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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Under Armour Mouthpiece in the New York Times

We're bringing the Under Armour Performance Mouthwear to Austin and to Lakeway! We're one of the few dental offices that offers this new sports product! Check out the link below to see a recent article in the New York Times that discusses the impact that Performance Mouthwear is having in the Sports Industry. There's some major players out there using this product. The cool thing about it is that you can too! If you're into athletics in Austin or Lakeway, and want to improve your game or results, check this new product out.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/17/health/nutrition/17fitness.html?_r=2&r

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Remedy for Loose Dentures

If you're having trouble with loose fitting dentures, here are some reasons why:
When all your teeth are extracted, over the next few years you will have a condition called “facial collapse”.
• Both the upper and the lower jawbones shrink.
• The height of the lower face decreases, causing the face to appear shriveled and old.
• The upper lip sinks in.
However, if dental implants are placed, they will stop this process. That is a primary reason for having your complete denture retained by dental implants.
Implants are a great option for helping secure dentures that fit loosely. Additionally, implants will secure your denture so that you will be able to function normally, without awkwardness in speaking and eating, and without the continual annoyance of sore spots, your teeth coming loose at embarrassing times, or other difficulties associated with the wearing of false teeth.
If you need complete Austin dentures or need help with your existing dentures, Austin cosmetic dentist Dr. Patel can help you get back to the lifestyle you enjoy. Call our office in Lakeway today for more information and to set a complimentary consultation.

Miss Austin Texas Pageant & Other Community Events

We're a sponsor this year for the upcoming Miss Austin Texas & Miss Austin Teen Texas Pageant on Feb, 13, 2010. It's gonna be at the Hays County Performing Arts Center. It's gonna be a lot of fun! Check out the link below for more info, http://www.missaustintexaspageant.com

Unfortunately, we'll be unable to attend because we'll be at the Lake Travis Education Foundation Crystal Ball that evening.

Dr. Patel will be volunteering at the Lake Travis Middle School this Friday for Career Day, letting the kids know about the Dental Profession.

This weekend he'll also be at The Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet. We're nominated for Business of the Year! How exciting!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Want to Improve Your Golf Game?

Do you snore? Feel sleepy during the day? Have to drink cups and cups of coffee just to stay awake? Do you feel unfocused during your golf game?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep Apnea is sleep breathing disorder that is often undiagnosed, extremely detrimental to your health, and can even be fatal. Nobody ever thinks that the quality of your sleep could have anything to do with the quality of your golf game, but there’s new research that shows there is a definite link between the two. A recent study from the American College of Chest Physicians showed that golfers who suffered from obstructive sleep apnea and were treated for this condition improved their awareness, focus, and improved their golf scores! We all know that golf requires focus and concentration which a lack of quality sleep will effect. If you can’t think clearly, your game is on the line.
"More so than many sports, golf has a strong intellectual component, with on-course strategizing, focus and endurance being integral components to achieving good play," says Dr. Marc Benton, co-author of the study mentioned above. He also states that, "Obstructive sleep apnea can lead to daytime sleepiness, fatigue and cognitive impairment, all side effects which can negatively impact a person's ability to golf to the best of one's ability."
Dr Benton also estimates that 1 to 3 million golfers have Obstructive Sleep Apnea and are either untreated or undiagnosed. Are you one of them?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

In the Community

We volunteered this past Friday at the Rotary Suites in Marble Falls. It was alot of fun! Myself, Leticia(my Dental Assistant) and Melissa(our Dental Hygienist) were out there for a half day giving back! We got to help so many patients from the Marble Falls, Llano, Burnett area that don't have the means to complete thier dental work but are in severe need. The Rotary Suites were established by three area Rotary Clubs and with the inspiration of Dr. Hernandez and Dr. Morris. It was such a great clinic! We got to do cleanings, fillings and extractions. It was a great way to spend our Friday Morning! We'll be back out there in a few weeks and we're super excited! Thanks to all of those who set up the clinic, it's such an admirable accomplishment!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Clear Alternative to Braces


We're excited that we got named as a Preferred Provider for Austin Invisalign for 2010. Invisalign is a great way to straighten teeth, improve bad bites and misaligned teeth, improve unhealthy gum conditions because of crowded teeth and improve your smile! We're going to have an Invisalign Day coming up so stay tuned! Check out the newly released Invisalign Logo. Pretty cool, huh!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A good first impression and a great lasting impression

What do you think is the first thing people notice about you when you first meet? Your haircut? Your eyes? Your clothes? Your smile? If you said your smile, you're right! What's also interesting is that your smile is what people tend to remember you by after you've met. So, if you're looking to make a good impression and a great lasting impression, check out your smile. Because like it or not, the people you interact with are taking notice of your smile. Everyday we get to help people get healthy and smile even more!

Same Day Service




This morning we got to help out another one of our great guests. Our guest had fractured their tooth while eating and needed it fixed. Since a significant portion of the tooth was broken off and there was a large old filling with a cavity there, we recommended a bonded porcelain restoration to rebuild and strengthen the tooth. Porcelain is a great option because it looks so natural and is extremely durable and long lasting. By doing a bonded porcelain restoration, we were able to conserve all of her remaining healthy tooth structure versus a traditional crown. This process usually takes a minimum of two separate visits to the office. The greatest part of what we were able to do today is that we fitted, placed, and completed the porcelain restoration all today!



We have CEREC technology in our office that allows us to take a digital image of the tooth (so no messy impressions), design the desired result using computer software and then mill the exact piece of designed porcelain, all in the same visit. It didn't even take that much longer than a normal visit and while we were waiting for the milling of the porcelain, we actually completed more dental work that needed to be done! Our guest received a great looking, long lasting and healthy porcelain restoration and caught up with their dental care all in one visit. That means no temporary restoration to wear for a few weeks and no having to come back and spend more time at the office. We know that our guests are busy. The CEREC technology helps minimize the number of visits and time away from work, by giving us the ability to provide same day service. We can also use this technology for making strong and natural looking porcelain crowns in one visit as well. How cool is that!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Now Introducing the UnderArmour Performance Mouthwear

You've been hearing the buzz, now find out about the latest sports trend! Under Armour, yes The Under Armour Compnay has just released a scientifically tested and proven Performance Mouthpiece that is worn during sports. So, for those of you who play tennis, run, cycle, practice yoga, work out, play golf, or are involved in any other contact or non-contact sports activity....Here's a way to reduce stress, decrease sports-related impact injuries,speed up your reaction time, increase your endurance and help you focus more and play better!

Did you know you naturally clench your jaw and teeth when you train and compete? You do. It’s part of your brain’s hard wiring and response to your “fight or flight” mechanism. Whenever you clench your jaw your TMJ(temporomandibular joint) compresses and releases excessive amounts ofcortisol hormones into your body. Cortisol wreaks havoc on your body and produces stress, fatigue, and distraction. We all know that when playing a sport, running, or just working out being focused is a key factor indetermining our success.

*Imagine winning more, practicing better, and performing better all with a performancemouthpiece. Don’t believe it? Check out some of the You Tube Videos at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xi-OM2oHRsM

Here’s what independent studies conducted at some of USA’s top universities and research centers have proven the Under ArmourPerformance Mouthwear can do for you:
*Increases Strength* by improving airflow and less stress from clenching your jaw.
*Increases Endurance* by decreasing lactic acid build-up and decreasing burning sensations felt after a work out.
*Speeds Up Reaction Time* for athletes and improves response to auditory & visual cues. *Reduces Stress* by reducing cortisol production in your body making you feel and play better.
*Reduces Impact* of jaw-related injuries and *decreases the chance of concussion* by up to 20%.

Under Armour Mouthwear is not just a mouthguard. Mouthguards provide protection only. Under Armour Mouthwear is used by athletes who want to excel in their sport or activity because this special mouthwear actually enhances performance.

So why not help yourself by unlocking the power being blocked by yourjaw? Once fitted you can receive your Mouthpiece in as little as 10 days and start enjoying the innovation and technology that will make you stronger, faster,and better at whatever activity you choose. To get your own Mouthpiece, simply call our office to schedule your appointment today. With the New Year we're offering some great promotional pricing!

And if you see me at the Gym, ask me about it, I'll be the one who's super focused and getting more out of my workout!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Continuing to Give Back in the New Year

~ “Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more” ~Tony Robbins

At our office, we definitely believe in helping in the community and giving back. We help out with the following local organizations through donating dental products/services or volunteering our time.

American Red Cross
Here's a link to help out in Haiti. It tells about the relief effort and what you can do to help in this current major crisis.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/huffpost/20100113/cm_huffpost/421014

Bee Caves Rotary Club
We help many local organizations including the Lake Travis Crisis Ministries. http://www.rotary.org/.

Check out the link below to see a woman in need here in Lakeway that our Rotary Club began to help out (Our dental office even got to help by fixing her denture with the help of Serreti Labs).
http://www.statesman.com/life/state-office-adopts-lakeway-woman-who-needs-leg-100773.html?cxtype=ynews_rss...

The Bee Caves Rotary will be doing a fundraiser this Spring 2010 so stay tuned....
Our office will be volunteering at a local Marble Falls Dental Clinic in the next few weeks to help out those in need in the area.

Lake Travis Education Foundation,
http://www.laketraviseducationfoundation.org/
The Crystal Ball is coming up Saturday, Feb 13,2010. This has to be one of the largest local fundraisers and it's alway lots of fun! The LTEF supports education through grants and scholrships for students in the LTISD.

Kindness In Action,
www. kindnessinaction.ca
This is an awesome organization based out of Alberta, Canada that provides dental care to communities in Central and South America and the Phillipines that do not have access to dental care. Dr. Patel will be joining their Dental Team for a weeklong project in Peru this March 2010.

Stay tuned updates and for other projects that we're invloved with throughout the New Year!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cosmetic Dentures--Even False Teeth Can Look Natural

Dr. Patel has received advanced training in cosmetic dentistry and keeps up with the latest advancements in dentistry. He stays current with new technology and materials. The same principles that he uses when doing a complete smile makeover are applied to his Cosmetic Dentures. Why should Dentures have to look like Dentures? With today’s materials, exceptional labs and an artistic eye, they don’t have to look fake anymore!
Dr Patel first always considers goals and wants of the patient and how they want their smile to look. He also accounts for the shape of the patient’s face, their complexion, their smile line, their gender and their age. The best cosmetic dentistry is invisible and dentures can look natural too! Many times with dentures it’s making them not look perfect that makes them look more natural. By creating nuances and characterizations on each tooth or several of the teeth to highlight imperfections, the result is unique to the individual.
Many people who are missing teeth are afraid a "fake" teeth will look even worse than no teeth at all. With Dr. Tejas Patel's artistic skills and state-of-the-art cosmetic denture techniques, he is able to recreate incredibly natural-looking Austin dentures that are aesthetically pleasing.

Monday, January 11, 2010

A New Year, A New You!

Happy New Year! 2009 Just flew by! Thanks to everyone who helped make our 2009 Fantastic! We're very thankful that in 2009 we got to help so many people get the healthy, beautiful smile that they've always wanted! In 2010, treat yourself to getting healthy! Your mouth is the window to the health of your body. Make sure your keeping up with your health goals for the year. We're here to help! If you've been putting off going to the Dentist, don't wait any longer, give us a call. We'll help you meet your dental health goals and help you get the smile you've always wanted.
We're doing a lot of exciting things this year! We'll be Sponsoring the Hills Country Club Social Event on January 21st from 6-9pm. Come see us out there!
We're also throwing a Patient Appreciation and Chamber of Commerce Mixer on Thursday, Feb 4th from 5:30-7:30. Everyone is invited and welcome to come! We'll have some appetizers and drinks for all. This event also marks our 5 Year Anniversary!
We're doing a lot of great new things this year, Stay Tuned! Look for us out in the Community and thanks Again to everyone who made 2009 Awesome!!