Valparaiso (219) 531-8914
951 Southpoint Dr.
Valparaiso, IN 46385
Chesterton (219) 926-5445
1830 South 11th Street
Chesterton, IN 46304

November 18, 2015

For Dentures, Valparaiso comes to Smiles by Arnold

denturesDentures are an excellent choice for tooth replacement if you are missing one, several or all of your teeth along one or both arches. With dentures—whether a full denture to replace an entire arch or a partial denture that replaces a few teeth within one arch—you can enjoy a complete and healthy diet and you can speak and smile with confidence. At Smiles by Arnold, with offices conveniently located in both Valparaiso, IN, and Chesterton, IN, you can be sure that the dentures you receive will fit comfortably and restore your functional and beautiful smile.

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October 13, 2015

Porcelain Veneers Valparaiso Seeks for Celebrity Smiles

woman with a beautiful smile thanks to the the porcelain veneers Valparaiso residents loveAs a busy, confident adult, you need to put your best impression forward daily. Maybe it’s part of your job, or perhaps you just like feeling and looking good every day, no matter the occasion. Have you looked at your teeth lately? Your smile is probably the thing people remember the most about you — and you should make sure it looks as dazzling as possible. You don’t need severely stained or damaged teeth to be a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry. If you think your teeth could benefit from a spruce up this fall, keep reading to learn what the team at Smiles by Arnold can do for you with porcelain veneers in Valparaiso and Chesterton, IN!

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Learn More About Dental Implants Northwest Indiana

Senior woman with a beautiful smile thanks to dental implants valparaiso residents loveMaybe it was an unexpected accident that did it. Possibly years of lazy care. Or it could have just been unlucky genes. Whatever the cause, now you’ve got one or more missing teeth — and they’ve got to be replaced. Gaps in a smile affect your self-confidence, but that’s obvious. They also make it difficult to eat, chew and speak — and that’s just the beginning of it. Did you know that dental implants come pretty darn close to being a complete natural tooth replacement? That’s right — find out more and see if you’re a good candidate for dental implants at Smiles by Arnold in Northwest Indiana.

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September 14, 2015

Healthy Teeth Healthy Life from the Family Dentist Northwest Indiana Prefers

woman with a beautiful smile and grocery sack filled with healthy foods recommended by the family dentist chesterton lovesIf eating broccoli caused heart disease, stroke, kidney and liver failure, diabetes, and pre-term or low-weight birth, would you stop eating broccoli? For many US adults, it seems that there is an endless list of things that are bad for you, and need to be given up smoking, drinking alcohol, eating sugary foods, eating carbs, drinking coffee. It’s never ending. What if we told you that there was an easy way to reduce your risk for numerous systemic illnesses without giving anything up? At Smiles by Arnold & Associates, we want patients to understand that maintaining oral health with regular brushing, flossing, and visits to our convenient Valpariaso, IN office significantly decreases the likelihood of developing numerous chronic illnesses. Call to find out more about your oral and whole body health or to schedule an appointment with our Chesteron, IN team.

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September 1, 2015

Relieving Dental Anxiety with Sedation Dentistry Chesterton Trusts

Woman relaxed at the dentist thaks to sedation dentistry chesterton trustsWhen it comes to sedation dentistry Chesterton trusts, Smiles by Arnold & Associates has you covered. Our skilled practitioners offer oral conscious sedation to help patients with dental anxiety or phobia relax at the dentist. In the safety of our Chesterton dental practice, our team can prescribe and monitor the effects of oral sedatives to decrease pain and sensitivity, and soothe away dental fear. If you or a loved one puts off visiting the dentist, or cancels dental appointments regularly due to stress, call our Valparaiso, IN dental practice to find out more about our outstanding sedation dentistry. We’re happy to help you fully understand your needs, the effects of dental sedation, and answer any questions you have about dental treatments offered by the sedation dentist Northwest Indiana prefers.

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August 5, 2015

Is Invisalign Right For Me? Find Out!

Invisible braces can give you a beautiful smile.A perfectly straight smile is something to behold. It’s almost like one of the great wonders of the world. Chances are the next straight smile you see isn’t natural, nor was it a perfect combination of the mouth making all the right movements. For older patients who have had teeth-straightening treatment, the only method they’re familiar with is traditional braces. That’s no knock on metal braces – they get the job done, albeit with longer treatment time and more pain involved. But all in all, the goal is achieved and everyone is happy. Just think what you could do with a lot less treatment time and getting the same results that metal braces offer. You could spend more time living your life without having to worry about whether or not the treatment is working. We’re proud to introduce the Invisalign teeth-straightening system. It’s helped countless teens and adults help get the smiles of their dreams. Our office in Valparaiso, IN specializes in offering this straightening treatment. Once you experience the Invisalign difference, you’ll never want to opt for other straightening treatment. It’s the real deal. Dr. Jim Arnold is the family dentist Northwest Indiana can count on to deliver fantastic results.

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Enjoy Total Comfort with Dentures

Dentures can relieve your mouth pain.When teeth go missing, it’s never good. There are many reasons for why teeth go missing and most often it’s the result of patients not receiving adequate treatment for dental health issues. Having missing teeth isn’t healthy. It’s unsightly and can be detrimental to your overall health. Dentures, though usually reserved for older patients, are an acceptable form of treatment for patients of all ages should they choose to receive this type of treatment. We’re here to tell you that you can rid yourself of the pain and discomfort of dealing with missing teeth and receive the smile you deserve. With dentures, you can restore your mouth back to its proper function and enjoy smiling with gorgeous-looking teeth. Our office in Valparaiso, IN has the denture treatment you’re looking for. Dr. Jim Arnold is the family dentist Northwest Indiana residents can trust to get their smiles looking beautiful once again.

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July 25, 2015

Smiles by Arnold: The Implant Dentist Northwest Indiana Turns to for Complete Smiles

ThinkstockPhotos-177257483Did you know that more than 35 million Americans do not have any teeth, and 178 million people are missing at least one tooth? And as baby boomers age, those numbers are expected to increase over the next 20 years. If you happen to be one in those millions, then you know the problems that accompany missing teeth. You may be reluctant to smile; maintaining a healthy diet can be more challenging because you can’t easily chew many foods, such as raw fruits and vegetables; and you may even have difficulty speaking clearly. Fortunately, there is a tooth replacement option that closely resembles the structure and appearance of a natural tooth.  If you have one or more missing teeth, then consider dental implants from Smiles by Arnold with offices in Chesterton, IN, as well as Valparaiso, IN.

Dental Implants Northwest Indiana Trusts

Unlike the other tooth replacement options, such as dentures and bridges, dental implants restore both the crown—the visible portion of a tooth—as well as the root. Moreover, with proper care including good oral hygiene at home and regular checkups with your dentist at Smiles by Arnold, an implant can last for a lifetime.

When you come to the implant dentist Valparaiso relies on for complete restorative care, we’ll make sure you don’t have any other oral health problems that would need addressing before we begin the dental implant procedure. Once we determine that you are a qualified candidate, the first step toward your new and complete smile is minor oral surgery. During this procedure, one of our dentists surgically implants a small titanium post in the jaw bone beneath the open socket of your missing tooth. If you have more than one missing tooth, then we can strategically place several posts to firmly hold a denture or bridge in place. As you heal, the bone grows over the post, creating a solid foundation for your new tooth restoration. In addition, this biocompatible post encourages new bone growth, helping you avoid the sunken face that many people with missing teeth have.

When you’re completely healed, our doctors will either cement a durable replacement tooth to the post or attach a full or partial denture. Your ability to speak properly, chew your favorite meals, and smile fully will be restored.

Schedule an Appointment

If you’d like to have a consultation about dental implants or any of our other restorative treatments, then call Smiles by Arnold. With offices in Valparaiso, IN, and Chesterton, IN, we also conveniently serve people from Portage, Porter, La Porte, Michigan City, and Wheeler and nearby NWI cities.

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July 15, 2015

Brushing and Flossing According to the Dentist Valparaiso, IN, Depends on for Healthy Smiles

As the family dentist Northwest Indiana trusts, Dr. Jim Arnold and his team of dentists and hygienists want to be your partners in helping you enjoy the best dental and oral health. That’s why we’d like to offer our patients in Valparaiso, IN, and Chesterton, IN, and the surrounding communities a few tips on how best to brush and floss your teeth. We all know that your home hygiene routine is essential, but that routine is only as effective as your technique. So, what does it take to brush and floss your teeth well? Let’s find out.

Brushing and Flossing Properly

ThinkstockPhotos-480320367Always use a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. Soft bristles clean well, and unlike hard bristles that may scratch the enamel surface of your teeth, soft bristles are gentle on your teeth. Fluoride is a mineral that has been proven to strengthen enamel, thereby helping you avoid tooth decay.

Brush your teeth for at least two minutes. Place the brush at a 45-degree angle to the tooth surface. Be sure to brush the sides and chewing surface of each tooth, using a short back-and-forth motion. Brushing the interior side of your front teeth—both upper and lower—is especially important, because tartar can build up here. Finally, don’t forget to brush your tongue in order to remove bacteria and maintain fresh breath.

ThinkstockPhotos-518877729Floss in between teeth to remove plaque and food residues. Flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth, because doing so removes bacteria and food particles that may be trapped between your teeth. Use about 18 inches of floss, gently let your index fingers and thumbs guide the floss between your teeth. Wrap the floss around each tooth and gently follow the curves of your teeth as you move the floss up and down. Then floss the other side. Flossing helps to remove sticky plaque that can accumulate between teeth and cause tooth decay or gum disease.Small interdental brushes help floss around dental implants, fixed bridgework and wire and bracket braces.

Change your toothbrush regularly. The American Dental Association recommends changing out your toothbrush every three months. And be sure to throw away your toothbrush after you’ve had a cold or the flu.

Call Our Office Today

Of course, regular dental exams and cleanings are important, too. If you’d like to learn more about oral hygiene at home, or if you need to schedule a checkup, call Smiles by Arnold, the family dentist Valparaiso, IN, and Chesterton, IN, rely on for healthy and happy smiles. We also conveniently serve people from Portage, Porter, La Porte, Michigan City, and Wheeler and nearby NWI cities.

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June 25, 2015

Visit the finest Valparaiso and Chesterton, IN family dentist: Smiles by Arnold & Associates

Filed under: Family,Family Dentistry — tntwp @ 2:04 pm

Sealants protect young molars against cavities.Not only do adults need excellent dental care, but kids and teens do as well. Check-ups, x-rays, and cleanings ensure good oral health by detecting cavities, gum disease, bite problems and even oral cancers at their earliest stages. Restoration and cosmetic improvements round out the dental services offered by Smiles by Arnold, Valparaiso and Chesterton, IN family dentists.

A founder of the World Institute for Dental Education, Dr. Jim Arnold brings a wealth of skills, training and high quality tools and materials to his family dental offices in Valparaiso and Chesterton, Indiana. He joins with his team of associate dentists, Doctors Lisa Shideler, Natalie Wargo and Leslie Clevenger, to devote time, compassion and experience to the practice of family dentistry.


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Conquer Your Fear with the Sedation Dentist Chesterton and Valparaiso, IN, Trust

ThinkstockPhotos-470830204Fear is a funny emotion. Have you ever noticed that once you do the thing you fear, you don’t fear it anymore? For example, with encouragement you could probably ride that roller coaster that looks like so much fun if you could just get past that first enormous drop! And you could probably have the smile of your dreams if you could overcome your fear of the dentist and the dentist’s office. But who will help you conquer that fear? Well, believe it or not, the dentist may be the best person for that. At Smiles by Arnold in Chesterton, IN, and Valparaiso, IN, our dentists and their team use sedation dentistry to quiet your fear and anxiety, so you can have the general, restorative or cosmetic dentistry treatments you need.

If you’re afraid of going to the dentist, then you’re not alone. Conservative estimates reveal that between nine and 20 percent of Americans avoid the dentist because of fear or anxiety. And the reasons people fear the dentist are varied:

  • Fear of pain, which usually results from an early dental experience that left a lingering memory
  • Fear of the equipment in a dentist’s office, including the drill as well as needles for injections and other sharp instruments
  • Fear of anesthesia, or that feeling of numbness that a local anesthetic causes
  • Fear of embarrassment and the loss of your personal space when the dentist or dental hygienist is working so close to your face

Sedation Dentistry Northwest Indiana Depends on from Smiles by Arnold

Our number one priority at Smiles by Arnold is to help you have a healthy and beautiful smile. So, if fear is keeping you from that, then please talk to one of us. Sometimes, just knowing exactly what will take place during your appointment can calm your fear. However, when talking about your fear just isn’t enough, we have a sedation dentistry treatment that can do the trick.

With oral conscious sedation, one of our dentists prescribe a mild anti-anxiety medication that you will take at a predetermined time before your appointment. With this little pill, you’ll be able to relax and have the dental work you need. You may even doze off during your procedure. A word of caution: oral conscious sedation requires you to have a family member or friend drive you to and from your appointment.

Call Our Office Today

To schedule an appointment with the sedation dentist Valparaiso, IN, and Chesterton, IN, turn to for the best dental care, call smiles by Arnold today. We also conveniently serve people from Portage, Porter, La Porte, Michigan City, and Wheeler and nearby NWI cities.

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April 24, 2015

For Sleep Apnea, Northwest Indiana turns to Smiles by Arnold

474189791If you can’t remember the last time you had a good night’s sleep, because you or the person next to you snores, then the solution may not be sleeping on the couch. The cure, in fact, may be sleep apnea therapy. Sleep apnea is a chronic condition and one of the more common—and noisier—symptoms is snoring. For sleep apnea, Northwest Indiana trusts the treatment provided by the dentists and staff at Smiles by Arnold in Valparaiso, IN, and Chesterton, IN.

Sleep Apnea is actually the cessation of breathing while a person sleeps. The most common form of this condition is obstructive sleep apnea. In this case, soft tissue in the throat, and especially the tongue, relax during sleep and tend to fall back, blocking the airway. As the diameter of the airway shrinks, the result is snoring. And while the person snoring may not recognize this insufficient amount of oxygen, the brain certainly does and awakens the body to restart breathing. Believe it or not, this can happen over and over again throughout the night up to 100 times! That adds up to a lot of missed sleep. No wonder people with sleep apnea often complain of exhaustion during the day.

Daytime sleepiness isn’t the only side effect of sleep apnea. Other signs and symptoms include:

  • High blood pressure, stroke and cardiovascular disease
  • Morning headaches
  • Depression
  • Acid reflux
  • Dry mouth
  • Impaired concentration
  • Impotence

Treating Sleep Apnea: Northwest Indiana Chooses Smiles by Arnold

For years, the most reliable treatment for sleep apnea has been a CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, machine. The fact of the matter is, however, most patients don’t like to wear a CPAP. Alternatively, we can fabricate an oral appliance that will help open your airway and reduce the severity of your sleep apnea. These oral appliances work by shifting your lower jaw forward, thereby preventing your tongue and throat tissue from falling back and blocking your airway.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you suspect that you or someone near and dear may have sleep apnea, then call Smiles by Arnold. With offices in Valparaiso, IN, and Chesterton, IN, we also conveniently serve people from Portage, Porter, La Porte, Michigan City, and Wheeler and nearby NWI cities.

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