Nail Biting: The Facts

You may think biting your nails only affects your nails, but did you know that chewing your nails can actually damage your teeth? Fortunately, your nails can grow back, but the damage to your teeth may need professional help before it can be reversed. Your nails are the dirtiest part of your hands and are… Read more »

Orthodontics, Braces, and You

Do you take immaculate care of your teeth, but still end up unfairly judged because they are misaligned, or have uneven spacing? Does it seem like no matter what you do, your peers still accuse you of not caring for your teeth? Sadly, many individuals, through no fault of their own, suffer from “bad bites.”… Read more »

The Commitments that Make Your ADA Dentist Unique

The American Dental Association is an organization that helps our dentist, Dr. Scott A. Ervin, provide the best possible service for our patients in Terrell, Texas and the surrounding communities. In fact, there are five promises that the ADA encourages our dentist to make, and these promises are: No. 1: Respect a patient’s wants and… Read more »

A Retainer After Getting Braces Will Help Keep Your Smile Straight

You’ve done it. You finished your time with braces and now you have a beautifully straight and even smile. Dr. has checked that your mouth is functioning well, and now it’s time to remove the braces! Now it’s time to make sure that progress stays by using a retainer. The periodontal ligaments that anchor your… Read more »

What to do if Your Braces Are Bent or Damaged

While braces are made from durable metal brackets and wires, it is still possible for certain foods and activities to bend or damage key pieces of hardware. This is even more likely if you chew and gum or indulge in sticky or hard foods. This can bend wires, detach brackets and bands or even pull… Read more »

Keeping Your Pearly Whites Healthy While Wearing Braces

At the dental practice of Dr. Scott A. Ervin in Terrell, Texas, we are pleased to provide comprehensive orthodontic care for our patients wanting a straighter smile. If you are wearing braces, you will want to go the extra mile when caring for your pearly whites. Preventing plaque is important even without braces, but braces, wires,… Read more »

The Three Important Changes Orthodontics Has Made Over Time

To give you the most successful and positive orthodontic experience possible, orthodontics has taken advantage of modern technology and has made the treatment process easier and better for everyone. Throughout time, orthodontics has made the following improvements: Orthodontic appliances now are better looking In the past, braces were made of stainless steel and they were… Read more »

Fighting the Effects of Gum Disease

Your mouth is home to the hardest tissue in your whole body–the enamel on your teeth. But it is also home to some of the more delicate material in your body. Your gums are essential to maintaining great oral health, but they often fall prone to gum disease. And while the best way to treat… Read more »

All-on-4 Dental Implants: How Useful Are They?

If you’re missing teeth, there are a few things you can do. For instance, you may know about dental bridges, dentures, or implants, but have you ever heard of All-on-4 dental implants? If not, we recommend considering this restoration system to complete your smile. Unlike traditional implants, the All-on-4 system anchors your implants securely to… Read more »

Sensitivity in Teeth can be a Result of Enamel Erosion

On a microscopic level, the enamel of your teeth is made from a mineral crystalline structure. The density of the minerals determines the strength of the enamel. In an average day, the acidic foods and beverages you consume, as well as the natural processes of bacteria in the mouth can erode these mineral a microscopic… Read more »