Treatment options to improve smile symmetry

As we go through life, we notice there are many folks that naturally bring their hand to their mouth when they smile. Generally, that is because there is something about their smile they do not like and wish to hide. If you are one of those people, a visit to your dentist to discuss dental veneers in Grapevine TX can change that for you.

A dental veneer is a shell like covering that is attached to the front of your tooth. It is used to correct many dental imperfections such as stained or discolored teeth, chipped or cracked teeth, gaps or spaces between teeth or misaligned, crooked teeth. Another situation suited for dental veneers is for the person with dental decay, but the tooth is still healthy enough to save. A veneer not only covers, but improves the stability of that tooth.

A cosmetic dentist can work wonders developing dental veneers that will closely match the shape and shade of your untreated teeth making your dental veneers almost undetectable. And by placing the veneers over your own teeth, you are merely covering up those imperfections with a minimally invasive procedure, as little of your own dental enamel is removed prior to placing the veneers.

The material used to make your dental veneers can be made of porcelain or a resin composite material. Based on the advice of your dentist, the veneers you select will be bonded to your teeth providing not only a new look for you, but some added strength and durability for your teeth.

Once veneers are placed, they cannot be whitened so it is best to whiten your teeth to improve your smile before getting dental veneers.

So whether you are looking to improve one or several teeth, you can transform your smile with this quick, painless procedure. Call 817-485-2111 to schedule an appointment today! Your new dental makeover from Anderson Dentistry will offer you the confidence boost you’ve never thought possible. Your dental veneers will not require any special treatment or care. Excellent hygiene habits like brushing and flossing daily, and twice yearly professional cleanings and exams are all your new veneers need to keep them looking bright and straight for many, many years.

Complete vs. Partial Denture

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When discussing dentures, there are basically two types. A complete denture is required when it is being used to replace all the teeth in the upper or lower arch. A partial denture replaces one or a few teeth. A visit to your dentist in Colleyville to discuss dentures, and whether or not you are a candidate for this treatment, may provide the answers you have been looking for to resolve your dental issues.

For many who face the loss of their teeth, a denture can offer much needed relief from the embarrassment and inconvenience of that loss. If you need to fill a gap for one or a couple of missing teeth, a partial denture may be your answer. Basically, a partial denture is a removable appliance that is made to attach to remaining teeth. The teeth in a partial are made to match the shape and shade of the surrounding teeth, and are held in place using metal framework.

If you are facing the loss of all the teeth in either your upper or lower arch, a complete denture will be required. There are essentially two types of complete dentures – a conventional denture is provided after the teeth have been removed and healing has taken place. An immediate denture is put in place immediately after the teeth have been removed. Of course, the advantage of an immediate denture is that you are never without teeth.

However, no matter what type of denture you receive, the bones and gum tissue in your mouth will shrink over time once your original teeth have been removed. An immediate denture might require more dental adjustments than a traditional denture. A traditional denture is fitted generally after the healing process is nearly completed allowing for a more natural fit.

There are other options you may wish to discuss with your dentist such as a bridge or dental implants, but these procedures are considered permanent, and may not be suitable for your needs.

Whether or not you proceed with a denture, the need to eliminate a gap or open space in your gum tissue is critical to keeping your remaining teeth from shifting out of place. Eating, smiling and speaking are generally enhanced once your denture is in place as well. Our dentists at Anderson Dentistry will be able to explain all of the benefits you will have and the options available to you with a denture procedure.

Teeth grinding and clenching: Causes and treatment

There are numerous causes that can result in teeth grinding and clenching. The dental term for this condition is bruxism, and seeing your dentist in Colleyville TX may result in determining those causes and solutions to relieve or eliminate them altogether.

Possibly the number one reason for grinding your teeth can be attributed to stress. Many of us face stress and anxiety in our day to day lives. Stress can have you grinding your teeth in your sleep, and you don’t even realize you’re doing it until you’ve already sustained damage. You can be unconsciously clenching throughout the day too, and until you feel pain or even break a tooth, you’re unaware of this action. Of course, if you are seeing your dentist consistently for exams, the symptoms of this habit may be caught before extensive damage can occur.

Misaligned or crooked teeth can also contribute to grinding and clenching. When teeth don’t meet correctly, this grinding action can force more damage by wearing down your teeth. When this happens, a multitude of problems such as dental decay and jaw pain are more likely to occur.

What can you do if you suffer from bruxism? There are remedies you can try on your own, but the most corrective action is to visit your dentist to be fitted with a mouth guard. There are several types of mouth guards made in different sizes and grades of plastic that when worn during the night will help you break the habit of grinding your teeth.

Other things you can try to ease grinding include eliminating the source. If you grind due to stress, just being conscious of this fact and talking to yourself before bed might help. Try to focus on peaceful, relaxing thoughts leaving the stress of the day behind. Daily exercise is also helpful in easing stress, but avoid exercising just before bed.

Consuming caffeine and alcohol can contribute to grinding during the night. Also the mere action of chewing, whether it is gum, pencil tops, ice or anything else you randomly chew on throughout the day will help stimulate the chewing action during the night.

If you feel you suffer from bruxism, a visit to Anderson Dentistry will most certainly help you find the causes of grinding and offer you answers. If your daily stress is extreme, our dentists might refer you to a professional that can address your anxiety. But, our dental office should be your first stop to get to the root of grinding before further damage can be done. Call 817-485-2111 to schedule an appointment today!