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By Holly Scott-Hetchler DDS
June 10, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   Lansing  
veneers lansing miIf you’re not a morning person, waking up and getting to work on time can be a laborious task, especially if you’re responsible for getting others to work or school on time as well. Lansing dentist Holly Scott-Hetchler knows that morning cup of coffee is essential to the start of your day. She also knows that even though these morning habits start your day off right, they can also lead to stained teeth that affect your confidence when you smile.
The world of modern dentistry has a solution for this very problem. Patients in Lansing that have badly stained, crooked, or misshapen teeth should consider veneers to improve the overall appearance of their smiles.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are tooth prosthetic devices, but are unlike dentures and dental implants because they are actually bonded to the natural teeth. Porcelain veneers can hide undesirable tooth defects, such as stained teeth or injured teeth. Occasionally, veneers are recommended to patients as the final step in a root canal procedure, and these covers are are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth.

Who Needs Veneers?

Celebrities Hilary Duff, Miley Cyrus, Katherine Heigl, Katie Holmes, and Zac Efron all owe their show-stopping smiles to dental veneers. However, celebrities aren’t the only people who have access to cosmetic dentistry. Porcelain veneers are a great option for patients who have gaps in their teeth or teeth that have been chipped or worn down over time. Dr. Scott-Hetchler believes that A-listers aren’t the only ones who deserve the opportunity to have a great smile. All her Lansing, MI patients receive excellent care and leave her office smiling like a Hollywood starlet.
For more information about veneers in the Lansing, MI area, call (517) 487-6333 to schedule a consultation with dentist Holly Scott-Hetchler today.
By Holly Scott-Hetchler DDS
March 05, 2014
Category: Dental Education
Tags: Lansing   Dentist  
Lansing family DentistYour oral health care is important, and knowing your dentist in Lansing is even more important.  By getting to know Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler, you will be creating an improved level of trust, which allows you to remain relaxed at every visit knowing you are in good hands.  Dr. Scott-Hetchler prides herself in being a leading dentist in Lansing, MI, and looks forward to getting to know you better.

Meet Your Lansing, MI Dentist

Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler grew up in Lansing, MI and began as a dental assistant.  She went on to attend Lansing Community College where she received an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene in 1994.  Throughout her educational journey, Dr. Scott-Hetchler worked as a dental hygienist and completed her Bachelors of Science degree at Michigan State University in 1998. 
After graduation, she went on to attend the University of Detroit Mercy, School of Dentistry where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2002 and joined her current practice in 2002 where she transitioned to ownership when Dr. Gerrit Gucky retired.

Continuing Education

Education doesn’t end.  Dr. Scott-Hetchler continues to improve her dental health care knowledge through the completion of continuing education courses and seminars.  She has completed many continuing education seminars, including the prestigious Dawson Academy and Spear Education Institute.  She has also received certification in the areas of cosmetic improvement of smiles, TMJ disorders, pediatric dentistry, and many more.
Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler looks forward to being your go-to dentist in Lansing and continues to improve her knowledge and understanding of advancements in dentistry through ongoing dental education.
By Holly Scott-Hetchler DDS
December 20, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures   Lansing  
Dentures LansingIf you are in a situation where you need to replace multiple missing teeth, you may want to talk to your Lansing, MI dentist, Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler, about getting fitted for dentures. Today’s dentures are more comfortable and functional than in the past. With a similar appearance to your natural teeth, dentures can give you back the complete smile that you lost. Talk to Dr. Scott-Hetchler today to learn more or have a consultation to get fitted for dentures in Lansing.

Understanding Your Options

Depending on your specific needs, you may either want partial or complete dentures. Complete dentures are used to replace all of your teeth, while partial dentures fill in the spaces caused by missing teeth to improve your appearance and make sure that your teeth don’t move. Candidates for complete dentures have lost all or most of their teeth. Complete dentures fall into two categories: conventional or immediate. Immediate dentures are inserted immediately after removing the remaining teeth. This allows for you to not have to go any amount of time without having teeth in your mouth. However, your bones and teeth can move in the six months after tooth removal so you may have to have your dentures refitted. Conventional dentures are created after your teeth have been removed.
Overdentures are removable dentures that will fit over a small number of remaining natural teeth or dental implants. Your natural teeth need to be prepared to provide stability and support for the denture. In addition, partial dentures offer a solution when you only have several teeth that are missing. Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth that are attached to pink plastic bases that are connected to metal framework.

Getting Used To Your Dentures

When you first get fitted for dentures, they will probably feel awkward in your mouth for a few weeks. However, you will start to get used to them almost immediately and eventually they will feel natural to you. Taking your dentures out and putting them in will also take some practice, but you will shortly become very good at it. Never force your partial denture into place by biting down, as this can break or bend the claps.
If your denture puts too much pressure on a certain area of your mouth, it will become sore. If this happens, your dentist can make adjustments to your dentures to make them more comfortable.
When you first get dentures installed, start out by eating soft foods and gradually build up to your normal eating patterns. Continue to take good care of your mouth by brushing your gums and tongue with a soft-bristled brush every morning.
To learn more about dentures, Lansing patients can call to schedule an appointment, by contacting Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler at (517) 487-6333.

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