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When planning for your new smile, we look at more than the condition of individual teeth. We also step back for the bigger “bite” picture: how do the teeth look and interact with each other?
If we have a normal bite, our teeth are aligned symmetrically with each other. This not only looks aesthetically pleasing with the rest of the face, it also contributes to good function when we chew food. A bad bite (malocclusion) disrupts this mouth-to-face symmetry, impairs chewing and makes hygiene and disease prevention much more difficult.
That's where orthodontics, the dental specialty for moving teeth, can work wonders. With today's advanced techniques, we can correct even the most complex malocclusions — and at any age. Even if your teen years are well behind you, repairing a bad bite can improve both your smile and your dental health.
The most common approach, of course, is braces. They consist of metal or plastic brackets bonded to the outside face of the teeth with a thin metal wire laced through them. The wire attaches to an anchorage point, the back teeth or one created with other appliances, and placed under tension or pressure. The gradual increasing of tension or pressure on the teeth will move them over time.
Â Braces are versatile and quite effective, but they can be restrictive and highly noticeable. Many people, especially older adults, feel embarrassed to wear them. There is an alternative: clear aligners. These are a series of clear, plastic trays that you wear in sequence, a couple of weeks for each tray. When you change to the next tray in the series, it will be slightly different than its predecessor. As the trays change shape guided by computer-enhanced modeling, the teeth gradually move.
If you're interested in having a poor bite corrected, the first step is a comprehensive orthodontic examination. This looks closely at not only teeth position, but also jaw function and overall oral and general health.
With that we can help you decide if orthodontics is right for you. If so, we'll formulate a treatment plan that can transform your smile and boost your dental health.
If you would like more information on the cosmetic and health benefits of orthodontics, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”
At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
Tooth loss can lead to the deterioration of your bones without the support it needs. Dental implants are the most ideal replacement for teeth as they provide your jawbone with this necessary strength. If you decide to get a dental implant, here's what you need to know about the process, and of course, your dentist in Fort Worth, TX, Dr. Brad McConnell, is available to help and advise you!
The Dental Implant Procedure
The procedure is long, yet simple, and begins when a local anesthetic is applied to the area that will undergo treatment. Your Fort Worth dentist will then remove any decayed tooth left and insert a titanium post into the jawbone. This titanium post acts as the new tooth root and is biocompatible, so there is no worry of tissue rejection.
The doctor will then surgically close the area and allow it to heal for a period of 3 to 6 months so that osseointegration can take its full course (this is the process by which titanium fuses to the jawbone to provide reinforcement). When you return, your dentist will re-open the area, insert an abutment, and place a crown that matches the rest of your teeth over it.
Dental implants do the following:
- Anchor dentures
- Fill a single gap or multiple gaps in your teeth
- Have a high success rate, reaching 95 percent
- Allow you to bite into and chew your favorite foods
- Not slip out of place like dentures, making them comfortable and practical
- Look natural and give you a beautiful smile
- Provide your jawbone with the support it needs so that it doesn't shrink
You should practice healthy dental regimens to protect your teeth and ensure that dental implants last longer. Getting professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months to remove hardened plaque that's accumulated on teeth and around gums is important in maintaining healthy teeth. You should also receive fluoride treatments and use fluoride-containing products like toothpaste and mouthwash to prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
Also, brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once before bed will remove food debris.
If you have questions or concerns, Dr. Brad McConnell can help you. Call (817) 423-2223 in Fort Worth, TX, to make an appoint today!
If you're missing teeth due to decay, trauma or gum disease, all is not lost. Modern dental science offers a tooth replacement so lifelike, patients cannot distinguish between their real teeth and their artificial ones. What are these miracles of oral health? They're dental implants, and your Fort Worth dentist, Dr. Brad McConnell, uses them to complete smiles beautifully.
How implants work
In his Fort Worth office, Dr. McConnell places dental implants directly into the jawbone of patients who are missing teeth but overall, are healthy. He evaluates the surrounding teeth, gums and supporting bone to ensure the implant screw will have a strong foundation.
After a careful examination, and digital X-rays, your dentist can proceed with the treatment, numbing the area first to ensure your complete comfort. After that, he opens the gums and drills a small access hole into the jaw. Then, he inserts the titanium implant and closes with sutures.
For several weeks, you'll wait for the site to heal, or osseointegrate. Osseointegration bonds the jaw bone to the titanium implant with exceptional security. However, you can not chew on your implant until this process is complete.
While it takes a few months, the wait is worthwhile, practically guaranteeing that implant will not be disrupted in any way for years to come. In fact, the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness says that implants last 40 to 50 years or even more--in other words, a lifetime.
The unexpected benefits
Due to osseointegration, jaw bone density improves as you use your new tooth. The forces exerted on your implant transfer to the bone, exercising and strengthening it
You'll avoid the embarrassment of smile gaps and the gum and bone degradation which results when a tooth is extracted and either not replaced or replaced with traditional bridgework or dentures. These conventional tooth replacements just rest on top of the gums and cannot preserve the jaw bone.
Bridgework, partial dentures and full dentures which are either fixed or removable also may be anchored with dental implants. The foundation is so secure that patients can eat the very same foods they enjoyed with their natural teeth--corn on the cob, ribs, apples and other items which test the security of dental prosthetics.
Finally, dental implants are easy to maintain. Your hygienist will show you the proper way to brush and floss around your implants, and you might consider wearing a bite guard if you habitually clench your teeth. This appliance reduces the forces exerted by bruxism.
A word about tobacco--please consider quitting your smoking or chewing habit. Tobacco contains toxins which harm gum tissue and bone around natural teeth and dental implants, too. So, give your oral and systemic health a break, and see your doctor about a smoking cessation program.
Book a consultation
Dr. McConnell and his team welcome the opportunity to evaluate people for innovative dental implants. Why not work toward completing your smile by arranging an in-office consultation? Call Harris Parkway Dental Care today: (817) 423-2223.
What can your cosmetic dentist in Fort Worth, TX, do for you? He can help you show off your best possible smile. Yes, aesthetic dental treatments with Dr. Brad McConnell can transform your healthy teeth into stunningly beautiful teeth. Improve your dental alignment, cover chips and cracks, whiten your enamel or repair detracting flaws, or do it all with a comprehensive smile makeover at Harris Parkway Dental Care.
What cosmetic dentists in Fort Worth look for
Dr. McConnell looks for healthy teeth and gums before proceeding with any cosmetic corrections. That means when you come to Harris Parkway Dental Care, you'll receive a comprehensive dental examination, including digital X-rays and any other modern imaging Dr. McConnell feels necessary to arrive at your optimal treatment plan.
With that healthy baseline established, you and your cosmetic dentist in Fort Worth will discuss honestly what changes you'd like and what changes are possible. You'll consider:
- Smile width and height
- Obvious aesthetic flaws such as hairline cracks and uneven tooth length
- Tooth color
- Amount of gum tissue which shows when you smile
- Gaps, overcrowding and dental bite
Then, Dr. McConnell will recommend possible changes and what treatments involve in terms of cost, number of appointments and other critical factors. At Harris Parkway Dental Care, Dr. McConnell and his team want you to make fully informed decisions about your oral health and personal appearance.
Offered cosmetic treatments
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that professional teeth whitening is one of the most requested aesthetic treatments offered in the modern dental office. Why is that? Well, Dr. McConnell finds his patients are thrilled with the dramatic results--up to 8 shades of color improvement, safely whitening smiles stained by tobacco, coffee, wine or just the aging process. At Harris Parkway Dental Care, you may choose either at-home or in-office whitening which uses concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel to power out stains without any resulting gum or tooth sensitivity.
To address flaws such as chips, gaps and cracks, Dr. McConnell offers composite resin bonding and porcelain veneers. Bonding is quicker, using a putty-like blend of glass and acrylic to reshape flaws in just one visit. Porcelain veneers correct more complex flaws, covering the front side of selected teeth with a thin layer of translucent ceramic. Veneers involve a couple of appointments, some enamel reduction and oral impressions for a custom-made result.
Finally, Invisalign clear aligners combine the best of cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics. Custom-fabricated in pairs, Invisalign appliances discreetly straighten a variety of smile problems, including overbite, tooth rotation, gaps and more. Plus, they are comfortable and removable for meals, oral hygiene and special occasions. With Invisalign, you can have the straight healthy smile you've always wanted without the obvious appearance and discomforts of traditional braces.
Changes you'd like to see
Your smile can improve for the better with a smile makeover from your cosmetic dentist in Fort Worth, TX, Dr. Brad McConnell. Won't you contact Harris Parkway Dental Care to book a consultation? Call (817) 423-2223.