A few things are equally important for your oral health, no matter what your age or stage of life. Good nutrition, brushing and flossing habits, visiting the dentist and a little fluoride are always (always) the essentials – you won’t ever hear us say otherwise. However, your dental hygiene routine requires unique considerations for each new season of growth and maturity. Read below as Dr. Walker and Dr. Raynal of Walker and Raynal, DMD share what is especially important knowledge to maintain your oral health throughout your life. You may be surprised at what we have to say! Read more ›
When to Straighten Your Teeth
There are a lot of reasons to straighten your teeth, and there are a lot of ways to do it. But you may not know that there are many unique times in your life when it might be best to straighten your teeth. In general, dentists begin considering the potential need to straighten a patient’s teeth around 8-10 years of age. People of any age can have their teeth straightened-there is never a bad time-but there are certain times when it makes more sense.
Brandon dentist, Dr. Walker and Dr. Raynal is a local provider of professional orthodontics and teeth straightening treatments. Read below to learn tips for deciding if it’s time to straighten your teeth.
Time for Aesthetic Teeth Straightening
If you’re self-conscious about your smile at all, it’s time. If you cover your mouth when you laugh, or if you avoid social situations because you’re not confident, correcting your smile is a worthwhile investment. Your smile is your own personal accessory and it’s the first thing people notice. You deserve to feel proud of it.
Is a big life event coming up where lots of pictures will be taken? If so, you will want to feel naturally confident in your smile. Consider straightening your teeth with enough time to enjoy the results during an important time of life, whether that’s a wedding, graduation, or starting a new career.
If you’ve recently gotten in shape or overcome a health obstacle, getting your teeth straightened can be the final element to celebrate your new, healthy self!
Time for Functional Teeth Straightening
- Before cosmetic dentistry: straightening your teeth is often the first step to any major cosmetic work. This is to make sure that your final results will be aligned properly.
- Mysterious headaches could be caused by an unhealthy bite or teeth alignment. Straightening your teeth can relieve the pressure that causes pain in your mouth, face, head, and neck.
- Prevent decay: correcting your smile is an excellent way to prevent further damage if you experience the troubling buildup of plaque and decay on certain crooked teeth. This can also prevent chronic bad breath or dangerous gum disease.
- Sleep apnea and allergies are some of the most common medical reasons to straighten your teeth. Improving the shape of your mouth and jaw can go a long way in improving these problems.
Of course, in real life, function and aesthetics are often connected. The adjustment period to starting orthodontic treatment is very short (perhaps 24 hours) and shouldn’t get in the way of anything you want to do. As Benjamin Franklin said, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” Walker Raynal DMD in Brandon is the right place to begin your journey toward straighter teeth. Contact us today to make an appointment to learn more and receive a professional consultation.
There’s a lot of hair and makeup that goes into making your favorite stars sparkle on the screen. And while we can’t all hire a professional artist to make us look perfect every day, there is a lasting solution to giving you that perfect Hollywood smile – veneers! Dr. Walker and Dr. Raynal in Brandon is an experienced and trusted provider of veneer treatments.
What are Veneers?
Veneers are a very strong, paper-thin cover over your teeth. They look just like real teeth, but even better. Veneers are often used to improve the look of teeth with spacing and alignment issues or staining problems. They can be applied wherever needed, on one tooth or a whole set.
Which Celebrities Have Veneers?
Veneers are a popular option for celebrities who spend their life (personal and professional) in front of the camera. When your smile determines your income, it just makes sense to invest in those pearly whites. So which stars have gotten veneers?
- Zac Efron
- George Clooney
- Tom Cruise
- Demi Moore
- Ben Affleck
- Katy Perry
- Jim Carrey
- Catherine Zeta-Jones
- Nicolas Cage
- Miley Cyrus
- Nene Leakes
- Gary Busey
- Jamie Foxx
- Keith Urban
- Celine Dion
- Morgan Freeman
- 50 Cent
- Hilary Duff
… Just to name a few!
Should You Get Veneers?
Getting veneers is a very simple procedure that can give you the perfect smile of your dreams for life. In fact, veneers can protect your teeth and prolong their life. Because a small amount of preparation of the natural teeth is required to place veneers and ensure the strongest bond, veneers are a permanent procedure. But you can rest assured you will be in good company with patients who absolutely love their veneers. Veneers can change your smile, your confidence, and your life! Veneers are more expensive than other cosmetic dentistry options, but they are a permanent solution to many smile woes. You may not live your life on the screen, but you do deserve to feel amazing in your smile all the time.
Veneers are an accessible option for everyday people, not just celebrities. If you’re interested in learning more, call us today to make an appointment!
Your Mouth: A Picture of Health
Did you know that when a dentist looks at your mouth, they can tell a lot more than just how often you’re brushing? It’s true: your oral health is like a window into your lifestyle and habits. Dr. Walker and Dr. Raynal at Walker Raynal DMD should know. We’ve seen mouths from all over Brandon in our office! Read more ›
Sure, dentistry is serious medicine, and daily dental hygiene is a top priority. But teeth can be pretty fun, too! And fascinating. For starters, have you ever seen the full sets of baby teeth and adult teeth present in a child’s head x-ray? Go ahead, look it up. There are tons of fascinating dental facts out there!
Walker Raynal DMD in Brandon treats our patients professionally and joyfully because teeth are cool. Take Dr. Walker and Dr. Raynal’s word for it, there’s much to learn and admire about even the most average set of teeth. Read more ›
When he became the first president of the United States, George Washington had only one real tooth left! You heard right — just ONE. Everyone has heard something about this great man and his dental history, but if you heard that Washington had wooden teeth, then you heard wrong. This myth is totally false, and Dr. Walker and Dr. Raynal are here to tell you the truth.
Dental Care in Colonial Times
It was a combination of bad genes and even worse medical practices that led Washington down the path to becoming toothless. Washington experienced many health problems throughout his life. And he was often treated with “calomel,” a common medicine at the time containing mercury – which ruined teeth. Toothpaste at the time was also made from very abrasive materials like tree bark and brick dust, which likely continued to break down Washington’s natural teeth. Many people in Washington’s era had fake teeth, but none were made of wood. As gross as it sounds, rich citizens at the time were able to purchase real human teeth to fill in their own smile.
George Washington Had Dentures
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Most Brandon folks have had some exposure to the concept of wisdom teeth. Perhaps you have had yours removed, are considering a removal, or Walker Raynal DMD has just shown you an X-ray with the dreaded third molars creeping into view. It’s common to hear patients ask how they are removed, but we rarely hear people talking about the reasons for getting rid of wisdom teeth. Today, we’re going to explain what wisdom teeth are, why they don’t deserve to stay in your mouth, and how we can help!
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Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?
There are many specialized toothbrushes and types of mouthwash and toothpaste available to Brandon residents who suffer from sensitive teeth. It is a very common problem that lots of products claim they can solve, but have you ever wondered why it exists? Today, we at Walker Raynal DMD would like to explain what causes tooth sensitivity and how these products work. Read more ›
The image of a glass full of false teeth on the nightstand is plastered all throughout popular culture. You would think that soaking your dentures in water and cleaner is sufficient, but Dr. Walker and Dr. Raynal remind us that proper denture care requires more than just that. In fact, denture maintenance is an important part of oral health. For Brandon residents who have dentures or are considering them, it is important to know exactly how they function and how to care for them. If you have any questions, please give us a call at Walker Raynal DMD. Read more ›
Are you or a loved one suffering from the toothache blues? Don’t wait around in pain for the problem to resolve itself. Although we do enjoy spending quality time with our patients at Walker and Raynal, DMD, we don’t want any Brandon residents to have to undergo dental procedures that could have been avoided. A toothache can be a sign of a much more serious problem that should be addressed immediately, but there are a few things you can do at home, in the meantime, to get temporary relief from toothache pain.
- Painkillers – This one might be obvious, as painkillers are one of the fastest, most effective ways to temporarily relieve mild to moderate pain and inflammation.
- Salt Water – Salt has natural antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties. Add a spoonful of salt to a warm cup of water. Gargle the dissolved solution several times daily.
- Cold Compress – Just like any other injury, a cold compress can work wonders at reducing the swelling, inflammation, and pain of a toothache.
- Clove Oil – Cloves also have natural antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anesthetic properties that can help relieve pain. Apply clove oil directly to the affected tooth, or add a few drops to a half cup of water and use as a rinse.
These are just a few home remedies for temporary relief from a toothache, but remember, a toothache is your mouth’s way of telling you that something is wrong, and should not be overlooked. If you or a loved one are suffering from the toothache blues, the first thing you should do is call Walker and Raynal, DMD in Brandon at 813-689-5928 today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Walker and Dr. Raynal will have you singing a new tune in no time.