Posts for: February, 2017
Are you happy? Can you look at yourself in the mirror and audibly state that you are happy? And not just the, “uh, yea I’m happy” or “of course I am happy, why wouldn’t I be,” response that feels immediately and uncomfortably hollow upon utterance? We have the capacity to grow and evolve for our entire lives. We have the capacity to live a life that is rich in happiness, love, and peace within and around us. Our thoughts, actions, and energy have the power to not only affect our state of being, but also of those around us; we are all connected in the end. We are in charge of our own happiness. Deepak Chopra articulates quite nicely this idea and what he believes are the 10 keys to happiness.
For those of you have don’t know who Deepak Chopra is, here is a little introduction before we begin a ten week journey together and examine more closely what these ten keys to happiness are. Deepak Chopra is an expert in the field of mind and body healing. He is a medical doctor, alternative medicine advocate, author, and prominent public speaker. Deepak Chopra moved to the United States in the 70’s to practice medicine. He quickly rose to chief of medicine at the New England Memorial Hospital where he also found himself smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, drinking constantly, and surrounded by other stressed out physicians.
After reading a book on transcendental medicine and meeting a transcendental mediation guru, he quit his hospital job to start a company that specialized in alternative health products. Deepak Chopra has gone on to become one of the most influential voices in mind, body, soul happiness and health. Between work, family, friends, financial responsibilities, and just day to day obligations, some of us find ourselves out of balance, out of touch, and partially or fully unhappy. Sometimes we just need to step back, reevaluate our way of being, and make some subtle or grand changes in our lives. Every single one of us deserves to be happy.
Over the next ten weeks, we will be breaking down each one of Deepak Chopra’s keys to happiness. Take what you would like from this whether it becomes your guide to achieving the happiness that you deserve or just a pleasant confirmation that you are already on the right path and anything in between. Health and wellness is more than just physical.
Should you decide that you want to straighten your teeth, it is valuable to know about your options. Straightening your teeth or closing a gap doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to get braces. A lot of people opt not to fix their smiles because, as an adult, they don’t want braces. At Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, we offer Invisalign, which can be a great option for a variety of cases.
Invisalign is a way to straighten your teeth using clear and custom-made plastic aligners. You will receive a series of aligners (the amount depends on the severity of your case), which you will wear for a minimal of 22 hours a day and change out every two weeks. You remove your aligners when you are eating or drinking (except for with water). Once the aligners are in, they are virtually invisible! Invisalign makes is possible to straighten your teeth without feeling self-conscious.
Invisalign, unfortunately, is not for everyone. In order for your aligners to do what they are designed to do, they must be worn for at least 22 hours a day. For some, it is easier to just have something permanent in place so that you don’t have this responsibility. Also, for more extensive cases that involve cross bites, malocclusions, severely crooked or overlapping teeth, and flaws relating to jaw alignment, braces are a better and more effective option. Invisalign is best for correcting overbites, under bites, open bites, gapped teeth, and moderately crowded or crooked teeth.
Dr. Blake or Dr. Steve will be able to assess your concerns and issues and point you to the best treatment option. There is no time like the present to fix your smile. Remember, as we discussed last week, fixing your teeth is more than just cosmetic. As we always say, a face makes a smile and a smile makes a face! Let us help you put your best smile out there to the world!
Porcelain veneers have become a popular way to transform a smile. They're ideal for stained, chipped or slightly misaligned teeth. But although they don't need as much tooth preparation as crowns or other bridgework, the traditional veneer still requires some permanent tooth alteration.
Now, there's an alternative: no-prep veneers. With this option we can avoid any tooth structure removal or keep it to a minimum. And it may not even require local anesthesia while applying them.
Veneers are as their name implies: a wafer-thin layer of tooth-colored porcelain that's bonded to the outside of a tooth, much like siding on a house. Although the traditional veneer is usually no more than a millimeter in width, they can still add an unnatural bulky look and feel to a tooth. To compensate, we remove portions of the enamel. A tooth permanently altered this way will henceforth require some form of restoration.
No-prep veneers are much thinner; they also don't extend under the gum line like traditional veneers. At the most the new veneers may only require us to perform some minor reshaping of the enamel, but not to the extent of traditional veneers. And because your tooth isn't permanently altered, we could presumably remove the veneer and return the tooth to its natural state and appearance (although removing the bonding might not be that easy).
There are some situations where some tooth alteration may still be necessary, like oversized or forward-jutting teeth. A bad bite (malocclusion) may require orthodontic treatment first — which in some cases could be an alternative treatment to veneers altogether.
To find out if you're a candidate for no-prep veneers, visit us for a complete examination. From there we can discuss your options and whether we can transform your smile with little change to your teeth.
As we discussed last week, your smile holds a lot power. Your smile has the ability to make others smile. Your smile is your signature and sign of confidence, happiness, and positivity. A straight toothed and sincere smile is more than just aesthetically significant though. Straightening your teeth is actually imperative to upholding optimal oral health. There is a quite a long list of consequences, in the long run, for opting not to straightening your teeth or close a sizeable gap.
For starters, having crooked teeth can actually end up causing you discomfort, especially when eating. Unnecessary and unbalanced exertion, which is caused by misaligned teeth and a misaligned bite, will end up wearing down your teeth at a far faster pace than if your teeth and bite were properly aligned. Also, this uneven pressure from misaligned chewing can end up causing a break or a fracture, which if severe enough can lead to having to get a crown. A crown procedure is not particularly cheap, and in this type of case could probably be avoided completely.
When teeth are crooked and overlapping, it is more difficult to properly clean them. Your risk of gum disease and gingivitis is much higher when your teeth are not straight. When your teeth are straight, your gums are tighter and less likely to have plaque build up in the soft tissue. Plaque is an acidic bacterium that can penetrate your gum line. The initial signs of gum disease are swollen and bleeding gum. In severe cases, when left untreated, teeth will begin to fall out.
Having a gap between your teeth also puts you at risk for losing teeth. Where there is a gap, your teeth are more likely and capable of moving. This movement occurs when a tooth or teeth loosen from the surrounding gum tissue. Loose teeth are at a high risk of falling out. No one wants to lose his or her teeth!
These issues can be easily avoided though. There are multiple straightening and gap closing options, depending on the specific case. Invisalign is often an excellent choice and a treatment that we provide (we will discuss this next week). The added benefits of straightening your teeth is that your smile will reflect your inner beauty and you will be more likely to want to share that beauty and happiness with the world. It is something to think about…
It has been scientifically proven that smiling is one of the simplest and most impactful gestures that one can make. When we smile, it sends signals to our brain to release happy hormones and when we release happy hormones we smile; this is quite a powerful loop. Our childhood selves smiled an average of 400 times a day. As adults, we smile around 20 times a day. Maybe it’s time to reconnect with that contagious ear-to-ear smile we wore almost constantly as five years old.
Our smile has the power to influence our mental and physical health. It has been proven that smiling is linked to reducing stress and cortisol levels, lessening anxiety, strengthening the immune system, decreasing high blood pressure, and even increasing longevity. Frequent smiling also helps to improve mood, boost creativity, increase productivity, improve appearance, and even make you look younger. The best thing about a smile is that it is completely free and belongs 100% to you for the entirety of your life!
On top of all of these positive consequences that follow a smile, your smile actually has the power to help make the world a better place. A smile is contagious. It is rare that you can smile at someone or they can smile at you and a mimicked smile is not returned. Smiling is something that all humans, regardless of age, gender, color, race, religion, or sexual identity, share. It is a completely universal symbol that knows no boundaries. Just think if smiling is so good for us, then it is equally as good for others.
If we all smiled a little bit more, we would all be a little bit healthier, less stressed, and perhaps even a lot happier. The world needs a whole lot of smiles right now and each and every one of us has the innate ability to share one. This movement of sharing smiles has the potential to cross lands, seas, and cultures. Your smile can be the smile that starts the chain to a smile shared on the other side of the world!
Try one out today!
"Be thou rainbow in the storms of life, the evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tint tomorrow with prophetic rays." Lord Bryon