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The 3 Main Differences Between Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry are two different specialties within the dental field. While both focus on teeth, they have different goals in mind. Cosmetic dentists focus on improving the appearance of teeth, while restorative dentists focus on repairing damage and restoring function. If you are considering getting dental work…

How Are TMD and Teeth Grinding Related?

Being asleep makes it difficult for you to regulate whether you grind your teeth at night. But that doesn’t imply you have no options. Teeth grinding or bruxism can cause several adverse symptoms, such as temporomandibular joint disorder and the morning soreness in your teeth and jaw (TMD). This happens…

Cosmetic Restoration: What Is It and What Does It Entail?

Cosmetic restoration is the process of repairing and restoring teeth that have been damaged or lost. It can involve anything from replacing a single tooth to rebuilding an entire mouthful of teeth. The goal of cosmetic restoration is to improve the appearance of your smile and boost your self-confidence. If…

How A Dentist Can Help With Sleep Apnea

If you have sleep apnea, you know how disruptive it can be to your life. You may not get the sleep you need, leading to daytime fatigue and other health problems. Sleep apnea can also cause problems in your relationships or at work. If these are issues you are dealing…

Car Accident Trauma’s Impact on the TMJ

One of the most common causes of TMJ disorder is trauma to the joint. Large-scale trauma such as car accidents are major contributors to trauma-induced TMJ disorder cases. In 2020, there were 35,766 crashes involving 54,272 motor vehicles. Because of the gravity of the number of crashes, understanding how one…

Can Sleep Apnea Make You Gain Weight?

Unexplained weight gain can be a frustrating thing to try and battle. If your diet and activity levels haven’t changed significantly, but the scale keeps going up, it could be due to sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can lead to weight gain, but weight gain can also lead to sleep apnea….

Noninvasive TMD Treatment Plans

If you’re struggling with TMD pain, the last thing you want to do is sign up for an invasive procedure that will cause more pain. Some of the most powerful barriers to patients seeking treatment include cost and anxiety over invasive treatment plans. To support patients and remove these items…

4 Sleep Apnea Warning Signs

The last thing anyone wants to find out is that they’re sick or have some kind of condition that threatens to make them sick. Sleep apnea is one of those diagnoses that no one looks forward to receiving. The implications of unknowingly suffering from sleep apnea can be life-threatening, making…

Finding a Healthy Bite

A healthy bite refers to how a person’s upper and lower teeth come together. Ideally, the upper teeth should fit slightly over the lower teeth, and the molars should line up so that the points of each molar fit into the grooves of their counterparts. Why is this important? Bad…

Are Men or Women More Affected by Sleep Apnea?

Close your eyes and imagine someone with sleep apnea. Who are they, and what do they look like? If your image is like most, you saw a man, maybe overweight, maybe in his 50s. While this assumption is not representative of everyone, it does depict the majority of sleep apnea…

What Causes Tongue-Tie?

Do you have a limited range of motion for your tongue? If so, you might find it challenging to eat, speak, or even breathe. The tongue’s ability to move freely can affect a person’s life much more than one might expect. If you’re feeling tongue-tied, you’ve probably felt that way…

Can TMD Compromise the Immune System?

A compromised immune system puts every aspect of a person’s health in jeopardy. Without a fully functioning defense against infection, immunocompromised people are significantly more likely to experience health complications. One of the more surprising contributors to a compromised immune system is temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). What Connects TMD Symptoms…

How Do Dental Porcelain Veneers Feel?

Porcelain veneers are the go-to cosmetic dentistry option for most patients looking for transformative results. The advantage of veneers is their likeness to natural teeth and their ability to give a lot of people a fresh start at a beautiful smile. While anyone can see how transformative they can be…

Health Risks of Untreated Sleep Apnea

Roughly 80 percent of people living with sleep apnea are undiagnosed. That means that a large majority of people who routinely stop breathing at night aren’t aware of the danger they sleep through. Untreated sleep apnea poses health risks beyond regular breathing interruptions. Sleep apnea can affect several body systems…

The Relationship Between the Jaw and Anxiety

If your jaw pops or cracks when you move it or just generally hurts more often than it should, you might also suffer from chronic anxiety. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) can wear on the nervous system and surrounding muscles and contribute to Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). The relationship between the…

Defeating Undereye Dark Circles

What causes dark circles? Sometimes we wake up to them in the morning, and other times they’re more persistent than that. Dark circles under the eyes can come from family history, allergies, or lifestyle influences like excessive sun exposure. One of the most common causes of dark circles is a…

Jawline Exercises for a Better Profile

Anyone who’s ever caught a glimpse of themselves as they passed by a mirror has probably thought about their neck and chin shape. The dreaded “double chin” is notorious for bruising our self-esteem. The usual solution plan is diet and exercise, but what if that doesn’t help? Something people rarely…

How Sleep Breathing Disorders Affect the Brain

What is more personal than a person’s memories or thoughts? These parts of our brains represent our story and make up who we are. Anything that could jeopardize those reels of our lives is inherently dangerous to our identity and should be safeguarded against. Sleep breathing disorders such as sleep…

What Is LED Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening is a commonly used cosmetic procedure that grants people the opportunity to reenvision their smiles. One of the challenges to over-the-counter teeth whitening procedures is their timeline. For example, whitening strips may take several treatments before results can be noticeable. What is LED teeth whitening and how is…

Managing Childhood Sleep Apnea

Few things are scarier than the possibility of a child suffering from sleep apnea. Interruptions in breathing during sleep can affect a child’s physical, cognitive, and emotional development. Behavioral side effects can be particularly damaging for children even in the short term. Managing childhood sleep apnea can be very challenging for…

Relief for TMD Muscle Pain

TMD-induced muscle pain can become so distracting that it can begin to take control of sufferers’ lives. Chronic pain in the neck and shoulders, be it sharp or dull, can seep into unexpected parts of life. A dysfunctional temporomandibular joint can lead to daily discomfort and affect the way people…

How Does Sleep Apnea Affect the Brain?

It’s no secret that sleep apnea is dangerous. Sufferers stop breathing sporadically throughout the night while they’re asleep. This sporadic pause in oxygen intake and dispelling of carbon dioxide can have many detrimental effects on the body, all while a sleep apnea sufferer is fast asleep. The psychological side effects…

Effects of Mouth Breathing on Facial Growth
APRIL 22, 2020 Effects of Mouth Breathing on Facial Growth by Dr. Jennifer Wallace Breathing is an essential part of life. However, it’s such a natural part of life that most people don’t ever think about it. For instance, do you know whether your child breathes through their nose or...
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers Over Other Materials

Veneers are an excellent cosmetic option for people who want to renovate their smile with something bright and new. What makes one style of veneers better or worse than another? Dr. Wallace recommends porcelain veneers as the best option for her patients. What are the benefits of porcelain veneers over…

What Facial Symmetry Says About Oral Health

A face that isn’t symmetrical can be telling about a person’s oral health. When the face shows signs of asymmetry, it demonstrates to doctors that there may be some underlying dental concerns. Symmetry is more than vain physical preference it also has some functional implications. Facial symmetry is a sign…

Facial Growth and Remodeling Orthodontics

Childhood is marked by numerous milestones. As children grow up, we track their emotional, cognitive, and physical development to ensure they’re on pace with what our expectations are for someone at that age. A child’s dentist is often one of the most important people in recording their physical development milestones,…

6 Signs of Childhood Sleep Apnea

Snoring is considered a normal, non-threatening thing for adults and children to do from time to time. However, frequent snoring can also be a sign that someone is not getting enough air while they sleep and that their airway is obstructed. This threat is even more dangerous for children who…

Can Jaw Joint Pain Cause Headaches?

Jaw joint pain is indicative of temporomandibular joint disorder. The temporomandibular joint is the connecting structure between the jaw and the skull. People experience TMJ disorder as a result of injury or underdevelopment of the jaw, also known as malocclusion or bad bite. Malocclusion signifies a lack of space in…

Health Risks of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is synonymous with CPAP machines and snoring but it can affect people’s lives in many other ways, far beyond the limits of sleep. Sleep breathing disorders such as sleep apnea can be harmful to countless other bodily processes as well as affect others. What is the extent in…

Restoring the Bite Relation Of Worn Teeth

Worn-down teeth affect more than just the aesthetics of a smile. Many people who struggle with grinding their teeth at night can attest to the reality that the side effects can be felt in several other places. One of the best ways to approach this problem is through restorative dentistry….

Don’t Grind Away Your Smile!

Grinding your teeth at night is largely out of your control; after all, you’re asleep. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, doesn’t just make your teeth and jaw hurt in the morning, it can also lead to various other side effects including…

How the Jaw Affects Head Posture

  People are more sedentary than ever. We now spend hours hunched over a computer for work with little to no regard for how it will affect our posture long-term. To make matters worse, we spend an inordinate amount of time looking down at phones throughout the day, only exacerbating…

How Oral Appliances Can Treat Sleep Apnea

It’s no secret that sleep apnea is a major problem in the United States. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine estimates that about 26 percent of adults between the ages of 30 and 70 years have sleep apnea. Even more troubling, one estimate suggests that roughly 80 percent of those…

The Impact of Mouth Breathing on Facial Development

The quality of the air we breathe, and interestingly enough, how we breathe it, has a significant impact on our health. Not only does air affect the respiratory system, but also the cardiovascular system, mental health, and development. Unbeknownst to most, there are countless connections between the way the face…

Will My New Veneers Look Fake?

One of the things people considering veneers struggle with is whether their new smile will look unmistakably fake. There is a clear distinction between a beautiful natural-looking smile and something that looks paid for and inauthentic, and people generally prefer the former. So, will veneers look fake? FAQs Like any…

Facial Symmetry and the Golden Ratio

One of the easiest ways to recognize Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is recognizing facial asymmetry. A dysfunctional jaw is reflected by a dysfunctional appearance. This noticeable effect can be seen in a person’s dental alignment or “bite.” Dental misalignment causes strain on other facial structures such as muscles, nerves, and…

Can Snoring Be A Sign?

Do you know a notorious snorer? Maybe it’s you or maybe it’s your partner. Either way, chances are the answer is yes, that you do know someone who snores. Snoring is often leveraged as a joke to tease our loved ones but it can just as easily be discounted as…

Facial Growth and Airways
MARCH 29, 2020 Facial Growth and Airways by Palmetto Smiles of Beaufort 21st Century Orthodontics– Don’t Just Straighten Teeth…Increase Your Face Value!!! As parents we absolutely want what is best for our children in every way. Many parents are well aware of the specific milestones that our children should reach...
Tired of Being Tired?
APRIL 23, 2020 Tired of Being Tired? by Dr. Jennifer Wallace Sleep, Breathe, and Live Better! One of the first descriptions of an Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) sufferer is attributed to the novelist Charles Dickens, who described ‘‘Joe’’ in The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, published in 1836. Joe...
The Heart and Mouth Connection
APRIL 23, 2020 The Heart and Mouth Connection by Dr. Jennifer Wallace According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease will claim an estimated 600,000 lives this year, making it America’s number one killer. Did you know that heart disease and oral health are linked? There...