Getting to know Porcelain Veneers

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Before we dive into the benefits of porcelain veneers over other options, it is important to know what they are. Porcelain veneers are essentially thin, porcelain-composite material shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth. Porcelain is great option because it looks more like your natural teeth than any other option. Here is a small account of the numerous benefits to porcelain veneers:

  • Durable material
  • Mimics tooth enamel
  • Does not decay
  • Does not stain or yellow
  • Custom made for you

Veneer options

The professional staff here at Dallas Cosmetic Dental ensures the quality of practice and patient satisfaction by being up-to-date on the latest cosmetic dental technology has to offer. They maintain up-to-date training and employ the latest methods, materials and procedures. We offer a range of veneers, from MAC Veneers to Porcelain. MAC Veneers are made by MicroDental Labs, which are the world’s largest and advanced cosmetic dental lab. MAC Veneers are twice as strong as other veneers and can last a lifetime.

Veneer procedure

In the initial consultation, you and Dr. Alhadef will discuss the problem you have with your smile, your goals and the various veneer options available to ensure that porcelain veneers are right for you.

During the second visit, you will begin the preparation process, which involves the removal of a small portion of tooth enamel imperative to securing the veneer. The goal is to have the veneers appear seamlessly and look as natural as possible.

After preparation, a mold will be taken of your teeth and sent to a lab that will, with specific instruction and knowledge of your needs, create the veneer. The time between molding your bite and receiving the completed veneer will take time, so you will be provided with a temporary set.

Once the veneers come back from the lab, the last step in the process is the final fitting. The veneers will be bonded to the teeth using a special hardening composite glue-like material to ensure stability of the veneer against your teeth. Once hardened with a special LED light, you are sent on your way with a gorgeous, natural-looking smile.

If you are considering porcelain veneers to correct your smile, contact Gary E. Alhadef DDS today at 469-718-0128. Visit our website to learn more at www.dallascosmeticdental.com.

Natural Remedies for Sleep Apnea

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There are a multitude of natural remedies that individuals who suffer from snoring or sleep apnea can use. In most mild cases, these techniques help or relieve this sleep disorder.

Valerian Root – An herb used for calming and sedating properties, valerian is shown to be useful for insomnia and chronic sleep disorders.

Melatonin – Melatonin is a hormone that is secreted from the brain’s pineal gland. The gland regulates a person’s biological clock, particularly day and night cycles.

Kampo Extract – Kampo is a concoction consisting of five medicinal herbs: Pinella, Hoelen, Magnolia bark, Perilla, and Ginger.

Vervain - Vervain is oftentimes used to relieve anxiety and depression. It has been shown to improve mild sleep apnea symptoms.

If your snoring or sleep apnea gets worse and starts effecting your daily life, it’s time to make an appointment with Dallas Cosmetic Dental. Dr. Alhadef will evaluate your case and see if you are a good candidate for a snoring appliance. Call Dallas Cosmetic Dental today for more information at 469-718-0128 or www.dallascosmeticdental.com.

 

Is your Night time Oral Care Routine Okay? | Dental Hygiene Month

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So it’s the end of the day. You’re tired and ready to just jump in bed and relax. Before you get to all of your relaxing, there are three things you must do to make sure your teeth can relax with you through the night! These three things are: brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash.

Brushing

The most important of the three steps is to brush. At night, before you go to bed, brush your teeth thoroughly and then make sure to run the toe of the brush through the backs of your front teeth. Whether it is right after dinner, before bed, or both, don’t forget to brush before sleep!

Flossing

The ADA would recommend flossing at least once a day after you brush your teeth. This makes it easier to get in between teeth. Cleaning between your teeth with floss allows you to reach the plaque that you can’t remove with a toothbrush. Flossing is important because it enables you to remove plaque before it hardens.

Mouthwash

Mouthwash helps maintain fresh breath and is the last step in your nightly routine. It helps keep your teeth plaque and cavity free, and your gums safe from gingivitis!

Remember to follow all three of these steps nightly before you jump into bed! For an even more thorough cleaning and to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy, visit Gary Alhadef, DDS. Make an appointment by calling 469-718-0128 or visit our website at www.dallascosmeticdental.com.

Dental Implants | Providing a Long Term Solution to Missing Teeth

 

Why dental Implants?

Dental implants are intended for those who have a missing tooth/teeth or ill-fitting dentures. Dental implants work to improve your bite from a missing tooth or correct an improperly fitting dentures by ‘implanting’ a false, however natural-looking and custom fit tooth into a missing tooth space.

If you are concerned with your missing tooth or teeth, are uncomfortable with your dentures, or need a dental bridge, then it is important to contact the professionals at Dallas Cosmetic Dental, where they will work with you to correct your concerns.

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Implant types

The implant process is one of relative simplicity; however there are multiple implants the professionals at Dallas Cosmetic Dental offer.

The root form implant: A screw replaces the area where the tooth root once was and is fastened directly into the bone. On this is where the false tooth sits.

The plate implant: Typically employed when the jawbone has deteriorated and will not accept a standard implant.

If you are unsure of what implant is going to be right for you, contact Dallas Cosmetic Dental and set up an initial consultation visit to find the right option for you. Contact them today and before you know it you will be on your way to a better smile!

Call Dallas Cosmetic dental today at 469-718-0128 or visit the website at www.dallascosmeticdental.com.

How to keep snoring from hurting a relationship.

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Snoring doesn’t just affect the person doing it, it affects their partner as well. Here are some things you can do to help keep snoring from playing a negative part in an otherwise great relationship:

  • Try sleeping alone. By separating the rooms you and your partner sleep. This is one solution, however may lead to loneliness and frustration in one or both partners.
  • Rein in the frustration. You are not mad at your partner, you are mad that you didn’t get a great night’s sleep because of their snoring. Don’t let small arguments while you’re tired corrupt your feelings towards your partner.
  • Work as a team to find a solution for the snoring. Typically the non-snorer may grow into a degree of resentment for putting up with the snorer and may feel like he or she is not trying to stop the problem.

The best solution is to visit Gary Alhadef DDS to help find a solution. There are oral snoring appliances that help eliminate or reduce snoring. Make an appointment today to find out your snoring treatment options. Call 214-368-2434 or visit the website at www.dallascosmeticdental.com.

 

Porcelain Veneers | Gain Confidence by Improving your Smile

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How can having a better smile change my life?

In our western culture, it is common to see kids with braces, adults whitening their teeth (the most practiced cosmetic dental procedure), veneer procedures increasing in number etc. Why is that? Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you.

Humans unconsciously judge one another within the first eight seconds of meeting. A poor smile can hold you back from so many opportunities such as:

  • Employment
  • Promotion
  • Self confidence
  • Relationships

Our society places such high regard on one’s physical appearance, that a great smile is almost mandatory. So, now the question becomes, how can I improve my smile to improve my life?

Veneers are a simple and effective way to improve your smile and a number of dental issues. Veneers are basically a custom perfect smile shell that gives you the glamorously straight, white smile you have always wanted. Patients rave that after they make the switch to veneers, they experience a confidence boost and their professional and personal lives are enhanced!

So, if you would like to change your life and get the smile of your dreams, then contact Gary Alhadef, DDS today to see if veneers are right for you. Call 214-368-2434 or visit the website at www.dallascosmeticdental.com.

CEREC® Same Day Crowns

 

CEREC® same day crowns allows our doctors to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic restorations, saving patients time and inconvenience.

CEREC® is the world’s only system for the fabrication of all ceramic dental restorations in one office visit. With CEREC® you can be in and out in a single visit with a permanent, all-ceramic dental crown. For the patient this means fewer injections, less drilling, and less time out of your hectic schedule for dental care.

cerec same day crowns dallas txWhat does this innovation mean for a patient?

A tooth-colored restoration is natural-looking, compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive, and plaque-resistant. We no longer need to create temporaries or take impressions and send them to a lab. Because of this, the traditional second visit has been eliminated.

How does it work?

The tooth that requires a CEREC® restoration is prepared and a 3D photograph is taken of the prepared tooth. From there, we use computer-aided design CAD software to create the restoration digitally.

Using a single block of porcelain that is color-matched to your current tooth shade, the digitally designed restoration is sent to a milling machine where your restoration is cut. The milling process usually takes about 15 minutes per restoration.

Once the restoration is finished being milled, it is fitted onto the prepared tooth and adjusted until the bite is accurate.

For more information on CEREC® and if it’s right for you, contact cosmetic dentist Gary Alhadef DDS for an appointment  at 214-368-2434 or visit our website at www.dallascosmeticdental.com.

 

Are Porcelain Veneers Right for You?

Head shot of smiling man with beautiful white teeth used to illustrate the benefits of porcelain veneers.If your teeth are less than perfect aesthetically, porcelain veneers may be the ideal dental solution for you. Porcelain veneers are used to correct aesthetic issues such as gaps between teeth; broken, chipped or cracked teeth; unsightly stained or yellowed teeth; and misshapen or crooked teeth.

What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic material that are approximately .3mm to 0.5mm thick but are very strong once bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth. Porcelain is an extremely durable material that possesses properties similar to natural tooth enamel. For instance, porcelain is similar to enamel in color, translucence and texture. However, unlike natural teeth, porcelain does not decay, stain or yellow over the years like natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are wonderful cosmetic dentistry option because they are custom made and colored to create the perfect smile for you.

What kind of Veneers do you use?
As a cosmetic dentist that is also a family dentist, trained in periodontal and orthodontic treatment, I believe in offering the best and most complete dental care available anywhere, period. This means I maintain up-to-date training and use the latest methods and procedures and the best materials. We use MAC Veneers made by MicroDental Laboratories, the world’s largest and most advanced cosmetic dental laboratory, which holds over 30 patents and has been setting quality standards for several decades. Importantly, MAC veneers are twice as strong as other veneers, and can last a lifetime.

The Porcelain Veneer Procedure
Porcelain veneers require several visits in just a few short weeks. Your first visit will be a consultation with me to go over your smile issues, discuss the results you would like to see, to talk about the porcelain veneer procedure and determine whether porcelain veneers are right for you.

In the second appointment, your teeth will be prepared for the porcelain veneers. This involves removing a very small amount of enamel from the front sides of the teeth in order to receive the porcelain veneers. This is done to make sure the porcelain veneers fit seamlessly on your teeth and that they look completely natural. After your teeth have been prepared, a mold of your teeth is taken and sent to our dental lab with specific instructions on creating your veneers. You will also be fitted with temporary porcelain veneers for you to wear while your custom-made veneers are being created.

On your final appointment, your permanent porcelain veneers will be placed and permanently bonded to the front sides of your teeth.

Caring for your Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers require the same care that natural teeth do; daily brushing and flossing. You should come in for a check-up and professional cleaning every six months, just as you normally would. With good care, your porcelain veneers will look good for many years to come.

 

“Teeth in a Day” or the “All-on-4” Implant System

Photo of senior woman who has excellent teeth smiling to illustrate the benefits of the "all on 4" or "teeth in a day" dental procedure offered by Dallas dentist Gary Alhadef.According to the Center for Disease Control, one-fourth of U.S. adults aged 65 or older have lost all of their teeth, primarily due to gum disease and tooth decay. For adults 20 to 64, just under 4 percent* of the population suffers from this devastating condition. Luckily, for patients who are missing all of their upper and/or lower teeth there are several treatment options available. Most people are familiar with traditional, removable dentures and their disadvantages, related to both aesthetics and function, the most important being that denture wearers experience progressive loss of chewing ability; this is because there is progressive bone and gum loss that occurs when teeth are removed from your jaw. Dental implants help prevent this progressive bone and gum loss and therefore, health and appearance-wise, offer the most optimal benefits.

A dental implant typically consists of a titanium screw (resembling a tooth root) that supports restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth to replace missing teeth. “Teeth in a Day” or “All-on-4” is a system for implanting teeth that is a treatment option for patients who are missing all of their upper and/or lower teeth, and who have adequate bone conditions to support an arch of teeth with only four implants (rather than the usual six to ten). In most cases there is no bone grafting, no sinus grafting or lift, no incision or sutures and no healing time required. The operation is carried out under local anesthesia and is pain-free. Simply put, this technique is the least invasive protocol available for patients with severely compromised teeth and it produces the best long-term results.

Instead of waiting three or four months for your dentures to merge with the bone and your mouth, the All-on-4 solution usually allows teeth to be installed the day you have your surgery. Over time, the implant will fuse with the natural bone, giving your replacement teeth maximum stability. The All-on-4 system not only gives you a beautiful smile, it lets you eat and function the same as if you had natural teeth. You can eat sticky and hard foods (normally challenging to denture wearers). And since your new teeth are securely anchored to dental implants, they don’t rub against your gums and can be cleaned just like natural teeth.

With All-on-4, before long, you’ll forget you have new teeth, and your dental care will be the same as it was when you had your original, healthy teeth with regular brushing and flossing and bi-annual dental visits for cleaning.

 
*The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)

 

 

Benefits of Having Straight Teeth

Woman with straight teeth smilingNature doesn’t always provide straight teeth but there’s ample evidence that having straight teeth delivers extra benefits to your health and wellbeing. Whether you’re born with straight teeth, or straighten them with orthodontics, read on for reasons why this is a smart idea and a great health investment.

Better Bite

Straight teeth provide the correct foundation for chewing.  When your bite doesn’t align properly, it can cause pain along with dental problems. To check your bite in a mirror, expose your teeth, bite normally, and observe whether the uppers and lowers align normally. Each tooth should more or less line up with its twin. Misaligned teeth (crooked or crowded teeth) can cause issues from chronic jaw or tooth pain to excessive wear on tooth enamel.  A poor bite increases stress on teeth and contributes to a shortened “life span” where teeth begin to crack and develop other signs of fatigue.  If you want your teeth to last a lifetime (and who doesn’t?) a healthy bite is the best way to ensure this.

Cleaning is Easy

Cleaning straight teeth is much easier than cleaning crooked teeth, which offer a multitude of hard-to-get-to hiding places for plaque and tiny bits of food.  Not cleaning these hiding spots properly will first lead to excessive cavities. The next stage may be gingivitis, or an inflammation between the teeth and gums.  Today science links chronic inflammation with a variety of health disorders including heart disease and cancer, so dealing with ANY inflammation when it appears is essential. If you don’t deal with it, an ongoing toxic mix of bacteria and inflammation can then progress to periodontitis, a very serious disease which causes tooth loss. In worst case scenarios, periodontitis may even contribute to heart attacks and strokes.

On a practical level, any toothbrush has an easier time brushing a nice straight tooth surface. The more contact your toothbrush makes with the entirety of the tooth face, the cleaner your teeth. Flossing straight teeth is simpler too. Crowded teeth often require hand acrobatics to get the floss between teeth, and even then, with some teeth, it’s impossible.

Looks Great

In our culture, we associate straight teeth with beauty, vitality, health and even status. Being born with perfectly straight teeth is actually rare. It’s typically achieved through orthodontic treatment. So people who have straight teeth are often assumed to be more wealthy and successful than their peers with crooked teeth.  For many parents, the ability to provide orthodontic treatment for their kids has a strong emotional component, because they want their children to have every advantage.  And straight teeth and a great smile do provide a self-confidence boost in social settings.

Curious about whether your teeth could benefit from straightening?  Set up an appointment for a consultation. Today advanced technology like Invisalign means straight teeth can be achieved in a fraction of the time it used to take. And even better, the invisible aligners ensure no one will even realize you’re doing it.