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My Clear Aligners Are Turning Yellow: What Should I Do?

February 24, 2023

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a patient holding an Invisalign tray

The world of orthodontics changed when Invisalign was released in 1997. It offered patients an alternative to bulky metal braces by using clear, smooth aligners made from plastic to move their teeth into a more ideal position over several months or years. Since these trays are clear, they are a more discreet way to straighten crooked pearly whites. But what if they become stained? Continue reading to learn what can stain aligners as well as how to prevent this from happening.


Can I Get Dental Implants If I Smoke?

December 11, 2022

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Man’s hand holding cigarette If you’re ready to replace your missing teeth with the next best thing to your own, dental implants are an excellent investment. They have over a 95% success rate and are proven to last for decades with the right care. Although dental implant failure is rare, there’s one thing that can significantly increase your risk of complications. Smoking can affect your immune system’s ability to heal and fight infections. Kicking the habit can be challenging, but here’s what you need to know about smoking and dental implants. 


Choose a Dentist with a ConeBeam Scanner – Here’s Why!

November 18, 2022

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Man smiling at dentist

If you’re missing teeth, you know just how difficult it can be to complete daily tasks, like chewing your food, speaking clearly, and smiling with confidence. Fortunately, just because you’re missing teeth doesn’t mean that you need to go the rest of your life without them. Dental implants have amazing benefits that you can’t find anywhere else. With the help of a skilled dentist, preferably with a ConeBeam scanner, you can get your smile back! Here’s why this piece of technology is so helpful.


Can You Get Dental Implants After Menopause?

October 28, 2022

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older person who got dental implants after menopause smiling

Menopause occurs for most women when they are in their late 40s or 50s. It is characterized by a decline in reproductive hormones. If you go a whole year without menstruating or start having hot flashes, these may be signs that you are going through menopause. This is a natural part of getting older, but do hormonal changes affect your ability to undergo dental procedures? If you have missing teeth, will you be able to have dental implants placed? Continue reading to learn if going through menopause disqualifies you from getting dental implants.


5 Steps to Follow If You Have a Knocked-Out Tooth

September 13, 2022

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person with knocked-out tooth covering their mouth

Did you recently lose one of your permanent teeth? Whether your knocked-out tooth happened as the result of a sports-related accident or by other means, it can be pretty alarming. Your initial reaction may be to panic, but it’s important to stay calm and work through the necessary steps to prevent additional damage. Read on to learn about the five steps you should follow if you knocked out a tooth until you can see your emergency dentist.


Tips for Visiting an Emergency Dentist Without Insurance

August 18, 2022

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A patient in a dental emergency

You’d normally be eager to see a dentist in a dental emergency. Depending on the situation, urgent care could protect your oral health. However, you might be hesitant if you don’t have any dental insurance. In that case, it’s natural to fear that an appointment would exceed your budget. Thankfully, though, you can take steps to make your treatment less costly. To learn more, here are some tips for visiting an emergency dentist without insurance.


Lost Filling? Call Your Emergency Dentist

July 25, 2022

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Woman with oral painIf you’re among the 92% of adults who have had a cavity in a permanent tooth, it was probably treated with a filling. Whether metal or composite, fillings are designed to serve as a long-term solution; however, they don’t last forever. Eating a chewy piece of candy or new decay can lead to a lost dental filling. Not to mention, it’s normal for it to lose its bond with your tooth over time. No matter the reason, don’t panic. Here’s what you should do until you see your emergency dentist. 


5 Tips to Sleep Better During Summer

June 6, 2022

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Woman sleeping peacefullyIf you have sleep apnea, you know a good night’s rest can be hard to come by, especially during the summer. Despite your CPAP or oral appliance, warmer weather and longer days can make it more challenging to get the quality of sleep you need. You don’t have to toss and turn all summer. Your sleep dentist has 5 simple tips to get the rest you need to feel your best.


4 Easter Candies That Are Bad For Your Smile

April 4, 2022

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easter candies in Oakton

Easter is coming up and it can be exciting to go scavenging for all the hidden eggs! Most people like to also enjoy the various sweet treats during this time. While these are tasty and fun, there are some that can hinder your oral hygiene efforts. Read on to learn four easter candies that are harmful to your dental health.


Can Secondhand Smoke Increase Your Child’s Risk of Sleep Apnea?

March 17, 2022

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young girl plugging nose around secondhand smoke

If you’re a regular smoker, you’re probably not too worried about the impact it can have on your body. Nevertheless, have you thought about what it could be doing to your children? Secondhand smoke can have all types of dangerous side effects on growing bodies. For young children, that may include an increased risk of sleep apnea. Read on to learn more about the effects secondhand smoke can have on your little one’s rest.

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