How to Improve Your Dental Care this Summer

Our professional staff here at Smith Dental Care, located in Tyler, TX, wants to give you the education needed to show off your best smile this summer. Dr. Ogletree, Dr. Smith, and Dr. Douglas at Smith Dental Care want you to have a smile that shines bright this summer, so come in for your dental visit to ensure a healthy mouth.

No matter how efficient your current dental routine is, these reminders will help show you how to better improve your routine:
• Brush at least twice a day.
• Use fluoridated toothpaste.
• Brush thoroughly.
• Floss your teeth daily.
• Limit acidic drinks
• Limit sugary foods.
• Protect your teeth from injury.
• Try to save a knocked out tooth.
• Avoid using your teeth for anything other than chewing food. For example, opening cans, food, etc.

Schedule an appointment today with your dentist at Smith Dental Care for regular check-ups. By taking all the necessary steps above, you are one step close to better dental health! Call our office today to make your appointment this summer!


Invisalign vs Smile Direct Club

Looking to upgrade your smile but don’t know if you should go to your local dentist or try one of the at home aligner systems? At Smith Dental Care, we are here to make sure you are fully informed before you make any smile-altering decisions.

Price

Yes, Smile Direct Club is less expensive than Invisalign largely because it is based online with virtual dentists. Invisalign gives patients the opportunity to have face-to-face conversations with their local Tyler dentist, providing a hands-on approach as you’re on your way to achieving a beautiful smile.

Alignment Trays

Trays and retainers are the most important part of the process since they are the tools used to adjust your teeth. While both Invisalign and Smile Direct Club both offer clear retainers that you replace every couple weeks, only Invisalign can offer retainers that guarantee the smile you want. Your Invisalign retainer snaps into place onto the tooth attachments, which are placed by your dentist, holding your aligners in place. These attachments help the dentist control how much your teeth shift and adjust, meanwhile the lack of tooth attachments with the Smile Direct Club retainer allows it to slide around your teeth, leading to incorrect shifting.

The Final Outcome

With Invisalign, your licensed professional dentist is able to adjust your smile plan as you go, working with you so you can achieve the best end result possible.

Be mindful when considering clear retainers because your dental history could have a huge effect on the outcome as well.  Invisalign makes sure to take your dental history into account when creating your smile plan and keeps a close eye on your teeth as you go through the process.

Schedule An Invisalign Consultation Today!

You don’t have to take something this important into your own hands when your Smith Dental Care professionals are here to help! Contact us today to schedule your appointment so we can get you on your way to the smile you deserve!


Main Causes of Tooth Grinding

Current statistics show that 50-96% of adults grind their teeth at some point in their life, being most common in adults 25 to 44, yet there isn’t a clear reason as to why this occurs. Excessive tooth grinding, gnashing, and/or jaw clenching is known as “Bruxism” which is a condition when you unconsciously clench your teeth when you’re awake or clench/grind them during sleep. Many different factors can cause someone to start grinding their teeth, and we have listed the some of the most common causes below:

  1. Sleep Disorders
    1. This is one of the leading causes of tooth grinding, which is another reason why we see most teeth grinding occurring during the night. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most severe of sleep disorders and almost often causes bruxism.
  2. Lifestyle
    1. Your habits and a variety of lifestyle factors can contribute to tooth grinding, including excessive drinking, smoking, and chewing gum. Even caffeine from tea, coffee, soda, and chocolate can cause tensions that could ultimately lead you to grinding your teeth.
  3. Medications and Illnesses
    1. Some antidepressants and psychotropic medications can create conditions leading to bruxism because of their side affects.
    2. Parkinson’s Disease and Huntington’s Disease are known to be associated with tooth grinding.
  1. Abnormal Bite
    1. Misaligned and/or missing teeth can greatly contribute to tooth grinding.

If you fall into one of these categories please speak to your dentist at Smith Dental Care to ask about purchasing a mouth guard. Wearing a mouth guard at night can provide relief if you find yourself grinding your teeth at night.

Are YOU grinding your teeth at night?

Headaches, physical discomfort of the jaw, or face muscle pain are a few common indicators of someone who grinds their teeth. Tooth grinders are three times more likely to experience headaches and stress is a common trigger that creates tension in the jaw.

Stop living in discomfort and call Smith Dental Care today!