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Features  View Issue
Dental Savings Plans
Many people don’t have dental insurance—and those who do often find that insurance doesn’t cover as much of the cost of treatment as they would hope. That’s why an alternative has lately been gaining ground: dental savings plans. Dear Doctor explains what these are, how they work, and how to figure out if one might be right for you...  Read
Lingual Braces
Many adults want straighter teeth, along with the boost in self-confidence that a beautiful smile can bring. However, they may not be so enthusiastic about wearing traditional metal braces. That’s why many opt for lingual braces, which are completely invisible—because they are placed on the back (tongue) side of the teeth!  Read
When Permanent Teeth Don’t Grow
Missing teeth anywhere in your mouth can create oral health problems, as well as difficulties with speech, nutrition and self-esteem. But when a front tooth fails to develop, the gap in your smile is particularly noticeable. What’s the best way for you to get a natural-looking replacement tooth? Our expert examines the treatment alternatives...  Read
Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth, the last molars to emerge from beneath the gums, have the potential to cause significant oral health problems. That’s why they are often removed before they have grown all the way in. But is this always the best course of action? Our expert explains what’s involved in making the decision...  Read
A New Smile With Direct Veneers
Some people who had orthodontic treatment in their teens find that their teeth move back out of alignment in middle age. This was the situation with our managing editor. He also wasn’t happy with the color of his front teeth. His dentist suggested a treatment that could fix both problems...  Read
Consultations  View Issue
Root Canal Safety
The truth about endodontic treatment and your health  Read
Smoking and Gum Disease
Tobcacco use contributes to periodontal disease yet masks the symptoms  Read
Stainless Steel Crowns for Kids
A safe and effective way to restore primary molars  Read
GERD and Oral Health
Gastroesophageal reflux disease can affect teeth and gums  Read
Fibromyalgia and Temporomandibular Disorders
What’s the connection between these painful conditions?  Read