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Black or White: Does Activated Charcoal Lighten Teeth?

April 6, 2024

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Closeup of a bamboo toothbrush with black toothpaste on it with a pile of charcoal in the background

One of the first things people notice about you is your smile and many people feel that sparkling white teeth are a highly attractive feature. If yours are stained yellow or brown, it’s natural to feel self-conscious or overly anxious about how others will perceive you. There are many ways you can lighten their shade, from over-the-counter kits to professional whitening with your dentist.

Several home remedies are rumored to brighten your grin, too. For example, many people believe using activated charcoal can naturally remove stains. If you’ve heard about this fad and are curious whether it works, keep reading to find out!


Do Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Products Work?

March 13, 2024

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Lady has teeth whitened

Throughout recorded history, people have tried many different ways to whiten their teeth, and not all of them were safe and effective. In previous centuries, whitening methods would often deteriorate the patient’s enamel, making their teeth more vulnerable to infection and injury. Today, many people turn to the teeth whitening products they find at stores or pharmacies to achieve a brighter smile, but are they safe? Here’s why professional teeth whitening treatments are the best way to go.


Pursuing Providers: General vs. Cosmetic Dentists

February 5, 2024

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Dentist in white coat approaching patient with instruments in hands

Did you know that people with dental problems are more likely to experience depression and anxiety? Constant worry about what others think of your teeth can leave you feeling self-conscious and like you don’t measure up. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry offers multiple solutions to address aesthetic issues like chips, cracks, slight gaps, minor misalignments, and stains.

It’s important to find someone with the right training and skills to help you achieve the result you’re hoping for. Many patients wonder whether their general dentist can help, or if they need to find a separate provider for cosmetic services. If you’re not sure what the difference is between the two, or what qualifications to look for, keep reading to learn more!


Align Your Smile, Ease Your Jaw: Can Invisalign Help with TMJ Disorder?

January 12, 2024

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Woman about to try Invisalign

Has your jaw been clicking, popping, or aching? You may be suffering the effects of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. This can cause a lot of discomfort and affect everyday activities like chewing and speaking. As patients search for relief from TMJ, they begin to wonder what treatments may have an effect. Could Invisalign, known for its ability to straighten teeth, also provide relief for TMJ symptoms? Continue reading to find out.


Can I Get Cavities If I’m Wearing Invisalign?

December 13, 2023

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Woman thinks something over

Invisalign has allowed millions of patients to straighten their smiles without the conspicuous metal parts and dietary restrictions that come with traditional metal braces. While Invisalign clear aligners might seem like protective shields for your teeth, preventing cavities is still a significant concern for people wearing them. Here’s how cavities can form on your teeth when wearing Invisalign and what you can do to prevent that from happening.


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

November 9, 2023

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person holding Invisalign aligner

Ensuring that your Invisalign aligners fit correctly is essential for achieving the desired outcomes in your orthodontic journey. If you’re encountering difficulties with the proper fit of your aligners, it’s crucial to identify potential causes and learn the necessary steps to resolve the issue. Keep reading as we delve into the common factors that may impact the fit of Invisalign aligners and offer valuable tips to overcome these challenges, ensuring a successful treatment experience.


4 Surprising, Worthwhile Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

October 4, 2023

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a patient smiling and receiving sedation dentistry

For many, a trip to the dentist’s office can evoke feelings of anxiety and apprehension. In fact, some people are so reluctant to see the dentist that they put it off—even when they’re in great pain! But there’s never a good reason to dodge going to the dentist, especially when sedation dentistry exists. It’s an option that provides patients with a relaxed and stress-free experience that has them feeling no doubts about dental healthcare whatsoever. Keep reading to learn more about four amazing benefits that sedation dentistry has to offer!


4 Essential Things You Should Know About Nitrous Oxide

September 12, 2023

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child at dentist receiving nitrous oxide sedation

With your semi-annual dental checkup on the horizon, it’s common to experience some apprehension, yet there’s no reason for worry. Sedation dentistry can greatly improve your experience, guaranteeing your comfort and relaxation during your dental visit. Among the choices at your disposal is nitrous oxide sedation, often known as “laughing gas.” Here are four essential details to grasp how it helps patients in receiving essential dental care in a more tranquil and enjoyable setting.


The Mythical Dentist: How Pop Culture Fueled Dental Anxiety

August 9, 2023

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stock image of a comically evil dentist

Dental anxiety is a common affliction, affecting millions of people worldwide. The fear of visiting the dentist is so prevalent that it has even earned its own term: “odontophobia.” But why do so many of us dread those regular dental check-ups? The answer, in part, lies in the portrayal of dentists in popular culture. In this blog, we will delve into how pop culture has contributed to the fear of dentists and, more importantly, how these negative stereotypes contrast with the reality of modern dentistry.


Should I Be Worried About Cavities with Dental Implants?

July 13, 2023

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patient learning about dental implants

Dental implants are unlike any other tooth replacement solution on the market. Dentures and dental bridges offer great benefits, but permanent prosthetics can last for decades and make it possible to maintain a more youthful appearance because of continuous jawbone stimulation. And while these are just a few of the many reasons people choose this method of treatment for tooth loss, there is still one question that you might have. Can dental implants get cavities? The only way to get the answer is to keep reading.

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