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Does Whitening Toothpaste Work?

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Are yellowing teeth getting you down? If so, you are not alone! Some of the most common concerns of Kirtland, Bloomfield, and Rio Rancho dental patients pertain to cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening.

Because many dental products such as toothpastes and mouthwashes say they can lighten your teeth, it’s natural to look at changing your brand of toothpaste.

Whitening toothpastes work by adding chemical agents that can gently polish and whiten teeth. However, these substances can only remove stains that are on the surface of the teeth. This frequently results in whitening by roughly one shade.

On the other hand, plenty of Farmington dentists offer fast in-office teeth whitening procedures that can commonly improve your teeth anywhere from three to eight shades. That is quite a difference!

Once you see the dramatic changes that can happen with in-office whitening, why not go for the whole smile makeover? Using industry-leading cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, crowns, inlays, braces, dental implants, bonding, gum contouring, Farmington dentists are helping patients get the outstanding look they desire.

Hi, I’m dentist Michael Tornow, a Farmington dentist. If you are looking for quality dental care in the Kirtland, Bloomfield, or Rio Rancho area, I hope you’ll give us a call at 505-985-5626.

Call for your appointment today!

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-985-5626

 

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Super Smiles Have Strong Enamel

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Did you know that enamel is the hardest substance in the body? It’s true! This substance, found on the outer surface of your teeth, truly should last a lifetime. But just because it’s super strong doesn’t mean you don’t have to work to take care of it.

Here are some helpful tips for keeping enamel healthy.

1. Pick the right foods for enamel health. It’s no secret that soft drinks hurt your teeth, and don’t think that diet sodas are harmless – the artificial sweeteners can also erode enamel over time. There are also other culinary culprits that can do a lot of harm. Sticky, chewy candies should be avoided. Chewing ice is a no-no. And don’t use your teeth as tools. Take a minute to grab some scissors before you rip open that package with your incisors.

On the flip side, foods with calcium can neutralize acid in your mouth and guard your enamel. So, enjoy your dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt!

2. Avoid vigorous brushing and use a soft brush. Also, it’s best to brush about an hour after eating, because foods, especially acidic ones, can soften the enamel, thus making it more prone to weakening from brushing. If your teeth are discolored or yellowish, you may feel you need to brush harder. Instead, look at teeth whitening and meet with your dentist.

3. Keep stomach acids in check. If you have a problem with severe heartburn, the stomach acid could be traveling up your esophagus and into your mouth. This acid can erode enamel, so it is essential to meet with your Farmington doctor about treatment.

4. Talk to your dentist about dry mouth and tooth grinding. Lack of saliva is a major issue for tooth enamel, and it’s no surprise that teeth grinding can also wear it down. Make sure your dentist is aware if you observe either of these issues.

Hi, we want our patients to have the best oral health possible, and enamel health is a key component. We also love helping my patients achieve the beautiful smile they want with cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, invisible braces, tooth colored fillings, and dental implants.

My practice, Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, is currently accepting new patients. Give us a call at 505-985-5626 to make an appointment!

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-2/tooth-enamel-damage, accessed on September 18, 2013

 

 

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Straight Teeth For Young Smiles And Not-So-Young Smiles

Can't afford braces? There are few technological wonders of our era that are more appreciated than modern braces. Teeth straightening hardware of past generations had many drawbacks. It commonly involved a whole orthodontic tool kit – full metal bands, headgear, elastics, spacers, and wires poking every which way. If you played an instrument that required the use of your mouth, well, it wasn’t pretty.

Some orthodontic patients found their old-school braces uncomfortable, bulky, and downright ugly. They also created many hidden nooks and crannies for bacteria to quietly drill into your enamel.

If you are too young to remember old school braces, you can’t truly appreciate the state-of-the-art ceramic braces, clear braces and Invisalign aligners available today. Even traditional metal braces are now smaller, less noticeable, and more comfortable.

The advancements in orthodontic treatments and minimized treatment times is one reason many adults have chosen to have their teeth corrected if they were unable as a teenager.

Does that mean you don’t need to have your child seen by your orthodontist if you suspect tooth alignment issues? Absolutely not! If facial attractiveness and increased self-esteem are not important reasons to straighten your child’s crooked teeth, consider the fact that crooked teeth and bite misalignment can influence speech development and make it hard for your child to eat a healthy diet. Crowded teeth also make proper brushing problematic, increasing the risk of tooth decay.

The American Association of Orthodontics advises parents to have their child evaluated by an orthodontist when they are young. Itis important to identify problems with teeth and jaw development early. Your orthodontist or pediatric dentist will know the proper age to begin treatment if needed.

We provide many cosmetic dental procedures at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington. Did you know that porcelain veneers can solve some less-extreme tooth alignment problems? If your teeth are fairly straight but your smile is compromised by a couple of damaged or chipped teeth, cost-effective porcelain veneers may be your one-visit solution.

 

 

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How Much Do Dental Implants Cost In Farmington, New Mexico?

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Looking into how much dental implants cost and getting a straight answer can be frustrating. But there is a reason for that.

Thanks for stopping to read my blog. I know it can be frustrating to look for the cost of getting a dental implant procedure done and finding nothing solid here on the internet. Let me take a moment to explain why most dental websites don’t publish the cost of tooth implants.

1. The Math Might Come Out Higher Than it Should
The number of teeth being replaced may be more than the number of implants needed to cover that section of the mouth. Tooth implant dentists here in Farmington, New Mexico, want to offer accurate pricing rather than scare you away with higher estimates. It takes a straightforward consultation to review dental history, assess needs and determine a treatment plan. This could mean a more efficient surgery with fewer implants. See http://sundancesmiles.com/blog/.

2. There Might Be Something Better For Your Mouth
While dental implants really are the state of the art in tooth replacement, much better than a bridge or denture, sometimes the method won’t be what you thought it was going to be. If your heart is set on implants or if you’ve been told by others that’s what you should get, we can help to explain the pros and cons of this path.

3. Supply Costs and Lab Costs Change

A ballpark number might be possible to post on the internet but the changing cost of supplies and lab fees make it impossible to guarantee an exact price for full mouth dental implants. Dentists who offer implants can accurately calculate dental implant surgery costs based on current costs when you come in for a consultation.

Please make an appointment to quickly and accurately get these answers. Call Sundance Dental & Orthodontics at 505-985-5626 for more information.

 

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Missing Teeth? Don’t Miss Out On A Beautiful Smile

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If you have missing spaces in your smile due to cavities, injury or any other reason, there is hope. If your existing teeth are stained, decayed, or broken, there is hope. If your teeth have always been misshapen, or crooked, there is hope. Cosmetic dentistry can fix all of those problems.

The dentists at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics have the skill handle the toughest cosmetic dental troubles. Since 2004, we have restored and improved smiles with advanced cosmetic dentistry.

Regardless of the problem, it is usually preferable to retain your natural teeth. If this is not viable, and you have already lost teeth, we offer multiple ways for you to preserve (or regain) your ability to eat, drink, speak, laugh, and smile with confidence.

Dental Veneers
If you still have your teeth, but are not content with them, these might be the best answer. Stunning porcelain veneers offer a relatively affordable approach to cosmetic adjustments – uneven color, size, or shape. These are very thin shells bonded to the front of the teeth. They beautify unsightly, but structurally sound teeth.

Dental Implant
A dental implant is a tooth replacement that consists of an artificial tooth PLUS an artificial root (usually biocompatible titanium). With local anesthesia, the artificial root is actually inserted into the jaw bone where it integrates with the bone tissue. There are three parts to a dental implant: the artificial root, the connecting abutment, and the final crown or denture.

A dental implant is often the best suited restoration as it offers beauty, strength, natural function, and protection from bone recession that often take places at the site of a missing tooth.

Dentures
Most Bloomfield residents have heard of dentures: a plate holding artificial teeth that can be removed for cleaning. These are tailor-made and can contain varying numbers of teeth. Sometimes the entire set of upper and lower teeth have to be pulled and a denture created. Modern dentistry offers a myriad of custom dental implant-denture combinations to restore missing teeth.

There is no need to miss out on a beautiful smile. Schedule your initial consultation at 505-985-5626 to visit us in Bloominfield. We are perfectly situated for our neighbors throughout the Bloomfield area.

 

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Full Mouth Reconstruction In Farmington

Rio Rancho Dental ImplantsDental techniques and materials have advanced to a point where total and near-total mouth reconstruction is possible right here in the Cortez, CO, area.

Unlike conventional removable dentures, extensive mouth reconstruction involves strong, functional and aesthetically pleasing teeth with roots permanently anchored into the jaw bone.

You have probably heard around Cortez, CO, about dental implants; the tooth replacement option that is, in most cases, the best possible replacement for a missing tooth. Dental implants have been used for many years to replace one or two missing teeth. However, they can also provide a structure for crowns, bridges, and anchored dentures that replace nearly every tooth in the mouth!

Every smile makeover patient requires a somewhat unique combination of cosmetic dental procedures, but let’s talk about a hypothetical case involving several restorations:

‘Linda’ was a 52 year-old patient with a mouthful of problems. She was missing most of her back teeth on both her upper and lower arch. Four of her front teeth were chipped and her gums had eroded revealing the metal bases of two old crowns.

To restore a beautiful, strong and youthful-looking smile, she would receive dental implants to anchor partial dentures for her upper and lower back teeth. After soft tissue grafts, her front teeth would receive a combination of porcelain crowns and veneers.

The result? A stunning smile, renewed confidence and no more slipping dentures!

 

 

 

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Why You Need A Local Farmington Dentist

Our practice, Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, offers family dentistry, general dentistry and many cosmetic dental services. If you have a family and are looking for a family dentist, give us a call at 505-985-5626.

If you live in the Farmington area, it is wise to choose a local dentist for your family dentist. It will be easier and more convenient for every member of your family to come in for regular examinations and cleanings. Most busy Farmington parents don’t need the added inconvenience of a long commute to a dental appointment. And what if you experience a dental emergency? A neighborhood dentist who knows your family is best equipped to handle unexpected dental needs.

In addition to basic preventative dental health services such as fluoride treatments, routine x-rays and oral hygiene, we offer dental implants, orthodontics, and IV sedation dentistry. You can reach Sundance Dental & Orthodontics at 505-985-5626.

Farmington parents with infants and toddlers often seek information about thumb-sucking, the health of ‘baby teeth,’ x-ray safety, and fluoride supplements. Parents with older children are often concerned about sealants, tooth protection for sports, tooth straightening, and dental financing.

We look forward to answering all of your questions. You can learn more about Sundance Dental & Orthodontics at http://sundancesmiles.com/blog/- Sundance Dental & Orthodontics

 

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Beware Of Hidden Sugar

preventative dentistry in Bloomfield We advise our Farmington dental patients at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics to watch their sugar intake to prevent cavities and other health problems.

If you are trying to unsweeten your diet, you are probably skipping the usual suspects: candy, soda, and baked treats. But not all sugar is as obvious as the frosting on a piece of chocolate cake or the powdery stuff in a pixie stix.

Here are some foods found in grocery stores and school cafeterias with a surprisingly high sugar content:

  • Ketchup
  • Low fat versions of snack foods (Manufacturers often replace fat with sugar.)
  • Salad dressing
  • Breads, buns, rolls
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Protein bars
  • Granola
  • Canned soup
  • Peanut butter
  • Yogurt
  • Fast food meals (Hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, and salads are often loaded with sugar, not to mention the dessert items.)
  • Antacids
  • Cough drops
  • Fruit smoothies (Even a small serving has a whopping amount of sugar.)

Reading the fine print on labels is a must. The following terms are all types of sugar:

raw sugar, cane sugar, glucose, lactose, galactose, fructose, dextrose, honey, sorghum, molasses, cane sugar, confectioner’s sugar, crystallized cane juice, invert sugar, maltodextrin (or dextrin), maple syrup, concentrated fruit juices, evaporated cane juice (what kind of cane do you think they are talking about?)

Do the math: when shopping at Farmington markets or health food stores, carefully decipher food labels before you buy. Four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon. Add up all the grams of every type of sugar listed and divide by four to truly understand how much sugar an item contains.

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we advocate and practice preventative care for lifelong dental health. For more information on how your diet affects your dental health, contact us at 505-985-5626. If you have a toddler or child who has not yet visited a dentist, call us today for family dentistry services and information on fluoride and sealants.

We are located at 6588 E Main St in Farmington.

 

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Missing Teeth? Dentures And Implants Restore Smiles

Missing Teeth In Farmington? Dentures And Implants Restore Smiles

If you have had years of dental problems or are embarrassed by your teeth, our high-tech team at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics can help you find the restoration procedure right for you. You could be a candidate for complete or partial dentures or dental implants.

A removable replacement for missing teeth, dentures can be made in advance and positioned as soon as the natural teeth are removed. Our Sundance Dental & Orthodontics dental lab creates dentures that look just like natural teeth: attractive, healthy teeth.

If you still have some healthy, natural teeth, you can benefit from dentures without having your healthy teeth extracted.

Partial dentures fill in the gaps, replacing missing teeth to complete a smile. Partial dentures can prevent natural teeth from moving. Many dental practices can complete these procedures in one day.

Many dental insurance providers cover most or all of the cost of dentures. Call us at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics and we can help you find out if your New Mexico dental insurance covers dentures.

Another alternative for people with missing teeth is to receive dental implants. A dental implant is a permanent tooth restoration that is anchored into the jawbone, actually replacing both the root and crown of the tooth. Dental implants have many advantages, such as preventing jaw bone recession which can occur when natural teeth are removed. However, not all Farmington dentistry patients are good candidates for implants. Call Sundance Dental & Orthodontics at 505-985-5626 for a dental implant consultation.

Dental implants can also be used to anchor a removable denture. The denture is ‘snapped on’ or attached to the implants for no-slip confidence.

The combination denture/implant smile restoration solution is being used successfully by many Farmington dentists. It is usually more affordable than dental implant replacements for several natural teeth.

Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health, improving your ability to eat and speak. If you are embarrassed to smile or laugh, it’s time to bring back your beautiful smile!

To learn more or to ask about dental financing options, contact our office today!

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we provide advanced general and cosmetic dentistry. Ask us about dental implants, orthodontics, IV sedation dentistry, and family dentistry.

 

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How Do You Measure Dental Success?

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How do you measure “dental success?” A check-up with no cavities? A perfect smile? A crown that looks as natural as the surrounding teeth?

It could mean all those things and many more.

For a child, dental success could be defined as a childhood free of cavities, learning daily dental hygiene practices, and gaining an understanding of why it’s vital.

For a local young adult who is hesitant to smile because of misaligned teeth, dental success could be measured by a successful course of orthodontic treatment resulting in a beautiful smile that restores confidence and boosts self-esteem.

For a middle-aged man who neglected his teeth in his youth, dental success could be defined as restorative dentistry that stabilizes his dental condition and improves his oral health.

For a woman with tetracycline stains but otherwise healthy teeth, dental success may be as easy as rapid in-office same-day tooth whitening.

Consider a man with several missing teeth who can only eat soft foods. Dental success might require natural-looking dental implants that allow him to eat steak for the first time in years.

What are your goals for your smile? What is the current state of your oral health? Schedule a consultation at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics.

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, our goal is your complete satisfaction. We are devoted to providing patient-focused dental care of the highest standard. We are here to help you. You could be our next success story!

 

 

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