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Botox® for TMJ: Here's What You Should Know Jan 1st, 2022

When you have an issue with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), it can cause problems with your jaw movement, which is a TMJ disorder (TMD). This condition affects about 35 million people in the United States. If you suffer from a TMD, your symptoms typically need a solution. Our highly trained...

The Link Between Diabetes and Sleep Apnea Dec 1st, 2021

Did you know that getting good quality sleep is just as important as eating a healthy diet and exercising? You can suffer from poor sleep for various reasons — sleep apnea being one of them. At The Smile Agency, Karen Guinn, DDS and our dental team treat sleep apnea at...

Things You're Doing that Are Hurting Your Oral Health Nov 1st, 2021

At The Smile Agency, led by Karen Guinn, DDS, we enjoy sharing educational tips on how to maintain good oral health. Whether you visit our practice in Pasadena or West Covina, California, our consultations always include ways for you to achieve the healthiest smile possible. We often talk about the...

The Benefits of Self-Ligating Braces Oct 1st, 2021

Discovering the best option for your orthodontic needs can be difficult. We’re here to make that decision easy for you. At The Smile Agency in Pasadena and West Covina, California, Karen Guinn, DDS and our expert orthodontic team offer self-ligating braces. Before sharing the many benefits of self-ligating braces, let’s...

Understanding the Different Treatments for Your TMJ Sep 5th, 2021

Studies show that about 10 million Americans suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, with it being more common in women than in men. At The Smile Agency in Pasadena and West Covina, California, Karen Guinn, DDS leads our team with expertise and experience in treating TMJ problems. TMJ dysfunction explained...

Is There Help for My Gummy Smile? Aug 8th, 2021

Your smile is typically one of the first things that anyone notices about you. But if you have a gummy smile, you might find yourself self-consciously covering your mouth way too often. You aren’t alone. Around 10% of 20-30-year-olds feel the same way, believing that their smiles show too much...

Experience the Benefits of a Customized Smile Makeover Jul 18th, 2021

If you want to change the look of your teeth, gums, or smile, a smile makeover can do that for you. Karen Guinn, DDS leads a team of dental professionals at The Smile Agency in Pasadena and West Covina, California, offering superior care for your oral health and aesthetic dental...

Make Your Smile Sparkle in Just One Visit with Professional Teeth Whitening Jun 13th, 2021

It’s no secret that when you feel confident about the way your teeth look, you tend to smile more often, which can elevate your self-esteem and other people’s perception of you. At The Smile Agency in Pasadena and West Covina, California, Karen Guinn, DDS and our expert dental team understand...

Is Invisalign® Right for Your Teen? May 18th, 2021

Your child’s teenage years are some of the most awkward and self-conscious of their lives. They’re also the years when your child is probably in the greatest need of orthodontia. In the past, that meant they had to put up with a mouth full of metal brackets, wires, and rubber...

Start Propel Orthodontics Now and Have a Picture-Perfect Smile in a Year! Apr 18th, 2021

Have you been thinking about straightening your teeth? Fixing an overbite? Doing something about overcrowding? A dazzling smile dramatically improves your appearance and boosts your confidence. Who wouldn’t want that?  Whether you’ve been mulling over enhancing your smile for weeks or years, one of the main drawbacks you and many...

5 Hygiene Tips When You Have Braces Mar 14th, 2021

No matter whether you’re a teen or an adult who needs orthodontics, the amount of time you have to wear your braces depends on a variety of factors, including: The severity of the problem The amount of room available The distance the teeth need to shift The health of your...

How Can Botox Address Your Dental Problems? Feb 11th, 2021

You may recognize Botox®, or botulinum toxin, as a wrinkle reducer. Surprisingly, it has proven to be highly effective for more than just smoothing fine lines. Because Botox relaxes your facial muscles, it can relieve pain in your mouth and jaw, including temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder causes...

The Link Between Obesity and Sleep Apnea Jan 6th, 2021

Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is a serious condition that makes it difficult to breathe while sleeping, which leads to cardiovascular problems, fatigue, and snoring. OSA is estimated to affect 2-9% of adults in the United States. Among these patients, around 70% are described as overweight or obese. If you’re...

These Foods and Drinks Are Discoloring Your Smile Dec 3rd, 2020

Straight, white teeth are considered professional, attractive, and youthful. Discoloration is the most common complaint among people unhappy with their teeth, but it can be difficult to keep your teeth from yellowing, especially if you’re fond of certain foods and drinks.  The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design in Pasadena...

Headaches? It Could Be TMJ Nov 15th, 2020

Headaches can have many triggers, from monthly hormone cycles to certain foods or even the weather. However, your dentist might be who you need to talk to if your headaches are chronic, especially if you also have jaw, neck, and shoulder pain. It could be temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, caused...

The Advantages of Choosing Invisalign Oct 21st, 2020

Invisalign® has become a household name over the years, and for good reason. If you’re unhappy with your smile, a series of clear alignment trays can correct the problem quickly and painlessly. Whether your teeth are crooked, gapped, or overlapped, it only takes a few months for Invisalign to work...

Got a Gummy Smile? Just One of the Many Reasons to Consider Gingivectomy Sep 30th, 2020

If you’re hiding your smile because of excess gum tissue, you may be a candidate for a gingivectomy and a customized smile makeover. As a skilled orthodontist, Karen E. Guinn, DDS, uses the latest laser technology to address a gummy smile at The Smile Agency. Dr. Guinn also offers comprehensive...

When Tooth Extraction Is the Best Course of Action Aug 13th, 2020

If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your smile because of overcrowding, you might benefit from a smile makeover. At The Smile Agency, Karen Guinn, DDS, offers a comprehensive oral consultation to determine how to enhance your natural dental health and give you something to smile about. Dr. Guinn uses...

6 Tips to Make Your Smile Pop This Summer Jul 7th, 2020

Your smile matters! That’s what 36% of Americans say when asked if their smile would improve their social lives. If you’re unhappy with your smile, you’re not alone. Over a third of American adults say they aren’t happy with their smiles either. At The Smile Agency, Dr. Karen Guinn and our team...

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