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Despite what you may believe or what you have been told Dental Insurance does more harm than good by discouraging preventive and routine dentistry to those dentists who sign up via the depression of these fees resulting in dentists making most of their income from root canals, crowns, bridges, implants, surgery and all the procedures […]

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Temporary Veneers

What about eating and/or smoking just after temporary veneers have been put on? Temporary Veneers are placed on the teeth to protect them while the permanent veneers are being made at the lab.  They are not at all like the permanents will be and are not very strong nor very resistant to staining.  I would […]

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I have the money to afford the veneers! but I’m scared they might suggest I get braces! I’m too old for braces! do you think I qualify for veneers? ANSWER: With significantly crowded teeth, veneers would not be able to sufficiently address your esthetic or functional needs. Without repositioning the teeth, your teeth would need […]

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How can Dental Insurance help me?

Dental insurance is a benefit provided by an employer which costs the employer considerably more money than the employer’s employees will ever collect from the insurance  company.  If the employer pays in, let’s say, $1500.00 dollars per year to the insurance company per employee,  on average an employee will only collect about $750.00.  As an […]

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Do People with Great Smiles Make More Money?

The majority of Americans believe that an unattractive smile can prevent a person from achieving financial prosperity and that having a great smile contributes to career success. One important aspect of what is considered ‘good looks’ is one’s smile and the appearance of the teeth. Critical to a great smile are nice looking teeth. Unfortunately, […]

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DR STRAIT’S SYSTEM OF ELIMINATING THE CAUSE OF DENTAL DISEASE Dental Disease – (Decay/Cavities/Caries and Gum Disease/ Periodontal Disease/ Pyorrhea) is caused directly or indirectly by certain bacteria.  There is really no other cause.  Things like eating candy,  excessive sugar consumption,  poor diet, smoking , defective tooth structure, etc. only contribute to or make someone […]

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While I was attending a post-doctoral educational meeting the subject of achieving and maintaining dental health came up and the lecturer (a renowned dental health educator) said  “THE NUMBER ONE HINDRANCE TO THE OVERALL HEALTH OF THE PUBLIC IS INSURANCE”.  It occurred to me that this was a pretty radical statement until I really thought […]

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What about the retention of the results achieved with Invisalign compared to traditional orthodontics?

After 15 years of observing the retention of Invisalign cases and a much longer time observing traditional orthodontic cases I would say that retention depends more upon the specifics of any individual case and how compliant the patient has been with the plan for retention than upon whether the case was done with Invisalign or […]

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How is Invisalign at correcting a crowded smile or a crooked smile?

After almost 15 years of being an Invisalign provider and previously delivering only traditional orthodontics  I can say without reservation that Invisalign orthodontics is far superior to traditional orthodontics for a number of reasons.  1. The forces used are physiologic which means that forces used are gentle and never exceed the limits of what the […]

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  Critical to both dental and total health, a healthful well balanced diet is a good place to start, but unfortunately not enough.  If you consider the increase in the modification, processing, genetic alteration, forced ripening, storage, foreign supply, and general manipulation of our food supply, it has become extremely difficult if not impossible to […]

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