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Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

orthodontics CypressEnjoying a great smile is ageless; teens and adults of all ages can benefit from both an aesthetic and oral health perspective through teeth straightening. A consultation with your dentist will demonstrate how orthodontics with Invisalign can enhance your appearance, and more importantly improve your oral health.

Why Invisalign? 

When you select Invisalign as your method of teeth straightening, you will enjoy many advantages over other orthodontic programs because Invisalign aligners are:

Clear – The transparent material used in making the aligners allows you to undergo teeth straightening using braces that are virtually undetectable.

Comfortable – Because there are no wires or metal brackets used, oral abrasions are not a problem.

Convenient – You will be the one keeping your teeth moving by updating your aligners every two weeks. Although you will need periodic visits with your dentist, regular visits for things like wire manipulating are a thing of the past.

Removable – This allows you to eat all your favorite foods; you simply remove your aligners for meals and snacks and replace when done. In addition, you are able to brush and floss daily without any obstructions allowing you to maintain great oral health throughout your teeth straightening program.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Using tools provided by your dentist (x-rays, impressions, photographs), the Invisalign lab utilizes digital technology to fabricate a series of aligners. Each aligner will fit snugly at first; throughout the next two weeks, teeth will shift as prescribed by the aligner being worn. Every two weeks, the aligner is to be replaced by the next in the series. This process repeats until teeth straightening has been achieved.

It is important that aligners are worn as prescribed – at least twenty to twenty-two hours every day. The length of treatment is determined by the severity of your malocclusion. Once teeth straightening has been achieved, the final step to treatment is to wear the retainer. The retainer allows teeth to develop a memory of their new location. This is very important; failure to wear the retainer may allow teeth to drift back to their original position.

Having straight teeth is more than a great smile. When teeth are crooked or overcrowded, plaque can form and grow in areas difficult to keep clean with your toothbrush. This can lead to dental decay and/or gum disease. So you will be improving both your appearance and oral health with Invisalign clear aligners.

For additional information or to schedule a consultation, contact the office of Lori Logan, DDS, today.

CEREC and Same Day Crowns

same day crowns CypressThe availability of same day crowns offers many advantages … fewer trips to the dentist for treatment, no need to wear a temporary for weeks while waiting for your permanent restoration, and thanks to digital technology, in many cases there is no need for an impression to be made using trays of messy and uncomfortable plaster.

CEREC Process

Your need for a dental crown can be due to trauma to a tooth, excessive dental decay, a cracked or broken tooth … the reason doesn’t matter. The process for receiving your crown and the final result are what is most important to you

CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics or simply Ceramic Reconstruction. Other verbiage you may hear in conjunction with CEREC is CAD/CAM technology. This means the use of computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing.

Once your dentist has told you that a dental crown is needed, with CEREC you can just sit back because within a few hours you will have completed treatment with a permanent restoration that is durable and looks great.

Digital imaging allows for a very accurate and detailed picture of your mouth providing a crown that will fit perfectly. Your tooth will be prepared for the crown by reducing it in size leaving enough of the base for the final restoration to be cemented in place.

The CEREC machine uses a solid block of ceramic, and utilizing the images taken will bore the ceramic into a perfect replica of the tooth being crowned. A few finishing touches and your crown can be cemented into place.

Caring for your CEREC Restoration

Whether your crown was needed to treat a broken or severely decayed tooth, or as the final step following root canal therapy, the care for your same day crown is easily managed.

Immediately after receiving your crown, you should avoid eating sticky foods that could dislodge your newly cemented dental work. After that, you’re free to eat whatever you wish. Your new crown has been made with durable materials that are designed to last for many, many years.

Brush and floss daily, and visit our dentist every six months for cleaning and dental exam. The same care you extend for all your teeth should allow your same day crown to last a very long time.

Fractured Tooth: Will a dental crown help?

crowns CypressDental crowns are a fabulous tool that allow a patient to save a tooth that might otherwise be lost due to a fracture or excessive decay. If a tooth is broken, but the tooth’s roots have remained intact, your dentist can prepare your tooth for a crown that will feel natural and look great.

Options For a Fractured Tooth

Our teeth are very hard, but they are not invincible. Biting down on something hard can break a tooth that has been weakened from years of use. And a hairline fracture might not be seen or felt right away. But eventually something will happen that will make you aware that a fracture exists.

Part of your tooth might literally break off or symptoms of a tooth fracture may occur such as sensitivity to hot or cold, sweet, or spicy foods; pain; or swelling. If any of these occur, see your dentist right away.

If your tooth can be saved, a dental crown is most often the recommended path of treatment. If infection or trauma to the root of the tooth has occurred, a root canal may be required before further action is taken.

The only other option is to the have the tooth extracted. If the natural tooth is not replaced after extraction, another whole set of problems can begin. The open space makes chewing more difficult; teeth can shift creating a malocclusion; and aesthetically a missing tooth can make smiling and laughing embarrassing.

CEREC Dental Crowns

The advantages of having a tooth crowned by your CEREC dentist are numerous. CEREC simply means that your dentist can fashion a crown using technology and equipment in the dental office right on the spot. A digital rendering of the prepared tooth is used to take a block of ceramic and make the crown in a matter of minutes.

A digital dental impression can eliminate a goopy, messy one; and since your crown is ready the same day, you do not have to deal with a temporary crown or return in a couple of weeks to have your crown seated.

A crown for your fractured tooth is made and cemented in place in one dental visit. You can chew and smile with confidence as your new crown has been made to look and feel as natural as neighboring biological teeth.

Food Friends and Foes for Your Teeth

Cypress dentalMaintaining good dental health throughout your lifetime takes diligence … brushing and flossing every day coupled with visiting your dentist every six months for cleaning and exam are two very important aspects for keeping teeth and gums in great shape. What you eat and drink also play a very large role in dental health.

Food Friends 

A healthy daily diet should be comprised of vegetables, fruits, dairy, protein, and healthy grains. These food categories allow you to eat a huge variety of foods … fresh fruits and vegetables are available in most areas year round. But if you can’t get fresh during the off season, frozen foods offer a healthy, tasty, and convenient alternative.

Dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cheese (to name a few) are ideal; just be sure to read food labels for sugar content as some brands are very high in sugar.

Protein from meat, fish, and nuts are primary sources. But consider beans and lentils, which are important to anyone on a meatless diet. Of course, vegetables and dairy also contain protein. It is important to consume protein packed foods to maintain energy and for immune support.

Healthy grains like whole wheat, brown rice, and quinoa provide a great base. And for snacking, popcorn (homemade – not microwave or prepackaged) is a great source.

The healthiest beverage you can and should drink is water. Infuse it with fruit for variety or you can add a sugar free flavoring.

Food Foes 

The occasional sugary snack should be consumed on a very limited basis. Treats like cookies, candy, cake, ice cream, doughnuts … the list is endless … should be saved for special occasions and are not intended to be eaten on a daily basis.

Beverages like soda (both regular and diet) can eat away at the protective enamel on your teeth. If you are going to drink soda, consume it with a meal; do not sip on soda throughout the day; and use a straw to allow much of the beverage to bypass teeth.

Sugar laden beverages take up a whole aisle at the grocery store; and none of these drinks can do for you what water can.

Teeth help us speak, chew, and smile with confidence. A proper diet can help you keep teeth and gums healthy. For additional tips or if it’s time to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan today.

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.

4 Dental Fads to Drop

Cypress TX dentistSometimes a DIY recipe can come in handy when you’re low on makeup remover or a household cleaner. Unfortunately, it’s not always wise to trust “do it yourself” information from people we know or from content on social media.

Following are four dental fads to avoid. Be sure to consult a dentist before attempting any home remedy or DIY project.

DIY Toothpaste & Teeth Whiteners

Many DIY recipes geared toward oral hygiene or teeth whitening contain ingredients that can actually damage our teeth. These ingredients could be dangerous because they’re abrasive (like charcoal) or incredibly acidic (like lemon juice or vinegar).

Avoiding Fluoride

While there are some reasons a person might benefit from fluoride-free toothpaste, it’s best to discuss your oral health needs with a dentist.

Fluoride is beneficial to people the overwhelming majority of the time. In fact, this naturally-occurring mineral is scientifically proven to strengthen teeth. We recommend choosing fluoridated toothpaste with the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of approval.

Oil Pulling

The practice of “oil pulling” consists of swishing around about a tablespoon of oil throughout the mouth. People who tout the benefits of oil pulling cite that this home remedy is great for cleaning one’s mouth and whitening teeth.

While oil pulling was used by various ancient cultures to clean teeth, there’s actually no scientific proof that oil pulling makes a significant difference in oral hygiene. This practice won’t lift permanent dental stains, either.

Grills

Not to be confused with the grates you cook a steak on, a “grill” in this case refers to wearing jewelry inside the mouth or cosmetic enhancements to teeth made from jewels or metal. These kinds of grills are magnets for debris – many times accumulating food particles and tartar on their surfaces.

The truth is that a white smile with clean, healthy teeth is always in style. Fortunately, the trend of grills and tooth jewelry is dwindling in popularity.

Beyond practicing proper oral hygiene with ADA-approved tools and toothpaste, we encourage patients to schedule regular checkups with their dentist. Call the office of Dr. Lori Logan today to reserve an appointment.

Does it matter when I brush my teeth?

dentist 77433When it comes to certain tasks, timing is important. In addition to brushing thoroughly and carefully, when you brush your teeth matters. Many patients have asked our dentist about when and how they should brush. Following is helpful information.

You should brush your teeth at least twice a day. The first time you brush should occur shortly after you wake up – preferably before you eat. We suggest drinking a glass or two of plain water when you wake up before heading to the bathroom to brush. Afterwards, have your morning beverage and food of choice.

The second time one should brush is just before bed. This is a great time to work in your once-per-day interdental cleaning, a.k.a. “flossing”, too.

Why does it matter when I brush?

Before we brush, we need to think about when the last time we ate or drank something that contains sugar and/or acidic particles (which is just about everything).

Just after we eat is never a good time to brush. This is because tooth enamel temporarily softens after bacteria release acid, which occurs after they feed on sugary or starchy food.

If you will be brushing following a meal or beverage, be sure to wait at least 30 minutes before cleaning your teeth.

How long should I brush my teeth?

You should brush your teeth for about two to three minutes each time. While this may seem like a long time, if you consider all surfaces that require brushing for a proper clean, two minutes is actually quite quick.

Will my dentist be able to tell if I brush incorrectly?

You might be surprised what your dental checkups reveal about your lifestyle and dietary habits. Your checkup can reveal everything from excessive stress and tobacco use to poor oral hygiene practices.

Our mission though, isn’t to shame our patients. We are here to help you achieve vibrant oral health with comprehensive services and treatments. If it’s time for a checkup or cleaning, call the office of Dr. Lori Logan today.

Invisalign: What happens after treatment is completed?

teeth straightening Cypress TXYour Invisalign teeth straightening program is nearing completion … you are enjoying your new smile, but you have a final step to complete treatment. The final step needed is important for maintaining the progress you made, and that is to wear your retainer as directed by your dentist.

You entered into your Invisalign teeth straightening program to correct your bite, and depending on the severity of the malocclusion, you underwent treatment for months or years. Make sure your time and investment are protected by following instructions issued to complete treatment.

Invisalign Program Overview 

Consultation – Your dentist will likely take x-rays and impressions to determine your teeth straightening needs and qualify you for Invisalign.

Invisalign Lab – A series of clear aligners will be fabricated designed to straighten teeth over a period of time. The aligners are clear allowing the patient to undergo teeth straightening in a very discreet manner … perfect for teens and adults of all ages!

Treatment Period – Aligners will be replaced every two weeks to keep teeth straightening progressing. Each aligner is designed to correct the occlusion little by little.

Aligners are removable so the patient can enjoy all their favorite snacks and meals. Additionally, aligners are taken out for daily oral care tasks of brushing and flossing. Visits to the dentist for cleaning allow for a thorough hygiene treatment without any obstructions like you may experience with standard braces.

The comfort and convenience experienced with Invisalign make this teeth straightening method ideal. There are no metal wires or brackets to abrade oral tissues; and fewer trips to the dentist are needed to keep the teeth straightening program on track.

Wearing the Retainer 

The retainer resembles the aligners you’ve worn throughout treatment. Failure to follow through with this final step could allow teeth to shift back to their original occlusion.

As your teeth are moving to correct your bite, you are reshaping more than just the teeth you can see. The bones that hold teeth in place are repositioning as well. In order for them to develop a strong memory of their new location, they require a way to hold them in place. The retainer is designed to perform that function.

You can reap the benefits of straightened teeth and enjoy your new smile for a lifetime by following instructions and wearing the retainer as directed.

To learn more about this innovative orthodontic treatment option, contact our office today!

Smile Confidently with Professional Teeth Whitening

cosmetic dentist CypressDiscolored, stained, or spotted teeth can ruin your smile. A consultation with your cosmetic dentist will reveal the many treatment options available … one of the most economical ways is with teeth whitening.

Not All Teeth Whitening is Created Equal 

While you may derive small, temporary improvement with products like whitening strips, toothpastes or gels, whitening rinses; or one of the many products you may find online like one size fits all trays, blue lights, or any other gimmick that promises white teeth … you may have concerns about their safety and effectiveness.

When you acquire teeth whitening products and/or services from your cosmetic dentist, you have the assurance that the products have been thoroughly tested for safety. In addition, your dental provider is licensed to dispense these products, which contain some of the most powerful teeth whitening agents available … another measure that is there for your protection.

One more added incentive to acquire teeth whitening from your dentist is that you know they will be there to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. That may not be the case when acquiring teeth whitening through other avenues.

The Results Are In

Stains and discoloration are minimized or gone … teeth are brighter and your smile is dazzling. To maximize your teeth whitening experience, familiarize yourself with the things that can stain your teeth such as coffee, tea, cola, red wine, some berries, tomato based sauces, etc … you can limit some of the damage that can be done by drinking cold drinks through a straw (most of the liquid will bypass teeth); and rinse teeth thoroughly following consumption. Brush twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste and floss to remove what your toothbrush missed.

To learn more about the teeth whitening services we offer, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan and schedule your consultation today.

Invisalign: The Invisible Orthodontic Treatment

orthodontics Cypress TXWhether your wore braces as a child and teeth are no longer as straight as you would like, or you never had your malocclusion corrected; it is never too late to reap the benefits of straight teeth and a great smile. A consultation with your dentist will reveal all the advantages that Invisalign orthodontics can offer for your appearance and dental health.

Invisalign Advantages 

Invisalign aligners are clear. This allows teeth to be straightened while wearing braces that are virtually invisible.

The aligners are removable. This is a clear advantage over traditional braces. With Invisalign, you can continue to eat all your favorite foods as you simply remove the aligners for snacks and meals, and replace when done.

Not only can you eat anything you wish, you will be able to thoroughly brush and floss daily without any obstruction allowing you to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout the teeth straightening process.

With Invisalign, the patient does not require trips to their dentist to keep teeth straightening on track. Aligners are updated every two weeks keeping teeth moving to their correct occlusion.

Unlike metal bands and brackets, with Invisalign there is no metal or wires to abrade or poke soft oral tissue making them a much more comfortable way to achieve straighter teeth.

It is necessary to wear aligners a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours every day to achieve teeth straightening goals within the allotted time frame.

The Importance of Straight Teeth 

While your appearance is a great motivator for pursuing orthodontic treatment, oral health can be greatly enhanced when teeth are straight. Eliminating areas where plaque can form and grow will help you maintain healthier teeth and gums. Crooked teeth can provide areas that are difficult to keep clean.

Once your occlusion has been corrected, there is a final step to your orthodontic program that is essential to help you maintain your great new smile. You will be issued a retainer with instructions on how long it is to be worn. The retainer is an important step in treatment as it will help your teeth develop a memory of their new placement … failure to wear as instructed will allow teeth to drift back to their original location.

You can enjoy healthier teeth and gums along with a great new smile thanks to the invisible teeth straightening method, Invisalign. Call the office of Dr. Lori Logan today to schedule your consultation.

4 Important Steps to Keep Your Teeth Healthy

Cypress dentistOur teeth are important to support daily life, but we may take them for granted assuming they will always be there to support our ability to chew, speak, and smile with confidence. There are four important steps needed to help you maintain great oral health … none are difficult, but require diligence and a little effort. Your dentist can educate you on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy for your lifetime.

Visit Your Dentist Every Six Months

Regular visits accomplish a couple of things … plaque that has formed since your previous visit is removed. Plaque builds on teeth leading to the potential for dental decay and gum disease. You can’t remove plaque by brushing once it has hardened on your teeth; your dental provider will remove plaque and polish teeth to look their best. A dental exam will identify any problems before they have a chance to escalate possibly preventing the need for time consuming dental work.

Brush Every Day

In order to be effective, it is important to use the proper brushing tools and technique. A soft bristle toothbrush is recommended along with a fluoridated toothpaste. Brush the front, top, and back of all teeth employing a circular motion. It is not necessary to scrub teeth to clean them; an incorrect method of brushing can damage the protective enamel and lead to premature gum erosion.

Floss Daily

Brushing only reaches two thirds of the teeth’s surfaces. Flossing will clean between teeth to remove food that your toothbrush missed. There are many different types of dental floss available; with daily use you help keep teeth clean and invigorate gum tissue.

Watch What You Eat and Drink

The daily diet should be made up primarily of fruits, vegetables, dairy, proteins, and healthy grains. Drink water; soda and sugary drinks can be damaging to teeth.

It has been established that oral health is closely linked to overall health. So anything you can do to protect your teeth will likely contribute to enjoying great health. This includes lifestyle habits such as tobacco use; smokers are much more likely to develop gum disease leading to the potential for teeth loss.

A great smile and maintaining your oral health are rewards you will enjoy for your lifetime. If it’s time to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan today.