Posts for: October, 2016

By Michael J Morris, DDS
October 26, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: smile makeover  

Teeth serve more than a utilitarian function, more than a means to bite or chew food. They're part of our identity and how we express ourselves — especially when we smile. Misaligned, disfigured, discolored or missing teeth diminish our smile and inhibit our confidence in showing it.

We're just now learning how powerful a confident smile can be when interacting with others. And not just on a personal level: your hesitation to smile because of unattractive teeth could impact your career and professional life. That's why cosmetic dentistry has grown in such prominence, and why we're seeing a revolution in new materials and techniques to restore teeth and gums.

Thanks to these advances, we can transform any smile marred by unattractive teeth into a thing of beauty. This transformation can be as simple as whitening for stained teeth or as involved as dental implants to replace missing teeth.

But it's more than creating a change in your appearance that's technically “perfect.” True smile transformation aspires to be more than that: to reflect your individual personality. There are subtleties in any technique for unique self expression. For example, we can create different effects by adjusting the shape of your teeth's edges, like a more rounded “sexy” look or a sharper “sophisticated” one.

We can even go so far as to create a “Hollywood” smile that's perfect and dazzlingly bright. The question is, though, is that the kind of smile you want? You might actually feel more comfortable with a more subdued smile that retains a few “imperfections” you believe distinguish you as an individual.

That's really where the planning process begins: with your desires and expectations. We must then factor in the actual condition of your teeth (as well as bite and gum and bone health) to decide what's realistic and affordable. Out of that will come a smile makeover plan that's truly your own.

If you would like more information on cosmetic dentistry, 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 “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”

By Michael J Morris, DDS
October 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

What your dentist in Louetta wants you to know about veneers

Have accumulated years and bad habits ruined your front teeth? If you are older, use your teeth as tools, or bite your fingernails, veneerschances are good you have done damage to your front teeth. The good news is you don’t have to just live with your less-than-perfect smile. You can achieve a perfect, beautiful smile thanks to porcelain veneers. Dr. Michael Morris in Louetta, TX wants to help you discover how veneers can help your smile.

Porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic dental treatments available. They can profoundly improve your appearance and your self-esteem. Veneers are the perfect choice to correct front teeth that are:

  • Cracked or chipped from bad habits

  • Damaged or broken from traumatic injury or accident

  • Severely worn or uneven from age-related wear

  • Gapped apart or overlapped due to genetics

  • Badly discolored or stained from smoking or other lifestyle issues

When you choose porcelain veneers, you are choosing a treatment that will provide you many benefits over the years. Your dentist in Louetta wants you to know that porcelain veneers will:

  • Help you look younger--because veneers mask staining and damage caused by aging, giving you a younger, more rejuvenated smile

  • Repel stains--according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry; this makes veneers the perfect choice for smokers and coffee drinkers

  • Look completely natural--because porcelain reflects light, just like your natural teeth, enhancing your smile

  • Provide a conservative solution--because your dentist removes very minimal tooth structure, unlike crowns or fillings

If you have a special event coming up like a wedding, reunion, or even an important job interview, porcelain veneers can help you look your best when it counts. You can have a whole new look, easily and quickly.

A great smile makes a great impression, and you deserve your best smile. Don’t wait when it comes to looking your best. It’s time to call Dr. Morris in Louetta, TX to find out more about porcelain veneers. Call today and get started on a new you!

By Michael J Morris, DDS
October 11, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Ever since childhood, when her career as a model and actress took off, Brooke Shields has enjoyed worldwide recognition — through advertisements for designer jeans, appearances on The Muppet Show, and starring roles in big-screen films. But not long ago, that familiar face was spotted in an unusual place: wearing a nasal anesthesia mask at the dentist's office. In fact, Shields posted the photo to her own Instagram account, with the caption “More dental surgery! I grind my teeth!” And judging by the number of comments the post received, she's far from alone.

In fact, researchers estimate that around one in ten adults have dental issues that stem from teeth grinding, which is also called bruxism. (Many children also grind their teeth, but it rarely causes serious problems, and is often outgrown.) About half of the people who are teeth grinders report problems like persistent headaches, jaw tenderness and sore teeth. Bruxism may also result in excessive tooth wear, and may damage dental work like crowns and bridges; in severe cases, loosened or fractured teeth have been reported.

Researchers have been studying teeth grinding for many years; their findings seem to indicate that it has no single cause. However, there are a number of factors that play a significant role in this condition. One is the anatomy of the jaw itself, and the effect of worn or misaligned teeth on the bite. Another factor relates to changes in brain activity that occur during the sleep cycle. In fact, nocturnal (nighttime) bruxism is now classified as a sleep-related movement disorder. Still other factors, such as the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs, and a high level of stress or anxiety, can make an individual more likely to experience bruxism.

What can be done for people whose teeth grinding is causing problems? Since this condition may have many causes, a number of different treatments are available. Successful management of bruxism often begins by striving to eliminate the factors that may cause problems — for example, making lifestyle changes to improve your health, creating a soothing nighttime environment, and trying stress-reduction techniques; these may include anything from warm baths and soft music at bedtime, to meditation and mindfulness exercises.

Several dental treatments are also available, including a custom-made occlusal guard (night guard) that can keep your teeth from being damaged by grinding. In some cases, a bite adjustment may also be recommended: In this procedure, a small amount of enamel is removed from a tooth to change the way it contacts the opposite tooth, thereby lessening the biting force on it. More invasive techniques (such as surgery) are rarely needed.

A little tooth grinding once in a while can be a normal response to stress; in fact, becoming aware of the condition is often the first step to controlling it. But if you begin to notice issues that could stem from bruxism — or if the loud grinding sounds cause problems for your sleeping partner — it may be time to contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more about bruxism in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Stress and Tooth Habits.”

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