Dental Tips Blog

Feb
6

Three Ways to Brighten Your Smile

Are you looking for ways to add youth and brightness back to your smile? The way you feel about your teeth also changes your self-confidence and even your social life. Here are a few simple ways to restore the way your teeth look, making them healthier and younger in appearance.

Composite Fillings

Silver fillings are fine for some people, but they can also interfere with your smile. Over time the metal materials also leak out into your tooth enamel making your teeth look grey or blue in color. You might find that you’re no longer smiling in photographs because of how you feel about your teeth. By replacing your silver fillings with ones that are tooth-colored, you can enjoy whiter teeth that also look completely natural. 

Teeth Whitening

Simply lifting years of stain off of your smile is one of the best ways to boost your self-confidence and make a great first impression. Smile whitening can be done with professional take-home whitening trays or through in-office laser whitening techniques. Depending on the severity of your tooth stain or the time frame you have set aside, your dentist can advise you on which type of whitening is best. 

Dental Veneers

For a dramatic makeover every time, dental veneers give you more flexibility and options than any other type of cosmetic dental treatment. In just one or two appointments, your brand new veneers will cover your natural teeth and give you a perfect-looking smile that’s straighter and whiter than ever before.

With so many different ways to enhance your smile, there’s no more room for excuses when it comes to feeling bad about the way your teeth look. Talk to your dentist about which options are best for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Springhill Dental Health Center
4620 Spring Hill Ave
Mobile, AL 36608
(251) 343-1521

 

Aug
1

Teeth Whitening Options

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures today.  About 15% of the U.S. population has tried teeth whitening with good results for the vast majority of patients.  For most people, teeth whitening is a safe, effective way to brighten your smile.  If you have not tried teeth whiting yet, here’s what you need to know.

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that uses peroxide suspended in a gel to bleach teeth to a lighter shade.  The gel is applied to the teeth and allowed to work for a short period of time.  Most people will see noticeable results after just a few treatments.  Teeth whitening is most effective on yellowed teeth and is somewhat less effective on gray or brown teeth.

Teeth whitening products are available over the counter, dispensed by a dentist, or professionally applied by a dentist.  As you might expect, the best results are usually achieved by professional application or by using a teeth whitening kit dispensed by your dentist.  These products have a higher concentration of whitening agent than over the counter products and better results are achieved in a shorter period of time than with over-the-counter products.   This is also a more expensive option than using over-the-counter teeth whitening products.

In addition, over the counter products use one-size-fits-all whitening trays which are not as effective in evenly applying the bleaching agent to all surfaces of the teeth. As a result, over the counter products can result in uneven bleaching.  The same is true for whitening “strips” that are also available over the counter although many people have had good results.

Aug
25

What About Dental Bonding?

When you think of cosmetic dentistry, the word “expensive” may come to mind.  If you have been thinking about getting a smile enhancement but have been avoiding the dentist because you think it will cost too much, you will be happy to hear that dental bonding is one of the least expensive, most cost effective cosmetic dental techniques.

If you want to improve the appearance or shape of your teeth, fill in a gap, or fill a blemish on a tooth, bonding may be the answer.  It is much less expensive than veneers or caps and can be done in the dentist’s office, usually in one visit.

To bond a tooth, your dentist applies a soft, putty-like white material to the tooth and uses a special light to harden the material and make it adhere to the surface of your tooth.  The dentist then shapes the hardened material and smoothes and polishes it to achieve the desired effect.

Unless a cavity is being filled, most patients don’t need any anesthesia and the procedure can be completed in thirty minutes to an hour.  Veneers and crowns can achieve the same effect, but they are more expensive and have to be made in a lab before your dentist installs them.

Bonding is an excellent alternative to expensive caps and veneers, but it has a few disadvantages.  The bonded material will probably not last as long as a cap or veneer.  It can also chip or break off of your tooth.  Also, bonded teeth are less stain resistant than caps or veneers.

Talk your Lawrenceville cosmetic dentist to find out more about the advantages of bonding.

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