What Causes A Gummy Smile – Can I Fix It?

When a smile has an excessive amount of gum tissue that shows above the top teeth it is considered a gummy smile. Here at Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we meet many patients who are bothered by their gummy smile. They are not pleased with the appearance of their smile and feel self-conscious about it. The good news is that... read more »

What are the Teeth Colored Buttons with Invisalign?

If you choose to undergo Invisalign treatment, your orthodontist may recommend buttons. Commonly referred to as attachments, buttons can expedite the Invisalign process and help you achieve the smile of your dreams. These tiny buttons are the same color as your teeth and can be shaped in a circle or square. The purpose of them is to allow an Invisalign... read more »

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implants have been used and proven to be successful for several decades. A “dental implant” is an artificial tooth that is made up of a titanium screw that serves as an artificial tooth root. An abutment is connected to the screw and a crown, which serves as the replacement tooth is customized to match your natural teeth. Together, these... read more »

Sleep Apnea Neck Sweat – What Does This Mean?

If you’ve ever woken up with a neck that was dripping in sweat, you may be living with sleep apnea. Studies have shown that night sweats occur in individuals with untreated sleep apnea three times more than the general population. During sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder where breathing repeatedly stops and starts, your body goes into hyperdrive each time... read more »

Sleep Apnea Jaw Surgery – Recovery Time and Side Effects

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. It can lead to loud snoring and feelings of exhaustion even after a full night’s sleep. Maxillomandibular advancement is a type of surgery that is designed to help patients living with severe sleep apnea. It moves the maxilla or upper jaws and mandible or lower jaws forward... read more »

Sleep Apnea Exercises to Help You Sleep Easier at Night

A sleep disorder in which breathing stops and starts repeatedly is known as sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea, you should know that there are several exercises that you can perform to help you sleep easier at night. Here at Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we recommend the following sleep apnea exercises: Tiger Yell To perform a tiger yell,... read more »

Sleep Apnea as a Child or Baby – Is This Possible?

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder among the adult population. It occurs when breathing is briefly interrupted when someone is asleep. Believe it or not, sleep apnea may also arise in children. If your child snores, frequently tosses and turns in bed, has night sweats, or shows long pauses in breathing, they may have sleep apnea. It is estimated... read more »

Should My Child Get a Palate Expander Before Their 6 Year Molars Come In?

What is a Palate Expander? Growing into adulthood some share stories of the orthodontic treatment that was given to them in their earlier years. With this, may spring the stories of a “palate expander.” You either know what this is because you have personally experienced life with a palate expander or you may have no idea what this is. A... read more »

Should I Go to a Dentist for Glo or Buy the Kit Online?

Are you hoping to achieve a whiter, brighter smile? If you’re concerned about your discolored teeth and searching for a way to whiten them, you may be tempted to search the internet for that perfect at-home whitening kit. After all, there are thousands of websites that sell them. While some of these online whitening kits are better than others, the... read more »