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5 Tips For Choosing a Cosmetic Dentist

July 27, 2020

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Woman smiling with straight, white teeth

Did you know that roughly 33% of Americans are unhappy with their smile? Whether it is misaligned, discolored, or chipped teeth that hold you back, cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile into the straight, bright, symmetrical one you deserve. After all, a healthy smile has been shown to improve your first impression, boost your immune system, and lead to better overall oral health! If you are looking to give your smile an upgrade, then the best place to start is with a talented cosmetic dentist. Read on for five tips to help in your journey to finding one.

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How to Protect Your Oral Health if You Get the COVID-19 Cough

April 16, 2020

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Woman at home coughing from COVID-19

Like other viruses, COVID-19 causes a variety of symptoms like fever, fatigue, and coughing. Thankfully, the World Health Organization reports that only one out of five people who develop COVID-19 become seriously ill, and about 80% recover without needing hospital treatment. While it’s very likely that you’ll only experience mild symptoms if you catch the current coronavirus, the dry cough you may develop could damage your teeth and gums. Here’s how to protect your smile if you start coughing because of COVID-19, the flu, or any other sickness.

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Dental Emergency and Quarantine: What Do You Do?

March 14, 2020

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an older gentleman inside his home and holding his cheek in immense pain

It’s safe to say that 2020 is a year we will never forget. As the world struggles to deal with COVID-19, which is also referred to as coronavirus, the “new normal” is encouraging people who are not sick to stay at home and only go out for “necessities,” and those who are sick to self-quarantine. So, what should you do if you experience a dental emergency but are sick with COVID-19 and cannot leave the house? Let a dentist explain how you can treat your problem at home until it’s safe for you to leave home for professional care.

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7 Teeth Whitening Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Smile

February 7, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drchaffee @ 4:23 pm
Embarrassed woman covering her mouth after making common teeth whitening mistakes

One of the quickest, easiest ways to boost your appearance and your confidence is with teeth whitening in Newbury Park. Recent research shows that a shining set of pearly whites can make you look younger, healthier, and more successful. However, if something goes wrong, you may end up with discolored, damaged teeth! Here are seven common teeth whitening mistakes that could ruin your beautiful smile instead of brightening it.

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Is Straightening Your Teeth with Invisalign Really Painless?

December 7, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drchaffee @ 11:39 pm
Happy patient learning about Invisalign

Invisalign seems like a dream come true for those who have been scared away from straighter teeth by traditional braces. These clear alignment trays are nearly invisible compared to a mouthful of metal, and their removable nature gives you far more freedom. Some even claim that Invisalign causes no discomfort at all! If straightening your teeth without any soreness sounds a little too good to be true, you’re right. All teeth straightening methods cause some level of discomfort. Should you be worried about Invisalign? Your Newbury dentist gets to the bottom of this question and explains exactly what you can expect from these clear aligners.  

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Have You Maximized Your 2019 Dental Insurance Benefits Yet?

November 6, 2019

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dental insurance form

What will you be doing when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st? Sharing a kiss with that special someone? Spending quality time with friends or family? If you have dental insurance, chances are you will also be losing money. This is because many dental insurance companies operate on a “use it or lose it” system, where if you don’t maximize all your benefits, then they don’t roll over into the next year. Let’s talk about how you can avoid losing money by making the most of your benefits.

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Don’t Have Enough Jawbone Density For Dental Implants? Try Mini Dental Implants!

October 28, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drchaffee @ 12:48 pm
person missing a tooth

If you’ve been looking for a solution to replace your missing teeth and restore your quality of life, you’ve most likely come across the dental implant. But, have you ever heard of a mini dental implant? As you can probably guess, the primary difference comes down to the size of the titanium post itself. For patients who have been suffering from tooth loss for awhile and don’t have as dense of a jawbone, this is an ideal solution that’s still provides a secure and stable base for a restoration. Read on to learn more about the difference between both procedures and which one might benefit you the most.

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Can I Receive Porcelain Veneers If I Have Crooked Teeth?

September 2, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drchaffee @ 10:47 pm
A diagram of a porcelain veneer being placed onto teeth.

When it comes to smile transformations, there’s no question that porcelain veneers offer a level of detail that is truly unprecedented. Even permanent imperfections can be hidden indefinitely thanks to their high level of customization and natural-looking esthetics. However, this has many people asking whether or not they can receive porcelain veneers if they have crooked teeth. The answer is a bit more complicated than you’d think, which is why you should keep reading if you intend to pursue this treatment in the future.

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How Can There Be Bone Loss Around Dental Implants?

August 26, 2019

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Dental implant in jaw

There’s a reason why dental implants are often the go-to option for patients who are facing life with missing teeth. Not only will you be able to eat and speak normally again, but the implants will prevent bone loss in your jaw. Additionally, it’s a treatment you can rely on; the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness has found that implant surgery has a success rate well over 95%! Despite these facts, however, no procedure is perfect. Bone loss can still occur even after implants have been placed, and it could put you at risk of losing your new teeth.

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5 Things to Know Before Getting Dental Implants

July 26, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drchaffee @ 3:47 pm
Smiling person holding implants

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, over 3 million Americans have dental implants. If you’re considering joining this rapidly growing number, you need to make sure that the process is right for you. Dental implants can restore your smile but require a serious time commitment and possibly changes in your lifestyle. In this post, your dentist lists 5 things to know before getting your dental implants.  

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