Holiday Season

Smiles For Life – Bloomington Greetings! We hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving. With the Holiday season in full force we wanted to take the time to remind you that if you need to get in before your Flex spending and HSA funds expire to call us soon....
Kathy

Kathy is a dental hygienist and graduated from UMD. She has over 25 years of experience in the dental field and has been with the practice since 1999. Kathy has quite a following with our high anxiety patients and has a gentle touch. She uses her sense of humor to help relax the patients and enjoys getting to know them. She is married to Dr. Brooks and they have 3 daughters, 2 cats and a dog. The pets were all strays. Kathy enjoys reading and traveling in her free time. 

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Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a dental Assistant and works chairside with our patients. She graduated from Lakeland Medical and Dental Academy with a degree in dental assisting. She has one daughter, Sarah, 2 cats and 2 dogs. Her colorful personality entertains and relaxes the patient. Elizabeth has over 25 years’ experience as a dental assistant and is extremely knowledgeable with the latest technologies and techniques. She is a patient favorite at our Bloomington location. Elizabeth also loves gardening.

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Gwen

Gwen has been in dentistry for over 25 years and has experience as both a dental hygienist and administrative assistant. Gwen graduated from Mankato University with a degree in Dental Hygiene.  Gwen has a larger than life personality. Her engaging personality put her patients as ease. Gwen has three grown children: Eric, Seth and Emily. In her spare time Gwen participates in Community Theater .Her favorite vacation was to Ireland.

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Tanya

Tanya is a dental hygienist and graduated from Argosy University. She also has a psychology degree from the U of M. She has been with our practice since 2006.Tanya’s friendly nature and attention to detail; makes her a patient favorite. Tanya and her husband, Greg, have a son named Garrett. She also has three fur babies: Lexi, Lucy, and Kacy, her golden retrievers. Her hobbies include running and traveling. Tanya’s active with the golden retriever rescue association. One of her favorite things to do in the summer is to attend the State Fair and check out the new food booths.

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Deanna

Deanna attended Century College and graduated with a degree in dental assisting. She has over 20 years of experience in the dental field. She works both chairside with our patients as well as at the front desk where she is very knowledgeable about insurance and explaining treatment plans. Deanna and her husband have two sons. Deanna’s quick wit and comebacks keeps everyone on their toes. Our patients look forward to seeing her not only for her extensive dental skills and knowledge but to enjoy her sense of humor. In her spare time Deanna enjoys working out, golfing and going to her son’s baseball and basketball games.

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Amber

Amber graduated from Argosy University with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She is the newest member to our team and has been with us since 2013. Amber is a great addition and is very patient with the rest of the team as she tries to teach us new social media skills. Amber not only works as a hygienist, but is very knowledgeable when it comes to helping patients understand their insurance benefits. She enjoys working with patients of all ages, but especially children. Amber has quickly become a patient favorite due to her gentle touch as a hygienist and a friendly high energy approach to resolving questions and concerns. She and her husband have two boxers: Deuce and Haylee, her very spoiled fur babies. In her free time she enjoys going hiking and playing softball.  

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Preventive Dental Health

We strongly believe that good dental health is crucial to your overall health and that an attractive smile is great for your self confidence! For both of these reasons, Smiles For Life is dedicated to the preventive care required to maintain your mouth in the best condition possible!

Naturally, the best way to make sure that you get the best preventive dental care is to schedule a routine cleaning and exam. A basic cleaning goes a long way toward maintaining your dental health by removing tartar and plaque and preventing periodontal disease. A routine cleaning will also help to maintain your appearance by removing discoloring deposits so that you can have a brighter smile!

At Smiles For Life we have also integrated leading edge technology into our routine dental exams. Our dental exams begin with a visual examination of your mouth where we look for cavities, periodontitis, lesions in the tissue of your mouth or gums, and anything else that appears abnormal. In addition to a normal visual exam, we look for things that are more difficult to spot with the unaided eye by taking digital X-rays and performing an oral cancer screening.

The X-ray part of the examination is accomplished with the help of our Digital Dental X-ray system. Much like your digital camera, the images taken by the Digital X-ray system can be displayed instantly on a computer screen! This allows us to make a quicker and more accurate diagnosis. Plus, it uses only half the radiation of old fashioned film X-rays, so it’s safer for you too!

With the help of our fluorescent oral cancer light we will be able to spot oral cancer at a much earlier stage than is possible with a conventional visual exam. This is great news because oral cancer is much easier to treat in its earlier stages!

At Smiles For Life, we understand that other medical conditions, as well as any medications that you take and your diet, can effect your dental health as well. For that reason, we like to evaluate the diet and medications of all of our patients so that we can deliver the most effective care possible with respect to your unique medical and dental needs.

Give us a call today at 952-888-2300 (Bloomington) or 651-460-3458 (Farmington) to see how preventive dental care at Smiles For Life can help you maintain your health and appearance for years to come!

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Free Consultations

At Smiles For Life, we want to make sure that you get the right dental care for your individual situation. In order to make sure that this is the case, Doctor Brooks offers free consultations. Whether your goal is preventive care, restorative dentistry, or cosmetic treatment; a free consultation can give you a much better understanding your treatment options.

Free consultations give you and your family the opportunity to discuss your dental care options with our doctor without any cost or obligation. This means that Doctor Brooks will take the time needed to understand your situation, listen to your concerns, inform you of your options, and help you determine the best course of treatment regardless of your dental care needs!

Dr. Brooks is also happy to provide second opinions about work suggested by other dentists.

That’s how much we want to make sure that you get the best care possible. After all, your teeth are too important to your overall health and appearance to be subjected to unnecessary work or to the wrong procedure! Doctor Brooks can give you the expert information you need to make sure that you’re getting the treatment that’s appropriate for your unique dental care needs. Having good information will ultimately save you time and money while making sure that you have the healthiest, most beautiful smile possible!

In many cases, a single dental condition may be treated by a wide range of procedures. This can make choosing the right one a daunting task. Our doctor will use his extensive education and experience to help you determine exactly which one is right for you given the subtleties of your unique situation!

Call Smiles For Life, located in Bloomington, Minnesota, at 952-888-2300 or 651-460-3458 for Farmington to set up a consultation, and find out how we can help you to have a healthy mouth and the most beautiful smile possible!

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Dental Crowns and Bridges

At Smiles For Life, we can correct problems such as missing teeth, worn or broken fillings, and even close spaces between teeth with the help of dental bridges and crowns. This process is now faster and easier than ever before thanks to our use of the CEREC 3D® system!

CEREC 3D®

CEREC 3D® uses precision scanning, powerful 3D modeling software, and a special milling device to create your new crowns or bridges while you wait. All of this allows us to deliver bridges and crowns that are more precisely fitted to your teeth, more quickly than was possible in the past. Plus, with the help of the CEREC 3D® modeling software, we can produce a very specific and very consistent appearance for your crowns or bridges!minnesota-dentist-Cerec-3D

Speed is a huge advantage of using the CEREC 3D® process! Without this technology, we would have to take an impression of your tooth- a process that was invariably time consuming and messy. We would then use this impression to laboriously craft your bridge or crown. The process of creating the restoration would take long enough that you’d have to come back for another visit to our office. Then, once the crown or bridge was finished, we would probably have to alter your underlying tooth structure to accommodate it.

Fortunately, with CEREC 3D® these inconveniences are virtually eliminated! The clean and precise process of scanning your existing tooth eliminates the mess, inconvenience, and imprecision of taking an impression. Moreover, the greater precision of the scan and the 3D modeling software means that we will have to remove far less of your existing tooth structure so that the crown or bridge will fit! Finally, the ability to rapidly create the bridge or crown right in our office will eliminate the need to pay us a second visit to finish this work!

Dr. Brooks and our patients are so happy with the results of CEREC 3D® that it’s now our favorite method of producing restorations at Smiles For Life! Call us today at 952-888-2300 for a free consultation to see if bridges and crowns produced through CEREC 3D® are right for you.

Call our office 952-888-2300 for Bloomington or 651-460-3458 for Farmington, located in Bloomington, Minnesota, to schedule your next dentist appointment.

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Teeth Whitening

The color of your teeth can make a big difference in your level of self confidence!  After all, since the color of your teeth is the first thing that most people see when they meet you, you’re less likely to leave a favorable impression if your teeth have a yellow tinge!  Fortunately, at Smiles For Life, teeth whitening is a quick, comfortable, and simple procedure that can make a dramatic difference in your level of self confidence and how you relate to other people!

Whitening is a great way to make your smile look better quickly and without complex dental procedures. We encourage you to have your teeth professionally cleaned before whitening, so that your teeth will whiten more quickly and effectively.

Call Smiles For Life today at 952-888-2300 for Bloomington or 651-460-3458 for Farmington to find out if whitening is the right option for you!

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Porcelain Veneers

At Smiles For Life, we want you to look your best and that’s why we offer a variety of great cosmetic dentistry procedures and options. One great option for making your smile more beautiful is having us provide a set of porcelain veneers. In fact, veneers are a great choice for anyone whose teeth are crooked, discolored, and/or worn; but fundamentally healthy. That’s because veneers can cover up all of those imperfections with a minimal amount of time and hassle!

Porcelain veneers are an especially good option for anyone who wants the appearance of straight teeth quickly. In fact, because they offer a remedy to crooked teeth so much more quickly than braces, porcelain veneers are often refered to as “Instant Orthodontics”! After all, where braces will straighten your teeth over the course of about 2 years, we can fit you with porcelain veneers over the course of a few weeks!

Another benefit of porcelain veneers is that they can remedy issues that braces can’t. In addition to giving your mouth the appearance of straight teeth and filling in any gaps between your teeth, veneers will hide any discoloration and tooth wear. Despite the fact that human teeth are extremely tough, they can still wear down over a lifetime of use. Discoloration is also an effect of the passage of time. Porcelain veneers can cover up both tooth wear and discoloration to give your mouth a much more youthful appearance! In fact, since both the color and shape of veneers can be customized, you can have a better looking mouth than ever before!

Of course, just like your natural teeth, taking care of porcelain veneers requires good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. With proper care and regular visits to our office, your porcelain veneers will give you a beautiful smile for many years to come!

Call Smiles For Life at 952-888-2300 for Bloomington or 651-460-3458 for Farmington today to learn how porcelain veneers can give you the smile you’ve always wanted!

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Cosmetic Bonding

Your smile is the first thing that most people see when they meet you for the first time, but unfortunately your teeth can be subjected to a lot of wear and tear over the course of a lifetime! Whether it’s from eating hard foods, consuming hot drinks, or being subjected to an accidental impact; your teeth have probably accumulated some cracks and chips over the years. The good news is that cosmetic bonding at Smiles For Life is a great way to fix this minor damage in a way that leaves your mouth looking great!

When performing the cosmetic bonding procedure on your teeth, we use a very hard dental resin that can be matched to the natural color of your teeth and can be applied to very specific areas of damage. The first step with a cosmetic bonding procedure will involve applying a mild etching solution to the area that needs to be repaired. The etching solution will seep into the enamel of your tooth just enough to slightly roughen its surface. The roughness of this area will allow the dental resin to adhere to it for a secure bond. Once the resin has hardened, we will sculpt it to conform to the overall shape of the tooth and then polish it for a natural appearance.

Cosmetic bonding has the advantage being a quick procedure that produces extremely durable results! The entire bonding procedure takes only an hour or two to complete during a single visit to the Smiles For Life office. Yet, with proper care, you can expect this form of restoration to last up to 7 years!

Minor damage to your teeth can accumulate over time- it’s just a fact of life. But cosmetic bonding at Smiles For life offers a quick and easy fix. Let us restore your smile to its earlier brilliance! Call us today to schedule a consultation to find out if cosmetic bonding is right for you.

Call our Bloomington, Mn office at 952-888-2300 or our Farmington, Mn office at 651-460-3458 to schedule your next dentist appointment.

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Implant Restorations

Losing teeth can cause a lot of inconvenience. In addition to having your appearance disrupted by dentures or gaps in your mouth, it’s obviously more difficult to chew. You’re also probably aware of the discomfort of wearing dentures and the inconvenience of caring for them, but one problem that you may not be aware of is that your jawbone can deteriorate in places where you have lost teeth. That’s because the bone in your jaw needs to be subjected to the pressure of chewing in order to maintain itself. For all of these reasons, a longer term solution to missing teeth makes a lot of sense. Fortunately, Smiles For Life can provide that solution in the form of dental implants!

Dental implants are precisely engineered pieces of metal that are set into your jawbone to serve as anchors for crowns, dentures, or bridges. Since dental implants will connect crowns directly to your jawbone, they have distinct advantages over conventional bridges, removable dentures, or leaving empty spaces in your mouth. Dental implants counter this problem by evenly distributing the pressure of chewing across the jawbone, while providing a more solid foundation for the bridges!

In addition to being healthier, dental implants will also be easier to care for than the alternatives. Unlike your natural teeth, you won’t get cavities in your implants, and caring for them is much easier than caring for dentures. After all, crowns and bridges that are mounted on dental implants can be brushed just like natural teeth! Also, dental implants have the attractive feature of a very impressive success rate!

Dr Brooks works closely with our specialists including the oral surgeon and periodontist to assure you get the function and esthetics you deserve from your implants.

Call us today at 952-888-2300 for Bloomington or 651-460-3458 for Farmington and set up a consultation with our doctor to see if dental implants are the right option for you!

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Dentures

Dentures are often used as a replacement for lost teeth, and at Smiles For Life we can make sure that your dentures fit comfortably, function well, and look great! After all, Dr. Brooks and staff want to make sure that your mouth is healthy and comfortable, and that you look your best. While there are a lot of high tech alternatives for replacing lost teeth, dentures can provide a simple and affordable solution that will be right for some people.

There are actually a lot of advantages to using dentures to replace lost teeth, but it’s important to make sure that your dentures fit well.  A set of dentures that fit poorly is almost as bad as leaving your mouth empty!  Wearing an ill fitting set of dentures or leaving your mouth empty can cause similar oral health problems.  For example, an empty mouth or poorly fitting dentures can effect the muscles around your mouth in ways that make you look older!  Also, when you can’t chew naturally, either because you don’t have teeth or because your false teeth don’t fit well, your jawbone will atrophy and degrade.  This degradation is caused by the absence of the pressure that is normally imparted to the bone tissue through chewing.  Finally, poorly fitting dentures or a mouth that’s devoid of teeth will be very obvious to everyone else, which means you won’t look your best.

Fortunately, at Smiles For Life we can make sure that you have dentures that fit comfortably and look great!  After all, we know how difficult it is these days to find affordable dentures that look great and function well.  We hear the frustrations of denture wearers who pay large sums of money only to be disappointed by dentures that look like dentures and just don’t fit.  Let us put our expertise to work for you to give you the high quality dentures that you deserve!

Call our Bloomington, Minnesota office at 952-888-2300 or 651-460-3458 for Farmington for a free consultation to find out if our dentures are right for you!

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Invisible Braces

It used to be that if you wanted straight and even teeth, you had to subject yourself to uncomfortable, unsightly metal braces for about two years! In addition to being a major detraction from a bright smile, these orthodontics were difficult to care for and uncomfortable. Fortunately Smiles For Life now offers orthodontics that are nearly invisible, more comfortable, and much easier to care for than the metal braces of the past!

Smiles For Life now uses an orthodontic system called Invisalign to provide your family with the straight, evenly spaced teeth that they deserve without having to deal with the annoyance and embarrassment of metal braces! Instead of metal braces, Invisalign consists of a series of clear plastic aligners that will gradually realign your teeth.

Being nearly undetectable is only one of the many advantages of the Invisalign system! Invisalign uses advanced 3-D computer technology to design the aligners to meet your unique needs. Also, instead of adjusting the aligner, as was the case with traditional metal braces, you’ll simply get a new aligner about every two weeks. This will make each visit to Smiles For Life quicker and more pleasant! The fact that the aligners are removable also makes them much more convenient! If you need to clean your Invisalign aligner, you can simply remove it. The Invisalign system clearly has some major advantages over traditional orthodontics!

Dr Brooks and our Smiles For Life Team offers three levels of orthodontic options including Invisalign Teen.

Please call us for a complimentary consultation!

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Periodontal Care

Dr Brooks and the team at Smiles for Life feel strongly that all patients should have a periodontal evaluation that assesses the teeth, gums, plaque levels, your bite and your risk factors.

Gum disease is a threat to your oral health. Research is also pointing to possible health effects of periodontal diseases that go well beyond your mouth. Whether it is stopped, slowed or gets worse depends a great deal on how well you care for your teeth and gums every day, from this point forward. Smiles for Life can help you with this serious problem and help you care for your teeth and gums for a long lasting, healthy smile.

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Headache and Jaw Pain Relief

At Smiles For Life, we strive to contribute to your overall wellness in any way we can. One way that we can do this is by relieving many types of headache, neck soreness and jaw pain using the Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition Tension Suppression System®.

The Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition Tension Suppression System, also known as NTI for short, is a mouthpiece that prevents those suffering from headaches, sore teeth, neck aches, and aching jaws from clenching their teeth while sleeping. This simple device fits over the front two teeth and keeps the mouth open at an angle that prevents migraines and other forms of discomfort associated with a clenching jaw!

The concept of the NTI device is ingenious in its simplicity! Because of the structure of the muscles in the face and their corresponding nerves, it’s not uncommon to have a headache as a result of clenching one’s teeth. It’s also common to clench one’s teeth as a result of a headache. Simply put, there is a self-reinforcing relationship between jaw clenching and various kinds of pain in the head, neck and jaw. Fortunately, this cycle of pain and muscle contractions can be disrupted by the Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition Tension Suppression System. The NTI mouthpiece simply fits over the front teeth to prevent the top and bottom molars from coming in contact with each other. This lack of contact prevents the clenching of the jaw; virtually eliminating a variety of types of pain in your teeth, neck, jaw, and head!

At Smiles For Life, our doctors can make sure that you have an NTI device fitted specifically for you! Because everyone’s anatomy is different, we’ll need to take precise measurements of your jaw and teeth. Once that has been accomplished our doctors will produce an NTI mouthpiece that’s customized for your exact needs so you can enjoy relief from your head, neck, jaw, and tooth pain!

Schedule a free consultation by calling us at 952-888-2300 for Bloomington or 651-460-3458 for Farmington today to find out if the Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition Tension Suppression System can provide the pain relief you’re looking for.

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Snore Prevention

Snoring is something that many of us have come to accept as a normal part of sleep, but there is an increasing amount of evidence that snoring is unhealthy in a variety of ways. Snoring consists of rattling vibrations in the throat that are caused by a narrowing of the airway. In fact, a study from the UCLA School of Dentistry indicates that this narrowing of the airway restricts the amount of air that can enter the lungs, which in turn causes the blood pressure to soar! That high blood pressure can damage the walls of the carotid arteries, increasing the risk of stroke!

In addition to the very profound risk of cardiovascular problems associated with snoring, this phenomenon is also associated with poor quality of sleep. The struggle for air disrupts the snorer’s sleep patterns, resulting in a much lower quality of rest. Moreover, the noise that a snorer makes can interrupt the sleep of anyone else within ear shot, which translates into poor sleep for the entire family! Naturally, a family that is poorly rested is likely to have other health problems associated with sleep deprivation.

Because of the problems that snoring can cause to individuals and their families’, Smiles For Life offers the Silent Night Snore Prevention Device. The Silent Night Snore Prevention Device is a plastic mouthpiece that is worn at night to alleviate the narrowing of the air passage that causes snoring!

When you come to our office for the Silent Night Snore Prevention Device, Dr. Brooks will take precise measurements of your jaw and related anatomy. Then a mouthpiece will be custom made to re-position your lower jaw at the perfect angle to keep your airway open. With your airway kept open in the ideal position as you sleep, you’ll enjoy lower blood pressure and lower risk of stroke, and your family will enjoy a better night’s rest!

If you’d like to snore less and sleep better, call us today at 952-888-2300 for Bloomington or 651-460-3458 for Farmington for a free consultation!

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