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Mail-Order Braces: Buyer Beware

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Posted November 27, 2022

Mail-order braces are a controversial dental topic, and Michael Colleran DDS weighs in today. Direct-to-consumer orthodontics companies make many appealing promises—no dental visits, aligners delivered to your door, and lower costs. But are the risks worth it?  Not according to this consumer alert from the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). As of November 2017, the […]

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Down Syndrome & Dental Issues

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Posted November 13, 2022

Today, Michael Colleran DDS would like to discuss the unique dental characteristics of those with Down Syndrome. Consistent dental care is important for every person, and your San Luis Obispo dental team would love to help your little one with Down syndrome enjoy optimal oral health and wellness. Get in touch with us today to […]

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Straight Talk on Straight Teeth: Do Braces Hurt?

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Posted October 27, 2022

Orthodontic treatments have been around for centuries, but luckily the materials and methods used have been updated with the expansion of education and technology. If they hadn’t, you might see metal bands or golden wires wrapped all the way around teeth instead of small brackets held in place by wires—or worse, cords made from animal […]

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Prepare Your Child for Dental Visits with a Good Book!

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Posted October 13, 2022

When you’ve got your child’s first dental visit noted on the calendar, you might feel more anxious than they do as you approach the big day. At Michael Colleran DDS], we want to help both of you relax and see there’s nothing to fear about having your smile cared for. Our team is kind and […]

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How are Dental Savings Plans Different from Insurance?

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Posted September 27, 2022

Understanding any type of medical or dental insurance can be a challenge, especially for uninsured folks trying to find a plan on their own. According to the National Association of Dental Plans, about 74 million Americans had no dental insurance coverage at the end of 2016. One possible solution is dental savings plans (also called […]

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Is My Child’s Oral Hygiene Routine Sufficient?

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Posted September 13, 2022

A child’s happy, healthy smile is a source of pride and joy for parents—and dentists, too! For this reason, you’ll likely spend a good deal of time helping them develop superb oral hygiene routines to ensure they keep their teeth for life.  When you’re just getting started, you may have a lot of questions. We […]

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Baby Bottles & Water: It’s Complicated

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Posted August 13, 2022

Michael Colleran DDS wants to tackle the issue of babies and water intake in today’s blog. Of course, water is the healthiest beverage available for kids and adults, particularly when it comes to oral hygiene, but in babies less than six months of age, water is a no-no.   Until babies are six months old, they […]

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Cone Beam-What? Translation: Better Dental Experiences

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Posted July 27, 2022

Michael Colleran DDS, your trusted San Luis Obispo dentist, is passionate about finding ways to improve the patient experience and achieve lasting results when it comes to the health and appearance of your smile. This requires continuous learning and investing in the types of advanced technologies that will stand the test of time—because keeping up […]

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Teens & Prescription Opioid Use

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Posted July 16, 2022

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 40 Americans die from prescription opioid overdoses every day. As the opioid crisis grows, so does our expanded public knowledge—such as the realization that addiction to this family of drugs often begins with an innocent prescription. Many teens first experience opioids when a […]

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Oral Piercings: Not Cool for Teeth

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Posted June 27, 2022

Remember that guy with the lip ring you had a crush on in high school? I wonder how his teeth are doing now. Don’t get us wrong—at Michael Colleran DDS, we’re all about the freedom of self-expression, and if body modifications like tattoos and piercings are your thing, we support you. However, as your dental […]

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