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The Best Way to Take Care of Your Invisalign Clear Aligners

September 5, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 11:51 pm

A person holding a clear aligner.Anyone who’s had a friend or family member wear traditional braces knows how hard managing them can be. Apart from their unsightly appearance, they’re difficult to clean, food gets stuck in the constantly, and even when they come off it’s amazing how many tooth areas didn’t get the attention they needed. For these reasons, many people choose Invisalign instead.

While treatment is generally easier, it’s still important to know the right steps for making the trays last. Follow these steps and know one will be the wiser.


Orthodontic Braces – Your Dentist Says Leave Them to the Professionals

August 19, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 10:40 am

woman smiling inserting clear bracesWith the growth of the internet and social media, there is a do-it-yourself (DIY) video or blog on just about anything these days. This free flow of information helps people unlock the mouse on their computer and learn how to season a favorite dish just right, but there are some things that are dangerous to DYI. One of them is to attempt to make your own set of orthodontic braces. As you read on, you’ll learn why it’s important to leave this to the professionals.


The Future Is Here: Digital Impressions for Invisalign

August 15, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 6:21 pm

scanning teethWe live in an age when technology affects every aspect of our existence, from the way we order our coffee to how we stay in touch with loved ones in distance places. Dentistry is no exception to the technological takeover; thanks to advances like digital impressions, treating a variety of oral health issues has become easier for dentists and patients alike. Let’s take a moment to talk about how one invention, the iTero scanner, is changing the Invisalign landscape.


Remember to Visit Your Family Dentist Before School Starts

July 4, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 6:35 pm

smiling studentsPreparing to send the kids back to school can be a bit stressful and hectic, which is why you might want to get a head start on your checklist for this busy time of year. Between buying school supplies, shopping for new clothes, and making sure your kids get their annual sports physicals, please don’t forget to plan to visit your family dentist.


Invisalign or Traditional Braces — Which Is Right for You?

June 20, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 5:21 pm

invisalign or bracesCrooked teeth are unattractive, but the problem isn’t purely an aesthetic one. They can endanger your oral health and lead to such problems as premature wear and tear, poor oral hygiene, and bad breath. Really, you have every reason to seek orthodontic treatment to get those chompers into their proper places. But should you choose Invisalign or traditional braces? Let’s take a moment to compare these two options.


4 Things to Look for When Choosing a New Dentist

May 30, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 3:55 pm

dentist appointment on calendarAre you searching for a new dentist? Whether you’ve just moved to a new area or you’re disappointed with the dentist that you’ve been seeing for years, the task of finding a new tooth doctor can be a bit overwhelming. After all, you shouldn’t trust your smile to just anyone who has a degree hanging on their wall. To help you find the ideal dentist in the Grand Island area, we’ve put together a list of things you should focus on when you’re carrying out your search.


Reduce Your Dental Costs with a Trip to Your Dentist

May 3, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — drstec @ 9:20 pm

woman’s healthy smileBrushing and flossing your teeth are great steps to take at home to protect the health of your teeth and gums; however, it is only half of the care your smile needs. It is also best to see your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. Unfortunately, a Gallup poll found that one-third of adults did not schedule an appointment last year. Too often, it is believed that you only need to see your dentist after a problem has developed. It is often thought that routine appointments are a waste of money, but that is not true. Regular cleanings and checkups will lower your long-term cost for care.

Tooth Trouble? Your Emergency Dentist Helps You Handle the Situation

April 12, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 5:11 pm

emergency signYou brush and floss your teeth regularly, so you don’t have to worry about your oral health, right? Well, not exactly. A dental emergency can strike anyone at any time, even if you’re the most diligent person in the world when it comes to oral hygiene. It’s important to be aware of the possibility of sudden tooth trouble and to be prepared to handle the situation when it occurs. Your emergency dentist is here to give you a few tips to help you make the best out of even the worst dental disasters.


A Dentist Explains Gum Disease & Heart Disease Connection

March 27, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 2:45 pm

woman dental visitWhen you skip brushing your teeth at night or flossing, does the thought of having  a heart attack ever cross your mind? Probably not. However, when you let your oral health decline, you could be making yourself susceptible to developing gum disease which has series consequences. These unhealthy side effects could cause you to suffer from heart disease and even strokes!

Learn more about why it’s so important to ward off gum disease in this week’s blog post! Continue reading to learn more.


The Importance of Learning About the Two Types of Dental Implants

February 7, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 6:49 pm

An illustration of dental implants.If you’ve had dentures for a long time or you’ve had an accident that resulted in a tooth extraction, you’re probably learning about the anatomy and process of dental implants. That’s no surprise to your implant dentist.  Dental implants are the most effective solution to replacing teeth. Not only can they give you back the functionality and aesthetic appeal your smile once had, but you avoid other long-term problems as well.

Issues like shifting teeth and periodontal disease are easier to avoid with dental implants, but it’s important that you keep in mind that there are two types of dental implants available. The more you know, the better you can make your life-changing decision.


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