The Top 4 Signs A Dental Implant Is Right For You

The Top 4 Signs A Dental Implant Is Right For You

If you’re missing one or more teeth in Elm Grove, you may be wondering if a dental implant is right for you, or if an alternative treatment like a dental bridge or a partial denture is the best choice. If you’re missing teeth, the team at Honest Teeth wants you to be well-informed about when implants are the best restorative option. Here are a few signs that implants might be your best choice:

1. You’re Willing To Invest In A Long-Term Solution For Your Missing Tooth

Dental implants are an investment in your oral health. And, unlike partial dentures and dental bridges, they are not usually covered by insurance, although some dental plans will pay a certain percentage of the cost.

However, though the up-front cost of implants is often more than other restorative alternatives, they are definitely worth it in the long run. Implants will prevent future dental issues like teeth shifting and bone/gum tissue loss.

Not only that, a dental implant can last up to 30 years or longer. Dentures often must be replaced every 5-10 years, and the same is true of bridges, so a dental implant ends up being a better long-term choice, and can actually be cheaper in the long run.

2. Your Mouth Is Healthy (And You’re Keeping It That Way)

If you have gum disease, multiple infected or decayed teeth, or other oral health issues, you can’t get a dental implant until you’ve dealt with these issues.

Dental implants are only a good choice for you if your mouth is healthy, and you plan on taking care of it properly for the rest of your life. That means proper brushing and flossing, and regular visits to Dr. Meinerz and Dr. Krueger for oral exams and teeth cleanings.

3. Your Jaw Bone Is Healthy And You Want To Preserve It

When you lose a tooth, the jaw bone underneath the empty socket tends to shrink and become weak, because it’s not being supported by the root of the tooth. A dental implant helps support and preserve your jaw bone, which helps you keep your mouth and jaw healthy and strong.

If you’ve been missing a tooth for several years, the bone underneath your jaw may have already deteriorated. However, you can undergo a bone graft or sinus lift to strengthen it, in most cases, so you can still have an implant placed and preserve your remaining bone.

4. You’re Ready To Commit Several Months To The Process

Even a basic dental implant will take about 3-6 months to heal completely. If you need a tooth to be extracted, or require a sinus lift or bone graft, it could take a year or longer for the entire procedure to be completed. You’ll need to be patient, but the beautiful, long-lasting results are definitely worth the wait.

Contact Us For Dental Implants In Elm Grove Today!

If you’re thinking about getting a dental implant in Elm Grove, Dr. Krueger and Dr. Meinerz are here to help. With years of experience in implant dentistry, our team can help you restore your smile and gain confidence. To get started, contact us now at (262) 784-7770, or come to our new office at 15255 Watertown Plank Road, Suite 100, Elm Grove, WI 53122 for an in-person visit.

Keeping Your Smile Bright and White After Teeth Whitening: Our Top 5 Tips

Keeping Your Smile Bright and White After Teeth Whitening: Our Top 5 Tips

If you’ve recently had your teeth whitened at Honest Teeth. Dr. Meinerz and Dr. Krueger want to keep your teeth pearly white for as long as you can! How can you make sure that your smile stays bright and beautiful for months and years to come? Here are some of our best tips for keeping your smile flawless after you’ve had your teeth whitened:

1. Brush And Floss Properly

Start with the basics! Brushing and flossing helps remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. This buildup can make your teeth look darker, so it must be removed to preserve your smile. Make sure to brush at least twice a day for two minutes, and floss once per day.

You may also want to consider using a whitening toothpaste to help maintain your fresh, white teeth. Dr. Meinerz or Dr. Krueger can give you a recommendation for the best whitening toothpaste for your particular needs.

2. Never Smoke Or Use Tobacco Products

Quit smoking and using tobacco before having your teeth whitened. Tobacco use stains your teeth and turns them brown and yellow very quickly. If you have your teeth professionally whitened and use tobacco products afterward, your teeth will become stained again in months. Your teeth could eventually become permanently stained, and not even tooth whitening will help.

3. Consume Staining Food And Beverages In Moderation

Many dark-colored foods like blueberries, as well as beverages like tea, coffee and wine can stain your teeth. Drink or consume these in moderation and use mouthwash or brush your teeth afterward, to avoid staining. You could also consider drinking these beverages through a straw, which helps you avoid contact with your teeth, and prevents stains from forming.

4. Consider Using Whitening Mouthwash

Mouthwash is very convenient for cleaning your mouth when you can’t access your toothbrush. Keeping a little bottle of mouthwash in your desk at work, or in your car can allow you to rinse away food debris and potential staining agents. Further still, a whitening mouthwash can help keep your teeth looking great, and mitigate minor stains.

5. Never Skip Your 6-Month Teeth Cleanings And Oral Exams

At your regular oral hygiene appointment, one of our hygienists will buff and clean your teeth, keeping them bright and ensuring that they are free of plaque and tartar. In addition, Dr. Krueger or Dr. Meinerz can ensure that your teeth are healthy, and may even recommend a touch-up whitening treatment, to keep your smile looking great.

Contact Us Today For Teeth Whitening In Elm Grove

Whether you’ve already had teeth whitening treatment and you simply need a touch-up, or your teeth are stained and you’re interested in learning more about your cosmetic dentistry options in Elm Grove, Honest Teeth can help. Contact us now at (262) 784-7770 to schedule a cosmetic consultation, or feel free to come by our new office at 15255 Watertown Plank Road, Suite 100, Elm Grove, WI 53122. We’ll see you soon.

4 Things You Should Look For In A Great Family Dentist

4 Things You Should Look For In A Great Family Dentist

At Honest Teeth in Elm Grove, Dr. Krueger and Dr. Meinerz focus on general, preventive and restorative dentistry, and can provide informative, gentle, and professional care to patients of all ages.

If you’re new to the area, or you’re a new parent looking for a highly-qualified dentist to take care of your and your family, we want you to know what to expect from a great family dentist:

1. The Ability To Treat Patients Of All Ages

This is the first thing you should look for in a family dentist. A great family dentist will be able to grow with you and your family.

From exams and oral hygiene appointments for toddlers and kids, to orthodontic consultations with teens and pre-teens, and continued oral care for young adults, you want to find a dentist who can care for your family at every stage of life.

This has a number of benefits. Your kids will become familiar with your dentist, which makes them feel more comfortable. You’ll be able to build a relationship with your dentist, and this ensures better care. Finally, a qualified family dentist will develop a comprehensive understanding your entire family’s dental health and ensure that you get the preventive care you need.

2. Flexible Hours With Available Emergency Dental Appointments

It’s best to find a family dentist that offers after-hours and weekend appointments, as well as walk-in emergency appointments. It’s not always easy for parents to make time for the dentist, so you want as much flexibility as possible.

3. Advanced Dental Technology

For the best possible results, your family dentist should be using advanced technology such as intraoral cameras, digital x-rays, and laser dental tools to provide you with the best possible results.

Of course, advanced dental technology is no replacement for a highly-qualified, competent dentist. But in the right hands, combining these technologies with a conservative, minimally-invasive approach to dentistry will lead to much better overall results.

4. A Caring, Patient-Focused Attitude

This is, by far, the most important part of selecting a family dentist. Choosing a dentist who is truly friendly, caring, and approachable will ensure that the care you receive is from the hands of someone you can trust. This should be your highest priority when interviewing dentists, and picking out a family dentist in Elm Grove.

Learn More About Family Dentistry In Elm Grove – Contact Us Right Away!

At Honest Teeth, we treat your family as if they were our own, and we provide quality, skilled care for patients of all ages. To learn more about what we do, take a look at some of our patient reviews, and learn more about the Honest Teeth difference.

You can schedule an in-person interview with one of our dentists by giving us a call at (262) 784-7770, or coming to our new office at 15255 Watertown Plank Road, Suite 100, Elm Grove, WI 53122. We hope to see you and your family soon!

5 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

5 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

Dr. Meinerz and Dr. Krueger, have years of combined experience placing dental implants, and at Honest Teeth, we’re familiar with all of the latest implant dentistry techniques and technologies.

If you’re thinking about getting dental implants and you’re not sure whether they’re the right option for you, you may have some questions about the process. Here are the 5 most common questions our patients ask us about dental implants, along with our answers:

1. Will My Insurance Cover A Dental Implant?

Unfortunately, the answer to this is usually “no”. Most dental insurance plans do not qualify dental implants as an essential procedure. They will cover a partial denture or a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth, but not a dental implant.

Some insurers are willing to pay up to 50% of the cost, but this is rare. It’s best to consult with your insurance company before you have a dental implant placed, to make sure you understand what is and what isn’t covered under your plan.

2. How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

One of the best reasons to get a dental implant is because implant treatment is the most cost-effective way to restore your tooth in the long-term, even if it is not covered by insurance. While dental implants are quite expensive at the outset, they last longer than partial dentures and dental bridges.

Dental implants, if you care for them properly, will last you for the rest of your life. Many people today have dental implants that are over 30 years old, and in great condition.

3. How Do I Care For My Dental Implant?

Another reason dental implants are beneficial is because they do not require any special care. All you have to do is brush and floss your teeth normally, and see the team at Honest Teeth for regular, six-month cleanings and exams.  

4. Are Dental Implants Painful?

The process of having a dental implant placed is somewhat invasive, so there will be some discomfort involved. However, this can be treated with prescription or over-the-counter medicine, and most patients experience very little discomfort within 2-3 days after the procedure.

5. How Many Teeth Can I Replace With Dental Implants?

You can replace anywhere from a single tooth to an entire mouthful of teeth. Dental implants can support a single dental crown, a dental bridge, or a set of implant-supported dentures.

No matter how many teeth you need to replace, you may be eligible for dental implants, as long as you’re healthy and free of any major oral issues like gum disease.

Interested In Learning More? Contact Us For A Consultation!

Getting a dental implant is a big step, and we understand that. We welcome you to stop by Honest Teeth for a consultation with Dr. Meinerz or Dr. Krueger. Our dentists are happy to help you understand the entire process, and they will assess your oral health to ensure that an implant is the best choice for you. Get started now by giving us a call at (262) 784-7770, or stop by our office for your consultation at 15255 Watertown Plank Rd., Suite #100, Elm Grove, Wisconsin.

The Top 5 Advantages Of Invisalign Compared To Metal Braces

If you need orthodontic treatment to correct minor issues with your smile, such as gaps in your teeth, slightly crooked teeth, crowded teeth, or a minor underbite or overbite, Invisalign from Dr. Max Meinerz or Dr. Kyle Krueger of Honest Teeth is a great choice!

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If you’ve been considering Invisalign in Elm Grove and you want to know how the treatment compares to traditional braces, we’re here to give you all the information you need! Invisalign has many advantages, and here are what we consider to be the top 5:

1. Faster Treatment Times

When wearing Invisalign, you will wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, and it usually takes about 20-24 sets of aligners to complete your treatment. This means that the average treatment time for Invisalign is just under a year.

In contrast, metal braces can take 2 years or even longer to achieve the same results. When you choose Invisalign, you’ll be able to get much faster results with much less time in the dentist’s chair.

2. Invisalign Is Nearly Invisible

It’s unfortunate, but metal braces do have a bit of a social stigma, especially among older adults who may be working professional jobs. Many people think that traditional braces are unsightly and embarrassing.

But Invisalign is almost completely invisible! Once you get used to wearing your aligners, you’ll be able to speak normally, and nobody will even be able to tell that you’re straightening your teeth.

3. Invisalign Can Be Removed For Better Oral Hygiene And More Flexibility

Brushing and flossing around metal braces can be quite difficult, particularly when your teeth are sensitive after your braces have been adjusted. This means it’s hard to maintain perfect oral health.

However, Invisalign is meant to be removed to brush and floss, ensuring that you are able to maintain proper levels of oral hygiene throughout the process.

4. Invisalign Is More Comfortable Than Braces

Invisalign is more comfortable than braces in several ways. First, there are no uncomfortable braces or wires that may poke your mouth and cause scarring or discomfort.

Second, Invisalign exerts a much more gradual, even, and gentle pressure on your teeth, compared to braces.

Finally, Invisalign does not require the traditional “tightening” process of braces, which can cause sensitivity and discomfort in many orthodontic patients.

5. You’ll Spend Much Less Time In The Dentist’s Chair

Traditional braces require you to have adjustments about every 4 weeks, and this can mean spending an hour or two in the dentist’s chair during each appointment. In some cases, you may need your braces to be adjusted even more frequently.

However, when you use Invisalign, you will only have a brief appointment at Honest Teeth every 6 weeks so our dentists can examine your mouth and track your progress, then give you the proper sets of aligners to wear for the next 6 weeks. This means you spend less time at the dentist, and more time enjoying your life!

See If Invisalign Is Right For You At Honest Teeth

If you only have minor-to-moderate orthodontic correction needs, and you need a low-profile, fast alternative to metal braces, Invisalign may be right for you!

Interested? Get in touch with Dr. Kyle Krueger or Dr. Max Meinerz of Honest Teeth right away. We’d be happy to set up a comprehensive consultation, and help you find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign.

You can contact our team at (262) 784-7770, or drop by our office at 15255 Watertown Plank Rd, Suite 100, Elm Grove, WI 53122 to get started! We hope to see you soon.