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3 Questions You Should Ask at Your Cosmetic Dental Consultation

April 3, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — dthouston @ 7:05 pm
person at cosmetic dental consultation

Feeling self-conscious about dental imperfections like crooked, chipped, discolored, or gapped teeth is common. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry provides various solutions to address these issues, greatly enhancing your smile and improving your quality of life. Before starting any treatment, it’s important to align your goals with your dentist. The first step in transforming your smile is a consultation, where your dentist can learn about your dental history and objectives. This is also a great time for you to ask questions and seek clarification. To help you make informed decisions, here are three essential questions to ask during your consultation.


What Should I Know About Invisalign Before Committing to It?

March 13, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — dthouston @ 7:28 pm
Lady thinks something over

While traditional metal braces have effectively treated alignment issues for decades, many people are put off by the thought of having to wear conspicuous and often pointy irremovable metal appliances in their mouths for one or several years. Luckily, Invisalign is an easier and more convenient way to address alignment issues, and it uses removable and virtually invisible clear aligners (also called trays) to do it. If you’re considering Invisalign, here are a few things you should know before committing to the treatment.


How Long Does It Take to Straighten My Teeth with Invisalign?

January 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — dthouston @ 11:09 pm
Lady shows off pretty smile

Many people want to straighten their teeth but are reluctant to commit to the conspicuous metal parts and dietary restrictions that come with traditional braces. Thankfully, Invisalign has allowed many patients to straighten out their smiles in a virtually invisible manner and in less time than would be necessary with braces. Here’s a quick overview of how long you can expect an Invisalign treatment to last and how your oral health can make it longer or shorter.


Tooth Troubles: 3 Issues That Can be Improved with Cosmetic Dentistry

November 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dthouston @ 6:42 pm
Woman with brown hair having veneer placed and looking in mirror

Did you know that people with dental problems are more likely to report feelings of depression and unworthiness? As a result, they’re less likely to engage with others or participate in activities that show off their teeth. That means oral issues can leave you feeling so self-conscious that it impacts your overall quality of life.

Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can mend or hide imperfections to elevate your appearance. Before your dentist can help you, however, they’ll need to know what it is that you want to upgrade. Keep reading to learn about 3 typical concerns and their solutions.


Can Implants Replace Your Existing Restorations?

September 21, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dthouston @ 10:55 am
A dentist pointing to a model dental implant held by a patient

If you’ve lost any teeth, you may have a denture or dental bridge. That’s only natural – those prosthetics do a good job of restoring smiles. However, perhaps you’d prefer to have dental implants. In that case, you may ask yourself a tricky question: Can implants replace existing restorations? As it turns out, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” To learn more, let your Houston dentist give you the details. Learn how implants can replace your existing dentures or dental bridges.


Are Dental Implants Stronger Than Natural Teeth?

July 20, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dthouston @ 7:19 am
A 3D illustration of a dental implant next to natural teeth

If you suffer from tooth loss, odds are you know about dental implants. These prosthetics can restore all sorts of smiles. That said, you might wonder: Are dental implants stronger than natural teeth? It’s easy to question their durability, especially compared to regular pearly whites. Well, implants really are more robust than ordinary chompers. If you’d like to learn why, your Houston dentist can explain. Here’s a summary of how implants stay stronger than natural teeth and their other benefits.


Can Invisalign Help with TMJ Disorder?

May 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dthouston @ 6:05 pm
a closeup of a patient holding their Invisalign aligner

Invisalign is one of the hottest dental treatments around, and many patients recognize these clear aligners as a quicker and more subtle alternative to traditional braces. However, some wonder if Invisalign can be used to address other issues, including those that affect their temporomandibular joints (also referred to as TMJ disorder). Keep reading to learn more about why these types of issues should always be resolved and how Invisalign can help!


How Many Hours Per Day Should I Wear My Dentures?

March 5, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dthouston @ 9:05 pm
a closeup of full dentures

Dentures are one of the most popular, tried-and-true solutions available when it comes to replacing missing teeth; they’ve assisted generations of patients with compromised smiles and given them a second chance at normal oral functionality. However, even though they’re meant to replace missing teeth, did you know that they aren’t intended to be worn 24/7? Here’s more from your dentist about some of the problems that can arise if you aren’t taking your dentures out often enough, along with some tips for ensuring they continue to serve you well.


Busting 5 Common Myths About Gum Disease

November 8, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — dthouston @ 6:21 pm
woman demonstrating gum disease myths in Houston

Other than cavities, gum disease is one of the most prevalent oral health issues people struggle with. However, as long as you know how to prevent and address the situation early on, you’ll be able to maintain a strong and healthy smile. That said, you may have heard rumors about this condition that can easily make you misinformed. Read on to learn about five of the most common gum disease myths and why they aren’t true!


Have TMJ Disorder? Stop Doing These 6 Things

October 31, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — dthouston @ 2:28 pm
Woman chewing on pencil, a bad habit for people with TMJ disorder

TMJ disorder, also known as TMJ dysfunction or simply TMD, is a common problem that afflicts the joint connecting the lower jaw to the rest of the skull (called the TMJ). TMD can cause chronic jaw pain and a number of other unpleasant symptoms. If you believe you have this condition, you should certainly seek out professional care. In the meantime, you may be able to find a degree of relief by adjusting your daily habits. Here are six activities you should avoid in order to reduce your TMD discomfort:

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