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Getting a Cleaning? 4 Questions Worth Asking

Woman Getting Dental Exam | Dental Cleanings in Orlando FL

Professional dental cleanings at our Alafaya, FL dental office are essential if you want to maintain a healthy smile. However, these routine appointments are also an excellent opportunity to check in with your hygienist to see how you’re doing and to ask questions. 

Here’s a list of questions you should ask, but you probably have your own as well. Don’t ever hesitate to let us know what’s on your mind - your hygienist is there to help you enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile.

Questions to Ask

  1. Am I brushing properly? If you have committed to practicing proper oral hygiene, be sure you don't waste your efforts. Even though you have brushed your ...

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No Prep Veneers

Veneers Before & Afters | Orlando FL Dentist

“No prep veneers” or “minimal prep veneers” are just as the name refers- a veneer fabricated without any or little alteration to the tooth structure.  This ultra-conservative solution can be used to close spaces, change the shape and color, lengthen the edges, and even out alignment. While Dr. Michaelson has always been conservative with altering tooth structure the materials available today can be made thinner and are just as durable as the thicker version of the past.

The No-Prep Veneer Process

“No prep veneers” are custom crafted in a dental lab just like traditional veneers and are bonded to the front facings of the teeth.  Since little to no tooth alteration has ...

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Periodontitis and a Link to Chronic Kidney Disease

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Orlando, FL dentist Dr. Gary Michaelson stays current with research and advances in dentistry to provide you with information that benefits your overall health and wellness. One important area that’s receiving a lot of attention lately is the connection between oral health and the health of your bodily systems.

Gum Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease

We now know that the presence of chronic inflammation from gum disease leads to an increased risk for heart disease, respiratory disease, cancer, stroke, pregnancy complications, and diabetes.

But a recent study conducted by Case Western Reserve University and published in the Journal of Periodontology set out to observe the long-term effects of gum disease and chronic kidney ...

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Caring for Veneers

Example of Veneers | Dentist in Orlando FL

Veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic options when it comes to restoring your teeth. They can correct shape, color, size, and alignment of teeth. One important factor about veneers is that once bonded to your natural teeth they are very strong. Veneers are cared for just like natural teeth. Flossing and brushing twice daily will ensure their longevity, as will having your routine check-ups and cleanings at our office.

Common Sense:

Chewing on hard plastic or ice can damage or chip your natural teeth and the same can happen to veneers. Avoiding things like hard candy will also increase the lifetime of your veneers.

Maintaining Regular Hygiene Checkups:

Veneers can collect plaque ...

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Summer’s Almost Here - Does Your Child Need a Custom Athletic Mouth Guard?

Kids with a Dog | Kid's Dentist in Orlando

Of course, you want your child’s teeth to be protected during sports activities, but is a custom athletic guard really necessary?

Orlando, FL dentist Dr. Gary Michaelson understand that it can be tempting to purchase your child’s mouth at your sporting goods story. You are there picking up other equipment anyway, can’t you just grab one off the shelf?

The answer is no, and the reason is that all athletic guards are not created equal.

Types of Athletic Guards

There are three types of sports guards – stock, boil and bite, and custom.

  • Stock – These one-size-fits-all guards are the least expensive and are readily available just about anywhere. Protection with stock guards is minimal ...

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Benefits of digital x-rays

Digital X-Rays | Orlando Dentist

Are dental x-rays harmful?

First, let’s discuss why x-rays are needed at your dental visit. X-rays are a tool used to help Dr. Michaelson detect disease and damage that is not easily seen during a visual exam. As a new patient to the practice, we will first start with a series of x-rays that is referred to as an FMX (full mouth x-rays). This includes 18 individual pictures, to view between the teeth and roots of the teeth. This series gives us a baseline to identify decay or disease in the bone and teeth. We also use this series to help identify changes that can occur later.

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Are you an adult? Are orthodontics in your future?

Adult Orthodontics | Alafaya Dentist

For most adults, orthodontic treatment is either something you did when you were a child or you didn’t do it at all. It’s understandable, because what adult has two years to take out of their lives to deal with wearing braces?

So what do you do if you are an adult and you just hate looking at your crooked teeth? Don’t despair! At our Alafaya, FL dental office, we offer adult orthodontics that fit your lifestyle and work quickly and comfortably.

Your Options

We offer several adult orthodontic options because everyone has different needs and goals for their smile. Invisalign is likely the best known because it is unlike other treatments that ...

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