It is summer, time for family vacation, reunions, and cameras flashing -- SMILE!  Smiling for photographs is not always pleasant if you are dissatisfied with the way your smile looks.  Sometimes, the dissatisfaction is hard to identify.  Maybe your teeth are not as white or as straight as you would like.  Maybe you have staining from antibiotic use as a child.  Or maybe the size and shape of your teeth aren't proportionate with your face.  Often, you are not even sure what it is that you dislike, but you know something is not quite right.  Since a healthy, nice-looing smile can affect your whole attitude, it is worth giving some thought about whether you are happy with your smile.

Discuss your smile with your dentist.  In addition to keeping healthy gums and teeth for a lifetime, simple cosmetic changes can readily improve your smile.  Ad recent patient came in to my office with old veneers on her front teeth that were chipped and beginning to decay.  She hated to smile and felt that she looked older and less attractive than she could.  With just a few visits, we removed the old veneers, took care of the decay, and placed beautiful porcelain crown on her front teeth.  She was overwhelmed by her new look and left our office with tears of happiness.

Her case is just an example of what new materials and techniques can do to improve your smile, with less discomfort than ever before.  Whether it is bleaching for whiter teeth, Invisalign to straighten your teeth, or crowns to reshape the teeth, there is a solution for any esthetic desire you may have.

Please give us a call if you would like discuss any changes to your smile, so that the next time the camera flashes, you are proudly smiling back! 

Dr. Nauert and Dr. Vaughan

Doesn't Everyone Want Straighter Teeth?

Lately, I've seen more and more adults coming to my office who are curious about what they can do to improve their smile.  The answers are as diverse as the patients who make up my practice.  Some people just need a little whitening; some people have complex restorative needs; many could benefit from getting the position of their teeth corrected. 

What?  Braces?  Often when we start to discuss straightening teeth that question or one similar to that is the first thing out of the patient's mouth.  While some adults do need traditional braces, many adults can be treated simply with Invisalign.  Invisalign uses a series of clear retainers that are custom made for a specific patient and shift teeth incrementally over a period of months.  The best part about Invisalign is that these retainers are practically invisible. 

If you are interested in a better smile, Invisalign might be the perfect option for you.  Straighter teeth will make you feel more confident about your smile, will communicate to others a true picture of your health, and will help you and your dental hygienist keep your teeth and gums healthier with greater ease.  Call our office today at 713.668.9119 to schedule your consult or visit the Invisalign website at for more information about the Invisalign process.