Get Flawless Smiles with Cosmetic Dentistry this Holiday Season

laughing woman with gorgeous smileIf you put a brighter, more beautiful smile on your wish list this holiday season, it’s time to make it happen. Many patients think that cosmetic dentistry is just for the very rich or celebrities, but a good cosmetic dentist can offer a wide range of services to deliver a beautiful result within any schedule or budget. Keep reading to learn more about finding a cosmetic dentist and what treatments you should consider in order to transform your flawed teeth into flawless smiles you’ll be proud share this holiday season.

Floss Properly To Achieve the Best Oral Health

Discover the proper way to floss your teeth.Have you flossed your teeth today? You should have taken care of it this morning, but you’d be surprised how many patients completely forego flossing. If you have yet to floss, that’s okay. Just as long as you’re doing it at least once a day after a meal. Many patients don’t realize just how vital flossing is for oral health. Sure, brushing your teeth is very important, but it’s just one-half of the equation to achieving great oral health. Flossing isn’t hard to accomplish, it just requires a certain level of dedication. When you consider the alternative to not flossing, it’s easy to see why it’s vital for optimal oral health.

Not everyone knows how to floss properly, but with a little guidance you can start improving your oral health. Our Sugar Land, TX office has a dental staff that is both professional in everything they do and friendly towards all of our patients. Our general dentistry services are designed to keep your oral health in fantastic shape, and good at-home dental hygiene is a part of that. Dr. Davey is a general dentist that Sugar Land and other residents can trust to help keep their oral health intact. If you have no clue how to floss or could use a refresher, you’ve come to the right place

Proper Brushing Techniques from Your Sugar Land TX Dentist

Teeth brushing

You’ve probably been told to brush your teeth when you wake up and before you fall asleep since you were very young. You may not even think about it anymore. However, that unconscious brushing might not be doing you as much good as you think. According to a recent study, most patients are still utilizing brushing techniques they used as children, and don’t brush long enough for optimal effectiveness. At the practice of your Sugar Land, TX dentist, Dr. Paul Davey, we want you to make the most of your brushing. Twice annual checkups can help you maintain excellent oral health for life, but proper brushing can extend that clean, healthy smile between visits. Call to schedule an appointment or find out more about proper at-home hygiene.

Get Gentle but Effective Periodontal Disease Treatment in Sugar Land, TX

156482063 (1)If you’re tired or sore, sensitive, or bleeding gums, contact Dr. Davey today. These are all clear signs that you may have periodontal disease (gum disease). Periodontal disease is an inflammation and infection which slowly destroys the bone and gum tissues that support your teeth. Periodontal disease affects nearly 75% of Americans at some point and is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. If you suspect that you have a gum infection, schedule a periodontal disease treatment appointment with Dr. Davey and Texas Got Smile today. Dr. Davey is an experienced general and family dentist, now proudly serving families daily throughout Sugar Land, TX, Houston, Richmond, Katy, and the surrounding communities.

How Does Periodontal Disease Develop?

In a word, plaque. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria and enamel eroding acids which cling to the surfaces of your teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing can remove most, but certainly not all plaque, especially around your gum line. The bacteria in plaque deteriorate gums and supporting tissues over time. In fact, plaque that is not completely removed within 48 hours can harden into a rough deposit called tartar which can only be removed with a professional dental cleaning.

Do You Have Periodontal Disease?

  • Chronic bad breath
  • Red, swollen, or sensitive gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Loosened or shifting teeth
  • Receding gums or elongated teeth

How is Periodontal Disease Treated?

If you have periodontal disease, the first treatment step will include comprehensive scaling and root planing to disinfect and smooth out periodontal pockets. Scaling removes plaque and tartar from deep below the gum line to keep bacteria from accumulating again.

Periodontal Disease Treatment Appointments

Because periodontal disease can often progress painlessly, you may not even be aware a problem exists. Don’t allow periodontal disease to destroy your dental health. Schedule an appointment for periodontal disease treatment with Dr. Davey and Texas Got Smile today. Dr. Davey is a highly qualified general and family dentist.  Texas Got Smile delivers quality care daily throughout Sugar Land, TX, Houston, Richmond, Katy, and the neighboring cities.

Stop Snoring and Get a Good Night’s Rest with Sleep Apnea Therapy from Dr. Davey in Sugar Land, TX

179694718Do you find it difficult to breathe at night? If you have nightly trouble with breathing or loud uncontrollable snoring, you may be suffering from sleep apnea.  Sleep apnea is a relatively common sleep disorder characterized by thunderous snoring, pauses in breathing, and shallow breaths during sleep. These breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes, and may occur over thirty times per hour. Once normal breathing resumes a loud snort or choking sound can often be heard. Untreated sleep apnea can make a restful night’s sleep impossible. As a result of this poor sleep quality, you may become tired and less productive during the day. Sleep apnea can also lead to more serious medical issues. But you don’t have to suffer in silence. Make your sleep apnea therapy appointment with Dr. Davey today for the restful night’s sleep you need to stay healthy. Dr. Davey is an experienced sleep apnea doctor. Texas Got Smile delivers quality care daily throughout Sugar Land, TX, Houston, Richmond, Katy, and the surrounding communities.

Do You Have Sleep Apnea?

Although not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, the most common sign of sleep apnea is loud, incessant snoring, followed by pauses and choking or gasping sounds. The snoring is usually the loudest when you sleep on your back. Family members are often the first to notice these issues. You may not even be aware of the problems until a loved one points them out. Another common sign of sleep apnea is fighting sleepiness during the day, or being unable to focus or concentrate. You may also find yourself rapidly falling asleep during the quiet moments.

What Are Your Sleep Apnea Therapy Options?

  • CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure): CPAP is the most common treatment for sleep apnea in adults. CPAP uses a small face mask and a machine that gently blows air into your throat as you sleep. The pressure from the air helps keep your airway open. However CPAP treatment is not well tolerated by everyone. CPAP may cause side effects like stuffy nose, irritated skin, dry mouth, stomach bloating, and headaches.
  • Oral Appliance Therapy: For those who wish to avoid CPAP, Dr. Davey offers oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea relief.  An oral appliance is a custom-fitted plastic mouthpiece. The mouthpiece can be worn during sleep to adjust your lower jaw and tongue. This will keep your airways open while you sleep to gently relive your sleep apnea symptoms.

Sugar Land Sleep Apnea Therapy Appointments

Sleep apnea can often go undiagnosed. There are no blood tests that can diagnose the condition, and most people who have sleep apnea don’t know they have it until a family member complains of their snoring. If you suspect that you, or someone close to you, is suffering from sleep apnea, make an appointment with Dr. Davey today. Sleep apnea therapy can help you restore your quality of life. Dr. Davey is a highly qualified sleep apnea specialistTexas Got Smile proudly serves families daily throughout Sugar Land, TX, Houston, Richmond, Katy, and the neighboring areas.

Sugar Land Professional Teeth Whitening for the New Year

524227687Is a whiter smile on your list of resolutions? Your teeth can stain and discolor over time naturally. But you don’t have to live with less than bright white teeth. Dr. Davey has a quick and easy whitening solution. You can start checking off your list of resolutions, by making an appointment with Dr. Davey today for your New Year’s teeth whitening appointment. Dr. Davey is an experienced cosmetic dentist.  Texas Got Smile proudly serves patients daily throughout Sugar Land, TX, Houston, Richmond, Katy, and the surrounding communities.

What Are Your Teeth Whitening Choices?

Your first thought may be to use a teeth whitening toothpaste. However, teeth whitening toothpastes don’t contain the necessary bleaching ingredients to whiten your teeth. They can only gently polish away the shallow surface stains acquired during the day. Or, you may be tempted to try one of the many over-the-counter teeth whitening products that claim to instantly whiten your teeth. These may come as whitening strips, rinses, or trays. However, getting any significant results from these products can take several weeks of daily use. In addition, many of these products can cause irritation and inflammation in sensitive teeth and gums. The best option is to visit a dentist for professional teeth whitening. Dr. Davey’s professional strength teeth whitening products safely, but effectively, whiten teeth up to ten shades in just one short visit. Texas Got Smile also offers take-home teeth whitening trays that you can conveniently use at your leisure.

Sugar Land Teeth Whitening Appointments

The results from professional teeth whitening will last longer than any other method. If bleaching won’t work on your teeth because of staining under the enamel, Dr. Davey can offer alternatives like porcelain veneers or dental bonding. Either way, Texas Got Smile will make sure that you’re more than satisfied with your teeth whitening treatment. Make your professional teeth whitening appointment with Dr. Davey today for a new smile in the New Year. Dr. Davey and his highly qualified team at Texas Got Smile deliver reliable teeth whitening results.  Texas Got Smile proudly serves families daily throughout Sugar Land, TX, Houston, Richmond, Katy, and nearby areas.

Could You Be Suffering from a TMJ Disorder?

Unexplained headaches, ear aches, neck pain, and jaw stiffness, can all be signs of a degenerative group of conditions known as Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder. Your temporomandibular joints are located just in front of each ear and are responsible for regulating the muscles that open and close your jaw. TMJ disorders can occur when the chewing muscles and the temporomandibular joint stop working properly. When this happens, the surrounding muscles cramp and spasm becoming part of a cycle that results in tissue damage, pain, reduced functioning, and muscle tenderness. If you suspect that your pain and discomfort are associated with TMJ disorder, make an appointment with Dr. Davey today for your TMJ disorder evaluation. Dr. Davey and his experienced and caring team at Texas Got Smile can help you find answers and relief.  Texas Got Smile proudly restores smiles throughout Sugar Land, TX, Houston, Richmond, Katy, and the surrounding communities.

What Are the Signs of TMJ Disorder?

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should seek TMJ disorder treatment as soon as possible:

  • Pain in or around the ear that often spreads to the face
  • Tenderness of the jaw and surrounding muscles
  • Clicking or popping noises when opening or closing your mouth
  • Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
  • Jaws that get stuck or locked in place
  • Pain from yawning, chewing, or opening your mouth widely
  • Chronic headaches or neck aches

TMJ Disorder Treatment in Sugar Land, TX

Dr. Davey has received many hours of extensive additional training in the treatment of TMJ disorders from the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI). Dr. Davey utilizes the latest research and technology to treat TMJ disorders including: K7 and TENS technology, as well as electromyography and sonography. Texas Got Smile can offer a range of non-invasive treatments like stress reducing techniques, strengthening exercises, alternating hot and cold compresses, headache treatments, and oral appliances. You can make an appointment with Dr. Davey at Texas Got Smile today to immediately relieve your TMJ disorder symptoms. Dr. Davey is a highly qualified general and restorative dentist.  Texas Got Smile proudly serves patients throughout Sugar Land, TX, Houston, Richmond, Katy, and nearby areas.

What is Preventative Dentistry?

81264673If you prefer to save money and avoid pain, then you should be a fan of preventative dentistry. The goal of preventative dentistry is to keep your teeth and gums healthy so that costly and uncomfortable restorative procedures never become necessary. Some people may think that if they don’t feel any pain or see any irritation, they don’t need to see a dentist, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Sometimes tooth decay and gum disease can advance without any pain or obvious physical indicators. But this doesn’t mean that they’re not present. When you first start to notice pain, sensitivity and bleeding in your teeth and gums, it’s a sign that you have waited too long to see a dentist. Don’t wait for a dental emergency to start taking care of your teeth. Maintain a healthy smile by making an appointment with Dr. Davey today. Dr. Davey and his experienced team at Texas Got Smile specialize in preventative dentistry and proudly serve patients throughout Sugar Land, TX, Houston, Richmond, Katy and surrounding communities.

Preventative Dentistry Procedures

  • Dental Exam and X-Ray– If you skip your regular dental visits, you may not be aware of dental problems until they have already caused significant damage.
  • Professional Dental Cleaning– Professional cleanings are needed to remove hardened plaque and stains to prevent gum disease, as well as to check for signs of tooth decay.
  • Flouride Treatment/ Dental Sealants– Fluoride treatments and dental sealants can protect your teeth from developing any cavities.
  • Oral Cancer Screening– Oral cancer treatment is most successful when the cancer is found in the early stages. Since oral cancer can be painless, it’s important to be screened regularly for abnormalities in and around the mouth.

Preventative Dentistry Appointments in Sugarland, TX

The American Dental Association recommends that we all see the dentist a minimum of twice per year for professional dental cleanings and tooth decay and gum disease prevention. Following this recommendation is the easiest way to stop dental disease in its earliest stages. Being proactive with you dental care can protect your smile and limit your dental care expenses. Make an appointment with Dr. Davey at Texas Got Smile for your preventative dentistry needs today. Dr. Davey restores smiles daily throughout Sugar Land, TX, Houston, Richmond, Katy and surrounding areas.

Uncovering Veneers

450707465If you have misshaped, discolored or uneven teeth, dental veneers may be a great option to improve the appearance of your smile. Veneers are a shell or thin layer of tooth colored porcelain or composite resin that can be placed over the surface of your teeth. Veneers can either be made by a dental technician in laboratory or by your dentist directly on your teeth during your appointment. If you have a severe case of dullness, wear, discoloration, extensive chipping, cracking, spacing or uneven teeth, then porcelain veneers may be your best option. Veneers protect the surface of your damaged teeth and may eliminate the need for more extensive treatments. Veneers are extremely durable, and don’t’ require disruption of tooth structure as do crowns. If you want to repair your smile, contact Dr. Davey’s Sugar Land, TX dentist office today for an appointment.

Veneers and Bonding

Bonding refers to direct composite veneers. This is an inexpensive yet effective way to fix small chips, cracks and discoloration in your teeth. The dentist may perform a diagnostic examination before giving dental veneer treatment to identify any oral health concerns that must be addressed before veneer placement. The dentist will work with you to select the best tooth color for you from a special shading chart. Imaging technologies can also provide you with a preview of your new smile.

The Veneers Process

First, your dentist will likely administer a local anesthetic to make you more comfortable during the tooth preparation phase and placement of the veneer. Your natural tooth is then prepared by minimally reshaping it with a small handheld rotational cutting device called a bur. If you are getting direct composite resin veneers, the dentist then apply the chosen shade of composite to your teeth, shape the material and then harden it using a high intensity light. The dentist may then need to apply additional layers of composite to achieve the desired shape, length and form of your smile. When the entire composite is placed, the veneers will be finished and polished. If you are receiving porcelain veneers, the dentist will make an impression of your teeth from which a mold of your mouth will be made. This impression may then be sent to an outside laboratory where the veneers will be fabricated.

Quality Veneers in Sugar Land, TX

If you are considering restorative procedures such as veneers or bonding, the first step is to make an appointment with Dr. Davey to discuss which options are best for your individual circumstances. Dr. Davey will first ensure that your teeth are healthy and ready for cosmetic procedures. Dr. Davey proudly serves resident throughout Sugar Land, TX, Houston, Richmond, Katy and surrounding communities.

Have A New Smile with Dental Implants

480753457For many people, not having a comprehensive smile can really have a negative effect on the way they feel about themselves. Having teeth missing from your smile is not only detrimental to your oral health, but is also detrimental to your bodily health. Aside from being aesthetically displeasing, not having a full smile can be harmful to your self-esteem and the way you interact with the people around you. Thankfully, Dr. Paul M. Davey is able to restore his patients’ smiles by offering dental implants at his Sugar Land, TX dental office.

What makes our dental implant process different from many other dental offices is the fact that our dental implants are CAT scan guided. By doing this, we are able to check the areas of your jaw bone that are the most dense, therefore creating a stronger bond between the implant itself and your bone. The reason why replacing missing teeth is so important is because the teeth in your mouth may begin to shift in order to make up for the empty space. Also, by leaving your smile incomplete, it puts you more at risk for a misaligned bite, TMJ, gum disease, bone loss, and tooth loss. The journey to you getting a new smile begins with a consultation with Dr. Davey. He will have to assess your smile in its current condition, as well as determine whether or not dental implants are a good option for you. You will also be able to ask Dr. Davey any questions or bring up any concerns you may have about the procedure.

If you are considered a candidate for dental implants, titanium posts will be strategically embedded in your jawbone. Over time and with healing, your bone will fuse with the post. After the post, a crown is placed on top. The crown looks exactly like a natural tooth, making your new smile look as natural and organic as possible. If you would like to know if dental implants are right for you, and would like the help of Dr. Davey, contact our office today!

Dr. Paul Davey’s Sugar Land, TX dental office provides exceptional cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, and neuromuscular dentistry services to patients from Sugar Land, Houston, Richmond, and Katy. Give us a call to schedule your next appointment.

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