Dallas Smile Makeovers: Perfect Imperfection

Dallas Smile Makeovers: Perfect Imperfection

About a year ago, socialite-following journalists told us that the Madonna gap (that space between the two front teeth) is back in vogue. No pun intended. Most cosmetic dentists probably winced at the news that imperfection would become chic after years of marketing the importance of a gorgeous, “perfect,” smile. I, however, didn’t blink an eye. I’ve always believed that quality cosmetic dentistry must enhance a person’s unique look. Cookie-cutter smiles have never been chic!

Have you heard the term “chicklets” used to describe porcelain veneers? It has negative connotations, insinuating that porcelain veneers are all the same – just bits of porcelain pasted on teeth.

At Lynn Dental Care, nothing could be further from the truth. We don’t do chicklets or cookies. We do sensational smiles.

Every cosmetic patient is interviewed prior to developing a treatment plan. By getting to know your preferences, what you think is beautiful, and what you want to accomplish from a smile makeover, I can better understand how to customize your treatment and the results. You might need bonding, porcelain crowns, or porcelain veneers. Bonding can be done in my office in a single visit, while crowns and veneers require a dental ceramist.

I work with esteemed dental labs that employ talented dental ceramists. Every porcelain veneer and crown I design is crafted according to exact specifications. Highly reflective dental porcelain make the restorations look natural, and various techniques, like layering, enhance their appearance. The color, shape, and unique touches are scrutinized at the lab and in my office. I will place no dental restoration before its time! I know that with every smile makeover, my patient’s appearance and my reputation are at stake.

If you’re considering a smile makeover, I want to personally invite you to come in to my Dallas cosmetic dentistry office for a consultation. We’ll discuss your goals and expectations, review before-and-after photos, and determine the best design for your new smile.

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A New Year’s Resolution for a Better You

A New Year’s Resolution for a Better You

Happy New Year! I hope 2014 is already bringing happiness and good fortune to you and your loved ones.

A new year signifies a chance to start fresh and be better than we were the year before. This is why people set new year’s resolutions. Resolutions can be anything from losing weight, to buying a new home, to graduating from school, and everything in between, but they all have one thing in common. You must stick to them to achieve them.

I am Dr. Brock Lynn of Lynn Dental Care in Dallas, and I have a challenge for you. This year, try to be the best version of yourself that you can be. While much of this challenge is based on personal and emotional areas of your life, I want you to pay close attention to your physical well being.

I encourage you to set weight goals, develop exercise plans, and eat healthy. I encourage you to stop smoking, be active for at least half an hour a day, and do anything it takes to achieve the resolutions you have set for this year, but I want to remind you of something very important. Don’t let your oral health fall by wayside.

Oral health is a huge component of overall health. Did you know that gum disease has been proven to contribute to heart disease and stroke, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, preterm birth, and Alzheimer’s disease?  Just having regular dental check-ups every six months and continuing healthy dental habits at home is the best protection against gum disease and other oral issues.

This year, I encourage you to exercise your right to a healthy and beautiful smile. If this means getting the veneers you have been contemplating for a while, I am here to help. If this means having the dental cleaning you are long overdue for, come on in!

My team and I here at Lynn Dental Care want to help you achieve your resolutions. To schedule an appointment, please contact my Dallas office.

5 days left to take advantage of Lynn Dental Care’s Groupon!

5 days left to take advantage of Lynn Dental Care’s Groupon!

$93 for a Comprehensive Exam, Cleaning, and Full-Mouth X-rays at Lynn Dental Care ($329 Value)

Lynn Dental Care has a current Groupon going on for all new patients! If you know anyone who needs a new dentist please share with them! Click on Link to view Groupon!

Smile Quiz

Smile Quiz

With recent technological advances and training, achieving your dream smile is easier than ever. I am Dr. Brock Lynn of Lynn Dental Care, and I offer an extensive list of cosmetic procedures to my patients to help them get a beautiful smile.

I am happy to sit down with you at a consultation to discuss your dental goals and specific needs, but first it is necessary for you to identify what you want to change about your smile. This quiz will help you decide which smile makeover options will give you the results you are looking for.

1.     What color best describes your teeth?

a.     Bright white

b.     Yellowish

c.      Gray-blue

d.     Brownish

2.     Which term best describes the position of your front teeth?

a.     Perfectly straight

b.     Gapped

c.      Crowded

d.     Uneven

3.     Which adjective describes the shape of your front teeth?

a.     Nice and attractive

b.     Pointy

c.      Uneven

d.     Rough-edged

4.     Which words describe the size of your teeth?

a.     Proportionate to my mouth/face

b.     Too big

c.      Too small

d.     Too long

e.     Too short

5.     How do you feel about your smile?

a.     I love it

b.     It’s embarrassing

c.      It’s okay

d.     I don’t smile

Scoring

This quiz is all about you, so there are no right or wrong answers. If you weren’t pleased with your answers, however, it is important for you to know that I may have the solution you are looking for.

1.     Color: A bright, white smile is like an instant facelift. It can make your smile and face look better and healthier right away. Teeth whitening is the most common and popular kind of cosmetic dental work, but don’t let the promises of over-the-counter whitening systems fool you. While these systems are effective, dentist-prescribed systems are stronger and tend to give you faster results. I offer teeth whitening procedures in my office, and they are designed to restore brightness and life to dull smiles.

2.     Position: Gapped, crowded, stained, and chipped teeth can be corrected with porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made ceramic shells that bond directly to the existing teeth. I recommend porcelain veneers to many of my patients and for many different cases. I offer traditional veneers, as well as “no-prep” veneers, such as Lumineers, and Durathins.

3.     Cosmetic bonding and contouring can be effective solutions for sharp or jagged teeth. These cosmetic procedures are used to reshape tooth enamel to create a more visually pleasing smile.

4.     The size of teeth is a common complaint that I hear from my patients. If your teeth appear small, chances are they are covered by overgrown gum tissue. Recontouring of the gums corrects teeth that appear too large or too small. This procedure helps to reshape the gum line, giving you an evenly shaped, attractive smile.

5.     Did you know that people with bright, healthy-looking smiles tend to achieve more in almost every area of their life? It’s true! A great looking smile gives off a strong, positive first impression.

If you are ready to fall in love with your smile, please call my Dallas office. I want to give you the smile of your dreams.

Welcome gift for our new patients!

Welcome gift for our new patients at LynnDentalCare.com!

As a special to our new patients we will give you $25 credit to your account to use towards your first visit or any dental treatment that you might need. Be sure to mention this online special at the time of scheduling.

Back to Basics: What to Expect at Your First Appointment

Back to Basics: What to Expect at Your First Appointment at LynnDentalCare.com

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The reach of the dental world has greatly expanded in the past decade or so. Thanks to new technology and training, there is a fix or treatment for nearly every dental situation out there. I’m Dr. Brock Lynn of Lynn Dental Care, and I have the ability to give you a healthy, restored, and beautiful smile here at my office.

The extensive list of dental procedures can be pretty overwhelming, so I want to get back to basics. Before any dental work can be done, you need to come in for an appointment. My team and I want you to be as comfortable as possible in our office so that we can give you the best care possible. Knowing what to expect at your first appointment is a great place to start.

Your initial appointment will be a consultation where I explain your diagnosis and treatment options. I want to hear your personal dental goals and concerns so that I can design a treatment plan that you are comfortable with and that will you give you the results you are looking for.

Prior to the appointment, I ask that you complete the new patient forms and mail, email, or fax them to my office. I will ask you about your medical and dental history at this appointment. Please bring a list of any medications you are currently taking, your dental insurance card, and any X-rays, if applicable, to your appointment. It is important to tell me if you have a medical condition that may be a concern prior to surgery, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves, and others. My team and I make your health our top priority, so we want to make sure that we are prepared to give you the specific care you need.

Also, it is important to know that a preoperative consultation and physical examination is mandatory for patients undergoing I.V. anesthesia for treatment. Please have nothing to eat or drink during the eight hours prior to surgery. A responsible adult will need to accompany you to the appointment and drive you home.

For more information about our services, or to schedule a consultation, please contact my Dallas office.

Our Pledge to You

Our Pledge to You at LynnDentalCare.com

Let’s face it, everyone benefits from rigorous infection control. I’m Dr. Brock Lynn, and my team and I are here to help you maintain a healthy mouth.

I encourage you to brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss at least once a day. I also want to see you in my office every six months for routine check ups and cleanings. My team and I make your health a top priority and want to help you have the healthiest mouth possible.

I also want you to be confident in the care you receive at my office. That’s why my team and I adhere to a pledge to provide the most comfortable environment for your dental work. My entire team follows procedures recommended by several federal agencies including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

These practices include using gloves and facemasks, chemically disinfecting countertops and surfaces, sterilizing all equipment before and after every use, and using disposable materials when appropriate. These hygiene helpers, along with other measures, help to create an environment that I am proud to invite my patients into.

We want you to feel at home as soon as you walk in the door. To learn more about the Lynn Dental Care experience and dental philosophy, please contact my Dallas office.

The Oral Health Quiz from Your Dallas Dentist

The Oral Health Quiz from Your Dallas Dentist

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If you’re one of our patients, then you know that brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing your teeth at least once, and attending your six-month dental checkup and cleaning are essential components to good oral health. Sometimes, however, we can forget the reasons behind our habits, which can make us less diligent in our oral health care. To help keep a healthy mouth at the forefront of your mind, your Dallas dentist, Dr. Lynn, tests your knowledge of some oral health basics.

True or False—Oral Health

A toothbrush with stiffer bristles is better for cleaning your teeth.

False—Technically, rougher bristles may seem to more easily remove debris and stains from your teeth. However, harsh bristles, as well as rough brushing, can also more easily wear away your tooth enamel, which protects your teeth from food debris and bacteria. Instead, choose a soft-bristled toothbrush that has been approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) and brush the surfaces of your teeth lightly.

Brushing immediately after every meal and snack is healthier for your teeth.

False—Keeping your teeth clean is important, but excessive tooth brushing can traumatize your teeth. When you eat, bacteria in your mouth produce acids from the sugars and carbs in your meal. These acids attack and weaken your tooth enamel. If you brush your teeth while your enamel is in this weakened state, you may end up damaging the enamel further.

If you adhere to your daily oral hygiene chores, then a routine dental visit is unnecessary.

False—Even the most diligent oral hygiene routine is not enough to prevent oral health issues alone. For instance, when plaque (a collection of oral bacteria and food debris) remains on your teeth for 48 hours, it hardens, or calcifies, into tartar. This hardened substance is insoluble and cannot be removed with your toothbrush, but rather requires the professional cleaning tools used during your routine dental cleaning. Also, your checkup will allow your dentist to spot early signs of decay and disease, improving your chance of successful treatment before damage occurs.

Covering Those Small Blemishes

A beautiful smile is the icing on the cake of a healthy mouth. However, every day use and elements of our daily diets can often leave small blemishes on even the healthiest set of teeth. Tooth stains are the most common blemishes, and can often be corrected with a professional tooth-whitening procedure. To learn more about making your smile as beautiful as it is healthy, contact your Dallas dentist by calling Lynn Dental Care at 972-934-1400. Located in the 75240 area, we proudly serve patients from Dallas, Highland Park, Park Cities, and all surrounding communities.

A Brief History of Dentistry, with Your Dallas Dentist

A Brief History of Dentistry, with Your Dallas Dentist

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Dentistry has come a long way since its humble beginnings; however, little evidence has been found to tell the whole story. Enough traces of dental work has been found to convince experts that the practice of tooth care has existed for at least 9,000 years, and the evidence that has been found points to an impressive knowledge of dentistry throughout the millennia. To honor dentistry’s achievements, Dallas dentist Dr. Lynn explores the past milestones of the dental profession.

Dentistry Through the Ages

  • The earliest form of dentistry found dates back to about 7000 BC. In a Neolithic graveyard in present-day Pakistan, archaeologists discovered several teeth with almost perfect holes carved out of their centers.
  •  In another part of the world, Slovenia, researchers discovered a human mandible (lower jaw) with an interesting surprise; one of the teeth had evidence of a dental filling procedure, as well as a vertical crack and exposed dentin. The damage would have caused intense discomfort, which the filling was likely meant to alleviate. The interesting part? The filling material consisted of beeswax.
  • The earliest known person to be referred to as a dentist was the Egyptian physician Hesy-Re, whose tomb refers to him as the greatest of all physicians, and of those who work on teeth.
  • You may be surprised to learn that Leonardo Da Vinci also contributed to the growth of dental knowledge. His artwork depicting the human anatomy included detailed artwork of the human jaw, teeth, and maxillary sinus.

Benefit from Dentistry Today

Dentistry’s long and illustrious history has led to a golden age of dentistry today, where more people can enjoy a full and healthy smile than ever before. To learn more about how today’s dentistry can maintain, improve, or save your smile, contact your Dallas dentist by calling Lynn Dental Care at 972-934-1400. Located in the 75240 area, we proudly serve patients from Dallas, Highland Park, Park Cities, and all surrounding communities.

When is a Toothache More Than a Toothache?

When is a Toothache More Than a Toothache?

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Your teeth are complicated objects. Their job is fairly simple; cut and grind your food and allow you to enunciate your words clearly. Yet, when your teeth are bothered or sensitive, there could be a number of different reasons, making treatment for tooth sensitivity a bit more complex. Dallas dentist Dr. Brock Lynn explains one condition under which a toothache may not be a dental trouble at all, but a common infection–sinusitis

…When It’s an Infection

If your toothache occurs at the same time as a cold that seems to get worse, or at least doesn’t seem to improve, there may be more than coincidence to blame. Your sinuses are a series of connected chambers in the nasal area of your skull through which air passes when you inhale. These chambers are lined with a soft tissue called mucosa, similar to the tissue that lines the inside of your mouth, and are susceptible to bacterial and viral infection. A sinus infection, or sinusitis, affects these hollow chambers, leading to symptoms including excessive mucus production and congestion. Another common symptom is inflammation of the sinuses, the largest of which (called the maxillary sinuses) are located above the roots of your upper teeth.

Sinuses Are Bad Neighbors

Because of their close proximity to your teeth, swollen maxillary sinuses can place pressure on your upper teeth’s roots, causing discomfort that can fool you into believing something is wrong with your teeth. Actual dental issues that cause tooth sensitivity include tooth decay, roots that are exposed due to gingivitis, or a cracked or fractured tooth that has exposed the tooth’s dentin or pulp. If your teeth are sensitive, see Dr. Lynn as soon as possible to determine whether or not a dental issue needs to be addressed. To schedule a dental consultation, contact your Dallas dentist by calling Lynn Dental Care at 972-934-1400. Located in the 75240 area, we proudly serve patients from Dallas, Highland Park, Park Cities, and all surrounding communities.