Don’t Wear Yellow on Your Wedding Day

Teeth Whitening in Austin for your wedding

The only things you want to be yellow on your wedding day are the things planned to be yellow –  the flowers, the bridesmaid dresses, the linens. One thing you definitely don’t want to be yellow? Your smile!

When you’re the center of attention on the happiest day your life, and thousands of pictures are being snapped by the hour, the last thing you want to draw attention to is a dull, dingy smile. A professional whitening from our Austin dental office can help!

A professional whitening from your Austin dentist is your best option to get the dazzling smile you want in the fastest time, with longest lasting results, and without any unwanted side effects. We can work together to determine the ideal solution to get your smile its best white.

While some of our patients may think it’s easier and cheaper to whiten their smiles using over-the-counter products, we’d like to encourage a visit to us before choosing a smile whitening system. Some smile whitening options can actually damage your smile and can even lead to pain. And we don’t want our patients to experience any damage or pain when they’re preparing for their big event!

Many over-the-counter whitening kits have trays or strips that contain the whitening solution. However, since these trays are not custom fitted, the solution can leak onto gums and cause irritation. Additionally, some over-the-counter whiteners can cause tooth sensitivity, and are sometimes ineffective at giving you your desired results.

With a quick visit to our dental office in Austin, we can figure out how to successfully and safely get your pearly whites bright and ready for all the attention. If a whitening treatment isn’t for you, we can talk about alternatives like porcelain veneers or tooth bonding. Either way, we’ll help get your smile ready for your big day!

The adventure of correcting an anterior open bite!

For as long as I could remember my front teeth never touch, as a matter of fact only my back two teeth touched. Apparently this was done on purpose by my previous orthodontist, which wasn’t a big deal until I got older. As the years have passed, I have begun to have many issue with my jaw. Like most of you (close to 10 million Americans that is) I have pain in the jaw, it feels tired when I eat, and there are some crazy sounds that can come out of the side of my head sometimes!! Now, for a while I took the easy road and wore a night guard to keep my muscles relaxed (like I know many of you do also!), but I have decided to take more drastic measures and do something permanent! Working with a fabulous team of Dr. Worob, Dr. Cronin, Dr. Rouch (my orthodontist) and Dr. Gallagher (my oral surgeon) I have started down the path to orthognathic surgery!

Tara Fuller with her new brace face!

Tara Fuller with her new brace face!

I now have a full set of braces (for the third time,  I might add this makes me look much younger!!! HAH) and will begin the step towards surgery! Kind of scary sounding huh? I thought so too, but with this awesome team I know I am in good hands. I will be in braces for about 2 years, and will have my upper jaw reset to where it should have been. Won’t that be incredibly painful, you ask? Not really, when my upper jaw is reset there will be some nerves cut (but don’t worry they WILL grow back) and I will be numb during the worst part of it all (if I can make It thru the braces first!). Now don’t panic if you are having symptoms of TMJ, according to the National Institute of Dental and Cranial Research most TMJ symptoms go away on their own and are due to trauma. Eating soft foods, using ice packs on the area, and avoiding extreme movements of the jaw will help these symptoms subside. Ibuprofen is also one of your best friends during these times of discomfort, and always give us a call and come see us if you are having symptoms! I just happen to be one of the rare few who has to take it to the next level! Wish me luck!!  ~Tara

Bringing Oral Cancer Awareness to Austin

Oral cancer Awareness

Every April, the dental community observes Oral Cancer Awareness Month and works to increase public awareness about a dangerous and deadly disease. The truth is, according to the American Dental Association, an estimated 42,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. With a number this high, I want to take this opportunity to educate the patients of my Austin dental office on the risk factors and symptoms of oral cancer as well as how early detection can help save your life.

When talking about something as serious as oral cancer, I want to make sure my patients understand that, while this disease can be fatal, it’s not because the disease is difficult to treat. Many oral cancer cases are not diagnosed until the cancer is later in development and more widespread, which results in a high percentage of fatalities. That’s why I try to encourage my patients to not only limit their exposure to the risk factors that can contribute to oral cancer, but also to perform at-home checks and, most importantly, keep up with their regular checkups at my Austin dental office.

There are several risks factors that can increase someone’s chance of developing oral cancer. It’s probably no surprise that tobacco use is the number one leading cause of oral cancer. However, what may not be so well known is that an individual’s chance of developing oral cancer greatly increases if they’re both a tobacco user and a heavy drinker. Additionally, the sexually transmitted disease known as the human papilloma virus (HPV) can also lead to oral cancer.

In addition to avoiding the risks associated with oral cancer, performing self-exams each month is a great way to catch any potential problems early. When examining your mouth for signs of oral cancer, simply find a mirror and a bright light and look at the inside of your mouth, including the cheeks, roof of the mouth, lips, and gums. What are you looking for exactly? Some of the most common signs include white or red patches of oral tissue, a sore that doesn’t heal on its own, an abnormal lump or thickening of the mouth tissues, and difficulty swallowing.

While checking your own mouth for signs of oral cancer is helpful, it’s still very important to maintain regular checkups with your Austin dentist. Sometimes oral cancer may not seem to show any signs in its early stages. However, our team is trained to know what to look for to catch oral cancer early, and early detection gives you the best chance of survival.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, or if you’re due for a checkup, call my Austin dental office right away. After all, it just might save your life.

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