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    Are Your Teeth Suffering Damage While You Sleep?

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Do you ever wake up with a sore, aching jaw? Do you experience headaches or neck aches and you’re not sure why? If so, you might be one of the many people who grind their teeth during their sleep. Teeth grinding, or bruxism, can cause serious damage to your teeth and result in a host of other dental problems. Talk to your dentist if you think you might be grinding your teeth at night. Keep reading to find out if your teeth are suffering damage while you sleep.

    How Do I Know?
    There are a few telltale signs that you grind your teeth during your sleep. If you share a bed, ask your partner if they ever notice a grinding noise while you’re asleep. Oftentimes, the noise will be loud enough to wake the other person up. A constant headache is another sign that you could be grinding your teeth. If you think you might be grinding your teeth at night, ask your dentist to look for signs of bruxism at your next appointment.

    Why Is Bruxism Harmful?
    In addition to causing chronic headaches, neck pain, and jaw pain, bruxism can do serious damage to your teeth. Bruxism exerts a great deal of pressure on your teeth and can lead to cracked, chipped, and broken teeth. In extreme cases, your teeth can actually become loose and potentially fall out. Over time, the repetitive grinding motion can wear down your teeth and cause a need for bridges, crowns, root canals, and other dental procedures.

    How Do I Stop?
    Though the exact causes of teeth grinding are not known, stress, caffeine and alcohol consumption, and poor oral habits can contribute to bruxism. Train yourself not to grind your teeth during the day, and practice relaxation techniques before you go to bed. Your dentist may also want to fit you with a mouth guard that will protect your teeth while you sleep.

    You don’t have to live with the pain and damage of teeth grinding. Call Dental Care of Stamford at (203) 803-1815 to find out how we can help you. We are open six days a week to make scheduling an appointment easy.

    Sedation Dentistry: IV Sedation

    Last updated 9 months ago

    IV sedation is an amazing tool that your dentist can utilize to help you with your dental treatments. It allows you to get the dental care you need without remembering the procedure. This option is useful for people who are afraid of the dentist, need extensive work done, or need more than one treatment at one time.

    After your visit to the dentist, you'll need someone to drive you home and stay with you. For about 24 hours after your procedure, you'll be sleepy and groggy. You shouldn't drive, exercise, or try to move about on your own. Be sure to begin drinking water as soon as you can after you get home, and move on to soft foods as soon as your dentist recommends.

    To find out if IV sedation is right for you, contact our dentists at Dental Care of Stamford by calling (203) 803-1815. We will keep you as comfortable as possible during your treatment.

    Your Guide to Ensuring Successful Treatment Using the Invisalign System

    Last updated 9 months ago

    If you are unhappy with your smile, you have many options available to you at your cosmetic dentist's office. Invisalign is just one treatment choice you have to get the straight, perfectly aligned teeth you've always wanted. For successful treatment with Invisalign, follow this simple guide:

    Follow your cosmetic dentist's instructions. When you get your Invisalign trays, you'll be given directions explaining how and when to wear them. Make certain that you follow these instructions closely for the best outcome. Your treatment may not be successful, or might have to use the system longer than projected if you don't comply with the treatment.

    Take the trays out when you eat. As part of the directions from your cosmetic dentist, you'll be told to remove your Invisalign trays when you eat or drink. Failure to do so could result in damage to the trays, which could set your treatment back. The trays can also become discolored by exposure to foods or drinks, which negates one of the main benefits of Invisalign: their covert operation.

    Clean your aligners twice daily. Just as you should brush your teeth twice a day to remove food and plaque, you should also clean your trays morning and night. Food and bacteria from your mouth can accumulate on the aligners, giving them a bad smell or making them more visible. Clean your Invisalign trays each time you brush your teeth for a healthy, straight smile.

    See your cosmetic dentist for regular checkups. Your teeth will still require professional cleanings and evaluations for problems during your Invisalign treatment; cavities and gum disease can put a big damper on the excitement surrounding getting straight teeth. You’ll also need to get your new trays at these appointments so that your treatment can continue.

    To get the treatment you need for the smile you want, visit the cosmetic dentists at Dental Care of Stamford. We offer a variety of cosmetic treatments, as well as routine dental care for the entire family. For an appointment, call our friendly office staff at (203) 803-1815.

    Understanding the Benefits of Invisalign Treatment

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Having a straight smile can be important for your self-confidence, but did you know that it is also beneficial to your oral health? If your teeth are misaligned, your cosmetic dentist can prescribe Invisalign trays to both straighten your teeth and help you stay healthy.

    In this video, you’ll learn more about how crooked teeth can lead to a variety of dental problems. From plaque buildup to tooth loss, misaligned teeth can cause damage to your oral health. Rather than risk extra restorative treatments, ask your dentist if Invisalign is right for you.

    To find out more about Invisalign and how to keep your teeth healthy, visit the dentists at Dental Care of Stamford. Our cosmetic and family dentists can help you get the straight, healthy smile you want. Call us at (203) 803-1815 for an appointment.

    You Don't Have to Fear the Dentist! [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 10 months ago

    If you have ever avoided going to the dentist because of fear or anxiety, you’re not alone. Because of dental anxiety, up to 20% of Americans put off going to the dentist until it is absolutely necessary. Prior unpleasant experiences, an overly sensitive gag reflex, and fear of pain are all common reasons why people experience dental anxiety. Now, thanks to modern technology, dental anxiety can be a thing of the past. Your Stamford dentist is well-versed in techniques to make your dental appointment pleasant and relaxing, ranging from desensitization to IV sedation. Say goodbye to your anxiety and say hello to a healthy smile with help from your dentist! Check out our infographic to learn more about dental anxiety and how you can overcome it. Please share with your friends and family to help everyone have healthy teeth and bright smiles! 

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