Restoring Your Confidence With Lumineers, the Cerinate Veneers!!

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Dental veneers are used as a form of cosmetic dentistry to correct tooth enamel that is worn, discolored, chipped or cracked, or uneven tooth spacing. While creating beautiful, bright smiles, they also protect the surface of the already damaged teeth which may eliminate the need for further treatments.


Veneers are made with different materials, including composite resin and porcelain. Porcelain veneers has been known to be used for the more serious cases of damaged teeth. Lumineers  is one type of veneers used today. It is made from a patented Cerinate porcelain and has been proven to last up to 16-20 years. The dentist here at Overland Park Smiles is a certified Lumineers dentist in Overland Park and they have the ability to give anyone that beautiful smile.

Lumineers  can be made as thin as a contact lens and are very safe for sensitive patients since there is no drilling and no removal of the tooth structure - there is no pain involved!!

So, come on in and schedule a consultation with Overland Park Smiles, and let us show you how we can improve your smile with Lumineers, the Cerinate Veneers!!

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.)

Save Your Child's Teeth With A Custom Mouthguard

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Injuries to the mouth and face are the number-one sports trauma, and a dental injury is not only painful and costly; it's also permanent. Fortunately, many mouth injuries can be prevented by wearing an athletic mouth protector—also called a mouthguard.

A mouthguard is a soft plastic appliance that fits over the teeth. When a properly designed mouthguard is worn, the lips, cheek, tongue and jaws are protected, as well as the teeth. The American Dental Association estimates that mouthguards prevent 200,000 injuries each year in high-school and college sports alone. Most people are aware that sports mouthguards are mandatory for participation in high-contact sports such as football, boxing and hockey. But what many people don't realize is that the majority of mouth injuries occur in children between the ages of 7 and 14, often while participating in commonplace activities like skateboarding, rollerblading or bike riding! Mouthguards should be worn during all activities where there is a risk of falling or head contact, either with another player or a piece of equipment. The Academy for Sports Dentistry has identified 35 activities and sports in which mouthguards should be worn to prevent orofacial injury, including baseball, soccer, basketball, martial arts, skiing, volleyball and gymnastics.

The most common mouth injuries are broken or lost teeth, but a blow to the mouth or jaw can also cause:

jaw fractures
concussions and cerebral hemorrhage
head and neck injuries
problems with the jaw joint
jaw dislocations


Choosing a mouthguard
There are three types of mouthguards available:
- ready-made stock mouthguards
- boil-and-bite mouthguards
- custom-made mouthguards

Stock mouthguards are used right off the shelf. No modifications are made to enhance or customize the fit, so they offer very little, if any, protection. They also tend to feel loose, bulky and uncomfortable, and interfere with breathing and speaking, so it's likely they'll just be left in the gym bag.

Boil-and-bite mouthguards fit somewhat better, because after they are purchased, their fit is enhanced somewhat by softening them in boiling water, then shaping them around teeth and allowing them to harden. However, this type of mouthguard also hampers speech and breathing, because the fit is not optimal. Furthermore, they aren't thick enough to provide adequate protection, and they become brittle after awhile so they need to be replaced relatively frequently.

Custom-made mouthguards are by far the best choice. For about the cost of a good pair of athletic shoes, custom mouthguards offer:
- sufficient thickness in critical areas, so protection is maximized
- the best possible fit and retention
- greater durability, which means less frequent replacement
Custom mouthguards are created specifically for you by professional technicians, using a material that is resilient, odorless and tasteless. To fabricate a custom-made mouthguard, on the first appointment, impressions of your teeth are made. From these impressions, models of your teeth are created. The mouthguard is fabricated on these models to ensure that the fit is precise. Then, on your next appointment, your mouthguard is tried in and adjusted as necessary to make sure protection and comfort are optimized.

While any mouthguard is better than none at all, a custom mouthguard is far more comfortable, so it's less likely to be left lying in the locker or the gym bag. They are also much more effective in preventing injuries, since they conform precisely to an individual's teeth. A custom mouthguard costs a bit more than off-the-shelf varieties, but their precise fit, comfort and excellent quality make them well worth the additional cost.

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!!


Spring Into A New Smile!!!!!!

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Spring is the season of new life, and it is time to bring "new life" to your smiles as well.  Your Overland Park Dentists,  Drs. Willits and Woltkamp, are among the top five percent general practice dentists in the four counties that make up the Kansas City area. and are dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care to their patients. 

Here at Overland Park Smiles, we are committed to providing the necessary services and cosmetic dentistry to help restore and maintain your healthy smiles.These include, among others:

 - Teeth Whitening

 - Veneers / Lumineers

 - Invisalign

 - Dental Implants

 - Metal-free Crowns 

Call the office today to make your appointment today. We will be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have.

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.