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

Jun
28

Why Do My Teeth Look So Rough?

Posted in Veneers

For a long time now you’ve been coveting the smooth, gleaming white smile that all celebrities have.

Why don’t your teeth look like that?

While rough enamel may not be a threat to the health of your teeth, it could be bad enough to make you hide your smile in shame.

Causes Of Rough Enamel

One common reason for worn enamel is acid erosion. If your teeth are in regular contact with sugary and acidic foods or if you suffer from acid-reflux or frequent vomiting, then your enamel will suffer.

Aggressive brushing can also wear away enamel and cause irregularities in texture. Or, ingesting too much fluoride when you were a child may also have affected your tooth development.

Another condition called “enamel hypoplasia” can give your teeth a pitted appearance. This usually happens if you suffered some sort of serious disease when you were young.

Cosmetic Treatment For Rough Enamel

If you’re not happy with the look or texture of your smile, it’s okay to do something about it!

From chips to deep staining to a mottled texture, there are procedures to treat all kinds of enamel imperfections. Some of these include:

  • Dental bonding
  • Cosmetic veneers
  • Enamel reshaping

Porcelain dental veneers are very common for treating rough surfaces. They’re like false fronts put over your upper teeth that show when you smile. A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that replaces that outer layer of enamel and gives your tooth a completely smooth surface.

Plan a smile consultation with your local dentist to find out if you qualify for veneers or some other tooth-smoothing procedure.

Posted on behalf of:
Marvin Village Dentistry
8161 Ardrey Kell Road
Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 579-5513

Jun
9

Is It Safe for Kids to Whiten Their Teeth?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

If you want the short answer, it’s this: no, it’s not recommended for kids to whiten their teeth. To understand why, or when it is ok for a child to whiten, this is what you need to know:

Questionable Teeth Bleaching Safety

Probably the main reason your dentist discourages whitening baby teeth is simply because we don’t yet know how teeth whitening affects developing teeth.

Additionally, teeth whitening products use strong chemicals that reach deep into enamel pores. If you overdo it, teeth can become very sensitive. Further, these chemicals can quickly cause painful gum irritation to growing tooth nerves.

Most kids go by the logic that the more you whiten, the better the results. They just aren’t ready to responsibly use the products as directed.

Why Do Kids’ Teeth Look Yellow?

Do you know the real reason your child needs teeth whitening?

Newly erupted adult teeth tend to look very dark in comparison with pearly white baby tooth neighbors. Baby teeth have less of the dentin layer than adult teeth. It’s this layer that gives teeth a yellow color.

Your child may not need whitening, at all. Their teeth just look dark as they first come in.

What You Can Do

Don’t pressure your child into having a celebrity-caliber smile. When your son or daughter grows into a responsible young teen, they may be interested in selecting whitening treatments that appeal to them.

The next consideration is your child’s oral hygiene. Kids who don’t brush well can grow stain and plaque in a whole spectrum of colors.

A trip to the dentist for a professional cleaning could do wonders. While you’re there, ask about the right time for your child to start whitening their teeth.

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222

May
25

Get a Whiter Smile at Home in 4 Steps

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Who doesn’t want a brighter, healthier-looking smile?

Better yet would be to get this gorgeous new look from the comfort of your own home. Here are a few tips to get you started.

  1. Cut Out Staining Foods

The first step is to stop soaking your teeth in the stuff that will only layer on more stain. Some popular foods and drinks that stain teeth include:

– Coffee

– Tea

– Soda

– Sports drinks

– Red wine

– Curry

– Tomato sauces

You don’t have to give up these foods forever – just cut back a bit and reach for lighter-colored options.

  1. Try a Whitening Toothpaste

Teeth-whitening toothpastes don’t actually bleach your teeth. They do contain small abrasive particles which can help to scrub away some surface stain. One common ingredient is baking soda. Whether you choose a toothpaste or just use baking soda by itself, proceed with caution – it can irritate gum tissue.

  1. Home Bleaching Trays

Most dental offices can provide their patients with a custom-fitted teeth whitening tray. You take this tray home along with some professional-strength whitening gel. By wearing the tray with the gel for an hour or so each day (depending on the strength of the formula), you’ll gradually whiten your smile until you reach the shade you’re happy with.

  1. Maintain the Shine with a Rinse

Once you’ve gotten that beautiful white smile, you’ll want to keep it that way. Whitening rinses that contain small amounts of hydrogen peroxide will help keep new stain from settling into your enamel.

Want more tips on keeping your smile young and vibrant? Schedule a smile consultation with your local dentist.

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

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

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
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

What Exactly Are Dental Veneers?

Posted in Veneers

If the idea of dental veneers is a little vague to you, you’re not alone. But these fantastic cosmetic restorations are a proven, decades-old secret to getting a killer smile.

Better Than Bleaching

Dental veneers are slim shells of porcelain that replace a thin layer of enamel on the front of a tooth. Being that they are so delicate, porcelain veneers are designed to enhance the appearance of a person’s smile; they don’t provide structural support.

A dental veneer can erase major cosmetic problems when bleaching and fillings cannot. These include:

  • Deep staining
  • Rough texture
  • Small chips
  • Gaps between teeth
  • A patch-job of old fillings

Who is a Candidate for Veneers?

Any adult who wants to give their smile a boost is a potential candidate for veneers. From brightening the color to evening out an uneven edge, this powerful false front can make a big difference. However, they should only be placed on adult teeth.

What to Expect with Veneers

After you get the OK to start treatment, your dentist will help you design your dream smile.

What shade do you want your veneers to be? Do you need just one or several? What shape?

Next, your dentist will prepare your teeth and take an impression. The mold gets sent to a lab where each veneer is carefully crafted by hand. In the meantime, you get to wear a temporary one. When the permanent copies are ready, the dentist will check the fit and then cement them into place.

Keen to give dental veneers a try? Ask your dentist what the process is like. A professional consultation will help you determine whether or not this cosmetic procedure is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Ashley Dinh, DDS, PC
107 E Holly Ave #5
Sterling, VA 20164
(703) 430-6655

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