Have you ever heard of clear braces? Instead of relying solely on metal brackets and arch wires, we can actually improve alignment using a series of clear aligners made from a BPA-free plastic material. How does Invisalign® correct smiles? Try today’s quiz to find out!
Month: December 2017
How to Keep Your Smile Bright and Stain-Free
Though it may be tough to admit sometimes, you’re smile may not be as bright as it can be. Years of use and the remnants of past meals can leave their mark on your smile’s appearance, gradually diminishing its luster. With the right care and maintenance, however, you can help ensure that your smile retains… Read more »
Treating Different Kinds of Tooth Fractures
Unlike a chipped tooth, which you may be able to endure for years before deciding to fix, a cracked tooth likely won’t allow you to ignore it. Because of the nature of most tooth cracks, the discomfort is often severe, and can grow worse as the crack spreads and the pieces of your tooth separate…. Read more »
What to Ask Your Dentist About Porcelain Veneers
Do you sometimes wish that you could fix your smile’s appearance, but aren’t sure how to do it? Is your smile marred by more than one issue, and you’re worried about how many treatments you’ll need to fix them? The point of cosmetic dentistry is to make your smile look brilliant, but also to preserve… Read more »
Is There a Secret to Preventing Cavities?
In the age of self-help everything, one of the most common ways people look to improve their oral health is to find the secret to preventing cavities. The truth, however, is that there is no secret. The keys to cavity prevention are things that most have known since we were children—brush and floss your teeth… Read more »
The Most Important Difference Between Plaque and Tartar
In its simplest definition, good dental hygiene is the process of controlling the accumulation of plaque and tartar on your teeth and gums. When oral bacteria get together, they produce a film known as dental plaque that allows them to cling to your teeth, safe from the saliva that would otherwise rinse them away. Brushing… Read more »
What if It’s Too Late for Root Canal Treatment?
Tooth decay occurs in stages, and therefore, treating it depends on what stage it’s in when your dentist diagnoses it. For instance, in its mild to moderate stages, tooth decay can often be effectively treated with a custom, tooth-colored filling. In more severe cases, the decayed tooth structure and infected tissues must be removed with… Read more »
Tooth Loss Doesn’t Mean the End of Your Smile
In the not-too-distant past, losing a tooth meant the end of an era for your smile. You could replace the visible portion of the lost tooth, known as the crown, with a dental bridge, but the consequences of tooth loss (such as jawbone erosion) would continue, causing more oral health complications in the future. Fortunately,… Read more »
What’s the Difference Between Dental and Deep Cleanings
How often you clean your teeth can determine how much at risk they are for things like stains and cavities. That’s why cleaning them every day is important to keeping your teeth healthy and free of disease. Besides hygiene at home, that also means regular dental cleanings at your dentist’s office, typically at least twice… Read more »
Signs that You Might Have a TMJ Disorder
Besides protecting the health of your gums and the integrity of your natural tooth structure, general dental care also focuses heavily on ensuring your bite functions properly. This requires the combined efforts of your jaw’s nerve, muscle, and joints, and when one of these factors is compromised, the resulting discomfort can make biting and chewing… Read more »