The Power of Professional Whitening

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Take your smile to its fullest potential and beyond with professional whitening. Don’t let stains and build up stand between you and beautiful white teeth. Claim the gorgeous smile you were always meant to have.

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New Study Links BPA Exposure to Enamel Defects in Children

To say that we are affected by the environment around us is stating the obvious. But sometimes environmental factors, like industrial chemicals, have such subtle…read more

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2015 Sedation Safety Week: 5 Days that Shape the Other 360

DOCS Education’s 7th annual Sedation Safety Week is nearly here! Don’t miss out on the five resource-filled days that provide dentists around the country with the information to help ensure safety remains the focal…read more

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What You Need to Know About Invisalign

There are innumerable benefits of having a beautiful smile. When you love the way your teeth look, it improves your self-esteem allowing you the freedom to positively present yourself to the world. Invisalign is a terrific option for those seeking an incredible aesthetic solution worth smiling about. Before you make that initial consultation, here are a few things you should know:

1. What Does Invisalign Do?

Invisalign straightens your teeth by using a series of removable, clear plastic trays known as aligners that are custom-made to fit your mouth perfectly.

2. What Makes Them Different From Metal Braces?

Unlike conventional metal braces, Invisalign is completely invisible and virtually undetectable. You can smile and laugh without people ever noticing. They also offer these additional advantages over braces:

  • Being removable allows you to freely eat, brush, and floss your teeth as you normally would
  • Provides better comfort with its smooth plastic material and will not irritate cheeks and gums
  • Office visits are dramatically reduced

3. How Will I Know What the Final Outcome Will Be?

A huge benefit of choosing Invisalign is the 3-D video simulation of your treatment, which will give you a clear visual of the varying stages and results throughout the entire process.

Deciding to undergo dental treatment of any sort should always be taken seriously. Investigating your options and researching all possible avenues will better equip you in making the right decision.

For more information on Invisalign in Cary, please visit this website.

 

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Change Your Look, Change Your Life

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A crooked or discolored grin should not keep you from enjoying the simple pleasures life has to offer. Cosmetic dental procedures, such as veneers, not only restore uniformity and harmony to your mouth, but rebuild the confidence you may have lost.

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What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Everyone needs a good night’s sleep, but as many as 18 million Americans have a disorder that keeps them from sleeping restfully and prevents their nearby loved ones from sleeping as well. The disorder is obstructive sleep apnea, and you might have it without even knowing it. It’s normally characterized by snoring, but it’s effects can be much more serious than sawing logs at night.

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused when the muscles in the throat periodically relax during sleep. This blocks the airway and causes snoring and in some cases, pauses in breathing for as many as 20 or 40 seconds. These pauses are called “apneas,” meaning “without breath” in Greek.

The causes for obstructive sleep apnea vary. Most cases are believed to be caused by old age, brain injury, or decreased muscle tone. This can be triggered by drugs or alcohol or by neurological problems or other disorders. This causes the muscles to relax. These muscles support different parts of the mouth, including the soft palate, the uvula, the tonsils, and the tongue. This relaxation can lead to the airway closing, which lowers the level of oxygen in the blood. That in turn sends a signal to the brain to wake you up. This pattern can repeat 30 times or more in an hour.

Consequences of apnea can range from fatigue during the day to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, memory problems, impotence, and weight gain. It is commonly associated with type 2 diabetes, and it is more common in men who are overweight and older than 40. Many people live years without even realizing they have the disorder.

You will know you need to see a doctor if you experience severe symptoms, or if your partners notices these symptoms in you. Snoring loud enough to disturb your partner is the most common symptom, but occasionally apnea sufferers become so short of breath that it wakes them from their sleep. With apnea, snoring is usually loudest when one sleeps on his or her back, and it’s quietest while sleeping on the side.

Several treatment options are available once the disorder is diagnosed. Some people used a device when they sleep that keeps their airway open. Others use a mouthpieces to thrust the jaw open during sleep. Another, more drastic, option is to undergo a procedure than can change the shape of a patient’s nose, mouth, or throat.

Sleep apnea is a potentially debilitating disease that affects many people, but if you suffer from it, you are not without recourse.

For more information about apnea and treatment options in Santa Cruz, you can visit this website.

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Sterile and Hygienic Dental Exam Room

Dental tools are cleaned and sanitized in preparation for a dental procedure. Sterile tools, facemasks, and gloves provide a safe and sanitized environment for dental work…read more

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