Tips For Smile Health During The Holidays

Tips For Smile Health During The HolidaysA week into December and the holiday season is certainly upon us. Behind us are Halloween candy and pumpkin spiced everything, but ahead of us are cookies, candies, and dancing sugar plum fairies. On top of all the sugary treats, everyone is so busy. Between shopping and parties and recitals, there is little time to stay on top of our normal routine. How do we keep our smiles and our family’s smiles healthy during the holiday season? How do we make sure the joy and traditions don’t take their toll on our teeth? Here are a few tips to keep in mind:  (more…)

Saving Your Tooth With Root Canal Therapy

Saving Your Tooth With Root Canal TherapyTooth decay is continues to get worse and worse without treatment. Detected by your dentist early enough, tooth decay can be reversed in the earliest stages. Once the decay has formed a cavity in the enamel of your tooth, a filling may be needed to clear out the decay and repair the tooth. If the tooth is left untreated, the decay will go deeper within the tooth until it causes a toothache. At this point, the inner pulp and roots can be infected and inflamed, and root canal therapy may be necessary. Root canal therapy can sometimes be the last chance to rescue a tooth from being pulled. Without a root canal, an infection of the tooth could enter the bloodstream to cause problems for other parts of the body. An extraction of the tooth may be needed to stop harm to your health.  (more…)

A Few Reasons Why Invisalign® Is a Good Idea

For many older teen and adult patients with malocclusion, the importance of straightening their crooked teeth is obvious. Therefore, being able to do so without having to wear traditional metal braces can sometimes seem like it’s too good to be true. With Invisalign® clear aligners, however, increasingly more patients are learning that it isn’t. Using advanced, digital imaging and measuring technology, we can design a series of comfortable, discreet Invisalign® aligners that offer the same teeth-straightening benefits as orthodontic braces. While helping you correct your tooth alignment, the aligners make your orthodontic treatment significantly more comfortable and convenient, as well. (more…)

Why Do I Need A Filling?

Why Do I Need A Filling? Tooth decay and cavities are incredibly common for adult Americans. Even with vigilant oral hygiene and mindful eating choices, there may be a point in your life where you get a cavity. It is important to remember that it can happen to anyone. You shouldn’t stress, but you should also be sure to get treatment as soon as possible. Tooth decay does not go away on its own. A cavity will get worse without treatment; it will not just go away if you ignore it. Treating a cavity with a filling can stop the cavity from worsening. A cavity that worsens can lead to a necessary root canal treatment, serious infection, and possibly the loss of the tooth.  (more…)

When Are Porcelain Veneers The Right Choice?

When Are Porcelain Veneers The Right Choice?A perfect smile does not mean that it looks like a movie star smile or that it looks like everyone else’s. A perfect smile is one that is healthy and one that makes you feel proud and confident. Minor imperfections or flaws to one person may make you feel unique. An imperfect smile is only one that leaves you feeling self-conscious or insecure when you smile or laugh. You should be able to smile in that family photo with a full healthy grin or laugh without covering your mouth in embarrassment. An imperfect smile can be perfected with cosmetic dentistry. A confident smile can be within your reach. With all the cosmetic treatment options available, how do you know when porcelain veneers are the right choice for your smile? (more…)

How Does Dental Bonding Help My Smile?

How Does Dental Bonding Help My Smile?There are two basic ways to help your smile: one is to help maintain the health and one is to help maintain the appearance. Dental bonding can help your smile in both of those ways. Bonding can address chips or cracks on teeth, small gaps, misshaped teeth, deep intrinsic stains, unevenly sized teeth, and more. Bonding uses the same composite material that is used in tooth-colored fillings. When it used to repair a chip or a crack, it can restore durability, while also improving the appearance. Dental bonding is a minimally invasive way to help address cosmetic and minor structural issues with your teeth.  (more…)

Why Are Routine Dental Visits Necessary?

Why Are Routine Dental Visits Necessary?It is recommended that you visit your dentist at least twice a year or every six months. Why is this necessary to keep your mouth healthy? Well, routinely visiting your dentist allows for two main things: a professional cleaning and a thorough checkup. Both of which can save you time and money.  Routine checkups and cleanings help to identify potential issues before they happen or treating them early enough that they are not substantial and expensive. Waiting to go to the dentist only when you have a severe toothache can be a costly and painful mistake. (more…)

Surprising Effects Of Crooked Teeth

Surprising Effects Of Crooked Teeth Some people would be surprised to learn that crooked teeth have many negative consequences besides just the appearance of your smile. So, treating crooked or misaligned teeth with orthodontic treatment or Invisalign can help not only the look of your smile, but also the health of it. Teeth that are not properly aligned are more susceptible to tooth decay, they can lead to a higher risk of gum disease, tooth fractures and damage, bad breath, TMJ disorder, and chronic headaches. Straightening out crooked teeth can decrease the effects of these issues caused by crooked teeth.  (more…)

Two Different Types Of Teeth Stains

Two Different Types Of Teeth StainsNot all tooth discoloration is the same. In fact, there are two very distinct types of teeth stains. The types require very different types of treatment, so it is important to know the difference. If the color of your teeth make you insecure, and you may be ready to get a brighter smile. Getting that brighter smile means determining the type of tooth stain you have. Stains on the exterior of the teeth can be treated with whitening treatments, professional or over-the-counter, while discoloration within the tooth cannot. Which type of stain is affecting your teeth? (more…)