Whenever you get sick, you should automatically replace your toothbrush! This can help you avoid getting sick – again. You should also replace your toothbrush – at a minimum – every three months, even if you have been healthy. While many people store their toothbrushes with a cap or in a cabinet, bacteria, dust, and pathogens can find their way onto your toothbrush. The longer your toothbrush sits, the more likely this bacteria is to multiply and make you sick. But, when you go out to buy a toothbrush, how do you know which one will give you the best clean and keep your teeth healthy? We are glad you asked!
How to Choose a Toothbrush
At Alrez Family Dentistry, we have two favorite products we recommend to our patients. We love these toothbrushes so much that we even carry them in our office! If you don’t choose either of those, then we can definitely point you in the right direction for choosing a good-quality toothbrush that can help keep your teeth healthy. Here are the most important elements to consider when choosing a toothbrush:
Size & Shape. It is very important that you clean the entire surface of your tooth (and in between with flossing). So, in order to cover the entire tooth, we recommend a small, round toothbrush head. The small size of these allows you to get into those tight little spots better – especially back behind your molars where many cavities can be missed. With a round head, you can also maneuver the toothbrush around the mouth better – ensuring a thorough, fresh clean!
Comfort & Control. If you have arthritis or mobility issues, the shape of the handle and the grip are extra important. A rubber grip strip in the right place can prevent the brush from slipping and bruising your gums. Look for a toothbrush that fits comfortably in your hand, that’s easy to hold on to, and is easy to control.
Bristle Hardness. Brushing with a hard (or even medium) bristled toothbrush can destroy your enamel. Dentists recommend choosing a toothbrush with soft or extra-soft bristles to avoid damage to the enamel, an increase in sensitivity, or even an increase in cavities.
Manual vs. Electric. You may have seen the popularity of electric toothbrushes take off in the last several years, and there is a reason why! Not only do electric toothbrushes remove more plaque and tartar than a manual toothbrush, but many electric brushes also come with built-in timers – this is especially great for kids who may not brush for enough time or who don’t move the toothbrush around manually to reach all of the areas they need to. Electric toothbrushes are also a great option for elderly patients who may be suffering from arthritis or mobility issues.
ADA Seal of Approval. For some people, buying products from dental experts is vital. Not only do we endorse the Oral B toothbrushes, but the American Dental Association also has an excellent list of ADA-approved products. Just look for the ADA Seal of Approval.
Up Your Dental Health Game at Alrez Family Dentistry
Wondering how to buy a toothbrush that will give your teeth the best clean? At your next cleaning appointment, just ask our professional and friendly dental hygienist which type of brush would work best for you. Our office has ones in stock that we recommend, but we can also recommend others based on your unique dental health needs and lifestyle.
It’s no surprise that many of us have felt the sting at the gas pump lately. In fact, with the nearly 80% increase in fuel prices and a 12% hike in grocery prices since 2021, a lot of us are trying to cut expenses and stay on a budget. Alrez Family Dentistry wants to help you save money while still allowing yourself a better quality of life and a smile that builds confidence!
Start Invisalign in August and Get a $200 Wawa Gift Card
Whether you want to do it for back-to-school or because you want to feel more confident in your work meetings, our team at Alrez Family Dentistry is now offering all new Invisalign starts a $200 Wawa gift card for their treatment if they begin any time in August! Get some relief on your fuel and start the process you have been waiting for!
In addition to the August promotion, we have excellent financing options that can help you budget for your Invisalign treatment. Our team is committed to making dentistry accessible for every patient, so please chat with us at your August appointment about payment plans.
Why Choose Invisalign
There are a number of reasons why you would choose Invisalign as your method of correcting crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, speech issues, or eating discomfort. These are just a few!
Easy to start – our office can get you started quickly with x-rays and digital photos in just one visit
Discreet – many adults love Invisalign because they can correct their dental issues discreetly while still having professionalism in the workplace
Comfortable – unlike metal braces, clear aligners like Invisalign are custom fit to your mouth for comfort. These can also be removed while eating and for flossing to help protect teeth from cavities and decay.
No time wasted – Invisalign aligns your teeth quickly, and many people see results in their first few months with the aligners.
Get Started Today
There’s no time to waste! Schedule an appointment for your free Invisalign consultation today and start your treatment before August 31st, 2022 for your $200 Wawa gift card! We are so excited to help you take the steps toward a healthier, more beautiful smile.
Nothing quite boosts our confidence like a big, beautiful, straight smile. What used to be an expensive or age-defined treatment is now readily available to people of all ages and can be very affordable. In fact, working professionals are excited because they can straighten their teeth discreetly with nearly invisible aligners – like Invisalign. Unfortunately, not all clear aligners are created equal, and some may cause more problems than they solve.
Many businesses have now seen how they can make a buck by promoting ‘at-home aligners’. These companies – like Smile Direct Club or Candid Co. – have numerous patients who have reported needing to keep coming back for realignment at the cost of the patient. Many people have complained about the high failure rates as well. In addition, you may need to get impressions redone multiple times at your own cost and pay for the retainers after your alignment series is complete. Sites like the Better Business Bureau have listed the complaints from these companies and you can read firsthand about the consequences that come from using these ‘at-home aligners’.
With these companies, there are no dentists that are checking your progress and making sure your teeth are moving. In fact, many people complain that after wearing these for months – their teeth haven’t moved or changed. We have had two recent patients that have come into our office after using Smile Direct: not only were there no results or noticeable alignment but one patient may end up losing a tooth because of it, and both patients are fighting for refunds.
Safety, Convenience, and Discretion
If you are truly seeking a way to straighten your teeth successfully and discreetly, our team at Alrez Family Dentistry can talk with you about our Invisalign options. We typically only need to get one set of impressions to make your custom aligners, and our reviews speak for themselves. After your initial appointments, you can straighten your teeth with your aligners from the comfort of your home: just continue to check in with Dr.Alrez so we can monitor your progress directly! Straightening your teeth under the guidance of a licensed and educated dentist is always the safer move.
In addition, we offer payment plans and financing to help with the cost, but you may find that we are actually more affordable than the third-party ‘at-home’ alignment companies and we care about your results. If you know a family member or friend that is thinking about using an at-home alignment system, please send them our way first! They’ll get better treatment with better results and you’ll get $100 cash if they begin Invisalign in our office. If you have any questions about straightening your teeth or the options we offer, please contact us or schedule an appointment today.
Bad breath is usually a major hit to your self-confidence, whether someone else pointed it out to you or you caught a random whiff when the wind blew just right, bad breath is never something you want coming out of your mouth. There are a lot of ways to avoid bad breath. For instance, practicing good dental habits and avoiding smelly food – but, then the pandemic threw a wrench into the situation. While they assist us in staying healthy, masks also make our breath terrible. Is there a reason for this? Yes, and unfortunately, it may not be something we can avoid – completely.
The Downside to the Mask
More people than ever before have been wearing masks, leading many to ask why their breath seems to be getting worse. Fortunately, with a mask – most people aren’t going to notice your breath can clear a room. It is true, however, that your mask may be causing an increase in the bacteria that causes odor in your mouth. As we wear a mask, we are more likely to breathe through our mouths. If we wear a mask for the majority of our day – breathing through our mouths – we become susceptible to a condition called dry mouth. As our saliva decreases in our mouth, we lose the neutralizing agent that protects against bacteria and tooth decay. The end result is bad breath. By the time you remove your mask at the end of the day, your mask may be ready for the trash bin just because of the stench it puts off.
Solving the Puzzle
Wearing a mask is an important element for staying healthy, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer from bad breath every time you put on a mask. Since dry mouth causes bad breath, and masks inhibit dry mouth, the solution to solving the puzzle is preventing dry mouth. Here are some ways to do this:
Good Dental Hygiene. The first step to good breath and a healthy level of saliva is making sure to have a good dental hygiene routine. Brushing and flossing twice per day and seeing your dentist twice a year will help keep your mouth healthy.
Stay Hydrated. A smart choice to stay in good health, drinking enough water throughout the day will keep your saliva levels up and your body hydrated.
Take a Break. Give yourself breaks during the day, in safe spaces, that allow you to remove your mask to breathe freely. Ideally, go outside and take a walk. This is great for your mental and physical health and will help keep bad breath at bay.
In Good Hands
For the time being, masks are going to be a part of all of our lives. As we adjust to this new normal, we encourage you to do your best to stay healthy. A great way to stay in good overall health is to stay on top of your dental check-ups. At Alrez Family Dentistry, we are committed to giving you a healthy, beautiful smile. We also have resources available to help you stay on the right track throughout the year. Schedule an appointment today – we look forward to taking care of your teeth!
If you have been to the dentist recently, you may have discussed braces with your provider. If you are an adult, you may be concerned that getting braces at this point in your life will make you look less professional. You also may have been prevented from getting braces as a child due to financial constraints or access to dental care. You are not alone. About 25% of adults require dental correction involving braces for one reason or another. Thanks to Invisalign, more and more adults can get the smile they have always dreamed about without anyone even noticing! While metal braces are still an excellent option for dental corrections, Invisalign might be the right choice for you. Here are some reasons to choose Invisalign over traditional metal braces.
Okay, you probably already figured that one out. Invisalign is appealing because you can straighten your teeth without having to compromise your smile with metal braces. Invisible braces are especially appealing to adults in a professional or career setting. Unfortunately, many people want to improve their smile but shy away from braces because they fear what people think if they have metal braces in adulthood. First of all, no one should be swayed by the opinion of others; there is nothing wrong with getting braces when you are over the age of 18. That aside, Invisalign is an excellent choice if you want to avoid those situations and opinions altogether.
Better Technology, Better Results, Better Comfort
In the last decade or so since the perfecting of Invisalign, custom fittings have produced better results. With metal braces, there is not much room for customization. While metal braces are sized for your teeth, there is not much room for comfort adjustments. Even the bands that need to be changed regularly can cause discomfort for most people with metal braces. Because of Invisalign’s new technology, dentists can give patients a custom aligner through the use of 3-D molding or with the latest technology, the iTero Scanner– which we can use here in our office at Alrez Family Dentistry! Moldings and 3-D scans will create aligners that fit your entire mouth. As your teeth begin to move and shift, a dental provider can make a new molding as often as needed until the desired correction is reached.
One aspect that makes Invisalign exceptionally comfortable is the fact that you can remove the aligner! While you need to work with your provider to decide how many hours you will need to wear the aligner, most people can take these out after some time each day. Much like a retainer, it gives you more control and comfort over your dental corrections, unlike metal braces that force you to hide your teeth for a few years to see results.
A Beautiful Smile Starts Here
Whatever you choose, metal braces or Invisalign, our team at Alrez Family Dentistry would be happy to talk with you about the pros and cons of each option. We also recommend scheduling an appointment with us twice each year to ensure you are on the best track for optimal dental health. Your beautiful smile starts here!
Getting a dental impression with moldings can be one of the most claustrophobic, gag-inducing feelings one can experience at the dentist’s office. Dental impressions are a necessity for many dental procedures, such as crown/bridge placement and Invisalign, because they enable dentists to create a custom and comfortable fit for your unique mouth needs. While the results might be worth the gagging, many people wonder, “is there a better way?” Yes, there is, and at Alrez Family Dentistry, we just received it!
Innovation in the Dental Universe
Our office is so excited to present our patients with the newest innovation in dental technology: the iTero scanner! The iTero scanner is equipped with a 3D, intraoral, high-definition camera. This scanner maps your mouth in color and presents your dental team with a complete picture of what is happening inside your mouth without ever chomping down on a mold.
While a dental impression can take several minutes, the iTero scanner is quick. Finished in as little as 60 seconds, you won’t even have a chance to think about your gag reflex. In addition, the iTero can replace dental impressions in a majority of cases, like bridges and crowns, implants, and Invisalign. Finally, iTero combines timelapse and outcome simulation technology. This innovation allows our team to compare previous scans and even show you a predicted outcome of what your mouth will look like after your dental journey is complete.
The Best for Our Patients
We are proud to offer this new tech to both current and new patients. Our goal as your dental care team is to continue providing the same fantastic care with the added benefit of the latest and greatest technology. This added comfort in-office will make your dental visit a more enjoyable experience. If you have been putting off Invisalign or a much-needed bridge because you feared the mold, you can now rest easy! So give us a call, or schedule an appointment, and share in our joy as we introduce the iTero to Alrez Family Dentistry.
Whiter, shinier teeth not only look great but often result in a large confidence boost.
For a limited time, Alrez Family Dentistry is offering a discount on our laser whitening services! This discount is $100 off any of our whitening services:
Bronze Beaut: Home Whitening Treatment
35% Carbamide Peroxide
Our opalescence pf take-home whitening system is a super value for do-it-yourself people. This kit includes custom bleaching trays and provides professional results at home.
Silver Sparkler: Cosmetic Whitening Treatment
The Bronze Beaut Package plus:
In-office laser whitening session with 1 gel application
Great value! If you want a whiter, brighter smile fast and affordably. Tooth-gel-contact is less than 15 minutes meaning little or no tooth sensitivity!
Gold Gusto: Power Whitening Treatment
The Silver Sparkler Package plus:
In-office whitening session with 2-gel applications
Fantastic results! Maximize the laser bleaching session with 2-full gel cycles! Tooth-to-gel contact is less than 30 minutes.
Platinum Pride: Ultra Whitening Treatment
The Gold Gusto Package plus:
An additional in-office session with 2-gel applications anywhere from one to six months after your last in-office session to accomplish the best whitening!
Expect dramatic results!!
This treatment is a great value for those looking for a quick and effective way to brighten their smile. The treatment only lasts for about 15 minutes and the results are immediate! Take a look:
The Whitening Treatment Process
Alrez Family Dentistry uses the safest and most effective treatment methods for our customers’ teeth. This includes our whitening services.
We use BioLas laser, which allows for a shorter exposure time with an average of 18% shade improvement when compared to the arc lamp, the most commonly used whitening tool. You will see a dramatic difference in just this one treatment!
You may have noticed some changes now that you are often wearing a mask. Not only may your breath smell different, but we have recently seen an increase in cavities in patients who wear masks for much of the day. Although we stress the importance of wearing a mask at this time, we have put together a few tips to help prevent cavities when you wear a mask.
How To Avoid Mask Mouth
Make a conscious effort to seal your lips and breathe through your nose. Mouth breathing causes a decrease in the production and secretion of saliva, which provides a very important protective mechanism.
Chew gum to promote saliva. Saliva coats and protects your teeth and all the tissue inside your mouth. Without sufficient mineral-rich saliva, we see rampant decay and gum disease!
Remember to drink plenty of water. Wearing a mask has resulted in an obvious increase in dehydration and dry mouth. This is bad for your overall health, including oral health.
Before you put on a mask and after you eat, try flossing and brushing your teeth. This will help eliminate any extra bacteria that may have been able to grow while your mask was on otherwise.
Lastly, it is more important now than ever to visit your dentist for your routine cleanings. Your dentist will be able to properly clean your teeth and remove plaque build-up.
Visit Your Dentist
Here at Alrez Family Dentistry we have a modern and comfortable office and want to help patients with any concerns they may have. We can suggest additional and personalized tips for any changes you’ve noticed in your oral health. We are currently accepting new patients and we are following all COVID-19 guidelines to protect our staff and patients. Contact us today to make an appointment.
Every year, many people avoid the dentist until they feel pain or experience a dental emergency. This can be due to dental anxiety. According to a Harvard study, 24% of people suffer from dental anxiety.
To help those struggling with dental anxiety, we created a list of tips and tricks for patients to utilize when they start feeling dental anxiety.
6 Ways To Help Cope With Your Dental Anxiety
Communicate with your dentist. Voice your fears and explain your feelings to your dentist. If you are afraid of pain or needles they may need to be able to assess the situation and help you in the best way possible. Also, here at Alrez Family Dentistry, we can use laughing gas for patients that are feeling extra nervous. For more information, check out our laughing gas page.
Think of a communication system with your dentist. When you’re not able to talk and you feel confined to a chair, this can trigger some anxiety without even realizing it. If you feel like you relate to this, you and your dentist can come up with a system that when you raise your hand it means it’s time for a small break. That will help you feel more in control of the situation.
Feeling embarrassed Is a common emotion during a dental visit. Many feel embarrassed about the state of their dental health, but try and remind yourself that your dentist has seen it all. If you’re feeling embarrassed, remember that this is normally due to overthinking.
Distracting yourself is a great way to get some anxiety relief. This is easier said than done, but you can bring a book for the waiting room or headphones to drown out the sound of a drill while you listen to your favorite music or podcast. You can try using a stress ball or a fidget spinner to occupy your hands.
Address any past negative experiences you may have with your dentist. Dental anxiety sometimes stems from past negative experiences. This can be due to a careless dental staff or some pain you felt during treatment. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, try and pinpoint what experience upset you and how to work through that. Once you know, you can talk with your dentist so they can understand how to best help you and how to care for your dental anxiety.
If you’re still feeling anxious after trying all of these tips, try returning to the basics. Start by taking a few deep breaths while counting them. Count for how long you inhale and exhale for the same amount of time. Try and relax all your muscles one at a time. Start with your head and relax way down to your toes.
Comfortable and Clean Office Made For You
Alrez Family Dentistry wants to help ease any anxiety you might feel. We have a modern and comfortable office along with the supplies needed to give all patients a successful visit. Our staff and doctors are here for you and are happy to listen to any concerns. We are currently accepting new patients and we are following COVID-19 guidelines to protect our staff and patients, contact us today to make an appointment.
Do you have white spots on your teeth? These white spot lesions happen when the enamel starts to break down, becoming a honeycombed, porous surface. Those pores are filled with air that reflects light differently from the surrounding healthy enamel, leading you to see those unwanted white spots. Unfortunately, teeth whitening products won’t help.
More and more dentists are using the resin infiltration technique that stops breakdown in its tracks while cleaning up existing lesions.
What is Resin Infiltration?
Resin infiltration was initially used to treat tooth decay on the tooth surface. Resin closes up pores in the affected area to stop deteriorating acids and minerals from entering any further. Dentists found that resin infiltration also helped cover white spots too so they started exploring how this technique could improve aesthetics.
What is Icon Resin Infiltration?
Icon Resin Infiltration uses micro-invasive technology to fill in demineralized enamel in one procedure. It’s a minimally invasive treatment that doesn’t use drilling or anesthesia to improve the look of white spots while preventing further deterioration.
Is the Icon Treatment Permanent?
While the Icon treatment isn’t permanent, it’s considered a long-term treatment option. Results last at least 2 years, though many patients see over 6 years of lasting results.
How Does Resin Infiltration Work?
The procedure involves 3 steps that take 45 minutes to an hour:
15% of hydrochloric acid is applied to the areas of demineralization, like white spots.
These spots are then treated with an ethanol solution to dry out the lesion and pores
High penetration resin infiltrant is applied to the teeth to fill in their pore system.
The resin infiltration technique reinforces tooth enamel by entering and filling the pores without drilling or shots. This helps minimize the look of discoloration by refracting light just like normal teeth. It also stops deterioration by strengthening and hardening the enamel. The end result is a restored tooth that blends perfectly with surrounding teeth.
Resin infiltration is an effective treatment for tooth discoloration and deterioration without the invasiveness or cost of fillings and veneers. Your dentist can have you in and out in an hour with a beautiful white smile.
If you’re interested in finally removing white spots on teeth, contact us today to learn more about your options.