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Year: 2015

Invisalign: Are you considering Clear Brace Aligners?

Searching for teeth-straightening solutions as a teen or an adult can mean choosing between traditional metal braces, and a revolutionary clear solution called Invisalign®, a cosmetic solution to gradually adjust the alignment of the teeth. The clear aligners, or trays, are swapped out for a new set every couple of weeks, and can be removed…
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Thermoplastic Night Guard

Do I Need A Night Guard?

Do I Need A Night Guard?
Ideal for those who grind their teeth, a dental night guard is a protective device designed to prevent, reduce, and correct oral injuries and discomfort. At South Bay Dentistry & Orthodontics, we offer night guards as a solution to involuntary teeth grinding and clenching. Not only does a mouthguard help you sleep better, but it also improves your overall dental health. As a trusted South Bay dentist, we help patients decide if this treatment option is best for them. If you experience any of the following, you may be a candidate for a night guard.

Osseointegration: How it Works

Of the options that exist for replacing missing teeth, dental implants are known for their durability and the benefits they provide for oral health. Dental implants are a great option for tooth replacement due to a process called osseointegration. What is Osseointegration? For dental implants to support new teeth properly, they must mimic the way…
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Why You Should Change Your Mercury Fillings to Biocompatible Resin?

Dental amalgams have been in use for centuries, and the specific amalgam comprised of mercury, silver, tin, and copper was first used in the Western world in the nineteenth century. Concerns over the toxicity of mercury have led to amalgam falling out of favor, and many dentists now recommend that people with amalgam fillings have…
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Understanding your Teeth Whitening Options

As a hugely popular cosmetic treatment, teeth whitening can seriously improve a person’s smile, transforming a set of stained or discolored teeth into dazzling, pearly whites! But, when it comes to removing stains from your teeth, it is always best to talk with your dentist about your options. It’s best to take your lifestyle and…
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Teeth Whitening vs. Porcelain Veneers

Cosmetic therapies are certainly in great demand – not only can they boost confidence by providing a dazzling new smile, some can provide near-instant results.  But, when it comes to improving the appearance of your smile, what factors come into play when deciding between two popular options? When choosing between porcelain veneers and teeth whitening,…
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Periodontics - gum disease

Why do Missing Teeth Change your Facial Aesthetic?

There are lots of things that alter the way your face looks: your emotional state, changes in weight, and of course aging, all effect facial aesthetics. One of the most profound changes, however, develops as a result of tooth loss, and this is something that doesn’t lead only to surface changes—it actually changes the entire…
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Sedation Dentistry: Understanding Your Choices

If you find that even the thought of visiting the dentist makes you feel anxious, you’re not alone. Many people are affected by dental phobia, and some avoid going to the dentist at all. The problem is, of course, that avoiding dental visits means your teeth aren’t receiving the care they need to stay healthy.…
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How to Ward off Gum Disease

Gum disease is an extremely common oral health condition: most adults experience preliminary symptoms of this disease at one point in time, although good oral hygiene habits will keep the worst of the effects at bay.   Gum Disease: Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease   The origin of gum disease is plaque, the sticky substance deposited…
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