How Cannabis Impacts Oral Health

​The use of cannabis as a medical treatment has been increasing steadily for the last couple years. You or someone you know might be using it now to treat a chronic illness. However, using marijuana can cause a number of issues for your oral health. XerostomiaOne of the main impacts it can have on your mouth is that it can lead to xerostomia, or dr...
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Ways to Care for Teeth at Home

Besides going through the yearly routine of sitting in the dentist chair to get your teeth cleaned and taken care of, following a good oral hygiene by taking care of your own mouth at home is extremely important. Sometimes, that is easier said than done for many people, and we understand. Many of us juggle busy schedules. From waking up with a fogg...
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Do In-Home Teeth-Straightening Aligners Work?

​In-home teeth-straightening aligners are becoming more popular as orthodontic costs rise. People are drawn to these clear aligners because they are more cost-effective, less noticeable than braces, and they require no orthodontist visits. But businesses that sell these aligners are surrounded by controversy, with many dental professionals and cust...
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Dealing With Braces Pain: 7 Tips for Relief

​In your quest for a beautiful, bright and healthy smile, you might end up needing to invest in braces to straighten teeth and achieve those #smilegoals. This is a smart decision that usually yields great results, but there may be some discomfort along the way. This is common after first getting braces and then again each time you come in for adjus...
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How Old Is Too Old to Get Braces?

​If you feel like you have to deal with crooked teeth, a crowded smile or, worse still, a poorly aligned bite just because you're an adult and "too old" for braces, know that you don't have to settle. It doesn't matter whether you're 7 or 70. With Invisalign clear braces, you can easily get the treatment you need to straighten your teeth and smile ...
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How About Full-Mouth Dental Implants?

​Losing all your teeth can be downright awful and embarrassing. While this is not exactly common, trauma, accidents, infections and aging can cause it to happen. If you have to experience this discomfort in Everett, Washington, or the surrounding areas, you can count on Dr. Norman and the Dream Smile team for full-mouth dental implants, among other...
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10 Signs It's Time to See an Orthodontist

​There really is no set age for a child to start seeing an orthodontist. That said, most orthodontists would recommend that kids make their first visit around age 6 to 7, when the permanent teeth start replacing the baby teeth. But that's not always the case. Some children need to see an orthodontist earlier in life to get a jump start on treating ...
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Choosing a New Family Dentist

​Choosing a new family dentist is an extremely important decision that demands all the careful planning and attention you can give it. If you've just moved to a new area, it can be even more daunting as you may not know anyone yet to even ask for recommendations. Before you choose that new family dentist, here are a few questions you should try to ...
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Does a Better Smile = a Better Career?

​A study done last year by the American Dental Association found that 28 percent of those surveyed between the ages of 18 and 34 felt that the appearance of their teeth and mouth undermined their ability to interview for a job. So, does a better smile mean better chances at a successful career? We think so! Here's why: Better First Impressions Firs...
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The Smile of Youth

Cosmetic dentistry can give you back the smile of your youth. In the 1990s, patients brought us photos of their favorite celebrities so we could give them a smile to match. But these days, patients are bringing in photos of themselves in their youth. We love that we are given the opportunity to give patients back their very own smile from days past!

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Start Retirement With a New, Improved Mouth

When you reach the age where you start thinking about retirement, you may think about the relaxation and extra time for travel, spending time with family and pursuing favorite hobbies. One thing you're probably not thinking about is dental care -- and how a lifetime of dental care, likely with different dentists, may have left you with mismatched teeth and an imperfect bite.  

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Can Selfies Improve Your Smile?

An August 2016 Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine study suggests that recording video selfies of brushing one’s teeth may help some individuals improve their oral hygiene practices.

Before the study began, the brushing habits of each participant were reviewed. Each individual was given instruction to correct their technique until they were brushing in the methods prescribed by the American Dental Association. These methods include holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, brushing the inside of the teeth, then the outside and then the chewing surface.

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New Smile Ahead

Many of Dr. Norman’s adult patients visit her practice looking for full mouth and smile reconstruction. Patients looking for these services often do so in hopes of addressing all of their dental needs in one fell swoop or want to update the aesthetic appearance of their smile.

Patients receive a thorough examination, in which Dr. Norman examines the health of the teeth, gums and look at the current state of any restorations. Dental materials and techniques change over time, and as a result, patients end up with mismatched look – with different colored crowns, restorations, and they may have a mix of metal and ceramic fillings. In many cases, this situation also often means that the patient’s bite is misaligned, causing them to hold their jaw in an unnatural position, and feel as if their bite doesn’t have a "home" or natural resting spot.

After Dr. Norman examines the patient, she spends time with them during a consultation to find out their goals for treatment. For example, some patients may be close to retirement and hope to have their teeth brought to good health, in order to reduce expenses later on when no longer working. Still, others hope to have their smile updated, or even want to have their smile restored to one of their youth and have a specific picture or image in mind for Dr. Norman to use as a guideline.

Once a clear vision of the patient's needs and goals is established, Dr. Norman begins work toward that end by first finding the optimal height of the patient’s bite and aligning the mouth to that height. Many patients find that this alone turns back the hands of time, making them look and feel younger.

In most cases, Dr. Norman has been able to address all of the patient’s dental needs in just a few visits. This is in contrast to the approach most dentists take where they treat a patient one tooth at a time versus treating the whole mouth. By using a whole mouth treatment approach, the patient saves both time and money. Once the patient’s needs are treated, aesthetic adjustments, like whitening, are made, and subsequent checkups are for cleanings and maintenance. Patients rest easy knowing that major work is complete, which definitely makes them smile!

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Cosmetic Dentistry is a Work of Heart for Dr. Norman

Cosmetic dentistry is a term that has changed its meaning over the years. For example, Dr. Norman remembers the 1990s, when cosmetic dentistry meant veneers. It also meant making sure that every tooth was straight, flat, and paper white! Now, cosmetic dentistry means something different for each patient - and to Dr. Norman.

For Dr. Norman, cosmetic dentistry now means smile restorations – a treatment that she takes very seriously. In fact, when a patient asks her to do their smile restoration, she feels as if they are commissioning her to create a work of art in porcelain!

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