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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

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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

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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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Schedule Your Coronation

Woman, Girl, Halloween, Crown, The WitchWe treat all of our patients royally here at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM, but some of them receive actual crowns. We’re not talking about crowns a king or queen wears, but crowns for your teeth! If you live in the Farmington area, Sundance Dental & Orthodontics is the best place to get your teeth looking better than ever. And putting a crown on a tooth with problems could be just what you need to realize a dazzling smile.

Crowns are a remedy for many problems:

  • protect a weak tooth from decay, breaking, or to hold together a cracked tooth
  • cover and provide durability to a tooth with a large filling and little tooth structure remaining
  • restore a broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
  • add strength to a tooth following a root canal procedure

If you feel like you have a need for a crown, don’t look any further than Sundance Dental & Orthodontics. Our dentists and lab techs have the experience, training, and proficiency to make sure your crowns are created and placed properly. There are many different kinds of crowns that serve different purposes. We perform a thorough examination to ensure the crown you get is perfect for you and your smile.

We then prepare your tooth so that the crown will fit the way that it should. Once the tooth is prepared and ready, we use state-of-the-art tools to fit the crown on your tooth. When done properly, crowns can last many years. Crowns are a wonderful way to protect and improve your smile.

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:

505-289-1661

LOCATION (TAP TO OPEN IN GOOGLE MAPS):

6588 E MAIN ST
FARMINGTON, NEW MEXICO
87402

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7 Steps For A Healthy Smile

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Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM believes in healthy smiles. The best way to have a healthy smile is by prevention – both in healthy habits as well as visiting us twice a year. As Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Keeping your smile beautiful and healthy is done most effectively with preventive measures. 

1. Make a habit of brushing your teeth. Do it twice a day for 2 minutes. Be sure to use a soft toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste.

2. Don’t forget the floss! Flossing between your teeth daily will do wonders for your teeth and keep your gums healthy too.

3. Wear a protective mouthguard when participating in contact sports.

4. Don’t smoke, or chew tobacco.

5. Skip piercing your lips, tongue, cheek, or any other part of your mouth. Piercings put you at greater risk for chipped teeth, infection and nerve damage. It’s a risky fashion that you’ll want to avoid.

6. Avoid snacks that have a lot of sugar or starch.

7. Schedule regular dental visits twice a year.

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we serve patients throughout the New Mexico area, including the communities of Farmington, Rio Rancho, Gallup, and Cortez CO. We want the best possible dental health for all our patients.  We like to see you for a checkup twice a year, as well as follow the other healthy tips listed above. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

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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Get Those Teeth In Shape!

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Dental bonding is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures used and it’s not difficult to see why. There are many common dental problems that Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM can treat with this technique.

Do you have chipped or broken teeth? Do you have teeth that have gaps in between them? You might be a candidate for bonding.

Bonding uses a very sturdy resin material that is tooth-colored. The material is applied to the teeth while it is soft, much like putty, and then it is set with a special light. This hardens the material which then bonds with the tooth and can be shaped and polished as necessary.

Dentists will commonly consider dental bonding in the following cases:

  1. Repair teeth that are damaged due to an injury or decay
  2. Fill spaces between teeth
  3. Protect tooth roots that are exposed due to gum recession
  4. Change the general shape of teeth
  5. Repair discoloration as part of a complete cosmetic dental smile makeover

They can brighten your smile a few shades if you cover all the teeth you can see in your smile and they don’t damage the existing teeth.

Sundance Dental & Orthodontics offers dental bonding 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

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

3 Smart Smile Solutions

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Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM cares about their patients and their beautiful smiles. In today’s message we will concentrate on 3 innovative procedures used in smile makeovers.

  1. Dental Implants
    Implants are transforming the face of dentistry. For most patients, a dental implant is the best solution for a missing tooth. An implant is a metal (usually titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root of a tooth that has been extracted. We will attach the crown securely to the post. The final crown looks just like a natural tooth.  If you are missing teeth, schedule a consultation with us to learn more.
  2. Invisible Braces
    Invisible braces like Invisalign allow you to straighten your teeth discreetly because it is nearly impossible to see them while they are being worn. Instead of wire or metal, Invisalign uses a series of plastic aligners to straighten teeth. Made specifically for each patient, each aligner pushes the teeth into straighter positions over time.
  3. White Fillings
    If you had cavities in the past, you may have old amalgam fillings. White fillings match your surrounding teeth, significantly improving your smile without crowns. Our tooth colored fillings will not alter the appearance of your smile.

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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Posted in Beautiful smiles

An Ugly Duckling In Your Mouth?

Cosmetic Denistry in Farmington Do you have a damaged tooth that causes you embarrassment? Even if all of your other teeth are nicely shaped and pearly white, guess what people notice? Yep, the ugly duckling. You have probably experienced that yourself when you have looked at a smile that contains one discolored tooth. No matter how hard you try, the unsightly one is impossible to ignore.

Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM wants to help you get a beautiful smile. Your smile is an important component of your overall appearance.

Fortunately, there are several cosmetic dental procedures to restore or repair one or more teeth. At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington, we can complete most of them in one short visit. Think about it; you could achieve a stunning smile in less than an afternoon!

Bonding, Veneers and Cosmetic Implant Dentistry

  • Dental bonding is an affordable cosmetic dentistry procedure available at our office. We use dental bonding in a variety of applications. In addition to repairing damage, dental bonding can close gaps between teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers are another minimally invasive cosmetic remedy. Like cosmetic dental bonding, veneers correct chips, cracks and improve tooth shape.
  • If you’re missing a tooth, a dental implant can fix that problem. It’s an artificial tooth root that can be used to create a perfect replacement tooth for patients who have suffered from tooth loss.

Veneers, bonding, implants, and orthodontics 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

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implants

Attack Of The Gummy Bear

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Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM cares about their patients and their beautiful smiles. We offer a key warning about a lesser-known danger of sticky candy.
 
Most people know that sugar is not your teeth’s friend. Eating sticky candy creates the perfect environment for cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth.
 
Besides the sugar, there is a physical toll of chewing on sticky candy. It can cause a condition in the temporomandibular joint called Temporomandibular Disorder (TMJ). The jaw is a delicate joint and sticky candy increases the possibility of moving the jaw out of alignment.
 
Worried about giving up the sweet stuff? When you stop eating highly-sweet things, your taste buds adjust and you will enjoy foods with more subtle flavors, such as fruits. So don’t give up! Your taste buds will change and your teeth and jaw will thank you!
 
If you
  • hear a popping or clicking noise in your jaw,
  • have pain in your jaw or around your ears, or
  • feel like your bite is out of alignment, call to make an appointment today. 
We can treat TMJ issues with a variety of methods including relaxation techniques, diet and lifestyle modifications, or orthodontic treatment. Physical therapy is often effective for treating more severe cases of TMJ.
Along with healthy teeth, we also want you to have a gorgeous smile that you can be proud of. If you have any questions about teeth whitening, smile makeovers, or other dentistry procedures, give us a call today. At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we serve patients throughout the New Mexico area, including the communities of Farmington, Rio Rancho, Gallup, and Cortez CO.
 
We hope to hear from you soon!

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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3 Tips To Make Brushing Count

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Most people brush their teeth (at least we hope so). However, there are many who brush inadequately but don’t realize that their dental hygiene practices may be contributing to oral problems. At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM we are all about educating our patients. Sometimes life is as easy as 1-2-3.

1 Soft Bristle Toothbrush

Gentle brushing will accomplish the same results as hard bristle brushing without the abrasive damage to gums and gum line. There is never a good reason to use hard or medium bristle toothbrushes. Better yet, wet the soft bristle toothbrush to be sure the bristles are soft and pliant before brushing.

2 Minutes of Brushing and Flossing

Split the mouth into fourths and spend a good 30 seconds in each quarter. Hit the chewing surfaces, the inside surfaces, the outside surfaces and gently massage the gums. Be sure to clean the far side of the back tooth that is never visible but can collect food and allow decay to begin. Take two minutes to floss after brushing in the evening to remove any remnants the toothbrush couldn’t coax out and to clean any build-up. You have approximately 32 teeth and 32 gaps to floss clean. Two minutes should do the trick, but adding an extra minute for good measure can’t hurt.

3 Times a Day

Brushing after every meal should remain the goal. This is difficult for many who are not home for the midday meal. To achieve amazing dental hygiene, brushing is priority one. There are as many toothpaste choices out there as you have teeth; without consistent brushing and flossing, those teeth are facing sure destruction. Don’t misunderstand, toothpaste is vital. Toothpaste acts as the vehicle that collects the debris, keeps the bristles pliable, fluoridates the mouth, freshens the breath and a myriad of other side jobs. But after every meal, gently removing food debris prevents breakdown on precious tooth surfaces. Even if you don’t use toothpaste after lunch, a quick brush can keep your teeth free of buildup.

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM, we want the best possible dental health for all our patients. In addition to regular brushing, we like to see you for a checkup twice a year. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

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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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
Call: 505-278-8806
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