The Benefits of an Oral Rinse

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We all love that fresh feeling you get after rinsing with mouthwash. Did you know your mouthwash is doing more than just giving your breath a boost? Rinsing daily with certain mouthwashes can improve your oral health. We’re talking whitening your teeth, helping to prevent gum disease and fighting plaque!

What are the benefits of swishing daily with an oral rinse?

1) Freshens breath – First and most obviously, mouthwash temporarily reduces bad breath. Mouthwash kills bacteria associated with causing bad breath leaving you with minty fresh breath.

2) Removes particles – Most people use mouthwash only after brushing. This is a perfectly fine practice, but used before before brushing to rinse out loose particles in your mouth will make the brushing and flossing more effective.

3) Prevents Plaque build-up – Various mouthwashes help prevent plaque build up on your gums, in-between teeth, and on the surface of your teeth. Although it prevents the build up of plague, it cannot reduce the plaque that already exists on your teeth. So remember to always brush and floss before plaque becomes a problem.

4) Stop cavities from forming – Regular use of mouthwash before and after you brush and floss, you can reduce the chances of cavities forming. Mouthwashes that contain fluoride can prevent cavities and strengthen your enamel. Remember, not all mouthwashes contain fluoride. Be sure to check the label on your mouthwash before purchasing.

Mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing and flossing and should be used in conjunction with good oral health habits. It only takes a moment to rinse but the positive impact on your oral health is much greater. With rinsing daily you can successfully navigate around dental problems.

To make an appointment with Dallas Cosmetic Dental call 214-368-2434. Visit our website and learn more about the services we offer at http://www.dallascosmeticdental.com.

The Top 10 Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

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One of the greatest things an individual can wear is a smile. Your smile can act as a boost of self confidence. Modern cosmetic dentistry has blessed the world with many advanced procedures used to reshape smiles everywhere. In order to determine which cosmetic dentistry procedure is for you; make sure you consult your dentist first. Here are the top 10 cosmetic dental procedures available today!

Teeth Whitening or Bleaching

Oftentimes, the appearance of a whiter smile is all it takes to raise confidence. Teeth whitening or bleaching is done in a dental office, however you may be able to retrieve at home whitening kits. This treatment is used to eliminate stains and discoloration.

Dental implants

This procedure is a better alternative to traditional dentures due to the fact that it can give you the kind of teeth that look and feel more natural. The teeth are implanted directly into the bone which will eliminate the worry of your teeth falling out.

Dental Bonding

Teeth that are crooked or broken due to injury or other reasons are a large issue. Luckily, dental bonding can fix most of these issues. Clay like material is applied to teeth and a special kind of light is used to harden the material.

Veneers

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are attached to the front of teeth. Veneers are used specifically for individuals with tooth discoloration or heavy stains. This procedure could correct damaged teeth and effectively change the way your teeth look.

Tooth Colored Fillings

Fillings are most commonly used to repair damages or holes caused by cavities. They often come in a metallic forms that are noticeable when you smile, however, tooth colored fillings easily blend with your teeth.

Dental Bridge

Dental bridges help eliminate the flat look caused by the absence of teeth. A denture is placed on the location of the missing tooth and is connected by a crown; this brings back the natural appearances of your smile.

Dental Contouring

Contouring is used to align or straighten crooked or overlapped teeth. Contouring also helps individuals who have problems with the shape of their teeth.

Cosmetic Gum Surgery

Individuals who have the appearance of long teeth actually may be suffering from the recession of gums due to the natural aging process or gum disease.

Custom Dentures

This is the simplest form of cosmetic dental procedures when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Dentures are used when several teeth are missing and possibly more need to be removed.

Accelerated Orthodontics

This is one of the most efficient ways to achieve perfectly straight or aligned teeth. This is better than getting braces because the process will normally take about 3-8 months.

If you are looking to improve your smile and are looking to take advantage of some of these great cosmetic dentistry procedures call Dallas Cosmetic Dental at 214-368-2434. Visit our website and learn more about the services we offer at http://www.dallascosmeticdental.com.

 

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.