Why We Need Straight Teeth | Schnecksville Dentist

In our culture, we associate straight teeth with beauty, vitality, health and even status. But being born with perfectly straight teeth is very rare. Unfortunately, many believe that straight teeth are a cosmetic choice, but that simply isn’t true. Having straight teeth have multiple advantages beyond a great smile.

Straight teeth provide the correct foundation for chewing. When your bite doesn’t align properly, it can cause pain along with dental problems. Misaligned teeth (crooked or crowded teeth) can cause issues from chronic jaw or tooth pain to excessive wear on tooth enamel. A poor bite increases stress on teeth and contributes to a shortened “life span” where teeth begin to crack and develop other signs of fatigue.

Another bonus? Cleaning straight teeth is much easier than cleaning crooked teeth, which have lots of hiding places for plaque and tiny bits of food. Not cleaning these hiding spots properly will begin to cause cavities. The next stage may be gingivitis, or an inflammation between the teeth and gums. If not taken care of with proper dental hygiene, science links chronic inflammation with a variety of health disorders, including heart disease and cancer.

Now to remedy the situation. Traditional braces were one of the few treatment options you could take in order to remedy the situation. But today, there is another option – an option that no one would even notice. Invisalign is a set of invisible aligners used to move your teeth into the correct places discretely and efficiently.

Have we gotten you intrigued? We thought so. Why not call Extraordinary Smiles and set up a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ladani to see if Invisalign is the best choice for you.

For more information about Invisalign, call Dr. Sandip Ladani in Schnecksville, PA at 610-799-0600 or visit www.extraordinarysmiles.net.

Dr. Ladani proudly serve patients from Schnecksville and all surrounding areas.

Do You Have Sleep Apnea? | Schnecksville Dentist

Getting a good night’s sleep is important – it gives our bodies enough time to heal and improve, our minds to settle and reset, and time out of the stressors of our everyday lives. But for 20% of Americans, sleep apnea is causing them to have very poor sleep conditions. What’s worse? There are plenty more that are undiagnosed.

If you are unaware of what sleep apnea is, it is essentially a sleep disorder that causes your body to choke on itself repeatedly while you sleep. Obviously, this is as dangerous as it sounds, especially is the episodes last for longer than a minute. The problem is, we’re sleeping so we don’t necessarily know if we snore or have restless sleep unless a significant other is affected.

Believe it or not, a simple dentist appointment can give you the answers you seek. During a typical checkup, your dental professional will look for the following:

  • Acid reflux disease
  • Macroglossia, or a large tongue
  • Bruxism, or teeth grinding

At Extraordinary Smiles, we have special equipment that can help to efficiently measure the size, structure and collapsibility of your oral and nasal airway – the Eccovision Acoustic Diagnostic Imaging System. Don’t worry – it isn’t as scary as those technical words sound.

With both the Acoustic Pharyngometer and the Acoustic Rhinometer, sleep dentists can measure the size of your airways with sound waves in order to diagnose if they are too narrow or have obstructions that are causing you to have sleep apnea. But these fancy machines don’t make this testing a long, arduous process. They both take less than five minutes – no more reason to have another night of restless sleep!

For more information about sleep apnea, call Dr. Sandip Ladani in Schnecksville, PA at 610-799-0600 or visit www.extraordinarysmiles.net.

Dr. Ladani proudly serve patients from Schnecksville and all surrounding areas.

Relax Your Way to a Healthy Smile | Schnecksville Dentist

Now that the holiday season is over and we are all into our resolutions for a healthier, happier new year, it’s time to focus on not only our physical health, but our dental health as well. After all, having a healthy smile will also help prevent many other physical ailments, so it’s a two bird, one stone combo. Unfortunately, for many of us, it isn’t as easy as one may think. Many patients have dental anxiety, so it makes them nervous just thinking about going to the dentist. But for those patients, we have good news. We at Extraordinary Smiles are proud to introduce our Comfort Menu.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we have the cure for your dental blues. During your dental visit, you will receive a menu of options that will help you relax and set your mind at ease. Not only will you feel like you’re in a day spa, but you will also be improving your dental health. Because the best way to keep a healthy smile is preventive care – maintaining a health dental hygiene routine and keep regular dental checkups.

Are you curious about what this magical menu contains? Here’s a quick rundown to get you excited:

  • Lavender aromatherapy
  • Heated neck wrap
  • Weighted and warm blankets, eye pillows and towelettes
  • Lavender hand lotion and paraffin hand mask
  • 24 karat gold eye treatment mask
  • Stress balls
  • Support pillows
  • Noise-cancelling headphones with your favorite tunes
  • Local anesthesia
  • Nitrous oxide for the more nervous patients

Can you believe this is all at the dentist? You will go in for a checkup and come out feeling fresh and new! How’s that for a start to a happy, healthy new year?

For more information about dental health, call Dr. Sandip Ladani in Schnecksville, PA at 610-799-0600 or visit www.extraordinarysmiles.net.

Dr. Ladani proudly serve patients from Schnecksville and all surrounding areas.

Are You Brushing Correctly? | Schnecksville Dentist

In the age of social media, physical appearance has become a focus on everyone’s mind. And what is a selfie without a great smile? Unfortunately, we can’t rely solely on our dentist to give us the smile we want – we also play a major role in how healthy our smiles are. We need to look after our smiles in between dental visits. So, it is important that we are doing a proper job cleaning our teeth daily. We know the basics, but you may be surprised to know you may have picked up a habit or two that aren’t kosher with optimum dental care.

In general, proper oral care involves these four steps:

  • Brushing twice a day for at least two minutes each session
  • Flossing once a day, ideally before bed
  • Limiting the amount of sugar consumed
  • Visiting the dentist every 3-6 months for regular checkups and professional cleanings

The idea of having to brush your teeth for two whole minutes may come as a surprise, but it is the suggested timeframe you should be aiming for in order to properly maintain your bright grin. When brushing your teeth, use short, gentle strokes with a soft-bristled toothbrush, paying extra attention to your gums, the back teeth and areas around dental work.

When flossing, hold about 18 inches of floss between your thumbs and index fingers, then gently slide it in between the gaps of your teeth. Remember, brushing and flossing are two of the most important things in making sure that you have a beautiful and healthy smile, so proper technique is a definite must.

For more information about dental health, call Dr. Sandip Ladani in Schnecksville, PA at 610-799-0600 or visit www.extraordinarysmiles.net.

Dr. Ladani proudly serve patients from Schnecksville and all surrounding areas.

Holiday Dental Tips for the Little Ones | Schnecksville Dentist

It’s no question – children love the holiday season. Not only do they get lots of presents and no school in sight, but everywhere they go there is another delicious treat waiting for them to eat. It’s like a smorgasbord of cakes, candies and other tasty sweets – it’s a veritable sugar plum dream. What isn’t dreamlike is trying to keep a healthy smile during this exciting time. In fact, it can be downright tough to keep a healthy smile on their child’s face. It’s like pulling teeth trying to get them to brush their teeth, but a healthy smile starts with a good foundation.

Here are some tips to start your tiny humans on the right path to a lifetime of dental health:

Daily routines. Repetition is the best way to start a good habit, so make sure your child brushes their teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Get them really excited by having them choose their toothbrush. Supervise their work until they can thoroughly do it themselves. Once teeth coming in begin to touch, introduce flossing.

First dental visit. The AAPD suggests baby’s first dental visit occur when their first tooth comes in, or around the age of one. Keeping them on a six-month dental schedule will not only ensure they keep a healthy smile but will also help prevent dental anxiety as they grow.

You are what you eat. We can instill all the dental knowledge we can, but if you have a bad diet, it won’t help. Same goes for your little one. Keep things in moderation. Limit the sugary snacks, cooked starches and sweetened drinks.

For more information about dental health, call Dr. Sandip Ladani in Schnecksville, PA at 610-799-0600 or visit www.extraordinarysmiles.net.

Dr. Ladani proudly serve patients from Schnecksville and all surrounding areas.