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Oral Hygiene Tips & More

We do our best to keep you informed on how to maintain a beautiful smile!


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Good standing oral health takes more than just brushing and flossing – improving your toothbrushing technique, ditching sweets, and scheduling a regular checkup at Belvedere are just a few important ways to maintain good oral health.

  1. Schedule a visit at Belvedere. If you have been putting off your regular routine check-up to the dentist, you need to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. If you are neglecting your visit due to financial reasons, we have membership plans to help alleviate any stress around your dental needs. Scheduling a yearly visit can catch problems like decay, cavities, and gum disease at an early stage. You can call Belvedere at (704) 927-5499 or visit here to submit an appointment request.
  2. Cut The Sugar. Sugar is a major culprit to cavities and tooth decay. Our mouths are full of bacteria. Some bacteria is good and others not so much. The harmful bacteria feed on the sugar and can easily turn into a bacterial infection. The first step is being mindful of your sugar intake, that includes soda and energy drinks, it would be wise to consume water instead. When you do eat sugar, it is important to brush afterward.
  3. Improve Brushing Techniques. Don’t neglect brushing your teeth and gums twice a day. If you can brush after eating, please do it. Brushing removes plaque and bacteria from your teeth. When brushing remember to brush across your teeth using a small circular motion at a 45-degree angle to the gum line. Don’t forget to give your tongue a gentle brush. This helps freshen your breath and remove any bacteria build up. Also don’t forget to replace your toothbrush every three months.
  4. Floss Your Teeth. We know that flossing can be a hassle and many people forget this important process. Try putting floss or flossing picks near your bedside or on your bathroom counter to remind yourself to floss. Flossing helps remove any food or plaque that burrows itself between your teeth. If food and plaque are not removed, they can harden into tartar.
  5. Eat A Balanced Diet. Diet plays an important role in one’s mental, oral and physical health. Eating a balanced diet and limiting processed foods is important for dental health. Always read the list of ingredients on the label when grocery shopping. Gravitate towards products with minimal, clean ingredients and shop the premier of the grocery store and load up on fresh products.

Visit one of our dentists here at Belvedere Family Dentistry located in Charlotte, North Carolina, to find out how we can help your oral hygiene. If you have any questions give us a call at 704-927-5499.


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Traditional metal braces and Invisalign both work to straighten your teeth. At Belvedere Family Dentistry we have worked together to provide you with information on the two most popular methods, braces vs. Invisalign, to achieve the smiles you want.

How Do Braces Work?

For decades braces have been the traditional form of treatment used by most orthodontists. Traditional braces consist of metal brackets, bands, and wires. The surface of each tooth gets a metal bracket bonded to the tooth. Flexible wires or arch wires hold the brackets together in place. The wires exert pressure on the brackets which gradually move and correct the position of teeth over time. Patients with braces are requested to visit the orthodontist every six to ten weeks, to have the wires tightened and adjusted. The average braces treatment tends to be anywhere from 18 months to 3 years. Once teeth are in the patient’s desired position, braces will be removed. Following the removal of braces, patients are fitted for a removable retainer to help their teeth stay aligned for many years to come.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign straightens patients’ teeth without wires, bands, and brackets. Invisalign is a series of clear, thin, custom-made, removable, tray aligners that fit snugly over your teeth. The aligners are worn every day and are replaced every two weeks. Each tray will feel different because it gradually moves and shifts the teeth to the desired position. You can remove it before eating, drinking, brushing, flossing, and special occasions. Many people don’t realize you’re wearing them because they are virtually invisible. The total treatment time takes around 6 to 18 months to complete. Just like braces, patients are fitted for a removable retainer to wear only at night to help keep teeth aligned.

Both Invisalign and braces work to give you straight teeth and improve your overall smile, but determining which is best depends on your needs and preferences. When determining to go with braces or Invisalign it is important to start with a consultation. That is why we have partnered with Burrow & Welchel to offer orthodontic services in our office. Please reach out to (704) 334-7202 or set up a consult today by emailing us through the link HERE. We look forward to seeing you soon!


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Finding the right orthodontist can be complicated if you have never been through it. Like all patients, you want peace of mind knowing that you selected the proper orthodontist for your unique oral healthcare needs. Orthodontic treatment has the potential to be a lengthy process, so it is crucial to find someone who not only makes you feel comfortable, but someone who you can trust.

The first step in finding the right orthodontic practice is asking for a recommendation from someone who has gone through the process. Whether that be a close friend, family member, neighbor, or co-worker. Chances are, someone in your circle will have a recommendation that they trust. The next step is to get online and do the research. Reading reviews is a great place to start. At Belvedere Family Dentistry we have over 100 Google reviews to help you make the right choice. We have included one example below of what you should look for.

“Brought my daughters here and they are absolutely the first dentist that took their time and explained what they were doing and also explained to the girl’s the importance of taking care of their teeth. Also very convenient with the orthodontist for my 13 yr old who will be getting braces, highly recommended.”

Reviews are a good way to see what patients liked and disliked about the services they received. Next, compare prices and find the best one that fits your needs and budget. Lastly, upon considering different orthodontists, you need to determine if your top orthodontists have completed the American Board of Orthodontics Specialty Certification exams. Choosing a board-certified orthodontist can assure you that you will receive the complete treatment and care you need. Here at Belvedere we have partnered with Burrow & Welchel Orthodontics to offer their services at our office. Dr. Jack Burrow, Dr. Sam Burrow, and Dr. Britney Welchel are all Board Certified Orthodontists and have been in Charlotte for over 30 years.

Once you have narrowed down your list and done your research, the next step is scheduling consultations. Most orthodontists will provide you with a free consultation for first-time patients. This will allow you to meet the orthodontist and their team. Scheduling a consultation will allow you to also get a good feel of their office environment. You can schedule your FREE consult today with Burrow & Welchel by calling (704) 334-7202 or by emailing us.

Before leaving the consultation it is important to ask questions. The more informed you are about your orthodontic needs, the easier it will be for you to choose the right orthodontist.

Please call our front desk at 704-927-5499 and one of our Belvedere team members can answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding orthodontics.


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Your smile means a lot to our team here at Belvedere. That is why we have partnered with Burrow & Welchel Orthodontics to offer their services at our office. Dr. Burrow and his partners have been in Charlotte for over 30 years, helping patients achieve the beautiful smile they want. You can now have all of your oral health needs taken care of under one roof.

Orthodontists specialize in the examination, prevention, and reconstruction of misaligned teeth and jaws. Dr. Jack Burrow, Dr. Sam Burrow, and Dr. Britney Welchel are all Board Certified Orthodontists, nationally less than half of all orthodontists are. They are trained to diagnose and treat teeth, gum, and mouth conditions like jaw malocclusions, palette expansion, or tooth overcrowding. If you are experiencing any of these conditions, one of our dental professionals may refer you for a visit at Dr. Burrow & Welchel Orthodontics.

You may be asking yourself, “when is the right time to visit an orthodontist?” It is recommended for children to have a check-up with an orthodontist post-baby teeth, no later than the age of 7. This allows orthodontists to recommend treatment before problems become more serious and complicated to treat. If you are an adult looking to get orthodontic treatment, do not worry about age as an issue. Healthy teeth can be moved at any time! The average orthodontic treatment lasts for 2 years, but can take longer depending on your procedure and the severity of your misalignment.

We understand that orthodontic treatment can be a time-consuming and expensive process. Doctors Burrow and Welchel are here to ensure that your teeth properly function and to create beautiful smiles. Not everyone is born with perfectly aligned teeth, and that is perfectly fine! Crooked teeth, misaligned jaws, and tooth gaps or overcrowding can be easily fixed. Here at Belvedere, we want our patients to be confident about their smiles and have access to all of the proper oral healthcare they need, all under one roof!

If you have further questions about our orthodontic services, please feel free to contact (704) 334-7202 or set up a FREE consult today by emailing us through the link HERE. Looking for preventive dental care? Schedule an appointment today with our dentist through our online scheduler. We look forward to helping improve your oral health!


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Whether you just completed your dental crown procedure, or are wondering what to expect before committing to the procedure, it’s important to have a complete understanding of what’s needed from you for proper dental crown aftercare. Crowns are meant to look and function like your natural teeth, so they also require the same oral hygiene routine and regular dentist appointments. If you have chosen to move forward with a dental crown that matches your smile, that material can still stain and chip the same way all of your other teeth do.

If you neglect your crown, it may not be as high-functioning or long lasting as it is meant to be. The average crown tends to last anywhere from 5 to 15 years, but you can extend the longevity of your new dental crown with proper care and attention. Below we have put together our top 5 tips to help you extend the lifespan of your crown through good dental crown aftercare:

  • We shouldn’t have to put this one on the list, but the number one thing to maintain good oral health is brushing your teeth twice daily!
  • You may experience more sensitivity to hot and/or cold sensations with your new dental crown than you did with your natural tooth. After your procedure could be a good time to switch to using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
  • Continue to floss regularly! This will help to ensure that nothing gets stuck or builds up between your crown and your natural teeth.
  • Try to avoid chewing hard foods like ice and candy. Biting down on a hard item could cause your crown to crack, especially if it is porcelain.
  • If you have a history of grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep, you should ask your dentist or hygienist for a night guard to protect your crown and its surrounding teeth.

If you experience any pain or discomfort after your dental crown procedure, please call our front desk immediately at 704-927-5499. Our team at Belvedere Family Dentistry is always here to help and to ensure your oral health remains in tip-top shape.


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Once our team of dental experts has determined that you are a good candidate for a dental crown, we will need to schedule an appointment to prepare your tooth for your new crown, as well as an appointment for the crown to actually be placed. At Belvedere Family Dentistry, we understand that dental services like this can feel intimidating, especially when you don’t know what to expect. We are here to help explain all that goes on during your dental crown procedure so you feel more at ease in our care!

In order to place a dental crown, the tooth first must be thoroughly examined and x-rayed to ensure that there is no need for a root canal. If tooth decay, any injury to the tooth’s pulp or a risk of infection seems to be present, these issues will need to be cleared through root canal therapy prior to crown placement.

After the tooth has been cleared of potential damage or health concerns, it will be filed across the top and sides to make room for the crown itself. In instances where a crown is needed due to damage or decay, we are also able to fill in that missing structure for the crown to cover the area properly. When the tooth has been correctly shaped through filing or adding a filling, we take an impression of that shape and use it to create your permanent crown. This ensures that your bite is not negatively impacted and that the shape of your smile is natural and congruent. While you are waiting for the permanent dental crown, we place a temporary crown to cover and protect the freshly prepared tooth.

About two weeks later, you will come in for your second appointment when the permanent crown is ready. First, our team will remove the temporary materials. Next, we triple check that the shape and color match with your natural teeth. When everything looks good to go, the area will be numbed to provide you with the most comfortable experience possible, and the dental crown is permanently cemented in place.

If you have any further questions about your dental crown procedure, feel free to call us at 704-927-5499. Ready to move forward with crown placement? Schedule an appointment today with our easy online scheduler. We look forward to helping improve for your oral health!


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At Belvedere Family Dentistry, it is our goal to preserve your natural teeth whenever possible. If you are suffering from a damaged or decaying tooth, we typically look to tooth extraction as a last result. We offer a variety of alternative dental services to get your oral health back on track and have you feeling your best without removing your tooth, one of those services being the placement of a dental crown.

Dental crowns are a great alternative to pulling teeth because they allow us to keep your roots and your natural tooth, providing better functionality and longevity for your original smile. The crown itself is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is securely placed on top of your damaged tooth to provide complete coverage and protection. Not only will a crown help you regain your natural, beautiful smile, but it will also ensure that your tooth is strong enough to protect against any future injury or infection.

So, how do you know if you are a good dental crown candidate? After a thorough examination, our dental experts will determine whether a crown is a good fit with your individual oral health history and your smile aesthetic goals.

Typically, we will move forward with dental crown placement in the following situations:

  • If you have a tooth that is cracked, decayed or is suffering from any other wear and tear that has made it weak.
  • If you have a discolored or misshaped tooth, we can use dental crowns for cosmetic purposes to improve your overall smile.
  • If you have a cavity that is too large for a filling to fix.
  • If you have had a root canal treatment, we can use a dental crown to cover and protect that restoration.
  • If you are missing a tooth and need to replace it with a dental bridge.
  • If you need to cover a dental implant.

Are you in need of repair or enhancements for your smile? Wondering if you are a good dental crown candidate? Request your dental crown appointment today by calling our front desk at 704-927-5499 or by submitting a request for your desired appointment time and date through our easy online scheduler!

 


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There are many benefits to signing up for a dental membership plan and one of the most important reasons for you as a patient is that it helps you stay on track with your oral health. Having consistent dental care is the #1 way to decrease the cost of oral health. Plus, by joining our dental membership plan, you will immediately begin to receive the care you need at a price you can afford. No matter which plan you choose, you can save up to 60% on your oral health care!

We offer membership plans for adults and children and even plans specific to those who have a history of periodontal issues. Each plan covers your preventive care for the entire year such as regular cleanings and exams. There are also additional discounts on procedures outside of your preventative care coverage including elective procedures. Now you can achieve the bright, healthy smile you’ve been dreaming about at an affordable price.

Plans are personalized to meet your individual needs, providing you with benefits that surpass those provided by your insurance company. Becoming a member will help alleviate the headache of insurance and all of the technicalities that come with it. Plus, you won’t have to deal with any insurance verifications or denials. It will be very clear on exactly what is included, and not included, in your coverage upon sign up of your dental membership plan.

Best of all, you can keep your current dentist! Nothing will change about your visits with us – except now you’ll be relieved leaving your appointments knowing how much money you’ve saved since signing up for our membership plan! You will still receive the same level of top-notch care with our advanced technology and caring, attentive team members that you have always experienced at our practice. If you would like to sign up for our in-house dental membership plan at Belvedere Family Dentistry, or if you have further questions you would like to have answered, call us today at 704-927-5499!


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An in-house dental membership plan may seem enticing with straightforward information and low price points, but many patients wonder if it is the best choice over your traditional dental insurance coverage. Here’s the short answer – yes, an in-house dental membership plan is the best solution to affordable dental care. At Belvedere Family Dentistry, we know that insurance can be a big headache. That’s why we offer our own in-house plan to make it easy on all of our patients to get the proper care they need and deserve. 

With a dental membership plan, you will have access to affordable, comprehensive dental care that alleviates the hassle of an insurance policy but does not break the bank as paying out-of-pocket for your services tends to feel. Plus, there is no fine print excluding you from getting the dental treatment you need to maintain good oral health! You know what you will get and what you will pay up front when you first sign up for one of our plans.

Not only do we have a variety of plans to choose from for both children and adults, we offer additional savings on services that fall outside of these plans to further save you money. Every plan we put together includes two professional cleanings, two regular exams, two oral screenings, routine X-rays, and even an emergency exam. Our perio plan also includes extra cleanings and exams for patients who are prone to gum disease. Our team will help choose the plan that is best for you, but overall they are each simple to understand, cover the care you need at a discounted price, and will always be reliable.  

If you are ready to save on your dental care and maintain the best oral health for you and your family, ask us for more information about our membership program. Call our front desk today at 704-927-5499 and we will be happy to help move you forward or answer any further questions you may have!


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We often receive feedback from our patients that dental treatment is more expensive than they would like. Many tell us they do not want to come in for an appointment every 6 months “just for a cleaning” because they don’t want to deal with the fees and the hassle of a dental insurance policy. At Belvedere Family Dentistry we offer our own in-office dental membership plan, eliminating the middleman, and helping you maintain good oral health more easily, at a lower cost! 

So what is a dental membership plan? Most importantly, it allows dental care to be affordable without insurance. Our plan is built on transparency. Members pay either monthly or annually, depending on what works best for them financially, and they know upfront exactly what their money is covering. Not only does every plan cover all preventive care for the year, but you will also receive a discount on services outside of this umbrella – including elective procedures that are not medically necessary. 

With a dental membership plan, you have no excuse not to keep up with your regular visits with us! Your cleanings, visual exams, and dental X-rays are all taken care of when you pay upon registration. These preventive services and others covered by your plan will also diagnose and block more serious dental health issues early on, helping you to avoid larger costs that can come with advanced procedures. And by the way, registration will only take you 5 minutes.

Patients who have some kind of dental plan statistically have been more likely to accept treatment outside of the usual exam and X-rays, and in turn have better oral health than patients without a dental plan. If you have further questions about dental membership plans, or would like to become a member of our in-office plan, please call us at (704) 927-5499 today!






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