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Is Single Arch Treatment with Invisalign Possible?

August 20, 2021

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Woman using Invisalign on the top teethYou’re never too old to invest in a healthy, straight smile. If you missed your chance for braces as a teen or you’ve experienced orthodontic regression, you might be a candidate for Invisalign. The discreet clear aligners gradually move your teeth without the noticeability of brackets and wires. If you just need to close gaps between your upper teeth or make other minor adjustments, you might wonder if you can use Invisalign on only the top. Although it is possible, it isn’t always a good idea, and here’s why.


What to Expect After You Get Your Braces Taken Off

July 15, 2021

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young woman smiling at her orthodontist because she’ll soon enjoy life after braces

After several months (or even years) of dealing with the inconveniences that come with traditional braces, it’s finally time to get them taken off and view your newly straightened smile! Once your orthodontist removes the brackets and wires from your teeth and you see the end results of your treatment in the mirror, you only have one question: Now what? Here are a few things you can expect with life after braces.


Is Chewing Gum the Secret to a Healthy Smile?

June 12, 2021

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Woman blowing a bubble with chewing gumYour teeth can serve you for a lifetime with the proper care over the years. Without faltering, you brush your teeth twice daily, floss nightly, and visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup; however, is your oral hygiene routine all you need? There might be another important piece to the puzzle that holds the secret to lasting oral health. Believe it or not, reaching for some sugarless gum can support a healthy smile.


Your Medication May Cause Tooth Decay—Here’s How to Prevent It

May 6, 2021

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medications that cause tooth decay

We’ve all done it before – whether it’s because we’re battling a cold, suppressing pain, or managing health conditions, we’ve all taken common medications many times throughout our lives. Medications are meant to keep you healthy anyways, right?

Not necessarily your oral health, though. Prescription drugs can come with side effects that negatively affect your teeth and gums, causing dental decay, dry mouth, and more.

But don’t throw out your entire medicine cabinet just yet! Read on to learn exactly which common medications lead to tooth decay and what you can do to keep preserve your oral health.


6 Simple Dental Hygiene Tips for Seniors

April 29, 2021

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elderly couple following dental hygiene tips by brushing their teeth

As the years go by, you can expect your body to change in certain ways. Maybe your hearing isn’t what it used to be, or your hair has turned gray. You may have noticed that aging can also affect your smile. Your risk for certain oral health problems increases as you get older. Want to learn some easy dental hygiene tips to keep your smile healthy? Read on as a dentist for seniors tells you what you need to know.


The Evolution of Dental Floss Over Time

March 4, 2021

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Girl using dental floss

You have pretty much always been told that you need to floss each day in order to prevent issues like interproximal cavities and gum disease. However, flossing hasn’t always been considered a crucial step in the everyday oral hygiene routine. Things have changed a lot since it was invented just over 200 years ago. Continue reading to learn more about dental floss, why it was invented, and how it has evolved throughout the years.


Can You Play a Musical Instrument While Wearing Braces?

February 11, 2021

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child playing musical instruments wearing braces

If you or your child wants straight teeth, braces are the most reliable way to get the job done. It should be noted, though, that orthodontic treatment requires some lifestyle changes. Does that amount to giving up a musical instrument? Continue reading to get the answer!


What to Do If You Lose a Dental Crown

January 7, 2021

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Replacement for a lost dental crown. A crown is a protective cap that’s bonded over the entire surface of a tooth above the gumline. It offers both restorative and cosmetic benefits to improve its overall health, function, and appearance. Nowadays, restorations are more durable than ever. They can last for a decade or longer with the right aftercare; however, it’s not uncommon for your crown to fall off over time. Although a lost dental crown isn’t as severe as a knocked-out tooth, you’ll still need to see your dentist as soon as possible. While you wait for your appointment, here are a few tips to help you through the stressful situation.


4 Traits That Make Your Smile Beautiful

December 18, 2020

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young man pointing to his smile after seeing his cosmetic dentist

Everyone wants to have a smile they can be proud of. What exactly does that mean, though? Have you ever considered what changes you could make to your smile if you could? Beauty is definitely subjective, especially when it comes to teeth, but according to decades of research, most people tend to find certain characteristics preferable to others. Here are four traits that your cosmetic dentist says make your smile beautiful.


4 Tips for Understanding Your Dental Insurance

November 10, 2020

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Dental insurance

Dental insurance is a helpful tool that allows patients to receive more affordable dental care. However, since it works quite a bit differently than dental insurance, many people have difficulty navigating it and maximizing their benefits. Fortunately, your dentist is here to help you gain a better understanding. Continue reading to learn some tips that will help you best comprehend how your dental insurance plan works.

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