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We’re proud to recognize the accomplishments of our Garland TX, dentist.

Our Garland, TX, dentist Dr. T. Truc Le has done it again! A 2018 award winner, Dr. Le and TruCare Dental has just received the Best of Garland AwardGarland Award for 2019. Dr. Le’s practice runs on the principle that the patient’s needs come first. Her compassionate dental care along with cutting-edge technology and a caring, gentle staff has changed the way people see dental care.

 

About the Garland Award Program

This program rewards small businesses within the Garland, TX, community that instill good values, a positive image and provide support and care to the people in the community. After all, it is these businesses that help make Garland, TX, the wonderful place it is to work and live.

This year TruCare Dental, run by Dr. Le, has yet again received the Best of Garland Award for the dental practice’s beneficial contributions to the community. After all, the TruCare Dental team does believe that nothing is more important than providing patients with quality oral care that will maintain good health for years to come.

 

What We Offer

So, how can our top dentist in Garland, TX, help you? Dr. Le works with patients of all ages, from children to seniors, providing a wide range of comprehensive dental services. We truly care about our patients, which you’ll be able to see from the rave reviews on Facebook and Yelp. If you’ve ever had anxieties around visiting the dentist our goal is to alleviate those fears.

We offer preventive dentistry such as cleanings and exams, as well as cosmetic and restorative dentistry and braces. Some of our top services include:

  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Dental implants
  • Teeth whitening
  • Root canal treatment
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Dental veneers
  • Wisdom tooth extraction
  • Prophylactic cleaning and prevention

You can also find a list of our full services here.

We know you deserve the best when it comes to getting dental care in Garland, TX. If it’s time to schedule a routine cleaning, turn to our award-winning dentist today by calling TruCare Dental at (972) 864-0000. Find out for yourself why TruCare has received the Best of Garland Award for two-years straight.


MouthguardsReduceRiskofConcussionaswellasDentalInjuries

Since boxers first began using them a century ago, athletic mouthguards are now standard safety equipment for most contact sports. Without them, dental injuries would skyrocket.

But a recent study in the peer-reviewed journal, General Dentistry, indicates there’s another important reason to wear a mouthguard for contact sports or exercise: you may be able to significantly reduce your risk for a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), better known as a concussion. It’s believed the mouthguard absorbs some of the force generated during contact, resulting in less pressure to the brain. That reduction is even more significant if your mouth-guard has been custom-made by a dentist.

That last finding is important, because not all mouthguards on the market are equal. There are three basic categories of mouthguards — stock, “boil and bite,” and custom. Stock mouthguards come in limited sizes; they’re relatively inexpensive, but they provide the least level of protection. “Boil and bite” can be customized after purchase to the wearer’s bite, but they don’t always provide complete coverage of back teeth. Custom mouthguards are designed and fashioned by a dentist; they’re relatively expensive (running in the hundreds of dollars), but there’s ample evidence they provide the highest level of protection from mouth injuries.

The General Dentistry study also corroborates custom mouthguards’ effectiveness in preventing concussions. The study followed approximately 400 football players from six different high school teams. While all the players wore the same type of helmet, half of them wore custom-made mouthguards and the other half wore stock guards. 8.3% of the athletes wearing stock guards experienced a concussion injury; by contrast only 3.6% of those with custom guards sustained an injury — greater than half fewer occurrences.

The study also highlights the need not to rely solely on helmets or other protective headgear for concussion prevention. It’s important to include mouthguards along with other athletic protective gear to lower injury risk as much as possible.

So when considering how you can provide the optimum injury protection for you or your child, be sure to include an athletic mouthguard, preferably one that’s custom-made. We’ll be happy to advise you further on what you need to know to prevent traumatic dental injuries, as well as concussions.

If you would like more information on custom-fit mouthguards, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Mouthguards.”


HowShawnMendesandMileyCyrusGotTheirStellarSmiles

The 2019 Grammy Awards was a star-studded night packed with memorable performances. One standout came from the young Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, who sang a powerful duet of his hit song "In My Blood" with pop diva Miley Cyrus. But that duo's stellar smiles weren't always quite as camera-ready as they looked that night.

"I had braces for four and a half years," Mendes told an interviewer not long ago. "There's lots and lots and lots of photo evidence, I'm sure you can pull up a few." (In fact, finding one is as easy as searching "Sean Mendes braces.")

Wearing braces puts Mendes in good company: It's estimated that over 4 million people in the U.S. alone wear braces in a typical year—and about a quarter of them are adults! (And by the way: When she was a teenager, Miley Cyrus had braces, too!)

Today, there are a number of alternatives to traditional metal braces, such as tooth-colored braces, clear plastic aligners, and invisible lingual braces (the kind Cyrus wore). However, regular metal braces remain the most common choice for orthodontic treatment. They are often the most economical option, and can be used to treat a wide variety of bite problems (which dentists call malocclusions).

Having straighter teeth can boost your self-confidence—along with helping you bite, breathe, chew, and even speak more effectively. Plus, teeth that are in good alignment and have adequate space in between are easier to clean; this can help you keep your mouth free of gum disease and tooth decay for years to come.

Many people think getting braces is something that happens in adolescence—but as long as your mouth is otherwise healthy, there's no upper age limit for orthodontic treatment. In fact, many celebrities—like Lauren Hutton, Tom Cruise and Faith Hill—got braces as adults. But if traditional braces aren't a good fit with your self-image, it's possible that one of the less noticeable options, such as lingual braces or clear aligners, could work for you.

What's the first step to getting straighter teeth? Come in to the office for an evaluation! We will give you a complete oral examination to find out if there are any problems (like gum disease or tooth decay) that could interfere with orthodontic treatment. Then we will determine exactly how your teeth should be re-positioned to achieve a better smile, and recommend one or more options to get you there.

If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Lingual Braces: A Truly Invisible Way to Straighten Teeth.”