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By JC Duncan DDS, PA
November 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

November 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Snoring  

Find out how our general dentist in Huntersville could help you sleep more soundly.snoring

According to the National Sleep Foundation, did you know that around 90 million Americans deal with snoring at some point during their life and around 37 million deal with this problem regularly? Snoring is often a problem for people as they getting older, and it often means that instead of waking up feeling refreshed that you actually wake up tired and groggy. You may find that you have trouble concentrating at work. Those who snore are also more likely to deal with chronic health problems. Luckily, our Huntersville, NC, dentist, Dr. JC Duncan, can help.

What are some ways to prevent snoring?

Whether your bed partner complains of your freight-train snoring or you wake up feeling foggy-headed, there are many reasons why you should take your snoring seriously. Some tips to help reduce snoring include:

  • Using a humidifier in the room to keep the air in your bedroom moist. This will reduce irritation and inflamed within the nasal passages, which could be contributing to your snoring.
  • If sinus problems are to blame, it’s important that you take care of those blocked or inflamed airways. Consider using a Neti Pot or over-the-counter nasal spray to help open up your sinuses before bedtime.
  • Change up your sleep positions. If you are someone who sleeps on their back try sleeping on your side instead. There are also pillows out there designed to reduce snoring by elevating the head, which can prevent the tongue or jaws from obstructing your throat while you sleep.

How can my dentist treat my snoring?

When people seek relief from their snoring they don’t often think about seeing a dentist; however, our dentist may have just the solution you’ve been looking for.

A custom-made oral appliance, which looks similar to a retainer, is worn over your teeth while you sleep to reposition the jaws and depress the tongue to keep airways unobstructed throughout the night. This is an effective way to treat many people’s snoring. Of course, in order for these oral appliances to work properly our Huntersville family dentist will need you to come in for an evaluation and fitting.

If you are dealing with snoring that keeps yourself or your partner up at night, this could easily be fixed just by calling our Huntersville, NC, dental office to find out whether an oral appliance could help you. Call to schedule a consultation today!

By JC Duncan DDS, PA
November 11, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  

A focus on dental care in senior citizens is just as important as it is for children. Indeed, oral health in your later years can be a major factor in your quality of life.

For one, aging effects on other parts of the body can make dental care more challenging. Some hygiene tasks once performed easily become harder — arthritis, for example, or loss of muscle strength may make it difficult to hold a toothbrush or floss. In such cases, you may need to find new ways to make the task easier: a power toothbrush with a larger handle; pre-loaded floss holders or a water flosser; or adaptations to a manual brush to make it easier to hold, like attaching a tennis ball or bike handle.

Other age-related conditions — and their treatments — can negatively impact oral health. Less saliva production, which is a consequence of aging or certain drugs, increases the risk of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. Older adults often develop gastric reflux problems that can introduce tooth enamel-eroding stomach acid into the mouth. And medications called bisphosphonates, often prescribed to treat osteoporosis, may interfere in rare cases with bone healing after tooth extraction or similar procedures.

Prior dental work can also prove challenging to treating dental disease. It becomes more difficult to preserve teeth threatened with decay if there are significant restorations or appliances to work around. Pain perception can also diminish with age, so that dental disease may not be noticed until later stages when significant damage has already occurred.

Oral care requires more attention as we grow older, or as we care for older family members. Your best defense against disease is to continue regular six-month visits with us. In addition to normal cleanings and checkups, we’ll also screen for oral cancer (a more prevalent occurrence in older adults), review your prescriptions or other supplements and medications for any possible side effects to oral health, check the fit of any dentures or other restorations and evaluate the effectiveness of your hygiene.

While other age-related conditions may capture the majority of your attention, you shouldn’t allow that to neglect your dental care. With your continued efforts, along with our support and your family’s, you can continue to enjoy good oral health throughout your lifetime.

If you would like more information on dental care for senior adults, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.