Posts for: June, 2018
June is the month when lots of important events happen—like weddings, graduations, and family get-togethers. When the weather turns balmy and the days get longer, it’s the perfect time for a celebration…and today it’s easier than ever to capture those special moments in pictures that will be treasured for years to come. Are you ready for your close-up?
Both professional photographers and dentists want to help you look your best when you’re smiling for the camera. Here are a few suggestions from both kinds of pros for capturing a great-looking smile.
Tilt your head just a bit
Instead of looking straight at the camera, try turning or tilting your head slightly. This often presents a more flattering angle, and can hide small facial asymmetries. If your face has a “good side” (you can check by looking in a mirror), be sure to make it visible. But even if your head is tilted or turned, your eyes should be looking at the camera.
Moisten teeth before the shutter clicks
A sparkly smile is the most appealing one. Just before the picture is snapped, run your tongue over your teeth to give them a little extra shine. Highlights in the teeth, lips and eyes add liveliness to your portrait.
Relax—Don’t clench your teeth!
It’s better to smile naturally—perhaps with teeth slightly parted, or lips in a more relaxed position—than to force yourself to make an artificial-looking grin. Try recalling things that make you joyful, or think of people you care about, and chances are your natural smile will shine out.
Have your teeth professionally cleaned at the dental office
Before the big event, you can ensure that your smile looks its best with a professional cleaning at our office. This treatment removes layers of plaque and tartar on visible tooth surfaces, as well as between teeth and under the gumline. It not only makes teeth look their best, but it’s also an effective way to fight tooth decay and gum disease. And while you’re here, it’s the perfect time to talk about any cosmetic issues that may be troubling you about your smile. With treatments like teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding or dental veneers, we can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.
If you would like more information about professional teeth cleaning or cosmetic dentistry, please call our office to schedule a consultation.
Each June, as we celebrate Father’s Day, we get a chance to pay tribute to the important men in our lives. One of the best ways to do that is by encouraging them to stay healthy—and June is a great time for that, since it’s also Men’s Health Month. So let’s take this opportunity to focus on one important aspect of maintaining good health: preventive dental care.
Preventive care includes all the measures we can take to stop disease before it gets started. One facet of prevention is encouraging people to make healthier lifestyle choices: for example, quitting tobacco, getting more exercise, and improving their diets. You can start by eliminating foods that have added sugar (like many soft drinks and processed foods) or acids (like some fruit juices and sodas, both regular and diet)—and by limiting snacks to around mealtimes, so your saliva has time to neutralize the acids in your mouth that can cause cavities.
There’s increasing evidence that having good oral health promotes better overall health—and coming in for routine checkups is essential. While some men avoid the dental office until they have a problem, that isn’t a wise decision. In fact, a routine dental visit is not only one of the greatest values in preventive health care—it’s also one of the best ways to maintain good oral health. Here’s why:
Tooth decay is among the most common chronic diseases—yet it’s almost 100% preventable! A routine office visit includes an oral exam and a professional cleaning that can help stop tooth decay before it gets started. But when decay is discovered, it’s best to treat it right away, before treatment gets more complex—and costly!
The major cause of tooth loss in adults is gum disease. If your gums bleed or show other signs of disease, we can help you get it under control with instruction for more effective oral hygiene, and/or appropriate treatment.
Routine exams include not only a check for tooth decay and gum disease—they also include screening for oral cancer. This isn’t just for older folks: Recently, the fastest growing group of oral cancer patients has been young non-smokers. The sooner it’s treated, the better the chances of a successful cure.
Good at-home oral hygiene is necessary to keep your teeth in top-notch condition. If you have questions about proper brushing, flossing, or everyday care of your mouth—this is a great time to ask. Our staff is happy to show and tell you the best practices for maintaining excellent oral health.
If you would like more information about oral health and hygiene, please call our office to schedule a consultation.
What can porcelain veneers do for you? Ask your cosmetic dentistry expert, Dr. Jason Dyson, at Parmer Oaks Dental Care in Cedar Park. Dr. Dyson creates winning smiles with these ultra-thin shells of fine dental ceramic. Individualized, durable, and long-lasting, veneers correct many aesthetic issues.
Your healthy, but imperfect smile
What's the difference between a healthy tooth and a good-looking tooth? Hopefully, there's no difference, but unfortunately, many people have smiles that don't meet their expectations for tooth shape, color, alignment, and more. Frankly, when a smile looks dark or chipped, he or she knows it. Other people notice, too, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Research shows that a smile is the most prominent physical feature.
What you can do
To correct your smile aesthetics, talk with Dr. Dyson at a cosmetic dentistry consultation. In his Cedar Park office, Dr. Dyson evaluates patients of all ages. Among his most popular and versatile treatments are porcelain veneers.
What are porcelain veneers?
Four words describe these ceramic laminates: strong, tooth-shaped, tooth-colored, and thin. Permanently glued to the front of teeth which have flaws such as cracks, chips, gaps, and crowding, veneers not only normalize aesthetics, they exceed expectations for beauty. Yet, veneers are so versatile, they enhance your smile without changing the real you.
The veneer process
Veneers take three visits to Parmer Oaks Dental Care in Cedar Park. The first is your consultation with your cosmetic dentist. He'll examine your smile and suggest ways to improve it. Together, you'll consider flaws, smile width, tooth color, alignment, and more. Dr. Dyson wants your input.
Sometimes, veneers are a stand-alone treatment, or they may be combined with teeth whitening, bonding, crowns or other embellishments and restorations. If they're right for you, Dr. Dyson will remove a small amount of enamel from the teeth, allowing room for fit and oral function. He'll take impressions and send instructions to a trusted dental lab. While you wait for your permanent veneers, you'll wear temporary ones so your smile looks and functions as usual.
When you return to Parmer Oaks Dental Care, Dr. Dyson will remove your temporary veneers and bond the new ones on your teeth. He will adjust the color with special cement and ensure your teeth bite together properly. That's it!
Caring for veneers
It's simple: brush twice a day with a non-abrasive toothpaste and floss daily to remove plaque. See Dr. Dyson semi-annually for your check-ups and cleanings.
Veneers are stain and chip resistant, but please limit dark drinks such as coffee, and avoid tobacco if possible. Also, don't chomp down on hard foods such as peanut brittle or ice. Even natural teeth crack with that abuse and so will veneers. With good care, your veneers can last more than a decade, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Call (512) 528-8900 for a cosmetic dentistry appointment at Parmer Oaks Dental Care. You'll enjoy your time with Dr. Dyson as he explains veneers and answers all your questions.
Ever since childhood, when her career as a model and actress took off, Brooke Shields has enjoyed worldwide recognition — through advertisements for designer jeans, appearances on The Muppet Show, and starring roles in big-screen films. But not long ago, that familiar face was spotted in an unusual place: wearing a nasal anesthesia mask at the dentist's office. In fact, Shields posted the photo to her own Instagram account, with the caption “More dental surgery! I grind my teeth!” And judging by the number of comments the post received, she's far from alone.
In fact, researchers estimate that around one in ten adults have dental issues that stem from teeth grinding, which is also called bruxism. (Many children also grind their teeth, but it rarely causes serious problems, and is often outgrown.) About half of the people who are teeth grinders report problems like persistent headaches, jaw tenderness and sore teeth. Bruxism may also result in excessive tooth wear, and may damage dental work like crowns and bridges; in severe cases, loosened or fractured teeth have been reported.
Researchers have been studying teeth grinding for many years; their findings seem to indicate that it has no single cause. However, there are a number of factors that play a significant role in this condition. One is the anatomy of the jaw itself, and the effect of worn or misaligned teeth on the bite. Another factor relates to changes in brain activity that occur during the sleep cycle. In fact, nocturnal (nighttime) bruxism is now classified as a sleep-related movement disorder. Still other factors, such as the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs, and a high level of stress or anxiety, can make an individual more likely to experience bruxism.
What can be done for people whose teeth grinding is causing problems? Since this condition may have many causes, a number of different treatments are available. Successful management of bruxism often begins by striving to eliminate the factors that may cause problems — for example, making lifestyle changes to improve your health, creating a soothing nighttime environment, and trying stress-reduction techniques; these may include anything from warm baths and soft music at bedtime, to meditation and mindfulness exercises.
Several dental treatments are also available, including a custom-made occlusal guard (night guard) that can keep your teeth from being damaged by grinding. In some cases, a bite adjustment may also be recommended: In this procedure, a small amount of enamel is removed from a tooth to change the way it contacts the opposite tooth, thereby lessening the biting force on it. More invasive techniques (such as surgery) are rarely needed.
A little tooth grinding once in a while can be a normal response to stress; in fact, becoming aware of the condition is often the first step to controlling it. But if you begin to notice issues that could stem from bruxism — or if the loud grinding sounds cause problems for your sleeping partner — it may be time to contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more about bruxism in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Stress and Tooth Habits.”