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Carrollton, TX 75006

Whitening: 5 Things to Know Before Getting a Brighter Smile

Whitening: 5 Things to Know Before Getting a Brighter Smile

One of the first things that people notice about you is your smile.  In today’s youth-obsessed culture, a twenty-something with dingy teeth can appear older than a forty-something with a bright, white, sparkling smile. Here are five things to keep in mind as you embark on your tooth whitening journey to the gleaming smile you’ve always dreamed of.

What is invisalign?

Uneven teeth, crooked teeth are not only unaesthetic but also cause jaw pain and are more prone to cavities.  The uneven sometimes may cause gum disease.  It is very easy to straighten teeth with Invisalign.

Invisalign or clear braces are to be worn once they are made by your dentist.  The dentist makes models of your teeth and scans them to make custom dental trays.  The Invisalign trays should be worn at least for 22 hours in a day.  The Invisalign aligners move the teeth very gradually to ideal positions. 

The clear aligners need to be replaced every 2 weeks.  Your general dentist or orthodontist will give you 3 sets of Invisalign aligners at a time.  When you are not wearing them it is very important to keep the clear aligners in the case provided so that they are not lost.

It is very easy to care for Invisalign dental aligners.  Patients are instructed to brush them with a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste… it is recommended not to use baking soda to clean the clear aligners.  It is also very important to see your general dentist or orthodontist as recommended so that the teeth can be corrected quickly and efficiently. 

Invisalign is ideal for adults who have very busy schedules and social life.  Invisalign aligners do not interfere with daily activities.  A person can drink coffee, tea, and even chew gum with the clear aligners in place. 

It is easy to keep teeth clean with the Invisalign aligners as there are no metal brackets and wires attached to the teeth.  This makes the teeth less prone to have cavities.  With Invisalign you would not need to alter your diet as the food does not get caught on brackets as there are no brackets!!!!!

Dental insurance usually covers for a portion of Invisalign. If you do not have dental insurance, Dr. Sirisha Bhandaru of Carrollton Smiles offers a 15% discount on Invisalign braces as a part of the Carrollton Smiles Dental Advantage Program. This will help allow you to have the straight teeth that you always wanted.

Call Carrollton Smiles for a free consultation at 972-245-3455 or visit our website to book an online appointment at www.carrollton-smiles.com.

 

The Unforgettable Journey

The Unforgettable Journey

Families juggle an endless list of activities and commitments, and the pace isn’t likely to slow as the years go. Keeping the dental health, growth, and development of kids on track takes an ongoing commitment for busy parents. When it comes to straightening teeth, knowing the right time for treatment can be trickier than it seems. Learn more about the simple key to helping kids grow into a perfect smile.

Happy Valentine's Day!!!!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!

It is that time of the year to celebrate your love..

I love shopping for candy and cards with my 5 year old, I love helping him write the names of his friends on the cards and making the little goody bags with for his class. Sometimes we do add a little surprise gift. But the class always gets a tooth brush and tooth paste from me (It’s hard to get the dentist out of me!!) He gets excited about all the gifts that he received, separating the favorite candy and of course digging into it for the next few days. This is followed by me nagging him to brush his teeth (the dentist strikes again!!) and him hating me for it. But it is the vital part of the Valentine’s Day in our household.

Now it’s my turn (Yay) I love chocolate, who doesn't? Especially the dark chocolate that I get to eat after the kids are asleep while reading a good book on my Kindle. I love the little cupcake that my family brings me.  The icing is always missing on it by the time I have a chance to take a bite since they have to taste it and mommy is taking too long to come to the table. My favorite Valentine’s Day dessert is tiramisu, I can eat a 2 servings of it and still have room for more.

With all this love and sweets, sugar is always on the back of my mind.

There is no harm in eating candy and sweets! Yes I said it, if you brush and floss right away! This is not always possible. 

So the alternative is to look for healthy sugars, Xylitol falls this category. If you know that your loved one is prone to cavities look for candy with Xylitol, Gummy bears are made with xylitol.

Not romantic enough? How about Chocolate covered Strawberries?  Edible arrangements makes really good Valentine’s Day bouquets with little or no artificial sugars as they are made of fruit. When you add some chocolate covered strawberries it is sure to be a winner. These my recommendations for a non-sugar loaded Valentine’s Day gifts!!

Now is the time to show your loved ones that you care.

Finally a little reminder to make this Valentine’s Day brighter, brush, floss, rinse and repeat twice a day. If any concerns call us at 972-245-3455.

Goodbye Cavities?

Goodbye Cavities?

Every year, Over 175 million teeth are filled in the U.S. to repair damage from cavities. A blend of bacteria, sugar, and immune factors create a complex process that affects the quality of life in every age group.  Did you know that researchers are uncovering innovative methods that could make traditional fillings a practice of the past?  Here’s a look at what’s ahead!

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