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    Teeth: What Have They Done For You Lately?

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    Welcome to the Houston dental blog! Today we are going to explore the secret life of our teeth.

    The shape of each tooth gives a clue to what it does. The incisors, or your front teeth, are sharp. They need to be because their job is to cut food and their curvature helps move food inside the mouth.

    Behind the incisors, you find the canine teeth. Their roots go far into the jaw bone because they are designed to hold onto food and tear through it.

    Premolars, found just behind the canines, are flat on the surface. This allows them to crush your food as you chew. And, finally, in the very back are the molars. They are large and have nice, flat chewing surfaces that help them to grind food down into smaller, more digestible pieces.

    I’m Dr. David Montz, a
    friendly Friendswood dentist. I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little more about the different teeth in your mouth.

    If you are in the Pearland, Alvin, or Manviel area and would like to make an appointment at my practice, David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, please give us a call at 832-895-5120. We can schedule an appointment and tell you about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as porcelain veneers and teeth whitening.

    If you’ve ever been interested in a smile makeover, we would love to discuss the possibilities. I want my Houston dental patients to have healthy mouths and beautiful smiles. At David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we offer comprehensive dental services including: sedation dentistry, CEREC dental crowns, and procelain veneers.

    “Excellence By Intention”

     

    Contact David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry: 832-895-5120

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    820 S Friendswood Ste 100
    Friendswood, Texas
    77546

     


    Friendswood Wants Silver Screen Smiles

    Houston Wants Silver Screen Smiles

    With the constant media coverage of celebrities, many dental patients are interested in having a smile like the stars. With an experienced dentist and the right smile makeover procedures, anyone can have a smile they want to show off.

    Many smile makeovers include teeth whitening. There are a variety of ways this can be done. Most drugstores sell over-the-counter whitening strips and gels. Your  dentist can recommend an effective one, or he or she may offer in-office bleaching. This is a quick way to see whiter teeth in less than an hour.

    Most cosmetic dentists will recommend a dental implant for missing teeth. Because a dental implant is anchored into the jawbone, it looks and feels just like a natural tooth. It prevents jawbone recession and the shifting of adjacent teeth.

    Veneers cover the front of the teeth and are custom-made for each individual patient. These are useful for patients who want to fill in gaps, or who have broken or stained teeth that they would like to hide.

    Enamel shaping, bonding, braces, and gum contouring are other successful treatments that can be used to help your teeth look their best.

    I’m Dr. David Montz, a trusted and experienced Friendswood dentist. If you are looking for quality dental care in the Pearland, Alvin, or Manviel area, I hope you’ll give us a call at 832-895-5120 to schedule a consultation.

    We offer sedation dentistry, CEREC dental crowns, procelain veneers, and teeth whitening.

     

    Contact David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry: 832-895-5120

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    820 S Friendswood Ste 100
    Friendswood, Texas
    77546

     


    Professional Teeth Whitening In Friendswood

    Professional Teeth Whitening at David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates - Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry A unforgettable smile leaves a lasting impression. Professional whitening of teeth can dramatically improve your overall appearance and give you a boost in self-confidence.

    Our teeth often turn yellow or gray as we age. The things we eat and drink continually such as colored sodas, coffee and red wine contribute to the staining. Most of us are aware that smoking is not only bad for our lungs, but can also discolor our teeth. There are even some medications that can affect tooth color.

    If you are considering having your teeth whitened, you must first decide which method to use. At David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we enjoy discussing treatment options with our patients. To schedule a consultation to talk about teeth whitening or any other dental procedure, call 832-895-5120.

    At-home whitening treatments usually consist of trays filled with whitening solution. It generally takes 7-14 days to achieve 3-6 shades lighter. Brush-on teeth gels and whitening strips take up to 30 days to achieve results. Whitening toothpaste may lighten superficial stains but often provides no change in appearance of teeth.

    Professional teeth whitening procedures performed by a dental professional achieve dramatic results that can last longer than other treatments.

    All of the whitening methods may cause tooth pain or sensitivity, but this usually goes away in a few days. If you have crowns, porcelain veneers or dental bonding, it is important to talk to your dentist before choosing a whitening method.

    “Excellence By Intention”

     

    Contact David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry: 832-895-5120

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    820 S Friendswood Ste 100
    Friendswood, Texas
    77546

     


    Why You Shouldn’t Dread Going To The Dentist

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    If you are afraid of the dentist and have not had a check-up in years, today’s post is for you. Good news! Dentistry is nothing like it was when you were a kid. (Even if you’re still a kid, we invite you to keep reading.)

    There Is No Reason to Avoid Dental Visits
    First off, if you need dental treatment, oral sedation dentistry allows you to sleep during the procedure. There are several levels of sedation – you can remain conscious or take a trip to la-la land. Schedule a consultation with Dr. David Montz for more critical specifics about sleep dentistry.

    If you have a bad memory of hurting for days after a procedure, relax. Improved painkillers, lasers, and advanced techniques have reduced the pain experienced by David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry patients. If you need extensive treatment, we will create a pain management plan to ensure that you remain comfortable.

    You Won’t Be Here All Day
    Dr. Montz can perform procedures much quicker with today’s extremely precise dental instruments. Healing times for oral surgery are also much shorter.

    You don’t have to live with gaps in your smile, sore gums, stained teeth, or a toothache. We will help restore your oral health to improve your quality of life and prevent dental issues from affecting other parts of your body.

    Today’s dentistry is not your father’s dentistry. We invite you to discover why you shouldn’t avoid the dentist any longer.

    We look forward to meeting you. Call David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry today at 832-895-5120.

     

    Contact David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry: 832-895-5120

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    820 S Friendswood Ste 100
    Friendswood, Texas
    77546

     


    David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry Patients Have A Choice In Dental Fillings

    Houston Dental Patients Want A Choice In Dental Fillings

    If a cavity progresses no further than a filling, dental patients can avoid more extensive and invasive treatments. Let’s talk about dental fillings.

    Most dental patients have a few fillings in their mouth. A dental filling is the most common way dentists restore the damaged, decayed tooth to its previous, intact condition.

    Used for over a hundred years, dental fillings have come a long way from the silvery amalgam fillings many of us remember.

     

    Today, a composite of plastic resin with glass or quartz filler. Referred to as composite fillings, dental patients love the fact that they can be matched to their natural tooth color, making them practically invisible. This is particularly important when the filling needs to be in a conspicuous part of the mouth, such as the front teeth.

    Despite the popularity of tooth-colored fillings, many dentists still find amalgam fillings appropriate in some cases. Dental amalgam is made from a metal alloy, making it durable even when the chewing load is great.

    I’m Dr. David Montz and I work hard to make sure each patient feels comfortable during their dental visit. I’ve practiced dentistry since 1997, and I find it especially rewarding when my patients experience renewed confidence after a smile makeover.

    If you are interested in replacing metal fillings, or want to discuss tooth whitening and veneers, our staff is happy to answer any questions you have.

    Call 832-895-5120 today to schedule an appointment with David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry!

     

    Contact David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry: 832-895-5120

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    820 S Friendswood Ste 100
    Friendswood, Texas
    77546

     


    Sparkling Smiles At David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

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    Welcome to the David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry dental blog! I’m Dr. David Montz. Today’s post focuses on teeth whitening.

    Unfortunately our teeth lose their luster as we grow older, but I see staining on young patients, as well. Houston area residents of all ages want whiter teeth.

    To protect from staining, it is vital to brush after meals to remove substances that can stain. After consuming acidic foods or drinks, however, it is better to rinse your mouth with water to dilute the acid. This will protect your enamel.

    Tooth whitening products like kits, strips, whitening mouthwashes, and toothpastes can lighten stains slightly, but for a truly stunning smile, David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry is your brilliant solution!

    If you have existing dental work such as porcelain crowns, dental bonding, or veneers, the whitening process can be trickier, but not impossible. Teeth whitening will not lighten the stains on your restorations and your whitened natural teeth will make your dental work look even duller in comparison. At David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we can upgrade your dull restorations including veneers, crowns or bondings.

    In-office teeth whitening takes about an hour and bleaches teeth to a whiter-than-ever brilliance. Professional take-home whitening kits are also available at David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry and can produce wonderful results over time.

    For more information on getting a younger and brighter smile, contact our friendly team at 832-895-5120 for a tooth whitening consultation today!

    David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry provides general and cosmetic dentistry including sedation dentistry, procelain veneers, and CEREC dental crowns. Ask us about financing options.

     

    Contact David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry: 832-895-5120

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    820 S Friendswood Ste 100
    Friendswood, Texas
    77546

     


    What Does A Beautiful Smile Say About You?

    What a Beautiful Texas Smile Says About You It’s not just about looks. According to a recent study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), a healthy and attractive smile makes you appear more intelligent, successful, friendly and interesting. (See http://www.aacd.com for complete survey results.)

    Our smile makeover patients who have undergone restorative and cosmetic dentistry at David C. Montz, DDS in Friendswood have experienced this phenomenon firsthand. They have expressed that they not only feel great about their looks, they are more confident in professional and social situations. Another benefit: they also feel more appealing to the opposite gender.

    I’m David Montz of David C. Montz, DDS in Friendswood. I enjoy using my years of training and experience to provide premium cosmetic dentistry for my patients in the Pearland and Alvin area. I am passionate about developing a custom treatment plan for each Friendswood dental patient. Some of my Manviel patients had lived with misaligned or crooked teeth for years. Others had been self-conscious about missing or stained teeth.

    There has never been a better time to upgrade your smile. There are solutions for every kind of dental problem. If you are not familiar with the latest teeth whitening, crown restoration and tooth replacement procedures, it is time to find out. Call 832-895-5120 to schedule a consultation. Come in to our office on 820 S Friendswood Ste 100 in Friendswood and see photos of our happy Houston dental makeover patients who are enjoying their beautiful smiles every day!

    Give us a call at 832-895-5120 or find us on the Web at:

     

    Contact David C. Montz, DDS:

    832-895-5120

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    820 S Friendswood Ste 100
    Friendswood, Texas
    77546

     


    Bright Purple Mouth?

    Friendswood Invisalign Remember when Houston adolescents undergoing orthodontic treatment were mortified by their metal mouth? Thankfully, for most young men and women, those days are over. Many Friendswood teens of today wear their braces proudly and make no effort to hide them. They know they don’t need to wait until their teeth are aligned to flaunt a striking smile; they enjoy flashing their brightly-colored braces in all their glory.

    Another plus? Just as they mix and match their clothes and shoes, teens can change their wires and bands every time they visit their Pearland dentist or orthodontist. Braces have become another fun way for fashion-forward Alvin and Manviel teens to express their personality.

    Of course, there are still some kids (and many adults!) that are not thrilled about having metallic fuchsia bands and neon yellow wires adorning their teeth. Discrete Invisalign aligners are virtually undetectable and can straighten teeth just as quickly and effectively as metal braces. Another benefit of the Invisalign system is that the aligners are not permanently attached to the teeth. Invisalign aligners are easily slipped out for brushing, flossing, meals, and sports. If your Friendswood child plays a musical instrument that defies traditional braces, removable aligners may be the best option.

    If you or one of your children need orthodontic treatment in the Houston area, call David C. Montz, DDS at 832-895-5120 to schedule a consultation with David Montz. David C. Montz, DDS is located at 820 S Friendswood Ste 100 in Friendswood.

    We provide comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dentistry including porcelain veneers, sleep apnea and sedation dentistry. If you need affordable state-of-the-art dental care in Friendswood, let us tell you about our financing options.

    Whatever your age, if you want to straighten your teeth while making a fashion statement, don’t hesitate to get bands to match every outfit in your closet!

     

    Contact David C. Montz, DDS:

    832-895-5120

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    820 S Friendswood Ste 100
    Friendswood, Texas
    77546

     


    Inlays/Onlays: Less Invasive Than Complete Crowns

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    Restorative dentistry has advanced significantly over the years and there are now several effective ways to fix decayed teeth. In today’s post, we are going to concentrate on two similar types of restorations: dental inlays and onlays.

    Where possible, an inlay or an onlay can be a less-invasive substitute for a complete crown and either one is usually more affordable than a porcelain crown procedure.

    Inlays/onlays are “indirect fillings,” meaning that they are fabricated in a lab and placed whole on the tooth. A traditional “direct filling” is applied to the tooth while the material is malleable and then shaped by the dentist.

    An inlay is used to repair the surface of a damaged tooth, generally to fill a small cavity or a natural pit that is at risk for decay.

    Typically porcelain or composite resin are used for inlays; these materials are heavy-duty and look very natural because the color can be matched exactly to the surrounding teeth. An inlay is exactly fitted to your tooth and looks, feels, and functions like the original tooth.

    An onlay covers a larger part of the tooth. Because they cover such a large area of the tooth, they are often referred to as partial crowns. Onlays are ordinarily applied to the biting surface of the tooth. Just like inlays, they are accurately fitted to the damaged part of the tooth. Composite resin and porcelain are also the main materials used to create an onlay. As mentioned before, inlays and onlays serve a key role in restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

    At David C. Montz, DDS, we provide unmatched dental care including inlays and onlays. If you have one or more teeth that has a cavity, crack, or excessive wear, call 832-895-5120 to make an appointment today.

     

    Contact David C. Montz, DDS:

    832-895-5120

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    820 S Friendswood Ste 100
    Friendswood, Texas
    77546

     


    3 Cavity Fighters For Friendswood Kids

    Manviel Pediatric and Cosmetic Dentistry

    Most Manviel parents know children’s oral health basics: brush regularly, reduce sugar intake, limit snacking, and get adequate amounts of calcium and Vitamin D. David C. Montz, DDS recommends three additional tools for preventing cavities in toddlers and children.

     

    Sealants
    Fluoride supplements
    Oral rinses

    Resin dental sealants are applied by your Houston dentist. The material bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, protecting the pits and fissures from decay. Some Texas dental insurance providers cover dental sealants, so check with your provider if you are considering them.

    Fluoride supplements help strengthen still-forming teeth prior to eruption. You can get a prescription from your Manviel pediatrician or talk to us at David C. Montz, DDS in Friendswood. There is one caveat, however: if you have fluoridated water, your pediatrician may advise against taking additional fluoride in supplement form.

    If your child is taking fluoride supplements, is an oral rinse redundant? Actually, no. Fluoride supplements help strengthen teeth that are still forming, but a fluoride rinse helps teeth that have already come in. Oral rinses containing fluoride can be purchased at any Pearland, Alvin, or Manviel grocery store. Make sure you buy one specifically formulated for children. Products labeled as a mouthwash are usually intended only for breath-freshening and may not contain fluoride.

    I recommend Manviel children use an oral rinse after they brush and floss at night. They are most effective when they are the last substance on teeth before kids go to bed.

    At David C. Montz, DDS, we believe that with proper preventative dentistry, Houston area kids can enjoy healthy teeth for life
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    Contact David C. Montz, DDS:

    832-895-5120

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    820 S Friendswood Ste 100
    Friendswood, Texas
    77546

     


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