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Benefits of Invisalign Compared to Braces

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment like regular wire and bracket braces. However, there are fundamental differences in how Invisalign works to move your teeth. And Invisalign carries many benefits that you don’t see with traditional braces. Traditional braces and Invisalign work on the same basic principle that orthodontics has been using for centuries. They both put pressure on your teeth to make them move in the desired direction. Your normal braces do this with wires and brackets. Your dentist will tighten the wires on your braces to put pressure on your teeth. Invisalign works a little differently. Instead of [...]

By |November 8th, 2022|Categories: Invisalign|

Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign® Aligners

If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance you’ve already begun wearing your new Invisalign® clear retainers and just want to make sure you’re caring for them properly. It’s important to clean and care for your retainers according to the dentist’s instructions to ensure they last do their job of straightening your teeth. Invisalign® clear aligners are the preferred choice of many Spokane cosmetic dentists and residents because they are virtually impossible to see, they’re much more comfortable than traditional braces, and they’re easier to keep clean. Caring properly for your aligners, according to your dentist’s instructions, will also [...]

By |October 6th, 2022|Categories: Cosmetic Dentistry, Invisalign|

Are Electric Toothbrushes Better?

Brushing your teeth is one of the most important things you do throughout the day. While many people enjoy the feeling of a clean mouth, the appearance of white teeth and a minty fresh smile, the real benefits of brushing your teeth are in your oral health. Plaque results from a chemical reaction from bacteria, carbs, saliva, and food particles that stick to your teeth. If you don’t brush your teeth, the plaque hardens into tartar and is a protective shell harboring bacteria. The bacteria eats away at your teeth and gums until it eventually becomes . From [...]

By |September 6th, 2022|Categories: General Dentistry|

Dental Implants: Changing Lives One Smile at a Time

Millions of Americans currently face the problem of one or more missing teeth. So if your smile has seen better days thanks to a missing tooth or even multiple missing teeth, you’re not alone. The problem of missing teeth does more than embarrass you; it actually can affect your oral and physical health and emotional wellbeing. If you’ve been dealing with missing teeth, it’s important to realize that there are dental solutions available for you. , do not have to control your life and keep you from enjoying all of the daily pleasures the Evergreen State has to [...]

By |August 2nd, 2022|Categories: Dental Implants|

Sparkling Water Can Damage Your Enamel

Your teeth are directly impacted by the beverage choices you make every day. Some drinks, like soda, are well-known tooth destroyers. Unfortunately, it is not always obvious which drinks will damage your teeth. One such seemingly benign refreshment is flavored sparkling water. Contact Us Sparkling Water Acidity A popular alternative to soda is flavored sparkling water. This drink is seen by many as being a healthy choice for people who want a carbonated beverage to replace soda. Although some brands may contain less sugar than leading soda brands, flavored [...]

By |July 6th, 2022|Categories: Preventive Dentistry|

Fixing Gaps Between Teeth

Even with expert dental care and regular brushing, flossing, and check-ups, problems with your teeth and smile may occur. It’s just a fact of life that trips to your dentist may be necessary between those teeth-cleaning visits. Dental issues not caused by lackluster dental hygiene include a gap between teeth or poor spacing between teeth. Thankfully, there are a number of ways a can help those who are looking for ways for fixing gaps between teeth. Causes of Gaps Between Teeth There are numerous causes of gaps between teeth or poorly spaced teeth including: Missing teeth Thumb [...]

By |June 6th, 2022|Categories: Dental Implants, Invisalign|

Flossing Is Just As Important As Brushing

When you first learned about dental hygiene, your dentist told you to eat a healthy diet, make routine trips to the dentist, and brush and floss after every meal. Today’s quick-paced and jam-packed lifestyle rarely allows for time to brush and floss after every meal, but at the same time, it seems that a large majority of society only brushes. How often do you pick up a piece of floss and get rid of the food particles and bacteria between your teeth? Bets have it that you, along with plenty of others, rarely floss, if you even floss at [...]

By |May 17th, 2022|Categories: General Dentistry|

Best Option to Repair Your Teeth: Full Coverage Dental Crowns

 are a tooth-colored and shaped cap that goes over the entirety of your tooth, including a little below the gumline. They cover the top and sides and provide a good seal to keep out bacteria. Crowns are versatile enough to fix many smile woes, and they’re permanent. Spokane’s best cosmetic dentists, doctors Ken and Marnie Collins, prefer to use full coverage dental crowns to fix your teeth because they’re the best option. Other dentists may recommend lesser treatments, but dental crowns are the way to go when you want beauty, function, and complete protection. [...]

By |April 19th, 2022|Categories: Preventive Dentistry|

12 Top Teeth Whitening Questions, Answered

Do you have that you’d like to whiten? We get a lot of questions about teeth whitening because it's such a . And no wonder! It can make dingy teeth look healthy and new again. If you want to whiten your teeth, read through these common questions. If you have any others and would like to schedule an appointment, call or schedule an appointment online. What Causes Discoloration? A variety of things can cause discoloration. Foods and drinks such as coffee, fruit juice, curry, tomato-based sauces, red wine, and soda can all change the [...]

By |March 21st, 2022|Categories: Cosmetic Dentistry|

Top 5 Invisalign Problems (and Solutions!)

Invisalign is an excellent teeth straightening option for anyone who wants to straighten their teeth discreetly. This makes it the top choice for adults and a great choice for teens, too! With Invisalign, you’ll get a series of clear aligners that fit over your teeth. They gently push your teeth in the right direction over 12 - 18 months. In the end, you’ll have a beautiful smile that you’re proud to show off. After all, smiling is good for your health and helps you live longer! Most are candidates for Invisalign, but traditional braces may be the best and fastest [...]

By |February 15th, 2022|Categories: Invisalign|