Straight Talk on Clear Aligner Therapy vs Brackets

Clear Aligner Therapy – like Invisalign® treatment or ClearCorrect – uses thin, clear aligners to apply force against teeth to aid in tooth movement. The benefits are that they are clear, comfortable and easy to remove for routine brushing and flossing. That being said, patient compliance is of the utmost importance. Brackets can be metal or clear and are designed... read more »

What Should I Do If I Have Bad Breath?

Q: What should I do if I have bad breath? A: Bad breath (aka halitosis) can be unpleasant and due to a variety reasons - the major reason being microbial deposits on the tongue. Studies have shown that bad breath can be reduced by as much as 70% just by brushing the tongue (including the very back). Causes can also... read more »

Could You Be Suffering From TMD?

Q: Could you be suffering from TMD? A: Pain in the facial muscles or jaw joints is a common symptom of TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder). Other symptoms include neck pain, pain in or around the ear, jaw joint noises (clicking/popping) and even a change in how the upper and lower jaw fit together. We have a specialist in the office... read more »

How Effective Are Whitening Toothpastes?

Q: How effective are whitening toothpastes? A: Whitening toothpastes contain mild abrasive agents that only polish surface stains yielding up to one shade lighter. Over the counter and professional whitening products containing hydrogen or carbamide peroxide penetrate deeper into the tooth surface. This can make your teeth three to eight shades lighter.

Sleep Apnea and Finding the Best Solution

Did you know that it is estimated that at least 75% of the population suffer from obstructive sleep apnea? It not only causes fatigue and severe daytime drowsiness, but many other problems such as poor memory, clouded intellect, personality changes, irritability, decreased sex drive, impotence, morning headaches and many health problems. Obstructive sleep apnea contributes to cardiovascular disease, as well... read more »

Wonder Why Your Dentist Always Want to Take X-Rays?

The mouth is one of the dirtiest areas of the body and changes can take place fast (well under the time frame for your six-month check-up). What your dentist is looking for: - changes in the bone around and between the teeth. - cavities between teeth and under existing restorations - pathology in the bones of the jaw - widening... read more »

Nightguard vs TMJ Appliance

A TMJ appliance is an orthopedic repositioning appliance that is fabricated based on an in-office evaluation, imaging and computer analysis. This device functions to: - Realign the mandible and maintain proper posture of the condyle within the mandibular fossa which is determined by the muscles, the way the teeth come together, and the TM joint itself. - Re-establish joint space... read more »

Why Replace a Missing Tooth?

When a tooth is lost, the bone that remains starts to resorb away. Teeth that are next to, above or below the newly created space may lose support as a result of this resorbing bone. They will also begin to move and shift until they come in to contact with something. This causes super-eruption and sometimes their premature loss. Teeth... read more »

HPV-Associated Oral Cancer

Oral cancer used to be associated with tobacco smoking and alcohol. Now it’s associated with the Human Papillomavirus, and as of late, affects four times more men than women. The rate of increase is estimated at 5% per year with a prevalence of 16% in the 80s to over 70% in the early 2000s. Know Your Status - Test for... read more »

Do I Extract a Tooth or Have a Root Canal?

Ever been faced with the decision to endure the stigma of having a root canal or just have the tooth extracted? How does one make such a decision? First, let’s ask these following questions to determine if the tooth can be saved: 1) If there is decay, is it at least 2mm above the crest of the bone? 2) Is... read more »