Just Like Natural Teeth (Naturally Perfect Teeth, That Is!)

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Hello friends and neighbors in the Maple Grove area! This post from Arbor Lakes Dental looks at porcelain veneers, which are a terrific, minimally-invasive answer for cracked, stained, or chipped teeth.

Porcelain veneers are custom-fitted glass-like porcelain shells that are permanently attached to the surface of the teeth that need correcting.

A veneer can transform a tooth’s color, shape, size, or length. The porcelain closely resembles authentic tooth enamel so you will look like you were born with a perfect smile. Our veneers are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth – naturally perfect teeth, that is.

Because we offer porcelain veneers that are customized and fitted perfectly to your teeth, you can correct multiple troubles at once with just one procedure.

Fix chips and cracks without compromising the healthy tooth structure.

When considering porcelain veneers, it’s essential that you have them done the right way by a trusted cosmetic dentist. When done the right way, porcelain veneers can stay strong and beautiful for many years.

Here at Arbor Lakes Dental, porcelain veneers are just one of our cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

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Peace Begins With A Smile

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Mother Theresa once said, “Peace begins with a smile.” Perhaps that peace should start with the person who is smiling. How do you feel about your smile? Are you at peace with it? Are you proud to flash a wide, happy grin? Do you believe it is beautiful? Let’s talk about your smile. If you think there is room for improvement, cosmetic dentistry from Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove can help.

Cosmetic dentistry is about making positive changes to the appearnace your teeth, while at the same time maintaining dental health. Even a small change to your smile’s appearance can have big results.

So, how do you feel about your smile? Teeth take a lot of wear and tear over the years, and maybe it isn’t what it used to be. There could be damage in the form of chips or cracks, or maybe the luster of your teeth has dimmed with the passage of time. You might even be missing a tooth. Cosmetic dentistry can address these issues.

Professional teeth whitening can restore the whiteness of your smile, and far surpasses anything you’ll find in the dental care aisle of the grocery store. Porcelain veneers can cover chips, cracks, and other imperfections. Dental bonding can also correct such flaws. A bridge or a dental implant can replace a missing tooth.

All of these cosmetic dentistry services are available at Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove, and they can restore your smile to its youthful beauty. We also offer family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

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What’s On Your Dental Wish List?

What Is On Your Dental Wish List?A cosmetic dentistry consultation is informative and enjoyable, and the first step in any smile makeover. As the patient, it’s your opportunity to describe goals and expectations. At Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove, we aim to fulfill your objectives.

This is the time to ask questions about possible procedures such as teeth whitening. You can look at before-and-after pictures of some of our patients to get an idea of what we can do. Our cosmetic dentistry patients really get excited when they see images of the possible results for their teeth.

By listening effectively and asking the right questions, we can fully assess the variables unique to your needs.

Before making any changes to your smile, we examine teeth, gums and biting function. Complete x-rays are taken. Existing dental work, tooth color, tooth alignment, and gum condition are taken into consideration. Medical history and lifestyle are also important considerations. Maple Grove cosmetic dentistry costs are outlined.

Taking the first step is your key to understanding your options and preparing to make decisions. Cosmetic dentistry from Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove can be transformative. We also offer family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

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Porcelain Veneers: 7 Fast Fixes

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This blog post from Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove focuses on porcelain veneers, which are used extensively in cosmetic dentistry.

Porcelain veneers are custom made to permanently cover the front part of one or more teeth. Wafer-thin, super-strong veneers can correct a variety of problems including:

  1. Chips
  2. Cracks
  3. Stains
  4. Teeth that are misshapen
  5. Teeth that are too short
  6. Teeth that are misaligned
  7. Gaps between teeth

To begin the veneer procedure, we will make a model of your teeth. The next step is for an expert dental lab tech to fabricate your custom veneers. In some veneer procedures, a small amount of the enamel from the face of the tooth has to be removed. Today’s veneer process leaves most of your healthy tooth structure.

Porcelain veneers are just one of the cosmetic dentistry procedures offered at Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove. Call us today to schedule a consultation.

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

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What You See And What You Don’t

If you have had restorations, orthodontia, or a complete smile transformation, you want people to notice the final outcome – your remarkable smile. There is a lot, however, that is going on behind the scenes. This post from Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove talks about a critical procedure that makes a huge difference in your smile, but is so subtle most people won’t be aware of it.

Clear Braces
Not everyone wants to flash a metal smile while their teeth are being straightened. In fact, we’ll guess that no one does. Clear braces from Invisalign keep your secret safe because they are nearly impossible to see them while they are being worn.

Clear braces are really known as aligners. They look a lot like an athlete’s mouth guard. People love them not only because they’re almost undetectable when you wear them. They also come out at meal time and when you brush your teeth.

For best results, you need to wear them at least twenty-two hours a day. But that’s a whole lot better than metal braces attached to your teeth 24/7/365.

Another great feature of Invisalign braces is how comfortable they are. In a survey of people who had gone through the treatment, more than half said they experienced only mild discomfort with them, and another thirty-five percent said they had no discomfort at all.

Invisalign braces are not, of course, totally invisible. But for all practical purposes, they are. People may not even notice them when they’re looking right at your from just a few feet away.

Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove is a provider of Invisalign clear braces, and a full range of cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

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Beautiful Teeth Without Breaking The Bank

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At Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove, our smile makeover patients believe that cosmetic dentistry is a valuable investment. Indeed, for most people, the value of a healthy, desirable smile cannot be measured in dollars. We recognize, however, that cosmetic dentistry is not cheap.

Do you have to spend thousands of dollars to beautify your smile? Actually, no. Today’s post focuses on the most affordable cosmetic dental procedures.

Dental Bonding
In many cases, dental bonding can be used to correct a tooth that has been chipped.

When we repair a tooth with dental bonding, a pliable resin material is applied to the tooth. We mold the material to create the desired shape. The resin is then hardened using a special light. After hardening, We perform any needed trimming and shaping followed by a final polishing.

Dental bonding is commonly less expensive than porcelain veneers or dental crowns.

Tooth Whitening
Most people are aware that there are several different tooth whitening procedures. We recommend scheduling a tooth whitening consultation to discuss your options. Even inexpensive OTC tooth bleaching systems can be misused and cause tooth sensitivity, damage to tooth enamel, and irregular coloration.

Regarding the cost of teeth whitening: if you opt for an at-home system from a drugstore, you may have to buy several packages to obtain even slight whitening. In-office whitening or a take home system from our office may be more economical in the long run.

At Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove, we provide cosmetic and family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

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Crowning Achievements In Dentistry

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This blog post from Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove MN looks at one of the miracles of modern dentistry: the dental restoration.

Let’s pretend you are a biomedical engineer working in the field of dentistry before the inception of dental restorations. The men and women of your generation who have missing or damaged teeth want to repair or replace them with a man-made substitute. You have been hired to find or create a material that can be used to manufacture fillings, crowns, and dental bridges.

Consider the physical and chemical requirements of this incredible material. It must survive forces of 162 pounds per square inch (PSI), hundreds of times a day – day after day, year after year. It must be resistant to cracking and chipping. But there’s a catch regarding its durability; it must not damage the enamel on opposing teeth. This material must also maintain its size and shape and be resistant to shrinking.

It must be bondable to living tooth structure as well as other materials required for specific appliances. It must be biocompatible with the soft tissues in the mouth as well as tooth enamel, dentin, and bone. It can’t trigger allergic reactions in the wearers. It must be corrosion-resistant to the chemicals in saliva, foods, and beverages. It must resist infection regardless of ever-present bacteria in the mouth. And it can’t contain toxic chemicals that could be absorbed into the bloodstream.

And we haven’t even touched on the cosmetic properties yet. Ideally, this material would look identical to actual teeth in color, opacity, and translucence.

Of course, we know that such a  thing exists, because dental restorations have been around for a long time. At this time, there are several materials used alone or in combination including porcelain, ceramic, and metals such as gold and silver amalgam. Though the metals are very strong and malleable, they don’t meet some patient’s esthetic requirements and are used mainly for back teeth.

Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove MN offers a wide range of services, including family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

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Want A Reason To Smile All The Time?

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Don’t like your teeth? With cosmetic dentistry from Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove, we can do something about that. We invite you to consider a smile makeover.

There are some good reasons for having one:

1. Look and feel younger.
2. Improve your oral health.
3. Increase your confidence.
4. Smile all the time!

If you are not familiar with the latest dental procedures, you might not realize what cosmetic and restorative dentistry can achieve. A total cosmetic dental smile makeover involves a combination of cosmetic dental procedures which may include dental crowns, porcelain veneers, dental bonding, tooth implants, inlays and onlays, gum contouring, teeth whitening and, in some cases, orthodontia.

At Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove, we provide family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

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Suspect A Bite Problem?

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The topic of this post is malocclusion – literally, bad bite. Some cases of malocclusion can be treated with clear braces, provided by Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove.

Edward Angle, a pioneer in modern orthodontics, coined the term malocclusion. Malocclusion is fairly common in the population as a whole but, fortunately, in most cases the misalignment is so slight that it causes no problems.

When you combine multiple teeth on two arches and a jaw joint with a considerable range of motion, it is easy to see how these elements can fail to align properly. In fact, it is a wonder that they work correctly for most people – allowing them to talk, eat, and breathe without giving it a second thought.

There are many causes of malocclusion – some originating with the teeth and some originating with the jaw. Misshapen teeth, extracted teeth, impacted teeth, crowded teeth, and widely spaced teeth can affect the bite. Injury to the jaw can also cause malocclusion as well as improperly fitting restorations and other dental appliances.

Children with a normal bite can develop bite problems with prolonged pacifier use, thumb sucking or bottle drinking. In rarer cases, oral tumors can move a bite out of alignment.

The treatment for malocclusion depends on the cause. Orthodontics can move teeth into alignment to correct bite problems.

Overcrowding often requires extraction of one or more teeth. Misshapen teeth that affect the bite can often be corrected with crowns or dental bonding.

If the jawbone is significantly misshapen or misaligned, maxillofacial surgery may be necessary. Jaw surgery is a serious undertaking with significant risks and a long, painful recovery. While the jaw heals, it is secured with wires and screws. Ouch!

If your jaw hurts or you see unusual wear to your teeth, it is important that you are examined by a professional. Call us to schedule an appointment.

Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove provides a wide range of dental services, from clear braces to family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

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Danger Zone! 5 Signs Of Gum Disease

dental payment plans ChamplinHere is some essential news for anyone who cares about their dental health: periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a main cause of tooth loss among adults. There is also evidence that it is linked to heart disease. At Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove, this problem is easy to treat if it is discovered in the early stages.

What warning signs should you be looking for?

  1. Gums that bleed often
  2. Gums that appear tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
  3. Your bite changes or your teeth suddenly don’t seem to fit together
  4. Gums that are loosening from the teeth
  5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath

We hope you are not experiencing any of these symptoms. If you are not removing plaque between your teeth, however, your gums are at risk. Brushing alone is not sufficient—make sure you floss daily.

Regular check-ups are another essential weapon in the fight against gum disease. At Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove we offer OralDNA, a fast and pain-free test for the early detection of gum disease. We also offer family dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today!

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

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