Dental Tips Blog

Nov
12

Five Cosmetic Treatments for a Dazzling Smile

Curious about what your smile makeover options are? While most people opt for a combination of various cosmetic dental treatments, some find one that works well on its own and provides everything that they’re looking for.

Here are five that you might want to consider:

Veneers: Dental veneers offer the most life-changing, dramatic cosmetic enhancement in modern dentistry. You can use veneers to make your teeth look straighter, whiter, and properly shaped. They’re bonded directly over the front of your teeth, hiding what’s tucked away behind them. 

Tooth Bonding and Recontouring: Small gaps and chips in your teeth don’t necessarily mean that you need veneers. Conservative bonding or adjustment to your tooth shape can provide significant results without requiring more extensive treatment. 

Whitening Your Teeth: Brighter tooth enamel can make a person’s smile look more youthful and appealing. Depending on how much time you have on hand and the level of brightness you want to achieve, the best choices are a professional take-home kit or in-office laser whitening treatment. 

Getting Braces: Tooth colored braces and clear aligners help to straighten your teeth so that they are easier to care for and won’t wear down so much. There are also “cosmetic” braces available that only straighten your front teeth (taking less time to complete.) 

Gum Recontouring: The shape of your gum tissue can make your teeth look short or even lopsided. Adjusting your gumlines can give you a fuller, even smile and erase “gummy” grins.

Talk to your dentist today about your top choices, to see how you could have a beautiful smile in no time.

Posted on behalf of:
True Dental
1257 Annapolis Rd.
Odenton, MD 21113
(443) 438-1054

Aug
30

How to Choose the Right Cosmetic Dentist

Did you know that cosmetic dentistry isn’t really a specialty? At least, not in the way orthodontics or gum treatment can be.

Virtually any dentist can market their cosmetic dental services in a way that makes them sound like an expert. So if you plan to start creating your dream smile sometime soon, how can you pick the right professional to help you?

Accreditation Counts

While a dentist can’t exactly become certified in cosmetic procedures, he or she can show in other ways that this is a serious endeavor.

A dentist who truly focuses on providing quality cosmetic care will always look to broaden their skills and knowledge. Attending continuing education, workshops, seminars, and fairs to explore the latest and greatest techniques is one way a dentist can distinguish himself or herself.

In your search for the perfect cosmetic dentist, pay close attention to the credentials and educational achievements listed on the practice’s website.

Ask For Proof

Cosmetic dentists who are proud of what they do will gladly show you before-and-after photos of some of their cases. A lot of these will probably be posted on the office’s website. These dentists will gladly answer your questions and have lots of positive patient testimonials to show off.

Meet With The Dentist

It’s perfectly fine to schedule a consultation with a potential cosmetic dentist and then decide. Get a feel for whether the dentist is genuinely trying to understand your goals and priorities. Help him or her out by bringing along photos of what you want your smile to look like.

With a little time and persistence, you can find the perfect cosmetic dentist!

Posted on behalf of:
Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr #200
McKinney, TX 75071
(469) 209-4279

Jul
17

Today’s 3 Most Popular Cosmetic Dental Treatments

Do you love your smile? Thanks to cosmetic dentistry, there are actually many ways you can make it look even better. Here are just a few examples worth your consideration…

Teeth Whitening

This is probably the easiest way to give your smile a new look.

Teeth whitening can be done from the convenience of your own home with custom trays that you get at the dental office. Bleaching your teeth through this method lets you control how white they get, and how fast.

Your other option is to have your teeth lightened almost instantly by scheduling an in-office professional whitening session. In just one hour, you can take years off your smile by brightening it with a light-activated bleaching treatment.

Porcelain Veneers

Popular with movie stars and other celebrities, porcelain dental veneers can give you the most dramatic smile makeover.

A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that slips right over the front of your tooth. Your dentist will gently trim away the thinnest layer of enamel possible so that your veneer fits seamlessly.

Veneers are conservative but can completely cover up imperfections like:

  • Deep staining
  • Roughened enamel
  • Chips
  • Unevenly sized teeth
  • Gaps in your smile

Cosmetic Dental Crowns

If strength and beauty are what you need, then a dental crown is probably right for you.

Yes, dental crowns do more than protect decayed molars. In fact, crowns that go on front teeth are carefully designed to look just like natural teeth.

Dental crowns reinforce teeth weakened by damage or decay and can fill out the shape of a flawed front tooth.

Which cosmetic treatment will have the biggest impact on your smile?

Plan a visit with your dentist to find out.

Posted on behalf of:
Atencio Family Dentistry
3773 Baker Ln #3
Reno, NV 89509
(775) 829-8684

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

Apr
15

How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?

Posted in Veneers

If you decide to get veneers, one thing that may stand out to you is the price tag. Fortunately, dental veneers are more affordable than you may realize when you factor in payment plans offered by your dental office.

Still, once you get that beautiful new smile, you’ll want to find a way to keep it there forever (and get the most out of your investment.)

Reality of Dental Restorations

It’s an unfortunate fact of dentistry that there are no restorations that will last for life. Taking away one part of a tooth and covering it with a manmade material is never going to compare to the strength of a whole natural tooth.

Veneers are no exception. Of course, they cannot be placed as a substitute for dental fillings. They replace only a shallow layer of tooth enamel. But they are still prone to the wear and tear that comes with years of doing what teeth are made to do.

Are You Doing Your Part?

How you treat your veneers can make them last longer. With proper brushing and flossing, you can keep your new smile looking clean and staying strong. Veneers aren’t likely to stain, but stain might collect along the border between the porcelain and your tooth, if you aren’t careful.

Definitely don’t forget that a veneer doesn’t make your tooth invincible to cavities. Once decay sets in, that veneer will need to come off, anyway. Oral hygiene and fluoride use is essential!

Some veneers around today were placed around 20 years ago. There’s hope on the horizon that they’ll only last longer and longer as dentistry continues to improve. Talk with your dentist to get a realistic outlook on what to expect from dental veneers.

 Posted on behalf of:
Seacrest Dental
66 N. Holiday Road
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
850-298-8576

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

Dec
6

Cosmetic Dentistry

When you think about improving your smile, whitening may be first thing that comes to mind.

A white smile is fashionable and lends the impression of youth and health. But whitening your teeth could have little effect if you don’t take care of other big problems.

Think Pink!

Okay, so it’s not just pink. Healthy gums come in a range of colors. No matter the hue, your gums should be healthy! Infected gums are not pretty when they are puffy and bleed. Receded gums expose the sensitive and yellow roots of teeth.

Gum tissue won’t grow back on its own, but there are very effective techniques for filling in receding areas. Grafting techniques take advantage of healthy tissue and move it to cover where it’s been lost.

White teeth will stand out even better against a backdrop of healthy gums! Definitely look into having your gum health evaluated at regular checkups.

Fill in the Gaps

Cosmetic dentistry involves not just enhancing existing teeth, but replacing missing ones, as well.

A dental implant, for example, has cosmetic benefits and will last longer than a bridge or removable partial denture. It won’t damage any of the neighboring teeth like a bridge can.

An implant preserves the cosmetic appeal of your teeth in another way. Gaps in your smile leave room for other teeth to shift out of alignment. Try to keep your smile in line by bridging the gap with a dental implant.

Talk with your dentist about creating a customized plan for giving your smile a makeover. Teeth whitening is a great idea, but there are other procedures out there for you to take advantage of!

Posted on behalf of:
Park Slope Dental Arts
506 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 962-0300

Nov
28

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Is cosmetic dentistry a useless and vain industry? Is it a sales gimmick or actually something useful? Compare what you know with some of the facts about cosmetic treatments.

Dentistry – The Multi-Faceted Science

Dentistry has grown to encompass so much more than the classic drill-and-fill. There are now areas of specialty practice that focus on gum care, orthodontics, surgery, endodontics, restorations, prosthodontics, and more. Another area of special concern is the cosmetic field.

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on making changes to the smile that improve its appearance. A cosmetic procedure is not something you have to have done like a filling or crown. Reconstructive procedures are generally important to saving teeth or preserving the structure of your face or retaining healthy bite function. Cosmetic procedures are purely, well, cosmetic. They are something you choose to do just because you want to.

Some examples of cosmetic treatment include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Gum reshaping and bleaching
  • Dental bonding
  • Dental veneers

Where Can You Find Cosmetic Dental Treatment?

Lots of general dentists provide cosmetic services. But some dentists feature cosmetic work at their practice and invest the majority of their energy into enhancing the appearance of a smile. Your regular dentist can refer you to skilled specialist if you’re interested in a particular procedure.

Cosmetic Dentistry: Worth a Look!

Why choose cosmetic dentistry? Here are some of the benefits:

  • Increases confidence
  • Delivers a more youthful, professional, polished look
  • Conveys to others the message that you respect yourself
  • Makes it easier to keep your smile clean
  • Some restorative benefits as is the case with crowns

Where does cosmetic treatment rank on your list of dental priorities? Visit your local dentist to schedule a smile makeover consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Meridian Campus Family Dental
3201 Willamette DR NE
Lacey, WA 98516
(360) 200-5505

Apr
6

What Dental Procedures are Considered Cosmetic?

The purpose of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the appearance of your smile. In some cases, your teeth can be restored for better tooth function along with a smile makeover. It takes years of practice and study for dentists to be able to perform cosmetic dental treatment. What are some examples of cosmetic procedures?

Cosmetic Dental Treatments include:

Veneers- These tooth-colored, hard, thin shells are made to cover the front teeth. They help to improve the shape and appearance of your teeth.

Bonding- A tooth-colored material that attaches to teeth to help improve the tooth’s appearance and shape, especially on chipped teeth.

Teeth Whitening- Brightening your teeth with gel in trays at home over a period of a couple weeks or a whitening procedure at your dental office in one day.

White Fillings – The fillings today are almost unnoticeable because they match your teeth so well. They help to strengthen your teeth too!

Gum Reshaping / Gingival Recontouring – This minor surgery or laser procedure helps to trim and re-shape your gumline to improve the appearance of your smile.

Tooth Recontouring – A laser or a drill is used by the dentist to reshape or smooth out rough edges of your tooth, giving it a natural form.

Clear Tooth Alignment – Clear orthodontic aligners are used to straighten teeth instead of the traditional metal braces.

Porcelain Crowns- Teeth that are cracked or broken off at the top area, can be restored with these tooth-colored crowns.

Would you like to improve your smile?

Call your cosmetic dentist! They will be able to provide you with a consultation to explore your options.  The idea of bright and attractive teeth will surely make you smile!

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

Apr
28

The Perfect Smile for Summer Vacation

Chances are you’ve already been thinking about looking great for summer vacation. You may be hitting the gym, working on a tan, or shopping for some clothes to wear on a trip with your family and friends. You want to have a good time and look great while you’re at it! When you brose through the pictures from your trip, there’s something else you’re going to notice other than your hair, clothes, or tan: you’re going to be looking at your smile. The more fun you’re having, the bigger it will be.

Getting the perfect smile for your vacation isn’t as difficult as you may think. Your dentist can work with you to improve the appearance of your teeth in just one or two visits. Some simple recommendations might include teeth whitening or tooth contouring. Both of these adjustments affect your smile from side to side, without extensive treatments.

Are you looking for more dramatic results? Ask your dentist about bonding or porcelain veneers. Either of these choices can help correct irregularities, chipped teeth, or gaps between the teeth that show when you smile. You’ll feel good, look good, and want to smile all day long!

What are you waiting for? If you’ve already booked your trip out of town, it’s time to book a trip to the dentist for a cleaning, whitening touch up, or any special touches to help you look your best. It’s easier than you think and you’ll be looking back on the pictures for years. Memories are great, but a smile is forever. Call your dentist today to find out more about same day cosmetic dental treatments.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

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