Dental Tips Blog

Feb
18

How to Get a Celebrity Like Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

How many of you think that Tom Cruise, David Beckham or Cheryl Cole are beautiful people with their good looks and beautiful smiles?

Most if not all of you am I right? But did you know that they did not always have perfect smiles?

Fortunately, the wonders of cosmetic dentistry have helped them enhance their smiles to the perfect smiles we know today. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb
17

Ashamed to Show Off Your Smile? 5 Things You Can Do to Boost Your Confidence

Do you have the habit of hiding your smile behind closed lips in photos? Do you cover your mouth with your hand when you laugh?

Here are five tips that can help you feel better about how your teeth look and feel. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan
28

Now Is the Best Time to Take Advantage of Cosmetic Dentistry

The cosmetic dental trend is picking up speed among “average” folks who have always wanted to do something to enhance the way their smile looks.

Have you ever thought that a smile makeover was beyond your reach? You’ll be glad to know that having beautiful teeth is more attainable (and affordable) than ever before.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments for Every Budget

As dental technologies and materials improve, it only gets easier to afford cosmetic dental procedures. The treatments last longer and add more value to teeth which, in turn, encourage you to invest more in maintaining your smile for life.

When you’ve got a smile accentuated by gorgeous veneers, you’ll be motivated to look after your oral health. Holding onto your natural teeth for life is preferable to paying for extractions and denture maintenance down the road!

Cosmetic Enhancements Complement Traditional Care

You’d be surprised at how many restorative dental procedures come with inherent aesthetic appeal. A simple crown or filling may be necessary to fix a tooth, but it serves another purpose in brightening and evening out your smile.

It’s the new standard of care to ensure that your teeth are not just functional, but look great, too.

Dentists Want You to Love Your Smile!

Most modern practices emphasize the artistic value of their services and want you to love the results. Ask about options such as discounts on teeth whitening or combining various treatments to help you get the best overall results.

Today, cosmetic dentistry is affordable, widely available, and the perfect way to enhance your smile.

Why not take advantage of all the options out there? Contact a cosmetic dentist near you to learn more.

Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-2224

Jan
8

Is Your Teenager Ready for Cosmetic Dental Veneers?

A beautiful smile is the accessory that looks good on everybody. All kids deserve to feel proud of their teeth, but unfortunately, not every teen feels that way.

Your teenage son or daughter may have significant confidence issues if they’re unhappy with the color or shape of their smile.

He or she is now bugging you about getting dental veneers.

But is your teen ready?

What You Should Know About Veneers

Dental veneers are like porcelain seashells that are shaped to fit neatly around upper front teeth. They are cosmetic dental restorations that hide stain, chips, and gaps. Veneers are permanent and valuable, so the decision for a teen to get them is not to be taken lightly.

Why Veneers Aren’t Always Good for Teens

Kids are still growing, even when they’re teenagers. The shape of their face can change enough to create new spacing between teeth that veneers once covered up. To hide such gaps, your teen would need to have completely new veneers placed.

Is your teen still in a rough-and-tumble phase? Veneers can be damaged in any accident, but some teens might be prone to even more injuries than adults. If your child is into contact sports, roughhousing, or is even a bit more involved with extracurricular activities than most, then he or she may not be ready to take care of an investment like veneers.

Alternatives to Dental Veneers

If you realize that you’d rather wait a couple more years before getting your teen a set of veneers (perhaps as a college graduation present) that’s fine – there are other options:

  • Snap-On SmileⓇ
  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental bonding

Find out whether your teen qualifies for dental veneers by scheduling a consultation with your family or cosmetic dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 953-1752

Jan
8

Do You Need Crown Lengthening?

Crown lengthening is a procedure done to make your tooth look longer. It usually involves surgically removing some of the gum and bone tissue around a tooth to expose more of it.

Why might you need crown lengthening?

Cosmetic Smile Enhancement with Crown Lengthening (Gum Recontouring)

There are many people who hate having a “gummy” smile. They wish their teeth were a little longer so that they didn’t have to keep hiding them in photos.

Do you feel the same way?

Crown lengthening can remove just enough gum tissue to balance out your smile and make all of you teeth look to be an even length. You can have the procedure done to just one tooth or to several at once.

You can even combine crown lengthening with another cosmetic procedure for the best effect. For example, your dentist may trim down your gums to an extent and then place a veneer to perfect your smile’s appearance.

Crown Lengthening for Dental Crown Placement

Sometimes, a tooth in need of a dental crown doesn’t have enough base to retain the cap. This could happen when a tooth fractures close to the gum line or has a large cavity.

Crown lengthening will essentially reduce the level of gums and bone surrounding the tooth root. The new dental crown can then fit over the tooth with more of a foundation for support.

Crown Lengthening and Your Smile

A crown lengthening procedure could either be a necessary step in repairing your tooth or an elective treatment to improve the look of your smile. It’s also used in some gum disease treatment plans to make your mouth easier to clean.

To find out whether it’s the right procedure for you, contact your local dentist and ask about crown lengthening.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Jan
8

Can Cosmetic Dental Restorations Stain?

Your smile looks great with its sparkling-white veneers, crowns, or dental bonding.

But can those white restorations ever discolor with time? If so, can you bleach them back to their original brilliance?

Stained Fillings, Crowns, and Veneers

Many white dental restorations are made from porcelain. Fortunately, this material by itself does not stain easily because it doesn’t have pores for pigment to settle into.

But the edges or margins of veneers and porcelain fillings can accumulate stain. Once that happens, your restorations will stand out and no longer blend in with the rest of your tooth.

Dental fillings made from white composite resin are also susceptible to the same discoloration with time.

Prevent Stain on Your Dental Work

Materials like porcelain that are usually non-porous can pick up surface stain when damaged. If you scratch up a porcelain restoration by using a hard toothbrush or gritty toothpaste, then it may discolor.

Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and brush gently around your teeth. Try to select a less-abrasive toothpaste, as well.

Limit the amount of staining foods and drinks you expose your teeth to. Choose plain water over soda, tea, and coffee as much as possible. Rinse well with water after meals, especially those containing berries, curry, or tomato sauce.

Once stain settles in on or around a white dental restoration, there isn’t much you can do to remove it. Bleaching your teeth may help bring the color of your natural teeth back to their former brightness but it won’t lighten any synthetic materials.

If you have a stained cosmetic dental restoration, ask your dentist about replacing it. Book a six month cleaning to polish away surface stains and to get tips on preventing additional discoloration.

Posted on behalf of:
ConfiDenT
11550 Webb Bridge Way, Suite 1
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 772-0994

Jan
7

The Top 6 Popular Cosmetic Dental Procedures

Looking for a good way to give your smile a boost? Check out six of the most common cosmetic treatments that can totally transform the appearance of your teeth.

Teeth Bleaching

Tooth whitening is a good way to enhance enamel without altering its shape. Whitening is not permanent, but it’s easy to maintain the results at home.

Bleaching is good for teeth that have yellowed with age and picked up stain from food, drinks, or tobacco. If you plan to have any other cosmetic procedures done, get your teeth whitened first so that the other restorations can be matched to your new color.

Dental Veneers

For front teeth with chips or stains that refuse to come out, you may opt for veneers.

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that fit over the front of your visible “smile” teeth. They can completely change their look in just a couple of appointments.

Invisible Braces

Have you ever wanted to straighten your teeth without braces? Thanks to invisible orthodontics like Invisalign, that’s now a possibility. You can wear a clear custom aligner to gently guide your teeth into their proper position. The trays are removable so that you can eat whatever you want.

Dental Bonding

Cosmetic bonding is a classic procedure for covering small chips and rough spots quickly and economically. It’s not going out of style any time soon!

Dental Implants

An implant serves a dual function and cosmetic purpose. By replacing a missing tooth, can implant can help you chew and fill in an unsightly gap in your smile.

Gum Contouring

Sick of your gummy smile? A little gum reshaping can make your teeth look longer and more even.

Which procedure is right for your smile? Contact your local cosmetic dentist to find out.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

Jan
6

5 Ways to Reshape Your Smile

Sometimes, you may find yourself looking in the mirror or at a photo and think: “I wish my smile wasn’t so uneven!”

Thanks to a few advancements in cosmetic dentistry, there are a several ways you can even out your smile and show it off with killer confidence.

Gum Recontouring

There may be nothing wrong with your teeth, themselves. Rather, excess gum tissue around one or two teeth may give the illusion that they’re uneven. A dentist or gum specialist can reshape your gums to look more natural.

Porcelain Dental Crowns

Does your smile look crooked because of having an unusually small tooth or two? A cosmetic crown to reshape and cover it up entirely may be your answer.

Dental Veneers

If you want a lasting and natural-looking way to reshape your teeth, then veneers are the way to go. A veneer is a porcelain shell placed over a front tooth. It essentially replaces the outer layer of enamel and creates a brand-new appearance when you smile.

Cosmetic Bonding

Bonding is a non-invasive procedure that delivers immediate results. Small gaps and chips in your smile can be reshaped at a negligible cost with some tooth-colored and light-cured dental composite.

Botox

You didn’t see this one coming on the list of dental procedures!

Yet, it’s true. Minor procedures involving a product like Botox can help correct the way your mouth pulls up in a smile.

This kind of procedure isn’t available in just any dental office. You may have to ask around a bit to find a cosmetic dentist who is experienced in providing the service.

Get more suggestions by visiting a cosmetic dentist near you.

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

Nov
27

Cosmetic Solutions for Small Teeth

Do you have one or more teeth that seem ridiculously tiny?

If so, you may be embarrassed to show off your teeth when you smile or laugh.

Fortunately, there are some great tricks for making your teeth look larger to even out your smile.

Dental Crowns

Crowns provide the most comprehensive coverage for teeth. They’re solid and cover the entire tooth to provide structural support. A crown is ideal if your tooth is small because of a large fracture or a congenital defect.

Dental Bonding

For a minimal approach to enlarging teeth, try dental bonding. To bond a tooth means filling out its profile with a tooth-colored restorative putty. Bonding patches up shallow chips in enamel and can also round out the shape of a narrow-looking tooth.

Dental Veneers

One of the best solutions for making teeth look bigger is to get a dental veneer. A veneer is a wafer of porcelain that fits over the front of a healthy tooth. The porcelain can be shaped larger than the actual tooth, so that when it goes over the front, the entire tooth looks wider or longer than before.

Veneers are permanent yet less-invasive than crowns. They can also provide a more natural finish than dental bonding.

Cosmetic Dentistry Near You

Among these options for increasing tooth size, one is bound to work for your tooth! You may even try more than one to create your dream smile. Your days of close-lipped grins are over!

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

Nov
26

5 Reasons to Try InvisalignⓇ

Is your orthodontic journey a toss-up between regular braces and InvisalignⓇ? The following five facts may help sway you in favor of the clear plastic aligners.

No strings attached – or wires, that is!

You’ve probably heard a lot about how much of a struggle traditional braces can be. All those attached metal brackets, sharp wires, and tight bands… But InvisalignⓇ is free of all of that. Some InvisalignⓇ sets require attachment buttons on the enamel for a snug fit, but that’s nothing compared to the discomfort of a “metal mouth!”

No worries about white spots.

If you don’t brush very carefully every day while wearing braces, leftover plaque can demineralize the enamel and leave behind chalky white spots and circles when your brackets come off. InvisalignⓇ, on the other hand, is removable for easy old-school brushing and flossing.

Guilt-free eating.

That removable feature of InvisalignⓇ is also well-loved since it allows you to eat all the foods you enjoy. Did you know that wearing regular braces could make even things like carrots, bagels, and tortilla chips off-limits?

It can be your little secret.

InvisalignⓇ is named what it is, because it’s, well, virtually invisible. No one you talk with really knows you’re wearing an orthodontic aligner unless either you told them or they were looking for it. Straighten your teeth in secrecy!

Finally have that time to get your teeth fixed!

Because InvisalignⓇ is sans all those wires and bands, maintenance and check-up visits tend to go a lot faster than traditional orthodontic appointments. You can finally fit orthodontic treatment into your busy schedule.

Reach out to your dentist or orthodontist to learn more about the great benefits of InvisalignⓇ and find out if you’re a candidate for treatment.

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

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