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Read our articles below to stay up-to-date and informed on the latest trends, findings and fun facts in dentistry.

Brightening the Bonded: Do Whitening Treatments Affect Dental Bonding?

December 22, 2023

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A man with dental bonding smiling after his teeth whitening treatment

Dental bonding is a popular cosmetic procedure used to improve the appearance of worn teeth. But, while dental bonding can effectively restore the shape of your smile, can it also be whitened? Read on to learn more about how teeth whitening treatments interact with dental bonding.


Bottoms Up! How to Drink at a New Year’s Party Without Your Oral Health Bottoming Out

December 13, 2023

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Red wine

The new year has been celebrated for thousands of years, and spirited beverages have long been a significant part of these galas. Humans have enjoyed fermented drinks for the whole of recorded history, and they have probably debated the pros and cons of doing so for just as long. While it’s important to have a good time on New Year’s Eve, it’s also crucial to take care of your oral and overall health. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy your beer, wine, or cocktail during this special night without damaging your teeth.


Behind the Black Line: Understanding the Causes of Dental Crown Discoloration

November 10, 2023

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A woman smiling after having her dental crowns replaced

One of the best tools in a dentist’s arsenal for restorative treatments is dental crowns. These prosthetic caps can slip right over an existing tooth after it’s been treated for decay or damage. This creates a natural-looking and sturdy restoration that lasts for years. However, sometimes black lines or rings can form around the gumline near a crown.

If this has happened to you, continue reading to learn more about how dental crowns are made and what could be causing this discoloration.


3 Ways to Observe National Dental Hygiene Month

October 24, 2023

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Calendar that says “October National Dental Hygiene Month”

Since 2009, October has been recognized as National Dental Hygiene Month. As the name suggests, this is a time when people are encouraged to take a second look at their dental hygiene routines and see if there’s any room for improvement. How can you observe National Dental Hygiene Month this year? Here are 3 suggestions from your dentist.


Don’t Let Your Smile Suffer: What is the Difference Between In-Network and Out-of-Network Coverage? 

October 13, 2023

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man and woman smiling with their young son

When it comes to understanding dental insurance, some various terms and conditions require thorough explanation, especially in-network versus out-of-network coverage. Knowing the difference can mean saving big on various services or paying more out of pocket. To avoid high-dollar treatment that requires you to dip into your savings, learn more about the pros and cons of each and why so many dental insurance companies and dentists recommend seeking in-network coverage.


4 Common Oral Issues & How Dentists Prevent Them

September 14, 2023

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A woman receiving a dental checkup from her dentist

Among your other routines, you likely look after your smile. You may even remember to brush twice daily and floss once daily. Still, home dental care isn’t enough to keep your mouth safe. You should also see a dentist for regular checkups; they’ll help you avoid common oral health issues. To learn the details, just let your Springfield dental practice explain. So, read on to learn four typical dental problems and how dentists prevent them.


3 Minimally Invasive Solutions to Revamp Your Smile

August 20, 2023

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Smiling young woman pointing to her teethIf you’re embarrassed by the way your teeth look, you’re not alone. Few people have perfect teeth naturally. Whether you’re insecure about stains, chips, or gaps between your teeth, you can turn the smile of your dreams into reality. Don’t worry, you won’t need extensive dental work to reach your goals. Here are 3 minimally invasive cosmetic procedures to achieve a picture-perfect smile.


How Long Do I Wear My Retainer After Invisalign?

July 20, 2023

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Woman smiles in front of trees.

Invisalign is a great alternative to braces that straightens crowded or misaligned teeth in less time without dietary restrictions. Like braces, however, it requires the use of a retainer after the treatment is concluded to preserve its results.

Imagine the big day: After months or years of diligent care, the Invisalign process is over. You finally behold your straightened teeth. They are beautiful and perfect, and you want them to stay that way. You will probably want to ask your orthodontist, “How long will I have to wear my retainer?” Read on to find out.


How To: Take Care of Your Veneers So They Last

July 7, 2023

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Woman smiling as dentist wearing blue latex gloves compares veneer example next to her natural teeth

Looking to restore your confidence or enhance your smile? If you’re worried about crooked, broken, or discolored teeth, or your teeth have small gaps between them, veneers can be the solution to getting back your natural beauty. Veneers can be placed in as little as two appointments, but the results can last for decades to come. However, your oral hygiene and lifestyle habits can impact how long before your veneers might need replacing. Here’s how to extend the lifespan of your veneers.


Crown Lengthening: How Will You Know If You Need It?

June 29, 2023

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Drawing of tooth with the words “crown lengthening”

When you go to the dentist for a broken or decayed tooth, you might expect them to start the process of repairing it with a crown right away. However, there are times when certain procedures will have to be performed first – and crown lengthening is a particularly common possibility. Read on to learn more about what crown lengthening is and why it might be necessary.

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