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Porcelain Veneers or Direct Bonding: Which Is Right for You?

August 10, 2020

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Man with beautiful smile thanks to porcelain veneers in Southlake

Do you cover your mouth when you laugh? Do you avoid smiling in photos? Feeling embarrassed about the appearance of your teeth can have a huge impact on your daily life and self-confidence. Thankfully, a wide variety of dental imperfections can be easily, comfortably, and flawlessly corrected with treatments like direct bonding and porcelain veneers in Southlake. Read on to learn more about these popular cosmetic dental services and how to choose which one is right for you.  


3 Reasons the Summer Sun Is Good For Your Smile

July 3, 2020

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Woman smiling in the summer sun

The days are long and the weather is hot. It must be summertime in Texas! Although summer may look a little different this year, there is still plenty of time to work on your tan, barbecue with friends, and catch up on some much-needed R&R. However, this season does more than just boost your mental health and create tan lines; it benefits your oral health as well! Your cosmetic dentist in Southlake shares three reasons the summer sun is good for your smile.


4 Benefits of a Beautiful Smile

June 6, 2020

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Woman smiling while walking outside

Did you know that children smile roughly 400 times per day? However, research shows that the average adult only smiles 20 times per day! While some attribute the desire for a perfect smile to vanity, having beautiful teeth and healthy gums can do more than just make you look good. Your dentist in Southlake is here to share four scientific benefits of smiling.


Keeping Your Gums Healthy While In Quarantine

May 11, 2020

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person smiling and showing their gums

During the COVID-19 crisis, it can feel easy to let your gum health slip to the backburner of your priority list. The only problem with that is that it could leave you vulnerable to developing gum disease, one of the most common oral health problems in the nation. With the extra time on your hands while you’re in quarantine, you can optimize your gum health and keep your smile looking and feeling healthy. Read on to learn more about warding off the harmful effects of gum disease from your dentist in Southlake, so you don’t become a part of a statistic.


How Dental Practices Stay Safe and Clean During COVID-19

April 30, 2020

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dental assistant sterilizing instruments for dental practice safety during COVID-19

Across the country, COVID-19 restrictions are gradually being lifted. However, it is wise to remain cautious in order to protect yourself from possible contamination. Wearing a mask in public, washing your hands frequently, and staying home as much as you can are all smart moves. Still, balance is important — and there is no reason to hold back from attending necessary appointments, including dental appointments. Dental offices are some of the cleanest places in the country due to their strict sanitation protocols. Let’s discuss some of the precautions that dentists are taking to promote dental practice safety during COVID-19.


If You Have a Dental Emergency, Should You Visit the ER?

March 24, 2020

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woman icing jaw needing treatment for dental emergencies

As America battles the COVID-19 pandemic, most dentists have temporarily stopped providing elective care. The purpose of this is to slow down the spread of the virus. Unfortunately, dental emergencies can still happen during this trying period. If you find yourself in this situation, should you visit the ER or contact a local dentist for treatment? Read on to get the answer and to find out why it’s so important to make the right decision!


Why Your Dental Implant Might Be Sensitive

February 27, 2020

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woman with dental implant tooth sensitivity in Southlake

You got one of your teeth replaced with a dental implant a few months ago, and you couldn’t have been happier. Once your crown was placed on top of it, you could finally eat all your favorite foods and smile with confidence once again. But soon, you started feeling sensitivity in the implant tooth. Your teeth have never really been sensitive before, so you’re not really sure what to do. In that case, read this guide on dental implant tooth sensitivity in Southlake.


Can Smoking Cause Dental Implant Failure?

January 31, 2020

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man smokingIf you’ve lost one or more teeth over the years, dental implants in Southlake are the most reliable solution to rebuild your smile. As the only dental prosthetic to replicate the entire tooth structure, you’ll enjoy a variety of benefits that can last for a lifetime with the right aftercare. While it is rare, dental implants can fail. Unfortunately, a leading cause of implant failure is caused by smoking. If you can’t kick the habit, here’s what you need to know to ensure your new smile lasts.


3 Ways Cosmetic Dentistry Can Put You in the Holiday Spirit

November 26, 2019

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friends having a holiday gathering

The holidays are filled with conversations with long-lost friends and family, office parties, and endless photos that will be stored away and pulled back out to show everyone year after year. The thought of having to look back on teeth that you find crooked, misaligned, and unattractive gives you the worst kind of goosebumps. Sometimes, it’s difficult to feel grateful when you’re self-conscious about what your coworkers, friends, and family think of when they catch a glimpse of your smile. That’s why your cosmetic dentist in Southlake offers a large menu of services, such as porcelain veneers, professional teeth whitening, and direct bonding. No matter what imperfections you’re faced with, they can be fixed. Read on for three ways investing in cosmetic dental treatment can put you in the holiday spirit.


Only 2 Months Left! See a Dentist Before Your Insurance Benefits Disappear

October 18, 2019

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Computer screen that reads, Dental Benefits

True or false: Unused dental insurance benefits roll over at the end of the year. False! If you’re like most people, you answered ‘true’, but when it comes to dental insurance, it’s actually a “use it or lose it” situation. And one common reason people lose hundreds of dollars in benefits is failing to schedule with a dentist in Southlake before their plan expires (which usually happens on December 31st). In this blog, you’ll learn why using your insurance plan wisely is so important for both your finances and oral health. Learn more below!

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