Pros and Cons of Metal Braces

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Metal braces have been in use for decades and their effectiveness at addressing a wide range of orthodontic issues has been well established. Here is a short look at some of the pros and cons of them from our dentists in Glendale.

Pros

Metal braces are effective, in that they can address just about any dental abnormality. While strides have been made to improve on the process using other orthodontic means, metal braces are still the best option available for certain dental issues. Additionally, they are also the least expensive orthodontic option available on the market.

Cons

The primary negative side to metal braces is the impact they make on physical appearance. Metal braces are exceptionally easy to see from a distance and there is no hiding that fact. They also limit the types of food you can eat, preventing the wearer from eating things like popcorn, corn on the cob, and even raw carrots. They are also notoriously difficult to clean, meaning that extra care needs to be made while brushing. This is particularly the case because flossing is significantly more difficult.

Contact our expert in metal braces in Glendale to learn more about options that might work for you and your teeth.

Pros and Cons of Metal Braces

Central Sleep Apnea and Its Symptoms

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Central sleep apnea is less common than obstructive sleep apnea, but is equally problematic for our health, mood, productivity, and general well-being. It is a serious condition that should be addressed sooner rather than later.

Central sleep apnea occurs during sleep when our brain fails to send signals to our breathing muscles telling them to keep working. As part of the automatic nervous system, this process is usually not something we ever have to think about. It happens outside of our conscious thought. In fact, it is such an automatic system that our bodies will sometimes cause us to faint when we are having problems breathing as an attempt to remove our conscious control and resume natural breathing.

Symptoms of central sleep apnea generally overlap with those of obstructive, making differentiation clinically difficult. A primary symptom that often sets central apart from obstructive happens when you are abruptly awakened, feeling a sense of panic, and being short of breath. This can cause difficulty in getting to sleep and getting back to sleep afterwards. Additional symptoms include awakening with a dry mouth, the apparent stopping of breathing during sleep that others would notice, excessive daytime sleeping, and morning headache, among other things.

For more about the symptoms of central sleep apnea, contact our sleep apnea dentist.

Central Sleep Apnea and Its Symptoms