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4 Tips for Staying on Track with Your Invisalign Treatment This Holiday Season

November 19, 2021

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woman holding Invisalign aligner in holiday attire

Work parties, family dinners, friend gift exchanges, travel plans—you’ve got a lot going on this holiday season! This special time allows you to step away from real life, enjoy loved ones, and celebrate. For a while, you may feel like you’re out of your normal flow. If you’re doing Invisalign treatment, getting off could set you up for trouble after the holidays are over. In this post, you’ll learn ways you can stay on track and continue working toward a straighter smile.


6 Benefits of Choosing Porcelain Veneers

November 3, 2021

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woman smiling after getting porcelain veneers

Maybe you have a wedding or special event coming up. Perhaps you’re tired of hiding your teeth in photos. Whatever your reason, you want to improve how your teeth look. Although there are several treatment options available, one of the most popular is porcelain veneers. In fact, many celebrities like Emma Watson, Cardi B, and Zac Efron use veneers to perfect their smiles. So why is this treatment so sought after? Here are six benefits of porcelain veneers to help you understand and choose for yourself.


In-Network vs. Out-of-Network: How Does Dental Insurance Work?

September 17, 2021

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Dental insurance form

Dental insurance isn’t always the easiest topic to navigate. There are several different plans out there and they don’t work quite like your medical insurance does. It also pays to know the difference between seeing an in-network vs. out-of-network dentist so you can determine which provider is right for you. Continue reading to learn more about your options before your plan renews at the end of the calendar year.


Is Getting a Dental Crown Painful?

September 2, 2021

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Closeup of dental crown on finger

Are you in need of a dental crown? A dental crown is a protective “cap” that is placed over the chewing surface of a damaged tooth to keep it safe and improve its appearance. They can be placed on a tooth that is broken, decayed, contains a large filling, or a tooth that is otherwise compromised. Dental crowns are also made to replace teeth that are missing. One question that may be lingering is whether or not the procedure will be painful? Read on to learn more about what you can expect when you undergo your procedure as well as some of the benefits of the restoration.


Things You Should Avoid Putting in Your Mouth

August 25, 2021

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woman chewing on pencil while working

Have you ever used your mouth as a tool or to hold small objects? Don’t worry – you’re not alone. Mindless habits like chewing on a pen or biting your nails may seem harmless, but they can damage your teeth. Every year, dentists see patients who have chipped or broken a tooth after biting the wrong thing. Luckily, being mindful of the items you put in your mouth is an easy way to prevent a dental emergency from occurring. Read along to learn which things you should avoid putting in your mouth.


4 Unusual Tooth Disorders You Probably Don’t Know About

August 10, 2021

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young child looking at x-ray of teeth

Everyone knows that brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily are crucial to prevent dental problems like cavities, decay, and gum disease. However, some oral health conditions are simply out of your control, no matter how well you take care of your pearly whites. In fact, certain issues can only be detected and treated by a dental professional. Read on to learn about four rare oral health problems that you probably don’t know about.


Why Is Mouth-Breathing Dangerous?

July 29, 2021

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man mouth breathing while sleeping

When you have a cold, your nose might get so stuffy to the point where you can’t breathe through it. As a default, most people may choose to breathe through their mouths instead. While it might seem like a simple, harmless habit, it can negatively affect your oral health. Here’s what you should know about mouth breathing and why it’s bad for your smile.


How to Find an Emergency Dentist When You Need One Most

July 13, 2021

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girl in pain touching her cheek with fingers

While playing beach volleyball with some friends, you run towards the ball to hit it over the net when suddenly, it smacks you right in the face. Once the shock wears off, you quickly realize that there’s something wrong with your mouth. Oh no, your tooth is missing! The situation may be frightening, but rest assured – staying calm and seeking immediate dental care will bring you prompt relief. Here’s how to find an emergency dentist when you need one most.


Is Flavored Water Harmful for Your Smile?

June 22, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — westhartford @ 9:35 pm
Flavored water

When it comes to quenching your thirst, flavored water may seem like a healthier alternative to sugary juices and soda. They may even contain added vitamins. However, they can still be harmful for your teeth. In fact, flavored water, vitamin water, or water that is otherwise enhanced may be less nutritious that normal tap water. Read on to learn more about the affects that flavored water can have on your oral health.


What You Should Know About Getting Urgent Dental Care on a Budget

June 18, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — westhartford @ 5:33 pm
Woman talking to dentist about tooth pain

Whether it’s mild soreness or severe discomfort, oral pain is usually a warning sign of a much larger dental problem. Unfortunately, many patients put off going to the dentist for as long as possible because they are worried about the cost. However, this can wreak havoc on the look and function of your smile, resulting in further damage. To prevent that from happening, keep reading to learn what you need to know about getting urgent dental care on a budget.

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