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I’m thinking about getting Orthodontic work done, What are the benefits of Invisalign?

January 24th, 2019

  • APPEARANCE! Invisalign is a great alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment! The trays are a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to wearing braces. It is especially nice for people who are getting married or are in a wedding.
  • CONFIDENCE BOOST! “Invisalign doesn’t SCREAM braces!” -Dr. Martens. The Invisalign trays snap in and out easily, and you can feel more confident in your smile!
  • CONVENIENCE! Invisalign won’t get in the way of your day-to-day life. You take them out to eat, brush, and floss your teeth. This means that you CAN eat your favorite sticky or crunchy foods, while its highly frowned upon with traditional braces.


While the length of time having Invisalign may be similar to traditional braces, every patient’s needs are different. Treatment length varies and depends on severity of crowding, spacing, or rotation of the teeth. Trays are worn for 2 weeks at a time, and it is recommended to wear your trays 22 hours per day, as they only work as long as you are wearing them! Monthly visits to your dentist are also recommended for adjustments.

Here at Superior Dental Health, Dr. Martens in our Lincoln office, Dr. Lake in our Omaha office, or Dr. Kight in our Blair office, can help you get started on your Invisalign journey. Our offices are comfortable, positive, and friendly! Dr. Martens, Dr. Lake, and Dr. Kight will cater to your individual wants and needs by guiding you through a consultation and listening to the problem areas you want fixed! Give us a call today in Lincoln at 402-477-5665, in Omaha at 402-391-1047, or in Blair at 402-426-3334!

I chipped a tooth. What can I do?

September 11th, 2018

You just crunched down on a piece of hard food when you suddenly realize there is something hard still in your mouth. Your nightmare is confirmed when you retrieve a piece of your tooth from your mouth. You chipped your tooth; now what?

Obviously, the first thing you need to do is call our Omaha office. While we make every effort to see emergent cases immediately, you may have to wait a day or so before you can see Dr. Martens, Dr. Smith, Dr. Huffman, Dr.Kight, Dr. Stinson, and Dr. Lake. Luckily, it’s easy to take care of your chipped tooth while you wait.

How to Take Care of a Chipped

The last thing you want is for the tooth to become infected or break even more. Let’s look at a few things you can do:

  • If the chipped tooth is causing you pain take an over-the-counter pain medication, like Tylenol. Always follow the directions on the label.
  • You should also rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater, as this will help prevent an infection from setting in.
  • If your chipped tooth has a sharp edge, cover it up with a piece of wax to prevent it from cutting your cheek, tongue, or lip.
  • If you have to eat, make sure you eat soft foods and don’t bite down on the chipped or broken tooth.

Treatment Options for a Chipped Tooth

  • Dental Filling and Bonding – If you only have a small chip in your tooth, Dr. Martens, Dr. Smith, Dr. Huffman, Dr.Kight, Dr. Stinson, and Dr. Lake will probably fix it with a filling. If it is a front tooth, we may bond the tooth using a tooth-colored compound.
  • Dental Crown or Cap – If you broke a large piece of your tooth, we may grind the remaining part of your tooth and put a crown or cap on it.
  • Dental Veneers – If you chipped or broke your front tooth then choosing a dental veneer may be your best choice. It will make your tooth look completely normal.
  • Root Canal – If you cracked your tooth and the center (pulp) of the tooth is exposed and infected, you will need a root canal. If the center of your tooth is exposed, it becomes vulnerable to bacteria that will cause your tooth to abscess.

Chipping or breaking your tooth is never a good thing, and you should always call any of our three locations right away. The sooner you get your tooth repaired the less likely you are to have any problems with it.

September is National Gum Care Month!

September 4th, 2018

Can you believe it's already September? At Superior Dental Health, we know that gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease, can be challenging to recognize. Many people don’t understand the warning signs, bleeding and swollen gums, as a precursor to gum disease. This month, a national campaign is underway to raise awareness about gum health and periodontal disease, and we wanted to help do our part to spread the word!

Dr. Martens, Dr. Smith, Dr. Huffman, Dr. Lake, Dr. Kight, and Dr. Stinson will tell you early recognition and action are the most essential steps to healthy gums, and ultimately a healthy body, too! Studies are published every year linking oral health, including the gums, to the health of other areas of the body, such as your heart. One of the most important steps to improving the care of your gums is recognizing the warning signs for gum disease. These can include:

  • Gums that appear red or swollen
  • Gums that feel tender
  • Gums that bleed easily (during brushing or flossing)
  • Gums that recede or pull away from the teeth
  • Persistent halitosis, or bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Any change in the way teeth come together in the biting position

If you happen to notice any of these signs with you or your child, please schedule an appointment at our convenient Omaha office as soon as possible. Dr. Martens, Dr. Smith, Dr. Huffman, Dr. Lake, Dr. Kight, and Dr. Stinson and our team can take proactive steps to prevent gingivitis and gum disease while showing you how to improve gum care in your or your child’s daily oral hygiene habits.

Is soda really bad for your teeth?

August 21st, 2018

You take a sip of soda – and someone remarks, “That’s going to ruin your teeth!”

Is that true? Is sweet soda the enemy of a healthy smile? The answer, unfortunately, is that one glass might not hurt your teeth, but drinking soda regularly can do some real damage.

Sodas are one of America’s favorite drinks. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says about half of us drink soda regularly, averaging 2.6 glasses each day.

That’s a lot of soda considering the drinks are acidic, full of sugar, and have little or no nutritional value. It may surprise you to learn that it’s actually the acidity of cola, not the sugar, which poses the biggest threat to teeth. Over time, repeated exposure to soda wears down tooth enamel, leaving teeth stained and less able to prevent cavities.

As enamel wears away, teeth can become discolored, take on a rough texture, and become highly sensitive to hot or cold. Your teeth may start to tingle, and brushing or flossing can cause pain. If not checked by dental care, teeth may begin to erode, becoming thinner and more likely to crack. It’s a pretty high price to pay for a glass of soda.

Of course, sodas are not the only culprits in tooth erosion. Coffee, wine, and some fruit juices are also acidic, though these drinks tend to have less acidity than a typical soda.

So what can you do to protect your teeth?

1. Cut back – way back – on acidic drinks.

2. Add more water to your daily diet in place of sodas.

3. Use a straw when you drink.

4. Don’t confuse diet soda with a healthy alternative. Diet drinks are just as acidic as regular sodas.

5. Rinse your mouth with water after drinking soda. The rinse may remove some acid from your teeth, although abstaining from the soda would do more good.

6. Hold off on brushing your teeth after drinking soda. Brushing too hard can weaken enamel that is already covered in acid.

7. Pay attention to your teeth, both how they look and how they feel. Let Dr. Martens, Dr. Smith, Dr. Kight, Dr. Stinson, Dr. Huffman, and Dr. Lake know if you see signs of discoloration or erosion, or feel tingling. Make an appointment at any one of our three convenient locations, one in OmahaBlair, and Lincoln if you feel tooth or gum pain when eating or drinking.


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