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Whether you’re an adult wanting straighter teeth or you’re looking for an orthodontia solution for your children, it’s time to ditch metal braces and look for a modern, subtle solution to crooked teeth. With ClearCorrect, you can have straighter teeth in a shorter amount of time, without the hassle of maintaining metal braces.

Not only is ClearCorrect a simple solution for straighter teeth, but ClearCorrect can also be a cost-effective solution. If you’re unsure about clear aligners to fix your crooked teeth, here’s why you should choose ClearCorrect at El Dorado Dental.

What is ClearCorrect?

As we’ve mentioned, ClearCorrect is a simple, effective solution for fixing crooked teeth, crowding, overbites and underbites, and so much more. These durable invisible teeth aligners are designed for each patients’ unique dental needs. Rather than attaching to your teeth like metal braces do, these aligners can be removed at any time. That means you can eat the foods you want without worry.

With traditional braces, broken brackets and frequent tightening is required, which can be uncomfortable and often requires regular appointments. You’ll need to wear ClearCorrect for at least 22 hours per day, but the freedom to remove the aligners throughout the day makes your alignment process much easier to manage.  You can ditch metal braces.

The series of aligners gradually shift your teeth to create a smile you’ve always wanted. With each set of aligners, you’ll see results faster than you would with traditional braces. We have years of experience helping our patients using ClearCorrect, and we’re ready to help you with all of your dental needs.

How ClearCorrect Compares to Other Invisible Aligners

The ClearCorrect manufacturing process is streamlined, which means lower lab and production costs. At El Dorado Dental, we pass those savings on to our patients. We don’t think you should have to pay inflated fees for your dental health.

We’ll work with you to come up with a custom treatment plan so you can have the smile you’ve always dreamed of. The high-quality manufacturing paired with the care and team at El Dorado Dental means you’re getting straighter teeth faster and for less.

Am I a ClearCorrect Candidate?

Every dental case is different, but the good news is that ClearCorrect can fix a wide range of problems. To determine whether you’re a candidate for ClearCorrect, stop by our Santa Fe office for a consultation. We can examine your teeth and determine whether you’re a candidate. From there, we will create a custom plan for your alignment.

El Dorado Dental – ClearCorrect In Santa Fe

At El Dorado Dental, our team is dedicated to providing our patients with the smile of their dreams. Not only are we Santa Fe’s ClearCorrect experts, but we’re also a full-service dental team that has years of experience in regular cleanings, check-ups, screenings, and in-depth dental procedures. No matter what you need, our team can make it happen.

For more information on ClearCorrect or to schedule your initial consultation, contact the team at El Dorado Dental today.

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Final Voting begins May 1-31.
Please help us make #1 this year, we truly appreciate you as a patient and we thank you for taking your time to vote for us.
Click on the link below to vote now.

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How important is kids oral care and what’s your role? Let’s talk about it!

But first, let’s establish a foundational tooth truth.  Brushing teeth is not optional. You make your kids bathe, right? (Okay. The pool counts.) Kids oral health is especially important because not only are their teeth a valuable asset but by establishing a healthy routine, this hygiene habit follows your kids into adulthood. Like puppies. Here are some evidence-based and/or fun kids oral health facts.

Kids should brush twice a day.

Every day. Listen. I don’t make the rules. Blame the ADA.

Floss. Floss. Floss. Floss. Floss.

(Join me in a rhythmic, fist-pumping chant.)

Create healthy routines at an early age.

Establish a morning and evening time to brush. Model by brushing your teeth with them (or before you help them.)  Rabbit trail: This is an ideal time to ask your Alexa to play Raffi’s “Brush Your Teeth” song. It’s a classic and kids love the interaction and playtime.  Make it FUN! Another rabbit trail. Find an app that supports teeth brushing for kids. Also interactive and fun. But really, just take two minutes to spend time together while teaching stuff and things. Because when they’re older, they won’t want to a) brush their teeth at all b) refuse to let you help c) believe that tooth decay can happen to them. Teens are masters of denial. But that’s another blog titled “Teens. They’ll Lose Their Retainer. And You’ll Have To Pay For Another One.”

Choose snacks wisely.

Think salty and crunchy vs. sugary and soft. Allow me to self-disclose. I was raised on sweet tea in a bottle. That’s just what you did in West Virginia in the late ’70s. I paid for it until I was an adult and got veneers. Limit sugary drinks and snacks. Repeat number 1 and 2.

Let your kids choose their toothbrush and toothpaste.

Even little ones can be empowered to participate. Make sure the bristles are soft and the toothbrush follows the ADA recommended age guidelines for kids. (Kids need a kid-sized toothbrush.)

Toothpaste portions.

For kids up to age three- grain of rice. For kids over three- a pea-sized amount. And make sure to supervise them and teach them to spit it out.

Educate in kid terms.

Talk about “Mr. Placky” (plaque) and why it’s wacky (because he likes to team up with Mr. Sugarbuns and cause cavities. Or something fantastically creative like that.

Get a dental check-up twice a year.

This may be something often underestimated and dismissed. Just as an annual physical is important, so is seeing your dentist. This is an opportunity to catch Mr. Placky being wacky and stop cavities in their tracky. (Sorry. I couldn’t resist.) Equally important is finding a dentist experienced in working with kids. Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be a scary experience. Finding family dental service in your area is easy.

For those local to the Santa Fe area, schedule a checkup with our family dentistry services. We love kids!

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Regenerative Medicine

Science is advancing in unprecedented ways. The field of regenerative medicine continues to research effective ways to use stem cells to treat many diseases like leukemia, type 1 diabetes and even Alzheimer’s. A stem cell is a master cell within the human body that contributes to regenerating or repairing tissue. There are four types of stem cells, but the most well-researched and hopeful is the mesenchymal stem cell.

Mesenchymal Stem Cells are found in concentrated amounts in the dental pulp of teeth!  It’s a non-invasive way to bank your child’s stem cells through the natural loss of their baby teeth: the younger the teeth, the more youthful and healing the cell. Younger is better for cryopreservation. Imagine getting your stem cells at age 70 that were preserved when you were seven! Treat diseases, form tissues, reduce inflammation and experience wellness longevity like never before.

Benefits of Stem Cells

The short answer? Stem cells save lives. Stem cells can treat cancers like leukemia and other disorders, Type 1 diabetes, suppress inflammation, regenerate bone growth and other injuries by repairing damaged tissue. By banking teeth, your child will have the ability to use his stem cells in the future to repair disease – by working with your dentist to ensure the teeth are correctly extracted and processed through your dentist. Imagine being able to use your very own stem cells into adulthood to treat diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Store-A-Tooth

Store-A-Tooth partners with dentists to ensure your child’s teeth are correctly extracted, processed and stored using cryopreservation. When you need the stem cells, Store-A-Tooth will deliver the cells to the location of therapy.

Contact Eldorado Dental in Santa Fe for more information on the benefits of dental stem cells and your child.

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So, you think you’ve mastered dental care. You brush twice a day, use the best toothpaste money can buy and never ever skip your scheduled cleanings. You’re such a pro! Not that I want to put doubt in your mind, but are your really doing all you can do for your teeth? Have you forgotten about your…gums? If you have forgotten about your gums, don’t worry, they will remind you, and in some of the most unfortunate ways. Finding the best dentist in Santa Fe won’t help you save your gums if you are ignoring them at home. So, for the best in dental care, you must spend some time on your gum health. Also, here’s some more information about the gums that will motivate you to keep them clean.

The gums are also known as the gingiva and are part of the soft tissue that lines the inside of the mouth.

They cover the root structure of the teeth and protect them from trauma or decay.

Unhealthy gums can be an indicator that there are other problems with the body.

Many times, hygienists and dentists will use the gums as a guide to suggest a patient seek further medical investigation if they look ill, but the patient seems fine.

Healthy gums appear a lovely shade of pink or a darker shade for those with darker skin tones.

When gums appear red or even white, this can be a sign of irritation that can lead to further gum disease.

Healthy gums look like they have little ridges or scallops on the edges around each tooth.

The ridges should fit snuggly to the tooth and protect the tooth root from invasion from food particulates.

Healthy gums should be firm and resist movement.

This helps them in covering the root system. Unhealthy gums are easier to move and may even appear swollen or puffy.

According to the CDC, half of Americans have periodontal disease.

Good news though! Periodontal disease can be halted by the simple acts of daily brushing with a soft toothbrush, daily flossing, cutting sugar intake and keeping regular dental visits and cleanings.

So, the gums aren’t just there to make our smile more interesting, they really make out smiles possible. Take the time to care for your gums as well as your teeth. Your smile will look gorgeous and your gum health will be superb.

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Ah, Halloween! Probably one of the most fun holidays of the year. Kids (and adults…we don’t judge) get to dress up and pretend to be scary, magical or something in between. They race through neighborhoods, collecting mountains of candy. And at the end of the night, they come home with their bounty, looking forward to the days (weeks…months…) of candy eating. What’s not to love about Halloween?

Plenty.

Eldorado dental (and me, Dr. Haley Ritchey) don’t want to sound prudish nor do we want to be a major buzz kill, but Halloween isn’t the best holiday. I mean, we love the fun and the costumes and the cute kids shouting, –“Trick or treat!” –we just don’t like all that candy. Candy is fine in moderation, but Halloween causes moderation to go flying out the window like a witch on a broomstick.

As most of you know, sugar is the enemy to healthy teeth. The mouth is full of good and bad bacteria and there is a constant struggle for balance. When sugar is introduced, like with Halloween candy, the bad bacteria then starts to destroy teeth. Next, you’ll be left with;

Tooth decay…cavities…drilling…fillings…sadness.

We really don’t want you or your kids to go through that so Eldorado Dental is offering a fantastic opportunity to part with your excess candy, make a little green and make our service men and women smile.

Eldorado Dental is hosting a Candy Exchange the first week of November. That’s right, just bring that candy in and exchange it for money or fun gifts. We will be sending all the goodies to Operation Gratitude and sent overseas to our men and women in the armed forces. Just think of it! Thousands of men and women serving our country in foreign lands get a little taste of home.

It’s that simple!

  1. Send out the kids to get as much candy as they can carry
  2. Come home and go through it to pick out a few favorites
  3. Bring the rest of the candy to Eldorado Dental
  4. Exchange the candy for money or gifts
  5. Candy gets donated and makes our men and women in uniform feel loved
  6. Go home with a good feeling and some cool stuff

Enjoy Halloween and collect that candy. When you are done, bring it on by. Candy exchange will be the first week of November (November 5-9, 2018) at Eldorado Dental 1 Caliente Rd. Ste E. We look forward to seeing you!

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The magic of braces has fixed everything from crossbites, underbites, crooked smile or just plain old snaggle teeth. Those brackets, wires and rubber bands all work together to slowly move teeth into the proper place, giving the client the beautiful smile they want.

While braces are incredibly beneficial, they aren’t necessarily the easiest procedure to endure. After all, it can take several years to get those teeth into shape. Not to mention the cost and constant visits to the orthodontist for checkups and wire tightening. They are, however, effective…but they aren’t the only tooth straightening solution.

Doing a web search for “invisible braces” will bring up not only adds but information about clear braces and the two biggest companies that provide them: Invisalign and ClearCorrect. But in the world of invisible braces, which is best?

Both Invisalign and ClearCorrect provide similar products: clear braces. Both companies also function similarly, providing precisely measured, clear, plastic straighteners to slowly move teeth into the desired position. The differences are slight but may help clients choose which brand works better for them.

The Same

Invisalign started in the late 90’s, providing and alternative to traditional braces. Clients would go to a dentist or orthodontist to have their teeth scanned and the scans, with instructions, would be sent to Invisalign to have a series of plastic trays fabricated that fit snuggly to the teeth. These straighteners would slowly move teeth without the added notice of traditional braces.

Likewise, ClearCorrect also provides clear tray-straighteners that fit the teeth and enable straightening without notice. Teeth would be scanned, and scans sent out to have trays fabricated to fit the client’s teeth, just like Invisalign.

The Difference

While both companies are similar they do have some slight differences. Invisalign is older than ClearCorrect, which started in the late 2000’s, giving Invisalign more experience.

ClearCorrect was started as a discounted form of invisible braces. To save on costs, the plastic they use for their trays is an older formula. The trays are somewhat thinner and can be prone to breakage. Invisalign trays are slightly more resilient, using a proprietary plastic blend for their straighteners.

Both provide similar results, but if the price is a factor, ClearCorrect does come out ahead as the cheaper alternative.

The Verdict

In the end, whichever invisible braces a client chooses will be based on needs vs cost. The results, however, will be the same; a gorgeous smile with perfectly straight teeth.

Schedule an appointment with Eldorado Dental to see if invisible braces are a great fit for you.

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The summer has come and is quickly on its way out. You and your family have spent time at the lake, ocean, river, waterpark, picnic, fireworks show and everything in between. You’ve had so much fun with your kids…maybe too much. Now that school is starting, you feel that sense of hope returning. You find yourself smiling at the memories, but are ready to send your child out the door for school.

Getting the perfect backpack and right amount of pencils is a breeze to get life back into the swing of things. There is, however, one thing many parents don’t plan for and it’s kind of important.

Eldorado Dental is here to remind you that as you get erasers, crayons, paper and binders for your children you also need to get their teeth ready for the school year.

The end of summer is the perfect time to bring your son, daughter or the entire family in for a dental checkup and cleaning. Think of it like back-to-school for everyone’s teeth.

Start by making an appointment. For younger children, talk to them about what to expect at the dentist’s office. Mention how important it is to get teeth checked regularly to keep them strong and healthy. Notify the dentist if any of your children are nervous, they can take extra steps to ensure they feel comfortable. Bringing a comfort toy/item doesn’t hurt either.

Be sure your children brush and floss before your appointment to present clean teeth. It’s easier for the dentist and hygienist to work on a clean surface and spot any problem areas. Don’t forget to mention any issues your children might be having with their teeth.

Use this opportunity to make a fun day out of the dentist visit. A quick stop at a favorite store or even the park before or after the visit will give your kids something to look forward to.

Getting back to school is a yearly right of passage for kids everywhere. Don’t just stop at school supplies for your family, get them to the dentist to keep those teeth strong and healthy.

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There is always a reason to celebrate (we like National Smile Month), and with twelve months in a year, there are twelve ways to recognize unique events year-long. For instance, did you know that July is considered Hot Dog and Pancake month (although you probably should celebrate those separately)?

Or that November is World Vegan Month (sorry Thanksgiving) and April is National Car Care Awareness Month? It seems there is something fun or even practical to celebrate every single month. But this month is near and dear to my heart. I, Haley Ritchey DDS. Love June because it’s National Smile Month.

I know, I might be a little biased but what’s not to love about sharing a gorgeous smile? So, in honor of National Smile Month, I have compiled some facts about and ways to protect that smile of yours:

* Feeling better is only a smile away! That’s right, the simple act of smiling can help you feel better, more relaxed and even happier. So, share that smile.

* For a good clean choose a soft bristle brush. A simple, soft-bristle brush will give your teeth a thorough cleaning. If you need a medium bristle, be sure to be gentle as you brush. Hard bristles are best used for removing rust from metal or cleaning grout.

* There is more than one type of smile. Researchers found out that there are nineteen different types of smile. From social smiling to love, or genuine happy smiling, they each have a purpose.

* For a whiter and brighter smile, see your dentist. Teeth whitening is an effortless way to refresh your smile with whiter teeth. It’s a simple procedure with fast results that can leave you with the brighter teeth you’ve been hoping for.

* A good smile can de-escalate tense situations. Having problems with a co-worker? Greet them with a genuine smile. Showing genuine happiness through facial expression is a wonderful way to calm tensions…or make them wonder what you have planned.

* Tartar control leads to healthier teeth and healthy teeth make for beautiful smiles. Twice-yearly cleanings not only remove tartar they preserve tooth health. Healthy teeth just look better when you give a smile.

The dental experts at Eldorado Dental know how to protect teeth and restore smiles to their full brilliance. In honor of National Smile Month, give us a call and see what we can do for your gorgeous smile.

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