When you look at your smile in the mirror, are you happy with what you see? If you’re like millions of others, you may have cosmetic imperfections like chips, cracks, or gaps in your teeth. These problems take away from your natural beauty, but they also can impact your confidence and self-esteem. Thankfully, your dentist offers veneers and cosmetic bonding as amazing options to get your smile back to its dazzling appearance. But which treatment is right for you? Keep reading to learn the answer!
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These are not your Parent’s bridges. This is what 2011 dentistry can now provide: Metal-Free Porcelain Bridges. If you’ve always hated your crowns or bridges that show metal or have that Gray/Black line around the gumline, we can now provide a better, cosmetic alternative.
However, don’t go to just any office for cosmetic treatment. Great results like you see above don’t just happen. It takes planning. It takes a diagnostic wax-up so we can exactly mock-up what everything will look like at the end. You want to SEE the end result before you start. That is KEY. Don’t ever commit to a large case if it has not been planned and a wax-up has not been done. That’s like building a house from scratch with no blueprints to follow.
Are you tired of seeing yourself in photos and seeing an ugly smile? A dark tooth or black lines around old-fashioned crowns? Call us today if you are seriously considering changing your smile. We can help you smile again!
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The UnderArmour mouthpiece, with ArmourBite technology, has been shown in several studies to improve performance and flexibility! As seen on Monday Night Football, the New Orleans Saints football team wears a specific athletic mouthpiece that increases performance. Find out more on this link to UnderArmour.com: https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/accessories?iid=99|Home|Home-Page-3-Middle-4-Bottom|middle_02|PerformanceMouthwear
Call our office today and make an appointment to increase your athletic performance! 817-292-5957 or visit our website at www.hulendental.com
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If you’re thinking of having major dental work, do your homework and ask questions. How many of these cases has your dentist completed? Do they have before and after photos of their cases? How do they plan for your case?
At Stovall & Cheng, DDS, we start your case with a complete assessment that includes digital photos, molds of your teeth, measurements, exam and consultation. We have photos of our cases and can usually find one that looks a lot like your current situation. From your assessment appointment, we perform a “mock preparation” in which we prepare (with our handpiece) on models of your teeth and then do a “wax-up” on your models so we know what your case will look like before we even start. Doesn’t that make sense? If you’re going to commit to a large amount of work in the front of your mouth, shouldn’t we know what the endpoint will look like before we even start?
Visit our website at www.hulendental.com , as well as the rest of our blogs on this site, to see all of the cases we have completed over the years. We are currently accepting new patients and look forward to help you achieve a healthier mouth and better looking smile. From Implants, dentures, bridges, veneers and Invisalign, we can help you.
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If you would classify yourself as “cavity-prone”, here’s some advice on how you can do your part in cavity-prevention:
1) Brush your teeth 3 times a day. Most people brush their teeth in the morning, have breakfast, lunch, dinner and then brush their teeth before they go to bed. Think about it, that’s 8+ hours that food, plaque & tartar are sitting on and around your teeth! So, take an extra toothbrush (you know, the ones your dentist gives you every 6 months) to work and brush right after lunch. That’ll cut that time in half and give you better breath throughout the day, too.
2) Cut down on your sugar intake. It’s OK to have a sweet tooth, but if you’re bathing your teeth in sugar constantly and not removing the plaque off of your teeth, it’s a recipe for more cavities. Again, brush in the middle of the day and immediately after eating sweets. Soft Drinks are a big culprit in causing tooth decay. Sodas are very acidic and most are very high in sugar. This combination can be primed for causing cavities.
3) Use supplemental fluoride. This can be in the form of an over-the-counter fluoride rinse, a prescription for fluoride gel written by your dentist, or a prescription toothpaste that has a higher fluoride content than regular toothpaste. Some people just have cavity-prone teeth that they inherit from a parent or other have teeth that didn’t develop well from some interruption during their childhood. Whatever the case, for some people preventing cavities is a constant uphill battle that never goes away.
I always tell my cavity-prone patients that they have to work twice as hard as my other patients because “those are the cards they were dealt.” After all, to some extent, all of us have our faults and at least with cavities, you can do something about it. I’m only 5’4″ tall…would I like to be 6′ tall? Of course. But I can’t do anything about the cards I was dealt.
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Sometimes, things just get away from you. You take care of other people’s needs and you come last. Other times, circumstances just don’t allow you to take care of your own needs and pretty soon, you find your self feeling like nothing can be done to save your teeth.
Don’t give up hope! In modern dentistry, we have many ways to fix teeth in non-invasive, non-traumatic, predictable ways. All it takes is a good dentist and the right planning. Once the plan is established, it’s just a matter of finding a way to fit the cost into your budget and following through with the work. Many times, in a series of 5-6 visits, we can completely rebuild a mouth with teeth that are permanent and do not have to be taken “in and out.”
Please visit our website smile gallery or our facebook page to see the before/after photos on what we can do for you!
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