If you are one of those people who takes good care of your teeth, brushing twice a day and flossing every night, then you should be proud of yourself. It’s not just about aesthetics; it’s about taking care of your body. Your mouth is home to millions of bacteria that may cause dental problems if they aren’t controlled. Even if you take great care to clean up after yourself, it only takes an hour or two to have food remnants on your teeth that can eventually lead to cavities. And cavities can turn into expensive dental work or even infections that spread throughout your body, causing serious damage... or even death! That is why it is important to visit your dentist at least 2-3 times a year.
If you’re looking for a good dentist, it can be hard to know where to go. The staff at Dr. Amy's office in Thousand Oaks is highly trained. We also understand first impressions are important. How should you prepare for your first visit? The best way to prepare for your first visit is to gather as much information as possible, ahead of time. What type of insurance do they take? How close is it to your home. The dental office's website should contain a lot of valuable information, so it's important to visit the website first. The website should contain an overview of services offered, hours, location, insurance and financing options. You also want to check the About Us page, so you can learn more about the staff and their overall style. Check out any reviews on review sites such as Yelp and Google Business Profile, and make sure it is full of positive feedback. These can help you understand which dental practices in your area provide exceptional service. You can also call up your dentist’s office before you make an appointment and ask any questions you have about procedures or costs in advance. This will give you more time to consider if it’s a good fit for you. The dental office should want to make you feel welcome, and overall... safe.
Invisalign is a clear dental orthodontic appliance that looks like a mouth guard. It’s actually quite amazing and does wonders. A dentist or orthodontist will recommend Invisalign to patients who need an alternative to metal braces. It's typically recommended for adults, but children and teenagers can also benefit highly from using it. The aligners are made from thermoplastic material that is compressed under high pressure and cooled down into solid form before they're placed in your mouth. Typically, for patients who have worn their aligners for at least 22 hours per day, six days per week for two weeks or more, an orthodontist or dentist can assess whether it's time to move on to the next set of aligners—or if another two weeks is required first.