Does Smiling Make You Look Older or Younger?

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We’ve always believed that smiling makes us look younger, and there’s even some research to help back up the fact that in addition to relieving stress, smiling can make us look younger, too. However, a recent study has shown that smiling can actually make us look older. So what’s the truth? Well, it’s a little bit of both, but if we look at the science, it’s more true that smiling makes us look younger. The Science of Smiling and Age Let’s look at two recent studies that came up with different conclusions on this question. In the first study, researchers found that smiling makes us look younger. They came to that conclusion using a closely controlled experimental design. They created a virtual male face that they then altered to create 8 different age categories. People were shown these di ...


Why You Shouldn’t Try an OTC Nightguard for TMJ

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You might think that there’s no harm in trying an over-the-counter (OTC) nightguard to try to help with your TMJ. You might think that it’s an inexpensive way to protect your teeth and jaws from further damage, but the truth is that these bargain solutions aren’t likely to improve your TMJ and might make it worse. The Nightguard Isn’t Fitted to You TMJ treatment has to be precisely fitted to your bite. OTC nightguards are designed to fit some specific parameter that the inventor or manufacturer decided on. Sometimes they may say that they’re fitted to you, but in most cases this just means that they are boil-and-bite mouthpieces. You can heat them up to soften them, then bite into them so that they fit to your teeth. It’s similar to inexpensive sports mouthguards. Your jaw is an extremely ...


Why Sleep Apnea Damages Dental Implants

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Dental implants are a very successful approach to replacing missing teeth. The initial success rate for dental implants is around 98%, and once they are integrated dental implants can last for a lifetime. But under some circumstances, dental implants can experience complications, and it turns out that people with sleep apnea are much more likely to experience these complications. According to a new study, people with sleep apnea are more likely to experience chipped, broken, or otherwise damaged dental implant restorations. Prosthetic Complications For this study, researchers looked at the dental records of 67 patients who took a sleep study to determine whether they had sleep apnea. Forty-nine of the patients had sleep apnea. This group of patients also had a pretty high rate of complicat ...


How Many Restorations Will You Need in Your Smile Makeover?

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A smile makeover is a customized treatment for your smile. Everyone is different, so it’s impossible to say before a consultation how many restorations you will need in your smile makeover, but there are some issues you should consider to start getting an idea of how many restorations you will want. How Many Teeth Are Damaged? When we do your smile makeover, we will want to make sure that we’re taking care of all the teeth that are damaged. Likely, the number of damaged teeth is related to the cause of tooth damage. If your teeth are damaged from decay, you might have just one tooth that needs repair, although that tooth might need root canal therapy as well as a crown. If your smile was damaged in an accident, the damage could range from just one or two teeth to your entire smile. If your ...


Are E-Cigarettes Better For Your Teeth?

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Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the United States and has been linked to a number of dangerous diseases. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of bacteria on your teeth, but bad habits such as smoking and excess drinking have also been linked to increased risk of gum gum disease. To avoid gum disease, cancer, and other risks of smoking, many people have been putting out the cigarette and trying out e-cigarettes instead. E-cigarettes were initially marketed as a safer alternative to cigarettes because they rely on vaporized nicotine as opposed to regular smoke. However, recent studies have shown that flavorings in e-cigarettes can lead to lung disease. As if that is not bad enough, e-cigarettes may explode and have lead to face and teeth injuries including this m ...