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It's Never too Late for a Healthier, Straighter Smile

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For decades, most adults have looked at orthodontic treatment as something that’s either done in childhood or not at all. So, if your smile misalignment wasn’t corrected in childhood, it’s understandable you feel the opportunity to do anything about it has passed you by.The truth is that with modern orthodontic treatments, you can finally enjoy the beautiful, straight smile you’ve always envied in others. Dental technology has advanced to the point where we can not only offer effective adult treatments like Invisalign, but the results can be achieved in less time than you probably think possible.Brief History of InvisalignWay back in 1997, a student at Stanford University who was finishing ...

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Don't Be Tempted by DIY Braces on Pinterest. Talk to Us about Invisalign

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If you spend any time on Pinterest, you may have come across videos of the various ways people try to get a straighter smile without orthodontic treatment and wondered if it's something you should consider for your crooked smile.It’s true that the price tag of orthodontics can seem like an obstacle if you’re thinking about improving your smile. But the cost isn’t related to the materials used, but instead to the expertise of a skilled orthodontist who can plan successful, long-term treatment.Reasons Not to Try DIY BracesYou may wonder why it's a bad idea because some DIY'ers appear to have success in moving their teeth. But closing a gap in one ...

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Deep Cleanings for Gum Disease: What You Need to Know

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Keeping your smile healthy and attractive starts with prevention. If you brush, floss, and visit the dentist for your semi-annual dental cleanings, you may never have to worry about developing gum disease.But your life is busy, and it’s all too easy to let dentistry fall to the bottom of your to-do list. A few missed appointments and an at-home hygiene routine that gets a little too relaxed can quickly undo all your efforts, and you may find yourself facing gum disease.Gum Disease 101Gum disease develops in two stages:GingivitisThis is the earliest and mildest stage of gum disease. Bacteria-filled plaque and tartar that isn’t removed with correct brushing or professional cleanings ...

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Should You Try to Clean Your Own Teeth with Pro Tools? (Hint – NO!)

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The American Dental Association recommends twice-yearly visits to your dentist for exams and professional cleanings. This interval allows your dentist to periodically check your teeth and gums to stay ahead of decay and periodontal disease.It doesn’t seem like a huge time commitment – we’re talking a couple of hours every year. But if you fear dental visits, those couple hours a year are a couple of hours too many. You know you should take better care of your teeth, so you may be tempted to take matters into your own hands, which is not a good idea.DIY Dental Hygiene KitsRecently, a popular coupon site promoted a ‘dental hygiene kit’ to ...

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These Sticky Treats Could Cause Your Crown to Come Loose!

You know that you should eat nutritious foods that support your general health and avoid foods that compromise your oral health, like candy. But every once in a while, your sweet tooth rears its ugly head, and you find yourself reaching for that candy bar.Chewy Treats to AvoidThere is no reason why you can’t treat yourself to a sweet occasionally as long as you remember to brush afterward. But some chewy candies will loosen or damage a dental crown or bridge and send you heading to the dentist for an emergency visit.These are the treats you want to avoid like the plague, and you probably already have a good idea ...

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5 Ways We Help Our Patients Feel Comfortable in Our Office

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Dental anxiety is a more common problem than you might think. Millions of people avoid scheduled dental visits each year, which results in neglect and poor oral health.But not everyone who avoids dental visits is anxious; some people don’t like the smells or sounds of a dental office while still others dread injections. If we want you to be proactive with your dental care, we must find ways to remove these barriers and make each of your visits comfortable and stress-free.At Atlantis Dental Care, we have many ways to ensure that you can relax and get the critical care you need.Supportive professionals – Anyone involved in dentistry knows that anxiety ...

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Improve Your Nutrition for Your Best Oral Health

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Your dentist or hygienist may have explained the importance of proper nutrition to support good oral health. You know that one thing you must avoid is sugar, but that’s only part of the picture.Every day we learn more about the effect that oral health has on the body, it’s clear that there’s a lot more involved with a healthy diet than avoiding sugar. It’s also critical to understand all the pieces that make up a picture of “good nutrition” so you can make appropriate choices.Beware of Hidden SugarsBacteria that lead to decay prefer sucrose, which is found in table sugar, honey, and corn syrup. But fructose, lactose, and glucose all ...

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