Dental Tips Blog

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
31

4 Ways to Reshape Your Smile

Are you unhappy with the shape of your smile?

Perhaps you have some teeth that you feel are:

  • Too big
  • Uneven
  • Rough
  • Gapped

There’s nothing like a balanced smile to show others you take your oral health and beauty seriously! You’ve got several options for achieving that goal.

  1. Bonding Or Veneers

You can close up gaps and smooth out chips with the help of porcelain dental veneers. These slim porcelain veneers neatly mask imperfections in your tooth and give a uniform appearance across multiple teeth.

Not ready to commit to veneers?

That’s okay – dental bonding is next on the list. Your dentist can bond just a small bit of material to your tooth to make a big difference. While bonding isn’t as complete as a veneer, it’s a conservative first step towards a gorgeous smile.

  1. Enamel Shaping

Did you know that it’s actually possible to shape your teeth themselves?

As long as your teeth are healthy enough to spare a little enamel, they can be polished to look more in line.

  1. Orthodontic Treatment

You can never be too old to benefit from wearing braces. Having just one tooth out of line could be enough to skew your whole smile. Correct that problem and you’ll be amazed at the difference.

  1. Gum Recontouring

Your teeth may not even be the problem. Uneven gum growth and recession can create an uneven smile. Dentists have techniques for gently removing and reshaping tissue around your teeth to discover a brighter smile.

Say “goodbye” to your old smile and welcome a new start! Ask your dentist which cosmetic dental treatments can make a difference in your life.

Posted on behalf of:
Elegant Smiles
1955 Cliff Valley Way NE #100
Brookhaven, GA 30329
404-634-4224

Jul
25

Should I Get a Smile Makeover?

Botox needs to be redone, hair grows out, and makeup needs to be reapplied.

Most makeovers don’t last.

But once you score that even, confident, sparkling smile, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to hold onto. You could probably enjoy those benefits for the rest of your life.

A better question is: Why shouldn’t you get a smile makeover?

Smile Makeover: What’s Involved?

Your smile makeover is a highly personalized project that combines elements of surgical, orthodontic, and restorative dental techniques. None of it is necessary, per se. You just pick and choose which changes you’d like to see happen and your dentist explains which methods will get you there.

It’s easy to be overwhelmed while planning your makeover. Where do you begin? How do you get more specific than “bright and even teeth?” Your dentist will help you here too with the planning.

Factors like your natural tooth size and shape, bite discrepancy, and even gum color can affect the choices you make. A cosmetic dentist can help you make smart decisions.

Smile Makeover: Can You Afford It?

Most cosmetic dental procedures are not covered by insurance, unfortunately. But your dental office likely has some great financing plans to help you comfortably cover the costs. Start out small, if needed. A little dental bonding could be just right for you, for now. You can go for a more lasting option later on, when you’re ready.

Imagine the priceless benefits to your self-confidence that a smile makeover can give you. Then think about whether you can afford to miss out.

Contact your dentist to set up a smile consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Lufkin Family Dental
701 S. John Redditt Dr.
Lufkin, TX 75904
(963) 634-5102

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

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

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
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

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

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