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By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
May 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Preventative CareWant your teeth to be in top-notch condition? Your Jacksonville, FL, dentist, Dr. Selena Marchan, offers preventative care tips to help you improve your oral health care.

Oral Hygiene

There are basic things everyone should do to keep healthy:

  • You should have an oral and dental examination every six months.
  • In addition to visiting your doctor, maintaining a healthy oral habit is essential.
  • Flossing your teeth before bed will also help preserve your teeth and reduce the buildup of plaque.
  • Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day; brush your teeth after you eat breakfast and before bed with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Spend two full minutes brushing your teeth and tilt your brush at a 45-degree angle to ensure you remove as much food debris as possible.

Oral hygiene isn't the only way to care for your teeth:

  • Avoid eating sugary foods, like sodas and candy.
  • Resort to a healthier diet, like apples and carrots, which help scrape off tartar from the surface of your teeth.
  • Drink plenty of water, which can wash away food particles.

Preventative Care Procedures in Jacksonville

Bondings and fillings are a great way to protect your teeth.

  • They can be accomplished in one visit; the procedure may take about 30 minutes to an hour
  • Composite strengthens your teeth, so don't worry about applying too much pressure
  • The composite also fixes issues like chips and cracks, fractures, decay, discolored or stained teeth, and short teeth

Fillings and dental bonding help preserve your teeth for more years to come. They, however, require the same care as all your teeth.

Your family dentist will clean your teeth to ensure they're plaque-free. Then they'll etch your teeth with an acidic gel that will open pores on the surface of your teeth. They'll rinse off any etching material with composite resin that matches the color of your teeth and harden the composite in place with a curing light before shaping your teeth into the right form.

For more information about preventative care, call our Jacksonville, FL, dentist, Dr. Marchan, at (904) 221-5678 today to schedule an appointment!

By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
April 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   invisalign   orthodontics  

When your teeth are out of alignment, it affects everything from the way you eat to the way you smile. The traditional solution has been invisalignbraces (metal or ceramic). But if braces are not an option for personal and professional reasons, what can you do to fix your teeth? You can straighten your smile discreetly with the help of Invisalign plastic aligner trays and Dr. Selena Marchan, a family dentist in Jacksonville, FL.

Why Straightening Your Teeth Matters
While most orthodontic problems aren’t considered emergencies, they are at the very least an inconvenience. If you have gaps, food can easily get trapped between your teeth when you’re eating. Crooked teeth can be painful and awkward. Tooth crowding is very noticeable when you smile. Straightening your teeth matters for aesthetics, comfort, and healthy tooth function.

A Discreet Solution
Braces are made up of metal or ceramic brackets that are glued to the teeth. Wires are added that put pressure on the teeth until they adjust to a more ideal position. Braces are more appropriate for preteens who still have developing smiles. If you’re an adult or teen, you have the option to choose a more discreet way of straightening out your smile called Invisalign. Your Jacksonville dentist designs custom plastic trays that you must put over your teeth daily. The trays provide you with the orthodontic benefits of braces, as well as other benefits including minimal discomfort and a shorter treatment period.

Is Invisalign Your Best Option?
Invisalign may be the right solution if you have minor orthodontic issues, such as a gap between your front teeth or teeth that overlap each other because they’re too tightly arranged. If you’re a business professional or someone who has to meet the public often, this discreet treatment may be your best option.

Visit Your Dentist for an Invisalign Consultation
You may be the ideal patient for an Invisalign treatment, but you have to consult with a family dentist to find out your options. Call (904) 221-5678 today for a consultation with Dr. Marchan at her Jacksonville, FL office.

By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
February 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth-colored fillings offer a more subtle solution when you have a cavity. Jacksonville, FL, family dentist Dr. Selena Marchan answers fillingssome questions about tooth-colored fillings.

How are tooth-colored fillings different?

Tooth-colored fillings are designed to blend in with your smile, not call attention to your dental work. Composite resin, a flexible material made of plastic and glass powders, is used to fill teeth after decay has been removed. Unlike silver amalgam, the filling material that was once the only choice if you had a cavity, composite resin can be tinted to resemble common tooth colors. When you visit our Jacksonville office, we'll compare several shades to ensure that your filling is completely unnoticeable.

What are the advantages of tooth-colored fillings?

A margin of healthy tooth structure surrounding the decayed area must also be removed when a tooth is filled. Because the tooth-colored filling process only requires the removal of a small amount of healthy tooth structure, teeth remain stronger and are less likely to become fragile or crack or fracture in the future.

Tooth-colored fillings also prevent cracks, a common consequence of silver amalgam fillings. The metals in silver amalgam fillings react to temperature changes by expanding and contracting. Over time, this continual expansion and contraction may crack your teeth. Composite resin is unaffected by temperature changes that occur when you bite into a hot piece of pizza or drink an ice-cold beverage. Thanks to your new composite resin filling, you won't have to worry about cracks in your tooth due to your filling.

If you received a silver amalgam filling years ago, you may have noticed that your tooth gradually became darker. Unlike amalgam fillings, tooth-colored resin fillings won't discolor teeth.

How durable are tooth-colored fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings not only look good but can withstand years of chewing and biting. After the composite resin is added to your tooth, it's hardened with a curing light. The curing process only takes about a minute and not only hardens the filling but helps it bond to your tooth.

Tooth-colored fillings restore decayed teeth without changing your appearance. If you're concerned about a tooth, call Jacksonville, FL, family dentist Dr. Selena Marchan at (904) 221-5678 to schedule an appointment.

By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
December 04, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Family Dentist  

Are you wondering why so many people turn to family dentists for oral care?family dentist

You know your family deserves only the very best, particularly when it comes to their health. This is why it’s so important to find a dentist that can handle every member of your family’s specific needs. Here’s why you should consider turning to our Jacksonville, FL, family dentist Dr. Selena Marchan when it comes to caring for your oral health.

As you can probably already imagine, children have different needs when it comes to their health than adults do, and the same rules apply when it comes to dental care. This is why it’s important that your children and teens have a dentist who works with younger patients and is well aware of what they need to maintain healthy smiles.

Of course, the idea of turning to separate dentists to ensure that every member of your family gets the care they deserve can be tiring and time-consuming. Why run all over Jacksonville, FL, to make sure you get the family dental care everyone needs when they can easily get it all in one place?

That’s the beauty of having a family dentist. Family dentists specialize in providing dental care for patients of all ages. So whether your child needs to start coming in for routine cleanings or you have a senior parent who needs to get dentures, our Jacksonville, FL, dentist is here to provide the unique and individualized dental care your whole family is looking for.

Along with getting all the dental services you and your family could possibly need in one easy location, it’s also great to have a family dentist on your side because they truly get to know everyone in your family from the very beginning. Establishing rapport is particularly important. After all, you are putting your health in our hands. Don’t you want a family dentist that you trust to provide dental care for your little one?

By getting to work with your family throughout the years we not only provide tailored and unique dental care based on your unique needs but we also get to know you on a personal level so it feels less like a sterile doctor’s visit and more like seeing a close personal friend every six months.

Do you have questions about getting family dentistry in Jacksonville, FL? Do you need to schedule an appointment for you or another member of your family? If so, then it’s time you called our office today.

By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
September 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Most people have at least one thing they would change about their smile if given the chance. Stained and discolored teeth tend to be the veneersmost common cosmetic problem, but issues like gaps between teeth and chips and cracks can ruin an otherwise healthy and attractive smile. Veneers are used to change the size, shape and color of damaged teeth. Dr. Selena Marchan, a family and cosmetic dentist in Jacksonville, FL, recommends veneers as an affordable and minimally invasive option to makeover your smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Jacksonville, FL

Dental veneers are made of a thin translucent layer of porcelain or composite resin (a mixture of materials like plastic and glass) that is bonded onto the surface of the tooth. The most common uses for veneers include:

  • Chips and cracks
  • Stains and discolorations
  • Gaps and spacing (spacing due to bite and alignment problems may require orthodontic treatment)
  • Uneven teeth
  • To seal and reinforce a tooth after root canal therapy

Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and send it to a lab for fabrication. Once the veneer is ready, it is bonded to the surface of your tooth and adjusted for the perfect shape and fit.

With good oral hygiene practices at home and preventive dentistry including regular check ups and professional cleanings, typical veneers can keep your teeth looking strong and healthy for years. Although veneers are very durable and designed to match the color and texture of natural teeth, they are susceptible to staining and discoloration from food and drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine. You should care for your new veneers as you would your natural teeth, but no special equipment or products are needed after the veneers are in place.

Find a Family Dentist in Jacksonville, FL

A beautiful smile begins with healthy teeth and gums. For more information about dental veneers and other cosmetic dentistry options, contact our office by calling (904) 221-5678 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Marchan today.

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