Posts for: October, 2017

By Michael J Morris, DDS
October 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  
4ReasonsyoumaywantYourDentisttoWhitenYourTeeth

With the advent of home whitening kits, you no longer have to go to the dentist to have your teeth whitened. DIY kits are relatively safe and effective, if you follow the directions carefully.

So, you might be thinking: why have a dentist whiten my teeth? Actually, there are good reasons why you might. Here are 4 of them.

We'll make sure your teeth are healthy first. Your teeth may need some attention first, such as treatment for dental disease, before we undertake whitening. We'll also determine why your teeth are stained, which could impact how they're whitened (more about that in a moment).

Our application could take less time and last longer. Bleaching agents in home kits make up less than 10% of volume, much weaker than the applications we use. While it often takes several applications at home to achieve the desired brightness, you may only need one or two sessions with us. Our stronger solution may also extend the “fade time” — when the whitening begins to diminish — than what you may encounter with home whitening.

We can be more precise achieving the right shade. There are different shades of teeth whiteness — what looks good for someone else might not look good for you. We have the training and expertise to achieve a color that's right for you. What's more, we also have techniques and equipment like UV lighting that enables us to color match more precisely than you can with a home kit.

Your DIY kit can't alter some forms of staining. Home kits bleach only the outermost layers of tooth enamel. That won't help, though, if your discoloration originates inside the tooth. This intrinsic staining requires procedures only a dentist can perform to bleach the tooth from the inside out.

Even if you'd still like to use a home kit we'll be happy to advise you on purchasing and application. It's also a good idea to have us check the staining first to see if a home kit will work at all. In the end, we share the same desire as you do: that your teeth are as healthy as they can be and bright as you want them to be.

If you would like more information on tooth whitening options, 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 “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”


By Michael J Morris, DDS
October 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health
FAQsAboutChildrensDentalDevelopment

Watching your newborn develop into a toddler, then an elementary schooler, a teenager, and finally an adult is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences there is. Throughout the years, you’ll note the passing of many physical milestones — including changes that involve the coming and going of primary and permanent teeth. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about children’s dental development.

When will I see my baby’s first tooth come in?
The two lower front teeth usually erupt (emerge from the gums) together, between the ages of 6 and 10 months. But your baby’s teeth may come earlier or later. Some babies are even born with teeth! You will know the first tooth is about to come in if you see signs of teething, such as irritability and a lot of drooling. The last of the 20 baby teeth to come in are the 2-year molars, so named for the age at which they erupt.

When do kids start to lose their baby teeth?
Baby teeth are generally lost in the same order in which they appeared, starting with the lower front teeth around age 6. Children will continue to lose their primary teeth until around age 12.

What makes baby teeth fall out?
Pressure from the emerging permanent tooth below the gum will cause the roots of the baby tooth to break down or “resorb” little by little. As more of the root structure disappears, the primary tooth loses its anchorage in the jawbone and falls out.

When will I know if my child needs braces?
Bite problems (malocclusions) usually become apparent when a child has a mixture of primary and permanent teeth, around age 6-8. Certain malocclusions are easier to treat while a child’s jaw is still growing, before puberty is reached. Using appliances designed for this purpose, orthodontists can actually influence the growth and development of a child’s jaw — to make more room for crowded teeth, for example. We can discuss interceptive orthodontics more fully with you at your child’s next appointment.

When do wisdom teeth come in and why do they cause problems?
Wisdom teeth (also called third molars) usually come in between the ages of 17 and 25. By that time, there may not be enough room in the jaw to accommodate them — or they may be positioned to come in at an angle instead of vertically. Either of these situations can cause them to push against the roots of a neighboring tooth and become trapped beneath the gum, which is known as impaction. An impacted wisdom tooth may lead to an infection or damage to adjacent healthy teeth. That it is why it is important for developing wisdom teeth to be monitored regularly at the dental office.

If you have additional questions about your child’s dental development, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Losing a Baby Tooth” and “The Importance of Baby Teeth.”


By Michael J Morris, DDS
October 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics   Invisalign  

Millions of people from around the world are turning to Invisalign as a hassle-free way to straighten their smile. Many patients love the fact invisalignthat Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible and that they work with their lifestyle. Dr. Michael Morris is your Spring, TX dentist. He offers orthodontic treatment with Invisalign to his patients. Here are four advantages of Invisalign.

1. Corrects Dental Problems

A series of aligners are custom-fitted for you, to gradually move your teeth in the sequence determined by your dentist. The aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material, look similar to teeth-bleaching trays. Invisalign corrects the same problems as metal braces, including: a crossbite, overcrowded teeth, gapped teeth, an overbite, an underbite, crooked teeth, and protruding teeth. 

2. Invisalign is Invisible

Don't let metal wires and brackets hold you back. You can straighten your teeth without the use of metal. Invisalign is the clear alternative to metal braces. Invisalign moves your teeth using a series of nearly invisible aligners. Many patients love the fact that Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible and that they work with their lifestyle. 

3. Invisalign is Comfortable

Invisalign treatment has a minimal impact on the quality of your people's lives. The aligners are very comfortable to wear, so you will be able to wear them for about 22 hours a day without much effort. While traditional braces are effective in straightening the teeth, metal brackets and wires can be uncomfortable to wear.

4. Invisalign is Removable

With metal braces, you have to avoid eating certain foods because they can become stuck next to your teeth. Invisalign moves your teeth using removable aligners. With Invisalign, you will be able to eat the foods you love and maintain good dental hygiene. The aligners are removable, so you can continue to floss and brush your teeth as you normally would. Your Spring, TX dentist can help you find out if Invisalign is right for you.

So, what are you waiting for? There's never been a better time to straighten your smile. Call Dr. Michael Morris at 281-379-6939 now to schedule an Invisalign consultation in Spring, TX. Invisalign won't just improve your smile; it will also change your life for the better.




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Michael J Morris, DDS
9318 Louetta Road Suite 600
Spring, TX 77379
(281) 379-6939
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