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added on: July 13, 2015

Invisible braces are not as noticeable as metal options, but they are not truly invisible either. Even options like Invisalign® which are significantly less obtrusive than other types of braces are not fully invisible. However, if you are an adult or older teen who needs orthodontic treatment, even “almost invisible”… Read More…

Posted In: Invisalign

added on: July 6, 2015

Cedar Rapids family dentist Dr. Blaine McLaughlin cares deeply about the oral health and beauty of every patient he sees. To help protect the strength and integrity of our patients’ smiles, Dr. McLaughlin is pleased to offer a full range of family dentistry services. For more information about these services… Read More…


added on: June 30, 2015

As with all methods of tooth replacement, dental implants can help your smile look more attractive by securing a custom-made crown in the space left by tooth loss. Like bridges and partial dentures, dental implants will keep adjacent teeth from shifting into the hole left by a missing tooth, thereby… Read More…

Posted In: Dental Implants

added on: June 16, 2015

Osseointegration is the process dental implants undergo that allow them to become a permanent part of your smile. As the name suggests, osseointegration occurs when a dental implant is integrated into the jawbone – a process that gives dental implants some of their largest advantages over other forms of tooth… Read More…

Posted In: Dental Implants

added on: June 10, 2015

SSRIs, a common type of antidepressant, have recently been shown to increase risks for dental implant failure. Long known to impact bone growth, SSRIs seem to prevent dental implants from integrating into the jaws of some patients. As with all medications, it is important to discuss any SSRIs you are… Read More…

Posted In: Dental Implants

added on: May 27, 2015

The most common symptom of sleep apnea is loud snoring. This can be an annoyance to those you live with, but isn’t necessarily enough of a reason to seek professional sleep apnea treatment. However, snoring, as disruptive as it may be, is far from the most compelling reason to treat… Read More…

Posted In: Sleep Apnea

added on: May 18, 2015

A new study has identified fruit juice and soda as the leading causes of tooth enamel erosion. This means that fruit juice, like soda, has been shown to increase risks for dental cavities and tooth infection. What’s more, when enamel is eroded, the darker yellow dentin of the tooth is… Read More…

Posted In: Enamel

added on: May 4, 2015

Cedar Rapids dentist Dr. Blain McLaughlin recommends you visit our office every six months for professional cleanings and examinations. These biannual visits allow us to keep your teeth bright and your gums healthy, and to check for early indications of oral health issues that may produce serious problems down the… Read More…


added on: April 27, 2015

Tooth bonding, also known as dental bonding, is a minimally invasive and very effective solution for a number of cosmetic and general dental problems. Cedar Rapids dentist Dr. Blaine McLaughlin uses this topical resin to strengthen teeth impacted by trauma such as chips and cracks, seal enamel that has decayed,… Read More…

Posted In: Tooth Bonding

added on: April 21, 2015

Clear braces and Invisalign® are names often used interchangeably, but they are actually very different orthodontic treatments. Clear braces, like traditional braces, use a combination of brackets and arch-wire to pull teeth into alignment. The brackets and wire used for clear braces are see though, but the process is identical… Read More…

Posted In: Invisalign

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