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COVID-19 & Oral Health: Why Dentists Are Seeing a Spike in Patients with Cracked Teeth

April 30, 2021

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Patient visiting dentist about oral pain from cracked teeth

COVID-19 has come with a number of changes, including social distancing measures and face mask requirements. However, the stress of having our lives changed upside down has had an unexpected consequence: cracked teeth. In fact, one dentist shared that he has seen more tooth fractures in 2020 than the previous six years combined! Let’s dive into the link between the Coronavirus and oral health problems.


Important COVID-19 Updates & Reminders

March 26, 2021

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Closeup of dentist wearing a mask in treatment room

In March of 2020, our lives were forever changed as the novel COVID-19 virus spread into a global pandemic. In response, our team implemented over 20 new dental safety protocols, taking our already high sanitation practices to the next level. While a lot has changed in the last 12 months, our commitment to providing high-quality, personalized dentistry in a safe environment certainly hasn’t. With this in mind, we would like to share a few important COVID-19 updates and reminders!


4 Fast, Effective Ways to Ease New Aligner Discomfort

January 22, 2021

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Patient putting in new Invisalign trays

Over two decades ago, Invisalign came on the market and completely changed the field of orthodontics. Today, it has helped over 8 million patients around the world discreetly achieve the smile of their dreams. While their clear trays are innovative in many ways, one aspect is the same: the pressure they exert on your teeth can cause some discomfort. Fortunately, there are a few fast, effective ways you can relieve the soreness from your Invisalign in Cary. Read on to learn what they are!


Professions Where Invisalign Can Be Beneficial

January 8, 2021

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Woman smiling in professional workspace

With a demanding career comes a jam-packed schedule. Between work lunches, extra hours in the evening, travel, and everything else required to truly succeed in your role, you might initially think Invisalign in Cary isn’t an option. However, the discreet trays, fewer appointments, low-maintenance cleaning routine, and all the other benefits their clear aligners come with make them extremely convenient for busy professionals. And while any patient struggling with crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth should consider Invisalign, it is especially beneficial for these professions!


Why Dental Implants Are a Better Option

December 15, 2020

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a dentist holds a cross-section of a mouth mold and points to the dental implant located between two healthy teeth

Preparing for dental implants in Cary? Congratulations! Choosing this type of tooth replacement solution will have you enjoying a healthier, long-lasting smile for years to come. But before you begin your journey to replace your missing teeth, you may be wondering if your implants could fail. The truth is that although it is possible you can face complications, it is extremely rare, and when comparing these titanium posts to other tooth replacement solutions (i.e., dentures, crown and bridge), you can expect more reliable, life-changing results. Read on to learn more about the benefits of dental implants and why they are superior to other available options.


4 Reasons to Be Thankful for Your Dental Bridge

November 19, 2020

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Senior couple smiling at each other outside

Are you one of the 120+ million Americans who are missing one or more teeth? Thanks to dental bridges, you don’t have to live with a hole in your smile! By simply securing a custom-made prosthetic in place with dental crowns on the adjacent teeth, your dentist can fill in the gap for good. So, if you are looking for a tooth-replacement solution, here are four ways a dental bridge in Cary can improve your quality of life.


Porcelain Veneers Through History

November 16, 2020

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Porcelain veneer in front of a tooth.If you picture veneers, Chicklet-looking teeth might come to mind; however, they’ve undergone many improvements over the years. In fact, many of your favorite celebrities have veneers, like Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Tom Cruise, and Demi Moore. Although you might believe porcelain veneers are a fairly new treatment, they date back to 1928. Here’s how they’ve evolved over the generations to become one of the most preferred cosmetic procedures in modern dentistry.


How Routine Care Can Help You Avoid Common Dental Emergencies

September 25, 2020

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an emergency dentist performing dental work on a male patient

From toothaches to lost dental crowns and fillings to chipped or knocked-out teeth, dental emergencies come in all shapes and sizes. While some might experience pain and discomfort, others might assume the issue is “no big deal.” No matter the problem, it’s always best to avoid these situations if at all possible. But how can you offer your smile better protection from damage and decay? An emergency dentist explains why routine visits are one of the most beneficial ways to keep your smile healthy and injury-free.


Don’t Wait Until 2021: Use Your Dental Benefits Now

September 5, 2020

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a young woman wearing a red blouse and smiling while waiting for her dentist to arrive

With only three months left in 2020, you may be eagerly awaiting the moment the clock strikes midnight on December 31, allowing you to officially say “so long” to the year plagued by COVID-19, face masks, and social distancing. But with 2021 coming quickly, have you used your dental benefits as you should? Have you seen your dentist a second time this year? Do you need a more complex procedure but are avoiding it until a later time? While there are still a few months left in 2020, let a dentist explain why it’s in your best interest to take advantage of your dental benefits now.


How Caring for Your Oral Health Can Boost Your Immune System

August 17, 2020

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“boost your immune system to fight viruses” cardboard sign

Washing your hands, maintaining social distancing, wearing a mask, and regularly cleaning your environment are all important ways in which you can protect yourself from COVID-19. But did you know that maintaining a healthy smile might also help you stay well during this pandemic? In this blog post, we’ll discuss the fascinating connection between your oral health and your immune system.

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