Join us in congratulating Angie! She has accepted our Hygiene Coordinator position and we are very excited to have her running this highly detailed part of the practice. Angie will be calling you soon to keep your hygiene appointments up to date. She was our receptionist/patient coordinator and after success in that role, we promoted her to this new role. We are excited about this promotion!
Peter J. Strauss’s life as an attorney, speaker and single father of four children ages 1 to 10 leaves him little time for himself.
He catches a break in a place most people try to avoid: “I love going to the dentist,” says Mr. Strauss, of Hilton Head Island, S.C. “It’s 45 minutes when I know nobody is going to interrupt me. You can’t reach me and you can’t ask for anything,” says Mr. Strauss, author of a book on self-insurance for businesses. Although he has perfect teeth, he gets them cleaned three times a year instead of the usual two.
Busy working parents find respite in odd places. Cleaning the garage, washing dishes, mowing the lawn or commuting on gridlocked freeways all can serve as an undercover bid for a little adult time, parents say. Transforming drudgery to delight in this way requires abilities that any busy adult could use. Some people are born with these capacities, and others hone them through practice, researchers say. (courtesy of the Wall Street Journal)
Find out how a simple nearly invisible orthodontic system could give you a straight smile.
As an adult, you may think the ship has sailed on having a straight, beautiful smile but our South Charlotte, NC, dentists Dr. Richard Bateman, Dr. Joshua Neubauer and Dr. Emerald Powell are here to tell you that this is far from the truth. Thanks to Invisalign, it’s now easier than ever for teens and adults to get the smiles they want without having to wear metal braces in order to do it.
What is Invisalign?
By now, most people have heard of Invisalign; however, how much do you actually know about this treatment? Invisalign consists of a set of clear aligners (that look similar to whitening trays) that are custom-made to fit tightly over your teeth to provide ample force and pressure to move teeth into the ideal alignment.
How do Invisalign aligners work?
Each aligner is custom-made by an Invisalign lab based on specific movements that our South Charlotte, NC, general dentists map out based on images taken of your mouth. Thanks to this amazing software, we can map out exactly how each aligner will shift teeth, which teeth will need to shift and how far they will move with each new aligner. Aligners are worn for about two weeks at a time before being replaced with the next set. Over time, you’ll begin to see the changes to your smile.
What is life like with Invisalign?
Most people worry that the minute they get braces that everything will change. Luckily, Invisalign fits right into your lifestyle, making it simple to go about your normal routine but also working to get the smile you want.
Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can take them out prior to eating or brushing/flossing your teeth. Since you can remove your aligners you don’t have any food restrictions and you can continue to brush and floss normally without having to worry about cleaning around metal wires and brackets to remove food and plaque buildup.
Park Crossing Dentistry in South Charlotte, NC, is ready to help you take the next steps to achieving your dream smile. If you want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for Invisalign then it’s time to call us today to schedule your consultation.
February is National Children's Dental Health Month. Developing good oral hygiene habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits help children get a great start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
Brushing and Flossing
Dental hygiene should begin when your child is a baby. Start using a soft child-size toothbrush around the age of 1 or 2. Ideally, you should brush your child’s teeth using water at least twice a day. While your little one is still too young to spit out toothpaste, you can brush using a small amount of a toothpaste that does not contain fluoride. This type of toothpaste is safe for your child to swallow. Once they are old enough to spit out the toothpaste, you can switch to one that has fluoride.
Most children need help brushing their teeth until they are 7 or 8 years old. Around this time, they can begin using a larger toothbrush. Children should brush their teeth for 2 minutes. We recommend changing toothbrushes every 3 to 6 months. Flossing is also an important part of your child’s oral care routine. Encourage your child to floss at least once a day. To make it easier for them, you can buy floss that comes on a handle. At every patient visit, the dental hygienists at Park Crossing Dentistry provide oral hygiene instructions.
The Role of Fluoride
Fluoride is important to your child’s dental health. It is known to reduce cavities in both baby teeth and adult teeth. Fluoride also helps make teeth strong by hardening the tooth enamel. Most children get fluoride in their drinking water. Your South Charlotte dentist gives a fluoride treatment to children at each visit.
Children who eat a lot of sugary foods and drinks are at a higher risk for cavities. That is one reason why it is important to make healthy food choices. We discourage giving your children a lot of soda, fruit juice, or sweet snacks. Water is the preferred beverage. Chewing celery and other crunchy veggies help “scrub” teeth and are a good alternative to snacks containing sugar.
Make dental hygiene fun for your kids with these tips:
- Let them help pick which toothpaste to use. They can choose their favorite flavor.
- Let them help pick out their toothbrush. They will enjoy choosing a brush with their favorite character or color.
- Read fun books that talk about dental hygiene.
- While brushing, play their favorite song to make sure they brush for 2 minutes. The time will go by faster for them.
- A reward will encourage most children to brush, but don’t give them sugary treats.
- After visiting the dentist (every 6 months), plan an activity they love.
Many people don't know that their smiles might benefit from a simple dental bonding treatment. Find out how bonding can help your smile and learn just how easy it is to have your teeth repaired at Park Crossing Dentistry, a cosmetic dentistry office located in South Charlotte, NC.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is the process of adding dental material to the surfaces of the teeth to fill in gaps, cracks, and other imperfections that show when you smile. The material used is usually the same composite resin blend used to add tooth-colored fillings. Layers of the resin are added to the surfaces and hardened using a curing light. When used in combination with dental contouring and reshaping, bonding can give the teeth a much fuller and more attractive appearance.
How Bonding Can Help Your Smile
A bonding treatment with your South Charlotte, NC dentist can give your teeth a temporary improvement in appearance and durability. It is also very affordable compared to alternative cosmetic dentistry treatments. Dental bonding does not last as long as veneers or crowns, but they provide you with a reliable solution that will last several years.
An Easy, Fast Dental Appointment
Once you see how fast a dental bonding treatment is, you’ll wonder why you didn’t have it done a long time ago. In some cases a treatment will be completed in about 15-20 minutes—it depends on the number of teeth that need to be treated.
See if Bonding Is Right for You
A cosmetic dentist at Park Crossing Dentistry can let you know if bonding is right for you after a short consultation appointment. Schedule time with Dr. Richard Bateman, Dr. Joshua Neubauer, or Dr. Emerald Powell at their South Charlotte, NC cosmetic dentistry office.
This website includes materials that are protected by copyright, or other proprietary rights. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use, as defined in the copyright laws, requires the written permission of the copyright owners.