Tyiana Thompson - Mrs. Kentucky

Who does Mrs. Kentucky trust to take care of her winning smile? Mortenson Family Dental!

When Henderson native Tyiana Thompson was crowned Mrs. Kentucky 2017, she took home even more than the top title. She also won Mrs. Photogenic, Best Interview, the Career Achievement Award and Contestants’ Choice. Her chosen platform is education, specifically accessibility and diversity in education. And she is excited about the opportunity to positively impact lives and be a role model.

 

The state competition is a qualifier for the national competition for Mrs. America, and Mortenson Family Dental is proud to be her sponsor. Tyiana has been a patient since 2013 and we recently talked with her about Mortenson and her winning smile.

 

Why did you choose Mortenson Family Dental?

 

When I moved to Louisville from the Cincinnati area, I found a dentist in my neighborhood. My first visit was more like a terrible car buying experience. I actually left in tears. A co-worker told me about Mortenson so I made an appointment there for my next cleaning. It was the best experience!

 

I have the world’s worst teeth and constantly have issues with them. The staff at Mortenson makes you feel welcome from the moment you walk in the door. They are so friendly and helpful. They really want you to have a good experience. It can be embarrassing to have a cavity or be to the point that you need a root canal. But Dr. Dick and his team always make me feel at ease.

 

Why do you stay with Mortenson?

 

I love how the people who work there are so positive and caring. You truly feel cared for and like you are part of a family. Many people are fearful of the dentist because they have had bad experiences in the past. I don’t think anyone could have a bad experience at Mortenson!

 

I also love how they educate you on how to care for your teeth. They explain everything they do and review your plan with you so you understand their recommendations and treatment options.

 

As Mrs. Kentucky, how important is a healthy smile?

 

In this role, I am often in the spotlight doing events and appearances. It is very important for me to represent the state and myself professionally. I think having a healthy smile and good oral health overall is very important when you want to make a good impression.

 

How does Mortenson help you keep your winning smile?

 

Every time I am in the office, the staff educates me on how to properly care for my teeth. I have been told that I may need to cut back on the coffee and red wine, but I think the honesty from the dentists and hygienists is a good thing. Their main priority is my health.

 

What extra steps, if any, do you take to make your smile bright?

 

I do teeth whitening every few months.

 

Do you have any advice for girls on how to have a winning smile?

 

Your smile is the first thing people notice and is extremely important in making a great first impression. Therefore, you want to make sure you are at least doing the basics at an early age – brushing after meals, restricting sugar-laden food and drinks, and FLOSSING. Honestly, I struggled with flossing regularly when I was younger, and I have paid the price. Now, I floss! Also, make sure you go to the dentist regularly. Don’t put it off. Bad oral health can lead to issues with your overall health.

 

Is there anything you’d like to add?

 

Mortenson Family Dental takes the family in their name seriously. The dentists and hygienists are patient and kind with every interaction you have with them. They will work with you on payment options and treatment plans because their top priority is your health, not financial gain.

 

It is extremely refreshing to walk into a doctor’s office and have them know you by name, and remember what is going on in your life. I think that is less common in our society today. I truly appreciate all of the Dupont team. They are an amazing group of professionals!

 

 

We think Tyiana is pretty amazing herself. We wish her the best in her future endeavors!

The team at Mortenson Family Dental in Independence, KY

Now Open in Independence, Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, KY (June 26, 2017) – Mortenson Family Dental is pleased to announce our newest office in Independence, KY. The new practice is located at 2052 Harris Pike Independence, KY, in a brand new upscale Toebben retail development. The new team arrived on June 12th and immediately began preparing the clinic to see patients. Team building, training on new equipment and systems wrapped up on June 20th, but they didn’t stop there. On June 21st the team performed $1,800 of free dentistry as community outreach, and there are plans to have another free day of dentistry in 8 – 12 weeks. The new practice features 6 state-of-the-art operatories, with another 6 built out and ready to be equipped for future growth. The Independence, KY, team is led by COO & interim Regional Leader Jane Logsdon, RDO Tabby Riggs, Dr. Jinyoung Kim, and Team Leader Celeste Neu. Welcome to the Mortenson Family Dental team!

 

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Looking for a New Dentist? We Can Help.

 

Whether you’re new to the area or looking to change dentists, your comfort and overall experience is most important. At Mortenson Family Dental, we specialize in creating comfortable and friendly dental experiences for patients of all ages.

Meet One of Our Many Trusted Dentists

Dr. Branham Hill, DMD, in his operatory in St. Matthews - Louisville, KY

Dr. Branham Hill, DMD, has been serving Louisville as a general dentist at Mortenson Family Dental since his graduation from the University of Louisville Dental School. He completed a General Practice Residency at UofL Hospital where he received training in advanced general dentistry, oral surgery and dental implants. And now, he’s here to discuss the most important criteria in choosing a new dentist.

Your Questions Answered

Question: Most people choose a dentist based on price or location. As a dentist, what do you believe is the most important criteria in choosing a new dentist, and why?

Answer: Choosing a new family dentist can be as simple as accepting a recommendation from a friend, or it can be a perplexing decision based on an Internet search for a particular need. In either circumstance, there is a set of standards I follow.

  • I always present to every new patient a treatment plan based on the golden rule – treat everyone just as you would like to be treated.
  • Each person is welcomed to my practice in that way and each person is presented with a treatment plan based on his or her individual circumstances.
  • At the same time, I present the most modern and up-to-date techniques available in modern dentistry.

 

Question: What are some red flags to look for when choosing a new dentist?

Answer: Here are the most common red flags I’ve seen.

  • They’re using old technology
  • They aren’t educated in ever-evolving dental practices
  • Their office is not clean
  • They skip oral cancer screenings
  • They didn’t request your old dental records
  • They always try to sell you “extra” services

Question: Are there certain questions to ask when calling to find a new dentist?

Answer: Yes. It is important to get answers before you go. Here are some important questions to ask:

  • In what areas do you specialize?
  • Do you provide payment options?
  • Do you take X-rays when needed?
  • Will you guarantee my satisfaction?
  • Do you have a method to determine how many visits I will need?
  • Will you show me ways of preventing what you’ll be treating?
  • Will you provide a treatment plan based on my unique needs?

What’s Next?

If a dentist makes you feel anxious, or does not properly take the time to address your individual needs, then he or she probably isn’t the right dentist for you.

At Mortenson Family Dental, we know the importance of a happy, healthy smile. We are proud to offer high quality dental care since 1979. We know your smile is important to you, and it is important to us too. That is why we use the latest dental technology, offer a full range of dental services and build personal relationships with our patients. You’ll be treated like family when you visit one of our convenient Kentucky, Southern Indiana or Southern Ohio locations. Click here to find a Mortenson Family Dental location near you.

Blond woman in dentist chair smiles as she is handed clear aligners

Invisalign: Clear Braces for Adults

Many people think of teens when it comes to braces. But now thanks to Invisalign® clear aligners, the number of adults receiving orthodontic treatment is on the rise. Invisalign clear aligners are a comfortable, removable & almost invisible alternative to braces that are perfect for adults who want to straighten their teeth. Unlike braces, Invisalign is made of a strong plastic material and fabricated to fit each patient’s unique bite. No metal wires or brackets. And you can take Invisalign out whenever you want – for eating, brushing, meetings, dates or photographs.

How Invisalign Works

How does Invisalign work? Learn about how Invisalign's clear aligners are an alternative to metal braces and can help you achieve the smile you deserve.

Invisalign is great at correcting crooked teeth, gaps, overbites or underbites. At your initial consultation, your dentist will take a physical impression or digital scan of your teeth that is used to create a 3-D model. We send that information to Invisalign’s skilled team of experts who propose a plan based on your dentist’s prescription. Once your dentist has approved the treatment plan, Invisalign fabricates your custom aligner trays.

Next you’ll receive a series of custom trays that you’ll change every 1-2 weeks at home. It’s recommended that patients wear their Invisalign clear aligners 20-22 hours each day to get the best results. You can remove Invisalign whenever you need to eat, brush, floss or clean the trays, but you’ll want to leave them in as much as possible to achieve the best and quickest results. Our team will schedule checkups with you every 6-8 weeks to ensure the treatment process is going well, and that you’re on your way to a more confident smile.

Invisalign vs. Braces

Invisalign treatment works faster than traditional braces. Traditional treatment plans for braces last about 2 years on average, but Invisalign treatment normally takes only 6-18 months.

Invisalign allows you to eat what you want. One of the most common complaints about braces is that your diet must change. People with traditional braces can say goodbye to popcorn, chips, ice, gum, nuts, apples and candy. But with Invisalign, you can eat what you want whenever you want.

You don’t have to change your brushing and flossing routine. Another of the most common complaints about braces is that brushing and flossing take extra time and technique. With Invisalign, you can brush and floss the same as before. Just be sure to rinse your trays and soak them for a few minutes each day.

Invisalign doesn’t irritate your gums or cheeks. Unlike braces, Invisalign clear aligners fit comfortably to your teeth and won’t cause swollen gums or mouth sores.

Invisalign protects teeth from grinding. Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is a very common side effect from stress and happens to many adults while they sleep. Wearing Invisalign is a perfectly good alternative to wearing a nite guard while you sleep!

Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign

Will Invisalign treatment be painful? Although some people experience temporary discomfort for a few days at the beginning of each new stage of treatment, patients who’ve had braces say Invisalign isn’t close. No mouth sores, no swollen gums and hopefully no headaches. The feeling patients get within those first few days is often described as pressure. And even though it might be a bit uncomfortable, it’s a sign that Invisalign is working.

Will Invisalign affect my speech? Patients with traditional braces or retainers often report a lisp or extra saliva within the first few weeks following an adjustment. After the initial adjustment period, patients with Invisalign shouldn’t notice any big difference. And remember – if you’re ever self-conscious about your speech in a meeting, phone call or on a date, you can still take Invisalign out for 2-4 hours each day!

How much does Invisalign treatment cost? Invisalign treatment generally costs between $3500 – $5000 depending on the patient’s needs, which is roughly the same cost of traditional braces. Insurance plans often cover up to $3500 of orthodontic treatment costs so depending on your insurance plan, you might be paying very little. We offer payment plans as well as a discounted dental plan for uninsured patients. You can estimate your cost using the Invisalign Cost Calculator on the Invisalign website.

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