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As I write this letter I have now had my “new smile” for almost three weeks.  It seems like it has been 30 years ago considering how my life has changed.

I am like many of you-a middle aged person. For many years since grade school my teeth and smile have always bothered me.  Always. I did not smile for class pictures or want to even take pictures with dates, family events or even at my own wedding.  This is not to mention some of the names I was called growing up.  We all know how cruel people can be sometimes.  Up until three weeks ago this hurt.  Every single day.

Let’s just say I was not the “photogenic” type.  I knew it and was embarrassed by it.  So did everyone else.

Many people looked at me in a different way and in some cases treated me different as if I “weren’t good enough or worthy enough”. I was even told once that while I was a great person, I had “horrific teeth”.  Things like this stick with you, no matter what your age or position in life is.

As I got into the business world, I continued to stay away from taking pictures.  In fact, I even lost out on a large, well paying job in part because I “did not have the look”.  To this day I believe it was solely because of my smile-nothing else.  After all, your smile is one of the first things people notice about you.

When I had children, I forced them to get proper dentistry so they never would have to feel the pain that I did.  They both have fabulous smiles and the confidence that comes with this, not to mention they were never subjected to being looked down upon or teased.

Recently I decided to finally look into getting proper dentistry of my own.  I interviewed several doctors as I was very, very cautious ………and nervous!

Dr. Berlin, Stephanie, and the staff at McKinney Dentist made me feel like family.  Now, that is exactly what I consider these people. Family.  They were so caring, thorough and delivered on everything that they promised and more. When I was told what my teeth would look like I was told it would be 99% of what the mock ups showed I did not believe it.  I was right as they were wrong on that!  It was 110% of what they showed me and what they said.

What a change three weeks make!  It is like a new lease on life!

Now I find myself constantly getting compliments on my teeth and my smile.  Now, I even like to take pictures.  And, people tell me I am such a happier person. When my daughter first saw me, she cried tears of joy. She always knew how much this bothered me.  Now she says her Dad is a “a ham” and always smiling! Frankly, it is fun to smile now.
I wish I would have made this decision decades ago.  It would have saved me so much heartache and lead to a better life free of the embarrassment and pain.

So, if you are considering this, do it and don’t wait.  The only regret I have is not doing this years ago.  Besides having my kids, this is the best investment I have ever made.

God Bless you Dr. Berlin and Stephanie.  I will be indebted to you both and McKinney Dentistry for the rest of my life.

Kindest Regards,

Dean C.
McKinney, Texas

A current statistic shows that 69% of adults have at least 1 missing tooth. This is usually due to trauma, infection, or the tooth just breaking under the stress of everyday usage and grinding. By age 70, about 1/4 have lost all of their teeth. That’s a lot!

Here at McKinney Dentist, we know that people have several choices for what to do with these spaces. In almost all of these cases, our dentists believe that dental implants are the best solution for either replacement of, or securing the replacements of all of these teeth. However, many people think they aren’t candidates for implants because they “don’t have enough bone.”  While once true, modern tissue engineering, using the patients own growth and healing factors, allow us to place dental implants practically anywhere we choose!

Bone loss

When a tooth is lost for any reason, and not replaced immediately, the surrounding bone melts away. The longer the teeth are missing the more bone is lost. This can be a problem because dental implants, just like the original teeth, need bone to support them.

Dental implants are basically a man-made root. When people use a removable replacement for their missing teeth, such as a denture or partial denture, the movement of these loosely fitting teeth accelerates the loss of bone, as well as damages any remaining teeth supporting them. Often, this starts the snowball rolling by causing additional tooth loss.

The loss of bone in a person with no teeth will also make the face look more wrinkled. Furthermore, as muscle tone is lost, a permanent frown is created; and as face height shrinks, the chin starts moving up and coming forward, giving the “witches chin” appearance. At McKinney Dentist, we can correct these issues with dental implants.

Benefits of dental implants

Our dentists want you to understand the amazing benefits of dental implants, including:

  • Dental implants, just like teeth, create work in the bone. It’s this work, or force, that keeps the bone around.
  • Dental implants give a solid foundation to build natural looking, feeling, and working teeth.
  • They can be used to replace one, several, or all of the missing teeth.
  • They can also be used to help secure a denture or partial, allowing better chewing, talking, and overall life!

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

For years, patients have been told that they aren’t candidates for implants because they don’t have enough bone. This forced dentists to place implants in less than ideal positions, or at angles that no engineer would ever consider placing a supporting beam at (which is basically what an implant does—supports the tooth). Today, there are several well-marketed procedures and clinics that use these angled implants to get around the bone issue. Our highly trained cosmetic dentists know that this compromise is not necessary, and it actually sets patients up for more problems down the road.

McKinney Dentist has your solution!

At McKinney Dentist, we have your solution:

  • We have the ability to grow both gums and bone in areas that allow us to place dental implants in the most ideal positions possible.
  • Whether it be to replace just 1 tooth, a mouth full of teeth, or even to help anchor a loose denture so it doesn’t move anymore, we can use our patients own growth factors to recreate the bone that has been lost.
  • Teeth can be engineered to give the best chance of lasting a lifetime, giving improved comfort, function, and appearance.

If you are missing teeth and would like to replace them, or have a poorly fitting or unsightly bridge or denture, and would like to make a huge improvement, give us a call.  You can schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Lynch. After examining your teeth and gums, and discussing your goals, he can get you started down the road to a better and healthier lifestyle with dental implant supported teeth.

Do you have straight teeth and a nice smile, but you want to take it to the next level—for a flawless, natural-looking smile filled with bright pearly whites? Maybe you’re curious about your options for teeth whitening, but are unsure where to start researching.

Well, as you know, whitening your teeth has a magnificent affect on your smile’s overall appearance. At McKinney Dentist, our teeth whitening options deliver gorgeous results for that bright, shiny smile you crave.

 

 

Our teeth whitening methods

Specifically, McKinney Dentist offers three whitening methods: Zoom! Teeth Whitening system, Biolaze laser whitening, and a take-home whitening kit. These options allow you to choose whether or not you’d like to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home, or in the office with our highly talented dentists and hygienists.

All 3 methods produce incredible results. Actually, you can receive the in-office whitening service in as little as 45 minutes—who says you can’t return to the office after your lunch break showing off your new pearly whites? We make that possible at McKinney Dentist!

Why do teeth stain?

Perhaps you have significant staining that you wish could be removed. Our teeth whitening solutions will solve that problem! Did you know that teeth can get stained because of both lifestyle and diet choices? Well, your teeth can become stained if you:

  • Consume large amounts of dark-colored beverages on a consistent basis. This includes colas, red wine, and dark-colored juices.
  • Smoke cigarettes or use tobacco products on a frequent basis.
  • Have a genetic predisposition to tooth discoloration and/or staining.
  • Are an older patient. With the aging process and normal wear and tear on your teeth, you can experience staining due to prolonged exposure to the above items/lifestyle choices over a long period of time.

If you or a family member have stained or discolored teeth due to any of the aforementioned causes, we encourage you to come see our cosmetic dentists in North Texas. If you don’t have major staining, but you simply want to touch-up your smile, our teeth whitening options are available to you as well!

Our patients rave at how easy, quick, and effective the teeth whitening solutions are to change their unsightly teeth into natural-looking, white teeth! You can experience it yourself by calling McKinney Dentist to schedule your teeth whitening appointment today!

If you think about it long enough, you can probably remember hearing people get called “brace face” or “metal mouth!” Well don’t let those unattractive phrases sway your decision to get your teeth straightened! Nowadays, dental technology has advanced at great lengths, enabling McKinney Dentist to offer Invisalign clear braces—an exceptional teeth-straightening solution—without metal and wires!

Benefits of Invisalign clear braces technology

At McKinney Dentist we offer clear braces technology, and our patients also enjoy the caring, calming office atmosphere. Many patients opt for Invisalign to obtain a brighter, straight smile instead of traditional metal-and-wire braces. Invisalign clear braces are better than orthodontic braces for various reasons, such as:

  • Invisalign is considerably less expensive than orthodontic braces
  • Typically, patients will need to use Invisalign clear braces for a shorter amount of time compared to the 3-5 years needed for orthodontic braces
  • By wearing Invisalign aligners, you will no longer need to sacrifice certain foods as you would with traditional braces, such as peanuts and popcorn
  • Invisalign clear aligners will not cause mouth abrasions or pain that sometimes comes with traditional braces
  • The clear braces are nearly invisible in appearance—which means, most of the time, people won’t even know you are wearing them!
  • The aligners are removable so you can take them out whenever you eat, brush your teeth, floss, etc
  • Opting for Invisalign requires only a quick, easy (and painless!) process to get started—and no routine appointments like you would with traditional braces!

Are you interested in transforming your smile with Invisalign?

Our patients simply rave at the amazing Invisalign results! If you are interested in Invisalign clear braces, McKinney Dentist will determine if you are a suitable candidate. Ideally, Invisalign is most effective for patients who have mild to moderate malocclusions. This means that patients who have crooked or uneven teeth are the most ideal patients for this affordable teeth-straightening solution.

After examining your teeth, if we decide that are a suitable candidate, you will be well on your way to a straighter, more radiant smile!

With all of the aforementioned advantages, how could you not choose Invisalign as your solution for straight teeth? Come see us today to get started!

Do you experience bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth, but often overlook this symptom? Did you know this is a sign of gum disease, and if not treated effectively and in a timely manner, could lead to other dental issues? If you are concerned that you might have gum disease and are interested in treatment, McKinney Dentist offers excellent dental care.

Stages of gum disease

In our 75+ years of experience, we successfully treated gum disease in many patients who are in any phase of gum disease, such as:

  • Gingivitis—the first stage of gum disease when symptoms initially appear
  • Periodontitis—in this stage, irreversible damage to your teeth and gums can occur if not treated effectively and in a timely manner
  • Advanced Periodontitis—this is the most advanced stage of gum disease in which some patients experience significant tooth loss

Can gum disease be life-threatening?

Did you know that scientific research found that gum disease is linked to various life-threatening diseases? Researchers found linkages between gum disease and diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, premature births, and respiratory problems. McKinney Dentist does not want you or your family to experience such unfortunate consequences, which is why we offer successful gum disease treatment to our patients.

Symptoms of gum disease

One scary part about gum (periodontal) disease is that some patients who have symptoms do not realize they are related to gum disease. One common, overlooked symptom of gum disease is bleeding gums. Other symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Adaptations to the way your teeth fit together when you bite down (known as your “bite”)
  • Swollen, sensitive, and red gums
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth on a consistent basis
  • Liquid (resembling pus) between your gums and teeth
  • Bleeding gums when flossing or brushing
  • Gum recession (when your gumline recedes and moves away from your tooth)
  • Gums that are separated from your tooth

If you or a family member experience one or more of these symptoms, we highly encourage you to schedule your consultation with us today. The earlier you address your symptoms, the less likely they will advance to later stages of gum disease. Prompt action is paramount for early detection and effective treatment.

Receiving your gum disease treatment in North Texas by McKinney Dentist is your first step to combating the war against gum disease. You shouldn’t wait any longer to achieve healthy, beautiful gums and teeth!

Would you like to restore your smile, but without an extensive amount of restorative dentistry procedures? Do you have a chipped tooth, or several teeth with uneven edges?

If you want to solve the above problems, then McKinney Dentist has the best solution for you—porcelain veneers. With over 75 years of combined experience, Dr. Berlin, Dr. Markham, and Dr. Lynch will confidently transform your smile into an impressive, aesthetically pleasing smile!

Why choose us?

  • Our skills and expertise allow us to expertly craft a beautiful, natural porcelain veneers smile for you—typically in two office visits!
  • When you come in for your complimentary veneers consultation, you can bring a picture of a smile that you want yours to mimic! We will discuss the smile details (i.e. tooth structure and shape, shade of white, and many other features) that are important to you, and that work best with your natural facial and oral attributes. This is where you communicate what your dream smile looks like!
  • You can even ask to see our smile gallery of patients who received our porcelain veneers. Additionally, before we start any procedures, our digital imaging computer technology (or our cosmetic wax-up) allows you to see your newly crafted smile—no more imagining because sometimes seeing is believing!

Who can benefit from veneers?

This amazing cosmetic dentistry procedure is the solution for many patients who have:

  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Uneven edges at the bottom of your teeth
  • Enamel that is worn and thin
  • Discolored teeth
  • Gaps between your teeth
  • Irregularly shaped teeth

Porcelain veneers will last between 5-20 years, depending on your oral hygiene habits. For a flawless, natural smile, porcelain veneers could very well be your oral cosmetic solution!

If you are unsure that porcelain veneers are the best option for you, we can help—just schedule your consultation with us! If you or your family is interested in veneers, call us at 972-547-6453 to schedule your consultation. We serve all of North Texas, and strive to keep you smiling beautifully day in and day out!

Your Smile and Health is Our Commitment. Schedule Today!

McKinney Dentist staff with Teeth Tomorrow patient McKinney, TX