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Marble Falls Wants Silver Screen Smiles

October 6, 2017

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 9:00 am

Horseshoe Bay Wants Silver Screen Smiles

With the constant media coverage of celebrities, many Marble Falls 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 Horseshoe Bay 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.

For missing teeth, most Horseshoe Bay cosmetic dentists will recommend a dental implant. Because a dental implant is anchored into the jawbone, it looks and feels just like a natural tooth. A dental implant prevents jawbone recession and the shifting of adjacent teeth.

Veneers are especially popular. They cover the front of the teeth and are custom-made for each individual patient. These are useful for patients who have broken or chipped teeth, stained teeth, or gaps between 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.

We’re Drs. Greg and Mendy Ritchie, trusted and experienced Marble Falls dentists. If you are looking for quality dental care in the Burnet, Kingsland, or Meadowlakes area, I hope you’ll give us a call at 830-637-7227 to schedule a consultation.

We offer sedation dentistry, general dentistry, porcelain veneers, and teeth whitening.

 

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

Is It Growing In Your Mouth?

September 29, 2017

Filed under: Oral Health — Ritchie Dental Group @ 9:00 am

aesthetic dentistry Marble Falls

Believe it or not, plaque can rear its ugly head in any mouth–even yours–no matter how meticulous you try to be. If you have deep grooves, watch out. If you have a receding gum line, watch out. If you are a candy-lover, watch out.

The plaque process goes something like this:
Bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth, always will. Bacteria will try to colonize on the smooth surfaces of your teeth. At first, it will be soft enough to be removed with a fingernail. After 48 hours, it will start to harden. Give it 10 days and it will be that substance most difficult to remove, tartar. This bacteria feeds on sugars and produces acid that eats away the tissues of the tooth and leads to cavities. Cavities originate on the surface and spread through teeth. The best way to deal with plaque is to have a consistent removal process, i.e. regular daily brushing and flossing after eating and even sleeping.

A fabulous smile with fabulous teeth isn’t a reality for some folks. We encourage anyone who is unhappy with their smile to consider the benefits of a smile makeover.

Cosmetic dentistry can be a significant investment but the truth of just how much it will cost for veneers, braces, dental implants and even teeth whitening may surprise you. At our Marble Falls cosmetic dentistry office you can expect to learn about sedation dentistry, general dentistry, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, restorative dentistry and any number of other dental services.

Greg and Mendy Ritchie has been serving the Marble Falls area since 2000. Call 830-637-7227 to schedule a consultation.

 

 

Contact Ritchie Dental Group: 830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

Ritchie Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry – A Reason To Smile

September 22, 2017

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 9:00 am

Ritchie Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry A Reason To Smile Hello, friends of Ritchie Dental Group! If you haven’t visited our blog in a while, we welcome you. It has been a terrific month at our state-of-the-art Marble Falls dentistry practice.

We continue to achieve awesome results with our precision smile makeovers.

If you have never seen our photo gallery of real smile makeover patients, you may not be aware of the limitless possibilities. There is virtually no dental problem that can’t be improved with modern cosmetic dentistry executed by Drs. Greg and Mendy Ritchie.

Drs. Ritchie have been skillfully using the unprecedented tools of cosmetic dentistry: veneers, porcelain crowns, short term braces, teeth whitening, soft-tissue grafts, crown lengthening, and dental bonding to create dazzling smiles. If you are not happy with your smile, call us at 830-637-7227 today to schedule a smile design consultation.

The vast majority of smile redesign patients have absolutely no regrets about their investment in a stunning smile. There is no physical feature as eye-catching as an attractive smile. When your smile is remarkable, you smile all the time!

If you need a reason to smile, then examine a smile redesign from one of the top dentists in Texas. See https://www.ritchiedentalgroup.com/ for more specifics and photos. We look forward to making your smile the best it can be!

 

Contact Ritchie Dental Group: 830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

Smile Makeover Questions Answered At Ritchie Dental Group

September 15, 2017

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 9:00 am

Meadowlakes cosmetic smile makeover

Even those with top-notch oral health want to improve specific components of their smile. Though proper brushing is critical for healthy teeth, it won’t re-contour a gumline or repair a chipped tooth. A cavity-free mouth may still have stained or slightly misaligned teeth.

If you want to correct the smile elements that can’t be improved with diligent oral hygiene, call 830-637-7227 to schedule a smile makeover consultation with Drs. Greg and Mendy Ritchie at Ritchie Dental Group. During your consultation, we will meet with you about:

Cost
Each smile makeover is completely unique; therefore, the price varies from patient to patient depending on the specific procedures performed. During your consultation, Drs. Ritchie will give you an estimate for your smile makeover.

Function
Proper function is priority one. Your cosmetic dental smile makeover will maintain or improve your ability to talk, eat, and smile.

Beauty
This is probably the main reason you are choosing to transform your smile. Drs. Ritchie will describe the cosmetic improvements you can expect and the technical details about the procedures.

Sedation
If your cosmetic dental smile makeover requires several hours of treatment, or if you have dental anxiety, you may want to examine sedation. Drs. Ritchie will explain your sedation options and the associated costs.

Health
If you have existing tooth decay or gum disease, these troubles need to be addressed prior to your cosmetic concerns. It may be possible to combine necessary restorative procedures with your cosmetic work.

If you are interested in learning more about smile redesigns, call us today at 830-637-7227.

 

Contact Ritchie Dental Group: 830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

You Be The Judge

September 8, 2017

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 9:00 am

smile makeover cost Marble Falls

If you are researching smile redesigns, you have probably heard claims that cosmetic dentistry can provide you with a ‘perfect smile’ or a ‘celebrity smile.’ Are these superlatives simply exaggerations? We invite you to judge for yourself.

Call 830-637-7227 to schedule a no-pressure smile makeover consultation with Drs. Ritchie of Ritchie Dental Group. You can discuss your smile makeover goals and see before and after photographs of actual patients. Drs. Ritchie can show you what your new smile could look like.

A smile makeover involves multiple procedures which may include the following:

Tooth Implants

A dental implant is a metal (usually titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root of a tooth that has been extracted. The crown and supporting structure are securely attached to the post.

Orthodontia

Orthodontic selections include traditional metal or ceramic braces, ‘behind-the-teeth’ (lingual) braces, and clear aligners.

White Fillings

If you had dental caries in the past, you may have old amalgam fillings. White fillings match your surrounding teeth, dramatically beautifying your smile without crowns.

Dental Crowns

There are many different kinds of crowns that serve different purposes. We complete a comprehensive examination to ensure the crown you get is perfect for you and your smile.

Inlays/Onlays

Inlays/onlays are indirect fillings, which means that they are produced in a lab and placed whole on the tooth. A traditional direct filling is applied to the tooth while the material is malleable and then shaped by the dentist. Where possible, an inlay or an onlay can be a less-invasive replacement for a complete crown.

Composite Veneers

Veneers can correct chips, cracks, minor tooth misalignment, tooth discoloration, unattractive tooth shape, and disproportionate tooth size.

Teeth Whitening

There is nothing like an exceptional white smile to give you complete confidence.

Dental Bonding

Dentists use bonding to fix tooth troubles caused by decay, chips, or cracks. Large spaces between healthy teeth can be filled with bonding material, and bonding can safeguard tooth roots if the gums have receded.

Enamel Shaping

Just one slightly misshapen tooth can downgrade the characteristics of a smile even if all the other teeth have a positive appearance.

Gum Contouring

If you have a gumline that is too low or too high and detracts from the presentation, gum contouring can reshape the gumline and perfect your smile.

‘Perfect smiles’ are possible—but don’t just take our word for it. Come see our smile gallery and judge for yourself.

 

Contact Ritchie Dental Group: 830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

What Is A Canted Midline?

September 1, 2017

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 9:28 am

Horseshoe Bay Cosmetic Dentists Drs. Greg and Mendy Ritchie consider many factors when designing a smile for any smile makeover patient. One of the smile design elements involved is the facial midline. The facial midline can be determined by drawing an imaginary line from the center of the eyebrows to the center of the two peaks in the top lip (Cupid’s bow).

The dentist considers the length and angle of the facial midline to properly position porcelain crowns, veneers, and dental implants. When front teeth restorations do not line up with the facial midline, it is called a canted midline. This is a common mistake found in the cosmetic work of inexperienced cosmetic dentists.

Most dentistry patients do not realize the level of 3-D engineering required in cosmetic dentistry. In addition to the facial midline, dentists consider the angle and size of the teeth in relation to each other, and to the size and shape of the lips and gums.

If you are considering an extensive smile makeover, you do not want to trust your smile to an inexperienced dentist.

When you have a smile design consultation with us, feel free to ask questions about our experience and technical design procedures. We’ll show you pictures of some of our smile makeover patients.

We are confident that you will feel comfortable choosing our practice for your smile makeover.

Ritchie Dental Group offers a full range of general and cosmetic dental procedures. Ask us about veneers, clear braces, tooth whitening and pediatric dentistry. We look forward to meeting you. Call us today at 830-637-7227.

 

Contact Ritchie Dental Group: 830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

We’re Your Trusted Cosmetic Dentist in Brady

August 31, 2017

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — ritchie @ 2:47 pm

close-up of beautiful smileIf you are not completely satisfied with the appearance of your smile, we invite you to join your friends and neighbors who have visited the Ritchie Dental Group for cosmetic dentistry services like Zoom! Whitening, porcelain veneers, and more. Your cosmetic dentists in Brady are Dr. Greg Ritchie or Dr. Mendy Ritchie. Keep reading to find out how we’re transforming smiles in Central Texas!

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Do I Need A Dental Cleaning If I Brush And Floss At Home?

July 28, 2017

Filed under: Oral Health — Ritchie Dental Group @ 9:56 am

dental cleanings Marble Falls

Today’s post focuses on professional dental cleanings. You might wonder if you need a professional dental cleaning if you already practice dental hygiene daily at home.

The answer is that both processes are vital because they work in tandem to maintain oral health.

Drs. Greg and Mendy Ritchie encourage patients to practice preventative dentistry by:

Brushing
Flossing
Healthy diet – fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts
Regular dental cleanings
Regular checkups

Dental cleanings increase the effectiveness of your daily oral care by removing the plaque and tarter that can accumulate regardless of daily brushing and flossing. In fact, when plaque hardens, it can only be removed with the special tools used by a hygienist.

A hygienist will first use a vibrating ultrasonic tool to dislodge the largest pieces of tartar. This process may tickle a bit. The hygienist will then use tools with finer attachments to remove the smaller pieces of calculus. When all plaque and tartar is gone, polishing is the final step in the cleaning process.

The goal is to make your tooth surfaces as smooth as possible, to prohibit food particles from lodging in little spaces that are difficult to clean. If you are having an exam during the same visit, your technician may take dental x-rays. X-rays can reveal cavities while they are small and can be easily filled.

Let your hygienist know if your teeth are sensitive so he/she can make your cleaning as comfortable as possible. After the cleaning, a fluoride treatment may be given to help strengthen your teeth.

Before your hygienist leaves, you may want to ask if there are areas you can improve. Your hygienist can tell you which tooth surfaces had the most build-up. If the back teeth are presenting a problem, you can communicate with Dr. Ritchie about sealants.

If you have braces, you may want more frequent dental cleanings because food can easily lodge between the wires.

Call Ritchie Dental Group at 830-637-7227 to schedule a professional cleaning today! Your smile will thank you.

 

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

Saving Teeth In Marble Falls

July 21, 2017

Filed under: General Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 9:27 am

Root Canals in Marble Falls When a tooth is threatened by severe decay, periodontal disease, or damage from an injury, a skilled Marble Falls dentist or endodontist must make a judgment call concerning the course of treatment. If the pulp of the tooth is infected or inflamed, a root canal is ordinarily the only way to save the tooth.

During a root canal procedure (or endodontic treatment), the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is removed. This tissue contains veins, arteries and lymph vessels. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material.

The root canal is only the first step in the complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will become dry and brittle. The final steps are the core build-up and crown.

At Ritchie Dental Group, we fabricate strong, natural-looking crowns that blend perfectly with the surrounding teeth. With proper oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist, a tooth with a filled root can often function trouble-free for the rest of a patient’s life.

We are Drs. Greg and Mendy Ritchie, DDS, of Ritchie Dental Group. We have been practicing dentistry since 2000. During that time we have seen hundreds of teeth saved by this effective dental procedure. Root canal therapy at Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls has a very high success rate.

Because teeth with infected pulp tissue often cause no symptoms, it is essential to have regular dental examinations. I can determine which (if any) teeth have infected roots. If the infection in the soft pulp tissue is left untreated, it can progress to a point where the tooth cannot be saved.

Is it time for a thorough dental exam? Call our office at 830-637-7227.

 

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

Five Fast Ways to Improve Your Smile

July 14, 2017

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 9:55 am

people smiling at wedding

Do you have a special event coming up? Perhaps a wedding, graduation, milestone birthday, anniversary, or reunion? These celebrations usually involve a lot of photograph s and, of course, you want to look beautiful. You may not have time to lose 20 pounds, but you can dramatically perfect your smile with cosmetic dentistry.

 

Here are five cosmetic dental procedures that can usually be performed in one office visit.

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