Dental Tips Blog

Jan
10

How to Avoid a Dental Makeover Nightmare

You’ve heard a few horror stories about folks who received an unwanted dental “make-under.” You may even have ended up with a crown or bridge yourself that you think is pretty unsightly.

Don’t lose faith in dentistry just yet; bad dental experiences are definitely not the norm!

Here are a couple things you should do to find a reliable cosmetic dentist and get the results you want.

Ask Trusted Sources

Many dental offices – good and bad – feature lovely websites. So don’t go by a pretty web design, alone. Make sure you do research that takes you to trusted sources for reviews on cosmetic dentists near you.

Ask friends, ask around at your place of work, or talk with parents of your kids’ classmates. There’s no need to be ashamed in asking. Who wouldn’t feel flattered when asked “How did you get such gorgeous teeth?”

Take Lots Of “Before” Shots

Okay, so you’ve found someone with rave reviews and you’re bracing yourself for that first meeting. Do your part by coming armed with photos of what you want your smile to look like. It’s easier to show rather than to explain your vision. Better yet, take in pics of your smile from times when you were in love with it. A good cosmetic dentist can replicate a look that’s uniquely you.

Also, check that the dentist will let you do a “test drive” with a temporary restoration to make sure you like it.

With some research and plenty of preparation, it is possible to find a great cosmetic dentist!

Posted on behalf of:
Cardinal Dental
1400 Triad Center Drive
St. Peters, MO 63376
(636) 441-7340

Jan
4

There’s More Than Meets the Eye in a Beautiful Smile

A perfectly straight white smile has become a symbol of successfully achieving the American dream. Gorgeous teeth are an indication of growing up with every access to dental care, great health, and beauty.

But if your teeth are less than stellar right now, why should you care? Focusing on how your smile looks could seem pretty pointless in view of everything else you have to worry about…right?

Consider, however, a few good reasons why you should consider improving the appearance of your teeth through cosmetic dental procedures.

  1. Your Teeth Will Be Healthier

This is the most important reason to enhance your teeth with a little cosmetic dental treatment. You wouldn’t try to cover up a serious mold problem in your home by hanging a few nice pictures. Likewise, you can’t patch on a pretty smile without addressing the core issues. A beautiful smile starts on the inside.

By pursuing cosmetic dentistry, your teeth will also experience the reinforcing benefits.

  1. You Will Look Younger

Virtually every society associates a loss of teeth with aging. A gap in the smile often denotes a lack of intelligence. Long or crooked teeth can indicate evil intent. While such stigmas aren’t true, a beautiful smile will bring your overall looks closer to the ideal of human health and vitality.

If you want to take years off your looks, investing in your smile is the longest-lasting way to do so.

  1. Your Smile Is Your Most Important Feature

Bright eyes, perfect hair, nice muscle tone, eyebrows-on-point – all of that goes out the window once someone notices that your smile is dull, stained, or uneven. Don’t underestimate the power of a sparkling grin!

Ask your dentist which cosmetic procedures could make the biggest impact on your life.

Posted on behalf of:
Enamel Dentistry
2717 S Lamar Blvd #1086
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 717-5315

Dec
31

Black Teeth and Other Bizarre Dental Trends

Check out a few of these once-popular dental trends that astound, impress, and horrify us today.

Tooth Blackening

At one time, black teeth (ohaguro) were considered a mark of beauty in Japan. This was especially so when they contrasted with the white makeup of a geisha. The practice was believed to have strengthened teeth.

Egyptian Bridgework

This archaeological find isn’t so much bizarre as it is innovative. The early Egyptians apparently had a technique for bracing false teeth over a gap in the gums using gold or silver wire.

What isn’t entirely know is whether this extensive bridgework (which looks like it could have been painful) was performed on living patients or dead ones. It’s possible they only placed a dental bridge on a dead body to make it look good in preparation for burial.

Mayan Tooth Bling

The Mayans had some pretty advanced cosmetic dentistry. Mixing a resin with crushed bone, they would bind gems to carefully carved holes in teeth. They’d get creative with all kinds of precious stones and metals.

Analyzing those teeth today reveals that the Mayans knew a thing or two about tooth anatomy – their restorations usually stayed well away from the nerve inside of the tooth.

Tooth Sharpening

Teeth have been sharpened in countries all over Africa, South America, South East Asia, and the South Pacific. Cultural reasons for doing so include:

  • Class distinction
  • Religion
  • Gender distinction
  • Superstition
  • To look like sharks (that is an actual reason)

Thankfully, today’s cosmetic dental procedures are far safer, kinder to teeth, and more hygienic. There is plenty of room for self-expression within the bounds of safe cosmetic dentistry. Ask your dentist about treatment options for whitening, straightening, and otherwise enhancing your teeth to fit the modern ideal of health.

Posted on behalf of:
Precision Digital Dentistry
674 US-202/206
Suite 7
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 955-6999

Dec
26

5 Reasons Your Teeth Are Turning Gray

Everyone wants a dazzlingly white smile. Sometimes, coffee or cigarette smoking is to blame for dark stains on teeth. But those are usually easy to treat with professional bleaching.

Gray teeth, on the other hand, are virtually impossible to bleach. This is because the stain usually comes from inside the tooth, as opposed to being caused by outside forces.

  1. Tetracycline Staining

Taking a certain class of antibiotic during tooth formation is known to cause staining. It can even happen to an unborn baby if the mom takes the medication during pregnancy. When the child’s teeth come in, they can show up gray.

  1. Trauma

A hard knock to a tooth can cause the inner tissues to die. As they decompose, the tooth is left an eerie gray color.

  1. Fluorosis

Extreme cases of heavy fluoride exposure during tooth development can cause relatively harmless but unsightly dark staining in permanent teeth.

  1. Metal Filling Staining

Do you have any old silver amalgam fillings? These can leach out into tooth enamel over time, discoloring it.

  1. Nerve Damage

Whether due to trauma or decay, the nerve inside a tooth can become injured and infected. When this happens, it’s time for a root canal to remove the nerve and save your tooth.

If you have a dark tooth that bothers you, it’s definitely time to see a dentist. Especially if the cause is a damaged nerve that can trigger an infection. Contact your family dental office to plan a visit. Your dentist will be happy to help you discover options for treating gray teeth such as teeth bleaching, dental crowns or dental veneers.

Posted on behalf of:
Memorial Park Dental Spa
6010 Washington Ave Suite D
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 336-8478

Dec
26

Is There a Difference Between a Smile Makeover and Full Mouth Restoration?

Yes, there is. Although both are processes are meant for remaking a smile, the end goal is very different. This difference could affect your plans for restoring your own smile.

What’s Involved In A Smile Makeover

A smile makeover takes a cosmetic angle. In fact, the process is almost purely cosmetic dental treatment with few functional benefits that may coincidentally follow. You undertake this series of procedures because you want to make changes in how your smile looks.

Some treatments that commonly turn up in a smile makeover include:

  • Teeth bleaching
  • Bonding
  • Veneers
  • Invisalign orthodontic treatment
  • Gum recontouring

When You Need A Full Mouth Restoration/Reconstruction

An FMR is something you need, not just want. The aim here is to restore some original function that was lost. Patients usually need restorations after their jaw has been affected by an accident, cancer, or extensive dental disease.

Restoring function often involves surgery, extractions, dentures, implants, and dental bridges, crowns, or fillings.

Which Do You Need?

Think of it this way: a makeover is a series of superficial changes while an FMR rebuilds your mouth, thereby helping you eat, breathe, and speak normally.

It can be hard to decide what you want when you don’t even know what your teeth need! Get started by visiting your dentist. He or she will assess your dental health needs, discuss your treatment options, and help you prioritize treatment.

Your dentist will help you figure out how to afford treatment and which procedures your insurance is likely to cover. In the meantime, take care of the smile you have with a great oral hygiene routine and regular dental checkups.

Posted on behalf of:
Brentwood Dental Group
2440 S Brentwood Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63144
(314) 962-6643

Dec
19

What is Restorative Dentistry?

General dentistry is pretty much the same thing as “restorative” dentistry. If you visit a general dentist, you will find a variety of restorative procedures are available in a family-friendly atmosphere.

To “restore” something means to bring it back to it’s former function and design. Whether it’s a piano, antique book, piece of vintage clothing, or a smile, restoration can work wonders.

When you suffer from a tooth fracture or cavity, your mouth just doesn’t work the way it used to. You may have trouble chewing. Constant pain could interfere with sleep. Gaps may collect pieces of food. Teeth might start shifting out of alignment.

The goal of restorative dentistry is to fill in those empty spaces, cure sore spots, get rid of disease, and strengthen your bite. Basically, whatever it takes to get you smiling again!

Here are some examples of restorative dental treatment options you can choose from.

Fillings

Cavities are excavated and filled in with a metal or resin-based material.

Crowns

A dental crown or “cap” is ideal for a tooth with extensive damage. It replaces the entire outer layer of enamel.

Indirect Restorations

Inlays and onlays are made outside the mouth and fit neatly inside prepared teeth.

Full And Partial Dentures

Sometimes, teeth do need to be replaced altogether.

Implants

Dental implants are the most permanent option for replacing lost teeth.

You will also hear of “cosmetic” dentists. Cosmetic dentistry places a focus on enhancing the appearance of your smile even if there’s nothing bothering you. Your general dentist can provide cosmetic treatments as well (veneers or whitening, for example.)

Schedule an appointment and ask about what you can do to keep your smile strong, comfortable, and gorgeous.

Posted on behalf of:
Dona W. Prince, DDS
4220 Sergeant Rd #100
Sioux City, IA 51106
(712) 274-2228

Dec
12

How Should I Fix My Front Tooth?

A stained, chipped or crooked front tooth can be a frustrating burden to live with. Even if it doesn’t physically hurt, the pain of being constantly aware of it can be severe enough to limit your social life.

Most people reach a point in their life when they decide they’ve had enough of close-lipped smiles and laughing behind their hand. If you too feel that you can’t rock the small flaw with confidence, then it’s probably time for a big little change.

Deep Stain Removal

Is your tooth just severely discolored? Trauma or certain medications in childhood can result in deep stubborn staining that won’t respond to any over-the-counter whitening products. Your dentist may have special techniques for bleaching a single tooth to help it more closely match its neighbors.

Bonding

Dental bonding is ideal for patching up small chips, roughness, and stained spots that don’t respond to bleaching. All bonding involves is patching a bit of white filling material where it’s needed and smoothing the edges to a seamless finish.

Veneer

For something a little more lasting than bonding, you might try a veneer. It’s a whole piece of slim porcelain that covers the entire front of your tooth like a tablecloth on the top of a dining table.

Crown

As a last-resort, you can cover up any deficiencies in your tooth by capping it off with a natural-looking dental crown.

Making the change to your front tooth can be such a small thing, but it’s guaranteed to make a big difference! Contact your dentist to find out which restorative options are available in your area and which will work best for your tooth.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

Dec
5

How Much Will It Cost to Fix My Smile?

That depends on how much “fixing” your smile needs.

Not only that, but what kind of fixing you need and how much fixing you want also come into play. Add in the fact that offices price their treatment differently depending on geographic location, and it’s really difficult to give a ballpark estimate.

You could be looking at a range from two to six figures in terms of treatment cost.

Let’s get started by considering a few questions:

  • What are smile needs?
  • What are your smile wants?
  • How can your dentist help?

Smile Needs

“Fixing” your smile isn’t just about making it pretty. Dental repairs are often essential to keep teeth comfortable and functioning. Restorative treatments range from a simple filling to crowning a tooth to completely extracting it in favor of a fake one.

How your dentist can help:

You have to consult an actual dentist in person to know what your smile needs to properly function once again. He or she will tell you your options and give you the best estimate of the total.

Smile Wants

Sometimes, fixing a smile is about covering up a spot that doesn’t feel bad but looks bad. Cosmetic dentistry isn’t considered a medical necessity so it can be hard to get insurance coverage for it.

How your dentist can help:

You’d be surprised at the range of cosmetic dental treatments your dentist can provide. Some are surprisingly cost-effective, like at-home whitening or dental bonding. It may not take much at all to reach your smile goals. Your dentist is in the best position to help you navigate the many options out there.

Schedule a smile evaluation today to get started!

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050

Nov
30

The Emotional Impact of a Beautiful Smile

Wow! A beautiful, healthy smile may be more important than you think. Have you ever seen someone who refused to smile? Was it really that they were angry…or just embarrassed by the bad teeth hidden inside? Was that someone you still wanted to meet? Date? Hug? Work for? Did you still feel good inside when you shot them a smile and got no reaction (or a frown) back?

A beautiful smile can…

Lift Your Spirits

The flash of that smile can be a like a wink, a thumbs up, a silent way of telling you that everything will be okay. There’s a saying that you might not remember what a person says to you, but you’ll always remember how they made you feel. How does a winning smile make you feel?

Make or Break First Impressions

A great smile could equal a job offer, a pageant crown, a first date, or even an opportunity to be on TV. It could be as simple as the retailer choosing to wait on you first because your smile got his attention. It could mean that the airline who lost your luggage is suddenly bending over backwards to make it right. Do you favor those who smile? 

A Boost in Your Health

When you take pride in your smile, you may suddenly take pride in the rest of your appearance, too. “Maybe I do have time to make a salad, go to the gym, get that physical scheduled…?” Feeling good is contagious! Will you share your beautiful smile today? Call your dentist to see what type of cosmetic  dental treatment solutions are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767

Nov
29

Four Reasons Why You Deserve Beautiful Teeth

You weren’t naturally blessed with a gorgeous smile, but you’ve learned to accept it. There are other things you’re happy with…your hair…your waistline…you can’t have it all, right? Actually, there’s more to be said about having beautiful teeth than you might realize. Plus, it’s easier than ever to finally have the “smile of your dreams” with a little help from your dentist.

Here are four reasons why you should finally consider getting a little cosmetic dental work done:

A Renewed Confidence

Maybe you didn’t realize that you never smile in photographs…it’s become such a habit over the years, but it boils down to not liking how your teeth look. Being free of having to hide your teeth can give you the confidence to go throughout the day with a higher level of self-esteem. 

An Investment in Your Career

Making a great first impression often starts with smiling when you enter the room. Studies have shown that people with whiter, straighter, more appealing teeth are more likely to do well in job interviews and be awarded a higher paying salary. 

A Happier Demeanor

People who feel good about their teeth are apt to smile more frequently. As such, others think of them as happier and more of a joy to be around. If you smile more, you’re likely to have more friends than other people.

New Social Opportunities

Great looking teeth can give you the boost necessary to go out of your way to meet new people, talk at parties, or even finally ask your crush out on a date.

Book a private consultation with your dentist today to find out what cosmetic dental options are available. You might just be surprised at how easy the process is!

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

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