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Smile Like You Mean It!

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Hello, Farmington friends! Have you ever noticed someone who refuses to flash a genuine smile? Even in a family picture, they stay tight-lipped. Even if they’re laughing at the funniest joke ever, they cover their mouths. Maybe this person is you and maybe you need a smile makeover.

Don’t be embarrassed! Here at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics we provide the most advanced cosmetic dentistry procedures for our patients. There are many reasons a dental patient could be shy about their smile, such as injury, tooth discoloration, poor spacing, or missing teeth. But chances are, there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can help.

Wouldn’t it be terrific to have the confident smile you’ve always wanted?

Many patients start with teeth whitening. Other procedures include dental implants, veneers, crowns, enamel shaping, bonding, and more! We can also refer you to an orthodontist if required.

I’m Dr. Michael Tornow and I am passionate about helping my patients have healthy teeth and dazzling smiles. If you would like to know more about smile redesigns, give us a call at 505-985-5626 and our high-tech staff can schedule an appointment.

Call today to get a smile you’ll never want to hide!

 

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics: 505-985-5626

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

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All Tooth Stains Are Not Created Equal

Farmington Teeth Bleaching Will an of our locally advertised Farmington teeth whitening options remove the stains from your teeth?

The effectiveness of teeth bleaching depends partly on the types of stains.

Extrinsic tooth stains are the easiest to remove. These surface stains have not yet penetrated through the enamel into the dentin. Extrinsic stains are caused by dark-colored foods and beverages like blueberries, carrots, coffee, red wine, and cola. And nicotine is no better for your smile than it is for your lungs.

Unfortunately, even if you avoid these common teeth stainers, your teeth will become discolored over time. Like gray hair, wrinkles, and memory lapses, a dull smile is an inevitable part of aging.

Intrinsic tooth stains develop from the inside out. Tooth injury and tetracycline are the usual culprits. Intrinsic stains are more difficult to remove completely, but it is possible to lighten them with professional tooth whitening. We offer this service at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics.

If your teeth are stained, whether from coffee, tetracycline, or excessive fluoride, call our practice at 505-985-5626. We have treated many Rio Rancho patients with extreme tooth discoloration.

It is never too late or too early to brighten your smile.

Farmington seniors can take years off their appearance by restoring the youthful white smile they once enjoyed. Farmington teens and young adults with surface stains can prevent them from becoming intrinsic stains with Kirtland tooth bleaching.

Speaking of the younger set, did you know that people who drink energy drinks are at risk for many dental problems?

Call us at 505-985-5626

 

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics: 505-985-5626

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

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Beware Of An Acidic Diet

Farmington tooth strengthening Most people don’t often think of a tooth as a body part that fluctuates in strength. Our teeth have a steady hardness and dependably grind food whenever we need them. However, teeth are dynamic organisms with chemical processes that occur continually.

The protective enamel covering the softer interior is made of minerals. Enamel demineralizes (loses some of its density) when coming in contact with acids.  Saliva can dilute and neutralize acid so the tooth can remineralize (re-harden). This process isn’t instantaneous, however. While the enamel is soft, the tooth is vulnerable to losing a microscopic outer layer of enamel. If the erosion continues, the much softer dentin is exposed. Eventually, the tooth may need to be extracted.

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we are noticing an increase in cases of serious acid erosion. It is apparent that the typical diet is becoming more acidic.

The list of acidic foods may surprise you. They include eggs, gravy, asparagus, chicken, cottage cheese, honey, fish, ham, butter, sour cream, aged cheese, and yogurt with active cultures. Generally, food with a high sugar or artificial sweetener content are highly acidic.

Now let’s talk about drinks. You probably already know that soda pop and wine are not good for your teeth. Farmington teens that sip soda all day can have acid erosion while their young teeth should be at their strongest. In addition to soda, energy drinks are very popular in New Mexico and Farmington cosmetic dentists are noticing the effects on their dental patients’ tooth enamel.

If you drink soda or energy drinks often, you may want to drink water or chew sugarless gum after downing a can. Stimulating saliva production can speed up the remineralization process.

If your teeth have become more sensitive in general, or in response to hot or cold foods or beverages, you may have acid erosion. To schedule an examination with Michael Tornow at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, call 505-985-5626 today.

 

 

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics: 505-985-5626

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

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Beautiful Teeth Without Breaking The Bank

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At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, our cosmetic dental smile makeover patients believe that life-changing cosmetic dentistry is a worthwhile investment. For most people, the value of a healthy, appealing smile cannot be measured in dollars. We acknowledge, however, that cosmetic dentistry is not cheap.

Do you have to spend thousands of dollars to improve your smile? Not necessarily. Today’s post focuses on the most affordable cosmetic dental procedures.

Dental Bonding
In many cases, dental bonding can repair a tooth that has been chipped.

During the dental bonding process, Dr. Tornow applies a pliable resin material to your tooth. He expertly molds the material to create the desired shape and hardens the resin using a special light. After hardening, he trims and shapes the tooth. A final polishing completes the process.

Dental bonding is often less costly than porcelain veneers or dental crowns. Call us at 505-985-5626 to discuss cosmetic dental financing options.

Tooth Whitening
Most people are aware that there are several different tooth whitening treatment plans. We recommend scheduling a tooth whitening consultation to discuss your options. Even inexpensive OTC tooth bleaching systems can be misused and lead to tooth sensitivity, damage to tooth enamel, and irregular coloration.

Regarding the cost of teeth whitening: if you decide on an at-home system from a drugstore, you may have to buy several packages to obtain even slight whitening. In-office whitening or a take home system from our office may be more economical in the long run.

 

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics: 505-985-5626

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

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Bad Breath Treatment At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics

Bad Breath Treatment at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics Do you suspect that you have bad breath? I’m Michael Tornow of Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, a full-service dental office in Farmington, New Mexico. I help our dental patients diagnose and overcome this unpleasant, bothersome, and potentially embarrassing condition.

Halitosis is caused by the bacteria that live on and around your teeth, gums, and tongue. Breath mints and mouthwashes do not cure bad breath, they only mask the symptoms.

Proper oral hygiene can cure many cases of bad breath.

However, in some cases, bad breath is caused by more serious health issues. Sinus and tonsil infections, acid reflux, ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia, kidney malfunction, and eating disorders are just some of the troubles that can cause bad breath.

If you have bad breath, the first thing to do is make sure you are cleaning your teeth, gums, and tongue thoroughly. This does not mean you should brush as long and forcefully as possible. Brushing too vigorously is harmful to gums and contributes to gum recession. At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we help patients of all ages learn safe and effective brushing, flossing, and tongue cleaning methods.

And don’t forget regular professional cleanings. Our friendly dental hygienists are trained in the latest and most effective deep-cleaning procedures. Your teeth feel so good after being cleaned professionally!

To make an appointment for an exam, cleaning, or consultation, call 505-985-5626. Your teeth are too important to neglect.

 

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics: 505-985-5626

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

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3 Reliable Steps To Find The Best Farmington, New Mexico Dentist

Farmington affordable family dentistFinding the best dentist in Farmington truly hinges on what you are looking for. Are you looking for consistent, professional evaluation? How about honest, straightforward diagnosis and treatment? What about competitively-priced dental care?

Don’t let the choices overwhelm you. Sundance Dental & Orthodontics will expertly serve your family’s dental needs in comfort and style.

Step 1
Pick up the phone: 505-985-5626.  Our office offers competitive pricing and professional, educated experience. We serve a variety of dental care needs. This includes:

IV sedation dentistry

cosmetic dentistry

dental implants

family dentistry

 

Our quality service makes your orthodontics experience rapid and uncomplicated.

Step 2

Make the appointment. Researching general and cosmetic dental practices starts with a consultation. This includes:

An evaluation of necessary treatments. We’ll also discuss other restorative and cosmetic procedures.

A discussion of your budget. We’ll look at the most cost-effective solutions to transform your smile.

Step 3
Dr. Tornow takes care to fully explain the procedures and possibilities. Expect to see the transformation you want. Expect outstanding, talented service. We are equipped and proud to handle full-service high-tech dentistry, family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and everything in between.

We look forward to seeing you! Call us today for an appointment.

 

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics: 505-985-5626

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

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Afraid Of The Dentist? Sedation Dentistry Can Help

Afraid of the Dentist? Your Farmington Sedation Dentist Can Help If you live near Farmington and experience severe anxiety when undergoing (or even thinking about!) dental treatment, oral sedation is for you.

We offer conscious sedation dentistry  . Whether it is called relaxation dentistry, oral conscious sedation, sleep dentistry, or anxiety-free dentistry, it is completely safe and very popular for nervous cosmetic and restorative dental patients.

Though it may sound impossible, oral conscious sedation allows you to relax during dental visits. In addition, healing times for oral surgery and extensive cosmetic dentistry procedures are often shorter if the patient is sedated during treatment.

Sedation dentistry is great for alleviating anxiety for Farmington patients, and oral conscious sedation can be effective for treating or working with the following:

  • Teeth sensitivity;
  • Fear of needles;
  • A powerful gag reflex;
  • Difficulty controlling body movement;
  • Lengthy multi-procedure visits;
  • Difficulty becoming numb with traditional injections.

If you need dental work more extensive than a filling – such as a root canal, tooth implant, crown replacement or wisdom tooth extraction –  call Sundance Dental & Orthodontics at 505-985-5626 for information about sedation dentistry.

 

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics: 505-985-5626

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

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No Cavities? Thank Your Parents

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At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we stay abreast of new discoveries in the exciting field of dentistry and occasionally share interesting facts with our patients. Today’s post focuses on new findings in a compelling field of research: genetic dentistry.

“About 60% of the risk for tooth decay appears to be due to genetic factors.” Mary L. Marazita, director of the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.1

Whoa! Did she say 60%? That’s huge. You might be thinking: “That’s why I brush and floss but still get cavities.” Or, better yet, you might be thinking, “No wonder I have never had a cavity but eat candy often and occasionally go to bed without brushing.”

A recent article on CNN.com highlights tooth decay risk factors that have a genetic link1:

Enamel Strength
Your genes play a vital role in the composition of your tooth enamel. Soft enamel is more cavity prone.

Sugar Cravings
Whether or not you love sugar has a genetic basis. Now you can blame your parents if you pop M&Ms all day. (But it still isn’t good for your teeth or waistline!)

Chemical Composition of Saliva

Your saliva can protect against cavities – if it properly metabolizes important minerals and vitamins like calcium, potassium, iron, and Vitamin C. Your genes affect your saliva’s capacity to prevent decay.

Immune Response to Bacteria
We don’t like to think about the detrimental bacteria in our mouth but, hopefully, our immune system is ever-vigilant at fighting their constant attempts to cause decay and gum disease. The strength of your immune system is determined, in part, by genetics.

In the next few decades, scientists in the emerging specialty of genetic dentistry may play a critical role in the development of new cavity prevention techniques.

The purpose of this article is not to encourage our patients to be lax about oral hygiene if their parents have strong teeth. Nor to cause those whose teeth decay easily to throw their hands up in despair and resign themselves to a toothless mouth.

Proper oral hygiene is important for all of us, regardless of our genetic predisposition to tooth decay. You have the power to be proactive about your oral health, regardless of the genes you inherited. Whether you have frequent dental check-ups, consistent fluoride intake, effective brushing and flossing techniques, and proper nutrition, is up to you.

If you need a thorough dental exam, an expert dental cleaning, a refresher course on proper brushing and flossing, or want to improve your smile with industry-leading cosmetic dentistry, call Sundance Dental & Orthodontics at 505-985-5626 to schedule a consultation.

1Paul Frysh, “Bad teeth? Blame your genes,” CNN, July 3, 2014, http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/03/health/tooth-decay-causes/, accessed on June 24, 2015

 

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics: 505-985-5626

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

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Avoid These 5 Smile-Wreckers

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We hope today’s post will alert you to some harmful oral health risks. At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we too often treat tooth decay and damage caused by the following:

1. Sports Injuries

Many parents send their youth out on the playing field with a mouthguard but fail to protect themselves when they participate in activities that put teeth at risk. Talk to us at about custom sports mouthguards for every athlete in the family.

2. Ice Chomping

Many people love chewing ice, especially that irresistible pebble ice you can get in some fountain drinks. You may not even be aware that you chew on the ice when you have finished your beverage. Breaking this habit can guard your teeth from cracks, chips, and tooth sensitivity.

3. Oral Piercings

Are you someone who expresses your personality with piercings in and around the mouth? We strongly discourage this. In addition to the risk of cracking or chipping, infection and permanent nerve damage can develop.

4. Gummy or Sour Candy

Of course, all sugar-filled candies are no friend to your enamel, but gummy candy packs a double punch because it is both sugary and clings securely to teeth. Sour candy triggers even more acid production than sugary candy alone. If your sweet tooth is extremely persuasive, chew sugarless gum.

5. Eating Disorders

These complex mental disorders have a host of mental and physical implications and, for most affected people, cannot be simply wished away with willpower. If you suffer from bulimia or anorexia, we hope you are receiving the appropriate specialized care. Be advised, however, that there are some things you can do to obtain a measure of protection for your teeth while you work through the healing process. We provide sensitive, discrete oral health counsel for those currently suffering or those who have overcome a disorder but have tooth damage as a result.

What If It’s Too Late?

If you have oral health issues due to one of these, or for any other reason, there are still ways to heal your smile. Virtually all tooth damage can be treated with advanced dentistry. We pride ourselves on providing solutions to the dental issues caused by common smile-wreckers. However, we are even happier when our patients are able to avoid them and just visit us twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. Sundance Dental & Orthodontics is located at 6588 E Main St, in Farmington, New Mexico. Call us at 505-985-5626 to schedule a consultation.

 

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics: 505-985-5626

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

Posted in Oral Health

Mouthwash Facts In Farmington

Mouthwash Facts In Farmington

Hi, I’m Dr. Michael Tornow Thanks for visiting my Sundance Dental & Orthodontics blog. Today’s post discusses mouthwash. Many people use mouthwash to freshen their breath and help retard tooth decay. Mouthwash should never be used exclusively. Good oral hygiene starts with thorough brushing and flossing. Mouthwash is an optional tool in your dental hygiene tool box.

It is important for you to know what kind of mouthwash they are using. Some mouthwashes merely mask bad breath while others help reduce the bacteria that causes plaque and bad breath.

If you suffer from bad breath it is important to choose a mouthwash that contains ingredients that help prevent tooth decay such as fluoride. Use caution when using mouthwashes; many of the ingredients are dangerous when the recommended amount of mouthwash is exceeded.

Some of the poisonous components are chlorhexidine gluconate, ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, and methyl salicylate. If you experience throat pain, vomiting, headache, or abdominal pain after using mouthwash, seek medical help immediately. The National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) can answer questions about mouthwash ingredients.

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics we want everyone to have great smelling breath, but to use caution when treating their bad breath. Make sure to read your mouthwash label and follow all instructions given.

In addition to preventative dental care, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you are anxious to have a whiter, brighter smile, ask us about teeth whitening. We also provide full-service high-tech dentistry and family dentistry.

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics we have been improving the smiles of residents in Farmington, and the surrounding areas since 2004. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

 

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics: 505-985-5626

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

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