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Instant Orthodontics: Just Add Porcelain Veneers

June 15, 2022

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Close-up of 3D rendered porcelain veneer

If you’re dealing with crooked or misaligned teeth, you probably think you must have them straightened. That would mean a few years with traditional braces or, if possible, a year or so wearing Invisalign aligners. Either way, the process would take a while. However, another choice is on the table: instant orthodontics, thanks to porcelain veneers. This latter treatment could give you a perfectly straight smile in just a few appointments. Here’s a summary of the process from your local dentist to help you learn more.


Can I See an Emergency Dentist without Insurance?

March 4, 2022

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woman with bad toothache

If you have ever experienced a dental emergency, you know just how stressful it can be. They suddenly seem a whole lot worse when you don’t have dental insurance to cover your visit. You want to get the care that you need but worry about dealing with a shocking bill at the end of your emergency treatment. Here are a few things your dentist in Bella Vista wants you to know when seeking emergency dental treatment without insurance.


How Much Enamel Do I Need to Be Removed for Veneers?

February 4, 2022

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Woman veneer closeup

Are you unhappy with how your smile looks? One of the great things about living in today’s world is you don’t need to settle for a grin you don’t feel confident about. There are several cosmetic dental treatments that can help correct flaws, such as porcelain veneers. They can address all sorts of aesthetic issues like teeth that are misshapen, chipped, gapped, discolored, or undersized. But you may be wondering, how much enamel needs to be removed for veneers to be placed? Continue reading to learn more from your cosmetic dentist in Bella Vista.


How to Enjoy Holiday Foods without Harming Teeth

December 4, 2021

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family eating turkey at holiday dinner

It’s understandable that Santa’s Elves might get a bit stressed out when the holidays are approaching because of how many toys they have to build, but those little guys aren’t the only ones who might feel concerned. Your teeth may be trembling at the prospect of another holiday season.

While the holidays bring plenty of traveling, parties, and gift-giving, they also involve a lot of eating. Many people will let their diet slip when it comes to holiday foods, but it’s not okay to relax on your dental hygiene.

Read on for some ideas from your dentist in Bella Vista on how you can have a great time while your oral health stays in excellent standing to close out 2021.


Why Is Enamel Loss a Big Deal?

October 14, 2021

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Woman looking at her teeth in mirrorThe human jaw can exert 171 pounds of force, which means your teeth must be strong to withstand the pressure. Thankfully, your enamel is the hardest substance in your body. The hard outer layer you see when you look in the mirror is responsible for protecting the softer inner layers, called the dentin and pulp. Although your enamel is resilient, it isn’t indestructible. Enamel wear is a serious problem that must be addressed because it can’t repair itself on its own. Here are the signs you need to watch out for to safeguard your smile from irreversible damage.


How to Enjoy Your Favorite Summer Foods with Dentures

July 9, 2021

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older woman enjoying summer foods with dentures

After getting your beautiful new dentures, you may feel ready to show them off and put them to use at all the summer festivities. While it can be tempting to dig right into all your favorite foods at a cookout, you will need to take it easy when it comes to eating. Otherwise, you risk damaging your restored smile. Read along for a few tips to help you enjoy your favorite seasonal treats with dentures.


7 Dental Implant Aftercare Tips

April 16, 2021

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Woman with cold compress

Is your dental implant surgery coming up in the near future? One of the great things about living in today’s world is the fact that missing teeth can be a thing of the past. You don’t need to settle for gaps in your smile any longer thanks to several different tooth replacement options, like dental implants. Implants have so many benefits, including the prevention of bone loss and restoring your chewing power. However, you will need to allow your implants to heal properly in order to experience all of the benefits. Read on to learn some dental implant aftercare tips to help you recover in a timely manner.


Don’t Let COVID-19 Keep You From Getting Your Dream Smile!

February 7, 2021

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Closeup of beautiful smile thanks to cosmetic dentist

From weddings to school to family gatherings, the COVID-19 pandemic has made us put off many things that we were looking forward to. However, that doesn’t mean your smile has to follow suit! Your Bella Vista cosmetic dentist has reopened their practice with thorough infection control policies and COVID-19 safety protocols to ensure your safety during your visit. That means now is the perfect time to start a cosmetic dental treatment to correct that imperfection in your smile that’s always bothered you! Here are a few services that can help get your smile ready for when the facemasks come off.


5 Reasons to Have a Dental Checkup Early

January 21, 2021

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Woman at dentist for a dental checkup.As you head into the new year, what better time than now to commit to a healthy smile? Your dental benefits have been reinstated, which means you have access to the affordable coverage you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Although you have all year to use your policy, there are advantages to visiting your dentist early in the year. Here are 5 reasons to schedule your semi-annual dental checkup soon.


Use It or Lose It: Invest in Dental Implants

November 29, 2020

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Dental implant on money before using dental insurance. Although you’ve spent more time at home over the last few months, the year has flown by. Believe it or not, 2021 is almost here, which means your dental insurance policy is about to expire. On average, less than 3% of Americans exceed their annual limits, so you likely have several benefits you’re about to lose. Don’t throw money down the drain! Now is the perfect time to use your coverage to help offset the cost of dental implants to enjoy a complete smile for the new year.


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