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Oral Care Tips: How to Floss Around Your Dental Implants

October 6, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drkoch @ 5:45 pm
woman flossing dental implants

Dental implants are an excellent solution for patients missing some or all of their teeth. They’re the most permanent method of tooth replacement, restoring the ability to bite, chew, speak, and smile with complete confidence once again. Your new smile can last for decades or even a lifetime, but only if you take proper care of them. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily are crucial practices to extend the longevity of your implants. With that in mind, here are a few things you should know about flossing with dental implants.


4 Non-Cosmetic Benefits of Invisalign

September 30, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drkoch @ 1:21 pm
Patient holding up their Invisalign clear aligners

Over the last two decades, Invisalign has helped more than 8 million patients achieve their smile goals, making it one of the most sought-after treatments. One of the most popular reasons patients choose Invisalign is because of the discreet aligners. After all, who doesn’t want to straighten their teeth without the metal? However, there are a few notable, non-cosmetic benefits of Invisalign to consider as well. To learn what they are, read on!


Myth or Fact: Over-the-Counter Whitening Products Work

July 16, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drkoch @ 7:47 pm
Woman placing teeth whitening strips on teeth

All it takes is one quick Google search or look at TikTok to find a seemingly endless number of “tried-and-true” whitening products. But do they work and, more importantly, are they safe? After all, there is no room for error when it comes to your smile, and the last thing you want is to damage your enamel, resulting in further discoloration. With this in mind, keep reading to learn which teeth whitening products really work.


What to Do If Your Veneer Falls Off

July 5, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drkoch @ 12:25 pm
Single porcelain veneer on a black, wet backdrop

Imagine you are relaxing after dinner and pop a chewy caramel into your mouth. As you chat with your family, your tooth suddenly begins to feel strange. A realization hits you: your veneer fell off! While porcelain veneers are generally quite durable, sometimes they can still break or fall off. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, here are some tips to follow until you can see your dentist.


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

April 30, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drkoch @ 3:00 pm
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

Filed under: Uncategorized — drkoch @ 4:13 pm
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

Filed under: Uncategorized — drkoch @ 10:13 pm
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

Filed under: Uncategorized — drkoch @ 10:10 pm
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

Filed under: Uncategorized — drkoch @ 3:34 am
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

Filed under: Uncategorized — drkoch @ 7:35 pm
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.

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