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Take Years off with a Younger Smile Makeover

A smile makeover can help any person get the younger smile they desire. While some might think you have to travel hundreds, if not thousands, of miles, know that “a smile makeover near me” is possible. Cosmetic dentists right here in Lincoln, NE, can give you the smile of your dreams. Even when a person is diligent about brushing and flossing, the aging process never stops.

Most people have had to deal with cavities or even gingivitis during their life. Some have experienced other oral health issues. From birthday to birthday, you might find that the years are stomping all over your smile.

Today might be the day you choose to fix this. Dr. Brad Alderman and Dr. Joyce are here to design and complete a smile makeover for you. Are you asking yourself, “what are my smile makeover options, or where can I get a smile makeover near me?” Keep reading. We have answers!

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What exactly is a smile makeover for a younger smile? Can I get a smile makeover near me?

Whether you were born with a smile, you find difficult to be proud of, or if you have been negligent in caring for your smile, a smile makeover can give you a smile that you’ve been wanting. By now, you probably know, there are a ton of smile makeover options. But, where do I go for a fabulous smile makeover near me?

Our knowledgeable cosmetic dentists at SouthPointe Dental are trained in all the latest treatments and procedures. So, giving you all of your smile makeover options, and designing a personalized smile plan for you will be a straightforward procedure.

We work with you to select the treatments that you need and the aesthetic look you want. Your smile makeover options along with a custom-designed plan, will leave nothing to chance. We will work with you every step of the way to transform your smile into the one you’ve always wanted.

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Smile makeovers and smile makeover options are completely customizable. Every person has specific, personal needs for their oral health, and this ranges anywhere from teeth whitening to bridgework.

While there may seem to be several smile makeover options, know that you are not alone in dealing with your oral health and dental maintenance. The fact is that many people drag their feet, getting into their dentist for cosmetic dentistry, even though they are embarrassed by the state of their mouth. A smile makeover is just what they need!

The truth is, our cosmetic dentists have seen it all. They never condemn any person for the state of their oral health or the aesthetic quality of their smile. This is exactly why we love doing what we’re doing. It’s all for our patients!

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Dentistry has so much to offer. The list of smile makeover options is truly endless. Aside from getting a beautiful, natural-looking smile, another critical goal we help every patient achieve is a healthier mouth. A healthier mouth means a healthier you. With a gorgeous smile, you will feel more confident. That’s right, aside from looks, a smile makeover has a ton of additional benefits. Both socially and emotionally.

So, when we say our cosmetic dentists have seen it all, we mean it. Your smile is nothing to be ashamed about. Our friendly and talented cosmetic dentists would love to discuss your smile makeover options with you. It’s what they do. While they want you to know that brushing and flossing are essential, sometimes there can be other contributing factors that determine the look of your smile. Sometimes, those factors are entirely out of your control. Dr. Brad Alderman and Dr. Joyce want you to know that with all of your smile makeover options, your smile does not have to define you anymore.

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What Are My Options For a Younger Smile Makeover? Where can I get a smile makeover near me?

Replacing the Old, Silver Fillings
Old fillings are known to crack, especially if they’re the silver kind. Also referred to as amalgam fillings. More so, those mercury-laced fillings aren’t healthy for you anyway. A smart investment is getting all your fillings replaced with composite, tooth-colored, non-toxic fillings.

Fixing the Broken Teeth
Even if you showed off back in the day, opening bottles or bags with your teeth, men and women of a certain age are especially susceptible to breaking their teeth. Whether it’s a molar or a front tooth, biting down wrong on a specific type of food or attempting to do things with your abrasive teeth, can cause certain damage. Such damage might include cracking, chipping, or even breaking. Unfortunately, this can be both uncomfortable and unattractive. If this occurs, however, porcelain veneers are a great fix when receiving your smile makeover. We offer professional bleaching for patients who desire dental veneers. Our goal is to give you amazing results with that “WOW” factor. We want all teeth to look brighter and whiter. Not just the ones that will have porcelain veneers.

Getting Brighter, Whiter Teeth
Many people have the desire to turn back the hands of time and slow down the aging process. Who doesn’t want to look young again? Teeth whitening is a simple and inexpensive way to shed a few years. Smiles are one of the most important aspects when making a first impression. When we meet people, we feel better when they smile. If their smile is appealing, it’s even better.

A smile that shows yellow or discolored teeth has a negative impact on how we look. It is, however, natural for a smile to lose its brightness as we age. Discoloration happens because of diet and general health. But, did you know that something as simple as whitening your teeth can give you a younger-looking smile? In our offices, we offer various teeth whitening solutions. These options include take-home trays to in-office professional whitening. The great news, there is little to no sensitivity.

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What is our secret for little sensitivity after teeth bleaching?

We use the Opalescence® teeth whitening system. This system has specific ingredients to help minimize or even eliminate sensitivity and discomfort. Ultimately, this will leave teeth whiter and brighter in no time at all.

What does the Opalescence® system have to offer, and why do we use it? Our biggest reason for using the Opalescence® system is that it caters to all lifestyles. This teeth whitening system can be used on-the-go, at home, or you can even get immediate results when you chose to do an in-office treatment. What’s cool is that you can get professional results right at home, however. Opalescence® offers take-home gel that can help whiten teeth when used for as little as 15 minutes per day. That’s’ not all. You can also choose from melon, mint, or regular gel. Even better, the Opalescence® system has a combination of potassium nitrate and fluoride that helps prevent shade relapse and dehydration.

Even though Opalescence® can only be dispensed by a licensed professional, it’s easy. All you have to do is ask!

Minding the Tooth Gaps
Most people hate having gaps in their teeth. Unless it’s farther back and much less noticeable. However, even if you have been able to hide the gap in your teeth, the state of your lips and cheeks are betraying your secret. Holes in your smile give a sunken appearance to your cheeks and jaw. This causes you to look older than you are. Filling in the “blanks” could be an essential part of your smile makeover!

For this reason, a dental implant could be an excellent option. Why? Dental implants do not get cavities and can last a lifetime. Plus, dental implants can help you regain your normal function, getting you back to the things you once did. Eating regularly and smiling big. Not only does smiling make you and others around you feel better, but it can also be a sign of confidence. There is truly nothing more attractive than a confident smile.

Correcting Gum Disease
If you have missing teeth that weren’t accidentally knocked out, chances are they were lost to gum disease. When your gums become infected, they are unable to hold your teeth in place the way that they should. Eventually, your teeth will become loose and fall out.

Before any cosmetic dentistry can take place, one of our gentle, caring dentists will need to restore the foundation of your mouth. This means we may need to treat gingivitis or periodontal disease. Treating other things occurring within the mouth before completing a smile makeover will help create a solid and stable surface.

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What can be done for patients if their teeth cannot be saved?

Find out here about a revolutionary new treatment: My Smile Today- Replacement of teeth with a Hybrid Prosthesis.

This revolutionary, highly skilled approach replaces all problem teeth. This procedure will get rid of infected, broken, and damaged teeth and replace them with a permanent, beautiful looking implant-retained bridge: ” Your Smile Today.”

This approach takes teamwork between a dental implant dentist and a hybrid prosthesis dentist. Together, this team will create a younger, healthier smile. This too is an option when searching for a smile makeover near me. Cosmetic dentists right here in Lincoln, NE can perform the hybrid prosthesis procedure.

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It is never too late for a Younger Smile. Start Exploring Your Smile Makeover Options today…

You don’t have to go clear to the West Coast to get a dazzling, healthy smile. This smile can be created for you right here in Lincoln, Nebraska at Southpointe Dental. Finding caring, qualified professionals to complete a smile makeover near me doesn’t need to be hard.

Our cosmetic dentists have 23 years of combined experience. Moreover, they have a passion for bringing out the greatest in every smile. Dr. Alderman and Dr. Joyce take pride in giving patients the smiles they want and the care they deserve.

If you have had cosmetic dentistry in the past, you may have had some disappointments. However, the methods of cosmetic dentistry have improved so drastically, that any updates you make to your smile will now be well worth the investment. Talk to Dr. Alderman or Dr. Joyce about your smile makeover options today.

“A smile makeover near me” is possible. To make sure your most incredible smile happens, please contact our cosmetic dentistry office serving Lincoln, NE, for a consultation. Our Southpointe cosmetic dentists would love to discuss your smile makeover options and goals to help create a plan JUST FOR YOU! Each plan will specifically fit your wants and needs, so you can get the results you’ve always wanted.

A “WOW,” from a satisfied patient, is our ultimate GOAL.

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Choose a “near me dentist” location that is convenient for you. A smile makeover near me might be closer than you thought.

Rebecca: Wonderful Dental Hygienist in Lincoln

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Q&A with Rebecca, Our Hygienist in Lincoln. 

Our hygienist in Lincoln, Rebecca is an integral part of educating patients and helping them to feel comfortable at our office.  Rebecca has many years of experience working in a dental field and loves to educate patients on the relationships between a healthy mouth and the overall health.

Rebecca has answered some of the common questions asked by patients. Those questions often come up during dental exams, and she shares what patients ask dentists often.

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Rebecca, Our Hygienist in Lincoln, answers: Do you place amalgam fillings?

Hygienist: No, we don’t. Amalgam fillings can be hard on teeth. Amalgam or silver fillings are made out of metal and conduct heat. As a result, they tend to shrink and expand due to natural changes in temperature that occur inside a person’s mouth. Because of that, silver fillings tend to lead to a big number of cracked teeth. Amalgam fillings also contain 50 % of mercury, which is a risk for overall health.

Rebecca, Our Hygienist in Lincoln, answers: Can you have recurrent decay under a filling?

Unfortunately, dental fillings don’t last forever. Over time, fillings often break away slowly, allowing new bacteria to get inside. But we check on this every time someone visits us for an appointment. As long as a person sees a dentist regularly, decay under a filling shouldn’t be an issue. If it is, we’ll let them know and talk about what we can do.

Rebecca, Our Hygienist in Lincoln, answers: Are certain teeth more important than others?

H: (laughs) They’re all important! But I should say that six-year molars are the workhorse of our mouths. So they are pretty important.

Rebecca, Our Hygienist in Lincoln, answers: What makes six-year molars so important?

H: Six-year molars do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to chewing. They do the vast majority of the mouth’s chewing. It can be very debilitating to lose your six-year molars, and a lot of patients don’t realize that until it’s too late. Luckily we’re able to use crowns to protect them if they develop small cracks or fractures. That allows patients to keep them safe for a longer period of time.

Silver fillings often lead to having a cracked tooth syndrome, which can create tons of a toothache and sensitivity to biting.

Luckily we’re able to use crowns to protect them if they develop small cracks or fractures. That allows patients to keep them safe for a longer period of time.

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Rebecca, Our Hygienist in Lincoln, answers: That makes sense. How can you tell if a tooth cracks?

H: Well, there are usually a few signs. Sometimes you can look at a tooth and see the crack. But in many cases the crack won’t be visible to the naked eye, so you have to pay attention to how it feels. If it feels sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, is intermittently uncomfortable, or hurts for a split second when you bite down, it might be a cracked tooth.

Rebecca, Our Hygienist in Lincoln, answers: A tooth can also crack from grinding and clenching, right?

H: Yeah, that’s definitely possible. Grinding and clenching is called “bruxism,” and it’s really common. Most of the time it’s subconscious. It can definitely grind down or crack your teeth. In some cases of bruxism, we’ll even recommend a night guard for a person’s teeth. While it won’t stop a person from grinding their teeth, it will prevent further wear and tear on teeth and save the investment made on any restorations.

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Rebecca, Our Hygienist in Lincoln, answers: How about chewing hard foods or chewing ice? I imagine that can crack a person’s teeth too?

H: Oh, absolutely. We see teeth crack from chewing ice now and again. It puts a lot of extra pressure on our teeth, especially if they have fillings already. When those fillings start to break down or pull away from the tooth, bacteria finds its way inside.

Rebecca, Our Hygienist in Lincoln, answers: What is super-eruption, and why should patients know what it is?

H: So our teeth rely on each other for stability and structure. When we lose adjacent teeth, our upper teeth may come down to fill the space of the missing teeth, called “super-eruption.” As a result, the tooth usually becomes sensitive, and ultimately, most people lose their super-erupted teeth. Losing teeth is really dangerous because it can have this type of a chain effect.

Rebecca, Our Hygienist in Lincoln, answers: The diet plays a key role in our oral health. What are some other things to supplement your diet that will help your teeth?

H: Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and calcium are all crucial for healthy teeth and gums. Vitamin C boosts our natural defenses against bacteria by strengthening our gums and soft tissues. Vitamin D helps us absorb calcium and both strengthen our bones, including our teeth. Those who take Vitamin D on a daily basis are at a much lower risk of periodontal disease.

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Rebecca, Our Hygienist in Lincoln, answers: To switch gears a little, I wanted to talk about the major presence of chewing tobacco in Nebraska. As a hygienist in Lincoln, what can you say about chewing tobacco?

H: Chewing tobacco is a big no-no. Chew puts its victims at serious risk of periodontal disease and oral cancer. As a hygienist in Lincoln, I see a lot of people whose teeth are affected by the use of chew. The same goes for e-cigarettes. Both are widely consumed in Nebraska and are associated with serious health problems and a much higher risk of developing gum disease.

Rebecca, Our Hygienist in Lincoln, answers: How can you find oral cancer? I wouldn’t know where to start.

H: Oral cancer is most commonly found on the underside of a person’s tongue or the back of the throat.

Rebecca, Our Hygienist in Lincoln answers: In dentistry, it can be tempting to talk about the negative factors on a person’s oral health. On the flip side, what are some of the more positive things you can do for your teeth?

H: Well obviously brushing and flossing should be a regular part of a person’s routine. Frequent dental visits should too. Probiotics are also an easy way to help your oral health flourish. At all times, our mouths are full of good and bad bacteria. Consuming probiotics increases the good bacteria in our mouths, which fight off the bad bacteria. They also decrease overall inflammation in our body Being a hygienist in Lincoln allows me to talk to tons of people about the positive and proactive side of dentistry.

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Rebecca, Our Hygienist in Lincoln, answers: Maybe it goes without saying, but how do you feel about pop?

H: Pop is a really easy source of many things. We all know that pop is loaded with sugar and will take a toll on your teeth. Any type of pop is harsh on our teeth and overall health due to the high amounts of acid. If you have a glass of pop, it’s better to drink it quickly and to drink water after you’re finished. It’s even advisable to brush your teeth soon after drinking pop. As for overall health, it is better to stop drinking it all together.

Rebecca, Our Hygienist in Lincoln, answers: What’s an excellent way to treat cold sores and canker sores?

H: Cold sores and canker sores are different enough from each other. Cold sores are often caused in part by a weakened immune system. Eating a diet full of vegetables can offer your body the required vitamins and minerals. Using Vitamin C and probiotics daily can decrease the likelihood of both cold sores and canker sores.

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Rebecca, Our Hygienist in Lincoln, answers: What is TMD and how can someone treat a TMJ issue?

H: TMD stands for Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, and it just means that the Temporomandibular Joint, or the jaw, isn’t functioning correctly. Treating TMJ can be relatively straight-forward. The main things are being sure to take ibuprofen, sticking to chewy foods for 3-5 days, and considering a night guard if you suffer from bruxism.

Rebecca, Our Hygienist in Lincoln, answers: What’s a great way to treat sensitive teeth?

H: Sensitive teeth are super common. We usually recommend simply using a soft toothbrush in conjunction with a fluoride-rich toothpaste.

Rebecca, Our Hygienist in Lincoln, answers: Last but not least, who is your favorite cartoon character?

H: Mickey Mouse. You can’t really go wrong with the classics.

Southpointe dental is a dental practice in South Lincoln, Nebraska. This is our health blog for wellness tips, dental secrets, and surprise goodies. Be sure to follow along here, or check out the Nebraska Family Dentistry Wellness Blog here. You can reach the editor with story ideas, responses, or anything else at nebraskafamilydentistry@gmail.com.

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Night Guard

Do you grind your teeth? You may need a night guard.

night guard Lincoln nebraska dentistBruxism is the grinding of the teeth. Many people have this problem. Usually, teeth grinding occurs during the early part of the night and can disturb sleeping partners. Bruxism can be mild or severe.

It can also be solely occasional or maybe very frequent. When people grind their teeth, they most likely wake up with headaches, earaches, or toothaches. This problem not only causes discomfort and irritation in the mouth, but it can also do substantial damage to the natural teeth or dental restoration.

In the worst case scenario, a person develops Tempormandibular Joint Disorder, which affects the lower jaw that is connected to the bone at the side of the head. In these cases, a night guard is a good way to prevent damaging your teeth or developing dental disorders.

Checking the Symptoms of Bruxism

When a person has Bruxism, they are grinding or clenching their teeth unconsciously. There are cases where it is evident during the daytime, but usually teeth grinding is occurring at night when the person is sleeping.

So many times a person is not aware of the fact that they are grinding their teeth. To help in determining whether or not you have Bruxism, consider if you experience the following symptoms when you wake up:

  • Dull headache or migraine
  • Earaches
  • Sore jaws
  • Any tooth sensitivity, examples include temperature or when brushing
  • Sores inside the mouth
  • Inflamed gums
  • Jaw discomfort
  • Neck or shoulder discomfort
  • Dizziness

There Are Several Types of Night Guards:

  • Full and Partial Coverage

A full coverage night guard covers the entire upper and lower rows of teeth. This night guard will not modify a person’s bite, but they do protect the patient’s teeth from grinding. This night guard is the safest and most conservative, which makes it the most common.

A partial coverage night guard covers only some of the teeth, the ones that cause the problem. A partial night guard with reduce jaw clenching and teeth grinding, but it can modify your bite.

  • Soft and Hard

Most night guards are made of a hard heat-cured material of acrylic, which helps the mouth guard retain it shape and prevents the teeth from changing it. It is very durable, and it works perfectly for those who suffer from heavy teeth grinding and jaw clenching.

A different night guard is softer, and it is made of a thick poly-vinyl material. These night guards can be more comfortable. They are given to those patients who suffer only slightly from bruxism. Because they do not need an intensive solution, the soft protection is sufficient to solve their problem and to protect their teeth structure.

Also, if a person solely suffers from teeth clenching and does not suffer from teeth grinding, a soft night guard works well for them. The soft material works well to reduce the clenching force.

  • Repositioning Your Bite

Some night guards are designed to help a patient with their bite. These night guards can be either partial or full. To begin with, they are fitted to the patient’s teeth, and then they are gradually altered to move the teeth in a specific way.

  • Taking Care of Your Night Guard

After use, it is good to rinse your night guard with cool water. Once a week, a toothbrush and toothpaste should be used to give your night guard a deeper cleaning. Before putting away your night guard in its container, be sure to dry it thoroughly so that bacteria is prevented from growing.

Also, the container in which the night guard is kept should be cleaned with soap and water once a week. Your night guard should be taken to your dentist during your check-ups to ensure that it continues to work properly.

What is the cost of a night guard?

We make night guards at our office and charge $75 for a custom made, soft night guard. Call us or use online scheduling form to schedule your appointment. We make affordable night guards in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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