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I Wore Braces in the Past – Do I Still Qualify for Invisalign?

December 17, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 2:44 am

attractive woman inserting Invisalign alignerThere once was a time when metal braces were the only option for straightening teeth, closing gaps and fixing other bite issues. Thankfully, you now have an alternative: Invisalign clear braces. While the procedure has some definite perks, is it off limits if you wore braces in the past or received any other types of dental work? As you continue reading, you’ll find out the answer and get more important details about how the Invisalign process works. You can then make a more informed decision about how you want to proceed with revamping your smile.


Find Out if Cold and Flu Remedies Can Negatively Impact Your Oral Health

December 3, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 6:46 pm

a woman blowing her noseYou can feel it: the pressure in your sinuses, the sore throat, and runny nose. When the symptoms of cold and flu arrive, you might be eager to stop them in their tracks by running to your local drug store and buying everything you can get your hands on. While this might seem like a good idea, it may not be the most beneficial, especially when it can negatively impact your oral health. Find out how which flu season tips and remedies can actually harm your teeth and gums.


3 Ways to Protect Your Oral Health from the Dangers of Sugar This Holiday Season

November 3, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 7:35 pm

a table full of sugary treats and wineThe holidays are about indulgence. In fact, they’re about overindulging in your favorite sweet treats, right? While these special days only come around once a year, they fall so closely together that most people tend to use it as an excuse to eat whatever they want for 2 or 3 full months and then start again with their New Year’s Resolutions. While having a cookie or slice of pie is fine in moderation, too much of a good thing can be very bad, especially for your teeth. To help you get through the holidays without developing tooth decay, hear from a dentist who suggests 3 ways to protect your oral health from the dangers of sugar.


Take Advantage of Your Insurance Before It Expires

October 15, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — drstec @ 8:01 pm

dental careThe next few weeks are an exciting time of the year as you gather with friends and loved ones over warm meals. As you shop for the perfect gifts and make your holiday plans, there’s something else that should be at the top of your priority list – a trip to your dentist. Now is the time to take advantage of your insurance because it’s about to expire.

Bring on the Sweets, Or Not: 5 Halloween Candy Tips to Keep in Mind

October 3, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 1:47 pm

Halloween candy Halloween isn’t all about the tricks. In fact, if you asked most children what they enjoy about this holiday, they would most certainly say it is the treats they look forward to the most. While these sweet little candies are fine in moderation, eating a bucket full might have your little one facing not only a tummy ache but also a toothache. To ensure their oral health (and yours) stay safe from tooth decay and cavities, here are 5 Halloween candy tips to remember.


The Do’s and Don’ts of Caring For Invisalign Aligners

September 26, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 2:23 pm

Invisalign aligners surrounded by oral hygiene productsInvisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment that eliminates the need for cumbersome and uncomfortable metal braces. With these clear, smooth, plastic aligners, your teeth will be gently nudged into their ideal positions to improve your oral health and beautify your grin. However, in order for them to do this effectively, they’ll need to be regularly cleaned and sanitized. That way, no oral health problems will arise during your treatment. For some do’s and don’ts about caring for your Invisalign aligners, continue reading. (more…)

Are Hot Drinks Bad For My Teeth? Hear What a Dentist Has To Say

September 5, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 2:54 pm

A photo of a latteThe official Pumpkin Spice Latte (or PSL) was officially invented in 2003 and more than 200 million were sold between 2003 and 2015. These popular drinks are just one of the seasonal hot beverages people enjoy during the colder months of the year. In fact, some people wouldn’t feel like it’s autumn without them! But one question many people have for their dentist is, “Are hot drinks bad for my teeth?” Find out below and learn how you can keep your smile healthy while still enjoying your favorite fall drinks.


6 Reasons You Should Leave Braces to the Professionals

August 20, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 6:17 pm

girl with braces

According to the Internet, everything can be do-it-yourself these days. People are even creating their own versions of braces and Invisalign to straighten their smiles. However, these DIY treatments can actually do much more harm than good. Read on as we talk about 6 reasons why you should leave teeth straightening to the professionals.


Why Your Child Should See a Dentist Before They Go Back to School

August 2, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 2:54 pm

a little boy in the dentist chair having his teeth checkedThe start of a new school year is an exciting time for most kids. Yes, they’re sad to leave behind the fun-filled days of summer but making new friends and meeting their teacher is often enough to have them ready to show off their new backpack and run to get in the car. Before they head out of the door for their first day, while they may be equipped with new clothes, a new bookbag, and a freshly made lunch, what about their smile? Find out why it’s beneficial to schedule a dentist appointment before your child starts a new school year.


Invisalign or Braces: Picking the Right Path to a Better Smile

July 17, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 2:08 pm

InvisalignIf you’re dissatisfied with the crooked smile you see in the mirror each day, the good news is you don’t have to live with it. More and more adults are getting orthodontic treatment for straighter, prettier teeth. While some choose to wear traditional metal braces, others prefer Invisalign as a less conspicuous, more convenient treatment. Which one is right for you? Here are the pros and cons of each option for you to weigh.


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