How Does a Smile Affect Others?

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Here we’ll share a few things you might not have known about the benefits of smiling. And Rigby Advanced Dental, serving Austin, TX and the nearby region, is ready to give you even more reasons to smile. We specialize in beautiful smiles so if you want one to showcase, come see us at our Bee Cave office.

A Smile Is Contagious

Several studies have concluded that smiling raises your endorphin level, which are the feel-good chemicals that your body releases. One study also determined that if you smile even if you don’t feel that happy, you trick your brain into thinking you’re happy. Plus, when you smile at someone, they might just smile back. So when you smile and someone returns your smile, you’re not just making yourself happier, you’re helping others to be happy too!

A Smile Is Welcoming

Whether you’re smiling at a co-worker or a stranger you met while waiting in line at a grocery store, people will perceive you as an approachable person. Ultimately, this means people are more likely to talk to you. Your friends and family will be more likely to share with you. Another example of when it’s important to be approachable is if you’re looking for a relationship. You become much more suitable as a partner if you’re smiling and appear friendly.

A Smile Inspires Confidence

If you’re trying for a new position with a company, you want to appear confident. One way to display just how confident you are is by smiling. Showing those pearly whites a few times during an interview makes you more likely to land the job. This is also important if you’re looking to make friends. Those who have issues with their smile and try to hide their teeth automatically appear as if they don’t have confidence, no matter how good they actually feel about themselves.

A Smile Relieves Stress

People often need to vent about the stress in their day or lives. When you find a way to add a warm and understanding smile to your response, you can help reduce their stress. A smile can even lower heart rates in tense situations! Smiling can have a huge impact on your relationships with your significant other, family, friends, and even strangers.

Smile Doctors at Rigby Advanced Dental

Not comfortable with the appearance of your smile? Contact our Austin, TX office to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. We offer a huge array of smile improvement services. And we have lots of flexible ways to pay for them too. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Improve the Appearance of My Teeth?

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Teeth. We only get one set, so it might feel like you’re stuck with what you’ve got. Fortunately for so many of us with troubled teeth, that’s just not true. The wonder of cosmetic dentistry is that it can fix just about any woes you may have in regards to your smile. In this blog post we’ll explore how the cosmetic procedures we offer here at Rigby Advanced Dental can transform your smile.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Tooth discoloration can really bring you down, making you self-conscious of your smile. It’s a common problem, especially with so many of us reliant on tooth-staining coffee or committed to our nightly glass of highly-pigmented red wine. Luckily, it’s a problem we can address. With professional whitening, we can restore your teeth to their natural brilliance using safe and effective technology.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are the next step up in cosmetic dentistry. They are a true commitment, but one that will deliver you a brand new smile. Because the process involves removing a layer of the enamel before bonding the custom-made veneer to the teeth, the process is permanent. The result is a truly perfect smile, one that’s straight, bright and white, and is resistant to chips and discoloration.

Full Mouth Reconstruction

Looking for a full smile-overhaul? If whitening and veneers alone won’t cut it, we can use a variety of solutions to reconstruct your smile to fit your unique needs. While cosmetic services like veneers may be incorporated, we also draw from a range of restorative techniques to address issues such as missing teeth, broken or worn down teeth, misshapen teeth, jaw pain, and more.

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If you’re ready to see an improvement in your smile, the first step is to set up a consultation. We’ll talk options, process, budget, and results! Give our office a call and we’ll get your visit on the books.

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5 Common Dental Fads to Avoid

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It’s often hard to resist DIY hacks — especially those that are cheaper, natural alternatives that do the trick without breaking the bank. It’s crucial to be careful of some of the remedies that may promise certain fixes but can wind up causing more damage, particularly when it comes to your dental health. We’ve compiled 5 dental fads to avoid in order to protect your teeth. Let’s take a look!

1. Lemon Juice

Many people mix lemon juice with baking soda and use this concoction to brighten their teeth. But this fad is worth avoiding. The acidity in lemon juice causes your enamel to wear down, ultimately resulting in your teeth becoming more sensitive and prone to stains.

2. Charcoal

Activated charcoal is said to remove superficial teeth stains due to its abrasive consistency. However, this abrasiveness can actually lead to enamel erosion, a breakdown of the first line of defense for your teeth against chemicals and bacteria. More importantly, once you lose your enamel, it will never grow back again. So while activated charcoal can sound promising, it has the potential to cause permanent damage and an even bigger headache.

3. Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is an ingredient often found in whitening products. But when used as a rinse, especially undiluted, it can cause damage to your gums. For safer alternative solutions, please consult with a dentist.

4. Fluoride-Free

Critics claim that fluoride disturbs hormones, fostering chronic health problems like dementia and diabetes. This concern has resulted in a surge of fluoride-free toothpastes. However, fluoride in toothpaste is the key component to preventing tooth decay, and without it, our teeth are more vulnerable to cavity-forming acids. Studies have shown that the small amount of fluoride toothpaste used in a day is of great benefit to our oral health and causes no harmful side effects to our general wellness.

5. Oil Pulling

An ancient practice dating back to thousands of years, oil pulling involves swishing coconut or sesame oil around your mouth for up to 20 minutes. Proponents claim it improves bad breath and discolored teeth. But despite its popularity, oil pulling has not been proven to be a replacement treatment for these oral concerns. Additionally, it is currently not recommended by the American Dental Association.

Let Us Care for Your Teeth!

If you’re facing dental issues like yellow teeth or irritated gums, we strongly recommend that you visit our dental office, where you can get an accurate evaluation of the problems and receive safe, effective treatments. If you’d like to make an appointment with us or learn about our professional teeth whitening services, our friendly team at Rigby Advanced Dental would love to hear from you. Contact us today!

Dental Emergencies

Here at Rigby Advanced Dental, we see an assortment of patients, all who have different and unique dental needs. Because we offer start-to-finish dental work and see emergencies promptly, we have the opportunity to restore smiles after trauma or incidents have occurred. If you or a loved one has experienced a dental emergency, please call us or drop in immediately.

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5 Steps to Straighten Teeth without Braces

We are happy to announce that Rigby Advanced Dental in Austin, Texas, is now offering Invisalign® as part of its comprehensive approach to your dental care.  Clear aligner technology has finally reached a point that predictable and stable results can be achieved time after time.  Dr. Rigby is excited to provide this smile changing procedure to his patients and wants to emphasize the following message from the creators of Invisalign®.

Choosing Invisalign® is an important decision worthy of careful consideration.  Before you even begin treatment, we suggest you take the time to follow these five steps. The more time and thought you put into making your decision, the more confident you’ll feel that Invisalign is the right choice for you.

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Realities Of Tooth Whitening

Here at Rigby Advanced Dental in Bee Cave, TX we understand that in today’s society, there seems to have been a shift in shade.  No longer are people proudly flashing their pearly whites, but now we are told to reach for that iridescent, ultra-white smile.  Just walking down the isle at the grocery store you’ll find you can’t buy a pack of gum or a tube of toothpaste without being bombarded by promises of a whiter smile.  If you are the type seeking professional assistance in making your pearly whites white, here are a few things you should know before you go to keep your expectations in check.

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Rigby Advanced Dental Offers Cosmetic Restorations

Rigby Advanced Dental offers an advanced look at your mouth and its needs. Cosmetic restorations are a way to cover (hide) natural or acquired defects int the mouth.  If cosmetic dentistry is your focus, Dr. Brent Rigby can help. He often recommends a cosmetic consultation and cosmetic diagnostic work-up. This work-up will include taking impressions of your teeth and Dr. Rigby doing a mock-up of what the restorations could potentially look like. Dr. Rigby will sit down with you and discuss any necessary treatments and make sure all your questions are answered prior to performing any definitive treatment. Here is a little information on the different types of cosmetic treatments available from Rigby Advanced Dental.

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Rigby Advanced Dental Offers Custom Specialty Dentures!

Custom dentures is one thing Rigby Advanced Dental of Bee Cave and Lakeway, TX excels at.  We offer a variety of denture products, services and as always involve our patients in the treatment decisions. Dentures are designed to replace missing teeth, and are worn by millions of Americans. Technological advancements have resulted in dentures that are lightweight and mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Most dentures are made from a combination of metals and synthetic material such as acrylic resin.

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What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

People choose Dr. Brent Rigby to perform their cosmetic dental procedures at Rigby Advanced Dental for various reasons – to repair a defect such as a malformed bite or crooked teeth, treat an injury, or just improve their overall appearance.  For these and many other reasons, cosmetic dentistry has become a vital and important part of the dental profession and one of the fastest growing areas of dentistry.  For example, tooth-whitening procedures have tripled over the past five years.

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