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The Not-So-Obvious Benefits Of A Smile Makeover

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A cosmetic dental smile makeover is transformative for a person who has been embarrassed by their smile for years. At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington, we can help you attain that stunning smile. But it’s not just about looking younger and more attractive—though it most certainly will do that. It can improve your life in ways that many people do not understand.

How can a smile makeover transform your life?

1. It shapes the way you are perceived by others.

Someone who smiles often and easily is typically regarded as a proactive problem solver.

2. It lifts the mood in social settings.

When you candidly smile, it is contagious. It enhances the mood in any setting and eases tension when necessary.

3. You will feel more self-assured.

When you quit obsessing over making sure you hide your teeth, you have the drive to concentrate on ways to achieve success in personal and professional pursuits.

A smile redesign is an investment in yourself that you will be pleased with every day. If you have ever wondered what state-of-the art cosmetic dentistry can do for you, or have some dental issues, call us today.

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics our passion is helping each patient achieve and maintain a healthy, attractive smile. We offer family dentistry along with the following services:

These are just some of the dental procedures we offer at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM. Schedule an appointment to see what we can do for your smile!

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-985-5626

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

How Long Should You Brush?

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This message from Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington is about brushing your teeth- something we all do (or should do) twice a day.

What The Experts Say

Dental experts and researchers believe you should brush your teeth a minimum of two minutes twice a day. There was a study published by the British Dental Journal which reported that a majority of experts recommended brushing for two minutes, with the remainder recommending MORE than 2 minutes.  The American Dental Association backs the two-minute rule, and so does our team.

What The Science Says

Research supports the recommendation to brush for at least two minutes. The longer you brush your teeth, the more plaque you remove, Studies published in the Journal of Dental Hygiene back this up – with the longer you brush your teeth, the more plaque you remove. (Of course, we’re not recommending a 30 minute tooth brushing time. Just stick with the 2 minute time frame.)

Why Brushing Your Teeth Takes Two Minutes

Two minutes may feel like an awfully long time when brushing your teeth, but make sure you’re doing it thoroughly. Split your mouth into quadrants, and spend equal time in each section. Try a timer – it’s only 2 minutes twice a day. Trust us – your teeth are worth it.

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics our passion is helping each patient achieve and maintain a healthy, attractive smile. We offer family dentistry along with the following services:

These are just some of the dental procedures we offer at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM. Schedule an appointment to see what we can do for your smile!

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-326-6800

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

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Know The Facts About Oral Piercings

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Body piercings are a common form of self-expression seen around Farmington. At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we encourage our patients to enhance their smiles in the healthiest way.

Today’s post is for those who currently have an oral piercing or are considering one. Unfortunately, these piercings and the jewelry they use can lead to serious problems with not only your teeth and mouth, but your entire body. These piercings can result in tooth damage, tooth decay, periodontal disease, and tooth loss.

Tongue Piercing

In general, any oral piercing is going to open you up to an array of dangerous oral infections and complications. The mouth is full of germs and introducing foreign objects permanently is not natural for your body’s health.

A tongue piercing can lead to difficulty chewing with unnatural chewing patterns that may lead to swallowing troubles. The jewelry produces excess saliva from the salivary glands, which throws off the natural balance of your oral cavity. Permanent nerve weakening, excessive bleeding, and allergic reactions can also occur.

Metal jewelry also can easily come in contact with your teeth, leading to cracked, chipped, or damaged teeth. Your teeth are built to last a lifetime. Chips, cracks, and enamel erosion compromise their stability and shorten their lifespan.

Mouth Jewelry

Though not technically a piercing, some people drill small holes in their teeth to place rhinestones or other jewelry. Drilling into a tooth is dangerous for many reasons, including damage that can make a root canal necessary. The jewel also can attract bacteria that can directly go into the drilled cavity of the tooth.

Health Tips

Our team encourages patients with oral piercings to remove their jewelry before it puts their health at risk. However, if you have an oral piercing and plan to keep it, we advise you to have consistent dental cleanings and check-ups. It’s important to fix problems in their early stages before they become more extreme. Don’t wait if you suspect you may have a dental or physical trouble.

Sundance Dental & Orthodontics has been providing first rate dental care and orthodontics since 2004. At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we serve patients throughout the New Mexico area, including the communities of Farmington, Rio Rancho, Gallup, and Cortez CO. Call us today for an appointment and see how we can make you smile.

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-326-6800

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

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Eruption Charts: Not As Scary As They Sound

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Today the team at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington examines eruption charts.

An eruption chart is simply a listing of the different types of teeth in the mouth and when, typically, they come out, or ‘erupt’ from the gums. An eruption chart tells you when you can expect baby teeth to erupt and fall out.

Dentists use these charts to compare the development of their patients’ teeth to the average times in the population.

The friendly staff here would love to schedule an appointment with you and answer any questions you have about children’s teeth eruption times, dental sealants, fluoride treatments, thumbsucking, and athletic mouthguards.

If you have a toddler who has not yet had their first dental exam, we encourage you to schedule an appointment. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that dental visits should begin before the first birthday.

A beautiful, healthy smile boosts confidence and self-esteem for kids. A healthy mouth equals better overall health and well-being. Maintaining optimal oral health puts children at a lower risk for diabetes and heart disease.

When kids develop healthy oral practices, you avoid the need for costly restorative dental work down the road. Strong teeth help babies get proper nutrition.

We provide experienced, gentle dentistry to our young patients. If you are looking for a family dentist, we invite you to schedule a consultation.

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics our passion is helping each patient achieve and maintain a healthy, attractive smile. We offer family dentistry along with the following services:

These are just some of the dental procedures we offer at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM. Schedule an appointment to see what we can do for your smile!

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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Gritting Your Teeth: Stress And Your Smile

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At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington, we like to educate our patients about oral health. Did you know that stress can also impact your oral health?  Here are some dental problems linked to stress.

Canker and Cold Sores

Cold sores are a symptom of the herpes simplex virus. Scientists don’t know exactly what causes canker sores but suspect they are related to infection, virus, or a weak immune system. If you are prone to mouth sores, you probably already know that stress seems to bring them on or prolong healing times.

If you get these sores often, meet with your doctor or dentist. Your healthcare provider can guide you on medications, diet, and stress reduction procedures.

Teeth Grinding

It’s no surprise that teeth grinding is dangerous to teeth. It starts with enamel wear, then loose teeth, and eventually tooth loss. During this progression, there may be other troubles such as gum recession, headaches, and TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders).

If you grind your teeth, you should address this condition as soon as possible. In addition to stress, there are many factors that can cause or worsen it. These include malocclusion (bad bite), and prescription depression and anxiety medications.

Our team at Almeida & Bell Aesthetic Dental Center can create an appliance to protect your teeth and keep your jaw in the proper position while you are sleeping. Other treatments include cognitive behavior therapy, relaxation therapies, mandibular advancement devices, physical therapy, and medication. Your dentist can create a treatment plan and work with you and your doctor to manage or eliminate this condition.

Gum Disease

Stress can reduce your ability to fight plaque build-up which can cause gingivitis. If untreated, gum disease can lead to sore or bleeding gums. You may need periodontal treatment for your gums.

Sundance Dental & Orthodontics has been providing first rate dental care and orthodontics since 2004. At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we serve patients throughout the New Mexico area, including the communities of Farmington, Rio Rancho, Gallup, and Cortez CO. Call us today for an appointment and see how we can make you smile.

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-326-6800

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

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Advanced Dental Technology At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics

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Dental technology is ever evolving. Dental crowns and dental implants in Farmington look like “real teeth” because of the advances made in lasers, x-rays and other applications. Following are some of the state of the art technology that helps Sundance Dental & Orthodontics better serve their patients.

CAD/CAM

CAD (computer-aided design) and CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) are used for many restorative procedures. These include same-day inlays/onlays and crowns.

Dentists who offer dental implants can use CAD/CAM technology in every phase of the dental implant procedure.

CAD/CAM is also used in dental laboratories to construct crowns, bridges, implants, veneers, and ceramic braces.

Digital Imaging

Most New Mexico dental offices use digital X-rays. Realtime digital images help dentists more easily make diagnosis. Dentists can enlarge and otherwise enhance a digital image to get a clearer picture of what’s going on.

Digital X-rays emit up to 70% less radiation. Plus, they are easier to store and access. Because they don’t require film or processing chemicals, they are more eco-friendly than conventional X-rays.

Lasers

Pinpoint-precise Diode lasers are used in dental procedures including crown lengthening, root scaling, biopsies, root canals, teeth whitening, oral lesion removal, and treatment of decay.

Laser procedures often reduce the need for anesthesia. They cause less bleeding because the laser activates blood clotting. Lasers help sterilize the treatment area, minimizing the risk of an infection.

The latest technology helps our team provide superior dental service to our patients. The future of dentistry is here today at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics.

Sundance Dental & Orthodontics offers dental implants along with the following services:

These are just some of the dental procedures we offer at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM. Schedule an appointment to see what we can do for your smile!

 

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-326-6800

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

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Feel Like A Movie Star With A Smile Makeover

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Most celebrities flash stunning smiles that don’t appear to have any flaws.  At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington, we can help you attain that stunning smile so you can flash it all day long.

Have you ever noticed that some famous individuals with perfect smiles didn’t have the best teeth early in their careers? Those that wanted to improve their smiles took advantage of cosmetic dentistry. Whether it’s porcelain veneers or a complete smile makeover—cosmetic dentistry can improve any smile.

Can ordinary men and women obtain a celebrity-caliber smile? Absolutely!

  • TEETH WHITENING The most common cosmetic dentistry procedure, teeth whitening can reverse discoloration caused by age, foods and beverages, and other causes. Our team uses BOOST to give patients a glistening white smile, all done in the office in approximately one hour. Teeth whitening is an effective way to restore a dazzling smile.
  • PORCELAIN VENEERS Porcelain veneers are an excellent aesthetic dentistry solution to improving the appearance of chipped discovered, uneven or misshaped teeth, as thin pieces of porcelain are permanently bonded to the tooth, improving tooth appearance and function. Porcelain veneers closely resemble the natural tooth, are highly stain resistant, and can last for a long time.
  • DENTAL CROWNS Dental crowns are an excellent solution for heavily damaged or missing teeth.
  • INVISALIGN Clear braces can be an excellent way to straighten your smile, without drawing extra attention to your teeth. Whether you want to realign teeth that have shifted since you had braces, or have never had orthodontics, our team is happy to do a consultation to determine if these aesthetic dentistry treatments can work for you.
  • DENTAL IMPLANTS Dental implants replace the root of a tooth, and are anchored to the jaw bone. The implants then attach to crowns, providing a permanent way to replace teeth lost to accident, trauma or decay.

Most of us will never star in a movie or walk the red carpet at the Oscars. But all of us can have a smile every bit as beautiful as our favorite actor, singer, or supermodel.

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we serve patients throughout the New Mexico area, including the communities of Farmington, Rio Rancho, Gallup, and Cortez CO. Call us today for an appointment and see how we can make you smile.

 

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-985-5626

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental Miracles – Seen and Unseen

white fillings La Jolla At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we provide comprehensive full service dentistry for patients in Farmington. Quality dental care and cosmetic dental procedures can be extremely visible -think porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and teeth whitening.

Today, however, let’s talk about some unseen procedures that can contribute to a healthy, dazzling smile. We will discuss 3 incredible cosmetic dental treatments: white fillings, invisible braces, and dental implants

White Fillings

We tailor tooth-colored fillings to blend seamlessly with your natural tooth color. These are made out of strong composite resins and porcelains. If you would like to get rid of the silver amalgam fillings in your teeth, white fillings are the solution. You can’t go back and get rid of those cavities, but you can make the silver disappear.

Invisible Braces

Straightening your teeth with orthodontia has become less of a metal mouth experience with the availability of invisible braces. You wear custom invisible braces either over teeth or behind the teeth. Invisible braces are effective and convenient. They have helped many people straighten their teeth for an improvement in their smile.

Dental Implants

Sure, the crown of a tooth implant is clearly visible. But the important part, which is the component that makes them so much stronger than a dental bridge, is anchored into your jawbone. A titanium post secures your restoration to offer the look, feel, and strength of a natural tooth. If you are missing one or more teeth, consider dental implants.

Sundance Dental & Orthodontics offers dental implants along with the following services:

These are just some of the dental procedures we offer at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM. Schedule an appointment to see what we can do for your smile!

CONTACT SUNDANCE DENTAL & ORTHODONTICS:

505-985-5626

LOCATION (TAP TO OPEN IN GOOGLE MAPS):

6588 E MAIN ST
FARMINGTON, NEW MEXICO
87402

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Common Myths About Cosmetic Dentistry

Common Myths about La Jolla Family Cosmetic DentistryMyths and tall tales about cosmetic dentistry abound. At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington, we’d like to discuss some of those myths. We have heard almost all of them.

MYTH #1: COSMETIC DENTISTRY IS NEVER NECESSARY FOR A HEALTHY SMILE

Many of the procedures that an aesthetic dentist would perform, including many cosmetic dental procedures, are not solely cosmetic. Dental procedures such as tooth replacement or dental implants prevent many potential problems such as tooth movement, bone loss and difficulty chewing and speaking.

MYTH #2: A DENTAL BRIDGE IS THE ONLY WAY TO REPLACE A MISSING TOOTH

Dental bridges have been used for many years with success. However, dental implants are often a better choice for replacing one or more missing teeth. Dental implants have many critical advantages for patients. They feel like natural teeth, they are stronger, and they are easier to clean than dental bridges. Tooth implants can also be used to anchor dentures or partial dentures.

MYTH #3: AT-HOME KITS ARE AS EFFECTIVE FOR TOOTH WHITENING THAN A PROFESSIONAL DENTAL SOLUTION

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we offer our dental patients teeth whitening treatments that are commonly more effective than at-home kits. At-home kits may remove surface stains, but they do not provide optimum results and can often lead to uneven coloring. Our team can take a custom approach to in-office teeth whitening, sometimes referred to as chairside bleaching, to help achieve the desired results.

MYTH #4: DENTAL BONDING IS THE BEST WAY TO FIX A CHIPPED TOOTH.

Dental bonding can restore the shape of a tooth, but may not be the best long-term solution. If you have a damaged tooth, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers, also known as dental veneers, are thin layers of ceramic or resin used to cover the front surfaces of natural teeth. These wafer-thin shells are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth that are aesthetically damaged, allowing us to match the shape, color, length, size, and even texture of those teeth with extraordinary precision to the surrounding natural teeth to create a more uniform and cohesive appearance.

MYTH #5: METAL BRACES ARE THE ONLY WAY TO CORRECT CROOKED TEETH

Braces are often part of a transforming dental makeover for teens and adults alike. We offer a variety of different orthodontic options.

  • Invisalign® is the clear alternative to traditional braces that has revolutionized orthodontics.
  • Traditional braces have worked wonders for years. They have become smaller and more comfortable, and even come in tooth-colored or clear design.

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we serve patients throughout the New Mexico area, including the communities of Farmington, Rio Rancho, Gallup, and Cortez CO. Call us today for an appointment and see how we can make you smile.

CONTACT SUNDANCE DENTAL & ORTHODONTICS:

505-985-5626

LOCATION (TAP TO OPEN IN GOOGLE MAPS):

6588 E MAIN ST
FARMINGTON, NEW MEXICO
87402

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Mini Implants May Be Right For You

Though they are not as well known as traditional dental implants, mini implants are also being used successfully in the Farmington area to improve smiles. Implants are popular because they provide a natural, lasting smile, allowing you to live and eat more freely. At Sundance Dental & Orthodonticswe can help you decide if dental implants are the best option for you.

What Are Mini Implants?

Like their larger diameter counterparts, mini implants can support a restoration for one or more missing teeth or replace a bridge or fixed denture. Denture wearers benefit greatly from these slip-free dental implants that are anchored securely in the jaw bone. Unlike traditional implants, mini implants are one solid piece that screws into the bone with a diameter smaller than 3mm. On the top of is a ball-shaped protrusion that helps support dentures. Typically, the denture has a rubber O-ring that slides over this ball-shaped part.

In some cases, a patient will go with the mini implant because they are unable to receive traditional full-size dental implants due to insufficient bone thickness. Some people are excellent candidates for the mini implant version simply because they are not able to undergo full-size dental implant surgery, due to health issues.

Our team can often place the toothpick-size mini dental implants in one dental visit. The placement usually requires no incisions or stitches. Recovery time, if required, is generally very short. Most patients are able to eat dinner that evening. How cool is that!

Don’t let the word “mini” fool you; your smile can receive a maximum upgrade with mini dental implants.

Sundance Dental & Orthodontics offers dental implants along with the following services:

These are just some of the dental procedures we offer at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM. Schedule an appointment to see what we can do for your smile!

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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Sundance Dental Care of Bloomfield
100 S 1st St
Bloomfield, NM 87413
Call: 505-632-3344

Sundance Dental Care of Cortez
111 Sligo St Bldg A
Cortez, CO 81321
Call: 970-459-1314

Sundance Dental Care of Farmington
6588 E Main St
Farmington, NM 87402
Call: 505-326-6800

Sundance Dental Care of 30th St
Dr. Rasmussen
800 E 30th St Ste 3
Farmington, NM 87401
Call: 505-327-9161

Sundance Dental Care of Gallup
1601 S 2nd St
Gallup, NM 87301
Call: 505-722-4422

Sundance Dental Care of Kirtland
3 Road 6523
Kirtland, NM 87417
Call: 505-598-6800

Sundance Dental Care of Rio Rancho
770 Broadmoor Blvd NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Call: 505-891-0554

Sundance Dental Care of Grants
920 Lobo Canyon Rd Ste 6
Grants, NM 87020
Call: 505-972-3000

Sundance Orthodontics
3903 Beckland Dr. Suite A
Farmington, NM 87402
Call: 505-436-2727

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3903 Beckland Dr Ste B
Farmington, NM 87402
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