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Camby, IN 46113

January 20, 2014

Rejuvenate Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers from Bonness Family Dentistry

Your smile is among the very first things that other people notice about you. If you tend to hide your smile because you’re self-conscious about your teeth, though, it can affect your self-image, self-confidence and social life. At Bonness Family Dentistry in Camby, IN, Dr. Ann Bonness and Dr. Richard Bonness help patients just like you regain their confidence with beautiful, flawless smiles – all made possible by the modern technology of porcelain veneers.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers, also called dental veneers, are thin, handcrafted layers of tooth-colored porcelain material that are customized to fit the front surfaces of the teeth that show when you smile. They look and feel like natural teeth but instantly correct a wide variety of dental imperfections in as little as two visits to our office. Some of the most common aesthetic problems resolved with the application of porcelain veneers include:

  • Teeth that are crooked or misshapen
  • Cracks and chips that mar the surface of your enamel
  • Staining and discoloration that won’t respond to whitening treatments
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Teeth that are too small or too large

Porcelain veneers are durable, long-lasting, resistant to staining and easy to take care of. You’ll leave our office looking and feeling great with your brand new smile.

If you’ve spent too many years unhappy with your appearance because you’re ashamed of your teeth, it’s time to take the first step toward a beautiful new smile with porcelain veneers. Contact us at our Camby, IN office to find out how easy it really can be to achieve the luminous, symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing smile you’ve always wanted. We also proudly serve patients from throughout the surrounding communities of Plainfield, Monrovia, Martinsville, Mooresville, Indianapolis and beyond.

January 6, 2014

Periodontal Disease and Pregnancy: The Unexpected Connection

Are you or a loved one preparing to welcome a new baby to the family? If so, you know how busy and exciting this time can be, what with getting the nursery ready, keeping up with regular doctor’s appointments and everything else that comes along with the experience. Did you know, though, how important oral health is during these nine months? At Bonness Family Dentistry in Camby, IN, Dr. Richard Bonness and Dr. Ann Bonness ensure that all of our patients, particularly those who are expecting, are protected from the hidden dangers of periodontal disease.

How Gum Disease Impacts Pregnancy

It is estimated that approximately 80 percent of American adults has some form of gum disease, most of them unaware of their condition. When a patient suffers from periodontal disease, bacteria that accumulates between the gum line and the teeth can leach into the bloodstream and spread throughout the body. This can lead to a number of potentially serious health problems, including an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and pancreatic cancer.

In pregnant women, periodontal disease can actually affect the unborn baby as well. Women who have untreated gum disease while pregnant are up to seven times more likely to deliver prematurely. A preterm baby, or a child who is delivered before 37 weeks of gestation, is more likely to suffer from low birth weight, respiratory distress and difficulties with feeding.

Fortunately, keeping periodontal disease at bay is usually as simple as maintaining good oral health with regular brushing, flossing and routine visits to Bonness Family Dentistry. Who knew that taking care of your teeth and gums could be so good for your little bundle of joy?

Reclaim Your Oral Health

If you’ve noticed any of the common signs of periodontal disease – including bleeding gums, redness and unexplained sensitivity – it’s not too late to seek care at our local Camby dental practice. Contact us today to find out how Dr. Richard and Ann Bonness can help you restore your complete oral health with periodontal therapy. We also happily serve patients in Indianapolis, Monrovia, Mooresville, Martinsville, Plainfield and the surrounding communities.

December 31, 2013

Treating Bruxism with Custom-Made Nightguards

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In our last post, we mentioned teeth grinding as a condition we look for during regular checkups. In today’s post, we’d like to focus on what often causes teeth grinding, what it can do to your teeth, and how our team at Bonness Family Dentistry can treat it.

The more technical name for teeth grinding is bruxism. Patients who struggle with bruxism grind and clench their teeth unconsciously, very often in response to stress and typically while asleep, when they can’t do anything to stop it. Common symptoms of bruxism include pain or soreness in the jaw, headaches, and earaches.

But stress isn’t the only cause of bruxism. A misaligned bite can also contribute to issues with grinding and clenching. If left untreated, bruxism may contribute to TMJ dysfunction. The surfaces of teeth will also become worn or cracked over time, which can lead to other kinds of dental problems. Insomnia, eating disorders, and depression can also result from untreated bruxism.

Effective Relief with a Nightguard

Thankfully, relief from bruxism and its symptoms is possible with a nightguard. After a thorough evaluation of your teeth, tissues, and muscles at our Camby dental office, Dr. Ann Bonness or Dr. Richard Bonness will design a special orthodontic appliance designed to prevent grinding or clenching while you sleep. For many patients, a custom-made nightguard is enough to eliminate the problem.

Are you struggling with bruxism? Call Bonness Family Dentistry today to reserve a consultation with Drs. Ann and Richard Bonness. We’re committed to helping patients from Camby, Mooresville, Plainfield, Indianapolis, Monrovia, Martinsville, and beyond treat bruxism and TMJ dysfunction.

December 27, 2013

Commit To Regular Care in 2014

Enjoying good oral health depends on two things. The first is responsible brushing and flossing. The second is seeing Dr. Ann Bonness and Dr. Richard Bonness for regular care.

Specifically, we recommend that our Camby-area patients see us twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning. After all, brushing and flossing will only do so much to keep teeth clean. A professional cleaning will help you remove the bacteria and plaque you couldn’t remove with your normal routine. What’s more, it’s possible for common oral health conditions like tooth decay and gum disease to develop with very little fanfare. You may be struggling with an issue that needs attention without even knowing it.

Drs. Ann and Richard Bonness are happy to help, but you have to take the first step and commit to seeing us. Our Camby dental team treats adults as well as children, because we’re all vulnerable to the same conditions. During a regular checkup and cleaning, Dr. Ann Bonness or Dr. Richard Bonness will look closely at your teeth and gums to see if there’s any indication of gum disease, decay, teeth grinding, and even oral cancer. If we find anything, we’ll create a treatment plan designed around your exact needs.

Are you ready to commit to regular care in 2014? Call us today to schedule your first visit. We serve families in and around Camby, Mooresville, Plainfield, Indianapolis, Monrovia, Martinsville, and nearby communities.

December 23, 2013

Teeth Whitening In Time for the New Year

When you think of January, you think of fresh starts and new beginnings. For a patient with significant staining, a cosmetic dentistry service like teeth whitening can mean a fresh start for one’s smile. That’s why anytime between now and January is the perfect time for teeth whitening. Why not go into 2014 with a more dazzling and confident smile to share with others?

At our Camby dental office, Dr. Richard Bonness and Dr. Ann Bonness offer two forms of teeth whitening. The first of those is an in-office option that takes just an hour to produce dramatic results—a perfect choice for patients who need a whiter smile in time for a major life event, like a wedding, job search, family reunion, or something else.

The second option provides beautiful results over the course of a few days and comes in the form of a take-home kit. With your take-home kit, you can whiten in the comfort of your own home, according to your own schedule.

Do you want to start 2014 off by looking your best? Find out from Dr. Richard Bonness and Dr. Ann Bonness how teeth whitening can help you transform the appearance of your smile and your own confidence. We’re happy to offer this popular cosmetic dentistry service to patients from Camby, Mooresville, Plainfield, Indianapolis, Monrovia, Martinsville, and nearby communities. Call us today to schedule a consultation appointment.

December 17, 2013

Start Planning Your Care for Next Year

In our last post, we talked about the importance of using your dental benefits before the end of the year. Today we’d like to go a step further. Why not use the remaining weeks of December to start planning your care for next year? Whether you need help with a simple general dentistry service like fillings, a cosmetic dentistry service like porcelain veneers, or a restorative dentistry service like dental implants, our team at Bonness Family Dentistry in Camby can help you put together a personalized treatment plan, complete with timetable.

Delivering excellent care takes careful, detailed planning—and that’s exactly what we can accomplish during a consultation appointment. Dr. Ann Bonness and Dr. Richard Bonness will explain how your treatment will work and answer any questions you might have about how it will be carried out.

Advanced dental services take more than one appointment to complete. Dr. Ann Bonness, Dr. Richard Bonness, and the rest of our Camby dental team will help you understand what you can expect over the course of those appointments and clear up any concerns you might also have. We don’t want any of our patients to come away from a consultation with unanswered question.

Dr. Ann Bonness and Dr. Richard Bonness are happy to help patients from Camby, Mooresville, Plainfield, Indianapolis, Monrovia, Martinsville, and beyond plan important care. Call us today for an appointment.

November 13, 2013

Use Your Benefits Before the Year Is Up

With every passing week, we get closer and closer to 2014. That being the case, why not use the remainder of this year to use up as much of your remaining dental benefits as possible? Doing that will only get harder the closer we get to December, but you still have time now to see Dr. Ann Bonness or Dr. Richard Bonness of Camby and use what you have left.

Why is it so important to use your remaining services? For a few reasons.

Yearly Maximum

Every plan comes with a yearly maximum, which is the amount your insurance will pay to help you cover the costs of certain services. Instead of rolling over at the end of the year, the yearly maximum is renewed. That means you don’t get to keep what you haven’t used—you lose it.


A new year brings with it a new deductible, which is often around $50. You have to meet this deductible before your insurance will begin paying for care. Have you already paid your deductible for 2013? Then your insurance company may be willing to cover your next visit to Bonness Family Dentistry.

Insurance Fees

Co-pays and premiums are also a part of having dental insurance. As with yearly maximums and deductibles, these amounts won’t be the same now as they are at the beginning of 2014. Take advantage of your situation now before you lose it.

Do you want to schedule a visit with us between now and the end of the year? Call Bonness Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment. We offer care to patients from Camby, Mooresville, Plainfield, Indianapolis, Monrovia, Martinsville, and the surrounding areas.


November 6, 2013

Plan Your Year-End Cosmetic Care Today

Over the next couple of months, there will be holiday parties and events of all kinds. Face each one of them with extra confidence this year thanks to a cosmetic dentistry service from Bonness Family Dentistry. At our Camby office, Dr. Ann Bonness and Dr. Richard Bonness offer several great services for transforming stained, misaligned, cracked, or chipped teeth.

Our Camby cosmetic dentistry services include:

  • Cosmetic bonding
  • Porcelain and minimal-prep veneers
  • Teeth whitening

Using one of these services, in combination with any of our other services, can help you overcome the crippling self-consciousness that could be keeping you from smiling openly around others.

Both cosmetic bonding and teeth whitening can be completed in just a single visit to Dr. Ann Bonness or Dr. Richard Bonness. Over the course of a single appointment, we can use both of these services to fix some part of your smile that you don’t like, enabling you to leave with a greater sense of confidence. Porcelain veneers, by comparison, takes at least two appointments to complete but also delivers amazing results guaranteed to last for years.

Do you want to start planning your cosmetic dentistry care for Bonness Family Dentistry? Call us today to schedule an appointment with our Camby dental office. We serve patients from Mooresville, Plainfield, Indianapolis, Monrovia, Martinsville, and the surrounding areas.

October 15, 2013

Xylitol and Halloween

Halloween is almost here. That means costumes and decorations, but more importantly, it means candy. You don’t have to go trick or treating to end up eating more than your share of candy, though. And too much candy, as we all know, can have a dramatic impact on your oral health. The sugar in candy stimulates the growth of bacteria and acid, putting your smile’s protective enamel in a vulnerable position.

So why not try candy sweetened with xylitol this year? Xylitol is a natural sweetener derived from fibrous plant material. It has far fewer calories than sugar or corn syrup, and can even benefit your oral health by promoting a neutral environment, instead of producing acid. That also explains why some toothpaste brands use xylitol as their key cavity-fighter.

But where can you find candy sweetened with xylitol? Many health food stores carry it, and you can also find online retailers who do as well.

You don’t have to give up on Halloween this year, just because it involves candy. But Dr. Ann Bonness and Dr. Richard Bonness of Bonness Family Dentistry want to encourage you to think outside the box. Promote good oral health in your community this year with candy sweetened with xylitol.

Do you have more questions about what xylitol is and how it can help your teeth? Call Bonness Family Dentistry in Camby today to reserve your appointment. We also serve patients from Mooresville, Plainfield, Indianapolis, Monrovia, Martinsville, and beyond.

October 3, 2013

Acid Reflux and Your Smile

Do you struggle with frequent heartburn? Everyone gets a case of it every now and then. If you get it more than two or three times a week, that’s a sign that you may be struggling with acid reflux disease. This not-uncommon condition comes with a list of other symptoms, including:

  • Nausea
  • Bloating or burping
  • Hiccups
  • Bloody or black stools
  • Regurgitation
  • Weight loss
  • Sore throat, dry cough, wheezing, or hoarseness

None of these symptoms account for how acid reflux disease can impact your smile, though. You might not have thought that acid reflux could do anything to your smile, but as we’ve said before on this blog, your oral and overall health are inextricably linked; what happens in one part of the body can absolutely impact another.

When a patient experience heartburn, a small amount of stomach acid has leaked out of the stomach and gotten into the esophagus. If any of this acid touches the teeth, the protective layer of enamel on the outside is in danger of being damaged.

A smile that’s been damaged by acid may experience the following symptoms:

  • Sensitivity, especially to foods that are hot, cold, or sweet
  • Teeth that have thinned or shortened
  • Pain or irritation
  • Teeth with sharp edges

Through regular care with Dr. Ann Bonness and Dr. Richard Bonness, we can help you stay on top of your oral health with regular checkups and cleanings. We hope to see all of our patients twice a year, if possible. Call us today to reserve an appointment today. We serve patients from Camby, Mooresville, Plainfield, Indianapolis, Monrovia, Martinsville, and beyond.

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