Think you’re too old for braces? Think again. According to the American Association of Orthodontics, a growing number of adults fit braces into their lifestyle, and one in five orthodontic patients is an adult. Cosmetic dentistry is booming, and there are numerous orthodontic treatments available to correct your teeth and enhance your smile.

Whether you’re looking to straighten your teeth, correct your bite or improve your overall appearance, always check with your orthodontist first to discuss the best orthodontic option for your teeth.

Things To Consider Before Getting Braces

Braces can be a big investment, so before you spend the time and money, you’ll want to make sure that braces are the best method for straightening and correcting your smile. Be realistic about your own expectations. Are you prepared to wear and care for your braces for the next several months? What are your desired results?

Considering the outcome and remaining open to different options will help you make the best decision regarding braces and the correction of your teeth.

Traditional Braces

Traditional, metal braces are the most common type of braces and are made of high-grade stainless steel. These conventional braces are attached to the front of your teeth and are periodically adjusted in order to apply pressure to your teeth in such a way that they move into the proper position.

Clear ceramic braces may be a more aesthetically pleasing option if you dislike the appearance of steel braces. Ceramic braces are worn on the front of your teeth just like the steel braces, but match the natural color of your teeth. The appearance may be less noticeable, but ceramic braces tend to break more easily than the metal braces. Broken braces will result in more appointments, lengthening the time of your orthodontic treatment.

Invisalign

Invisalign treatment has become increasingly popular among adults as an alternative to traditional wire braces. These clear, removable aligners are a great option for adults who are opposed to noticeable steel braces. The treatment consists of a series of custom-made trays that are switched out about every two weeks, gradually shifting your teeth into place.

Not everyone can wear Invisalign, however. If you’re teeth are severely crowded or crooked, the Invisalign trays may not be as effective as the traditional wire braces. Talk with an orthodontist to see if you would be a good candidate for the Invisalign treatment.

Whether you choose the traditional steel braces or the new Invisalign treatment, braces are an effective way to correct teeth and can provide adults the same benefits that children receive from an orthodontic treatment. Your dentist will need to assess your current oral health to determine whether or not you are an ideal candidate for braces. But don’t let age be a deterrent to correcting your teeth. It’s never too late to improve your dental health and achieve a radiant smile.


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Advanced Iron forum member TMP just completed his custom Iron Man costume just in time for the film’s theatrical premiere. Incredible work! Stan Winston would be proud. TMP says he spent $1500-2000 on the material compound alone, never-mind months of trial and error. The resulting suit looks pretty real to me.

But outside of Comic-Con and Halloween, where do you wear such a thing? Check out the photos of this custom armor after the jump.


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THIS is the amazing image which could show the fabled sunken city of Atlantis.

It shows a perfect rectangle the size of Wales lying on the bed of the Atlantic Ocean nearly 3Ѕ miles down.

A host of criss-crossing lines, looking like a map of a vast metropolis, are enclosed by the boundary.

They seem too vast and organised to be caused naturally.

And last night the possibility of an extraordinary discovery had oceanographers and geophysicists captivated.

The site lies 620 miles off the west coast of Africa near the Canary Islands – a location for Atlantis seemingly suggested by the ancient philosopher Plato.

He believed it was an island civilisation sunk by an earthquake and floods around 9,700BC – nearly 12,000 years ago.

The “grid” showed up on Google Ocean, a Google Earth extension that uses a combination of satellite images and marine surveys.

Last night Dr Charles Orser, curator of historical archaeology at New York State University – and one of the world’s leading authorities on Atlantis – called it “fascinating”.

He said: “The site is one of the most prominent places for the proposed location of Atlantis, as described by Plato. Even if it turns out to be geographical, this definitely deserves a closer look.

The legend of Atlantis has captured the imagination of scholars for centuries.

And in the 1970s it spawned a hit TV series, Man From Atlantis, in which Patrick Duffy played a webbed hero who could live underwater.

Situated in an area called the Madeira Abyssal Plane, the grid was spotted by aeronautical engineer Bernie Bamford as he browsed through Google Ocean.

Bernie, 38, of Chester, said:

“It looks like an aerial map of Milton Keynes. It must be man-made.”

Google today claimed the criss-crossing lines were sonar data collected as boats mapped the ocean floor.

But the internet giant said “blank spots” within the lines could not be explained.

A spokeswoman said:

“Bathymetric (or sea floor terrain) data is often collected from boats using sonar to take measurements of the sea floor.

“The lines reflect the path of the boat as it gathers the data.

“The fact that there are blank spots between each of these lines is a sign of how little we really know about the world’s oceans.”


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Computational constructs propose the parametric in a virtual sense. It is only when that construct is merged with the physical world that the possibilities of parametric states of architectural design become something of which can be understood.

The facade is a parametric condition of planes that operate within vertical and horizontal states that use an operation of folding towards compression and unfolding towards tension to describe a myriad of positions in between.

A case in point the “Dynamic Facade” better known as the Kiefer Technic Showroom in Bad Gleichenberg, Austria.


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I have just met up with a long time friend of mine, only to find he had spent time in hospital undergoing surgery after a diagnosis of bowel cancer. My friend Tom, whose knowledge about cancer of the colon was limited, naturally accepted all the treatments recommended by his health professional.

Tom had surgery in which they removed a section of his colon and his surgeon informed him afterwards that he had got it all. What Tom wasn’t told was they had got all the cancer they could see but because individual cancer cells are only visible through a microscope there were possibly thousands of rogue cells left behind. He also wasn’t told the surgical removal of cancer doesn’t address the reasons why the cancer first grew so it won’t stop it growing again in the future or shifting to another location.

Tom asked about a change in diet, could it help but was told he needn’t make any as they didn’t think what he had eaten had anything to do with his cancer. Nobody knew to tell him, the most powerful weapon to overcome any cancer is the food you choose to eat everyday. He also should have been told the connection between refined sugar and cancer. It had been discovered back in 19:31 that cancer cells survive by a process of fermentation and the food item that fuels this process is sugar. Eating refined sugar when you have cancer is like pouring gasoline onto a smouldering fire, it accelerates its growth.

He asked about exercise and once again got a negative response. We need exercise everyday to keep our immune system healthy. All cancers are a disease of a weak immune system which has been weakened by the way we live, especially with our sedentary lifestyle. Our immune system needs muscular activity to keep it working efficiently because it doesn’t have a pump like the heart. So with a sluggish immune system it’s not going to remove any cancer cells as they reappear again in the future.

There are many other important pieces of information my friend needed to know to aid his recovery and it’s a sad fact that our medical professionals who are in charge of our health and healing don’t know these facts. That’s why doctors get cancer as well and we have had a few examples here where I live. Their treatments of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy only attack the cancer growths and do nothing for the long term survival of any cancer patient.

All cancers were a rare occurrence 40 to 50 years ago where as today 1 in 3 people living in an industrialised country are being diagnosed with the problem. Cancer has many causes and it’s not hard to find these causes when you carry out research into the cancer industry. Also our 3 orthodox treatments all damage the immune system, the very mechanism that keeps us health, disease free and cancer free.

The problem of getting information about cancer lies with the training of our health professionals. They are solely taught drug based medicine which is only a money orientated system of treatments. Also we don’t have cancer prevention today and that is why it is growing at an alarming rate.

Alan Wighton


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