"Straightening Your Teeth With Invisalign!!!"

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Many adults, in the past, were very hesitant to, and even refused, to have their teeth straightened because they did not want to be seen with braces. Of course we all know that, typically, braces are introduced at a younger age. Now, however, many adults have the chance to have their teeth straightened without the unsightly braces, and can feel more confident about themselves while doing so.

Invisalign eliminates the metal brackets and wires that so many people dislike, especially because they are so noticeable. Instead, smooth, clear, custom aligners are used. There is no irritation to the gums and cheeks that is often found with braces. You even get to remove the aligners when you need to eat and brush your teeth - that is something one could only dream of when wearing braces! That is not even the icing on the cake. When you’re wearing Invisalign, no one will ever have to know that you are straightening your teeth!

Maintaining Invisalign is also so much easier than braces. There will be no need  to replace brackets that have fallen off and, also,  there is no need to tighten any wires. In fact, the aligners are replaced approximately every 2 weeks until results are achieved.
 
A major question that many people have when inquiring about Invisalign is the cost. Many will be surprised to know that the cost of the Invisalign treatment is usually comparable to that of traditional braces. Also, many insurance companies cover Invisalign just as they do the traditional braces. Many doctors also offer flexible payment plans to help their patients achieve their goals of having beautiful healthy smiles.

Your Overland Park Dentist is an Invisalign Preferred Dentist and we are here to answer all of your questions. Please feel free to drop in for a consultation where we will determine whether or not Invisalign will fit your needs, and whether or not you would be a good candidate for Invisalign.

 

 

"Restore Your Smile With Dental Implants!!"

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As children, many of us looked forward to losing those baby teeth, as that was a sign of us getting older and becoming big kids. As adults, the thought of losing a tooth is a dreaded one, and one that most of us hope will not happen for many, many years. However, it does happen, and when it does, it affects a person’s ability to eat, hence affecting their nutrition.  It also affects their appearance, speech, and overall self esteem. Fortunately, there are various options available for us to chose from to help restore those beautiful smiles. Here at Overland Park Smiles, one of the options we focus on is the use of dental implants.

In the past, dentures and fixed bridges were mainly use as the methods of tooth/teeth restoration. However, in the past 20 years, dental implants have quickly become choice for most people for the replacement of missing teeth. 

The dental implant is made from a titanium rod which is anchored in the jaw to support restorations that resemble a tooth to replace missing ones. As a result of the the implant being anchored in the jawbone, it helps maintain the integrity of the bone. Another important advantage of the dental implant over a fixed bridge is that the health of the surrounding teeth is not sacrificed.

Your Overland Park Dentist is committed to restoring those healthy beautiful smiles, giving you back your confidence and the ability to smile and eat. Our wonderful staff is here to put you at ease and answer all questions. Please feel free to drop in for a consultation on the best treatment for you.

Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea is a disorder in which a person has shallow breaths, or experiences one or more pauses in breathing while they are sleeping. These breathing pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds, to a few minutes, and can occur thirty times or more within an hour.  It is very disruptive to your sleep, as the shallow breathing or pauses will often cause you to move from a deep sleep to a lighter sleep. Actually, sleep apnea has found as the leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness.

This disorder is a common one, and often tend to go undiagnosed. It is not a condition that can be detected by a physician during one's routine doctor's visit. In fact, most people with sleep apnea, do not even know that they are affected! Usually, it is a family member, or bed partner who is the first to notice the signs.

If you suspect that yourself, or someone close to you may be suffering from sleep apnea, please call today for a consultation. Your Overland Park Dentist is a qualified sleep-disorder dentist, and will be able to help you in your management of your disorder. You may also take our Sleep Apnea Evaluation Quiz, found on our website to quickly determine the possible presence of the disorder. (While taking this quiz, and the results provided, does not substitute for a medical assessment or diagnostic procedure, it will serve as a useful guide to help focus future consultations.)

Brushing Your Teeth The Correct Way!

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This ia a wonderful video which explains the basics of proper brushing. While it is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day, it is equally important to brush it correctly.

For questions on your teeth brushing techniques please call you Overland Park Dentist.

CareCredit - Paying For The Smile Of Your Dreams!!

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The biggest hindrance to many people getting the dental care they need is the financial obligation involved. Many do not have insurance to cover most dental procedures and are faced with out of pocket expenses that are just too much for them.

CareCredit may be the answer to their problems. It is a personal line of credit to be used solely for healthcare services. CareCredit various monthly plans where the user will have a certain length of time to pay for their procedure. instead of having to come up with the full payment at the time of treatment.

However, CareCredit is not for everyone. It is a credit card, and is approval is based on past credit history from the  applicant(s). Many doctors offer CareCredit to their patients because they want to continue to offer the best care necessary. Your Overland Park Dentists offer CareCredit as one of their finance options as they are very sensitive to the fact that in today's changing economy, many people have differnet financial obligations and being inable to pay for treatment in full will deter many from getting the necessary care required.

Come or call us to discuss all financial options which may be available to you!!!!

Fighting Your Migraines With NTI-tss!!!

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Many people suffer from migraines brought on by teeth clenching while they sleep. Most of the times, people do not realise that they are grinding their teeth, and they wake up with severe headaches the following morning. The NTI-tss Dental Device was developed to help prevent these migraines, by stopping the grinding of the teeth. 

NTI-tss (NTI Tension Supression System) is a FDA-approved device that is worn over the two front teeth to prevent contact of the canines and molars. By creating this separation, the intensity of the night-time clenching is minimized and the chances of developing headaches and migraines are diminished.

NTI-tss is a very safe and effective method of treating headaches and migraines caused by teeth-clenching. There are no drugs involved, no surgery and no shots. There are also no side effects. 

Call your NTI Overland Dentist today and let us show you how the NTI-tss can help you!!

 

Healthy Foods for Healthy Gums!!

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Most of us know that brushing and flossing arean important part of the regime to promoting  and maintaining healthy gums and teeth. However, there are a lot of people who are unaware that there are certain foods that play an important part also. At Overland Park Smiles, we are dedicated to educating our patients about the foods that we eat and vitamins that they contain which are essential for the growth of healthy bones and teeth, and the maintenance of healthy gums. 

Vitamin A is necessary for the maintenance of the structure of the tissues found in the oral cavity. These tissues serve as protective barriers against the microorganisms that cause diseases. Vitamin A can be found in eggs, liver, salmon, cheese and beef. We can also get it from orange-colored vegetables, like carrots and pumpkins, and dark leafy vegetables, like spinach.

Vitamin C is another vitamin that is important in the promotion of healthy gums. Vitamin C helps prevent tissue damage, therefore keeping the gums from breaking down. Some of the foods that Vitamin C can be found in includeciturs fruits, strawberries, apples and mangoes. It can also be found in onions, broccoli and radishes.

Another imprtant vitamin is Vitamin D. This is extremely important in preventing the inflammation of gums, which we know can lead to bleeding gums, and eventually periodontal disease. While we can get Vitamin D from the sun, we can also get it from fortified milk, salmon and sardines.

Making sure that we have healthy gums goes a long way in promoting good overall health. Eating well to help maintain good oral health should bedone by all. If you have any questions about that foods that are helpful, please feel to contact you Overland Park Dentists for more information.

 

ViziLite Plus

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Oral cancer can be a devastating, and even deadly, disease. It can go unnoticed until it has progresses to the later stages. However, if it is caught early, oral cancer is one of the most curable diseases, if detected and diagnosed early. That is why the ViziLite Plus exam was developed. It uses technology that has been proven successful in identifying soft tissue abnormalities in other areas of the body. This is the leading oral cancer screening system which helps in the identification, evalutation and monitoring of abnormal oral lesions which may be suspicious of being precancerous, or cancer.

Overland Park Smiles is one of only two Certified  dental practices in tthe State of Kansas to offer ViziLite Plus technology for early detection of oral cancer. An annual Vizilite Plus exam, in combination with the regular visual examination, provides a comprehensive oral screening procedure for patients at increased risk for cancer. 

With ViziLite Plus, Drs. Willits and Woltkamp are better able to detect early stages of cancer. Please call,email or come into the office to schedule your appointment.

 

 

"Children's First Dental Visit"

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Many parents often wonder at what age should they first take their child to the dentist. Many are very surprised that pediatricians suggest that the first visit should be by the first birthday!! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that the first dental visit should be scheduled between the eruption of the first tooth, and the first birthday.

Since national studies are showing that cavities are increasing in pre-school children, it is important, now more than ever to start early preventive methods to avoid cavities. The developing teeth of infants are affected by pacifiers, teething, bottles, feeding methods, thumb sucking, gum cleansing, and also flouride levels in the mouth. That first visit is important not only for the child but as an education session for parents to be more effective in promoting good dental health for thier child.

During the first dental visit, the child's teeth, jaw and gums are examined. Parents are shown proper positioning for child to do a thorough cleaning, and cleansing procedures are demonstrated. The dentist would look for any potential problems and the overall oral growth and development of the child will be checked and assessed. Also, the child's medical history will be reviewed and any preventative measures necessary wil be discussed with parents.

It is a good idea to have dental visits scheduled before problems develop. That way, they can be kept short and that will help with the child becoming more relaxed in the dental environment.

 

Fillings, Root Canals and Crowns!!!!

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This video gives the basics of what to expect during the common procedures of fillings, crowns and root canals.