Dental Tips Blog

May
3

Boost Your Professional Image With Cosmetic Dentistry

It’s easy to think that you just don’t have time to make cosmetic improvements to your smile. You want to spend more time on things that are important to you like your family or your professional career.

Did you know that enhancing your smile could be more important than you realized?

What’s In a Smile?

The simple act of smiling releases loads of feel-good hormones. So the more you smile, the more positive you’ll feel. This shines through in your work ethic, as well. More smiling tends to make you more approachable to your coworkers and peers.

That’s saying a lot if your job depends on teamwork or other interpersonal interaction!

What better reason to smile than just knowing that your smile is worth showing off?

Benefits of a Beautiful Smile

Not only will you want to smile more after having a couple of cosmetic dental enhancements, but you’ll experience these other great perks:

  • Looking younger
  • Achieving the look of health and optimal fitness
  • Demonstrating a sense of self-worth
  • Motivation to maintain your dental and overall health

Ready for Your Smile Makeover?

You don’t need to spend thousands out-of-pocket or wait for days in a dental chair to see incredible changes. Your personal smile makeover might include only a couple of small procedures such as teeth whitening and minimal dental bonding or enamel shaping.

Of course, the sky is the limit when it comes to designing the smile of your dreams. But don’t let any misconceptions prevent you from experiencing the impact cosmetic dentistry can have on your career.

Contact your dentist to find out more about scheduling a smile consultation.

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

May
1

Want an Even Smile? The Secret May Lie in Your Gums

Have you ever smiled in the mirror and detested the sight of teeth that look:

  • Too long
  • Too short
  • Differently sized?

If so, then you could probably use a bit of minor cosmetic gum enhancement.

Gum Treatment – Why?

Teeth sometimes look a little funny just because they have too much or too little gum tissue covering them. It might not necessarily be that your teeth are too small . . . they could just be hidden under excess gums.

Instead of compromising your tooth enamel to increase the size of your tooth, you can simply laser or trim away a little of the excess gums (also called “crown lengthening.”)

How It’s Done

Your dentist or a periodontist (gum specialist) will make sure that your gums are numb before operating. Within a procedure of only a few minutes, the doctor will skillfully trim off a little border of gum tissue. More recently, this process often uses laser technology for quick treatment, minimal discomfort, and faster healing.

Cosmetic Smile Enhancement Options

Gum enhancement isn’t for everyone.

You may find that some areas of your mouth will benefit from gum therapy while others need enhancements to the teeth themselves. When most patients design their smile makeovers, they plan to incorporate many different elements of treatment.

Your smile plan might include a variety of procedures such as:

With the advice of a professional like a dentist or periodontist, you may find that there’s no need at all to treat your teeth. Just a little gum surgery could do the trick!

To find the combination that’s right for your smile, schedule a consultation with your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Feb
14

Are Veneers Bad For Your Enamel?

Veneers have been in vogue on the cosmetic dentistry scene since about 1982.

Using a thin sheet of hand crafted porcelain, your dentist can reshape the front of your tooth to complete your smile. Veneers are used to close up gaps, smooth out edges, brighten tooth color, and fill out chipped areas.

For as great as dental veneers look, some people rightly wonder just how safe they are.

Placing a Veneer

To make a porcelain shell stay on your smile and feel natural, your dentist has to remove a small layer of the enamel from the front of the tooth. This helps your new veneer to feel comfortable. Otherwise, you’d notice the bulk of simply pasting an extra layer over your tooth.

A ‘glue’ or cement seals the veneer permanently in place.

Is all this enamel-removal and cementing healthy for a natural tooth?

How Veneers Affect Your Teeth

The only enamel removed is an amount equal in thickness to the veneer material. Even though your teeth lose this enamel, it’s entirely replaced with a durable porcelain material and reinforced with a chemical bond. Your new ‘false fronts’ are permanent.

Your teeth can be compromised if you have the habit of grinding them. In that case, you could easily pop the veneers off unintentionally. Wear a guard at night to protect your teeth. If you slack off in brushing and flossing, it’s still possible for your beautiful new teeth to suffer from decay, just as they would normally.

Ask your dentist to evaluate your smile and make sure that you qualify. He or she will ensure that your teeth are healthy and strong. This way, you can enjoy your veneers for 10, 15, or even 20 years to come.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

Feb
6

Cosmetic Solutions for Long Yellow Teeth

You can’t remember exactly when it started. All you know is that you’ve gradually become ashamed of your smile. Whitening toothpastes and rinses just don’t work anymore. You wonder if anything can be done.

How Did Your Teeth Get Like This?

Teeth will look longer when the gums recede from them. As your tissue pulls away, the tooth root is revealed. Unlike the bright enamel covering on the crown of your tooth, roots are dark yellow in appearance. Gingival recession thus results in making your teeth look longer and more yellow.

Years of stain and wear will also darken the hue of your teeth. The enamel layer thins out as you age and this exposes more of the yellow inner layer of your tooth.

It’s an unfortunate side-effect of aging that teeth will get darker and look longer.

Prevent Gum Recession and Staining

You might be able to slow down the recession of your gums by changing the way you brush. A soft toothbrush and gentle hand will help you keep your teeth clean without irritating your gums. Try to cut back on dark staining foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, red wine, curries, and tomato sauces.

Repair the Damage That’s Done

In spite of your best efforts, there’s little you can do to actually erase the effects of aging on your teeth. Your best options for improving your smile’s appearance include:

  • Gum reshaping and crown lengthening
  • Bonding to cover and protect exposed roots
  • Veneers to even out the color
  • Professional whitening for a deep bleaching effect

Ask your dentist for help in designing a smile makeover to rejuvenate your aged enamel.

Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-2224

Jan
30

4 Dangerous Dental Trends to Avoid

Some cosmetic enhancements might seem outlandish, but make a powerful statement for certain individuals.

Whether you’re searching for an extravagant new look or are just curious about what your options are, here are four actual oral cosmetic dental procedures you should think twice about.

  1. Tooth Sharpening

Reshaping teeth for cultural purposes is still common practice in some parts of the world. Teeth sharpening does tend to weaken teeth, however, making them prone to cavities and nerve problems.

If you’ve got your heart set on reshaping your teeth, dentists recommend having your teeth professionally adjusted and covered with a crown or bonding to give you the desired look.

  1. Diamond Inlays

Only the likes of very wealthy celebrities can afford having diamonds placed into their teeth. Not only is this procedure an expensive one, but it’s also a risky one. Inlaying a diamond compromises the smooth and durable surface of the enamel.

  1. Oral Piercings

An oral piercing can be a discreet way to express your artistic side. You just have to watch out for a few problems common to them:

  • Gum recession
  • Infection
  • Chipped teeth
  1. Beer Bottle Opener Implants

In a famous Argentine publicity stunt, some rugby players received dental implants topped with beer bottle openers.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a dentist today who would do this for you!

Natural teeth can take a little pressure because they have a shock-absorber surrounding them. Implants are directly integrated with bone, so your jaw would take a lot more stress if you used an implant to open bottle caps. This stress could cause your implant to move through the soft bone and lose its connection.

Talk with your dentist about your smile goals before planning a creative cosmetic alteration.

Posted on behalf of:
Seneca Family Dentistry
2860 Seneca St Suite C
Wichita, KS 67217
(316) 633-4048

Jan
21

3 Reasons Why You Deserve a Beautiful Smile

There are more benefits to cosmetic dental treatment than you might realize.

Here are a few less-conventional reasons on why you should give it a try:

  1. Cosmetic Enhancement Can Boost Your Energy

We tend to get used to what we see in the mirror. It’s easy to believe that we don’t need to change anything about our appearance when we’re settled in a job, a routine, a relationship.

In reality, making a little change will spice up your life. It could motivate you to make bigger changes such as in your diet or exercise routine. A beautiful smile gives you the incentive to keep it bright and healthy through a great oral hygiene routine.

  1. You Can Indulge Guilt-Free

Do you find it hard to justify spending money on cosmetic enhancement?

If you put aside a tiny portion each week, no matter how small, it will eventually add up. It’s much easier to save something for yourself a little bit at a time rather than impulsively spend a large amount all at once.

Whether you use what you’ve squirreled away for a new hairstyle or just a little teeth whitening, you don’t need to feel selfish. Mom and dad need some pampering, too! Cosmetic dentistry can last longer than any cut, color, or manicure.

  1. Smiling is Good for You!

The act of smiling itself releases endorphins and reduces cortisol levels. This means more happy feelings and less stress, and who of us doesn’t want that?

Simply knowing your smile looks great will give you a reason to share it! Your increased positivity will help you and others around you feel more relaxed.

What are your smile goals? Ask your dentist which cosmetic treatments are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Salt Run Family Dentistry
700 Anastasia Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32080
(904) 824-3540

Jan
10

What Makes Teeth Yellow?

Have you ever wondered what makes our teeth yellow in the first place?

Battling tooth discoloration starts with understanding why it happens. This will help you choose the most effective method for lightening the color of your teeth.

Natural Dentin Color

Just like your eyes, skin, hair, and gums, your teeth have a natural and unique color. Teeth get their hue from the thickness of their inner layer, the darker yellow dentin. The outer enamel layer is translucent and white, but when it is thick, it hides the yellowness and makes the teeth look whiter. Conversely, having thin enamel can naturally make teeth look more yellow.

Stain

Coffee, tea, tobacco use are major stain culprits. With years of regular exposure, these substances can cause deep enamel discoloration.

Age

Your tooth enamel layer starts to thin as you age, making teeth more sensitive and appear more yellow. Gum recession is also linked to advancing age. When gums pull away from the crown of the tooth, the dark yellow tooth root becomes visible.

Dental Calculus

Dental calculus (tartar) could be covering up a beautifully white tooth surface. Even if your teeth are bright, the tartar you allow to stay on them will give your smile a dull and filmy look.

How to Get Whiter Teeth

A professional dental cleaning is the best way to get started. Have your dentist check out your teeth. If you’re not happy with how white they are after polishing, then ask about bleaching them.

A few methods for lightening deep yellow stain include:

  • At-home teeth whitening strips and gels
  • Prescription take-home teeth whitening trays
  • Professional-level laser teeth whitening

Ask your dentist about which cosmetic teeth whitening option would best help you see a brighter smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Meadowbrook Family Dental
8848 Calvine Rd #120
Elk Grove, CA 95828
(916) 912-4126

Jan
9

“Sleep” Through Your Smile Makeover

Have you ever thought about how nice it would be to just wake up one day with the smile of your dreams?

That’s actually possible, nowadays. In fact, you could literally dream your way to a dream smile. Dental sedation is the ticket to making it happen.

The Connection Between Cosmetic Dentistry and Sedation

How does anesthesia factor into a cosmetic dental procedure?

Moderate sedation is helpful for patients with a strong fear of having treatment. You might not necessarily be afraid of the dentist. If you need to have a lot of work done, it could be helpful to get it all completed at one time.

You can probably think of more enjoyable things to do than just sitting in a dental chair for hours. Instead, you can just sleep through the appointment.

Is It Safe?

Yes! Getting dental sedation isn’t just for people who are nervous about treatment. It’s a great way to help anyone relax. But first, you’ll consult carefully with your doctor and dentist beforehand to make sure you’re good to go.

Oral sedation is the most common technique. Taking the medication will make you sleepy and forgetful, but you will still be conscious. You’ll just be very relaxed and won’t remember much afterwards.

The benefits include:

  • Only having to miss one day of work for the procedure
  • Not needing to postpone treatment due to lack of time
  • Leaving nothing half finished
  • Very little memory of time spent in the dental office
  • A gorgeous new smile

To find out whether you’re ready for the ultimate smile transformation, schedule a consultation with your dentist. Don’t forget to ask about the possibility of ‘sleeping’ through the makeover process!

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

Jan
7

A Smile Makeover – Easier Than You Think!

There’s something thrilling and satisfying about turning an old building or plain room into a bright and modern living space.

Some people love to do makeovers on their bodies. Whether it’s a radical weight change over a matter of months or a new hairstyle overnight, makeovers are fun!

How about a makeover for your teeth? That may not seem worth the effort since teeth are so small and you can hide them behind your lips. But a smile makeover is probably the best makeover you could choose for personal improvement.

As Much or As Little As You Want

Cosmetic dental treatment doesn’t have to be over-the-top in looks or cost. You can choose to have as much changed as you’re comfortable with. The beauty of cosmetic dentistry is that you get to pick what you want your smile to look like.

Here are a few examples:

For an instant result: dental veneers and/or professional teeth whitening are both “wow” procedures that are usually completed in a single visit (after consultation).

To keep it conservative: straighten a couple teeth with clear, removable aligners or have your enamel gently polished and reshaped. Your teeth themselves aren’t affected with these treatments.

If economy is a concern: start out with at-home whitening treatments and a little dental bonding and go from there.

To go all the way with a smile revolution: consider gum reshaping, crowns, and full braces in addition to simple whitening.

There’s a little something for everyone. So have fun designing your new smile! It’s easier than you think to plan a smile makeover. Contact your dentist to get started.

Posted on behalf of:
Heritage Dental
23945 Franz Rd Suite A
Katy, TX 77493
(832) 709-2429

Jan
5

What is Enamel Shaping?

Your tooth enamel is the strongest substance in your body. It’s the outermost covering on your tooth, protecting the sensitive inner layers.

Enamel doesn’t have much color of it’s own. It’s translucent enough to let the inner shade of the tooth show through. And although it’s very strong, it can be damaged by other hard objects.

If you have:

  • A visible chip on a front tooth
  • A tooth surface that feels rough or sharp to your tongue
  • Oddly-textured enamel

…then a little enamel shaping or recontouring could be just what you need to even out your smile.

How It’s Done

Using a handpiece similar to what the hygienist uses to polish your teeth, your dentist will carefully sand away just a bit of excess tooth structure to reshape your tooth.

You likely won’t even need any anesthetic! The mild process doesn’t go anywhere near the nerves of your teeth.

Tooth Recontouring and Other Cosmetic Treatment

What if the damage to your tooth goes deeper than the enamel?

Most cases of tooth fractures will require restorations of some sort. Bonding is a very common fix for chipped teeth. If your tooth is heavily-stained or if enamel reshaping just isn’t enough, then a veneer will likely do the trick. Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic treatment that can mask just about any aesthetic flaw.

Make tooth recontouring a part of your cosmetic dental makeover. It’s the quick and inexpensive way to subtly make a powerful change in your smile. Combine it with another cosmetic procedure like bleaching and you’ll have teeth that you can’t resist showing off! Ask your dentist for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

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