Dr. Costa & Dr. Waxmen Family Dentistry Blog

How To: Take Care of Your Dentures

February 13, 2024

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Fortunately, the days of bulky and obvious dentures are long gone. Today, these restorations are custom-made for each patient from dental materials that don’t compromise on durability or appearance. Of course, that doesn’t mean that they don’t require any care. With this in mind, keep reading for five helpful tips on how to take care of your dentures!


You Asked, We Answered: What Should I Do If I Lose My Invisalign Aligner?

January 18, 2024

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With Invisalign, your teeth are gently moved into their ideal positions with a custom-made series of clear aligners. One key component of this process is wearing each tray for 20-22 hours a day and for 7-14 days (depending on your specific treatment plan). So, what should you do if you lose one of your aligners? Should you move onto the next tray? Should you call your dentist? Don’t worry – you’ll find the answers to these questions and more right here.


The Link Between Chronic Stress and Oral Wellness

December 2, 2023

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Nobody ever wants to feel stressed out—the physical toll that chronic stress can have on your body is simply too great to ignore, and at times, quite a bit of a burden to handle! It can cause your head to hurt, your stomach to ache, or even your body to become fatigued or exhausted. However, did you know that chronic stress can also cause problems for your teeth and gums? Continue reading below to learn a little more about some of the oral conditions that can be triggered by stress, along with some dentist-approved tips that may be able to help reduce some of your symptoms.


4 Must-Know Tips for Caring for Your Custom Mouthguard

November 3, 2023

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There are very few things out there capable of protecting your pearly whites in the same fashion as a custom mouthguard from your dentist. They’re especially essential for athletes or those who are frequently playing physical games that might result in injury. While these custom-fitted mouthguards offer superior protection and comfort, proper care is vital for maintaining their longevity and efficacy. Continue reading below to learn a few tips that are certain to help you care for your mouthguard so that it continues to serve you well for several years to come!


October Is Dental Hygiene Awareness Month! Here’s How You Can Participate

October 4, 2023

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Woman looking in a mirror and smiling as she flosses

With Halloween on the 31st, October is typically associated with candy, costumes, and more candy. However, it’s also Dental Hygiene Awareness Month! For that reason, there’s truly no time like the present to take a good look at your oral care regimen and see what can be improved. If you’re unsure where to start, here are a few best practices that will keep your teeth and gums happy and healthy throughout the years.


What Your Dentist Thinks You Should Include in Your Dental Emergency Kit

September 2, 2023

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Sometimes life comes at you pretty fast—and you might be minding your own business, happily plugging away at work or relaxing at home when out of nowhere, you’re stricken by a dental emergency! However, you don’t have to live in fear of suffering a dental injury, nor do you have to sit around, totally unprepared for one; having an emergency dental kit ready to go will ensure that no matter what type of situation unfolds involving your pearly whites, you’re in good shape! Here’s what your emergency dentist thinks you should include in this useful kit.


A Closer Look at the History of Veneers

August 2, 2023

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a patient smiling while receiving veneers

People have been enhancing the appearance of their teeth for quite some time—in fact, even though cosmetic dental treatments like veneers might seem like a relatively modern invention, they’ve actually seen quite a bit of use and have come in many shapes and sizes over the last century! But thanks to continuous advancements in dental technology, they are now better and more beautiful than ever before. Here’s a brief overview of the history of veneers and how they’ve evolved to expertly serve smiles everywhere.


Can I Get Dentures If I Haven’t Had Teeth for a Long Time?

July 2, 2023

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Dentures are among the most tried-and-true tooth replacement options available. These prosthetics have helped countless generations of patients replace their missing teeth, and due to their accessibility and affordability, they likely aren’t going away anytime soon! That said, if you’ve had missing teeth for quite some time, you might be wondering if dentures are still a possibility for you. Keep reading to learn more from your dentist about dentures and how they might still be a possibility for those with long-term tooth loss.


How Soon Can I Travel After Getting Dental Implants?

June 2, 2023

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We live in a very vast world, and these days many of us find ourselves traveling to places near and far, for business or pleasure! And if travel is a large part of your life, you might be wondering if something like dental implant placement could potentially ground you for a while—not necessarily! Here’s more from your trusted dentist about dental implant placement and when you can conveniently resume your travels after rebuilding your smile.