The Risks of Online Clear Aligners
The Risks of Online Clear Aligners

The introduction of Invisalign® clear aligners in 1999 gave many teenagers and adults wanting to straighten their teeth a highly desirable alternative to traditional metal braces. Since that time, some companies – most prominently SmileDirectClub —developed a business model in which those wanting fast results at a discounted cost could bypass being treated by an…

What Causes a Tooth Abscess?
What Causes a Tooth Abscess?

You may have heard the terms “tooth abscess” or “abscessed tooth,” without quite understanding the condition itself. Although not discussed as frequently as tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease, a tooth abscess can lead to serious — even life-threatening — complications if not treated in a timely manner. Here’s what you need to know about…

What You Need to Know About Fluoride Varnish Treatments
What You Need to Know About Fluoride Varnish Treatments

Fluoride is an essential mineral in the battle against tooth decay. In its natural form, fluoride is found throughout the earth’s crust, and released from rocks into the soil, water and air. Fortunately, its ability to be synthesized in a laboratory allows fluoride to be used as an important ingredient in most toothpastes and some…

What You Need to Know About Bruxism
What You Need to Know About Bruxism

When you’re doing something that’s detrimental to your health, you’re typically aware of your actions (or lack thereof), and — hopefully — become motivated to change your behavior. But when it’s something you’re doing unconsciously, becoming aware of your action and taking steps to overcome it is far more challenging. Such is the case if…

What You Need to Know About Crowns
What You Need to Know About Crowns

Dental crowns are a popular solution to restore teeth that are damaged or have undergone a root canal — as well as a durable, long-term cosmetic restoration for teeth that are permanently discolored and/or irregularly shaped or spaced. Whether you need only one crown, or are considering a smile makeover, knowing why your dentist may…

What You Need to Know About a Root Canal
What You Need to Know About a Root Canal

Root canal treatment is probably the dental procedure that people dread the most. In fact, it’s the standard reference for an unpleasant experience, as in, “I’d rather have a root canal than (fill in the blank).” If you’ve never had a root canal, the procedure’s bad reputation could make you so anxious that you don’t…

Implants or Dentures? Which is Right for You?
Implants or Dentures? Which is Right for You?

The quest to restore missing teeth is almost as old as history itself. Archeological excavations have unearthed dentures dating back to 700 BCE, when the Etruscans created crude initial forms of dentures using ivory as a base, into which animal and human teeth were fastened. In fact, despite the persistent myth that George Washington had…

What is a Smile Makeover and is it Right for You?
What is a Smile Makeover and is it Right for You?

Having a beautiful smile is a powerful boost to self-confidence — and can open doors in many aspects of your life! But the bright, perfect “movie star” smile that’s so desirable can’t always be achieved by best oral health practices alone. Fortunately, a smile makeover is designed to give you what nature didn’t — or…

What Is A Tooth Abscess?
What Is A Tooth Abscess?

A tooth abscess is a pocket of pus from a bacterial infection. Abscesses can occur in different places around a tooth for different reasons and affect not only the involved tooth, but also the surrounding bone and sometimes adjacent teeth. Cleveland Clinic identifies three types of tooth infections that can cause abscesses: Gingival: This infection…

What is Crown Lengthening?
What is Crown Lengthening?

Most people are familiar with such dental restorations as crowns and bridges. However, one common procedure you may not have heard about is crown lengthening – which sometimes needs to be performed in preparation for a crown or bridge. This is both a restorative and cosmetic dental treatment that removes excess gum tissue in order…

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