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How Can I Get Rid of These Annoying Denture Sores?

April 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — dclakewood @ 7:16 pm
Man has oral pain

Denture sores are a troublesome nuisance, but they should be rare. While they are most likely to develop when you are still adjusting during the first few weeks of receiving a new set of dentures, they may also mean that your jawbone has changed and your denture needs an adjustment to fit properly again. Here’s a quick overview of denture sores including what causes them, how to get rid of them, and when to see a dentist.

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How to Make the Most of your Invisalign Treatment

March 9, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — dclakewood @ 6:45 pm
Someone holding an Invisalign aligner

One of the reasons that Invisalign is so popular is the clear aligner’s removability. This offers this treatment additional versatility when compared to other methods of orthodontic treatment, allowing you to take your aligners off for cleaning and skirt many of the dietary restrictions associated with orthodontics.

However, this also means that Invisalign treatment can fall seriously off track if you approach it in the wrong way. With that in mind, here’s a quick list of do’s and don’ts regarding Invisalign treatment in order to help you stay on track.

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Straight Solutions: Traditional Braces vs. Invisalign

February 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — dclakewood @ 6:53 pm
Nose to chin view of woman holding clear aligner in one hand and braces in the other

Did you know that having a crooked smile can damage your oral health in addition to your self-confidence? If your teeth are overcrowded or uneven, it’s harder to brush and floss all of their surfaces. This leaves you more prone to dental issues like tooth decay and gum disease.

Fortunately, your dentist can help by providing orthodontic options like traditional braces and Invisalign. How do you know, though, which option is right for you? Keep reading to learn more about each so that you can make an informed decision!

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The Fine Print: Understanding Insurance Coverage for Sedation Dentistry

January 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — dclakewood @ 3:03 pm
Woman anxious and needing sedation dentistry

If you’re someone who experiences anxiety or fear when it comes to dental procedures, sedation dentistry can be a game-changer. Dentists use various sedation methods to help patients relax during treatments, making the experience more comfortable and less stressful. However, many patients worry about the cost and wonder if their dental insurance will cover the added treatment.

Read on to learn more about sedation dentistry and whether your insurance plan may help you receive it when you need it.

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You Asked, We Answered: Can I Drink Coffee with Invisalign?

December 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dclakewood @ 3:25 pm
Smiling woman with glasses enjoying cup of coffee

Since clear aligners are removable, you don’t have to worry about eliminating raw carrots, whole apples, air-popped popcorn, and other crunchy foods from your diet. But what about coffee? Can you drink coffee with Invisalign? This is one of the most asked questions from patients considering this discreet orthodontic treatment. If you’ve been wondering the same thing, then read on!

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Unwrap a Straighter Smile This Season with Invisalign

November 30, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dclakewood @ 6:14 pm
A woman with holiday cheer showing off her Invisalign aligner

‘Tis the season to bring warmth and joy into your home. For many families, this time of year comes with a whirlwind of activities and celebrations. For those wearing Invisalign, maintaining your treatment plan amidst this chaos can be tough!

In this guide, you’ll find tips to help you enjoy the season with loved ones while staying on track with your treatment. Perhaps this year, you’ll unwrap a new smile?

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Let’s Get Something Straight: Why Braces Can Treat More Than Just Crooked Teeth

October 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dclakewood @ 11:45 pm
Teen with braces

Everyone knows that orthodontic treatments can correct many types of alignment issues such as overbites, underbites, crossbites, open bites, crowding, and gaps, but many people are unaware that they can treat much more than that. Braces and Invisalign clear aligners can treat the underlying issues of many oral health issues by making teeth easier to clean and correcting pressure points in the teeth and jaw. Here are a few common oral health issues braces can treat while straightening out your smile.

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Can People with Dental Implants Have Orthodontic Treatment Done?

September 16, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dclakewood @ 2:21 pm
Close-up of a model of a dental implant

Dental implants have many advantages that other tooth-replacement options don’t, which can make them an excellent choice when you need to fill in a gap in your smile. But what if you decide to have an orthodontic treatment performed at some point in the future? Will your implant posts get in the way? Here is what people with dental implants need to know when considering braces or Invisalign to straighten their grins.

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Why Does Your Dentist Take Dental X-rays?

August 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dclakewood @ 1:56 am

Dentist reviewing X-ray with patientThe American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup. Besides cleaning your teeth and examining your mouth, your dentist will also review X-rays. The detailed images provide your dentist with important information about your dental health that may not be visible to the naked eye. Here is why X-rays play a vital role in maintaining a healthy smile.

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Can Children or Teens Benefit from Cosmetic Dentistry?

July 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dclakewood @ 5:35 pm
young girl smiling in dental chair

In today’s world, where selfies and social media reign supreme, it’s no surprise that even kids and teens are paying closer attention to their appearances. With this growing awareness, the topic of cosmetic dentistry for young patients has come to the forefront. Is it a viable option for them? Let’s dive in and explore the world of cosmetic dentistry for kids and teens.

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