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October 13, 2023

Banish the Specter of Tooth Decay with These Halloween Dental Safety Tips

Filed under: Uncategorized — docmichael @ 11:29 pm

Halloween is a time for tricks, scares, thrills, and dares, but it can be a hazardous time of year for your teeth. The human brain loves the taste of sugar because it is full of simple chemical energy that the body can easily absorb, and the teeming populations of tooth decay-causing bacteria that live in your mouth love it for exactly the same reason. If you find yourself having trouble resisting the temptation of overindulging your sweet tooth around Halloween, these tips can help you keep your teeth healthy and your cravings in check.


September 9, 2023

Does It Hurt to Remove Invisalign Attachments?

Filed under: Uncategorized — docmichael @ 11:16 pm

Dentist holding Invisalign model Invisalign is the preferred orthodontic treatment among teens and adults because it’s virtually invisible. No brackets or wires are used to move your teeth. Instead, clear aligners are worn over your teeth for at least 22 hours per day. You’ll switch to the next set in the series every 1-2 weeks. Each aligner applies continual pressure to reposition your teeth in small increments. It’s not unusual to require attachments if major tooth movements are necessary. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt when they are taken off. Here’s what you can expect if you need attachments.


August 15, 2023

My Dental Bridge Fell Out! Now What?

Filed under: Uncategorized — docmichael @ 4:25 pm
Illustration of dental bridge not yet resting on the post teeth on either side

Dental bridges are a great solution to replace missing teeth so that no one can tell that anything’s out of place. They consist of several custom-fitted false teeth that are attached together and anchored to natural teeth on either side for stability. Dental bridges help those with missing teeth avoid embarrassment over any holes in their smiles.

But what do you do if you’re out and about, or in the middle of a meal, and your dental bridge falls out? You probably have a lot of questions. Is it a dental emergency that requires you to get to be seen right away? What next steps do you need to take? It’s not the first time a dental bridge has fallen out of someone’s mouth, and it won’t be the last! Keep reading to learn more about why this happens and what you can do.


July 13, 2023

Be Prepared: What You Need for a Dental Emergency Kit

Filed under: Uncategorized — docmichael @ 10:21 pm
Woman questioning expression

Dental emergencies can strike from a variety of scenarios like tripping, sports injuries, an undetected infection, and biting too hard on something. If you ever have a tooth-related crisis, you’ll want to be prepared. A kit can give you some much-needed comfort while you make your way to the dentist’s office for treatment. Here are some tips on how to assemble your own dental emergency kit before you need one.


June 8, 2023

4 Reasons to Start Invisalign This Summer

Filed under: Uncategorized — docmichael @ 9:49 pm
Young woman standing outside, holding Invisalign aligner

Are you eager to straighten your teeth but still have not gotten started with treatment? That is understandable; the orthodontic process can feel like a big undertaking. But right now is the perfect time to embark on your journey to a new smile! Why should you start Invisalign this summer? Here are four reasons:


May 5, 2023

What’s the Big Deal? Drinking Coffee with Invisalign Aligners

Filed under: Uncategorized — docmichael @ 3:33 pm
cup of coffee next to Invisalign aligners

As you groggily walk into your favorite coffee shop, you look forward to taking that first, satisfying sip. When your order is up, you remember that your dentist told you to take out your Invisalign aligners first. You have an important choice—leave them in or remove them. If you struggle with this, then you might not fully understand why you need to follow your dentist’s instructions. Keep reading to get the inside scoop about drinking coffee with Invisalign.


April 6, 2023

What Do I Do If My Invisalign Aligner Doesn’t Fit?

Filed under: Uncategorized — docmichael @ 12:05 am
person holding Invisalign aligner

Having properly fitting Invisalign aligners is crucial for achieving the desired results in your orthodontic treatment. If you’re facing challenges with your aligners not fitting properly, it’s important to understand the potential causes and know what steps to take to address the issue. Continue reading as we discuss common factors that can affect the fit of Invisalign aligners and provide helpful tips on how to overcome these challenges for a successful treatment journey.


March 3, 2023

Can I Still Get Invisalign If I Suffer from Teeth Grinding?

Filed under: Uncategorized — docmichael @ 4:27 pm
a patient smiling and holding an Invisalign aligner

These days, more patients than ever before are opting into Invisalign to straighten their pearly whites and achieve the smile they’ve always dreamed of! And if you’re thinking about hopping on the bandwagon and trying out the aligners for yourself, you might be wondering if the trays can still work their magic if you’re prone to bruxism, or grinding your teeth. Here’s more from your dentist about the Invisalign process and how it remains a viable option for patients with bruxism.


February 8, 2023

How Long, Exactly, Do Dental Implants Last?

Filed under: Uncategorized — docmichael @ 7:52 am
A close-up of a dental implant model

Dental implants are truly effective at restoring smiles. In fact, they work so well that their long-term success rate is over 95%! If you live nearby, though, you should know the dental implant lifespan in Topeka before you commit. That way, you could fully confirm the treatment is right for you. Luckily, your local dental practice can help out. Here, then, is a summary of implants’ average lifespan, the risks of implant failure, and how to help implants last.


January 23, 2023

Are Dental Implants a Safe Solution?

Filed under: Uncategorized — docmichael @ 7:36 pm
a model of dental implants in glass jaw

Are you struggling with moderate to severe tooth loss? If you’re looking for the most reliable tooth-replacement solution for your smile, then you might consider getting dental implants. While they provide more stability than traditional restorations like bridges and dentures, you may be wondering if the treatment is safe for your oral health. Read on to learn why you have nothing to worry about and ways to make the most of your results.

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