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Teeth Whitening for the Holidays

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Teeth Whitening | 0 comments

Teeth Whitening for the Holidays

Texas may not have a white Christmas this year, but you can have a bright white smile to dazzle the holidays! Mira Vista Smiles teeth whitening services offer a quick and cost effective way to improve your smile. Ask about your teeth whitening treatment options, like the Zoom! whitening system. We can help you dramatically whighten your teeth with either an in office or take home method. Whitening is one of the safest and most conservative dental procedures available. The procedure is simple. The in office method begins with a short preparation to cover your lips and gums, leaving only the teeth exposed. We then apply a whitening gel to the teeth, causing it to gently penetrate the enamel, breaking up stains and discoloration. The whitening gel’s active ingredient is a peroxide based product causing the breakdown of organic stains that accumulate in the enamel over the years. Teeth also naturally darken through the course of your life. These stains, typically caused by tea, coffee, dark fruits, tobacco and red wine, are removed, restoring the teeth to their natural color. The complete in office procedure takes approximately 2 hours. You also receive take home trays to continue the lightening process and maintain your new, lighter color. Continued use of the product home will lighten the teeth with no side effects. You are in complete control of your desired outcome, depending on how often you use the system. You may also have trays made without the in office procedure. The in office procedure gives your smile a significant boost in whitening. The take home system is more gradual, but very effective. With proper care, your teeth will always be lighter prior to the service and your smile should sparkle for years. Dr. Brit Phillips recommends flossing, brushing twice daily, and using the home system at least once a month. Ask us about Zoom! In-Office Teeth Whitening in conjunction with Invisalign braces...

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Looking Your Best with Dental Implants

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Dental Facial Rejuvenation, Dental Implants | 0 comments

Looking Your Best with Dental Implants

Looking your best with dental implants Teeth keep the jawbone strong and give it shape. When teeth are missing, your jawbone structure is affected by bone loss, called “resorption.” Your face will age as sagging skin creates more wrinkles around your mouth. Dental implants act like natural tooth roots, keeping your jawbone healthy and strong, and preserving a more youthful appearance. The foundation for appearance and function Whether you have lost a tooth to injury or facial trauma, or have had several teeth extracted due to decay or disease, a dental solution supported by dental implants is the best treatment method for restoring a healthy, functioning set of teeth and a beautiful smile. Make sure dental implants are right for you Treatment with dental implants is a surgical procedure and requires prior evaluation by your dentist to make sure your dental and general health permits dental implant treatment. Your teeth are an aspect of many facets of your life — eating, speaking, first visual impressions and how they fit in to and support your overall facial structure. Beyond how you feel physically, having stable and attractive teeth also affects your confidence and interaction with others. Restoring and replacing your teeth to the best of appearance and function helps you to enjoy life to the fullest. Click here for five more reasons to consider dental implants. If you are missing teeth and interested in how dental implants can help you, please call Brit Phillips DDS today at 817-361-1999 or complete the online form...

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Get Your Smile Holiday Photo Ready

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in Teeth Whitening | 0 comments

Get Your Smile Holiday Photo Ready

ZOOM! Whitening can instantly brighten your smile for those holiday photo opportunities! Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth uses the Philips Zoom Whitening treatment for his patients. You can choose from our in-office or take-home treatments. If you have discoloration of your teeth from aging, genetics or consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, red wine, etc., teeth whitening can make a huge difference. The most common reason for tooth discoloration is surface stains on your enamel. This is down to everyday food, drinks and lifestyle choices. Over time, these stains can work their way to the layer below enamel also known as dentin. When this becomes stained, the whole tooth looks darker because of the translucency of the tooth enamel. Who may benefit from ZOOM Teeth Whitening? Almost anyone age 13 and over can benefit from teeth whitening. However, teeth whitening may not be as effective or some as it is for others. Dr. Phillips can determine if you are a viable candidate for ZOOM Teeth Whitening through an oral exam which includes a teeth shade assessment. Is ZOOM! Teeth Whitening safe? Yes, extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider teeth whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. As with any teeth whitening product, ZOOM Teeth Whitening is not recommended for children under 13 years of age or pregnant or lactating women. How long do the results last? By following some simple post teeth whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily, and occasional touch-ups with take-home gel. These are professionally formulated products designed specifically to keep your teeth their brightest. They are available through our Fort Worth dental office. Is there any difference between over-the-counter teeth whiteners and ZOOM Teeth Whitening? Yes! Consulting your dental professional is always the first step to whitening your teeth safely. Plus, over-the-counter teeth whitening strips, brush-on gels and toothpastes take weeks or months to whiten your teeth just a few shades. ZOOM is clinically proven to whiten your teeth. Only a dentist can get your teeth this white, this fast. How does the ZOOM Teeth Whitening In-Office System work? The ZOOM light-activated teeth whitening gel’s active ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide. As the Hydrogen Peroxide gel is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching colored substances while the structure of the tooth is unchanged. The ZOOM teeth whitening light aids in activating the hydrogen peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth. What does a patient experience during the ZOOM Teeth Whitening procedure? During the teeth whitening procedure, patients may comfortably watch television or listen to music. We offer blankets, pillows, etc. for your comfort. Are there any side effects to ZOOM Teeth Whitening? With teeth whitening some people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during treatment. These symptoms disappear within 1-3 days after completion of the teeth whitening treatment. How is exposure to the ZOOM teeth whitening light controlled? The ZOOM teeth whitening procedure requires that all soft tissue in and around the mouth be protected. The clinician is required to monitor the procedure to insure any exposed skin or tissue...

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Dental Contouring Gives Instant Results

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Tooth Contouring | 0 comments

Dental Contouring Gives Instant Results

Tooth reshaping, also called dental contouring or enameloplasty, is a cosmetic dentistry technique that removes small amounts of tooth enamel (the outer covering of the tooth) in order to change the shape, length, or surface of one or more teeth. If minor cosmetic dental problems make you uncomfortable to smile, tooth contouring may be right for you. This procedure, also called or tooth reshaping, can fix minor imperfections like slightly misshapen teeth. Here are four things you need to know about this procedure. How Is the Procedure Performed? Dental contouring is a fairly simple procedure. Dr. Phillips uses special tools to gently remove some of your teeth’s enamel to change the shape or length. Once your teeth have been contoured, they will be polished to make them look as appealing as possible. Once your teeth have been polished, you’ll be sent home to enjoy your new look. What Are the Benefits? The main benefit of cosmetic contouring is that it provides instant results. The whole procedure generally takes less than a half hour, so you’ll only need one short appointment with your dentist to get the results you want. And there are no nerves in your enamel, so there is no need to worry about pain. This makes cosmetic contouring a good choice for those who are anxious about dental visits or worried about the pain associated with getting a perfect smile. Another advantage of this procedure is that it’s permanent. Enamel doesn’t grow back, so once your teeth have been reshaped to your satisfaction, you won’t need to worry about getting the procedure redone in the future. Are There Any Disadvantages? The main disadvantage of this procedure is that it can only be used to repair minor cosmetic problems, like teeth that are slightly misshapen or slightly too long. This is because the mean thickness of permanent tooth enamel is only 2.58 millimeters, as published by The Journal of Microscopy Research Technique. Some of this enamel needs to remain in place to protect your teeth, so your dentist is limited in the amount of tooth structure he or she can remove. If your teeth are crooked or very misshapen, this procedure may not be enough to create noticeable results. Since your enamel will be thinner after this procedure, you’ll need to be even more careful about protecting your remaining enamel from abrasive forces. If your enamel becomes worn away, you may experience painful complications like tooth sensitivity. To keep your enamel safe, your dentist may recommend switching to an extra-soft-bristled toothbrush such as the Colgate® 360°® Enamel Health™ Toothbrush. Remember to be gentle while brushing to avoid damaging your enamel. Is Cosmetic Dental Contouring Right for You? This procedure is ideal for people with minor cosmetic dental problems. If you’re generally happy with your smile but just wish your teeth were a bit shorter or slightly more even in size, this procedure may be the perfect fit for you. On the other hand, if your teeth are very crooked, crowded or misshapen, your dentist may recommend procedures that will give you more dramatic results. More serious cosmetic problems can be repaired with braces, veneers, bonding and other methods. Your dentist can help you choose the procedure that is right for your teeth. Cosmetic contouring is a fast and...

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Straighten Your Teeth at Any Age

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in Invisalign | 0 comments

Straighten Your Teeth at Any Age

Invisalign for Adults There’s never been a better time to get the smile you’ve always wanted. And there’s never been a better, easier way to do it. Invisalign® treatment is the most advanced orthodontic system in the world, with innovations no other clear aligner can claim. Only Invisalign clear aligners are made from proprietary SmartTrack® material, so they provide a better fit and move your teeth more precisely. There are no ugly brackets or wires. You’ll have very few food restrictions. With invisible Invisalign® clear aligners, you just keep living your life while transforming your smile. One of the best things about Invisalign® treatment is the minimal impact it has on your everyday life. Since the aligners are so comfortable, you should be able to wear them for the recommended 20 to 22 hours a day without much effort. While you’re straightening your teeth with Invisalign® clear aligners, you can keep brushing and flossing like you always do. The aligners are easily removable. Cleaning your aligners is just as easy with the Invisalign cleaning kit or you can simply brush and rinse them in lukewarm water. That’s it! Achieving that great smile couldn’t be easier! With other teeth-straightening methods, the simple act of eating can often be troublesome. With Invisalign®  you’ll simply remove the aligners each time you eat. This means you can continue to eat all the foods you love without any restrictions or worrying about food getting stuck in your wires and brackets. For those who are active in sports, Invisalign clear aligners let you play without the worry of sharp brackets cutting your mouth. If your sport requires wearing a protective mouthguard, simply remove your aligners and you’re good to go! Your smile is an investment in yourself. The cost of Invisalign® treatment is similar to braces, but that’s where the similarity ends. Invisalign clear aligners are removable and virtually invisible, so you can keep living your life and caring for your teeth throughout treatment the same way you always have. And Invisalign treatment is now up to 50 percent faster with weekly aligner changes.* Other clear aligners may attract attention with lower prices, but with Invisalign treatment you get the most advanced clear aligner system in the world. No other treatment system can offer: innovations based on 20 years of research, a track record of more than 4 million patients, and proprietary, multilayer SmartTrack® material, proven to fit better and more comfortably. Dr. Phillips can help you determine cost for your  Invisalign® treatment.  This will be determined by: the complexity of your case, how long you are in treatment, your orthodontic insurance coverage. Straighten Your Teeth at Any Age! Choosing to straighten your teeth with Invisalign clear aligners is an important decision at any age. It’s assuring to know that adults can get the smile they’ve always imagined without putting their lives on hold with Invisalign. Call Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth if you are ready to start your “future you” with a beautiful...

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Gum Recession and Aging

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Gum Disease, Gum Recession | 0 comments

Gum Recession and Aging

We’ve done plenty of articles on gum recession and the causes and prevention; however one aspect that we wanted to note is gum recession as it relates to aging.  As we get older, the everyday wear and tear of life takes a toll on our oral health. That said, it doesn’t automatically mean everyone will experience gum recession in their later years, but it is likely. In a US study published in the Journal of Periodontology by Drs. J.M. Albandar and A. Kingman, studies showed that gum recession (gingival recession as it’s formally known), is more common among the elderly. Grinding your teeth, the way your brush your teeth, plaque, tobacco use and even stress can cause gum recession as you age. Some of you may have a family history of gum recession and your receding gums can be attributed to genetics alone. The American Academy of Periodontology recommends scheduling a dental appointment when any of these symptoms appear in conjunction with receding gums. Failing to seek appropriate treatment may lead to tooth loss. Swollen, red, or tender gums Mouth sores Persistent bad breath Bleeding gums Bite changes (teeth no longer fit together when biting) Gums pulling away from the teeth Loose or separating permanent teeth Pus between teeth and gums Changes in the fit of partial dentures What can you do to lessen the likelihood of a receding gum line? Floss at least once a day. Get regular dental cleanings. Quit smoking or using tobacco if that’s a vice. Brush twice daily with a gentle, circular motion using a soft bristled brush. Don’t cross brush across the gums. Use a Waterpik. Waterpiks flush food and debris out from between teeth. Use a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride can help protect tooth enamel from plaque. Use a therapeutic mouthwash. There’s plenty you can do to keep your gums in great shape. Follow these rules and you’ll have a better chance of keeping your gums healthy into your golden years. If you have noticed receding gums, contact Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth about a treatment plan.  Treatment options include: Deep Cleaning removes plaque and tartar buildup below the gum and where roots are exposed. Gum Grafting harvests healthy tissue from the roof of the mouth and to replace the missing gum tissue. Regeneration places regenerative materials in the area where bone has suffered severe damage to help regenerate the bone and tissue in that area and surrounding...

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Implants Substitute Original Teeth Root

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in Dental Implants | 0 comments

Implants Substitute Original Teeth Root

Dental implants are fixed titanium posts that act as teeth roots and are used to permanently replace missing teeth. They are the new leading standard for replacing the loss of teeth. Dental implants are root-form endosseous implants which substitute original teeth root. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth uses the Nobel Biocare® Implant System. The Nobel Biocare product is a result of many years’ experience in dental implantology and prosthodontics with the most advanced manufacturing technology based on the latest scientific know-how. This concentrated knowledge allows Nobel Biocare patients to get back their former strength and charm, and returns their smile. The special feature of the Nobel Biocare® Implant System is its extremely stable implant-to-abutment connection, which provides an ideal fit to make your dental implant as secure as possible. Quick treatment and less discomfort Treatment with Nobel Biocare® Implants is done under local anesthesia and causes much less discomfort than a tooth extraction. Furthermore, the ease of use of the Nobel Biocare® Implant system offers clear advantages to both you and your dentist. Everyone is different — and the Nobel Biocare® Implant System takes this fully into account. Thanks to advanced standards, you can trust Nobel Biocare® Implants — regardless of your age or condition. Nobel Biocare® Implants are an ideal choice, even for people in their later years. Ask your dental specialist about the possibilities available to you. Dental Implants are a worthwhile investment The comfort and long life of Nobel Biocare® dental implants are well documented. In addition, implants lower many potential risks of conventional dentistry. Dentures may give rise to painful sore spots if they do not fit perfectly, and bridge retention elements can affect the health of adjacent teeth, causing abrasions. When you rely on Nobel Biocare® dental Implants, you make a choice for quality of life. If you are missing one tooth or many and have an interest in how dental implants could help, call Dr. Phillips today or fill out the form...

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Dentures Versus Implants

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in Dental Implants, Dentures Fort Worth | 0 comments

Dentures Versus Implants

Are dentures a good solution? You may be or may know one of the many denture wearers unhappy with the fit of dentures. Unsecured, they can move in your mouth while you eat and speak, creating pressure on your gums and jawbone causing painful inflammation. Even worse, they may fall out! Chewing and speaking challenges Dentures often make it difficult for you to chew, which can stop you from eating many of the foods you once enjoyed. Plastic components covering the entire roof of your mouth can have a negative influence on the way you experience food. Dentures may also affect how you pronounce words and can keep you from speaking freely in public. Changes to your appearance Because your own teeth and tooth roots are no longer present to stimulate the jawbone, it will start to shrink. This shrinking will also negatively influence how your dentures fit, meaning more refitting visits to your dentist. Missing teeth further affect your appearance, because your lips are no longer supported from the inside. Your chin starts to move forward and upward and your lips turn inward. Dental Implants are the better solution If you have lost most or all of your teeth, a modern dental solution supported by dental implants is the best alternative to ill-fitting dentures. Depending on your specific dental situation, as few as two to four dental implants can make a big difference in stabilizing your denture and giving you a full set of fixed teeth. Dental implants give your new restoration the much-needed stability in your jawbone that has been missing during all your years of denture wearing. What is a dental implant? A dental implant functions as the root of a new tooth. Only a few millimeters long and carefully engineered, it is placed in your jawbone and serves as the foundation for your new tooth. Learn more about dental implants. If you have any questions, you can contact us privately using the form...

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What Is Causing Your Tooth Problems

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Dental Health, Dental Implants | 0 comments

What Is Causing Your Tooth Problems

You’ve lost a tooth? Learn more about possible causes of your tooth problems. Dr. Phillips also shares tips on how to avoid these types of problems in the future. Your tooth died Plaque is a biofilm that forms on your teeth. If it’s not washed away by saliva or regularly brushed away with a toothbrush, it can lead to tooth decay. Bacteria transforms sugar and starch into acids. These acids have a negative effect on the tooth enamel by dissolving the minerals that harden it. With time, this can destroy your teeth by creating holes. If not treated properly, your tooth can die. Inflammation of the gums Your gums are inflamed. Your gums are made up of tissue and ligaments that keep your teeth stable. They work as protective shields for your tooth roots and stimulate your jaw bone to grow around the tooth. When bacteria cause an inflammation of the gums, these ligaments start vanishing. The gum pulls back and the bone around the tooth reduces. These gum diseases, also called periodontal diseases, loosen your teeth and expose the sensitive tooth roots. Now it’s an easy job for bacteria to form on your teeth and cause tooth-root decay and tooth loss. Tooth loss after an accident You had an accident. Accidents, for example in sports, can lead to the loss of one or more teeth and cause trauma to your gums and jaw bone. Often trauma only becomes apparent months or years after the accident, when it has already impacted the tooth root. It’s genetic Some people are born with a reduced number of teeth or no teeth at all (an illness called congenital anodontia), others never develop their permanent adult teeth. Sometimes the surface of your tooth (enamel) isn’t strong enough, which can create cone or peg-shaped teeth (ectodermal dysplasia). If you have experienced tooth loss, find out how dental implants can replace a missing or severely damaged tooth. Dental implants can bring back full function as well as a natural look and feel. Call Fort Worth Texas dentist Brit Phillip DDS 817-361-1999 if you are missing teeth and want to learn more about available options to restore...

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Invisalign Is The Clear Choice For Teen Braces

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in Children's Dentistry Fort Worth, Invisalign | 0 comments

Invisalign Is The Clear Choice For Teen Braces

Made For Teens Your teen is unique. 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. Plus, your teen is two times more likely to have higher self-esteem throughout treatment when compared to braces, giving them a better overall experience. Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth believes that Invisalign is the clear choice for teen braces. 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. Less painful than braces Your teen can continue to enjoy the things they love, from their favorite foods to sports, all with less pain than braces**. Throughout treatment, neither of you have to worry about injuries from wires or brackets, as well as unexpected trips to the doctor because of broken ones. In a pain score of 1-9, 1 being extremely painful and 9 not at all painful, Invisalign teenager patients (Qty:73) rated pain score of 6.1 vs traditional metal braces teenager patients (Qty: 76) rated pain score of 5.1. 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. More affordable than you may think The cost of Invisalign clear aligners are similar to braces. Plus, your orthodontic insurance may cover up to $3,500 of your treatment costs. Built-in assurance Blue compliance indicator dots help you monitor your teen’s progress throughout treatment, ensuring they get their greatest smile. If your teen wants a smile that reflects their best self, Invisalign clear aligners can help them fill that dream without missing a beat in their busy teen life. Call Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth Invisalign dentist today or contact us using the form...

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