It can be overwhelming for dental patients today to select a dentist who will not only make them feel comfortable but, just as importantly, one who can provide the range of services that will enable them to have “one-stop” convenience and avoid the hassle of running to different dental practices to receive the services and treatments they need and desire. Today’s blog will focus on the relationship between general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry.

General dentists are dedicated to preventing and treating oral disease such as cavities and gum disease. If you visit a general dentist and a problem is diagnosed, he or she will assess the best way to restore the tooth involved.

Cosmetic dentists perform elective dental procedures developed specifically to make your smile more attractive. Cosmetic dentistry procedures available include teeth whitening, tooth-colored fillings, Invisalign invisible braces, veneers, inlays, and dental crowns.

Dallas, TX Cosmetic Dentist offers both general and cosmetic dentistry procedures. In some cases, there is a restorative procedure will include a cosmetic element. For example, if one of our patients comes in after sustaining a chipped front tooth, the tooth will need to be restored to prevent decay. Because of the chip, the tooth is also not as sound structurally, so it is more vulnerable to further damage. In this hypothetical case, the tooth also affects the overall appearance of the smile. Depending on the extent and type of damage, there are several restorative options. Dental bonding, porcelain veneers (or Lumineers) and crowns are all used to repair a damaged tooth.

As you can see, there is not always a definitive line between general and cosmetic dentistry. At our Dallas, TX Dental Office, our team provides full spectrum of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental procedures in a state-of-the-art, comfortable environment.

Many patients express embarrassment because their teeth are not as white nor their smile as dazzling as it once was. They’re quick to point out that they’ve always been diligent with their oral hygiene and don’t understand why the methods they’ve been using have not kept the whiteness of their teeth at the optimum level.

In a world that places so much emphasis on beauty and now on beautiful white smiles, it’s easy to understand this concern. But it’s important to understand that many factors contribute to the whiteness of your teeth. A major factor in the whiteness of your smile is simply nature. Some people’s teeth are inherently more yellow in color. This is not a defect, and the simple explanation for this is that the enamel (the outermost layer) of your teeth is more translucent, making the underlying yellow dentin more apparent.

As it does with so many physical aspects, age can also cause discoloration of our teeth. No matter how much care you take with your oral hygiene, the enamel becomes slightly pitted and worn, allowing staining agents to gradually discolor your teeth. The wearing of the enamel also makes the underlying yellowish dentin more noticeable

Stain producing substances that you ingest are also responsible for a vast majority of tooth discolorations: tobacco, coffee, tea, dark sodas (such as cola), red wine, dark fruit juices (grape, cranberry), blueberries, soy sauce and tomato sauce. Obviously, it’s not necessary or even advisable to cut out all these foods completely, but you have a better chance of maintaining a healthy, white smile if you remember to brush or at least rinse your mouth after eating these foods.

A beautiful white smile is one of your greatest assets and the first thing people notice about you. It’s an important part of that vital first impression. Rest assured your Dallas, TX Dental Office has several tooth whitening options that can get you on your way to the bright sparkling smile you’ve always wanted.

I’ve had many patients express concern to me about the possible need for dentures. They tell me that they’d rather go through just about any dental procedure except the prospect of having dentures. They remember their parents’ constant complaints about slipping, and irritation and discomfort. I am happy to allay their fears and tell them that, along with many other advances in modern dentistry, the design and materials used in dentures have improved significantly. The beauty of dentures today is that they are designed to be comfortable and functional. They are very similar in appearance to natural teeth and can improve your smile and facial appearance.

What are dentures?

A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and can even enhance your smile. Very detailed impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create dentures that are custom-fit to your mouth. At Dallas, TX Cosmetic Dentist dentures are crafted using a softer, flexible polymer rather than traditional rigid metal. Your dentures will be gently custom-fit to your mouth, ensuring that they fit comfortably and securely enabling you to speak and eat with ease.

What are dentures made of?

Patients have many options of materials to choose from that can affect the aesthetic results as well as the comfort level afforded the wearer. Today’s polymer dentures offered by Dallas, TX Smile Studio are more flexible so they are naturally more comfortable as well as being more natural-looking than plastic dentures. For example, plastic dentures are very rigid resulting in soreness of the gums and cheek tissue. In addition to being rigid and uncomfortable, plastic dentures are also less durable. Polymer dentures are somewhat more expensive, but most people do not mind paying the extra cost to gain the advantages of polymer dentures.

How long will polymer dentures last?

Today’s polymer dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years. However, as with any dental appliance they may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted at some point in the future due to normal wear.

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