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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By City Creek Dental
March 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Discover how simple cosmetic options like dental bonding could enhance your bonding

Do you think that cosmetic dentistry is only designed to make major alterations and enhancements to your smile? Think again. Our Temple, TX, dentist, Dr. Derek Winegar, knows that not everyone is dealing with significant cosmetic issues but they still want to hide more minor flaws to improve the look of their smiles. If this sounds like you then it’s time to find out more about dental bonding.

What is dental bonding?

The same tooth-colored material used for dental fillings can also be used for strictly cosmetic purposes, as well. If you are dealing with small cracks, chips, unevenness, or wear (from teeth grinding), discolorations or even minor gaps between teeth then dental bonding could easily cover these flaws and improve the shape, size, and symmetry of your smile in just one visit.

How does dental bonding work?

Our Temple cosmetic dentist will first take a look at the problems you are looking to correct to make sure that dental bonding is the best approach and can provide you with the results you want. If you are a good candidate for bonding then the process is pretty simple and easy. Since bonding is completely non-invasive it’s painless and doesn’t require anesthesia.

We will first make sure that the resin we use matches the shade of your tooth. After all, we want it to blend right in and look natural. Once we choose the proper color of composite resin, we will apply the first layer over the imperfection. Just like with dental fillings, we will most likely need to apply multiple layers in order to achieve the ideal results.

The resin is malleable, so it’s easy to mold and shape the material around the problem areas. Once the layer is perfect, we will direct a laser over the area to harden the resin into place. We will continue these same steps until the tooth is fully restored.

Is dental bonding right for me?

Bonding can be a great way to enhance and boost the shape and overall appearance of your smile. We know that even having more minor cosmetic flaws can put a damper on your self-esteem, and simple measures like this one can give you the smile you want. Of course, this cosmetic treatment may not be ideal for someone who is dealing with more serious or widespread cosmetic issues.

City Creek Dental in Temple, TX, is ready to help you achieve the smile results you’ve been looking for. If you are interested in talking about your cosmetic options with us, then call our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Winegar.


The holidays are a season for giving. At this time of year, lots of us spend hours rushing around, looking for the perfect gifts for people we care about. But sometimes, amidst all the hustle and bustle, it doesn’t hurt to step back and think about yourself a little. If a better-looking smile has been on your list but you haven’t taken the first steps, the holiday season might be the right time to give yourself a gift.

Many smile problems, like discolored, chipped or uneven teeth, can be resolved with veneers—wafer-thin porcelain shells that cover the front surfaces of teeth. Veneers are custom-made just for you: They can have a pearly luster to match your existing teeth, or be Hollywood-white for a dazzling red-carpet smile. In just a few visits to the dental office, you can have the smile you’ve always wanted—and a whole new look for the New Year.

If damaged or missing teeth are what’s bothering you, you’ll be happy to know that there are lots of good options for replacing them. If the tooth’s roots are still in good shape, a crown or cap could be the answer. This is a sturdy replacement for the entire visible part of the tooth that not only looks great, but also functions well in your bite—and can last for years to come.

If teeth are missing or can’t be saved, we offer several options for replacement, including fixed (non-removable) bridgework and dental implants. A tried-and-true method for replacing one or more missing teeth, bridges are firmly supported by healthy teeth next to the gap in your smile. These teeth must be prepared to receive the bridge by having some of the tooth’s surface removed.

Dental implants are today’s premier option for tooth replacement. In this high-tech system, a root-like titanium insert, placed directly into the bone beneath the gum, forms a solid anchorage for the visible part of the replacement tooth. Implants look and feel completely natural, and can last for many years. Plus, they don’t require any work to be done on nearby teeth.

What kind of smile makeover is right for you? Just ask us! We will be happy to take a look at your smile and recommend a treatment plan. And in this season of generosity, there’s no better gift you can give yourself than a bright new smile.

You can learn more about smile makeovers by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”

By City Creek Dental
December 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Your smile definitely has darkened and dulled over the years. Your check-ups at City Creek Dental in Temple, TX are good, and your teeth whiteningdentist, Dr. Derek Winegar is pleased with your oral health. However, he knows you are dissatisfied with your tooth color. You wonder, "Should I consider a tooth whitening treatment?" Well, why not learn more about this in-demand cosmetic dental treatment?

Why tooth color changes

Time and what we put into our mouths changes tooth color. Yes, we:

  • Age
  • Drink coffee, tea, cola and sports drinks
  • Consume acidic foods, such as tomato sauce, which soften tooth enamel
  • Eat darkly colored foods such as blueberries, raspberries and soy sauce
  • Smoke and chew tobacco
  • Use prescription drugs which stain teeth

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic also say that poor oral hygiene--that is, insufficient brushing, flossing and professional cleanings--contributes to dental stains as porous tooth enamel holds onto accumulated organic matter.

What you can do

If you're at the point where you are too embarrassed to show your smile, ask your dentist in Temple about professional teeth whitening. City Creek Dental offers this aesthetic treatment as a stand-alone service or often combines it with other smile improvements such as porcelain veneers. Available in an at-home or in-office version, teeth whitening changes tooth color by several shades. The results are safe and truly dramatic. No over the counter toothpastes, rinses or strips produce the smile boost that professional whitening can.

Before starting the treatment, Dr. Winegar will examine your teeth and gums to be sure they are healthy enough for whitening. People with extensive decay, numerous restorations or gum disease cannot get their teeth whitened.

If you choose the at-home version, you'll be fitted with custom-made acrylic trays that apply concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel right to your teeth. You'll wear them daily for a prescribed amount of time.

If you choose in-office whitening, the gel is swabbed on and allowed to penetrate your teeth as you relax in the dental chair. After the gel does its work, the dentist rinses it off to reveal those amazing results.

Keeping a white smile

Brush twice daily, and floss once a day as the American Dental Association advises. Also, get your semi-annual check ups and cleanings at City Creek Dental. As best you can, limit staining foods and beverages, and of course, stop smoking. Tobacco is so bad for your teeth and gums, and of course, your systemic health can suffer because of it, too.

Come see us

If you'd like to learn more about teeth whitening, contact City Creek Dental for a cosmetic dentistry consultation in Temple, TX. Dr. Winegar will outline your options for a beautiful smile. Call (254) 778-1990.