable trays that are placed over the teeth and worn 20 hours per day. Over a period of six months to two years, the teeth are gradually straightened as you progress from one computer-designed tray to the next. Best of all, you can remove the trays completely to clean your teeth, and for important occasions.

Which one is right for you? It depends. While aligners have been successful in treating mild to moderate spacing issues, more difficult problems with the bite may require a more traditional form of braces. Also, there are a few health problems which might need to be attended to before orthodontic treatment is begun. The best way to learn about your options is to come in for a consultation. But remember: if you want a better smile, it's never too late.

If you would like more information about orthodontic choices, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics For The Older Adult” and “Clear Orthodontic Aligners.”

By Dr. Sheela Neral, DDS, PC
January 03, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Dental Implants Sterling HeightsWith improvements in dental care, dental implants are now available for your smile restoration.
Acting as replacement tooth roots, dental implants provide a strong foundation for permanent or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.  Rather than resting on the gum line like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements that your cosmetic dentist surgically places in your jawbone.  To help you better understand dental implants in Sterling Heights, Dr. Sheela Neral compares dentures and offers an inside look into candidacy this this smile restoration procedure.

Let’s Compare: Dentures vs. Dental Implants

Patients, who have selected dental implants as their treatment for missing teeth, describe a quality of life that is much more comfortable and secure than the lifestyle endured by those with fixed bridges or removable dentures.  Dentures may often make a person feel and look older than they are, cause embarrassment in social situations when they slip or click, and restrict the everyday pleasure of eating comfortably.
Dental implants eliminate the day-to-day frustrations and discomfort of loose dentures.  You are able to enjoy a healthy and varied diet without the restrictions many denture wearers face.  With regained self-confidence, many people rediscover the excitement of an active lifestyle shared with family and friends, in addition to an increased ability to speak clearly and comfortably. For those who experience dental implants, they often say that they feel better, look better and live better than if they had dentures.

Are you a Candidate for Dental Implants in Sterling Heights?

Whether you are a young, middle-aged or older adult, there is a dental implant solution for you.  With the exception of growing children, dental implants are the solution of choice for people of all ages to replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth.
Patients considering dental implants must have good health, proper bone density to support the implant, healthy gums and a commitment to good dental hygiene and routine dental visits. People who smoke and drink regularly are typically not ideal candidates, as the success rate is significantly lowered. Your implant dentist can help you determine if dental implants are right for you.
If you’ve lost one or more of your natural teeth, it is possible to continue to live confidently with dental implants from Sterling Heights dentist, Dr. Sheela Neral. Implants look and feel exactly like your natural teeth, and unlike conventional restoration solutions, implants can last a lifetime. For patients in Sterling Heights, dental implants can dramatically enhance the appearance and overall health of your teeth and mouth, helping you to achieve a natural-looking smile.  You will be able to enjoy the beauty and performance of healthy teeth once again with the help of dental implants.