Dental Tips Blog

Mar
30

Learn to Love Your Smile!

You’ve caught yourself so many times saying this: “No photos, please! I hate my smile!”

Or maybe you’re the kind who suffers in silence, hiding your teeth behind a closed-lip smirk.

Almost everyone wishes that they could change something about their smile. But very few realize just how easy it is. A little cosmetic dental treatment can go a long way in revolutionizing the way you feel about yourself.

What Would You Change?

The first step in achieving a more beautiful smile is to identify what about it bothers you.

Common complaints include:

  • Long teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Discoloration or stain
  • Bad breath
  • Short teeth
  • Unevenly shaped teeth

Create a list of everything you’d like to see changed. Don’t hold back thinking that it’ll cost too much to repair it all. Just get it in writing. Next, rearrange your list so that it reflects your priorities.

Get Out What You Put In

Your smile represents an investment of time and effort. You don’t get beautiful teeth with dental work, alone. A solid routine of regular brushing and flossing will help keep your smile clean and fresh. That’s something to be proud of!

Diet also plays a major role. When you make balanced food choices, your smile will be healthier.

Consult an Expert

Now it’s time to bring your plans to life.

Your dentist is your best resource. You’ll get recommendations for improving oral hygiene, avoiding tooth damage, and making some upgrades.

Cosmetic dental treatments are more affordable than you may realize. A simple procedure like getting a crown can address multiple concerns at once.

Talk with your dentist to find out more about getting a smile you’ll fall in love with.

Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
212-804-8884

Mar
6

6 Ways Dental Veneers Will Perfect Your Smile

Posted in Veneers

Celebrities, actors, and many others in the spotlight have gorgeous smiles. It’s not that they were born with teeth any better than ours – they’ve just had a lot of little imperfections covered up.

Often, this is all thanks to dental veneers.

Here’s how porcelain veneers could work wonders for you, as well:

  1. Close Gaps

By making the veneers just a little bigger than the teeth, your dentist can span a considerable gap between teeth.

This function of veneers makes them a potential alternative to braces.

  1. Whiten Teeth Instantly

Stubborn stain that won’t go away with bleaching can be masked over with a porcelain veneer.

  1. Cover Up Chipped Teeth

If you’re tired of a chip in your tooth making you look childish or unprofessional, then get it fixed with a veneer (which is less invasive than a crown.)

  1. Even Out Your Smile

Can’t shake the feeling that one tooth is just a tiny bit longer than the others?

A veneer can erase even the smallest irregularities and create a uniform smile line.

  1. Smooth Enamel

Rough tooth surfaces tend to trap a lot of stain. It goes without saying that your tongue can’t seem to stay away from the odd texture! You’ll feel a lot better about your smile with a smoother surface created by veneers.

  1. Hide Old Fillings

Sick of a patchwork of stained, old, tooth-colored fillings that show on your front teeth? Many times, restoring those teeth with dental crowns is the best option. But you never know; your dentist may find that the fillings are small enough to be covered over by veneers.

Schedule a smile consultation with your local dentist to find out whether veneers are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Bayshore Dental Center
810 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd #2900
Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 330-2006

Feb
16

7 Types of Cosmetic Dental Procedures to Consider

What’s wrong with wanting a beautiful smile?

Your smile is likely one of the firsts things people will notice about you. It has the potential to be your best and most permanent accessory if you really invest in it.

Investing in your teeth means keeping them healthy and doing what you can to make your smile stand out from the crowd.

Check out these seven trusted cosmetic dental procedures for revolutionizing the appearance of your teeth:

  1. Whitening

Bleaching your teeth can start with a simple at-home kit or you can go all the way and get a professional in-office treatment. This is a great option if you don’t want to make any permanent changes to your smile but still want to take years off your appearance.

  1. Veneers

Veneers are false fronts that can instantly upgrade the look of your upper front teeth to make them look brighter and straighter.

  1. Porcelain Crowns

Sometimes, you just have to bite the bullet and cover up an entire tooth that can be fixed any other way. Crowns provide teeth with both strength and beauty.

  1. Implants

Permanently fill in that gap in your smile with a brand-new tooth. No one will ever have to know it’s not the real thing.

  1. Bonding

Bonding is a great way to patch up small chips and reshape rough edges.

  1. Inlays and Onlays

What do you do when a filling isn’t enough but a crown is too much? Meet halfway with an inlay or onlay.

  1. Gum Contouring

Sometimes your teeth aren’t even the problem. Trimming back and reshaping a little gum tissue can lengthen and even out teeth.

Which treatment is right for you? Find out by scheduling a smile consultation with your cosmetic dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Marietta Dental Professionals
550 Franklin Gateway SE
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 514-5055

Jan
29

Should You Get a Dental Grill?

Celebrities perpetuate the almost ageless fashion trend of wearing dental grills. A grill is a type of cosmetic dental appliance that can be thought of as “dental jewelry.” Typically made from gold or silver and encrusted with precious stones, grills allow for a wide variety of personal expression.

Whether you want to show off your wealth, make a statement, or add extra sparkle to your smile, you might now be thinking about getting a grill. Before you do, here’s what you should think about.

Grills Need Cleaning, Too!

Most dental grills are removable so you need to clean and care for it just as much for a denture or mouth guard. Any foreign object that you wear in your mouth for hours at a time is subject to food debris, bacteria, and other slimy stuff.

Ideally, you should take your grill out at mealtimes. But that may not always be preferable in certain social situations. Just make sure that you are cleaning it daily with materials that are non-toxic.

There Is A Time Limit

Don’t wear your grill 24/7. The hard materials can chafe against tooth enamel and wear it away. Having all that extra metal in your mouth also increases the risk of injury if you suffer trauma while wearing a grill.

Whenever possible, limit wearing your grill to special social occasions where you want to show it off.

Know What’s In Your Grill

Depending on where you get your grill made (and at what price), some non-precious metals may be used. There’s the possibility of irritation, or worse, allergic reaction if you have a grill made from sub-par materials.

Ask your dentist whether a grill is a safe ornament for your smile. If you’re trying to hide something, we might have a better option to help!

Posted on behalf of:
Dream Dentist
1646 W U.S. 50
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 726-2699

Jan
10

Minimize the Effects of Acid Erosion on Your Tooth Enamel

Posted in Veneers

Acids attack tooth enamel every time you eat. Carbohydrates that enter your mouth fuel bacteria that produce even more acid. With this steady chemical erosion persisting over time, your tooth enamel can wear out to the point that your teeth get sensitive and/or develop cavities.

How do you counter the effects? Try the following five tips.

  1. Drink Lots Of Water

It’s impossible to avoid virtually every form of acid in your diet. A lot of acidic foods are healthy for you. These include:

  • Oranges, lemons, and other citrus fruits
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes

If you accompany these foods with a glass of water, you can rinse away acid so it doesn’t sit on your teeth too long.

  1. Brush After Meals

Don’t brush right after you eat. You could wind up just spreading all that acid around. Wait about 20-30 minutes after your meal and then brush with a fluoride toothpaste.

  1. Add Basic Foods

Food items that range on the opposite end of the pH spectrum could help strengthen enamel. Eat plenty of:

  • Dairy products
  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Oatmeal
  • Bananas
  • Melons
  1. Chew Sugar-Free Gum

Chewing gum stimulates the saliva flow that’s crucial to cleansing teeth and re-mineralizing enamel. Choose a brand that contains xylitol, a sugar substitute that helps prevent decay.

  1. Visit The Dentist

Your dentist has the tools necessary for examining your enamel and checking it for weakness. If your teeth could use an extra line of defense, then a fluoride treatment, porcelain veneers, or dental sealants may be in order.

Contact your dentist today to learn more about how to protect your enamel from acids in your diet.

Posted on behalf of:
Embrace Dental Care
8544 US-42, #500
Florence, KY 41042
(859) 371-4000

Jan
4

There’s More Than Meets the Eye in a Beautiful Smile

A perfectly straight white smile has become a symbol of successfully achieving the American dream. Gorgeous teeth are an indication of growing up with every access to dental care, great health, and beauty.

But if your teeth are less than stellar right now, why should you care? Focusing on how your smile looks could seem pretty pointless in view of everything else you have to worry about…right?

Consider, however, a few good reasons why you should consider improving the appearance of your teeth through cosmetic dental procedures.

  1. Your Teeth Will Be Healthier

This is the most important reason to enhance your teeth with a little cosmetic dental treatment. You wouldn’t try to cover up a serious mold problem in your home by hanging a few nice pictures. Likewise, you can’t patch on a pretty smile without addressing the core issues. A beautiful smile starts on the inside.

By pursuing cosmetic dentistry, your teeth will also experience the reinforcing benefits.

  1. You Will Look Younger

Virtually every society associates a loss of teeth with aging. A gap in the smile often denotes a lack of intelligence. Long or crooked teeth can indicate evil intent. While such stigmas aren’t true, a beautiful smile will bring your overall looks closer to the ideal of human health and vitality.

If you want to take years off your looks, investing in your smile is the longest-lasting way to do so.

  1. Your Smile Is Your Most Important Feature

Bright eyes, perfect hair, nice muscle tone, eyebrows-on-point – all of that goes out the window once someone notices that your smile is dull, stained, or uneven. Don’t underestimate the power of a sparkling grin!

Ask your dentist which cosmetic procedures could make the biggest impact on your life.

Posted on behalf of:
Enamel Dentistry
2717 S Lamar Blvd #1086
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 717-5315

Dec
31

Black Teeth and Other Bizarre Dental Trends

Check out a few of these once-popular dental trends that astound, impress, and horrify us today.

Tooth Blackening

At one time, black teeth (ohaguro) were considered a mark of beauty in Japan. This was especially so when they contrasted with the white makeup of a geisha. The practice was believed to have strengthened teeth.

Egyptian Bridgework

This archaeological find isn’t so much bizarre as it is innovative. The early Egyptians apparently had a technique for bracing false teeth over a gap in the gums using gold or silver wire.

What isn’t entirely know is whether this extensive bridgework (which looks like it could have been painful) was performed on living patients or dead ones. It’s possible they only placed a dental bridge on a dead body to make it look good in preparation for burial.

Mayan Tooth Bling

The Mayans had some pretty advanced cosmetic dentistry. Mixing a resin with crushed bone, they would bind gems to carefully carved holes in teeth. They’d get creative with all kinds of precious stones and metals.

Analyzing those teeth today reveals that the Mayans knew a thing or two about tooth anatomy – their restorations usually stayed well away from the nerve inside of the tooth.

Tooth Sharpening

Teeth have been sharpened in countries all over Africa, South America, South East Asia, and the South Pacific. Cultural reasons for doing so include:

  • Class distinction
  • Religion
  • Gender distinction
  • Superstition
  • To look like sharks (that is an actual reason)

Thankfully, today’s cosmetic dental procedures are far safer, kinder to teeth, and more hygienic. There is plenty of room for self-expression within the bounds of safe cosmetic dentistry. Ask your dentist about treatment options for whitening, straightening, and otherwise enhancing your teeth to fit the modern ideal of health.

Posted on behalf of:
Precision Digital Dentistry
674 US-202/206
Suite 7
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 955-6999

Dec
26

Is There a Difference Between a Smile Makeover and Full Mouth Restoration?

Yes, there is. Although both are processes are meant for remaking a smile, the end goal is very different. This difference could affect your plans for restoring your own smile.

What’s Involved In A Smile Makeover

A smile makeover takes a cosmetic angle. In fact, the process is almost purely cosmetic dental treatment with few functional benefits that may coincidentally follow. You undertake this series of procedures because you want to make changes in how your smile looks.

Some treatments that commonly turn up in a smile makeover include:

  • Teeth bleaching
  • Bonding
  • Veneers
  • Invisalign orthodontic treatment
  • Gum recontouring

When You Need A Full Mouth Restoration/Reconstruction

An FMR is something you need, not just want. The aim here is to restore some original function that was lost. Patients usually need restorations after their jaw has been affected by an accident, cancer, or extensive dental disease.

Restoring function often involves surgery, extractions, dentures, implants, and dental bridges, crowns, or fillings.

Which Do You Need?

Think of it this way: a makeover is a series of superficial changes while an FMR rebuilds your mouth, thereby helping you eat, breathe, and speak normally.

It can be hard to decide what you want when you don’t even know what your teeth need! Get started by visiting your dentist. He or she will assess your dental health needs, discuss your treatment options, and help you prioritize treatment.

Your dentist will help you figure out how to afford treatment and which procedures your insurance is likely to cover. In the meantime, take care of the smile you have with a great oral hygiene routine and regular dental checkups.

Posted on behalf of:
Brentwood Dental Group
2440 S Brentwood Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63144
(314) 962-6643

Dec
19

What is Restorative Dentistry?

General dentistry is pretty much the same thing as “restorative” dentistry. If you visit a general dentist, you will find a variety of restorative procedures are available in a family-friendly atmosphere.

To “restore” something means to bring it back to it’s former function and design. Whether it’s a piano, antique book, piece of vintage clothing, or a smile, restoration can work wonders.

When you suffer from a tooth fracture or cavity, your mouth just doesn’t work the way it used to. You may have trouble chewing. Constant pain could interfere with sleep. Gaps may collect pieces of food. Teeth might start shifting out of alignment.

The goal of restorative dentistry is to fill in those empty spaces, cure sore spots, get rid of disease, and strengthen your bite. Basically, whatever it takes to get you smiling again!

Here are some examples of restorative dental treatment options you can choose from.

Fillings

Cavities are excavated and filled in with a metal or resin-based material.

Crowns

A dental crown or “cap” is ideal for a tooth with extensive damage. It replaces the entire outer layer of enamel.

Indirect Restorations

Inlays and onlays are made outside the mouth and fit neatly inside prepared teeth.

Full And Partial Dentures

Sometimes, teeth do need to be replaced altogether.

Implants

Dental implants are the most permanent option for replacing lost teeth.

You will also hear of “cosmetic” dentists. Cosmetic dentistry places a focus on enhancing the appearance of your smile even if there’s nothing bothering you. Your general dentist can provide cosmetic treatments as well (veneers or whitening, for example.)

Schedule an appointment and ask about what you can do to keep your smile strong, comfortable, and gorgeous.

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

Dec
12

How Should I Fix My Front Tooth?

A stained, chipped or crooked front tooth can be a frustrating burden to live with. Even if it doesn’t physically hurt, the pain of being constantly aware of it can be severe enough to limit your social life.

Most people reach a point in their life when they decide they’ve had enough of close-lipped smiles and laughing behind their hand. If you too feel that you can’t rock the small flaw with confidence, then it’s probably time for a big little change.

Deep Stain Removal

Is your tooth just severely discolored? Trauma or certain medications in childhood can result in deep stubborn staining that won’t respond to any over-the-counter whitening products. Your dentist may have special techniques for bleaching a single tooth to help it more closely match its neighbors.

Bonding

Dental bonding is ideal for patching up small chips, roughness, and stained spots that don’t respond to bleaching. All bonding involves is patching a bit of white filling material where it’s needed and smoothing the edges to a seamless finish.

Veneer

For something a little more lasting than bonding, you might try a veneer. It’s a whole piece of slim porcelain that covers the entire front of your tooth like a tablecloth on the top of a dining table.

Crown

As a last-resort, you can cover up any deficiencies in your tooth by capping it off with a natural-looking dental crown.

Making the change to your front tooth can be such a small thing, but it’s guaranteed to make a big difference! Contact your dentist to find out which restorative options are available in your area and which will work best for your tooth.

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

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