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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!


January 4, 2021

New Year’s Resolutions that Can Help Improve Your Smile

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 6:31 pm
Woman standing outside in the snow wearing a winter hat and smiling

The new year may have already begun, and but it’s never too late to make resolutions. Every year, many have a goal to improve their overall health, but why not add a healthier mouth to your list of New Year’s resolutions in State College? Here are 4 ways you can start improving your oral health today.


December 2, 2020

Why the Holidays are the Worst Time of the Year for Teeth

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 11:30 pm
Man with his child smiling and waving in front of Christmas tree

The holidays are a time of fun and family, but they’re also an extremely dangerous time for teeth. From all the extra candy you’re likely to have in your house starting on the 31st to the last few sips of eggnog on New Year’s Eve, there are many reasons why the holiday season can often lead to emergency visits to the dentist in State College. In this post, you’ll learn about some of the dental pitfalls that you’ll have to watch out for during the holidays – not to mention a few tips that can make surviving the season with your smile intact much easier!


November 7, 2020

5 Ways to Appreciate Your Teeth This Thanksgiving

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 6:22 pm
Holiday oral health in State College for this thanksgiving meal

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! While this year’s festivities may look a little different than before, it’s still the season to honor family traditions, remember what we’re thankful for, and of course, eat lots of delicious food! While you count all the things you’re grateful for and enjoy your turkey dinner, don’t forget to appreciate your pearly whites! After all, your teeth help you eat all your favorite holiday meals, talk up a storm with family, and smile confidently during this special time of year. Here are five ways to appreciate your teeth and enjoy better holiday oral health in State College.

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