Is Your Smile Holding You Back? Cosmetic Dentistry in Maple Grove

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Have you ever taken an unplanned trip to the corner store looking completely unkempt in a rush to purchase an emergency item? You’ll inevitably bump into someone you know, looking your worst.

Our outward appearance impacts the way we feel inside. In professional situations, don’t you feel more poised when you are wearing flattering, pulled-together business clothes? Aren’t you more likely to vocalize your opinion when you are comfortable in your own skin?

Did you know what features people notice first? Your face. Specifically, your smile and eyes. Multiple studies have shown that sensational teeth and eyes immediately capture attention. Now, it’s difficult to change your eyes unless you get colored contacts. But sensational smiles are within reach with cosmetic dentistry.

At Arbor Lakes Dental, we can turn unattractive smiles into stunning first-impressions using a variety of technologically-advanced cosmetic dental procedures. Professional teeth whitening can whiten your smile in ways far surpassing any over-the-counter whitening products. Porcelain veneers can hide chips, cracks, and other imperfections in your smile.

If you are not happy with your smile, you may not be aware of the affect it has had on your confidence and self-image. Don’t hide behind an unattractive smile any longer. Call Arbor Lakes Dental to find out what cosmetic dentistry can do for you. See what some of our satisfied patients have to say!

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

763-515-1171

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

Beautiful Smile! Teeth Whitening in Maple Grove

As the years go by, our teeth naturally lose their youthful luster. Dark colored foods and drinks speed up the process, but even people who avoid coffee, wine and cola are not immune to yellow or gray teeth. Want to brighten up your smile? Teeth whitening at Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove is one of the quickest and most effective ways to recapture a beautiful smile.

Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?
Though some people experience a little short-term sensitivity, most have no pain at all.

There are several different methods for whitening teeth, but each uses a solution containing peroxide to remove the stains that have accumulated in the microscopic cracks in your tooth enamel.

DIY Whitening Products
The strips, mouthwashes and paint-on whiteners you find at the store use a lower concentration of whitening agent than in-office methods. They rarely remove all of the stains on your enamel. You are always better off having teeth whitening performed by a professional. This will protect your existing restorations and ensure the best possible results.

Don’t assume that tooth whitening offered at mall kiosks is risk-free. That industry is largely unregulated, and the staff often have little dental training.

At Arbor Lakes Dental, we offer our patients the Zoom! whitening system. Zoom! is a light-activated process that deep-cleans debris from tooth enamel and leaves you with a youthful whiteness you’ll never be able to get from products at the grocery store.

In addition to professional teeth whitening, Arbor  Lakes Dental in Maple Grove offers cosmetic dentistry services like porcelain veneers. We also provide family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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

763-515-1171

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

Love Your Smile! Teeth Whitening in Maple Grove

Love Your Smile in Maple Grove There is nothing like bright white teeth that light up a person’s whole face when they smile and laugh. At Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove, we believe that no one has to settle for dull, yellow teeth.

This is a great time for Minneapolis men, women and teens to get a deep teeth cleaning and tooth whitening. With a deep cleaning followed by teeth bleaching, your teeth will feel as good as they look.

If you have an important upcoming event such as a wedding, party or formal family portrait sitting, a smile makeover will give you extra confidence as you pose for photos (even close-ups).

You have probably seen the porcelain tabs in graduated shades that Maple Grove dentists use to determine appropriate, yet natural looking, shades for tooth restorations. Osseo teeth bleaching can whiten teeth beyond their natural shade. Many Maple Grove cosmetic dentistry practices don’t use a conventional shade chart for whitening patients anymore.

There are now shade guides with levels significantly whiter than the guides used in the past. Tooth whitening is not a gimmick; it is safe and incredibly effective. Minneapolis tooth bleaching patients can maintain a white shade that equals the brightness of the ‘tooth’ models you see in dental marketing.

Teeth whitening following twice-yearly cleanings is usually the most affordable cosmetic dentistry procedure. It is comparable to the cost of a professional hair weaving and cut, but when you consider the transformation – there is no comparison! Call us at Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove to schedule an appointment today.

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

763-515-1171

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

Get On Top Of Your To-Do List: Dental Health in Maple Grove

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Call it Spring Cleaning, or a Hard Reset. If you’ve been putting off your dental checkup and cleaning, it’s time to pick up the phone and call Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove. We’ll help you stay on top of your dental health.

Seeing us every six months is a good rule of thumb. But it’s easy to put it off, and put it off, until – well, until too much time has gone by.

We encourage all of our patients to maintain a brushing-and-flossing regimen at home. Even if you do, though, it’s still important to have a cleaning and checkup twice a year. We can look for problems that you may not be aware of, because dental issues don’t always become visible of painful to the patient until they’re in advanced stages. And treatment is always better during the early stages, no matter the issue.

If you’ve been pushing your six month checkup to the back burner, maybe it’s time to just get it out of the way. Give Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove a call to set up an appointment. We provide family and restorative dentistry, as well as cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening.

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

763-515-1171

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

You, Only Better: Cosmetic Dentistry in Maple Grove

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If you’re looking for the brightest, whitest smile possible but want to be sure any dental work looks natural, Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove can show you how to achieve it with cosmetic dentistry.

At Arbor Lakes Dental, we use effective, cost sensitive, cutting-edge methods and tools as we create the best smile for each individual.

Many professionals and public figures are taking advantage of modern cosmetic dentistry to improve their appearance and enhance their natural attractiveness. Perhaps you have noticed how men and women in the media have smiles that seem extremely bright and beautiful.

Some of these people may be blessed with naturally beautiful teeth. But others have probably used procedures that are available to you, too. They include teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and clear braces. Whether you’re in your fifties, sixties, seventies or beyond, these can give you that smile you’ve always wanted.

Arbor Lakes Dental has been offering cosmetic and family dentistry in Maple Grove since 1992. Call for an appointment today.

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

763-515-1171

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

Missing Teeth? Dental Implants Restore Maple Grove Smiles

Missing Teeth In Maple Grove? Dentures And Implants Restore Smiles

If you have had years of dental problems or are embarrassed by a missing tooth, our team at Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove can help. You may be a candidate for dental implants.

A dental implant is a permanent tooth restoration that is anchored into the jawbone. An implant is a titanium post that replaces the root of the missing tooth. An artificial tooth, known as a restoration, is fitted on top of the implant.

Dental implants have many advantages over options like a bridge. Implants prevent jaw bone recession, which can occur when natural teeth are removed.

In patients missing most or all of their natural teeth, dental implants can also be used to anchor a removable denture. The denture is attached to the implants for no-slip confidence.

Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health, improving your ability to eat and speak. If you are embarrassed to smile or laugh, it’s time to bring back your beautiful smile!

In addition to dental implants, Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove provides family and cosmetic dentistry. Call today for an appointment.

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

763-515-1171

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

Great Smiles! Cosmetic Dentistry in Maple Grove

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You may not be able to list all the elements of a great smile – but you know one when you see it. Great smiles are one of the ways we humans express the best of emotions. With cosmetic dentistry at Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove, we help our patients achieve great smiles.

You may be surprised at how many components there are to consider when planning for a smile makeover. Here are a few of the most obvious ones:

  • Tooth Color: shade, brightness, uniformity
  • Tooth alignment: straight or crooked?
  • Tooth size and proportions: are some teeth much larger or smaller than the rest?
  • Tooth spacing: is there crowding or big gaps between teeth?
  • Gumline margins: how much gum shows when you smile?

Here are some less-obvious, but equally vital elements:

  • The amount of teeth that show when the mouth is at rest
  • The relationship of the smile line and the lip line
  • Zenith points: the highest point of the gumline in relation to the center of the tooth
  • Midline placement: the smile should be centered in the middle of the lips, mouth, and face
  • Mesial inclination: the tops of the teeth should angle slightly away from the midline

If crucial design principles are not adhered to, the smile may look “off,” or the function of the teeth and jaw could be adversely affected. Do not choose a cosmetic dentist by cost alone!

If you are thinking about a smile redesign call Arbor Lakes Dental to schedule an informative consultation. In addition to cosmetic dentistry, we provide teeth whitening, Invisalign clear braces, and family dentistry.

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

763-515-1171

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

Signs of Gum Disease in Maple Grove

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Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are important for good dental health. However, some of our Maple Grove dental patients worry because their gums tend to bleed after a thorough cleaning. Is it a sign of gum disease?

If your gums bleed for a day or two after your cleaning, it isn’t really a problem. But,if the bleeding and tenderness lasts longer, you really need to return to your dentist to see if something might be going on.

Gum disease occurs when plaque builds up along the gum line. You might also experience bad breath, painful chewing, and loose teeth. The mildest form of gum disease is called gingivitis. If it isn’t treated promptly, it can develop into periodontitis, which is even more serious. Both have been shown to raise the risk of diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer. If you have any concerns at all about possible gum disease, call us at Arbor Lakes Dental right away.

Avoiding gum disease is just one of the many vital goals we have for our Maple Grove patients. Taking proper care of your teeth is one of the most important preventative steps you can take.

Along with ideal dental health, we also seek to give our patients the beautiful smiles they desire through cosmetic dentistry. Our top services here at Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS include:

cosmetic dentistry
porcelain veneers
teeth whitening

Our patients appreciate our comfortable office and fun staff. If you are looking for a local dentist with competence in preventative, general, and cosmetic dentistry, we invite you to schedule an informative consultation.

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

763-515-1171

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

Does Your Teen Have Unique Dental Challenges?


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Let’s face it, parents. Some teens don’t always practice healthy dental hygiene or eating habits. They may not be happy or comfortable with their adult teeth, leading you both to consider braces. At Arbor Lakes Dental, we want to keep your teen’s smile healthy for life. In addition to scheduling regular dental checkups and orthodontic consultations, it’s wise to make sure they’re also practicing health eating habits. Here are a few issues to look out for:

Eating disorders

Eating disorders affect everyone, but generally this behavior begins in adolescence. Eating disorders such as  bulimia can cause enamel erosion, decay, and even complete tooth loss. We strongly advise you to talk to your child immediately and provide appropriate medical care and counseling.

The importance of diet cannot be overstated. Many teenagers decrease their calcium intake–a danger to tooth and bone health–in favor of sodas and energy drinks. Make sure they’re drinking milk or taking calcium supplements, if necessary. Our experienced staff can help you spot these problems, so don’t hesitate to give us a call at 763-515-1171 if you have any questions.

Tobacco use, as well as the abuse of some illegal drugs, carries an increased risk of tooth decay and oral cancer. Oral piercings can be extremely detrimental. The health risks include tooth and gum damage, infection, allergic reactions, nerve damage, and excessive swelling that can block airways.

Teens who are undergoing orthodontic treatment often have a difficult time properly cleaning their teeth. It is a challenge to fit toothbrush bristles and floss under dental hardware. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help teens with braces adequately clean their teeth and gums.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following  guidelines for adolescent oral health:

Teens should drink fluoridated water.
Fluoride supplementation is recommended for high risk teens that don’t have access to fluoridated water (up to age 16).
Teens should use fluoridated toothpaste twice a day.
Teens should floss daily.1

Your teenager should come in for twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings. Call us at 763-515-1171 to schedule an appointment. We’re dedicated to oral health for patients of all ages.

 

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental: 763-515-1171


Arbor Lakes Dental
12000 Elm Creek Blvd, Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota 55369

 

1“Protecting All Children’s Teeth, Oral Health in Adolescence,” http://www2.aap.org/oralhealth/pact/, accessed September 17,  2014

Those Baby Teeth Are A Big Deal

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Today’s Maple Grove Children’s Dental Blog focuses on the issue of caring for baby teeth. Why would you take care of something that’s just going to fall out and be given to the tooth fairy? It’s a good question and it has a even better answer.

Parents shouldn’t feel like they are wasting their time because baby teeth are more important than many people might think. Baby teeth are needed to keep the proper amount of space available for the permanent teeth that will come in later.

Baby teeth are also invaluable in the development of clear speech. This is especially important for parents who are dying to know what their child means when they point to something repeatedly and say ‘scklash’ or ‘grag-grag’.

Having healthy baby teeth will also help your child develop a healthy diet because difficulty chewing can lead to the rejection of many different foods.

And, finally, tooth decay and infection can be passed down from baby teeth to permanent teeth as they develop below them. That’s not what you want for the teeth that kids are going to have for the rest of their lives. You may be setting them up to need cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers and dental implants.

Hi. I’m Dr. Jamie Sledd, an experienced, kid-friendly Maple Grove dentist.
I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover or teeth whitening, give us a call at 763-515-1171.

At Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS we offer:

cosmetic dentistry
dental bridges
gum disease
porcelain veneers

Thanks for reading. Contact us today for all your dental needs!

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-health-your-childs-teeth, accessed on February 12, 2013

 

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS: 763-515-1171

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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