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Ornelas Family Dentistry Blog

Closing the Gap: How Dental Bonding Can Perfect Your Smile

May 17, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — ornelasdental @ 9:19 pm
Patient holding a magnifying glass to their tooth gap needing dental bonding

Gaps between teeth, also known as diastemas, can make people self-conscious about their smiles. If you’re looking for a way to close these gaps without the need for braces or extensive procedures, dental bonding might be the answer! But what is dental bonding, and how can it help? Read on to learn more about this great cosmetic procedure and how it can bridge the gap in your smile.


Attentive Upkeep: 5 Tips to Care for Your Dentures

March 4, 2024

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Dentures in a glass of water on bathroom counter

Dentures have continued to be a popular method to refurbish smiles after tooth loss because they provide so many benefits. They can restore a great deal of your ability to eat and speak more smoothly while simultaneously enhancing your appearance to boost your confidence. It’s important to care for them properly if you want to continue to make the most of them. If you’re not sure what that looks like, keep reading to learn 5 tips for maintaining your dentures so you can enjoy the advantages of a beautifully refurbished smile.


Half-Measures with ClearCorrect: Is a Top or Bottom Only Treatment an Option?

February 9, 2024

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Patient putting on one ClearCorrect aligner

Clear aligners like ClearCorrect are designed to gently shift your teeth without all the wires and bands of traditional braces. They’re discreet and can often treat less-complex cases in a smaller timeframe. But how do they perform if you only want to treat one half of your mouth?

If you want to learn whether it’s possible to treat only the top or a bottom arch of your teeth with ClearCorrect, continue reading.


Why You Should Schedule Your First Dental Appointment of 2024 as Soon as Possible

January 10, 2024

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Bearded male dental patient sitting back in chair and smiling

As you’re probably already aware, oral health experts recommend having at least two dental checkups and cleanings performed each year. Since 2024 has just begun, you may feel like there’s no need to schedule these appointments right away – but actually, there are several advantages to having your first dental visit as soon as possible. Below are 4 reasons why you should make time to see the dentist early in the year.


How Does Alcohol Affect My Oral Health?

December 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — ornelasdental @ 11:48 pm
Red wine

Alcoholic beverages may predate civilization, and people have been debating the pros and cons of strong drinks for as long as history can remember. While drinking spirited libations can be a delightful compliment to a meal or a nice way to enjoy a social gathering, excessive and frequent alcohol consumption carries significant health risks and can have devastating long-term consequences. Here are a few common misconceptions about the effects alcohol has on your oral health as well as the truths behind them.


White Flags: Signs Your Veneers Are Ready for Replacement

November 17, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — ornelasdental @ 6:56 pm
Woman looking at her veneers in a mirror

Veneers are incredible pieces of dental technology that can help you keep your smile bright for over a decade. They’re durable, aesthetically pleasing, and require minimal tooth preparation which is partially why they’re so popular. However, like any dental restoration, a veneer will eventually require replacement. Knowing when that time has come is a skill within itself.

Read on to learn the most common signs that it’s time to consider replacing your porcelain veneers.


Why You Should Upgrade to a Metal-Free Crown

November 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — ornelasdental @ 3:50 pm
patient having dental crown placed

Embark on a journey toward improved dental health and aesthetics as we explore the transition from traditional metal crowns to their modern, metal-free counterparts. Dental crowns play a pivotal role in restoring teeth, particularly those affected by extensive decay. Traditionally crafted from metal amalgam, these crowns have been a reliable solution. However, with technological advancements, the era of metal-free crowns has dawned, offering a superior alternative. Read on to learn why your dentist recommends considering metal-free crowns when it’s time to replace their metal counterparts.


What Traditional Holiday Foods Can Hurt My Teeth?

October 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — ornelasdental @ 11:26 pm
Gingerbread man

People love to indulge during the holiday season. While Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and the like can all seem like an excuse to forget about making smart food and drink choices, overindulging in holiday treats can be a recipe for painful and expensive dental emergencies later on. Here’s a brief list of traditional holiday foods that you should take care to enjoy in moderation in order to preserve your dental health.


Prepare to be Unprepared: 4 Tips to Avoid a Dental Emergency

September 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — ornelasdental @ 3:30 pm
Large tooth next to a red medical kit with a white cross and a dental mirror

Unfortunately, dental emergencies can occur at any time so it’s impossible to be entirely prepared. It could happen during an athletic event if your mouth gets hit and knocks out a tooth, for example. Or perhaps you are simply eating your favorite food at lunch when you bite too hard and feel your dental crown chip or loosen. Experiencing a sudden oral issue like this can leave you in pain, anxious, and with a less-than-perfect smile.

Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself from certain situations that might end in an emergency. While it’s not a guarantee that nothing bad will ever happen, here are 4 tips that can help you avoid a potential dental dilemma.


I Just Knocked Out a Tooth; What Now?

August 11, 2023

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While everyone would rather avoid knocking out a tooth, nobody can anticipate when it’s going to happen—meaning that it’s important to understand what to do if it happens. A tooth’s chances of being saved begin to fall shortly after being separated from the mouth, so you’ll need to act fast if it ever happens to you. Ideally, you will get the tooth to an emergency dentist within one hour of it being dislodged. Here are some steps for taking care of your tooth after it gets knocked out and transporting it to the dentist’s office.

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