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Whiter Teeth Make You Look Younger

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Teeth Whitening | 0 comments

Whiter Teeth Make You Look Younger

whiter teeth make you look younger
Maybe you’ve always wanted dazzling white teeth. Or maybe your teeth have yellowed as you’ve aged. Or perhaps you’re not happy with stubborn teeth stains as a result of drinking coffee, tea, wine or cola. Or maybe you recognize that whiter teeth make you look younger and healthier. Whatever your reason for wanting whiter teeth, you’re not alone.

Just like we all have different hair and skin color, people also have different tooth color. Some teeth are more yellow than others, while others yellow with aging. Your natural tooth color can also be affected by many factors.

Surface stains and internal discoloration can be caused by:

  • Aging
  • Using tobacco (smoked or chewed)
  • Drinking coffee, tea, colas or red wine
  • Eating pigmented foods such as cherries and blueberries
  • Accumulation of plaque and tartar deposits
  • Ingesting too much fluoride when teeth are forming
  • Treatment with the antibiotic tetracycline during childhood
  • There are several options available over the counter or professionally whitening techniques from your dentist.

    The over-the-counter products all have essentially the same whitening ingredient – the bleaching agent peroxide. If you go to your dentist for a professional tooth whitening, we’ll use a more concentrated peroxide product.

    With the in-office procedure, you get a lot of whitening very quickly, but it requires expertise. With such a high-powered bleaching agent, the gums must be protected.

    The over-the-counter products are weaker. That means less active whitening but also less risk to the gums, should the whitening agent come in contact. All of the products are safe if used as directed. Still, they can increase sensitivity of teeth and they can irritate gum tissue. If you decide to use these do it yourself whitening products, see your dentist if anything doesn’t feel right.

    Tooth whitening is best done in a “healthy mouth condition,” Dr. Phillips says. “Have a thorough exam, make sure your teeth are clean and that plaque and tartar have been removed.” Also, be aware that tooth whitening doesn’t work on crowns or most fillings.

    Professional whitening, which will be immediate and last for years, might cost more and is not generally covered by dental insurance, but is more effective. Products to use at home usually require multiple applications over a week or two, will have a gradual and lesser whitening effect, and will not last as long.

    A quick bit of tooth anatomy: Enamel is the thin hard outer layer of the tooth; dentin is the next layer in and is less dense than enamel. In the middle is the pulp, which is the soft tissue that holds the nerve center.

    “Enamel is what you’re bleaching,” Dr. Phillips says. “It’s really thin near the gum line. If you have receding gums, it exposes your root tissues.” Dentists try to avoid applying the concentrated product on or near the dentin.

    Dentin comes into play for aesthetics as well, because it’s got a naturally yellowish hue. As people age, their enamel can become thinner, a result of decades of wear and tear. The thinner the enamel, the more likely the yellowish dentin shows through. That’s why older people often have yellowed teeth. Bleaching products won’t help in this situation because they don’t affect the dentin.

    There are a few other discolorations that whitening procedures cannot change. If you took tetracycline as a kid, say for an ear infection, you might have antibiotic staining of the teeth. Or if your teeth suffered trauma when you were young and your enamel was still forming, whitening won’t work. Dentists refer to these discolorations as intrinsic stains.

    There are things you can do to help prevent your teeth from becoming stained. Avoid substances like red wine, coffee and tobacco. Other foods on the staining list are tea, tomato sauce and balsamic vinegar. If the thought of avoiding any of those makes you want to cry, Dr. Phillips advises rinsing with water after eating. Brushing your teeth is even better.

    And, of course, Dr. Phillips advises good oral hygiene: regular brushing, flossing and checkups.

    If you are interested in teeth whitening services, call Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth at 817-361-1999.

Do Not Ignore Gum Recession

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018 in Gum Recession | 0 comments

Do Not Ignore Gum Recession

gum recession azleGum disease is a big problem and it can sneak up on you and destroy your teeth. Stop receding gums and periodontal disease before it is too late. Do not ignore gum recession.

Bacteria are present in everyone’s mouth. 24/7, these micro-organisms eat away our most precious resources – your gums. There is nowhere to buy a new set of gums no matter how rich you are. Receding gums are one of those things that most people don’t think about until it happens to them. As gum loss typically begins to occur between the ages of 35-40, many adults attribute tooth sensitivity, in its beginning stages and other changes, to the aging process. Left unchecked, the gingiva or gums can recede considerably to the point of exposing the roots of a tooth. The process is gradual, with possibly a few discreet signs, such as sensitivity to hot or cold beverages or food items, slight bleeding at the gum line, perhaps even some minor discomfort or puffiness from time to time.

Gum recession is the process in which the margin of the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth wears away, or pulls back, exposing more of the tooth, or the tooth’s root. When gum recession occurs, “pockets,” or gaps, form between the teeth and gum line, making it easy for disease-causing bacteria to build up. If left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone structures of the teeth can be severely damaged, and may ultimately result in tooth loss.

Gum recession is a common dental problem. Most people don’t know they have gum recession because it occurs gradually. The first sign of gum recession is usually tooth sensitivity, or you may notice a tooth looks longer than normal. Typically, a notch can be felt near the gum line.

Causes of Gum Recession

Periodontal diseases. These are bacterial gum infections that destroy gum tissue and supporting bone that hold your teeth in place. Gum disease is the main cause of gum recession.

Your genes. Some people may be more susceptible to gum disease. In fact, studies show that 30% of the population may be predisposed to gum disease, regardless of how well they care for their teeth.

Aggressive tooth brushing. If you brush your teeth too hard or the wrong way, it can cause the enamel on your teeth to wear away and your gums to recede.

Grinding and clenching your teeth. Clenching or grinding your teeth can put too much force on the teeth, causing gums to recede.

Tobacco products. Tobacco users are more likely to have sticky plaque on their teeth that is difficult to remove and can cause gum recession.

Insufficient dental care. Inadequate brushing, flossing, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash makes it easy for plaque to turn into calculus (tartar) — a hard substance that builds on and between your teeth and can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning. It can lead to gum recession.

Hormonal changes. Fluctuations in female hormone levels during a woman’s lifetime, such as in puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, can make gums more sensitive and more vulnerable to gum recession.

Gum recession is not something you want to ignore. If you think your gums are receding, make an appointment with your dentist. There are treatments that can repair the gum and prevent further damage.

If your gum recession cannot be treated with deep cleaning because of excess loss of bone and pockets that are too deep, gum surgery may be required to repair the damage caused by gum recession.

Contact Brit Phillips DDS 817-361-1999 if you are experiencing gum recession and get started on a treatment to heal your gums.

Foods To Prevent Gum Disease

Posted by on Jul 28, 2018 in Gum Disease, Gum Recession | 0 comments

Foods To Prevent Gum Disease

foods to prevent gum diseaseWe recently had a patient whose gums were receding at a rapid pace even though her dental hygiene was impeccable. There could be many causes of gum recession. Did you know that one of them could be what you are or are not eating?

One way to heal gum disease is through your diet! The top 12 Foods To Prevent Gum Disease are shown below.

Over half of Americans have some form of gum disease (also called periodontal disease). Fortunately, if you catch your gum disease early enough you can stop the progression and reverse damage.

Gum disease is difficult to treat and reverse without accurate information and much of what most people have been told actually does more harm than good.

You can only stop the progression of gum disease with a combination approach including three essential elements:

  • A gum disease fighting diet
  • Professional care
  • Proper oral hygiene
  • These are listed in order of importance in the long term.

    The problem with treating gum disease is that there’s a lot of misinformation out there on how to properly prevent and reverse it. A majority of the misconceptions are related to dental hygiene, so I’ll briefly touch on those.

    First, make sure you actually have good oral health habits and aren’t unintentionally causing your gums any harm. Check the list below – some might surprise you.

    You ARE using extra soft bristles
    You ARE swapping out your toothbrush every three months (Bristles sharpen over time)
    You aren’t brushing too hard
    You aren’t using Listerine or strong antibacterial mouthwash

    While dental hygiene is important in fighting gum disease, diet is more effective and should be priority number one.

    If you aren’t getting the right nutrients to support a robust immune system you can have great dental habits and still wind up with gum disease. Food should be considered medicine and its influence on gum disease is no exception.

    Hippocrates said it over 2400 years ago, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

    Key Nutrients for Fighting Gum Disease

    A healthy body naturally fights gum disease. There are however some nutrients that are especially effective. The key is to eat foods that nourish your oral microbiome. To make sure you have the right nutrient building blocks within your diet, make sure you follow the guidelines below.

    Aim to eat foods that are high in:

    Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) – CoQ10 is an antioxidant found throughout the body and needed for proper cell function. Studies have found that people with sufficient CoQ10 are less likely to have gum disease. In fact, if you have enough of this antioxidant and you also have gum disease, your CoQ10 levels in your gums will increase in concentration. This can suppress the progression of periodontal inflammation.

    Collagen – When you have gum disease, your gums will reorganize the tissue makeup to deal with the inflammation – this results in collagen degradation. To combat this, you’ll need to eat foods with lots of collagen.

    Catechins – These are disease fighting phenols and antioxidants. Catechins have shown to be effective in treating gum disease through inhibiting harmful bacteria and preventing gum inflammation.

    Vitamin C – Studies have found that gum disease is associated with low Vitamin C levels. By increasing your Vitamin C intake, you can boost your immune system so it can fight the disease causing bacteria and help regenerate your gums. Additionally, you need Vitamin C for collagen maturation, which helps keep the periodontal ligament and other tissues healthy.

    Beta Carotene – Studies have found eating foods high in beta-carotene help those with gum disease heal better. Beta carotene is a provitamin your body turns into Vitamin A, which reduces inflammation.

    Omega-3s – Omega-3s are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and our body’s need them for a healthy immune system. One study found that omega-3 intake was inversely associated with gum disease.

    You need to increase your intake of each of these important nutrients if you want to tackle your gum disease head-on. On the other hand, you’ll support your oral microbiome even more effectively if you eat less harmful foods.

    To reduce the impact of gum disease you’ll want to starve the bad bacteria by eliminating:

  • Sugar (bad bacteria loves sugar)
  • Refined carbohydrates
  • Now that you know the best things to put in your body for fighting gum disease, here’s a closer look at the top 12 foods that contain these key ingredients.

    12 Best Foods to Eat if You Have Gum Disease

    1. Nuts and seeds high in omega 3s

    These include macadamia nuts, pistachios, sesame seeds. Omega-3s are essential to a well-rounded, nutrient-dense diet. Omega-3s are great for you because they are anti-inflammatory but also have an inverse relationship with gum disease. These nuts are great sources of nutrients as well.

    2. Salmon or other fatty fish

    Oily fish such a salmon, herring, and mackerel are great sources of nutrients and are high in omega-3s. Due to their oil content, they have anti-inflammatory effects on the body and are great for the immune system.

    3. Grass-fed beef

    Because we don’t eat organ meats like our ancestors did, we need to be conscientious about our collagen intake. Grass-fed beef contains collagen, which is great for fighting gum disease.

    It’s also high in omega-3s, which is one of the reasons so many health gurus specify the feed of the cow. Grain fed beef is packed with omega-6s, antibiotics, and other inflammatory, disease causing components. It’s just not worth it to eat grain-fed beef anymore.

    4. Chicken

    Chicken contains CoQ10 and collagen, which are both excellent in the fight against gum disease. Don’t skip the skin either. Many people forgo eating the chicken skin because it’s high in fat, but chicken skin is packed with collagen.

    5. Bone broth

    We don’t eat the whole animal like we once did, which means we’re missing out on important nutrients like collagen. But you can get more of this nutrient in your diet with bone broth. Bone broth is gaining popularity as a health superfood because it’s a delicious way for us to get more of the nutrients we miss out on in the modern world.

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    6. Shiitake mushrooms

    Shiitake mushrooms contain lentinan, which is a polysaccharide only found in this particular type of mushroom. Lentinan attacks the harmful gum disease causing bacteria while leaving other bacteria alone. Shiitake mushrooms are also powerfully anti-inflammatory and have been seen in studies to reduce numerous inflammatory markers.

    7. Broccoli

    Broccoli is packed with Vitamin C which acts as an antioxidant in the body. Vitamin C has been inversely associated with gum disease. Broccoli also provides tons of other nutrients. Broccoli contains Vitamin B1, magnesium, iron, calcium, niacin, and selenium. Any nutrient dense diet should contain broccoli.

    8. Red and green bell peppers

    High in Vitamin C, red and green bell peppers are a great addition to a gum disease fighting diet. One cup of red bell peppers contains over 300% of your daily recommended allowance of Vitamin C. While green bell peppers contain over 200% of the Vitamin C you need in a day. In fact, both red and green bell peppers have more Vitamin C than an orange. Add more bell peppers to your diet for an easy and delicious boost in Vitamin C.

    9. Sweet potatoes

    Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of many nutrients but they made this list specifically for their beta carotene content. Beta carotene is an essential nutrient in the fight against gum disease. It reduces inflammation and provides your body with the elements it needs to create Vitamin A. Sweet potatoes also contain high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and Manganese.

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    10. Green tea

    Green tea is high in catechins. Remember catechins? Those were one of the key gum disease fighting nutrients listed above.

    Not only is green tea high in catechins, but it’s also been found to have an inverse relationship with periodontal disease. One study that analyzed 940 men found there was an inverse association between green tea consumption and periodontal disease. Meaning those that drink more green tea have a lower chance of developing gum disease.

    11. Cacao

    Cacao is also high in disease-fighting catechins, which help stop gum disease. Cacao is great for your teeth overall because it fights cavities, plaque, and tooth decay. Compounds in cacao are more effective at fighting tooth decay than fluoride. Cacao also contains a compound called CBH, which hardens your enamel.

    To eat cacao that’s actually good for you and not loaded with sugar, go for a raw chocolate that is 70 percent or more. Look for a low sugar content too. Cacao and cocoa differ in processing. Cacao hasn’t been exposed to high heat, is still raw, and still contains it’s 300+ compounds, many of which are beneficial to your health.

    12. Probiotic containing foods

    These include kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi. Probiotics support the good bacteria in your mouth and reduce gingivitis and plaque buildup. Fermented foods are also thought to suppress the growth of oral pathogens.

    One study found those who drank fermented dairy benefited from protective effects against gum disease – though it wasn’t clear whether it was due to the increase calcium or the probiotics (or both!).

    Cosmetic Dentistry Is Booming

    Posted by on Jul 15, 2018 in Veneers | 0 comments

    Cosmetic Dentistry Is Booming

    cosmetic dentistry is boomingCosmetic dentistry takes the concept of dental health to the next level when feeling good merges with looking good to create an overall sense of well-being.

    There are many theories on why cosmetic dentistry is booming, one of them being the strong Hollywood influence in our lives. Other schools of thought also attribute it to increasing awareness of medical advancements, along with conscious decisions to improve looks to enhance self-esteem. Whatever the reason, the focus is chiefly on image and appearance, while regular dentistry still focuses more on overall dental health, including oral hygiene, diagnosis and treatment.

    As more and more people are focused on a perfectly aligned smile, the rise in demand for dental devices to enable this perfect smile has also been set in motion.

    Various cosmetic dentistry procedures include removing teeth stains, professional teeth whitening, reshaping teeth, filling gaps and cracks, placing crowns, veneers, bridges, dentures, dental implants and oral restorations through dental fillings. Key components include:

    • Porcelain veneers — These can take care of cracks, chips and gaps, hide stains and discoloration, permanently whiten teeth, and straighten a smile without invasive procedures. Veneers are getting more and more advanced every day. They are strong and damage resistant which makes it easy to maintain dental hygiene. Some of these are ready to fit veneers, while some are customized to perfectly complement the shape of your face and smile.
    • Porcelain crowns — These offer permanent prosthetic caps to cover damaged teeth. They not only straighten severely damaged teeth but also prevent them from further decay. It can improve the tooth’s function as well as your smile in one go. Advanced technologies have made it possible to get these restorations done and enhance the appearance in a single session instead of the weeks it used to take even a few years ago.

    As the science and technology of cosmetic dentistry keeps improving, new procedures are constantly being developed which are safer and more reliable, more efficient as well as cost effective.

    If you have any desires to improve your teeth, your smile or overall dental health, call Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth and ask how our cosmetic dentistry services can help you!


    Dental Implants Are Important

    Posted by on Jul 7, 2018 in Dental Implants | 0 comments

    Dental Implants Are Important

    dental implants are importantDental implants help maintain and strengthen bone structure. This means they do much more than replace a missing tooth – they also protect existing teeth by helping to preserve bone structure.

    Once a tooth is lost, several things begin to happen that are not immediately noticeable to a patient and which can have a significant negative effect on both health and appearance. Tooth roots help hold teeth in place, but they are also critical in maintaining health in the surrounding gums and supporting bone structures. Bone loss in the jawbone is one significant problem that naturally occurs once a tooth is lost. This bone loss can compromise the integrity of neighboring tooth roots and tooth stability, and it is also a large part of what causes the “sunken” look that is seen in people who have lost several or all of their teeth. It is the reason patients who wear dentures find that over time their dentures are harder and harder to fit and keep in place.

    Although having a beautiful smile and the confidence that comes with it are important, there are also important health reasons to have dental implants. Whether replacing one tooth or several, implants are an important solution to restoring and maintaining dental health.

    Call Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth if you have any questions about how dental implants could help you or fill out the form below.

    Teeth Shifted After Braces

    Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Invisalign | 0 comments

    Teeth Shifted After Braces

    teeth shifted after braces

    Vicky had braces in high school, but as an adult, she noticed her teeth had shifted back and her overbite reappeared. She started to doubt her ability to present to clients. She says Invisalign treatment has taken that worry away and given her confidence back, as a professional and as a mom.

    Vicky’s story may be similar to yours. If you had traditional metal braces when you were a teen and now your teeth have shifted again, call Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth. Invisalign treatment is a great solution. The clear aligners allow you to continue life as usual while your teeth are placed correctly. It’s fast and effective! With treatment up to 2x faster, you’ll be smiling in no time! Straighter teeth and a happier you are well on their way.

    Wondering if Invisalign is right for you? Call Mira Vista Smiles now 817-361-1999.

    Don’t Live Without Teeth

    Posted by on Jun 15, 2018 in Dental Implants | 0 comments

    Don’t Live Without Teeth

    do not live without teeth

    The All-on-4® treatment concept is a dental implant solution strategically designed for toothless jaws. If your teeth need to be pulled or you no longer want to live without teeth, the All-on-4® treatment concept might be the right solution for you.

    With only four dental implants, the All-on-4® treatment concept can restore a complete jaw of missing teeth.

    This technique offers you several advantages:

    Shorter treatment time, lower costs

    The low number of implants needed for the All-on-4® treatment concept considerably reduces treatment time and often makes this solution more cost-effective than comparable treatment alternatives.

    A very elaborate way of placing implants at the back of the mouth also makes it a treatment option for patients whose jaw bone is severely reduced after years without teeth.

    Fixed teeth from day one

    Depending on your individual dental situation, your dentist can connect your implants to a temporary bridge on the day of surgery. This means you can leave the dental office with a full set of teeth and return to leading a normal life. After a certain healing time, your dentist will exchange your temporary bridge with the final bridge created by a dental laboratory.

    Call Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth Nobel Biocare dentist to find out if the All-on-4® treatment concept is the right solution for you.

    Why Choose Dental Implants?

    Posted by on Jun 8, 2018 in Dental Implants | 0 comments

    Why Choose Dental Implants?

    why choose dental implants

    Dental implants are widely considered to be the most successful method of tooth replacement used today. Why choose dental implants? Dental implants give a number of benefits to patients and Dr. Phillips is a huge advocate of implants. Here are a few reasons –

    Dental Implants Give You A Natural Smile

    A dental implant looks and feels just like your natural tooth. The color, shape and contour of the new tooth can be made to match. The result is a natural smile, that can bring back your confidence and quality of life. With your new teeth sparkling on the outside, you will soon feel a smile coming back on the inside.

    Dental Implants Allow You To Eat and Speak Normally

    Did you have to give up on some of your favorite dishes since you lost your teeth? Dental implants restore the full function of your natural teeth. No matter how chewy, hard, crunchy or sticky the food, dental implants can put it back on your menu. Enjoy your favorite meals again thanks to dental implants

    Do you feel self-conscious when talking to your colleagues and friends, because missing teeth or dentures make it more difficult to speak clearly? Dental implants can bring back your clear speech for the next business presentation or long chats with your friends.

    Dental Implants Allow Neighboring Teeth To 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.

    Dental Implants Are A 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.

    Dental Implants Are A Long-lasting 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.

    Dental Implants Are Cost-effective

    Implant treatment can be considered a long-term investment into your health and your well-being. Dental implants are an investment into your LIFE. 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.

    If you have any questions about dental implants and how they can restore your mouth, call Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth today!

    Signs You Need New Dentures

    Posted by on May 29, 2018 in Dentures Fort Worth | 0 comments

    Signs You Need New Dentures

    signs you need new dentures

    Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth recommends that you see your dentist every 6 months for follow-up visits after you’ve received dentures. That will allow your dentist to check your mouth for sore spots and make adjustments so you continue to be comfortable with your new smile. When is it time to get new dentures? Normally, dentures will last somewhere between five and 10 years. Here are some telltale signs you likely need new dentures. Answer the following questions yes or no:

      Am I having difficulty chewing food?
      Do I have difficulty speaking?
      Am I always biting the side of my mouth or cheek?
      Have my mouth and/or gums become red or inflamed?
      Am I experiencing continued discomfort wearing my dentures?
      Are my dentures cracked or chipped?
      Are my dentures over five years old?

    If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is time to make an appointment to visit your dentist.  However, it is important to visit with your dentist regularly to check the fit and function of your dentures.

    Call Brit Phillips DDS today if you have any questions about your dentures 817-361-1999.

    Cleaning Your Dentures

    Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Dentures Fort Worth | 0 comments

    Cleaning Your Dentures

    cleaning your dentures

    Clean dentures keep the tissues in your mouth healthy and free from unfavorable changes. Your dentures have been fabricated using high quality materials and it is extremely important that you provide them proper care to get the best service from them.

    Caring for your dentures on a daily basis can heighten your sense of well-being and complement your appearance. Using a “soft denture brush” and warm water is the most effective and safe method to clean your dentures. If done on a daily basis, this alone will probably keep your dentures clean and free from damage. If there are persistent accumulations and/or stains that are difficult to remove, overnight immersion using a commercial “denture cleanser” is recommended.

    Brit Phillips DDS recommends these routine denture cleansing steps:

    1. Rinse the denture and your mouth without the denture with water after every meal.

    2. Clean the denture daily using a “soft denture brush” and warm water. The use of non-abrasive denture cream is suggested. Regular tooth pastes are not recommended because they may abrade and contribute to the loss of luster of the denture teeth and base.

    3. Carefully brush the interdental spaces and the inner surfaces of the denture which come in contact with the mucous membrane, for about two minutes. In addition, clean the tongue and palate with a soft brush.

    4. After brushing thoroughly, rinse the denture under running water.

    5. Unless your dental professional has instructed you to do otherwise, you should not wear your denture overnight. This enables the tissue supporting the denture to recover.

    6. You should keep your denture in water when you are not wearing it. Complete dentures may be immersed in a commercial denture cleaning solution.

    7. Rinse the denture under running water before wearing it.

    To prevent your dentures from becoming damaged, Dr. Phillips recommends that you observe the following points:

    • Simply immersing your denture in a cleaning solution is inadequate for removing the micro-organisms that live in plaque. You must brush your denture every day.

    • Do not immerse your denture in pure alcohol (or a solvent) or clean it with substances of this kind.

    • Do not use detergents or dishwashing agents.

    • Never clean your denture with hot or boiling water.

    • If you notice stubborn signs of plaque on your denture (eg dental calculus), ask your dental practitioner to clean the denture professionally. Scraping instruments will damage the denture.

    Your denture has been specially fabricated for your mouth. Your denture will retain its shape, while your mouth will undergo certain changes. As a result, you should have the fit of your denture checked every 6 months. If you encounter discomfort, do not try to resolve the problem yourself, as you may damage your dentures as well as harm your teeth and gums. The use of adhesives makes the dentures difficult to clean. If adhesives are used on a regular basis, they may even cause damage. Use adhesives only according to the directions of your dental professional for a fixed period of time.

    Call Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth for any questions you may have related to your dentures.

    Best Dentures

    Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Dentures Fort Worth | 0 comments

    Best Dentures
    best dentures

    Looking for the best dentures? Brit Philips DDS Fort Worth offers the Ivoclar Vivadent dentures, the most life-like available denture made.

    Best Dentures – The Ivoclar Vivadent Removable System

    Not all dentures are created equally. Dentures made using Ivoclar Vivadent teeth and materials are the most life-like available and are crafted using the most advanced material to ensure an enhanced appearance, better fit, and dependable wear for years to come.

    Dr. Phillips believes the best dentures are made using Ivoclar Vivadent teeth and materials. With the Ivoclar Vivadent denture system, you have a true-to-nature smile based on your unique facial characteristics and personality. The final result is not just a denture, but a smile that fits YOU perfectly.

    You may wonder why some dentures actually look like real teeth and others look like an obvious denture. This has to do with three main factors:

    1. The shapes of the teeth
    2. The colors and surface texture of the teeth
    3. The placement of the teeth

    Ivoclar Vivadent denture teeth are designed to look like your natural teeth with gender specific tooth shapes and colors that complement the age and personality of the patient.

    Whether you currently wear dentures or are in need of dentures, call Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth to learn more about the Ivoclar Vivadent system and the best dentures for YOU.

    Implant Dentures Fort Worth

    Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in Dental Implants, Dentures Fort Worth | 0 comments

    Implant Dentures Fort Worth

    Implant Dentures Fort WorthAre you ready to get dental implants?

    Brit Phillips DDS in Fort Worth proudly stays at the forefront of restorative dentistry. Dr. Brit Phillips is one of the few dentists in Fort Worth trained in NobelBiocare.

    When it comes to securing a full set of dentures to dental implants, commonly called overdentures, we give patients the most proven options available. Our office offers a better and more preferred implant-supported attachment system that uses dental implants and a patented pivoting technology. Locator overdentures address the demand for a less invasive and more predictable technique for anchoring dentures. In addition, they ultimately provide better patient satisfaction.

    Denture stabilization offers profound advantages for patients with a full arch of missing teeth. Compared to traditional dentures, the ability to stabilize dentures with dental implants allows patients to be fully confident in their smile and often enjoy a better quality of life as well. Denture stabilization involves titanium implants that serve as the roots of your teeth. The implant has an abutment on top that attaches or “snaps into” a full denture. The dentures will gently rest on your gums, but be anchored enough to withstand natural dental function. Using this retention system, patients can avoid denture slipping, frequent denture adjustments and gum irritations.

    Want to stabilize your existing dentures? Ready to learn more about dental implant options? Contact Brit Phillips DDS today at 817-361-1999. We look forward to helping you regain the confident smile you deserve.

    Implant Dentistry Ft Worth

    Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 in Dental Implants | 0 comments

    While we want to preserve natural teeth whenever possible, Brit Phillips DDS also specializes in dental implants for our patients that have lost some or most teeth in their smiles. Dental implants are the premium option in restorative dentistry, offering a more natural and functional tooth replacement alternative to dentures or dental bridges.

    Dental implants are as close to natural teeth as possible. They are designed to mimic your natural tooth structure. The titanium post that is surgically placed into the jaw serves as a new “root” for your tooth. This post adheres to the bone, becoming a permanent part of your jaw. Once the surgical site has healed and the post is secure, we build a new tooth that is attached to the post. A beautiful dental crown that matches your smile creates the body of the tooth, replicating the tooth that you lost.

    Dental implants function and look like natural teeth. They can last for decades and may be used for single tooth replacements or full mouth reconstructions with dentures or dental bridges. Our patients love the permanency that implants offer and do not need to worry about slipping dentures or removing their “teeth” for cleaning.

    This is a great video illustration of how the Nobel Biocare Implants work as posted by Greggory J. Di Lauri DDS in New Jersey.

    If you are missing one or more teeth, call Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth about how implants can return the functionality to your teeth and smile!

    Best Dentures

    Posted by on Mar 27, 2018 in Dentures Fort Worth | 0 comments

    The Ivoclar Vivadent Removable System

    Not all dentures are created equally. Dentures made using Ivoclar Vivadent teeth and materials are the most life-like available and are crafted using the most advanced material to ensure an enhanced appearance, better fit, and dependable wear for years to come.

    Natural-Looking Teeth
    You may wonder why some dentures look like real, vital teeth, while others have the obvious appearance of false teeth. Ivoclar Vivadent denture teeth are designed to look life-like and complement the features and personality of each individual patient. The variety of available tooth shapes and colors are also gender specific to enhance their natural-looking appearance.

    Better-Fitting Denture
    It’s not just the artistry of the denture teeth that make a better denture, but also the science behind the pink or gum tissue portion of the denture called the denture base. With conventional processed dentures the acrylic denture bases shrinks, leading them to warp and ultimately cause sore spots and a loose fitting denture that leaves you feeling insecure when doing everyday things like smiling or eating. IvoBase processed dentures are made using state-of-the-art materials and processing techniques, so they fit properly and are strong and durable for worry-free wear.

    Stain and Odor Resistant
    No need to feel embarrassed. Not only does the IvoBase® Injector create a denture with a precision fit, more comfort, and better function, but the dense bubble free acrylic denture base resists staining, plaque formation, and embarrassing odors for years after you receive them.

    Whether you need a full or partial, you can have more than a denture, you can have a smile. For a smile so natural no one will know it’s a denture, so comfortable even you will forget.

    Ask Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth about Ivoclar Vivadent Removable dentures so you can wear your new smile with confidence!

    Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

    Posted by on Feb 23, 2018 in Veneers | 0 comments

    Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

    veneers fort worthDue to their versatility, porcelain veneers have become one of the most popular options for our patients. They offer a simple way to correct a wide range of issues. Veneers can be completed in just a few short office visits.

    Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin layers of porcelain that can accentuate the natural beauty of your smile. If you are in need of minor alterations to the size, shape, or color of a tooth, there is a good reason to consider what’s possible with porcelain veneers.

    Veneers enhance your smile as a whole. Veneers achieve such a close resemblance to natural enamel that differentiating between the two is almost impossible. An important difference between porcelain and enamel is that porcelain will not stain like your natural teeth will.

    Veneers provide the necessary coverage to achieve your desired aesthetic with only minimal alteration to natural structure.

    Veneers can brighten even the most severely discolored teeth.

    Thin sheets of porcelain can disguise small gaps, overlaps, minor twists, and other flaws quickly and comfortably.

    If you are interested in learning more about porcelain veneers, contact Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth.

    All-on-4® Implant Treatment

    Posted by on Feb 12, 2018 in Dental Implants | 0 comments

    All-on-4® Implant Treatment

    All-on-4-Implant-TreatmentThe All-on-4® treatment concept is a dental implant solution strategically designed for toothless jaws. If you are unhappy with your dentures or no longer want to live without teeth, it might be the right solution for you.

    With only four dental implants, the All-on-4® treatment concept can restore a complete jaw of missing teeth.

    This technique offers you several advantages:

    Shorter treatment time, lower costs

    The low number of implants needed for the All-on-4® treatment concept considerably reduces treatment time and often makes this solution more cost-effective than comparable treatment alternatives.

    A very elaborate way of placing implants at the back of the mouth also makes it a treatment option for patients whose jaw bone is severely reduced after years without teeth.

    Fixed teeth from day one

    Depending on your individual dental situation, your dentist can connect your implants to a temporary bridge on the day of surgery. This means you can leave the dental office with a full set of teeth and return to leading a normal life. After a certain healing time, your dentist will exchange your temporary bridge with the final bridge created by a dental laboratory.

    Call Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth to find out, if the All-on-4® treatment concept is the right solution for you.

    How Can A Dental Implant Help You

    Posted by on Jan 27, 2018 in Dental Implants | 0 comments

    How Can A Dental Implant Help You

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    How a dental implant solution can help you

    Diagnosis and treatment planning is easy
    Dr. Phillips will first examine your dental situation carefully to decide if you meet prerequisites for dental implant treatment. It is essential that your gums and jaw bone are free from inflammation. If necessary, these conditions are treated prior to surgery.

    During diagnosis, Brit Phillips DDS also evaluates what type of jaw bone you have and how much of it is left. After years of living with missing teeth, your jaw bone can sometimes be severely reduced. In this case, Dr. Phillips will discuss alternative procedures with you to make dental implant treatment possible.

    Dr. Phillips may opt to use digital tools to plan your treatment by generating an exact 3D image of your mouth. This will help the dental team immensely during surgery, because it helps them find the best angle and depth for your implant.

    Placing dental implants
    Implant placement usually is an outpatient procedure. Depending on the individual situation in your mouth, implants are placed in a one or multiple-step procedure.

    Final restoration
    After surgery, Dr. Phillips usually places a temporary restoration while the implant integrates with the jaw bone. The integration of implant and bone is called osseointegration (from Greek osteon, bone). Depending on your individual situation, it can take from a few weeks to a few months. In the meantime, Dr. Phillips will work with a dental laboratory to design and manufacture your final restoration.

    Brit Phillips DDS uses Nobel Biocare implants. These dental implants are designed to maximize the opportunity for immediate function. This means, Dr. Phillips will often be able to place a temporary restoration already on the day of surgery, you can leave with a provisional set of fixed teeth and reduce the number of visits back to the dental office.

    A number of conditions have to be fulfilled here. Call Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth at 817-361-1999 to learn more about how implants could help you.

    Hey Parents Invisalign Is Affordable

    Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Invisalign | 0 comments

    Hey Parents Invisalign Is Affordable

    invisalign is affordable

    Invisalign is affordable – more affordable than you may think.

    Invisalign is affordable for parents! The cost of Invisalign clear aligners is similar to braces. Plus, if you have orthodontic insurance, it may cover up to $3,500 of the treatment costs. Let’s take a look at the advantage of Invisalign over metal braces.

    No Brackets. No Wires.
    Invisalign is made For teens. Your teen is unique and their treatment should be too. That’s why Invisalign® clear aligners use the most advanced technology to uniquely design a treatment around your teen to reveal their best smile. Your teen is two times more likely to have higher self-esteem throughout treatment when compared to braces, giving them a better overall experience.

    Proven effective in shaping teen smiles.
    In the hands of an experienced doctor, Invisalign clear aligners can be used to treat simple to complex teeth straightening cases for kids and teens.

    Transform their smile up to 50% faster.
    Proprietary innovations, such as SmartTrackTM material, provide more predictable movements while making shorter treatment times possible, so they can get to their best smile sooner.

    Built-in assurance.
    Blue compliance indicator dots help you monitor your teen’s progress throughout treatment, ensuring they get their greatest smile.

    Compare different teen treatment options and discover why Invisalign clear aligners offer a better experience.

    Schedule an appointment today to talk with Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth about Invisalign treatment for your teen.