October is Orthodontic Health Awareness Month: 5 Health Benefits of Orthodontics

October is Orthodontic Health Awareness Month! According to the American Academy of Orthodontics, “Straight teeth not only look good, they also give you a good bite…so it’s easier to bite, chew, and speak.” That means receiving proper care from an AAO orthodontist won’t just make you more confident about your smile, it can improve your health too.

In honor of this month, and to help you see how proper care can improve your wellbeing, here are five health benefits of orthodontics.

  1. Head, Neck, and Shoulder Pain Relief

Did you know that imbalances in your mouth can have a negative impact on other parts of your body? It’s true.

Misaligned teeth can cause anything from chronic headaches to tooth grinding to neck and shoulder pain, all of which may be relieved by treatment by an orthodontist. TMJ-related discomfort can often be alleviated with orthodontic treatments as well, making it a suitable alternative to more invasive procedures in many cases.

  1. Better Sleep

Issues with tooth and jaw alignment can also disrupt a person’s sleep, leaving them tired and unable to focus. Whether it’s the discomfort associated with bruxism (teeth grinding) that keeps them awake or exacerbation of conditions like sleep apnea, correcting alignment issues can relieve these problems, allowing you to sleep better at night.

Orthodontic treatment can also improve sinus issues, opening up constricted airways. Not only can this help you get a better night’s sleep, but it can also make it easier to breathe during the day as well.

  1. Improved Oral Hygiene

When your teeth are crowded, food particles and bacteria are more likely to become trapped between the surfaces, putting your oral health at risk. Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean, helping to decrease your risk of cavities or periodontal disease. Additionally, it makes it simpler for your Forney dentist and hygienist to provide a thorough cleaning during your exams, helping to keep your mouth healthier.

  1. IBS Symptom Improvement

Conditions like IBS can be aggravated when food isn’t properly chewed before swallowing. Misalignment of the teeth can make it harder to eat, making digestive issues more intolerable. Orthodontic treatment can align your bite, improving the way you chew food. And this can help alleviate IBS symptoms or, at least, decrease their severity.

  1. Self-Esteem Boost

Having straight teeth can make you more confident in your smile, helping you feel more comfortable in social situations and improving your self-esteem. It also means you’re less likely to suppress a smile over concerns about your teeth, which can be a boon for psychological health.

In celebration of Orthodontic Health Awareness Month, consider scheduling an appointment with your Forney orthodontist today. Your whole body will thank you.

 

Use It or Lose It! Maximizing Your Dental Benefits Before the End of the Year

Did you know your dental benefits reset every year? It’s true. If your dental insurance plan, like most is on a calendar year, you will lose out on all unused benefits after December 31st.

That means this is a great time of year to take advantage of everything your dental insurance provides, especially if you have outstanding treatments. Here are just a few of the services you want to use before you lose the opportunity.

Routine Checkups

Many dental insurance plans provide coverage for two checkups a year at six-month intervals. So, if you haven’t had a cleaning in the last six months, now is an excellent time to schedule an appointment with your Forney dentist.

Getting a regular checkup ensures your teeth and gums are in tip top shape, and gives your dentist a chance to review your oral health to make sure problems aren’t developing. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy a professionally cleaned and polished smile, which can have you leaving the office feeling like a more radiant, confident you.

Large Treatments

If you need more extensive dental treatments involving multiple visits, the end of the year is the perfect time to get started. This is especially true if you’ve already met your deductible and haven’t hit your annual maximum. Once your deductible is paid, your out-of-pocket expenses can decrease dramatically, making it an ideal situation for larger dental treatments.

If you’re getting close to your annual maximum, your Forney dentist can help create a plan to maximize your benefits by splitting your treatment between this year and next, allowing you to use the benefits you have remaining this year and take advantage of your renewed benefits after the new year.

This approach can help minimize out-of-pocket expenses by using your coverage in an optimal way. And, if you need more assistance with making the costs manageable, we offer financing options like Care Credit that can give you the opportunity to spread out-of-pocket costs over a time period that is manageable for you, sometimes without any interest charges.

After your dentist has reviewed your situation and developed a treatment plan, we can come up with a financial arrangement that allows you to maximize your dental insurance benefits, and achieve optimal oral health and the beautiful smile of your dreams.

Don’t let your 2017 dental benefits go to waste by making sure you use them before December 31. Schedule an appointment with your Forney dentist today to get started.

Ask Your Forney Dentist: Dental Emergencies – What You Need to Know About This Leading Cause of Missed School Days for Children

Did you know toothaches that result in serious dental emergencies are the leading cause of missed school days for kids? In fact, 1 in 7 children aged 6 to 12 suffered from toothache pain within the last 6 months. Some of those toothaches resulted in diagnosing a significant issue that required immediate treatment at an emergency room or emergency dentist.

Even if the pain doesn’t signal an emergency, it can cause other issues as well. Here’s what you need to know.

The Ramifications of Dental Pain

Children miss over 51 million hours of school time every year because of dental issues and similar conditions. The pain associated with such problems is distracting for students, causing their schoolwork to suffer, and can lead to absences. One study states that children on average experience 17.7 days of pain before they are seen by an emergency dentist or taken to the ER.

Students with healthy teeth typically have better attendance rates and are more likely to pay attention in class, especially when compared to those struggling with a toothache. They may even be more inclined to participate in other school-related activities, helping them have a fuller experience during their childhood and adolescence.

What You Can Do to Help

To help you start the school year off right, review proper oral hygiene techniques with your children. Go over brushing and flossing, and make sure they stick to an ideal schedule, flossing once a day and brushing twice a day. Also, be aware of sugary or starchy foods, especially as snacks, as these can increase the risk of painful cavities.

Why Seeing Your Forney Dentist Can Help Prevent Dental Emergencies

Children aren’t always the best at articulating their needs or the nature of the pain they are feeling. The best way to ensure your child doesn’t suffer from a toothache and any serious dental issues that may be the cause is to maintain their dental health. Having a regular dental exam at least every 6 months and regular x-rays reviewed by a dentist is imperative. Scheduling a dental appointment as part of your back-to-school list is a great way to make sure your child stays on-track.

Forney Wellness offers convenient after-school appointment times, so your child doesn’t have to miss class to get their needed cleanings and screenings. Not only will you be helping your child avoid painful dental conditions, unnecessarily school absences, and costly emergency room visits – you’ll also keep them smiling!

Ask Your Forney Dentist: Sports Mouth Guards

As the beginning of the school year draws near, many children are excited to participate in their favorite fall sports. That also means it’s time for parents to get their children fitted with sports mouth guards.

But why does your child need a mouth guard? Because it can protect them from a variety of injuries one can sustain while participating in sports. Athletes are 60 times more likely to experience tooth damage when they don’t wear a mouth guard, with those involved in contact sports having a 10 percent chance of getting a tooth or jaw injury each season. Here’s what you need to know.

Mouth Guards for Protection

A mouth guard is a simple item that protects the teeth and jaw from damage related to impacts. It protects soft tissues from lacerations, reduces the chance of TMJ trauma and jaw fractures, and helps limit the risk of tooth damage related to impact or even unconscious grinding. They can even reduce the likelihood of a concussion from certain impacts.

Even with all of the benefits, nearly 84 percent of children aren’t wearing mouth guards when they play sports. And that means they are at risk.

Why a Custom Mouth Guard is Best

Some parents assume the basic mouth guards you can buy at the local store offer enough protection, but a custom fitted mouth guard from your Forney dentist is actually a much better option. Stock mouth guards that aren’t moldable can easily come loose during sports and may even fall out. They are also less comfortable than other options and tend to be bulky.

A boil and bite mouth guard purchased at a store offers a bit of a better fit, since they can be somewhat molded to your child’s teeth, but they also don’t provide the same secure fit that you can get with a custom mouth guard.

The dentist can ensure the custom mouth guard fits properly, providing the best level of protection available. This is especially true of children who wear braces or have other dental appliances, as fitting store-bought options can be a challenge in these cases.

Your Forney dentist can even create a mouth guard for your child that features some extra flare. They can be made in a variety of colors, including options that match most school sports team uniforms, allowing your child to show their school pride with every smile on the court or field.

The process of creating a custom mouth guard is fairly quick and easy, and the results offer the best protection available. If you want to learn more about custom mouth guard options, schedule an appointment with your Forney dentist today.

American Orthodontics: Made in America!

At Forney Wellness, we understand that to help you achieve your best smile it takes not only exemplary clinical skill but also quality supplies and materials! That is why we are proud that all of our orthodontics supplies are from one of the leading vendors in the country: American Orthodontics. Not only do they develop and produce some of the highest quality products available in the industry, but products are also made in America! Over 95 percent of American Orthodontics products made in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Award-Winning Orthodontic Products

American Orthodontics uses state of the art technology in all of their manufacturing processes, including advanced automation and industry leading robotics. They feature an award-winning product line! In 2015 during the Orthotown Townie Choice Awards American Orthodontics won for orthodontic product excellence in the following categories:

  • Arch Wire
  • Bands
  • Bondable Buccal Tubes
  • Brackets
  • Elastic Chains
  • Elastics
  • Ligature Ties & Wire

Dedicated to the Orthodontists of Today and Tomorrow

A Diamond Corporate Partner of the American Association of Orthodontics Foundation (AAOF), American Orthodontics also supports education and research in the field of orthodontics. Their generosity provides students and Universities with the funding necessary to ensure the next generation of orthodontists are highly trained in the latest techniques, helping to ensure this respected profession continues to provide people like you with the dazzling smiles they deserve.

A Perfect Fit

As a choice dentist and orthodontist in Forney, we believe in providing everyone with exemplary oral care for all of their treatment needs. We make high-quality care a priority, working to make sure our patients have beautiful, healthy smiles they are proud to show off.

It is American Orthodontics’ dedication to quality that makes them the ideal fit for the work we do and our patients. We know we can rely on their products to help you achieve your dream of a healthier, straighter smile, and we hope you feel the same.

We are proud to partner with American Orthodontics as our preferred supplies vendor for orthodontic care, and we are honored to have the opportunity to work with patients like you as we help make your dream smile a reality.

Ask Your Forney Dentist: Achieve Your Whitest Summer Smile!

As many families prepare to enjoy their summer vacations, the season of the selfie is upon us. And, since you likely want to share those photos with friends and family, you certainly want to make sure you look your best. One way to ensure your smile is radiant in the photographs is to achieve your whitest summer smile before you head out the door. And your local Forney dentist can help you do just that. Here are some of the most effective teeth whitening options available today.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

If you want to achieve your whitest smile quickly, an in-office treatment is often your best bet. The process is overseen by your dentist, helping you achieve optimal results based on the current condition of your teeth. This is also the fastest method for getting a whiter smile, letting you go from treatment chair to optimal selfie shape in as little as one treatment. Start by scheduling a consultation with your Forney dental office and see which approach is right for you.

Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits

For people with a bit of time, a take-home treatment can be a cost-effective option for achieving a whiter smile. You dentist can provide you with whitening solution designed to fit into a custom tray that will be fabricated at the office. This ensures you get the right treatment strength with the most effective level of coverage possible.

The process takes one to two weeks to reach your optimal level of whiteness, but it’s hard to beat the convenience of home whitening when you have a busy schedule. In fact, depending on the whitening gel, you can even apply the treatment overnight, letting you get your brightest smile while you sleep.

Whitening Toothpaste

If you just need to brighten your smile a shade or two, then a whitening toothpaste may be all you need. Whitening toothpaste options gently polish the surface of your teeth and can help break down stains. Depending on the brand, it can take up to six weeks to see results. If you want to find out which whitening toothpaste is right for you, discuss it with your Forney dentist. They can recommend a product that is both effective and gentle.

With teeth whitening treatments, you can have a photo-ready smile in no time. Make an appointment with your Forney dentist to see which options will work best for you.

Ask Your Forney Cosmetic Dentist: Smile Makeovers Aren’t Just for the Stars

Celebrities are often known for their flawless smiles. You don’t have to be a star to have a smile like one! In fact, smile makeovers and cosmetic dentistry services are available to anyone who is interested in improving aspects of their smile. Forney Wellness offers a variety of procedures that can fix broken, missing or damaged teeth along with discoloration and even crooked teeth!

To show you what is possible, here is an overview of some celebrity smile makeovers including the procedures and services that were likely used to achieve their impressive smiles.


Katherine Heigl


Photos courtesy of: TotalBeauty.com

Katherine Heigl only needed some subtle improvements to achieve a Hollywood-worthy smile. Her smile makeover was complete just in time for her wedding with the use of clear braces, regular whitening and good oral hygiene. This noninvasive approach is often a preferred option for patients who have healthy teeth & gums and are simply unhappy with the appearance of their smile.

See an interview where she talks about her wedding and Invisalign® treatment here.


Ben Affleck


Photos courtesy of: Tomorrowoman.com

A star that chose to have a full smile overhaul, Ben Affleck corrected the look of his teeth with a complete set of veneers. Veneers alleviated any spacing issues and helped Ben achieve a perfectly white smile. He also had some gum work done to manage signs of recession.


Celine Dion


Photos courtesy of: Tomorrowoman.com

Based on her before and after photos, Celine Dion probably coupled her veneers with a procedure known as a “gum lift.” This is a process where her dentist removes the excess gum tissue that is visible when she smiles. The end results are equally natural and stunning, creating a truly radiant celebrity smile.


Zac Efron


Photos courtesy of: au.be.yahoo.com

Not a fan of the gap between his teeth, we believe Zac chose to use orthodontics (probably braces or Invisalign®) to correct the spacing of his teeth.


Matthew Lewis


Photos courtesy of: au.be.yahoo.com

Matthew Lewis, who plays Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter franchise of movies, also appears to have taken advantage of orthodontic options to straighten his teeth and some whitening to brighten up his smile.


Hilary Duff


Photos courtesy of: Huffingtonpost

We believe Hilary Duff’s original smile was beautiful and wouldn’t have needed much beyond some whitening treatments. It appears though, that Hilary chose a full set of veneers to achieve her mega-watt smile. She still looks stunning!


If you are interested in having a smile just like the celebrities, talk with your Forney dentist to see what options are available to correct your concerns. Your dream smile may only be an appointment away.

Happy Father’s Day to All of the Dads Out There!

Now is the time of year where we recognized all of the wonderful dads out there by wishing them a Happy Father’s Day. In recognition of this special time, we wanted to do our part to help those in our lives recognize the great dads in their lives. Here are 10 gifts that are sure to please the great dads in your life.

1. Noise-Canceling Headphones

Sometimes the best gift you can give is the gift of silence, or the ability to block everything else out and enjoy some music. For the dad that could use some peace, noise-canceling headphones are a great option.

2. Brewing Kit

With craft beer being so popular, brewing kits have become more sophisticated, allowing everyone to try their hand at making a great beer at home!

3. Shaving Kit

Whether your dad prefers a smooth shave or a full beard, there are tons of great shaving items designed to keep their skin and facial hair in ideal shape, no matter their preference.

4. Sonicare Toothbrush

Considered one of the leading ways to keep teeth and gums healthy, the Sonicare toothbrush makes a great gift. The DiamondClean comes with five brushing modes for a customizable experience and is available in black.

5. Virtual Reality Headset

As more companies have begun producing the devices, virtual reality headsets are becoming more affordable. The Samsung Gear VR can be found for just $99, and you can get the Google Cardboard for about $15, making VR accessible to almost everyone with a smartphone.

6.Watch

A watch is a classic gift for men, whether it be smart or old-school. Just consider his personal style and select an option that suits his everyday needs.

7. Bluetooth Trackers

For the dad who can never find his keys, consider giving him a Bluetooth tracker. These devices connect to his smartphone, allowing him to find his keys through the accompanying app. Certain versions are designed specifically for keys while others can also be stored on other important items like his wallet or placed in luggage to keep an eye on his checked bag when he travels.

8. Better Coffee

Whether his coffee brewing system could use an upgrade or he simply needs a higher quality coffee, the number of available options is immense. If there is a better way for him to enjoy his favorite coffee beverage than he’s doing it today, you almost can’t go wrong.

9.Sunglasses

With the summer sun high in the sky, a quality pair of sunglasses can make any day more enjoyable (or, at least, less squinty).

10. “Dad’s” Diaper Bag

For the new dad, consider a diaper bag that doesn’t feature cute animals. This one comes in khaki and wears like a backpack.

Ask Your Forney Cosmetic Dentist: The Benefits of Dental Implants

If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be overwhelmed by the number of restoration options available. While there are many services offered by your Forney dentist, dental implants are often considered a popular and effective long-term solution to damaged or missing teeth.

Although there are several benefits to dental implants, here are just a few!

Secure & Permanent

Dental implants are an artificial version of real tooth roots that are secured into the jawbone just like your natural teeth. They provide a permanent, secure base for replacement teeth.

With other solutions to missing teeth (such as dentures or bridges), you run the risk of your replacement teeth coming loose because those solutions do not offer a secure & permanent base. Implants eliminate the risk of your tooth coming loose during normal activities like eating and talking.

Eat the Foods You Enjoy

Since the implant is permanently secured, you can still eat all your favorite foods! Alternative options, such as partials, do not offer the same luxury. Instead of struggling to limit your food options, you can eat just as you did before.

Natural Results

Dental implants are topped with a prosthetic tooth made to blend into your smile perfectly so that results look natural! The material used for dental implants is usually zirconium or porcelain that is very durable and looks very similar to natural teeth. These high-quality materials mimic the appearance of your other teeth, making them almost impossible to spot. Unless you tell someone, they won’t be able to tell you have a dental implant.

Dental implants also feel and function naturally because there are no removable parts. You can continue to care for your teeth and dental implants in the same way you always have, brushing and flossing daily and visiting your Forney dentist every 6 months for a comprehensive exam and cleaning.

Reclaim Your Confidence!

One of the most amazing benefits of dental implants is that patients can get back to smiling! Often we hear that patients have been avoiding photos, or smiling with their lips closed due to being self-conscious about their missing or damaged teeth. Dental implants give patients beautiful results that can restore confidence and get patients back to smiling, and that is a beautiful thing.

Schedule an appointment today with our cosmetic dentist at Forney Wellness in Forney to see if dental implants are a good option for you.

Looking for a New Dentist in Forney? Here’s How to Find the One that is Right for You

Forney, like most cities, has a great selection of dentists that could work for you and your family. There’s more to choosing a dentist than simply selecting one out of the available listings and scheduling an appointment. You want to make sure that in addition to having a qualified dentist, you’ve chosen a dentist that meets all of your needs.

Before you settle on the first dentist you find, here are some tips for evaluating dentists in your city so that you can choose the best option for your family.

Consider Convenience

When it comes to selecting a dentist in  Forney, location needs to be a factor. Certain parts of the city are more convenient than others depending on where you live, where you work and where your children go to school.

No one wants to have to leave work early, race over to pick up their kids, then rush across town hoping to make it to their appointment in time. Instead, see which dental offices are located along common routes you’re already taking on a daily basis. So even if you are pressed for time, making it to the dentist doesn’t have to be a bigger challenge than necessary.

Also, you’ll want to check to see what appointment times are offered by each dentist. What days of the week are they open and how early or late does the office offer appointments? Since you’ll be scheduling your dental appointments in addition to your normal busy schedule, it will be important to choose a dentist who can offer appointment times that are convenient.

Review Your Insurance

Every dental insurance program covers a different network of professionals. Some dentists in  Forney may be part of one network, but not another. Be sure to check that the dentist you choose is an in-network provider so you can take advantage of your dental insurance benefits.

While many insurance policies cover work by out-of-network dentists, you won’t get the same level of coverage or billing convenience as you would with an in-network dentist. This means if you choose an out-of-network provider, you will be on the hook for more of the costs than you would with an in-network provider.

At Forney Wellness, we also offer an in-house dental discount plan that can help you lower your out-of-pocket costs for dental procedures. The plan is called Priority Dental Plan, and can be a great substitute for those patients without dental insurance or paying out of pocket.

Financing Options

Even if you have dental insurance, you’ll likely have co-pays and will need to cover part of the cost of certain procedures – especially larger restorative or cosmetic care like bridges or implants. Some offices in  Forney, like Forney Wellness, offer financing options to their patients to make your portion of the expenses more manageable. Often, these programs allow you to divide up the cost of a procedure into smaller payments, making it easier to get the high-quality treatment you deserve without having to pay a large bill upfront.

Make sure you ask all of the right questions so you can be confident you’ve chosen a dentist that offers the services you need to keep you and your family healthy. Review the provider’s website for additional information about the office and schedule an appointment time that works for you. In the end, you’ll be glad you took the time to review your options.