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Maidu Dentistry offers $750 Off Invisalign for the First 50 Patients!

By Blog, Cosmetic Dentistry, Oral Health

For a Limited Time Only

If you have always wanted a winning smile but thought you couldn’t afford it, think again! For a limited time, Maidu Dental is offering a $750 voucher to the first 50 patients who mention this ad.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is the latest alternative to conventional braces. Instead of having to commit to years of brackets being on your teeth and all of the hardships that conventional braces bring, you can now have the confidence of a new smile without the hassle.

How does Invisalign work?

Using Invisalign is a very simple process. At your appointment, one of our dentists will scan your existing smile into the Invisalign program. Then Invisalign software calculates the most effective way to align your teeth. Your dentist will then set a treatment plan with you that consists of a series of Invisalign straighteners. Each straightener moves the teeth that are out of position just a little bit. Most people are done with the entire process in as few as 18 months.

Does Invisalign hurt?

We have all heard of the discomfort that conventional braces bring. Invisalign drastically reduces that discomfort by eliminating the need for metal brackets and wires. Instead, it uses clear aligners that fit easily over your teeth, greatly reducing the pain associated with transitioning a smile.

Can anyone use Invisalign?

Invisalign has gained its notoriety because it is able to help so many people with such a wide range of tooth alignment issues. It is important to set an appointment with your dentist to assess whether or not Invisalign is right for you. Most people with moderate tooth alignment issues are great candidates for Invisalign.

Will Invisalign affect my speech?

Our our ability to speak is understandably important to each of us, and it is right to be concerned about sacrificing your ability to speak clearly when considering any type of long term dental work. The good news is that Invisalign has very little impact on your enunciation. In fact, many people who use Invisalign say that people don’t even know they have their aligner in.

Why should I choose Maidu Dental?

At Maidu dentistry, we strive to be the best dental practice in Auburn, CA. We know how much a winning smile means to our patients, so we use the the absolute best technology and practices that modern dentistry has to offer, enabling us to offer these specialties:

We also offer All-on-4 implants as well as conventional braces and Invisalign clear aligners. Check out these testimonials from a few of our clients about their experiences with Dr. Luminita Markham D.D.S. and Dr. David Markham D.D.S. It’s no coincidence that in the past 20 years over 80% of the patients who come to Maidu Dental have come from patient referrals. People just can’t stop talking about how great their experience is when they come to Maidu Dental. That is because every patient who walks through the door is treated with the absolute pinnacle of care and attention.

What’s My Next Step?

If you’re ready to get the winning smile you deserve, don’t wait another day. The offer for $750 off of your personalized Invisalign journey is only available to the first 50 customers who respond to this ad. Just call our office at 530-823-8771 or just click here and schedule your appointment today!

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Family Dentistry Benefits — Straight from Your Dentist

By Blog, Family Dentistry

Most American families are so overloaded with school activities, sports games, and work that they sometimes forget about important things like going to the dentist. But what if we told you that scheduling dental appointments doesn’t have to be stressful and time-consuming? What if you no longer need to worry about working around everyone’s schedules or asking off of work for two separate days?

When you have a family dentist, life becomes a little less stressful and your smiles become a lot healthier.

The family dentists are general dentists who specialize in children’s dentistry. If you’ve been searching for a one-stop-shop for your family’s oral health care needs, search for a family dentist near you today.

In addition to keeping your family’s smiles healthy, a family dentist offers the following benefits:

1.    Having a family dentist makes life simpler.

Scheduling dental appointments for your family shouldn’t be stressful. With a family dentist, you can make one phone call to schedule dental appointments for your entire family on the same day. This means less time off work, less driving, and less stress on you.

When your whole family goes to one dentist, your oral healthcare provider will have access to all of your children’s family dental history. This will allow the dentist to prioritize how your child’s dental issues are treated.

2.    Your children are more comfortable.

A family-focused dentist will benefit your children in three ways:

  1. If dentists cause your child to feel anxious or nervous, allowing your child to observe you interacting with the dentist can put them at ease when it’s their turn in the dental chair.
  2. The dental office will be family-focused. This means that, when your child walks in the door, he or she will have a play area or a kid-friendly show to watch on tv to make them feel welcome.
  3. Your child will be able to visit the same dentist throughout his or her childhood, teenage years, and adulthood.

Each of these will help your child form a healthy and positive relationship with the dentist that will ensure they prioritize their oral health.

3.    Your family dentist will offer comprehensive dental care.

Because a family dentist works with patients of all ages, they must be specialized in treating a cavity, completing a tooth extraction, fitting a patient for a dental bridge, and everything in between. So, whether you need preventative, restorative, or cosmetic dental care, your family dentist can provide it.

Here are some of the services your family dentist will offer:

  • Fluoride treatments
  • Dental sealants
  • Bone grafts
  • Dental crowns
  • Root canal therapy
  • Dental implants
  • All-on-4®
  • Dentures
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Teeth whitening
  • Invisalign®
  • and more….

Some family dentists also have in-house orthodontists and/or oral surgeons for your convenience.

Contact Your Auburn Family Dentist Today

At Maidu Dental, our goal is to keep your smile healthy and beautiful and make your life easier. That’s why we offer comprehensive dental services to meet the needs of your entire family.

Dr. Luminita Markham and Dr. David Markham have created a family-friendly environment that your kids will enjoy coming to. We look forward to building a relationship with your family for years to come.

Contact our friendly staff today at 530-823-8771 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Markham.

Dental Problems that May Require Tooth Extraction

By Blog, Dental Emergency, Missing Tooth, Restorative Dentistry

Tooth extractions are far more common than most people think. Each year, millions of adults in this country have wisdom teeth safely extracted, according to the National Institutes of Health. Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are commonly removed for a variety of reasons. While many of us are familiar with wisdom tooth extractions, there are a variety of reasons that removing another tooth may be called for. 

If you are experiencing the sudden onset of pain, it is important to seek medical help immediately. 

Dr. Luminita Markham regularly performs tooth extraction oral surgery at her Auburn, CA dental practice. You can reach our friendly staff online or by calling (530) 823-8771.

Dental Problems that Call for Tooth Extraction

There are many reasons why tooth extraction may be called for. Tooth extractions can pave the way for life-changing dental implants, for example. 

If you are experiencing any of the following, you may be in need of tooth extraction at our Auburn dental practice.

  • Dental caries: Cavities are a common dental problem among Americans. Sugary diets, poor oral hygiene, or genetic factors can lead to this form of tooth decay. If the caries are properly treated early, caries can be successfully stopped. Left untreated, the decay can advance toward the sensitive inner pulp of a tooth. Once the bacterial infection reaches this area, severe pain can follow. One benefit of tooth extraction is the immediate relief of pain from an advanced cavity. 
  • Periodontal disease: Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in the United States. Mild to advanced stages of periodontitis cause gum tissue to pull away from the base of the tooth. Eventually, gum disease leads to the need for tooth extraction. Scheduling regular visits for cleanings and exams at our Auburn dental office is one easy way to stay ahead of gum disease.
  • Trauma or accidents: Unexpected blows to the head or jaw can loosen or knock out teeth. Special steps must be taken to preserve a knocked-out tooth if it is to be restored.
  • Orthodontic reasons: Many patients are surprised to learn that tooth extractions can be performed to prepare for orthodontic treatments. Tooth crowding can complicate traditional braces or Invisalign treatments. In those cases, our doctor may recommend the strategic extraction of one or more teeth.   
  • Impacted teeth: An impacted tooth is a tooth that fails to emerge fully. This problem is most commonly associated with third molars. Impacted teeth are more prone to infection and decay. Dr. Markham can safely remove impacted teeth. 
  • Failed dental treatments: While root canal treatments are often successful, a returning infection may require that the entire tooth is extracted. Failed dental treatments are extremely rare. 

Schedule Your Next Visit Today

There are many benefits to undergoing tooth extraction. The simple procedure can pave the way for a more attractive smile by addressing crowding in your smile. Tooth extraction can also restore oral health by removing an infected or decaying tooth. While the oral surgery can lead to mild discomfort, the relief from the pain of an advanced infection often far outweighs any discomfort experienced during or shortly after the procedure. 

If you are ready to learn more about the benefits of this straightforward procedure, contact our friendly staff online or call our Auburn, CA office at (530) 823-8771.

In-Office vs. Take-Home Teeth Whitening: Which Option Is Right for Me?

By Blog, Cosmetic Dentistry

For many of us, even twice-a-day brushing and flossing cannot prevent teeth from discoloring over time. For patients who desire a bright, dazzling smile, Dr. Luminita Markham offers professional teeth whitening services for her patients in Auburn, CA. Maidu Dental offers two unique options to brighten your smile: in-office and take-home whitening treatments. If you are unsure which option will work best for you, this overview will help.

What’s the Difference Between Take-Home and In-Office Whitening Treatments?

Whether you choose our in-office or take-home whitening option, you will be benefiting from a treatment that is safer and more effective than store-bought options. Most grocery and convenience stores are stocked with whitening products that claim to whiten teeth. While some of these products can deliver a whiter smile, they may require weeks or months of use, and even then you may not be fully satisfied with the results.

One important difference between our professional whitening kits and store-bought kits is that only dentists are allowed to use gels that contain 20 to 35 percent bleaching agents by volume. Most store-bought kits will have 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. Some store-bought kits may not be as safe. Just because an item is sold at the store does not necessarily mean that it is safe to use. If you have questions about store-bought whitening kits, we recommend that you consult with Dr. Markham first.

If you do undergo whitening treatments at our clinic, you will have the benefit of close supervision by Dr. Markham and our experienced staff. We will work to ensure that you are 100 percent satisfied with your cosmetic results, something store-bought kits cannot guarantee!

Which Options Will Work Best for Me?

Deciding whether to undergo in-office or at-home whitening treatments can be based on three factors: time, convenience, and money. Our take-home kits are generally less expensive than procedures performed in our office because you are paying for the materials and not any services performed by our staff.

Patients should also consider how best to use their time. Whitening treatments performed at our office can deliver drastic results in a relatively short period of time. Most patients are able to whiten their teeth by several shades in around an hour. In-office treatments also have the benefit of being performed under the supervision of our dentist or one of our skilled and experienced staff members. We will be able to monitor your progress while ensuring that your gums are carefully protected from the potentially damaging effects of the bleaching agents.

The main benefit of take-home kits is that they can be used at a time that is most convenient for you. Many of our patients enjoy using the whitening product in the comfort of their homes, either in the evening or on the weekends. Individuals who have a difficult time sitting in a dentist chair for one hour may also benefit from take-home whitening treatments.

Take the First Step Toward a Brighter Smile Today

During your teeth whitening consultation at our Auburn, CA office, Dr. Markham will be glad to advise you on which treatment may work best for your time and budget. Both treatment options will deliver a drastically whiter smile. To learn how Maidu Dental can brighten your smile, contact our office online or call (530) 823-8771.

What Can Traditional Braces Do For Me?

By Blog, Cosmetic Dentistry

Straight teeth are synonymous with attractiveness and good oral health. While some of us grow into adults with naturally straight teeth, many of us are not so fortunate. Orthodontic treatments at our Auburn, CA dental clinic offer a safe and effective means to straighten misaligned teeth.

By the time your child is around seven years old, he or she should have an appointment set with Dr. David Markham at Maidu Dental. During those early years, it will be easier to identify and diagnose dental issues. If you are wondering what types of dental problems can be addressed through traditional braces, this overview will help.

Benefits of Braces Over Invisalign

While Invisalign treatments continue to grow in popularity, traditional metal braces still have multiple unique benefits. If you or your child have significant gaps between your teeth, metal braces may be a more effective treatment option.

Traditional braces allow Dr. Markham to have more control over “fine-tuning” adjustments throughout your treatment period. Finally, metal braces may be a better option for children and teenagers because they cannot be removed. Many kids have trouble remembering to wear their aligner trays for the requisite 20 to 22 hours per day.

In additional to Invisalign treatments, Maidu Dental offers:

  • Traditional metal braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Invisible braces
  • Lingual braces (which fit behind the teeth)

Dental Problems That Can Be Addressed With Traditional Braces

There are many dental problems that can be addressed through traditional braces. A few of these include:

  • Jaw pain: While many people think about braces as a cosmetic treatment, proper alignment of the jaws can provide pain relief for individuals suffering from TMJ disorder and other alignment problems.
  • A twisted tooth: A twisted tooth is not flush with the neighboring teeth. This problem is most common with the anterior teeth (front-facing incisors). If your teeth did not have enough room to properly emerge early in your childhood, they may have become twisted. This can make cleaning difficult because certain parts of the tooth may be hard to reach with a toothbrush. Orthodontic treatments can rotate the tooth into proper alignment.
  • Overlapping teeth: If one or more of your teeth are unable to emerge to the front of your jaw due to teeth crowding, your smile may have overlapping teeth. This problem is often caused by teeth crowding. We offer multiple treatments that address this problem. Once your braces create enough space for your teeth to properly align, braces can gently realign your teeth to eliminate overlapping.
  • Tipped teeth: A tipped tooth does not point straight down and appears to point toward the left or right. An angled tooth can result from a number of causes, including nearby tooth loss or teeth crowding.
  • Gapped teeth: Gapped teeth can be a source of embarrassment. The large spaces can be addressed with traditional braces. Small gaps can often be fixed with Invisalign treatments.

Contact Our Auburn, CA Office Today

If you or someone in your family is considering braces, our Auburn, CA practice can help. To book your orthodontic consultation, contact us online or give us a call at 530-823-8771. We look forward to seeing you soon.