Pearly whites are the hallmark of a great smile, and we all want a bright, attractive grin, but unfortunately, it can be difficult to achieve and maintain a white smile, with beverages, oral hygiene habits, and age all playing factors in the whiteness of your teeth. The good news? With diligent dental care and the help of cosmetic dentist Dr. William Ralstin in Fort Worth, TX, you can have a beautiful white smile you'll be happy to show off.
What are the steps to maintaining a white smile?
Brushing: Clean, white teeth start with proper brushing. Make sure to brush thoroughly twice a day, or after meals, to remove any food bits or beverage residue. Use a soft-bristled brush, and ask a cosmetic dentistry professional at our Fort Worth, TX office for recommendations on a whitening toothpaste.
Flossing: Flossing between every tooth is also important for removing food and drink particles that can linger and develop into tartar or stains. Follow up by rinsing your mouth with water and/or mouthwash.
Avoiding staining food and drink: Some foods and beverages, including tomato products, red wine, coffee, and tea, can lead to the staining of teeth. Make sure to consume these items in moderation and to rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking them.
Quit smoking: Chewing or smoking tobacco can cause severe yellowing of your teeth that is hard to remove. Abstaining from tobacco is important for your dental and total body health.
Cosmetic dentistry: If your tooth stains are stubborn, consider professional whitening at our Fort Worth, TX office. This version of cosmetic dentistry uses professional-grade levels of hydrogen peroxide and special lights for powerful whitening that is long-lasting and yields impressive results.
Call your dentist at our Fort Worth, TX office at 817-926-8700 for tips about keeping your teeth white and information on our cosmetic dentistry options.
Cosmetic dentistry can drastically and quickly improve your appearance.
Having the perfect smile really isn’t as challenging as it might seem—the answer lies in the proper dentist. Here in Fort Worth, TX, our cosmetic dentist, Dr. William Ralstin, prides himself on being a smile design specialist who provides a variety of smile-enhancing procedures combined with a gentle, caring and knowledgeable team.
Here are some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry options our Fort Worth, TX, dentist has to offer:
This is the most popular cosmetic dental treatment we offer. After all, just about everyone wants a whiter smile, right? While whitening toothpastes can prevent new stains from forming and over-the-counter whitening products may be able to reduce the appearance of some minor stains, if you want a visibly whiter smile in as quickly as one hour, then you won’t find faster results than with professional whitening. In just one in-office treatment, your teeth can become several shades brighter.
These little porcelain restorations can completely reshape your smile and give you a full makeover. Whether you want to hide malformed, misshapen, slightly crooked or discolored teeth, veneers are porcelain shells that are bonded directly to the teeth to give you a perfect smile. Of course, some people are wary of veneers because it does require some enamel to be removed from the front of teeth prior beforehand; however, our dental team is proud to offer no-prep veneers.
Just as the name suggests, there is no shaving down of the teeth or any tooth preparation involved in no-prep veneers. We can just create your veneers and then bond them directly to your teeth!
All-on-4 is a minimally invasive way to replace an entire row of missing teeth. During this procedure, four dental implants are surgically placed along the arches of the upper or lower jaw. These dentures are immediately placed on top of the implants, ensuring that you have a full set of teeth the very same day and don’t have to wait for implants to bond with the jawbone in order to get teeth. All-on-4 offers a swift and efficient way to replace missing teeth.
Interested? Give Us a Call
Are you looking for a patient-focused cosmetic dentist in Fort Worth, TX? If so, call Dr. Ralstin's office today to schedule a consultation: (817) 926-8700.
Do you have missing teeth? Are you looking to fill those missing gaps left from an accident or tooth decay? Thinking of getting dental implants? Well, your dental implant specialist in Fort Worth, TX, Dr. William Ralstin, is here to help.
What's a dental implant?
A dental implant consists of a biocompatible titanium post and a connector that anchors a crown, the only visible part of the dental implant. This procedure is important for people suffering from tooth loss because it provides structural reinforcement to prevent other serious issues like bone degradation.
- Your dental implant specialist applies a local anesthetic in the area that will undergo the procedure.
- Your dentist places a titanium post into the jawbone.
- The biocompatible titanium post begins to bond to the rest of your jawbone.
- The doctor surgically closes the area and allow it to heal for a period of 3-to-6 months, but provide patients with a temporary crown so they may go about their regular activities.
- When you return, your Fort Worth dentist will insert a connector and place a crown that matches the rest of your teeth.
What are some reasons to consider dental implants?
- Implants can have a high success rate, 95% to be exact.
- They can last a lifetime if cared for properly and look natural.
- They don't slip out of place like other oral appliances.
- They are comfortable and practical, and fill gaps left by missing teeth.
- They restore bite and chewing function.
- Dental implants restore speech and make your smile whole again.
If you have questions or concerns, Dr. William Ralstin, your dental implant specialist, can help you out. Call his office, located in Fort Worth, TX, at 817-926-8700 to make an appointment today.
Not satisfied with your smile? Stains, a vertical crack and other dental defects detract from your appearance. Why not explore the many possibilities porcelain veneers offer? Created by your cosmetic dentists in Fort Worth, Dr. William Ralstin and Dr. Lindsey Horwedel, veneers resurface flawed teeth for a stunning look.
Common cosmetic flaws
We all have them to one extent or another. Maybe your teeth are stained from coffee or tobacco. Or, over time, the enamel has become worn and dull. Chips and minor cracks don't affect smile health, but who wouldn't feel self-conscious about them?
Our Fort Worth cosmetic dentists offer many ways to renew your smile. Porcelain veneers are one of the most sought-after and versatile. Custom-made shells of fine ceramic, veneers disguise flaws as they are bonded to the front side of teeth.
To maximize their effect, your dentist will discuss your smile goals and examine and X-ray your teeth to be sure veneers would be the right service for you. Whether you choose traditional veneers, which require some minor enamel resurfacing, or beautiful no-preparation veneers, you'll achieve a beautiful look. Your treated teeth will be durable, naturally shaped and sized and, of course, be free of stains, small gaps and flaws.
The versatility of porcelain veneers
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that it is very difficult to differentiate between an attractive, unrestored tooth and one resurfaced with a porcelain veneer. Together with their dental lab, Dr. Ralstin or Dr. Horwedel can vary the shade, shape and size of your veneers to their exact specifications. In other words, veneers are custom-made for your smile.
However, while veneers look different for each patient, their care is similar. Just brush and floss every day, and treat your veneers as gently as possible. Don't chew ice cubes, eat peanut brittle or open bottles or packages with your teeth. Wear an occlusal (bite) guard if you clench or grind your teeth as you sleep.
Look and feel brand-new
Porcelain veneers can do that for your smile. Contact the office of Dr. William Ralstin and Dr. Lindsey Horwedel to set-up your consultation on porcelain veneers and the other cosmetic dentistry services they offer. You'll get the care plan just right for your smile. Call us at (817) 926-8700.
To keep a healthy smile, brushing and flossing your teeth every day should be at the top of your to-do list, along with regular dental visits. Dental visits are usually scheduled every six months when your dental professional will remove any built-up plaque and tartar (hardened plaque deposits) missed during everyday hygiene.
If you've experienced periodontal (gum) disease, however, these dental visits may become even more important toward preventing a re-infection. For one thing, your dentist may want to see you more frequently.
Gum disease is caused by bacteria living in dental plaque, which first infect the superficial layers of gum tissue. Even though the body initiates an inflammatory response to fight it, the infection continues to grow as long as there is plaque present to fuel it. The problem isn't just plaque on the visible tooth surface—hidden plaque beneath the gum line can create deep pockets of infection that can be difficult to treat.
To stop the infection, dentists must manually remove plaque through procedures known as scaling and root planing. Any and all plaque and tartar deposits must be removed, even those deep around the roots, to arrest the infection. This often requires several treatment sessions and sometimes gum surgery to access areas below the gum line.
These types of treatments, especially in the disease's early stages, have a good chance of restoring health to your gums. But because of the high possibility of reinfection, your dentist will need to step up your regular dental maintenance from now on. This could mean visits as frequent as every few weeks, depending on your particular case of gum disease and your dentist's recommendation.
Your dental visits after gum disease may also become more involved than before. Your dentist will now monitor you closely for any signs of reinfection and at the first sign initiate a new round of treatment. You may also need surgical procedures to make some areas around your teeth more accessible for future cleaning and maintenance.
Periodontal maintenance after gum disease helps ensure another infection doesn't rise up to undermine your progress. To paraphrase a well-known quote, eternal vigilance is the price of continuing good dental health.
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