Planning and Preparing for Dental Procedures: Your Questions Answered

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Planning and Preparing for Dental Procedures: Your Questions Answered

Making decisions about your smile can be confusing. Should you have a tooth pulled or get a root canal? Should you get adult braces or stick with a retainer? Should you use at-home whitening remedies or have your teeth professionally whitened? If questions like these are keeping you up at night, you've come to the right place. I used to stress out over routine dental procedures, and as a result, I did loads of research on everything dental-related. To help others, I'm using this blog as a place to collect, review and share what I've learned through the years. I hope you can use the information here to help you plan and prepare for your next dental appointment.

4 Reasons to Choose Self-Ligating Braces Over Invisalign

Traditional metal braces used to be the only option for people who needed to have their teeth realigned, but that's no longer the case. Several further options now exist, including self-ligating braces and Invisalign. Both options tend to be prized for their added discretion compared to traditional braces. Self-ligating braces use smaller brackets that can even be clear to make them virtually invisible, and their built-in mechanism eliminates the need for elastic supports. Read More 

What to Expect During a Dental Exam

Are you aware of the services your dentist provides during an exam? If you're planning on visiting the dentist soon, it's important to know what your dentist will be doing and why so that you can prepare for the appointment. This blog post will detail five common things that your dentist will do during a dental exam.  Examining Teeth and Gums Lastly, your dentist will examine both your gums and teeth for signs of decay or infection, such as cavities, chipped teeth, receding gums, etc. Read More 

4 Reasons To Choose Metal Braces Over Ceramic Braces

It used to be that all patients wore metal braces, but more and more orthodontists are now also offering ceramic braces. These might seem attractive at first since they are more discreet than metal braces, yet metal braces are still the smartest choice for most patients. Here are just four reasons why. 1. Lower Cost Many patients worry about the cost of having braces, even when part of that cost will be covered by their dental plan. Read More 

Recovering from a Tooth Extraction: 5 Top Tips

Getting a tooth pulled is no fun, but the good news is that the recovery process is usually pretty straightforward. Below are some top tips to help you recover from a tooth extraction as quickly and seamlessly as possible. 1. Take it easy Once you have had a tooth extracted, it is important to avoid strenuous activity and excessive mouth movements in order to allow your gums and blood clot time to form and begin healing. Read More 

Halloween Isn’t Far Away: Get Ready, Get Set, Get Good Dental Hygiene Habits Started Now

Halloween in Australia may not elicit the same fervor as it does in the U.S., but for kids, at least, the dress-up holiday has become a little more visible. Of course, with kids, the candy aspect is the most interesting. As a parent, you may not realize just how much candy your child can ingest in the weeks before and days after October 31. The candy negatively affects their physical health as well as their teeth. Read More