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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


Is a dental implant right for you?


Here at the dental office of Philip Openshaw DDS we love helping people reach their goals of a great smile! A healthy smile! Dental implants are one way that we achieve this goal with many of our patients.

Picture this, you are driving in your car and you put your tongue around your mouth and notice a broken tooth. A few hours later you hear a crunch when eating and you put your tongue back where the broken tooth was earlier that day and it is gone. Fractured off at the gumline. There may or may not be pain. There most likely are root tips left under the gumline, so you will want to see a dentist right away to avoid an abscess. Now you are missing a tooth. Oh no! What is the first thing you would do? Our thought? Call us! We can place implants same day and get you on your way to a “new tooth” to take the place of the broken one.

Dental implants are the next best thing to a natural tooth. If you have lost a tooth you know the pain of missing that tooth that had been in your mouth since you were a small child. If its a back tooth and may not be noticeable to the outside world, it is still very noticeable to you. It is hard to eat, sometimes painful, and also you have probably heard your dentist tell you that the “opposing” (the one on the top or bottom of where the missing tooth is) tooth is at risk because it has nothing to hit against when you close your mouth. Of course if it is a front tooth that is noticeable when you smile the same things can be true but you have the added discomfort of not wanting to smile, and being self conscious all the time. Some people will wear a flipper (a tooth that is on a retainer like appliance) but they usually have to take them out to eat and that can be embarrassing especially in social situations. Dental implants solve these issues. They give you the look and feel you deserve!

Call us with any questions that you may have about dental implants. We strive to address your concerns and needs in a gentle professional and timely manner.

Visit our website at www.openshawsmiles.com for more information on dental implants or call our office to set up a no charge consultation appointment. (209) 524-4763

Risk Factors for Gum Disease… Do any apply to you?

Here at the dental office of Dr. Philip Openshaw, we stress “prevention” we really want to help you KEEP healthy teeth and gums all of your life. It is much easier to keep things healthy than get them back to healthy once they progress to an unhealthy state. First things first, everyone should be doing these three things

*Brushing for at least 2 full minutes twice a day

*Flossing daily

*Using an alcohol free mouth rinse

In addition to these top three there are many other things you can do to prevent problems in the mouth. Eating a balanced nutritional diet, chewing gum with Xylitol after meals (when you can’t brush), and seeing your dentist twice a year are several other that we recommend.

If you have any questions please feel free to give us a call! We are always here to answer any questions you may have. (209) 524-4763

Here is some information from the American Academy of Periodontology::

“Gum Disease Risk Factors
The main cause of periodontal (gum) disease is plaque, but other factors affect the health of your gums.

Studies indicate that older people have the highest rates of periodontal disease. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that over 70% of Americans 65 and older have periodontitis.

Smoking/Tobacco Use
Tobacco use is linked with many serious illnesses such as cancer, lung disease and heart disease, as well as numerous other health problems. Tobacco users also are at increased risk for periodontal disease. Studies have shown that tobacco use may be one of the most significant risk factors in the development and progression of periodontal disease.

Research has indicated that some people may be genetically susceptible to gum disease. Despite aggressive oral care habits, these people may be more likely to develop periodontal disease. Identifying these people with a genetic test before they even show signs of the disease and getting them into early intervention treatment may help them keep their teeth for a lifetime.

Stress is linked to many serious conditions such as hypertension, cancer, and numerous other health problems. Stress also is a risk factor for periodontal disease. Research demonstrates that stress can make it more difficult for the body to fight off infection, including periodontal diseases.

Some drugs, such as oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, and certain heart medicines, can affect your oral health. Just as you notify your pharmacist and other health care providers of all medicines you are taking and any changes in your overall health, you should also inform your dental care provider.

Clenching or Grinding Your Teeth
Clenching or grinding your teeth can put excess force on the supporting tissues of the teeth and could speed up the rate at which these periodontal tissues are destroyed.

Other Systemic Diseases
Other systemic diseases that interfere with the body’s inflammatory system may worsen the condition of the gums. These include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Poor Nutrition and Obesity
A diet low in important nutrients can compromise the body’s immune system and make it harder for the body to fight off infection. Because periodontal disease begins as an infection, poor nutrition can worsen the condition of your gums. In addition, research has shown that obesity may increase the risk of periodontal disease.

Article taken from http://www.perio.org/consumer/risk-factors

CEREC (single visit) crowns…

It amazes us that people still sound surprised when we tell them that we can get them in for their crown and complete it in one single visit.  We have been doing this for years. Our new patients oftentimes find this to be very surprising and they really like it. They don’t have to take multiple days off of work or school. They can come in and have their treatment done and be on their way in the matter of a couple of hours.

CEREC technology is fascinating! Here is how it all works. You come into the office needing a crown. Dr. Openshaw uses CAD/CAM technology to take a digital impression of the tooth needing restoration. He then designs the crown to fit perfectly into your mouth. The crown is then milled on the CEREC machine. You can actually watch your new crown being made. This process takes about 7 minutes. The crown is prepped and then permanently bonded to the existing tooth structure that remains and has been prepped for crown placement. A final x-ray is taken and Voila! you are ready to go! The whole process takes about 2 hours.

Cerec block with tooth

We love to help people attain the smiles they deserve! We value your time and we value you! We strive to make your visit comfortable, and as smooth as possible. Transitioning from your work day to your dental appointment and most times our patietns can return to work immediately after their visit. Call us today for a no charge consultation to see if we are a right fit for you and your family! (209) 524-4763


CEREC crowns come with a 5 year guarantee*. (Call office for details, limitations and requirements)

Your Child’s First Visit

Your child’s first dental visit should and can be fun!

It is a good idea to acclimate your infant to dental care by wiping his or her gums with a clean, wet cloth after feeding. By the age of two, all of an infant’s teeth are usually visible. Parents should continue cleaning teeth with a clean wash cloth or gauze pad.

At Dr. Openshaw’s office we usually start with a “chair ride” this can be done as early as one year old.

When your child is about 1000 days old (3 months before their 3rd birthday), generate excitement about how they will soon have their 3rd birthday and they get to go to the dentist on their birthday. This child will then associate the visit to the dentist as a special treat just like their birthday. So plan to schedule a “meet the dentist visit” on their birthday with Mom and Dad! The first visit is a fun adventure where the child rides in the chair, has his teeth counted, and has his teeth polished.

One of our prime objectives is to make your child a good dental patient who will be able to accept routine dental treatment. This process must begin at home prior to the first visit. Listed are some suggestions to guide you.

Suggestions for Parents

  1. Dental visits are part of growing up. Please do not indicate in any way that there is anything to fear.
  2. At subsequent visits you might not tell your child about the visit until the day of the visit as you should be making the point that they are no big deal and not even worth mentioning.
  3. If your child requires more information, you can explain that the doctor will look at his teeth to make sure they are healthy.
  4. Make appointment days easy and try to see that your youngster is well-rested.
  5. Don’t threaten a visit to the dentist as punishment for misbehavior.

Our office is committed to a policy of prevention. Through early visits and treatments, we can prevent dental decay and infections. Orthodontic problems can also benefit by early recognition and treatment.

Your child, with your cooperation, can become an excellent dental patient with a healthy  mouth and a pretty smile. We can’t wait to see your precious little ones!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us! It’s an important decision! (209) 524-4763

Lasers for gum disease treatment


Laser Periodontal Therapy™


What is periodontal or gum disease?

It’s an infection of the gums. It starts out as plaque, an opaque film on the teeth that hardens to form calculus or tartar. As tartar accumulates, it harbors bacteria which attacks the soft tissue around the gums. This early stage gum disease is called gingivitis. Symptoms include red swollen gums, bleeding, bad breath and sometimes unpleasant taste in the mouth. Untreated, gingivitis becomes periodontitis. At this severe stage, bacteria destroys both the gums and the supporting bone structure. Pockets form where teeth are separated from the gums and surrounding bones. Left untreated, periodontitis eventually results in tooth loss.


All lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. When used for surgical and dental procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument or a vaporizer of tissue that it comes in contact with. When used for “curing” a filling, the laser helps to strengthen the bond between the filling and the tooth. When used in teeth whitening procedures, the laser acts as a heat source and enhances the effect of tooth beaching agents.

Compared to the traditional dental drill, lasers:

  • May cause less pain in some instances, therefore, reducing the need for anesthesia
  • May reduce anxiety in patients uncomfortable with the use of the dental drill
  • Minimize bleeding and swelling during soft tissue treatments
  • May preserve more healthy tooth during cavity removal


LANAP is Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. This is an FDA approved periodontal procedure provided by a dentist trained & licensed by the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry.  It uses the PerioLase MVP Laser from Millennium Dental Technologies that offers selective settings specifically suited for periodontal & soft tissue treatments.  It is not destructive like the harsh CO2/carbon dioxide lasers.  Additionally, the procedure includes bite adjustments to even out the load being placed on the teeth and supporting structures.


Using a special kind of laser called the PerioLase MVP, the laser fiber, which is only about as wide as a couple of human hairs, is inserted between the gum tissue and your tooth, where it comfortably removes the noxious elements that cause gum disease.



  • No healthy tissue is removed, further enhancing the chance for the gum tissue to reattach to the tooth surface without further exposure of the root (recession).   (So no looking long in the tooth!)
  • Less pain & less bleeding
  • Faster healing with little or no “down time” (Really!)
  • Laser therapy stimulates bone regeneration
  • Less expensive than traditional periodontal surgery

Because of greater comfort & faster healing time, the patient is ready to treat their restorative and/or cosmetic dental needs sooner.


Call today for your personal consultation (209) 524-4763


Benefits of an electric toothbrush…


Many of our patients already use an electric toothbrush, but just in case you aren’t we want to make sure you are aware of the benefits of using one! If you have any questions we would love to talk with you about this product. We do carry them in our office at competitive prices. 209-524-4763

Dentist-Like Cleaning

One benefit of using the electric toothbrush is that it provides a dentist-like cleaning. After using the electronic toothbrush, many people experience a feeling similar to the one they have when they leave the dentist office after a cleaning. The movement of the bristles is able to produce a deep cleaning that a person can’t get from a manual toothbrush. For people who like the feeling of a post-dental cleaning visit, an electric toothbrush is probably the best option.

Great at Removing Stains

Electric toothbrushes are great stain removers. This is especially important for people who smoke or drink coffee on a regular basis. Electric toothbrushes help eliminate stains caused by tobacco and caffeine. After stains are removed, the underlying whiteness of your smile shines.

Fresher Breath

Bacteria is one of the main culprits of bad breath. Bacteria often hide in places where ordinary toothbrushes cannot reach – between the teeth and under the gumline. Unlike ordinary toothbrushes, electric toothbrushes are able to reach and remove these bacteria, making your breath cleaner and fresher.

Protection of Teeth and Gums

Brushing removes the plaque bacteria which constantly grows on our teeth. Most people who use a manual toothbrush apply far too much pressure when brushing. An electronic toothbrush removes bacteria with minimal pressure.

If you use an electronic toothbrush, you can avoid the following problems associated with brushing too hard”

** Brushing too hard ruins gum tissue, causing the gums to recede. Gum tissue never grows back.

** Brushing too hard strips tooth enamel from the tooth making the tooth sensitive to heat, cold, and other stimuli.

Easy for Arthritis patients

An electric toothbrush can make dental care much easier for people with arthritis and repetitive strain injuries of the arm, hand, and shoulder. For best results, find the right electric toothbrush for you, considering the thickness of the handle for a good grip, size of the brush head, and other features.

Article from http://www.mamashealth.com/dental/etoothbrush.asp

Dental office anxiety…

Dental office anxiety is very real and can be very overwhelming for those that feel it! Many of our patients have told us that they have a lot of fear and or anxiety about going to the dentist. We invite them to come in and see us. Meet Dr. Openshaw, meet all of the team. We invite them to come in and see the office in a neutral light, not for treatment but just as a place with people and get some general questions answered.  The benefit of coming in to meet everyone first is that it takes some of the unknown out of the equation.Then we ask that you schedule an appointment for x-rays and an exam with Dr. Openshaw to see what is going on in your mouth. Dr. Openshaw will check for overall oral health as well as any decay issues that are present. Dr. Openshaw will answer all of your dental questions and see what you really want to do in regards to your smile.

Are you happy with your smile? What would your perfect smile look like for you? We want to address any issues that can cause problems but we also want to help you achieve your best smile!

In our office we offer Sedation dentistry. This is especially helpful for those with fear or anxiety. We help you stay comfortable while you have your dental treatment done. You are not put to sleep, you are awake and you just feel as if you your mind is in another place. You can answer questions and are conscious. We have had many patients who have said this was the best decision they ever made to have their dental treatment completed. If you have any questions about oral conscious sedation or anything else dental related please call our office. We would be happy to answer any questions that you have.

Here is an image showing what happens when you are afraid of the dentist. You then don’t go and avoid care, which causes more dental problems and decay issues. Maybe you start losing teeth or getting gum disease. Then you feel guilty for not going and it only adds to your anxiety. Come today! Stop the cycle! Let us help you take control of any issues you have! You will feel empowered! You will be comfortable! You will be happy!


The importance of flossing…

Here at Dr. Philip Openshaw’s dental office in Modesto, CA we stress prevention. If you can clean well then you can prevent the buildup, and thus prevent decay, then in most cases, you can avoid cavities, root canals and crowns. You can keep your teeth as long as you live. Flossing… some people never do it, some people do it immediately after eating each meal! To each his own, but truly at a minimum everyone should floss once a day. Why do we floss? What happens when you don’t floss? What’s the best time to floss? How do you floss correctly? These are all GREAT questions. Let’s see if we can shed some light on each one and help make a difference for you today!


Why do we floss?

We floss to clean the gums and tooth surface areas between teeth.

What happens when you don’t floss?

When you don’t floss, bacteria can build up and cause decay between the teeth which brushing alone cannot reach. This can quickly lead to cavities and thus more problems.

What’s the best time to floss?

Anytime of day is fine, but most people prefer right before bed to have that deeper clean for that uninterrupted time of sleep to stay clean while they sleep.

How do you floss correctly?

Here is a video showing you


If you have any questions please feel free to call the office at (209) 524-4763.

Here is some additional information on dental floss from the American Dental Association website. http://www.ada.org/1318.aspx

What does floss do?

Floss removes food trapped between the teeth and removes the film of bacteria that forms there before it has a chance to harden into plaque. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces.

Plaque that is not removed can harden into tartar, a hard mineral deposit that forms on teeth and can only be removed through professional cleaning by a dental professional. When this happens, brushing and cleaning between teeth become more difficult, and gum tissue can become swollen or may bleed. This condition is called gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease.

Flossing helps remove debris and interproximal dental plaque, the plaque that collects between two teeth. Dental floss (or dental tape) helps clean these hard-to-reach tooth surfaces and reduces the likelihood of gum disease and tooth decay.

Cleaning between teeth is essential to your daily oral hygiene routine. Need instruction on how to floss?

What’s in floss?

Floss was once made from silk fibers twisted to form a long strand. Today, floss is usually made from nylon filaments or plastic monofilaments. It may be treated with flavoring agents, such as mint, to make flossing more pleasant.

What’s the difference between waxed and unwaxed floss?

There is no difference in the effectiveness of waxed or unwaxed floss. It’s not what type of floss you use, but how and when you use it. If you have a preferred type of floss, you may be more likely to use it.

What’s the difference between floss and other interdental cleaners?

Floss is a flexible strand. Interdental cleaners are special wooden or plastic picks, sticks or brushes that are used to clean between teeth.

How does floss and other interdental cleaners get the ADA Seal?

A company earns the ADA Seal for its product by producing scientific evidence that the product is safe and effective in reducing plaque and gingivitis. The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs carefully evaluates the evidence according to objective guidelines.

How does the ADA evaluate floss?

The ADA looks for evidence that:

  • Using the floss with toothbrushing is more effective than brushing alone at reducing plaque and gingivitis.
  • The product components are safe for use in the mouth.
  • Unsupervised use of the product by the average patient will not harm hard or soft oral tissues or restorations.

Why look for floss brands that display the ADA Seal?

The Seal is your assurance that the product has been evaluated by an independent body of scientific experts, the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, for safety and effectiveness. Look for the ADA Seal statement in a box on the product label. It tells you why the ADA has given the Seal to this product. You can also be assured that all claims on packaging and container labeling have been reviewed and approved by the ADA. Products with the prestigious ADA Seal must say what they do and do what they say.

When’s the best time to floss?

The ADA recommends brushing twice a day and cleaning between teeth with floss (or another interdental cleaner) once a day. Some patients prefer to floss in the evening before bedtime so that the mouth is clean while sleeping.

Should I brush or floss first?

Either way is acceptable as long as you do a thorough job. However, if you use dental floss before you brush, the fluoride from the toothpaste has a better chance of reaching between teeth. Some people brush their teeth and unfortunately skip flossing because they think their mouth feels clean or they may be short on time or tired and flossing is postponed. That’s not a good idea.

Can I rinse and reuse floss?

The ADA does not recommend using a floss strand more than once. Used floss might fray, lose its effectiveness or may deposit bacteria in the mouth. Discard after use.

Making good dental choices …


Most people have dental questions, and like with anything else, the answers you get oftentimes vary depending on who you ask. Asking a dental professional is the only way to get good dental answers. We are here to help! If you ever have any dental questions, about teeth, treatment or even insurance, call us! If we do not know the answer we will find it for you.

Do you have a tooth that is bothering you?

Does your smile reflect the real you?

Do you notice a funny taste or smell in your mouth?

Do you have crooked or misaligned teeth?

Here at Dr. Openshaw’s office we do all things dental. We can fill that cavity, we can clean your teeth, we can give you a new tooth, we can straighten teeth, we can whiten teeth. We want you to have the best smile you can possibly have so that you want to smile more!

If you have questions about Invisalign, Dental Implants or Laser dental treatment for gum disease, please call our office. We would love to set up a consult appointment with you.

Recent research is proving that dental and oral health is linked more heavily to overall health than was ever thought of before. It is so important to take care of you! Just ask someone who loves you. Do they want to see you in pain? or  Do they want to see you healthy? I can assume that the answer will be that they want you healthy! and we do too! So call us today to come meet our caring team!!

(209) 524-4763



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