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Dr. Terry F. Rakowsky Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Blog

Sore and Inflamed Gums: Common Causes and Solutions

May 17, 2024

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Patient holding her mouth due to inflamed gums

While your gums are just as important as your teeth when it comes to oral health, they’re often overlooked. Often this results in inflamed gums or mouth sores that are uncomfortable and concerning. Understanding the causes behind these symptoms is important for finding the right solution for your health. Read on to explore the common causes of sore and inflamed gums so you can get relief.


5 Tips for Choosing a Cosmetic Dentist

April 2, 2024

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person smiling after being treated by cosmetic dentist

Are you looking to make enhancements to your smile? Picking the right cosmetic dentist is key to getting the results you desire. Whether it’s teeth whitening, veneers, or other procedures, finding a skilled and reliable professional is crucial. To ensure you make the right choice, here are five important tips to help you find the perfect cosmetic dentist for your smile makeover.


Why Should I Consider Getting a Smile Makeover?

March 13, 2024

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Woman thinks something over

A beautiful smile can confer many advantages to its owner. People who smile generously are generally seen as more friendly, more approachable, more confident, and more trustworthy than those who do not, which makes it much easier for them to introduce themselves, win trust, build connections, and close sales. Sadly, many people are nervous about showing off their grins due to unsightly flaws in their teeth. Here are a few of the treatments a smile makeover can include and how they can help you achieve a smile you can be proud of.


Speaking, Clearly: Will Invisalign Affect How I Talk?

February 29, 2024

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Friends talking while one wears Invisalign aligners

What have you heard about Invisalign treatment? Chances are, at least one person you know has taken advantage of it or plans to. It offers a discreet and comfortable alternative to traditional braces for straight smiles and better dental health. However, many patients considering these clear aligners may wonder how it will affect their ability to speak.

If you want the truth about how Invisalign will affect your speech, continue reading.


A Straight Path to Success: How Invisalign Can Boost Some Careers

January 12, 2024

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Woman smiling with Invisalign aligners in front of a business table

In today’s competitive job market, presenting a polished and confident appearance can make a significant difference in your career path. While skills and qualifications are essential, research shows that smiles may also affect how you are perceived professionally. Because of this, Invisalign may provide some patients with a boost to their career prospects. But what professions could really benefit from Invisalign? Continue reading to find out!


A Holiday Survival Guide for Invisalign Wearers: 4 Important Tips

December 5, 2023

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Woman in holiday sweater holding Invisalign aligner

Are you currently using Invisalign to straighten your teeth? It’s important to make sure that you aren’t doing anything that can disrupt your treatment – even during the holiday season. Of course, it can be easy to make mistakes in all the excitement, but luckily your dentist has some helpful advice for avoiding major issues. Below are 4 tips for getting through the holidays with Invisalign.


Aging and Your Smile: How Time Affects Your Teeth

November 24, 2023

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An older man smiling after cosmetic dentistry

As each year unfolds, so does the story of your smile. Aging is a natural part of life, and your smile, much like the rest of you, changes over time. While some of the effects of aging can be less than desirable, there are good aspects to it. Besides, as far as your teeth are concerned, there are ways you can turn back the clock if you desire. Cosmetic dentistry can help!

Continue reading to learn how the aging process changes your teeth, and how modern cosmetic dentistry can help.


3 Habits That Could Harm Your Dental Implants

October 17, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — terryrakowsky @ 3:59 pm
Dentist holding a large model of a dental implant with gloved hands pointing to it with a dental instrument

Dental implants are often considered the ideal method for replacing lost teeth because they’re the only option that functions like a natural tooth. They include a support rod that fuses with your jawbone which provides the stimulation necessary to preserve your facial structure when you bite or chew. Then, they’re capped with a tooth-shaped crown usually made of a composite resin material that’s customized to match your pearly whites.

In addition to all this, they have an incredibly high success rate of 95% in patients under 40 years old and 85% for those over 40. In fact, they’re so reliable that they can last for decades if cared for properly. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of a few bad habits you might have that could jeopardize your dental implant. You wouldn’t want to invest the time and resources into having them placed just for them to fail, after all! Keep reading to learn 3 things to avoid.


I Want Dental Implants: Will They Rust in the Future?

September 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — terryrakowsky @ 7:54 pm
a closeup of a model of dental implants

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are complete game changers; these innovative posts are capable of fully restoring oral functionality for patients, regardless of the number of pearly whites they’re missing. However, some patients wonder if dental implants are susceptible to rust; while they are impressively reliable and durable, there is still an incredibly minimal risk that you should be aware of. Nonetheless, you should not let this risk deter you—here’s what your dentist wants you to know.


How Dental Implants Can Save You Money in the Long Run

August 5, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — terryrakowsky @ 9:46 am
3D render of a dental implant

Dental implants often come with a reputation – they’re seen as the pricier option when it comes to replacing missing teeth. But what many don’t realize is that these implants can save you a considerable amount of money and hassle over the years. Let’s delve into how.

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