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    07Jan

    One of the most important things to do when undergoing a smile transformation is to take the time, with your dentist, to review all of your treatment options. Rushing into treatment isn’t advisable; by just taking a little time thoroughly plan your treatment process, you’ll ensure that you end up with ideal results for you.

    Our Cheney cosmetic dentists prioritize a number of factors when building treatment plans with our patients. Here are some key things to consider:

    Timeline

    If you are trying to achieve full results in time for a special event, like a wedding or a reunion, then you may want to limit your treatment options to include those that deliver results in a short period of time. Certain treatments, like dental bonding and veneers, for example, can completely transform your smile in just a few appointments.

    Upkeep Required

    Another thing to consider is what type of post-treatment maintenance you’re comfortable with in order to maintain your cosmetic results. Let’s say, for example, that you want to whiten and lighten the appearance of your smile. If you choose to whiten your natural teeth with professional teeth whitening, you’ll need to repeat this process once or twice a year in order to keep your teeth looking fresh and bright. On the other hand, if you cover your teeth with porcelain veneers, you won’t have to do much afterward, as veneers are naturally stain resistant.

    Investment

    Our dental team makes a point to offer aesthetic options in a range of price points, so that we can help all kinds of patients achieve their dream smiles. Dental bonding and professional whitening, in particular, are quite cost effective. When you meet with our Cheney dental team, talk to us about how much you want to invest in your smile; we’ll help you weigh the pros and cons of all of your treatment options. 

    29Oct

    Halloween night is a lot of fun, but as soon as it is over, we’re faced with a problem—candy everywhere! Our Cheney dentists are here to help you make sound decisions and protect your smile post-Halloween. Keep reading to get some quick and simple tips for your family.

    Minimize temptation

    One of the biggest issues with Halloween candy is that there is so much of it and it is everywhere! With so many sweets around, you may find yourself mindlessly snacking, and eating way more candy than you mean to.

    Go through the candy in your house and keep only your favorites; look for donation programs around town for excess sweets. Then, place the candy you keep in an out-of-the-way place, like a high cabinet, so that you’re forced to be mindful about consuming treats.

    Plan out your candy consumption

    The reason that candy is so harmful for your smile is because oral bacteria love to feed on sugars and refined carbohydrates. Here’s the deal: oral bacteria remain active and feeding for only about 20 to 30 minutes after you finish eating. So, if you make it a point to schedule your treats, and keep indulging to once or twice a day, you’re actually minimizing the amount of time that oral bacteria are active.

    Stay hydrated  

    Water helps you stay healthy in all kinds of ways, but specifically with dental health it clears away accumulated bacteria and dental debris, while jump-starting saliva production. Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day, and try to get into the habit of rinsing your mouth with water after you snack.

    We hope that you have a safe, fun, and trick-free Halloween! Please don’t hesitate to contact our Cheney dentists by phone or through the Contact Us page on our site if you have questions, or you need to schedule a personal consultation!

    15Oct

    When it comes to maintaining oral health, one of the absolute best things that you can do for your smile is to take care of your dental enamel. Enamel is the outermost layer of the tooth—it protects more sensitive dental layers like dentin and dental pulp.

    Today our Cheney dentists are sharing some helpful information to empower you to take control of your oral health, starting now!

    A number of different issues can thin and weaken enamel:

    • Sugary treats: sugars and refined carbohydrates help harmful oral bacteria thrive, thus producing oral acid.
    • Acidic foods and drinks: any time that you sip or snack on something acidic, you temporarily weaken your enamel. Soft drinks, coffee, fruit juices, and wines are just a few examples of popular acidic treats.
    • Hard and abrasive substances: while your dental enamel is strong, it isn’t indestructible. Frequently chewing on hard candies, ice, and cough drops can diminish your enamel over time.
    • Bruxism: this condition, which is characterized by dental grinding or clenching, essentially harms your enamel through tooth-to-tooth contact. Bruxism can occur temporarily, in times of stress, or it can be chronic issue.

    As your dental enamel is diminished you may notice:

    • Dull or yellow teeth: dentin, which is the tooth layer below dental enamel, is naturally yellower in color than enamel. So, as your enamel becomes thinner, more of the yellow dentin will show through the surface of the tooth.
    • Increased dental sensitivity: because it is the protective tooth layer, dental enamel doesn’t contain nerves. However, as enamel becomes more porous, irritants are able to reach the more sensitive dentin and dental pulp layers.
    • More cavities: diminished dental enamel allows oral bacteria to take root in the tooth, leading to dental cavities. Vulnerable spots in your enamel essentially serve as pathways for oral bacteria to take root in your tooth’s dentin and dental pulp.

    Have questions? Ready to schedule a personal consultation? Our Cheney dentists are here to help! Give us a call to get started.