Instant Orthodontics with Porcelain Veneers

Straight teeth are often seen as a sign of health and vitality, and they are a crucial element of a perfect smile. While braces have long been the primary treatment for straightening teeth, porcelain veneers can also help you get a straight, gorgeous smile, without enduring months of wires and brackets associated with traditional braces. As an LVI Fellow, Dr. Keith Warr is... read more »

Can Bonded Teeth Be Whitened?

Dental bonding is a versatile restoration that can effectively correct a variety of aesthetic and functional issues with your teeth. While tooth bonding offers a number of benefits, it does stain over time, and the resin material used with dental bonding does not respond well to whitening treatments. The process will cause your teeth to be a different shade than the... read more »

What are the Three Types of Sleep Apnea?

The three types of sleep apnea are: Central Sleep Apnea, caused by miscommunication between the brain and the muscles of breathing Obstructive Sleep Apnea, caused by a blockage of the body’s natural airways Mixed Sleep Apnea, caused by a combination of airway obstruction and signal interruption Of these, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common, impacting an estimated two to nine... read more »

Bruxism is on the Rise

Bruxism, more commonly known as jaw clenching or grinding teeth, is often a stress-related condition. Commonly unconscious, bruxism may occur while you are working, recreating, and even sleeping, making it something that can be very difficult to bring under control. But bringing the habit under control is absolutely essential. Bruxism causes profound damage to the teeth. What’s Wrong With Clenching... read more »

Treating Deep Stains

There are two types of tooth stains: Extrinsic. These stains are largely caused by foods and beverages, but lifestyle choices, including daily brushing and flossing habits, can also play a role. Sitting on top of the enamel, extrinsic stains can often be entirely eliminated through topical teeth whitening treatments Intrinsic. A result of things including aging, certain medications, and even... read more »

Unusual TMJ Symptoms

TMJ, alternately known as TMD, is the name given to a range of disorders that can impact the alignment of the jaw. Some of the symptoms of TMJ are fairly obvious, these include clicking, popping or grinding noises when you bite and chew; pain and/or swelling around the jaw joints; limited jaw mobility or lockjaw; and visible misalignment. Related issues, such as... read more »

Do Dental Implants Last Forever?

Dental implants are designed to last for a lifetime. Made of titanium, a metal that is stronger than steel but lighter than aluminum, dental implants are impervious to decay and highly resistant to trauma. They are also the only form of tooth replacement that serves to replace a tooth’s missing root, allowing dental implants to preserve the structure of the jaw as... read more »

How Long Should Porcelain Veneers Last?

Porcelain veneers are placed over the front of teeth that have been impacted by cosmetic imperfections. These include: Spacing issues Irregular shapes and sizes Crooked presentation Chips and cracks Severe staining Shaded and sculpted to look and feel like your natural teeth, dental veneers reflect light in the same manner as tooth enamel, helping to ensure your smile maintains a consistently healthy... read more »

Dental Care Awareness Month

May is Dental Care Awareness Month, providing a great opportunity to review you and your children’s daily oral hygiene routines. As a refresher, it’s a good idea to brush your teeth at least twice a day – perhaps when you wake up and right before you go to bed – but it is ideal to brush after every meal and snack as well. Remember,... read more »

Migraine Headache vs. TMJ Headache: Which One Do You Have?

You may have heard that one of the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a “migraine-like headache.” This is accurate in that both can cause debilitating pain and both can result in lost productivity and relentless discomfort. But the causes and symptoms of these two types of headache are not the same. Migraine headaches are a neurological disorder. The... read more »