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Everyone knows Vanna White as the elegant co-host of the popular game show Wheel of Fortune. But here's one thing you may not know: White is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as television's most frequent clapper, with an average of 720 claps per show — that's over 28,000 per season! And here's something else: the star with the megawatt smile wore braces as a kid, and she's not too shy to talk about it.

“I only had to wear them for a year and it was a good experience for me,” she told an interviewer for Dear Doctor magazine. But when it was time for her son to get them, White noticed something different. “We used to have those silver bands that went all the way around each tooth, and they don't have that anymore. It is fascinating to see how far they have come.”

We're glad she noticed! In fact, orthodontic appliances have advanced a good deal in the past decade or so. Instead of using metal bands, brackets holding the wire part of braces are now typically attached directly to the teeth with a dental adhesive. For an even less obtrusive look, ask about using colorless brackets instead of metal ones — that way, the only part that's clearly visible is the thin wire itself. And in some situations, braces can be placed on the lingual (tongue) side of the teeth, making them all but invisible.

Another type of nearly invisible appliance is the clear orthodontic aligner. The aligner system consists of a series of precision-made transparent “trays” that fit over the teeth. Each tray is worn for a few weeks, and each moves your teeth by a small amount; together, they can help correct mild to moderate orthodontic problems. And the best part — they're really hard to notice! That makes them perfect for both adults concerned about a “professional” look, and image-conscious teens.

So if you're a TV star — or if you'd just like to have a brighter and better smile — it's never too late to get started! If you would like more information about orthodontics, please contact us for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Clear Orthodontic Aligners.”

DenturesFor people with several missing or badly damaged teeth, smiling can be quite embarrassing and eating can be quite uncomfortable. Thankfully, Roland Markarian, DMD at Golden Dental in Lancaster offers a great solution: full mouth dental implants.

Full mouth dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement procedure that is worth getting excited about. Not only do they restore your beautiful smile and appearance, but they allow you to enjoy all of your proper tooth function once again. Here are five benefits full mouth dental implants from Dr. Markarian at Golden Dental in Lancaster can offer you.

1. They Look and Feel Natural

With full mouth dental implants from Dr. Markarian at Golden Dental in Lancaster, no one has to know that you've had work done. Not only will your teeth look perfectly real, but they will feel and function just like real teeth as well.

2. They are Comfortable

Traditional dentures can shift and even fall out at the most inconvenient times, leaving you feeling very embarrassed. Full mouth dental implants, on the other hand, are custom-tailored to your specific mouth and then securely anchored in to place so they feel just right.

3. They are Durable

When it comes to teeth replacement, dental implants are the gold standard in dental care. Take care of them properly, and they can last you a lifetime.

4. They are Easy to Take Care Of

Stop removing your teeth every night and cleaning them with a special cleaner. With full mouth dental implants, you care for your teeth just like they are real teeth. Brush, floss and rinse just like you normally would. Caring for them couldn't be easier.

5. They Help Preserve Your Jaw Bone

Without your original teeth, your jaw bone can weaken, change shape and even shrink over time. With quality dental implants from Golden Dental in Lancaster, however, your jaw bone will be preserved. Full mouth dental implants actually keep your jaw bone strong and healthy.

If you are tired of feeling embarrassed about your damaged or incomplete smile, make today the day you finally do something about it. Visit Dr. Markarian at Golden Dental in Lancaster for full mouth dental implants today!

By Golden Dental
February 12, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral cancer  

Last year, over 1.5 million people heard the words no one wants to hear: “You have cancer.” While only a small portion of those — about three percent — were diagnosed with oral cancer, their survival rate isn’t as good as with other types of cancers: 58% five years after diagnosis.

Here, then, are some things you should know about this deadly disease.

Oral cancer is an “equal opportunity” disease. People from all walks and stations of life experience oral cancer. The disease has caused the untimely deaths of Ulysses S. Grant, Babe Ruth and George Harrison, one of the original Beatles. However, you don’t have to be prominent or famous to acquire oral cancer: it can strike anyone at any age, especially people 40 years and older.

Oral cancer is difficult to detect early. Oral cancer usually appears as a small, scaly-shaped sore known as a squamous cell carcinoma. Appearing in the lining of the mouth, lips, tongue or back of the throat, the early stages often resemble other benign conditions such as cold or canker sores, so they’re easily overlooked in the early stages. To increase your chances of an early diagnosis, you should see your dentist about any mouth sore that doesn’t heal in two to three weeks; it’s also advisable to undergo a specific oral cancer screening during your regular dental checkups.

Tobacco and heavy alcohol use are strongly linked to oral cancer. Tobacco smokers are five to nine times more likely to develop oral cancer while snuff or chewing tobacco users are roughly four times more likely than non-tobacco users. People who are moderate to heavy drinkers are three to nine times more likely to develop oral cancer than non-drinkers.

You can reduce your risk for oral cancer. Besides quitting tobacco use and moderating your alcohol consumption, there are other things you can do to reduce cancer risk: a nutritious diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables; limited sun exposure with adequate sunscreen protection and clothing; and safe sexual practices to avoid contracting Human Papilloma Virus (HPV16), strongly linked to oral cancer. And above all, practice effective, daily oral hygiene with regular dental cleanings and checkups.

If you would like more information on prevention and treatment of oral cancer, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Cancer.”

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