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January 5, 2018

New Year, New You: There’s No Time Like The Present For Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments!

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Ryan Busk @ 3:02 pm

Now that you’ve celebrated, it’s time to get started on your New Year’s resolutions, and think about how you can improve your life and your well-being in 2018! Cosmetic dentistry is a fantastic way to invest in yourself. A brighter, straighter smile can help boost your confidence, giving you the push you need for a fantastic year. And Busk Family Dentistry in East Wenatchee has the cosmetic dentistry options that can keep you looking your best.

Teeth Whitening

Dr. Ryan Busk is a leading Leavenworth cosmetic dentist who specializes in teeth whitening. Using advanced peroxide-based whiteners, Dr. Busk can remove surface stains, leaving your teeth shiny and sparkling.

Whether you’ve over-indulged in wine and coffee, or are quitting tobacco as a New Year’s resolution, you can get a brighter smile in just a single appointment with our Leavenworth teeth whitening services!

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are ideal for filling in gaps between teeth, correcting minor bite issues, and covering up stains or yellowing. Porcelain veneers are built out of wafer-thin ceramic materials, and are attached permanently to your teeth in order to cover up imperfections. They’re a permanent solution that gives you a beautiful, perfect smile.

Dental Bonding And Shaping

Did you chip a tooth while playing games during the holidays? Got a few teeth that need to be reshaped? Dental bonding and shaping is a fantastic way to restore misshapen teeth without the high price tag of porcelain veneers or crowns.

Using advanced dental resin, Dr. Ryan Busk will place additional material on your teeth, and shape them to be more aesthetically pleasing. Non-invasive, affordable, and long-lasting, dental bonding and shaping is a great way to get the smile you’ve always wanted in the new year.


If you need orthodontic treatment, but do not want traditional metal braces, Invisalign from Dr. Ryan Busk of Busk Family Dentistry may be right for you.

Rather than using brackets and wires, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners, which look similar to a retainer. These aligners are shaped to gently shift teeth over time, providing the same results as braces without requiring unsightly and uncomfortable metal braces.

Best of all, Invisalign is nearly invisible and removable. You won’t be limited in the activites you’re able to participate in or the foods you’ll be able to eat.

If your resolution is to finally fix a crooked smile, Invisalign is the best choice for you! Come in for a consultation right away, and see if you’re a good candidate for treatment.

Get The Smile You Want In The New Year – With Our Cosmetic Dentistry Services!

Dr. Busk is an experienced cosmetic dentist in Leavenworth. With a dedication to patient-focused care and an informative approach to dentistry, Dr. Busk can help you get a smile makeover for a reasonable price!

Not sure which treatment is right for you? No problem. Contact Busk Family Dentistry today at (509) 662-8156, or come to our office at 222 North Mission Street, Suite D, Wenatchee, WA 98801, and we’ll set you up with a consultation!

December 21, 2017

A Smile As Bright As The Holidays: How Teeth Whitening Can Give You A Beautiful Smile!

Filed under: Blog,Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Ryan Busk @ 6:57 pm

The holidays are coming up quickly, which makes it the perfect time to get teeth whitening treatments at Busk Family Dentistry. From Wenatchee to Leavenworth, our Zoom! teeth whitening services are some of the best! So come to our cosmetic dentistry practice today to look and feel your best this holiday season.

Holiday Teeth Whitening

Why You Should Get Your Teeth Whitened Before The Holidays!

Getting your teeth whitened before the winter holidays is a wonderful idea. Why?

  • You can boost your self-confidence – The holidays can be a time of stress for many of us. While visiting family and friends is a wonderful thing, the strain of constantly interacting with others can be tough. Teeth whitening can help you feel more secure, comfortable, and confident!
  • You’ll look great in photos that will be remembered for years to come – The holidays are a time when family members can come together and create memories that will last a lifetime. Given how popular smartphones are these days, chances are that you’re going to have a lot of pictures taken of you! Teeth whitening gives you that bright, gorgeous smile, helping you look your best as you make memories with the ones you love.
  • You’ll ring in the New Year as your best self – Why wait until after New Year’s to make a resolution for self-improvement? With teeth whitening, you can get a head start, and look great as you greet a new year that’s full of opportunities.

With teeth whitening from Busk Family Dentistry in East Wenatchee, you can impress loved ones and relatives, feel great, and look wonderful during the holidays!

We Offer At-Home And In-Office Teeth Whitening!

We know how stressful and busy the holidays are. While we offer fast, effective in-office teeth whitening, we also provide our patients with take-home whitening trays that offer equally astonishing results!

So whether you’d prefer to whiten your teeth in a single, 45-minute session with Dr. Ryan Busk, or you prefer to receive treatment in the comfort of your own home, Busk Family Dentistry has you covered.

Contact Us Today – Get Your Dream Smile Before The Holidays!

At our family-friendly, comfortable general dentistry practice, we pride ourselves on making all of our patients feel safe and cared for. So don’t wait to get your dream smile in time for the holidays! Contact Busk Family Dentistry today at (509) 662-8156, or visit our office in Wenatchee, located at 222 N Mission St Suite D, Wenatchee WA, 98801.

November 21, 2017

Watch Out For The Wishbone! How To Protect Your Teeth During The Holidays

Filed under: Blog,Cosmetic Dentistry,Family Dentistry — Dr. Ryan Busk @ 8:32 pm

The holiday season is fast approaching. From Halloween through New Year’s, you (and your kids) will probably be eating more foods that taste amazing but can pose a risk to your oral health.

With proper oral hygiene and tooth cleaning tips, you can avoid cavities and other oral health issues, and still enjoy everything that the holiday season has to offer!

At Busk Family Dentistry, your leading local children’s dentist, we’ve put together a list of ways you can protect your teeth during the holidays!

Holiday dental emergencies

1. Eat Sweets In Moderation – And Quickly!

Whether you’re munching on Halloween candy, Thanksgiving pie, or Christmas cookies, it’s important to eat them quickly, and in moderation.

The main problem with sweet treats during the holidays is that we tend to “graze” on them during the day.

When you consume small amounts of sweets throughout the day, you’re constantly feeding the bacteria that live in your mouth with sugar. This leads to a much higher risk of tooth decay.

It’s best to eat sweets alongside other meals, and to limit yourself to a short time window. This helps mitigate the effect that sugar has on your oral health.

2. Brush After Every Meal

During the holidays, you should try to brush your teeth after every meal. Because you’ll likely be snacking throughout the day, it’s important to keep a regular tooth cleaning schedule to minimize bacteria buildup.

3. Keep An Eye On Your Kids

In Wenatchee and across America, cavities are very common in kids after the holidays. The combination of sugary foods, traveling, and interrupted daily routines can lead to serious tooth decay.

To avoid this, you should monitor the food intake of your children and ensure that they are brushing properly to remove bacteria and prevent tooth decay.

4. Watch Out For Those Sticky (Or Hard) Treats!

Sticky candies like licorice or taffy can be very dangerous for those of us with dental work like fillings or crowns.

They can adhere to dental work and pull it out, leading to an emergency dental situation during the holidays. If you have a lot of dental work such as crowns, fillings, or bridges, avoid these treats during the holidays.

You should also be careful when eating very hard food items like hard candy. Hard candy can crack your teeth, which may require a visit to an emergency dentist, like Busk Family Dentistry.

Got A Dental Issue During The Holidays? Come To Busk Family Dentistry!

We know it can be hard to get dental services in Wenatchee during the holidays. But at our family dental practice, Dr. Ryan Busk is always willing to treat all of your dental issues. From general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative treatments, we do it all, even during the holidays!

Whether a piece of candy has pulled out one of your fillings, or you think your child may have cavities due to holiday eating habits, contact us today. You can call us at (509) 662-8156, or visit our Wenatchee office at 222 N Mission St Suite D, Wenatchee, Washington, 98801.

September 23, 2017

Understanding Worn Anterior Dentition and How It Can Be Treated

Filed under: Blog,Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Ryan Busk @ 5:48 am

Our teeth do a lot for us, like helping us eat, bite, drink, speak, and more. Because of this, it should come as no surprise that, over time, teeth can become seriously worn.

Whether it’s because of a medical condition – like acid reflux or bruxism – or simply due to age, anterior teeth are especially likely to be worn down over time. Busk Family Dentistry explains the causes of worn anterior dentition to help you understand how this issue can be treated.

Defining Worn Anterior Dentition

Anterior dentition is just a fancy way of saying “front teeth.” It refers to the teeth in the front of the mouth, including the incisors and canine teeth. This is in contrast to posterior dentition, which includes the rear teeth like your molars.

Therefore, worn anterior dentition indicates that the front teeth have been worn down by force, chemical action, or another cause over time. If a large amount of enamel is missing from your front teeth, you may have worn anterior dentition.

Worn anterior dentition

The Causes of Worn Anterior Dentition

There are three primary causes of worn anterior dentition:

Erosive wear is usually caused by chemicals or acids in the mouth, which slowly erode the enamel over time. This is very common in patients with acid reflux disease because stomach acid can cause serious damage to anterior teeth. Issues like bulimia and over consumption of acidic beverages can also cause this condition.

Attrition wear is caused by teeth improperly contacting each other over time. Bruxism (teeth grinding) is the most common cause of attrition-based tooth damage, and it can result in serious damage to the teeth.

Abrasive wear is generally due to personal habits like brushing too hard, using abrasive toothpaste or toothbrushes with hard bristles, chewing tobacco, or biting the nails. Over time, abrasive forces wear away tooth enamel, leaving “V”-shaped, shiny tooth surfaces.

Treatment of Worn Anterior Dentition

Treatment of worn anterior dentition begins by understanding the cause of wear. For patients with erosive wear, lifestyle changes may be necessary, such as reducing the consumption of acidic beverages and fruits, or seeking help for medical issues like bulimia or GERD (acid reflux).

Attrition-based wear from bruxism is usually treated with a mouthguard or nightguard. Those with improper bites may require orthodontic correction.

Abrasive wear may also be treated with lifestyle changes, such as brushing less often, using non-abrasive toothpastes, and discontinuing unhealthy habits like chewing on non-food objects.

Regardless of the cause of worn anterior dentition, multiple restoration options are available. For mild cases, dental composites can be used. Made from high-quality resins, these dental composites can be shaped to attach to the worn tooth and restore the natural shape and function of the teeth. For more serious cases of worn anterior dentition, dental crowns are typically utilized to cover and restore the worn teeth.

Preventing Worn Anterior Dentition

The best way to prevent worn anterior dentition is by visiting the dentist regularly. Because worn dentition happens gradually, it’s often hard to recognize it until it’s too late, unless you’re consulting with a dental professional.

Dr. Ryan Busk can help you understand if you’re at risk of worn teeth and recommend appropriate next steps to prevent this condition from occurring, such as a mouthguard, if you have bruxism, or orthodontics that can help realign your bite and your jaw.

Avoid Wearing Down Your Teeth—Visit Busk Family Dentistry for a Checkup Today!

Whether you’re worried about worn-down teeth or you’re simply in need of a new family dentist in Leavenworth, Busk Family Dentistry is where you want to be!

Run by Dr. Ryan Busk and Dr. Janie Busk (of Cashmere Dentistry), Busk Family Dentistry is a full-service family dental care facility for both children and adults. At our warm, friendly office, Drs. Ryan and Janie Busk specialize in delivering knowledgeable, informative patient care.

Schedule an appointment today by giving us a call at (509) 662-8156, or visiting our office at 222 North Mission Street, Suite D, Wenatchee, WA, 98801!

August 5, 2017

4 Reasons Invisalign May Be the Best Choice for Your Orthodontic Needs

Filed under: Blog,Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Ryan Busk @ 7:01 am

Long gone are the days of clunky metal braces. Invisalign is now the leading clear braces alternative! By using custom plastic aligners, Invisalign can provide powerful orthodontic treatment for crooked teeth, without requiring traditional metal braces.


If that isn’t enough to persuade you, here at Busk Family Dentistry we have four more reasons why Invisalign is a choice you won’t regret:

1. An Unseen Solution

Many people are put off by the look of traditional braces; pearly whites always trump metal brackets! However, the clear plastic aligners used in Invisalign are nearly invisible to the naked eye, while still correcting crooked teeth.

This makes Invisalign a great choice for professionals! Whereas a standard pair of braces are glaringly obvious, clear aligners can correct your crooked teeth and help you achieve the smile of your dreams.

2. Saving Your Mouth

Invisalign has no brackets or wires to scrape against your lips or mouth. Since the trays are made of smooth plastic and customized to your teeth, there is little discomfort that results from the system. They can even be removed for short periods when you eat, brush and floss!

3. Fast Treatment

While using Invisalign, you will have an appointment with Dr. Busk once every 4-6 weeks. He will examine your teeth to ensure you’re making progress and provide you with your next set of 2-3 aligners. You’ll wear each set for two weeks, or longer if necessary, before moving to the next set.

These periodic appointments are quick and noninvasive. In fact, the entire Invisalign process usually only takes about a year, especially if you’re diligent about wearing your aligners. The average range for treatment times is 9-14 months, which is typically faster than traditional metal braces.

4. The Convenient Orthodontic Solution

Invisalign carries none of the restrictions that concern patients. Say goodbye to the pesky problems of traditional braces:

  • Food restrictions – Hard foods like nuts, seeds and candy can cause issues with metal braces. Other foods, like chewing gum and popcorn need to be avoided as well. Not with Invisalign! You’ll have no dietary restrictions with this removable system.
  • Activity restrictions – Braces can interfere with your ability to play contact sports or certain woodwind or brass instruments. Since invisalign is removable, you’ll never feel restricted from your favorite hobbies.
  • Issues with medical devices – The presence of metal braces can cause issues for those who need MRIs. In some cases, the removal of braces is required before an accurate scan can be performed. Plastic aligners alleviate any issues that your dental treatment may have with your overall health.

Contact Busk Family Dentistry for an Invisalign Assessment Today!

If you’re located in the Wenatchee or Leavenworth areas, and are interested in Invisalign orthodontics, Busk Family Dentistry is the best place for you! Dr. Ryan Busk is certified to provide Invisalign, and has years of orthodontic experience. Plus, our practice also provides a range of dental services, including  teeth whitening to help beautify your smile once your teeth are perfectly aligned.

If you’re interested in Invisalign, but aren’t sure if it’s the right choice for you, contact Busk Family Dentistry today! Dr. Ryan Busk or his wife, Dr. Janie Busk of Cashmere Dentistry, will examine your teeth and provide you with an assessment of your orthodontic needs.

Don’t wait! Contact Busk Family Dentistry for an appointment at (509) 662-8156, or visit our office at 222 North Mission Street, Suite D, Wenatchee, WA 98801.

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