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    Patient Spotlight: My 6 Month Smile Journey | First Adjustment Appointment

    Last updated 22 hours ago

    I had my first appointment to have my braces adjusted. I cannot believe how much my teeth have moved in three short weeks! They replaced the wire for my top teeth, since they were moving pretty easily.  Each wire is a little thicker and pulls a little harder than the one before. The doctor decided to leave the bottom bracket on this time, and just tighten it a little, since my bottom teeth are so crooked and crowded they are moving a little slower. When they attached and tightened the wire to the bracket, it did hurt a little, because the teeth are already sensitive from the process of moving to their new positions. I just took a few ibuprofen to take care of the pain.

    I am getting pretty good with the flossing now, so it is not taking quite as long. The inside of my lips no longer hurt me at all, I guess they are calloused enough to take the friction now. My future adjustment appointments will only be two weeks apart now. I am very impressed with the changes I am seeing so far and look forward to my next appointment in two weeks!

    Keep reading my blog to follow my smile journey!  Until next time, Kelly!

    How Dental Veneers Can Help Improve Your Smile

    Last updated 6 days ago

    If your teeth are not as white as they used to be, dental veneers may be the best choice for you. This procedure can also address cracked or chipped teeth. Keep reading to take a closer look at how dental veneers can improve the look of your smile.

    Before undergoing any procedure, it is important to talk to your dentist and find out if you are an acceptable candidate for the procedure. Veneers can reinvigorate your smile by covering stains or damage with tooth-colored porcelain. Veneers are long-lasting and difficult to stain, making them an ideal choice for long-term smile improvement. In fact, properly maintained veneers can last for up to 15 years.

    Oak Creek Dental Care is a Columbus-based sedation dentistry practice. We specialize in providing a variety of dental care services, including restorations, cleanings, and adult orthodontics. If you would like to know more about our services, please feel free to visit our website or call us at (614) 682-8345. If you live in the area, stop by to find out what we can do for you.



    How IV Sedation Can Help Ease Dental Anxiety

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Dental anxiety can keep people away from the dentist for much longer than is healthy. However, modern technology has seen advancements that can help even the most anxious patients overcome their fear of the dentist. Here is a look at how IV sedation can help ease dental anxiety.

    Sedation Eliminates Fear of the Dentist
    Fear of the dentist can keep people from practicing proper oral hygiene, which can lead to negative consequences. The complications that may result can even impair overall health. Fortunately, IV sedation takes this fear away. Using safe drugs, dentists are able to provide patients with a perfectly comfortable experience. IV sedation dentistry is highly controllable and can be adjusted in order to find the perfect level of sedation for each individual patient. This sedation completely relieves the patient of his or her anxiety and worry, providing a smooth dental treatment.

    You May Not Remember the Procedure
    When you undergo IV sedation dentistry, you may be so relaxed that you do not remember the procedure at all. In some cases, patients ask the dentist when the procedure will start after it has already been completed. This is not only a testament to the effectiveness of IV sedation dentistry in relieving dental anxiety, but also a reason for patients to return for additional treatments. This is especially true for patients who have previously had negative experiences with dental care.

    IV Sedation Provides Instant Relief
    Unlike other forms of sedation dentistry, IV sedation takes effect immediately. This means that there will be no placebo effects or lingering anxiety as you wait for the medication to activate. For this reason, IV sedation treatment creates the ideal scenario for people with severe dental anxiety.

    For more information about how IV sedation can help ease dental anxiety, please do not hesitate to contact the dental experts at Oak Creek Dental Care. Our offices provide the Columbus area with a variety of sedation dentistry services. If you would like to know more about our practice, please feel free to visit our website or call us at (614) 682-8345 today.

    How Stress Impacts Your Oral Health

    Last updated 20 days ago

    Stress impacts your health on many different levels, and oral health is no exception. Watch this video to find out how stress impacts your oral health.

    People who are frequently plagued by stress tend to be at higher risk for periodontal disease. They are also more susceptible to bruxism, which is the grinding of teeth. Bruxism may cause jaw soreness, headaches, and worn teeth. Remember to visit your dentist regularly to make sure stress isn’t permanently impacting your oral health.

    Would you like to know more about how stress impacts dental wellness? Call Oak Creek Dental Care at (614) 682-8345. We are happy to serve Columbus with emergency and sedation dentistry services. If you would like to know more about our services, please do not hesitate to visit our website today.

    Patient Spotlight: My 6 Month Smile Journey | Weeks 1-3

    Last updated 24 days ago

    Thanks to the advice of my many friends, co- workers and family members who have had braces in the past, I had a pretty good idea of what to expect for my first few weeks in braces…pain, awkwardness and did I mention pain?!  Ok, so it really hasn’t been that bad!  The worst pain I have experienced so far was on the inside of my lips where the braces rubbed.  I learned to use the wax they gave me very quickly and it was a lifesaver!  I could feel my teeth start moving the very next day.  My teeth feel loose and they ache but are bearable with ibuprofen.  Eating has been a chore and I have lost 4 pounds the first 3 weeks!  That has been a nice, unexpected side effect!   

    I cut everything up into small bites, so I don’t have to bite into anything with my front teeth, which is painful, and then annoying later to get the food out of! I have also slowed my eating, as I have bitten the inside of my cheek several times by eating too quickly. By week 2 the pain was much more bearable and the inside of my lips were beginning to callous and get used to the braces.  I also have been using a straw to drink my coffee (which was hard to get used to) and my tea, as the clear brackets will stain.  Flossing has been a challenge and time consuming, but the “super floss” they gave me is amazing, I can’t image trying to floss without it. 

    Week 3 has been great, as I am used to the routine and my teeth aren’t aching as much.  I am very excited about my ortho visit tomorrow to see the changes in my teeth!  The first 3 weeks flew by so quickly!

    Keep reading my blog to follow my smile journey! 

    Until next time, Kelly!

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