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laughing gas at the dentist

Facts about Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

We know, the dentist is usually no laughing matter. With the relaxing, safe option of nitrous oxide, it can be! Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a gentle means to calm anxiety during your dental treatment at Town and Country Family Dentistry. Without a needle in sight (ouch!), both kids and adults can experience a relaxing option for their dental care. There are no side effects and the effects quickly wear off after the gas leaves your body through breathing natural air.

So, now you know some of the great benefits of laughing gas while you’re in the dental chair. We have compiled a list of other interesting facts about the glorious gas that is nitrous oxide. They may not leaving you rolling on the floor with laughter, but we’re sure you’ll find them interesting!

  • Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a very simple and naturally occurring gas.
  • It was discovered in 1772 by an English scientist named Joseph Priestley.
  • Nitrous oxide is also used in the food industry. For example, it gives whipped cream a lift to a fluffy texture.
  • It was not originally intended for medical purposes. Instead, it was used in social settings for entertainment in the years 1800-1844.
  • Nitrous oxide is also used in childbirth because it can be used at any point during labor.
  • Not everyone actually laughs because of laughing gas. Some people just get sleepy. The name comes from the feeling of euphoria it inspires!
  • It is also used in the automotive industry because it can act as an accelerant in motors.

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Do you suffer from severe dental anxiety? The friendly team at Town and Country in Chesterfield, MO are here to help!

Contact us today to learn about other options such as IV sedation for more advanced treatments like implants and oral surgery.

Best foods for Braces

5 Best Foods if You Wear Braces

Braces can truly be a blessing and a curse. Your decision to get braces to improve your smile will be one you are grateful for down the road. But when it prevents you from eating caramel corn and gummy bears… it may not seem like your wisest decision. Below is a list of 5 delicious, indulgent foods for when you have braces. They’re great for if you are ever feeling any discomfort from your braces or even if you’re just craving some foods off the ‘can’t have cause you have braces’ list.

Pass the mashed potatoes

Buttery, golden mashed potatoes are both soft and savory. You’ll get the salt you are craving from off-limits foods like hard snack chips. Be careful to brush afterwards because starches lingering in your mouth will turn into sugar and will wreak havoc on your teeth.

Chocolate pudding, please

Calcium-rich pudding anyone? Get creative and top with sliced soft fruit like bananas. You can also try blending it with yogurt for a delicious smoothie treat that will give your chompers some much needed rest. Good for breakfast or dessert!

Pasta, pasta, and more pasta

We know, another starch. But soft pastas are a girl and guys best friend when you have braces. They’re soft and easy to eat and won’t get easily stuck in wires. Pro tip? Add a meatball or two. Meatballs (and meatloaf) are better alternatives than steak when you have braces because they aren’t as stringy and prone to become lodged in your braces.

Crab cakes, ahoy!

Most seafood that is white and flakey will be a safe option when you have braces. Crab cakes are a great option because they really feel like a treat instead of something you ‘have’ to eat because you’re stuck with braces. Our advice? Try this Baltimore Crab Cake recipe from Epicurious.

Avocados and/or guacamole

I know what you’re thinking… what’s the fun of guacamole without the chips? Instead try spreading guacamole on soft flour tortillas. Another idea would be to cut up avocados into large chunks and serve on top of scrambled eggs (which are very easy on braces) along with some fresh salsa.

Are you still thinking that giving up on some of your favorite foods seems like a bridge too far for your new smile? Town and Country Family Dentistry offers alternatives to traditional braces such as Invisalign. With Invisalign treatment, you can easily remove your aligners to eat and drink to your hearts content! Learn more about your options by visiting Dr. Mandefro’s Braces page here. Our team will work with you to find the best treatment plan for your smile goals.

Town and Country Family Dentistry Invisalign Special

Invisalign FAQ & Special Offer – Save $1,000

For the month of May, Town and Country Family Dentistry is offering Invisalign adult braces for only $3,995 (regularly $5,000). In honor of our promotion, we wanted to help our patients with a list of questions to be sure to ask when considering Invisalign aligner therapy for a straighter smile! While it can be frustrating to hear “it depends” when it comes to braces, it’s important to realize that your smile is as individual as you are, so that’s why your dental care will be, too.

How does Invisalign work to straighten my teeth?

Dr. Mandefro will supply you with a series of custom aligners. With each aligner, the position of the tooth will be slightly altered. Our dental office maps out your plan specifically for your individual case. When the aligners are placed, the teeth will shift from their current position until they are gradually in their new home. After approximately two weeks, you will use a new set of aligners.

How long will my treatment last?

This will vary from person to person depending on the state of your smile. Typically, this will take about 12 months for an adult.

How often do I visit Dr. Mandefro’s office in Chesterfield?

You will need to visit our office about every four to six weeks. This will depend on the situation, of course.

How much will it cost, and are there payment options?

If you book in May 2015, Town and Country will offer Invisalign for only $3995 – over $1000 off our regular price. We also offer financing by CareCredit and Lending Club.

What restrictions will I have when it comes to eating?

Because aligners are removable, there are no restrictions to your diet! In fact, you actually need to remove them to eat and drink. It is important that you brush your teeth after meals and sugary beverages. You just have to remember to wear them for 20-22 hours per day to be most effective.

How will wearing Invisalign aligners affect my speech?

You may notice a temporary affect to your speech, such as a slight lisp for the first few days. This is just your mouth getting used to the aligners and should go away quickly.

Still have questions about Invisalign?

Give us a call, that’s what we’re here for! We’d be happy to set up a consultation and give you the smile you’ve been dreaming of.

mini dental implants

What are Mini Dental Implants?

Curious about mini dental implants?

Mini dental implants are also known as denture-stabilization implants. Their purpose is to provide support to upper, lower, and partial dentures to help prevent them from shifting and falling out.

Mini dental implants are small titanium posts that are inserted into the jawbone. The base of the post naturally bones to the bone, acting as a root structure. The top of the titanium post has a small ball, which fits into an opening on the underside of the denture, like a ball-and-socket. For a complete upper or lower denture, four posts are generally needed.

This procedure is minimally invasive and can completely change the way you feel about your dentures! Mini implants firmly holds dentures properly in place so you can speak and eat with more confidence.

Additional Benefits

Mini dental implants also prevent excessive bone wearing from dentures sliding back and forth across the gums. They give structure to gums as well, slowing the rate at which the gums recede. Mini dental implants are often more cost effective and require less recovery time.

Because mini implants are smaller, there is less of a health concern for patients who may be worried about bone loss. Conventional implants measure about 3.7mm, while mini implants are only 3 mm. More patients are eligible for mini implants than traditional ones because of the smaller size.

How do I Qualify?

If you think mini dental implants could restore your confidence with day-to-day activities, contact Town & Country Family Dentistry in St. Louis, MO. In order to help you make an informed decision, Dr. Mandefro can set up a consultation to review your oral health options with you. Want more info? Visit our special mini implants page and get your teeth back, St. Louis!