2013 Small Business of the Year Nomination

On Monday we were honored to be nominated by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce for the 2013 Small Business of the Year Award.

Here’s a picture of Dr VanderMolen and the team with the nomination certificate:

Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Award Nomination

It’s truly an honor to be able to live and work in such a GREAT place. Thank you to ALL of our patients and friends for making it all possible.

The Big Question: Are Fastbraces® Safe?

The Big Question: Are Fastbraces® Safe?

8233744XSmall.jpgFastbraces® is a unique innovation in the field of orthodontics. This new concept is different from traditional braces with respect to the time consumed in the completion of the treatment.  Fastbraces® is popular due to its fast and safe technology.

Fastbraces are able to bring about tooth movement in a shorter duration because the tooth movement takes place as a whole; the root moves along with the crown instead of initial tipping movement of the crown and subsequent tipping of the root.

If you are an ideal candidate for Fastbraces®, there is no reason for you to be in doubt regarding how safe Fastbraces® are. People with TMJ disorders, extreme malocclusion or bite problems are not recommended to undergo this type of treatment. Some people have the fear that their tooth roots may become loose due to bone loss caused by excessive force by Fastbraces®. As a matter of fact, there are no such complications related to Fastbraces. The orthodontic forces are applied to the teeth in an absolutely controlled manner. Dr. Anthony Viazis, the orthodontist who developed Fastbraces®, has tested them through thorough research and has treated his patients successfully for almost 20 years. Dentists certified to administer the Fastbraces® treatment are required to complete comprehensive training to ensure that the technique is used correctly and that you received beautiful results.

Not only are Fastbraces® safe, they offer numerous other benefits to the patients:

  • Less discomfort than traditional braces
  • Since the braces are worn for a shorter time period, it is much easier to protect the teeth from decay and maintain good oral hygiene
  • Reduced number of visits to dental office- this leads to reduced fuel and reduced number of days off from work or school.

Fastbraces® is a smart and safe choice of treatment for crooked teeth. Just call (217) 546-3333 for an appointment with Dr. VanderMolen to find out if you are a candidate for this innovative system. Your dream smile is only few months away!

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Oral Care for Teens: What Parents Need to Know

We all have that desire to show off a lovely smile, but what we do not want are stained teeth, bad breath, decaying teeth, tooth loss or gum disease, whether as a teenager or an adult. All of these can be prevented at just about any age through the use of Preventative Dentistry procedures.

However, the teenage years are often the time when teeth are neglected the most. A busy teenager has a social life to enjoy, examinations to take and a future to think about. With little time to free up while experiencing the excitement of growing up, dental visits and serious oral health care sometimes become less of a priority.

Failing to implement good dental care practices while in the teenage years can be very bad for future oral and dental health. In the long run, this could destroy a smile and break the teenager’s long term confidence, especially in social situations.

Points of importance for a teen’s dental care

  • We recommend that your teen brushes and flosses his or her teeth at least two times a day. If they want to maintain a better smile, a brush following each meal will add that freshness to the face.
  • Teenage diets should be packed with nutrients that will build up and maintain the health of permanent teeth. This means only consuming moderate amounts of starchy or sweet food to avoid the development of any dental cavities and other gum problems.
  • Hormonal changes throughout puberty can contribute to the development of minor periodontal disease by increasing the blood flow circulating around the gums. This leads to a rise in sensitivity in the gums which, when irritated by food or liquids, become inflamed, feel painful to touch and sometimes turn a red color.
  • Smoking, which is often started in the teen years, causes stained teeth, loss of teeth, gum disease, bad breath and mouth cancer. If smoking and drinking take place together, this can elevate the chance of mouth cancer development.
  • The greatest number of dental accidents and the resultant injuries take place between 13 and 17 years age, while playing sports. In some sports such as basketball and baseball a mouth guard should be used to protect the teeth from accidental injury.
  • Visiting the dentist should be promoted and monitored by parents, who should also emphasize dental health when bringing up teens by ensuring that dental checkups are regular and their teeth are assessed for periodontal disease.
  • There are many ways that your dentist can help your teenage son or daughter to improve their self image by offering teeth shaping cosmetic procedures. Click here for more information on these services.

Personal image and what other people think about us are far more important in teenage years than in any other part of our lives. Different types of cosmetic dentistry options are available for teens who would like to enhance their appearance and personal image and they are not always too complicated or expensive.

If you would like advice on how you could help your teenage child’s oral hygiene, do not hesitate, call Advanced Dental Care at (217) 546-3333 today, to make an appointment. We would love to see you at our office.

Fastbraces®: Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene

Will I Be Able To Maintain My Oral Hygiene Properly With Fastbraces®?

Fastbraces® is an orthodontic procedure which takes, as little as 3 months to one year to complete. In this period of time, the patient should go about brushing and flossing in the normal way as a part of Preventative Dentistry. In fact, it is just as easy to maintain oral hygiene with the braces as it is without. If this is a concern for you then there is no need to worry. The main aim is to ensure that the outcome of Fastbraces improves your overall facial appearance.

Dental Hygiene with Fastbraces®

Once the braces have been fitted, it is just the matter of keeping them clean and the surrounding teeth as well as a way of ensuring that the teeth look white and you don’t suffer from bad breath. If you aren’t meticulous with brushing and flossing then you can’t expect your teeth to stay healthy and clean. Dr. VanderMolen will be able to give you all the information and advice you need to get the best possible results with your Fastbraces®.

Orthodontics Improve Future Dental Hygiene

Normally, smile improvement is the main reason that the majority of patients seek orthodontic treatments. At the same time by straightening the teeth it becomes easier to keep teeth clean, delaying or preventing the decaying of teeth and diseases of the gum and even tooth removals. Straightening your teeth with Fastbraces®, therefore, is an investment in your future oral health.

If you would like advice on how Fastbraces® could affect your oral hygiene, do not hesitate, call Advanced Dental Care at (217) 546-3333 today, to make an appointment to discuss the procedure and its effect on your health and well-being.

Implant Dentistry: Preserving Natural Dentition

Preserving natural dentition

Dental implants have become one of the most comfortable and effective means of teeth replacement. The reason for the wide-spread use of dental implants in restorative dentistry is the excellent set of aesthetic and functional properties of dental implants. Among the numerous benefits of dental implants, the most important is the preservation of the natural dentition.

After the loss of a tooth, the surrounding bone undergoes resorption (bone loss) extensively due to lack of support. A dental implant placed in the same socket holds the bone and prevents undue loss.

Loss of a tooth creates an imbalance in the dental occlusion. The tooth present opposite to the missing tooth becomes functionally compromised. There can be a drifting of the rest of the teeth causing gaps between them and the tight contacts open up. Food particles and debris can get trapped in these gaps and become difficult to remove. Eventually, the teeth undergo decay and might even progress to the stage of loss of vitality if treatment is not done in the right time. Proper oral hygiene in such circumstances becomes difficult, thus increasing the chances of periodontal disease. Dental implants can prevent these problems by providing a functional replacement for the missing tooth.

If crowns and bridges are utilized as an option for teeth replacement, the integrity of neighboring teeth can be affected adversely. This is mainly due to the fact that they derive their support from the adjacent teeth. The periodontal ligament and the bone of the adjacent teeth have to bear extra stresses which in due course of time weaken them and, at times, even lead to their loss. Dental implants are inserted directly into the bone so they do not require support from the neighboring teeth. They function independently and naturally similar to every other tooth in the dentition.

Are you interested in learning more about dental implants? Attend one of our monthly No Cost/No Obligation Dental Implant Seminars. For details and dates and to register CLICK HERE or call us at (217) 546-3333

Dr. VanderMolen has the answers you need.  Call and make an appointment at Advanced Dental Care today, (217) 546-3333.