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Dental Trends That Will Destroy Your Teeth!

January 12th, 2018

Our Millennial patients and Facebook friends ask us about various dental fads that they see on social media. These products show off amazing results by various "new" dental products and claim superior results over trusted dental brands. Social media influencers sell these products to unsuspecting followers to make a quick buck. These products have no true merit with regards to their claims and they often can cause serious harm, with long term use.

Below are 3 dental trends on Facebook, that will destroy your teeth. Word to the wise: Beware of the false whitening claims!

Toothpaste Nuskin AP24: highly abrasive, can scrape and scratch your enamel, it then coats them in titanium dioxide (white paint) that is thickened by dimethicone and other agents to stay on your teeth for a short period of time. In short this product will not give you desired long term results. If you need whiter teeth for a wedding or professional photos for a short term project, use it. Long term use can lead to yellowing and staining of your teeth because, as you use it, it will erode your natural enamel over time.

Activated Charcoal: although great for absorbing toxins in some situations, use on your teeth can be disastrous. It is very abrasive and can scratch your enamel, thus weakening your teeth. Long term use can also cause yellowing and staining of your teeth.

Lemon Juice or other natural acids: Just as the other two trends acid erodes the enamel. It erodes it on a chemical level, causing the calcium and phosphate crystals in your enamel to be lost. Long term use can cause yellowing and staining to your teeth.

These trends can cause permanent damage, requiring people to get costly fillings, crowns, and veneers, to restore the appearance of your teeth. Once enamel is lost, it doesn't grow back. Exposed Denton not only looks yellow or brown, it can cause painful sensitive teeth. If you want whiter teeth or are searching for a more natural dental product, be sure to ask your general dentist or orthodontist for recommendations.

If you have any questions, or would like recommendations, feel free to call our office or send us an email!

205-345-5524 or mckinneyortho@gmail.com

 

 

October is National Orthodontic Health Month!

October 5th, 2017

What does the month of October mean to you? For people in the south, October is when the weather starts to get a little chilly; heavy jackets might come out of storage and the summer clothing gets packed away. You might start making plans for the upcoming holidays or admire the beautiful, ever-changing autumn scenery. October means something a little different or team, at McKinney Orthodontics because this is National Orthodontic Health Month. During October, orthodontic clinics all over the country work together to promote their services and inform the community about the important work we do.

National Orthodontic Health Month is an awareness campaign created cooperatively by orthodontists and other dental health professionals. During this month, we make a special effort to promote dental health, orthodontic health in particular. This is a great time to get your questions answered by dental professionals in your community and to learn more about exactly what an orthodontist can do for you and your family. If you have never been to an orthodontist before, you might not know what to expect. Meeting one of us in person before your checkup is a great way to find out what kind of person you'll be seeing during your appointment.

Meeting Dr. McKinney in a relaxed "meet and greet" atmosphere can be especially helpful for any young orthodontic patients in your family. Kids of all ages-and their parents!-can feel anxiety about going to the dentist. Getting to know the person you have an appointment with can make the experience a lot less stressful for everyone. We don't want anyone to avoid seeing a dental professional for regular checkups just because they don't know who we are. Just meeting and talking with the orthodontist you'll be seeing may be enough to make you feel more comfortable about your upcoming appointment.

Dental health is something that affects everyone; healthy teeth and gums contribute to a healthy smile and lifetime of comfort and well-being. Orthodontists are just one of the various dental practitioners you could visit at some point in your life, so taking a little time to learn who we are and what we do is certain to be a helpful experience. We look forward to seeing you and your family this October at our Tuscaloosa, Hampton Cover, Fayette, or Winfield locations.

5 Reasons You Should Smile More

September 6th, 2017

Great power lies within our smile. Smiling has surprising effects on our mood, success and overall health. At McKinney Orthodontics we believe everyone deserves to feel confident about their smile. That is why we offer a complimentary consultation and low monthly payments in order to get you there! Here are 5 reasons why you should smile more today!

1. Smiling Reduces Stress

A study published by the journal of Psychological Science found that those who smile the biggest had a substantial reduction in heart rate and quicker stress recovery when performing a stressful task. This means the next time you find yourself in a stressful situation, try smiling! It may allow you to perform the task better and with less stress.

2. Smiling Makes You More Approachable

A Penn State University study found that waiters and waitresses who smiled more were found to be more likable and friendly to their customers. In fact, the customers felt more satisfied with their overall experience just from having been smiled at. Want to make people around you happy? Try smiling more!

3. Smiles are Contagious

Have you ever noticed how someone you're with will reciprocate a smile after you smile? There's a scientific explanation. Humans posses something called mirror neurons that are activated when  we perform certain actions and see others performing those same actions. If you want to make others around you smile, it can be as simple as smiling at them!

4. Smiles Make You Appear More Trustworthy

In a study done by the University of Pittsburgh, researchers found that the more models smiled, the more trustworthy they ranked. Psychology shows that a person who smiles appears more trustworthy than a person with a neutral expression. In fact, even the intensity of the smile affects the level of perceived trustworthiness.

5. Smiling Make You More Productive

Smiling doesn't only improve your mood, it can actually make you more productive! Studies have found that happiness has a significant effect on productivity at the workplace. The opposite is true as well! Negative emotions can have the opposite effect as happiness and even drain your productivity. Put on a smile at work and get more accomplished!

With all the benefits of smiling what is more important than having a smile you can feel confident about? At McKinney Orthodontics, we make getting a confident smile easy by offering Braces & Invisalign at an affordable price. First appointments are complimentary and we have locations in Tuscaloosa, Huntsville, Fayette, and Winfield. We look forward to meeting you. SMILE MORE!

If you are interested in taking the first step to having a more confident smile, click here to set up a FREE consultation.