To Floss or Not To Floss: The Goal Is To Remove Plaque

Importance Of Flossing - Omaha Cosmetic Dentist - Dr. Zuerlein

Importance Of Flossing - Omaha Cosmetic Dentist - Dr. Zuerlein

Why floss might not be enough in the removal of plaque, but cleaning between teeth is still critical.

We want to address the recent articles, news reports, and social media blog posts regarding the need to floss and the lack of scientific evidence to support it’s benefits.

This is what we do know:

  • Brushing alone is not enough.
  • A majority of people are flossing ineffectively if they floss at all.
  • People DO need to clean between their teeth.
  • Disruption of plague is the end goal.
  • We need to find easier and more effective ways to help patients clean between their teeth.

At this office, we have always recommended the Airflosser, Waterpik and Power Brushes to our patients as a means to remove plaque from your teeth. These methods are more effective at removing plaque if they are being effectively used.

We also recommend fluoride treatments and take home fluoride for adults, which is another way to reduce decay and tooth sensitivity.

Now, we are NOT telling you there is no need to floss or clean between your teeth. You need to remove the plaque buildup that occurs between your teeth in some manner to prevent inflammation (gingivitis) and tooth decay. We have several tools we can recommend to help accomplish this.

Regular oral hygiene appointments will also serve great benefit in addressing issues early. We know there is a direct correlation between your oral health and your overall health.

Is Snoring Keeping You Up At Night?

Correct Snoring and Sleep Apnea - Brian Zuerlein DDS - Omaha Cosmetic Dentist

Correct Snoring and Sleep Apnea - Brian Zuerlein DDS - Omaha Cosmetic Dentist

Do you or someone you love snore? Does snoring keep you up a night?

Dr. Zuerlein is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, specializing in snore appliance therapy and sleep apnea.

Here are some facts about snoring:

  • Researchers have found increased risk of stroke and heart attack.
  • Whole families including young children can snore.
  • Virtually all those who snore associate sleep loss with impaired work performance.
  • Snoring by a spouse or partner is the leading reason for sleep loss.

A solution to end snoring may be a well-made, well-fitted dental appliance. Contact our office today for a complimentary evaluation!

ClearCorrect and Inman Aligners: Teeth Straightening Without Metal Braces

Teeth Straightening - Brian Zuerlein DDS - Omaha Cosmetic Dentist

Teeth Straightening - Brian Zuerlein DDS - Omaha Cosmetic Dentist

Often times, we find patients are unhappy with the alignment of their teeth, but live with it since they don’t want to have braces.

Dr. Zuerlein uses two techniques to straighten teeth without the need for metal braces, ClearCorrect and Inman Aligners.


ClearCorrect aligners straighten your teeth without metal braces.

Benefits of ClearCorrect Invisible Braces for teeth straightening:

  • Invisible: These clear aligners are so subtle most people won’t even notice you are wearing them.
  • Removable: These easy to remove trays allow you to eat any foods you wish without the risk of food getting stuck.

Once we take your measurements and receive your customized aligners, you would wear a series of aligners for roughly 4-6 weeks (depending on severity of your case) and for at least 22 hours a day, over the course of several months.

Here are results that can be achieved through ClearCorrect, invisible braces.

ClearCorrect - Teeth Straightening - Dr. Zuerlein Omaha Cosmetic Dentist

Inman Aligners

The Inman Aligner is the perfect solution for teeth crowding of the front and lower teeth.

Benefits of Inman Aligners for teeth straightening:

  • Effective: These aligners work very quickly to correct crooked front and lower teeth.
  • One Appliance: You will only need one appliance to achieve great results.
  • Removable: These appliances are removed and inserted much like a retainer.

If we determine the Inman Aligner is the right solution for you, then the gentle process will guide your teeth into a straighter position over the course of 6 to 16 weeks (depending on the severity of your case).

Here are results that can be achieved through Inman Aligners, teeth straightening appliances.

Inman Aligner - Teeth Straightening - Dr. Zuerlein Omaha Cosmetic Dentist

Talk to us about which option would be best for your teeth straightening needs!

Don’t Be So Sensitive! Treating Tooth Sensitivity.

Treating Tooth Sensitivity To Hot and Cold - Brian Zuerlein DDS - Omaha Cosmetic Dentist

Treating Tooth Sensitivity To Hot and Cold - Brian Zuerlein DDS - Omaha Cosmetic Dentist

Do you suffer from tooth sensitivity cased by temperature extremes? Is it painful to sip on hot coffee or eat a bowl of ice cream?

If drinking or eating hot or cold food makes you wince, then you probably have “sensitive teeth.” Sensitivity to temperature can have many causes including:

If your teeth are causing you pain, we can find out why. Treatment may include night guards to intercept grinding, special toothpaste, and fluoride to block pain receptors, and repair decay, trauma, and enamel demineralization.

Talk to us at your next appointment or give us a call! We are here to help treat your tooth sensitivity!

Adult Fluoride? Yes Adults Need Fluoride Too!

Adult Fluoride - Preventative Dentistry - Omaha Cosmetic Dentist - Dr. Brian Zuerlein

Adult Fluoride - Preventative Dentistry - Omaha Cosmetic Dentist - Dr. Brian Zuerlein

There is an assumption that only kids need Fluoride, when in actuality adults can see major benefits in regularly receiving Adult Fluoride treatments.

According to a study by the National Institutes of Health (Winn et al, 1996) 38.2% of adults over 55 have experienced at least one incident of root caries. Even as young as 45 years old, the study indicates the occurrence of root caries in almost 30% of all adults.

According the to ADA, “Fluoridation plays a protective role against dental decay throughout life, benefitting both children and adults. Fluoride can not only stop the decay process, but also make the enamel surface more resistance to future acid attacks.

An additional benefit for adults is the prevention of root decay. Adults with gumline recession are at risk for root decay because the root surface becomes exposed to decay-causing bacteria in the mouth. Studies have demonstrated that Fluoride is incorporated into the structure of the root surface, making it more resistant to decay.”

Now, you might be asking, then why haven’t you heard about adult fluoride until now?

It has nothing to do with NOT needing Adult Fluoride treatments, as the research is clear that Fluoride IS in fact beneficial for adults.

More often then not, patients refuse Fluoride treatment as it is typically not covered by standard dental insurance policies. However, we feel it is an integral part of your oral healthcare and should be considered even if out-of-pocket.

Get Your Brightest Smile… And Keep It!

5 Simple Steps To A Brighter Smile - Brian Zuerlein DDS - Omaha Cosmetic Dentist

5 Simple Steps To A Brighter Smile - Brian Zuerlein DDS - Omaha Cosmetic Dentist

5 Simple Steps To Achieve and Keep A Healthy Smile!

1 :: Brush Regularly

Less than 50% of men and just over half of all women brush more than once a day. Take two minutes twice daily to brush with a soft brush and fluoride toothpaste. This simple habit will remove plaque before it has a change to cause decay.

2 :: Floss Daily

Flossing is not optional. Reaching between teeth and below the gumline where disease often starts, flossing removes up to 40% more plaque than brushing alone.

3 :: Eat Healthfully

Poor nutrition affects your entire body, including your ability to fight gum disease. Some nutritious foods, like strawberries, even whiten teeth!

4 :: Take Care

Avoid chewing pens or ice cubes and break nail-biting habit. Wear a mouthguard for sports that have the chance of contact.

5 :: Visit Us

Call us now to schedule your next professional cleaning appointment!

It’s always the right time to set new goals, and good health should be at the top of your list. We can take your smile one step further and transform your smile to its brightest with professional teeth whitening!

Adding More Smiles To Life: Dr. Brian Zuerlein, Omaha Cosmetic Dentist

Dr. Zuerlein Omaha Cosmetic Dentist - Smile Dentistry

Dr. Zuerlein Omaha Cosmetic Dentist - Smile Dentistry

Brain Zuerlein entered college thinking he wanted to go to medical school. But an uncle, who was a dentist, noticed his creativity and ability to work with his hands.

As a result, my uncle suggested that I take the entrance exam for dental school. I did and as a junior in college, I was accepted into dental school.
– Dr. Zuerlein

In fact, it’s the creative factor of his work that is one of the things about being a dentist Dr. Zuerlein loves. “Not only do I get to work with my hands,” elaborates Dr. Zuerlein, “but I get to make a difference in peoples’ lives by performing dental services such as cosmetic dentistry, restorations, and pain relief.”

Dr. Zuerlein’s office is located in the Westroads Office Park at 10110 Nicholas Street, Suite 101 in Omaha. Dr. Zuerlein prides himself on taking the time necessary with each patient. “I’m a stickler for doing things right,” explains Dr. Zuerlein. “This is a small dental office and the staff has been here for several years.”

“In fact some of the patients have been coming to this office for over 20 years. There’s very little turnover, so my patients know the staff. We now have families who have grown up with us; brought their children in to us and now their children are bringing in children.”

In addition to setting high standards for himself and his staff, Dr. Zuerlein stresses continuing education. “There’s always something new to learn,” says Dr. Zuerlein. “We take far more continuing education than the state requires.” Dr. Zuerlein exemplifies this in achieving Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, which only 7% of dentists accomplish.

Dr. Zuerlein offers the latest in dental technology. A service offered by Dr. Zuerlein is sleep dentistry. “Sleep issues are an enormous factor relating to heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, and diabetes,” explains Dr. Zuerlein. “It’s a vicious circle and sleep issues affect a person’s overall health and quality of life. Patients may experience daytime sleepiness, low energy, and memory problems. This can be resolved with a dental appliance that people can wear at night. Patients find enormous benefits from the appliance.”

Dr. Zuerlein is a family dentist and also offers cosmetic dental services. To discover how to benefit from excellence in dentistry, contact his office at 402.393.4400 or fill our our contact form!

{Article written by Deb O’Bryan, N2 Publishing Contributor}

Inman Aligners for Minor Tooth Movement

Inman Aligner For Tooth Alignment - Zuerlein Dental - Omaha Cosmetic Dentist

Inman Aligners are a simple appliance that can correct minor tooth realignment easily and quickly!

Inman Aligner For Tooth Alignment - Zuerlein Dental - Omaha Cosmetic Dentist


Used to correct upper and lower anterior crowding quickly and easily, with one pre-adjusted appliance. Inman Aligner is one of the fastest ways to straighten anterior teeth in weeks versus months.


  1. You only need one Appliance.
  2. Very cost effective compared to other teeth straightening systems.
  3. Fits tightly when you insert it, helping reinforce teeth alignment.
  4. You only need to wear the appliance 16–20 hours per day and it can be removed when eating.


Our patients have been very pleased with the results we have achieved from using the Inman Aligner.

Cosmetic Dentistry Overcrowding of Lower Teeth Corrected With Inman Aligner - Zuerlein Dental


Zuerlein Dental, Cosmetic Dentistry, Inman Aligners


Learn more about Inman Aligners and ask Dr. Zuerlein if they are the solution for you!

Smile Makeover :: Missing Two Front Teeth Replaced With A Bridge

Omaha Cosmetic Dentist, Brian Zuerlein - Smile Makeover, Crowns, Bridges

After a root canal surgery, our patient had to have her two front teeth extracted. In order to restore her smile, Dr. Zuerlein replaced the two missing teeth with an upper bridge as well as crowns.

This smile makeover has help our patient regain her confidence and laugh with ease again!

Omaha Cosmetic Dentist - Brian Zuerlein - Smile Makeover - Crowns and Bridges

Here is what our patient had to say about her experience with Omaha Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Zuerlein:

“I had ceramic veneers on my upper teeth for many years and was generally pleased so when my two upper middle teeth had to be removed following root canal surgery I was thrown for a loop?  I shouldn’t have been! Dr. Zuerlein gave me a great new look with a permanent bridge that spans six front teeth. In the process I became more confident and am more spontaneous when I smile and laugh. The result is so natural looking that friends have a hard time believing I’ve had so much dental work done. Dr. Zuerlein and his entire team are skilled professionals who employ state-of-the-art techniques in a modern and patient-friendly facility. I actually look forward to keeping my appointments and consider them an opportunity to visit with long-time friends!”

Dental Checkups Are Essential

Why Dental Check-ups Are Essential - Brian W Zuerlein DDS

Dental Checkups - DBZ

Open wide for health!

Even if you are the most diligent brusher and heroic flosser, there are simply things that your dentist or dental hygienist can detect that you can’t Our goal is to catch and treat problems early, before they become major issues.

We will look for:

  • signs of gum disease
  • cavities, root cavities, and cavities under existing fillings
  • signs of oral cancer
  • deterioration of fillings, crowns, or other dental work
  • hairline tooth fractures
  • impacted wisdom teeth
  • just to name a few!

Regular visits to our practice may also aid in the early detection of chronic health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes which can have specific symptoms that appear in the mouth.

Call us today to ensure your recur appointments are on track. We want to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and a happy smile!