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Why Are Your Aligners Turning Yellow?

February 14, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 5:25 am
Close-up of Invisalign clear aligners

If you’re undergoing Invisalign, you know how subtle it is compared to braces. By relying on clear plastic trays, it can straighten teeth without drawing attention! That said, the treatment only stays invisible when given proper care. You might find your aligners turning yellow otherwise. To keep that from happening, your local Carlsbad dentist is here with some help. Read on, then, to learn the causes of yellow aligners and how best to fight against them.


How to Tell if You Have a Cavity Between Teeth

February 10, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 3:48 pm
A man suffering from cavities between his teeth

Often enough, it’s not hard to tell if you have a cavity. You can just look in the mirror to see whether a tooth has visible holes or staining. Still, things get trickier with cavities between your teeth. These kinds are usually hidden from view, so confirming their presence is challenging. Luckily, your local Carlsbad dentist can help you out. To that end, here are some helpful ways to tell if you have a cavity between any teeth.


Is Cheek Biting Bad for My Oral Health?

January 22, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 6:34 pm

There’s no worse feeling than chewing your food, talking, or just sitting absentmindedly and accidentally biting your cheek. Not only does it hurt, but if you do it enough you can even start to feel a sore developing.

 If you bite your cheek habitually, you may wonder if it can lead to any serious oral health effects. Here’s a guide to cheek biting, why it happens, and whether you should be concerned.


What Do I Do If My Invisalign Doesn’t Fit?

January 8, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 6:30 pm

When you first get your Invisalign aligners, you’re probably going to have to get used to how they feel on your teeth. At first, you might actually feel like your aligner might not be fitting your teeth properly.

If you feel that way, you may be right, but you may also be mistaken. In either case, there are steps you can take to make your aligner fit a bit better. Here’s a guide to what you can do about this issue.


How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?

December 23, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 6:42 pm
Young woman wearing her Invisalign aligners

Invisalign has a lot going for it as an orthodontic treatment, especially when compared to traditional braces. Invisalign is incredibly discreet, so much so that most people won’t even know you’re wearing aligners until you tell them. Also, because they’re removable, there aren’t any dietary restrictions that come with wearing them.

What most people might not know, however, is that Invisalign is also faster than traditional metal braces. If you want a little bit more information, here’s a guide to how long you can expect Invisalign treatment to take.


How to Choose Between Direct Bonding and Veneers

December 3, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 6:20 pm
3-D diagram of a veneer being placed on a tooth

Modern cosmetic dentistry has progressed to such an extent that whatever issue you might be having, there’s likely a treatment that can fix it. If you’re in the market for a new smile, there are two procedures that can completely change the way your smile looks: direct bonding and veneers.

These two titans of cosmetic dentistry can both achieve incredible results, which can make it hard to choose between them. If you need a little help, here’s a little bit more information about these two treatments and which one could be right for you.


Who Are Some Social Media Influencers with Veneers?

November 14, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 3:10 am

Do you sometimes wonder how the gleaming smiles of your favorite social media stars got to be so stellar? There’s a good chance they have veneers. Many online influencers get veneers in Carlsbad to correct minor imperfections to give them that camera-ready look. Keep reading to learn from your dentist about social media influencers with veneers and how these cosmetic additions can help you build your online following.


How Do You Navigate Flu Season While Enjoying the Benefits of Invisalign?

November 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 3:00 am
flu season ahead sign

When you feel bad with the flu, it’s because your body has detected a new invader and your immune system is going into overdrive. It floods your body with a host of immune system-stimulating biochemicals called cytokines. While this revs up your body to attack the virus, the inflammation leads to many of the flu’s worst symptoms. Alright, you get it, the flu makes you feel terrible. You want to avoid being in that predicament if possible. You are also enjoying how your Invisalign trays are changing your smile for the better. Keep reading to learn tips on how to wear your Invisalign during the cold-and-flu season in Carlsbad while giving yourself the best chance not to get sick, as well as how to get through it if you do.


The Gift of a Grin: 5 Benefits of Smiling After Cosmetic Dental Work

October 29, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 11:29 pm
man giving thumbs up sign

Many people’s lives have been transformed by cosmetic dentistry. Veneers, restorations, and teeth whitening can improve your pearly whites and bring you the confidence to smile brightly again! But did you know smiling affects more than just your appearance? Here are four unexpected health benefits of your new and improved grin.


Do You Know How Far Cosmetic Dentistry Has Come?

October 13, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 10:04 am
A dentist performing cosmetic dentistry in Carlsbad

If you don’t know much about it, you might think cosmetic dentistry has only been around for a few decades. Perhaps, if you’re generous, you’d say it likely started in the early 20th century. However, the truth is that this dental field is much older than most people would expect. Indeed, its history spans thousands of years — from humanity’s earliest days to the present. To prove this fact, your local dental practice is here with the details. Read on to learn about the history of cosmetic dentistry with a Carlsbad dentist.

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