Is Your Smile Holding You Back?

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We begin this post from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston with something we’d classify as Murphy’s Law. You leave the house on a pressing errand, looking completely disheveled. Inevitably, you bump into someone you know. How do you feel in your ill-fitting sweatpants and stained T-shirt?

Attractive clothing, well-groomed hair, and a fit body boost morale for most people. But do you know what others notice first? Your face. Specifically, your smile and eyes. Study after study has shown that sensational teeth and eyes always capture attention.

Now, it’s difficult to change your eyes unless you get colored contacts. But beautiful smiles are within reach, because we can work miracles with cosmetic dentistry.

With specialized training, finely honed skills, modern equipment, and quality lab services, we can turn ordinary smiles into stunning first-impressions.

Available cosmetic dentistry procedures include:

  • Teeth whitening. We use the Kör Whitening System, which whitens your smile in a few weeks.
  • Porcelain veneers. Cover chips, cracks, and other tooth imperfections.
  • Dental implants. Repace missing teeth with state-of-the-art implants that look and function like natural teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry patients report feeling more confident, more attractive, more effective at work, and happier in their relationships.

If you are not satisfied with your smile, cosmetic dentistry from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston can help. We also have a full range of general dentistry services. Call to find out what we can do for your smile!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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The Health And Beauty Consequences Of Missing Teeth

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This messagefrom The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston focuses on missing teeth, bone health, and dental implants.

Our teeth have many critical functions. We need them to chew our food, talk, and smile. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the bone around the site of the extraction begins to shrink. This, in turn, causes our facial muscles to sink in and collapse.

Bone Metabolism

We sometimes think of bone as a solid mass, unlike the softer tissues in our body. In reality, below the seemingly rock-hard surface, bone tissue is full of small holes – kind of like a sponge. In the interior bone tissue, the bone is consistently regenerating itself. This vital process is sometimes called “bone metabolism.” In the jaw bone, the movement of the teeth stimulate this process of rebuilding. When the tooth is gone, the bone starts to shrink as blood flow is reduced.

People with missing teeth not only have a gap in their smile, they begin to look older because of the bone recession and eventual facial sagging.  It is not simply an issue of attractiveness – it poses serious health dangers. It may become difficult to chew food, making it harder to get adequate nutrition.

Dental Implants Can Prevent Bone Recession

Modern dentistry to the rescue! Dental implant technology provides a tooth restoration solution that maintains healthy bone metabolism while providing near-normal tooth function. For patients missing many (or all) of their teeth, it may not be possible to replace every single tooth with an implant. In many of these cases, dental implants can be used to provide an anchor for a partial denture.

What if your bone has shrunken so much that there is not enough to support an implant? You may be a candidate for bone augmentation or bone grafting. This procedure is routinely carried out with success.

To find out whether you’re a candidate for a dental implant, please call us at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. We offer a wide range of general dentistry services. Call today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Dental Problem? There Is Always A Solution!

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A healthy, pleasing smile can positively affects one’s life. It lets us convey confidence and friendliness in business and social settings. But if you are troubled by dental problems, then you may feel insecure about your smile. A cosmetic dentistry smile makeover from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston is the solution to your problems.

In order to achieve an attractive, yet natural looking result, we do more than recommend specific procedures. We consider the shape, alignment, color and condition of the teeth. In order to create a balanced look, the facial shape and coloring is taken into account. The patient’s age, health condition and lifestyle all influence the plan.

Smile enhancement through cosmetic dentistry can have dramatic results in your overall appearance. Even one procedure, such as teeth whitening, can make a big difference in how you see yourself.

If you feel that a cosmetic dentistry smile makeover can improve your life, book an appointment with us at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. We also offer full range of general dentistry services. Call for an appointment today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Cosmetic Dental Transformations

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Cosmetic dentistry at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston is part science and part art. Our objective is creating positive changes that transforms the teeth and smiles of our patients.

In order to achieve an attractive, yet natural looking result, we do more than recommend specific procedures. We consider the shape, alignment, color and condition of the teeth. In order to create a balanced look, the facial shape and coloring is taken into account. The patient’s age, health condition and lifestyle all influence the plan.

In other words, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment plan.

Smile enhancement can have dramatic results in your overall appearance. Even one procedure, such as teeth whitening, can make a big difference in how you see yourself.

Your teeth take a lot of wear and tear over the years. But cosmetic dentistry from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston can transform your smile, resotring it to its youthful appearance. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Best Practices For A Healthy, Beautiful Smile

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Even if you value a healthy smile, it’s easy to become lax about smile-friendly lifestyle choices. In this blog post from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston our goal is for you to evaluate where you stand, and to think about whether you could step it up a notch.

By committing to dental health best practices, you can prevent future problems and even improve your quality of life.

Brushing

Good: Brush your teeth once a day.
Better: Brush your teeth after each meal.
Best: Brush after each meal and floss thoroughly before bed.

Dental Checkups

Good: Call our office if you get a toothache.
Better: See us once a year, even if you don’t notice any dental issues.
Best: Get a thorough dental exam and cleaning every six months.

A White Smile

Good: Use a whitening toothpaste.
Better: Use an over-the-counter teeth whitening system at home.
Best: Call us for an in-office whitening treatment.

Missing Tooth

Good enough for some people: Ignore it. (We don’t recommend this.)
Better: Get a quality dental bridge.
Best: Ask us about a state-of-the-art dental implant.

Smile-Friendly Nutrition

Good: Eat a healthy diet.
Better: Eat a healthy diet and limit sugary snacks and beverages.
Best: Eat a healthy diet, limit between-meal snacking, eat lots of calcium-rich foods, minimize sugar-filled foods, avoid energy drinks and soda, and sip water throughout the day.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we are committed to the dental health of each one of our patients. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Bad Breath Q & A

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This post from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston offers some answers to persistent questions about bad breath.

Q. My wife says my breath is horrible, but I brush twice a day. Shouldn’t that be enough?
A. Bacteria can propagate and stink in hidden crevices that can only be reached with floss. Time to start flossing. If your breath hasn’t improved in a few months, make an appointment so we can review other possible causes of your halitosis.

Also keep in mind that brushing just the teeth may not get rid of food particles between the teeth and up in the gums. Gently brushing the gums, sides of the mouth and the tongue in addition to the teeth may make the difference.

Q. My breath seems to get worse during hay fever season. What’s up with that?
A. Allergies can change mouth odor in a couple of ways. First, anything that stimulates post-nasal drip can be a trigger because bacteria at the back of the throat mixes with the mucous and expends a smelly odor as it breaks down. Second, hay fever medications often cause dry mouth which can lead to stinky breath. Antihistamines can reduce post-nasal drip so this is a catch-22. If you take antihistamines, drink water frequently throughout the day to keep your mouth moist, suck on sugar-free mints to stimulate saliva production and rinse with a non-alcohol mouth rinse.

Q. What health conditions can bring about bad breath?
A. As explained before, any condition that decreases saliva production can cause halitosis. It is also a common side effect of diabetes, kidney failure, and liver failure. Of course, if your kidneys or liver is failing, you have bigger problems.

Q. Why did my breath become dreadful when I went on a strict low-carb diet?
A. Ketones were probably the culprit. Ketones are produced when the body digests fat—which is usually the goal of a low-carb plan. On the flip side, sounds like you weren’t cheating!

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we offer a wide range of services, including general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Amazing Dental Implants

Cosmetic DentistryDental implants are an ideal tooth replacement for people who are missing one or more of their natural teeth, and you can get implants at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston.

A dental implant is a metal post, usually titanium, that is inserted into the bone to replace the missing root. For a single implant, a crown and supporting structure are securely and permanently attached to the post.

Multiple dental implants, usually four, are enough to support a set of dentures.

The reason titanium is most often used is that it is so well-tolerated by the human body. There are very few instances of rejection. Dental  implants offer a long-term solution to tooth loss.

Are you a good candidate for implant surgery? Because the titanium post is anchored into the jaw bone, it is important that you have enough healthy bone at the implant site. We can determine if you do. Age is rarely a factor. Dental implants have proved to be successful for people of all ages.

To find out more about dental implants from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, please give our office a call. We also offer a full range of general dentistry services. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Versatile Veneers For A Vivid Smile

Affordable Cosmetic Dentistry in North TomballHave you ever wished you could quickly attach perfectly shaped, dazzling white front surfaces to your teeth? Guess what? You can! With porcelain veneers from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, you can eliminate smile imperfections.

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic or composite resin. We custom fit veneers to go over the front part of your teeth, giving them an attractive, completely natural appearance. You can use veneers to fix stained or chipped teeth, slightly crooked teeth, or abnormally spaced teeth.

Veneers are one of the most popular options available from modern cosmetic dentistry. They are very strong, and are made to match the color and shape of your teeth.

One caveat: a thin layer of enamel must be removed from the front of each tooth being covered with a veneer, in order for them to properly adhere. Once they’re cemented in place, they are permanent. But once they are in place, you’ll have the best-looking teeth of anyone you know.

To find out more, schedule a consultation with The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. Porcelain veneers are just one of our cosmetic dentistry procedures. Make an appointment today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8026

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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The Gentle Art of Dentistry Dental Miracles

Affordable Houston Family DentistryAt The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, cosmetic dentistry not only enhances your smile, it can improve the health of your teeth and make your face more attractive. In addition, it can help with TMJ issues, and it definitely increases your self-esteem!

What’s more, cosmetic dentistry is surprisingly quick and virtually pain-free. Why? Because of state-of-the art dental technology.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry, we deliver dental miracles everyday. Regardless of the number of teeth affected, we re-design smiles and correct issues by skillfully performing cosmetic dental procedures.

If you have teeth that are decayed or otherwise damaged, there are numerous remedies. Porcelain crowns, inlays, onlays, dental bonding, and veneers are some of the effective procedures available. What if a tooth is missing entirely? A dental implant is a complete restoration; including a new root!

Perhaps all of this sounds too good to be true. If you are a skeptic, schedule a no-pressure smile transformation consultation today and find out for yourself. We will explain how your teeth can be transformed and you can see before and after photos.

Cosmetic dentistry from The Gentle Art of Dentistry can transform your smile and your life! We also offer a full range of general dentistry services. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8026

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Avoid Bone Deterioration Following Extraction

Houston Jaw Bone DeteriorationIn this post from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we review jaw bone health, and the benefits of dental implants.

To remain healthy and dense, your jaw bone needs to be constantly stimulated by the pressure of chewing, biting, and talking. Each tooth has a root structure the extends into the surrounding bone material. As each tooth absorbs the forces of everyday mouth function, it stimulates blood flow in the bone surrounding the root.

In some cases, tooth extraction is the only possible treatment for someone with tooth damage. However, we make every effort to retain the root structure. When a tooth is extracted, the jaw bone that surrounded the previous root structure begins to recede.

Fortunately, dental implants provide a new, artificial root which helps to keep the surrounding bone healthy and strong. A dental implant is a tough titanium post that replaces the original root and eventually integrates into the surrounding bone.

After the implant has been placed and fused with surrounding bone, a post is placed into the implant. The new artificial tooth, or crown, is attached to the post. Implant restoration is a safe and effective treatment for tooth loss.

Dental implants have transformed the lives of countless people. Please call us to find out whether they’re right for your. We also offer general dentistry, and many othe services. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8026

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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