Friendly new faces at Howard Family Dental!

If you’ve visited our Brunswick, Hinesville and Beaufort offices this past month, you’ve most likely met our newest doctors!

We’ve had the pleasure of adding Dr. Kevin Farr to our Brunswick office, Dr. Kevin Hardy to our Beaufort, SC office and Dr. Joseph Merritt to our Hinesville office. If you haven’t met these wonderful new doctors yet, allow us to introduce you…

  • Meet Dr. Kevin Farr:
    • Dr. Farr is originally from Springville, Utah.
    • He graduated from Brigham Young University and The University of Louisville, School of Dentistry.
    • He previously worked as an engineer at a manufacturing company and his engineering background gives him a unique perspective to dental treatment, methodologies and dentist-patient relationships.
    • Dr. Farr’s road to dentistry began when he realized the opportunity to involve himself in humanitarian work and the significant, yet personal, impact it can have on someone’s life.
    • Dr. Farr sees patients at our Brunswick office Monday – Thursday.
    • Request an Appointment with Dr. Farr or Dr. Kasik in Brunswick
  • Meet Dr. Kevin Hardy:
    • Dr. Hardy is originally from  Danville, Virginia.
    • He is a graduate of The University of Notre Dame and Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Dentistry.
    • He also earned his MBA from the Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Business and JD degree from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law.
    • Dr. Hardy offers a full-scope of services and a holistic approach to dentistry.
    • Dr. Hardy sees patients Monday- Thursday at the Beaufort office.
    • Request an Appointment with Dr. Hardy or Dr. Hankla in Beaufort, SC.
  • Meet Dr. Joseph Merritt:
    • Dr. Merritt is a Roswell, Georgia native and proud alumni of the University of Georgia
    • He graduated from the University of Louisville, School of Dentistry.
    • Dr. Merritt has been lead to serve on a few dental mission trips, including a trip to Nicaragua and two trips to the Helping Hands Clinic in Jamaica.
    • When he is not practicing dentistry, Dr. Merritt spends his time singing tunes on his guitar, staying active and spending quality time with family and friends.
    • Dr. Merritt will be seeing patients Tuesday – Friday at our Hinesville office.
    • Request an Appointment with Dr. Merritt or Dr. Kellner in Hinesville.
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Invisalign: Clear Braces for Adults

Many people think of teens when it comes to braces. But now thanks to Invisalign® clear aligners, the number of adults receiving orthodontic treatment is on the rise. Invisalign clear aligners are a comfortable, removable & almost invisible alternative to braces that are perfect for adults who want to straighten their teeth. Unlike braces, Invisalign is made of a strong plastic material and fabricated to fit each patient’s unique bite. No metal wires or brackets. And you can take Invisalign out whenever you want – for eating, brushing, meetings, dates or photographs.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign is great at correcting crooked teeth, gaps, overbites or underbites. At your initial consultation, your dentist will take a physical impression or digital scan of your teeth that is used to create a 3-D model. We send that information to Invisalign’s skilled team of experts who propose a plan based on your dentist’s prescription. Once your dentist has approved the treatment plan, Invisalign fabricates your custom aligner trays.

Next you’ll receive a series of custom trays that you’ll change every 1-2 weeks at home. It’s recommended that patients wear their Invisalign clear aligners 20-22 hours each day to get the best results. You can remove Invisalign whenever you need to eat, brush, floss or clean the trays, but you’ll want to leave them in as much as possible to achieve the best and quickest results. Our team will schedule checkups with you every 6-8 weeks to ensure the treatment process is going well, and that you’re on your way to a more confident smile.

Invisalign vs. Braces

Invisalign treatment works faster than traditional braces. Traditional treatment plans for braces last about 2 years on average, but Invisalign treatment normally takes only 6-18 months.

Invisalign allows you to eat what you want. One of the most common complaints about braces is that your diet must change. People with traditional braces can say goodbye to popcorn, chips, ice, gum, nuts, apples and candy. But with Invisalign, you can eat what you want whenever you want.

You don’t have to change your brushing and flossing routine. Another of the most common complaints about braces is that brushing and flossing take extra time and technique. With Invisalign, you can brush and floss the same as before. Just be sure to rinse your trays and soak them for a few minutes each day.

Invisalign doesn’t irritate your gums or cheeks. Unlike braces, Invisalign clear aligners fit comfortably to your teeth and won’t cause swollen gums or mouth sores.

Invisalign protects teeth from grinding. Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is a very common side effect from stress and happens to many adults while they sleep. Wearing Invisalign is a perfectly good alternative to wearing a nite guard while you sleep!

Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign

Will Invisalign treatment be painful? Although some people experience temporary discomfort for a few days at the beginning of each new stage of treatment, patients who’ve had braces say Invisalign isn’t close. No mouth sores, no swollen gums and hopefully no headaches. The feeling patients get within those first few days is often described as pressure. And even though it might be a bit uncomfortable, it’s a sign that Invisalign is working.

Will Invisalign affect my speech? Patients with traditional braces or retainers often report a lisp or extra saliva within the first few weeks following an adjustment. After the initial adjustment period, patients with Invisalign shouldn’t notice any big difference. And remember – if you’re ever self-conscious about your speech in a meeting, phone call or on a date, you can still take Invisalign out for 2-4 hours each day!

How much does Invisalign treatment cost? Invisalign treatment generally costs between $3500 – $5000 depending on the patient’s needs, which is roughly the same cost of traditional braces. Insurance plans often cover up to $3500 of orthodontic treatment costs so depending on your insurance plan, you might be paying very little. We offer payment plans as well as a discounted dental plan for uninsured patients. You can estimate your cost using the Invisalign Cost Calculator on the Invisalign website.

March Invisalign Days!

March is your lucky month!

Several of our offices are offering Invisalign Days this month!

They will be providing free consultations to answer your questions about Invisalign treatment, the clear way to straighten your teeth. If you’ve wondered if Invisalign is right for you, make an appointment for this special event.

  • $500 off payment due at the time of service (valid on the office’s Invisalign Day).
  • No down payment and 24 monthly payments 0% interest for qualified patients.
  • Free teeth whitening for all existing patients that start Invisalign and are enrolled in our re-care program.
  • Space is limited to the first 15 appointments.
  • Consult must be scheduled before office’s Invisalign Day
  • The doctors and offices offering an Invisalign Day are listed below:

March 21st :HFD Bluffton
Adam Squicquero, DDS
10 Pinckney Colony Road
Bluffton, SC 29909
(843)593-9390

March 24th: HFD Pooler
Lindsay Sammons, DMD
91 Brighton Woods Drive
Pooler, GA 31322
(912)748-4858

March 28th: HFD Midtown
Julie Howard, DMD
533 Stephenson Ave
Savannah, GA 31405
(912)236-3557

March 28th: HFD Richmond Hill
Rachael Hunt-Whirt DMD
1962 Highway 17
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
(912)756-3000

Call today to see if Invisalign treatment is right for you!

Successful 2016 Free Dental Day!

THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered their materials, services and time to help make our 2016 Free Dental Day a huge success! We were able to serve over 220 people this year.

We are so thankful to serve this wonderful community 8 years in a row and it would not be possible without our volunteers!

Welcoming Dr. Hankla!

Hankla

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Isaac Hankla has joined our group at the Bluffton and Beaufort locations, in addition to Dr. Adam Squicquero (Bluffton) and Dr. Mark Squicquero (Beaufort). Dr. Hankla is originally from Jamestown, Kentucky. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology at Transylvania University and went on to earn his doctorate at University of Kentucky, School of Dentistry.

Dr. Hankla enjoys bicycling and collecting vinyl records. Dr. Hankla is looking forward to building relationships with his patients in Bluffton on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and in Beaufort on Thursdays and Fridays beginning October 25th. He enjoys a variety of dental procedures, the people he gets to know and the ability to help improve the oral health of patients. His skills include: crowns, bridges, fillings, dentures, root canals and periodontal therapy.

For more information or to make an appointment with Dr. Isaac Hankla at HFD Bluffton, call (843) 593-9380. To make an appointment with Dr. Hankla at HFD Beaufort, call (843)781-8900.

Help spread the word — Free Dental Day is November 18th!

We are proud to offer our annual Free Dental Day, held on November 18th, 2016. Our staff and dentists at Howard Family Dental will provide one free service for both children and adults; choose a cleaning, filling or extraction. The event is first come, first served and is limited to the first 250 people. Learn more.

Over the last few years, the event has grown and includes many community organizations. America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia and Target Distribution brings food for individuals and families that are suffering with food insecurity. Help a Child Smile, a mobile dentistry program for children in Georgia, brings a bus fully equipped with dental chairs, hygiene supplies, an x-ray machine and technician. Strickland’s Funeral Home and Calvary Assembly of God generously allow parking and many local restaurants offer food donations for their volunteers.
Numbers will be handed out the day of the event, beginning at 6:30 am. The event is held at our Pooler location:

91 Brighton Woods Drive

Pooler, GA 31322

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Welcoming Dr. Dunham!

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Roderick Dunham has joined the practice at our Statesboro location, in addition to Dr. Michael Whirt. Dr. Roderick Dunham is originally from Lexington, Kentucky. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Louisville. He went on to graduate from the University of Louisville, School of Dentistry.

Dr. Dunham enjoys spending time with family and building model cars. He is married to wife, Peyton and has three daughters and one son.
Dr. Dunham is trained with an emphasis on restorative dentistry. He takes a holistic approach to dentistry and considers his patient’s entire health condition. He loves interacting with patients and building lasting relationships. His skills include; general dentistry, crowns & bridges, dentures, root canals, periodontal therapy, teeth whitening, and extractions. His first day seeing patients will be Monday, September 12th.

Howard Family Dental – Statesboro is located at 1076 Northside Drive East, Statesboro, GA 30458. For more information or to make an appointment with Dr. Roderick Dunham or Dr. Michael Whirt, call (912) 225-4400 or Request an Appointment.

 

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Help Dental Phobia with Oral Sedation

Do you hate going to the dentist so much that you avoid going at all? You’re not the only one. It is estimated that 9% to 15% of Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of anxiety or fear. A lot of them are worried about pain or feeling embarrassed. Others have dental phobia. No matter what is causing you stress, oral sedation dentistry can help.

 

What is Oral Sedation Dentistry?

 

Sedation dentistry is when patients take medication to relax during dental procedures. There are different levels of sedation from minimal sedation, where you are still awake but relaxed, to general anesthesia, when you are unconscious. There are several different types of sedation dentistry. At Howard Family Dental, we offer IV sedation and oral sedation.

Oral sedation involves taking a small pill an hour before your appointment. This pill, typically Halcion, is just as safe as taking a Valium. After you take the pill, someone else drives you to your appointment where we deliver exceptional care in a comfortable, anxiety-free atmosphere. Patients are awake during the procedure but many have very little memory of the visit. Some patients may fall asleep during the procedure, but can be woken with a gentle shake.

Reasons patients choose oral sedation:

 

Is Oral Sedation Dentistry Safe?

 

Oral sedation dentistry allows you the experience dental procedures feeling relaxed and comfortable. Time will pass by fast and many patients report an amnesic effect, meaning they don’t remember the visit at all! While you’re relaxed, your dentist can perform the procedure confidently because they know you’re safe and carefree.

Oral sedation dentistry is even safe enough for children. Parents will need to take a little extra care to ensure their child is relaxed, but we trust you’re already a pro at looking after your loved ones. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has posted some really helpful guidelines on preparing for your child’s sedation dentistry visit.

If your child experiences dental fear or anxiety, please call our pediatric dental specialists at Kid’s Dentistree in Richmond Hill. We offer a kid-friendly atmosphere, fun activities in the waiting room and team members trained especially for caring for children. Take a tour of one of our offices by clicking here!

 

Is Oral Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?

 

Oral sedation dentistry is a safe, minimal sedation method that can allow even the most anxious patients to have their dental needs taken care of. Most treatment plans are simple and take one or two appointments. But even the most extensive treatment can be provided using oral sedation dentistry. Don’t let fear or anxiety keep you and your family from having beautiful, healthy smiles.

 

Resources for People with Dental Anxiety and Dental Phobia

 

Invisalign Days offered at HFD this summer!

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It’s the season to smile!

Several of our offices are offering Invisalign Days this summer!

They will be providing free consultations to answer your questions about Invisalign treatment, the clear way to straighten your teeth. If you’ve wondered if Invisalign is right for you, make an appointment for this special event.

  • $500 off payment due at the time of service (valid on the office’s Invisalign Day).
  • No down payment and 24 monthly payments 0% interest for qualified patients.
  • Free teeth whitening for all existing patients that start Invisalign and are enrolled in our re-care program.
  • Space is limited to the first 15 appointments.
  • Consult must be scheduled before office’s Invisalign Day
  • The doctors and offices offering an Invisalign Day are listed below:

 

June 16th : HFD Wilmington
Christy Cole Harpring, DMD
206 Johnny Mercer Boulevard
Savannah, GA 31410
(912)897-9000

July 18th: HFD Bluffton
Adam Squicquero, DDS
10 Pinckney Colony Road
Bluffton, SC 29909
(843)593-9390

July 29th: HFD Pooler
Jason Howard, DMD
91 Brighton Woods Drive
Pooler, GA 31322
(912)748-4858

August 30th: HFD Midtown
Julie Howard, DMD
533 Stephenson Ave
Savannah, GA 31405
(912)7236-3557

Call today to see if Invisalign treatment is right for you!

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