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Porcelain Veneers 101: Why Is Enamel Removed from Your Teeth?

May 17, 2024

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Patient smiling in a mirror at their new porcelain veneers

Veneers can transform your smile, providing a fantastic solution for discolored, chipped, or misaligned teeth. However, if you’re interested in the treatment, you should know that the process involves altering your natural teeth. But how much enamel is removed for veneers, and why? Continue reading to learn more about enamel reduction for porcelain veneers and see if it’s a good choice for you.


Esthetics for the Everyman: Cosmetic Dentistry Isn’t Just for Celebrities

February 9, 2024

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Couple smiling after cosmetic dentistry

When you picture a celebrity, the first thing that may come to your mind is their seemingly flawless smile. Cosmetic dentistry has long been associated with Hollywood where celebrities flash their perfect smiles on the red carpet. For everyday folks, this kind of confidence seems well out of reach. However, the truth is that cosmetic dentistry is not just for the rich and famous. In fact, it’s more accessible than ever, offering smile makeovers for everyone, regardless of budget or lifestyle. Read on to learn how!


Monstrous Mints: Why You Should Chew Sugar-Free Gum

December 12, 2023

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Nose to chin view of a woman putting a piece of gum in her mouth

We’re all familiar with the embarrassment of having bad breath, whether it’s first thing in the morning or in a business meeting after having a salad with onions at lunch. You may have heard that you should avoid chewing sugary gum to prevent cavities, so you pop a mint into your mouth, instead. Unfortunately, this could also be harming your teeth. There are other options, like sugar-free gum, that can take care of stinky breath without the risk. Keep reading to learn more!


The Banished Beverage: Can I Drink Coffee With Invisalign?

October 10, 2023

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Cup of coffee sitting next to clear aligner trays and their carrying case on a white background

Invisalign has become a popular alternative to traditional braces because you can get the same great results much more discretely. The aligners fit snuggly over your teeth to gently push them into their ideal placements. They’re made of clear plastic and are much less visibly noticeable than bulky metal brackets.

Some foods and drinks can leave them in less-than-ideal condition, however, and coffee is one of them. That’s bad news for patients who enjoy their daily cup of joe! Keep reading to learn why indulging in your favorite beverage might not be such a great idea with Invisalign, and what you can do to reduce potential problems.


Getting Dentures After Prolonged Tooth Loss

August 24, 2023

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Lower denture held in fingertips Teeth are meant to last for a lifetime, but 23 million Americans have experienced complete tooth loss. 90% of adults with no teeth choose dentures to rebuild their smiles. It’s best to replace your lost teeth as soon as possible to keep your mouth and body healthy. However, life can get busy and they are associated with a hefty price tag. If you’ve been putting off replacing your teeth, it’s never too late to complete your smile, but there are a few things you should know.


5 Careers Where Invisalign Can Benefit Your Professional Success

June 22, 2023

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Group of colleagues smiling while working on computer at office

No matter what industry you’re in – from healthcare to entertainment – you could benefit from clear aligner treatment. However, there are certain professions where your smile is front and center. Since your grin is one of the first features people notice about you and it helps form the first impression you make, it’s not hard to see how it plays a role in your career. With this in mind, keep reading to learn five careers where Invisalign can benefit your professional success, as well as the benefits clear aligner treatment offers busy professionals.


Foods to Avoid Right After Teeth Whitening

April 9, 2023

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young adult eating with a beautiful smile

If you’ve been looking into getting teeth whitening, you’ve probably heard a lot about how incredible it can be. Within a single appointment, a dentist can give you a smile up to eight shades whiter than it was before!

Those results can also last for years if you take care of them. One of the most vulnerable points for your teeth whitening treatment is just after you get it, so it’s worth watching what you eat in the days immediately after you see your dentist. Here’s why that is and what foods would be best for you to avoid. 


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.

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