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Dental Braces | Cosmetic Dentistry

How To Take Good Care Of Your Braces?

Food particles and plaque can accumulate on braces in no time at all. Lack of proper oral hygiene while wearing braces can result in tooth decay or other periodontal diseases.

You must follow a routine plaque control program similar to what is explained below:

A special orthodontic toothbrush or a soft toothbrush can be used.
As flossing with braces is harder to do and time consuming, use of super-floss, floss threaders etc can be beneficial. In order to remove hard to reach plaque and food particles between tooth and braces, an inter-dental brush can be really helpful.
Oral irrigators can be added help in cleaning up your teeth faster.
Risk of cavities can be reduced by the regular use of a mouthwash with fluoride in it.
Do not eat hard to bite food items as they can loosen or bend braces.
Consume fruits and vegetables only in small pieces and always chew them using the back teeth.
Chewing gum, candy items etc should not be used as they can loosen, break or bend the braces.
Reduce you sugar consumption as sugar is known to raise the risk of tooth decay.
Never miss out on any of your follow up dental appointments.
It is not an easy task to take proper care of your teeth with braces, but the hope of attaining a killer smile should act as a motivation for you in doing so.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Get Braces?

A great smile can change your face totally. Braces can help you to attain a much brighter smile. Adjusting the teeth and thus making changes in the way your face is seen can help in achieving this. This will in turn add to your
self-confidence and over all good feeling.
Your digestion will improve as you chew better. Uneven teeth can be a problem in chewing properly. If food goes to the stomach without getting chewed properly, that can cause indigestion or malnutrition.
Reduced risk of future dental problems. If you do not use braces and get your teeth fixed, you may be facing multiple dental problems for years.
You may find it difficult to clean uneven teeth. Your teeth and gums may be facing unnecessary wear and tear. After suffering through such problems for years, many adults are opting for braces these days.
You can reduce the risk of breathing problems. As people get older, the roof of their mouth may cause some blockage in their nose and cause breathing trouble. This may cause snoring or sleep apnea. Braces from an orthodontist can reduce these risks.
Uneven teeth are prone to get damaged faster and this problem can be significantly reduced.
Take care of harmful habits.

Why Do We Need Braces?

Orthodontic problems are part of human genetic system. People have been growing steadily in size over the last few millennia. The proportion of size increase for human teeth was at a considerably faster level than the rest of his face.
This resulted in having bigger teeth than what can fit properly in people’s mouth. So an orthodontist takes charge of the situation so as to rearrange your teeth and resize your mouth as much as possible.

Is There Any Other Reasons For People To Get Braces?

Babies using pacifiers for a very long time, sucking fingers even after they turn two years old, habit of biting finger nails, habit of biting lips, injuries to the mouth etc can result in orthodontic problems. Sudden stoppage of breastfeeding can also cause similar problems. But the main reason for most people is the faster pace of teeth growth compared to growth of their mouth. As it is a standard feature of human growth, you don’t have any choice other than
facing it.

How Does Orthodontics Work?

Braces bring each of the teeth in to the desired positions by the application of gentle and consistent pressure. When you look at your braces, they may look like they are sitting idle. But all through the orthodontic procedure, there are some small helpful changes happening in your mouth. The major parts of braces are the brackets placed on each teeth and arch wire, which joins the arches together. Brackets are made of metal or ceramic and are designed to fit on to each tooth. Now the orthodontist will stretch the arch so as to bring the desired look after the treatment is over. The arch wire will be constantly applying pressure on the brackets and will bring the teeth in to the right positions.

The orthodontist is able to stretch your jaw so a to make space for all your teeth to fit in comfortably. As a next step, the teeth will be pushed in to the appropriate spaces. He can use a “palatal expander” so as to stretch your upper
jaw. Again, a “facebow” can be used to push back any teeth sticking outwards. With all these gadgets at his disposal, your orthodontist can move your teeth and jaw so as to get the perfect smile you always dreamed about.

At What Age Can You Start Orthodontic Treatment?

There is no age limitation for orthodontic procedures and these are recommended for kids as young as 4 years old. Older people up to 60 years are known to undergo this procedure to gain perfect teeth. But the right age for the best
results and least pain is between 8 and 14 and we recommend you to start the procedure around this time.

Human jaw is known to grow at the fastest pace when you are 8 or 9 years old. This is the appropriate time for “interceptive orthodontics” where your jaw can be expanded so as to obtain the best results. After this, you will have to wait until your permanent teeth are in place before you start your full orthodontic procedure. This is usually done at ages 13 or 14 after the permanent teeth are in place.

Is There Any Difference In Orthodontic Treatment Done Once You Are Older?

There is no age limitation for this treatment and can be delayed for a few years. But it will take much more time and can be a lot more painful once you are older. In order to gain the expansion gained easily at age 8, the orthodontist will have to exert much more pressure at age 14 and this would be much more painful. After you turn 20 years or so, only surgery can provide the desired jaw expansion.

How Does It Feel To Put Braces On?

Except for the initial sore feeling in mouth, teenagers never find any big problem with braces. They may feel the soreness for a week or so every time after the braces are tightened. The newer braces are so user friendly that you
won’t even notice their existence in your mouth. The only exceptions would be if you get smashed in your face or when the braces are tightened.

It won’t be such an easy feeling if you get braces past 18 years of age or so. You may feel like your teeth are loose. Even then the resultant killer smile gained can be worth all this trouble.

Do Braces Hurt?

It depends on the type of braces you get. Older braces were really painful for the most part. New generation braces are painful only when they are set in place or tightened.

Is It Okay To Talk With Braces On?

Absolutely. Normal braces do not affect your voice or talking ability. Every thing normal teenagers do like singing, shouting, talking, yelling etc is possible. Braces are not going to hinder you from any of these activities. Only
exception would be if you get hit on your face. That can be a painful experience!

Some times the orthodontist has to place an instrument that can restrict your tongue movement. This may cause difficulty for you to talk clearly for a couple of days or so. Later, you can talk properly.

Are There Any Activities Those Need To Be Avoided While Having The Braces On?

Avoid fighting and chances of getting hit on your face. As such avoid sporting activities that involve close body contact like boxing, karate, wrestling etc.

Can I Eat Normally After Getting Braces?

It is okay to eat most of the food items you eat now. As your mouth is going to be sore for a week after the braces are put on, try to eat only softer food items for that period of time. After this period of time, you can go back to
your regular menu.

Is There Any Other Food Product To Be Avoided?

Eating sticky food items like chewing gum, caramel, candy etc can cause the braces to slide away from their position. Crunchy food items like carrots, apples, hard rolls etc need to be reduced so as to avoid the risk of your braces
get knocked out.

What To Do If The Braces Come Off?

It is not a serious problem and can be easily reattached by your orthodontist. If it occurs quite frequently, you may need to spend some extra time to get the results.

Why Don’t The Orthodontist Set The Braces In Place Real Strongly So That The
Braces Do Not Come Off Even During Eating?

The braces are to be removed after the treatment program. In case, they are set in place too strong, they cannot be removed easily at the end of the procedure.

How Is The Very First Visit To My Orthodontist Going To Be?

Your orthodontist will start the treatment only after a few appointments. The very first appointment will be dedicated to study your medical history. He will thoroughly examine your mouth and decide whether you need any orthodontic

Your orthodontist is going to go through your mouth and verify the finish of each section. He will check to see if your mouth is large enough for all your teeth to fit in. He will check the alignment of your top teeth and bottom teeth.
He will look for any uneven, missing or crooked teeth. He will see if there is any breathing problems or joint problems in your jaw. The orthodontist is going to make his final decision as to whether you need braces or not based on all
these factors.





My dad is a periodontist Family Dental Care: Helping everyone.

I grew up with a dentist for a dad, and not even just a general dentist but a periodontist. That meant that any time we ever ate candy or popcorn, he would pull out the floss and make us all take care of our teeth. It was really embarrassing as a child, but now that I look back on it I am really grateful that he gave me such great habits to take me through life with. I am the person who always takes care of my teeth, and I floss and brush and swirl every morning and every night. I have never even had a cavity, though my dad always says that is really more genetic than anything. But either way, I know that my dad goes to work every day and does oral surgeries and puts in dental implants for patients, and so there are a lot of people out there who don’t have good teeth. I am happy for the benefit of growing up with those great habits, because it has kept me out of his dentist chair. While I do go to the dentist at least once a year for the annual check up and cleaning, I have never had to visit a periodontist for any reason, thank goodness. I know that my husband did not grow up with the same dental habits that I did, and so he has had to have many different procedures done in his adult life on his teeth. They have all been painful and long lasting, and they are not things that I want to go through with my own mouth.

I am raising my kids just like my dad did with me, to always floss after a meal and to brush and rinse and swish their mouths every night and every morning. I hope that I can instill in them the same things that he did with me. That I like going to the dentist and that the dentist is fun and helpful and keeps your teeth clean. But that you don’t want to be in a position where you need the services of a periodontist, because that means that you have not really been taking care of your teeth, and they are going to need outside help if they are going to stay strong and in your mouth. We don’t want cavities and gum disease or any other reason for a dental implant. We want strong and healthy teeth that are going to last for the entirety of their lives. I hope that I am able to get that across to them, because it is going to be very important to them when they are adults, that they kept up with their teeth. And that they never had to visit their grandfather in his place of work, and get into that periodontist chair. I want them to keep all their teeth, just like my dad taught me how to do when I was growing up. It wasn’t a bad thing to have a periodontist for a father.

Family Dental Care: Helping everyone.

My aging mother is sensitive about needing a dental implant

My mother is getting into her late sixties now, and is close to retirement. After getting divorced nearly ten years ago, she realized she was going to have to work longer than she had planned, and retire later than she wanted to. She was in pretty good health and I figured at least this would keep her mind able and occupied. I had been nervous about her being alone for so long, but at least I knew she would keep busy with her job for several more years.

Now, here we were, at the several more years point. She was close to wanting to retire but figured she had better get a couple more years in so that her salary would be hiring and her retirement fund would be padded a little bit more. I knew she would get social security at a decent rate and she would be covered by Medicare for her health but I worried about her anyway. And I worried with good reason, apparently. She called me last week with a toothache. She would not even have mentioned it I don’t think, except she was nibbling on a snack while we were on the phone and said “ouch” loudly at one point. I pestered her to tell me what was bothering her and she finally admitted she had a toothache. She had at least made an appointment to see her dentist but it would not be for several days still. I asked her if she had been lately and she said she still abides by her doctor’s preventive dentistry recommendations, with cleanings twice per year, but that she usually skips the exam part because they charge so much for two minutes of the dentist glancing at your teeth.

I told her to call me as soon as she was done with the dentist, which she did. I am pretty sure she waited a couple of hours but I was glad she called regardless. I had a feeling she was going to lose a tooth but I had not wanted to tell her that ahead of time or freak her out at all. I was right. The dentist wanted her to have at least one tooth extracted and a dental implant put in in its place. This did spook my mother a bit, but I talked her down after a while, explaining that it was no big deal. I knew she felt sensitive about getting old, so I tried to explain to her that they do this for anyone who has to lose a tooth, no matter their age. He also wanted her to have a root canal on a different tooth, and he would be able to do both at the same time.

I promised mom I would go with her so I could drive her to and from the appointment, and take care of her afterwards. I knew she was nervous but oral surgery is not a big deal, and I did my best to keep her calm and convince her that it would be best for her health in the long run if she removed unhealthy teeth and replaced them.


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Have Your Dental Problems Fixed Early to Avoid Bigger Problems Later
Dental problems can be very painful. If you wake up with a bad toothache you will need to call your dentist and get in to see him immediately. Most of us experience some kind of tooth pain sometime during our lifetime. If we have seen our dentist on a regular basis, we will most likely catch problems before they develop into something more serious. Serious dental problems such as swollen gums, painful teeth, receding gums, missing teeth or something else, can lead to serious health problems if not taken care of. Receding gums can cause other problems such as bacteria getting underneath the gums that can cause infection. This can lead to serious health problems such as problems with your heart. People often don’t realize why it’s so important to take care of your teeth to protect the rest of the body. It’s always a good idea to see your family dentist every six months or more often if he suggests, to make sure that your mouth stays healthy. The mouth is the window to the rest of the body. Infections in the mouth can lead to infection in the rest of the body which can lead to heart problems or other problems in the body.

Having missing teeth or crooked teeth can also lead to other problems. If your teeth aren’t properly aligned they can cause your other teeth to move which can throw off your whole bite which can lead to pain and even bacterial problems. If you have missing teeth the other teeth may start to move and this will lead to braces in the future. That’s why it’s so important to see your dentist is you have missing teeth. There are different things that they can do to fix the problem of missing teeth. Sometimes a bridge can work where fake teeth will be placed to bridge the gap and held by wire that attaches to the permanent teeth. A bridge does not need to be taken out to brush your teeth but can stay in permanently. Every time you go to see you family dentist he will check it out to make sure that it is okay and doing its job. It will feel so good to have your teeth taken care of and cleaned on a regular basis. By properly maintaining your mouth care, you are taking care of the whole body.

We will tackle almost any kind of problem. We have the means to replace teeth with implants and they can help you with dental veneers. It depends on which kind of problem that you have as to what they will need to do to correct your missing teeth. We can give you back your gorgeous smile and your confidence. Having missing or crooked teeth can not only make your feel inferior or insecure but can affect the health of your whole body. Let our dental crew help you with all of your dental needs. They want you to look and feel your best!



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It Was Time To Focus On Cosmetic Dentistry

I talk with a lot of people who want to take shortcuts that don’t even exist when it comes to their oral hygiene. I try to explain that it isn’t that complicated and to think about your teeth like you hopefully think about your car, your teeth need routine maintenance to keep them in working order just like your car does. I went to school for a long time to learn how to fix issues that could only be caused by years of neglect, I also learned how to prevent those issues. I didn’t understand how so many people neglected their teeth, like they weren’t going to have to personally deal with the damage eventually. I got into cosmetic dentistry because I wanted to make a good living and I wanted to be a doctor, but I didn’t want to go to more than 10 total years of school. Now, my practice was doing well and I was thinking about taking on a partner to help with all of the business, it would also give me the opportunity to focus on marketing our Invisalign and other cosmetic services. We obviously made money on general dentistry but there was honestly better money in aesthetics like teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, bonding and Invisalign so I wanted to find a way to maximize our profits.

It was important for me to still provide a full array of general dental services for the entire family, I just wanted to make it known that we were also completely capable of servicing their cosmetic needs as well. I thought that it might be a good idea to bring in an old, traditional dentist to take over all of the general dentistry so I could focus on cosmetic side of the dentistry business. I felt like I was a lot better at fixing people’s smiles than I was filling in their cavities but the more I thought about it, the more I thought that I was just more motivated to work on people’s smiles than I was their crowns and root canals. I wondered if it had anything to do with the fact that people who came in to see me to improve their smiles actually wanted to be there whereas everyone else was there because they felt they had to be. This was probably how a lot of public school teachers felt, I thought as I drilled into a patient’s molar. I was done being altruistic and fighting the good fight, if people didn’t want to take care of their teeth then fine, I didn’t feel it was my job to try and convince them that they should anymore. I was just going to focus my energies on providing the services that people wanted, I felt like it would probably help me feel better about coming into work everyday as well. I needed to talk to my wife about it though before I made any major decisions but I didn’t anticipate any issues, I’m sure that she’d be supportive of anything that made me feel better about my job.


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Orthodontics Combines Health and Good Looks

When I was younger, I used to think that braces were only about looks. I thought that braces were tools used to make your teeth straight and neat-looking. But as I got older, I began to realize that it is far more complicated than that. Braces are also about health. And there are ways that bad teeth can harm you, more than just your image. You want your teeth to fit together neatly. Your teeth are like little gears that fit together neatly. When they do, you are able to chew effectively but you are also able to speak more clearly. People sometimes forget that speech has more to do with the tongue than other parts of the mouth. If the tongue is crowded by misplaced teeth, then you child could develop speech patterns indicative of a speech impediment. But problems can be even more severe. Some people end up needed surgery on their jaws. There can be deeper problems related to the jawbone that needs adjustment. Left untreated, these can produce agonizing migraines and other problems. If you are having migraines, you first guess might not be that it has to do with your jaw. The first person you see would probably not be an orthodontist. And yet these are the far reaching problems that a lack of orthodontic care can produce.

On the other hand, who are we kidding? It is also very much about aesthetics, as well. We want straight looking teeth that are neat and beautiful. We could say that straight teeth are the epiphenomenon of dental care. Like a lack of bad breath from using mouthwash is just the indirect consequence of killing all of the germs, we could also say that straight beautiful teeth is just the after-effect of straight, properly functioning teeth. But I think that this would be somewhat disingenuous. Good looking teeth is a lot of people’s primary goal, which is fine. As long as they have proper dental health, what does it matter? And there are ways that you can have a great smile while you still have your braces on. Invisalign braces are all the rage right now. They are transparent braces. No one will even know that you are wearing them. Invisalign braces are great for adults that do not feel comfortable donning the trappings of a junior high student. They will feel great, look great, and you will be well on your way to a beautiful smile and good dental health. Orthodontics combines both of those in one swift motion. Because of this, you do not have to choose. It is not always the case, but braces are an instance in which the thing that makes you look good is also the best thing for you. This point can be overstated in other fields, like exercise. You can certainly over-do it with exercise. But with braces, a beautiful smile is an indication of a healthy smile. So go take your kid down to the orthodontist’s office and get an inspection today.


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Like Invisalign, Orthodontics Technology Is Changing

What must it have been like to be an orthodontics patient in the late 19th century or the early 20th century? Sometimes, I have the tendency to idealize the past as rustic and idyllic, but I am less inclined to do so when I think about early American orthodontists. We have certainly come a long way in terms of our orthodontics technology. Not only does this make the process more comfortable and less prone to injury or medical mistakes, I have to imagine that it makes the entire process more effective. So there is no reason not to harness the advantages of our modern era. While there may be some virtue in adhering to tried and true methods, there is also virtue in not fearing technology and novelty.

Consider Invisalign braces. These are transparent braces. They are hard to see, and they save teens and adults alike from the embarrassment of those big, gaudy metal braces crammed into our mouth. Furthermore, you do not have to adhere to any dietary restrictions. That means that you can eat popcorn, caramel, gum, and all of the other things that are normally prohibited by the normal braces of brackets and wires. The best part of Invisalign braces, in my humble opinion, is that they do not scratch your mouth. These braces look like small mouth guards. They set right over the faces of your teeth. There are no pointy edges of brackets. When I had my braces, the worst part was the scratches to the inside of my cheeks or my gums. These scratches would sometimes turn into canker sores. Then the brackets would continue to exacerbate the sore. It was as bad as it sounded. Invisalign braces completely sidestep this feature of orthodontics. So these braces do not hurt your mouth, let you eat whatever you want, and they are invisible so that you do not have to declare to the world at large that you are wearing braces.

It must be too good to be true. They must not work properly. They must take considerably longer than brackets and wire braces, right? Nope. They work just as well. It is not a trick. It is just a technological advancement. I notice in older generations the tendency to think that a certain level of discomfort or effort is necessary for something to be good. This can preclude them from taking advantage of the tools at their disposal. Orthodontics is just the same. We have just come a long way. Can you imagine if we transported an orthodontist from the year 1890 to the present day and showed him our brackets and wire braces? He might also think that it were just a trick or a charlatan sham. We would also think that he is naïve. It is exciting to think of the possibilities for medical technology in the future. And this extends beyond just orthodontics. Orthodontics, however, will also be on the receiving end of these innovations. Invisalign is just one example of how technology innovation has made dental health easier to achieve.


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How To Build Your Self Confidence

Has your self-confidence taken a plunge due to a comment regarding your teeth? Your own observation regarding a less than perfect smile, or suggestions by an orthodontist to fix your teeth? If so, don’t worry. This situation is temporary and can be fixed in no time – and without anyone even knowing! By the time you’re done straightening your teeth, you’re likely to get comments asking what exactly has been done.

Here’s how Invisalign works:
It’s an invisible plastic braces that is naked to the any onlookers’ eye – unless it’s a dentist of course. In addition, the braces are usually tailored to the customer’s mouth structure, as the orthodontist will usually form these from an x-ray or the patient taking a bite into a mold. There are several formations done over a series of one and a half to every two years. In addition, the orthodontist will typically check in with the patient to determine if any discomfort is being experienced, or if there need to be any changes made.

The cost of Invisalign can vary from one provider to a next, but this can usually be found out easily online. In addition, some dental insurance may cover all or part of the procedure – so check in with the insurance company to see.
Invisalign braces are also very portable, which means it’s not affixed to the actual teeth in a permanent sense. It acts as a cover over regular teeth – which means you can wash your own teeth properly as well as the Invisalign braces each and every day.


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Invisalign and contact lenses can help teenagers who worry about their appearances

Being a teenager is a difficult period in everyone’s life. Hormones are raging and social cliques are forming and everyone just wants to fit in. Being different as a teenager is torturous for many, and most teens report just striving to fit in and be like their peers. This includes the activities they do, their appearances, and anything else that makes them more like their classmates. Having glasses, braces, or being overweight can add to a teen’s discomfort during an already uncomfortable period in their life.

Luckily, technology has come quite a long ways since the old days of mouths full of metal, which is what most adults picture when they envision their child getting braces. They might recall their own years as children or teenagers with painful metal braces that needed regular, painful tightening. They undoubtedly look back on childhood pictures and see the braces in school pictures and scrapbooks. Today’s kids have more options, however.

Contact lens technology has evolved to the point of it being easy and affordable for almost anyone to wear contacts instead of glasses. Orthodontics have evolved to the point of invisible braces now in existence, a viable option for any teenager that needs braces or any adult who never made a cosmetic correction to their teeth for not wanting to wear the ugly metal versions.

Technology has also made it easier and sneakier for teenagers to bully one another, using social media and the internet to torment classmates and hide behind a facade while very publicly humiliating whoever the victim is. Being the parent of a teenager is just as difficult, because you have to navigate all these new ways in which teenagers can express themselves that never existed when you were growing up. While certain things like contact lenses or nearly invisible braces can make certain aspects of being a teenager less awkward, there is still the inevitable fact that some students are better at school than others. Some are better at sports than others. Everyone looks and dresses differently, and somewhere along the line, teenagers will grow into adults who also look and dress differently.
By then, it is a good thing to be unique. It is just a very trying time for teenagers in middle and high school. The pressure can be intense to fit in, perform well academically and athletically, and be a social butterfly. Many do not fit into this norm, and many are happy to not fit in. Still others struggle, however, and are among the many students who look to minimize awkwardness about their appearance such as glasses or braces. Parents can only do so much, as it is peers who have the most influence on teenagers at this point in their lives. Parents need to be the adults, set the boundaries, and be there for their children when things are tough. If they can also afford to get them contact lenses or braces, then all the better. Their kids might not recognize the significance of it in the moment, but they will surely remember when they look through school pictures later in life!


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I didn’t have Invisalign but my kids sure will.

I never had the chance to get my teeth straightened when I was a kid. If you look at my mouth, it is a disaster area of crooked teeth, some of them so slanted that they almost appear to be horizontal. It isn’t that my parents did not want me to have good teeth – far from it, my mother often lamented that she was not able to provide me with good care from a pediatric dentist. The simple fact is that she could not afford to have braces put on my teeth, and because of that I am left with a mouth that has a lot of issues.

For starters, I have a lot of trouble with keeping my teeth healthy. Because my teeth are at such funny angles, it gets really hard to clean them. Bits of food get stuck all of the time, and flossing is a thing of nightmares for me. I have had to have a lot of fillings because I just can’t get my teeth as clean as they need to be to prevent tooth decay. As it stands now, I have gotten too old to fix many of my oral issues without resorting to pretty major surgery. That is something that I am not prepared to do from a financial standpoint, so I just have to suffer through it. Even still, I am probably going to have to have a bridge installed soon just so I can keep what teeth I do have that chew correctly.

When I have children, though, they will not have to live through the same suffering that I have. Dental offices that specialize in children’s care are easy to find now, and – let’s be honest – I am in a much better position than my mother was when I was young. If my children have any dental issues – and I really hope that they do not – I am going to make sure that they get straightened out as soon as possible. Hopefully it won’t take much convincing; after all, all I’ll need to do is show them how messed up my own teeth are to encourage them to brush! I never thought I would be one of those dads that says, “Do it or you will end up like this!” But I guess that is exactly what is going to happen.
Anyway, it is a lot easier to get a kid to accept wearing the new Invisalign style braces than the old metal grin kind. Heck, I think it is really cool that technology finally caught up to dentistry – generations of kids went through the awful decision of “messed up teeth or three years looking like a freak.” I’m happy that my kids won’t have to do that, that there is an option that can fix their teeth without making them feel ostracized. But I can assure you, they won’t have a choice as to whether or not they get the braces: dental health is not an option in my family now!

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Great Orthodontists make beautiful smiles.

My dearest friend Nisa always prided herself of her smile, beauty, and skill. “I’m not conceited” she use to say, ”simply fabulous.” Where most people lacked confidence, she flourished in it. I rather enjoyed it, because while she would tease about her beauty and flaunt her confidence… she was still deep down humble and had worked extraordinarily hard at increasing her skill as an aerial artist. She was one of the most amazing dancer’s I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. When she got up on the silk fabrics that were strung to the ceiling, it was truly breath taking.

We were at a local club where we often performed during the musicians set. Usually this was before a DJ who was just dancing in his place behind a computer and well…usually not that entertaining. Of all DJ’s I have ever had the pleasure of seeing, Kaminanda was the most fun to watch. He knew his music and watching him dance to his music was like watching him control an invisible orchestra that lived in the computer while at the same time spell casting magic and love into the crowd. Another DJ was playing and Nisa was preparing to go up on a silk that is dangled into the middle of the crowd in front of the stage. With the help of the other performers, we had created a safety perimeter around the silk to ensure no drunk onlooker messed with the silk. People do not realized how dangerous silks are. Well.. the crowd that night sadly had opportunity to witness just how dangerous silk dancing really is.

Nisa was flowing as usual. Beautiful and entrancing to watch! She was doing a trick she had performed many time which requires one to wrap the silk skillfully around their legs until they are very high in the ribbon and then they drop themselves, the fabric unwinding them and catching the fretfully close to the ground. It was usually performed as the finally. Nisa was all wrapped up and was sitting at the top of the ribbon. She looked around the crowd and gave one last smile. She dropped. Everyone held their breath. The rope snapped taught, but she had miscalculated how far the drop was. CRACK. The sound of her face hitting the cement still haunts my dreams. Her legs were still wound in the ribbon and thankfully all her body weight did not come in behind her however she still slammed her face extremely hard into the cement. She had been knocked unconscious, left dangling in the ribbon, and me and the other performers ran to her aid.

She was okay…except the fact that she was going to desperately need to the skilled hand of an orthodontist. She had fallen at a strange angle on her mouth and had literally shifted her teeth around and chipped a few of them. Not only was she going to need a replacement tooth or two for aesthetic purposes, it appeared to me she was going to need braces as well.

Being her closest friend, I went with her to the orthodontics office.The staff was exceedingly kind and patient. Nisa was rather short with them at times, and they never lost their patience. Oh the death glare she gave the orthodontist when he said she would need braces. Thankfully though, he quelled her worries by offering her Invisalign braces! These were braces that were made form a clear material that way no one be able to tell she was wearing them! She was so relieved to know that her days as a performer were not over and she would be able to fix her teeth with out the embarrassment of metal braces!


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Going to the Dentist Regularly is a Vital Aspect of a Healthy Lifestyle.

Most people know that it is important to take care of their teeth, but many people do not know how far-reaching the effects of your oral hygiene habits are. For one thing, your oral health is directly related to your overall health, which means that if your mouth is not healthy, it is unlikely that the rest of your body will be. Since your mouth is the means by which all nutrients enter your body, it is not hard to see why this is the case. If your teeth are coated in bacteria, you are swallowing all that bacteria when you eat and drink. This puts you at a higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, and a bunch of other common chronic conditions. This means that going to the dentist regularly is a vital aspect of a healthy lifestyle. Your dentist can let you know if your oral hygiene regimen is doing the trick or not. If your regimen is lacking in some way, your dentist can tell you what you can do differently. Also, your dentist can let you know if you have any cavities or any signs of gingivitis. These are both conditions that are common and easy to treat, but they can both get very out of hand if you do not treat them soon enough. In extreme cases, you can even lose teeth to both cavities and gingivitis. To make matters worse, you can even develop both conditions at the same time, since they both result from improper oral hygiene. If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, you may have the beginning stages of gingivitis. Dentists recommend brushing your gums thoroughly to prevent the condition.

Going to the dentist on a regular basis is not only a good idea for hygienic reasons. Your dentist also keeps track of the alignment of your teeth. Teeth can shift over time. If your teeth are misaligned or are becoming misaligned, you should consider treatments that will shift them back. Braces are one example of this sort of treatment. Braces utilize very thin wires and metal brackets. They have been used for quite awhile, though the techniques have become a little more advanced over the years. Nonetheless, the basic premise has remained the same. Though braces are one of the most effective treatments of tooth and jaw alignment issues, they are fairly inconvenient and uncomfortable. Plus, many people are reluctant to get them because they are worried about how they look. The braces of today are less noticeable than the braces of the past. They can still be uncomfortable, though. Especially when they are adjusted, braces can leave your mouth feeling sore. This is almost unavoidable, though, since your teeth need to be physically moved into the proper position. This is an inherently uncomfortable process. Nonetheless modern cosmetic dentistry has become quite advanced, so the discomfort is minimal. Besides, it is far better to get the treatment you need than to allow your teeth to continue to shift out of place.


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Getting help from my orthodontist

I recently discovered that I have some kind of degenerative disease in my gums, and if I don’t deal with it quickly and swiftly, it is going to have an affect on my teeth in the near future. Teeth are something that you only have one set of, and it is really important to be sure to take care of them as much as possible. So that is why I was so surprised when my orthodontist told me that I am going to be facing this, because I have always taken very good care of my teeth my whole life. From the time I was old enough, I always flossed and brushed, every morning and every night, and often somewhere else in the middle of the day. As an adult, I have always used mouth wash as well, because I know there are germs that aren’t removed from just the flossing and brushing alone. And I suppose that I was lucky because my teeth were always straight and I never had to worry about needing to get braces or anything else like that. So when the dentist referred me to the orthodontist, it was the first time I had ever been in to see on of those types of doctors. I wasn’t sure what the problem was, but I knew that my gums just weren’t as they used to be. They were more sensitive than before, and they seemed to bleed often when I would floss. I have never had my gums bleed when flossing before, so I decided I should probably make an appointment and go in to see the dentist.

It was the dentist who decided that a specialist was necessary to check out my gums, and he made a referral for me to the orthodontist office. When I got in there he was very surprised that I was there to see him with such straight and clean teeth, but after he ran the tests he informed me that there was a disease in my gums that was not going to simply go away. All the prep work I have always done with my mouth was good because it kept me in the clear longer than I would have been otherwise, but it still didn’t prevent me from getting this gum disease that I am now having to deal with. It essentially just means that I need to rinse with a different mouth wash that is actually a prescription strength and filled with medicine that will kill the disease, and I also need to go in for more regularly scheduled dentist and orthodontist appointments than is usual for me, but this is okay as long as I’m not going to lose my teeth. If we can stop the gums from degenerating, then my teeth will be fine, or so I have been assured by the dentist. But I’m not as convinced and I’m still really worried about the health of my mouth and gums. I just want this to be over and to be back with healthy teeth.


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Fixing my smile again with Invisalign
My teeth seem to have a mind of their own and that mind has decided to be remarkably defiant. Growing up I had braces a few times, each time with the focus being on a different set of teeth, trying to move everything around like a puzzle to get it to where my teeth would finally look nice. After every set of braces, one thing would be fixed but then there would always be another problem. I went through all of the different spacers and expanders and some truly weird stuff stuck in the roof of my mouth to first get me to stop unconsciously sucking my thumb when I slept and then to try and repair some of the damage that was probably actually caused by the unconscious thumb sucking. Years passed and I got fitted with more and more different metal contraptions until finally when I was fourteen or so they said it was as good as it was going to get. My teeth were quite ok for a while but it did not take very long for them to rearrange themselves back to their former twisted state. By the time that it got bad enough for me to really start to care and feel self conscious about it I was already in my late teens and really not willing to go back to having metal braces again. In my head I was pretty much an adult, out in the dating world, going to college soon and I was going to be doing none of that with metal braces. I decided that Invisalign would be the best possible option for me. I knew it would be rather expensive since my insurance policy did not cover it but I did not care. I was working and had some money saved up so I called the orthodontist and made an appointment to have then poke around my mouth and check out all my teeth. The orthodontist said that Invisalign would not be the best choice for me but since I was extremely adamant about not having metal braces again, it was either Invisalign or nothing. The next week I went back to get my mouth molded so that they could get started designing and making my trays. A few weeks after my first appointment where they shoved my mouth full of pink bubblegum flavored goo to get the mold, they called and said my first Invisalign tray was ready. After that I just had to wear each of the three trays for a few weeks until my teeth were ready for the next one. Every once and awhile I would have to go in to get something tweaked or adjusted so that it would be more comfortable but overall it seemed that the process was quite simple and much less painful than I remember the metal braces of my past being. Sometimes they were not terribly comfortable, but at least the weird pressure only lasted a few days before my teeth moved to a place that felt more comfortable.


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Getting Your Teen to Wear Braces

Parents find it difficult to convince their teenage children to wear braces. These devices are usually recommended by an orthodontist to straighten and align a person’s teeth thus correcting the bite and improving the person’s overall dental hygiene.

One main problem of braces is its use of wires and ligatures. These are used to put pressure on the teeth to correct any problem and are very effective. They also do not require that much in terms of maintenance. Patients, however, have been found out to develop mouth sores due to the brackets and in the first few days of being attached, braces are often very uncomfortable.

The good news is that there are now a lot of alternative products that your teenager can use. Some orthodontists suggest the use of Invisalign. Unlike other products out in the market, this device uses aligners that slowly move your teeth to the correct position. The aligners are easy to remove and very much comfortable to wear. The most interesting thing about it is that it is clear or near invisible.

Their newest product is the Invisalign Teen. Compared to other product available, this one takes into account the fact that teenagers still have to get all their adult teeth. Depending on the age of the person, there are stages of teeth development as well.

It uses the same technology as with the original but with some nifty additional features. This new product has a color compliance indicator. What this simply means is that the device gives you an idea if it is time to replace it. When the color starts to fade, then it may be time go back to your orthodontist and have it replaced.

The Invisalign has already been known for being customized. This product takes it a step further. It now includes special features that are designed to correct different types of teeth be it canine, or second and third molars. The product does not only suit the lifestyle that your teenager has but the customized way of treating dental problems make it more effective.
How good is the product? One example often cited is about a patient that not only had a cross bite on one side of the mouth but also had a gap in between the front teeth. The patient’s option included possible jaw surgery. Through the use of this product, not only was the cross bite fixed but the gap between the teeth was closed. The patient therefore was able to avoid spending too much through surgery. Not yet convinced? There was also the case of a patient that had crowded teeth. Through this product, the problem was solved and with the addition of a whitening gel, the teeth became whiter.
Some parents though may find the Invisalign a bit pricier compared to other methods but the results and comfort of using one outweighs the cost. To be able to make a better decision for your teenager as to what method to use, consult with your family orthodontist.


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Find a family dentist near you!

When it comes to finding a new dentist there is nothing more important than finding a dentist that you feel comfortable with. So many people have fears about the dentist or just straight up hate going to the dentist. Sometimes that fear or dislike is so great that people will just avoid going to the dentist all together. This is a problem because healthy teeth are a huge part of your overall health. When someone neglects going to the dentist there can be some major consequences for your overall physical health. When you find a dentist that you can trust and feel comfortable with, you are much likely to show up for your regular appointments and cleanings. We have been providing excellent service for more than fifteen years. Our friendly and professional staff is committed to providing you with dental services that will change your mind about the dentist. When you choose our practice, you won’t have to worry about being judged or reprimanded for having not been to the dentist in such a long time, they will just be happy that you showed up. The staff is committed to giving each and every one of their patients a healthy and beautiful smile.

We offer a wide variety of dental services, from general cleanings to cosmetic dentistry procedures. They take great care to ensure that each of their procedures is completed in a way that is as pain and stress free as possible for their patients. The office is run by female dentist. She started her practice after completing her doctorate in dental surgery in 1996. One of the greatest things about her is her dedication and commitment to continuing to expand her education and knowledge of the dental field. With new technologies coming in to the field all the time, it is important to stay on top of the latest discoveries that can help to provide the best possible services to each patient. She is also very committed to staying involved in her community and giving back. It is wonderful to know that there is a dentist in your area that not only cares deeply about her patients, but also cares deeply about her community.

If you are in the area and are looking for a new dentist, look no further than our practice. The new patient exam is a comprehensive exam that will set the foundation for the rest of your dental treatments and procedures. The team wants to make sure that no stone goes unturned when it comes to your overall oral health. Whether you are looking for a dentist to schedule your routine cleanings, or you are in need of a restorative dental procedure, we are here to help. We also offer a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures. Call today to schedule an appointment!

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Every parent should know what to look for in a pediatric dentist. Choosing a dentist for your child isn’t easy. There are a lot of practices out there and there are also a lot of dentists that don’t have specific pediatric experience, so you need to know who you can weed out. At the right pediatric dentistry practice, your child won’t be just a patient but they will be considered family. We all know that going to the dentist is not the most fun, especially for children. So it would be great to find a place where your child can receive top rated dental care without the normally associated childhood trauma. Experienced pediatric dentistry practices will start getting to know your child early on, and can begin preventative treatments beginning at 12 months and up. This relationship can last all the way up until your baby is no longer a baby but a teenager or early adult. Sticking with the same dentist throughout childhood will help better ensure that problems are detected early and healthy habits are instilled early and often. An extra plus would be that visiting the dentist would turn out to be a positive experience for your child, not a scary one. Getting to know the dentists and dental hygienists early on will establish great relationships early on and will make each visit feel like just that; a visit. And the more frequently your child visits their pediatric dentist, the more likely they are to build and maintain a healthy smile with minimal issues along the way.

Only the best pediatric dentistry practices make sure to remain full-time advocates of your child’s dental health. To do this, they provide personalized care that is different for each patient and level of oral development. You should make sure to find a practice that regularly schedules cleanings as well as preventative screenings so that any problems can be caught and treated early. Pediatric dentists have more specialized training than other family dentists who might unknowingly overlook the early signs of trouble in pediatric patients. These types of specially trained dentists know the dental needs of children, and have taken additional boards and passed certifications for just that.

So why should you choose a pediatric dentist over a family dentist for your children? In a nutshell, pediatric dentists have received more training on the subject. They are required to complete additional advanced courses in this specialty, and they also usually work is specially designed offices that make children feel more comfortable and more welcome. Pediatric dentists make sure to stay current on the latest advanced in dentistry practices and research for children, just like any family dentist would for adults. This provides a little more peace of mind for parents who worry that they children are getting the best possible dental care. With pediatric dentists who will focus on your child’s care and make it a point to develop lasting relationships, you can rest a little more. Just don’t be afraid to ask questions and remain proactive in your child’s care. After all, your pediatric dentist will expect that!

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Don’t go to just any cosmetic dentist; go to one who understands smiles!

When it comes to your smile, you really cannot afford to mess anything up. After all, your smile is often one of the first things that someone notices about you. When you meet someone and open up your lips to reveal those pearly whites, people are going to come to conclusions about you, whether these conclusions are accurate or not. For that reason alone, you cannot afford to make any mistakes when it comes to your teeth. There is nothing better than a smile that really makes other people smile; a smile that you feel confident enough to give freely and widely to all. A smile can really spread joy and happiness and if you feel confident in your smile, you will give it more freely to the world around you. That’s what the professionals at our office believe about your smile and why this cosmetic dentistry group works so hard to get you that winning smile that you have always dreamed of. They think that everyone should have the opportunity to smile at the world with freedom and assurance that their smiles will be returned. That’s why they have become one of the top cosmetic dentists, working hard to get you that smile that you have been dreaming of your whole life.

Our Dental practice really is the best place to go to get that smile that you have been dreaming of. Not only are they committed to getting you the very best smile you have ever had, they also work hard to make sure that you are getting the kind of treatment and comfort that you deserve. They want you to feel comfortable with them and they are ready to help you achieve that smile that everyone will be talking about! With the best cosmetic dentistry technology around, we provide the highest quality in patient comfort as well as patient satisfaction in the area. One really fun way that we have taken the patient experience up a notch is through their technology that allows patients to listen to music or their favorite movie while having dental work done. It makes the whole experience a lot less painful and a lot more relaxing! It doesn’t matter what treatment you are planning on receiving, we can make the experience easier for you so that you truly do feel comfortable!

There are a number of services that you can have done to make your smile better. The best treatments to achieve your cosmetic dentistry goals include everything from simple whitening or teeth cleaning to dental crowns or other procedures. Many people like to get dental veneers placed to really brighten their smile in a new and powerful way. The beauty of cosmetic dentistry is that while the procedure is often important aesthetically, it also will likely have hidden benefits for the health of your teeth and your bite, so you will know that the treatment you are getting really is good for you. There’s no reason to wait; visit today!


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Family dentistry during hockey season is getting easier.

When was the last time you took your children to the dentist? I know that it has been a while for my kids, I like to wait until the end of hockey season before I set up appointments for my children. The simple truth of it is that if I don’t wait, then at least one of the high school teams (my son and my daughter both play varsity hockey) will make it into the playoffs and at least one of my children will wind up knocking out their freshly straightened incisors by blocking a shot late in the third period. Last season my son Steve took a puck to the chin and had all of his lower front teeth broken. After the game I brought him to a pediatric dentist for emergency work to cap his broken teeth and prevent any further damage from being done. At the end of the season I made sure to bring him right back to the dentist and have brand new, sparkling white caps put on so that he could look great in his school photos. And wow, you should see that brilliant smile! There is an old joke about having a grin like a hockey player, but I know that I wouldn’t mind having a grin like my hockey playing son has now. My daughter also needed work done after the season, but nothing so extreme. All that happened was she chipped one of her front teeth when a stick came up on her; she needed to get seven stitches on her chin but it barely touched her teeth at all (and no penalty on the play!). We were definitely lucky it wasn’t worse. We were also lucky to have a good dentist to help us out. How did sports parents deal with the gaps in their kids’ smiles before family dentistry was easily available? Especially back before things like helmets, mouth guards, and face shields were made requirements to participate in high school sports? I know that I can’t imagine taking my son to a dental office that uses the old, terrifying methods of yesteryears’ dentists. The new, modern dental equipment makes it so much less traumatizing to bring your kids to the dentist and get the quality care that they deserve. Even my youngest – she is only just turning ten this month – has no problem with going because the dentists and hygienists are so kind and friendly to her. She is always really proud when she comes home with no cavities. The way in our dentist helps build positive associations with dental health for my children has been amazing. I wish that I had grown up with such a good impression of dentists instead of the fear of them I have that persists to this very day. Maybe I would have been able to do that if pediatric had been around in those days!


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Dentists Advocate Brushing and Flossing for Good Reasons.

From the time you are a child, everyone tells you to always brush and floss your teeth. Like washing your hands and looking both ways before crossing the street, it is something that should be utterly ingrained in your mind by the time you are an adult. Unfortunately, a lot of adults still do not practice good oral hygiene. Not taking good care of your teeth and gums has a negative effect on your mouth, but also on your overall health. Bad hygiene habits have been linked to higher rates of a bunch of common chronic conditions. Dentists advocate brushing and flossing for good reasons. If you are not brushing at least twice a day, you could be increasing your risk for various health problems, in addition to cavities and gingivitis. The other half of maintaining good oral hygiene is seeing a dentist regularly. If you have at least two dentist appointments per year, you will be less likely to develop gingivitis or a serious cavity. Both of these conditions can be treated if you catch them before they get out of hand. If you are not keeping up with your dentist appointments, though, you may be allowing these conditions to develop or progress. Having a dentist that you go to regularly is often the best way to go about things.


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Cosmetic Dentists Can Give You that Perfect Smile

These days, everyone seems to be looking for a cosmetic dentist who can give them a perfect smile. There are many cosmetic procedures that your dentist can offer to address different needs. These procedures include teeth whitening or bleaching; enamel shaping and contouring, bonding, veneers, crowns, braces, bridges, and dental implants.
Depending on your habits, your teeth can acquire stains and show discoloration. Most smokers and people who are fond of consuming caffeine-rich beverages such as tea and coffee are prone to having yellow teeth. Any dentist can provide teeth whitening services.

Your dentist will use a chemical process to bleach stained teeth, which can be done either in the dental office or in your own home. Since many patients find whitening procedures done at home more convenient, dentists create personalized mouthpiece trays for patients to use. These trays ensure that the right amount of peroxide solution is applied to the teeth. However, in-office procedures offer faster results compared to whitening at home, which can two or more weeks depending on the strength of the solution.

For people who have gaps between their teeth or have chipped, cracked, or broken teeth, a cosmetic dentist will recommend undergoing a bonding procedure. The materials used for bonding can also be used to fill cavities and protect an exposed tooth root. Bonding can last for several years but it is prone to staining, chipping, and wearing down.

Veneers, on the other hand, last longer than bonding. These are custom shells applied on the front sides of the teeth to change either its shape or color. They are usually made from ultra thin porcelain but there are also veneers made of plastic. This cosmetic procedure can improve teeth with gaps in between, chipped or worn teeth, poorly shaped teeth, and slightly crooked teeth. If your teeth are permanently stained, your dentist may also recommend veneers.

Dental implants are recommended for patients with missing teeth. This is a quite costly cosmetic dentistry procedure but it offers a long-term solution to replace teeth. Implants are alternatives to bridges and removable dentures. An implant has three essential parts, specifically titanium metal, an abutment, and the crown. A cosmetic dentist can create a crown with a natural, tooth-like appearance. The crown completely covers the tooth. It is also used to restore a tooth to normal shape. In addition to covering dental implants, a crown can be used to cover a misshapen tooth, a stained tooth, a tooth with a large filling, and a tooth that has undergone a root canal procedure. You may also need a crown to protect a weak tooth, restore a broken tooth, and hold a dental bridge in place.

Cosmetic dentistry has a lot to offer individuals who want to improve their physical appearances, especially their smiles. Still, as with any cosmetic procedure, there are both benefits and risks that you should be informed of before you decide to undergo any of these processes. It is best to talk to your dentist regarding these pros and cons, along with clarifying all possible fees, special maintenance requirements, and professional expertise.

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Busting my front tooth and needing a cosmetic dentist to fix it.

The last few months I have gotten really into gymnastics and partner acrobatics, it is a really fun way to get into shape and meet new people. Because most of the stuff we are doing is quite a bit off the ground I have seen a few people fall or hut themselves in one way or another. Of course we all try to be as careful as possible but sometimes accidents happen. Unfortunately I experienced my first accident a week ago when I was trying to learn a few things on something called a hand-balancing stand. Try to imagine, it is essentially a piece of wood on the ground with two poles coming upward with little wood blocks on each end. The idea is that you grab the two little blocks of wood and can do handstands or whatever other kind of maneuver holding your weight with your arms. I may have been a little ahead of myself given that I have almost no upper body strength and was trying to use this thing anyway. I made it for a few seconds before my arm gave out under me and I came crashing to the floor. It wouldn’t have been so bad except on my way down my face fell right on one of the wood blocks. Specifically, my mouth hit right on the block, launching half of my tooth away from its happy and content place in my mouth. At first I was just shocked that I had fallen and then the intense pain of hitting my mouth hit me. It took me a minute to realize that half of my tooth was gone but as soon as I realized I freaked out. I have never done something like this before and it was a little shocking to my system. I really don’t want to go around with only half of a tooth so I called the cosmetic dentist as soon as I got home. I told the dentist that it was a bit of an emergency and that I would really like to get in for an appointment as soon as possible so he was nice enough to schedule me in. I am not really sure what he will have to do, if it would be possible to add on some sort of fake half tooth to the stub that is remaining or if I will have to get the remaining tooth piece removed and get some sort of fake tooth. I am trying not to be too panicky about this but it is hard to keep calm. I know that this isn’t really that big of a deal, worst case I have a fake tooth, but I still can’t help but be nervous and freak out a bit. I guess that all I can do is wait until I meet with the cosmetic dentist next week and see what he says and what my options are. As much as I don’t want a fake tooth if it is my only option than it sure is better than going around with only half of a front tooth.


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Cosmetic dentistry can help return your smile.

One of the most moving nonprofits on the planet is called Smile Train. Smile Train works with kids in developing countries that are born with cleft palates. A cleft palate is when the top of the mouth is not fully formed and as a result, children are born with a marked split upper lip. It is difficult to breathe and eat and there is often a lot of social stigma around the problem. To fix this problem, Smile Train goes into these areas and helps the kids by performing the surgeries free of cost. Considering that many of these kids often do not go to school, due to the fact that many of these kids receive so much harsh stigma, the economic benefits of this program are immeasurable. This sort of procedure happens here, in the United States, as well.

It is worth keeping an eye on these kids of procedures and acknowledging the impact that they can have on people’s lives. Nevertheless, there are also a number of other procedures that many of these cosmetic dentists perform. Many cosmetic dentists also do dental implants and oral surgery in addition to the cleft palate surgery. These surgeries, while they are all different, do a great job for when it comes time to improving someone’s smile.There was a recent survey of human resources generalists around the first impressions they get when they are interviewing someone. By far and away the most common response was the smile. People often see the smile before anything else and as a result, they are able to make a decision based off of their entire impression. People that do not have the ability to fully smile are losing out on this benefit and that often comes with taking care of your teeth and medically being comfortable with your smile. One of the best ways to ensure that you are going to be comfortable with your smile is to take care of your teeth. This sounds like an easy enough process, but it rarely is. Cosmetic dentistry allows for all people to be comfortable with their smiles. This, again, is something that is immeasurable for when it comes to putting the economic impact in a frame of focus.

If you are someone that is looking at getting some kind of cosmetic dentistry work done, then look no further than our office. We specialize in making sure that people are content with their smile. They can do a number of different procedures that will make people all over the area happy with the results. By carefully selecting staff that have the ability to be precise, efficient, and happy, the dentist office is able to be successful in many of its endeavors to ensure that people are repeat customers and are able to come back with a positive outlook on what they have experienced. Word of mouth is the best form of marketing and that is what the office is able to rely on and promote.


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Avoiding Dental Care can Cause More Harm in the FutureFamily Dental Care: Helping everyone.

Do you find that you are constantly covering your mouth when someone makes you laugh? Perhaps you don’t even realize how much this actually affects you when you are in social settings. A persons mouth is often the first thing we notice about one another when we meet new people and smiling is always the best opportunity to catch someone when they are at their best. If you are constantly covering up your best features, how are people going to really get to know you. In a perfect world, we would all be able to smile with ease no matter how crooked our teeth are or how smelly our breath gets. Unfortunately, that is not the reality we are dealing with today. More and more people are seeking cosmetic dentistry to straighten out their problem mouths. But little do people realize, cosmetic dentistry can also be very much about your overall dental health. Don’t avoid your regular visits to the dentist and certainly don’t avoid seeing a specialist for options that might be able to help with your overall dental health and also your confidence.
So many of us are prone to shove the whole dentist idea to the back of our minds so that we don’t have to deal with it. Some of us are holding onto our irrational childish fears we had of the dentist at a young age. Others are constantly dealing with cavities and other expensive problems and for the sake of their bank account would rather not go back just to find out more bad news. Thanks to the newest advances in dental technology today, dentists are able to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Instead of those awful sharp little picks and the constant sound of drilling and sucking, you will actually be exposed to different machines and tools to ease the anxiety around those sounds. Who knows, you might even be able to relax a little bit in that big cushy chair.

You can schedule a completely free consultation with our office and have a dentist take a look at your mouth to let you know if anything is in jeopardy to your dental health. Professionals here are the lead in the field of dentistry and are specially trained in the newest dental technologies. They are able to focus 100 percent on your specific needs and concerns whether they are embarrassing problems that make you feel vulnerable or they are issues reaching a point of being so painful that it changes your eating habits. Whatever end of the spectrum you might find yourself on, they are seen as equally problematic and our dentists can diagnose you with the same sense of urgency that you are feeling about the issue.

Feel free to read all about the array of services our office offers before you decide to schedule an appointment for your free consultation. Your dental hygiene is more important to you than you realize and proper oral care is crucial for so many aspects of your life.


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Braces Make a Beautiful Smile a Healthy Smile

A beautiful smile can be a game-changer. When you seek out an orthodontist , you are making an investment in a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. And this seems to be the primary association with braces. Most people seem to think about braces being a means to a beautiful smile, and they are. Braces allow you to correct mistakes (like unconsciously pushing your teeth with your tongue, as I did as a child) or straightening up the teeth that just came in as they did. But as much as people associate orthodontics with beauty and aesthetics, the health benefits are just as pronounced. There is a tight relationship between the beauty of your teeth and the health of them, and the relationship tends to be a positive one. I do not mean that it is a good relationship but that that as one variable (beauty) increases, the other variable (healthiness) increases by the same margin. So the healthier your teeth are, the better they are going to look. Straight teeth have healthy gums. Your teeth fit together in nice, neat little rows, and the roots are doing the same thing underneath the surface. Your baby teeth do not sink in deep roots, but the teeth that you have as an adult depend greatly upon the health of those gums. If you catch crookedness early, you will be able to correct gums gone awry and fix them more easily. Beyond the straightness of the gums, braces also help you chewing motion. For people with relatively straight teeth, it may seem like a silly thing, but consider how important chewing is for your health. I think that someone that has ever had mouth surgery, such as getting their wisdom teeth removed, can appreciate the importance of being able to fully chew your food. Your teeth are supposed to fit together like the cogs of a gear. When they are not straight, this chewing motion is not properly done. Braces improve your ability to fully chew your food, thus, digesting it fully and extracting the maximum nutrients out of it. The last reason that it is good for your overall health to have straight teeth also has to do with straight teeth. You teeth are easier to clean when you have straight teeth. Flossing and brushing is done more easily when you have a straight path between teeth. But the most interesting thing (to me, at least) with the relationship between beautiful teeth and healthy teeth is that one is an epiphenomenon of the other. I find it interesting to reflect upon the idea that where you find one, you are bound to encounter the other. This increases the urgency that one might have to take care of their teeth. You want to make sure that you teeth are healthy so that they yield an attractive smile. In this case, the immediate benefit and the long-term benefit are inextricable. Braces help you achieve both with the same route.


Family Dental Care: Helping everyone

Bride to be, Nearly Panics Over News That She Needs Braces.

Planning a wedding can be extremely stressful. Jamie had been so excited and surprised when her boyfriend, Greg, had proposed, but she had not thought about everything that needed to go into planning their wedding. Immediately after telling their families the good news, the questions started rolling in: When were they going to have it? How many people could the venue hold? Would each set of parents be able to invite all of the friends they wanted to bring?
Jamie and Greg were stunned. They had no idea how much their families were going to weigh in on all of their decisions, and how long the guest list would get. They had a specific budget in mind but it was clear they were going to have trouble staying under it if all of their parents’ friends and their kids were invited. It was starting to seem like they did not have any control over their own wedding.

Adding to Jamie’s stress was her most recent appointment with her orthodontist. After years of having perfectly healthy teeth and not even a cavity, he was recommending that she consider getting braces as her teeth had started to shift ever so slightly. She pointed out that she was planning on getting married in the next year, and he reminded her that if her teeth continued to shift, she might have a gap in her front teeth she did not want on her wedding day. Frustrated, Jamie had gone home and complained to Greg about the position she felt she was being put in. One more expense, and one more decision she would have to make about their wedding day with everyone else’s input.
Greg suggested that she look into alternatives such as Invisalign, and that seemed to make the most sense to her. She consulted with her orthodontist who agreed it was the perfect option for her, and she ended up making the appointment to have them put on. She consulted with the photographer as well, knowing that she would still have them on during her wedding day, and the photographer assured her that even if they were slightly visible in the pictures that she would be able to edit them out. Jamie was relieved she would not have to look back on her wedding day and see the braces that she knew were there.

Once all of the family members calmed down and the guest list was narrowed down to only close friends and family, Jamie felt like she could finally relax and get to enjoy the planning. She loved design and party planning, and was deeply interested in her color scheme and decorations. Relieved at the thought that her teeth would be straight and at least look braces-free in pictures, she was able to sit back and relax, and ultimately enjoyed the rest of her wedding planning. It is coming up in just a couple of weeks, and she and Greg cannot wait to see how all of their hard work has turned out!


Family Dentist Reviews: Great Dentists

When most people think about preventative care for their teeth, they think about brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing just as frequently. Many people imagine that this is sufficient for keeping your teeth and gums in the best health. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. There are a lot of other preventative periodontal measures that you should take in order to make sure that your teeth are in the best possible shape. After all, we rely on our teeth for quite a bit. From chewing to expressing emotion to other more functional things, we need our teeth in good health in order to live our lives in the way that we are currently accustomed. Without good oral and dental health, this just will not be the option that we want it to be. That’s why our periodontists and dental health experts have worked so hard to make your dental and oral health a priority, both when you visit their office in addition to when you go home and begin handling your own dental care.

Perhaps the most important part of dental health that folks often forget to pay attention to is the close monitoring of their gums. If you do not take good care of your gums, you are definitely at risk for gum disease and other diseases of the mouth. We often forget that in order to protect against the many diseases that seek to assault our mouths, we must always be looking out for the best way to do more for our teeth. We do this really well by helping you not only get the consistent teeth cleaning you need, but also by helping you identify possible problem areas. One thing that you should do to ensure that your teeth in are good health is to consistently screen for oral cancer, especially if there is a history of oral cancer in your family. Indeed, this is an important part of a dental visit for any patient. There have been so many advances in periodontal technology that it can be easy to see markers of a potential issue much earlier than ever before. This is the kind of promising treatment that people with oral cancer can hope for as it will allow treatment before the problems are irreversible.

Oral cancer screenings are easy to perform and can save you a lot of issues in the long term. By using a device that employs ultraviolet light, periodontists are able to see abnormalities that would not usually be able to be seen under normal conditions. Additionally, your overall health has a big role to play in your periodontal health, and talking with your periodontist about the health and lifestyle conditions that could impact your risk of oral cancer can also help you avoid oral cancer. The most important thing to remember is that undergoing frequent screenings in order to detect any possible problems early on will lead to a higher likelihood of stopping issues in their tracks.

There are a bunch of horror stories out there involving going to the dentist. We have heard how afraid people are, heard about the blood, the gas, the awful pain. But that is not something that we have to buy into. Those certainly are not the only dental experiences that are out there. Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be an awful experience. You can find an educated and experienced family dentist that is committed to making your dental experience one that feels empowering and educational as opposed to stressful and overwhelming. There is no need to take calming medicines before going to the dentist if you are going to the right dentist.
So who is the “right” dentist. That is a great question.

1. The right dentist is someone that understands they are there to work for you. They don’t have their values out of line in the sense that they put your dental hygiene and dental health first.
2. It’s not about making money to them, it’s about being a healer for people. The right family dentist is someone who goes into this field wanting to help people feel better and take better care of themselves.
3. The right dentist is also someone who is able to offer pediatric dentistry as a part of their work. Little one’s teeth need to be cared for immediately as it can set the tone for their life’s dental health.
4. Finding the right dentist means finding someone that will also offer you educational opportunities. Be that helping you to teach your child how to properly brush their teeth or to inform you of ways that you are can better care for your specific dental situation.
5. You know you have found the right dentist when they customize their services to you. If you are someone who has sensitive gums then they will make sure to be gentle with you and also give you tools to help care for your gums.
6. Something that no one should ever underestimate is the power of a compassionate dentist. A lot of people feel stress about going to the dentist and it doesn’t have to be that way if you have found a family dentist is willing to be patient with you and make you feel comfortable no matter what.
7. A good dentist is someone who is educated and experienced. If you are someone who has complex mouth issues or intense emotional responses to a dental visit than going to a dentist that has a lot of education and experience can make you feel safer and more confident.
All of these reasons and more are why you should choose office for your dental needs. Our dentists fit the above list and each dentist has their own special personality to add something unique to your experience. We offer you a free 10-minute consultation so you can find exactly what you are looking for in a dentist. The power is yours when you choose our practice.

Smiling is the universal sign of happiness. It is a language we are able to speak no matter where we are in the world and being able to flash those pearly whites at others should be a fun way to communicate. Psychologists are saying that smiling can even boost your mood and improve your attitude. Unfortunately for some, smiling isn’t always easy because they feel self conscious about their teeth. In a modern world where flawless features are highly valued, a crooked smile can often lead to issues with poor self esteem. As a result, the world of orthodontics is a constantly growing and changing field offering convenient solutions for many to feel empowered to make choices about their teeth in order to change their smiles. Orthodontists from all over are helping thousands of people better their self esteem with varying orthodontic solutions.
In this day and age, it is more normal than not for kids to have braces put on their teeth once they reach middle school or high school. But what about adults? Thanks to new dental technology, more and more people today are having their smiles adjusted with orthodontics and can do so without other people even noticing.Invisalign is a fairly recent development in cosmetic dentistry that aligns the teeth and bite similarly to dental braces. This method has become extremely popular because clear, plastic retainers are used instead of metal brackets that are adhered to the teeth. The Invisalign treatment is often utilized by adults working in the professional world who do not necessarily want to change their image with traditional dental braces. Even though Invisalign orthodontics tend to be a slightly more expensive solution for tooth alignment, there are many more perks that come with using Invisalign.

1. This method is far less painful than dental braces because the smooth retainers used to re-adjust and align will not rub against the cheeks or gums. Also, the step by step process of switching out retainers every two weeks moves the teeth slower and more comfortably.
2. We are all too familiar with insults such as “Brace Face” and “Metal Mouth” and no one should be subject to those kinds of insults. Invisalign comes with a much less negative connotation than traditional metal braces. The clear plastic is able to shift the teeth without anyone being able to notice along the way.
3. The Invisalign retainer can be removed at will allowing those in the process of correcting their teeth to go about brushing and flossing the same way they would normally do so. Orthodontists recommend leaving the retainers in for 22 hours everyday so that proper movement can occur, yet still allowing for some flexibility to remove and clean after meals.
4. Playing sports and other physical activities come with less risks when you have Invisalign versus metal brackets that can scrape your mouth or break off upon impact.

When considering alternative options for straightening your smile, a proper consultation is always recommended. Many service providers can be researched online and contacted in order to answer all the questions you may have.
When it comes to finding a new dentist there is nothing more important than finding a dentist that you feel comfortable with. So many people have fears about the dentist or just straight up hate going to the dentist. Sometimes that fear or dislike is so great that people will just avoid going to the dentist all together. This is a problem because healthy teeth are a huge part of your overall health. When someone neglects going to the dentist there can be some major consequences for your overall physical health. When you find a dentist that you can trust and feel comfortable with, you are much likely to show up for your regular appointments and cleanings. Our office has been providing excellent service for more than fifteen years.Our friendly and professional staff is committed to providing you with dental services that will change your mind about the dentist. When you choose our practice, you won’t have to worry about being judged or reprimanded for having not been to the dentist in such a long time, they will just be happy that you showed up. The staff is committed to giving each and every one of their patients a healthy and beautiful smile.

We offer a wide variety of dental services, from general cleanings to cosmetic dentistry procedures.
We take great care to ensure that each of their procedures is completed in a way that is as pain and stress free as possible for their patients. The office is run by female dentist. She started her practice after completing her doctorate in dental surgery in 1996. One of the greatest things about her is her dedication and commitment to continuing to expand her education and knowledge of the dental field. With new technologies coming in to the field all the time, it is important to stay on top of the latest discoveries that can help to provide the best possible services to each patient. She is also very committed to staying involved in her community and giving back. It is wonderful to know that there is a dentist in your area that not only cares deeply about her patients, but also cares deeply about her community.
If you are in the area and are looking for a new dentist, look no further than our practice. The new patient exam is a comprehensive exam that will set the foundation for the rest of your dental treatments and procedures. The team wants to make sure that no stone goes unturned when it comes to your overall oral health. Whether you are looking for a dentist to schedule your routine cleanings, or you are in need of a restorative dental procedure, we are here to help. We also offer a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures. Call today to schedule an appointment!


Do you find that you are constantly covering your mouth when someone makes you laugh? Perhaps you don’t even realize how much this actually affects you when you are in social settings. A persons mouth is often the first thing we notice about one another when we meet new people and smiling is always the best opportunity to catch someone when they are at their best. If you are constantly covering up your best features, how are people going to really get to know you. In a perfect world, we would all be able to smile with ease no matter how crooked our teeth are or how smelly our breath gets. Unfortunately, that is not the reality we are dealing with today. More and more people are seeking cosmetic dentistry to straighten out their problem mouths. But little do people realize, cosmetic dentistry can also be very much about your overall dental health. Don’t avoid your regular visits to the dentist and certainly don’t avoid seeing a specialist for options that might be able to help with your overall dental health and also your confidence.
So many of us are prone to shove the whole dentist idea to the back of our minds so that we don’t have to deal with it. Some of us are holding onto our irrational childish fears we had of the dentist at a young age. Others are constantly dealing with cavities and other expensive problems and for the sake of their bank account would rather not go back just to find out more bad news. Thanks to the newest advances in dental technology today, dentists are able to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Instead of those awful sharp little picks and the constant sound of drilling and sucking, you will actually be exposed to different machines and tools to ease the anxiety around those sounds. Who knows, you might even be able to relax a little bit in that big cushy chair.

You can schedule a completely free consultation and have a dentist take a look at your mouth to let you know if anything is in jeopardy to your dental health. Professionals here are the lead in the field of dentistry and are specially trained in the newest dental technologies. They are able to focus 100 percent on your specific needs and concerns whether they are embarrassing problems that make you feel vulnerable or they are issues reaching a point of being so painful that it changes your eating habits. Whatever end of the spectrum you might find yourself on, they are seen as equally problematic and the dentists can diagnose you with the same sense of urgency that you are feeling about the issue.


Family Dental Care: Helping everyone

A Dentist Office Should Be Comfortable

Some people just dread the dentist’s office. They think that it is this terrible place. Personally, I do not know what they are talking about. I mean, it is not the same thing as going out for a steak dinner or winning the lottery. I do not get particularly excited about seeing the dentist, but I do not have this same kind of intense dread that some people seem to have picked up from who knows where. And yet, this perception of the dentist as this malicious wielder of implements of destruction that is some kind of morbid tooth fairy that is after your teeth persists. If I were a dentist, I would go to great lengths to dismiss this somewhat absurd notion of the dentist as a villain. I would try to undo these misperceptions that the dentist’s office is a place to avoid.

The first thing that I would do is to make my office as comfortable as possible for the patients. At some dentist’s offices that you go to, they have a few chairs lining the walls and some outdated magazines of idiosyncratic tastes. But I have been to other dentist’s office in which the waiting room is a seriously relaxing and comfortable place. The place where I used to get my braces adjusted had video games for the kids, but they also have coffee and TV for the adults. I routinely heard kids protesting when their names were called to see the dentist, not because they dreaded this dentist boogeyman, but because they were too busy having fun in the waiting room. They were having fun in the waiting room? That’s right. And I can imagine that the parents probably protested a bit when they had to leave their nice, comfortable chairs with the TV and coffee to get back to the humdrum of life.

The other thing that I would want to ensure in order to make my dentist’s office a comfortable place for the patients would be to hire friendly, approachable people. The staff can make the difference between a cold, distant experience and one that resembles the bar from “Cheers!” This was like the dentist’s office that I went to as a kid. I liked the dentists, but I also felt very positively about the staff that worked at the dentist’s office. They always knew me personally and would ask me questions about what was going on in my life. It was a great environment for me to end up fostering positive feeling about the dentist’s office. I like to believe that this has somehow altered my attitudes and dispositions about the dentist, thus making me more inclined to practice good dental health practices now.
But this dentist’s office is not just a made up thought experiment. This is not me just imagining an ideal place. Note that I have also made many mentions of place that I had personally visited. Be diligent in your hunt for a dentist that can offer you all of things that can make your experience at the dentist comfortable.


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If you are wondering about the term ‘Pediatric Dentist’, I’m sure you still haven’t found the answer. Pediatric dentists are slightly different from the common the dentists who treat your teeth. They are like bone specialists who focus on the oral health and specialize in the needs of young infants and adolescents. They also look into the needs of special dental patients who need extreme attention.

But there are some theories that once a dentist specializes in the pediatric dentistry, he treats only children. The specialized training lasts for about two to three years after completion of the dental degree. Pediatric dentists during their training learn to handle children with extreme care. The specialization is focused especially on children. Since children’s dentitions are much more fragile, it becomes very important for dentists to take special training on handling them.

Children generally fear going to the dentist because they hate seeing those long forks and other sharp dental equipments. As it is, dentists suggest that it is important for all of us to visit the dentist at least twice a year. But not many people follow this routine because dental care is very expensive.

Right from early age, if you put children into the habit of visiting the dentist regularly, then the fear factor seizes and they get used to the treatment very easily. Now that you know what a pediatric dentist is, you should research on finding a good doctor and take your child to one immediately. The early treatment also ensures good formation of the teeth and you also get to know what treatment would suit your child. The shape and structure of the teeth changes due to different chewing habits of children. Some children never get over with the habit of thumb sucking and this leads to formation of protruding teeth. One must also look into such factors.


Individual dental care is really important for a person’s general hygiene. But a visit to the dentist can fill some people with trepidation.

There are many types of dentist roles and here we look at a few of them.

Firstly there is the pediatric dentist. To become a pediatric dentist you must first get a dentist degree and then study for an extra two years to attain your pediatric dentistry license. Without this license you cannot practice nor profess to be a pediatric dentist. The pediatric dentist role is mainly the oral care of children and adolescents.

Second we have the special care dentist. To become a special care dentist you must study for 3 more years after your dentist degree. This role involves the oral care and treatment of those people that have special needs whether it is medical, physical, emotional or social needs.

Thirdly there is the forensic dentist. This role is slightly different as it involves being called upon to testify in court cases some of the time. These dentists tend to specialize in examining and evaluating evidence for legal cases.

These dentist’s can spend a lot of time checking dental records and dental structure to determine who certain people are when their identity is under question. They can also attain dental evidence in certain cases of malpractice.

Another dentist is the cosmetic dentist. This role involves the aesthetic side of dentistry. The cosmetic dentist tends to concentrate on shaping and forming teeth to give a more aesthetic look to a persons face. Their roles also include bleaching and whitening of teeth.

For the older people among us there is the geriatric dentist. These dentists’s normally diagnose and try to prevent any problems with the oral care of the elderly.

Last but not least we come to the veterinary dentist whose main concern is the oral care and treatment of the animal world.


Smiles are the greatest asset of your personality. Showing off your new smile is a great way to improve your self-esteem. Our team is proud to share the hard work and determination required to make your child’s smile special. Our gratification comes from the smiling results of our patients..

We provide quality dental and orthodontics services. Our goal is to offer the highest standard of oral health care to our patients in a comfortable and relaxing environment. Our doctors and their team of skilled professionals work together to establish happiness, self-esteem, comfort and optimal dental health for each of our patients. We strive to be efficient and encouraging while creating beautiful smiles.
Dentistry for Children
We believe early dental care can promote a lifetime of healthy smiles for your child. Our dentists are pediatric dental specialists. Together with our skilled and nurturing staff, we will provide a positive dental experience and help equip your child with the knowledge necessary for good oral hygiene. To ensure that your child grows up with a healthy smile, we offer a full compliment of services including sealants, fluoride treatments, tooth-colored fillings and regular check-ups.
Braces for Children, Teens & Adults
We take pride in our ability to provide personalized orthodontics for children, teens and adults! We have orthodontic specialists that will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan catered to your specific needs and desires. Whether you prefer the traditional, time-proven metal braces or are looking for a more aesthetic course of treatment using Clarity™ braces or Invisalign®, we are able to help you. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.


Initial exam
A new patient examination includes a thorough evaluation of the current conditions of the patient’s teeth and mouth and provides a diagnosis for treatment. An explanation of diagnosis and a treatment plan is then recommended.

Periodic Exam
A continuing patient oral examination done at regular 6-month preventative appointments to evaluate, diagnose, and record information needed for treatment.

X-rays are taken at new patient exams and between 6 months and 1 year during periodic exams at cleaning appointments. X-rays are used to diagnose inter-proximal decay (between teeth) that is not evident during a visual exam. They are also used to check the formation of permanent teeth, possible crowding and eruption problems, and to check for abscesses.

Cleaning & Fluoride
Prophylaxis (cleaning) involves scaling and polishing, including complete removal of calculus, soft deposits, plaque, stains, and polishing tooth surfaces. Fluoride application helps prevent carries.

Sealants are recommended as a preventative procedure to prevent the start of decay in the groove areas (chewing surface) of primary and permanent molar and bicuspid teeth. The sealant is a resin material. At preventative appointments sealants are checked and replaced when necessary.

Amalgam Restoration
Amalgam (silver filling) is used in the restoration of decayed or broken down teeth. This material is mostly used in primary teeth.

Composite Restoration
Composite (resin filling) is used in the restoration of decayed or broken down teeth. This material is mostly used in permanent teeth but can also be used in primary teeth if requested. Composite restoration is comparable to amalgam in strength and longevity.

A pulpotomy is the removal of nerve tissue inside the tooth that has become infected due to decay or infection (abscess). The tooth is medicated and completely covered with a crown.

Stainless Steel Crown
Stainless steel crowns are used to cover a tooth completely when there is not enough tooth structure remaining after the removal of decay to hold an amalgam restoration. They are mostly used for primary molar teeth but can be used for permanent molar teeth up to the mid teen years when a permanent crown can be done.

The removal of a tooth is done when the tooth is not restorable by either severe decay, large fracture, or failed pulpotomy. Teeth may also be removed at the request of an orthodontist before starting ortho treatment.

Interceptive Ortho Appliance
Interceptive ortho appliances can be either a removable or fixed cemented type. They are very effective in making more room in the mouth for the permanent teeth by expanding the upper and/or lower arches.

Space Maintainer
A space maintainer is recommended for a prematurely lost primary tooth. It’s function is to hold the space open until the time the permanent tooth is about to erupt and prevent the movement of the adjoining teeth into that space.

Nitrous xide/Oxygen Sedation
Nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation is the mildest form of sedation used for slightly anxious dental patients. They breathe the nitrous oxide gas (happy air) through a scented nosepiece that will place the patient in a more relaxed state. The patient is They fully aware of their surroundings and the effects do not last past their dental visit.

Oral Sedation
Oral sedation is used on the moderately apprehensive patient or with very young children. The oral sedation used is versed. It relaxes the patient more than the nitrous oxide but does not render them unconscious. There are very specific instructions about its use and administration, which are fully explained before the treatment appointment. The effects last about six hours after administration.

IV sedation
I.V. sedation is recommended for the extremely anxious patient or those who may not be able to emotionally tolerate traditional dental treatment (physical or psychological ailments). We use two licensed and highly respected anesthesiologists in our office who will administer the IV sedation. They are fully monitored during the entire procedure and they bring all the necessary safety equipment that would be found in a hospital to the office. Most insurance policies do not make an allowance for any of the above types of sedations. The charge for IV sedation is a separate fee and must be paid in full at the time of service.


What should I do if they knock out a tooth?

Baby tooth—These teeth are not re-implanted. Call with any questions or concerns you have, but the only way to save the tooth is under their pillow for the tooth fairy.

Permanent tooth—These teeth can be re-implanted, but time is of the essence. Call the office and alert us as to what has happened and then get to the office as soon as possible. The tooth must get back in the mouth within 1 hour to have any kind of chance of success. Do not handle the tooth by the root because we don’t want to disturb the gum cells on them, which are vital to the tooth re-attaching in the socket. Keep the tooth moist, either in a glass of milk or water on the way to the dentist.

What is the best toothpaste to use?
Despite what all the advertising on TV tries to tell you, they all work equally well. The key to good hygiene is to brush as long and well as possible. Therefore, whichever toothpaste they like the best, and thus will brush the longest with, that is the one I would use. As for toothbrushes, the only thing to remember is to always use a soft brush. It doesn’t matter what the shape or design is, as long as it is soft.

When should I get my child off the bottle?
Prolonged bottle use is the biggest cause of cavities in young children. It is recommended to be off a bottle by 1 year old at the latest. Bottles allow for frequent drinking, and that is how they cause problems. Therefore, once you get off a bottle and switch to a sippy cup, it is equally important that you don’t let your child walk around all day with the cup in their hand, unless it is filled with water, or you will have the same cavity problems that bottles cause.


We will also clean, floss, and give a fluoride treatment to the teeth. Parents are welcome to accompany their child to the treatment area for all cleaning visits.

After the treatment is over, the doctor will discuss your child’s oral health condition with you, and you may ask all the questions you may have in regards to caring for your child’s teeth.

Treatment Visits
We do not use any form of sedation or gas in children’s dentistry. If you feel you would like that for your child or the doctor feels it is necessary for the safety of your child, we will refer you to the appropriate dentist for that form of treatment. If your child needs to be numb, we will use topical anesthesia applied with a Q-tip to provide some surface anesthesia before administering a local anesthetic such as Lidocaine™ to numb the tooth to be worked on.

Your child may eat before the visit, unless instructed otherwise. Please be aware that your child will be numb for 2 to 3 hours after the visit. During that time they may drink, including milkshakes, smoothies, soup, etc. But, they may NOT EAT while numb, even soft foods, to lessen the chance of biting their lips, cheek, or tongue. When their mouth wakes up, they may resume a normal diet.

During pediatric dentistry treatment visits, the child is always brought back alone. This allows us to have the child’s full attention while we are explaining what we will be doing. It also allows us to work as quickly and efficiently as possible. Parents and siblings may wait in the reception area until treatment is complete.

Most treatment appointments last around 30 minutes. Since the child will be lying on their back all this time, we suggest not putting their hair in a ponytail for our female patients.

The doctor will have discussed all of your child’s treatment needs at the time of their check-up. However, we want you to be as comfortable and knowledgeable as possible, so if new questions come up, please feel free to ask about any concerns you may have.

If possible, please call to discuss these issues before the day of your appointment. We want to answer all of your questions, but there have been times when a parent asks so many questions at the time of the appointment that we no longer have time to do the planned treatment, and need to reschedule the appointment.


Pediatric FAQ’s
When should my child first see a dentist?

No later than their first birthday. It is best to schedule an appointment with a pediatric dentist as soon as their first tooth appears.

When should I start cleaning my baby’s teeth?

As soon as possible! Use an age appropriate toothbrush and clean your baby’s gums. Once teeth appear, brush twice daily using fluoridated toothpaste and a soft toothbrush.

Are primary (baby) teeth really important?

Yes! Primary teeth help maintain good nutrition by allowing your child to chew properly. They are also an important part of speech development and help save space for permanent teeth to grow in.

More Info From AAPD

We use the latest materials and techniques to ensure your child receives the most up-to-date preventative and restorative treatments available. We take pride in offering the latest in technology including advances in sterilization/infection control, digital radiography and pediatric restorative materials to ensure your child is receiving the highest quality dental care available. Through new modern cutting edge technology, we can help maintain and improve your child’s health better than ever.

Sterilization and Infection Control
Today, more than ever, people are aware of what is needed to maintain a clean environment. The last thing a parent should worry about is infection control. Our office utilizes the latest state-of-the-art sterilization as your child’s safety is always our primary concern. Our Steri-Center ensures optimal cleanliness using technology that surpasses the industry standard.

Digital Dental Radiographs and Cavity Detecting Intraoral Cameras
With advances in computer-aided dentistry, we now provide our patients the latest diagnostic imaging, also known as digital radiography. We are now able to evaluate your child’s teeth more thoroughly than ever with up to 90% less radiation exposure compared to normal dental X-ray films. Since computers process digital X-rays, they are environmentally friendly with no chemicals or waste. Thus, providing better protection to our patients and staff. Digital X-rays also have the ability to be computer enhanced and magnified, in addition, the new caries detecting intraoral camera will allow for better education and understanding for our patients resulting in greater confidence in treatment.

Advances in Dental Materials and Techniques
From your child’s first dental appointment, it will be our goal to emphasize and teach proper oral health care in order to prevent any dental disease. We will use the latest in pediatric dentistry to protect teeth early on to prevent any future dental problems. If treatment is indicated, we will strive to provide your child with the most advanced technology and treatment options available. Our dentists regularly attend continuing education courses to stay on the cutting edge of pediatric dentistry.

Total Comfort Dentistry
Our care provides for your child’s comfort and well-being during dental procedures. Our office offers nitrous oxide or “laughing gas,” oral conscious sedation and intravenous sedation/general anesthesia. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the use of these dental aids, please feel free to discuss them with us. We want you to feel comfortable with the methods of care in our office.


Pediatric FAQ’s
When should my child first see a dentist?

No later than their first birthday. It is best to schedule an appointment with a pediatric dentist as soon as their first tooth appears.

When should I start cleaning my baby’s teeth?

As soon as possible! Use an age appropriate toothbrush and clean your baby’s gums. Once teeth appear, brush twice daily using fluoridated toothpaste and a soft toothbrush.

Are primary (baby) teeth really important?

Yes! Primary teeth help maintain good nutrition by allowing your child to chew properly. They are also an important part of speech development and help save space for permanent teeth to grow in.

More Info From AAPD

What To Expect At The First Visit
A comprehensive oral examination, caries risk assessment, radiographs, (only when needed), prophylaxis and topical fluoride treatment.
A program of preventive home care including brushing, flossing, diet and the importance of fluorides.
Information about early childhood caries, which may be due to inappropriate nursing habits or inappropriate use of sippy cups.
The latest facts about finger thumb and pacifier habits, and timeline of orthodontics.
What you need to know about preventing injuries to the mouth and teeth.
Information on growth and development.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends regular dental visits for children at 1 year of age!

Let the first tooth remind you that it’s time to see your pediatric dentist.

Preparing Yourself And Your Child For Their Visit
If this is their first trip to the dentist, a parent will play a large role in preparing their child for their visit. Children are keen and can see if you are nervous or display any anxiety.

You can help to make their first trip to the dentist enjoyable and positive in what we do. A few tips include using positive language around your child when discussing his/her first visit and role playing with your child such as counting teeth together. Children’s books and videos are available at most bookstores to also help with your first visit. Your child’s dental visit should be an important and fun adventure that if you are relaxed and positive about this experience, it will help them be positive, too.

What We Will Cover In Your First Visit
The first visit will start with a review of your child’s medical and dental history and an initial examination, which includes “counting his/her teeth.” After a comprehensive examination of your child, any dental findings will be directly discussed with you. Dental X-rays (pictures) are taken, if necessary, to ensure a thorough examination followed by oral hygiene instructions to emphasize proper oral health care.

All aspects of a preventive dental health program including diet, hygiene and fluoride will also be discussed.

If your child is 3 or older, a cleaning and polishing of their teeth will usually follow along with fluoride application. For optimal communication, we will explain each of our procedures in terms your child can understand. We want to make your child’s first appointment a positive experience in order to set the tone for future appointments. If any dental findings indicate preventative or restorative treatment, than subsequent appointments may be scheduled.

Why Is It Important To Begin Dental Care So Early?
It is always better to make a first dental appointment before your child has a dental problem. By starting an early prevention program, future dental problem can be avoided. Often times, if tooth decay is detected early enough, there are therapies available that can be used to reverse or minimize their growth. Furthermore, by introducing your child when little dental treatment is needed, he/she comes away a better patient with a more positive attitude about dentistry.


Pediatric Dentists

I’d want to see what was going on. At least through 1 way glass, if not in the room, so I know nothing bad is going on.

When I was little, my mom took me to a pediatric dentist. She was told the same thing, parents aren’t allowed to go back. She understood that, thought it made sense. What she didn’t know, was that after they came and took me from the waiting area, where all was calm and serene, I went through a corridor, and as I got closer to the back, I could hear the other kids screaming and crying. You couldn’t hear anything out in the waiting area. The parents had no clue.

They took me back to a chair, and worked on my teeth. I had to have been like 3 or 4 yrs old. Some big dentist dude with huge man hands, was convinced his hands would fit in my little mouth. It hurt. Bad. He scolded me for being a baby. One time, I don’t remember how, but I know they hurt me. They scolded me for being a baby. That made me cry worse. After they were done, they wouldn’t let me go back to my mom until I had not only quit crying, but all visible signs of me crying were gone. I had to sit in a separate area back there, playing with the special toys that they reserved for just that situation. Once I looked happy again, they gave me my 5 cent toy, and took me back to Mom, all happy and smiling.

Mom never knew how bad it was. After all, by the time they brought me back to her, I was happy and smiling playing with my prize. When she’d go to take me back, I’d beg her not to, but was too young to vocalize what they had done to me. I just knew they were bad, and that wasn’t explanation enough for Mom.

I’m 35 and still have major dental anxiety from that terrible place. When I take my son to the dentist, I don’t go back with him, as I think they have a point. But… I will sneak back and look in on him, as I see fit, and if that’s a problem I won’t be bringing him back.


When I was a child we just went to the dentist. I remembered being terrified, but no one seemed to mind. We were just expected to go, be quiet and cooperative and behave. Today our children go to the pediatric dentist and it is a party for them. The children are welcomed, they have toys or games for them to play. When one of our sons was little, this was several years ago, they dentist had water games to hold and play with. These little games had hoops to place over the dolphins nose, little basketballs to shoot into the hoops, this was done with a stream of water from a button at the bottom. He loved going to the pediatric dentist and would ask when it was time to go.

Another son enjoyed going to the dentist because they had a game system in their office. This was before we had one of our own. It was a great day when dentist day came along. The procedures of today are so painless and quick that the children don’t seem to mind. They are treated with compassion, with respect and welcoming. There is nothing to fear, it is simply just dentist day and when you are through it is time to choose a toy out of the treasure box. Our one son is 16 and yet still grabs a treasure before he leaves with a little twinkle in his eye. Sometimes it simple isn’t worth being big.

Dentistry has come a long way. With laser x-rays, fillings that don’t require Novocaine, machines that can detect decay way before it hardly leaves the surface, teeth that are properly cared for and seen by the regularly rarely decay anymore. Sealants are put into place as soon as permanent teeth are in place to stop decay. We can plan on keeping our teeth until we die. Children are pandered to, taken care of and entertained so they actually do look forward to going to the dentist.


Most parents know that the day will soon come to take their baby for the first dental appointment. It is an unavoidable part of life. Unfortunately, many parents fear this day and they often unknowingly install that fear in their toddler at the same time. There is no reason to be afraid though. A good pediatric dentist will have your child smiling and laughing within no time at all. It is important that a baby’s teeth be looked at by one year of age. Though this may seem silly to some, particularly if your child only has a few teeth, it is indeed a necessity.

According to the AAPD, “Over 40% – 50% of children will be affected by tooth decay before age 5.” This can be caused by a number of issues such as letting a baby sleep with a bottle, letting young children drink excessive amounts of sugary juice or offering beverages such as soda, which contain high levels of citric acid. It can also be caused by insufficient dental hygiene; this is usually neither the fault of the youngster or parent, it is simply hard to properly care for emerging teeth. Your pediatric dentist can guide you in the correct procedures.

Feeling anxious prior to an appointment is common. There are many things involved in dentistry that are noisy, create vibrations, or simply have a frightening look. Try to avoid using any words that are likely to make your child uncomfortable, such as ‘pain’, ‘hurt’, ‘needle’ or ‘drill’. Even if you are trying to reassure your little one that they will not experience any of these things, the mere mention of the words is enough to make children nervous.

In fact, keeping the conversation about the upcoming pediatric dentist visit light and lively is a better idea. Also, be sure not to mention it too often. One discussion of what to expect, and then a simple reminder the day before the appointment, is plenty for a little one to take in. If your child has questions, be sure to answer them, but do not over do the explanations. If you talk about the visit more than necessary, suspicion will creep in to their imaginative little minds!

Your pediatric dentist will know how to converse with your children on their level. He will make the visit fun and encourage good oral hygiene in terms that they can understand. The office staff will also be used to working with children and they will be prepared to help you with any questions or concerns that come up.

If looking for a pediatric dentist, we provide comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs.


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Q: At what age should someone see an orthodontist?
A:Most Authorities Agree that six or seven is a good age for your child’s first orthodontic examination. Conditions may be found that can be corrected at this early age by interceptive measures. This often will lessen or eliminate the need for help at an older age. That in turn can be a savings in the total cost of your child’s orthodontic correction. Breakage of the two upper front teeth often happens between the ages of 6 to 7 years old. When children have protruding teeth and hit something, the teeth are broken 82% of the time. When the teeth are positioned correctly in the mouth, they are only broken 9% of the time.


WE CAN HELP CHILDREN WITH BREATHING PROBLEMS, which can be treated at an early age, that even Nose Doctors (Rhinologists) cannot help even with surgery. This is a painless procedure.

Q: What is an orthodontist?
A: An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has successfully completed at least two academic years of continuous advanced studies in an orthodontic program of a dental school or institution approved by the American Dental Association. This advanced training includes such diverse studies as physics, embryology, genetics, human growth and development, biophysics and engineering. Only those dentists with this advanced education can announce that they are orthodontists.

Q: What causes crooked teeth?
A: Crowded teeth, thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, premature loss of baby teeth, a poor breathing airway caused by enlarged adenoids or tonsils can all contribute to poor tooth positioning. And then there are the hereditary factors. Extra teeth, large teeth, missing teeth, wide spacing, small jaws – all can be causes of crowded teeth.
Q: Why should I be concerned about my child’s bite?
A: A bad bite can be detrimental to the future of your child’s mouth. Restorations, crowns or bridges are often impossible for a dentist to perform without prior repositioning of the teeth by an orthodontist. Properly aligned and supported teeth are healthy &, easier to clean, and therefore more likely to last throughout a patient’s lifetime.

Q: What part does heredity play?
A: Heredity is A complicated combination of factors. Both parents may have perfectly aligned teeth. And the first child’s teeth may erupt unevenly. Then comes the second child and it is as if hereditary factors are working against each other. The child’s teeth appear normal, but their alignment is going to cause problems in the future. So, assume neither the best nor the worst. Have your orthodontist evaluate your child’s bite and proceed from there.

Q: How do orthodontists straighten teeth?
A: Tooth movement is actually a normal response to light pressure. Pressure is applied by using a variety of orthodontic hardware (appliances), the most common being a brace or bracket attached to the teeth and connected by an archwire. Periodic changing of these archwires puts pressure on the teeth. At different stages of treatment your child may wear elastics, a positioner or a retainer. We do not use headgear because we have found better ways to do the same things that do not require so much cooperation from the patient.

Q: Will it hurt?
A: There may be some discomfort for the first 2-3 days when the teeth are starting to move. With the type of archwires that we use. there should not be discomfort after that.

Q: What about extra-curricular activities?
A: We heartily encourage your child to pursue extra-curricular interests. Athletics can be a regular part of this routine. Certain musical instruments can actually be helpful during treatment. Speech may at first be somewhat affected, but only for a day or two. So we tell our patients that orthodontics is a normal part of this phase in their lives and that treatment should not preclude any activities they usually pursue within their school’s programs.

Q: Will I look funny?
A: Not necessarily. Minor corrections can be accomplished with braces completely concealed within the mouth. More involved treatment may require braces on the teeth to successfully move them to the desired positions. Braces are the handles used to move your teeth in a positive manner. We use small (mini) brackets bonded to the outer surfaces of the teeth. Plastic braces may be used for minor corrections. Ceramic brackets, which are similar in color to teeth, are less obvious to the casual observer and offer the versatility of regular stainless steel braces. The latest ones are translucent enough to actually allow the natural shading of the teeth to show through. In all cases, regardless of the braces used on your teeth, the activating part of your braces is the wire that goes from tooth to tooth. It is not uncommon to observe half of the children in a school class having some sort of braces. Many kids consider braces “neat” and the “in” thing.

Q: How long will treatment take?
A: Orthodontic correction can vary from the comparatively simple closing of front spaces in a few months, to the realignment of unsightly and disfiguring teeth. In the young child or the adolescent, treatment is as much a critical matter of timing and guidance as anything else. The normal treatment time varies from eighteen months to two years depending on the complexity of the problem.

Q: How often will I need office visits?
A: Appointments average about once a month. In the initial stage, the appointments are more frequent. Once the appliances (braces) are in place, appointments are scheduled at longer intervals. For children, every effort will be made to schedule appointments after school hours or on Saturdays. Occasionally, your child may have to come during school hours. School authorities are usually understanding.

Q: How much will it cost?
A: Do not assume your treatment will cost the same as someone else’s. Because no two problems are the same, treatment plans and accompanying costs will vary among patients. Those factors affecting the simplicity or complexity of your problem will be explained in detail by us. We offer very reasonable payment plans (no interest), conveniently spread over the estimated treatment period. We have 3-18 month loans at 0% interest (no interest) available.
Q: Will my dental insurance pay for it?
A: Today many dental policies include orthodontic benefits. For questions concerning eligibility a pre-determination of available benefits can be requested from your insurance company representative. The percentage of reimbursement varies from plan to plan.

Q: Will the improvement be permanent?
A:The combined experience of orthodontists across the country points to a 95% permanent improvement rate. Teeth, like all parts of the body are constantly changing and adapting. Where growth guidance is accomplished, the results are usually permanent. Jaw relationships affecting facial contours can be expected to remain for life. However, there are certain types of facial patterns that continue to change even past adolescence. (Should this be the case with your child, of course it will be discussed thoroughly so you are made aware of any detrimental growth indications.) Conscientious retainer wear following treatment will minimize minor movement or relapse.