Why All Professional Athletes Wear Mouthguards (and you should, too!)

October 28th, 2014

You’ll notice that whether it’s the NFL, NCAA football, or the NBA, almost all players are wearing mouthguards – and thank goodness! Most athletes – and their team physicians and dentists – recognize the importance of protecting their teeth and smile. Many trainers also believe that they may improve the athlete’s performance, especially in activities like weightlifting.

We advise our patients, whether they compete or just work out, to have custom-made guards for both protection and performance. You can call Karin or Diane to set up an appointment for an evaluation and/or to fabricate one for you – or your kids!

Why Dental Implants are All the Rage

October 20th, 2014

There’s quite a bit of discussion in the news on dental implants, from The Wall Street Journal to USA Today to The New York Times and, locally, to The Plain Dealer. They note that implants can be used to replace missing teeth and even to hold dentures – which is what companies like ClearChoice are presenting in the television advertisements when they speak of “teeth in a day” (i.e. “dentures in a day”).

In order to clarify the information, we invite our patients and friends to call our staff and visit us so that we can explain the options. We even have a section here on our website that focuses on dental implants. Used correctly, they can help to rebuild one’s teeth/occlusion and fill in the spaces where teeth are missing, just like natural teeth would!

Call us today at 1-440-461-1003.

How to Keep Your Teeth Clean this Halloween

October 13th, 2014

With Halloween season here, it’s a good time to remind our patients, both “Trick or Treaters” and their parents and grandparents, that after we enjoy our candy (I’m a Kit Kat and M&M fan, myself!), we need to brush our teeth. As the sugars from the candy feed the bacteria in our mouths for 30 minutes or so after chewing, we should brush immediately – or at least drink/swish some water to help clean the debris off our teeth (much like a rain can help wash off debris from our cars).

So enjoy the holiday, but remember to take care of your teeth!

(P.S. We’ll focus on Halloween in our segment on WKYC/NBC Channel 3’s Golden Opportunities on Sunday, October 19th, so tune in!)

ClevelandSmiles Named One of Cleveland Magazine’s Top Dentists!

August 26th, 2014

We were notified by Cleveland Magazine that we were once again named as a “Top Dentist” of Cleveland. It’s especially gratifying in that it is based “on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which hundreds of dentists and specialists throughout Northeast Ohio cast thousands of votes on the abilities of other dentists.”  The list will be published in the magazine’s annual Best of Cleveland issue in October.

It is a credit to the staff and our patients at ClevelandSmiles that we were honored! Thank you everyone!

Get the Results You Want, When You Want

August 19th, 2014

We’ve recently had a number of patients who wanted their teeth to look great for an upcoming event but didn’t have a lot of time to get the treatment done, which involved porcelain veneers and/or crowns. Fortunately, we work with a number of wonderful dental labs to achieve the results that we want. In Cleveland, we will generally use both Dental Ceramics of Richfield or Roe Dental Laboratory; both do superb work and will expedite their labwork if we need them to, even within a week’s time. We had a patient drive up from North Carolina last month who stayed from Tuesday to Tuesday to get fourteen veneers done. Nationally, we use both DaVinci Dental Lab of Los Angeles and Glidewell Laboratories, who also do superior work and will accommodate us if we have special time concerns.

Please let us know if you have certain needs, whether it’s for a wedding or class reunion, from Los Angeles to North Carolina to Cleveland!

Back-to-School Tips for Keeping Your Teeth Clean

August 12th, 2014

As we grow closer to the school year here in Northeast Ohio, we thought we might give some dental tips to our patients, friends, and followers.

Whether you are a student or teacher, it’s a good idea to come in for a check up/exam, cleaning, and X-rays before the school year begins. You can contact Karin or Diane at 1-440-461-1003, and they’ll be glad to assist you with an appointment. Please remember that we begin each day as early as 7:00 a.m. (We’ll even have the coffee and orange juice ready for you!)

If any of your family members play sports in school, college, or the NFL or NBA, they should consider wearing a mouth guard. Even LeBron wears one! A sportsguard, which can be made in the colors of the school, can protect teeth when they are jarred. In fact, one of the worst dental accidents I have seen involved a volleyball player who avulsed (i.e. broke out) her front two teeth catching the bottom of the net; though we were able to replant them to keep them in her mouth, both needed root canal treatment and later veneers due to the darkening of the teeth.

It’s also not a bad idea to pack floss, or a “flosscard,” with your lunch to keep teeth free from debris. And while you’re packing, you might include a bottle of water – just make sure it has fluoride in it to protect the enamel. Dannon has a small bottle that contains fluoride that we take with us on our trips.

Lastly, if you want to have the brightest smile in school, call us and set up an appointment for a Zoom teeth whitening. In an hour and a half, you can get a brighter, more beautiful smile!

The Evolution of Dance and Beautiful Smiles!

June 30th, 2014

A few weeks ago I received a link to a YouTube video that featured talk-show host Jimmy Fallon with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. It was a segment that was on “The Tonight Show” just before Father’s Day entitled “The Evolution of Dad’s Dancing,” a very funny takeoff on a YouTube favorite, “The Evolution of Dance.” Check out the video here:

What makes it most interesting to our office, staff, and patients is that the star/creator of “The Evolution of Dance” is our very own patient, Judson Laipply, a native Clevelander. Judson has been featured on the “Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Ellen,” and many other shows with his wonderful routine. In case you’ve never seen it:

We congratulate him on his success and wish him well. (He does have a beautiful smile!).

Welcoming Diane Ryan!

June 23rd, 2014

Joining Karin and Wendy at the front desk will be Diane Ryan. Diane, who has over 20 years of experience in the dental field in both chairside/surgical assisting and office roles, will be working with our team to schedule appointments, process and maximize our patients’ dental insurance, provide personalized phone contacts, and many other duties critical to your positive experience in our office.

Please welcome Diane and say hello when you have the opportunity. We’re delighted to have her as part of our team – and you will be, too!

Happy Father’s Day to Our Dads!

June 17th, 2014

Next Sunday, our NBC/WKYC “Golden Opportunities” segment features smile makeovers for the men in our practice. These makeovers, similar to the ones shown on the ABC show “Extreme Makeovers” by cosmetic dentist Bill Dorfman, include both simple and complex procedures, including Zoom teeth whitening, bonding, porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns. Most of the porcelain labwork was done by two dental laboratories that we use – Los Angeles-based DaVinci Dental Studios and Cleveland’s own Dental Ceramics.

If you’re a dad – or mother – and would like to see what we can do for your smile, please contact Karin or Diane at 440-461-1003, and they’ll be glad to assist you!

Cleveland Dentist Providing Botox and Dermal Fillers

May 14th, 2014

On a number of occasions, I’ve been asked by patients, both men and women, when I might be able to give them Botox and Juviderm, especially since I give so many injections on a daily basis (“painlessly,” they say). In any case, having studied and received certification through the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE),  we are now able to provide Botox and dermal fillers to our patients!

For more information, please call Karin or Wendy at 1-440-461-1003, and they’ll be able to work with you.