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December 22, 2021

4 Tips to Overcome Sugar Cravings

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 6:03 pm

Candy, cookies, sodas, and other sweet treats are tasty as well as highly addictive since they release opioids and dopamine that make our bodies interpret it as a reward. Unfortunately, these foods can do a lot of damage to your overall and oral health. Cutting back on you’re the amount of sugar you eat is good for your teeth, but how can you fight the cravings? To help you battle your addiction to sweets and improve the health of your smile, here are four helpful tips to help you overcome your sugar cravings.


November 12, 2021

Discover Fluoride’s Role in Dental Health

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 8:27 pm

Dentist holding fluoride history cardYou’ve likely heard fluoride discussed on the news and social media outlets because there is controversy about its dental benefits. You might believe the discussions are relatively new, but fluoride is a naturally occurring substance. It is found all around you—from the soil you are standing on to the water you are drinking. Known as “nature’s cavity fighter,” the mineral strengthens the enamel to prevent tooth decay, which is why it is added to many public water systems. If you’re skeptical about its benefits, don’t stop drinking tap water yet. Here’s what you need to know about fluoride history and how it can safeguard your smile.


October 1, 2021

Top 5 Dirtiest Items in Your Home

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 6:20 pm

Two toothbrushes in a toothbrush holderGerms and bacteria are hiding in even the cleanest of homes. No matter how well you try to neutralize the invaders, germs can linger on common surfaces. You know certain places in your household are prone to bacteria, like doorknobs and light switches; however, the dirtiest items might not be what you expect, like your toothbrush holder. Here are the top 5 germiest objects in your house right now.


September 4, 2021

Porcelain Veneers: Then & Now

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 11:14 pm
woman in 1920s smiling with champagne

Some of the characters in The Wizard of Oz may have been wearing porcelain veneers! That may seem surprising, but the first veneers were worn in Hollywood more than a decade before Dorothy and her friends debuted in 1939.

Very strong yet ultra-thin, porcelain veneers are designed to fit over the front portions of the teeth. Concealing a wide range of aesthetic flaws, they can bring beauty, balance, and symmetry back to a smile.

Keep reading to learn about the history of porcelain veneers and their evolution to remain a popular cosmetic dentistry treatment!


August 11, 2021

Do Porcelain Veneers Make Your Teeth Sensitive?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 8:28 pm
dentist color-matching porcelain veneers

Do you have several flaws and imperfections in your teeth? Porcelain veneers are an excellent solution that can address all your concerns at once! They can fix a wide range of issues, including chips, cracks, gaps, discoloration, and even misalignment. Since a thin layer of enamel is removed in preparation for veneers, some patients wonder whether the process will make their teeth sensitive. Read along as we explain what you need to know about veneers and sensitivity.  


July 28, 2021

Can You Use Dental Insurance for ClearCorrect?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 3:42 pm
Dental insurance form on a crowded desk

If your dental insurance plan is based on the calendar year, then you have until New Year’s to use your insurance benefits before they’re reset. How can you best utilize these dental dollars? If you’re planning on beginning ClearCorrect treatment this year, then it may seem like a good opportunity to utilize your coverage. But the question remains: can you use orthodontic treatment coverage to help pay for ClearCorrect in the first place? You should make sure that you have a satisfactory answer to this question before making any major decisions, and your dentist can help you get it.


June 9, 2021

How Soon Before an Event Should I Whiten My Teeth?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 11:32 am
young woman looking at her teeth in a mirror

With summer in full swing and more businesses opening back up, the next few months of your calendar are probably filled with weddings, graduations, vacations, job interviews, and other special events. As excited as you are for these occasions, part of you feels self-conscious about your stained teeth. Maybe you’ve looked into professional teeth whitening in order to boost your confidence this summer. However, you might be wondering, “How soon before an event should I whiten my teeth?” Read on to find out!


May 27, 2021

What is Diastema and How Can I Fix It?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 8:35 pm

Woman with gap between front teethWhen you look in the mirror, do you see a space between your teeth? A gap between front teeth is called a diastema. Although it isn’t harmful, it can be a source of embarrassment for many adults. If the space didn’t close after your permanent teeth erupted, you don’t need to feel insecure about your appearance any longer. Your cosmetic dentist offers the solutions you need for an attractive smile.


April 22, 2021

How to Fix Your Teeth on a Budget

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 11:32 pm
Woman after cosmetic dentistry

Are you looking to enhance your smile? One of the great things about living in today’s world is the fact that you don’t need to settle for a smile that you aren’t proud to show off. There are all sorts of different cosmetic dental procedures out there intended to help patients to feel more confident about their appearance. However, you may be worrying about the cost. The truth is that there are many affordable treatments out there and multiple dental financing options are available. Continue reading to learn more.


February 13, 2021

Can Cosmetic Dentistry Contribute to a Successful Career?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 2:13 pm
woman receiving cosmetic dental treatments in State College

If there’s one trait that people will remember about you, it’s your smile. The more attractive it is, the more positive impression you’ll make. When you’re looking to advance your career, can a nice smile be of help? Continue reading to learn how cosmetic dental treatments in State College can help land your dream job!

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