Get Your Summer Smile

Happy summer! Now’s the time for tanner skin, hotter days… and whiter teeth! Make your smile stand out this summer with the new Glo White system, which we now offer in office. Glo utilizes a combination light and heat to brighten and whiten your teeth quickly and painlessly. The Glo difference is remarkable- in clinical trials, 100% of patients noticed immediate results, and 0% of patients reported any pain or sensitivity after the treatment. 

With an in-office treatment, Dr. Smith combines the power of Glo with high concentration, professional strength gel that can only be applied by a dentist. After the treatment (lasting less than an hour), you will receive at-home maintenance gel and light. These supplies make it easy to touch up your teeth on your own time and ensure that your smile remains brilliant.  There’s no better, simpler way to make your smile beautiful than Glo White.

Summertime is also the perfect time to get outside and try new things- and that includes sports. But before you go outside, be sure to take the proper precautions to protect your beautiful smile. A simple plastic mouthguard could go a long way to save your teeth from unexpected damage or a dental emergency. The best news is, you don’t have to search for long to find a quality mouthguard. Stop by your local drug store or vendor and pick one up- your teeth will thank you!

Most importantly, summer’s more flexible schedule is the perfect time to catch up on overdue dental cleanings! Finding time for a short visit with Dr. Smith could make a world of difference in your overall dental hygiene. By visiting your dentist regularly- every six months on average- you can save your teeth (and yourself) from a lot of trouble. 

In a short dental checkup, Dr. Smith is able to detect plaque accumulation on your gums and teeth, and quickly remove the plaque before it causes harm to your whole body. Plaque causes periodontal diseases by destroying your teeth, and these diseases can quickly escalate to systemic issues and eventually cause problems such as heart disease and stroke. Therefore, it is beneficial to you both in the short-term and the long-term to schedule regular dental visits. If you haven’t been to the dentist recently, summer is the perfect time to catch up and pay Dr. Smith a visit!

Porcelain Crowns for Healthier Teeth and Beautiful Smiles

Cracks and fracture lines in teeth which have had large silver/mercury fillings in them for many years, and currently do not hurt, can lead to loss of tooth structure and future root canals or extractions. By strengthening these teeth with full coverage porcelain crowns, you can save your teeth and avoid painful and expensive consequences.

These silver and mercury fillings- called dental amalgam- have been used to fill teeth for decades. As dental technology has become more innovative, amalgam fillings have been replaced by white composite fillings. However, many of us still have amalgam fillings in our molars from years ago, which are slowly harming our teeth.

These amalgam metal fillings were once praised for their remarkable durability and sturdiness, but this same stability causes damage over time to your teeth. This damage happens because the amalgam filling is so strong and immoveable that it remains unchanged even as the tooth changes, causing  hairline fractures that have long-term consequences.

These fractures happen as a result of normal wear and tear on teeth over time. As life progresses, your mouth and teeth change gradually. This change is beneficial- but not to the solid metal that is inside your molar. Since something has to give into the pressure of change, your tooth will move and adapt around the immovable amalgam, resulting in hairline fractures that can become more serious if not treated.

While these cracks are tiny and usually unnoticeable, they need to be treated by a dentist before they result in something more severe; cracks caused by amalgam fillings can cause severe pain, and root canals or tooth removal. 

Luckily, there is a solution for this problem! Thanks to new advancements, the old, harmful amalgam can be removed from your tooth and replaced with a better, more compatible material called “buildup”. This buildup strengthens your tooth and allows it to support a porcelain crown.

These full coverage porcelain crowns will help your tooth and prevent any further damage caused by the amalgam fillings. By taking advantage of porcelain crowns, the consequences of cracked teeth can be evaded. Ask Dr. Smith about how to replace your amalgam fillings today!

The Invasalign Advantage

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Look around and you’ll notice that beautiful smiles are everywhere! It seems like everyone from celebrities to your coworkers have straight, pretty teeth. However, most of them weren’t lucky enough to be born that way; a majority of those dazzling smiles are a result of years of dental work.

And while straight smiles are aesthetically pleasing, the primary reason for straight teeth is to improve chewing function and decrease wear. And of course, a beautiful smile is a wonderful byproduct! Decreasing wear on your teeth is crucial to decreasing sensitivity and preventing tooth pain. As the crooked top and bottom teeth rub against each other, the protective enamel surrounding the teeth is slowly worn down, exposing the tooth’s inner core- the dentin. The dentin is where the nerve endings of your teeth are located, therefore teeth worn down to the dentin are prone to hypersensitivity,  chipping and fracturing of teeth, and toothaches. 

In addition to decreasing harmful wear, straight teeth improve chewing function and create a comfortable, normal bite. And while achieving that perfect smile is clearly beneficial for your oral health, the time commitment that a full mouth of braces requires may seem daunting. Luckily, there is a faster, better way to protect your teeth from wear and get that straight smile you’ve always wanted-; ask Dr. Smith about the Invisalign system! 

True to its name, Invisalign offers clear retainers (not braces) that are perfectly molded to fit your smile, so you’ll barely notice that you’re wearing an aligner! Better yet, Invisalign is fast; while the average patient has braces for 2 years, Invisalign lasts about 6 to 18 months, depending on your individual needs.

Not only is Invisalign much faster on average than normal braces, but the innovative Invisalign aligners won’t drastically affect your daily life! For example, while traditional braces prevent you from enjoying foods such as popcorn and hard candy, Invisalign lets you eat all of your favorite things. This is possible because with Invisalign, you are able to remove the aligners while you eat, allowing for more flexibility to fit your lifestyle.

Another advantage that Invisalign offers is how easy the system is to maintain. Instead of spending your valuable time in the bathroom trying clean a mouth full of braces, just rinse out your aligners, brush and floss like normal, and you’re done.

Invisalign is powerful enough to help all types of smiles, from crooked teeth to overbites and cross-bites, and is convenient enough to fit in to your busy life! Talk to Dr. Smith about Invisalign at your next appointment- you’ll be glad you did!

Take Advantage of 20% Off for a Brilliant Smile This Valentine's Day

Take Advantage of 20% Off for a Brilliant Smile This Valentine's Day

Do you want whiter teeth? If so, you aren’t alone- a recent survey showed 80% of American adults wish for whiter teeth. A brilliant smile can boost your confidence and success by creating a more youthful and radiant appearance. Studies have even shown that people with whiter teeth are perceived as more successful and attractive!

Oral Hygiene is Important to Overall Health

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Don’t wait until something is wrong with your mouth to visit the dentist! Regular dental visits, combined with daily preventative dental care, such as brushing and flossing, contribute to a lifetime of excellent oral health. When these visits are neglected, your mouth, and your whole body, can suffer. 

Research shows that the health of your mouth can directly reflect the health of your entire body! Links have been found between poor dental hygiene and ailments such as oral cancer, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. But how do teeth impact the whole body?  

The answer is plaque. Without consistent dental cleaning, plaque quickly accumulates along the gum line, providing an environment for harmful bacteria to thrive. This buildup of bacteria leads to painful gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis.

Additionally, researchers believe that increased plaque on the gums corresponds to increased plaque in the arteries, therefore heightening the risk of severe cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease and stroke.

There has also been research that suggests a correlation between oral plaque buildup and premature birth. According to one study, it is estimated that as many as 18% of preterm babies born in the United States each year are linked to oral infections. This is a result of the harmful toxins released by bacteria found in plaque, which interfere with the bloodstream and are delivered to the fetus.

This research provides compelling evidence that the benefits of oral health cannot be underestimated. With all of these diseases stemming from lack of dental hygiene, it is clear that preventative oral care is crucial.  And while brushing and flossing on your own is important, it is also vital to schedule regular visits to see a dental professional. A six-month interval is the recommended length in between visits, allowing your dentist to accurately monitor your oral hygiene and look for any potential problems. Regular six-month visits greatly reduce the risk of bacterial plaque recolonizing to destructive levels under the gum line.

Your dentist is trained to recognize and treat the warning signs of gum disease, oral cancer, and other oral diseases, in order to prevent such chronic diseases from occurring. At your dental visit, the dentist will check your overall oral health for any trouble areas, and clean your teeth, removing any harmful plaque buildup. These regular dental examinations can significantly improve in your oral health, and therefore, your overall health!

We Value Our Patients

We Value Our Patients

So I arrived 15 minutes early for my appointment, checked in and took a seat in the reception room. Being on time is important. Two o'clock came and went, and went, and went....until finally 45 minutes later I decided I would reschedule in 5 minutes if not called. Three minutes later I was called, having made a commitment to myself and my patents for the future.