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Parents Invisalign Makes a Great Graduation Gift

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Invisalign | 0 comments

Parents Invisalign Makes a Great Graduation Gift

Parents From social lives to social media, teens today are facing more and more challenges when it comes to their self-esteem. To better understand why, we commissioned the “Invisalign Teen® Confidence Survey.”* The results have provided undeniable proof that metal braces are a major cause of low self-esteem for teens across the country. When you “Unbrace the Truth”, you’ll discover why Invisalign Teen® clear aligners are a better choice over...

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Summer Brides Can Straighten Teeth Before Wedding

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Invisalign | 0 comments

Summer Brides Can Straighten Teeth Before Wedding

  NEW survey FINDS that 40 PERCENT of brides POSTED OR WILL POST A “SELFIE” AS THEIR FIRST WEDDING PHOTO The Invisalign® Brand sponsored “Smile Ever After” Survey Also Reveals That 92 Percent Of Brides Rank Their Smile As Their Most Important Wedding-Day Accessory SAN JOSE, Calif., (May 1, 2014) – The word “selfie” is hugely popular among teenagers – and it’s now resonating with many new brides. A recent Wakefield Research survey commissioned by the makers of Invisalign® has discovered that 40 percent of brides say that the first wedding photo they posted or will post to social media was or will be a “selfie.” This popular “close up” and often “revealing” style of capturing life’s memorable moments is a welcome trend for the Invisalign treatment that has helped thousands of brides improve their smile before walking down the aisle. “We see more and more brides posting their smiles and sharing milestones along the way with friends, family and the world – long before they even say ‘I do!’” says nationally-recognized and recently engaged lifestyle expert Justine Santaniello. “For those brides-to-be who may be less than happy with their smile, my advice is to plan ahead for major beauty boosters, like straightening your teeth, which provides life long advantages that are more than just visible in a photo.” Prepping for wedding photos can be a lengthy process and one that a large percentage of brides wish they had invested more time and effort into before their big day. The “Smile Ever After” survey also found that 89 percent of recently married women wished they looked better in their wedding photos and 87 percent felt they needed more time to prepare themselves to look their best on their wedding day. Invisalign treatments offer options perfect for all types of teeth straightening issues so that every bride can walk down the aisle with a more confident smile by their wedding day. Invisalign can treat mild crowding and gaps, to more severe problems like over bite or under bite. The “Smile Ever After” online survey polled 500 U.S. recently engaged or recently married women ages 18 and over between March 6-14, 2014. This online survey also revealed: The Best Wedding Day Beauty Accessory. Whether in a “selfie” or not, 92 percent of brides agree that a smile is the most important accessory a bride can showcase on her big day. Camera-Ready Coaching Please! Recently married women also think a little coaching could have helped with 96 percent wishing someone had given them tips before taking photos on their wedding day. These include: “Practice your ‘posed’ smile in the mirror” (51%); “Take some silly photos (48%)”; “Refresh your makeup between photos” (46%); and, “Keep your head up and remember to smile when you walk down the aisle” (43%). Photoshop to the Rescue. Despite all the preparation and meticulous smile practice, some photos just don’t turn out well. Seventy-three percent (73%) of brides would Photoshop some area of their wedding-related photos, including their complexion (42%), their body (36%) and their teeth (36%)....

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The Necessity of Replacing Missing Teeth

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Dental Facial Rejuvenation, Dental Health | 0 comments

The Necessity of Replacing Missing Teeth

Watch Pat’s Video Story Effects on jaw bone and gum When you lose teeth, it disturbs the interplay between teeth and bone. Gum and bone are no longer stimulated well enough due to the missing teeth, so the jaw bone starts shrinking and your gum pulls back. This can weaken neighboring teeth until they collapse. Teeth in the opposite jaw can then start growing into the gap. Effects on your appearance Missing teeth and a reduced jaw bone can make your face look older and wrinkly, and for your cheeks to become hollow and saggy, because they can no longer fully stabilize your lips and cheeks from the inside. Every tooth counts. A single lost or damaged tooth can influence your daily life. Even though it may be at the back of your mouth and not visible from the outside, over time it can start affecting your appearance, self-esteem, your oral health and even your health in general. Contact Brit Phillips DDS in Fort Worth Texas and learn about what role each tooth has to play in your mouth, the consequences of tooth loss. What to do when a tooth gets knocked out If you lose a tooth in a dental accident, it’s important to follow a number of steps that may increase your dentist’s chances of saving the tooth. Call Brit Phillips DDS in Fort Worth Texas immediately after a dental accident. We can advise the proper treatments right...

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Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Veneers | 0 comments

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. It is important to feel good about your smile. Your teeth are a big factor when it comes to a perfect smile, and unfortunately, there are many people today who do not feel confident about their smile Getting porcelain veneers usually helps boost their confidence when it comes to their smile. WHAT ARE PORCELAIN VENEERS? Porcelain Veneers are thin shells of ceramic that are attached to the front surfaces of teeth. Each veneer is designed differently for each person, and it is considered a cosmetic dental enhancement. Porcelain veneers are made from advanced materials that mimic the appearance of the natural enamel on teeth. Many people choose to get porcelain veneers if their smile is less-than-perfect because of yellowing, stains, chips, cracks in the teeth, gaps between teeth, or minor misalignment. There are a few things you need to make sure of before you opt for this treatment. You must first have good overall oral health and be committed to maintaining proper oral care and dental hygiene. If you are going to make this investment in your smile, you want to make sure that taking care of the porcelain veneers is a major priority. WHY PORCELAIN VENEERS? #1: Unlike composite resin veneers that require more maintenance as they can chip, porcelain veneers are more durable, usually lasting anywhere from 12-25 years and rarely require any maintenance (outside of basic oral hygiene, of course!). #2: If you have severe discoloration, malformation or misalignment of the teeth, porcelain is a better option for your unique circumstance. #3: If you feel that your teeth are small and misaligned, then porcelain veneers would be the ideal option. They are made from a mold of your teeth and then sized and fit proportionately to the other teeth in your mouth. #4: Another added benefit to choosing porcelain veneers over composite veneers is that the gum tissue tolerates the porcelain better. If properly cared for, porcelain veneers are always a great option if you are looking for cosmetic enhancements for your teeth. They are the best at mimicking the natural look and feel of teeth, thus, making them almost always unnoticeable. Since porcelain veneers can essentially last forever if taken care of properly, you are sure to feel more confident and happy with your smile. Learn more about porcelain veneers. If you are interested in learning more about how porcelain veneers can change your smile, please contact Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth today to schedule a...

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Fort Worth Denture Center

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Dentures Fort Worth | 0 comments

Fort Worth Denture Center

Denture Repairs There are two basic types of REPAIRS: simple repairs and repairs with impressions. Different fees apply to each type of repair. Brit Phillips DDS in Fort Worth Texas will need to see the denture to determine the extent of the repair required, or if the denture can be repaired. It may not be possible to repair an older denture that has experienced considerable wear. Please do not try to repair the dentures yourself. This may result in the need for a new denture for which standard charges will apply. Also, note that you will need to be present in the office the day a repair is being performed on your dentures. Denture repairs can usually be completed the same day. Denture Relines A denture reline refits the denture to the gums by way of a new impression. A reline may provide a solution to a loose-fitting denture. The reline sometimes can be completed while you are in the treatment chair, but it often needs to be sent to the lab. Dr. Phillips will discuss with you the type of reline that will be most appropriate for your clinical needs. Denture relines can usually be completed the same day. Denture Adjustments Denture adjustments help alleviate soreness due to high spots where the denture rests upon your gums. If your denture was not fabricated by Brit Phillips DDS, it may not be possible to adjust the denture. Dr. Phillips will need to examine the denture to determine what treatment can be provided. Please remember an adjustment is not the solution to a loose-fitting denture. A reline is typically the best solution....

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Why Choose Dental Implants Over Dentures?

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Dental Implants, Dentures Fort Worth | 0 comments

Why Choose Dental Implants Over Dentures?

Dental implants are widely considered to be the most successful method of tooth replacement used today, because they give a number of benefits to patients. Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth shares a few of the most notable benefits below. A natural smile A dental implant looks and feels just like your own tooth. The color, shape and contour of the new tooth can be made to match your natural tooth. The result is a natural smile, that brings back your confidence and quality of life. With your new natural looking teeth, you will feel like smiling again. Eat and speak normally Did you have to give up on some of your favorite dishes since you lost your teeth? Or do you feel self-conscious when talking to your friends and associates, because missing teeth or dentures make it more difficult to speak clearly? Dental implants bring back the full function of natural teeth. No matter how hard, or sticky the food, dental implants can put it back on your menu. And they can restore your clear speech if you have found yourself repeating your words because others could not understand what you are saying. Neighboring teeth stay intact Other restoration methods often require neighboring teeth to be ground down to anchor the restoration in your mouth. Dental implants do not harm neighboring teeth. Stable and comfortable fit Since dental implants are fixed to your jaw bone, they are usually more stable, more comfortable and long-lasting than other restorations. On top of that, dental implants are made of biocompatible materials, which means that your body tolerates them. A long-lasting and proven solution Dental implants are very durable. With proper care and good oral hygiene, implants will last for many years or even a lifetime. Decades of research have gone into their functionality and stability, since the first patient received modern dental implants in 1965. Cost-effectiveness Implant treatment can be considered a long-term investment into your life and well-being. Compared to other restorations, costs can seem higher at first glance. However, higher maintenance costs, the potential increase in lost jaw bone, and, ultimately, the loss of even more teeth can make other restorations more expensive in the long run. Call Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth today if you have any questions about how dental implants can improve your health if you are missing teeth....

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You Might Need Dentures

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Dentures Fort Worth | 0 comments

You Might Need Dentures

Dentures? Not me! If you’ve always figured that dentures are for others, you’re not alone. The truth is, dentures are more prevalent than you might think. Approximately 20 million women age 40 and over wear full or partial dentures, reports a 2009 Fixodent Beauty & Aging Survey. It’s a fact that a surprising 17% of adults age 65 years and older have had all their natural teeth removed, says a 2010 survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the number of US adults needing dentures is projected to increase from 33.6 million in 1991 to 37.9 million in 2020, per research published in The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. Even you might need dentures.   If you have lost more than two or three teeth, you need to dial Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth pronto. Why? You need some sort of prosthesis otherwise the pressure on the remaining teeth will be too great. If you have lost your back teeth and are thinking, ‘I still have my front teeth and they look good, so who cares,’ know that fewer teeth are doing all the work, and there is a greater chance of losing more teeth.   Sometimes dentures are an aesthetic choice. “I have patients who elect to have a denture earlier than they might absolutely need to because of the appearance of their front teeth,” says Dr. Phillips. Does it make a difference? According to Fixodent’s 2009 Beauty & Aging Survey, most female denture wearers (67%) say they smile more often since getting dentures. Even so, opting for dentures deserves careful thought, so consult with Brit Phillips DDS to determine what’s best for you. Call Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth if you think you might need...

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North Texas Denture Center

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Dentures Fort Worth | 0 comments

North Texas Denture Center

North Texas Denture Center Traditional full dentures are usually a last resort option. Dentures are definitely not the end of the world, and if created properly, they can really enhance your smile and still allow for a decent chewing ability.  So if you’re missing most of your teeth and can’t afford or don’t want dental implants then a removable denture may be the best option for you. It’s very possible to get a set of dentures that look like real teeth.  If you have enough bone to support them, it’s also possible to have a set of dentures that give you good chewing ability for many foods. The cost of dentures will be the most affordable option compared to implants and implant supported options.  Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth  and the team at the North Texas Denture Center welcome you to learn more about modern cosmetic and restorative dentistry options. Here are some before and after examples of some of our past patients. Advantages of Dentures They can look great and feel like real teeth. North Texas Denture Center can add subtle imperfections which add to the realism of the teeth. There are many different levels of quality in denture teeth too–the better ones usually look more realistic. Dentures are the most affordable way to replace missing teeth.  One upper or lower denture can replace all the missing teeth on that arch.  While dentures may not be inexpensive, compared to fixed bridges and implants, they definitely cost less than the alternatives. Removable dentures can support the cheek and facial structure.  By replacing the missing teeth with dentures, the face can appear full and dramatically change your look. Dentures help eating and speaking.  A proper fitting set of dentures can improve chewing, speaking and enhance your quality of life in a variety of ways. Questions? Please call your North Texas Denture Center today or use the form below to contact us privately. We are here to...

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New Smile in One Day with Implants

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Dental Implants | 0 comments

New Smile in One Day with Implants

New Smile in One Day with Implants   Can just four implants replace all the teeth in your mouth? Thanks to advances in dental implant technology, that answer is a resounding yes! Believe it or not, tooth loss is extremely common among adults. In fact, more than 35 million people in America are missing all their upper and/or lower teeth. Rather than living with the discomfort and hassles of dentures, many people are opting for what is called “all-on-four” dental implant restoration. All-on four: One full arch of teeth, four dental implants To fully understand this remarkable technique for replacing teeth, you should first understand what a dental implant is. An implant is a small titanium screw that fits inside your jawbone and replaces the root-part of a missing tooth. Minor surgery is required to insert the implants. Once the implant is in place, a crown is attached to give you highly realistic-looking and functional prosthetic teeth. You do not need a dental implant for each and every one of your missing teeth. All you need is four precisely placed implants on the top of your mouth, and four on the bottom, to restore your full smile. That’s the beauty of the all-on-four. And because the implant is made of titanium, it has the unique ability to fuse to living bone and function as part of it. So eventually, the dental implant becomes part of the jawbone and serves as a strong, long-lasting foundation for your new teeth. Besides ensuring that your implants are permanently fixed in place, this bone fusion has another important benefit: it prevents future bone loss in the jaw. This helps to maintain a more youthful facial structure and better oral health. But perhaps the biggest surprise about the all-on-four is how quickly it can transform your life. You can get a radiant, new smile in just one day By combining the precise technology of the all-on-four procedure with the expertise of our implant teams, Brit Phillips DDS has a way to give most patients a new smile in one day. Here’s why the all-inclusive approach at Brit Phillips DDS works for people who are missing most of their teeth: Your team of doctors, lab technicians and equipment are all in one patient-centered facility We’re able to place the all-on-four dental implants and the arches of your new teeth in your mouth while you are fully sedated You leave our center with a natural looking, fully functioning set of teeth — all in one day After your day with Brit Phillips DDS, your new smile will look and feel great, but it’s only temporary. You see, it takes dental implants some time to heal and fuse to your jawbone. Once that happens, you’ll come back in and your team will replace your temporary teeth with a permanent, customized smile designed just for you. How do you know if the all-on-four from Brit Phillips DDS is the right option for you? Brit Phillips DDS offers a free consultation for first-time patients. At your consultation, you’ll receive a free 3D CT Scan. This scan will help determine if you need implants and assist your doctors in creating your treatment plan. So if you want to learn more about dental implants and unique all-inclusive treatment approach, simply schedule your free consultation. It’s...

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Denture Wearers Common Problems

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Dentures Fort Worth, Gum Recession, Healthy Smiles | 0 comments

Denture Wearers Common Problems

Moving or slipping dentures: Shrinking the of jaw bone and loss of surrounding gum tissues can cause dentures to become misaligned after a time. Even the best fitting dentures will likely become ill-fitted after awhile even with the best of care. Proper care and regular dental visits can prolong the life of your dentures and lessen the need for realignment or replacement and prolong the life of your dentures. Difficulty chewing certain foods: Certain foods may always be hard to chew for denture wearers. Smaller food items such as rice and sesame seeds can get lodged underneath the best fitting dentures easily. Ill fitting dentures are much more susceptible to these kinds of problems. Small food particles can easily get in between the denture and gums or roof of the mouth causing irritation and sometimes sharp pain if the offending item is hard or sharp in any way. Avoiding certain foods might not always be an option for some people so good denture care is almost always the best option. Wear and tear: The material that makes up dentures is not as strong nor as long lasting as natural teeth, meaning that replacement is likely inevitable over time. Refitting them as needed is a very effective way to preserve the longevity of your dentures. Good hygiene and regular cleaning with a soft bristle brush and a cleaner made for dentures will go a long way towards helping to make your dentures last longer as well. Avoid brushing with toothpastes as they are more abrasive and will and to the wear and tear of them over time. Storing dentures submerged in water or a cleaning solution will keep them form drying out and potentially warping as well.    ...

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