Are there holistic cosmetic dentists?

I have a long shot kind of question. I’m one of those people that tends to not only wants to have her cake and eat it too, but I’d like some bling on the side.  I tend to favor holistic dentists, because I’m pretty careful what kind of substances I put in my body.  However, I want to have a smile makeover too.  All the holistic dentists I’ve seen so far are just your average family dentist who doesn’t do much cosmetic work.  Are there holistic cosmetic dentists?

Olivia W. – Minn.

Olivia,

There’s nothing wrong with cake and bling.  To answer you question, yes, there are holistic dentists that do cosmetic dentistry.  You’ll need to be aware that any general dentist can technically call themselves a cosmetic dentist, because there is no recognized specialty in cosmetic dentistry.

You want to make sure whomever you choose has some extensive training in cosmetic procedures. Otherwise, your bling won’t look nearly as good as you’d hope.

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Daughter hates her braces

My teenaged daughter hates her braces. She says they hurt. I looked at them, and the metal is cutting into her lip pretty badly.  Is it too late to switch to  invisalign?

Lisa A. – New Mexico

Lisa,

I have good news for you. If your daughter is a good candidate for Invisalign, then there is no reason why she couldn’t swtich.

You’ll want to ask yourself how responsible your daughter is before you make a decision. With braces, they’re stuck on your teeth day and night until your dentist takes them off. Invisalignt is patient compliant.  It will be up to your daughter to keep them in. She’ll be allowed to remove them for meals, but other than that, your daughter will really need to keep them in or the treatment will be ineffective.

You might consider invisalign teen.  They include a few extra aligners in the package in case your daughter looses one or two.

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Does a snoring device just mask sleep apnea symptoms?

I believe my husband has sleep apnea. He thinks the problem is just snoring. I’d like him to see a dentist to get treated. He thinks all he needs to do is get a noring device. I’m afraid that will just mask the problem.  What should he do?

Reina H. – New Mexico

Reina,

Honestly, either scenario could be right. For mild to moderate sleep apnea an anti-snoring device will be just fine.  But, if he has a more severe case of sleep apnea, then he’ll likely need a breathing machine.

Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition.  Getting treatment is important.He may be waking up regularly  because he’s not breathing. Some patients don’t even realize that it is happening.

This can lead to daytime sleepiness as well as many other, more serious, health conditions.

The sooner he gets treatment, the quicker his symptoms will fade, and you’ll both feel more rested. If he’s already got an appointment scheduled with the dentist soon, it’s probably ok for him to speak to the doctor about it then. However, if he’s booked more than a couple weeks out, it’s worth checking to see if he can be seen sooner.

This blog is brought to you by Newton, MA Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Steve Bader.