Friday, August 18, 2017

All on 4 Vs Dentures

All on 4 Vs Dentures

All on 4 vs dentures is a question we here often. The all on 4 (AO4) is the trademark dentists give to dentures that attach permanently to your jaw by four implants. Dentists often use the same  acrylic, the same as traditional dentures. All on 4 consists of a denture that the dentist attaches to at least four dental implants, however there can be more than four implants. These hybrid dentures are permanent and only a dentist can remove it.

All on 4 Vs DenturesTraditional dentures typically rest on the gums and are not as secure, so there is a chance that eating and talking could cause your dentures to fall out of your mouth. It often takes quite a bit of time to get used to eating with traditional dentures. A traditional denture tends to cove a larger surface area of your mouth and may alter the taste of food.

Timing of All on 4 Vs Dentures

The process for traditional complete dentures can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months after tooth removal. We can place dentures in your mouth immediately, however those require adjustments after the swelling from teeth removal surgery. In most scenarios, we consider these immediate dentures a temporary solution until your full dentures are ready.

The All On 4 takes about 6-8 weeks of preparation before your surgery. The day of your surgery, we remove all your teeth and screw in temporary acrylic teeth. After that, the All on 4 will require around 6 months to ensure that the implants are healing properly and to make sure there are no signs of infection. At that point we begin the 2 month process of making your final AO4 denture.

Benefits of All on 4 Vs Dentures

You clean the all on 4 dental implants in a similar fashion to your natural teeth. Plus you don’t have to remove them before bed like traditional dentures. You do not have to worry when you are eating because you will have a more secure bite with the AO4. All on 4 does not require you to purchase cleaning solutions, adhesives, and other extras that are one uses with regular dentures.

AO4 implants promote better jaw bone health and can actually slow and/or stop the progression of jaw bone loss. Perhaps one of the best benefits or advantages of All on 4 is that the dentures do not rest on the gums like traditional dentures, which causes mouth sores and all-around discomfort.

Costs of All on 4 Vs Dentures

Traditional dentures cost less up front than an All on 4. Dentures cost around $2,000 or more per plate and $4,000 or more for a complete set. However, since dentures actually accelerate bone loss and get loose over time, you will need to replace or reline them.  They will often need to be remade after a number of years. You will also have to pay for routine upkeep like cleaning solutions and adhesives.

All on 4 costs around $20,000 per jawline and will preform much more natural. The AO4 will not cause the same discomfort traditional dentures cause on a day to day basis. Additionally, you can eat more of the foods you enjoy with confidence that the Ao4 will not fall out.

All on 4 with Bauer Smiles

For more information on what All on 4 can do for your dental health or if you have any questions about AO4, contact Bauer Smiles today at 630-665-5550.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Board certified implant dentist

What is a board certified implant dentist?

Board certified implant dentist is something that several of the major dental implant organizations have been working towards for decades. I feel the ADA should have addressed this years ago but water under the bridge now. Letter from AAID explaining how this came to be. AAID Board Certification Letter


Board certified implant dentist

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Micro osteoperforation

What is micro osteoperforation in Orthodontics, also known as MOPs?

Micro osteoperforation in orthodontics (MOPs) is a process of creating small pinhole openings (or perforations) in the bone around the teeth to accelerate tooth movement during orthodontic treatment.  It is an in-office procedure done by your orthodontist with no down time after and can be used in conjunction with all orthodontic treatments, including braces, Invisalign, and other types!  Teeth move through bone with the help of many cells, including cells that cause inflammation.  By creating these perforations in the bone, we are inducing a favorable inflammatory response, utilizing your own biology to stimulate the bone around the teeth, resulting in faster tooth movement.

  Most people’s primary concern with braces or clear aligners like Invisalign is how long it will take.  MOPs reduces the time so you can enjoy your smile that much faster with a SAFE, minimally invasive technique!

The micro osteoperforation procedure

The following is our micro osteoperforation procedure and the exact steps may vary from office to office.

  1.  Micro osteoperforation procedure begins by consulting with Dr. Danielle.  She will let you know what areas may need micro osteoperforations.  We typically use them in teeth that with large rotations or seem stubborn to move.
  2.  Once you receive your Invisalign or get your braces on, we will then do the MOPs.
  3. We will numb the gum tissue, followed by creating the micro perforations in the bone with a small handpiece.
  4.  It takes 10-20 minutes total to complete the MOPs.
  5.  You will leave with a mouth rinse and little to no discomfort, so you can resume all activities, including sports if you are a teen.
  6. We MAY need to repeat a few times, depending on the difficulty of the tooth movement.
micro osteoperforation in Orthodontics

Dr. Danielle our Board Certified Orthodontist

What does micro osteoperforation cost?

MOPs take skill from the doctor performing and we typically perform this procedure during quiet times in the office.  It depends on the number of sites the MOPs will be done to determine a total cost, but runs somewhere between $500-900.  It is best to discuss with your orthodontist what this will add to the cost of the orthodontic treatment.  Not all orthodontists perform this procedure!  Going for multiple consultations might confuse you; this is simply an extra bonus just for you that not all orthodontists provide.  Dr. Danielle Bauer does provide this excellent service.

What is the cost for the orthodontics and MOPs or micro osteoperforations?

We quote the fee for micro osteoperforation in Orthodontics as one number and do not break it down into parts. Since you can not do the MOP procedure without orthodontics, there is no point in discussing what the orthodontic care alone costs. However, if you have an interest in what braces cost without MOPs, you can check out fair health consumer and type in your zip code and the dental code D8090 for an adult case to give a good idea.

The micro osteoperforation Propel procedure.

Propel is the device that allows us to make these MOPs.  It is a handheld device orthodontists use in the office to create the perforations. Again, this is our micro osteoperforation procedure using Propel and different offices may vary their steps.

  1. The micro osteoperforation Propel procedure begins with your consultation.
  2. The next step is we get you numb.
  3. Once numb we use the Propel device to create the micro osteoperforations in the bone.
  4. W will sometimes do the micro osteoperforation Propel procedure a second time, however we only do this on very difficult cases where the patient really wants to finish early.

micro osteoperforation propel

Want a micro osteoperforation procedure appointment?

To see if you are eligible for micro osteoperforations or another form of accelerated orthodontics, please call Dr. Danielle Bauer, a Board Certified Orthodontist at 630-665-5550!

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Turmeric stain teeth

Does turmeric stain teeth and dental work?

Turmeric stain teeth and dental work and that’s the bottom line.

Spices stain teeth and dental appliances – turmeric stain teeth, curry stains teeth, anything with turmeric in it stains teeth!

I have personal experience with this from trying to eat curry, which has turmeric in it. My Invisalign trays would always permanently stain whenever I ate curry chicken if I wore that aligner while eating, which breaks the rule of no eating with your aligner in. It only took me two or three times to stop doing that, I’m a slow learner :)! The stain would not come out and I had to jump to the next tray in my series.

Turmeric also stains temporary dental crowns as one of my young patients found out after having a single turmeric drink while wearing her temporary crown. As you can see one turmeric drink really does stain! This is a plastic temporary dental crown so it does take color more than other products we use but it shows the staining strength of turmeric.

turmeric stain teeth

One turmeric drink stained this temporary crown this darkly!

Turmeric will stain composite white fillings and researchers like Bindal 2015 use turmeric as a staining agent in studies. I can only speculate that turmeric will also heavily stain other plastic acrylic dental products we use, which would include dentures, some dental implant components, and almost anything temporary.


Can turmeric whiten your teeth?

No but since it is abrasive, it will clean your teeth. It also has antiseptic properties and according to Anuradha 2016 may possibly help to fight periodontal disease. However, as far as whitening your teeth it will do just the opposite. There are probably a thousand other pseudo whitening products out there that would do a better job than this.  The abrasiveness of turmeric might remove some external stain but so does anything that is even slightly abrasive.  Don’t forget abrasive things aren’t just removing stain but some tooth as well. It’s not a good idea to use abrasive products on your teeth on a regular basis. In fact the RDA (Relative Dentin Abrasivity) is a factor one should consider when choosing a toothpaste.

The claim is that if you mix turmeric powder with some other products that it will help whiten your teeth. Perhaps the other products will whiten your teeth but turmeric isn’t helping in that regard. You are better of using hydrogen peroxide product or perhaps a baking soda product to get whiter teeth. All spices stain teeth and the yellow spices are the worst. Turmeric might be the worst staining food on the planet, so please stain away from it when looking for a whitening product.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Caring For Teeth With Braces

Caring for Teeth with Braces

For many of us, braces are a part of life when we were kids. In many instances adults are getting braces as well. And like kids, we all enjoy reaping their benefits such as correcting crooked teeth, spacing out crowded teeth, bringing spaced out teeth back together, and genuinely improving our smiles. It’s no wonder people will go through some of the inconveniences braces may cause, because in the Caring for teeth with braces.end those inconveniences are worth once you have your braces removed.

However, for those wearing braces, it may seem like there is no end in sight. Adjusting to braces is definitely going to take some time, especially when it comes to speaking. You may have to exercise caution in certain situations like engaging in sports. Let’s not forget the foods you can’t eat because they may pop a brace off.

Perhaps the most drastic change that needs to be made while wearing braces is an overhaul to your oral hygiene. Unfortunately, those wires and brackets in your mouth are magnets for food. If you happen to require bands as part of correcting your teeth, then that’s another opportunity for food debris to get captured. In order to make sure that the food stuck in your braces doesn’t cause issues with your overall oral health you will need to take a few extra steps to ensure that your oral hygiene remains great.

How to Care for your Teeth with Braces


Brushing your teeth twice a day is the routine without braces. However, with braces you will want to brush your teeth after every meal. Even if it’s just a small snack in between meal, brush those teeth! Now you are not always going to have a toothbrush on you, so if you have a snack or meal and can’t brush, wash your mouth with water. Make sure to swish it around to break loose and free any food debris that may be stuck in your braces and wires.


If you weren’t a flosser before, you should become one with braces. Flossing will help remove food and plaque from in between your teeth and from under the wires. It may be difficult to get under the wires, so a floss threader will make that much easier to accomplish.


Yes, you have to be wary of what you eat. Even certain healthy foods can pose a problem. Raw apples and carrots can bend your wires and break your brackets off. If you are going to eat foods of this nature, it is best to cut them into small pieces. You definitely want to avoid sticky or chewy foods and snacks such as chewing gum, granola bars, and caramel. Now to the most important part, do not consume too many sugary foods. These can collect and cause poor oral hygiene and potentially lead to more severe problems. Your orthodontist will give you a list of foods to stay clear of or to consume with caution.

Sports and Braces

If you are involved in sports where there is a chance you can get hit in the mouth, wear a mouth guard. Even if you never needed one for a particular sport before, it’s best to err on the side of caution.

Smile with Braces

At Bauer Dentistry and Orthodontics, we proudly use Damon® Brackets that are available in metal and clear. These braces work faster because they are non friction, which means they allow movement more easily. If you would like to know more about braces and how they can improve your smile, call us today at 630-665-5550.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Clear aligners for teeth

Are you looking for clear aligners for teeth?

Clear aligners for teeth are a series of plastic trays that move your teeth in small intervals.

How do clear aligners for teeth work?

The aligners work by moving your teeth at small intervals. Each new tray will be very slightly closer to the ideal position of where we want your teeth. When we place a new aligner in your mouth it will be tight and as your teeth shift to fit into the new tray the aligner is no longer tight.

What are the steps to get your clear aligners?

First thing is you want to get a consult with a Board Certified Orthodontist. It is important to know whether or not you are a good candidate for clear aligners before starting. Depending on the complexity of your case and how perfect you want your teeth some professionals may not be able to accomplish this with only aligners or it may be impossible to meet your needs with just aligners. After the orthodontist tells you that you are a good candidate for clear aligners then a digital impression is taken of your teeth. A traditional impression may also be taken, but most offices that provide aligner orthodontics use a digital system. The expertise of your orthodontist takes over after the impressions are complete.

The orthodontist designs your trays to get to the result that you want. After the orthodontist approves the design, they use 3D printing technology to fabricate the aligner. Some systems 3D print models of your teeth every step of the way and then fabricate an aligner over the top of that. In our office we have a 3D printer but only use it for very minimal movement cases. Once clear aligners for teeth are in the office, you return to receive the first aligner. To be effective there is often small “buttons” of composite that we place on some of the teeth to help them move. Depending on whether you are doing accelerated orthodontics or regular clear aligners you will wear your aligners for 1-2 weeks. It is critical that you actually wear the aligners at all times, except eating.

How do we make clear aligners for teeth?

A professional 3rd party company 3D prints either the aligners or models of your teeth. If they are made in our office, we 3D print models of what we expect your teeth to look like after each aligner and then make a clear plastic aligner to fit that model.

Clear aligners for teeth

3D printer in our office

What are the options for clear aligners for teeth?

Currently the biggest name in clear aligner orthodontics is Invisalign. Other options include Clear Correct and in office 3D printing. Our belief is that in a few years most clear aligners will either be made in your orthodontist’s office on their own 3D printer or in a local orthodontic lab.

Why would someone choose clear aligners over traditional braces?

The main reasons to choose clear aligners instead of traditional braces is for better oral hygiene and the ability to remove for short period of times. If you give presentations or speak for a living, then clear aligners may be the choice for you.

Problems with clear aligners for teeth.

  1. People often complain about the buttons. It does not seem to matter how much we discuss this before hand, until they are on some people do not seem to get the idea.
  2. A tray bending upon inserting. Once bent the tray will not fit and often requires the orthodontist to adjust.
  3. Poor design. Probably the biggest major problem seen nationwide but tends to occur to those with less experience working with clear aligners.
  4. Certain foods staining the aligners. Tomato sauce, many Indian sauces, and wine will all stain the plastic and look unattractive until you change trays. This “problem” results from not following the rules of not eating with aligners in.



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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Pediatric dentist near me

Did you do a search for the term “pediatric dentist near me”?

Pediatric dentist near me is one of the main search terms people use to find a local pediatric dentist. When you have kids you are BUSY so finding a great pediatric dentist close to home is critical! Fortunately, Dr. Briney is close by and she is a Board Certified pediatric dentist. Our 3 doctor team also includes a Board Certified orthodontist and a general dentist with multiple fellowships.

If you are looking for a pediatric dentist, then give us a call now at 630-665-5550!

Just do a for pediatric dentist near me? Then give us a call or check out our pediatric dentist’s bio and you can learn more about all the things that make Dr. Briney so amazing! Become a patient and learn why your neighbors have given us more 5 star reviews than any other pediatric dental office in Wheaton or Glen Ellyn!

Why did you search pediatric dentist near me?

Well you have a child or children and are looking for a pediatric dental specialist to care for them, but you also do not want to travel a great distance to a denatl office. Do you have a child with special needs who needs sedaton for treatment or a child you jsut needs special care? Then a Board certified pediatric dentist is what you need. Dr. Briney treats all children from the age of 1 to adulthood and many of your Wheaton and Glen Ellyn neighbors have put their trust in Dr. Briney’s hands.

Where is this pediatric dentist near me?

We are on the intersection of Naperville and Roosevelt across from the Mariano’s in Wheaton, IL. Even if you are unfamiliar with the Wheaton Glen Ellyn area, you can easily find out office.

Who is this pediatric dentist near me?

Our pediatric dentist is Lynse Briney DDS MS and you can learn all about her on our bio page. pediatric dentist near me

Finally, even though you are on the search for a “pediatric dentist near me”, as long as you live in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Lombard, Lisle, Winfield, Warrenville, Carol Stream, Downers Grove, or Villa Park you are close by!


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