Dental Concerns for People Over 50

As we age, our bodies change in addition to the way we look. Our hair can turn gray, and we might even develop a few wrinkles with our wisdom. According to the American Dental Association, the average number of people keeping their natural teeth into older age is increasing. However, there are still certain concerns and steps you can take to pay special attention to your teeth as you age.

Cavities          

Even as you age, you are still susceptible to cavities. Cavities can show up on the surfaces of teeth that have never been a problem before, or you can get them around old fillings or the root of your tooth. The American Dental Association states that as you age, the root of your tooth becomes softer, and can be more vulnerable to decay and bacteria.

What should you do?  If you are part of the near 80% of Americans who drink water with fluoride in it, this is good enough in addition to brushing and flossing the recommended times per day, and having a dental exam every six months. If not, add a daily fluoride rinse to your daily dental care routine.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth can actually be a cause of cavities in older adults. With this uncomfortable condition as a side effect of over 500 medications, it can be hard to escape. Make an appointment for a consultation, and we will help by making some recommendations for you, which may include:

  • Drinking water more frequently
  • Chewing sugar-free gum or lozenges to stimulate saliva production
  • Using a humidifier at home to add more moisture to the air
  • Avoid foods and beverages that
  • User over-the-counter oral moisturizers

If none of these work, perhaps you may need to consult your physician on other medication options

Gum Disease

Gum or Periodontal disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque, which can irritate and inflame gums. Symptoms of gum disease include swelling, red or bleeding gums. Often, signs go unnoticed until gum disease is in an advanced stage, which if left untreated, gums can pull away from teeth and create spaces called pockets where food particles and plaque may collect. This can destroy the gums, bone and ligaments supporting the teeth and can lead to gum loss.

To prevent gum disease, it’s an easy fix to see the dentist regularly, brush twice or more daily, and floss once per day. If you notice any signs of gum disease, please contact out office here to schedule a consultation.

shutterstock_191999723Tooth Crowding

As we age, our teeth shift. This can cause you not only to look different, but it can make your teeth more challenging to keep clean, and can lead to more decay.  In addition, misaligned teeth can lead to teeth erosion and damage to supporting tissue and bone.

It’s best to have a consultation to evaluate the teeth crowding so we can discuss options to adjust the issue. Our office staff has advanced training in orthodontics and invisible braces such as invisalign. In some cases, it can take as little as 10 months for you to obtain realigned teeth from invisalign! Invisalign is invisible braces that are less noticeable, more comfortable, that gradually moves your teeth through a series of custom made, removable aligners.

Mouth Cancer

According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, more than 43,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancers this year, and more than 8,000 will die from it. As you grow older, your chances of getting mouth cancer increases. Some people develop mouth cancer for no apparent reason, but some known causes include smoking, alcohol, chewing tobacco or betal leaf, or human papillomavirus.

The sad truth about mouth cancer is that only about half of people who develop it survive. In order to prevent or detect oral cancer, it is best to have a dental check-up every six months. During your dental exam, we will check your tongue and soft tissue in your mouth, throat and jaw for signs.

We will be able to have an indication of mouth cancer if you experience one or more of the following:

  • White or red patches in your mouth
  • Lump on the lip, tongue, mouth or throat
  • Pain when chewing or swallowing
  • A feeling that something is caught in the throat
  • A change in your voice or speech problems
  • Unusual bleeding or numbness in the mouth
  • Lump in the neck
  • Loose teeth

For questions about how your dental hygiene routine can change to prevent or treat these conditions, contact our office today or call (239) 936-0597

Smile more! It’s good for you.

shutterstock_199870865Your smile reveals a lot about you. At Shane McDowell, DMD, we believe that smiling is one of the most powerful gifts we are given, and that is why we have made it our life’s work to help people take care of them. We are lucky to be able to smile at our neighbors, friends, and colleagues to demonstrate how happy we are to be in their company. But did you know smiling has more benefits than just making other people happy?

According to a myriad of studies done by top universities, the benefits of smiling and laughter have been found to lower your hormone causing stressors, as well as have the following positive health effects:

Boost your immune system, preventing the flu and other illnesses. Smiling and laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies. If that’s not a reason to smile, we aren’t sure what is.
Lower your blood pressure. Smiling can improve the function of blood vessels, increasing blood flow. This can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular issues.
It’s a natural pain killer. Smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. What’s better than being happy already? Becoming more naturally happy as you smile! Smiling relaxes the whole body, reducing physical tension and stress, allowing you to feel happier.
You’ll be more productive. Studies show that smiling has been known to increase productivity in work and at school. So while you’re working away, be sure to smile.
You’ll look younger! Showing off those pearly whites on a regular basis can naturally lift the face. Studies show that it can make people look up to 3 years younger.
It can help you build a great persona. Are you a leader or climbing the ladder in your community? It’s a commonly known social fact that successful people smile. Why wouldn’t they? They’re out in the world achieving their dreams. Working hard and smiling your way to success is a great way to build your career.

If you are missing out on all of these amazing opportunities to smile because you aren’t comfortable with the look of your teeth, let us help! At Shane McDowell, DMD, we offer quality cosmetic and restorative dentistry that can create a brighter smile and a new you!

Some important things to always remember is to be consistent with your dental care routine. Brush your teeth twice daily and floss once per day, visiting us for a dental cleaning and check-up every 6 months. If you are still unhappy with the quality of your smile, we offer services that can provide you with greater confidence and a new outlook on life, including:

• Invisalign
• Crowns
• Tooth Colored Fillings
• Bridges
• Veneers
• Teeth Whitening
• Complete Smile Makeover

Live your life to the fullest, which includes that beautiful smile! Call us to request a consultation today, at (239) 936-0597 or contact us here. 

What you should know before whitening your teeth

Teeth Whitening Before and AfterIf your eyes are the window to your soul, perhaps your mouth is the window to your thoughts, feelings, and dreams. Every day we want to live as our best self, and if you’re hiding your teeth from years of accumulated stains, you may not be able to.

If you don’t feel that your teeth are at their whitest and brightest, our office uses a variety of teeth whitening techniques that can make your teeth gleam. Whether you want in-office or at-home treatments, we have many options for you!

Teeth Whitening FAQ’s

Q: What causes my teeth to turn yellow or brown?
A:  There are natural and habitual reasons for your teeth to be discolored. The most common is food or drink; coffee, tea, colas, wines, and certain foods like cherries or potatoes can cause surface stains that can stain further if teeth are not taken care of. Using tobacco or smoking can also result in stains, as well as certain medications, disease, or genetics.

Q: How do I know if I am able to get my teeth whitened?
A: First, you will need to set up a consultation with us so we may assess your oral health and decide on the best whitening method for you. If you have sensitive teeth or periodontal disease, we can recommend non-chemical whitening treatments to avoid tender teeth or gums. Every case if different, but we’re here to help!

Q: Is tooth whitening harmful to my enamel?
A: There is no permanent damage caused to enamel or other tooth structures by teeth whitening. The immediate effect may be tooth sensitivity, which will typically go away within one or two days after the treatment. After that short period, your teeth will return to its regular state of sensitivity

Q: How long will it last?
A: Depending on the type of teeth whitening procedure you have done, it can last from 6 months to 2 years. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reports cases in which teeth whitening has lasted for 10 years. After your whitening treatment, it’s best to avoid red wine, coffee and smoking, which can all cause teeth to become stained.

Q: I have fillings. Will whitening affect them?
A: Whitening your teeth have little to no effect on restorative materials such as porcelain crowns, but it can temporarily reduce the bond strength between enamel and composite restorations, like fillings. If you have cavities when we do your pre-whitening evaluation, we may advise certain care instructions for your teeth if you have fillings, veneers or crowns.

Q: Is a whitening toothpaste enough to help whiten my teeth?
A: Typically, whitening toothpastes will only clean surface stains of your teeth. If your teeth have had years of stains, it will be nearly impossible to remove them with just a whitening toothpaste.

Q: What are the types of whitening services that you offer?
A: We offer different options based on your needs. We evaluate what type of whitening treatment you need or can have based on the current health of your teeth, your preferences, and your habits. In some cases, teeth that are yellow respond best to bleaching. Brown, gray, mottled teeth, or teeth exposed to too much fluoride, may be more challenging to whiten. We use Zoom teeth whitening, which is a revolutionary in-office process that gets your teeth their whitest in just over an hour. If you’d prefer an at-home treatment, our whitening kits are easy to use and achieve great results in 4-6 weeks.

Q: Is there any type of procedure other than my pre-whitening visit that I will need to have done?
A: First we will need to do a professional cleaning to remove external staining caused by food and tobacco. The regular use of a whitening toothpaste, as we mentioned, removes surface stains will help us in this process. After your cleaning, if you are having an in-office teeth whitening procedure, we are able to begin.

You should have the smile you deserve. And we can help you get there! Have more questions for us? Comment below, or contact us! To schedule an appointment or inquire about other services, call us at 239-936-0597.

I lost a tooth: now what?

shutterstock_138265232When you’re a kid, losing teeth is not a big deal—it’s another chapter of your life that is exciting and indicates you are growing up. And let’s face it, it meant a visit from the tooth fairy, which was always a great thing!

Now that we’re older, losing teeth is not such a great thing. The tooth fairy doesn’t visit us and we have lost our permanent adult teeth, now requiring us to have cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you lose an adult tooth that has minimal damage, in some cases the dentist will be able to re-implant the tooth. If the tooth is severely damaged, our dental practice has many different cosmeceutical options for you!

How does it happen?

Lost teeth are mainly caused by car crashes, falls, sport-related trauma, or chewing hard food. Losing a tooth can also be symptomatic of cavities or gum disease, which is treatable but will require you to have an examination so we can evaluate your dental health.

When you realize your tooth has fallen out, call us right away to schedule an appointment. Be sure to save it and bring it with you to your dentist appointment. It’s important to see the dentist as soon as possible, as the longer you wait, the less likely the dentist is able to fix it. To transport the tooth, place it in a container and cover with a small amount of milk or saliva.

Pain Management

To ease the pain of the gum where you lost the tooth, apply a cold compress to the mouth and gums, and apply some pressure to control bleeding. If your tooth is badly broken, your nerve endings may be exposed, and you should make an emergency appointment right away.

If your roots are exposed, do not touch, scrape, brush or clean the root of the tooth with alcohol or peroxide.

How we can repair this for you

Our dental practice offers a number of treatment options:

  • Dental implants are for patients who lose a tooth due to an accident or periodontal gum disease. The implant looks like a natural tooth, and is inserted into the site of the missing tooth, then a small post or “abutment” connects to the implant. We then cement the replacement tooth on top of the abutment.
  • Implant-retained dentures fit over the existing natural teeth or dental implants. They are held in place by dental attachments to provide maximum retention and function. This option would be good for the loss of several teeth.
  • Full Arch dental implants can be placed to function as a full set of teeth, which appear and function like a full set of natural teeth.

To prevent your teeth from falling out in the future, be sure to:

  • Wear a mouth guard when playing any contact sport
  • Avoid hard foods, such as bones, stale bread, and tough bagels
  • Always wear a seatbelt
  • Avoid cavities and gum disease by brushing your teeth at least two times per day, and floss at least once per day. Also remember to schedule a cleaning every six months.

At Shane McDowell, DMD, we guide our patients to find customized solutions for their dental issues. We can help repair a broken tooth, or if it’s not possible to repair or re-implant the tooth, we will find the right cosmeceutical solution for you.

To schedule your appointment for your missing tooth, contact us today at 239-936-0597 or info@myfortmyersdentist.com. We look forward to serving you!

 

Teeth abnormalities: more common than you think!

Everyone’s teeth are different- the size and shape of normal teeth varies, especially molars. However, sometimes a patient may have Embaressed Girlabnormally shaped teeth which can result from many different conditions. There are some diseases that can affect tooth shape, tooth color, time of appearance, or absence of teeth. Abnormal teeth can be caused by a number of things, from disease, to genetics.

At Shane McDowell, DMD, we offer a comprehensive array of cosmeceutical dental solutions, from fillings, dental restorations, crowns, bridges, and whitening techniques.

We’ve seen it all—but here’s some information about some abnormal teeth issues that you may be suffering from, and what we can do to help:

Extra Teeth Some patients may have supernumerary teeth, which are extra teeth that appear in addition to the regular number of teeth. The cause of this anomaly is a developmental disturbance creating intracellular activity at the beginning of tooth development. Sometimes these extra teeth can cause dental problems for surrounding teeth. The most common treatment for supernumerary teeth is extraction.

Missing Teeth Hypodontia, Oligodonita, & Partial Anodontia – All three of these dental conditions mean the absence of one or more teeth. Congenital absence of all wisdom teeth or third molars is common among patients. The cause of missing teeth (they don’t exist under the gum!) can be radiation exposure, or a hereditary disturbance like ectodermal dysplasia. The treatment for missing teeth depends on their location—at Shane McDowell, we have a few ways in which we can fix this issue, such as implants.

Larger than normal teeth Megadontia is a condition whereteeth which exceeds the normal range of variations, maxillary incisors, mandibular incisors, and mandibular second premolar. This is not a serious condition but we can help you fix this cosmetically.

Smaller than normal teeth Microdonita is a condition where teeth are smaller than normal—this is also not a serious condition, but with teeth smaller than normal, you may not feel confident in your smile. Our office has multiple ways of fixing this for you!

Teeth that are fused together This condition is called fusion, and is when two developing teeth merge together, fusing two normally separated teeth. This can happen during the development stage but if not corrected, can continue into adulthood. There is a groove that runs through the tooth that is prone to decay, even more sensitive than your rear molars! We may need to place a filling between the lines. Another option is to cosmetically repair the teeth so that they are two teeth again.

Little to no enamel on your teeth: Amelogenesis Imperfecto This condition is an abnormal formation of the enamel or external layer of teeth. The enamel is composed mostly of mineral that is formed and regulated by the proteins in it and is caused by malfunction of proteins in the enamel. Teeth may appear yellow, brown, or grey. Teeth with less enamel are at a higher risk for cavities and hypersensitivity to temperature changes and acidic foods. In some cases, crowns can be used to compensate for the soft enamel, providing a protective barrier and a beautiful smile.

At Shane McDowell, DMD, we believe that your smile is one of the first things people notice about you! Unfortunately, if you’re hiding your smile because you feel it’s not attractive or healthy, it sends a negative message to people around you, and has an effect on your self-confidence. Our dentistry services include cosmetic services such as orthodontics, crowns, tooth colored fillings, bridges, veneers, teeth whitening, or an entire smile makeover! We make customized plans to help our patients feel great about themselves. We even offer payments plans to make it as easy as possible for our patients to access the care they deserve!

Call us today to set up a consultation at 239-936-0597 or email us at info@myfortmyersdentist.com

 

Maintaining Dental Health with Age

Older Happy Couple OutsideAt Shane McDowell Dentistry, we understand that as you grow older it can be challenging to maintain not only your health, but also your dental health! Due to our bodies’ natural aging process, seniors are more prone to suffering from certain oral health issues. Once you begin to age, it’s important to be more conscious about the way in which you take care of your teeth and gums.

Not only does taking care of your teeth include routine items such as brushing your teeth and flossing, it may take some extra attention and innovation in regard to how you take care of your dental needs. Some seniors may find their dental routine tiresome or challenging, and will need to find easier ways to take care of their mouth.

Even when you brush and floss on a regular basis, seniors can still experience some dental health challenges just from aging teeth alone:

Diminished sense of taste: Advancing age, diseases, medications and dentures can cause to this sensory loss.
Gum disease: Plaque can lead to gum disease, as well as tobacco products, poor-fitting bridges and dentures, and poorly nutritious diets. Other causes of gum disease include diseases, such as anemia, cancer and diabetes.
Tooth loss: Gum disease can cause tooth loss, as well as other diseases like Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis and Diabetes.
Dry mouth: With certain cancer treatments that use radiation to the head and neck area, as well as other treatments for diseases like Sjogren’s syndrome, the medication can cause dry mouth.
Darkened teeth: This may happen because of changes in dentin (the bone-like tissue that underlies the tooth enamel) because of a lifetime of consuming stain causing foods and beverages.
Denture-induced stomatitis: Ill-fitting dentures, poor dental hygiene of a buildup of Candida albicans (a fungus that grows both yeast and filamentous cells that cause oral infections) can infect your gum line and cause inflammation of the tissue underneath the denture.
Thrush: certain diseases and medications can cause the immune system to trigger an overgrowth of Candida albicians in the mouth and cause inflammation in the gums
Clenching and grinding teeth: often these two things are caused by stress, which also puts stress on your teeth and jaw. It can also mean your bite is unbalanced, so make a point to let us know when you visit and we will evaluate this for you.

Tips on maintaining a healthy mouth as you age:

• Brush at least twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and floss once per day.
• Look into different types of toothbrushes, like Sonicare, for easier and more convenient brushing.
• Clean any dentures or bridges properly. You may not know it, but dental plaque actually does form on the surface of your denture. You will need to fill the washing basin with some water—this prevents you from accidentally dropping and fracturing your denture. Apply some detergent on a toothbrush and clean your dentures with soft motions. Before bedtime, immerse the cleaned denture into a cup of water overnight.
• Visit our office every 6 months for a cleaning and dental check-up. When you visit, tell us about any medications you are on.
• Consider visiting us for a dental check-up before and after surgery.
• For darkened teeth, we offer a variety of teeth whitening treatments to get your teeth to their whitest and brightest. We also offer in-home teeth whitening kits are easy to use and achieve great results.
• Only use your teeth for chewing! They are great tools, but don’t use them for removing caps, tops or lids, cracking ice cubes, nut shells or popcorn kernels, chewing on pencils and pens, loosening notes or tearing off tags, holding clothes hangers, or cutting thread.
• Eat a well-rounded, nutritious diet for overall good dental health.

In order to avoid many of these things, be sure to keep up with proper dental hygiene that is listed above. A yearly dental exam that includes a complete periodontal evaluation is important to detect early onset periodontal/gum disease. At Shane McDowell, we provide the most quality dental care and cosmeceutical services, so you won’t have anything to worry about.

If you suffer from any of these dental issues above, please be sure to contact our office to set up an appointment, and we can find solutions for your dental care needs! Call or email today at 239-936-0597 or info@myfortmyersdentist.com

Smile Makeover: What you need to know

Couple on the beach smiling

At Shane McDowell, we know that your smile says it all, and we want you to be able to say it confidently! If your teeth are discolored, crooked, unevenly spaced, too long or short, or worn down, we’ve got solutions for a healthier looking smile today (Just in time for summer!):

Whitening Teeth can become stained for many reasons, from the beverages we drink to smoking or even just from aging. We use a variety of different teeth whitening methods, including Zoom to get your teeth their whitest and brightest! We also have available in-home whitening kits which are easy to use, and achieve great results in 4-6 weeks.

Veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth. Veneers are customized to look like natural teeth, and can be used to fill spaces between teeth, or to cover teeth that are stained, poorly shapes or maybe even crooked. Veneers are a great alternative to braces, and can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of!

Crowns, also known as caps, are used to restore broken or cracked teeth. We offer a new, metal-free crown that eliminates the unsightly black line you may have seen next to the gym line on older crowns. With newer porcelain covered crowns, these crowns are very natural looking.

Tooth Colored Filling We have all experienced a time when we received a filling, and embarrassingly enough, you could see the silver filling in your mouth. These new tooth-colored restorations look completely natural and typically require that far less of the tooth be removed.

Invisalign New techniques in orthodontia can sometimes align your teeth in as little as ten months! Invasalign is designed to transform your smile without wires, comfortably and less noticeably than traditional braces. Dr. McDowell has advanced training and participates in many hours of post graduating study pertaining to orthodontics and invisible braces, so if you have any questions, please be sure to contact our office.

Bridges A bridge is a dental restoration, also known as a fixed partial denture that is used to replace a missing tooth by joining it permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants. The great part about bridges is that it can reduce your risk of gum disease, and can help correct some bite issues, and perhaps even improve your speech and appearance.

Getting a smile makeover is a lot to decide, and can sometimes be overwhelming.We know that you deserve the smile that you have always dreamed of! Call us today at 239-936-0597 for a consultation, or email us at info@myfortmyersdentist.com, and we will help find the right solutions for you!

All About Dentures

All About DenturesDid you know that the average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has three or more decayed teeth? Today, we’re going to be talking about dentures. Why would someone need dentures? Well, there are a myriad of reasons why an adult might lose their teeth.

They might lose them from gum disease, tooth decay or injury. Replacing missing teeth may benefit you; making it easy for you to speak, eat—things that some people take for granted! It also helps you with your overall appearance. When you lose teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face, and they can be made to closely resemble your teeth.

Types of dentures:

  • Conventional: This type of denture fully removable, and is placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. Sometimes the healing process can take up to several months.
  • Immediate: This type of denture is also fully removable, but is placed in your mouth the same day that the remaining teeth are removed. To fit you for this denture, we will take your measurements and make models of your jaw during your first visit. You don’t have to be fully healed in order to use these dentures right away, however, you might have to have the denture relined or remade after your jaw has healed.
  • Over-denture: An over-denture is made to fit in-between your existing, natural teeth.

Getting used to your dentures can take some time. They may feel awkward for a few weeks until you become accustomed to wearing them, and sometimes they may feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place. Some patients find that their saliva flow temporarily increases, but as you become more used to wearing them, these issues should go away. It problems such as irritation or soreness, be sure to contact us.

Even though you wear dentures, it’s still important to take the time to practice good dental hygiene. Brush your gums, tongue and roof of your mouth every morning with a soft bristled brush before you insert your dentures. This helps to stimulate circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.

Here are a few other tips to keep your mouth healthy with dentures:

  • Rinse your dentures before brushing
  • Use a soft bristle toothbrush and non-abrasive cleaner and gently brush all the surfaces – be careful not to scratch them
  • When you aren’t wearing your dentures, be sure to put them in a safe place, covered in water to keep them from warping
  • When brushing, be sure to clean your mouth thoroughly, including your gums, cheeks, roof of your mouth and tongue to remove plaque
  • If you use adhesives, be sure to read the instructions. There are many different forms: creams, pads/wafers, powders, strips or liquids. We recommend using adhesives that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance, these products are evaluated by the ADA for safety and effectiveness.

If you are considering dentures, or have any questions about your existing dentures, please contact our office. We look forward to serving you! To schedule an appointment with us, please visit our website at www.fortmyersdentist.com or call (239) 936-0597.

Treatment options for replacing missing teeth

Did you know that the average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has three or more decayed or missing teeth? If you are missing teeth, there are options and good reasons for correcting the problem.

A large space between your teeth may affect how you speak, your appearance, or how you eat. Even if it’s not noticeable, a missing molar can affect how you chew. Remaining teeth may shift and in some cases, bone loss can occur around a missing tooth. With today’s advances, you don’t have to suffer from missing teeth.

Below are some common treatment options for replacing missing teeth. Contact us about which option is best for you:

Bridges: Anchored to your adjacent teeth, these can be removable or fixed, depending on your mouth, your dentist’s recommendation and your needs. Teeth can also be replaced with a fixed bridge if there are teeth in the area that are adequate in number and sufficiently healthy and strong to support the artificial teeth. In order to fabricate a bridge, the adjacent teeth are prepared by reducing their size (or cut down) to remove all the enamel, making room for the prosthetic tooth restoration. A prosthetic tooth (or teeth) can be suspended between adjacent teeth in this way to provide a functional and cosmetic replacement for the missing tooth.

Dentures: Removable partial or full dentures can replace a single missing tooth, several teeth, or all of the teeth in your upper and/or lower jaw. Dentures rely on support by the other teeth in that jaw (for partial dentures) and from mechanical support by the remaining ridge of gum and underlying bone.

Implants: Most similar to a natural tooth. With current technologies, implants offer improved longevity, strength and stability.

Contact our office for more information about improving your smile. Make an appointment at MyFortMyersDentist.com today to find out how we can help you.

What do you like most about your smile?

lady smilingEver look at a photo of yourself and think “I wish….” Well, when it comes to your smile, your wish is our command.  Schedule an appointment with us for a Smile Makeover – just tell us what you would like to change, and we’ll discuss the options with you. Here are some of the cosmetic dentistry services we provide to help patients love their smile more:

Invisalign – straighter teeth without the use of braces

Crowns – protect and restore damaged teeth

Tooth colored fillings – fillings that blend with the natural color of your teeth

Bridges – replace missing teeth

Veneers – cover severely stained or damaged teeth

Teeth whitening – restore the teeth’s healthy youthful color

Schedule your appointment for a consultation for your personal Smile Makeover today or visit www.MyFortMyersDentist.com for more information on cosmetic dentistry and the individual procedures listed above.