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January 23, 2012

Dubuque Invisalign Dentist

Invisalign isn’t just about making your smile look better… straight teeth are often healthier teeth too! (actual Invisalign case done by Dr. Kristen Berning) Teeth that are not aligned properly in the mouth create malocclusion.   Malocclusion, in simple terms, means a “bad bite” or a “misaligned bite”.  Left untreated, malocclusion can lead to many problems, including periodontal disease.  Crowded teeth are harder to keep clean.  More food, plaque, and debris can hide where teeth are crowded.  And as more bacteria and plaque accumulate, the bacteria start to cause gum disease.  Gums bleed more often.  As... Read More
January 17, 2012

Dubuque Cosmetic Dentistry

With the advent of social media and mobile internet devices, today’s dental patients have a wealth of information at their fingertips regarding cosmetic dentistry.  This makes them more informed and more knowledgeable about what treatment their desire for their own cosmetic concerns. People are seeking out the dental treatment that looks the best and lasts the longest.  Often times they are requesting the most conserative treatment.  Thanks to the improvement in dental materials, dental bonding is a conservative treatment that solves many dental problems.  Dental bonding can be thought of as “nip and tuck... Read More
November 10, 2011
Dr. Ted Murray and Dr. Kristen Berning have been Dubuque Invisalign dentists for several years and have helped many patients straighten their teeth without metal braces. Many people ask us if Invisalign would work for them.  Often times they hold back their true smile because they are self conscious about some imperfection.  Their concerns may range from crowded teeth, crooked teeth, or spaces between their teeth.  Invisalign can solve many problems, and it’s a comfortable way to straighten teeth. Here is a case where this woman was not happy with the space between her 2 front teeth… and an even larger space between two of her bottom teeth... Read More
November 09, 2011
If you are straightening your teeth with Invisalign, or you know someone who is… here is a free smartphone app that tells you when to change your aligners… cool!  This app will help you stay on track so that you can achieve your results quicker & more efficiently, since forgetting to change your aligners might SLOW down your treatment. http://bit.ly/o6Wo91 Check out the link to read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about ‘Align On Time’ on the App Store. Download ‘Align On Time’ and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Our patients love Invisalign!   Invisalign is a series of invisible, custom-made... Read More
October 18, 2011
Kristen Berning, DDS, FAGD, of Dubuque, Iowa received the Academy of General Dentistry’s 2011 Fellowship award during the AGD 2011 Annual Meeting & Exhibits, in San Diego, CA. Dr. Kristen Berning at the Award Ceremony The Fellowship award is presented to dentists who seek to provide the highest quality of dental care by remaining current in their profession. To accomplish this goal, Dr. Berning completed 500 hours of continuing dental education, passed a comprehensive exam, and fulfilled 3 years of continuous membership in the AGD. She is one of only 7 female dentists in the state of Iowa to achieve Fellowship status in the AGD.  She... Read More
July 12, 2011
A wonderful smile makes you confident.  A fabulous smile gets you noticed.             BEFORE _______________________________________AFTER   Redesigning the smile you were born with to better reflect who you are today is an exciting and easy process with the Invisalign system. Invisalign is a series of clear, thin, virtually invisible custom molded aligners that fit over the teeth to progressively straighten them. You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, moving your teeth into straighter position step by step, until you have a more beautiful smile. These clear aligners are comfortable to wear.You can take them out for eating,... Read More
June 15, 2011
Patients are often asking usabout how they can keep their teeth strong. An article on WebMD, explains 15 Ways to Wreck Your Teeth: 1. Don’t brush after every meal (You have to read this one completely because the BEST practice is to brush after breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but not immediately after you have eaten since the acid level in your mouth is high. Instead of waiting up to 60 minutes as the article mentions, we recommend swishing with water, mouthwash or chewing sugar-free gum. This will speed up the saliva neutralization time before you brush. Do not let food particles sit between the teeth while you wait! That makes the situation... Read More
June 13, 2011
Did you know that June is National Smile Month? To celebrate, we will be posting some of our favorite smile makeovers done by Dr. Ted Murray and Dr. Kristen Berning at Exceptional Dentistry in Dubuque, Iowa. ~~~~ What is a smile makeover? A smile makeover can be many things… Sometimes a smile makeover is as simple as whitening. Sometimes a smile makeover means straightening teeth with Invisalign. Sometimes just one tooth in the smile needs a makeover. Sometimes a smile makeover is done with porcelain veneers. Sometimes cosmetic bonding or direct resin veneers are the best option for a smile makeover. Follow us on our facebook page to see... Read More
June 08, 2011
What is an AirSoft gun? Well, Dr. Kristen Berning learned yesterday when a 14 year-old boy came in with a broken tooth. Airsoft guns are used to play a game similar to paintball, but instead of shooting paintballs, small plastic BBs are used. The name “airsoft” is very misleading… the plastic BBs can be very dangerous and damaging! They are solid plastic and can be shot at speeds of over 400 feet-per-second… causing serious damage to the eyes or teeth if hit. Safety gear should absolutely include protective eyewear, but also sturdy clothing to protect the skin, and protective gear that covers the face and ears. And here’s how he looked when... Read More
May 23, 2011
Recent research suggests that elite athletes have a higher risk for tooth decay and tooth erosion, according to a study of triathletes in New Zealand, published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine. The following reasons explain why athlete’s teeth are at higher risk: 1. Intense physical training can cause a decrease in the amount of saliva due to dehydration and mouth breathing. Since saliva helps to protect teeth, decreased saliva can result in tooth decay. 2. The intense training also causes an athlete the need to “refuel” frequently with calories. Athletes often choose acidic sports drinks and fermentable carbohydrates (which... Read More

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