Heart of Texas Smiles General & Cosmetic Dentistry Blog

Pain for Perfection: Is Cosmetic Dentistry Uncomfortable?

April 12, 2024

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Patient smiling after their cosmetic dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry has revolutionized the way people approach their smiles, offering many treatments to enhance the appearance of teeth. However, one common concern among patients considering cosmetic procedures is the fear of pain. But are cosmetic treatments painful, or is that a myth? Continue reading to learn more about popular cosmetic treatments and how your dentist can keep you comfortable.


How Long Will I Need a Retainer After Invisalign?

March 11, 2024

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Woman in dentist’s chair holding clear alignerNothing is more exciting than popping your last Invisalign aligner into your mouth. The end of your journey is right around the corner; however, your treatment isn’t over just yet. You’ll require retainers to ensure your investment lasts. Here’s how long you need to wear your retainers after finishing Invisalign.


Love and Aligners: Will Invisalign Affect Your Dating Success?

February 9, 2024

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Couple on a date while the girl wears Invisalign

One of the many perks of Invisalign is its discreet approach to straightening teeth. The clear plastic aligners are nearly indistinguishable against your teeth once they’re snapped in place. But will the treatment’s look or other quirks detract from your dating life somehow? Read on to learn how Invisalign can affect your game while on a date or otherwise.


Will It Hurt to Have Invisalign Attachments Removed?

January 5, 2024

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patient holding Invisalign tray and smiling

If you’re thinking about getting Invisalign to improve your smile, you might have heard about Invisalign attachments. These small, tooth-colored buttons are sometimes used with Invisalign aligners to help move teeth more precisely. As your treatment comes to a close, you might wonder about removing these attachments and if it’s uncomfortable. Read on as we talk about the purpose of Invisalign attachments and what to expect when they’re taken off.


My Dental Crown Fell Out; What Should I Do Now?

December 13, 2023

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Dentists have used dental crowns for centuries to restore compromised teeth to their original sizes and functions. Technology has only improved as time has gone by, leading to modern crowns being virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. However, crowns can come loose and fall out due to age, injury, or infection, and it’s important to schedule an appointment with your emergency dentist if this happens. Here are a few tips to help you stay comfortable until your appointment and achieve the best possible result from the ordeal.


Why Is a Black Line Forming Around My Dental Crown?

November 10, 2023

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Woman tries to figure something out

Dental crowns are used to restore a tooth to its normal size, function, and appearance after extensive damage due to trauma, tooth decay, or a dental procedure like a root canal. While these restorations can be fantastic solutions to these injuries, some of them can begin to develop black lines around their edges as they age. This makes it obvious that the patient has undergone dental work and can make it harder for them to be proud of their smile. Here’s why that can happen and what you can do to prevent or fix it.


Ways to Maximize Your Dental Insurance Benefits

October 26, 2023

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Dental insurance on computer screenWhen is the last time you’ve seen a dentist? If you’re among the 35% of adults who don’t visit a dentist regularly, you’re about to throw hundreds to thousands of dollars in the trash. Your dental insurance benefits expire at the end of the year. With your oral health and overall wellness closely entwined, don’t miss your opportunity to visit your dentist. Here’s how to maximize your coverage to achieve healthy teeth and gums without spending your life’s savings.


In-Network vs. Out-of-Network Dentist: Which is Best?

October 25, 2023

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Dental insurance at a fingertipDid you know that 156 million Americans have dental insurance? However, less than 3% of adults meet or exceed their annual limits. Billions of dollars in unused dental insurance benefits are lost every year. You already pay for your coverage, so why not use it? Dental insurance is an investment in reduced costs for the services you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Your first step to a healthier smile is choosing a dentist that accepts your policy. Here’s what you need to know to choose between an in-network and an out-of-network dentist.


Brace for Impact: Can I Get Braces a Second Time?

September 27, 2023

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Woman has braces

Braces have straightened teeth and realigned smiles for generations, but many people who wore them as teenagers find that their teeth have shifted in the years since their treatment. Fortunately, patients can almost always undergo a new round of braces to straighten things out and have their smiles looking great. Here’s what you should know about undergoing a second orthodontic treatment as an adult.


Brace for Relief: The Impact of Orthodontics on TMD

September 15, 2023

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A girl smiling, her braces finally providing TMD relief

For those who suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD), jaw pain, headaches, and discomfort are the norm. If you’ve looked through the internet for TMD causes, you’ve probably landed on misaligned teeth a few times. If that is the case, can braces be the solution you’ve been looking for?

Well, it depends. Continue reading to learn more about TMD and how braces or other dental treatments can help you finally be free from pain.

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