Exciting News for Designer Smiles Patients!
Anxiety or Fear of Dental Treatment If you have never experienced anxiety or fear about going to the dentist, you are definitely in the minority. There are varying opinions on the correct use of the terms “dental anxiety”, “dental fear”, or “dental phobia”. Whichever term you choose, it is safe to say that it is a very common problem. When[…]
Good News for Gaggers!
Do you hate taking dental impressions? Do you gag easily? Does the idea of a mouth full of impression material (a.k.a. goo, clay, putty, gobbledy-gook) make your heart race? You are not alone! You wouldn’t believe the number of patients who tell us they absolutely hate having dental impressions taken. It can be uncomfortable for people with strong gag reflexes,[…]
Dreaming of a White Christmas?
Instead of just dreaming, this year you can do something about it! Did you know that whitening your teeth is the quickest and most conservative way to improve your smile? Maximum results of take-home teeth whitening are usually seen within 14 days, so if you start now, you will have a bright, white smile just in time for Christmas. Stains[…]
How 3D Technology Makes Dental Implants Better
What is a Dental Implant? Dental implants have been used predictably and successfully to replace missing teeth for decades. An implant is considered the best way to restore a missing tooth because it most closely resembles a natural tooth. It has a root form in the jawbone (simply called the implant or implant body), an abutment that projects out of[…]
How Implants Make Dentures Better
The History of Dentures More than 36 million Americans do not have any teeth. Unfortunately, this state, called edentulism, is nothing new. Teeth have been removed due to decay and gum disease for thousands of years. People have also been attempting to replace those missing teeth for thousands of years. There is historical evidence that dentures were made as far[…]
Don’t Get Tricked by Halloween Treats
Halloween: Making Good Decisions for Your Teeth Halloween is almost synonymous with candy, and most people know that candy can cause cavities. What many people do not know is that some candy is worse and more likely to cause cavities than other types of candy. As dentists, it is easy to be a killjoy on Halloween. Since we know kids[…]
Why is My Dentist Drawing Blood?
Dr. Ann has been restoring missing teeth with dental implants for over 11 years, and she believes that the key to excellence is continual advancement based on resolute learning. Any long-term patient of Designer Smiles knows that Dr. Ann and Dr. Lauren both attend far more hours of continuing education than is required by their licensure. This past weekend, Dr.[…]
Dental Insurance: Are You Throwing Away Money?
Some of the most common questions we answer at Designer Smiles are about dental insurance. Dental insurance plans and the benefits they provide can be very confusing. There are thousands of different plans, and many of them even share the same name. So just knowing that you have Blue Cross Blue Shield won’t get you very far when it comes[…]
What Makes Someone High Risk for Cavities?
High Risk for Cavities An article in Newsweek magazine made headlines last week for debunking a theory that some people inherit their bad teeth (or high risk for cavities) from their parents. The study on identical and fraternal twins showed that there is no genetic component to the risk factors for tooth decay. Whether it is genetic or not, you[…]
Sparkling Water: A Surprising Cause of Cavities
Most people know that foods and drinks high in sugar can cause cavities. It is common knowledge that sodas and candy are bad for your teeth. What many people are unaware of is that sparkling water can also damage the teeth. Due to an increase in its popularity in recent years, we are frequently asked about sparkling water (carbonated water)[…]