Dentist - Dr. Amy Norman, DDS, PS

This New Toothbrush is Taking the Internet by Storm

The world’s first, fully automatic toothbrush is here and it’s taking the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter by storm. The revolutionary toothbrush concept, Amabrush, has raised over $1.4 million after setting an initial goal of $57,052.  

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Women Get Sleep Apnea, Too

When you picture the typical sleep apnea patient, what comes to mind? For many, it's an image of an overweight, middle-aged man snoring through the night. This is a common conception not only with the general population, but also with doctors, according to Dr. Amy Norman, DDS, a dentist in Everett, Washington, who treats many sleep apnea patients in her practice.  

"For years, men have been the poster children of sorts for sleep apnea," she said. "There are many reasons for this. Women are affected differently by sleep apnea in many cases and don’t always snore. They are often misdiagnosed since their symptoms don’t always align with a doctor’s idea of what a typical sleep apnea patient looks like."

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Could Estrogen Help Prevent Gum Disease?

A new study from the University of Buffalo has found that estrogen therapy to treat osteoporosis could help prevent gum disease in older women. Researchers looked at nearly 500 postmenopausal women, 365 of whom had been diagnosed with osteoporosis. Of those 365, 113 were receiving estrogen therapy as treatment for their osteoporosis. The results of the study found that that the women receiving estrogen therapy for at least six months had periodontal pockets that were shallower than those who weren’t receiving the treatment. In addition, the women receiving estrogen therapy had less space between their teeth and gums and less bleeding of the gums than those who had not been receiving the treatments. 

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Disrupted Sleep Could Increase the Risk for Alzheimer's

A new study from Washington University in St. Louis has found a link between disrupted sleep and Alzheimer’s disease. The study, conducted in partnership with Stanford University and Radbound University Medical Centre in the Netherlands and published in the medical journal Brain, shows that continued poor sleep during middle age could increase the risk for Alzheimer’s disease as the patient ages.  

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Patient Transformation: Madison

Before

Feeling confident and comfortable with your smile is something every patient wants, even our younger patients. Fourteen-year-old Madison felt insecure about her smile and rarely looked forward to having her school pictures taken each year. Her mother, Kandice, recognized this was an issue for her daughter and began researching dentists for Madison to visit. When Kandice took Madison in for consultations to see if she would be a good candidate for braces, she was shocked by the recommendations she received.

"We had [several] consults, and other practices that we visited in the area just wanted to pull teeth and put braces on to straighten the smile," Kandice said.

Kandice knew this wasn’t the route she wanted to go for her daughter, so she continued her search for a dentist who would help Madison obtain the dazzling smile she wanted without the invasive nature of tooth extractions. When she found Dr. Amy Norman, she knew it was the right fit. They chose Dr. Norman after their very first consultation.

During 

After visiting with other dentists who recommended tooth extraction for Madison, Kandice was relieved to find a dentist for her daughter who didn’t suggest that approach. Dr. Norman carefully evaluated Madison before making a recommendation on a treatment plan that would give her the results she wanted.

Dr. Norman recommended neuromuscular orthodontics in the form of braces as well as teeth whitening and gum re-contouring to give Madison a smile she could feel confident about. When Madison began her treatment plan, she knew the end goal was to give her a beautiful, healthy smile.

"I had pretty small teeth, and I had a bite that could have caused me to have migraines later in life," Madison said. "I got my braces put on in sixth grade, and I had those on for two and half years."

Throughout those two and half years, Madison saw Dr. Norman and her staff countless times to ensure her smile was shaping up the way they had laid out in her treatment plan. Madison and her mom could talk to Dr. Norman about any questions or concerns they had along the way. At each visit, Dr. Norman was meticulous about making sure Madison was happy every step of the way.

"They’re really perfectionists, and they did really well with fixing every minor detail of my smile," Madison said.

After

With her treatment complete, Madison’s smile looks completely different. Dr. Norman’s approach not only straightened Madison’s teeth, but it realigned her bite, helping prevent the development of serious health issues like TMJ or chronic migraines later in life. While aesthetically, Madison’s smile is brighter and straighter, it’s also functionally healthy. And thanks to gum recontouring, her "pretty small teeth" are now more prominent.

"I’ve seen such a major change, and I’m really happy with the work that they’ve done," Madison said. "I feel more confident. Having a nicer smile just makes you feel better. I really appreciate Dr. Norman’s work, and I’m so thankful my parents could find a doctor like her."

Kandice is equally happy with the results and is glad that she chose Dr. Norman to improve her daughter’s smile. She’s recommended Dr. Norman to several people, and each person has been more than happy with their experience.

"I believed in Dr. Norman and knew that she had the best interest of Madison and making her smile the best that it could be," Kandice said. "She is the BEST; very approachable, down to earth and wants each patient to feel special and satisfied with their experience in her office."

One of the highlights for Kandice is seeing how this experience has transformed her daughter.

"The change on the outside is amazing, but the change that it gave Madison on the inside in how she feels about herself? I would do it all over again in a heartbeat," Kandice said. "Madison feels so much more confident in her smile and as a result is much happier. Having her school pictures this year was actually an exciting experience rather than a time that she did not look forward to."

Summary

To help her daughter, Madison, feel confident in her smile, Kandice sought out a dentist that could help Madison love her smile. After consulting with multiple dentists who all recommended tooth extraction to accommodate braces, Kandice found Dr. Norman. Dr. Norman’s approach didn’t include tooth extraction, which was a plus for Kandice. After an initial consultation, Dr. Norman developed a treatment plan for Madison that included neuromuscular orthodontics in the form of braces, teeth whitening and gum recontouring. Today, Madison finally loves her smile, and those once-dreaded school pictures are something she now looks forward to every year.

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