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Common Causes for a Gummy Smile (and How to Change It)

August 5, 2021

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Person receiving soft tissue laser therapy for a gummy smile

Has your smile always looked more “gummy” than you’d prefer? While a gummy smile is not a cause for concern most of the time, it can make you feel self-conscious about your smile’s appearance. For example, teeth can appear stubby or short, which is not ideal for some. The good news is, thanks to modern advancements in dental technology, you don’t have to settle for this appearance if you don’t want to. Find out what the most common causes of a gummy smile are and how diode laser dentistry can help!

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Veneers vs. Direct Bonding: Which One Should You Choose?

June 18, 2021

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Dentist discussing the difference between veneers and bonding with a patient

When it comes to your smile, it’s important to take the time to recognize which cosmetic treatment will best suit your needs. Of course, you shouldn’t have to figure this out entirely on your own. Cosmetic dentists are more than happy to help break down the treatments they offer so you can make an informed decision. In the meantime, consider learning about the difference between veneers and bonding ahead of your next cosmetic consultation!

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What is Gum Recession and What Can You Do About It?

April 19, 2021

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Woman suffering from periodontal disease and gum recession

The gums hold far more responsibility than you might initially give them credit for. For example, they play a major role in protecting the more vulnerable areas of your teeth that are not strong enough to withstand acids created by plaque and bacteria like enamel can. If you’ve noticed that your teeth are more visible or appear longer than usual, it’s a sign that something is wrong. This phenomenon, known as gum recession, is a warning sign of a more serious problem called periodontal disease. To learn the causes of gum recession, how to address it, and what to do when it’s become too far gone, keep reading!

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Why Scheduling Your Dental Checkup Now is a Great Idea

February 1, 2021

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A patient receiving a dental checkup.With every new year comes a time to consider new year resolutions, including goals centered around oral and overall health. When you want to have a brilliant smile throughout the year free of cavities and gum disease, a dental checkup can make all the difference! If you have dental insurance benefits to utilize, it becomes even more important to get scheduled, but not only for insurance reasons. In this post, a dentist breaks down the most notable benefits you can expect when you schedule early in the year.

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Which Foods Should You Avoid This Holiday? A Dentist Explains

December 30, 2020

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Dentist in Uptown Houston eating dinner with her family.While many people love getting ready for the holidays, whether it’s through wrapping gifts for Christmas, lighting the menorah for Hanukkah, or figuring out resolutions for the new year, there’s one thing everyone can enjoy: eating holiday foods! Of course, that doesn’t mean all holiday dishes are created equal, especially when it comes to your oral health. If your goal (or resolution) is to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile going into the new year, a dentist in Uptown Houston says you should do your best to avoid these popular holiday options as much as possible.

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3 Tips to Know When Maximizing Dental Insurance Benefits

November 2, 2020

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Dentist explaining how to maximize dental insurance benefits to patient.Many people don’t know it, but oral health is not exclusively separated from your overall health. In fact, chances are if you have good oral health, you have positive systemic health as well! This is just another reason why it’s so important to maintain routine visits and make the most of dental benefits while you have access to them. Here are three tips to keep in mind so you can maximize dental insurance benefits.

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5 Ways to Protect Your Smile During National Dental Hygiene Month

October 22, 2020

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Woman learning oral hygiene tips from a dentist in Uptown.Did you know that October is National Dental Hygiene Month? Considering it’s the same month that Halloween occurs, it’s not that surprising that dentists around the country are using it as an opportunity to teach patients the importance of maintaining a healthy smile. If you’ve been looking for ways to brush up on your routine, let a dentist in Uptown highlight 5 essential oral hygiene tips to help you get started!

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6 Celebrities Who Have Used Invisalign

September 23, 2020

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Actress smiling after having Invisalign in Uptown Houston.

Did you know that more often than not, the smiles you see from your favorite actors and actresses on the big screen are likely not entirely natural? In fact, many movie stars have had a fair amount of work done on their teeth. However, that doesn’t mean they are doing anything special that you can’t find at a local dentist. If you’ve been considering Invisalign in Uptown Houston, you may be surprised to learn that the following 6 celebrities have completed the treatment themselves!

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3 Ways Invisalign Gives You Freedom to Live Your Life

July 31, 2020

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Woman holding clear aligner from a dentist in Uptown Houston.

If you have crooked, crowded or otherwise misaligned teeth, you might be wondering what your options are to resolve these concerns. Traditional metal braces have been the standard option for addressing all levels of misalignment, but that doesn’t mean they fit your lifestyle. In fact, most people note that braces end up dictating their lives, which is less than ideal. If you only have mild to moderate levels of crooked, gapped or rotated teeth and don’t want to settle for a metal mouth, Invisalign from a dentist in Uptown Houston may be exactly what you’re looking for! Here are three reasons why.

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How Dental Teams Prepare for Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 5, 2020

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A woman visiting a dentist in Uptown Houston.Dental teams take infection control practices very seriously, whether there’s a pandemic occurring or not. Generally, this includes washing their hands thoroughly throughout the day and wearing personal protective equipment while seeing patients (such as a mask, gown and gloves.) With the COVID-19 pandemic present and ongoing, visiting a dentist in Uptown Houston doesn’t mean you need to take a risk. Below, you can learn exactly what dentists are doing to protect your overall health while they examine your oral health.

 

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