The Dangers of At-Home Orthodontics

If you haven’t seen it yet, there is a company advertising on social media for “at-home orthodontics” for less than half the price of traditional Invisalign. Here’s how it works: You take molds of your teeth at home and then they mail you aligners each month instead of having to go to your dentist’s office.

While the price and the convenience can be appealing, I highly advise against using this or similar products that do not have oversight from a trained professional. While straightening your teeth may seem like a simple treatment, there are a number of things that can go wrong if you aren’t under the watchful eye of a dentist or orthodontist. Continue reading

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Who should remove your wisdom teeth?

In a recent blog, we discussed whether or not you need your wisdom teeth removed and why this procedure is necessary for patients with a high risk of complications. If you’re one of the many patients who need these teeth removed, choosing the right professional to perform this surgery is important.

So, who should remove your wisdom teeth – a general dentist or an oral surgeon? Below are three things to consider when making this decision. Continue reading

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Do you know your dental risks?

If you visited a new doctor today, it’s likely they would ask you for a list of your family’s medical history. They’d be interested to know how many relatives you have with heart problems, diabetes, cancer, and so on, as well as your history. Armed with this information, your doctor could determine your risks and treat you more effectively.

The same is true of your dental health. We are all born with certain susceptibilities to dental problems. Some may be at risk of cavities, while others are at risk of gum disease. Continue reading

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Do you really need your wisdom teeth removed?

The topic of wisdom teeth comes up a lot at our practice.

Typically, parents come in with their teenagers because they’re curious about having their children’s wisdom teeth removed. They’ve heard that wisdom teeth can cause a number of problems and want them removed as soon as possible. Continue reading

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The 4 Types of Crowns

If you have a tooth with a large portion of decay or a significant chip or break in the enamel, you will most likely need a crown. However, not all crowns are created equally and many have unique properties that some teeth require for a successful treatment.

Below are the four types of crowns we use in our office, listed from most common to least common, as well as the pros and cons of each:

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Which is My Best Option – Crowns or Veneers?

Something that I’ve seen a lot of lately is crowns being placed where veneers were the best option, and vice versa. Patients enter our practice experiencing issues that could have been avoided if they were treated correctly the first time.

I think this is an important subject to talk about because oftentimes patients will blindly trust their dentist to choose the best treatment. They don’t ask questions because they don’t know enough about their options. That’s why it’s important to (1) find a dentist that you trust and (2) educate yourself on the different treatment options. Continue reading

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Want Your Teeth to Outlive You? Avoid These 10 Things

My ultimate goal as a dentist is to help patients to create sustainable dental health, where their teeth will outlive them. Doing this requires me to look 20 or even 30 years in the future when planning out a course of treatment.

However, there are also things that patients can be doing to prolong the life of their teeth. At the top of this list is avoiding things that contribute to poor dental health. Continue reading

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3 Things that Age your Smile

Over the years, I’ve found that there are three things that prematurely age a smile – color, wear and mismatched dentistry. Regardless of the patients’ physical age, these traits can make them look much older than they are and create a smile that they are embarrassed to show.

The good news is that there are strategies to correct these issues. With proper care, patients can have a smile they are proud of and create true dental health where their teeth will actually outlive them. Below are a few simple strategies to correct an aging smile. Continue reading

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The Daily Grind: FAQs about Teeth Grinding

Roughly 20-30 percent of my patients have issues with teeth grinding. It’s a common problem that can be quite serious, particularly if it is not addressed in a timely and effective manner. Unfortunately, many patients do not realize that they are grinding or clenching their teeth until the effects are obvious – worn enamel and loss of tooth structure. Continue reading

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How to Stop Cavities in their Tracks

As I’ve mentioned before, adults should not be getting any new cavities. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you the number of adult patients I see who are getting them, and bad ones. The problem is that these adults are often susceptible to cavities, and where one cavity forms, others will soon follow. Continue reading

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