Straighter teeth and a slimmer waist

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Woman having her invisalignOne of the problems of large offices is that it’s always someone’s birthday. It can be hard to lose weight if there is always cake in the office kitchen, or, in jobs where the grateful public express their thanks with chocolate and other sugar-laden goodies. No wonder so many people in the UK are packing a few extra pounds. It’s hard to resist temptation when Nature hard-wired people to chow down once rare sweet fatty stuff to stay alive on the prehistoric savannah. No wonder then, that workers love the digital age’s way to straighten teeth and lose weight at the same time: invisible aligners by Invisalign.

What is Invisalign?

In Sutton Coldfield, Invisalign is an innovation in teeth straightening that is as good as invisible and, unlike traditional bracket and wire braces, removable. It is available from reputable dentists such as the Dental Care Partnership. Invisalign in Sutton Coldfield uses 3D printed clear plastic aligners, rather like mouth guards, but only about 0.3 millimetres thick. They snap on over the teeth and are held in place with tiny metal clips on the back teeth. Patients receive a series of 12–48 aligners, depending on their alignment needs, and wear each one for about 2 weeks. Each aligner is one of a series that together incrementally nudge the teeth into alignment.

What’s so great about Invisalign in Sutton Coldfield?

The first reason why Invisalign is so popular is that the aligners are almost invisible, making it possible for people to get their teeth straightened without a continual barrage of stares and personal questions.

The second reason is that Invisalign aligners are removable. Patients have to take them out to eat, and eating is so much easier, there are no dietary restrictions. However, the aligners have to be worn for at least 20 hours a day in order to stick to the alignment schedule. This is enough time to eat 3 times a day and clean the teeth before putting the aligner back. However, it is not enough time to drink endless cups of coffee or tea – the aligners discolour if they are worn for anything but drinking water. People find they can lose weight without really trying over the average treatment time of one year.

Braces for every wonky tooth

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Man ready for her bracesThe great thing about being an adult today is that in North London, braces are so discreet and small that there is no reason not to get one’s teeth straightened. Having straight teeth has numerous benefits. And, with so many different systems out there, teeth straightening really is worth investigating.

When it comes to braces in North London, several dentists, such as Denchic Dental Spa, have a range of straightening systems available. Each has different benefits, for the teeth, lifestyle and the patient’s bank account.

It is really worth finding out about several systems to get a feel for what is out there in terms of looks, treatment duration, and advantages to lifestyles. Many adults are put off having teeth straightening because they imagine it will involve wearing uncomfortable and embarrassing heavy-duty metal braces that obscure their teeth, make it hard to eat and speak, and take two years to do their work.

The good news is that this kind of braces are used mostly for young teenagers who need to have their bite altered as well as having their teeth repositioned. Moving the jawbones takes a lot longer than moving the teeth, and cannot be done in later life because the bone has lost its plasticity.

Discreet braces

Dental research has led to the creation of braces aimed at fulfilling the lifestyle needs of adults, top of the list of which is the need for discretion. No adult wants to go to work wearing adolescent icons, such as braces. Most would rather no one knew they were even receiving treatment, especially if they are in a position of authority, or a public-facing job, such as working in a bank, where it would mean fending off the stares of hundreds of strangers every day.

Dental researchers have come up with some ingenious ways to solve this issue through the development of invisible braces. One kind of braces has very small clear brackets and wires that make the braces look more like a tooth jewellery than medical equipment. Another kind goes on the backs of the teeth, where they are completely hidden. And yet another kind uses plastic mouth guard-like aligners that are so thin that once they are in place, they can’t be seen at all.

Getting through the fear barrier

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Woman with dental fearFear is the body’s response to perceived danger. It’s what stops people wandering too near to the edge of cliffs, or sticking their hands into very hot fires. Some of it is hard-wired into us, but a lot of fear comes from the subconscious mind connecting to previous experiences that provoked a sensation of being in danger. The mind stores these away, and then produces the feeling of fear when it is presented with a situation that is reminiscent of whatever produces the danger or pain first time around. It’s not rational, and it’s not easy to get over. And phobias can stop people getting the most out of life, even from getting their teeth replaced with dental implants in North London.

However, getting dental implants in North London need not be a traumatic experience, if the patient finds a dental practice where the staff have been trained in helping nervous dental patients to be able to relax and feel as comfortable as possible during their treatment. There are a number of such practices in North London, such as Adams Dental.

Fear and dental implants

It’s not uncommon for patients to feel a certain amount of dread at the prospect of dental implant surgery. The surgery involves cutting through the gum, and then carefully drilling, with a series of increasingly wider gauge drills, into the jawbone to create an artificial socket. It takes a while to do this, as the dentist has to be careful not to crack the bone, or overheat and kill the surrounding living bone cells.

People who have had bad experiences with fillings, or perhaps extractions or root canal treatment, assume implant surgery will be similar in terms of pain levels. In fact, there is a whole lot less pain because there are fewer nerve endings in the jawbone than in the teeth. That said, lying back for quite some time while someone, however kind and gentle, drills into the jawbone is never going to a doddle, and for nervous patients, sedation is one way to get through the surgery in a more relaxed state. Oral or intravenous sedation are usually on offer, and can make all the difference to getting dental implants in North London.

When real teeth need replacing

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Woman ready for her teeth replacementDentistry has made enormous advances in the last 40 years; the number of adults in the UK with no natural teeth has been reduced from 37% in 1978 to only 6% today. Now 86% of adults have 21 or more of their adult teeth, but what about the other 11 teeth? Fortunately, people can still have full functionality — the biggest downside of losing teeth is not being able to bite and chew properly — with dental implants in Camden.

In Camden, dental implants were once difficult, but these tooth restorations are now available from a good selection of dentists, including Ace Dental.

What’s so great about dental implants in Camden?

The reason that dental implants have steadily increased in popularity and availability is that they replace the whole of the tooth, crown and root, whereas other restoration methods only replace the crown. This confers several benefits:

Chewing and biting

Having the restoration firmly anchored in the jawbone, as opposed to resting on the gums, like dentures, means that the crowns can support much great chewing forces. In fact, they can withstand more than the average male chewing pressure of 200lbs or 97kg. Dentures, which rely on suction or adhesive, can only offer about a quarter of natural chewing pressure. This means people can eat whatever they want, allowing for a more varied and therefore more nutritious diet.


Having implants rather than dentures means that there is nothing covering the roof of the mouth and the taste buds, so eating becomes a pleasure again because people can actually taste their food.

No social stigma

Dental implants, being firmly fixed into the jawbone, stay put, and do not wobble around as dentures can be prone to do. This gives people back the freedom to be spontaneous in their speech, eating and laughter, no longer needing to be on guard that something untoward is going to happen in their mouths.

No need for replacements
Dental implants can last for decades and decades, if they are properly looked after. It means people can more or less forget about them, finance-wise, once they are placed.

Volunteering in Singaporean National Defence: Are You Suitable?

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Soldiers lined upSingapore VolunteersWith all that the government has provided, it makes sense for every Singaporean to give back. One of the ideal ways to do so is by joining the SAF Volunteer Corps. However, many individuals who are seeking to contribute to national defence wonder if they meet the strict qualifications of this program. Concerns about inexperience usually arise, for example. To deal with the issues that surround qualifications for local volunteer opportunities, here is a simple guide to the three main requirements.


For SAF volunteerism, age is more than just a number. To be an applicant for the SAFVC, you should be aged between eight and 45 years. You can serve up to the age of 50 and comply with all SAFVC ethics and ethos. Once accepted into the volunteer program, you can choose an area of specialisation like engineering, nursing and medical training.

Mental and Physical Health

The level of training that you will undergo as a volunteer requires you to be in the best physical shape. The exercises that volunteers will perform would push their bodies to the limit. Therefore, start your own exercise program before applying for local volunteer opportunities. You likewise need to have the right mental resilience to undergo training that takes a toll on the body. Mental strength is as important as physical fitness in this case.

Willingness to Contribute

Any volunteer work is driven by the passion for serving the country and its citizens. This force should take you through the challenges and enable you to contribute in different capacities in the SAF Volunteer Corps. Find a suitable role from engineering, naval operations, information, security, among others.

As the SAF Volunteer Corps approaches its second birthday, are you ready to join them the next time they come calling? Prepare your mind and body for the strenuous program and you will enjoy every second of your service.

3 Things to Consider Before Applying for a Loan

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Approved personal loanApplying for a loan is an attractive option if you are short on cash or you need some extra money to fund whatever you want to carry out. While loans provide you with an immediate solution, you need to be careful when transacting.

If you want to learn more about loans and how you can make the most of them, here’s what you need:

The Right Type of Loan

Keep in mind that there are different types of loan, each suits specific needs. What you need to do is assess your current situations and needs, knowing that some lenders only lend money for specific purposes. If you are starting a business, it will be better if you go to a government agency.

For personal loans, you may want to visit a provider of cash loan in Provo. To increase your chances of having your application approved, make sure that you have a good credit history.

The Contract

Before the money is given to you, you will be given a contract that will protect both you and the lender from liabilities. Go over the contract and pay attention to the provisions on payments. If there are jargon and statements that you do not easily understand, have an attorney or a paralegal read it.

On Repaying

Paying your loan can be difficult if you are not organized. First, you must prioritize it. If paying takes a toll on your monthly budget, you may want to change terms, provided that the contract allows it. A word of caution: Your interest rate may increase. You may also want to have an extra source of income like starting a small business or finding a second job.

These are only some of the things to consider before applying for a loan. If there are some things that confuse you, you may want to consult a financial adviser.

Foreign Tourism in NZ Affected by Lions Rugby Tour

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Tourists enjoying their New Zealand tripThe Lions rugby tour allowed New Zealand to record an increase in international guest nights in June year over year, according to Statistics New Zealand.

Foreign accommodations in Auckland and Wellington rose by 27,000 and 28,000 people, respectively, Queenstown also recorded an increase in international visitors by 23,000 guests. Overall, guest nights nationwide grew 6.7 percent to 2.3 million tourists.

The Lions’ Effect

Domestic guest nights in the country rose 2.6 percent in June, which indicated the positive impact of the Lions rugby tour for tourism. The increase particularly benefited Auckland, which hosted the event.

When it came to foreign arrivals, British and Irish travellers accounted for 49 percent of the increase with 23,400 people coming from these countries. Nationwide, international guest nights increased by 14.1 percent, reaching 898,000 people in June.

By contrast, domestic guest nights dropped in Auckland, Wellington and Otago. Still, local tourists from other parts of the country comprised 1.4 million travellers, up to 2.6 percent this year.

Accommodation Types

The increase in guest nights translated to more business for accommodation providers in June. Currency and money transfer companies such as No.1 Currency say that foreign currency and money exchange in New Zealand indicated an increase too, as transactions in the hospitality industry rose by $81 million nationwide, up 9.8 percent in June.

All four accommodation types recorded an increase in visitors in the same month. Hotels and motels registered a 5.8 percent and an 8.1 percent increase in booked rooms. Backpacker accommodations rose 2.5 percent, while guest nights at holiday parks increased 11 percent.


New Zealand has been known to be a great travel destination among foreign tourists. If you plan to visit the country any time soon, whether you are a sports fan or a nature lover, you can find accommodation that will suit your needs and budget.

A Short Guide to Diversifying Your Investment

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Man investment planningIt has always been a golden lesson about making the most of your money: do not just save, invest. The benefits of investing are always apparent, which is why a lot have been transitioning from owning simple bank accounts to playing with stocks and getting bonds.

But it is important to know that investing alone will not suffice. You need diversification. For the uninitiated, diversification is one way of spreading your assets to minimise risks. Think of it as not putting all your eggs in one basket; otherwise, you will lose everything should the basket fall onto the ground. Are you planning to diversify? Here are some tips to keep in mind. 

Choose other assets

Other than cash, you need to vary your assets to come up with a sound portfolio. You may want to get stocks if you are quite aggressive. If you want a safer investment than stocks, you can choose bonds.

Real estate and business are forms of investment, too. If you want something fancy in your portfolio with possible high returns, you might want to start checking out fine artwork, antique, and gold bar prices.

Know your risk appetite

But before you go at your chosen assets, you must first gauge your appetite for risk. If you are not willing to lose a specific amount to an investment type, then do not go for it. Otherwise, you will be disheartened, which in turn may affect your mindset towards investment.

Do not just be dazzled by the possible earnings; balance such expectations with the possible losses you may incur.

Of course, there will be times when you feel lost. If that ever happens, do not hesitate to seek the services of a reliable investment advisor. Tell them your financial goals, and they will provide you with a clear roadmap that will lead you towards the realisation of your plans.

Decreasing Monthly Mortgage Payments Effectively

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Refinancing the mortgage to decrease mortgage paymentsA high monthly mortgage rate can greatly affect your income and other paying commitments. If you find your mortgage difficult to pay due to its cost, below are four smart strategies that can assist you. Read on.

Consider refinancing

Many borrowers opt to refinance their mortgage because apart from lowering their monthly payments, it allows them to get a lower interest rate as well. One of the most popular refinancing programs is the HARP Loan Program, a program initiated by the federal government in 2009.

Some lenders offer loans under this scheme, one of them being Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loans are eligible for this program and suits any property even vacation homes.

Expand repayment term

One of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce your monthly payment on a mortgage is by stretching out its term. Also, known as re-amortizing, this approach does not require homeowners to refinance their mortgage but instead pay a one-time service fee.

If your mortgage, for example, is set to 10 years, extending it to 15 will significantly lower its monthly price.

Let go of mortgage insurance

Do you know that you can get rid of your private mortgage insurance (PMI) to lessen the costs of your payment of monthly mortgage? All you have to do is repay enough of your mortgage to gain equity in your home.

When you do this successfully, you can request your lender to drop your PMI, which adds to the costs of your monthly expenses.

Alter your payment schedule

Lenders are typically considerate, especially to long-time clients. If monthly payments are not working for you, ask your lending company about changing your payment plan. Request for a bi-weekly schedule if you wish to pay off your mortgage with the money you already have.

Bi-monthly and quarterly payments may also be considered

Mortgages entail a paying commitment, which for some could be harder to settle over time. Determine the option that best suits your budget to help lower your monthly costs.

The Basics of an FHA Loan Program

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FHA loan paperwork with pen, glasses and moneyIn the 1930s, there were many foreclosures and defaults on mortgages. So in response to that, the government instituted the FHA Loan Program to make home loans more affordable for individuals with low to moderate income who cannot afford the 20% down payment and those with low credit scores.

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insures FHA loans issued by federally qualified lenders. This also provides mortgage lenders with sufficient insurance, so they are not at the losing end if the borrower defaults.

Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. notes that the percentage of the down payment is according to borrower’s credit score. The higher the credit score, the lower the down payment.

The 3.5% down payment is available to those with a credit score of 580 and up while those with 500 to 579 can avail of the loan with a 10% down payment.

FHA Loan Benefits

The main advantage of an FHA program is the low down payment and not being required to have a high credit score to qualify. In fact, you can still qualify even if you only have a credit score of 500; however, you will need to pay a down payment of 10%.

But compare that with the 20% down payment for a conventional mortgage, that’s already a good deal.

Possible Disadvantages Of An FHA Loan

While an FHA program is great at first glance, there are still downsides you need to consider. One of them is having to pay two types of mortgage insurance premiums (MIP).

One of them is the MIP paid up front during closing or paid monthly together with the mortgage where borrowers need to pay an extra 1.75% of the total home loan. The other one is an annual premium charged monthly.

An FHA program is a great option for people with less than stellar credit scores and do not have enough money for the down payment. However, you still need to look into the additional fees that you will need to pay.