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Crown Council: Committed to Excellence

The Crown Council is an association of independent dentists and practices who are passionately committed to excellence. Each year, members gather for an Annual Event that inspires each one to create a culture of success, both personally and professionally.

“It’s a pretty powerful feeling to sit in there and listen to the speakers,” said Dr. Brian Harris, at the 2018 Annual Event in San Antonio, Texas. “To just be taking notes non-stop on things that I do, professionally and personally – just to better person, be a better dad, better husband, and a better leader to my team.”

Crown Council members are committed to continuing education in their specialties, and also to giving back to the communities  they serve. One of the ways they give back is Smiles for Life, Crown Council’s charity arm, now in its twentieth year. Smiles for Life has raised more than forty million dollars for hundreds of children’s charities since 1998.

The 2018 Smiles for Life continues through June.

“One of the reasons the Crown Council exists is to create a mastermind of people who are like-minded, who can share great ideas,” said Crown Council CEO Greg Anderson. The emphasis at each Annual Event is on the team experience, and members, Anderson said, always leave feeling motivated. The 2019 Annual Event is scheduled for February 7-9 in Las Vegas.

Anyone who is looking for a dentist, whether it’s for cosmetic work, a root canal, or a simple checkup, can be sure of making the right choice by choosing a Crown Council member dentist.

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Advances in Technology: Crown Council Dentists

As technology continues to develop, new tools become available to the dental industry. And new tools have had a noticeable impact over the last year or so.

Video, for example, is increasingly used in smile design. Dental professionals say it’s a big help to be able to see a smile design patient in casual conversation, before completing the design. That way, they can observe things like how many of the patient’s teeth show as they speak. It also gives insight to subtler details, such as the way light reflects off of the patient’s teeth.

Some dentists now use cloud-based software called Digital Smile Design, or DSD. DSD enables them to work with designers all over the world. A patient in Des Moines can preview a new smile designed by someone in Perth.

More and more dentists are relying on digital impressions in making restorations. Digital impressions have been around for a long time, but an increasing number of professionals are embracing it. One of the main reasons for this is that the technology is improved, leading to better quality and consistency.

3D printing has also become more prevalent in dentistry since the start of 2017. 3D printers are more affordable than they once were, and the industry is responding. The ability to to digitize complete workflows has become a reality for many labs.

As always, Crown Council member dentists stay current on advancements in the dental industry, and are committed to excellence in patient care. All Crown Council members are passionately committed to their work, to continuing education, and to the communities they serve. With the latest technology in general and cosmetic dentistry, you’re always making the right choice with a Crown Council dentist.

Dental Implants: A Major Advance

No one enjoys having a gap in their smile – a space where a tooth used to be. A gap is unsightly, and can lead to serious problems down the road. This helps to explain why dental implants have become one of the fastest-growing procedures in modern dentistry.

It used to be that dental implants were out of the ordinary, almost like science fiction. Replace a tooth by attaching something to the jaw? Yet the transition has been made; today, dental implants are a part of mainstream dental care.

As sophisticated as implants are, the idea behind them is simple enough. A titanium post is surgically affixed to the jaw of the patient. This is the actual implant, and most are threaded, like a screw. Supporting structure and a restoration (the artificial tooth) sit on top of the implant.

This is fairly straight-forward, but of course, there is more to it than that. Once the implant has been inserted, there’s a period of recovery before the procedure can be completed. But once it is, the result is a fully functional tooth that is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.

Aside from an improved smile, one of the  great benefits of a dental implant is that they strengthen the patient’s jawbone. When a natural tooth’s root is missing and there is nothing in its place, the bone surrounding the hole weakens and gets fragile. There is a corresponding sunken look that can add years to the patient’s appearance. An implants helps prevent that.

Dental implants have come into their own. Many dentists perform them, but visiting an implants dentist is recommended. Choosing a member of the Crown Council is always a good decision, one that you can make with confidence.

The Crown Council is a prestigious alliance of dental professionals who are passionately committed to their discipline. Active members of the Crown Council are also committed to continuing education and to the communities they serve. Whether it’s dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, or family dentistry, you’ll know you’ve made the right choice with a Crown Council dentist.

How To Choose a Dentist

Maybe you’re new in town, or maybe you just need a change. There are any number of reasons why you might be in the market for a new dentist.

What do you want from a new dentist? More than someone who will check you for any new cavities, and clean your teeth twice a year. It’s important to feel good about the dentist you entrust with your teeth. “Your dental health is such a vital part of your overall health,” says Dr. Cathy Taylor-Osborne, an ADA dentist based in Kansas. “It’s important for every patient to have a dental home.”

Some important considerations:

  • Convenience. One of the first things to find out about a practice you’re considering is, do their office hours fit your schedule? More and more practices have extended hours: into the evening, and on weekends. These are great for people with busy lives (which is just about everyone) and for dental emergencies.
  • Insurance. Your selection of a dentist may come down to whether the practice is in your network. Some plans, for example, limit your choices to members of an HMO network.
  • Accessibility. Where is the practice located? A dentist who is a short drive from home is great. On the other hand, doctor-patient communication is essential. It may be worth a longer drive if you feel a rapport with a dentist.
  • Crown Council. Is the dentist a member of the Crown Council? Member dentists offer a host of specialties, and are passionately committed to excellence. They are also dedicated to continuing education, to charitable dentistry, and to being active and engaged members of the communities they serve.

Your dental health is critical to your overall health, and the dentist you choose becomes an essential part of your health care team. As you weigh your options, remember you want a dentist you can turn to with confidence for all of your health issues.

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Smiles for Life, 2018

It is one of the greatest win-win scenarios you can imagine: Crown Council’s Smiles for Life Foundation, and its annual campaign to raise money for dental care for some of the world’s neediest children.

From now through June, hundreds of Crown Council dental practices throughout North America are taking part in a special fundraiser. If you go to a participating dentist for a discounted teeth whitening, you’ll come away with more than just a dazzling smile. You’ll also know that you are supporting a very worthy cause.

You won’t pay the dentist for your whitening; participating dentists are donating their time. Instead, make a check out directly to the Smiles for Life Foundation. Half of the proceeds go to the dental practice’s local charity partner, and the rest goes to Smiles for Life. From there, it goes to children’s charities the world over. Underprivileged kids will receive much-needed, professional dental care.

Over the last twenty years, Crown Council’s Smiles for Life Foundation and Smiles for Hope have raised more than $40 million, benefitting hundreds of children’s charities. Along with partners at Esperanza International, the foundation also sponsors annual trips to the Dominican Republic. And with partners at Choice Humanitarian, there are also annual trips to Guatemala. Crown Council member dentists provide desperately needed dental care to the impoverished children.

Find out more about the Crown Council’s teeth whitening fundraiser, or find a participating dental practice near you.

Ultradent, the maker of Boost and Opalescence®, is donating the teeth whitening materials.

Crown Council member practices are dental professionals committed to excellence, to continuing education, and to giving back. No matter what type of treatment you need, if you choose an active Crown Council member dentist, you’ll know that you are in good hands.

The Toothbrush: Should You Go Electric?

Which is better: a manual or electric toothbrush?

A regular teeth cleaning routine is a critical part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Optimum dental health starts at home in the bathroom, with consistently brushing your teeth. In this post, we take a look at the humble toothbrush. Which does a better job, the traditional manual or an electric?

You might think it doesn’t make much difference, provided you brush your teeth regularly, and include flossing as part of your routine. But recent studies have shown that electric toothbrushes may do a somewhat better job at reducing dental plaque and gum inflammation (gingivitis).

There are electric toothbrushes with heads that rotate, vibrate, or move quickly back and forth. Some can brush at up to 30,000 strokes per minute. Compare that to about 200 strokes per minute with a manual brush, and the electric toothbrush just might have an edge.

Brushing longer with a manual may help make up the difference. If you go that route, take care not to over-do it. Brushing too hard or for too long, whether you use a manual or an electric, can wear away at tooth enamel, and lead to greater sensitivity.

For some people there are clear advantages to using an electric toothbrush: they can make brushing a lot easier for those with arthritis or dexterity issues. And they’re a good option for people with braces.

Whichever method you choose, remember that it’s important to replace your toothbrush or brush head every three months. You should replace it even sooner if the bristles are getting frayed, or if you get sick.