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December 12, 2018

Why Smiling is Good for You

In moments of lightheartedness and joy, smiles come naturally. Whether you’re alone or socialized in a group, those naturally-occurring smiles feel contagious (spoiler alert: they are). When your mood isn’t so great, smiling can feel nearly impossible.

From stressful traffic to a strained relationship, putting a smile on your face during the tough times is no easy task. In the end, smiling is something that can directly benefit you, your mood, and those around you. So, read on for motivation to turn that frown upside down!

Smiling Improves Your Mood

While we don’t recommend this strategy for everything, sometimes it’s okay to fake it until you make it. In fact, studies suggest that smiling goes both ways: it both reflects your emotional state and influences it.

This means there is a correlation between smiling and a positive emotional state, even if you’re faking. Unsurprisingly, the ability to manipulate your internal state by changing the external contributes to the next benefit of smiling.

Smiling Helps Your Health

While it’s easy to dismiss the adages of smiling through struggles or staying positive through pain, it turns out that there’s actually solid truth behind them. According to a recent study, genuine smiles (also known as Duchenne smiles) that activate the muscles both around the mouth and eyes help reduce stress and lower heart rates in stressful situations.

The ability of genuine smiles to act on your physical state will not only improve your mood, but also contribute to a healthier, happier body.

Smiling Creates Connections

Humans share their emotions and make interpersonal connections in a variety of ways, but few are as strong or as effective as a smile. In fact, smiles have more functions than simply showcasing happiness.

Smiles make people seem more approachable and more trustworthy. Whether you’re working in a service business, going on a date, or simply trying to give yourself a more welcoming aura, smiling is one of the best ways to set yourself up for success. People appreciate the friendliness and invitational nature of a smile, so let your smile shine!

The benefits of smiling extend to social situations in another way—you can pass on or receive them. While the idea of smiles being contagious may sound silly, humans actually have something called mirror neurons that cause them to respond to smiling by—you guessed it—smiling. Not only does this help foster a spirit of community when you’re surrounded by friends, it helps the positive benefits of smiling be shared as well!

Our Final Thoughts

While we’ve touched on some of the primary benefits of smiling, there are several more to be explored. In short, allowing (and even forcing) yourself to smile can make your life better on the surface, but on a deeper, more meaningful level as well.

It’s unfortunate that so many people actively work to hide their smiles. A lack of confidence associated with one’s teeth is extremely prevalent in a society where teeth are expected to be perfectly straight, pearly white, and all-around aesthetically pleasing.

We believe that every individual should have the confidence to let their smile show in the good times and the bad. Whether it’s sharing laughter with friends or reaping the health benefits of smiling through the tough times, our smiles are our portal to not only displaying our internal joy, but to developing that joy in the first place.

October 31, 2018

3 Reasons You Should Consider Laser Dentistry

No longer are lasers confined to galactic space battles and other science fiction blockbusters. In fact, modern medicine has allowed varying versions of that technology to be harnessed for use in reality and the advancement of certain procedures.

Dentistry is one of the many fields to benefit from these scientific advancements. One of the latest innovations to come from this is the Solea dental laser, a revolutionary tool that completely changes the game of dental procedures.

Just what are the benefits of using lasers in dentistry? That’s what we’re here to tell you! Read on to discover three reasons you should consider laser dentistry.

Pain-Free Dentistry

Because Solea utilizes a unique wavelength that is guided by advanced computers, its precision is uncanny. This leads to a reduction in the pain experienced during a procedure—a reduction so dramatic that many patients feel no pain at all.

Accompanying this elimination of pain is the possibility of blood-free and anesthesia-free procedures. The benefits of this possibility are numerous. There’s an obvious decrease in discomfort along with a reduction of time spent at the dentist’s office.

Multiple Procedures, One Session

Pain-free, blood-free, and anesthesia-free dental procedures mean that more work can be done more quickly. Also, Solea is FDA-approved for use on both hard and soft tissue (teeth and gums, for example), meaning that a single tool can be used for multiple procedures.

Undergoing more than one procedure in one sitting, especially when they are virtually pain-free, means less time spent in the chair, fewer return visits, and a smaller window for healing. In other words, you’ll be out of the office and back to your normal life in a fraction of the time associated with traditional dental methods!

Laser Dentistry is Less Invasive and More Comfortable

Hand-in-hand with the dramatic reduction in pain comes the near-elimination of discomfort associated with traditional dental drills. Laser dentistry is virtually noise and vibration free, effectively making those uncomfortable—and annoying—elements of dental procedures a thing of the past.

Laser Dentistry allows procedures to be performed in a less invasive way, which drastically reduces the recovery time needed after a visit to the dentist. Imagine this: no persistent numbness! You could have dental work performed in the morning, then head directly to lunch or to work that same day.

Final Thoughts on Laser Dentistry

Traditionally, going to the dentist has an unfair stigma of being both intimidating and uncomfortable. At Matthew Wimmer Dental, we work hard to dispel those perceptions by adopting the most cutting-edge advancements in the industry whether it’s environment of the office or the technology used during actual procedures.

By increasing your confidence in your smile and performing procedures that will improve your health and overall quality of life, we’re making the dentist an enjoyable experience. Our goal has always been to provide the best service by utilizing the most advanced methods possible. Laser dentistry is simply another way of showing you that your comfort and happiness are what we value most!

September 24, 2018

Thinking About Dental Porcelain Veneers?

The best moments in life are those that include uncontrollable laughter, genuine smiles, and overwhelming. Nothing should come between you and these moments with friends, family, and loved ones.

The harsh reality, however, is that many people find themselves filled with insecurity that detracts from those instances of pure joy. Too many people stifle their laughter and cover their smiles. They’re embarrassed—ashamed, even—of their teeth.

Worst of all, the embarrassment they feel doesn’t stem from a legitimate medical concern, but from an aesthetic discrepancy they deem unappealing. The good news is there are options for these situations where the perceived problem pertaining to cosmetic dentistry.

One of the options is porcelain veneers. Chances are, you’ve heard of porcelain veneers—they’ve been around for decades—but you may have some misconceptions or confusion about the details of their function and usefulness. Don’t worry, we’re here to fill you in on what you need to know!

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers are extremely thin, tooth-colored fixtures that are cemented to the front of your teeth to correct minor cosmetic issues. Veneers are typically constructed of porcelain because of the material’s tooth-like appearance and reflective properties. To put it simply, porcelain has a natural look.

How do Porcelain Veneers Work?

In order for veneers to be a viable option, a certain degree of healthy tooth material must be available to act as a mounting point. If your cosmetic dentist determines such a mounting point exists, they will design a custom veneer that will fill the chosen space perfectly, color-match the surrounding teeth, and provide the ideal solution.

Once the custom veneer is ready, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic and, in most cases, reshape the tooth in preparation. Once the tooth is ready, the veneer will be bonded to it. That’s all there is to it!

What Problems Can Porcelain Veneers Fix?

Veneers are not intended to be a solution to medical issues. The problems veneers address are limited to those that are cosmetic in nature. If, for example, you have permanent staining that causes a noticeable inconsistency in the color of your teeth, you may be an ideal candidate for porcelain veneers.

Other problems that can be rectified with porcelain veneers include minor cracks in your front teeth, small gaps that do not require orthodontic procedures, and even chipped teeth. To take things even further, veneers can be utilized to change cheek shape by applying them to teeth farther into the mouth.

Who Should Consider Porcelain Veneers?

Before making a firm decision, ask yourself a simple question: will my quality of life be improved by porcelain veneers? If the answer is yes, consider talking to your cosmetic dentist—they may guide you toward porcelain veneers as the solution to your dental aesthetics.

Nothing can replace the joy that comes with sharing laughter, smiles, and carefree moments with those you care about. If dental veneers will give you the confidence and liberation you deserve to partake in those experiences without restraint, your cosmetic dentist can help!

August 16, 2018

Five Tips for Healthy Teeth This Summer

Awww…summer…

It’s a time of family get-togethers, vacations to the familiar or the exotic, long days playing on the water, and even longer nights lying by the pool sipping your favorite beverage—adult or otherwise. In many ways, it truly is a season of paradise – whether figuratively and/or literally.

Summer can be the season of poor oral health as well. Do we sometimes forget to take care of our dental hygiene throughout the year? Of course. It’s only natural to have momentary lapses! During the summer, however, we tend to not only become busier and more distracted, we change what we eat and drink as well—often to the detriment of our teeth.

So, how do we stay on top of our health—especially oral health—during the months where it’s so easy to get caught up in everything else? A good start would be to follow these five tips for healthy teeth during the summer!

Drink Water

We know, this tip is on almost every list involving health and wellness. While you could choose to be frustrated or annoyed by that fact, we recommend you take that as a sign—drinking water is incredibly important.

During the summer, remembering to drink the good old H2O will not only keep you hydrated, which is vital on hot days spent outside, it will also help keep your teeth in tip-top shape. Drinking water is vital for several reasons. Some of these reasons are as follows: it helps keep your teeth clean of stubborn food particles, it is a great replacement to the ever-tempting sugary drinks that call out your name, and certain water (such as tap water) includes fluoride that can strengthen your pearly whites.

Maintain Your Routine

You’ve worked all year to keep your teeth aesthetically pleasing and as healthy as possible, so why let that effort go to waste? Instead of allowing even a little slip in your oral health routine, practice consistency. Maintain your brushing habits, remember to floss, use mouthwash, and continue your healthy habits.

One omission in your routine can easily snowball into several, and so on. Not only will the state of your teeth suffer, your dentist might disown you—or, more realistically, you might have to reestablish all those habits you worked so hard to incorporate into your daily routine.

Visit Your Dentist

Yes, summer is a time of travel, adventure, and nearly constant activity. It can difficult—not impossible—to schedule important appointments like the ones with your dentist. After a season of less-than-obsessive dental care (we won’t say neglect), it is always a good idea to visit your dentist.

Call it a back-to-school visit, or simply schedule it six months in advance so you don’t forget—or have any excuse. Your dentist can check on the state of your teeth, give them a thorough cleaning, perform or schedule any maintenance that needs to take place, and give you advice on how to best care for your teeth over the next few months. It’s a good time to check in and make sure everything is as healthy as can be!

Resist Crunching on Ice

Trust us, we understand the craving. You’ve just finished your ice-cold tea and you want to enjoy the last few bits of flavor and refreshing coolness, so what do you do? You tilt the glass high and start chomping on the remaining ice.

It’s a natural thing to do, but it can wreak havoc on your teeth. Chewing on hard foods like ice can damage your teeth directly and indirectly. If you already have weak teeth, you could end up chipping or otherwise hurting your teeth. Even if your teeth are strong, you may weaken them to the point of vulnerability. So, no matter how strong the urge—put the ice down.

Choose the Right Drinks

We aren’t going to sit here and tell you to not drink a single soda, mixed drink, or otherwise tasty beverage this summer. Not only is that unrealistic, it would be torturous. Instead, we recommend you consume such beverages in moderation and replace them with healthier alternatives whenever possible.

Water is a superb option—you can even try it infused with fruits. This is a flavorful and healthy substitute for sodas. Also, consider dairy products—preferably unsweetened—as they can change up any monotony you feel drinking water and contain important vitamins and minerals to strengthen those teeth!

July 3, 2018

Five Foods that can Whiten Your Teeth

We see it in commercials, at the most inconvenient times in movies, and on billboards as we fly by on the interstate. That’s right, we are bombarded with the most enviable physical trait of all on a daily basis—the flash of perfectly white teeth that make a person’s smile just light up a room.

Most of us have even tried to obtain such pearly beauties through various methods. Whether it be a traditional toothcare routine or extreme methods we saw on the internet, the appeal of white teeth has drawn us in and motivated action in one way or another.

However, many teeth whitening treatments are incredibly in-depth or involve chemicals you may not be comfortable using. So, what do you do? Believe it or not, there are several foods that can contribute to a clean and eye-catching smile. What are they? Read on to find out.

Water

First things first, let’s leave the debate of whether or not water is technically a food up to the experts. Fact is, it’s a vital element of health—it makes up around 60% of your body, after all! It also has several added health benefits beside keeping you alive. One of those benefits? That’s right, keeping teeth nice and white.

If you are a lover of sugary or acidic drinks—soda, coffee, or essentially any other delicious beverage—water can be a tooth saver. Drinking water, or even swishing it around a little bit, especially after drinking or eating something full of sugars or dyes can cleanse your teeth and keep them free of stains.

Apples

Not only is this fruit crisp, juicy, and absolutely delectable, it also has properties that can aid in teeth whitening. The fibrous nature of an apple can act as a brush of sorts, helping dislodge food remnants and scrub away Cosmetic-Dentistrybacteria.

This fruit also contains a high-water content, which can help wash away stains when working in conjunction with increased saliva production. Maybe this explanation isn’t sexy, but your teeth sure will be.

Cheese

Most cheeses are undyed, meaning that they will not contribute to staining. Better yet, they contain calcium, which is known for strengthening teeth and bones. That added strength can help your teeth resist decay and staining.

Certain harder cheeses can also contribute to teeth whitening because of their rough surfaces. Like apples, this surface texture helps scrub away any build-up teeth may have accumulated.

Strawberries

We don’t want to get too scientific, but strawberries are widely-known for their teeth whitening properties. This is because they contain malic acid, which is a bit like mother nature’s bleaching agent. In fact, many commercial teeth cleaning products include malic acid as one of their key ingredients.

Strawberries also contain vitamin C, which can aid in removing plaque. It’s truly a teeth whitening superfood—just make sure you brush afterward, because they do contain quite a bit of natural sugar.

Carrots

Another fibrous enemy of tooth stains, carrots can be munched on or even rubbed on the surface of teeth to polish up those pearly whites. As an added bonus, the vitamin A prevalent in carrots helps strengthen tooth enamel, meaning this vegetable not only cleans teeth, it helps them stay that way!

 

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