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Successful Veneers Rely on Good Communication

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A lot of skill, science, and artistry go into creating beautiful, natural, long lasting veneers. The combination between the dentist, patient, and ceramist is critical and valuable input from all three help to create a great looking result.

The Veneer Process

The dentist must have proper training and experience in handling numerous cosmetic challenges. The patient should have realistic expectations as to what he or she wishes for a final result and express those to the dentist. A highly experienced master technician or ceramist must listen to the goals of the doctor and patient in creating these beautiful restorations. 

All lines of communication between the dentist, patient, and ceramist are vital to ...

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When Definitions Change: Keeping Up with

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For decades, the definition of oral health was the absence of disease. But dentists have known for years how oral health impacts go far beyond a decayed tooth.

A New Definition of Oral Health

Recently, a new definition of oral health was adopted by the FDI World Dental Federation and hundreds of dental organizations, including the American Dental Association. It recognizes the overall impact that oral health has on your life, including your ability to smile, speak, taste, chew, and use facial expressions to convey emotion confidently and without discomfort, pain, or disease.

While this is a new definition of oral health, it simply supports what dentists in practice already know – ...

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7 Simple Tips to Ensure Your Mouth Is as Healthy as It Can Be!

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Use proper brushing techniques

Use the right technique - Start with your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and use circular motions. Then, hold the brush vertically using shorter strokes to clean the back of your front teeth. This is where we build up the most plaque and tater. Use a soft hand when brushing, gentle pressure.

Brush enough

Many people brush regularly, but not long enough. The ADA recommends brushing for at least two minutes, twice a day. If you need help timing your brushing sessions try listening to a favorite song, watching a short video on YouTube, or even using your phone to time it. (Most electric toothbrushes have ...

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Have Questions for Your Dentist? Ask Away!

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If you would like to enjoy excellent oral health, you need to be an active participant in your dental care. To do so, you need to ask questions so you can understand why we recommend a particular procedure and how it benefits your oral health.

We Want to Know What's on Your Mind

Often, a patient feels like they shouldn’t question their dentist’s recommendations. But Waterford Lakes dentist Dr. Gary Michaelson welcomes your questions so you can be fully informed about your treatment. When we work with you as a team, we can deliver results that address your concerns and help achieve your goal of a healthier smile.

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Getting a Cleaning? 4 Questions Worth Asking

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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

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“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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