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Adult Braces Trend Going Strong at Loveable Smiles in Richardson, TX

Once seen as a treatment for teenagers, more and more adults are now opting to realign their teeth.

And it’s not just folks in their 20s and 30s. People over the age of 50, 60 and even 70 are opting for this service.home-invisalign-adults

Dr. Larry Korenman of Loveable Smiles is seeing this trend in his office in Richardson, TX.

Adults of all ages are electing to straighten their teeth later in life both to improve their looks and to fix long-standing dental issues.

Some patients may have either lost a tooth or had previous dental work that’s causing problems. Often, their teeth are simply showing the wear and tear of five or more decades of work. Frequently they are having muscle and joint pain or they have noticed their gums have receded.

Better Dental Care & Technology

Older adults are in a better position to get their teeth straightened.

Unlike in our grandparents’ generation where full sets of dentures were common, today, adult teeth are in better shape due to superior dental care and prevention measures such as fluoridated water.

Additionally, dental technology is extremely advanced allowing for improved dental imaging and updated appliances that help straighten teeth much faster.

There are plenty of alternatives available for adults who want braces but don’t want the look of metal in their mouth.   Dr. Korenman is an Invisalign provider.  This orthodontic method uses aligners that are smooth and clear.

These aligners get replaced every few weeks as your teeth are repositioned.

The average Invisalign case can be completed in about one year!

Warning Against DIY Teeth Straightening

Unfortunately, with this trend in adults opting to realign their teeth, there has also been an increase in patients trying to straighten their teeth themselves with such things small rubber bands, clay, hair ties or aligners sold on-line.

Trying to close a gap or straighten your teeth yourself can increase the risk of infection and serious damage to your teeth and gums, including tooth loss.

These self, oral care “hacks” often lead to people spending serious time and money with a dental professional — the very thing they were trying to avoid in the first place.

Dr. Korenman is a very well-trained dentist who is responsible for the proper placement of the teeth using Invisalign aligners.  He has the technology and knowledge to create and administer custom Invisalign treatments for patients. Learn more about Invisalign on our website here.

Beyond Cosmetics

The health benefits of having properly aligned teeth extend far beyond a beautiful smile.adult invisalign

Straight teeth are also helpful with the following:

  • Reducing wear of teeth
  • Helping you to speak, chew and breathe properly
  • Straight teeth are much easier to clean.
  • Improved oral hygiene helps prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
  • Developing adequate space for dental implants to replace missing teeth
  • Creating a more balanced bite which can alleviate pain and headaches as well as TMJ
  • Helping to alleviate sleep apnea by repositioning the jaw for better breathing

We encourage you to call our office for your Invisalign consultation. 972-231-0585

Be sure to us about our new Invisalign pricing!

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Healthy Mouth, Healthy Baby

Quite often Dr. Korenman hears a common “myth” or wives’ tale about cavities and pregnancy.Little Girl Kissing New Sibling to Be

 

Women share with him that they had perfect teeth until they got pregnant. That all of their calcium leached out of their teeth and into the baby’s bones causing all their cavities.

 

The reality is that the calcium does not leach out of teeth.

 

There are several reasons why many pregnant women and new moms get tooth decay:

  • Hormones change during pregnancy causing the gums to be more susceptible to infection.
  • Many women experience nausea during pregnancy not allowing them to eat let alone put a toothbrush in their mouth. So the teeth aren’t getting cleaned.
  • Many women can only stomach certain foods and often give in to cravings that contain a lot of sugar and/or carbohydrates. These foods can cause tooth decay.

 

If you are pregnant, one of the most important medical appointments you can make is to call your dentist.

 

Why? Because the bacteria that cause gum disease may increase a mom’s risk for delivering prematurely.

 

Gum Disease & Developing Babiespregnancy and dental health

There is a link between uncontrolled gum disease (and the mom may not even know she has gum disease as 80% of people have it) and pregnancy complications such as premature labor and preeclampsia (rise in blood pressure).

 

A study exploring the possible link between gum disease and preeclampsia found that 50% of the placentas from women with preeclampsia were positive for one or more periodontal pathogens.

 

Scientists believe these infections cause a rapid increase in certain fluids in the body that, in turn, induce labor. It’s not necessarily the infection itself but the body’s response to the infection that causes the premature birth.

 

Mom’s Hormones and the Baby’s Teeth

Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increase the risk of developing gum disease, which can affect the health of their babies.teeth for two photo

 

Studies have shown that bacteria responsible for tooth decay are passed from the mother to the child in utero. The more frequently you give in to the craving for sugary snacks, the greater the chance of developing tooth decay.

 

Additionally, pregnant women with acid reflux are also at a greater risk of tooth erosion and

periodontal problems as the acid dissolves away the protective coating of teeth (enamel) leaving them weakened and at a very high risk of needing extensive (and expensive) restorations.

 

Dr. Korenman recommends that women visit his office as soon as they learn or their pregnancy.   Dr. Korenman and his team will test for any dental health problems that might affect your baby.

If you are diagnosed with gum disease, Dr. Korenman can design a safe treatment plan to treat it and to help you keep it under control.

For the health of your unborn baby, we urge you to call Loveable Smiles for your Total Health Dental Care appointment at 972-231-0585.

This is just one of many examples of how we treat people, not just teeth.

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Does Your Mom Suffer From Dry Mouth? There Is Hope in Dallas Ft. Worth

Dr. Korenman is the first in the DFW to offer a life-changing procedure for Dry Mouth, which is a dangerous side effect from many common medications. dry mouth woman 2

Dry Mouth is not a disease, but a symptom of a medical disorder and/or most commonly, a side effect of popular medications including:
• Blood pressure medications
• Anti-depression/Anti-Anxiety
• Cholesterol Fighters
• Pain killers
• Antihistamines/Decongestants
• Even neurological medications for treatment of ADHD.

Dr. Korenman is the first in Dallas/Ft. Worth to offer this breakthrough laser treatment for Dry Mouth.

This is the first treatment that actually deals with the problem of Dry Mouth itself and not just the symptoms.

Using a painless laser procedure this treatment quickly and easily re-stimulates saliva glands.

The treatment is painless, simple and quick.

If you would like to find out more about this phenomenal treatment, please call us and schedule an appointment for you or a loved one. 972-231-0585

Learn about the dangers of Dry Mouth here.

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Newborn having trouble nursing? Take her to the dentist.

Thanks to laser technology, Dr. Larry Korenman of Loveable Smiles in Richardson, TX has been helping infants who have trouble nursing due to tongue-tie and lip-tie issues. (He was featured on WFAA Channel 8 about the service. http://www.wfaa.com/videos/news/health/2015/02/24/simple-solution-helps-nursing-babies/23965539/)

These are photos of recent babies Dr. Korenman has helped.tounge tie family

On the left we have baby Eden who was having trouble staying latched when she was nursing. Immediately after her procedure, she was able to latch on deeper and stay latched longer. Her parents also opted to have her receive the laser frenectomy to prevent improper spacing between her front teeth.

On the right we have precious twins Lincoln and Addison.twins 1
Lincoln was having problems latching and also difficulty keeping his bottle and soother in for an extended period of time due to the tongue and lip ties. Afterwards Lincoln quickly went back to sleep!

Dr. Korenman suggested he take a look at Lincoln’s sister Addison who also was found to have a lip tie as well. She, too, was having latching issues and required a shield prior to the procedure but now she’s nursing better and no longer uses the shield.

Thanks to advances in dental technology with a Laser Frenectomy, which uses cool water during the procedure, there is virtually no bleeding, no pain, no risk of infection and the healing is almost instantaneous for infants. The procedure takes less than 1 minute.

Tongue and lip ties are very common, but often not diagnosed even when it causes problems. Lip tie is usually missed as well as it is under the upper lip and actually causes more pain to the nursing mothers than tongue tie.

The “wait and see” approach can lead to more problems
• Nursing and eating
• Nutritional issues
• Speaking
• Inability to develop proper airway which has been correlated with asthma, sleep disorders (possibly S.I.D.S.), allergies, ADD/ADHD
• Spacing between the upper front teeth as well as improper location of the teeth as they erupt

And the issues can persist on into adulthood causing sleep disorders and the myriad of health issues related to that.

Dr. Larry Korenman of Loveable Smiles in Richardson provides Laser Frenectomy for tongue and lip tie issues.

Please call our office at 972-231-0585

Dr. Korenman was interviewed by Janet St. James on WFAA about frenectomies for newborns.

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World Oral Health Day in Richardson, TX

In March, we celebrate Word Oral Health Day. World Oral Health Day 2020 logo

Dr. Larry Korenman is dedicated to improving your overall health through dentistry.

It’s called the “Mouth-Body Connection,” and it means that poor dental health can severely deteriorate your body, especially your lungs and heart, and it can also lead to a host to other conditions including migraines, Alzheimer’s disease and even some Cancers.

Poor dental health is often caused by gum disease.

80% of people have Gum Disease and DO NOT KNOW IT! There is usually no pain involved for people until extremely late in the degeneration. Many gum problems will go unnoticed until they are diagnosed by a dentist.

Dr. Korenman and his team are dedicated to educating the public about the dangers of gum disease and they check all their patients for it.

If you are diagnosed with gum disease, Dr. Korenman can design a treatment plan to help you keep it under control.

We urge you to call Loveable Smiles for your Total Health Dental Care appointment where we will check you for gum disease at 972-231-0585.

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Celebrating National Dentist Day! Who is Dr. Korenman?

Dr. Larry Korenman is dedicated to improving your overall health through dentistry.
He practices at Loveable Smiles in Richardson, TX. Dr. k 3
Here are several more things that make Dr. K so special:
  • He is the “Listening Dentist.” Patients really appreciate his willingness to listen to their concerns and fears.

  • He will NEVER cause you pain.

  • He treats people, not just teeth.

  • He calls his patients to check in on them after their treatments.

  • He is a part of a very small percentage of dentists (only 1%) who have invested in laser technology.

  • He is the first in Dallas/Ft. Worth to offer  breakthrough laser treatment for Dry Mouth.

You can learn more about Dr. Korenman here.

Call 972-231-0585 to schedule your appointment with the “Listening Dentist.”

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The Gift of Invisalign

Give your special someone the gift of a healthy smile with Invisalign. Christmas Invisalign 5.jpg

A brand-new smile delivered by the most advanced clear aligner system in the world?

Talk about a gift worth lighting up for.

It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Read about the amazing health benefits of properly aligned teeth here.

The average Invisalign case can be completed in about one year!

We encourage you to call our office for your Invisalign consultation. 972-231-0585

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Cancer & Dental Health

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as a courtesy to the community, Dr. Larry Korenman of Loveable Smiles in Richardson offers complimentary fluoride trays fobreast cancer_and_oral_health_imager anyone going through chemotherapy treatments.

Because chemo can make your mouth more at risk for infection as well as make your gums bleed more easily, fluoride is used to help prevent the formation of cavities.

Please call Loveable Smiles in Richardson. 972-231-0585

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How often should you see your hygienist for dental cleanings?

October is National Dental Hygiene Month.

How often should you see your hygienist for dental cleanings?  Some people may say that you should go every six months, some people may say every 3-4 months, and others may only visit the dental office when they are experiencing pain.

So, which one is right for you?

The answer is not as black and white as you may think…National Dental Hygiene Month image

Dental cleaning frequency is completely dependent upon the patient and their individual needs.

It is the same concept as when someone goes to physical therapy or rehab and the therapist creates a custom program for each individual in order to get them back to health (there is no blanket solution).

Patients who have seen the dentist regularly and practice good oral home care may only need to have a dental cleaning every six months because they have minimal build up and little to no bleeding in the gums.  On the other hand, some patients who have not seen the dentist regularly and/or do not practice good oral home care may need to have their teeth cleaned every 3 to 4 months because they have moderate to severe build up and bleeding in the gums or they have been previously diagnosed with periodontal disease (loss of bone around the teeth).

The goal is to get your teeth cleaned frequently enough to keep the bacterial plaque build up at a minimal level so that either healing can occur or so that the tissues can stay in an optimum state of health.

In order to see what frequency is right for you, you should see your hygienist and discuss what treatment cycle will give your teeth and gums the best outcome.

Call for your dental hygiene appointment! 972-231-0585

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Replace Your Silver Fillings at Loveable Smiles in Richardson, TX

Teeth and fillings expand and contract at different rates.  Over many years of ingesting hot and then cold food and drink, silver fillings experience expansion and contraction. The contraction creates openings between the tooth and the filling material. The expansion can contribute to the tooth cracking or worse, splitting.broken_filling_1

Dr. Korenman has even seen a large part of a tooth break off with the metal filling still completely intact.

Additionally, when you chew and your teeth come together there’s a lot of pressure and force at work, and the metal filling takes the brunt of that pressure…which can also lead to the tooth being fractured much like a log being split.

When the seal between the tooth and the filling breaks down, food particles and decay-causing bacteria work their way between the worn filling and the tooth. These bacteria cannot be removed with a toothbrush or by any other means, and decay may develop along the edge of the filling or underneath it.

The most frustrating part of all this is that it happens painlessly with very few signs of a problem.

Dr. Korenman of Loveable Smiles has invested in the latest dental technology that allows him and his team to see things that normally go undetected.

He and his team can safely and effectively remove your silver fillings and restore your teeth to their their natural strength, beauty, and function.

We urge you to call Loveable Smiles for your Total Health Dental Care appointment. 972-231-0585

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