The Dentists Win First Place in Omaha’s Choice Awards

Top Honor in Omaha’s Choice Awards

The Dentists: Dr. Jay Samuelson, Dr. Jeffrey Garvey, Dr. Amy Ruf, Dr. J.R. Denman, Dr. Brian Pendley

Just announced: The Dentists won First Place in the category Dental Practice in the 2018 Omaha’s Choice Awards! We are honored to once again receive this award. These were the third annual awards, and we were voted Omaha’s Choice for Dental Practice in 2016 and 2017 as well.

Winners are selected by readers of the Omaha World-Herald. There were 193 categories, and we are pleased to have taken home the top prize of three dental practice awards.

At The Dentists, we are committed to providing comprehensive dental services meeting all of your goals:

It means the world to us that the Omaha’s Choice Awards are decided by local Nebraskans. We’re sure those who voted for The Dentists are our patients, and we hope that their vote of confidence means we are hitting the mark in our mission to provide great dental care. The Omaha’s Choice Awards are special because it’s local people voting for local businesses. This type of recognition is unmatched. Plus, this year, three lucky voters won gift cards to Nebraska Furniture Mart, just for voting! We look forward to hearing about the drawings for 2019 a little later this year.

Arrange a Consultation with Omaha’s Choice Award Dentists

Want to learn more about us or schedule an appointment with our award-winning dentists? As proud Nebraskans ourselves, we are passionate about our mission to provide outstanding dentistry to families and individuals from Omaha, Bellevue and areas across the state.

Do You Need a Dental Crown?

If you live in or near Omaha, and your smile is making you feel like anything less than royalty, a dental crown may be the solution.

Let’s face it: Teeth work hard and subsequently suffer from wear and tear that can damage your smile as well as your ability to comfortably eat, speak or interact with your loved ones.

But you’re not alone. Most people struggle to maintain the health and aesthetics of their smile.

Studies have shown that the majority of Americans struggle with the tooth decay that can contribute to damaged or missing teeth. Add sports injuries, craniofacial accidents and illness to the mix, and the result is that many people in and around Omaha and nationwide find themselves in need of a dental crown (or a crown repair) at one time or another.

A dental crown can effectively treat:

  • Chipped Teeth
  • Damaged Teeth
  • Missing Teeth
  • Teeth Gaps
  • Misaligned Teeth
  • Dental Occlusion

Dental crowns, which are sometimes called ‘caps,’ are among the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures, according to the American College of Prosthodontists, and roughly 2.3 million crowns are placed each year. Crowns can treat both medical and aesthetic dental issues.

The Benefits of a Dental Crown

Unlike dentures, which are removed and require special care, your dentist will permanently affix a crown to your existing teeth, or to an implant when a tooth has been removed.

Today’s crowns are made to match your natural tooth color, and in most cases require only a single visit.

Family In Bathroom Brushing Teeth

Porcelain crowns like those placed by The Dentists of Omaha are especially versatile and durable. They have the benefits of repairing damage as well as protecting teeth from additional harm.

Crowns also can be used in conjunction with other treatments such as dental bridges or implants, in order to plan the best possible treatment for you.

Here are just three reasons that our patients love dental crowns:

Dental crowns look natural. Porcelain is considered the closest material to your tooth’s natural enamel. While you can be sure that people notice damaged teeth, no one will spot your dental crown once it has been placed, regardless of whether your crown is placed at the front or the back of your mouth.

Dental crowns feel natural. Your crown will be sculpted to match the pallor and shape of your other teeth. Your dentist also will test your bite and alignment initially after your dental crown is placed to ensure that talking and chewing are as comfortable and natural for you as they were before your teeth were damaged.

Dental crowns are convenient. This is a quick, easy treatment with very little discomfort. Most often, it only takes a single visit for you to repair a dental health or aesthetic problem with a dental crown.

Don’t spend another day living with the discomfort of a damaged smile. Call or email The Dentists of Omaha today for your dental crown appointment.

Are You a Porcelain Veneers Candidate?

Dental veneers are an outstanding option for concealing cosmetic flaws. They are durable and strong, yet look like natural, attractive teeth. A consultation with our dentists is necessary, but you can start the process of considering your options by taking our quiz. During an in-person consultation, we can examine your teeth and discuss your goals with you, and then our dentists can determine if porcelain veneers will be a good option. To arrange your appointment in Omaha, please call us at 402-307-6227.

The Dentists Win Best of Omaha 2018

We are so excited to announce that our practice has won the title of Best of Omaha™ for the 11th year in a row! Our mission is to provide our patients with outstanding dental care, exceptional customer service and great results. To us, this award signals that we are well on our way to fulfilling our mission. But it doesn’t stop here! We are committed to helping every guest that comes through our door achieve lasting oral health and a smile they are proud of.

We offer comprehensive services, including:

Thank you voting for us again, and for continuing to visit our dentists for your oral health needs.

Every year, Omaha Magazine distributes tens of thousands of ballots as part of its Best of Omaha™ contest. There are many categories, and our practice has been ranked under best-of Family Dentist Office for 11 years in a row. In 2018, we share the Best Of title with only two other practices, so it means a lot to us to be voted “best” out of all of the other practices in the city. We are so grateful to our patients, who make coming to work a meaningful and rewarding experience.

What are your dental goals for the New Year? Is it time for a routine cleaning and exam? Interested in touching up those pearly whites? Let our dentists discuss all of your options.

To schedule a consultation in Omaha, please call The Dentists at one of the following numbers:

  • In Hillsborough, at 402-307-6227
  • In Ralston, at 402-307-6215
  • In Village Point, at 402-307-6223
  • In Dundee, at 402-307-6244

Happy Holidays from The Dentists in Omaha

The whole team at The Dentists at Hillsborough, Village Pointe, Ralston Square and Dundee want to wish you and your family Happy Holidays! We hope the weeks ahead are filled with joy and good cheer.

We know the holidays can get really busy. We are ready to schedule your dental appointment for once things have calmed down. When you choose our dentists, we proudly bring you the benefits of our practice:

Our four office locations allow us to reach more patients throughout Omaha. We know that our patients have full lives and full schedules, and your dental appointments should fit into those schedules as seamlessly as possible. We offer comprehensive services so you can get all of your care under one roof. Our staff will work with you to find appointment times that are convenient for you.

To arrange your next dental appointment in Omaha, please call The Dentists at one of the following numbers:

  • In Hillsborough, at 402-445-4647
  • In Ralston, at 402-733-4441
  • In Village Point, at 402-505-7474
  • In Dundee, at 402-502-5593

You may also complete the form on this page to contact us.

Planning Cosmetic Dentistry in 2018

Young professionals cosmetic dentistry in Omaha NEReady or not, 2018 will be here in 48 days! What are your goals for next year? Do they include feeling great about your smile and dental health? As experienced cosmetic dentists, we know  New Year’s goals often include dental concerns. To find out how we can help you have your improved smile ready to reveal by early next year, please call The Dentists in Omaha at 402-307-6227.

What Dental Goals Do You Want to Achieve in 2018?

Next year can be the year you feel exceedingly happy about your teeth and smile. Our experienced and compassionate cosmetic dentists can help you build a treatment plan that will accomplish each of your objectives.

We know that aesthetics and function go hand-in-hand. Beautiful teeth are the most beautiful when they are healthy and strong. When we recommend a treatment, it often improves the appearance and health of the teeth. This is easy to see with certain treatments like dental implants, which improve your smile but also help you chew and prevent other teeth from shifting.

Would you like to smile more confidently starting next year? Please consult our dentists about the best ways to make over your smile and rejuvenate your oral health.

What’s the first step on the path to a great smile in 2018? Identifying the things about your teeth you would like to improve. Some of the most common dental issues are:

  • Yellowed and discolored teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Gum recession
  • Uneven gums or an overly gummy smile

Our cosmetic dentists can correct all of these issues and others. Each person who comes to our practice has their own unique dental history and dental objectives. We are personally driven by enhancing the smiles and oral health of each and every person who chooses our practice.

Cosmetic Dentistry Services

There are many different services to improve, enhance and strengthen your teeth, including:

You should consider cosmetic dentistry if you are unhappy with the way your smile looks. If you cover your teeth when you laugh or raise your hand to conceal your teeth, these are all signs you may be a good candidate for these services. But even if you don’t identify with any of these things, but are simply interested in what aesthetic dental treatments can do for you, we encourage you to call The Dentists in Omaha. We’ll help you determine if dentistry aligns with what you are trying to achieve.

Factors to Consider as You Plan

Young couples' cosmetic dentistry Omaha NEPerhaps you’ve been wondering if it’s the right time for these treatments. Here are a few things you may want to think about and ask about during your consultation:

  • Costs
  • Financing
  • Duration of treatment
  • Longevity of results
  • Special maintenance or cleaning requirements

Cost: Cost can be one of the most significant factors to plan for. After discussing your options in a consultation, our office team will outline the costs of the treatments. We’ll help you determine if your dental insurance policy covers any portion of treatment, although most plans do not provide coverage for treatments that they consider purely cosmetic, such as porcelain veneers.

Financing: We provide financing options via CareCredit. If you are interested, you must apply to see if you are eligible. CareCredit makes monthly payments for the cost of cosmetic dentistry possible. Our team can tell your more about financing and other payment options.

Duration of treatment: While a treatment like orthodontics may take years to complete, porcelain veneers are placed over the course of just a few appointments. We certainly understand the desire to see results as soon as possible, but we also want to ensure you receive the most effective treatments. Rely on us to discuss all aspects of treatment length with you.

Longevity of results: How long will the dental results last? This is an important aspect of choosing a treatment or procedure. Dental implants, orthodontics and porcelain veneers provide some of the longest-lasting results possible. And the high quality of modern dental materials mean that the vast majority of restorations are durable and strong.

Special maintenance or cleaning requirements: Most dental restorations – including dental implants and veneers – do not require any additional care, just a great dental hygiene routine. Removable dentures require cleaning, as do braces and teeth aligner trays. We’ll help you factor maintenance into your choice of treatment.

How Cosmetic Dentistry May Benefit You in 2018

The advantages of cosmetic dentistry are personal. We cannot tell you the exact ways it may affect you, but we can tell you that our cosmetic dentistry patients experience many positive outcomes:

  • Professionally: While having a great smile won’t necessarily get you a job, feeling good about your smile could positively influence your interviews. Think about it this way: When you feel good about the way you look, you are more likely to be outgoing and confident, two characteristics that tend to be beneficial when interviewing for a job.
  • Socially: Looking and feeling good may improve your face-to-face interactions with loved ones, new acquaintances, friends and co-workers.
  • In ways related to dental health: For some people, feeling better about the appearance of their teeth may cause them to take better care of their teeth. A great dental hygiene routine includes brushing, flossing once a day and visiting the dentist every 6 months.

For some people, the results of cosmetic dentistry are life-changing. For others, it provides a way to look and feel their best, or to improve upon a smile they already feel great about. Talk to our dentists to find out whether it is a good fit for you.

Arrange a Consultation in Omaha

Interested in learning more about aesthetic dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska? If so, please call The Dentists at 402-307-6227. Our experienced cosmetic dentists are personally committed to providing outstanding care and beautiful results. For your convenience, we have four office locations in the area.

8 Dental Tips

The experienced dentists at our Omaha practice want you to enjoy your best oral health. See our tips for achieving and maintaining good dental hygiene. Ready to schedule an appointment? Please contact us by completing the form on this page or give us a call at 402-307-6227.

Vote for The Dentists in The Best of Omaha

Dental results in OmahaThere’s still time to vote for us in The Best of Omaha™ awards! Omaha Magazine has once again included our dental practice as a nominee. You have until August 20 to vote for us over at Omaha Magazine’s website.

We are proud to have won this award 9 years in a row, and we’d love to win it a tenth time. But what we care about most is providing outstanding care and results for our patients every day. The Dentists are local dentists and we are proud to serve Nebraskans. With years of experience, we can address all of your general, cosmetic and restorative dental issues.

These are just several of the many services we offer:

Your unique dental goals are important to us. They form the basis of our care and guide our daily work at the office. Each of our guests has a unique idea of what they want to achieve from dentistry. And we respect that individuality. When you meet with one of our experienced dentists, we will have an in-depth conversation about your objectives and make sure you know all of your treatment options.

To arrange a consultation, please call our experienced staff at 402-307-6227, or complete the contact form on this page. We have four Omaha locations and look forward to meeting you!

Your Guide to Great Dental Health

Maintaining healthy teeth has a number of benefits: a more attractive smile, better overall health, ease of chewing and speaking, gums that don’t bleed, less risk of infection. There are a number of people who don’t practice healthy dental habits, though, which can lead to needing extensive dental treatments to correct painful gum and teeth for good dental health omaha

We’ve put together this guide to help you make healthy decisions regarding your oral health. Our cosmetic, general, and family dentists have years of experience helping people obtain healthy, beautiful smiles. Come see us in person for more personalized recommendations for your own teeth. Call us at 402-307-6227 to schedule your appointment.

How to Brush and Floss Correctly

Although most people brush their teeth at least once a day, many adults and children don’t know the best ways to get the most out of your brushing. Here’s what you should be doing:

  • Brush for at least two minutes, making sure to clean the front, back, and chewing surfaces of all your teeth.
  • Brush twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. If you consume a lot of sugary food or drink, consider brushing more often.
  • Wait at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking to brush your teeth. Eating and drinking acidic food or drink can soften tooth enamel, and brushing too soon afterwards can speed enamel erosion.
  • Supervise your child while they brush their teeth until the age of 7.
  • Dental health is important even at a very young age. As soon as teeth start to come in, make sure to take care of those teeth.

how often should you flossBrushing is important, but flossing is just as important. Too many adults and children don’t floss as often as they should, if they floss at all. Flossing helps to remove plaque and food particles between the teeth. If these are not removed, they can lead to tooth decay, which requires composite filling at the best and full tooth extraction at the worst.

Flossing should be done at least once a day, preferably at night before going to bed. It may be painful if you haven’t flossed in a while, but stick it out and after a few days your gums will be used to it. It will be even more painful if you end up with extensive tooth decay, so it’s definitely worth it to stick to a flossing regimen.

The Best Foods for Oral Health

Eating a healthy diet is one of the best things you can do for your teeth. Conversely, eating a diet high in sugar and simple carbs  (such as soda, fast food, candy, white bread, and more) is bad for both your teeth and your overall health.

Here are some of the best foods to eat for healthy teeth:

  • Cheese
  • Leafy greens
  • Whole fruits and vegetables
  • Plain yogurt
  • Almonds

Water is also essential to a healthy and teeth-friendly diet. It doesn’t erode or stain your teeth like soda, wine, tea, and coffee do. It can also be used in place of mouthwash to rinse away loose food particles or residue, and can help rinse acid off the teeth after a meal.

Tea is actually good for general oral health, but it can stain the teeth. If your teeth have been stained from years of drinking coffee, tea, or other dark colored liquids, we offer professional teeth whitening services to help you achieve a bright, white smile again.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Regular visits to the dentist are vital for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. A dentist isoral exam and teeth cleaning omaha able to examine your teeth for cavities, decay, infection, and other potential problems. They can deep clean your teeth professionally, and eliminate plaque build-up. Plus, they’ll check your mouth for signs of cancer and perform X-rays to make sure your teeth are in good shape.

If you have tooth decay, it can cause serious problems if left untreated. Minor cavities can often be treated easily with a dental inlay such as composite fillings; however, larger areas of decay may require a root canal and dental crown. If the decay is so bad that most of the tooth is affected, you may need a dental extraction.

Services that The Dentists offer include:

We also offer emergency dental services if you have a dental issue in immediate need of attention.

Start Good Dental Health Habits Young

Great dental health starts when you are a child. If children are raised to practice good oral hygiene and not fear the dentist, they will have much better oral health as they become adults. We recommend the following tips for helping children maintain strong teeth:

  • Brush your child’s teeth for them using a small brush with soft bristles until they are old enough to handle the toothbrush themselves. Continue to supervise for a few years at least.
  • Feed your child a wholesome and healthy diet. Occasional treats are okay, but make sure they brush and floss properly afterwards.
  • Take your child to the dentist as early as possible. Prepare them for the visit by explaining what they should expect and why they are going.
  • Maintain a regular, long-term dental checkup schedule.

when to take your child to the dentistHere at The Dentists, we’ll help your child acclimate by showing them around the office, explaining the tools we use, and providing toys for them to play with. In most cases, parents are welcome to accompany their child into the treatment room as well.

Our family dentists are experienced with caring for children and their teeth, and will do their best to help your child have a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

Schedule Your Appointment With The Dentists Today

Whether you have perfect teeth and just need to maintain your smile, have a major dental problem, are looking for a dentist to bring your kids to, or even just want to fix a cosmetic problem, The Dentists are here to help.

Call us at 402-307-6227 to schedule your appointment today. We have four locations around Omaha, Nebraska and we are ready to help you obtain a healthy and beautiful smile.



Is DIY Teeth Whitening a Good Idea?

Teeth whitening treatment in OmahaAn experienced cosmetic dentist provides the best possible teeth whitening results. But many people wonder if they can do it themselves. While DIY teeth whitening may work for you, we recommend visiting our cosmetic dentists for a consultation. If you can’t get your teeth as white as you want on your own, we can tell you about our professional options for creating a glamorous smile.

Here are the most common at-home whitening tips you might find on the internet:

  • DIY #1: A healthy diet. Eating well is great for the appearance and health of your teeth and gums. A whole foods diet, including plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit, has loads of vitamins and minerals that are essential to the health of your teeth. And healthy teeth are less likely to have decay and other unattractive problems.
  • DIY #2: “Oil pulling.” Swishing coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes is called oil pulling, and it keeps popping up on DIY teeth whitening blogs across the internet. While it’s probably not harmful, there is little evidence that it does anything to whiten your teeth, and it certainly should not be used as an alternative to brushing and flossing.
  • DIY #3: Good dental hygiene. While your at-home hygiene cannot remove stains the way professional teeth whitening does, brushing and flossing helps to prevent stains. It does so by breaking up the bacterial film on your teeth that causes tooth decay. Brushing also removes foods and beverages that stain your teeth, such as red wine, tomato sauce and coffee.
  • DIY #4: Teeth whitening strips. Over-the-counter teeth whitening strips are ubiquitous. They’re everywhere – from the ads on television to your local grocery store. Some people are dissatisfied with the results of these strips because they are uneven: The strips are not customized to fit precisely over your teeth.
  • DIY #5: Activated charcoal. Activated charcoal seems to be in everything these days, from skincare products to smoothies. Traditionally, activated charcoal has been used to treat people who have been poisoned. The pores of the charcoal absorb poisonous materials, thereby removing them from your body. It is possible that a paste made with water and charcoal, when applied to the surface of your teeth, would bind with stain-causing bacteria; however, there is no evidence proving it.

You deserve to feel great about your smile. Teeth whitening is a simple, fast way to rejuvenate your smile in a dramatic way.

To find out if our Omaha NE teeth whitening services are right for you, please call The Dentists at 402-307-6227.