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Invisalign … the CLEAR alternative to braces…

Dr. Openshaw offers No charge – No obligation consultation appointments. Come see if Invisalign is the way to go for you.

Are you looking for a dentist who offers Invisalign in Modesto, CA? Look no further…

Invisalign® braces are clear plastic aligner trays that provide orthodontic patients with straight teeth and an even, healthy smile. These trays are custom-fabricated to apply precise pressure and gradually move teeth into better alignment. This non-invasive approach to correcting tooth and bite alignment problems is an alternative to metal and tooth-colored braces. It is especially beneficial for patients who feel self-conscious about wearing traditional braces. If you choose to get Invisalign in Modesto, you can correct the following:

• Crooked teeth

• Unevenly spaced teeth

• Overcrowded teeth

• Mild to moderate bite problems


Who is a Candidate for Invisalign®?

The Invisalign® system has been used in the US since 1998. At first, only adult patients were treated using these trays. Today, teen patients whose molars have fully emerged are also candidates for this procedure. There is no upper age limit on treatment for patients without major dental health issues. You must be willing and able to wear the trays as instructed for best results. Invisalign® is most commonly used to correct mild to moderate tooth crookedness and spacing issues. Patients with severe bite problems are usually treated with traditional braces instead because they can be augmented with additional orthodontic appliances like bands or headgear. If you have fixed dental restorations such as bridges or dental implants, you may not be a good candidate for Invisalign® treatment.

Invisalign® Procedure Overview

If you are considering having Invisalign in Modesto, CA, the treatment process starts with a visual dental exam and a consultation. Photos, x-rays and computer imaging are used to create a precise treatment plan that will deliver the results you want. This digital technology lets you see what your final smile will look like before you even start using Invisalign®. Molds of your upper and lower teeth are sent to the Invisalign® laboratory so your aligner trays can be custom made. All of the trays used during your treatment are created at the same time.

Once your trays arrive, installation is as simple as placing them over your teeth. You must wear these trays at least 22 hours per day. Every two-to-three weeks, you will move on to the next set of trays in your treatment series. This way, you keep constant, gentle pressure on your teeth to move them into the correct position. You will need a quick checkup visit every six weeks or so to ensure treatment is progressing as planned. Invisalign® trays don’t require any special care. You can simply brush them gently and rinse them with warm water whenever you take them out.

Because Invisalign® braces are typically used for less severe bite misalignment, treatment may last six-to-18 months. However, some patients need more time to achieve their desired results. After you are finished with your aligner trays, you will be fitted with a retainer. You must wear this retainer as directed to keep your teeth from drifting back to their old position.

“The Clear Alternative to Braces” They are practically invisible. There has never been a better time to get started on your Invisalign treatment case. We have brought on board an Elite Invisalign Provider to provide you with expertise of Dr. Openshaw and Dr. Cater for your perfect smile.

We offer NO CHARGE first consultations. Call us today to schedule. (209) 524-4763


Why Choose Invisalign®?

This tooth alignment system offers three main benefits compared to traditional braces. First, the trays are clear plastic. Unlike other “invisible” braces that still feature metal wires, there is no metal at all in the Invisalign® trays. This makes them even less noticeable than both tooth-colored ceramic braces and lingual braces (the kind attached to the tongue-side surface of the teeth). Once you get used to talking normally with the trays in your mouth, other people may not even be able to tell you are wearing braces.

Second, there are no brackets or ties. This means there are no protruding components that can irritate the tongue, gums and other sensitive oral tissues. You do not need to coat Invisalign® braces with dental wax to stay comfortable.

Third, these trays are removable. You can (and should) remove the trays for each meal and during tooth brushing and flossing. You can eat a normal, healthy diet without restricting foods that might get stuck in or damage metal braces. Since the trays do not interfere with normal hygiene by making flossing more challenging, you may be less likely to experience tooth decay and gingivitis as a side effect of orthodontic treatment.


More Information about Invisalign®

While Invisalign braces are very comfortable compared to metal braces, they may cause initial soreness by placing pressure on your teeth. You may experience a recurrence of soreness each time you switch to a new set of trays. Over the counter pain relievers may help with this symptom.

These clear plastic aligner trays generally cost about as much as traditional braces. Some dental insurance plans cover a portion of treatment costs. Other affordable payment options are available for patients without insurance.


For more information about Invisalign in Modesto, CA, please feel free to call our office or email us. (209) 524-4763 or on facebook at www.facebook.com/openshawsmiles


Taking control of your oral health

As a child you were told to brush and floss and probably even rinse with mouthwash. As an adult nothing should change in that routine except that you are busier than ever. We know brushing, flossing and rinsing helps our smile to stay bright and our breath to smell fresh! But did you know that its so much more than that? Read on to see why its so important to make your oral health a priority!

It affects your overall health! Oral health also affects your confidence and some would even go as far to say it affects your future. Overall health has been tied to oral health in many ways. To name a few heart health, diabetes and when your teeth and gums harbor bacteria it makes it easier for bacteria to reach your bloodstream and become a problem elsewhere in the body. Bacteria is naturally occuring in the mouth hence the reason its so important to get combat it several times a day. If we neglect to do this then the bacteria builds up to a substance called plaque. As plaque accumulates it causes inflamation in the gums, which then leads to more and more problems if its not taken care of.

Make sure that you schedule an appointment with your dental hygeinist twice a year at least (and more if needed). Depending on the severity of the condition of your teeth and gums there may be more treatment needed. Listen to your dentist. If you are uncomfortable with what they say then get a second opinion but dont wait too long as things that are wrong in the mouth do not go away on their own, they only worsen.

We are here to address any dental concerns that you may have. We love to educate our patients on all things dental. Everyone can benefit from a trip to the dentist. From the one year old to the elderly. There is almost always something that can be done in our office. If you ever have any questions please do not hesitate to call us! (209) 524-4763.

Send them our way…


We appreciate our patients. So much that we have started giving away a monthly gift. How do you enter? You come into the office. That’s it! Super easy for you and super fun for us! We love to see our patients! Our patients are oftentimes our friends and family, or friends and family of our friends and family, now thats a mouthfull!  We treat our patients how we would want to be treated… nice, gentle and with compassion.

If you know a family looking for a new family dentist, maybe they are new to the area or just haven’t been seen in years, send them our way.

If you know someone who is missing a tooth, send them our way.

If you know someone with children who have not yet seen a dentist send them our way.

If you know someone who complains of tooth pain, or jaw pain, or crooked teeth… send them our way.

If someone tells you that they want to whiten their teeth, send them our way!

If a friend mentions that she wishes her smile was more beautiful, send her our way!

If your co-worker says he doenst understand his dental insurance, send him our way!

We can help all of these individuals. We take what each and every patient needs into full account when talking with them. Every patient wants and needs something specific and we try and help them get exactly that. No two sets of teeth are the same. Everyone has a unique “dental fingerprint” and so we treat each person as such.

Dentist Modesto CA

Dr. Openshaw is a General dentist providing care to the Modesto area residents and all of the surrounding communities. We love new patients. We love our existing patients. Dr. Openshaw strives for conservative dentistry, not over doing treatment. We prefer to save any and all teeth that we can. Our CEREC machine and Dental Implants allow us to help those that need restorative treatment without doing bridges that affect surrounding teeth or bulky partials. We do Invisalign and have an Elite Invisalign provider who works out of our office so that you can get the most comprehensive care and the best treatment possible. We also see children. In fact I had a parent call us for a referral to a dentist that worked on children. I let him know that we could see his child. He was a little worried that his child was too active to come here and would need to see a pediatric dentist only. I told him to bring him by and meet the team. The child did so well he actually got his x-rays, exam and cleaning! Dad was impressed and happy that he didn’t have to find another provider to care for his little one. We were glad to offer this trial run that ended up going perfectly. If you have a little one that needs to be seen call us to set up a “chair ride” and lets see if we are a good fit for your little one too! Call today 209-524-4763

Apple yogurt pumpkin parfait…

apple pumpkin

I stumbled upon a very cool website with tons of healthy “clean” eating tips! Spring is the perfect time to ditch the winter comfort foods and focus on fresh spring foods! This website is packed with recipes from Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP, a Manhattan-based personal chef, culinary nutritionist, professional recipe developer, food photographer and blogger at The Healthy Apple, specializing in simple, gluten-free, clean recipes for the home cook. She also contributes to top outlets including the Huffington Post, Glamour.com, The Daily Meal, Food Network’s Healthy Eats blog and Examiner.com. As a personal chef, she cooks for a variety of clients including celebrities and people with busy lifestyles who enjoy healthy, fresh food. For all of our friends who are starting to eat clean, or have been eating clean for years, I think you will find some great new things to try at this site!

Here is a recipe for an apple yogurt pumpkin parfait… http://thehealthyapple.com/2013/02/11/applepumpkin-yogurt-parfait/

Implants save smiles =) Modesto Implant Dentist

I have heart it said that a person’s smile is a reflection of their soul. It is often the first thing people see when they meet you. A big smile full of white straight teeth is a sign of a happy, healthy individual. Losing even one tooth is a very emotional thing to go through. People missing teeth don’t want to smile, don’t want to laugh and some don’t even want to eat out in public. Can you imagine not wanting to even be seen? These people often talk less, or talk with their hands in front of their mouths. According to a study done in 2011 by the Journal of Periodontology women are more aware of missing teeth in others and are more embarrassed if they have a missing tooth than men are. Here is where dental implants come in. Dental implants are the next best thing to a natural tooth. Dr. Openshaw places them often in one visit. This is called immediate load implant placement. Using all the best dental tools he gently and carefully extracts the root tips (or decayed, or fractured tooth) if applicable, then a titanium screw is placed below the gums and into the bone. Then a custom implant support and crown are placed and the result is striking! Bringing back your natural smile, ability to chew and that dazzling smile that makes you who you truly are.

Periodontal Health: Women vs. Men

  • Women are 26% more likely than men to floss on a daily basis.
  • 74% of women would be embarrassed by a missing tooth, a possible consequence of periodontal disease, compared to 57% of men.
  • Women are almost twice as likely to notice missing teeth on another person than men.
  • 44% of women are aware that periodontists can help contribute to overall good health, compared to 33% of men.

Modesto Implant Dentist

Philip Openshaw DDS

We Love New Patients!

National Nutrition Month® – Portion Control

Portion control is essential to balanced nutrition. Americans have long been fooled into thinking we need to eat more than we actually do. We have been hearing this for decades but do we really hear it? Here are some reminders for monitoring serving size. The images that follow were all found online, by doing a simple search you can find many images that explain serving sizes. By knowing this information you can make better choices for you and your family. Education is key.


serving sizes



March is National Nutrition Month®

“Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.”

What this means to us is that we will strive to encourage nutrition throughout the month of March.  A lot of our friends have tried fad diets, extreme caloric restriction, and excessive excercise.  With this campaign we believe that it is important to educate our staff and the people we come into contact with to eat right. We are pretty sure that at least a majority of the people that we know can afford to eat at least a little bit better.  Our blog posts throught the month will be focused on healthy eating tips and related material. New years resolutions have come and gone, those that have stuck with eating right for the past two months might like some new information and those that hadnt even started yet might get a boost to get going.  Eating right benefits your oral health as well. Eating less sugar and more healthy and “clean” options keeps the entire body running more smoothly. Today we will start by offering the education of  a strong immune system as written about on eatright.org (Found at http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442474901)  . Since the cold and flu seems to still be hitting our area we want to remind you that your immune sysytem is the bodies best defense.   “A strong immune system is one of your best defenses against infections from bacteria, viruses and other health problems like arthritis and certain types of cancer. Eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods every day will give your body the nutrition it needs to help protect against illness and reduce your risk of chronic disease.

By choosing foods that provide the most nutrients per calorie, you can create healthy habits that will benefit your health now and for the rest of your life:

  • Start each day with a healthy breakfast that includes whole grains and foods packed with calcium, vitamin D and vitamin C.
  • Replace refined grains with whole grains like whole-grain breads, cereals and brown rice.
  • Pre-washed salad greens and pre-cut vegetables make great quick meals or snacks.
  • Choose fresh, frozen or canned whole fruit for snacks and desserts.
  • Don’t forget beans, which are rich in fiber, folate and flavanoids.

To learn more about the vitamins and nutrients that are essential to a healthful eating plan, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit our Vitamins and Nutrients page.”

national nutrition month

“The National Nutrition Month® 2013 theme, “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day,” encourages personalized healthy eating styles* and recognizes that food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions and health concerns all impact individual food choices. Registered dietitians play a critical role in helping people eat right, their way, every day.  National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year is the 40th anniversary of National Nutrition Month®.” Taken from : http://www.eatright.org/nnm/

Have a cold sore? Call Dr Openshaw

Here at Dr.Openshaw’s office in Modesto CA we see patients with the very first tingling sensation and we use the latest technology with our dental laser to painlessly treat the area. Patients report reduced severity and also a reduced recurrence in the area that is lasered. A cold sore is uncomforatable at best and downright embarrassing. Plus they are contagious. When you notice that first tingle, call us to get in right away. (209) 524-4763.


Flossing for oral health…

Dr. Openshaw – Modesto CA

You can’t reach the tight spaces between your teeth or under your gumline with a toothbrush. That’s why daily flossing is important.

When you floss:

Don’t skimp. Break off about 18 inches (46 centimeters) of dental floss.

Wind most of the floss around the middle finger on one hand, and the rest around the middle finger on the other hand — leaving about 1 inch (3 centimeters) to floss your first tooth.

Take it one tooth at a time. Use your thumbs and forefingers to gently pull the floss from the gumline to the top of the tooth to scrape off plaque. Rub the floss against all sides of the tooth.

Unwind to fresh floss as you progress to the next tooth.

Keep it up. If you have trouble getting floss through your teeth, try the waxed variety.

If it’s hard to manipulate the floss, use a floss holder or an interdental cleaner — such as a dental pick or stick designed to clean between the teeth.

Don’t forget to keep your preventative visits with a registered dental hygeinist at least every 6 months. Call our office if you need an appointment. (209) 524-4763. Mention the blog for a special treat!


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