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    What You See And What You Don’t

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    If you have had restorations, orthodontia, or a complete smile makeover, you want people to notice the final outcome: your sensational smile. A lot, however, goes on behind the scenes to get you there. Today’s post talks about three important smile makeover components that are not readily apparent when you smile.

    Invisible Braces
    Not everyone wants to flash a metal smile while your teeth are being straightened. Invisible braces keep your secret safe because it is nearly impossible to see them while they are being worn.

    White Fillings

    If you have metal fillings, you might be interested in replacing them with composite fillings that match your surrounding teeth. You can’t undo the decay, but you can make the metal disappear.

    Tooth Implants

    A dental implant is a metal (usually titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root after a tooth extraction. The crown and supporting structure are securely and permanently attached to the post. Titanium is super strong and well tolerated by the jaw bone. When the final crown is placed, your new tooth is indistinguishable from the others. Dental implants have many critical advantages over dental crowns. If you are missing teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. David Montz to discuss your options.

    David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry is located at 820 S Friendswood Ste 100 in Friendswood. We have been providing unmatched dental care since 1997. In addition to the services previously mentioned, ask us about veneers, tooth whitening and sedation dentistry. We look forward to meeting you. Call us 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

     


    Raise Your Dental IQ

    Raise Your Dental IQ

    There are many simple things that the average Alvin area resident can do to raise their dental IQ and improve their oral health. One simple lesson involves bacteria, and everyone’s mouth has a lot of it.

    But, don’t worry, bacteria per se isn’t the problem. Dental problems occur for Houston patients when the balance of bacteria becomes unhealthy. This is where brushing and flushing come into play. Another precaution you can take to guard against the wrong kind of bacteria is to keep your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible, and close the lid of the toilet before you flush.

    Make sure to wash your hands before you brush and floss. No exceptions!

    When it comes to a good toothbrush, don’t get sentimental. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. If you can avoid the unhealthy balance of bacteria in your mouth, you can avoid gum disease, tooth decay, as well as bad breath.

    If you can avoid decay, it’s less likely that you will need more extensive dental work such as Pearland dental implants and crowns.

    I’m Dr. David Montz and I am passionate about helping my patients have healthy teeth and beautiful smiles. If you would like to know more about a custom smile makeover in the Houston area, give us a call at 832-895-5120 and a member of our friendly staff will answer any questions you have and schedule a consultation at your convenience.

     

    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

     


    Test Your Cosmetic Dentistry IQ

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    Are you up on the latest cosmetic dentistry procedures? Take our quiz and find out!

    1. This popular treatment uses a dental composite that resembles enamel. This composite is applied to the surface of the teeth, sculpted, and then hardened and polished.

    A. Veneers
    B. Flossing
    C. Defanging
    D. Bonding

    The correct answer is D, bonding.

    2. This procedure, which can be done by your dentist or at your Friendswood, Texas area home is very common and its main purpose it to lighten the color of one’s teeth.

    A. Teeth Bleaching
    B. Teeth Whitening
    C. Inlays and Onlays
    D. Buffing the Ol’ Pearly Whites

    The correct answer is B, teeth whitening, though it is also called teeth bleaching.

    3. These thin, porcelain coverings are custom-made for each mouth and are usually used to close gaps or cover discolored teeth.

    A. Wax lips
    B. Bleaching trays
    C. Veneers
    D. Tooth socks

    The correct answer is C, veneers, however, tooth socks do sound cozy!

    4. Which dentist serving the Houston area can skillfully perform state-of-the-science cosmetic dentistry procedures to give you a celebrity-caliber smile?

    A. Dr. David Montz at David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry
    B. Dr. Bertha Bicuspid
    C. Dr. Leo Spaceman
    D. Dr. Whitey Toothson

    The correct answer is A, Dr. David Montz.

    Hi, I’m Dr. David Montz of David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Friendswood. We serve the Pearland, Alvin, and Manviel areas with superior experience and care. If you have any questions about our services or about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as tooth whitening or smile makeovers, please contact us today.

     

    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

     


    Trust Dr. Montz For Accurate Dental Info

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    Dental patients are more informed than ever before and it’s not surprising that much of their knowledge about oral health and dental treatment is gleaned from online sources. Proactive self-education can be beneficial for you and your family, especially if it aids in living a healthy lifestyle. We caution our friends and neighbors in the Houston area, however, not to count on online dental information until their dentist verifies its accuracy.

    Misconceptions about medical treatment in general and dentistry in particular began circulating long before personal computers became ubiquitous but the web has exponentially accelerated the speed and distance they can travel.

    Some of the most frequent dental myths are focused on the safety of x-rays, the risk of root canals, the facts about fluoride, and the effectiveness of alternative practices such as oil pulling.

    In worst-case scenarios, patients delay or avoid necessary dental treatment because of something they encounter online. We encourage our patients to discuss all areas of concern with Dr. Montz. You can depend on us for accurate information and quality care.

    At David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we are passionate about keeping your smile healthy and beautiful for life. Our motives are straightforward and transparent. You can’t always determine who operates and funds online dental sites, so be careful out there!

    Since 1997, we have provided exceptional general and cosmetic dental services including procelain veneers, sleep apnea, sedation dentistry, teeth whitening, and CEREC dental crowns.

     

    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

     


    Who’s Afraid Of The Big, Bad…Dentist?

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    People that are plagued with dental phobia (Dentophobia) may take comfort in the fact that it is a fairly common diagnosable mental condition. At least they know they are not alone and that the medical community takes it seriously.

    Phobias like Pteromerhanophobia: (the fear of flying) and Acrophobibia (the fear of heights) can be challenging, but a person can live a perfectly healthy life without getting on a plane or riding an elevator to the top of the Chrysler Building.

    A person who suffers from dental phobia or dental anxiety is at risk of falling into a vicious cycle of worsening oral health.

    Fear causes the person to steer clear of dental checkups for years. When a minor dental problem (like a miniature cavity) advances until it contacts a nerve and causes pain, the patient is forced to visit the dentist.

    At this point, the needed treatment is a major procedure (possibly an extraction followed by a dental implant). The treatment reinforces the dental phobia and, once again, the patient stays away from the dentist’s office. That’s how some men and women end up losing teeth at a relatively young age.

    Experts believe that the prevalence of dental phobia may be as high as one in four men and women. Are you one of them?

    At David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we want to help nervous patients successfully overcome or at least manage their trepidation so they can withstand twice-yearly checkups and cleanings. Preventive dentistry is the best way to protect teeth and gums.

    If you haven’t had a dental examination in a while, please schedule a consultation. You can communicate with Dr. Montz about the many options available including behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, and conscious sedation (sleep dentistry).

    If you dread going to the dentist, there is hope. We have successfully treated many patients just like you. We invite you to request a consultation today.

     

    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

     


    A Teenage Smile Without The Metal

    No One Will Know You Are Wearing Braces In Friendswood

    Many people want to look younger by straightening their teeth but having a mouthful of conspicuous teenager-style metal braces is not exactly what they had in mind.

    If you are unhappy with your misaligned teeth, you may be interested to hear about the new, discrete straightening procedures now available for people of all ages. Our practice offers custom invisible braces that are worn over teeth.

    Your busy lifestyle will not be hampered because invisible braces are so uncomplicated and convenient. The comfortable aligners allow you to eat anything you want and caring for your teeth will not become cumbersome. When you smile, nobody will know that your teeth are gently being corrected.

    Another innovation in orthodontia is the tieless braces system. Known by the brand names of Damon Braces and Damon Clear, this proprietary system features a sliding mechanism instead of bands or clips. If your dentist or orthodontist doesn’t believe you are a good candidate for invisible aligners, you can still be discrete with this type of system.

    Modern orthodontia and cosmetic dentistry truly works miracles to create younger, more vibrant smiles. If you have delayed orthodontic treatment because of the perceived inconvenience and obtruseviness of traditional metal braces, we hope today’s post has provided vital information that will help you make an informed decision.

    At David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Friendswood, our friendly team has been providing and beautiful smiles since 1997. If your teeth have issues in addition to misalignment, schedule a consultation to learn about veneers, dental implants, white fillings, gum contouring, and teeth whitening.

    Some of the most popular treatments at David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry include sedation dentistry, CEREC dental crowns, and procelain veneers. Whatever your dental needs are, we will create a personalized, custom treatment strategy for you.

     

    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

     


    Helping Teeth Survive Adolescence

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    If you are the parent of a child, you may already have some concerns about your child’s well-being. As young men and women progress toward complete independence, some make questionable choices when it comes to health.

    You may know Friendswood teens that skip meals and others that eat ramen noodles for lunch and dinner. Some teenagers spend more hours on Instagram than sleeping. Braces can hinder proper brushing. Eating disorders such as bulimia can quickly erode enamel and damage a smile.

    Dental troubles manifesting in the adolescent years can impact teeth for life. Let’s review some vital dental issues for adolescents.

    Wisdom Teeth
    The third molars usually come in between late adolescence and the mid-twenties. Common wisdom teeth problems include bite misalignment, dental caries, gum disease, and damage to the nearby teeth. It is essential to monitor wisdom teeth and follow the guidance of your dentist.

    Eating Disorders
    Parents who notice their youth abnormally preoccupied with body image and weight loss should be on the lookout for bulimia and anorexia. These serious disorders should not be ignored. Parents are advised to seek treatment immediately if they discover that their teen is binging and purging or intentionally restricting food.

    Oral Health and Orthodontia
    Braces can make proper brushing difficult. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help youth with braces clean their teeth and gums.

    Sugar-Heavy Diet
    If you visit any high school during lunch hour, you will see that sugar-laden soda, juice, and energy drinks are becoming a beverage staple. (Perhaps we adults are setting a bad example.) While juice is definitely the healthiest choice of the three, heavy juice consumption can impair enamel just as effectively as a can of Coke. Water is the best drink for teeth as well as calcium-rich milk, which leads us to our next section.

    Inadequate Calcium Intake
    Some adolescents who drank milk daily as kids curtail their consumption when they start eating meals away from home. This is unfortunate because calcium is just as essential for youth as it is for younger children. For strong teeth and bones, encourage your teen to enjoy low-fat dairy products daily.

    Sports Injuries
    Athletics benefit youth in a number of ways but, unfortunately, also pose a threat to teeth. Make sure your teen wears a protective custom mouthguard when participating in any activity where a mouth injury can occur.

    We encourage Friendswood parents to be vigilant about twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings for their teens. Many oral problems ensue unnoticed. To schedule a thorough examination and cleaning, call David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry 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

     


    Is The Humble Toothbrush Obsolete?

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    Many of our tools for everyday living have become antiquated. Online search has replaced the paper phone book. Telephone answering machines have gone the way of manual typewriters. Even the iPod, which was celebrated as the pinnacle of technology just a few years ago, is now gathering dust as men and women play music on their smart phones.

    What about the low-tech toothbrush? Has something flashier and more advanced replaced it? Absolutely not!

    “Wait a minute,” you might say, “isn’t an electric toothbrush better than a manual toothbrush? Actually, all toothbrushes, when used correctly, are effective at removing food debris and plaque to keep your smile free of dental caries.

    When choosing which type of toothbrush to use, look at cost and convenience. Some individuals argue that even though electric toothbrushes are more pricey, you’ll save on dental bills. However, there are no validated studies to back up this claim.

    Manual toothbrushes are easy to find, whereas not all drugstores sell all brands of electric toothbrushes. It is frustrating to spend over a hundred dollars for a top-of-the-line electric toothbrush and then not be able to find a replacement head when necessary. People who travel may conclude that a smaller, manual toothbrush is easier to pack.

    Whichever type of toothbrush you prefer, you need to be careful about the pressure you put on your gums. Some people say that it’s difficult to know how much pressure they use with an electric toothbrush, while others say that because of the quick electrical movements, they tend to be more gentle on their gums. Regardless of the toothbrush brand, make sure you get soft bristles and replace it every three to four months.

    Special consideration should be taken for individuals with arthritis. Some Friendswood area dentists recommend their elderly and arthritic patients to use electric toothbrushes when their manual dexterity is limited. As for youth, once they are old enough, an electric toothbrush may be preferable, but safety should always be the first concern for Houston parents. Moreover, Dr. Montz guides patients to only purchase dental products that carry the ADA seal.

    When it comes to the toothbrush, old school is just fine.

     

    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

     


    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

     


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