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4 Tips for Staying on Track with Invisalign Treatment during the Holidays

November 16, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 1:14 pm
festive woman smiling and holding an Invisalign aligner

After nearly two years of dealing with the pandemic, you’ve decided it’s time to see family and friends and have some fun. You can’t wait for the holidays to get here so you can celebrate with those you love most. However, if you are in the middle of Invisalign treatment, this time could complicate your treatment if you aren’t careful. Here are four actions you can take to stay on course and straighten your smile through the holiday season.

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Is Dental Crown Lengthening Right for You?

November 1, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 2:56 pm
before and after looks at a woman who has had crown lengthening

When envisioning a beautiful smile, most people immediately think of robust, white teeth. However, there’s another part that many often forget—the gums! Some people naturally have the right balance between gums and teeth, but others do not. If you fit in the second group, you’re not alone, and you can do something about it. You might need crown lengthening, which is also called gum recontouring.

This procedure involves using a soft tissue laser that gently cuts away excess tissue, revealing more tooth structure underneath. But how can you know if you are a good candidate for this treatment? Other than meeting with an experienced cosmetic dentist, here are some clear signs that point toward crown lengthening.

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Can I Get Invisalign If I Have Crowns, Bridges, or Veneers?

October 21, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 7:31 pm
young woman smiling and holding Invisalign aligner

Gone are the days of metal wires and brackets being your only solution for crooked or misaligned teeth. Now, there are several ways you can achieve a straighter smile. If you’re an adult seeking orthodontic treatment, Invisalign may have caught your eye. It’s a discreet and subtle way to obtain the grin you’ve always wanted. But is it a viable option for people with dental crowns, bridges, or veneers? Continue reading to find out!

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Do I Need to Have Gum Disease Treatment Before Cosmetic Dentistry?

October 4, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 6:58 pm
serious thinking illustration

Have you ever seen an old, beat-up car with fancy, shiny wheels and tires? It can make for a strange combo, as it would make sense to get the car in better condition before turning one’s attention to the wheels.

That’s not unlike the situation when a person is considering treatment from a cosmetic dentist before they put gum disease in the rearview mirror. Can you even get a cosmetic treatment before having gum disease therapy to restore your oral health?

Keep reading to learn more about what gum disease is, how it can impact the appearance of your smile, and why it needs to be treated before getting cosmetic dentistry.

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The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Your Invisalign Aligners Clean

September 30, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 1:58 pm
Closeup of dentist holding clean Invisalign aligner

Want straighter teeth? Fortunately, long gone are the days of having to wear metal brackets and dark-colored wires to address minor gaps and moderate overcrowding. Invisalign has helped more than 8 million patients over the last two decades achieve the healthy, beautiful smile of their dreams discreetly – it’s one of the reasons it continues to be one of the most popular treatments year after year! However, it’s important to note that keeping your aligners clear requires some effort on your part. To learn five tips for caring for your Invisalign trays, read on.

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Veneers Check: The Latest Dangerous Dental TikTok Trend

August 30, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 4:20 pm
Woman in glasses covering her mouth in shock

When you hear “TikTok,” what comes to mind? For many, it’s dance videos, health hacks, and beauty advice. However, this popular app is also becoming a place for dangerous dental trends. From at-home teeth whitening solutions to DIY vampire fangs, millions of people are being influenced to tamper with their oral health for the worse. The latest offender? The “Veneers Check” trend. Keep reading to learn what it is and why it’s so dangerous.

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5 Things to Look for in an Invisalign Provider

August 3, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 2:02 pm
Invisalign provider in Carlsbad showing a patient how Invisalign works

For countless teens and adults around the world, Invisalign has become the preferred choice for fixing crooked teeth. These clear aligners can straighten teeth while barely being detectable by anyone else but you. Because practically every dentist offers Invisalign these days, it can be hard to know how to find an Invisalign provider for you. To make the process easier for you, keep reading to five things you should look for in an Invisalign dentist.  

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Why You’re Never Too Old for Invisalign

July 30, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 2:40 pm
older woman with Invisalign

Clear aligner systems are becoming increasingly popular among teenagers and young adults. Their ability to provide a more discreet orthodontic solution makes it possible for those who are self-conscious to achieve a straighter, healthier smile without the bulky, obvious metal. But are they only for younger generations? If you, too, want to do something about the alignment of your smile, you may be asking, “Am I too old for Invisalign?” Read on to hear from a dentist who explains why age doesn’t matter when it comes to clear aligners.

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3 Questions to Ask Your Dentist Before Receiving a Smile Makeover

July 16, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 2:13 pm
smile makeover consultation between dentist and patient

You’re unhappy with the aesthetics of your smile and want to make some substantial changes. After doing your research and deciding it will take more than one treatment to achieve your desired results, you schedule an appointment with your dentist. It is during this visit you will learn more about the severity of your problem areas as well as your eligibility for certain treatments. Before agreeing to move forward with a specific plan, it’s important you have all the facts, which is why you should ask these 3 questions when considering a smile makeover.

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The Top Mouth-Healthy Foods That Benefit Your Smile

June 30, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 5:06 pm
Display of vitamin-rich foods on table

When you think of dental hygiene, what comes to mind? For many, it’s brushing their teeth and visiting their dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning. While those are definitely important, being mindful of what you eat is also crucial. Therefore, in addition to cutting back on sugar, make sure to fill your plate with the top mouth-healthy foods that benefit your oral health. Keep reading to learn what they are!

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