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Q: Are porcelain veneers right for me?

A: Porcelain veneers are great for anyone who wants to have a smile makeover, straighten teeth quickly or obtain long lasting whitening. Something as simple as 2 veneers can change the appearance of your entire smile! Talk to a cosmetic expert about what is right for you.

Q: Are all cosmetic dentists the same?

A: No. You want to make sure that the dentist you entrust your smile to is highly qualified. That qualification includes advanced education in not only “cosmetics” but in the areas of smile design, bonding and evaluation of the teeth/bite to ensure a long lasting beautiful outcome. It’s about being able to achieve the result predictably and without any guesswork.

Q: What is the best way to whiten your teeth?

A: There are many ways to whiten your teeth. Some of these are over the counter whitening strips, whitening toothpastes, trays that are custom fit for you mouth and professional whitening that is done under a dentists supervision. What is right for you can be determined between what your expectations are and the advice of a trained professional.

Q: How can a dentist help my migraines?

A: It is amazing how teeth (your bite) can affect the overall health of the head and neck area. Sometimes, if your bite is not in harmony, it can affect the way the muscles of the head and neck and your TMJ functions. Over time, this can lead to muscle imbalances and pain (migraines) and TMD (temporal mandibular disorder). It’s about finding balance between the teeth, joints and muscles. A qualified dentist can help by determining if it is your bite that is contributing to your migraines and then help balance that bite.

Q: What is TMD?

A: Temporal mandibular disorder is caused by problems with the jaw, the jaw joint and the surrounding muscles that control chewing and movement of the jaw. This can result in clicking and popping of the joint, a grating sound/feeling and facial pain at the joint or in the surrounding muscles. This can also lead to what is commonly known as migraines.