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Change the Alignment of Your Teeth with Invisalign

You may be surprised to find that with Invisalign, you can make changes to the alignment of your teeth without traditional braces. Many patients, particularly teens and adults, are relieved to know they can enjoy a correction without conspicuous brackets and wires on their teeth. You might like the idea of clear braces, but still be unsure as to how they can help. You will receive several aligners, which will be used in sequence. Each one brings your teeth closer to their final position than the one that came before. Because they are made from clear plastic, they can escape the notice of others. Because they can be removed, you can eat and clean your teeth more comfortably than if you had traditional braces.

Straightening Your Teeth Offers More Than Just A Better Smile
Many people want to straighten their teeth because they are counting on a positive cosmetic change; however, there are additional advantages you can gain. If you have teeth that overlap each other, you can face an increased risk for cavities in the hard to reach areas this problem creates. If your alignment affects your ability to comfortably bite and chew, you may develop issues with TMJ dysfunction. Invisalign is most commonly used to correct gaps and spacing, overcrowding, underbites, overbites, crossbites and open bites.

Your Dentist Can Make Big Smile Improvements
It is possible to make a number of positive changes with cosmetic dental care. Your dentist can offer you improvements in the form of whiter teeth, and can even hide damage and developmental flaws. The best way to determine what treatment is right for you is to go in for a consultation. Our dentists can offer their expert insight into what procedure would best provide the results you wish for.

Talk To DaVinci Dentistry About Invisalign
With clear braces from Invisalign, you can see big changes to your smile. If you are interested in straightening your teeth, you can count on us to provide you with your aligners, and to work with you to make sure you enjoy optimal results. To set up an appointment for yourself or for a family member, call our Southlake, TX dental office today at (817)251-9333. We happily treat patients in Southlake, as well as Grapevine, Colleyville, North Richland Hills, Keller, and the HEB corridor.

Photo courtesy of Invisalign.com

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Does getting veneers hurt? What to expect

Dental Veneers can be placed by a Southlake cosmetic dentist at DaVinci DentistryIf you’re thinking about getting veneers, a Southlake cosmetic dentist at DaVinci Dentistry can discuss with you whether you’re a candidate for the procedure. Healthy gums and teeth are necessary, and those with structural or cosmetic issues like chips, cracks, minor misalignment and discoloration are most drawn to this option. When patients choose to get veneers, our team will outline the treatment process and answer any questions you might have.

It’s actually pretty common for patients to ask if getting veneers hurts. While discomfort is typically minimal, every patient is different, so we give you an idea of what to expect at each phase of treatment.

For starters, in order for porcelain veneers to fit tightly against your teeth, it’s necessary to remove a very small portion of enamel from the teeth. If you’re concerned about discomfort during this stage, talk to us about options for anesthesia. Afterward, if soreness persists because of pressure on the teeth, over-the-counter medications can be used.

Veneers at DaVinci Dentistry in SouthlakeWhile digital imaging allows for same-day restorations in many cases, temporary veneers may sometimes be necessary. Sensitivity to pressure, heat and cold is more common with temporary veneers but should dissipate once they are replaced with your veneers, which are sturdier and more insulated.

Porcelain veneers may hold the key to giving you the stunning smile you have always wanted. When uncertainties about discomfort occur, we’ll be available to discuss your options so that you feel confident about your decision. Contact us at 817-251-9333. We’re here to serve residents throughout Tarrant County.

 

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Invisalign: When all you need is a little realignment

Getting Invisalign at DaVinci Dentistry family dentistry in Southlake

In some cases, the path to a brighter smile may not require substantial dental work. When missing teeth is not the primary concern, but straightening your smile and aligning your bite is the focus, Invisalign may be an option for you.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a system that uses a series of custom-fitted aligners to shift your teeth into place. Instead of metal wires and brackets associated with braces, it allows the patient to use a new set of aligners every two weeks until treatment is complete. The trays are clear in color, allowing for a more discreet way to straighten teeth. Plus, they can be removed when eating, and office visits occur only every four to six weeks.

What conditions can Invisalign correct?

Not just for moderate cases; serious dental problems can be addressed through this alternative form of orthodontic treatment.

Invisalign is most commonly used to correct:

  • gaps and spacing issues;
  • overcrowding;
  • underbites;
  • overbites;
  • crossbites; and
  • open bites.

If you’re contemplating whether Invisalign may be the right treatment option for you, talk to our Southlake family dentistry team here at DaVinci Dentistry. Prosthodontist Dr. Khal Ajlouni is trained in this system, so when your smile needs don’t require complex prosthodontic procedures such as dental implants or bridges, we can offer this option to you. Contact us today by calling 817-251-9333 or by submitting an appointment request.

 

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Why are TMJ problems more common in women?

TMJ pain treatment in SouthlakeMore than 10 million Americans experience TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and muscle disorders, according to the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research. While the institute recognizes that these issues seem to affect more women than men, it doesn’t offer exact numbers. By some estimates, like those offered by dental insurance carriers, women are twice as likely as men to be affected by TMJ. So what accounts for that vast difference? Is it simply that women are more likely to seek care for TMJ symptoms, or are other factors at work?

One of the prime reasons that women — particularly those of childbearing age — may experience TMJ disorders is hormones. Dental research has pointed to a link between estrogen and pain in the jaw joints. This can take on increased relevance for women taking oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy.

While not as well researched, some commonly held beliefs about females’ susceptibility to TMJ problems include vitamin deficiencies due to menstrual cycles as well as differences in joint structure.

Arthritis, a misaligned bite and trauma or dislocation can lead to TMJ problems in males and females.

Whatever the cause, TMJ disorders can range from mildly aggravating to severely debilitating. Patients may not just experience jaw pain, clicking and popping when eating or talking, but headaches and neck pain can also be commonplace. If you experience any such symptoms, talk with the DaVinci Dentistry team. Getting to the root of TMJ pain can be a time-consuming process, involving taking an intensive health history and having willingness to try multiple solutions. We’ll do whatever we can to try to find the solution that works for you. Set up an appointment online or call 817-251-9333.

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Effects of sleep apnea: How much sleep do you need each night?

 

For anyone who has ever suffered from sleep apnea, insomnia or other disruptions in sleep, the adage that we all “need a good night’s rest” is probably one you understand well. Even so, the amount of time recommended to devote to sleeping each day, per the National Sleep Foundation, may surprise you.

Recommended hours of sleep per night

Here’s a closer look:

  • Newborn (0-3 months) – 14 to 17 hours
  • Infant (4-11 months) – 12 to 15 hours
  • Toddler (1-2 years) – 11 to 14 hours
  • Preschool (3-5 years) – 10 to 13 hours
  • School age (6-13 years) – 9 to 11 hours
  • Teenager (14-17 years) – 8 to 10 hours
  • Young adult (18-25 years) – 7 to 9 hours
  • Adult (26-64 years) – 7 to 9 hours
  • Older adult (65+ years) – 7 to 8 hours

When sleep apnea is to blame

Three sheep jumping over the fence. Count them to sleep.Even if you allot enough time for sleep, conditions like obstructive sleep apnea — when the muscles in your throat relax and the tongue falls back and blocks the airway as you sleep — could be robbing you of the rest your body needs, as well as vital oxygen for all of your organs, including your heart and brain. Unless you have a spouse or bedmate who tells you about persistent snoring (snoring can be but is not always symptomatic of sleep apnea), you may not even know anything is wrong. Other indicators such as waking up frequently in the night, waking up with headaches and excessive daytime drowsiness might be all you experience.

Taking action

If this is the case, and you are allotting the recommended hours of sleep per night, talk to us at DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake about your concerns. Dental as well as medical practices can assist you with diagnosis through take-home sleep studies. And if all signs point toward sleep apnea, dental solutions such as oral appliances can help. By comfortably propping open the mouth, these devices help prevent the tongue and soft tissues from obstructing your airway during sleep. If you still have questions about sleep apnea solutions, don’t hesitate to call our office at 817-251-9333 to schedule an appointment.

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TMJ Treatment: Considering All of Your Options

senior with pain in front of earsIf you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly referred to as TMD or TMJ, treatment options may be more accessible than you think. At DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake, TX, we see patients for TMJ-related concerns on a regular basis.

TMJ Treatment: Mild Cases

For many people with TMD, symptoms are mild, periodic and typically resolve within a few weeks or months when simple remedies are followed, including:

  • eating soft foods;
  • avoiding chewing gum;
  • applying ice or moist heat; and
  • exercising caution when yawning and singing.

TMJ Treatment: Severe Cases

For other patients, TMD symptoms may be more debilitating or persistent, despite at-home therapy. In these situations, a number of conservative treatment options are available. The key here is the word “conservative.” We look at reversible treatment options, per recommendations from the National Institutes of Health, as more studies are needed regarding the benefit and safety of irreversible, permanent options such as bite adjustment and surgery.

Some conservative TMJ treatment measures we can explore to help alleviate your symptoms include:

  • pain medication;
  • injections;
  • splints; and
  • night guards (to prevent further grinding and clenching during sleep).

From treatment for TMD symptoms to dental implants and full mouth reconstruction, the Southlake, TX, team at DaVinci Dentistry has the training and expertise to guide you through your oral health needs. We provide cosmetic, family and implant dentistry for residents throughout much of Tarrant County, including Grapevine, Colleyville, Keller, North Richland Hills, and Hurst-Euless-Bedford. Contact us at 817-251-9333.

 

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3 benefits of dental implants that you may not have considered

Dental implants in Southlake Dental implants are one of the most popular dental treatments available today, and for good reason. While dental implants can be a crucial part of a smile makeover, they are not merely a cosmetic treatment. In the absence of a healthy, natural tooth, a dental implant is the next best option, mainly because of the stability it provides. Dental implants look, feel and function like natural teeth, but that’s not all.

Here are 3 benefits of dental implants that you may not have considered:

  1. Less damaging to surrounding teeth – Alternatives to dental implants, such as tooth-supported bridges, require grinding away the teeth on one or more sides of the missing tooth. Because dental implants aren’t attached to surrounding teeth, but rather are placed in the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth root, your existing teeth need not be modified or impacted.
  2. Increase stability – Did you know that when a section of the jawbone is no longer being used to support a tooth, strength and firmness can deteriorate? Dental implants, on the other hand, don’t just preserve bone; they help stimulate its growth.
  3. Anchor dentures – Patients with no remaining natural teeth who need complete dentures often face challenges with comfort, stability and changing face shape that isn’t experienced by patients with tooth-supported partial dentures. Opting for even just a few dental implants offers patients more stability and support when wearing dentures.

Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. Many factors must be considered, such as the location of the missing tooth, as well as current oral health and any other medical concerns. At DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake, we’ll discuss your complete health history among other considerations to determine if this treatment option is right for you. Talk to a member of our team by calling 817-251-9333.

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Do dental implants ever need to be replaced?

Mature senior coupleIf you are missing one or more teeth, the decision to get dental implants is likely one you have thought long and hard about, while seriously weighing the benefits and potential downfalls. Among the many questions you may have is how long dental implants last. This is important, as dental implants are both a financial investment and a time commitment; the process from implant placement to final restoration can take several months.

The answer to this question of whether dental implants ever have to be replaced — as is often the case with extensive dental restorations — is it depends.

While some dental implants may need adjustments from time to time, when they are properly placed and dedicated oral hygiene is followed, they can last a lifetime.

When it comes to whether your implant itself will stand the test of time, the most pressing factors include location (the back of the mouth endures more strain from chewing), pre-existing conditions and disease.

What is important to remember is that while the implant itself can last a lifetime, the crown attached to it may need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years or so, depending on wear and tear.

If you have questions about dental implants for the DaVinci Dentistry team, we can take the time to explore whether they are a good fit for you, taking your oral health, surrounding teeth, overall health and many other factors into consideration. Contact us today by calling us at 817-251-9333 or completing our appointment request online. We’re here to help.

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Dental bonding, crowns and veneers: Restoring teeth that are chipped or cracked

Gloved hand holding dental tool to teeth x-rayRestoring teeth that are chipped or cracked may require bonding, crowns or veneers, depending on the location and severity of the damage. The reason for these treatments isn’t solely cosmetic in nature. While a crown, veneer or use of bonding will restore your smile, it also protects your teeth from future damage.

At DaVinci Dentistry, brothers and dentists Drs. Raed and Khaldoun Ajlouni are experienced in cosmetic dentistry and prosthodontics, respectively, which means you’ll have skillful artisans behind the end result of your restorations.

Here’s a closer look at each of these restorative procedures and why patients need them:

  • Bonding – This tooth-colored composite resin is applied when just a small piece of enamel from the front of teeth has chipped. The surface of the tooth is etched to help with adhesion, the adhesive applied, and then the bonding material sealed in place.
  • Crowns – When a larger part of the tooth has broken off, porcelain and resin dental crowns can protect teeth and be made to look just like natural teeth. Typically this is a two-part process: After preparing your tooth for a crown (usually by filing away part of the remaining tooth) an impression is taken and a temporary crown is placed while a customized crown is created. At a follow-up appointment, the temporary crown will be removed and the customized one cemented into place.
  • Veneers – Another option to repair a crack or chip to the front of the tooth is veneers. These cover the front of the teeth and are customized to your specific tooth shape by taking an impression.

With any of these restorative options, X-rays may very well be taken to ensure that tooth pulp, consisting of nerves and blood vessels, isn’t exposed. If it is, a root canal may first need to be performed to prevent bacteria from infecting the pulp. At DaVinci Dentistry, we can advise you of your best course of treatment in the case one or more of your teeth is cracked or chipped. We take appointments by phone and through our online appointment request form: 817-251-9333.