According to the American Association of Orthodontics, an estimated 4.5 million Americans wear braces. Braces are one of the most popular ways to straighten a crooked smile. While straight teeth are certainly easier to keep clean and healthy, the orthodontic treatment process can pose challenges to your hygiene routine – especially when you have fixed appliances like braces.
Fortunately, there is another orthodontic option that can be just as effective as braces, but without the physical challenges of trying to clean around brackets and bands. Invisalign offers remarkable advantages for both teens and adults who have crooked, gapped or misaligned teeth. Not only are the aligners clear for ultra-low visibility, but they can be removed for eating, brushing and flossing. … Continue reading
Your teeth are remarkably strong. But they are not invincible. Even a healthy tooth can fracture under extreme pressure. While it may be easy to spot a broken tooth, a tooth crack can be difficult to detect. In fact, hairline cracks in a tooth may be undetectable to the eye but they require the same prompt treatment as a major crack or break.
Cracked tooth syndrome (CTS) is a painful condition that occurs when there is a crack in one of your teeth. CTS can describe anything from a tiny hairline split in the crown of a tooth to a major fracture that extends all the way to the tooth root. The most important thing is that you recognize cracked tooth syndrome and seek proper treatment. … Continue reading
How do you feel about your smile? Many patients are confident in the health of their teeth, yet they find themselves hiding their teeth due to concerns about their appearance. Whether you were born with an imperfect smile or your teeth have suffered unsightly consequences over time, cosmetic dentistry can help. Cosmetic dentistry offers a full range of treatment options for teeth that are crooked, discolored, chipped and misshapen. While cosmetic dentistry can undoubtedly be your answer to a more confident and happier you, it does require some intentional forethought and consideration. If you are interested in letting cosmetic dentistry transform you smile, here are a few things to keep in mind: … Continue reading
Gum disease is one of the most common, yet most serious oral health conditions. More than half of adults over the age of 35 suffer from some form of periodontal disease. While beginning stages of gum disease, like gingivitis, are easily treated without any real consequences, if your gum disease goes untreated, you could face serious threats to your smile as well as your overall health. Like many diseases, knowledge is key to preventing and detecting gum disease. Let’s take a closer look at the causes, symptoms and potential outcomes of this prevalent condition. … Continue reading
Mouthguards are a type of oral appliance made of solid plastic that keep your teeth and jaw in a specific position. While there are mouthguards to be worn during sports and other models designed for sleeping, all mouthguards have the same basic role – to protect!
You may think of mouthguards as the boil-and-bite models you can get at your local pharmacy or sporting goods store. While these can offer some level of protection, a custom mouthguard from your dentist is far superior in fit, comfort and effectiveness. Mouthguards from your dentist are uniquely fabricated to fit over every crevice and groove of your smile. In addition, they can be made from higher grade materials, which means better protection and lasting durability.
Could your smile benefit from a mouthguard? Here are three main reasons to invest in a dental mouthguard: … Continue reading
While we love seeing our patients, we don’t want to see them more than we have to. In other words, our goal is to help you maintain your oral health with routine preventative care so that you don’t have to come back for unscheduled visits. While professional cleanings and exams can go a long way in protecting the health of your smile, these visits only occur twice out of the entire year. What you do the other 363 days can be the deciding factor in whether or not you avoid dental treatments such as cavity repair, gum disease therapy, root canals and other restorative procedures.
Your teeth are among the most important structures in your body. The mouth is the gateway for bacteria to enter your body and the teeth are a necessity for chewing, speaking and other important functions. Taking care of your teeth, therefore, should take priority. Are you making your dental health a priority? … Continue reading
As the new year begins, it is the perfect time for a fresh start. While you may be thinking about your exercise habits or your diet plan, you should also consider your oral health. One of the best (and easiest) ways to start the new year off right with your smile is to purchase a new toothbrush.
Here are four reasons why buying a new toothbrush can lay the groundwork for a healthier and more confident smile this year:
#1 Leave Behind Bacteria
Unless you just recently changed it out, there’s a solid chance that your toothbrush is carrying bacteria within its bristles. Considering that you use it twice a day to remove countless food particles and germs from your mouth, it makes sense to learn that that bacteria doesn’t always get removed from your brush once you’re done. This can also be true if you store your toothbrush close to someone else’s toothbrush or even too close to the toilet! A new toothbrush means a clean toothbrush! … Continue reading
Dental technology has made significant advancements in recent years. One of the most valued improvements is within dental imaging. Unlike past methods of using 2D film to take x-rays, today’s imaging can involve amazing three-dimensional views using a 3D Cone Beam CT scan. This modern form of imaging has certainly changed things for the better, whether you are a patient or a dentist. 3D cone beam imaging can improve diagnostics, patient experience and the overall outcome of the proposed procedure (particularly dental implants). Here’s a closer look at the benefits gained from using 3D imaging compared to conventional x-ray film: … Continue reading
Sports and energy drinks have become a very popular way to hydrate for kids and teens. While many sports drinks have electrolytes and some contain vitamins, nearly all of them are packed with high amounts of sugar and acids. Bathing your teeth in this harmful combo throughout the day can wreak havoc on the teeth. Even worse, the damage is most often irreversible!
The Academy of General Dentistry revealed a study that found that energy and sports drinks contain so much acid that they can start damaging the teeth after just five days of consistent use. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, an estimated 30 to 50% of U.S. teenagers consume energy drinks. 62% of them have at least one sports drink per day. Considering the serious dental effects of sports drinks, this is a pediatric dental topic worth discussing. … Continue reading
Whiter teeth can boost your self-esteem, improve your chances for a career promotion and even take years off of your appearance. It is no surprise that teeth whitening continues to top the list of most sought-after cosmetic dental procedures each year.
We all want white teeth, but it’s not so easy to achieve. That morning cup of coffee, nightly glass of red wine or other dark colored foods on your plate can quickly sabotage your quest for a white and brilliant smile. Furthermore, certain medications, tobacco use and other lifestyle habits can also discolor your teeth over time. This is why so many patients seek teeth whitening treatment. The question immediately becomes, “do you whiten with your dentist or do-it-yourself?” … Continue reading