Why Replace My Missing Tooth?

Why Replace My Missing Tooth?Losing a tooth as a child or having your wisdom teeth extracted are both instances of tooth loss where there is no reason to replace the missing tooth. For most other reasons of tooth loss, it is often necessary to restore the tooth with an implant and/or a dental prosthetic. Losing even just a single tooth can greatly impact your abilities to speak, to chew, or to bite. Tooth loss also leads to a loss of bone density in the jaw bone. Replacing your tooth can restore your abilities and lower your risk of bone loss. Replacing your tooth also means making your smile look complete.  (more…)

How Does A Mouth Guard Treat OSA?

How Does A Mouth Guard Treat OSA? OSA stands for obstructive sleep apnea. It is a common sleep disorder that can lead to a higher risk of health complications like heart disease, stroke, obesity, and diabetes. Obstructive sleep apnea can sound like simple snoring except that is marked with frequent gasps for air and pauses for breathing. To determine that you have obstructive sleep apnea, you may need to talk to your doctor who may confirm with a sleep study. If you are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, you may find that a custom-designed mouth guard is your best option for treatment.  (more…)

The Dangers Of Grinding Your Teeth

The Dangers Of Grinding Your Teeth Grinding your teeth, also known as bruxism, is a common sleep disorder. You may notice signs that you suffer from teeth grinding, if you wake up frequently with a headache, sore teeth, or an achy jaw, notice yourself clenching your jaw during the day, or if you have an increased sensitivity to cold or sweet food. Grinding your teeth can be a symptom of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder or as a medical palindrome, bruxism can cause TMJ disorder. Treating bruxism is important to protect your oral health from such risks. Your dentist can outfit you with a custom oral appliance to help prevent your teeth from grinding against one another.  (more…)

Free Movies In The Park

Free Movies In The ParkMovies in the Park are free movies put on in parks presented by the Austin Parks Foundation and Alamo Drafthouse. This year is the 25th Anniversary, and to celebrate, all the films screened are from the year 1992. The movies selected are family-friendly and shown in various parks all across the city of Austin. Bring the whole family, including the dog as long as they are on a leash! Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs to set up your own comfortable area. Food is welcome, if you want to picnic while you watch a movie. Just remember that alcoholic beverages, glass, styrofoam, and smoking are not allowed within the park. Recycling bins are available, but please take your trash with you when you leave. (more…)

Looking To Whiten Your Smile?

Looking To Whiten Your Smile? One of the easiest and least invasive ways to make a dramatic impact on your appearance is to whiten your teeth. There are professional options that can get your teeth usually up to 10 shades lighter, and there are plenty of over-the-counter options that can get you a bit of a brighter smile. There are nearly entire aisles at your drugstore or grocery store devoted to whitening your teeth. What are some options that your dentist can offer? What is the difference between those professional options? When is whitening not enough?  (more…)

4 Issues Fixed By Cosmetic Bonding

4 Issues Fixed By Cosmetic BondingCosmetic bonding is a straightforward solution for some smile issues that you may be dealing with. Cosmetic bonding is made of the same material used in tooth-colored fillings. It is a composite resin that is applied directly to the tooth, sculpted into the desired shape, and polished for a natural-looking appearance. Usually, the tooth only needs to be lightly etched to prepare it for the bonding material to be permanently applied, which means little damage is done to your tooth or teeth. Cosmetic bonding can easily address issues such as small gaps, intrinsic stains, surface damage to the enamel, and irregularly shaped or sized teeth.  (more…)

Why Should I Choose Veneers?

Why Should I Choose Veneers? Your smile can be your key to confidence. It can also be a cause of unnecessary insecurities if there are parts of your smile that you believe are flaws. Correcting flaws in your smile does not mean making your smile look like everyone else’s or like some sort of ideal of perfection. Correcting flaws simply means giving you a smile that will make you feel the most confident. Porcelain veneers are a great option when you are looking to correct flaws and upgrade the appearance of your smile. When do you know when you should choose veneers over other cosmetic options? (more…)

Ghosts Of The Georgetown Square

Ghosts Of The Georgetown SquareThe Williamson Museum is hosting a Ghost Tour the weekend of Friday the 13th. This is a family event with three tours that are mild enough for all ages, and a special scary tour at 9:00 p.m. The tours are led by a docent in costume who will be telling stories of all of the places rumored to be haunted for over 100 years. The tours leave the museum at 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, and 9:00 p.m. Before the tour, you will gather round with a group to listen to creepy, bizarre, unusual, and tall tales from Round Rock’s past. As the tour continues, you will get to use different paranormal investigation tools as you investigate two of Round Rock’s oldest homes to see what you find. The Williamson Museum is putting on this adventurous tour. The Williamson Museum in the Georgetown Square is filled with a collection of objects, documents and photographs to celebrate the history and diversity of Williamson County. There are discounted tickets available for museum members and students.  (more…)

What Is Laser Gum Contouring?

What Is Laser Gum Contouring?Being dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile can cause insecurities and a lack of confidence. Some people may believe that the appearance of your smile relies solely on the looks of your teeth, but your gums play a big role in the look of your smile. Gums that are disproportionately larger than the teeth can lead to what is referred to as a “gummy smile.” Gums can be jagged or asymmetrical leaving the smile to look a little lopsided. Laser gum contouring is a treatment to address these cosmetic issues that may affect your gums.  (more…)

Can ClearCorrect® Help My Smile?

Can ClearCorrect® Help My Smile?Misaligned, crooked teeth can affect the appearance of your smile, but problematic alignment can also risk the health of your teeth and gums. Overcrowded teeth that overlap on top of each other can create nooks and crannies for bacteria to hide. Bacteria that would otherwise be removed during brushing and flossing can stay behind to create tooth decay and gum disease. That same hiding bacteria can also lead to bad breath. Correcting crooked teeth serves more than just the appearance of your smile, as it can also correct these issues. ClearCorrect® can straighten teeth in a discreet way.  (more…)