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Correcting Misconceptions about Dental Implants

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If your natural smile has been compromised due to decay or other damage, having dental implants placed can be an excellent alternative.

Although millions of dental patients across the country turn to implants to help correct aspects of their smiles, many misconceptions about dental implants still exist.

Below, Dr. Matthews discusses several common misconceptions about dental implants:

Implants Look Bulky, Ugly, or Otherwise Fake

Because the purpose of dental implants is to take the place of natural teeth, one concern from patients we commonly hear is that they do not want their dental implants to be obviously fake. Contrary to this common concern, dental implants are made with high-quality, tooth-colored porcelain, which means even ...

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What Makes Six Month Smiles Different from Regular Metal Braces?

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If you are in the market for a straighter, more beautiful smile, you have multiple orthodontic treatment options available to you. Dr. Matthews and his team offer several choices to cosmetically improve your smile right here in our Wilmington, DE office — without the need to treat separately with an outside orthodontist.

One treatment option we offer our patients is the Six Month Smiles Program. Six Month Smiles differs from traditional metal braces in several ways:

Length of Treatment: As the name implies, Six Month Smiles provides patients with a straighter smile in an average of six months. The length of treatment for Six Month Smiles wearers typically falls within the four ...

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3 Reasons to Get Invisalign (and 1 Reason Not To)

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Every year, Dr. Bruce Matthews and the rest of our caring treatment team help dozens of patients just like you learn to feel more confident in their smiles with our Wilmington, DE Invisalign treatments.

With removable and transparent trays, Invisalign is an excellent option if you want to straighten your teeth without having to follow the typical “rules” of regular metal braces. Invisalign may not be right for everyone, however. Read below to discover three reasons you should consider getting Invisalign — and one reason it may not be the best choice for you.

A More Flexible Diet

While wearing traditional metal braces, you must be cautious about what you eat. Sticky, gooey, ...

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Three Benefits of Invisalign You Might Not Have Thought About

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In our Wilmington, DE office, Invisalign is a popular orthodontic choice for many of our patients. While it’s true that people often prefer Invisalign aligners due to their subtle, nearly invisible appearance, the benefits go far beyond the color of the dental trays.

Read on to discover three additional benefits of Invisalign you may not have previously considered:

Invisalign Does Not Stain Your Teeth  

Most patients know that Invisalign aligners help disguise the presence of orthodontic hardware due to the clear plastic used. But have you ever considered the additional ways in which Invisalign helps keep your pearly whites white?

When traditional braces are placed, discoloration or staining can often occur around ...

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Will Invisalign Treatment be Shorter Than Braces and 6 Other Common Questions

One of the great things about getting your teeth straightened with Invisalign is that treatment is generally shorter than it is with traditional orthodontics. Most people who visit our Wilmington, DE practice for Invisalign treatment find that they have reached their smile goal in a matter of months. Of course, each patient is different, but on average, we find that patients spend anywhere from six to 19 months undergoing Invisalign treatment. This is quite a bit faster than with traditional braces!

How does Invisalign treatment work?

Invisalign works with a series of clear plastic aligners that fit over your teeth. Every couple of weeks, you will swap out the old set of ...

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Restorative Dentistry: You've Heard Us Say It, But What Does It Mean?

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Restorative dentistry is the area of dentistry that involves diagnosing, preventing, and treating oral diseases. There are nine recognized dental specialties, and restorative dentistry encompasses three of them - endodontics, periodontics, and prosthodontics.

What this means to you is that a restorative dentist is a professional you can turn to who can repair decayed, chipped, cracked, discolored or even missing teeth caused by disease, wear, or trauma. Restorative care includes treatment for teeth affected by any of these problems. 

Treatments for these conditions are designed to restore the form, function, and appearance of your smile and include:

  • Tooth-colored filling
  • Dental crowns and bridges
  • Dental implants
  • Full or partial removable dentures
  • Implant-retained dentures
  • Inlays and onlays

Esthetic Dental Restorations

If you ...

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What Does Each Tooth Do? A Guide to Understanding the Role Each Plays

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Your teeth are designed to function together, enabling you to eat comfortably and speak clearly. If one of your teeth is missing or damaged, you will find yourself shifting foods around in your mouth to find a comfortable way to eat. When you do this, you are essentially asking other teeth to perform jobs that they aren't meant to do.

Four Different Types of Teeth

When you understand the role each tooth plays, you can easily see how the loss of function can impact your day-to-day life. 

  • Incisors are the thin straight teeth that are most obvious when you smile. There are four on the top, and four on the bottom, and they ...

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