- Am I a Candidate for Invisalign? Ask Our Apex NC Cosmetic Dentist
You may have already heard of Invisalign, a modern alternative to traditional orthodontic braces which uses a series of clear plastic aligners to move the teeth. Since Invisalign has many significant benefits over traditional braces, many of our patients are interested in the treatment. However, not every smile is a good fit for Invisalign, and certain circumstances might require the traditional method.
Only your dentist can determine whether Invisalign is right for you, but here are some signs we look for when assessing whether a patient is a good candidate.
Dental Issues Helped by Invisalign
Generally, Invisalign is best-suited for patients with mind ...
- Our Apex Dentist Explains Why Overbites are More Than a Cosmetic Issue
More than a cosmetic issue: How malocclusions harm your teeth
If you have been to the dentist lately, you may have learned that you have a malocclusion—in layman’s terms, an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or other type of situation that prevents the upper and lower teeth from aligning correctly. While many people believe that their underbite or overbite is simply a cosmetic issue, malocclusions affect far more than your appearance. Below are some ways dental malocclusions harm your teeth.
There are three categories of malocclusion. In Class I, the teeth may be rotated, crowded, or too spaced-out for the upper and lower ...
- Learn About the Most Popular Filling Materials from our Apex Restorative Dentist
When a tooth is damaged by decay and acid, your dentist will use a filling to restore it to its normal shape and function. If you are going to get a filling in an upcoming dental appointment, or have already had one and are just curious about the procedure, here is everything you need to know about dental fillings from our Apex dentist office.
Popular Dental Filling Materials
Fillings help close off spaces where bacteria can enter, and prevent further decay. Materials used for fillings include:
Composite resin (for tooth-colored fillings)
Amalgam fillings (an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin and sometimes zinc).
- Should I Get an Electric Toothbrush? Ask an Apex Cosmetic Dentistry
In a word—yes! An electric toothbrush does the hard work for you, removing much more plaque than a traditional, manual toothbrush. And with so many different types and features available, it’s easy to find an electric toothbrush that suits your specific oral health needs. In today’s blog, our Apex dentist explains some reasons why you should consider buying an electric toothbrush.
Easier to Use
To use an electric toothbrush, you only need only guide it along the surfaces of your teeth. This is much easier than scrubbing back and forth, and many people with arthritis or similar conditions find using a power ...
- Teeth and Sugar: Dispelling the Top 5 Dental Myths with our Dentist in Apex NC
Teeth and Sugar: Dispelling the Top 5 Dental Myths
You’ve heard it since you were a small child: the #1 greatest threat to your teeth is sugar. Turns out, though, there are other things that damage our teeth just as much, and cutting out sugar isn’t always enough to guarantee total tooth health. Here are some of the most common misconceptions people have when it comes to sugar, teeth, and cavities.
Misconception 1: Sipping on one soda throughout the morning isn’t as dangerous as, say, eating 4 frosted donuts in one sitting.
The truth: It’s actually much worse to expose your teeth ...
- Our Apex Dentist Unpacks Common Dental Myths and Misconceptions
When it comes to oral hygiene, there are a lot of common myths and misconceptions that simply aren’t true. If you want to keep your teeth as healthy as possible, here are some of the most common dental myths to watch out for. If you need a teeth cleaning or other dental service, be sure to stop by our Apex dentist office today.
Myth 1: Diet sodas are better for my teeth than regular sodas.
Since diet sodas are low-calorie and low-sugar, many people assume they are better for your teeth than non-diet alternatives. However, this is based on the assumption that ...
- The Dangers of Cheap Veneers – Ask an Apex Cosmetic Dentist
Dental veneers have soared in popularity in recent years as a fast, easy way to correct worn-out or discolored teeth. But with professional veneer treatments costing in the hundreds or thousands, many people opt for a cheap veneer alternative—and end up sincerely regretting their decision. Here’s why you should only get veneers from an experienced, licensed dentist.
Cheap Veneer Alternatives
There are two basic ways to get cheap veneers, both of which are very risky. The first is traveling to a foreign country and having dental work done there. Another common way is purchasing them from an online retailer and applying ...
- Prehistoric Humans Had Better Teeth Than We Do – Learn Why from Our Apex Dentist
Our teeth are whiter, shinier, and straighter—but in terms of cavities and tooth decay, they’re not as healthy as the teeth of our ancestors, according to research published in scientific journal Nature Genetics. Learn more about this surprising discovery below.
From Carnivores to Omnivores
In order to learn more about prehistoric humans’ health and diet, an international team of researchers, led by a group at the Australian Center for Ancient DNA, extracted dental plaque from 34 prehistoric European skeletons. (Dental plaque is unique in that it is the only easily accessible source of preserved human bacteria.)
The researchers were able to trace ...
- What are Dental Veneers? Ask an Apex Cosmetic Dentist
Have you ever wondered if dental veneers could help you achieve the smile you have always dreamed of? It is important to find an Apex Dentist who can help you understand if you are a good candidate for dental veneers and answer all of your questions. Here are a few to get you started!
What exactly is a veneer?
Veneers, also known as porcelain veneers or porcelain laminates, are super thin shells of ceramic porcelain which are bonded to the front of teeth. The procedure is often considered “cosmetic” because there is typically little or no decay present. The goal is to improve your smile!
Why choose a veneer?
Veneers are an ...
- How Our CEREC Machine Helps Us Give You Same-Day Crowns in Apex!
If you have ever dreaded the idea of visiting the dentist or have postponed scheduling dental work you knew you needed, you are not alone. Dental procedures have changed for the better, and at Hansen Dentistry in Apex, NC, we blend proven techniques with outstanding customer service.
Would you believe us if we told you that you could receive customized, natural looking crowns or bridges that fit perfectly, in a single office visit? Believe it! Dr. Rylan Hansen and provides custom dental crowns and bridges using the CEREC system: where old school service meets state-of-the-art technology.
What is CEREC?
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration ...