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By William Ralstin, D.D.S.
February 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Dental VeneersIf you're like most people, chances are there is something about your smile that you would like to change and improve. Maybe your beloved morning coffee or tea have started to take a toll over the years and your teeth are not as white as they could be, or perhaps you've always wished that your smile was a little more even or symmetrical. Whatever the case may be, even healthy teeth and gums can fall victim to cosmetic damage over time due to lifestyle factors and/or genetics. Often times, these effects are inevitable, even if you practice relatively good oral hygiene and lifestyle habits. However, that's where cosmetic dentistry comes in! Dr. William Ralstin and Dr. Lindsey Horwedel, your dentists in Fort Worth, TX, recommend dental veneers for patients looking to improve the size, shape, or color of their damaged or unattractive teeth.


Get a Smile Makeover and Improve Your Oral Health with Cosmetic Dentistry in Fort Worth, TX

Think of dental veneers as a cosmetic coat or armor for your teeth. Made of a razor-thin layer of porcelain that is custom designed to match the color and texture of natural teeth, veneers are bonded directly onto the surface of the tooth and molded into the desired size or shape. They offer a great solution for a number of cosmetic problems including:

  • Stains and discolorations
  • Chips and cracks
  • Gaps and spaces
  • Odd tooth shape

In some cases, a thin layer of enamel may have to be removed in order to make room and ensure a natural looking and smooth fit for the veneers. With good oral hygiene and routine dental care, veneers can last from five to ten years, but often much longer.


Find a Cosmetic Dentist in Fort Worth, TX

For more information about dental veneers and other cosmetic dentistry options, contact our office today by calling 817-926-8700 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ralstin or Dr. Horwedel.

By William Ralstin, D.D.S.
December 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

As December brings the old year to a close, it’s a great time to set goals for the year to come. This might include a major life change, such as a new job—or even a new romance! If one of these items is on your list for 2019, a smile makeover may be just the thing to help you get there.

Having a great smile can give your self-confidence a real boost. It can also affect how you are perceived by others. According to a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 99.7% of adults believe a smile is an important social asset and 96% believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex. At the same time, three quarters of adults feel that an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success.

If you aren’t pleased with your smile and want a new look, we can help you figure out which cosmetic dental treatments could be right for you. The answer might be something simple—like an overall brightening of the smile with professional teeth whitening, or fixing a small crack or chip in a single tooth with cosmetic tooth bonding. If you’re unhappy with worn-down or crooked teeth, dental veneers or orthodontic treatment might be the way to go. In fact, many adults find that orthodontic treatment with clear aligners is a great way to get a beautiful, straight smile without drawing attention to the fact that a makeover is in progress.

Of course, it’s not only important for your smile to look good but also for your whole mouth to stay healthy. So if you are experiencing any tooth pain, unusual mouth sores or gum problems, it’s time for you to come in for an exam. And if it’s been a while since you’ve had a dental checkup and professional teeth cleaning, why not make an appointment for early in the year? Don’t start the new year with last year’s dental problems!

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments or preventive dentistry, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger” and “Dental Hygiene Visit.”

By William Ralstin, D.D.S.
November 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Cosmetic Dentistry ProceduresHow cosmetic dentistry from your dentists in Fort Worth, Texas, can help your smile

If you aren’t proud of your smile, it’s time to rejuvenate it with cosmetic dentistry services. No matter what bothers you about your smile, there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure to help you and your smile look great! Call Drs. William Ralstin and Lindsey Horwedel in Fort Worth, TX, to achieve a smile that you a smile you can be proud of!

More about Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry can help brighten your smile with a professional whitening treatment. Consider professional teeth whitening if your smile is yellow, stained, or dull. The results are dramatic, often whitening smiles up to 8 shades whiter. The results last a long time too, even up to 5 years! It’s time to stop using over-the-counter products and choose professional teeth whitening to give you a bright smile that lasts!

Cosmetic dentistry can also repair your damaged teeth with dental bonding. Consider dental bonding to repair or reshape the contours of your teeth if they are broken, damaged, or just poorly-shaped. Bonding uses composite, a unique liquid resin that can be matched to the color of your teeth, and sculpted into shape to form natural, beautiful contours. The resin is hardened with an ultraviolet light so the result is a strong, hard, tooth restoration treatment. Recontouring and reshaping is often done in conjunction with bonding to create a more harmonious smile that is uniquely yours.

Through porcelain veneers, cosmetic dentistry can additionally give you a dramatically improved, gorgeous smile. Consider porcelain veneers to change the color and shape of your teeth, as well as to hide minor alignment problems in your smile. Veneers are thin laminates of sparkling porcelain that are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth to hide issues like cracks, chips, or fracture lines. They can even hide tooth overlap and gaps between your teeth to give you a perfect smile!

Professional teeth whitening, dental bonding, and porcelain veneers are just a few of the many cosmetic dental services available to give you a great-looking smile. To find out more about cosmetic dentistry, call (817) 926-8700 for Drs. William Ralstin and Lindsey Horwedel in Fort Worth, Texas today!

By William Ralstin, D.D.S.
September 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Mouth DenturesNot Feeling Satisfied with Your Dentures? Find out How Implants Can Help.

Getting dentures can certainly be a fast and easy approaching to getting your smile back on track after tooth loss. Of course, many people assume that they will feel and function just like real teeth, so it can be a little disappointing to find that sometimes dentures will move and shift around in the mouth when chewing and speaking. Fortunately, our dentists Dr. William Ralstin and Dr. Lindsey Horwedel of Fort Worth, TX, offer another way to maintain the beautiful dentures you have while also keeping them firmly in place. The answer is found in dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

Implants are metal posts that are designed to replace tooth roots. In order to replace the roots of your missing tooth, the implant will have to be placed into the jawbone to provide a foundation from which the false tooth or teeth are supported. While a single implant is designed to replace a single missing tooth, several implants can also be placed to support dentures.

How Do Dental Implant Work with My Dentures?

Dental implants can be a great solution for current denture wearers and also those patients who are considering getting dentures but are worried about common issues that often arise with traditional dentures. Since the implants are placed into the jawbone and become a permanent fixture, they can easily stabilize and support your false teeth so that they won’t move around.

Several implants are placed along the arches of the jawbone (usually in the lower jaw) and from there, the dentures can be fastened to the top. After this, you won’t have to worry about needing adhesives to keep your dentures in place. Your teeth won’t be going anywhere, allowing you to eat whatever you choose and to speak confidently once again.

Are Implant-Supported Dentures Right for Me?

Implant-supported dentures can be a great option for people who have significant tooth loss but have a strong, healthy jawbone that is able to support a dental implant. We know that there are denture wearers out there who find that their dentures shift or move around when speaking or chewing, which is a major challenge. Our Fort Worth, TX, restorative dentists understand this, which is why you may want to discuss with us whether dental implants are the right way to keep your dentures in place.

No matter if you are dealing with tooth loss or you are currently unsatisfied with your dentures, if you are interested in finding out more about getting implant-supported dentures in Fort Worth, TX, then call our office today at (817) 926-8700 for a consultation.

By William Ralstin, D.D.S.
June 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

June is the month when lots of important events happen—like weddings, graduations, and family get-togethers. When the weather turns balmy and the days get longer, it’s the perfect time for a celebration…and today it’s easier than ever to capture those special moments in pictures that will be treasured for years to come. Are you ready for your close-up?

Both professional photographers and dentists want to help you look your best when you’re smiling for the camera. Here are a few suggestions from both kinds of pros for capturing a great-looking smile.

Tilt your head just a bit

Instead of looking straight at the camera, try turning or tilting your head slightly. This often presents a more flattering angle, and can hide small facial asymmetries. If your face has a “good side” (you can check by looking in a mirror), be sure to make it visible. But even if your head is tilted or turned, your eyes should be looking at the camera.

Moisten teeth before the shutter clicks

A sparkly smile is the most appealing one. Just before the picture is snapped, run your tongue over your teeth to give them a little extra shine. Highlights in the teeth, lips and eyes add liveliness to your portrait.

Relax—Don’t clench your teeth!

It’s better to smile naturally—perhaps with teeth slightly parted, or lips in a more relaxed position—than to force yourself to make an artificial-looking grin. Try recalling things that make you joyful, or think of people you care about, and chances are your natural smile will shine out.

Have your teeth professionally cleaned at the dental office

Before the big event, you can ensure that your smile looks its best with a professional cleaning at our office. This treatment removes layers of plaque and tartar on visible tooth surfaces, as well as between teeth and under the gumline. It not only makes teeth look their best, but it’s also an effective way to fight tooth decay and gum disease. And while you’re here, it’s the perfect time to talk about any cosmetic issues that may be troubling you about your smile. With treatments like teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding or dental veneers, we can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about professional teeth cleaning or cosmetic dentistry, please call our office to schedule a consultation.

Fort Worth, TX Dentist D.D.S. and Lindsey Howedel, D.D.S.
2941 Oak Park Cir Fort Worth, TX 76109 817-926-8700 Dental Tooth Contact For Pricing options