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Foods That Should Be Avoided With Veneers


Big Dental Smile specializes in veneers. One question that I get from every patient is, “What foods should be avoided with veneers?” Permanent veneers are made out of fine porcelain material that is strong, durable, and stain-resistant. That means that this list of foods to avoid is going to be pretty short. So when I say the word “avoid” I mean it in a very loose term. A more effective title for this blog might be “Foods That You Should Be Careful With and Maybe Kinda Take a Break From When You First Get Your Veneers”. But considering the fact … Continue reading

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Invisalign

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Invisalign has become a household name and has worked up a reputation as the leading alternative to braces. You’ll recognize it as the clear, plastic retainer that somehow magically straightens your teeth without any metal hardware. But one of the things you didn’t know about Invisalign is that its popularity derives from many sources. So brace yourselves because I’m about to clue you in on  5 amazing, incredible, and downright interesting facts that you didn’t know about Invisalign. RELATED: How Does Invisalign Work? Process Explained by Dr. Siegel 5. It Can Improve Your Health I’m not going to bore you … Continue reading

How Do You Treat Gum Recession?

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There are several routes you can take to treat your gum recession. But before we get into those, it’s important to know what causes receding gums and how you can ultimately prevent it from happening. The first signs of gum recession will be subtle. You won’t just have a more exposed tooth overnight. It can start with things as simple as swollen bleeding gums, bad breath or loose teeth. It’s even possible to no symptoms. You might start to feel tenderness on your gum and may even begin to see some redness. Don’t wait until the last minute to treat … Continue reading

How To Keep Your Teeth Healthy During the Holidays

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We are in full-force holiday season, which means you need to be thinking about how to maintain beautiful and healthy teeth! Okay… I know that your dental regime is the last thing on your mind this time of year. Between holiday shopping, cooking, and family members coming into town, who has time to visit the dentist? Our glutenous inhibition gets the better of us during the holiday season, which also means you’ll be putting your teeth against the brunt of more sugary and acidic treats than usual. This is exactly why you need to make sure you work on that … Continue reading

Teeth Whitening Tips for Coffee Lovers

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Listen, I understand the obsession for coffee. It wakes you up in the morning, gives you that extra pep in your step, and it just tastes good. Unfortunately, one of the side effects of this glorious beverage is that it can stain your teeth and give you a nasty yellow layer that just doesn’t look pretty. That is why I am very proactive with my teeth whitening services. I’m not saying that teeth whitening for coffee drinkers are necessary, but it’s definitely something to consider if you are a two-to-three cups of day kind of coffee drinker. The obsession will … Continue reading

Will Invisalign Improve My Jawline?


Many of my patients are eager to try Invisalign as a subtle way to straighten their teeth. But one other question I get asked a lot is, “Will Invisalign improve my jawline?” Invisalign helps to realign your teeth in the same way that traditional metal braces do. And while the Invisalign process is relatively the same, some people will be concerned that Invisalign can’t do as much as braces. With braces, you can have your jaw or overbite corrected with the use of rubber bands; a tactic that clearly isn’t available with clear aligners. At Big Smile Dental, we make … Continue reading

Does Invisalign Fix Overbites?

Besides wanting straighter teeth, you may be contemplating Invisalign to fix your overbite. But does Invisalign fix overbites? Invisalign is a great route to take if you are looking for something that is possibly less time consuming, less noticeable, and overall, less frustrating than traditional braces. It’s like a clear retainer that works diligently (and discreetly) to remedy your smile. The most well-known uses for these clear aligners include fixing crowded teeth, gaps, and yes, even overbites. To understand if Invisalign can actually help with your overbite, it is important to know the basics. RELATED: Invisalign Braces Treatment What Defines … Continue reading

How Much Do Veneers REALLY Cost?

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When it comes to dental work, patients just want to know the final price. So instead of beating around the bush, we wanted to break the barrier by answering this prominent question: How Much Do Veneers Cost? Because of the multiple appointments and the cost of material, veneers can cost up to $3,500  per tooth. The type of veneer and the material used will also make the price fluctuate. Here is their general guide to the average veneer cost: Traditional Veneers and No-Prep Veneers: $925-$3,500 per tooth that can last up to 15 years or more. Resin Laminate Veneers: $500 … Continue reading

Should You Get Porcelain Veneers or a Snap-On Smile?

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Veneers are ultra-thin dental devices that help cover up tooth imperfections. A Snap-On Smile goes over all your teeth, (think Halloween vampire teeth, but straight). And if you feel self-conscious about your smile, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting some cosmetic dentistry. But should you get porcelain veneers or the Snap-On Smile? The differences between these two products is massive. One is a routine, professional procedure that gives you long-lasting effects, while the other is a quick solution that is more affordable. The current state of your teeth can help you make your decision, but you will need to know … Continue reading

How Does Invisalign Work? Process Explained by Dr. Siegel

Most people are familiar with the art of cosmetic dentistry. Invisalign is one such method that is simple and affordable enough for most people to indulge in. But how does Invisalign work, exactly? If you are curious about the Invisalign process, it’s probably because you’re looking for an alternative to braces. Braces can make you feel self-conscious and can be uncomfortable, which is why Invisalign serves as a great alternative for those that qualify. I always walk my patients through the step-by-step process for getting Invisalign. But just to give you a head-start, here is everything you will need to know … Continue reading

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