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March 19, 2019
The Benefits of ClearCorrect Clear Aligners
You would be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t want beautifully straight, perfectly white teeth like those they see on the Hollywood screens. Also, it would be a challenge to find someone who is excited about
spending a lot of money and wearing braces for months on end to reach their dream of a perfect smile. Thankfully, advances in cosmetic dentistry have paved new paths toward tremendous results. ClearCorrect clear
aligners are one of those fantastic innovations. ClearCorrect clear aligners, which essentially use a series of custom-designed aligners to gradually straighten your teeth, have a handful of key advantages over more traditional forms of cosmetic dentistry. If you’re looking to boost your self-confidence and improve the look of your pearly whites, you may want to consider this method. So, how can ClearCorrect clear aligners benefit you? Read on to find out!
This benefit is right there in the name, and it’s a big one! ClearCorrect aligners are clear, meaning that they eliminate one of the main drawbacks of traditional teeth correction methods like braces—the glaringly obvious hardware in your mouth. In fact, despite it being recommended that you wear your aligners at least 22 hours a day, many people may not even notice. Talk about a boost to self-confidence, especially in comparison to metal braces!
You Can Take Them Out
While ClearCorrect aligners are nearly invisible, making them perfect for dates, this point is in reference to the fact that you can literally remove the liners when you so desire. Whether that helps with a braces-related fear or
hesitancy, or simply adds convenience for pictures or special events, it is certainly a distinct advantage ClearCorrect has over other cosmetic dentistry techniques.
Say “No” to Pain
Metal braces are notorious for being uncomfortable and even painful. This isn’t a concern with ClearCorrect aligners thanks to their precise custom-fit. While some users do experience discomfort, especially when beginning treatment, it is generally short-lived. Compared to traditional braces, ClearCorrect aligners are virtually pain-free, giving you a leisurely path toward beautifully-straight teeth.
Traditional braces are notoriously expensive—far more so than ClearCorrect aligners. While insurance could factor into the final equation, the stand-alone cost between the two will almost always favor the aligners.
Improve Your Teeth
If you’re reading this, you are likely wondering about the effectiveness of aligners. We’re here to tell you that ClearCorrect aligners are highly effective and will significantly improve the straightness of your teeth.
One benefit that coincides with this is the long-term approach these aligners employ. Cosmetic dentistry is about providing you with the most positive final outcome, and sometimes the best way to achieve this goal is
through time. Aligners gradually shift teeth by using a series of custom aligners over an extended period of time.
Our Final Thoughts
If you’re looking for a more modern, less painful, and far subtler way to obtain the movie-star straight teeth you’ve always wanted, look no further than ClearCorrect aligners. While there is a list of several tremendous benefits listed above, your dentist will inform you of many more depending on your specific situation and needs!
February 12, 2019
Can You Get Cavities with Veneers?
From a professional photo shoot to flashing your smile at a work function, feeling comfortable with your teeth is vital to your self-confidence, which is the feeling of freedom that comes with expressing yourself. That’s why porcelain veneers are so popular in cosmetic dentistry.
These thin, glass-like applications are applied to the front of teeth using dental cement and can take cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged teeth and transform them into pearly whites that are fit for the Hollywood big screen!
A common question that arises is this: Can I get cavities with veneers? While the short answer is yes, let us provide a more in-depth answer.
The Purpose of Veneers
While veneers do cause teeth to appear flawless and healthy, they are essentially facades. In other words, veneers cover up imperfections; they don’t fix them. The purpose of veneers is to improve the aesthetics of your teeth, which they do that job to perfection.
In fact, veneers are simply adhered to organic material (your teeth) that is vulnerable to decay. So, while the veneer itself will not degrade over time, there is still a chance that the tooth it's adhered to will. The teeth themselves are just as susceptible to cavities as they were before veneers.
How to Prevent Cavities with Veneers
You may assume that a special dental hygiene routine is required to care for teeth with porcelain veneers, but we have good news—your routine can remain unchanged.
That’s right: as long as you are maintaining consistent, healthy dental habits, you’ll be doing your part to prevent cavities, veneers or not. So, what does a proper dental hygiene routine (say that five times fast) look like?
A proper dental hygiene routine looks something like this:
- Brush your teeth! Sure, everyone knows brushing is important, but the nuance of the process is often overlooked. Your brushing process should take at least two minutes and you should use a soft-bristle brush. If you find yourself rushing through this process, try setting a timer. You’ll soon form a healthy habit.
- Floss. This task often feels arduous, resulting in it being neglected. We’re here to encourage you to reverse that trend. Flossing removes the tiny bits of food that find their way between your teeth, settle there, and contribute to tooth decay. Flossing once a day can help remove these stubborn morsels and keep your smile shining bright and healthy!
- Go to the dentist. Regular visits to your friendly neighborhood dentist are one of the most important steps toward keeping your teeth healthy and preventing cavities. From catching issues before they develop to rectifying any problems that may exist without your knowledge, your dentist is the best resource your teeth have. Who knew!
Our Final Thoughts
Porcelain veneers are popular for many reasons. Porcelain veneers are a simple solution to a common problem because they are durable and tend to last for years on end. Porcelain veneers are a fantastic way to drastically improve the aesthetics of your smile.
Veneers are designed for a specific purpose and they fulfill that purpose very effectively. If you are looking to take your smile and self-confidence to the next level, or simply have more questions about porcelain veneers and other dentistry-related topics, reach out to a dentist with bountiful experience and an unmatched reputation. They’ll be more than happy to guide you in the direction that’s best for you!
January 4, 2019
3 Tips to Keep Teeth Healthy This Holiday Season
The holidays are a time of joy and celebration. From the exchange of gifts to the laughter shared with friends, family, and loved ones, there’s always a reason to smile. Also, there’s the ever-present temptation of holiday treats.
If you want to have confidence in your smile, it is vital that you keep your teeth healthy. This is easier said than done when you’re surrounded by sugar cookies and comfort foods, saturated in stress, and removed from your routine.
Don’t worry, though! Whether you’re using cosmetic dentistry to boost your holiday confidence or searching for a way to combat the negative dental influences that surround you during the holiday season, we’ve put together a few tips to help keep your teeth happy and healthy!
Be Selective When You Indulge
You will likely be surrounded by delicious holiday sweets this season. No one can be expected to turn down every tempting goodie, and neither should you. However, there is nothing wrong with being selective about which treats you indulge in.
While you should try to limit the amount of sugary foods you eat, it is especially prudent to avoid hard candies and chewy treats. Sticky foods—like caramel, taffy, and other similar substances—can cling to your teeth, contributing to the decay of enamel. Hard candies (looking at you, candy canes) can cause discomfort in sensitive teeth and even cause chipping.
If you choose to indulge in hard and/or chewy treats, make sure you’re conscious of how you eat them. Don’t crunch hard candies—just let them dissolve—and be sure to drink plenty of water to help remove the food particles that stick to your enamel after enjoying chewy treats.
Stick to a Routine
Whether you’re traveling, having people over, taking time off work, or simply getting wrapped up in the chaos of the holiday season, maintaining a routine can be challenging. From flossing to keeping that appointment with your dentist, making time for anything is a more difficult during the holidays.
You can create time for dental care by having a to-go kit that you keep in your purse, briefcase, or car. A travel tube of toothpaste and spare toothbrush can go a long way to keeping those pearly whites healthy when traveling or staying out late.
Also, make sure your dentist has your current contact information. They’ll be sure to send you reminders of appointments you may have made a few months ago and forgotten in the hustle and bustle of the season.
With eggnog and hot chocolate galore, it can be easy to pass on water in favor of something a little merrier. Drinking enough water is not only vital for staying hydrated and healthy, but for keeping your teeth clean as well.
Drinking water naturally flushes little crumbs and food particles from your mouth, effectively reducing the damage they can cause. Even if you do indulge in holiday drinks or adult beverages, follow them up with a glass of water—your teeth will thank you!
Our Final Thoughts
Keeping your teeth healthy during the holidays is exceptionally challenging. Those first impressions with your in-laws or laughs shared with friends are worth it, though. That’s why you should feel confident in your smile and work diligently to maintain its healthy glow!
You may even wish to have some cosmetic dentistry performed as the holidays approach. Feeling the freedom to flash your smile when the moment is right is invaluable!
With these three tips, as well as any advice from your dentist, you’re prepared to keep your smile shining bright and your teeth feeling happy and healthy!
December 12, 2018
Why Smiling is Good for You
In moments of lightheartedness and joy, smiles come naturally. Whether you’re alone or socialized in a group, those naturally-occurring smiles feel contagious (spoiler alert: they are). When your mood isn’t so great, smiling can feel nearly impossible.
From stressful traffic to a strained relationship, putting a smile on your face during the tough times is no easy task. In the end, smiling is something that can directly benefit you, your mood, and those around you. So, read on for motivation to turn that frown upside down!
Smiling Improves Your Mood
While we don’t recommend this strategy for everything, sometimes it’s okay to fake it until you make it. In fact, studies suggest that smiling goes both ways: it both reflects your emotional state and influences it.
This means there is a correlation between smiling and a positive emotional state, even if you’re faking. Unsurprisingly, the ability to manipulate your internal state by changing the external contributes to the next benefit of smiling.
Smiling Helps Your Health
While it’s easy to dismiss the adages of smiling through struggles or staying positive through pain, it turns out that there’s actually solid truth behind them. According to a recent study, genuine smiles (also known as Duchenne smiles) that activate the muscles both around the mouth and eyes help reduce stress and lower heart rates in stressful situations.
The ability of genuine smiles to act on your physical state will not only improve your mood, but also contribute to a healthier, happier body.
Smiling Creates Connections
Humans share their emotions and make interpersonal connections in a variety of ways, but few are as strong or as effective as a smile. In fact, smiles have more functions than simply showcasing happiness.
Smiles make people seem more approachable and more trustworthy. Whether you’re working in a service business, going on a date, or simply trying to give yourself a more welcoming aura, smiling is one of the best ways to set yourself up for success. People appreciate the friendliness and invitational nature of a smile, so let your smile shine!
The benefits of smiling extend to social situations in another way—you can pass on or receive them. While the idea of smiles being contagious may sound silly, humans actually have something called mirror neurons that cause them to respond to smiling by—you guessed it—smiling. Not only does this help foster a spirit of community when you’re surrounded by friends, it helps the positive benefits of smiling be shared as well!
Our Final Thoughts
While we’ve touched on some of the primary benefits of smiling, there are several more to be explored. In short, allowing (and even forcing) yourself to smile can make your life better on the surface, but on a deeper, more meaningful level as well.
It’s unfortunate that so many people actively work to hide their smiles. A lack of confidence associated with one’s teeth is extremely prevalent in a society where teeth are expected to be perfectly straight, pearly white, and all-around aesthetically pleasing.
We believe that every individual should have the confidence to let their smile show in the good times and the bad. Whether it’s sharing laughter with friends or reaping the health benefits of smiling through the tough times, our smiles are our portal to not only displaying our internal joy, but to developing that joy in the first place.
October 31, 2018
3 Reasons You Should Consider Laser Dentistry
No longer are lasers confined to galactic space battles and other science fiction blockbusters. In fact, modern medicine has allowed varying versions of that technology to be harnessed for use in reality and the advancement of certain procedures.
Dentistry is one of the many fields to benefit from these scientific advancements. One of the latest innovations to come from this is the Solea dental laser, a revolutionary tool that completely changes the game of dental procedures.
Just what are the benefits of using lasers in dentistry? That’s what we’re here to tell you! Read on to discover three reasons you should consider laser dentistry.
Because Solea utilizes a unique wavelength that is guided by advanced computers, its precision is uncanny. This leads to a reduction in the pain experienced during a procedure—a reduction so dramatic that many patients feel no pain at all.
Accompanying this elimination of pain is the possibility of blood-free and anesthesia-free procedures. The benefits of this possibility are numerous. There’s an obvious decrease in discomfort along with a reduction of time spent at the dentist’s office.
Multiple Procedures, One Session
Pain-free, blood-free, and anesthesia-free dental procedures mean that more work can be done more quickly. Also, Solea is FDA-approved for use on both hard and soft tissue (teeth and gums, for example), meaning that a single tool can be used for multiple procedures.
Undergoing more than one procedure in one sitting, especially when they are virtually pain-free, means less time spent in the chair, fewer return visits, and a smaller window for healing. In other words, you’ll be out of the office and back to your normal life in a fraction of the time associated with traditional dental methods!
Laser Dentistry is Less Invasive and More Comfortable
Hand-in-hand with the dramatic reduction in pain comes the near-elimination of discomfort associated with traditional dental drills. Laser dentistry is virtually noise and vibration free, effectively making those uncomfortable—and annoying—elements of dental procedures a thing of the past.
Laser Dentistry allows procedures to be performed in a less invasive way, which drastically reduces the recovery time needed after a visit to the dentist. Imagine this: no persistent numbness! You could have dental work performed in the morning, then head directly to lunch or to work that same day.
Final Thoughts on Laser Dentistry
Traditionally, going to the dentist has an unfair stigma of being both intimidating and uncomfortable. At Matthew Wimmer Dental, we work hard to dispel those perceptions by adopting the most cutting-edge advancements in the industry whether it’s environment of the office or the technology used during actual procedures.
By increasing your confidence in your smile and performing procedures that will improve your health and overall quality of life, we’re making the dentist an enjoyable experience. Our goal has always been to provide the best service by utilizing the most advanced methods possible. Laser dentistry is simply another way of showing you that your comfort and happiness are what we value most!