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4 Signs That You Might Need New Dentures

June 8, 2024

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Close-up of full dentures for upper and lower arches

Even the most well-made dentures will eventually need to be replaced. You can usually expect them to last around 7 to 10 years, but their exact lifespan can vary. As such, you should keep an eye out for any changes that could indicate that new dentures might be needed. Below are 4 warning signs that could indicate that the time to replace your dentures is drawing near.

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How Long Will Your Dental Bridge Last?

April 19, 2024

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Close-up of gloved hand holding a dental bridge

When you lose a tooth, you’ll naturally want to act as quickly as possible to have it replaced so that you can restore your smile. Your dentist may suggest filling in the gap with a dental bridge made out of highly durable materials. Exactly how long can you expect this type of dental prosthesis to last? And is there anything you can do to lengthen that lifespan? The answers to these important questions can be found below.

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How to Know Whether You Need a Dental Crown or a Filling

April 10, 2024

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Dental crown being attached to a prepared tooth

Since damaged enamel can’t heal itself, you will need to see your dentist in order to have a broken or decayed tooth restored. After examining your tooth, your dentist is likely to suggest either a filling or a dental crown. These two types of restorations are very different from each other, and the kind that is right for you depends heavily on your circumstances. Here’s what you need to know about dental crowns and fillings – and how you can determine which is the best choice for your smile.

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How Long Will You Need to Wear Invisalign to Straighten Your Smile?

February 5, 2024

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Close-up of two Invisalign aligners on reflective surface

Plenty of individuals have used Invisalign to straighten their teeth and overcome their bite problems. However, before you begin your own Invisalign treatment, it’s important to know exactly what you’re committing to. You will need to wear your aligners regularly for a certain length of time in order to get the results you want. Here’s a brief look at what you can expect the Invisalign timeline to look like.

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How Long Will You Need to Wear a Retainer After Completing Your Invisalign Treatment?

January 12, 2024

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Close-up of a light blue orthodontic retainer

You have just finished wearing your last set of Invisalign aligners and are now enjoying the benefits of a beautifully straight smile. But the process isn’t quite done; your dentist has given you a retainer to help make sure that the results of your treatment last. The question that naturally comes to your mind is, “How long will I need to wear my retainer?” Here’s a short guide to what you can typically expect.

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Rules for Wearing Invisalign:  4 Important Dos and Don’ts

December 21, 2023

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Woman holding a single Invisalign aligner

When you don’t want to have to rely on highly noticeable metal braces to straighten your teeth, Invisalign can be a great alternative. Bear in mind, though, that the success of your Invisalign treatment depends largely on your ability to take proper care of your aligners. To make sure that the Invisalign process stays on track, make sure that you always keep these 4 dos and don’ts in mind.

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Taking Care of Dental Implants: 3 Lifestyle Changes That Can Help

November 9, 2023

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Woman in yellow shirt relaxing on a couch

While dental implants can potentially last the rest of your life, their longevity ultimately depends on the care you give them. Certain lifestyle choices could end up increasing – or decreasing – your risk for implant failure. So what can you do in order to keep your newly restored smile safe? Below are 3 examples of lifestyle changes that could end up being beneficial for your dental implants.

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Protect Your Dental Implants by Breaking These 4 Bad Habits

October 18, 2023

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Senior woman sitting on couch and smiling

Dental implants are known for their longevity, often being able to last for 30 years or more. But while dental implants are certainly reliable, you still need to be careful with them; the wrong habits could cause them to break or fail given enough time. Are you worried about your ability to protect your dental implants? Here are 4 habits that you need to stay away from for the sake of your rebuilt smile.

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Is Invisalign a Good Solution for Bite Problems?

May 29, 2023

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Blonde woman putting in an Invisalign aligner

Oftentimes Invisalign is marketed as a way to straighten teeth without having to wear metal braces. Of course, crooked teeth are not the only type of orthodontic issue you may want to correct. Some people suffer from various bite alignment problems; could Invisalign be a viable solution in these situations? And if so, is it the right answer for your smile? You can find out the answers to these questions right now.

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Can You Get Invisalign After Already Wearing Braces?

May 23, 2023

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Close-up of a man holding an Invisalign aligner

If you wore braces as a teenager, you might be confused if you look in the mirror and see that some of your teeth are out of alignment again. Unfortunately, this can happen more often than you might think, which is why it’s important to be aware of the potential solutions. Many adults use Invisalign to straighten misaligned teeth, but is that still an option for those who used to wear braces? Your dentist is here to explain the facts.

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