Advanced Family Dentistry of Cape Cod

Up to date. Down to earth. Close to home.

  • Dr. William Scheier
  • 56 Eldredge Park Way, P.O. Box 2732
    Orleans, MA 02653
  • (508) 255-2511

Trends In Dentistry

1. Mouthguards and Nightguards-

Mouthguards - Standard or "over the counter" mouthguards do not provide proper protection against concussions, injuries to the brain, neck, and central nervous system, or jaw fractures. New technologies in materials and appliances are available to afford the proper protection and in some cases even enhance athletic performance.  For further information please visit

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Nightguards - Again, generic, store bought guards do not normally achieve the benefits of one made by a dentist or dental lab. Custom made night guards are used for a variety of reasons and indications. Nightguards are one of the most underused preventive appliances in dentistry. They can be used to prevent many problems such as cracking and/or tooth wear from grinding, hypersensitivity, jaw pain, and loosening of teeth due to gum disease. 

2. Temperomandibular Disorder Appliances

A variation of the nightguard, the TMD appliance helps millions of Americans who suffer from chronic jaw, facial or neck pain. Symptoms include:

  • pain in the jaw area
  • pain, ringing or stuffiness in ears
  • frequent headaches or neck aches
  • clicking or popping when the jaw moves
  • swelling on sides of the face
  • muscle spasms in jaw area
  • a change in the alignment of the teeth
  • jaw stuck in closed position or open position

Dr. Scheier and his staff can decide which type of appliance is the best for you. 

3. Snore Guards and Sleep Apnea Appliances

Dr. Scheier is an active member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, a rapidly growing field in Dental Medicine.This is an  area of practice that focuses on the management of sleep-related breathing disorders including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, with oral appliance therapy (OAT) and upper airway surgery.  Dr. Scheier works with your physician       

Dr. Scheier will work in conjunction with your physician to evaluate if you are a candidate of a jaw-repositioning. This has in many cases eliminated devices such as the CPAP machine, and can improve the quality of a persons life.


4. Digital Radiographs

Rather than cumbersome and outdated film, chemicals and methods, Advanced Family Dentistry utilizes digital x-rays. These use a sensor and reguire significantly less radiation to the patient while producing highly detailed images to our computers. These can be enhanced to aid in the diagnostic procedure, allowing for earlier detection and therefore simpler treatment options. 

5. Intra-oral camera

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. This is especially true when it comes to your dental health. Photographic documentation aids in recordkeeping and explaining treatment reasoning, and also maximizes insurance benefits. 

6. Smile Vision

Dr. Scheier uses a digital imaging photography software which allows you to "see into the future" with regards to your smile. This will provide images of  what can be achieved to enhance your smile.

 7. Diagnodent

One of the most important things that we can do for our patients is to provide early detection. Diagnodent is a new means of detecting early decay, especially in children. Using this technology allows us to catch decay sooner and limit treatment, as the "fillings" are simpler and shallower, and without repeated xrays.

8. Extraoral Radiographs

We have a new x-ray machine that takes all images externally.  We no longer have to place sensors in your mouth for routine x-ray imaging.  This machine further decreases the dose of radiation (even less than the already reduced radiation dose of our current digital x-rays)




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