When hearing the words pediatric dentistry, most people probably think that this is a dentist for babies. While this is true, most people do not realize that a pediatric dentist takes care of patients until they are in their teens. Although these dentists do the same job that a general family dentist does, they have received additional training that allows them to better treat the special needs that younger patients have.
No matter what their specialty, every practicing dentist has completed a 4-year education in an accredited dental school. Just like any specialty, they then go on to several more years of specialized training. During this extra training they learn medical things like surgical procedures and radiology techniques needed for younger patients. Surprisingly though, they also take courses in child development and psychology. This better allows them to treat children both physically and psychologically, which can help to alleviate many of the fears of going to the dentist that many adults deal with.
When looking for a new dentist, it is important that parents realize that just because an office uses kids in their name, doesn’t necessarily mean that they are qualified to work with children. It is vital that parents find out about the dentist’s schooling to ensure that they are a certified pediatric dentist. A dentist that is geared towards children will often have their offices decorated to accommodate their young patients. Find out if they “see children” or if they are “geared towards children”.
A great resource for parents to use when they are hunting for a pediatric dentist is to use the website belonging to The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Although their list is not comprehensive, it will give parents a good starting point in their dental search as the dentists listed there will all be in good standing with the Academy.
birthday collage for a friend
Orthodontics can be performed with the help of different types of appliances. During the first stage of the treatment, orthodontists will assess the existing condition of the teeth and these professionals will evaluate their likely development as well. Such an approach will give orthodontists a better idea about the treatment to be followed and the most suitable appliance will also be selected. In orthodontics, dentists will make use of various types of appliances to rectify the position of the tooth and they include fixed braces, removable braces, functional appliances and headgear as well.
1) Fixed Braces
This type of orthodontic appliance can be described as non-removable brace made up of brackets that will be glued to each tooth and wires will be used to link them as well. Consumption of certain types of foods like fizzy drinks, toffee and hard sweets should be avoided during the time of wearing fixed appliances because they will damage the appliance.
2) Removable braces
During this orthodontic treatment, plastic plates will be used to cover the roof of the mouth and these plates will be clipped on to the teeth. Removable braces will be able to carry out limited teeth movements and this orthodontic appliance can be removed for cleaning and also as a precaution during activities like playing a wind instrument or cycling.
3) Functional appliances
Functional appliances will be attached to the upper and lower teeth and, they can be described as a pair of plastic braces. If people do not wear this appliance in the correct manner, they will not be able to enjoy the desired results.
This appliance will be used to correct the position of the back teeth while the front teeth are treated. People should wear this appliance for a few hours in the evening or when they sleep and eating or drinking cannot be done when patients wear headgear.
In orthodontics, other types of appliances like invisible braces are also being used and retainers have become an integral part of orthodontics as well.
I’m taking a short break from collaging. I need to take care of myself (my health has started to suffer again), and I must (finally) clean up my house too (cooking is just about the only other work I like doing — I loathe doing anything that has to do with clothes).
In the midst of all that, I get my regular bouts of doubt, usually after releasing a sucky artwork: “I suck as an artist, I should stop wasting time with art”, I’d complain to my husband, who would just sigh, since he has given up trying to convince me otherwise.
I’m the biggest critic of my work. My ideal performance would be to have 1 outstanding work out of 3, with the other 2 being “good”. I’ll probably never achieve such artistic heights, but I do get sleepless nights over it. When I do manage to sleep, I usually juxtapose images in my dreams.
One regular thing I keep seeing lately in my dreams is cutting down pictures of bridges and placing whole mountains under its arches. In my dream, that design idea makes sense. I keep saying in my dream: “ah-ha! Yup…”. But as soon as I wake up, it stops being a viable idea: I don’t have access to the kind of pictures I see in my dreams, and I’m not sure I get it either. I honestly don’t know what my unconscious is trying to tell me here…
So anyway, here’s a photo-set with some of my best work so far (IMHO).
BTW, who has noticed a semi-hidden UFO, and a hidden (in plain sight) Morse code message on two of my recent collages? ;-)