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Social Media Influencers Choose Veneers

March 26, 2023

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Woman taking a selfie with a cellphoneA beautiful smile is attributed to youth, confidence, and success; however, few people have perfect teeth without a little help from a cosmetic dentist. Veneers are a popular solution to create million-dollar smiles. You don’t have to be rich or famous to revamp your pearly whites. People from all walks of life are transforming their teeth with veneers, like many of your favorite social media influencers. Huda Kattan, Tana Mongeau, and Gigi Gorgeous have shared their experiences with their online followers, showcasing the benefits of veneers. Here’s how you can get your smile ready for the spotlight. 


Does Your Dentist Use a Cavity Detection System?

January 12, 2023

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Model of a tooth with a cavityTeeth can last for a lifetime, but cavities are a leading cause of tooth loss. Although they are 100% preventable, 92% of adults have had at least one cavity. Even with the best brushing and flossing habits, tooth decay can occur, but it doesn’t have to lead to missing teeth. Early detection is vital for treating cavities while they are small. Advanced technology allows your dentist to spot the earliest signs of decay using a cavity detection system. 


Holiday Foods to Avoid Eating with Dentures

December 19, 2022

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Thanksgiving meal set out on dining room table

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That means that people around the world are getting ready to celebrate with loved ones through food, fun, and presents. It also means that things may look a little different for people who have false teeth. Dentures fill in the gaps in your smile, but eating with them is pretty different from doing so with your normal teeth. Since the holidays often consist of a lot of eating, it’s important to know the proper way to do it with dentures. Continue reading to learn what foods you can’t eat with these restorations and what you should eat instead.


The Truth about Tannins and Teeth Stains

October 8, 2022

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A comforting cup of coffee. A bowl of plump cherries. A much-needed glass of wine. A spicy colorful curry. These are some examples of beverages and foods (although delicious) that can cause staining and yellowing of your teeth. But why? And what can you do about it? Your dentist in Wheaton is here to explain the connection between tannins and teeth staining…and what you can do to get a bright white smile!


Dental Bridges VS Partial Dentures: Which is Best?

September 8, 2022

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Partial denture for lower archTeeth are meant to last for a lifetime, but 120 million Americans have lost at least one tooth. If you are missing a tooth or two, you have more options than ever to rebuild a complete smile. Dental bridges and partial dentures are the most traditional solutions for missing teeth, but which is right for your smile? There’s a big difference between partial dentures and dental bridges. Here’s what you need to know to make the best choice for your smile. 


3 Things That Can Cause Dental Bridge Failure

August 29, 2022

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person brushing teeth to prevent dental bridge failure

If you’re missing one or more teeth that were once located next to each other, a dental bridge might be the best way to replace them. This restoration is named this way because it literally bridges the gap between teeth. As beneficial as bridges are, there are a few things that can prevent them from reaching their five to seven-year expected lifespan. Read on to learn about three things that commonly lead to dental bridge failure as well as a few tips to help you prevent them.


How Can I Fix Yellow Teeth?

June 29, 2022

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Woman having teeth whitening treatmentSociety views a bright smile with youth, confidence, and success; however, teeth come in many shades and tones. Not to mention, they change color over time. If you’re embarrassed by yellow teeth, you don’t have to hide your smile. Here are the most common causes of stained teeth and how you can combat discoloration.


Are Root Canals Painful?

May 11, 2022

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Woman holding cheek while looking at dentist

If your dentist recommends root canal therapy for your tooth, it might sound scary at first. After all, it’s often made out to be the worst dental treatment possible. Sometimes you’ll hear sarcastic statements like, “That sounds about as pleasant as a root canal.” So, it wouldn’t be surprising if you’re asking yourself, “Are root canals painful?”

The truth is that root canals don’t involve any significant pain, at least when performed rightly. Read on to see for yourself!


Do You Need a Root Canal If Your Tooth Stops Hurting?

April 12, 2022

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Four-stage root canal treatment illustration

Imagine if, before the root canal therapy you’d scheduled with your dentist, your toothache mysteriously vanished. Should you cancel your dental treatment since the offending ache is gone?

In short, the answer is “no.” Even if a toothache disappears, you may still need root canal therapy for other reasons. For those wanting to know what those reasons could be, here is a guide to why toothaches go away and how root canals can apply regardless.


Are Instant Orthodontics Right for You?

March 14, 2022

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Woman pointing to her straight smileDoes your attention turn to a small gap between your teeth when looking in the mirror? Maybe your smile is almost perfect, except for slight overlapping? You know braces can help, but are minor alignment issues worth the time and money? You don’t have to commit to metal braces or clear aligners to fix your smile. You might be a candidate for instant orthodontics. Here’s how you can get a straight smile in just a few weeks.


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