What is Dental Botox®?

As specialists in facial anatomy and esthetics, an increasing number of dentists are taking their skills into the world of Botox®. Often associated just with appearances, Botox® can be equally as therapeutic as cosmetic. Botox® is a purified protein that irons out wrinkles by attaching to a muscle and preventing it from contracting. When the muscles contract away from the skin, this is what causes wrinkles. This has thus far been its most popular use in cosmetic facial treatments. What most patients don’t know is this same function can relax other muscles in the jaw and face for pain relief [...]

The Story of Caries Prevention

If we told you that your mouth is the site of a constant battle between teeth and bacteria, would you believe us? Alright, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but the fact that Shelby teeth are always at risk of developing dental caries is no exaggeration. In case you’ve never heard about caries, Dr. Marissa Miller is going to take this opportunity to shed some light on what it is, how to stop it, and what Discovery Dental can do to help. Dental Caries, Tooth Decay, and Cavities What do dental caries and tooth decay have in common? A lot! Actually, they are [...]

How Dental Night Guards Can Help You

It’s common to see people wearing mouth guards in Shelby during all kinds of sports, such as football, basketball, and boxing, but did you know that lots of folks wear mouth guards at night for their dental health? People who grind their teeth (bruxism) and people with sleep apnea can get relief from their symptoms simply by wearing a specially-designed mouth guard at night. Dr. Marissa Miller has helped tons of Shelby residents improve the quality of their life with night guards and we at Discovery Dental invite you to come visit us today to find out more. Night Guards for Bruxism [...]

The Best Way to Replace Missing Teeth

We all remember losing our teeth as children and being delighted to find money from the tooth fairy under our pillow, but it’s just not as fun as an adult. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have an average of 25 permanent teeth remaining, which is three shy of a full set (minus wisdom teeth). Dr. Marissa Miller wants everyone in Shelby to know that replacing a missing tooth is important to your dental health. Read on for more information and please give Discovery Dental a call with any questions [...]

Don’t Get Kicked in the Teeth…But If You Do – The Importance of Mouth Guards in Sports Safety

It’s no secret that residents of Shelby love sports! The folks around here work hard and play just as hard, whether it’s football, baseball, basketball, or the numerous other high-impact sports that can cause harm to your family’s mouths. In fact, at least 13% of all oral injuries happen during sports activities. Dr. Marissa Miller wants you to know how keep your teeth out of harm’s way and still enjoy a good game, so please read on and learn how to win big with a safe, healthy smile. It’s About More than Mouth Guards We know what you’re thinking, mouth guards [...]

Get Your Smile Back with Dental Implants

Don’t let dentures or gaps in your teeth take away your confidence! Talk to Dr. Miller about dental implants and get started on a path to reclaiming your smile! Discovery Dental offers the best dental implant technology available and we love to help our Shelby patients regain their confidence with a beautiful, healthy mouth. What are Dental Implants for? The best way to explain dental implants is to describe exactly what they do. If you have a missing tooth, Dr. Miller will put an implant in its place. This implant will take root in the jawbone (just a like a real tooth), protect the [...]

Clear Braces – A New Option for a New Smile!

It’s no secret that regular old braces carry a certain stigma. The brackets, wires, and small, colored bands are clunky and painful, and most people shudder at the thought of having to get them. However, the dentistry of today is very different and Dr. Miller has options for you, like clear braces, that are less-invasive, nearly invisible, more comfortable, and take much less time. If you have ever dreamed about having a nicer smile, now is the time to visit Discovery Dental and find out about the wonderful ways we can help build your confidence with a beautiful smile. [...]

Teeth that Light Up a Room…in the Dark!

We’ve all seen glow-in-the-dark t-shirts, little kids shoes that light up when they walk, and even belts with flashing lights on them. But teeth that light up? Two designers in Japan are doing just that to advertise a winter sale at their clothing store, Laforet Harajuku. Now, we’re not just talking about those 25 cent plastic vampire fangs that you can get at Halloween that are supposed to glow in the dark. These “fronts” contain light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that you affix to your teeth which then glow and blink in different colors when you open your mouth. In fact, the [...]

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You Should Be Worried About Oral Cancer

Today, and every day this year, more than 16 people will die from some form of oral cancer. Every hour three more people are diagnosed with one of the numerous types of this disease. Many people know that smoking and drinking greatly increase your risk of developing head or neck cancer, but shockingly the human papillomavirus (HPV) is now found in up to 50% of new cases. […]