July 5, 2017
Dr. Vandermolen was recently interviewed by Newschannel 20 about using charcoal to whiten teeth. The truth is that the charcoal won’t actually whiten teeth, but only removes surface stains caused by coffee or smoking.
He further explained: “When people start to brush this charcoal substance on there, we’re not really sure about how abrasive charcoal is, and if it’s too abrasive, and studies show that it might be, then you’re taking away enamel off of your teeth. So, you’re taking stain, but you’re also taking enamel away, and you don’t grow enamel back.”
May 21, 2013
Dentistry From The Heart is a worldwide nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free dental care to those in need and each year, Advanced Dental Care of Springfield is proud to participate.
On June 7th from 7:30 am until 4pm, Dr VanderMolen and the entire team will offer free dental care (a standard cleaning, single filling or single tooth extraction – no cosmetic services provided) to those people in the Springfield IL area in need of care.
There will be no charge for the services provided and all care is offered on a first come, first served basis. No appointments will be taken this day.
We sincerely hope to make a difference in the lives of those who come for help during our 2013 Dentistry From the Heart event on June 7th and we’ll do everything we can to relieve pain and fix dental problems.
Patients who need ongoing care or have problems that cannot be corrected in one day will be referred to area community clinics, where they can receive ongoing treatment at a low or no cost.
Learn more from Dr. VanderMolen on Ask the Expert: 2013 Dentistry From the Heart
April 30, 2013
Changing Orthodontic Trends
Fastbraces® is an updated orthodontic treatment used to move the teeth to a straight and final position in a shorter period of time. Dr. VanderMolen offers the Fastbraces® Technology to his clients and with good reason. He believes primarily in helping people achieve a straight and beautiful smile without having to deal with the ultra sensitiveness that is commonly associated with the traditional metal braces. Most patients are able to have these braces removed in less than a year, leaving the dentist office with a perfected smile. Patients often tend to prefer this updated form of dental technology because it allows them to conveniently straighten their teeth at a faster pace, months rather than years.
There are many benefits associated with the Fastbraces®. Not only do the straighten the teeth fast and efficiently, they are also an affordable solution for patients who have crooked or imperfect teeth and want to improve their smile not just for the moment but for the rest of their lives. The design of these braces is actually different from the traditional braces because it uses a triangular shape bracket and wiring that can be activated by heat. The traditional braces have a different shape and often take up to two years to completely improve the teeth.
Dr. VanderMolen of Advanced Dental Care of Springfield knows that Fastbraces® are better than conventional braces because as soon as these braces are applied to the teeth, they begin working on shifting the teeth into position. Fastbraces® move the root and tooth together saving treatment time.
If you are interested in straightening your teeth fast and effectively, contact Dr. VanderMolen at the Advanced Dental Care of Springfield, 217-546-3333, for a consultation to see if Fastbraces® are right for you.
April 23, 2013
Changing Orthodontic Trends
Fastbraces® are offered by Dr. VanderMolen as a way for patients to straighten their teeth at a fast pace. Many patients are not completely aware of the Fastbraces® Technology and therefore they end up choosing traditional braces because of their lack of knowledge of this updated and advanced technology. There are some common myths that can and should be addressed so that patients can stay informed and understand the options that are available to them with Fastbraces®.
Some people believe that the teeth need to be removed with Fastbraces®, and this is entirely untrue. In fact, Dr. VanderMolen uses advanced technology to ensure patients can achieve a straighter smile without having to have teeth pulled.
It is a common misconception that orthodontists are the only ones who can perform the Fastbraces® dental procedure. Dr. VanderMolen has been trained and certified in the Fastbraces® technology. Fastbraces® is the brand name of the treatment method and the company provides extensive training to those dentists certified to offer this orthodontic treatment.
There are patients who avoid even discussing the option of Fastbraces® because they think that since it is an updated and advanced form of dental technology, the cost will also be higher. Again, this is just another myth. In fact, the cost of Fastbraces® is considerably lower than the traditional braces. Not only are patients able to straighten their teeth in less time, they are also able to do so at a more affordable rate, without having to spend a fortune.
To learn more about Fastbraces® and how you can improve your smile rapidly, contact Dr. VanderMolen at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield, 217-546-3333, for a consultation.
April 9, 2013
Preserving Natural Dentition
Dental implants have become one of the most comfortable and effective means of teeth replacement. The reason for the widespread use of dental implants in state-of-the-art restorative dentistry is the excellent set of aesthetic and functional properties of dental implants. Among the numerous benefits of dental implants, the most important is the preservation of the natural dentition.
After the loss of a tooth, the surrounding bone undergoes resorption (bone loss) extensively due to lack of support. A dental implant placed in the same socket holds the bone and prevents undue loss.
Loss of a tooth creates an imbalance in the dental occlusion. The tooth present opposite to the missing tooth becomes functionally compromised. There can be a drifting of the rest of the teeth causing gaps between them and the tight contacts open up. Food particles and debris can get trapped in these gaps and become difficult to remove. Eventually, the teeth undergo decay and might even progress to the stage of loss of vitality if treatment is not done in the right time. Proper oral hygiene in such circumstances becomes difficult, thus increasing the chances of periodontal disease. Dental implants can prevent these problems by providing a functional replacement for the missing tooth.
If crowns and bridges are utilized as an option for teeth replacement, the integrity of neighboring teeth can be affected adversely. This is mainly due to the fact that they derive their support from the adjacent teeth. The periodontal ligament and the bone of the adjacent teeth have to bear extra stresses which in due course of time weaken them and, at times, even lead to their loss. Dental implants are inserted directly into the bone so they do not require support from the neighboring teeth. They function independently and naturally similar to every other tooth in the dentition.
Are you interested in learning more about dental implants? Dr. VanderMolen has the answers you need. Call and make an appointment at Advanced Dental Care today, (217) 546-3333.
Learn about our Free Dental Implant Seminars where you can get more information first hand from Dr. VanderMolen at no obligation.