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Smile Makeover: What are my options?

smile makeover CypressA smile makeover is more accessible now than ever before. A consultation with your cosmetic dentist will reveal the many procedures available that can enhance your appearance.

Ways to Improve Your Smile

Teeth Whitening – Stained or discolored dentition can ruin your smile. But teeth whitening products available through your dental provider have many advantages over those you can buy at your drug store or online.

You will be acquiring teeth whitening from a licensed dental provider; this means the products offered can contain some of the most powerful whitening agents available. They have been tested for safety; and if you have any questions or concerns, you have someone you can call for answers.

Porcelain Veneers – These are wafer thin, tooth colored shells that will be cemented to one or multiple teeth suffering from chipped enamel, uneven dentition, gaps between teeth, and/or deep dental stain. A conversation with your cosmetic dentist will determine the number of teeth that should be treated. A small amount of enamel is removed from those teeth so when veneers are cemented into place your smile will be perfectly symmetrical.

Porcelain veneers are stain resistant; with that in mind, they will not respond to teeth whitening products, so patients should whiten their teeth before cosmetic dental work is completed.

Invisalign – Crooked teeth can impact your dental health as well as spoil your smile. With Invisalign clear aligners, you can achieve straight teeth utilizing aligners that are clear, comfortable, and removable.

Since they are clear, these are perfect for teens and adults of all ages. No one knows you are wearing “braces”. There are no wires and no metal brackets to abrade soft oral tissues making them comfortable. And they are removable. These braces are taken out for snacking and meals which means you can continue to eat all your favorite foods. And you can brush and floss daily without any obstructions.

Tooth Colored Fillings – Chipped teeth and stains are just a couple of the uses for tooth colored filling material. Cavities can now be corrected using a tooth colored composite resin providing you with an aesthetcally pleasing option to treat dental decay.

It’s Never Too Late

Patients of all ages are seeking ways to improve their appearance. Our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Lori Logan, can provide you with a smile makeover that will keep you happy for many years.

Do I really need to pay attention to my tongue?

dentist in CypressThe appearance of your tongue can be very informative. White markings or patches, tongue discoloration, a swollen tongue, growths, sores … many problems associated with your tongue can be harmless. But some may be indicative of a more serious problem. If you notice changes in the appearance of your tongue, it is always best to err on the side of caution and see your dentist for an examination.

The tongue is an important muscle; it is used for tasting, chewing, and swallowing food. And the tongue is needed and used constantly to speak.

Tongue Conditions

Two of the more common conditions that can alter the appearance of your tongue include oral thrush and leukoplakia. They are both recognized by white patches on the surface of the tongue.

Thrush is often caused by an overgrowth of yeast fungus in the mouth caused when the natural balance of bacteria is impacted. This can occur due to illness, medicines, antibiotics, and even stress.

Leukoplakia can resemble thrush, but unlike thrush the white patches cannot be scraped away. Tobacco use is a common cause of leukoplakia; and is often considered a precursor to oral cancer.

A hairy black tongue sounds serious, but it is probably more of a nuisance than a medical concern. The bumps you see on the surface of the tongue grow larger. The rough texture of the tongue appears “furry” and can be discolored from tobacco use, food, and beverages like coffee. Good oral hygiene (and perhaps a tongue scraper) are tools to treat a hairy tongue.

Canker sores can be very painful, and often form on the tongue. Although there are products that will bring relief, there is no cure. They usually run their course in ten days to two weeks.

Causes of Tongue Problems 

Some things are beyond your control such as a viral infection or a weak immune system. But there are lifestyle habits that can contribute to problems such as smoking (or any tobacco use); excessive alcohol consumption; a poor diet; unchecked stress; and negligent or poor oral hygiene habits.

If you should note changes in the appearance of your tongue, have it checked. In many cases, what you see may be harmless. But it could also be something serious like oral cancer; seeing your dentist could actually save your life.