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

Nov
8

Should You Get a Smile Makeover?

It’s no longer for the rich and famous – a smile makeover is readily accessible by virtually anyone. Whether your goal is to create that dream smile or simply to make a small change, a little cosmetic enhancement could make an unbelievable difference in your life.

Benefits Of A Smile Makeover

Adding just that little something extra can boost your confidence immensely. Closing up a gap between your teeth can give you a much more mature smile. Conversely, you can take ages off your overall look with professional teeth whitening.

Whether you start small with dental bonding or go all the way with a dental implant, others will definitely notice. As a result, you’ll make great first impressions. Additionally, enhancing your smile can motivate you to take better care of it.

Smile Makeover Precautions and Disclaimers

While almost everyone can benefit from some cosmetic treatment, not all cosmetic procedures are right for everyone.

To qualify for most cosmetic dentistry, you need to:

  • Have a fully-developed smile (be a teenager or older)
  • Have stable oral health
  • Be able to keep your teeth and restorations clean through proper hygiene

Your dentist may recommend treatment to correct other problems before going ahead with cosmetic treatment.

On the other hand, your makeover may involve procedures intended to both fix functional problems as well as esthetic concerns. Something like braces would improve your bite at the same time as make your teeth look nicer.

When it comes to customizing your very own smile makeover, there’s no end to the combination possibilities! To find out if now is the right time for you to makeover your teeth, plan a visit with your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Edward Gardner, DDS
8133 Forest Hill Ave, Suite 201
Richmond, VA 23235
(804) 409-7963

Oct
8

Is Your Smile Ready for Retirement?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

What do you look forward to the most in retirement?

You’re probably eager to give more attention to hobbies like golfing, boating, art, or music. You also may look forward to extra time spent with family.

One thing that should never retire, however, is your beautiful smile. Here are a few ways you can keep your smile strong and healthy long past retirement.

Stay Hydrated

Getting lots of water is important to many healthy bodily functions. Your mouth depends on adequate water to work smoothly. Dry mouth (often caused by medication) leads to discomfort and increases your risk for decay and gum disease.

Strengthen Tooth Enamel

Your teeth may have started to show signs of wear from years of use. Now is a critical time to reinforce them. Professional fluoride treatments are good for worn enamel. Tooth roots exposed by gum recession need a special level of attention.

Don’t Neglect Basic Hygiene

Just because you may not be heading into an office from 9-5 doesn’t mean you can skip the brushing. Regular plaque removal is essential for every single person with teeth for as long as they have them. Floss daily in addition to brushing.

You Deserve The Best!

There’s no need to accept a deteriorating smile as a normal part of aging. Today, folks in their 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and beyond are enjoying dental treatments like:

Why not make a gorgeous smile one of your retirement projects? Let’s face it, after years of faithful service, your teeth deserve this gift! Remember to visit your dentist at least twice a year to ensure healthy teeth for a lifetime.

Posted on behalf of:
Sycamore Hills Dentistry
10082 Illinois Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
(260) 213-4400

Sep
22

Can Your Dentist Get Your Teeth Any Whiter?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Whether you’ve just noticed your teeth darkening, or have hated your yellow teeth for years, you’re ready for a solution.

The good news is that your dentist has a variety of methods for lightening tooth color.

Pumice Polish

A basic dental cleaning may be all you really need. At that appointment, the dental hygienist uses a paste fortified with a gentle grit made from pumice. This isn’t ideal for everyday use, but it’s great to have at your occasional dental cleanings.

The pumice is scrubbed against your teeth with a spinning rubber cup to break down superficial stain from every angle.

Air Polish

Some dental offices are equipped with a special kind of tooth polisher. This instrument jets a blast of air and baking soda particles in a powerful stream. The fine particles work exceptionally well at breaking down very stubborn stain in hard-to-reach places.

Professional Bleaching

When it comes to changing the actual color of your teeth, you need to call the pros onto the playing field.

Professional teeth bleaching treatments vary from take-home kits that let you whiten at your own pace to in-office procedures that get you results in an hour. Your dentist will let you know which teeth whitening method is right for your teeth.

Veneers

When all else fails, it may be time to cover up the crime!

Dental veneers are thin porcelain covers that slip over the front of upper teeth and completely mask deep stain. They are the best way to get the results you want in an instant, but they do require a tiny bit of drilling on your teeth.

Ask your dentist for more information on the best teeth whitening techniques.

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

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

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