Do Braces Hurt?


Patients getting braces for the first time are often nervous about the amount of pain they may experience throughout the process. In terms of traditional metal braces, the discomfort you feel will vary from what others experience, as everyone reacts differently. In general, you should not hurt when they are first put on. However, within a couple hours after they are placed, your teeth and mouth will probably be sore, which often lasts for about a week. This is because force is being applied to your teeth, and as they begin to slowly shift, the tension in the wires will lessen. As you return every four to six weeks to get your braces tightened, you will most likely experience more discomfort, though this is typically milder than the initial soreness. The first 24 hours is usually the worst after each tightening, and the soreness typically fades within a couple days. Once your teeth have moved to their final position, Dr. Robin Rutherford will remove the brackets and wires, which should not be painful. It is possible that you may develop sores while you’re getting used to your braces, but over time, your mouth should get used to the braces. More…

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Which Is Right for Me: Six Month Smiles® or Traditional Braces?


A variety of orthodontic solutions are available to help you achieve a straight smile. At The Art of Dentistry, our patients can choose from two systems in particular: traditional braces and Six Month Smiles®. Both options involve brackets that are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth, as well as wires that are attached. Over time, they gradually shift your teeth to the desired position. Since both braces types can provide beautiful results for the right candidates, you may be wondering, “Which one is right for me?” In general, traditional braces are best for those with complex bite issues caused by misalignment. They take about two years on average to effectively straighten teeth, though this can vary. Most of the time, these metal braces are ideal for younger individuals whose teeth need more elaborate correction. Six Month Smiles®, on the other hand, is a great option for those who need braces to fix alignment issues and gaps in the front of the mouth that are cosmetic in nature. The innovative solution uses clear brackets and tooth-colored wires that gradually shift the teeth with low-force movement over the course of about six months. When you come in for you initial consultation,…

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Dr. Rutherford Featured in Cosmetic Town Journal


With more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Robin Rutherford has become a respected authority on cosmetic dentistry. He regularly shares his dental expertise through interviews on television, radio, and print media. Just recently, Dr. Rutherford was published in Cosmetic Town Journal – an online resource that offers the latest information on cosmetic procedures and innovative techniques. The website highlights the most qualified and highly recommended cosmetic doctors, and Dr. Rutherford has joined the site as one of these “top doctors.” For two of the journal’s November articles, Dr. Rutherford shared comprehensive details about dental implants and full mouth reconstruction. The articles cover areas including candidacy, treatment details, limitations, and recovery for each. His hope with this information is to educate the public and help them understand what the procedures entail. Read what Dr. Rutherford shared on Dental Implants and Full Mouth Reconstruction. If you would like more information about a specific procedure, please contact The Art of Dentistry to schedule an appointment.

How Much do Dental Implants Cost?


Dental implants can successfully replace a missing tooth for a secure restoration that both looks and feels natural. Whether our patients at The Art of Dentistry need to replace a single tooth or are seeking an alternative to traditional dentures to eliminate the need for adhesives and reduce gum irritation, the potential benefits of dental implants are clear. However, after learning about the many advantages of the advanced tooth replacement option, our patients often wonder how much dental implants are going to cost them. The cost of dental implants will vary from patient to patient, since there are many variables that make each case different. There are a number of different factors that can contribute to the price of your dental implant procedure, including: Number of implants Location of missing teeth Degree of difficulty Level of skill and experience of the dentist To learn if you are a candidate for dental implants, and to receive an estimate of the cost of your procedure, please schedule a consultation with us today. At The Art of Dentistry, we aim to help our patients achieve their dream of a beautiful, healthy smile. As part of this endeavor, we offer a number of financing…

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Are Dental Implants Right for Me?


A missing tooth is often much more than simply an aesthetic problem. Oftentimes, patients with missing teeth experience difficulty when eating or speaking. In addition, the gaps left by missing teeth can lead to more complicated dental issues, such as overcrowding of the teeth and an increased risk for future tooth loss. A dental implant is an advanced restoration technique designed to replace the missing tooth with results that are long-lasting, require no extra maintenance, and look natural. By anchoring the replacement tooth with a small titanium rod, the stability and durability of the restoration is significantly enhanced. After this artificial tooth root is implanted into the jaw, a porcelain cap is added to complete the tooth replacement for a seamless, beautiful smile. If you have one or more missing teeth, you may benefit from dental implants. Our patients at The Art of Dentistry have used dental implants to successfully replace a single missing tooth or to replace an entire row of teeth as a more comfortable and secure alternative to traditional dentures. Since the titanium rods are implanted into the jawbone, ideal candidates for dental implants will have sufficient bone density to receive the implant. For some patients, implant…

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How Do I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?


Although the treatment for sleep apnea can be straight-forward, discovering whether you suffer from this common condition can be more difficult. Many people who experience the symptoms of sleep apnea do not know the cause. Oftentimes, sleep apnea can be dismissed as “just snoring.” However, sleep apnea patients also frequently experience pauses in breathing at night or wake up gasping for air. Snoring is one of the most obvious symptoms of sleep apnea, though there are many other signs of the condition that may seem unrelated. When trying to determine if you or your partner are suffering from sleep apnea, be on the lookout for symptoms and health conditions, including:      Teeth grinding      Insomnia      Headaches      Exhaustion      Memory loss      Sexual dysfunction When left untreated, sleep apnea may lead to more serious medical concerns, such as diabetes, depression, a compromised immune system, stroke, or heart disease. If you think you or a loved one may be suffering from the dangerous condition, it is important to undergo a sleep study as soon as possible. Once you are diagnosed, a customized treatment plan can be developed, allowing you to sleep better and improve your overall health and quality of life. -Dr. Robin Rutherford Contact The…

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What Is Sleep Apnea?


Sleep apnea is a medical condition characterized by an impaired ability to breathe while sleeping. Unfortunately, many people who have sleep apnea are unaware they suffer from the condition. The most common symptom of sleep apnea is snoring. Though many people consider snoring a normal part of life, the truth is it can severely impact your health. As we sleep, the soft tissues and muscles of the throat typically relax and narrow our air passages. When the velocity of our breath increases to compensate for this narrowed pathway, these soft tissues can vibrate and produce the snoring sound. While snoring may sound like merely an inconvenience for you or your partner, it could also indicate sleep apnea. People with this condition experience pauses in their breathing and may frequently wake up gasping for air. The continuous disruption of your sleep patterns can lead to much more serious concerns, including:      High blood pressure      Gastric reflux      Morning headaches      Weight gains      Compromised attention/memory      Heart disease Fortunately, at The Art of Dentistry, we offer a number of treatments that can ease or eliminate the symptoms of sleep apnea by improving your ability to breathe while you sleep. -Dr. Robin Rutherford Contact The Art of…

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Dr. Rutherford a Best Selling Author for Cosmetic Dentistry Book


Our team is proud to announce that Dr. Robin Rutherford has been named a best selling author for his work on the recently published book on cosmetic dentistry, “A Cup of Coffee with 10 of the Top Cosmetic Dentists in the United States: Valuable insights you should know before you have cosmetic dental work done.” The book became an Amazon Best Seller, providing readers with valuable information about cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Rutherford’s chapter, which opens the book, covers what training and experience people should look for when researching cosmetic dentists. Reflecting on the publication, Dr. Rutherford feels honored to have been asked to share his insights as lead author and is proud that it has become a best selling resource for those considering cosmetic dental work. To learn how cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile, please contact us to schedule an appointment at The Art of Dentistry. If you are interested in purchasing the book on cosmetic dentistry, you can find it here.

Dr. Rutherford Named Super Dentist for Fourth Year in a Row


Super Dentists is a listing of dentists who have a high level of professional achievement and have been nominated by their peers for the recognition. Dr. Robin Rutherford was named one of Texas’ Super Dentists from 2011-2013 and is proud to be given the title for a fourth consecutive year in 2014.   In order to be part of the annual Super Dentists list, dentists must be recognized by fellow dental professionals through the question, “If you needed care in one of the following specialties, which dentist would you choose?” In addition to being named in this survey, the nominees are evaluated based on their professional standings, such as years of experience, certifications, leadership roles, awards, publications, and more. Only the highest ranked professionals are included, which is limited to only 10% of the dentists of their state or region.   “Many patients are looking for a doctor who is above average, but they have very few ways to evaluate one versus another. It is extremely helpful to have other doctors give their opinions and for those evaluations to be collected and reported by Texas Super Dentists. Many patients who have come to my practice have been influenced by this…

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Dr. Rutherford Has Co-Authored a New Book About Cosmetic Dentistry

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It’s finally here! You may or may not know this, but I am very proud and excited to announce that I have been working on a book project with a publisher to co-author a book. It is called: “A Cup Of Coffee With 10 Of The Top Cosmetic Dentists In The United States” Valuable insights you should know before you have cosmetic dental work done. What is great about this book is that all the royalties of this book are being donated to a great cause: Kiwanis who works with children around the United States and the world. The book itself offers useful and relevant information to the public about cosmetic dentistry and I’m very proud to have been asked to share my insights on the topic. You can help. We are aiming at getting this to Amazon best-seller status. This will help to raise a significant amount of money for Kiwanis. The book will officially tomorrow. Tuesday, December 16th at: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST Noon – 2:00 pm CST 11:00 am – 1:00 pm MST 10:00 am – Noon PST During that exact timeframe, I ask that you purchase 1 or 2 copies of the book (Remember…

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