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Dental Implants Over Dentures

It is estimated that 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. This is typically caused by periodontal disease, tooth decay, or injury. The problem gets worse as we get older, as 30 percent of adults between 65-74 years of age have no natural teeth.

Here at Signature Smiles, our three offices serving the Greater Houston area offer great cosmetic dentistry services to treat missing teeth. The two main procedures that we use are dentures and dental implants.

In the past, the only treatment options for missing teeth were bridges and dentures. Both are effective, but as long as the patient has a healthy jaw and gums, we typically recommend getting dental implants because of the many advantages they have over bridges and dentures. Let’s take a look at a few of them:

Dental Implants Are More Convenient

Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. They fuse with bone, thus becoming permanent. Dentures, on the other hand, lack permanent anchorage and are removable. In order to stay in place, messy adhesives are needed. Because dentures are removable, it is necessary to take them out of your mouth to clean.

Dental implants eliminate this embarrassing inconvenience because there is no need to remove them, nor are there any special steps needed when cleaning. You clean them the same way you do your natural teeth.

Dentures sometimes cause teeth to slip within the mouth. This can affect speech and the ability to enunciate well. Wearers of dentures sometimes have issues with mumbling or slurring their words. However, because dental implants are permanent, there is no risk of slippage or movement within the mouth.

Dental Implants Allow for Better Chewing

As mentioned earlier, due to a lack of permanent anchorage, dentures can move and slip within the mouth. This not only can affect speech, but chewing ability as well. When teeth are constantly moving or slipping, chewing becomes a difficult and challenging task. When food is not properly chewed and broken down, digestive issues may arise.

Dental implants function like your own teeth and are permanently anchored, enabling proper biting and chewing. You can eat your favorite foods with confidence and free of discomfort. In addition, food is properly broken down, thus contributing to better digestion.

Whether you are looking to get dentures or dental implants, our Houston dentists in The Woodlands, Humble, and The Heights are ready to meet all of your cosmetic dentistry needs. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

Hot Trend In Cosmetic Dentistry: Dental Implants

More than ever, cosmetic dentistry is able to provide you with a great smile and better oral health. It is possible now to resolve most dental health issues that can have a negative effect on the health of your mouth, all while giving you the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Although Signature Smiles is often associated with awesome pediatric dentistry due to the immense popularity of our adorable Dr. Z video campaigns, let’s not forget that each of our dental offices serving the Greater Houston area also offers great cosmetic dentistry services.

Cosmetic procedures differ from general dental procedures in that they are optional and elective. Whether you are looking to straighten or whiten your teeth, replace missing teeth, etc., our Houston dentists do it all. You can also be sure that we give priority to responsible esthetics.

Dental Implants: More Popular Than Ever

A trend in cosmetic dentistry is the growing popularity of dental implants. Dental implants are titanium posts used to create a tooth root. These titanium posts are surgically positioned below the gum line, thus creating a stable foundation for artificial teeth.

Patients are choosing to use titanium roots to replace missing teeth more than ever. Let’s face it, you can have straight teeth that are whiter than snow, but just one missing tooth can ruin your entire smile.

Dental Implants More Convenient and Effective Than Other Options

It used to be that the only options to replace missing teeth were bridges and dentures. However, dental implants now offer a more viable, affective alternative. The artificial teeth attached to the titanium root are permanent and typically last a lifetime. Unlike bridges and dentures, these artificial teeth are not removable and are cleaned the same way you clean your natural teeth.

Our implants are a great alternative because they look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. You can now smile with confidence, knowing you have a full set of teeth that look natural. In addition, dental implants allow you to chew properly, thus leading to better digestion and overall health.

If you are interested in exploring dental implants or any other cosmetic dentistry procedures, contact one of our offices in The Heights, Humble, and The Woodlands today to set up a consultation.

Benefits of Dental Implants at Signature Smiles

Despite an increased awareness over the years of the importance of proper dental care, millions of Americans still suffer tooth loss. This is mostly attributed to periodontal disease, tooth decay, or injury. It used to be that the only treatment options for tooth loss were bridges and dentures. However, Signature Smiles offers a more effective option with dental implants.

Dental implants are titanium posts used to create a tooth root. At Signature Smiles, our Houston dentists surgically position the titanium post below the gum line, thus creating a stable foundation for artificial teeth.

Dental implants Increase Self Confidence

Having a missing tooth can be embarrassing. People with a missing tooth are often reluctant to smile because the gap caused by the missing tooth is hard for anyone to not notice. Constantly feeling self-conscious about one’s teeth can often lead to self-esteem issues.

Thankfully, any one of our Houston offices located in The Heights, Humble, and The Woodlands can easily resolve this issue through dental implants. With dental implants, unsightly gaps caused by missing teeth are filled. In addition, the look, feel, and function of dental implants are exactly as those of healthy, natural teeth.

Dental Implants Improve Digestion

Properly chewing food is imperative to good digestion. Missing teeth impair the initial step of digestion because food is not broken down properly. As a result, essential starches and nutrients are not fully utilized. In addition, when one is not able to chew properly, swallowing can become difficult. When swallowing becomes difficult, the entire digestive system is negatively affected.

Having a missing tooth can be both embarrassing and detrimental to overall health. However, dental implants give you a full set of teeth that not only restore your smile, but also give you the necessary biting force for proper chewing and digestion. Contact one of our offices serving the Greater Houston area today, so we can get you on your way to a great smile and better overall health.

Why Choose Invisalign from Our Houston Dental Office?

Braces are often thought of as a tool used solely for cosmetic dentistry purposes. However, braces also contribute to the overall health of your teeth. Misaligned or crooked teeth are not only unattractive, but they can also make brushing and cleaning the teeth difficult. Teeth that cannot be properly brushed and cleaned can lead to periodontal disease. This puts the mouth at risk for tender or bleeding gums and tooth loss.

Thankfully, Signature Smiles, with offices in The Heights, The Woodlands, and Humble, conveniently offers not only top-quality pediatric dentistry, but great orthodontics for adults as well. A great option for those who are reluctant to wear traditional, metal braces is Invisalign clear braces. All of our orthodontists are Board Certified and each of our offices in the Greater Houston Area is a certified Premier Provider of Invisalign. Here are a few reasons to consider Invisalign over traditional braces:

Invisalign Is Attractive

Adults often are reluctant to wear metal braces because they “don’t want to look like a kid.” People may even wonder why you are wearing kids braces. Indeed, metal braces are often associated with our awkward teenage years. Metal braces are immediately noticeable and can make communicating a professional image difficult.

Invisalign, on the other hand, is barely noticeable. It is often difficult to notice that a person is wearing them at all. They are more attractive than metal braces and offer a great alternative.

Invisalign Is Comfortable

Traditional metal braces contain wire and chunks of metal that can sometimes feel clunky and uncomfortable. Although the discomfort usually gets better with time, Invisalign clear braces are smooth and comfortable from the start. There are no wires or protruding bits of metal.

While metal braces must remain in place until one of our trusted orthodontists remove them, Invisalign clear braces are removable. The clear plastic tray aligners can be removed for brief periods of time, such as to eat or drink, and can be done so with ease.

Here at Signature Smiles, we look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful smile and healthy mouth. Feeling embarrassed about wearing braces should not be an obstacle to these things. Contact one of our three offices serving the Greater Houston area today to set up a consultation.

Study: Dental Implants Improve Quality of Life for Women with Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease in which the strength and density of bone weakens. As bones weaken, they become more brittle, thus increasing the risk of broken or fractured bones.

Osteoporosis affects approximately 54 million Americans. Although it can affect both males and females, postmenopausal women are most at risk. One in two women over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. In addition, people with osteoporosis are more prone to tooth loss. When left untreated, the sufferer’s ability to chew food is restricted, which can lead to nutritional deficiencies.

The changes in physical appearance and mobility associated with osteoporosis often lead to feelings of isolation or depression. However, dental implants can assist those with osteoporosis to live confident and fulfilling lives.

Osteoporosis Patients Happier with Dental Implants, Study Shows

A recent study published in the Journal of International Dentistry suggests that dental implants lead to a better quality of life for women with osteoporosis. The study was conducted by Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, where 237 women were surveyed about their satisfaction with replacement teeth and how it improved their professional and personal lives.

Through a 23-question survey, participants rated their satisfaction with work, health, and emotional well-being. The study found that women with dental implants reported the highest overall satisfaction in these areas, while women without dental implants reported the lowest.

How Signature Smiles of Houston Can Help

Signature Smiles, with three offices serving the Greater Houston area, can assist in helping those with osteoporosis lead more confident and healthy lives. Dental implants allow patients to freely eat whatever they want/need, while boosting confidence in their smile. In addition, dental implants are the only kind of tooth replacement that actually helps stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss.

With offices in the Heights, Woodlands, and Humble, Signature Smiles uses the latest in dental implant technology to deliver high quality treatment to our patients. Although osteoporosis can be a debilitating disease, with proper management, patients do not have to experience a loss in quality of life.

Let Signature Smiles help you or your loved one lead a happy, confident, and fulfilling life. Contact one of our three Houston dental offices today and schedule your appointment.

Benefits of Braces for Kids

Although Signature Smiles is often associated with our world-class pediatric dentists, don’t forget that we also offer awesome orthodontics! Serving the Greater Houston area, Signature Smiles offers every type of braces available on the market: 3M metal braces, clear ceramic braces, and Invisalign or Invisalign Teen. With the school year right around the corner, here are a few reasons to get your kid fitted for braces:

Braces Provide Straight Teeth

The development of a positive self-image is of the utmost importance in children, as a positive self-image greatly contributes to a child’s overall future success in life. We all remember how difficult navigating our school years could be, where self-image and appearance were often determining factors in being liked and accepted.

Regardless of age, one of the first things people notice about others is their teeth. When a child has teeth that are crooked or misaligned, they are more reluctant to smile or talk too much, in fear of being laughed at or judged. This often causes the child to withdraw and avoid social situations thus, impairing his or her social development. With straight teeth, your child can confidently smile and talk without feeling self-conscious.

Braces Provide a Healthy Mouth

As important as appearance can be, the greatest benefit of kids braces goes beyond esthetics. Straight teeth are conducive to a healthy mouth. Misaligned teeth cause an improper bite that can lead to ailments such as chewing difficulties, jaw problems, and worn down tooth enamel. With straight teeth, your child will be able to bite, chew, and even speak better.

Straight teeth also contribute to better oral hygiene, as straight teeth are easier to clean. Misaligned or gapped teeth make properly brushing, flossing, and cleaning more difficult. This can lead to cavities and periodontal disease, which in turn, would require more visits to our dental offices than you would have preferred.

As much as we love seeing your kid, our greatest concern at Signature Smiles is that your child has a healthy mouth and great smile. Straight teeth are key to these things, so contact one of our three offices, located in The Heights, Humble, and The Woodlands, today for a braces consultation. Let us help give your child more confidence and better oral health!

Cosmetic Dentistry Gives You that Perfect Selfie Smile

The world of social media has created a selfie phenomenon. People young and old, big and small, from all reaches of the world, are looking to take that perfect selfie to post onto their Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc., in search of likes and comments. Smartphones have long catered to this phenomenon by providing reversible camera lenses on their phones.

Cosmetic Dentistry: More Important Than Ever

With the selfie revolution, cosmetic dentistry has become more important than ever. People are looking to achieve a great smile because they understand the power and attractiveness found in a warm, endearing smile.

Signature Smiles has three offices in the Greater Houston area committed to giving you that perfect selfie smile. As experts in both pediatric and adult dentistry, dental implants and teeth whitening are just a few of the cosmetic dentistry methods we offer to get your smile selfie ready. We understand that without a perfect smile, there is no perfect selfie.

Dental Implants

There is no greater antagonist to a great smile than a missing tooth. Having this ailment would cause anyone to become self-conscious about their smile, and unwilling to take a selfie while smiling. Dental implants are tooth replacements that complete a person’s smile and provide the self-confidence to smile that was previously lacking. Dental implants from Signature Smiles typically last for a lifetime.

Teeth Whitening

There is much to be said about having a pearly white smile. White teeth represent a clean mouth and shows good oral hygiene. White teeth also communicate professionalism and greatly adds to a person’s overall attractiveness. Signatures Smiles is ready to give you a bright, radiant smile. All three of our offices serving the Greater Houston area has two options to allow patients to whiten their teeth at their own rates: in-office or at-home.

Signature Smiles, with offices in the Heights, Humble, and the Woodlands, understands that we are in the middle of a selfie revolution. With selfie sticks, reversible cameras, and different types of software, taking selfies on a regular basis has now become the norm. This makes having a great smile even more imperative.

Contact one of our three offices today and book an appointment. We look forward to getting you on your way to that perfect selfie smile!

Get Your Child Their Braces Before School Starts

The month of July is almost over, which means school will soon begin again. Before your kids march back to school, consider getting them their braces while they are still on summer break.

If your child has gapped, crooked, or misaligned teeth, then you may want to consider orthodontics at Signature Smiles. All three of our Houston area dental clinics located in The Woodlands, The Heights, and Humble provides orthodontics to all of our patients.

Taking of your child’s teeth now will make it easier for their teeth to shift into place. Teeth at a younger age are easier to move. Also, when adolescents and teenagers have their teeth straightened early in life, they are able to continue for the rest of their lives with beautifully straight teeth.

KIDS BRACES AT HOUSTON’S SIGNATURE SMILES LOCATIONS

At Signature Smiles, we provide all three types of braces available on the market: 3M metal braces, clear ceramic braces, and Invisalign (along with Invisalign Teen). Each orthodontic option comes with its own set of specific benefits (of course, the most important is that they all straighten teeth).

Metal braces are the least expensive and are the strongest braces available. Ceramic are also very strong and rather similar to metal braces. They also match the color of teeth, hence the reason they are commonly referred to as clear braces. Lastly, Invisalign braces are plastic tray aligners that are removable for a few hours per day (for eating and brushing/flossing purposes), and make straightening teeth almost unnoticeable.

PICKING THE RIGHT BRACES FOR YOUR KID

Our orthodontist sits down with each patient and discusses how orthodontic treatments work. The ortho dentist also answers any and all questions the pediatric patient and their parents may have. Our goal is to ensure every patient knows what they want and what they will receive after choosing a specific type of braces.

The orthodontist at our Houston area dental office will advise on which type of braces will best fit their needs and will straighten their teeth the quickest.

SCHEDULE YOUR CHILD’S BRACES APPOINTMENT

Interested in getting braces for your child before school starts back up? Contact our dental clinic today and schedule their free consultation with our Board Certified orthodontist or braces dentist. We look forward to placing your child on the path to a beautiful smile.

Dental Insurance Accepted

Our office takes most PDP, DPPO & PPO dental insurances. Signature Smiles is also a Pediatric Medicaid Dentist.
Our in-network short list includes:
  • Aetna
  • Ameritas
  • Anthem
  • Assurant
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield CareCredit
  • Cigna
  • Connection Dental Dearborn
  • Delta
  • DenteMax
  • Dentaquest PPO
  • Dentaquest and MCNA
  • GEHA
  • Healthspring
  • Humana
  • Lincoln
  • Metlife
  • Principal
  • Sun Life
  • Superior
  • Tmhp
  • Tricare
  • United
  • United Concordia
  • UMR Children's dental
  • Medicaid Children's CHIP
  • many more PPO insurances.

DOCPAY

We are happy to offer DOCPAY interest free payment plans to our patients. 

  • Convenient automatic monthly payments
  • No credit check required
  • No interest, no pre-payment penalties, no annual fees
  • Does not affect your credit score

DOCPAY payment plans provide an affordable, easy way to pay for healthcare services. Payments are automatically deducted from your checking account each month. Your only cost is a small transaction-processing fee for each payment. No credit approval is required and DOCPAY can be used at any participating office. Ask for DOCPAY and get off the credit merry-go-round. (Learn more at www.docpay.com/patient). 

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