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.

 

Importance of early intervention orthodontics for your kids

From age six to twelve, your kids’ mouths are very busy places.  They will shed twenty baby teeth, which they acquired by age three, enroute to building a finished, full set of 28 adult teeth. Their jawbones and new teeth grow while their baby teeth fall out to make room. It’s a wonderful process to witness, and to celebrate with visits from the Tooth Fairy.

Most kids’ teeth do not come in perfectly straight. It’s very common to see new adult teeth crowded by other teeth, especially in a still-growing jaw.  Bite misalignments may appear that cause awkward chewing and even jaw pain or teeth damage. Early intervention with orthodontics is a great way to stay ahead of problems and make the transition to permanent teeth a happy one.

In the past, dentists typically waited for patients to enter adolescence before intervention, but today’s technology allows pre-emptive treatment in children as young as six or seven.  When the first signs of crowding appear, dentists can proactively help incoming adult teeth emerge into better positions in the mouth and sometimes even avoid pulling teeth.  Children with crossbites, protruding teeth and small dental arches are good candidates and work done earlier may shorten the treatment term.

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that kids be screened for problems at age seven.

Of course orthodontics provides cosmetic enhancement as well as medical benefits, and avoiding braces during the sensitive high school years is an added bonus. With early intervention, your child could have their beautiful smile completed ahead of schedule.

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How to Help Teens Follow Good Dental Habits

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You can’t get them to clean their room. How do you make sure your teenager remembers to use their toothbrush?

Setting up good dental habits for a lifetime begins in childhood. But this regular task can take a hit during adolescence when rebellion against rules and authority suddenly becomes the norm. Teens question the ‘whys’ behind everything: “Why should I have to brush my teeth twice a day? And after meals, are you serious?”

Teenagers are often sensitive about grooming issues, and the simple question, “did you brush your teeth today?” can provoke a surly response.

Because battles over control are common, asking whether or not teeth are brushed or flossed can produce a kid who won’t brush for a week. And then grins at you with a crusty smile.

Like so many elements of parenting, during the teen years, it’s wise to change your approach. Teens won’t appreciate demands, but do respond to positive incentives.

Here are some ways to help your teen keep up great dental habits during adolescence:

 

  1. Move from authority to encourager. Instead of asking whether or not your teen is brushing, remark how nice their teeth look when you catch them with a toothbrush in hand.
  2. Bring home a whitening toothbrush with fluoride, just for them. Because teens want to be attractive, they will tend to brush more to get a whiter smile.
  3. Remark on their breath. Reward your teen with encouragement when you catch him or her freshly brushed. “Wow, your breath smells great! Are you doing something different?”
  4. Strike a deal for dental whitening. Teens today crave that white celebrity smile. They may have nagged you for ZOOM Whitening, or want dental trays. Allow your teen this treat, but remind them that that unless they brush twice a day, initial whitening effects will dim over time.
  5. Compliment your teen’s friends who have great smile. If your teen isn’t brushing regularly, this may make them think. You can also remark on teen actors like Taylor Lautner who have gorgeous smiles.
  6. Share your own experience.  By middle age, a lack of regular dental care and brushing will create problems from shifting teeth to gum bleeding to bad breath. Use your own problems as a lesson and mention to your teen that you wish you’d had better habits at their age. Explain your own fears about dentures and/or tooth loss.
  7. Help build responsibility by allowing teens to make their appointments for cleanings. Encourage them to set up a year’s worth of cleaning appointments and plug it in their phone calendars.
  8. Compliment your teen on good habits. It’s simple, but often overlooked. If your teen IS brushing regularly, mention that you’re proud of your teen’s follow through and discipline.
  9. Consider buying your teen an electric toothbrush such as Sonicare. They’re not only fun to use, but the built-in alarm will ensure a full two minutes brushing.
  10. If your teen needs Invisalign braces, strike another deal.

 

It’s a fact that teens may undergo a rebellious period of avoiding brushing, but most recover this habit eventually.  Take heart, being a teenager doesn’t last forever. It just feels like it.

How to Choose a Cosmetic Dentist in Dallas

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Choosing the right aesthetic dentist to improve your smile cosmetically is a lot like choosing the right dentist in general.  Cosmetic or aesthetic dentistry is an additional specialty that dentists acquire with advanced training. They are already skilled at providing medical dental care, the foundation for a great smile. Their additional cosmetic skills allow aesthetic dentists to offer patients who don’t like their smile complete care. The goal of cosmetic services is to correct problems with the smile and improve patients’ well-being and confidence.

To choose a cosmetic dentist, follow these tips:

  1. Choose an established practice with many before-and-after cosmetic procedure photographs that you can view.  Look at pictures that show the procedure you’re interested in, and evaluate the results.
  2. Choose an office where you feel comfortable with the staff and the amount of time they spend with you. For example, during your consultation, did your prospective dentist outline a variety of options for you?
  3. Choose a dentist who uses the latest technologies in both his general practice and his aesthetic practice. Does the dentist use intraoral imaging, lasers, or other state of the art techniques like CEREC restorations?
  4. Look at reviews, testimonials and word of mouth online.  Read the articles on the website – are they helpful or just about getting you to make an appointment?
  5. Choose a dentist who belongs to professional organizations in aesthetic dentistry. One of the top groups is the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry which has stringent standards for training and membership. Dr. Alhadef is a member of the AACD.

Learn more about our practice’s Smile Makeovers and how just a few visits can give you that Hollywood smile!  You can also read about cosmetic dentistry via Wikipedia to learn about top cosmetic dental procedures.

How to Know if You Need Cosmetic Dentistry

Common cosmetic dental problems

You might be a candidate for cosmetic or aesthetic dental work if you find yourself focusing on other people’s great white smiles. You think how great it would be if your teeth looked that way. Maybe you tend to cover your mouth with your hand when you smile. Or fix your mouth in a certain position so that you conceal flaws. These are signs that you’re not confident in your smile. You should be! It’s one of the first things people see when they meet you and first impressions count for a lot.

You’re a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry if you find yourself bothered by any of these issues:

  • Missing teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Decayed or discolored teeth
  • Ragged edge teeth or pointy teeth
  • Uneven sized teeth
  • Excess gum when smiling
  • Speech problems due to missing teeth

The most common procedures used to treat these cosmetic dental issues are Invisalign clear braces, crowns, veneers and teeth whitening.

The Invisalign system straightens teeth just like metal braces, but uses pop-in, clear trays that gently guide teeth into the right position.

Crowns are used to repair existing teeth by attaching a porcelain overlay. This tooth-shaped restoration is strong, stops further decay and can make a big difference in your life by allowing you to chew easily. Crowns look great and are undetectable from normal teeth.

Veneers are often used to conceal damage and give a regular appearance to not so perfect teeth. These thin porcelain sheaths slip over the tooth in front and can be made in any color or shape.

Whitening is so important for a great smile. Dr. Alhadef offers Zoom whitening in the office, which will brighten your smile in a single visit. Or you can use at home trays which are custom designed and feature much faster results than commercially available whitening systems. You keep your trays and can touch up whenever you want.

The most important thing to consider is how your smile and your feelings about it might be interfering with your life. If your smile makes you self-conscious, if you dread pictures, or have changed your natural smile to one that conceals problems, then you should consider the wonder of aesthetic dentistry. Millions of people have found that fixing their smile gives them new confidence and vibrancy.

If you think you’re a candidate for cosmetic dentistry, give us a call. We’ll set up a personalized consultation that will show you all the techniques which can be used in your particular case to give you the smile you’ve always wanted.