Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry


Dorit Kemsley isn't shy. Best known to fans as an outspoken and sometimes outrageous cast member of the reality show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Kemsley is never reticent about “mixing it up” with fellow castmates or their significant others. Recently, though, she confessed to something that left her less than confident: her smile.

Kemsley has been self-conscious about her smile because her teeth looked noticeably short, worn down from an unconscious habit of grinding her teeth. Although teeth grinding is more common among children (who normally grow out of it by adolescence), it can persist into adulthood, usually from difficulties managing high stress (a likely component in the fashion designer/reality show star's busy life).

Stress-induced teeth grinding can occur during waking hours or, more likely, during deep sleep. The accumulating, long-term effects from the habit can lead not only to worn teeth but to weakened gum support, a high risk of tooth fracture or jaw pain and dysfunction.

So, how do you know if you grind your teeth, especially if it's only happening at night? Typical signs include sore jaws after awaking from sleep, increased tooth pain or sensitivity or, like Kemsley, a noticeable difference in your tooth length. Your family or sleeping partner may also complain about the “skin-crawling” noise you make during the night.

There are ways to lessen the effects of teeth grinding. The first step is to have us verify the underlying cause for the habit. If it's tension from stress, then you might reduce the habit's occurrences by learning better stress management or relaxation techniques through individual counseling, group support or biofeedback therapy. We can also fit you with a mouth guard to wear at night or through the day that reduces the force generated during teeth grinding.

And if you've already experienced accelerated tooth wear like Kemsley with a resultant “small teeth” smile, you might pursue the same solution as the RHOBH star: dental veneers. These thin, life-like wafers of porcelain are custom-made to mask imperfections like chips, staining, slight tooth gaps and, yes, worn teeth.

Veneers are often less expensive and invasive than other cosmetic techniques, yet they can have a transformative effect, as Kemsley's Instagram followers have seen. In conjunction with other dental treatments needed to repair any underlying damage caused by a grinding habit, veneers are an effective fix for the smile you present to the world.

If you suspect you may have a grinding habit, see us for a complete examination. From there, we'll help you protect your teeth and your smile.

If you would like more information on teeth grinding habits and their effects, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Grinding.”

By Mission Hill Dental
February 21, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

If you are living with cosmetic dental damage or are generally unhappy with the appearance of your smile, you are not alone. Studies have Cosmetic smilefound that common problems like stains and uneven teeth top the list of things people would like to change about their appearance if given the chance. In some cases, cosmetic damage can also impact your oral and even general health, as in the case of missing teeth. Fortunately, there are a number of cosmetic dentistry options available for every scenario. The dentists at Mission Hills Dental, Dr. Horacio Lucero and Dr. Fred Willard, offer cosmetic and restorative dentistry services in New Braunfels, TX, now serving the residents of Canyon Lake.


Invest in a New and Improved Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry Procedure in Canyon Lake and New Braunfels, TX

Cosmetic dentistry runs the gamut from surface teeth whitening treatments to dental implants, which replace missing teeth from root to crown. Here is a list of the most common cosmetic dentistry services which can change the size, shape, and color of damaged or unattractive teeth. The procedure you need will depend on a few factors like the type and location of the damage as well as your age, lifestyle, and budget among other things.

Cosmetic dentistry treatments include:

  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Cosmetic bonding
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental crowns

After improving your smile with one of these procedures, it is essential that you take care of your oral health by scheduling regular check-ups and professional dental cleanings. The American Dental Association recommends seeing the dentist every six months, along with practicing good oral hygiene at home such as brushing and flossing every day, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding tobacco.


Find a Dentist in Canyon Lake and New Braunfels, TX

For more information about your cosmetic dentistry options and to find the procedure that is right for you, contact Mission Hills Dental today at (830) 625-7322 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lucero or Dr. Willard.

By Mission Hill Dental
May 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Veneers offer several benefits and can give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Veneers can be used to conceal a variety of cosmetic veneersimperfections, such as chips or cracks in teeth. The size, shape, and color of veneers are all customized for a perfect fit and match. At Mission Hill Dental, Dr. Horacio Lucero and Dr. Fred Willard are your dentists for veneers in New Braunfels, TX.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are wafer-thin covers placed on the front of teeth to cover up various flaws, such as chips, cracks, or stains. Veneers can improve the appearance of problem teeth by smoothing out uneven surfaces, closing gaps between teeth, and concealing stains, discolorations, cracks, or chips. Veneers can even correct the shape of teeth that are crooked or misshaped. Veneers are made of porcelain, which closely resembles tooth enamel so they look completely natural. They are also color-matched to the surrounding teeth for the most natural look possible.

Benefits of Veneers

The benefits of veneers are numerous. Placing veneers on the teeth is a simple process and, once in place, the veneers will not come loose or fall off. The many benefits of veneers include:

  • Easily placed on the teeth
  • Look and function like natural teeth
  • Cover up stains and discolorations
  • Repair teeth that are chipped or cracked
  • Reshaped misshaped teeth
  • Minimize gaps between teeth
  • Smooth uneven surfaces on teeth

You can completely transform your smile with veneers. For veneers in New Braunfels, TX schedule an appointment with Dr. Lucero or Dr. Willard by calling Mission Hill Dental at (830) 625-7322.

By Mission Hill Dental
March 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Find out how our New Braunfels and Canyon Lake dentist could help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.cosmetic dentistry

Do you feel less than confident in your smile because of certain cosmetic imperfections? Do you find yourself smiling less and less because you are embarrassed? Well, it’s time you did something about it and our New Braunfels and Canyon Lake, TX, cosmetic dentists, Dr. Horacio Lucero and Dr. Fred Willard, is here to help.

First and foremost, it’s important for patients to understand that cosmetic dentistry is designed to enhance the smile you have. If you are dealing with unhealthy teeth or gums then cosmetic dentistry is not the right option for you. In order to get cosmetic dentistry, we need to make sure that you have optimal oral health and that you don’t have any issues, such as decay, that haven’t been treated. Once we determine that you are healthy enough for cosmetic dentistry the next step is to discuss your treatment goals.

As your New Braunfels and Canyon Lake dentist, our goal is to make sure that we provide you with the very best cosmetic dentistry we possibly can. Not only do we offer an extensive list of services to meet your needs but we also take time out to listen to your needs and personal goals. By finding out what you want to improve in your smile, we can also come up with a treatment plan that will give you the results you want.

There are many options when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. The treatment (or treatments) you undergo will really depend on your goals and the extent of the issues you want to address. Common cosmetic dentistry options include:

  • Dental bonding
  • Tooth reshaping
  • Gum contouring
  • Dental veneers
  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental implants

Whether you want to make small adjustments or you need a full makeover, cosmetic dentistry can give you the look you want. Want to get a smile that’s instantly brighter? Want to improve the overall shape or alignment of your teeth? Want to mask chips, cracks, and other imperfections? Then you’ve come to the right place!

No matter whether you have questions about the cosmetic services we offer or you already know you want to schedule a consultation with us, don’t hesitate to call Mission Hill Dental in New Braunfels and Canyon Lake, TX, today.

By Mission Hill Dental
January 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Teeth whitening from your dentists in Canyon Lake and New Braunfels can renew your smileteeth whitening

Are you hiding your smile? Have you lost self-confidence because of your smile? If you answered yes to these questions, you deserve a professional teeth whitening treatment.

Dr. Horacio Lucero and Dr. Fred Willard at Mission Hill Dental want to share how to get your confidence back with a professional teeth whitening treatment. They proudly serve residents of Canyon Lake and New Braunfels, TX and they want to help you too.

You can have a dull smile from lifestyle choices like tobacco use, coffee drinking, or even eating dark foods like blueberries. You can also have a yellowing smile due to aging because as you age, your tooth enamel becomes thinner, exposing the yellow layer underneath, called dentin. That’s why your smile can look dull and yellowed as you get older.

Many people try over-the-counter whitening products, but these products are not always effective or safe. In fact some products in mall kiosks and grocery stores actually contain harmful chemicals or abrasive agents which can make your teeth sensitive. Professional teeth whitening from your dental office has a long history of safety and effectiveness.

Professional teeth whitening can take your smile from dull to dazzling, easily and quickly. Consider that a professional teeth whitening treatment is:

  • Quick; you can have a dazzling smile in less than 2 hours
  • Inexpensive; professional teeth whitening costs far less than most other cosmetic dental services
  • Confidence building; you can whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter
  • Long-lasting; your new white smile can last up to 5 years

You can choose from a speedy in-office whitening treatment or a convenient take-home kit, containing everything you need to whiten your smile in the privacy of your home. The choice is up to you.

If you are hiding out because of your smile, it’s time to feel good about yourself again! Professional teeth whitening can restore your self-confidence. Get started on your beautiful smile by calling Dr. Lucero and Dr. Willard at Mission Hill Dental, serving residents of Canyon Lake and New Braunfels, TX. Call today to find out more!