orthodontic treatment without tooth extractions

Orthodontic Treatment Without Tooth Extractions

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA If your child has had a consultation with an orthodontist about braces, the chances are that extractions are also part of the treatment plan. Why the need for extractions? The idea behind this treatment is to extract teeth to make room to straighten the others. Does it work? Yes, but at what cost? More …

perils of eating without teeth

Perils of Eating Without Teeth

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA Maybe you have lost teeth but hesitated to replace them with a treatment such as dentures or dental implants. Or, perhaps you have received dentures but have difficulty wearing them or placing them in your mouth. In either case, you might try to eat despite those missing teeth. But beware… this can jeopardize your …

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Does your Child Snore? Just One of the Concerns for you as a Parent

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA Research indicates that about 10 percent of children snore on a regular basis and, between 2-4 percent of the pediatric population suffers from obstructive sleep apnea, a serious sleep breathing disorder that occurs when the airway becomes blocked during sleep, which results in a lack of oxygen. Recent studies show that even a milder …

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Can your Stuffy Nose Make you Fat

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA Did you know that the way you breathe could affect your waistline? Many of us breathe through our mouths when our nose is stuffy due to allergies or the occasional cold. However, having a perpetually stuffy nose, which means you are breathing through your mouth all of the time could increase your likelihood of …

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Extracting Teeth for Braces can Change Looks

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA Many patients with orthodontic needs have teeth extracted before getting braces. An orthodontist or oral surgeon will make this choice because of existing overcrowding in the mouth, or to create additional space for teeth to straighten as the braces do their work and bring the teeth into proper alignment. However, advancements in dentistry have …

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New Year New You

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA It’s that time of year again where many of us start getting serious about our New Year’s resolutions list. There is something about when that ball drops on New Year’s Eve that overwhelms us with a new beginning, a fresh start, a chance to do all the things over and make it better than …

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How a Smile Makeover can Change your Life

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA It is no surprise that many of us simply were not lucky enough to have a perfect smile. Have you been thinking about a smile makeover? There may be minor imperfections about your smile that you wish to change or maybe you want to overhaul your entire smile; either way, your Scotts Valley cosmetic …

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Dealing with Dental Emergencies

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA Dental emergency. It is not a happy phrase. If you or a member of your family suffers a dental emergency, it often can be a traumatic, stressful, and expensive event. Our advice in the event of a dental emergency is twofold: stay calm, but act fast. Receiving treatment as soon as possible is crucial. …

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Make your Smile Sparkle this Christmas

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA It is the time of year when there are a plethora of holiday gatherings and festivities. You are busy shopping for everyone on your nice list. However, what about a gift for yourself this holiday season? Instead of buying yourself something you will tire of eventually, probably sooner rather than later, how about treating …

5 things to know about dental implants

5 Things Everyone Should know About Dental Implants

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA Dental implants are the new “go-to” solution for replacing missing teeth. Whether you have one tooth to replace or all of your teeth, dental implants can provide you with a permanent tooth replacement option that is most like a natural tooth. If you are considering dental implants in Scotts Valley or are just now …